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EMU to name Military & Veterans Service Center after war hero

Eastern Michigan University will name its Military and Veterans Service Center after Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, an alumnus who has received the military’s highest distinction, the Medal of Honor. Kettles, an Ypsilanti resident who distinguished himself in heroic combat operations in Vietnam, will be honored at a special public ceremony. Last July, Kettles received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony.

NMU launches educational access initiative

Northern Michigan University is bridging the digital divide that continues to exist in the Upper Peninsula and beyond, where rural households either lack broadband entirely or the minimal speeds required for educational use. NMU’s Educational Access Network merges the broadband coverage and speed of the university’s revolutionary LTE system with courses for professional and personal development.


Stanford program develops next-generation STEM leaders through service

Stanford students with a passion for education are helping science come alive for local youth from the Peninsula, Ravenswood School District and La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District. Science in Service (SIS) creates spaces that allow young people to have rich and fulfilling experiences using science as a way of knowing. Student volunteers develop leadership and mentorship skills and a better understanding of local communities.

IU receives NSF grant to study learning via specialized video game

The Indiana University School of Education’s Center for Research on Learning and Technology has received a $1.23 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund use of a specially designed video game to help students working in small groups learn to create solutions collaboratively. The game’s artificial intelligence technologies will use big data to help teachers provide adaptable support and to foster collaboration.

New Penn State center to examine sports in society

Penn State announced the creation of a new Center for the Study of Sports in Society. The center will be charged with supporting research, teaching, public programs and service across Penn State related to the study of sport and its cultural, economic and social impact. The center hopes to bring academics and sports officials together on topics such as changes in football rules and protocols to improve safety.

— Compiled by Meg Bauer, The University Record


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