Spring Convocation 2019

Contact: Diana Hearit  
Jan. 24, 2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University Spring Convocation on March 26, 2019

On Western golden "March 26. 2019 Spring Convocation Celebrating Discover"

This event is organized by The Office of Vice President for Research to recognize the work of WMU faculty.

Fetzer Center

9 to 11:30 a.m.
Discovery  Symposia

  • Discovery Symposium on Education, room 2016/2018. Session Chairs:  Selena Protacio and Charles Henderson 
    9 a.m.Introduction  Charles Henderson
    9:05 a.m.

    Opening Remarks — Bob Jorth, The Kalamazoo Promise

    9:15 a.m.

    Project ELATE: Addressing ESL Teacher Professional Development — Selena Protacio, Susan V. Piazza, and Virginia David

    9:30 a.m.

    Humanities for Everybody in the 21st Century — Dini Metro-Roland 

    9:45 a.m.

    The HIL Project: Impetus, Progress, and Future — Patricia Reeves and Jianping Shen 

    10:00 a.m.

    The Interdisciplinary Preparation in Autism Services Project: Lessons Learned about Cross-College Collaboration — Kristal Ehrhardt and Denise Ross

    10:15 a.m.

    The Accelerating Systemic Change Network: Accelerating Change by Bridging the Gap Between Change Researchers and Change Agents — Charles Henderson 

    10:30 a.m.Broncos FIRST: A catalyst for institutional change at WMU — Monica Liggins-Abrams and Andrea Beach 
    10:45 a.m.

    Understanding the Experiences of STEM Doctoral Students from Underrepresented Minority Groups — Megan Grunert-Kowalske

    11:00 a.m.

    The Learning and Teaching of Mathematical Proof and Proving at the Undergraduate Level — Mariana Levin

    11:15 a.m.Discussion and Closing Remarks – Selena Protacio 
  • Discovery Symposium on Sustainability, room 2020. Session Chairs:  Xiaoyun Shao and Maarten Vonhof
    9 a.m.Introduction — Xiaoyun Shao
    9:05 a.m.Opening Remarks — Lisa Mulder from Green Link, Inc., Chem Link, Inc. 
    9:15 a.m.In-Motion Wireless Power Transfer: Environment and Economic Impacts of Electric Vehicle Charging While Driving Technology —  Yogesh Jagdale  
    9:30 a.m.The Use of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology to Improve Fuel Economy— Amol Patil
    9:45 a.m.Innovative application of construction adhesives to enhance resilience of wood residential buildings to natural hazards —  Bilal Alhawande
    10:00 a.m.Using Waste Powder Paint in Cement Mixtures — Dustin Black and Stephen Timmer
    10:15 a.m.Faith, Hope and Sustainability: The Greening of US Faith Communities — Cybelle Shattuck  
    10:35 a.m.Shoring up the Great Lakes coastline: the importance of coastal wetlands in generating unique biodiversity, recreational experiences, and conservation opportunities — Tiffany Schriever
    10:55 a.m.The impact of climate change and forest succession on the atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile organic compounds in northern Michigan — Steve Bertman
    11:15 a.m.

    Discussion and Closing Remarks — Maarten Vonhof

Fulbright Workshop, Room 1040/1050

11:30 to 12:30 p.m.  
Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards Poster Presentations, Lobby

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Discovery Excellence Recognition Luncheon, Invited guests of the Vice President for Research

Keynote speaker: Susan Pozo, 2018 Distinguished Faculty Scholar 

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