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Posted on May 29, 2019

In the News

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Lansing

A contingent of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley Asian Americans participated in the Michigan Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at the Michigan Capitol in early May. 

The group met with legislative staff to advocate for state designation of a Fred Korematsu Day, delineation of separate ethnic groups within the 2020 Census, and higher education budget allocations based on student enrollment and performance. (Photo above.) Pictured with state Sen. Winnie Brinks (fifth from right, front row) are Connie Dang, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pei-Lan Tsou, associate professor of cell and molecular biology (left of Brinks), and (back row, second from left) Kin Ma, assistant professor of geography and sustainable planning, and (back row, third from left) Patrick Shan, professor of history.


University Counseling Center moves temporarily

The University Counseling Center has temporarily moved from the Student Services Center to South D Apartments until July 30 to accommodate a remodel of the office suite.



Louis Moore associate professor of history, was interviewed by Public Books for an article about past and present professional athletes who blend sports and activism.

Cáel Keegan, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, was interviewed by Time for a story about a filter on Snapchat lets users alter images of themselves to look like a different gender. 

Salvatore Alaimo, associate professor of public, nonprofit and health administration, had his documentary, "What is Philanthropy?" screened at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

Kathleen Blumreich, professor of English, gave a presentation, "Empathetic Nihilism in the University Classroom," at the College English Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kingshuk Majumdar, professor of physics, was a co-author of an article, "Spin Dynamics of Antiferromagnetically Coupled Ferromagnetic Bilayers: the Case of Cr2WO6 and Cr2MO6," published in Materials Research Express.

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty members Katherine Moran and Dianne Conrad were among authors of a book, The Doctor of Nursing Practice Project, third edition. Contributing KCON faculty were Amy Manderscheid, Evelyn Clingerman, Sandy Spoelstra and Marie VanderKooi. 

John Weber, professor of geology, participated in a UNESCO Scientific Experts Meeting in Fort de France, Martinique. Weber was a co-author with a student of an article, "Reconnaissance Reassessment of the Late Eocene Oceanic Unit Barbados: Microtektite Geochemistry Zircon U-Pb Geochronology Micropaleontology," published in the Geological Society of America's "250 Million Years of Earth History in Central Italy: Celebrating 25 Years of the Geological Observatory of Coldigioco." 

Kin Ma, assistant professor of geography/sustainable planning, gave a presentation, "Housing Assessment Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a Case Study of Community Engagement from Grand Rapids, Michigan," at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters conference at Alma College.