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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for December 21

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing is a compliment to the Provost's Update, intended to be a quick update on achievements and opportunities in Academic and Student Affairs. Please forward any comments or submissions to [email protected]

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards Process to Begin Soon

Early in the winter, 2017 semester, information on this process will be communicated to the campus. In anticipation, please start thinking about potential nominees. The awards will follow a similar process to past years, with awards in the following categories:

  • Teaching I and Teaching II, for faculty with 1–5 years' or 6 or more years' teaching experience at EMU, respectively
  • Creative Activity
  • Research I and Research II, for faculty with 1–5 years' or 6 or more years' teaching experience at EMU, respectively
  • Service to the University

EMU Partners with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Eastern Michigan University and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum are establishing a formal partnership through a project entitled “Engaging Children and Their Families in Authentic STEM Activities: A Cross-sector Partnership to Promote Equity in Informal Science Education.” This project is supported through the "Partnership Champions: SENCER-ISE and Professional Development Through Mentoring to Enhance Learning Environments" sub-award, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Dr. Amy Flanagan Johnson from the Department of Chemistry is the Principal Investigator.

Through this collaboration of formal and informal science educators, the multidisciplinary team will develop authentic, relevant, and engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. These activities will help families recognize how STEM concepts connect to their everyday lives and provide them with an authentic understanding of what STEM knowledge is and how it is developed. The partnership will incorporate input from local stakeholders such as parents, teachers, school administrators, and nonprofit organizations to root the STEM activities in the lived experiences of local community members. Current community concerns such as the soil and water contamination of the Water Street Redevelopment Area in Ypsilanti, the dioxane plume spreading through the groundwater of Ann Arbor, and the hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage that were spilled into the Huron River in Fall 2016 all provide authentic, local examples of how earth, life, and physical sciences intersect with engineering to impact our community’s quality of life.

Global Advances in Business Education (GABC) Journal, Fifth Issue Published

Congratulations to David Victor, Editor-in-Chief, and his associates, for their work on this journal. GABC publishes original research on interdisciplinary business practices which shape and are shaped by the changing nature and level of global business communication. To this end, GABC publishes articles that contribute to the knowledge, theory and practice of the global aspects of business communication. T​he GABC Journal is double-blind reviewed​, and listed in Cabell's, Ulrichs Global Serials of Peer-Reviewed Journals, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Digital Commons Network (formerly Berkeley Electronic Press listings) and the OCLC (World CAT) listings. The journal has now extended its partners from the original three universities. It is now co-hosted ​by EMU ​with co-sponsering institutions of the University of Antwerp, Technological University of Malaysia, ITESM-Mexico and Delhi College of Business.​

This year's GABC Conference will be held May 22–24, 2017, at the University of Antwerp. The deadline for submitting to the Conference is January 5, 2017. Please visit the Conference web site for more details on the Conference and how to submit.