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Highlights from the 28 March Rose Exchange meeting

March 30, 2012

Japan taiko  
 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 complex systems.     
  • 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 organization.
  • 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 April 3.
  • 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 project. 
  • 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 Bluffton University.
  • 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 opportunities.
  • 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.