1. Marquette and UWM receive NSF grant for freshwater research

Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have received a $675,000 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to form an Industry & University Cooperative Research Center in Milwaukee focused on advancing freshwater research and spurring economic growth.

The I/UCRC combines the individual areas of expertise at the two universities and links those resources with six area water-related industries, with the goal of developing industry-chosen projects involving water equipment, policy and technology.

Dr. Michael Switzenbaum, executive associate dean of the Marquette College of Engineering, and Dr. Erik Christensen, professor of civil engineering and mechanics at UWM, are the principal investigators for the grant and directors of the center. The new Milwaukee I/UCRC is one of about 55 NSF centers in the country and one of only two that focus on freshwater issues.

Five Marquette engineering faculty members are also involved in the I/UCRC — Drs. Tony Bowman, Fabien Josse, Chung Hoon Lee, Charles (Steve) Melching, and Daniel Zitomer.

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2. State license plates to be available with MU monogram

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has signed legislation enabling Marquette alumni, fans and friends to order specialized license plates carrying the blue-and-gold Marquette monogram. State Sen. Jeff Plale and Rep. Pedro Colon sponsored the legislation.

Allowing approximately six months for design and processing, the license plates should be available by next fall. Those requesting the plates will pay a $15 one-time fee for the specialized plate, which can be used for 10 years.

Go online to request a courtesy e-mail when the plates are available for registration and purchase next fall.

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3. Annex showing menís NCAA tournament game Thursday

The Union Sports Annex will open at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18, for the men’s basketball game against Washington in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tip-off time is 6:20 p.m. Food specials and fan giveaways will be offered.

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4. Vote for student engineering project in national competition

A College of Engineering senior design team is one of 16 national finalists in an online competition for best invention with their entry of a human-powered nebulizer.

Voting takes place until Friday, March 19.
 
Working under the direction of Dr. Lars Olson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, the student team of Alex Loy, Marissa Naslund, Alex Palutsis, Charlie Shen, and Mike Siebert refined the human-powered nebulizer, which has been developed by Marquette design teams since 2005.

The online competition, sponsored by Inventors Digest, features the 16 teams chosen by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance as the nation’s top Excellence and Entrepreneurship Teams. In addition to the online competition, the 16 teams will travel to San Francisco to present their projects at the NCIIA’s March Madness for the Mind showcase, March 27.

A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid medicine into a vapor that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Commercial nebulizers use electric compressors or batteries to maintain a constant rate of flow. Marquette’s design replaces the electric compressor with a pedal-powered source for air flow. This would allow the Marquette nebulizer to be used in developing countries where chronic respiratory diseases and acute lower respiratory infections are the third major cause of morbidity and mortality — and where many people do not have electrical power.

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5. Free, open practice sessions of NCAA tournament teams scheduled

Marquette and the City of Milwaukee will host the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship March 19-21 at the Bradley Center. Free, open practice sessions featuring participating teams will be held Thursday, March 18:

• Noon-12:40 p.m. — Minnesota   
• 12:45-1:25 p.m. — Oakland   
• 1:30-2:10 p.m. — Xavier   
• 2:15-2:55 p.m. — Pittsburgh   
• 4:25-5:05 p.m. — Oklahoma State   
• 5:10-5:50 p.m. — Ohio State   
• 5:55-6:35 p.m. — Georgia Tech   
• 6:40-7:20 p.m. — UC Santa Barbara  

Tickets to the games in Milwaukee on March 19 and 21 are still available.

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6. Deadline to pre-register for the spring election is Wednesday

Wisconsin’s spring election will be held Tuesday, April 7, when voters across the state will consider candidates for the Court of Appeals and the Circuit Court.

If students previously registered to vote and their address has not changed, they may simply go to their polling site and vote.

Students who wish to avoid registering at their polling site can pre-register by March 17 at the Milwaukee Central Library at 8th Street and Wisconsin Avenue or at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Those who pre-register must bring a form of government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license from your home state) and proof of residence (such as a utility bill or a lease).

New voters and students with new addresses may register to vote at the polls on Election Day. To register at the polls, students living off-campus must bring a form of government-issued identification and proof of residence. Students who live in university-owned residence halls and apartment buildings only need to bring their Marquette ID to register.

For more information, including where to cast your ballot on Election Day, visit Marquette’s voter information Web site.

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7. Alumnae panel to discuss process of publishing

Alumnae from Marquette's Humanities Graduate Programs will discuss the process of publishing and the works they've published Monday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Panel members include:

• Dr. Loretta Dornisch, Grad ’69 and ’73, professor of religious studies at Edgewood College
• Dr. Jennifer Heinert, Arts ’98, Grad ’01 and ‘06, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County
• Dr. Hye-Kyung Kim, Grad ’99, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dr. Nancy Snow, associate professor of philosophy, will moderate. The event is sponsored by the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette and the Association of English Graduate Students.

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8. Dr. Shawn Copeland to discuss Marquette women and theology

Dr. Shawn Copeland, associate professor of education at Boston College, will present “Marquette women and the shaping of North American theology,” Tuesday, March 23, at 4 p.m., in AMU 227. She was associate professor of theology at Marquette from 1994 to 2003.

Since 1956, more than 200 women have immersed themselves in religious education in nearly all aspects of ministry, and in seminary, college and university teaching, shaping Christian life and thought in North America, according to Copeland. She will discuss these women and how they embody Marquette’s commitment to excellence, leadership, service and faith.

The lecture is held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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9. Graduates to discuss service experiences

Alpha Sigma Nu will sponsor a post-graduate service program featuring panelists sharing their experiences in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, the Milwaukee Jesuit Volunteer Community and AmeriCorps. They’ll discuss the impact of service on their post-graduate careers and answer audience questions about the service corps Tuesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Beaumier Suites B and C.

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10. Former AMUW chair to discuss "What is art for?"

Dr. Ruth Lorand, professor of philosophy at the University of Haifa, Israel, will present "What is art for? Reflections on the film Babette's Feast and Plato's Theory of Art” Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Beaumier Suites. Lorand, who specializes in the history of philosophy, aesthetics and Kant, was the 2005-2006 AMUW chair in humanistic studies and is the author of four books, numerous essays and scholarly papers.

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11. World War II moms are subject of research presentation

Dr. Ana Garner associate professor of journalism, and Dr. Karen Slattery, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication, will present “Mobilizing mother: From good mother to patriotic mother in World War I,” at noon Thursday, March 25, in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. The presentation will focus on how the U.S. government and wartime media mobilized mothers of soldiers to accept the nation’s sacrifice of their children.

Light lunch and beverages are provided. Registration is encouraged.

The presentation is part of a year-long series sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries and women’s and gender studies in celebration of the Centennial Celebration of women at Marquette. The last event in the series will feature Dr. Ellen Eckman, associate professor of education, and Dr. Heather Hlavka, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, Wednesday, April 14.

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12. Engineering courses for young students offered during spring break

The College of Engineering Outreach Program is offering three engineering programs during spring break. During the week-long programs, students can design their own robots and girls can learn about opportunities offered by engineering. Classes are $150 and limited to 15 students, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The spring break programs are:

Super SUMO-bot Competition, RCX — April 5-9, from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 8 to 16.

Engineering … It’s a Girls’ Thing — April 5-9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 to 11

Engineering for Young Women — April 5-9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 12-18

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