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Featured items from the March 20th Rose Exchange meeting

March 25, 2013

         Evans in class
  Mathematics Professor Diane Evans, PhD, has a passion for teaching. She was among six Rose-Hulman professors featured in The Princeton Review’s 2012 Best 300 Professors book.
  • A third promotional video, developed by the Office of Communications and Marketing, highlights faculty members’ commitment to our students and teaching. Mathematics Professor Diane Evans, PhD, is featured prominently in the production. She was one of six Rose-Hulman professors featured by The Princeton Review’s 2012 Best 300 Professors book. These promotional videos are being used by the Office of Admissions for new student recruitment and will be available for viewing by the campus community soon.
  • Rose-Hulman is preparing to host its first online conference, RoseEvaluation Conference 2013, on April 1-2. The conference will feature assessment and evaluation expertise. The keynote topic is “Assessing Project-Based Learning: Providing Evidence for Continuous Improvement” by Rebecca Bates and Ron Ulseth of Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Department of Integrated Engineering. Selected webinar topics include “The Basics of Assessment,” by Conference Chair Julia Williams, PhD; “Rubrics: Helping You and Your Students Perform Better,” by Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Sriram Mohan, PhD.; and “Using IDEALS to Demonstrate a Program’s Development of Professional Skills,” by Mechanical Engineering Professor Patsy Brackin, PhD. For a complete list of speakers, topics, and times, along with the registration process, visit
  •          Nolte in Class
      Adam Nolte has been a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering faculty since 2009 and been interim department head this academic year.
    Adam Nolte, Ph.D., has been named head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, beginning on July 1. The announcement was made by Interim Dean of Faculty Rick Stamper following a national search. Nolte had been leading the department on an interim basis since the beginning of this academic year, and has been an assistant professor of chemical engineering on the faculty since 2009. He has worked with students and professors from other academic departments and institutions on a variety of research projects. He currently has two active sponsored research projects in the area of colloidal antireflection coatings and environmentally responsive polymer thin films. He also has conducted research on nanoparticle and nano-clay composites, and biodegradable polymers.
  • The Logan Library has added several features to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff members. Rose-Link is an online service providing seamless access to full-text articles in subscribed online journals and online databases. It also pre-populates the interlibrary loan form when the needed article is not available. “Muslim Journeys” has provided 25 books and three DVDs to the library and campus through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The library also has a new web page for archives and special collations. Since 2010, over 124 collections have been arranged and described. Digitized collections can also be accessible from
  • The Logan Library welcomed 105,924 patrons during the fall and winter quarters this school year. The library’s highest daily patron count of the year has been 2,170 student visits during the fall quarter.
  • The cleanup of the Logan Library’s catalogue is now 95 complete. This process started in September of 2011, and with the help of student workers should be completed next month. Meanwhile, bestseller recreational and pleasure-reading books are now available on the third floor of the library.
  • A student group is planning a TEDx seminar for campus on May 10. Inspiration will be the theme of speakers and videos. More details will be released following spring break.
  • The NICO Myriad brain surgery device developed and manufactured by Indianapolis-based NICO Corporation, with assistance from Rose-Hulman Ventures, was featured in the first episode of the new TNT cable network show, Monday Mornings. Television stars used the device in a simulated operating room environment to save a baby with a hypothalamic hamartoma who is suffering from chronic laughing seizures. The script mirrored the story of Nico Bastolla, who the NICO Corporation was named after and the first patient ever operated on the NICO Myriad. The brain tumor removal system was a technological breakthrough refined with the help of Rose-Hulman Ventures’ project managers and student interns, and is now being used in 21 of U.S. News & World Report's top 40 neurosurgery hospitals. The device helped NICO Corporation win the most recent Health Care Heroes Award for Advancements in Health Care by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • A manuscript by Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Daniel Morris, PhD, and four former students has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. The title of the paper is “The Abilities of Selenium Dioxide and Selenite ion to Coordinate DNA-Bound Metal ions and Decrease Oxidative DNA Damage.”
  • Shannon Butler, a 2012 applied biology alumnus, is the first author of a peer-reviewed paper that has been accepted for presentation in the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division at the national American Society of Engineering Education meeting. The peer review process in the ERM Division is notoriously rigorous. Her paper, "Active Learning Requires Learning, Not Just Activity" was part of the undergraduate research thesis completed on campus. The paper was co-authored by professor Kay C Dee, PhD. Butler is now a graduate student at Purdue University.
  • The fourth Summer Innovation Workshop will begin on June 10. These workshops have provided opportunity for faculty and staff to meet, think, and interact in ways not possible during the academic year. A number of current programs and initiatives such as the HERE program can trace their roots back to previous workshops. Previous workshops have also led to an ASEE paper on innovation skills and the development of teaching materials to promote innovation. A wrap up and reporting meeting will be conducted at the end of the summer. Each participant will be paid a modest honorarium. Contact Bill Kline, PhD, dean of innovation and engagement, for more information.
  • The Office of Student Affairs will recognize members of the institute’s 11 fraternity organizations during the Greek Leadership Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Student Union.
  • Garmin International is considering supporting a new scholarship program for electrical and computer engineering students. Campus academic and development officials met with Garmin officials last week in Kansas.
  • Ten student teams participated in the Leadership Advancement Program’s Case Study Competition, conducted March 15-16. The Grand Challenges for Engineering was the theme of this year’s competition.
  • Volunteers are sought to help the campus host the Indiana Special Olympics swimming competition on June 8-9 in the Sports and Recreation Center. Youth volunteers are welcome when joined by a parent. Contact volunteer coordinators Amy Harshbarger (ext. 8462) or Merry Miller Moon (ext. 8276) for more information. This is the second year that Rose-Hulman has hosted the swimming competition of the Summer Games.
  • A banquet on Thursday, March 28 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) will celebrate the contributions made by women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as part of National Women’s History Month (March). The event, hosted by the Center for Diversity, will feature alumni, and current faculty, staff, and students. Seating is limited. Advanced reservations can be made through Center for Diversity Director Luanne Tilstra, PhD, at or picking up tickets at the Office of Student Activities in the Hulman Student Union.
  • The Office of Human Resources has organized a Drug-Free Workplace professional development seminar on Tuesday, March  26, from 3:25-4:15  p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Hulman Student Union. The seminar will cover the institute’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy and the impact of substance abuse in the workplace. Participation by faculty and staff members will help fulfill Rose-Hulman’s commitment to the policy and the federal government’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Register for the workshop through ANGEL on or before March 26.
  • Freshman Orion Martin and senior John Huster enjoyed a successful trip to the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Texas. Martin missed honorable mention All-American honors by just one position after placing 17th in the 100-yard butterfly (49.22 seconds). He also finished 38th in the 50-yard freestyle (21.26) and 48th in the 100-yard freestyle (46.81). Huster capped his standout career with a school record performance (50.89 seconds) to place 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke in his final college swim. He also placed 34th in the 100-yard butterfly (21.26) and 48th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.75 - second fastest time in school history).
  • Learning Center tutor recruitment has started for the 2013-13 school year. Applications are available in the Learning Center and Activities Office of the Hulman Student Union.
  • Wayne Tarrant, PhD, from Wingate University will be joining the Department of Mathematics this fall as an assistant professor. Recruitment continues to fill 12 faculty positions for the 2013-14 academic year.