Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:47:00 -0000 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:47:00 -0000 Week in Pictures, Nov. 16, 2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:01:08 +0000 NASA-Funded Research <p> The Andrews University Division of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) offers numerous research opportunities for undergraduates.</p> <p> Jay Johnson, professor of engineering, works with students on a NASA-funded research opportunity. He says, &ldquo;In general, I study space weather in Earth's magnetosphere. Earth's magnetosphere is created by the strong dipole magnetic field of the earth, which creates a cavity in the solar wind.&nbsp;A key challenge of space weather research is to understand how energetic particle populations of Earth and other planets respond to solar wind structures which requires integrated modeling efforts linking the solar wind, outer and inner magnetosphere regions.&rdquo;</p> <p> STEM also involves students in research projects such as the following:</p> <ul> <li> LIGO research on gravitational waves</li> <li> Forensic chemistry</li> <li> NSF-funded project &ldquo;ECL sensor development with mobile technologies&rdquo;</li> <li> Pancreatic cancer detection</li> <li> &ldquo;Greening&rdquo; a refugee camp in Jordan, Health Center landscape design</li> <li> Syngas usability in fuel cells</li> <li> Bovine viral leucosis level and SCC in milk</li> <li> Mathematical modeling with a Seabird Ecology Team</li> </ul> <p> For more information and to learn how you can become involved, visit the Division of STEM website at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> For a video on research, see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:00:25 +0000 W Richard Lesher Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:50:51 +0000 Architecture Team Returns from Puerto Rico <p> <strong>Update: </strong>The architecture team returned from their trip on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6. Read the WSBT22 News story <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and an interview with News Talk 94.9 WSJM <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and abc57 News <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> On Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m., Andrew von Maur, professor of architecture, Troy Homenchuk, adjunct professor, and 16 graduate architecture students, traveled to Puerto Rico to help with disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. They were there until October 6.</p> <p> Victor Perez Andino, an Andrews architecture student, is from Puerto Rico and helped the school to connect with a project there. Beginning in July 2017, the graduate Urban Design Studio began to pursue a service project in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="">Proyecto ENLACE del Ca&ntilde;o Mart&iacute;n Pe&ntilde;a</a>. The purpose of the project is to assist with the design of new housing and public spaces in a flood-prone, impoverished informal settlement in central San Juan. The studio has been working on preliminary studies since late August, and planned to visit the site and engage the community in a participatory design process beginning on Sept. 26, 2017. But then hurricane Irma hit, followed by hurricane Maria on September 20&mdash;an event that will change the island forever.</p> <p> Since then, the project scope has broadened significantly, and God opened all of the necessary doors for the team to help. The airline rebooked the group just in time for commercial flights to resume. The small private guest house complex there was spared major damage and can accommodate them. A fire fighter/EMS professional provided free disaster relief training and certified many of the team in First Aid/CPR/AED. They were able to purchase thousands of dollars in supplies and are takings bags and bags of things people need desperately: water filters, tarps, sanitary products, baby formula, batteries, flashlights, solar lamps and chargers, ropes, non-perishable food, water boots, chainsaws, tools, duct tape, two-way radios, first aid kits, plus Spanish GLOW-tracts (which were stuck in the packaging of the donated goods).</p> <p> Puerto Rico is virtually without electricity or cell phone coverage, most streets in the neighborhoods they are visiting are still flooded. There are dead animals floating around, the airport is running at a limited capacity, there&rsquo;s a severe fuel shortage, hospitals and commercial establishments are unable to operate, 40% of Puerto Ricans are without a clean water supply&hellip;the people of Puerto Rico need prayers and help.</p> <p> If you are willing to donate towards aid for affected families at Ca&ntilde;o Mart&iacute;n Pe&ntilde;a, you can give online at&nbsp;<a href=";only=y">Puerto Rice Project-AU Architecture</a>&nbsp;or send checks to the School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design, 8435 E Campus Circle Drive, Berrien Springs, MI 49104.&nbsp;All proceeds will go directly to aid.</p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:52:14 +0000 Summerscales Part of Nobel Prize Winning Research <p> Andrews University is excited to announce and congratulate our colleague, Tiffany Summerscales, professor of physics, for her part in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory(LIGO) Scientific Collaboration recognized today with a Nobel Prize in Physics for its discoveries of gravitational waves. Three of that project&rsquo;s leaders, <a href="">Rainer Weiss</a>&nbsp;of Massachusetts Institute of Technology,&nbsp;<a href="">Kip Thorne</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Barry C Barish</a>, both of Caltech, are the specific named recipients of today&rsquo;s Nobel Prize. In announcing the award, the Royal Swedish Academy called it &ldquo;a discovery that shook the world.&rdquo;</p> <p> Summerscales, along with her students, represented Andrews University as one of 103 academic institutions in 18 countries that make up the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that worked with Weiss, Thorne and Barish on this project. That research led to confirmation of Albert Einstein&rsquo;s 1916 theory that gravitational waves travel across our universe at the speed of light&mdash;stretching space in one direction and shrinking it in the direction that is at right angles. To help confirm the theory, LIGO measures those fluctuations by monitoring two light beams traveling between pairs of mirrors down pipes running in different directions. The two LIGO detectors are located at Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to acknowledge and celebrate the brilliance, determination and skill of Tiffany Summerscales and our students (a complete list of participating students is included below) as part of that LIGO Scientific Collaboration that resulted in the landmark Gravitational Waves discoveries that made today&rsquo;s Nobel recognition possible,&rdquo; says Margarita Mattingly, chair of the Andrews University Department of Physics and STEM Division. &ldquo;Also, on a day to day basis, we appreciate Tiffany&rsquo;s significant and passionate work as a teacher who impacts each one of our Andrews University students who do research, work as teaching and learning assistants, and who learn each day in her classes.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;At Andrews, we talk about how important it is to Learn Deeply, to emphasize meaningful creativity and scholarship as an essential part of our students&rsquo; studies while they are here,&rdquo; says Andrea Luxton, president of Andrews University. &ldquo;Professor Summerscales&rsquo; work on this Nobel Prize winning effort, accompanied by the work of dedicated students over more than a decade, represents the very best of this commitment on the part of the university to offer transforming education and research, accomplished alongside the very best and most dedicated teachers who make up our faculty.&rdquo;</p> <p> Here is a list of Andrews University students who assisted Tiffany Summerscales as undergraduate members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration:</p> <p> Nicholas Valles&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematics, 2008)</em><br /> Jonathon Van Ornam&nbsp;<em>(BS biophysics, 2009)</em><br /> Philip Roberts&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies, 2007; MS mathematics and science, 2009)</em><br /> Jason Lee&nbsp;<em>(BS biophysics, 2008)</em><br /> Eric&nbsp;Shull&nbsp;<em>(BS mathematics, 2009)</em><br /> Garret Catron&nbsp;<em>(BSE engineering, 2011)</em><br /> Andrew Hoff&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, 2011)</em><br /> Chris Greenley&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies, 2013)</em><br /> Michael McMearty&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematics, 2015)</em><br /> Belinda Cheeseboro&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies, 2015) [current LIGO member, West Virgina University]</em><br /> William Tritch&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematics, 2014)</em><br /> Fritz Miot&nbsp;<em>(BS biophysics, 2015)</em><br /> Jonathan Wheeler&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies; BSE engineering, 2016)</em><br /> Shannen Velasquez&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, in progress)</em><br /> Isabel Stafford&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies, 2016)</em><br /> Gia Smart&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, in progress)</em><br /> Richard Clark&nbsp;<em>(BSM music, 2017)</em><br /> Jacob Willard&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, BA music, in progress)</em><br /> Zachariah Swerdlow&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematical studies, in progress)</em><br /> Lukasz Krzywon&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, mathematics, 2017)</em><br /> Darrick Horton&nbsp;<em>(BS physics, BSE engineering, in progress)</em><br /> Kelsey Rook&nbsp;<em>(BS computer science, in progress)</em></p> <p> When describing how faith and learning intersect in her research, Tiffany Summerscales says that she believes that &ldquo;God is Creator and that His creation shows us elements of His character. Studying the universe has shown me that God is imaginative and loves variety. His creation also has such great depth that we will never run out of surprises or things to explore. And as a scientist and a Christian, I absolutely love that.&rdquo; You can read the entire interview on Summerscales&rsquo; Gravitational Waves research, &rdquo;Historic Wavelengths,&rdquo; in the winter 2016 issue of the Andrews University FOCUS <a href="">here</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:45:21 +0000 Health & Wellness Center Construction Updates <p> Visible progress in preparation for the planned Health &amp; Wellness Center is apparent as we travel around campus these days. Here is an overview of some recent happenings.</p> <p> Construction began on September 7, 2017, with the demolition of Hazen&rsquo;s Concrete Wall sculpture, which was located in the PMC traffic circle (formerly referred to as Hammill&rsquo;s Halo). At the same time, trees that were to be removed were marked. Most of the logs from the trees are being used as timber for an addition to the architecture building. The remaining trees will be ground into woodchips to be used on the nature trails behind the new Wellness Center location. Some large trees are being saved as a buffer between Pioneer Memorial Church and the Wellness Center.</p> <p> The new parking lot will be completed yet this fall. After completion of the new parking lot, underground utility work will begin. Portions of the big circle will be closed off at times for this work. A service drive is being added between College Avenue and University Blvd that will direct construction traffic to the construction site and keep it from driving on campus roads.</p> <p> After next spring&rsquo;s groundbreaking, when construction of the center begins, a web camera will be installed to provide everyone with a live look as the center takes shape.</p> <p> You can follow news and events about the Health &amp; Wellness Center at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:50:45 +0000 First-Ever Change Day Has Huge Community Impact <p> Andrews University held its first-ever &ldquo;Change Day&rdquo; on September 14, 2017. With a large portion of the student population involved in a hands-on effort to actively change the community around them, a very wide breadth of service projects received attention.</p> <p> For example, some students applied themselves to packing backpacks for refugees, an effort promoted by Campus Ministries, while others, recruited by the biology department, were involved in the removal of invasive species from Jean Klock Park. Other groups branched out to perform services such as painting murals or cleaning up beaches.</p> <p> Yasmine Siagian, a sophomore studying behavioral neuroscience, was one of a small group of students tasked with cleaning up the beach at Rocky Gap County Park. &ldquo;It was surprising how much trash there was,&rdquo; she said with a sad tone, &ldquo;but it was also really rewarding to see the direct effects of our work when we were done.&rdquo;</p> <p> Sharyl Cubero, a sophomore biology major, stated, &ldquo;As a student at Andrews University, for a really long time I have been looking for a way to go and give back to my community. As part of the mission of Andrews, Change Day falls perfectly into accordance with what we believe in. As a student, I hope this is something that gets repeated again, and that next time more and more people get involved in changing our world.&rdquo;</p> <p> I believe that Change Day 2017 created an incredible impact on not only those served, but also on those serving. We witnessed firsthand the amount of work required to keep buildings, parks and communities functioning, and it was quite humbling.</p> <p> I worked with the Rocky Gap clean-up team, and the amount of trash scattered across the shore was disheartening; however, within a solid two hours&rsquo; time, the team swept the beach, creating a cleaner and more appealing environment than what we initially found. I would wholeheartedly recommend that Change Day continues in the upcoming years. It provided a fantastic avenue for students to become involved in service. The work done will be a testament to the impact that even a small group of people can make.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:34:55 +0000 Andrews University Ranked #1 for Ethnic Diversity <p> Earlier this week, the 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings were released, which included Andrews University as one of the country&rsquo;s most ethnically diverse national universities.</p> <p> The ranking comes after a decade of significant diversification for Andrews University; in recent years, the university was listed as second most diverse in these U.S. News rankings, but a decade ago, the university ranked 13th in the same campus ethnic diversity category.</p> <p> This new number one ranking for Campus Ethnic Diversity is shared with University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. The U.S. News Best Colleges determines its Campus Ethnic Diversity ranking on a 1.0 diversity index scale&mdash;this year, all three universities who received the number one ranking had a factor of .75 for ethnic diversity.</p> <p> In response to this new ranking, Andrews University President Andrea Luxton notes that &ldquo;in a global and diverse environment, a university community that reflects those realities offers an unparalleled opportunity for university students who are preparing to change the world; this is a core aspiration of our university&rsquo;s mission statement: Seek Knowledge. Affirm Faith. Change the World.</p> <p> &ldquo;As a result, we&rsquo;re proud to be ranked by the 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges as a joint number one national university within their annual rankings for Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, as one out of every five of our students comes to study from outside the United States each year, we&rsquo;re also proud to be recognized as the 11th ranked national university for schools with the most international students.&rdquo;</p> <p> As Andrews University seeks to deepen commitments to and possibilities for its ethnically and culturally diverse community, it has recently appointed its first vice president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Michael T. Nixon.</p> <p> &ldquo;Understanding and navigating an increasingly globally focused and diverse environment for careers and life isn&rsquo;t something that is simply learned in a classroom,&rdquo; says Nixon.</p> <p> &ldquo;At Andrews University, both cultural and ethnic diversity is literally a part of the fabric within our Andrews University community. With this number one national university ranking in Campus Ethnic Diversity comes a serious responsibility to thoughtfully engage the entire Andrews University community in navigating, celebrating and deeply understanding the opportunities that diversity brings to our campus community. It&rsquo;s a great honor for me to be part of Andrews University&rsquo;s exploration and strengthening all of those opportunities and more on a campus that is very nearly unequaled in the strengths that come from a university community that looks like the world we live in.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the overall 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Andrews University was #192 on a list of 311 National Universities included in that report.</p> <p> Andrews University was also part of the rankings in &ldquo;A+ Colleges for B Students,&rdquo; &ldquo;Most Students Receiving Merit Aid,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Highest Proportion of Classes With Fewer Than 20 Students&rdquo; (this latter measurement seeks to assess which universities offer more personal instruction through a higher number of smaller classes&mdash;Stanford, MIT and Pepperdine all had similar rankings to Andrews University&rsquo;s in this category).</p> <p> <strong>Related Link:</strong><br /> <a href=""></a></p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:29:59 +0000