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Featured items from the November 14th Rose Exchange meeting
November 20, 2012
This meeting was conducted in the Branam Innovation Center, a
16,000-square-foot facility that is home to eight competition teams
involving more than 200 students. Focus areas are: making each
project fun, safe, and within a clean environment. Projects
currently using the facility are EcoCAR2, Robotics Team, Human
Powered Vehicle Team, Concrete Canoe, Efficient Vehicle Team, Grand
Prix Formula SAE Team, AIChE Chem Car, and Team Rose
| Live from Branam Innovation Center
- Dr. Bruce Horten, M.D., one of the world's leading experts in
classifying and targeting specific cancers, will kick off the
institute's new Signature Lecture Series on Thursday, November 29,
at 7 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater. His presentation will cover
a revolutionary cancer therapy based on a patient's genetic makeup.
The title of the lecture is "Targets: Transforming the Assault on
Cancer." It is free and open to the public. Dr. Horten is the
National Medical Director for Genzyme Genetics.
- The Office of Global Programs hosted seven guests from China's
Hubei University of Automotive Technology. A Memorandum of
Understanding has been signed for student and faculty exchanges
between both institutions. Zachary Chambers, Ph.D., and Mark
Herniter, Ph.D., will be the initial faculty members heading to
China this June to teach at the university. We will host a Hubei
professor next fall.
- The 47th Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Competition on
November 10th had more than 400 students from 26 schools
in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa completing 20 challenging problems.
Carmel High School was the overall winner. This year's contest was
organized by John Rickert, Ph.D.; Leanne Holder, Ph.D.; and Joseph
Eichholz, Ph.D., with assistance from Department Secretary Michelle
Prather and Department Head Allen Broughton.
- There will be a convocation schedule on December 10 for a
special guest speaker on intercultural communications. More details
will be released early in the winter quarter.
- Director of the Center for Diversity Luanne Tilstra, Ph.D.,
attended the Project Kaleidescope (PKAL) project and ASAP-Advance
conferences in St. Louis. The PKAL program is building and
sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science,
engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Meanwhile, ASAP is a
National Science Foundation-sponsored program to support
development of women faculty members at predominantly undergraduate
institutions. Tilstra is a member of the senior-level ASAP network
for chemistry faculty, while Nadine Shillingford, Ph.D., is in the
organization's early-career network for computer science.
- The Athletic Department will host more than 600 runners
competing in the NCAA Division III men's and women's national
championships on Saturday, November 17 at the LaVern Gibson Course
near Seelyville. This event has been organized by Matt Cole,
women's cross country coach.
- Brazilian students attending Rose-Hulman through the Science
Without Borders program recently hosted a campus cookout. They are
now planning a special Brazil Day campus event on February 9,
- Luchen Li, Ph.D., Associate Dean for the Office of Global
Programs, and David Purdy, Ph.D., head of the Department of the
Mechanical Engineering, travelled to Germany to visit four
universities in Esslingen, Stuttgart, Reutlingen, and Furtwangen.
This visit allowed Rose-Hulman to renew old connections and make
new friends at these universities. The main objective was to create
possibilities for study abroad and internships for our
- The first Innovation Hour program of the 2012-13 school year is
planned on Tuesday, November 27, at 4:20 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall
Theater. More details will be released at the start of the winter
- Leanne Holder, Ph.D., and math major Lori Hernandez-Maxwell
facilitated two workshops on cryptography called "Secret, Secret.
I've Got a Secret" at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, held
at St. Mary of the Woods College. The conference focused on
stimulating middle-school girls toward careers in STEM fields.
Cryptography is a key piece of the nation's cybersecurity issue.
Mathematics, especially number theory, is extremely helpful for
cryptographic technology. It is the topic of several courses at
Rose-Hulman and a research interest of several math faculty
- Kurt Bryan, Ph.D., and math major Chase Mathison worked with
the Philadelphia-based MEI company on an inverse problem related to
- Rose-Hulman and Shelbyville hosted the first social networking
event as part of the recently-signed partnership. Participating in
the event were Elizabeth Hagerman, Ph.D.; Bill Kline, Ph.D.; Craig
Downing, Ph.D.; and Kevin Hewerdine.
- Rose-Hulman Ventures has welcomed Patti Hoffa as office
manager. She formerly worked for the Learning Center.
- The Hulman Union will be closed on Wednesday, November 21 for
- The following faculty and staff members served as Last Supper
Before Finals volunteers for the fall quarter: Ashley Bernal,
Ph.D.; Karen DeGrange; Richard Ditteon, Ph.D.; Pete and Donna
Gustafson; Erik and Melinda Hayes; Lori Kates; Elaine Lee; Tom and
Kim Miller; Kyle Rhodes; and the Aramark management team.
ADVISORY: There will be no meeting on November 21.