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CMU awards and highlights

February awards and highlights

Revisit recent awards, highlights and announcements about faculty, staff and programs

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Here’s a roundup of accolades, highlights and announcements related to Central Michigan University faculty, students, programs and departments from the past month.

Passion for oboe reed making

School of Music faculty member Lindabeth Binkley started making reeds for her oboe when she was 14. By the time she was principal oboist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona, she would make reeds daily.Though her work at CMU keeps her busy, Binkley recently created an Instagram page, @thinthetip, to help keep herself on track with her passion. Posting #OboeReedADay, Binkley is able to hold herself accountable, showcase her work and reflect about how she makes her reeds.

College of Medicine adds 3D printer

The College of Medicine now has a 3D printer that literally will give students a new way to look at things. The printer will be used largely to produce models for the anatomy laboratory. Students also will have some exposure to 3D printing in radiology and surgery, said Robert Petersen, professor of cell biology, genetics and neuroscience.

CMU Health doctor honored

CMU Health's Dr. Chet Morrison has been awarded a Presidential Citation by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. "We are proud to have Dr. Morrison represent CMU to the region,” said Dr. Samuel Shaheen, executive director of CMU Medical Education Partners. “Citations of this capacity are reserved for passionate medical professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields. This is a great achievement.”

Students, faculty win Kennedy honors

Students and faculty earned honors at the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Madison, Wisconsin.Eighteen CMU Theatre and Dance students participated in workshops; attended productions; and competed against students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Competitions covered acting, design-related fields, stage management, "tech Olympics" and auditions for staged readings learned during the week.

Protecting underwater resources

A three-day conference at CMU examined public access to Michigan's underwater cultural resources and the research potential they hold. The Underwater Cultural Resources Public Access and Research Conference, held Feb. 25-27 at the Courtyard by Marriott Mount Pleasant at CMU, highlighted current research, engaged constituents and stakeholders in discussing current issues fostering or inhibiting research, and developed an action plan that will direct the future study of these fragile resources while promoting public access, tourism and management of water-dependent use in coastal communities.

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