First student teaching assistantships were selected

Thanks to the grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute we can fund teaching assistantships for students to help faculty develop new CRE modules or strengthen existing CRE modules. Only CRE faculty members are eligible to apply for these teaching assistantships, and their proposals are submitted and reviewed by our teaching assistantship committee.

The committee includes CRE members Shannon Timmons (chair), Na Yu, and Dan Shargel. That committee determined the procedure and terms for applying for these assistantships, prepared forms and formats expected from the applicants, in addition to determining the academic and technical (e.g., deadline) requirements. The committee reviewed all proposals, and decided what proposals to fund. Here are the list of projects funded in our first round of application, for the Spring semester of 2018.


Here is a list of the awardees:

1) Melinda Weinstein, “What is Color”, High School Outreach, $500 Awarded ($500 Requested).

2) Vivian Kao, “Bridging the Divide: Investigating Best Practices for Teaching First-Year Composition at the STEM University”, College Composition (Honors) CRE Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).

3) Hsiao-Ping Moore, Julie Zwiesler-Vollick, and Fauzia Siddiq, “An Investigation of Chemotaxis in C. elegans“, Biology 2 Lab CRE Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).

4) Julie Zwiesler-Vollick, “Salt of the Earth – An Investigation of Halotolerance in the Soil Microbiome”, Microbiology Lab Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).

5) Meng Zhou, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Activities of Nanoparticle Catalysts”, Advanced Synthesis Lab Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).

6) Michael Dabkowski, “Nonlinear and Nonlocal Ordinary Differential Equations: Theory and Practice”, Differential Equations Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).

7) Na Yu, “Applying Linear Algebra to Process Digital Images”, Linear Algebra Modification, $1,000 Awarded ($1,500 Requested).



STEM+Art goes to Manoogian High School

11/10/2017, Dr. Melinda Weinstein takes her STEM+Art to another high school, this time Manoogian High School right here in Southfield. A pioneer of bringing quantitative art research into freshman level courses, Dr. Weinstein created a new form of that activity to bring it to the level of high school students. Such activities need to be done within a much shorter time compared to a course taken at a university. Her work makes the connections between science and art, and she is often accompanied by some of our science students (computer science, chemistry).

The engagement was great, and a lot of fun for the students!

Next visits at Manoogian are planned for November 13, November 20th, November 27, and November 29.

First part-time faculty to teach CRE courses

Ashley Beyer and Luger Brinker will be our first part-time faculty to teach CRE courses, which will happen in the Spring 2018 semester. After a period of training by Melinda Weinstein they will teach the course World Masterpieces 1, in which they will integrate the research module for art history quantitative analysis. Initially developed as part of the TIDES initiative, that CRE module has been taught for seven semesters.


LTU Basketball joins “NBA and Mathematics” at Sampson-Webber Academy in Detroit

11/2/2017, Today Dr. Sibrina Collins and LTU Men’s Basketball players Derek Seidl, Lucas Vojak and Alek Ivanovic, as well as Brooke Franklin from Advancement joined the NBA and Mathematics Workshop at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy in Detroit. LTU sophomore George Terrell led the activities, and our basketball team players assisted the high school students and served as the judges for the posters. Thank you everyone who took part, and thank you Coach Pickens for the support!

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Busy days for the CRE community

October 26 and October 27 were two busy days for our community. Dr. Melinda Weinstein and LTU students went over to Denby High School in Detroit to lead an art+STEM workshop, while Dr. Sibrina Collins went with LTU students to Sampson Webber K-8 school, also in Detroit to lead a Math+Sport activities for the sixth to eight graders. Meanwhile, here at LTU Dr. CJ Chung and his LTU students and volunteers ran another successful programming + dance activities for the Detroit University Prep high school. Big thank you for all the faculty, students, and volunteers who took part!


2018 Equity Within the Classroom conference will be held at LTU

It is exciting news that LTU will host the 2018 “Equity Within the Classroom” conference. Supported by the King-Chavez-Parks initiative, the conference has been attracting hundreds of faculty and administrators to exchange ideas about serving underrepresented minorities in academia. After two years, the conference will be back, and to be hosted at LTU in March 2018.


NBA and Mathematics: Who is the Real MVP?

Dr. Sibrina Collins with teaching assistants George Terrell and Derek Seidl went over yesterday (10/26/2017) to Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy in Detroit to lead a workshop for 6th to 8th graders titles “NBA and Mathematics: Who is the Real MVP?”. The students watched video footage of the three MVP candidates for the 2016-17 NBA season and discussed statistical data of the three candidates. Furthermore, the students each took turns shooting baskets, which lead to a discussion of converting the data into fractions/percentages and comparing the class data to the three MVP candidates. At the end of the workshop, the students completed a writing assignment, which included asking which stat they believed was more important and why (points, rebounds, assistants, field goal percentage) and how we can improve this workshop. One lessons learned from the student responses is to improve the workshop by including the WNBA.

Next week, the students will work in teams and prepare a poster based on their choice for the MVP. The posters will be used for a Gallery Walk for a competition. The winning teams will receive Virtual Reality Cardboard Google glasses. This workshop involved 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes at Sampson-Webber.