1. Academic centers merge to form statewide energy research organization

Marquette and three other academic energy research organizations have merged to form a single statewide organization, headquartered in Milwaukee, with a mission of making Wisconsin a nationally recognized center of expertise to advance energy, power and control technologies.

The Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium will be announced by the organization’s chairman, Alan Perlstein, along with the selection of its executive director, founder and former ReGENco CEO John Bobrowich, at the group’s first research symposium, Wednesday, Sept. 22. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the AMU ballrooms.
The consortium brings together the state’s four largest engineering schools — Marquette University, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Milwaukee School of Engineering — with eight industry partners, including American Transmission Company, DRS Technologies, Eaton, Johnson Controls Inc., Kohler, Rockwell Automation, We Energies and LEM USA.
The Milwaukee universities and their industry partners were previously known as the Southeastern Wisconsin Energy Technology Research Consortium.
Seven research projects were funded by the organization last year and some of those outcomes will be discussed at the WERC research symposium. The projects cut across a wide variety of advanced energy technologies including biofuels, wind power, energy storage, thermoelectric materials and building energy efficiency.

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2. St. Paul is subject of tomorrow’s Wade Lecture

Rev. Tom Stegman, S.J., associate professor of New Testament and professor ordinarius at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, will present “The Language of Righteousness in the Letters of St. Paul: A Case for ‘Both-And’” for the Rev. Francis Wade, S.J., Chair Public Lecture. The lecture will be held tomorrow, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. A reception will follow. RSVP to Dr. Catharine Malloy, program coordinator for the Francis Wade, S.J., Chair, at 8-4022.

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3. Boden Lecture to cover effect of Milwaukee’s industrial past on property law

The Law School will host the 14th annual Robert F. Boden Lecture, Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Eckstein Hall Appellate Courtroom. Thomas Merrill, professor of law at Columbia Law School and a national leader in legal academics, will present, “Melms v. Pabst Brewing Co. and the changing conception of property in American law,” a discussion about how Milwaukee’s industrial past has affected American property law.

RSVP online. For more information contact Carol Dufek, events coordinator, at 8-6452.

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4. Race/ethnicity data requested from employees

All Marquette employees will receive an e-mail Wednesday, Sept. 22, asking them to update their race/ethnicity information in MyJob by Wednesday, Oct. 6. The e-mail will come from Human Resources with the subject line “Race/Ethnicity Data Collection.”

Marquette University, like all educational institutions, is required to report aggregate race/ethnicity data to the U.S. Department of Education each year. Effective for fall 2010, the U.S. Department of Education is requiring all colleges/universities to change the way race/ethnicity data is collected and reported for employees and students. Student data is collected at registration.

It’s very important that all employees update their information. Doing so will help ensure that Marquette University continues to qualify for certain types of federal, state and other aid as well as awards, grants and honors are based on these data. It should take less than two minutes to update your data.

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5. Teaching Enhancement Award applications being accepted

The submission guidelines for the 2011 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Awards are now available. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2010.

This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. The award fosters improvement in student learning within specific courses or clusters of courses. Projects for 2011-12 that feature innovations that promote active learning and/or the use of e-learning approaches are of particular interest.

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6. Proposals to develop summer 2011 online courses requested

The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting applications from faculty to develop online classes for 2011 summer sessions. Up to 10 classes will be accepted, with preference being given to undergraduate core courses. Other classes will be considered, but courses that have already been developed for online offering but are being taught by a different instructor are not eligible.

Faculty are assisted by an instructional designer provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty are paid $3,500 to develop an online course and are paid in regular fashion for teaching their summer online course.

Contact Dr. David Buckhold, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268 by Friday, Sept. 24, with the course name and number along with information about when the course will be taught online if not next summer.

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7. ROTC midshipman to receive national scholarship

Naval ROTC Midshipman Donna Jo Meyer will receive a Medal of Honor Scholarship on Thursday, Sept. 23, from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in partnership with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation. Only one student nationally from each ROTC branch — U.S Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps — receives the scholarship each year.
Meyer, a senior in the College of Engineering, was selected for her demonstrated leadership performance, exemplifying the spirit of courage, selflessness and service, and pursuit of academic and military excellence. She will receive the award from Medal of Honor recipient retired Sgt. Allen Lynch, USA; and retired Lt. Gen. Nick Kehoe, USAF, in a private campus ceremony.
For more information contact Lt. Scott Jones at 8-7076.

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8. Program to address research proposal rejections and strategies for resubmission

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host “Revising and Resubmitting Unfunded Proposals” Thursday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite A.

This session will explore reasons why proposals are rejected and offer strategies for revising and resubmitting unfunded proposals. Examples of reviewers’ comments will be used so participants can determine whether resubmission is worthwhile, and if so, how and what changes should be made. The session will also provide a brief overview of the review and resubmission process and funding rates of major federal agencies.

The program will be presented by Dr. Marjorie Piechowski, director of research support, and Michelle Schoenecker, senior technical grant writer, from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Refreshments will be provided.

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9. Geske to discuss violence and healing on live webcast

Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law, will participate in a live webcast of Talking Resolution: A Conversation on Violence, Restorative Justice, and Human Rights tomorrow, Sept. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Geske and Scott Straus, associate professor of political science and international studies and director of the Human Rights Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will consider whether victims, their families, communities and countries can heal after unspeakable acts of violence, and explore what is meant by international human rights.

The discussion is part of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters' “Talk to Me Conversation Series.” The discussion will take place at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall, 221 State Street.

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10. Co-founder of nonviolence center to discuss peace in the Holy Land

Mubarak Awad, co-founder of the Palestine Center for the Study of Nonviolence and professor of international service at American University, will present a lecture on “Prospects for the use of nonviolence in promoting peace in the Holy Land.” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in AMU 157.

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11. Owner of Oakbrook Esser Studios to conduct gallery walk-through

Paul Phelps, owner of Oakbrook Esser Studios, will host a gallery walk-through of “And Then There Was Light: Theological Implications of Stained Glass,” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the The Haggerty Museum of Art.

The program is held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Let There be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings from the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios. The exhibition examines the function of stained glass as a means for religious storytelling and investigates how that history impacts the understanding of work in stained glass by contemporary viewers. Works designed by Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mayer of Munich, Leo Cartwright, Johann Minten, Janet McKenzie and James Walker will be featured in the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 2, 2011.

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12. Biological sciences and chemistry colloquiums to be held Friday

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold a colloquium Friday, Sept. 24, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Jun Zhu, director of the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will present “NextGen Sequencing Analysis of Eukaryotic Transcriptomes.”

Dr. Robson Storey, professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present a Department of Chemistry colloquium Friday, Sept. 24. Storey will present “Functional Polyisobutylenesvia End-Quenching of Living Cationic Polymerization” at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121.

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13. "Digital imaging and scanning in D2L" to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Digital imaging and scanning in D2L” Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

Additional sessions this semester will include:

Oct. 13 — Video and audio production and distribution in D2L
Oct. 27 — Synchronous technology
Nov. 10 — Using social networking tools in teaching
Dec. 1 — Emerging technologies
Dec. 8 — Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses

All sessions are in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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14. Events, cell phone drive featured for Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2010: Many Voices – One Message will run through Saturday, Sept. 25, with events to honor survivors, raise awareness and educate about communication and respect in dating relationships. Highlights include:

  • 8th Annual O’Donnell Hall Teeter Totter-a-thon, through noon Wednesday, Sept. 22, at various locations across campus.
  • “Sex @7: Do You Ask for It?” program that will address culture and its impact on "consent" at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 20, in AMU Henke Lounge.
  • Artwork display by clients of The Healing Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 21, on AMU second floor.
  • Soup with Substance: Sexual Violence in the Global Community — discussion on gender violence and its impact on the global community, noon Wednesday, Sept. 22, in AMU 157.
  • “Can I Kiss You?” keynote address by Mike Domitrz, author and speaker from Domitrz & Associates, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Weasler Auditorium. 
  • Rock Against Rape — a concert benefiting The Healing Center, beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Weasler auditorium.

Also as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories will be collected for the Verizon Wireless Hopeline program. Donated phones can help victims by giving them a way to call emergency or support services, employers, family and friends. Anyone donating a phone should erase personal data on the phone before donating it. Phones, from any wireless provider, can be donated at the AMU Information Desk and Department of Public Safety, Parking Structure 1, through Friday, Sept. 24. Donated phones are not tax deductible.

For more information contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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15. Repairs on Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp begin this week

Excavation to repair the closed on-ramp from Wisconsin Avenue to I-94 south/I-43 south begins today, Sept. 20. Pile-driving is scheduled to take place daily from about 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning tomorrow, Sept. 21, through Thursday or Friday this week.

For more information about alternate routes contact the WisDOT Statewide Traffic Operations Center at (414) 227-2142.

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16. Microsoft products offered at reduced prices through ITS

Faculty and staff can purchase the latest version of Office ($9.95) or Windows 7 ($14.95) for their home computers through ITS through the Microsoft Campus agreement.

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17. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in AMU 362, and Friday, Sept. 24, in AMU 364. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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