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    BERG Welcomes Dr. Kelly CowanThe Biology Education Research Group (BERG) within the Department of Chemistry & Life Science welcomed Dr. Kelly Cowan. Dr. Cowan is a former Dean and Professor Emerita of Microbiology at Miami University. She has published several book chapters, three microbiology textbooks, and two dozen research articles stemming from her work on bacterial adhesion mechanisms, generating two patents. Dr. Cowan is an avid pedagogical researcher with articles in the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and The Teaching Professor. She is the recipient of a Celebration of Teaching Award. Dr. Cowan met with the Center for Molecular Science Team and toured the Bartlett Hall Science Center prior to presenting a Faculty Seminar. Her talk, "Closing the Gap between Under-Resourced and Fully Resourced Students in Your Classroom", described some of her work focusing on education in under-resourced areas. During her visit, Dr. Cowan and the BERG team discussed incorporating her insights into student voice, grammar and vocabulary, as it relates to cadet learning in the core curriculum. The Department welcomes her experience and looks forward to continued collaboration in educational research.


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    CDT Cole Bruns '18Firstie goaltender Cole Bruns and yearling forward Michael Wilson garnered Atlantic Hockey Goalie and Player of the Week honors, announced by the league Tuesday. Bruns posted a 63-save weekend as the Black Knights went 2-0 against American International in Springfield, Mass. In the team's 2-1 win on Saturday night, Bruns made 34 saves to clinch the Black Knights' victory. Through two games, the Prarie Grove, Ill., native has posted a .969 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average. Wilson led the Black Knights with four points on the weekend. He recorded a goal and had three assists to help push Army past the Yellow Jackets. The Fond du Lac, Wis., native had Friday's game-winning goal and through two outings, has totaled five shots with a pair of blocks. Army received votes in two national polls after its 5-1 and 2-1 wins over AIC. The Black Knights have an off weekend and will be back in action on the road at Robert Morris on Oct. 20-21.


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    Reinforced Concrete Course Cadets Observe Mahan Hall PourCadets from the Design of Reinforced Concrete Course observed Mahan Hall F-Level concrete placement. Contractors completed the concrete pour on Mahan Hall’s F-Level. Cadets from the concrete course in CME utilized lab time to observe and discuss the concrete placement.


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    Cow quarterback Keegan West of the Army West Point sprint football team has been named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week following his dominant performance against service-academy rival Navy on Saturday. West led the Black Knights to a 40-6 victory over the Midshipmen to give Army a 2-0 lead in the 2017-18 Star Series, presented by USAA. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/eoEGkxMRr98. Army put up 40 points against Navy for the first time since the 1998 Anthracite Bowl in Pottsville, Pa., when it captured a 43-8 win. The West Point, N.Y., native was 22-for-28 through the air for a season-high 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball in for a touchdown in the game. The Black Knights return to the gridiron Friday evening at Shea Stadium for a 7 p.m. matchup with Chestnut Hill. Army will honor its 13 firsties prior to the game.


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    DARPA Cadet Team Collaborates with RISDA multidisciplinary cadet design team assigned to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) SquadX resupply project for the ME404 Mechanical Engineering Design course, conducted a collaborative design session with students from the Design, Culture, and Global Security course at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). This two-day event brought together USMA Cadets from Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Engineering Management and Defense Strategic Studies with foreign and domestic RISD industrial design students to frame a unique problem focused on dense urban environments. The cadets and students were organized into five teams that explored various functions related to sustaining a squad-sized element in an Eastern European city. The teams spent much of the afternoon conducting a terrain walk across the city of Providence to better understand the operating environment and specific system functions. As design students and residents of the city of Providence themselves, the RISD students provided a unique perspective on both the design process and urban patterns of life.


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    Equestrian's Impressive Eight Top Three FinishesThe Army-West Point Equestrian Team achieved an impressive top three finish at their first IHSA horseshow of the season. The team traveled to the Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. With eight top three finishes in multiple categories of competition, the team truly rode to excellence. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Shawna Moore placed second in open fences and third in open flat; team captain Matilda Brady won first place in novice fences; Madyson Paul and Haley Middleton both placed second in their respective walk-trot-canter divisions; Sydney Campbell placed third in her walk-trot-canter division; Cira Wolf won her walk-trot class, and Matthew Golembeski placed second in his walk-trot class. With the first show of the season in the books, the team is looking forward to continued success as its members take on challenging opponents in the coming weeks.


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    Research Applications in Underbody BlastCDT Ruth Talbott ’20 and Dr. Becky Zifchock travelled to Adelphi, MD to meet with scientists and engineers from Army Research Lab, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (ARL- WMRD), and Wake Forest University. Talbott has been working with Dr. Zifchock on the design and validation of a device to assess the torsional stiffness of combat boots. The device has recently caught the attention of Army researchers engaged in the analysis and mitigation of injury associated with underbody blast. During the visit, Talbott and Dr. Zifchock learned about ongoing research initiatives at ARL- WMRD, worked with their collaborators to improve the design and validity of the torsional stiffness measurement device, and observed simulated underbody blast testing on custom anthropometric test dummies (ATDs). In addition to the design improvements to the torsional stiffness measurement device, the visit allowed the participants to hone the scope of their research for ongoing collaboration.


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    Triathlon Sweep at Montauk Mighty ManThe Army West Point Triathlon Team finished out the fall season strong at the Montauk Mighty Man Triathlon. The team swept the conference awards, getting first place in men's, women's, and combined team results. Payton Boylston '20 got first place in the collegiate women's division, and Hannah White '20 got 4th. Remington Ponce-Pore '18 got 3rd in the collegiate men's division, with Nick Chatel '18 following close behind coming in 4th. The race was changed from a triathlon to a duathlon due to unsafe levels blue-green algae levels in the water. Aside from some individual races, the cadets will not race as a team again until the spring term finishing the year at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April.


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    Library Teaches Cadets How to Evaluate NewsMs. Karen Shea (Plebe Experience Librarian and Library Liaison for the Center for Enhanced Performance) conducted classes on finding and evaluating news sources for Ms. Laura Vetter’s RS103 students. The class entitled “To Share or Not to Share: Evaluating News & Other Online Content”, focused on how social media has changed the way people read and share the news, and assisted in the proliferation of fake news. During the class students discussed the importance of avoiding confirmation bias by seeking out multiple viewpoints, and were provided with tips and sources to help them evaluate, verify and fact-check news sources.


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    Bass Fishing NY Federation Collegiate ChampionshipsThe Bass Fishing Club competed in the New York Bass Federation Collegiate Championships on Lake Champlain. Four teams qualified for the Championships and two teams finished in the Top ten: Parker Meytrott-Frankie Turner and Drew Hicks-Brian Stecker. This concludes the tournament schedule for the fall season.


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    Guest Lecturer Katherine HuttonKatherine Hutton, an ACI Volunteer Research Scientist and a Management Analyst with the Army Management Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, served as a guest lecturer in LTC Wong’s Applied Systems Design and Decision-Making course. Katherine was formerly a Special Advisor at the United States Secret Service. She graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in biology and minor in chemistry and holds an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Cross Continent Program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management at George Washington University. In addition to broadening the Cadet’s understanding of the impact that cybersecurity research can have at the national level, Katherine provided the class with tips on doing good research, writing to get published, and working effectively as research teams.


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    CDT Blackmon Learns the Value of Building TrustCadet Denise Blackmon completed a Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations sponsored Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with the Washington DC based Protect the People (PTP). PTP is an international, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a mission to empower people affected by crisis. Their vision is safety, dignity, and well-being for humanity. This vision encompasses the basic elements of protection and the core aspects of PTP’s programming.

    She was assigned to two separate projects at PTP that involved studying protection of civilians. The first project was to edit a draft of a textbook titled Protection of Civilians: Military Reference Guide and the Army Techniques Publication ATP 3-07.6 on civilian protection to make recommendations to improve the guidebook. Her second project was to read NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Program guidelines for applying for workshop grants in preparation to review an application for an Advanced Research Workshop to create awareness of Protection of Civilians (PoC) and to provide specific recommendations on how PoC and Women, Peace and Security (WPS) can be mutually reinforcing as critical human and social aspects of security which impact NATO’s strategic objectives.

    “During my AIAD”, she commented, “I learned that there is more to soldiering than what I originally thought. There are several steps, plans, missions, and more that exist within a primary goal. More importantly, I learned that to produce positive results within a foreign society, one needs to be aware of civilian protection policies and enforce those policies. A society that does not feel safe or secure will not have trust in organizations or militaries that are supposedly there to protect them."


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    Cadets in Taiwan visit Mainland ChinaDr. Martha Gallagher and CPT J.R. Sessions III are accompanying 8 SAP Cadets, studying in Taiwan, to sites in Mainland China. Cadets will deepen their knowledge of greater China and will receive intensive daily instruction in Chinese language and culture.


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    Parachute Demo in Fryeburg MaineThe USMA Parachute Team conducted another successful demonstration in Fryeburg, Maine. The team had two cows, two firsties and Coach Tom Falzone jump into the opening of the 50th annual Fryeburg Fair. They jumped out of a Cessna 210 into a small landing area in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators. The landing area was one of the most challenging the team has faced so far. However, the jumpers were anxious to exercise the skills that they practice daily and test themselves. Despite the difficult conditions, the jumpers landed dead center and reflected the professionalism and focus the team strives for. CDT Klein '20 caught the flag, CDT Perinon '20 provided an excellent narration, SFC McGlynn (NCOIC) and SSG Baker coordinated with the Fair staff and aircraft for a successful performance. The Parachute Team appreciates the support that allowed this demo to take place.


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    Ecology Students Study Wetlands on West PointEnvironmental Science majors enrolled in Ecology have been exploring wetlands, starting with their negative depiction in culture and the history of wetland destruction in favor of other land use. Cadets learned about the benefits that healthy wetland ecosystems including habitat, recreation, food provisioning, storm surge storage capacity and an ability to improve water quality, and that a recognition of these benefits led to the creation of a global legal framework to conserve wetlands and informed the current U.S. policy of “no net loss.” They spent several lessons learning about each of the three principal components of wetlands: flooding or inundation for part of the growing season, the formation of hydric soils under anoxic conditions, and plant communities composed of flood-tolerant species called hydrophytes.

    Their study of wetlands culminated in field research at a fen near Wilkins Pond where they collected data for their term project. During their field work, cadets examined soils, performed analyses on water samples, measured biodiversity and identified the most abundant species in the area and a nearby upland site. Cadets will work in groups to compare data collected at Wilkins Pond with data they will collect at human-altered wetlands elsewhere on West Point. They will write a report in the form of a scientific journal article and create a poster to present their research in class. The research methods learned provide the cadets who major in Environmental Science with the tools to evaluate ecological change and disturbance, and to present their findings to an audience.


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    Army Welcomes Anthony to the Hockey FamilyThe Army West Point hockey family welcomed its newest member on Wednesday as Anthony Scancarello signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Anthony was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at six-years old and connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The team welcomed Anthony on Wednesday for an official signing in Nowak Auditorium in front of the team and members of the Army West Point Athletic Staff. Jaclyn Murphy, the founder of FOJ Foundation spoke about the program and introduced Anthony. Head coach Brian Riley officially welcomed Anthony into the hockey family with the signing of his letter to become the newest Black Knight. Anthony then posed for a team photo along with one with Jaclyn Murphy. The team then showed Anthony Tate Rink, their locker room and team room while chatting about common interests. Read More


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  • 10/13/17--06:39: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Dr. Roger Chapman Burk escorted a group of cadets to Ft. Belvoir, VA to visit the Center for Army Analysis. The Center for Army Analysis (CAA) performs Army-level analysis to support Army staff decision making and is serving as the client for the cadets’ capstone project. Cadets Joe Tustin, Ethan Cook, Ted Glesener and Dillon Shaaf made the trip to begin their research in support of their capstone. Ultimately, the cadets will develop a software system that will use order-of-battle information from the National Ground Intelligence Center to develop inputs for the Joint Interagency Contingency Model (JICM). This model will in turn be used by CAA to model theater-level operations.


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    Dr. Cellini Speaks with CadetsDr. Stephanie Cellini visited the Economic Stem and spoke to 30 cadets regarding her research on for-profit universities. She discussed some of the issues regarding regulation of these institutions and the cost/benefits of attendance. She also presented her new research on the earnings of attendance of for-profit colleges compared to community college or no-college. Dr. Cellini also presented to the economics faculty and met with individual faculty members during the day.


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    Cadets Attend the World Leadership Forum in NYCCadets and faculty from the Department of Social Sciences attended the annual World Leadership Forum in New York City. This year's forum was focused on U.S. - China relations. Cadets participated in a variety of panels featuring prominent thought leaders. Topics included the global economic outlook, China's strategic vision, China's economic policy, and an informed reassessment of America's role in the world. Cadets also attended a luncheon where they heard from the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Zhang Qiyue. These panel events allowed cadets to engage prominent academics and practitioners directly, and distinguish themselves with thoughtful, and tough, questions.


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