UDM Campus Connection

April 23, 2013

Dental care for children in foster system

A School of Dentistry partnership is providing orthodontic treatment for dozens of children and teens who are permanent wards of Michigan's foster care system. Such young people have not had access to orthodontic services before. The program is a partnership between the UDM Orthodontics faculty and students, the Detroit Department of Human Services and "For The Seventh Generation," an organization serving people involved in the foster care system. Find out more in the UDM news release.

Celebrating scholarly research at UDM

UDM held the eighth annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement on April 16, highlighting research, writing and presentations by University faculty and students. For this year, the event boasted four books, 16 book chapters, 86 journal articles and 38 conference proceedings articles published by UDM authors. The Celebration also featured 66 poster presentations, five electronic presentations, four oral presentations and one non-print project.

Congratulations to all the UDM scholars and to the organizers of another successful event. For more on research at UDM, see the latest issue of the Research@UDM newsletter, which can be found on the Academic Affairs site.

People at research fair poster
UDM President Antoine Garibaldi (left) looks at the research poster, "What students look at to judge the aesthetics of web pages," with students Madeleine Grzybowski and Tanya Tepatti, at the 2013 Celebration of Scholarly Achievement.

Movie celebrates Nurses' Week, May 8

In honor of Nurses' Week, the UDM community is invited to a celebration showing the documentary movie, Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now, Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, room 114. The film, which features UDM Dean of the College of Health Professions Christine Pacini, is presented at UDM by the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International. Food will be served and the event is free. You can watch a preview of the film on YouTube. Nurses' Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 12.

Pyrotechnic demonstration for teachers and fire fighters

On April 17, UDM hosted a meeting of the South East Michigan Chemistry Teachers Organization, as well as members of the Royal Oak and Birmingham fire departments, to demonstrate experiments with thermite. Thermite is a combustible substance that, once ignited, cannot be smothered or put out with water. Chemistry students and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto showed that despite thermite's potentially dangerous pyrotechnic properties, it can be controlled.

Thermite demonstration grouop
Left: Thermite burning as part of the demonstration, April 17. Right: Demonstration attendees with (front row, from right) Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto and UDM President Antoine Garibaldi.

Summer pre-college programs at UDM

UDM offers a variety of summer programs for pre-college students that allow participants to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using innovative methods with fun, hands-on and engaging activities, the programs challenge and delight young minds, and hopefully spark an ongoing interest in STEM topics and study. Find out about the programs coming this summer.

Students float cement boat

Members of the UDM Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) participated in the North Central Regional ASCE Conference, hosted by Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., April 6-9. The meeting includes a steel bridge competition and the famous concrete canoe races, which were held in Traverse City, Mich.

Canoe pictures
Left: UDM students with their concrete canoe on the beach in Traverse City, Mich., April 8. At the back is James Lynch, associate professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering. Right: Launching the concrete craft.

UDM creates Livernois Community Storefront

UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center is spearheading the Livernois Community Storefront project, located in the stretch of Livernois Avenue known as the Avenue of Fashion. The project will convert a vacant storefront into a community showcase to encourage and assist small businesses in the area. A celebration for the project is planned for Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.  Find out more on the School of Architecture site.

Volunteer Flower Day, May 7

All UDM students and employees with a green thumb are invited to join Facility Operations in the eighth annual Volunteer Flower Day on Tuesday, May 7! Beginning at 9 a.m. near the Fisher Fountain, volunteers can help plant flowers around McNichols Campus in time for Commencement weekend. The beautification work will go until approximately 3:30 p.m., with a BBQ lunch provided by Sodexo around noon for our hard-working volunteers! Please RSVP by sending an email to facilityoperations@udmercy.edu.

Text book collection supports service trips

University Ministry is collecting unwanted textbooks during final exam week to help support service trips. Please bring your textbook donations to the large collection box outside the Ministry Office, in the Student Center across from the Bookstore.

Thumbs Up!

Erick Barnes, director of Training in UDM's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies, was interviewed on WDIV-TV's Local 4 News on April 16 in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto served as co-organizer for the symposium, "Lab safety from high school and college to the workplace: What industry needs now," hosted at UDM, April 20. It is sponsored by the Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society and BASF. Attendees discussed what chemical companies need students to learn regarding chemistry lab safety.

Nihad Dukhan, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, was the primary editor on the reference book, Metal Foam: Fundamentals and Applications, published by DEStech in November 2012. Also, Dukhan presented the paper, "On teaching non-technical skills for the engineers of 2020," at the World Congress on Engineering Education, held last January in Doha, Qatar.

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was a panelist for the session, "The changing academic workforce," held during the 2013 National Conference on Trusteeship, hosted by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Tuesday, April 23 in San Francisco.

Denise Williams Mallett, UDM vice president for Enrollment & Student Affairs, has been selected as the Professional Woman of the Year by the Detroit Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc. She will be recognized at the Club's Founders Day event, Tuesday, April 30.

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