UDM Campus Connection

April 22, 2014

Flash mob puts end to long winter

On April 17, during the "dead week" before finals, UDM's Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies put on a "flash mob" dance event for the McNichols Campus. The event provided stress relief and fun in the sun after a long and grueling winter! Check out the video on UDM's YouTube channel.

Flash mob

Upcoming Livernois community events

In the coming days, weeks and months, several events will celebrate the community around the McNichols Campus. For example:

  • Clean-up on Livernois
    Sunday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m.
    Email Kim Tandy, District 2 manager for the City of Detroit
  • Detroit Jane's Walk festival
    Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m.
    A guided walking tour along Livernois Avenue and in the adjacent Green Acres and Sherwood Forest areas.
    See the Jane's Walk site
  • Palmer Park Art Fair
    Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4
    (West side of Woodward Avenue, north of McNichols Road)
    See the Palmer Park Art Fair site
  • Parade on Livernois
    Saturday, June 7 at noon
    Starts at Mike's Fresh Market
    (West side of Livernois Avenue, north of Seven Mile Road)
  • Windmill Farmers Market
    Saturday, June 7
    Market opens for the season, with a new "youth market"
    (West side of Livernois Avenue, just south of the M-10 Lodge Freeway)

Ms. Wheelchair Michigan visits engineering students, April 24

On Thursday, April 24, the College of Engineering & Science will host Kelsey Kleimola, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2014. She will speak about living with cerebral palsy and how assistive devices help her lead a full life. One of the assistive devices Kleimola uses was designed and manufactured in the College. After her remarks, engineering students will give presentations on their current assistive device projects. For more, see the UDM news release. For a related video, see "Engineering and nursing students help disabled veterans."

Two popes to be canonized, April 27

The canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be celebrated Sunday, April 27. Both the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Detroit will provide live news and information about the ceremonies online. See the event page for more information.

Research week poster displays

Research and Scholarly Achievement Week a success

Approximately 400 UDM students, faculty, administrators and staff participated in UDM's first Research and Scholarly Achievement Week, April 14-17. Events included the ninth annual display of publications, posters and projects by members of the UDM community and presentations by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and keynote speaker Robert Porter, who gave a workshop on writing successful grants.

Books, journal articles and conference proceedings by McNichols Campus faculty authors are on display now through May 15 in the McNichols Campus Library. Materials authored by faculty from the Schools of Dentistry and Law will also be displayed in their respective libraries.

A complete listing of the 12 books, 21 book chapters, 77 journal articles, 48 conference proceedings, two electronic presentations, 56 posters, one non-print project and 10 student awards may be found on the Celebrating Scholarly Achievement website. See pictures from the week on the UDM photo gallery.

UDM cosponsors Midwest Victorian Studies Association

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison organized the 37th annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, which was held April 11-13 at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Co-sponsored by the UDM Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Education and Office of Academic Affairs along with U-M departments, the conference featured lectures, panels and seminars on the topic of "Victorian violence." About 115 scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history, and musicology joined the conference from across the U.S. and Canada as well as England, Scotland, Australia and India. Read more and see pictures of the conference on the event page.

Thumbs Up!

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center, housed in UDM's School of Architecture, will host the 2014 national conference of the Association for Community Design, June 12-15 in Detroit. See the event page for more.

Nihad Dukhan, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey during the 2014-2015 academic year. The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced the grant, which will allow Dukhan access to research equipment at one of Turkey's top universities while he employs and assesses a new approach for enhancing learning of thermodynamics. See the news release.

The Association of Analytical Chemists (ANACHEM) will honor Kendra Evans, assistant professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, with the ANACHEM Fellow Award, Wednesday, May 14. The award honors her exceptional service to the Association, which Evans currently serves as vice president.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison was recently elected executive secretary for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association. Also, she and Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston organized and co-chaired the panel, "Fiction as pedagogy," April 4 at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, held in Harrisburg, Pa.

Associate Professors of Mechanical Engineering Richard Hill and Kirstie Plantenberg received the best paper award for "Assessing a conceptual approach to undergraduate dynamics instruction," at the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Conference, held April 4-5 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

Happy Earth Day!

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