Humanities and technology seminar

October 18, 2018, the humanities and technology seminar focused on 200 years of Frankenstein. The event was a panel that included experts in English (external), Philosophy, and Biomedical Engineering to discuss Frankenstein from different perspectives of humanities and technology. The vast majority of the audience was high school students from local high schools. The students bravely survived a long introduction, and seemed very engaged in the panel, as reflected by excellent questions and student response in the auditorium.

The seminar is not part of CRE and was not funded by CRE. However, it is organized by two CRE members — Franco Delogu and Paul Jaussen. With the help of Sibrina Collins (another CRE member), they invited student from local high school. That was a very different audience from the regular events that we normally have at LTU, and probably four or five years ago the idea to invite them would not have happened. LTU has for many years been disconnected from the local community in which we are located, but we are now starting to see good signs of change. In IE standard, that can probably be considered a second-order transformation.


Math club and CRE

For the first time I joined the math club student seminar, and attended a strong presentation about math and music. It was interesting, although not surprising, when the presenter said that her project started from a CRE course. It was more surprising how naturally the students use the term “CRE” in the communication between them. It was also nice to see from the discussion between the students how much these young undergraduate student know about research.

Fall 2018 student research/teaching assistants

The committee of research/teaching assistants approved the research and teaching assistantships for fall 2018. The selected students will receive stipend for assisting in developing CRE courses, or assisting in delivering CRE courses and working with students. All assistantships are funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The selected students and faculty are:


1)   CRE Faculty Name: Franco Delogu

Application Title: “Olympics of the Mind”

CRE Course: PSY 1013 – Olympics of the Mind

Funding: $2,000 Awarded ($2,000 Requested)


2)   CRE Faculty Name: Aleksandra Kuzmanov

Application Title: “Screening Chemicals for Neurotoxicity Using C. elegans

CRE Course: BIO 1221 – Biology 1 Laboratory

Funding: $1,440 Awarded ($1,440 Requested)


3)   CRE Faculty Name: Daniel Shargel

Application Title: “The Effects of Emotional Episodes on Model-free and Model-based Learning”

CRE Course: SSC 3613 – Philosophy of Mind

Funding: $2,000 Awarded ($2,000 Requested)


4)   CRE Faculty Name: Shannon Timmons

Application Title: “Medicinal Chemistry in the Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory: The Synthesis and Antibacterial Testing of Aspirin Analogs”

CRE Course: CHM 2321 – Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory

Funding: $2,000 Awarded ($2,000 Requested)


5)   CRE Faculty Name: Melinda Weinstein

Application Title: “Computer-Assisted Art History”

CRE Course: LLT 1213 – World Masterpieces 1

Funding: $960 Awarded ($960 Requested)


6)   CRE Faculty Name: Na Yu

Application Title: “Mathematical Modeling: A New Approach for Mathematics Teaching in the Undergraduate Level”

CRE Course: Mathematical Biology

Funding: $2,000 Awarded ($2,000 Requested)


CRE presented at Network Detroit Digital Humanities conference

A small team of CRE members led by Melinda Weinstein presented the concept of CRE and discoveries made in CRE courses at Network Detroit Digital Humanities conference, at Wayne State University, September 21, 2018. The title of the presentation was “College-Wide Course-Based-Research-Experience Intervention as a Pathway towards Inclusive Excellence”. In addition to Melinda, the star of the presentation was Xamaka LaTham-Salaberrios — an undergraduate student who presented his perspective of CRE, as well as his interesting discoveries and papers that he got to publish thank to his CRE work.

First CRE/Idea Factory seminar

This year we are starting a new CRE seminar series, which is based on the Idea Factory initiative. Several times during the year internal and external speaker will be invited to give a talk about CRE, inclusion, diversity, outreach at underrepresented communities, and other relevant topics. The first speaker is our own Sibrina Collins, who is also the director of the Marburger STEM center and a CRE member.

The seminar series is organized by Aleksandra Kuzmanov (Biology) and Vivian Kao (English).




First presentation at Macomb Community College

To reach out to more non-traditional students, we are starting a partnership with Macomb Community College. The idea is to share the knowledge about CRE that was accumulated at LTU with MCC students and faculty.

MCC students will be able to experience research by taking CRE courses at LTU, and MCC faculty who are interested in CRE will be able to learn from LTU’s knowledge and experience in CRE. We plan to explore that scheme for the purpose of providing research experience to community college students who cannot leave their home/work and commit to an REU program.

The first step was a presentation about CRE to MCC faculty (August 16th, 2018), to introduce MCC faculty to the idea of CRE, also proposing the idea of taking CRE training at LTU and learning from LTU faculty.


First CRE Retreat

The first CRE retreat took place May 9 – May 10. Two long days (too long?), but a lot of knowledge being shared and transferred, excellent presentations, and an inspiring keynote talk by Dr. Melvin Hall.