Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:38:00 -0000 Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:38:00 -0000 2017 Research & Creative Scholarship Celebration <p> The Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarship is a campus-wide event that showcases the culture of research and creative scholarship at Andrews. Presentations are given by Andrews University faculty and graduate students.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>EVENT SCHEDULE</strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>12:30-2 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><em>Plenary Session.</em>&nbsp;Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall.<br /> <br /> Plenary addresses will be given by the four&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2017 recipients</a>&nbsp;of the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>2&ndash;3 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;<em>Poster Session.</em> Buller hallways.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>3&ndash;4 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;<em>Oral Breakout Sessions.</em>&nbsp;Buller hallways.</li> </ul> <p> The complete schedule along with presentation abstracts are available on the event <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:42:17 +0000 Martin Luther Conference <p> The Andrews University Departments of History &amp; Political Science and Religion &amp; Biblical Languages in collaboration with the Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists' Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research announce an upcoming conference to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses. The conference will be held at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from November 1&ndash;2, 2017.</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:14:43 +0000 Andrews Launches New Podcast: Andrews Speaks <h3> <strong>Andrews Speaks 001: Michael Nixon</strong></h3> <p> <strong>WELCOME</strong></p> <p> Welcome to Andrews Speaks, the brand new podcast of Andrews University. We&rsquo;re excited to present Episode 1, a conversation with Michael Nixon, Esquire. Michael is the University&rsquo;s new <a href="" target="_blank">Vice President for Diversity &amp; Inclusion</a>. This conversation took place in late August 2017.</p> <p> <strong>PODCAST DESCRIPTION</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> In Andrews Speaks we will explore stories brought to you by students, faculty, staff and campus guests. The topics will be in three broad categories consistent with the University&rsquo;s motto to &ldquo;Seek Knowledge. Affirm Faith. Change the World.&rdquo; Each episode will present a story centered on one of these three themes &ndash; (a) education and research, (b) spirituality and (c) engagement with our world. And naturally, most stories will have some intersectionality between categories.</p> <p dir="ltr"> We hope you&rsquo;ll subscribe to the podcast so you can engage with these stories. You can find Andrews Speaks on <a href="" target="_blank">iTunes</a>&nbsp;and <a href=";refid=stpr" target="_blank">Stitcher</a>. Google Play will be coming soon.</p> <p dir="ltr"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <iframe align="left" frameborder="0" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=%230066cc&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-8a8d8471-3525-1c6f-4512-8d54dae40966"> <strong>EPISODE 1 INTRODUCTION</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="" src="" /></p> <p dir="ltr"> In this first episode, Becky St. Clair interviews Michael Nixon, who recently returned to the Andrews University campus. Together they discuss Michael&rsquo;s mission and vision for the Andrews University family, which is one of the most ethnically diverse educational communities in the U.S. (<a href="" target="_blank">Adventist Review</a>).</p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>SHOW NOTES</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Stories of Andrews: Michael Nixon</a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">It Is Time</a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Ingredients Podcast 008: Garrison Hayes on #ItIsTimeAU, Difficult Dialogue &amp; Advocating for Change (Part 1 of 2)</a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Ingredients Podcast 009: Garrison Hayes on #ItIsTimeAU, Difficult Dialogue &amp; Advocating for Change (Part 2 of 2)</a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Adventist Peace Radio 005: Michael Nixon on Racial Reconciliation</a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Adventist Peace Radio 013: Michael Nixon &amp; Ty Gibson -- Against the Wall</a></li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>SPECIAL THANKS TO:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> Becky St Clair for making this podcast happen. It was her brainchild, and we&rsquo;re sorry to have lost Becky to a sister school just as the dream comes alive. Without her leadership this would never have been anything more than a fun idea. So Becky, we miss you, but God lead you and your family forward!</p> <p dir="ltr"> <a href="" target="_blank">The Howard Performing Arts Center </a>on the campus of Andrews University for allowing us to record this episode in your green room, one of the few quiet corners on campus. And in advance, we thank <a href="" target="_blank">WAUS 90.7FM</a> for inviting us to record future episodes in your studio. WAUS broadcasts from the John and Dede Howard Studios on the campus of Andrews University. This collaboration will give us significantly improved audio quality for future conversations.</p> <p dir="ltr"> <a href="" target="_blank">The Adventist Peace Fellowship</a> for supporting this episode. To record the conversation with Becky and Michael, Jeff Boyd used APF equipment he had on hand for recording the <a href="" target="_blank">Adventist Peace Radio podcast</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>Credits:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> Theme Music: &ldquo;Onward&rdquo; by Podington Bear (<a href="" target="_blank">Free Music Archive</a>)<br /> Interviewer: Becky St Clair<br /> Sound Engineer: Jeff Boyd<br /> Producer: Jeff Boyd<br /> Executive Producer: Becky St Clair</p> <p dir="ltr"> Copyright: &copy;2017 Andrews University</p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:53:32 +0000 Office of Research Relocates to Buller Hall <p> As of July 19, 2017, the Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship has relocated from the Administration Building to Buller Hall Room 234, which is adjacent to the Behavioral Sciences Research Center.</p> <p> Gary Burdick, dean of Research, continues to head the office in the new location. Mordekai Ongo, Research Integrity and Compliance Officer, and Jeff Boyd, Research Support Specialist, have also moved to the new office.</p> <p> The Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship seeks to promote excellence in research and creativity and foster an attitude of scholarly inquiry within the community of faculty and students of Andrews University. The office oversees a number of research services and programs&mdash;the Institutional Review Board, internal and external grants, funding for the Faculty Activity Report, student research scholarships, and conferences such as the Andrews Research Conference, the Celebration of Research, and the Autumn Conference on Religion and Science.</p> <p> Contact Information:</p> <p> Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship<br /> BUL 234, 8488 E Campus Circle Dr<br /> Berrien Springs MI 49104-0355</p> <p> <strong>Gary Burdick, PhD</strong><br /> Dean of Research<br /> 269-471-3501<br /> <a href=""></a></p> <p> <strong>Mordekai Ongo, MA</strong><br /> Research Integrity and Compliance Officer<br style="font-size: 12px;" /> 269-471-6361<br /> <a href=""></a></p> <p> <strong>Jeff Boyd, MA, MBA</strong><br /> Research Support Specialist<br /> 269-471-3042<br /> <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:19:15 +0000 Border Wars <p> The 2017 Summit on Social Consciousness will focus on refugees and immigrants. From April 6&ndash;8, Andrews will host its annual summit sponsored by the Office of Research &amp; Creative Scholarship, the Department of Leadership and the Office of the Provost. Addressing an important and relevant issue, this three-day event aims to provide both an Adventist perspective and a respectful look into differing viewpoints.</p> <p> Each day will focus on a different aspect of the issue of immigrants and refugees in the United States.</p> <p> <strong>Being a Muslim at Andrews</strong><br /> <em>Thursday, April 6, 6&ndash;7:30 p.m.<br /> Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall</em><br /> Andrews University students Alya Suliman, Mohammad Talafha and Salman Alqahtani will discuss culture, religion and their experiences with the intersection of Adventist and Muslim culture. Steven Sigamani will moderate the event; refreshments will be provided by La Pita in St. Joseph.</p> <p> <strong>Short Films, Food &amp; Dialogue</strong><br /> <em>Friday, April 7, 12&ndash;1:30 p.m.<br /> Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall</em><br /> Addressing the refugee crisis, this event will feature two documentaries about refugees seeking safety in Europe and a story from an Andrews University student about his refugee experience. Baguette de France lunches will be provided to the first 150 attendees.</p> <p> <strong>The Wall</strong><br /> <em>Saturday, April 8, 4&ndash;5:30 p.m.<br /> Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall</em><br /> The Agora will host a panel discussion between two opposing sides on the issue of a southern border wall. John Nay, administrative assistant in the Department of Teaching, Learning &amp; Curriculum, and Jacob Metzner, former student association president from Southern Adventist University, will provide different viewpoints. Garrison Hayes, student chaplain and Seminary student, will moderate.</p> <p> Co-curricular credit is available for Andrews University students.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:08:44 +0000 2017 Social Consciousness Summit <p> The sixth annual <a href="" target="_blank">Social Consciousness Summit</a> will focus on refugees and immigration.</p> <p> Schedule:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Thursday </strong>(Apr 6): <em>Being a Muslim at Andrews</em> (6:00-7:30pm). A panel with three Muslim Andrews University students discussing culture, religion, and their personal stories. Refreshments provided by La Pita.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Friday </strong>(Apr 7):<em> Short Films, Food, and Dialogue </em>(12:00-1:30pm). Join us for short films, box lunches, and engaging conversation.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Saturday </strong>(Apr 8): <em>Agora: The Wall</em> (4:00-5:30pm). Legal, sociological and biblical perspectives on immigration, specifically across the US-Mexican border.</li> </ul> <p> All events will be in Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall.</p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:37:00 +0000 A Rock in the Stream <p> This week, Jay Johnson, professor of engineering at Andrews University, received word that two grant proposals for research on which he is co-investigator have been selected by <a href="">NASA</a>. The two grants together total nearly $1.5 million and will fund two separate but related research projects.</p> <p> The first grant is for a research project studying how fast-flow events bring energy stored in the tail of the <a href="">magnetosphere</a> toward earth and how the flow of energy ultimately accelerates electrons and ions near the earth. The principal investigator for this grant is Yu Lin, professor of physics at Auburn University (Alabama).</p> <p> &ldquo;This project will investigate how the fast flows excite kinetic or small-scale waves that carry energy along the field lines to the <a href="">ionosphere</a>,&rdquo; says Johnson. &ldquo;These waves can lead to electron precipitation (responsible for the <a href="">Aurora Borealis/Australis</a>) and ion outflows from the ionosphere.&rdquo;</p> <p> When the solar wind blows toward the earth, it pushes against the magnetosphere around the planet, stretching it up to 400,000 miles out on the dark side of the earth, creating what is called the magnetotail. Solar wind particles leak into the magnetosphere and are stored in the magnetotail. Dynamical events in the magnetotail, such as reconnection, can release tubes of particles that slingshot towards the earth at high speed. These fast flows bring energy to the inner magnetosphere, where they suddenly slow down and launch waves, which propagate towards the ionosphere. The waves can heat ions leading to a buildup of the ring current. The energetic particles brought from the magnetotail can also energize radiation belt electrons through complex wave-particle interactions.</p> <p> The second grant is for a research project studying leakage of solar wind particles across the magnetospheric boundary into the magnetosphere. This leakage is caused by collisions between particles and small-scale waves. The principal investigator for this grant is Katariina Nykyri, professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Florida).</p> <p> &ldquo;The magnetosphere around Earth creates sort of a &lsquo;rock&rsquo; in the stream of the solar wind,&rdquo; Johnson explains. &ldquo;The magnetosphere is not really moving compared with the solar wind, so you get an instability that develops in the boundary. The boundary starts getting wavy and develops into curls.&rdquo;</p> <p> We have all experienced this type of instability when we see waves develop when there is wind over water. To demonstrate the principle, Johnson holds a piece of notebook paper between his index finger and thumb, blowing on the edge of the paper. The paper quickly wiggles into waves, and is lifted by the &ldquo;wind&rdquo; blowing over it.</p> <p> &ldquo;The instabilities cascade to small scales on the size of the orbit of the particles,&rdquo; Johnson continues. &ldquo;As the ions encounter the magnetic field structures they scatter, and this turbulence allows particles to leak into the magnetosphere from the solar wind.&rdquo;</p> <p> Johnson is working to understand the nature of this interaction between the solar wind and the boundary of the magnetosphere. This work is important because it determines how energy is transferred from the solar wind to the magnetosphere, driving the latter&rsquo;s dynamics. Ultimately, the transferred energy affects the radiation belts inside the magnetosphere, which in turn can have an effect on any satellites in the vicinity.</p> <p> &ldquo;The belts change dramatically,&rdquo; Johnson says. &ldquo;People in my field are interested in understanding when the fluxes increase and what causes them to change so dramatically.&rdquo;</p> <p> And why is NASA interested in this? Because fluctuations in the outer radiation belt can be a danger to satellites.</p> <p> Between Earth and the sun is a satellite run by NOAA, which scientists use to monitor activity on the sun. This allows for a 30-minute warning if anything is coming toward the Earth. Researchers like Johnson are looking to find a way to predict events ahead of those 30 minutes so necessary measures can be taken to mitigate damage to any assets nearby.</p> <p> Johnson recalls that in 2012,&nbsp;<a href="">a major event took place</a> on the sun that hit a couple of satellites monitoring for such things.</p> <p> &ldquo;If that event had gone toward Earth instead of in the direction where the satellites happened to be, we would have been in a lot of trouble,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It could have knocked out major power grids and satellite communications, among other things. The idea is to understand more of what&rsquo;s happening out there and how it affects our magnetosphere so we can predict the probability of events like that coming this direction.&rdquo;</p> <p> The two research teams will begin their research with these three-year NASA grants in fall 2017. Johnson will be working with colleagues across the country at institutions such as University of Alaska, Princeton (New Jersey) and University of California-Los Angeles. He also has four Andrews University students working with him on the research; two in physics and two in engineering.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s exciting to be able to do this research,&rdquo; says Johnson, who has a long history of receiving research funds from NASA. He is currently the principal investigator on two other NASA grant research projects and co-investigator on several others.</p> <p> Johnson is the newest member of the engineering faculty, beginning his tenure at Andrews in fall 2016. Prior to accepting the position at Andrews, Johnson worked in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he led the space physics group for the past 11 years&mdash;a group he quadrupled in size during his leadership through a successful flow of external funding.</p> <p> In 1987, Johnson graduated with a degree in physics from University of Colorado-Boulder, with distinction. In 1992 he completed a PhD in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <h3> Related Links</h3> <ul> <li> <a href="">Meet Jay Johnson</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Yu Lin</a>&nbsp;(Auburn University), and&nbsp;<a href="">Katariina Nykyri</a> (Embry-Riddle University)</li> <li> <a href="">Andrews Professor Helps Find Gravitational Waves</a> (Feb. 11, 2016)</li> <li> <a href="">What is NASA?</a></li> <li> <a href="">What is NOAA?</a></li> <li> <a href="">Department of Engineering &amp; Computer Science</a></li> </ul> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:59:06 +0000 AU Teaching & Learning Conference <p> On <strong>March 30th, 2017</strong> the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Department at Andrews University will host its 15<sup>th</sup> annual conference. This year&rsquo;s conference theme is&nbsp;<em>Woolly Teaching or Wholly Teaching? Interrogating the Tried, the Tired, and the True.&nbsp;</em>The keynote speaker is <a href="" target="_blank">Maria Salazar</a>.</p> <p> The AUTLC invites proposals for papers, posters, and best practice demonstrations from university faculty, PreK-12 teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, and other education professionals.</p> <p> On-site or online presentations of scholarly work will allow educators to share reports of significant work or integrative reviews in theory, research, development, applications, and societal issues related to all aspects of education. Best Practices session presenters will discuss and demonstrate strategies, techniques, or solutions to common issues in education. This will be an opportunity to inform attendees about the lessons learned and future plans from those who have designed, developed, and implemented education in effective and/or innovative ways. Individuals and groups can submit proposals.&nbsp; During the submission process, participants will have the opportunity to select their desired length of presentations, which will be 25 or 50 minutes.</p> <p> <strong>To register for the conference, please visit the <a href="" target="_blank">event webpage on Digital Commons</a>.</strong></p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:49:20 +0000