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Friday, July 10, 2015

NEWS

-- In April, the Uzuri Think Tank hosted the "Strength In Numbers: Diversifying the STEM Workforce" conference in downtown Pittsburgh for corporate leaders, policy makers, and educators to discuss strategies and best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The full report from that conference is now available online.

-- Senior management major Bobby Catley won the 2015 Aramark Outstanding Volunteer Silver Award which recognizes examplary volunteer service by Aramark employees. Catley is a concessions supervisor for Aramark at CONSOL Energy Center, Stage AE and Heinz Field. Catley has previously won the Pittsburgh Penguins Humanitarian Award and a Jefferson Award for Public Service. Last fall he organized the "What's On Your Plate?" Healthy Foods and Wellness Expo on campus and he plans a similar event again this fall. 

-- Find out why RMU was in Inside Higher Ed and the Boston Globe, among many others, in the latest edition of RMU in the News.

PERSONAL MENTION

-- Rika Wright Carlsen, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has co-authored a paper in the journal Scientific Reports (a publication of Nature), "pH-Taxis of Biohybrid Microsystems." Carlsen and her co-authors used bacteria to propel microbots, and adjusted the pH gradient of the bacteria's environment to control the direction in which the microbots traveled. A potential application of this research would be to more precisely target the delivery of cancer-fighting drugs to malignant cells. 

-- Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, gave a recent presentation at a conference hosted in June by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) about RMU's S-STEM Scholars Program. Her presentation addressed the performance of the S-STEM Scholars as part of a living + learning cohort at Robert Morris University. Contributing to the presentation -- which IJAS recognized as an outstanding research presentation -- were George Semich, professor of education, and Cheryl Maurer, director of science laboratories. Kalevitch also chaired a session on STEM education at the conference, which took place in Italy.

-- Samantha Monda, assistant professor of psychology, recently received CC-AASP certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The certification identifies professionals who have completed rigorous training and coursework to qualify as a Certified Sport Psychology Professional. Earning this certification has become increasingly important as the fields of performance and sport psychology are growing. Monda is one of only two people to hold this certification in Pittsburgh and one of only nine in Pennsylvania. With this certification Monda becomes eligible to apply for recognition by the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

-- Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems, gave a talk recently to students in the Crossroads Scholar College Experience Program at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe. The program prepares underpriviliged high school students for the college experience, and Paullet speaks there every year about appropriate online behavior. 

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