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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for December 6, 2017

James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation Award Winners

The James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation fund facilitates faculty professional development and innovation through a broad range of activities, including but not limited to, things such as (1) reassigned time from teaching for scholarly, creative, and innovative endeavor;  (2) conference presentations;  (3) travel;  (4) hiring of research assistants;  (5) purchase of special equipment or supplies for teaching, scholarly, research, creative, or innovative activities;  (6) development of a grant proposal for external funding;  and (7) similar or related academic activities.

Please help congratulate the award winners for fall 2017:  Crystal Coles, Margaret Dobbins, Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes, Audrey Farrugia-Bernard, Xianghong Feng, Olivia Ford, Sam Fullerton, Maria Luz Garcia, Jeromy Hopgood, Andrey Kashlev, Tareq Khan, Deborah Laurin-Phelan, Huei Lee, Dennis O’Grady, John Oswald, Eric Paradis, Delbert M Raymond, Heather Shouldice, Samir Tout and Sarah VanZoeren.  For information on the award recipients and their winning projects, download a PDF of the award summary sheet. 

Community Connections: [email protected], Bright Futures, and Detroit Public TV


In November, the EMU 21st Century Community Learning Center Bright Futures partnered with Beth Marshall, from Detroit Public TV, to deliver a STEM based club using curriculum that featured the PBS character Ruff Ruffman.  Youth from Eastern's Bright Futures afterschool grant sites at Ford Early Learning Center and Holmes Elementary participated in the eight hours of curriculum, which presented them with a series of STEM related challenges faced by Ruff Ruffman. Each lesson featured an online video of Ruffman discussing a challenge he faced, a guided virtual experience on a tablet using the PBS app, and  hands-on application exercises where the youth applied the STEM concepts to solve challenges faced by Ruff. The PBS Ruff Ruffman experience then culminated with a student showcase, where 100% of participating students' families were in attendance! This was a first for the programs facilitated by DPTV. ​EMU's Caroline Sanders, Assistant Director of Community Relations and member of PBS's Ready to Learn Community Board, cultivated this partnership​ for ​local​ youth and families. Another round of this programming commenced this week at Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Community Center.

Get Involved.  Make a Difference

In collaboration with the United Way, Eastern’s VISION office has launched the Volunteer Connection, a one-stop site for students, staff and faculty to locate volunteer opportunities in Washtenaw County.  Please visit their site to find out how you can get involved and make a difference in our community. 

Office of Research Development and Administration Awards

Grant awards for October 2017 totaled almost $2.6 million!  Thanks to the following faculty and staff for your commitment to securing funding: Decky Alexander, Leslie Atzmon, Ryan Molloy, Maurice Henderson, Kasim, Korkmaz, Lynn Malinoff, Steve McGregor, David Wait and Tsu-Yin Wu.  For details on the various projects awarded please refer to the ORDA Award Report.