Archives—February 2014

Patrick Belling is an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader

Patrick Belling 2014 Leader
Patrick Belling accepts the Exceptional Graduate Student Leader Award from Jay Meldrum.

Patrick Belling, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, received an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader merit award by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). The GSG Merit Award Winners were recognized at the 2014 Graduate Research Colloquium with a plaque presentation.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.


CLS at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
Human Impact (A2)
Investigating Lexical Access of Crossword Solvers – Kejkaew Thanasuan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Optimizing Risk Communication with Graphs – Margo M. Woller-Carter, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
The Effect of Skill and Viewpoint on Recognition of Dynamic Scenes in Soccer – Patrick Belling, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
“Listen2dRoom”: Helping Visually Impaired People Navigate Unfamiliar Spaces – Seyedeh Husseini, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

More Abstracts, Presenting Authors

Hierarchical Spatial Representations in Search and Pathfinding – Brandon S. Perelman, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Mapping Between Dancers’ Movements and Sonification Parameters in the Immersive Interactive Sonification Platform – Steven Landry, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Multifaceted Stakeholder Communications during Software Development Process for Citizen Science Applications – Wei Zhang, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Auditory Emoticons: Iterative Design and Acoustic Characteristics of Emotional Auditory Icons and Earcons – Jason Sterkenburg, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Assessing Cultural Groups via the Measure of Response Time Patterns – Yin-Yin Tan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

View the Abstract Book | View the Photo Gallery | View the Results

Kejkaew Thanasuan
Kejkaew Thanasuan
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Patrick Belling
Patrick Belling

Saima Ghazal is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Saima GhazalSaima Ghazal, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Saima was nominated by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences based on her GPA, originality in research, professionalism, work ethic, and other selection criteria. Saima’s advisors are Edward T. Cokely and Rocio Garcia Retamero.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Saima Ghazal 2014 Scholar
Saima Ghazal accepts the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Jacqueline Huntoon.

Tony Orrico: Penwald Drawings/CARBON

Tony Orrico
Tony Orrico, /Vessel for Governing and Conception/ (2012). Photo by Juan Cano. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO.

Finlandia University Gallery Exhibit
February 27 to March 19

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ARTIST TALK
1:00-2:30 p.m
Finlandia’s Jutila Center
3rd Floor Chapel

OPENING RECEPTION
7:00-8:30 p.m
Finlandia University Gallery
Finnish American Heritage Center

Tony Orrico will present work from his Penwald Drawings and CARBON Series.

Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement.  He uses a physical practice, symmetry practice (circa 2005), as point of entry into this work.  In his termed “state of readiness”, he is interested in the application of a present body to a surface, object, or course.  His gestures derive from the limitation of (or spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms.  Line density becomes record of his mental and physical sustain as he commits his focus to a greater concept of balance throughout extended durations of drawing. Centralizing on themes of cyclic motion and the generation and regeneration of material, the work draws on the tension between what is fleeting and what is captured.  The master of each drawing is a conceptual score of which he only produces eight times on paper in his lifetime.

In the CARBON series, body, graphite, plane, time and space combine to become powerful reflections on life cycles, energetic flows and complementary opposites. His repetitious movements, often leading to exhaustion, become deep metaphors about life and death simultaneously.

Tony Orrico has performed/exhibited his work in the US, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. His visual work is in collection at The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City) as well as prominent private collections. He has recently been presented at SCAD: deFINE ART, Cranbrook Art Museum, New Museum, and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing.  In June he will perform Penwald: 2: 8 circles: 8 gestures at Center Pompidou-Metz.

As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal. He was also one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramovic during her retrospective at MoMA.

Orrico will be collaborating on research and an exhibition with Finlandia University Gallery and the International School of Art & Design, along with Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts and Computer Science Departments.  Students and faculty from both campuses will be involved as Orrico works in The Mind Music Machine (tri-M) Lab, an interdisciplinary research group based in Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Michigan Tech.

From Finlandia Future Gallery Exhibits.
Orrico Poster



Brandon Perelman is an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Recipient

Brandon S. Perelman, who is an PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Brandon was nominated by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and recognized for his accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. Brandon’s advisor is Shane T. Mueller.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.


Teacher Summer Institute 2014 – Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators

mooseIsle Royale Moose Watch for Educators
August 1 – 9, 2014
Deadline: May 30, 201

Visit the Teacher Professional Development page for Application/Brochure and Contact information.

MooseWatch for Educators is a unique field experience in support of the ecological study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park. Educators will receive the technical instruction needed to participate as a member of a backcountry research team collecting moose bones and performing field necropsies on moose kill sites. The research team will be operating in an off-trail wilderness setting involving travel by canoe and foot. They will learn research methods, backcountry navigation, and wilderness living skills. The course will integrate aspects of earth science, geography, anatomy and physiology, and general ecology and mathematics. Moose pathology and anatomy will be an integral instructional component of the program. Participants will present their findings to the researchers associated with the study as well as develop lesson plans for use at their local schools.

ED 5560
3 credits


CSEO at National Engineers Week 2014

Engineers Week 2014Next week is National Engineers Week, and Michigan Tech–like educational institutions and professional engineering societies nationwide–is sponsoring a full schedule of events.

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is coordinating events on two dates.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Family Engineering Night, presented by the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Student-led engineering activities for K-5 students and families. Contact Joan Chadde, jchadde@mtu.edu or visit www.familyengineering.org .
Location and Time: Houghton Elementary School, 6-7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Tiny: A movie about living small, presented by the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Center for Water & Society
Learn about low cost, flexible “tiny houses.” “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space. Tiny takes us inside six of these homes. Free, followed by refreshments.
Location and Time: Hesterberg Hall, Room G002, Forestry Bldg, 7-8:30 p.m.

Read more at Tech Today.


CLS Faculty and MiTEP

International InnovationsThe latest issue of International Innovation, a science, technology and research resource publication, featured an article about Michigan Tech’s participation in the National Science Foundation-funded Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MiTEP, which offers training and hands-on workshops in earth science for middle-school teachers. Brad Baltensperger, chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences; Associate Professor Kedmon Hungwe (CLS); Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School; and graduate student Mark Klawiter were featured.

See page 61, International Innovation.

From Tech Today.

Empowering teachers to conduct science

Professor Brad Baltensperger, Drs. Kedmon Hungwe and Jacqueline Huntoon, and graduate student Mark Klawiter describe their collaboration in an innovative programme designed to further enthusiasm for STEM topics in teachers and encourage students to enter such fields.

Read more at International Innovations, page 61.


Project Learning Tree Workshop

Project Learning TreeJoan Chadde, education program coordinator, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, conducted a Project Learning Tree workshop for 15 Detroit Public School teachers on Feb. 1, in Detroit at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, as part of the third year of a US Forest Service grant to integrate urban and community forestry into the middle/high school curriculum, including the benefits of trees, how to assess forest health, forest stewardship and careers in forestry and natural resources.

From Tech Today.