Archives—April 2013

Hungwe and Cokely Among Top 25 Psychology Professors in Michigan

Kedmon Hungwe
Kedmon Hungwe

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Kedmon N. Hungwe and Assistant Professor of Psychology Edward T. Cokely have been named among the top 25 psychology professors in Michigan. The list of top psychology professors was just released by a nonprofit organization called StateStats. StateStats.org is a non-profit venture arm with the mission to advance education through the use of technology and informational tools. The goal of the top professors list is to highlight post-secondary educators who have been awarded recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community.

Hungwe is the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Director at Michigan Tech. His research interests include youth and adolescent development and science education.

Edward Cokely
Edward Cokely

Cokely received the Raymond S. Nickerson Best Paper Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, for his co-authored paper, “Effective Communication of Risks to Young Adults: Using Message Framing and Visual Aids to Increase Condom Use and STD Screening.”


Lake Superior Celebration at GLRC

LSSIThe community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. The event is free and family friendly.

The event is sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) and Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education in recognition of the Initiative’s five-Year anniversary.

Read more at Tech Today.



Baltensperger and Chadde Among Top 25 Education Professors in Michigan

Brad Baltensperger
Brad Baltensperger

Two from Tech Among Top 25 Education Professors in Michigan

Professor Brad Baltensperger, chair of cognitive and learning sciences, and Joan Chadde, coordinator of education programs for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, have been named among the 25 top education professors in Michigan. The list of top education professors was just released by a nonprofit organization called StateStats, whose mission is to advance education through the use of technology and information tools. StateStats provides education resources online, including lists of professors they have researched and nominated as the best in their profession.

Baltensperger was recognized for receiving a $3.8 million, four-year National Science Foundation grant, along with four colleagues, for the Michigan Teacher Excellence Program. Chadde was recognized for K-12 outreach efforts in Great Lakes education and stewardship, watershed management and stream monitoring.

Joan Chadde Shumaker
Joan Chadde Shumaker

According to StateStats, the top professors list is meant to highlight post-secondary educators who have been recognized recently for their excellence in the classroom, on campus or in the community.

From Tech Today.


Predicting Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: A Biomechanical and Human Factors Approach

CLS and KIP Presentation

The Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will host Erich Petushek on Monday, April 8, from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m., in Meese 110. Petushek’s talk is titled “Predicting Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: A Biomechanical and Human Factors Approach.” Petushek, is currently completing his PhD at Michigan Tech. Petushek’s primary program of research integrates disciplinary knowledge and techniques from the fields of biomechanics, epidemiology, psychology, and engineering with the overall goal of reducing the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson at slamato@mtu.edu.

From Tech Today.




Outreach and Teacher Education at World Water Day

WWD 2013 ChaddeThe Center for Water & Society World Water Day poster competition was held at the Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday March 21, 2013. In addition to the student posters, there were presentations by faculty on research and by Joan Chadde on outreach and teacher education with the Western UP Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education.

She discussed the Summer Institutes for Teachers, the Great Lakes Research Center Environmental Education teaching lab, the first ever Lake Superior Water Festival from October, and the upcoming 10th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium in May 2013.


Neuroplasticity in the Motor System: Building a Bridge from Basic Science to the Clinic

CLS and KIP Presentation

The Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will host Alissa Fourkas on Tuesday, April 2, from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m., in Rekhi G05. Fourkas will provide a Research Presentation, “Neuroplasticity in the Motor System: Building a Bridge from Basic Science to the Clinic.” Fourkas, who earned her PhD in Health and Exercise Sciences from the University of Wales at Bangor, United Kingdom, is currently a researcher at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and serves as an adjunct faculty at Marymount University. Fourkas’ primary research interest is to study the neural mechanisms underlying motor imagery and action execution in an effort to develop useable and effective motor imagery paradigms to enhance motor learning and control in healthy and injured persons.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson at slamato@mtu.edu.

From Tech Today.


STEM, Water Quality, and Rail Transportation in Detroit

Family Engineering Night DetroitThe National Society of Black Engineers Student Chapter (10 students) conducted classroom presentations at seven elementary, middle and high schools and Family Engineering Nights at three schools in Detroit during spring break week, reaching more than 2,000 students to promote college attendance and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Joan Chadde conducted a Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Water Quality workshop on Belle Isle for middle and high school teachers from Detroit and metro area schools participating in the U.S. Forest Service funded project “Developing Middle and High School Students to Become Urban Forest Stewards.”

Pasi Lautala and Joan Chadde presented an Intermodal and Rail Transportation Workshop for 22 Detroit Public School teachers. The workshop is funded in part by University of Wisconsin Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education and included a tour of the Norfolk Southern railyards in Detroit.

From Tech Today.

It’s Not Your Typical Spring Break!

“This is a great way to increase diversity on our campus, but more importantly, to have students who can relate to these kids and show them that a college education and career in STEM is possible for them,” said Chadde.

Read more at Family Engineering.