Month: January 2014

Cokely on the Making of an Expert

HBRAn article by Edward Cokely (CLS), “The Making of an Expert,” has been reprinted in a special issue of the Harvard Business Review’s On Point Magazine.

Find Your Focus: Get Things Done the Smart Way (HBR OnPoint Magazine)

Articles include “Extreme Productivity,” “Make Time for the Work That Matters,” “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?” “The Making of an Expert,” “Do You Play to Win–or to Not Lose?” “The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs.” You’ll also find selected content from our website, such as “Will Focus Make You Happier?” “Train Your Brain to Focus,” and “Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity.”

Read more at the Harvard Business Review.

Candidate for Chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences Presentation

Candidate for chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Susan Amato-Henderson, currently associate professor of psychology and graduate director, will present a synopsis of her research, teaching, and research accomplishments, lay out her vision for the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, and field questions from interested parties, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Meese Center 110.

From Tech Today.

Community Foundation Grant Activity

KCFCommunity Foundation looking for grant ideas

The Keweenaw Community Foundation is beginning its latest funding cycle for grants to help children in sixth through 12th grades. For this period, there is $13,170 available, with as much as $3,000 per applicant.

The KCF received a $500,000 endowment from the Kellogg Foundation in the mid-1990s specifically for youth needs, said Joan Chadde, co-coordinator of the KCF’s Youth Advisory Council. The interest on the endowment has been used for grants.

The KCF is always looking for more middle- and high-school students to join, Chadde said.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

Mueller Interviewed by NPR

crosswordOn the 100th birthday of the crossword puzzle, NPR interviewed Assistant Professor Shane Mueller (CLS) about the skills required to be a puzzle master. Mueller also weighed in on the issue of whether doing crosswords staves off dementia. (Hint: Don’t neglect those holiday parties and long walks.)

From Tech Today.

Do Crossword Puzzles Really Stave Off Dementia?

COLE: And the winners were quietly invited to join Britain’s code-breaking department. The mental prowess of crossword solvers has also attracted the attention of scientists. A few years ago, cognitive psychologist Shane Mueller watched a movie about crossword puzzles.

SHANE MUELLER: And I thought: I could learn to play the crossword.

COLE: Mueller is a professor of psychology at Michigan Tech, so naturally, he approached his new hobby in a very scientific way.

Read more or listen to the story at NPR, by Adam Cole.