Author: Jessie Neece

GCEC 2020 – Dr. Caryn Heldt

Dr. Caryn L. Heldt is the Director of the Health Research Institute, Covid lab technical director, the James and Lorna Mac chair in Bioengineering, and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She received her bachelor’s of science in chemistry and chemical engineering for Michigan Tech in 2001. She worked for two years at BASF corporation before commencing her PhD studies. Upon receiving her PhD in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2008 under the guidance of Dr. Reuben Carbonell, she joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her two year postdoctoral training under the guidance of Dr. George’s Belfort. In 2015 Dr. Heldt was was awarded a National Science Foundation Career Award to study virus surface chemistry for research. Her lab is focused on the purification removal and activation and detection of viruses and gene therapy vectors.

GCEC 2020 – Meghan Kirkwood Gallery Exhibit

Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern Mongolia and its capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Kirkwood’s images of modern Mongolia capture the unique and storied history of its capital city, and its transition through economic and cultural change – and the rich and thriving culture that animates this young Asian nation. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors college and the D80 Conference, where Kirkwood gave the keynote address.

GCEC 2020 – Interview with David Shull

David Shull joined handshake in 2014 as one of the founding team members. Since then he has gone on to the handshake’s University growth in the United States from five universities in 2004 To over 1000 universities, 17 million students and 500,000 global employers into 2020. Today David is leading handshake’s international expansion efforts in the United Kingdom and Europe. With a degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech, David is passionate about the intersection of technology and education, and believes together we can be a powerful engine for social mobility.

GCEC 2020 – Interview with John Kusku

John is a math and physics teacher at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom, Michigan. He teaches high school juniors and seniors from several different school districts in Southwest Oakland County. He is legally blind due to a degenerative hereditary eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics in 2009 from Western Michigan University. John’s five year-old son, George, is in first grade and John’s wife, Jessica, is a teacher of children who are blind or visually impaired. John is a Paralympic silver medalist in the sport of goalball.

GCEC 2020 – GivePulse Informational Session

GivePulse is an online community enabling everyone to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the community. Whether you are a volunteer, student, faculty, donor, or community member, GivePulse provides a platform for all to logistically manage and coordinate experiences and tracking. GivePulse allows you to understand the impact you have on the community. As part of the 2020 Global and Community Engagement Virtual Conference, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Involvement Beka Horsch gave an informational session on the applications for GivePulse at Michigan Tech.