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Featured items from the November 14th Rose Exchange meeting

November 20, 2012

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     Live from Branam Innovation Center  
    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 Motorsports.
  • 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, 2013.
  • 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 students.
  • 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 quarter.
  • 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 members.
  • Kurt Bryan, Ph.D., and math major Chase Mathison worked with the Philadelphia-based MEI company on an inverse problem related to nondestructive testing.
  • 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 maintenance.
  • 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.