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Highlights from the 28 March Rose Exchange meeting
March 30, 2012
| Students join in Taiko, Japan
- Alumnus Felda Hardymon, a professor at the Harvard Business
School, recently helped ICAST members understand the "innovation
economy" and its opportunities for Rose-Hulman. The group
also visited MIT's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It
was pointed out that MIT's living alumni have created businesses
accounting for the eighth largest economy in the world.
- Detroit was the site of the latest The "Great" Debate session,
and Rose-Hulman officials were somewhat surprised to find the
similarities of demands between the entrepreneurial-rich Boston
region and the manufacturing-based Detroit area. Corporations and
industry in both areas are seeking graduates that can make sense of
- Army Major General James K. Gilman, MD, will be the featured
speaker at a special Leadership Advancement Program on April 11,
starting at 7 p.m., in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Union.
Dr. Gilman, a 1974 Rose-Hulman biology graduate, is currently
commander of the Army Medical Research and Material Command at Fort
Detrick (Md.), a premier quad-services installation that's home to
the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the National Cancer
Institute and 37 mission partners. The operations also host a
National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research and
National Interagency Biodefense Campus. Dr. Gilman was
awarded an honorary doctorate from Rose-Hulman in 2011.
- Department of Mathematics Head Allen Broughton and colleague
Ralph Grimaldi have been recognized by the Mathematical Association
of America (MAA) for their service to the organization and
mathematics education. Grimaldi has been a MAA member for 50 years,
while Broughton recently celebrated his 25th year in the
- Educators and officials from throughout the world will be
coming to campus next week to participate in this year's
RosEvaluation Conference, organized by Julia Williams and the
Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment. Williams
will join colleagues Timothy Chow, Will Mathies, and Kevin Davidson
in presenting a session on April 3 about the RosEvaluation Tool.
Shannon Sexton, director of assessment, will provide a workshop on
Building an Assessment Plan on April 1. Sarah Forbes, director of
data management and reporting, will make a presentation on "The
Survey Artist: Crafting Your Assessment Canvas" on April 2.
Meanwhile, Sam Peffers, director of planning, will present a
session on "Development and Introduction of a Leadership Behavior
Assessment Instrument in Undergraduate Engineering Education" on
- The Logan Library is expanding its recreational reading
selections (non-fiction books, fiction books, and periodicals)to
meet increased demand for these services. Also, new signage
on the main floor will better inform visitors that the library does
have books -- on the third floor. Finally, a portrait of
former Rose-Hulman President John Logan will soon be prominently
featured in the library.
- Air conditioning has been restored to the Hulman Union
following the installation of replacement parts to the buildings
cooling system. Repairs to the chiller tower for Crapo Hall should
be completed next week. The Office of Facilities Operations
thanks the faculty and staff in both of these buildings for their
cooperation during this seasonal transition process.
- Department Computer Science & Software Engineering Head
Cary Laxer and Director of Software Engineering Shawn Bohner will
join Associate Dean of Global Programs Luchen Li in visiting
educational institutions in Shanghai, China, next week.
Rose-Hulman desires to expand global outreach opportunities for
students and faculty in this region.
- "The Claaaaaaw!: A Neuroprosthetic Teaching Aid," designed and
assembled by three biomedical engineering students, earned
first-place honors at this year's American Society of Engineering
Education Illinois/Indiana Conference. The device uses raw
physiological signals to control a "claw machine" to be a teaching
aid in a neuroprosthetics class being taught this spring by Jameel
Ahmed, interim head of the Department of Applied Biology and
Biomedical Engineering. The project was designed by seniors
Adam Furore, Eric McLeish, and Hobey Tam.
- The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is showcasing the
undergraduate research completed by graduating students in the
Spring Senior Seminar Series. These 50-minute presentations will be
conducted each Wednesday, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., in Room
G-315 of Crapo Hall. The campus community is invited to learn about
these interesting projects.
- Mathematics Professor Diane Evans' continuing quest to connect
her Quality Methods class to how things actually work in the real
world, took students for an American Society for Quality tour of
Terre Haute's Koenig Scale Company.
- A mathematics-related project by sophomore engineering physics
student Raymond Prendergast earned first-place honors in the
math/science poster contest at this year's undergraduate research
conference at the University of Evansville. The interdisciplinary
project is part of the Independent Project/Research Opportunities
Program. Professor Kurt Bryan was the faculty mentor on this
- Mark Brandt, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry,
is completing the selection process for this summer's
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration program. An
announcement will be forthcoming about students and faculty mentors
participating in these valuable educational experiences.
- Grimaldi presented a paper on "Up-Down Sequences and the
Fibonacci Numbers" at the 43rd Southeast Conference.
- The efficient vehicles program will have two teams competing in
this weekend's Shell Eco-marathon Americas event in Houston.
Rose-Hulman has been a consistent contender in the collegiate
division of this annual competition. Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor Allen White is the team's faculty advisor.
- The baseball team has been ranked 29th nationally in the weekly
top 30 NCAA Division III baseball poll, released by the American
Baseball Coaches Association. The squad, coached by Athletic
Director Jeff Jenkins, takes a 12-4 record into this weekend's
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference home series against
- Rose-Hulman was well represented at last week's Indiana
Construction Roundtable, a meeting of construction industry leaders
seeking to make connections with tomorrow's industry
professionals. Approximately 20 civil engineering students
attended and sought full-time employment or internship
- Mathematics Professor John Rickert gave a presentation on
""Non-Trivial Composite Sequences through Digit Appendage" at the
Spring Indiana MAA meeting. Colleagues Tom Langley, Elton Graves,
and Steve Carlson also attended the meeting.
- Three teams competed in this year's Indiana Collegiate
Mathematics Competition during the Indiana MAA meeting at Ball
State University. Two of our teams consisted entirely of
freshmen. The teams placed fifth, tied for seventh, and tied
for 12th out of 28 teams.
- Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Ashley Bernal had
one of her track achievements swiped from our record book during
last Saturday's season-opening outdoor meet at Bill Welch
Track. Junior Creasy Clauser had a record-setting
58.54-second performance in the 400-meter dash. The original
mark was set by Bernal as an Engineer student-athlete in
2006. Clauser was named this week's HCAC Women's Track
Athlete of the Week.
- Army ROTC cadets will be participating in mandatory spring
field exercises this weekend.