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October awards and highlights

Here’s a recap of recognition for CMU faculty, students and more from the last month

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Central Michigan University faculty, students, staff, alumni, colleges and departments regularly receive accolades and honors. Here's a roundup of recognition from October.

Studying Mayan migration 

Anthropology faculty member Cathy Willermet co-edited a book on Mayan history, "Bioarcheology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: An Interdisciplinary Approach."

The book is a result of a study conducted in Honduras, Belize and Mexico that addresses migration and mobility, ethnicity, and social identity. 

CMU prof to advise governor 

Lawrence Lemke, chair of Central Michigan University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was appointed by Gov. Rick Synder as one of nine members of the state Environmental Science Advisory Board. The board advises the governor on issues affecting protection of the environment and management of natural resources. 

Prof's book explores 'Night Vale' 

English department faculty member Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock published "Critical Approaches to 'Welcome to Night Vale': Podcasting Between Weather and the Void," the first-ever book to examine one particular podcast.

Davies: Student-centered leader 

CMU President Bob Davies received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the University at Buffalo's annual Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony. 

"Robert Davies has been a lifelong champion of higher education, known for his student-centered philosophy, commitment to the community and inclusive leadership style," said Rodney M. Grabowski, vice president for university advancement at the University at Buffalo. 

Sales team makes the final cut 

CMU professional sales students competed among 12 teams in the final round of the AT&T National Sales Competition in Dallas, Texas. The students first competed against more than 30 colleges and universities in a virtual preliminary round. 

Art in the Michigan Legislature 

An initiative to promote art in everyday life chose three pieces of CMU student artwork for display in the Anderson House Office Building and Binsfield Senate Building for the next year: "Untitled," by Alexander Steele and Brandon VanWormer; "Dreaming," by Brendan Bowers; and "Tragedy Dates," by Michaela Westra. 

Professor investigates breast cancer treatment decisions 

A study by communication and dramatic arts faculty member Kirsten Weber focuses on how the involvement of breast cancer patients in treatment decisions can improve relationships and experiences. The research will help health care practitioners better understand how to communicate with patients for long-term results. 


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