October/November 2013


College of Communication and Fine Arts​​

College of Education and Human Services

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Science and Technology

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College of Communication and Fine Arts​

Nina Nash-Robertson awarded 2013 Maynard Klein Award

Nina Nash-Robertson

Central Michigan University School of Music faculty member Nina Nash-Robertson was awarded the 2013 Maynard Klein Award for Distinguished Service to Choral Music in Michigan, presented by the Michigan Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The award recognizes "artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music." Nash-Robertson was recognized at the ACDA State Conference in Flint.


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College of Education and Human Services

Suzanne Shellady receives more than $1.6 million in grants

Central Michigan University counseling and special education faculty member Suzanne Shellady has received two grants from the Michigan Department of Education. The first, a $1,025,000 award, is for Shellady’s project titled “Michigan Integrated Technology Supports 2013-14.” The project is focused on providing support materials, technical assistance and training to promote equality in digital materials for all students.

The second grant, a $600,000 award, is for Shellady’s project titled “Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative 2013-14.” The project aims to converge and blend existing initiatives to promote a cohesive system of all mathematics resources, create a network of facilitators and practitioners statewide who have the skills and resources to promote math learning for all students and scale the Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties: Algebraic Expressions and Equations (Grades 6-8) course across the state.


Jim McDonald elected position on Council of Elementary Science International

Jim McDonald

Central Michigan University professor of teacher education and professional development Jim McDonald has been elected President-Elect of the Council of Elementary Science International, an international science education organization and affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association.

The council connects elementary teachers across the globe and enables them to share ideas through events, conferences and newsletters. It also honors teachers with awards and recognitions.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

CMU’s neuroscience program named Program of the Year

Neuroscience program

Central Michigan University’s neuroscience program, under the guardianship of program director Gary Dunbar, was recognized with the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year Award from the Society of Neuroscience. The program’s three-tier approach is recognized for best practices in neuroscience education and training.

The award was presented Nov. 10 at a reception in San Diego, Calif.


Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock publishes 15th book

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Central Michigan University professor of English Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock recently published his 15th book, “The Works of Tim Burton: Margins to Mainstream.” Weinstock’s courses at CMU cover topics on advanced composition, American Literature and gothic literature.


Tim Hartshorne receives award from U.S. Department of Education

Tim Hartshorne

Central Michigan University professor of psychology Tim Hartshorne has received a $256,289 award from the U.S. Department of Education for his project titled “DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training and Resource Project.”

The project lends books and provides publications and media that reflect best practices in the field of deafblindness, as well as other resources to family, teachers and other service providers of children who are deaf-blind. The project also helps to organize family social events through the Michigan Association for DeafBlind and offers training to professionals and families on a variety of deafblind topics.


Jayne Cherie Strachan asked to join National Advisory Council for the Center of Civic Literacy

Central Michigan University professor of political science Jayne Cherie Strachan has been asked to join the National Advisory Committee for the Center of Civic Literacy at Indiana University-Purdue University. The committee is a group of nationally and internationally prominent scholars recognized for their research on civic education and youth political participation.

Strachan will work with the committee to increase public understanding of the nature of the U.S. civic deficit and its effect on democratic decisionmaking.


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College of Science and Technology

Deric Learman and Andrew Mahon awarded Amazon Web Services teaching grant

Central Michigan University assistant professors of earth and atmospheric sciences Deric Learman and assistant professor of biology Andrew Mahon were recently awarded an Amazon Web Services Teaching Grant. The award, in the form of $1,600 worth of credit from Amazon, enables both professors to use Amazon’s high-powered computer servers as an instructional tool in the BIO 610: Next Generation Sequencing course they instructed this semester.

Access to the AWS servers allows students in the class to do data analysis hands-on, including compiling whole genome assemblies, alignments and analyses using the most modern methods in the field.


Engineering students using pedestrian traffic to produce electricity

Engineering students

Central Michigan University engineering students are generating electricity. Last year, in the entrance of the Engineering and Technology Building, students constructed an electrical panel that serves as a vibration energy harvester to create renewable energy for powering a temperature display.

This year, assistant professor of electrical engineering Tolga Kaya and four students — including Indian River senior Brianna Ohlert, Livonia senior Steven Shapardanis, China senior Fei Pang and Elk Rapids senior Jared Jorgensen — are looking to make further enhancements, adding solar and wind power capabilities. The team aims to increase the device's current output of five watts per hour to 50 watts per hour — enough energy to power a digital display in front of the building.


Andy Mahon and Anna Monfils receive environmental quality award

Central Michigan University professors of biology Andy Mahon and Anna Monfils have received a $202,000 award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a project titled “Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring and Management Control Plan Development.”


Joanne Dannenhoffer receives National Science Foundation award

Joanne Dannenhoffer

Central Michigan University professor of biology Joanne Dannenhoffer has received a $140,403 award from the University of Arizona/National Science Foundation for a project titled “TRMS: Regulation of Early Endosperm Development in Maize ─ Year 5.”

Using maize as a model, the project will allow scientists to explore the gene networks that control endosperm development and function during the first eight to 10 days after pollination. The project will span five years.


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University News

Kathy Irwin reappointed to Library of Michigan board of trustees

Kathy Irwin, Central Michigan University associate dean of libraries, has been reappointed to the Library of Michigan board of trustees. The board is responsible for making policy and budget recommendations to the Michigan Department of Education. Irwin will serve a three-year term.


Traci Guinn receives Workforce Development Agency award

Traci Guinn

Traci Guinn, Central Michigan University interim associate vice president of diversity, has received a $120,000 award from the Workforce Development Agency for a project titled “Student Transition Enrichment Program (STEP) — FY 2014.”

The student transition enrichment program reaches out to first generation students, as well as Pell Grant-eligible transfer students, to help them adjust to life at a four-year institution. The program connects students with existing support services such as academic advising, financial aid and scholarships, career services, and the writing center. The program assists students with increasing their grade point averages, finding a major and graduating in four years.


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