Physics professor to deliver lecture

GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center and the physical science and math departments are teaming up to present a lecture by Ronald L. Mallett, a physics professor at the University of Connecticut. At 7 p.m. February 26, he will talk lecture on “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality.”

GRCC hosts STEM Girl Genius Conference

On November 2nd, Grand Rapids Community College hosted 205 fifth- to eighth-grade girls from all over Michigan in an experiential Science+ Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Girl Genius Conference.

The day-long conference was designed to encourage young women to seek careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Provost Gilda Gely began the event by welcoming the participants to Grand Rapids Community College and introducing Elyse Kleifgen, optometry student at Ferris State University, who gave the opening address.

Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to carry out hands-on engineering activities and engage with women in STEM field careers, including Dr. Julie Davis Turner, assistant dean at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School; Leigh Kleinert, GRCC biology professor; Linda Bramble, GRCC chemistry professor; and Leigh Eriks, Catholic Central HS chemistry teacher. The participants also had the opportunity to have lunch with women who are engineering and science professionals who work at companies including GE Aviation, Gentex Corp. and the Van Andel Institute.

Many professional women from GRCC also participated, including Kathy Roberts, Tari Mattox, Patricia Dockham, Amy Kudrna, Laurie Chesley, Jodi Dickerson, Laurie Foster, Kate Kryger, and Jan Colvin. Pam Scott, Leah VanHartesveldt and Jennifer Batten worked with the community partners to prepare for the event.

The STEM Girl Genius Conference is in its third year and is a collaborative effort between Fifth Third Bank, Kettering University, the Catholic Secondary School Foundation and Grand Rapids Community College.

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GRCC In the News, 10-24-13

Journalist to speak about bullying for GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series

Oct. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate Magazine, will speak Wednesday at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, about bullying and its impact on children.

Bazelon, appearing as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, will begin her lecture at 7 p.m. Her discussion is titled after her latest book, “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

Restaurant Week 2013: More than 17,000 meals raise $17,000 for culinary scholarship fund

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The numbers are in: 17,135 meals were consumed during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2013.

That means a $17,135 check was presented to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education for its Scholarship Fund as each of the restaurants donated $1 from each meal sold during the promotion.

Smashburger founder Tom Ryan to be honored by Grand Rapids high school alma mater

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In high school, Smashburger founder Tom Ryan discovered what clicked for him: chemistry. Since then, the Grand Rapids native has taken his food chemistry passion worldwide, creating some of today’s most popular foods eaten at restaurant chains.

… (Joe) Hesse, who taught at West Catholic for 15 years before taking a job teaching physical science for teachers at Grand Rapids Community College 30 years ago, has fond memories of his former student.

KVCC volleyball team heads to state finals

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Valley Community College volleyball team will compete in the MCCAA State Finals this weekend in Jackson.

… A recent notable victory was when the Cougars beat the Grand Rapids Community College team on their own home court, something that hadn’t happened in three years.

 

Physical Sciences Faculty, Staff and Students Participate in National Chemistry Week Activities

The annual Chemistry in the Mall activity was held on Saturday, October 12th in Muskegon.  The event is sponsored by the West Michigan division of the American Chemical Society (WMACS).  The Physical Sciences Department hosted two activity tables that included making slime and silly putty, doing magic-marker chromatography and assembling fruit batteries.  Thirty GRCC students, who are enrolled in courses taught by Linda Bramble, Tom Neils and Bernard Liburd, showed off their knowledge of chemistry to hundreds of children and adults in the community and many earned Academic Service Learning credit.  Adjunct faculty members Jim Krikke and Duane VandenBrink and former GRCC student Kat Wirth demonstrated how much fun chemistry can be by putting on Chemistry Shows on the event main stage.  Bernard Liburd and Jennifer Batten coordinated the Physical Sciences Department role in the event. Thank you to Pam Scott and Leah VanHartesveldt for all of their help in readying the supplies and materials for the tables.

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Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15

Students thinking about, or well on their way to, a degree in math, physical science or biological sciences should plan to attend the
Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days, on the third floor of the Science Building. Faculty from each department will be on hand to discuss a career in math or science, and provide advice on degree and transfer programs. For more information, click here.

Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15

Students thinking about, or well on their way to, a degree in math, physical science or biological sciences should plan to attend the
Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days, on the third floor of the Science Building. Faculty from each department will be on hand to discuss a career in math or science, and provide advice on degree and transfer programs. For more information, click here.

Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15

Students thinking about, or well on their way to, a degree in math, physical science or biological sciences should plan to attend the
Science and Math Advising Days October 14 and 15, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days, on the third floor of the Science Building. Faculty from each department will be on hand to discuss a career in math or science, and provide advice on degree and transfer programs. For more information, click here.

GRCC In the News, 9-4-13

U.S Sen. Debbie Stabenow to promote investing in job training during GRCC appearance

Sept. 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is to appear Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College to promote a plan to grow the number of businesses participating in Michigan’s New Jobs Training Program.

Sen. Stabenow coming to W. Mich. to promote job training

Sept. 3, 2013; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Senator Debbie Stabenow is coming to West Michigan, promoting legislation aimed at training job-seekers. She will be at Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday afternoon for the New Skills for New Jobs act.

Teachers Experimenting with Google Glass to Energize Ed

Sept. 3, 2013; educationnews.org

As the use of technology grows in the education sector, Google, among other technology companies, is keen to attract students and teachers to its products and services. Google has committed to innovation that it sees as a game-changer in education with Google Glass, a wearable device that puts the power of a computer on an optical display for the user.

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, a high school science teacher in Michigan, was selected by Google to purchase one of the Glass devices for $1,500 and use it as an early Explorer user of the new technology. Vanden Heuvel is using Google Glass to virtually take his students to amazing places in the world to learn about physics, science, math and more, according to Todd R. Weiss of Eweek:

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches at GRCC.)

CW’s reality series ‘Capture’ resumes tonight without Grand Rapids siblings in the game

Sept. 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On CW’s reality series “Capture,” Grand Rapids siblings James and Rebecca Wallington were riding high at the end of the fourth episode of the show inspired by the film “The Hunger Games.”

(Article doesn’t mention it, but James Wallington is a GRCC alumnus.)

Game Notes: Central Michigan vs. New Hampshire

Sept. 3, 2013; cmuchippawas.com

… (Cody) Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per game.

Physical Sciences Department Hosts Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp

The Physical Sciences Department hosted two week long summer camps that taught 39 West Michigan high school students the basics of forensic chemistry and how it is used to solve an arson crime.   The camps, which were in part sponsored by the National Science Foundation under TUES Grant number 1140509, allowed the students to use GRCC’s advanced instrumentation to carry out the analysis of different types of evidence and then use the evidence to solve a simulated arson crime.    Along with using the College’s atomic absorption spectrophotometer to analyze soil samples and gel electrophoresis equipment to analyze DNA, the students used the newly acquired gas chromatograph –mass spectrometer to analyze materials that could be used to accelerate a fire.   In addition to the hands on experience, Officer Dale Dekorte and his canine partner, Ritzey, from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office showed the students how canines are used to help investigators and scientists solve arson crimes.

A number of staff and faculty worked to make the camp a success including Pam Scott,  Leah VanHartesveldt, E. Yasmine Walton-Durst, David Greening, Wayne Bickel (Ottawa Hills HS), Eric Pilko, Julie Henderleiter (GVSU), Tom Neils, Bernard Liburd and Jennifer Batten.

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GRCC offers forensic chemistry camps

GRCC’s Physical Sciences Department, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is offering two Forensic Chemistry Camps this summer. High school students interested in forensic chemistry can check it out July 8 through 12, 2013, or July 15 through 19 — free of charge.

The goal of the camps is to provide Grand Rapids area high school students who are interested in science with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry-based forensic chemistry experience. Students from across West Michigan are encouraged to apply.

As part of the camp, students will use gel electrophoresis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime.

For application details, click here.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-13

Google Glass: West Michigan online physics teacher takes students on virtual field trip to Switzerland

May 13, 2013;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Google’s wearable computer, Google Glass, isn’t widely available for purchase yet, but the tech world is buzzing and a West Michigan online physics teacher is one of a lucky few to try out the futuristic frames.

… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, who teaches for Michigan Virtual School, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College, said his journey to Geneva, Switzerland, began after a call from Google.

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, violinist Regina Carter coming to St. Cecilia Music Center

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and jazz violinist Regina Carter are a part of St. Cecilia Music Centers 2013-14 jazz series.

… Special guests for the evening will be their fathers: Duane Davis, formerly director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College and now a professor of jazz voice at Western Michigan; and Paul Brewer, jazz trombonist and director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Be a part of an amazing collection of films

May 13, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – If you’re a movie lover, make sure to mark next week off on your calendar. The Grand Rapids Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown.

… On May 17, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Producer’s Brunch at 11 a.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. That evening, a free outdoor screening of the film “Bicycle Dreams” will take place at Rosa Parks Circle. “Bicycle Dreams” was named the Best Feature Documentary at the 2009 Grand Rapids Film Festival and played at eleven other international film festivals.

Sisters from neighboring schools square off in OK Red girls tennis tournament

May 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND HAVEN — Tim Buck and Brian Hodge became acquainted with each other more than two decades ago through the sport of tennis.

… Demetrius Buck and Clayton Hodge were counterparts in high school and met regularly over the course of four years.

“The boys played against each for four years and then they were the teammates at Grand Rapids Community College,” Tim Buck said. “And then the girls came around, and I just think it’s really cool to have two tennis families like ours, and to have the kids follow in what we grew up doing.”

Muskegon Community College in position to qualify for national golf tournament

May 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — After winning the state title, the Muskegon Community College golf team is taking a run at qualifying for the nationals.

… Trailing MCC is Jackson Community College (612), Grand Rapids Community College (618), Oakland Community College (621), Columbus Community College (624) and Mott Community College (627).

Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award Winner Announced at TLT Showcase!

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

Grand Rapids Community College’s “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award” goes to… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, adjunct in the Physical Sciences Department!

Andrew was recognized at the 7th annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase in a brief ceremony that took place at 1PM on Wednesday, March 20 in Sneden Hall.

Here are a few highlighted comments from his nomination form:

“Andrew has considerable knowledge and talent to develop courses that are polished, well organized, and deliver content that creates a top quality learning experience for students.”

“The online courses (AS 103 and PH 115) that Andrew has developed includes labs that can be completed at home and online.  In one lab, for example, he has created Camtasia videos of a ball rolling and falling. Students then apply the same quantitative analysis to the motion of the characters in Angry Birds to determine if the projectile motion in the game follows the laws of physics creating a sense of relevancy and motivation that connects the concepts that students are learning to real world situations.”

Jennifer Batten, Department Head in the Physical Science Department writes: “I know that these online lab courses have been among the first courses to fill in our department.  These courses allow students to complete an all online AA degree at GRCC.  Further, I recently spoke with a students with mobility issues who was very thankful for the laboratory class that could be completed at home.”

Congratulations to Andrew!!!