1. Faculty promoted for fall 2014 semester

Marquette University has promoted 27 faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure, effective for the fall 2014 semester. One additional faculty member was granted tenure, seven full-time participating faculty were promoted to clinical associate professor and one full-time participating faculty was promoted to clinical professor.

Promoted to professor are: Dr. Dmitri Babikov, chemistry; Dr. Sandra Hunter, exercise science; Janine Kim, law; Dr. Daniel Rowe, mathematics, statistics and computer science; and Dr. Pinfen Yang, biological sciences.

Promoted to associate professor with tenure are: Dr. Scott Beardsley, biomedical engineering; Dr. Pilar Bellver, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Kati Tusinski Berg, strategic communication; Dr. Jeffrey Berry, speech pathology and audiology; Dr. Marilyn Bratt, nursing; Bruce Boyden, law; Dr. Jeffrey Drope, political science; Dr. Alison Efford, history; Dr. Jenn Fishman, English; Dr. Paul Gasser, biomedical sciences; Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt, biomedical engineering; Nadelle Grossman, law; Dr. April Harkins, clinical laboratory sciences; Dr. Amy Van Hecke, psychology; Dr. Qianhua Ling, accounting; Dr. Marta Magiera, mathematics, statistics and computer science; Dr. Felicia Miller, marketing; Dr. Dawne Moon, social and cultural sciences; Kali Murray, law; Dr. Julia Paulk, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Philip Voglewede, mechanical engineering; Dr. Michael Wert, history.

Dr. Ronda Hughes, associate professor of nursing, was granted tenure.

Dr. Lance Hashimoto, a full-time participating faculty member in the School of Dentistry's Department of Surgical Sciences, was promoted to clinical professor.

Full-time participating faculty members promoted to clinical associate professor are: Catherine Bril, physician assistant studies; Dr. Jadwiga Hjertstedt, dental clinical services; David Leigh, exercise science; Patrick Loftis, physician assistant studies; Dr. Paul Luepke, dental surgical sciences; Dr. Conrad Nenn, general dental sciences; Dr. Andrew Starsky, physical therapy.

Academic tenure is intended to guarantee a faculty member the right to academic freedom and to not have his or her position terminated without just cause. It is achieved through demonstrating a strong record of published research and academic visibility, teaching and administrative service.

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2. Attend Committee on Diversity and Equity listening session for staff and students this week

The Committee on Diversity and Equity is hosting the final session in a series of listening sessions exploring challenges and opportunities related to diversity and equity at Marquette. The joint session for both staff and students will take place Wednesday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163.

For more information, contact Dr. Jean Grow, associate professor of strategic communication and advertising, and chair of the University Committee on Diversity and Equity, at (414) 288-6357. Staff and students who are unable to attend but would like to share feedback should email it to Grow.

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3. Therapy animals on campus tomorrow to combat midterm stress

Stress relief activities, including therapy animals, will be available for students Tuesday, March 4, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby, to help relieve midterm stress.

This event is sponsored by the Counseling Center and MUSG.

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4. Ash Wednesday Masses will be held March 5

In observation of the beginning of Lent, Campus Ministry will hold Ash Wednesday Masses on Wednesday, March 5. Mass will be celebrated at noon in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family, and at 9 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu, and an Ecumenical Prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. In addition, Church of the Gesu will hold Masses at 6:15 a.m., 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director in Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-0522.

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5. Applications available for students to assist with Preview and New Student and Family Orientation

The Office of Student Development is currently recruiting students to represent Marquette for 2014 Preview and New Student and Family Orientation. Information sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in the AMU, 374, and Tuesday March, 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU, 228.

Group Discussion Leader and Family Program Assistant applications are due by Friday, March 7, at 11:59 p.m., and interviews will be conducted in mid-March.

More information is available on the Office of Student Development website. The application for Group Discussion Leaders and Family Program Assistants can be found on Marquette Involvement Link.

For additional information, contact the Orientation Planning Team at (414) 288-3157.

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6. Maria Dittman Library Research Competition now accepting student papers

The Maria Dittman Library Research Competition is accepting submissions through Friday, March 21. The competition recognizes the importance of library research in academia and offers a $200 prize in three categories: freshman and sophomore, junior and senior, and graduate and professional papers. Submissions must be A-grade papers written during the 2013 calendar year at Marquette. Full submission details and the entry form are now available.

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7. Applications for Women's and Gender Studies fellowships due March 28

The Women's and Gender Studies program is seeking proposals for four research fellowships to be awarded to faculty and undergraduate students for summer 2014. Two collaborative research fellowships will be awarded to faculty and undergraduate student teams for research to be performed in the summer and fall of 2014 related to gender and/or sexuality. In addition, two undergraduate summer research fellowships will be awarded for undergraduate research related to gender and/or sexuality, performed under the supervision of a faculty member during summer 2014.

Students and faculty in all disciplines and colleges are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, students must be undergraduates who will be enrolled at Marquette during fall 2014. All fellowship recipients will be expected to present their research to the campus community at a formal event in November. Contact Dr. Carla Hay, associate professor of history and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program, at (414) 288-7150, for an application. Applications are due by Friday, March 28.

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8. Registration for Lil' Sibs weekend is now open

The Residence Hall Association will host Lil' Sibs Weekend 2014: Solar Sibs, April 11-13. The weekend will be full of "out of this world" events that will give current students and their younger siblings memories for years to come. Siblings and guests ages five and older are welcome to stay overnight in the residence halls and participate in an array of events during the weekend.

Online registration is now open and priority online registration will be open until March 28. On-site registration will be available Friday, April 11.

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9. Weekly meditation sessions offered to relieve stress

The Counseling Center and the Marquette University Medical Clinic will host an eight-week mindfulness-based meditation series to aid in stress reduction. The 30-minute sessions will take place Tuesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the 707 Building, through April 8. To register, contact Julie Bach, patient services representative in the Marquette University Medical Clinic.

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10. Biological Sciences to host seminar on the genetic causes of complex traits

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will continue with "Deciphering the Genetic Causes of Complex Traits Using C. elegans," Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Erik Anderson of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University, will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. Allison Abbott, associate professor of biological sciences.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at (414) 288-7355.

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11. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting research impact workshop March 12

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host a workshop on tracking research impact Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. The workshop is geared toward faculty and graduate students. Participants will learn about several research impact measurement tools used for science research, such as Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports, Figenfactor Scores, H-Index, SCIMago Journal and Country Ranks, as well as alternative metrics sources.

The workshop will be led by librarians with specialties in engineering, nursing, biological sciences, mathematics, economics and psychology research. Refreshments will be provided. Register online. For additional information, contact Heather James, research and instructional librarian, at (414) 288-6295.

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12. J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts to be shown publicly on Friday

Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections will host a public showing of selected original manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Friday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at (414) 288-5906.

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