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NMU Food Recovery Network Making Impact

Nov. 1, 2018 —
Northern Michigan University is home to the first official U.P. chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a nationwide student organization that recovers perishable food from campus dining facilities and donates it to people in need. The NMU Food Recovery Network delivers leftover food from NMU Dining locations to the Warming Center in downtown Marquette—an appropriate cause to highlight as Hunger Awareness Month kicks off. The student group will begin an awareness initiative next week related to the water footprint of food.

Warchol Addresses Illegal Wildlife Trade

Nov. 1, 2018 —
Northern Michigan University Professor Greg Warchol is one of the world’s leading experts on the illegal wildlife trade. He was among the first to address the criminal justice aspects, from factors driving the multi-billion dollar international black market to organized crime’s involvement. Warchol recently published a book titled “Exploiting the Wilderness: An Analysis of Wildlife Crime.” He will give a presentation on the topic and display about 30 photos he took during several research trips to Africa from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the gallery area of NMU’s Olson Library.

Arab-Israeli Conflict Explored

Nov. 1, 2018 —

Middle East scholar Asaf Romirowsky will present “United Nations Relief and Works Agency: The Crux of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief. NMU’s Jewish Student Union is hosting his talk. It will begin at 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 5, in the Huron Room of the University Center. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Annie Humphrey Performs at NMU

Nov. 1, 2018 —

Singer-songwriter Annie Humphrey, the Native American Music Awards' 2018 Artist of the Year, will perform Saturday, Nov. 10, at Northern Michigan University. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Her performance is in conjunction with the U.P. Beaumier Heritage Center's exhibition, Ancestral Women. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $1 for NMU students.

Zoology, Theater Combine in 'Sweeney Todd'

Oct. 31, 2018 —
NMU senior Abby Persoon has found a unique way to combine her zoology major with her theater minor by matching different bird species to each of the principle characters in the Forest Roberts Theatre (FRT) production of Sweeney Todd. Persoon worked closely with FRT director Keli Truckey to base each character on a bird to capture an underlying theme of bird imagery that most people aren’t aware is included in the play.

Studio 102 Enhances Online Course Delivery

Oct. 30, 2018 —
NMU recently unveiled Studio 102, a new facility in the Harden Learning Resources Center that enables faculty to record content for online courses and explore virtual reality tools. The centerpiece is a glass lightboard that enables a professor to write in luminous liquid chalk while facing the camera, making “eye contact” with the audience and enhancing student engagement. Software flips the text so that it reads correctly during viewing. Studio lighting, along with acoustic panels on the walls and a rubber floor, also contribute to high-quality video and audio recording capability.

Governor Announces New Cyber Hub at NMU

Oct. 29, 2018 —
A new cybersecurity training hub at Northern Michigan University will accelerate talent development for the high-demand cybersecurity industry, creating jobs in the Upper Peninsula and making U.P. residents and businesses less vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today announced plans to open the hub as part of the Michigan Cyber Range Network.

Truckey Receives State Award

Oct. 25, 2018 —
Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU, was awarded the Peninsulas Prize by the Michigan Museums Association at its annual meeting Oct. 29 in Dearborn. The statewide prize honors an individual or organization that has “demonstrated the significance and impact of community engagement over the last year.” According to the award description, it recognizes the “ability to engage with its community, showcase multiple perspectives, address community needs or concerns, and/or bridge the gap between the past and present.”

NMU Hosts Artificial Intelligence Talks

Oct. 25, 2018 —
Northern Michigan University alumnus Bob Stefanski will present "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Jobs." He is co-founder and managing director of eLab Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor that invests in technology startup companies at the forefront of artificial intelligence development. His talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Reynolds Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

NMU Presents Veteran's Day Concert

Oct. 25, 2018 —
The Music Department at Northern Michigan University is presenting a Veterans Day choral concert that will feature patriotic American songs from different war periods and guest speakers from different branches of the military. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Reynolds Recital Hall. There is no cost to attend. Donation-based proceeds will go to DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

NMU Seeks Community Input on Master Plan

Oct. 23, 2018 —

Northern Michigan University is seeking community input on its campus master plan, which will provide a guide for future physical changes on campus. NMU recorded a recent campus forum where alternatives surrounding seven planning themes were presented, and created a corresponding online survey to gather feedback. The survey will remain open through Friday, Nov. 2.

Brain Tumor Center Offers Tours

Oct. 23, 2018 —

The Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) at Northern Michigan University is hosting laboratory tours, followed by presentations by master’s students on their thesis projects. The tours will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in West Science rooms 1610 and 1612. Refreshments will be served.

The thesis presentations will be held in the Mead Auditorium of West Science, room 2701.

The event comes behind international Brain Tumor Awareness week, which ends Oct. 27. For more information, contact Amber LaCrosse at 227-2377.

Swimming Magazine Cites Jensen Study

Oct. 18, 2018 —

A conference paper published by Randall Jensen, professor of Health and Human Performance, is referenced in a Swimming World Magazine article on the backstroke to breaststroke transition turn in the individual medley. Jensen's study analyzed the turns of 14 NCAA Division II women swimmers and found no difference in force among three common styles—open, bucket and crossover—but the bucket turn held the edge for fastest.

Patent and Trademark Official Presents at NMU

Oct. 18, 2018 —

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.

NMU Researches Mobile App Anxiety Treatment

Oct. 18, 2018 —

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.

FROST Aids Evidence Tech Training

Oct. 18, 2018 —

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.

NMU Board Ensures Continued Compliance with Sexual Misconduct Laws

Oct. 17, 2018 —

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.

Grant Supports Civic Learning

Oct. 17, 2018 —

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.

Research Fellows Present Work Oct. 25

Oct. 16, 2018 —

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.