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International call-in to highlight Monday’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — One half of the hosting team at the M2 TechCast will be calling in from overseason for the program’s Monday, June 26 edition.

The show will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, will phone in from Israel, where he is covering the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. Organizers of the event invited Brennan to attend.

At 3:15, Tricia Walding of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan will outline WIN’s recently released Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis.

At 3:30, Keith Brophy, director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, will interview Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman of GDI Infotech and CEO of InfoReady Corp. Bhushan is also co-chair of BBM BizCon 2017, a conference taking place on July 6 in Grand Rapids.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center, the home of LTU’s K-12 and STEM outreach programs. She’ll provide the latest details on LTU’s high school and middle school summer science and technology camps, the Marburger STEM Center Ambassadors Program, and the recent ribbon-cutting of a high-tech outdoor classroom at Detroit’s Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy.

The M2 TechCast will not air Monday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will return Monday, July 10.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Brennan and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both covered high tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

 

LTU wins grant to boost STEM education from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

SOUTHFIELD – Lawrence Technological University is one of 24 schools nationwide to be selected for a new program to boost minority participation in STEM study and careers.

The $1 million grant was awarded to Lawrence Tech under the Inclusive Excellence Initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private, nonprofit supporter of science education in the United States. More than 500 colleges and universities nationwide applied for grants under the initiative. Lawrence Tech was the only institution in Michigan to be selected.

The objective of the initiative is to help colleges and universities encourage participation and cultivate the talent of more students in the natural sciences. HHMI challenged schools to identify the reasons students are excluded from science and find new ways to include students in opportunities to achieve science excellence. In particular, the HHMI initiative focuses on those undergraduates who come to college from diverse backgrounds and pathways. These “new majority” students include under-represented ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and working adults with families.

Said HHMI President Erin O’Shea: “The challenges this program addresses are important for all of us who care deeply about developing a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.”

Finding a way to include all students, from all backgrounds, in STEM is critical for building future generations of American scientists, said David Asai, senior director for science education at HHMI. “Science excellence depends on having a community of scientists that is rich in diversity of people and perspectives,” Asai said.

A third of U.S. first-year college students intending to study STEM are underrepresented minorities (green). But only one-sixth of STEM baccalaureate degree recipients (turquoise) and one-tenth of STEM PhDs (blue) are underrepresented minorities. (Graphic by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.)

In Lawrence Tech’s case, the goal of the project is to “revolutionize teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences, transforming it into a college that bases its education on classroom-based research experience,” or CRE, said Lior Shamir, associate professor of mathematics and computer science.

Shamir said courses in multiple disciplines, covering all departments and programs in the college, will be modified into CRE courses, providing research experiences to all students as part of the curriculum. And, Shamir said, these experiences “will be designed in a culturally responsive fashion, allowing students to express their culture and identity through research.”

Shamir said participating in research as an undergraduate student has been proven to increase student retention and graduation rates, as well as boosting GPA and the likelihood of moving on to graduate school.

For decades, educational grants – including some awarded by HHMI – have focused on interventions aimed at students, such as summer research apprenticeships, tutoring, advising, and summer bridge programs designed to ease the transition from high school to college. While these interventions can help the students involved, they don’t generally address long-term issues that, if changed, could have a more sustained impact, Asai said. “Our goal is to catalyze changes that last well beyond the lifetime of these five-year grants,” he said.

An essay by Asai on the topic, “A New Strategy to Build Capacity for Creativity,” is available at https://www.hhmi.org/content/new-strategy-build-capacity-creativity-science-education.

“This award shows once again how Lawrence Tech is truly living its longtime motto of ‘Theory and Practice,’” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said. “Adding research experiences to all classes in the College of Arts and Sciences that are relevant to each student’s cultural background will increase the likelihood of student success, and will increase participation and excellence among people who are now under-represented in science.”

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, http://www.hhmi.org, plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, include 17 Nobel laureates. They have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research.

Groups Launch STEM Careers Video Showcase

HOWELL — The Michigan STEM Partnership, a statewide non-profit organization, announced a joint initiative with the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan and Inforum to collect and share videos from STEM professionals in order to enable student, parent and educator awareness of STEM careers and the opportunities they provide, and to encourage student participation in STEM careers.

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Cybersecurity, venture capital and STEM education on the M2 TechCast today

ROYAL OAK – The Monday, April 17 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast has a jam-packed schedule of tech news. Here’s the lineup:

* At 3 p.m. Eastern time, Yan Ness, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Online Tech Inc., will announce a new merger for his managed services company.

* At 3:15 p.m., Mark Dreyer Sr., senior consultant at Novi-based IT consultants Red Level, will review his recent presentation at the Microsoft Cyber Security Summit.

* At 3:30 p.m.,  Emily Heintz, associate director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, will discuss the recently released 2017 Michigan Venture Capital Report, which showed increased support for tech startups in Michigan.

* And at at 3:45 p.m., Selin Arslan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University, will discuss the success of Blue Devil Motorsports, the university’s SAE racing teams, and how the program fits into the university’s STEM-focused education.

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Social Media, LTU Outreach, High Tech Manufacturing, Cybersecurity on March 20 M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — Hope for more STEM students in the future and worries about the nation’s power grid are among the highlights to be broadcast live over the internet on the Monday, March 20 M2 TechCast.

The show begins at 3 p.m. Eastern time with Melih Oztalay of Inbound Marketing. He’ll discuss how web site marketability, content marketing, and social media marketing intersect.

At 3:15, Sibrina Collins, director of the Lawrence Technological University Marburger STEM Center will discuss LTU’s recent K-12 outreach events and an upcoming Science and Technology Showcase for science and biomedical engineering (BME) majors.

At 3:30, Jeff Hall from Siemens will talk about the Manufacturing in America conference, March 22-23 at the Renaissance Center.

The show wraps up at 3:45 with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, discussing hacker threats to the nation’s power grid.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Redford School Wins ESD’s Future City

NOVI — A team from St. Valentine Catholic School in Redford Township won the 2017 Michigan Regional Future City Competition, hosted and managed by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

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MSU, Marathon Team Up To Help STEM Students

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University and Marathon Petroleum Corp. celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Marathon Petroleum’s support will strengthen the Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA) at MSU – a seven-week residential program administered by the Diversity Programs Office in the College of Engineering.

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Michigan Teachers To Be Trained In Dow, Smithsonian Program

MIDLAND — Six Michigan teachers are among 34 from five states who have been selected for the 2016 Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program.

The six-day program, part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers, will be held in Washington, D.C. and is designed to heighten STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers’ ability to inspire and enlighten their students.

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Webinar Tackles Developing STEM Talent Among Youth

The engineering firm NTH Consultants Ltd. is hosting a webinar Thursday, June 16 at noon titled “Building Future Engineers: How Community, Corporations and Local Heroes Make It Happen.”

The hour-long event will address the challenges of developing engineering, architectural, and construction talent among our school-aged children.

Other sponsors of the event are The Engineering Society of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University, and the Melvindale-North Allen Park school district.

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