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NSBE at Alternative Spring Break

Michigan Tech Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Students from the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers will visit seven middle and high schools in Detroit to promote college and engineering. In the evenings, they will conduct Family Engineering Night events at three K-8 schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break is conducted in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and Detroit Math & Science Center, and funded in part, with a grant from John Deere.

Read more at the WUP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

WXYZ Channel 7 news in Detroit aired a feature story about Michigan Tech student members of the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, who are spending their spring break working to motivate middle and high school students in Detroit schools to see college in their futures and to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

From Tech Today.

The Family Engineering Activities and Presenters were posted by TechAlum Newsletter. The events took place March 11-14, 2014.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

CLS Grads Receive Travel Grants

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Award Winners for Spring 2014

Travel grants for spring 2014 have been awarded. Among the Presenting Travel Grants ($ 250) recipients are cognitive and learning sciences graduate students Erich Petushek and Wei Zhang.

The full list of graduate recipients can be accessed online.

Travel grants are awards that help subsidize cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School. For more information on travel grants, please visit the webpage.

Should you have any questions, contact the GSG treasurer Jennifer Winikus (

From Tech Today.

World Water Day 2014

World Water Day is observed on March 22. This year, Michigan Tech is hosting a week of events, March 20, 26-27, 2014. This year’s theme is “Water and Energy.”

Events include a film, lecture, poster session, panel discussion, and art exhibit, featuring the topic of gas from shale hydrofraccing.

Learn more at the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society.

World Water Day Sponsors:

Center for Water and Society (CWS), Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF), Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT), Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI), Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC, Visual and Performing Arts (MTU), Finlandia University. Partial funding provided by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) through a grant from the Johnson Family Foundation for a Let’s Talk About Water event.

Dean’s List Fall 2013

Fall 2013 4.00
Gaboury Jocelyn D* SO SPSY
Lehman William E* SR SPSY
Mauer Tessa K* SR SPSY
Shull Catherine E* JR SPSY

Fall 2013 3.99-3.50
Cherubini-Sutinen Alysa R SR SPSY
Deane Katrina E SR SPSY
Dumpprope Richard W JR SPSY
Dunham Charles L SR SPSY
Evans Zachary R SO SPSY
Grundmanis Larissa A SO SPSY
Harter Kayla R JR SPSY
Huff Rachael M SR SPSY
Jordon MacKenzie K JR SPSY
Kemppainen Marshall T JR SPSY
LaFave Chase C SR SPSY
Mayer Evan M SO SPSY
Santerre Cassaundra D JR SPSY
Schreifels David J JR SPSY
Shawbitz Kara N SO SPSY
Stoffel Rebecca R FR SPSY
Wetelainen Amanda L SR SPSY

Family Transportation Activity Night

TransportationA Family Transportation Activity Night was held recently at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School near Gulfport, Miss.

Two CEE graduate students traveled with Joan Chadde, education/outreach program coordinator, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, and presented an activity called “Packaging Bananas” that they helped to develop. The students were Irfan Rasul, graduate research assistant (advisor Pasi Lautala) and Adriano Rothschild, graduate teaching assistant (advisor Jeff Lidicker).

From Tech Today.

Joan Chadde Leads a Webinar

Coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation and the National Center for Freight Infrastructure Research & Education. VIEW THE WEBINARS AND OTHER LESSON MATERIALS

Bill Kennedy is a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist

William KennedyThe William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

In the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, William Kennedy has been nominated within the Associate Professor/Professor category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, April 4, and should be sent to the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

Read more at Tech Today.

Visiting Scholar Presenting as Part of the VWMLS Series Monday

Priti Shah, professor of cognitive and educational psychology at the University of Michigan, will be visiting the cognitive and learning sciences department. She will give a presentation today, March 3, 2014, at 2 p.m., in Meese 109, entitled “Working memory and visual display comprehension.” The presentation is open to all.

This visit is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS), which is funded by the President’s Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

From Tech Today.

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