James McPherson of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will visit Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to discuss how intellectual property applies to students and small businesses. The program will focus on how to protect ideas through the patent process and how to protect branding through trademarks. He will discuss USPTO and local resources for pro se applicants and how to navigate the USPTO without an attorney. The presentation and question-and-answer session is scheduled from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in room 1706 of the West Science Building.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting about 40 million adults in the United States. The Department of Psychological Science at Northern Michigan University is researching a nontraditional approach—a mobile phone app—to treat negative emotional symptoms related to anxiety. NMU’s Cognitive x Affective Behavior & Integrative Neuroscience (CABIN) Lab is seeking participants for a six-week study involving cell phone use. A National Institute of Mental Health grant is supporting the project.
The NMU Public Safety Institute conducts annual training for evidence technicians, alternating between an intensive two-week basic course one year and a series of two-day refreshers the next. The refreshers being held on campus this month focus on death investigations because the institute partnered with NMU’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) and Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory. Both locations offer hands-on training to complement the classroom instruction provided with support from the Michigan State Police.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has directed the administration to ensure compliance with federal and state laws governing sexual misconduct, including the recent Doe vs. Baum ruling. In that University of Michigan case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that when a Title IX disciplinary proceeding involves competing narratives that require a credibility determination, both parties have a constitutional right to cross-examine each other and witnesses in the presence of decision-makers.
Northern Michigan University English professor Wendy Farkas is using an Endeavor Foundation grant to integrate civic learning into the English general education curriculum. NMU is among 24 institutions selected for funding from 134 applicants. The funding supports an Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) initiative called “Civic Prompts: Civic Learning in the Major by Design.” The initiative seeks to incorporate civic-minded studies and social responsibility as components within students’ major fields of study.
NMU Honors Program student and Wildcat football player Aaron Rochow researched the political and economic institutions in the neighboring African countries of Botswana and Zimbabwe to better understand their different development paths. He traveled to Botswana through a Lundin Summer Research Fellowship. Rochow and four other students will give presentations on their summer projects at an Oct. 25 event honoring donor Rich Lundin.
Dutch saxophonist Hans de Jong will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Northern Michigan University's Reynolds Recital Hall as part of the Siril Concert Series. Admission is free.
In addition to performing as a saxophone soloist and with chamber music ensembles, de Jong is a composer and teacher. He is professor of classical saxophone and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium, and artistic director/conductor for the Royal Antwerp Saxophone Project.
The NMU Orchestra and the STARS Youth Orchestra will give a joint performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Reynolds Recital Hall. They will perform three movements of the "Capriol Suite" by Peter Warlock. The concert is free and open to the public.
The STARS Youth Orchestra is a string ensemble that is part of the Soo Theatre Project in Sault Ste. Marie. A former graduate of the NMU music program, Maggie Twining, is the director of the STARS Youth Orchestra.
Invent@NMU launched its first kiosk Oct. 11 in Gogebic County. The kiosk allows inventors and entrepreneurs to learn about the services offered, submit an idea for a product or business and receive a response from the Invent@NMU team within three business days. It will rotate locations throughout Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield.