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  • 11/14/17--10:44: iGEM Team Giant Jamboree
  • iGEM Team Giant JamboreeLife Science cadets prepared for their upcoming presentation at the International Genetically Modified Machines (iGEM) Giant Jamboree in Boston, MA with Manhattan College Riverdale students. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student team competition in Synthetic Biology where teams have a chance to medal in Bronze, Silver, or Gold in several categories. To medal for Silver, the USMA-West Point team was required to collaborate with an outside iGEM team, and this year collaborated with Manhattan College Riverdale by practicing their presentation and sharing transformed biological material. The West Point team is composed of nine current and previous cadets in Life Science and Mathematics who conducted work during AY17-2, over the summer at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and during AY18-1. Drs. Mitropoulos, Wickiser, Cave, and Woronowicz advise the team. For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. For more information, see www.igem.org or http://2017.igem.org/Team:USMA-West_Point.


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    Librarians attend ACRL Framework WorkshopLibrarians from the USMA Library traveled to attend the Association of College and Research Library’s Information Literacy Framework Workshop at Marist College. They learned about how to improve instructional design using the latest information available on the information literacy framework, and networked with local academic librarians to share best practices and improve instruction.


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    Army West Point Spirit SupportSeveral cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering designed and fabricated items in support of the Army West Point Spirit Group. Cadet Eston Smith ’21 made critical repairs to the Spirit Cannon. Specifically, he modified a gun tube support structure and welded it in place. His group then repainted and affixed decals to the cannon. Cadet Austin Adams ’19 repainted the Black Knight suit of armor. He also designed and fabricated replacement leather strapping for several complex pieces of the armor (greaves, gauntlets, sabatons). The Directorate of Cadet Activities (DCA) as well as the Brigade Spirit leadership were appreciative of the ingenuity and selflessness of the cadets that assisted in these projects.


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    Design- Build- Deliver- Burn (D2B2)Cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering supported the 2017 Beat Air Force bonfire event with the successful conclusion of their Design-Build-Deliver-Burn (D2B2) project. Led by Cadet Gunner Patterson ’19, the cadets designed and fabricated a 1/5 replica of the A-10 Warthog Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft. The design featured the distinctive rear mounted, twin engines and the famed nose mounted, seven barrel Gau-8 Gatling gun. The D2B2 project provides cadets with a rewarding opportunity to develop design and fabrication skills in a service project focused on delivering a spirit item for the Corps.


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    Cadets Attend Business Language Case CompetitionCadets Clarkin, Schafer and Roberts (Class of 2018) accompanied Dr. Chao to Brigham Young University to attend the Business Language Case Competition for non-native speakers of Chinese. The event provided a great opportunity for the Cadets to expand their Chinese-language proficiency and practice their briefing skills in a professional context. The conference also provided a valuable opportunity to interact with other advanced Chinese-language students from across the U.S.


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    USMA #1 for Best Non-Professional Gen Legal StudiesCollege Factual has ranked West Point the #1 Best Non-Professional Legal Studies College. Seeking the very best? Look into United States Military Academy in order to obtain an education in Non-Professional General Legal Studies. United States Military Academy non-professional general legal studies students earn 24.0% more than the typical legal studies graduate.

    Score more than 28 on the ACT? That is over the typical applicant score, so you should apply.About 77.5% of undergraduates complete their degree in four years at United States Military Academy, which is much higher than the U.S. average of 36.0%. View a video for more information on what student life is like.


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    DEP Hosts 4th Annual Ethics of War and Peace ConferenceThe Department of English and Philosophy hosted the fourth annual Conference on the Ethics of War and Peace, a joint project with Villanova University. The conference is a totally unique event which brings together cadets and undergraduates with scholars and military officers for a wide-ranging and open debate about the urgent and complex ethical issues surrounding war and warfare. This year, the conference theme was “Revisiting Walzer’s Just and Unjust Wars, 40 Years On.” Michael Walzer participated along with 10 renowned guest speakers. Seven cadets presented papers; Brett Yelverton, Sarah Morrow, Maria Kruegler, Rebecca Gray, Colin Laird, and Jessica Boerner. Over three days participants engaged in deep and searching conversations about the nature of ethics, war, and peace. The organizers aim to publish the papers presented as a monograph with a postscript by Michael Walzer further solidifying West Point’s reputation as the leading institution for free ethical inquiry into issues pertaining to war. Moreover, the conference shows the world of civilian students and scholars that the US Army is a place that welcomes civil and open ethical inquiry. As Michael Walzer proclaimed at the close of the conference, “I am proud to be a citizen of a country that has a military willing to have these important conversations.”


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    Cadets Visit the Institute for Soldier NanotechnologyCOL Shay, instructor for the Disruptive Innovation Course and the four cadets in the class traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to meet with senior leaders in high-tech companies in the Area to learn how those organizations manage innovation and to gain information pertaining to their research paper topics. One company of particular interest was Mesodyne, which seeks to revolutionize how soldiers power portable electronic devices by replacing pounds of batteries with a much smaller and lighter Thermal Photovoltaic power source. The class had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Martin Trust Center, an “innovation accelerator” to help student entrepreneurs launch successful startups. The cadets also had the opportunity to experience a monthly entrepreneur networking event at the Venture Café. This trip was made possible by the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment, a gift of Dr. Harry Van Trees’52 and his wife, Diane.


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    Three of the Army West Point volleyball firsties earned All-Patriot League recognition announced by the league on Monday. Carolyn Bockrath and Vanessa Wesley were named to the first team, while Amber Clay was chosen to the second team. Bockrath garnered first team honors for the second straight season and completes her career with postseason recognition in all four years. The Newport Harbor, Calif., native eclipsed 1,000 kills earlier this season and now boasts 1,094 in her career to rank eighth all-time at Army. During her 2017 campaign, the middle blocker posted a career-high 329 kills for a 3.50 kills per set average. She also has a .393 hitting percentage to rank her second in the Patriot League. The .393 slates her third in Army's single-season records for hitting percentage following her previous record of .425 in 2015 and Jamie Clark's .405 in 2008. She has notched 17 double-digit kills matches this season and 59 in her career. Wesley earned the first team honor for the first time of her career and was chosen to the second team her cow year. The middle blocker is an explosive player for the Black Knights who produces 2.57 kills per set and has a .377 hitting percentage. In league-only matches, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native hits at .412 to rank second in the Patriot League. Read More


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    Radio Club Participate in Exercise Noble SkywaveThe Cadet Amateur Radio Club and their US Army MARS Station - AAM2P participated in Exercise Noble Skywave; a Canadian Armed Forces hosted international military HF radio competition. Operating from their radio room in Bartlett Hall, Cadet Jonathan Morton ’18, CPT(P) Sherburne (D/EECS), CPT(P) Shaha (D/EECS), MAJ Lebiednik (ACI), and LTC Hamilton (ACI), made 68 total HF radio contacts, of which 55 were unique, throughout Canada, the UK, and the US. Stacking up against 85 other teams, West Point placed 19th overall. They placed 18th out of 86 teams for total single-sideband voice points and 15th out of 45 teams for points made using 2G Automatic Link Establishment (ALE). The exercise allowed cadets and faculty to communicate with our NATO/FVEY military allies and learn how to interface with their HF radio systems. More information on the competition can be found at https://cmcen.ca/exns/.


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    IEEE Inaugural Industry Advisory Board Meeting at West PointCOL Shoop, IEEE Past President and Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hosted the inaugural IEEE Industry Advisory Board Meeting at West Point. He was joined by other senior IEEE leaders including IEEE President and CEO Karen Bartleson, IEEE President-Elect Jim Jefferies, Chair of the Industry Engagement Committee and HP Distinguished Fellow Dejan Milojicic, incoming Chair of the Industry Engagement Committee Eddie Custovic from Melbourne, Australia and the incoming IEEE Executive Director Steve Welby, former Chief Technology Officer for the US Department of Defense.


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    Firstie John Valeri of the Army West Point men's cross country team has been named the Army West Point Athlete of the Week. This honor comes after Valeri's remarkable performance at the NCAA DI Northeast Regional Championships, where he placed 13th overall and led the team to a third-place finish, the best for Army since 2001. The performance also qualified him an individual runner for the NCAA Championship meet. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/9XutWMR4u_A. Valeri has had an impressive firstie season, finishing as the overall champion at the annual Army-Navy star meet. The Pembroke, Mass., native was the first Army runner to take the top overall spot in the race since 2013, helping the squad break a three-meet Navy winning streak. He has also led the Black Knights in the rest of their meets for the season, consistently finishing as one of the top two on the team. This is the first time Army has sent an individual qualifier to the NCAA Championships since John Mickowski qualified in 2007 under head coach Jerry Quiller. Read More


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    Technical Scholarship Trip to Cambridge, MATwenty-four cadets from the Class of 2018 along with three faculty members from Civil and Mechanical Engineering (C&ME) visited Draper Laboratories, met with faculty across the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and visited Lincoln Laboratories as part of the Technical Scholarship program. Current fellows from each of the labs also met with the cadets, describing their own experiences through the process, and in some cases, providing tours of their research projects and facilities. These potential scholarship cadets will submit applications for study at the top ranked programs in their disciplines including MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, and Rice University, simultaneously applying for the laboratory fellowships that will fund them through the middle of February, with announcements made on a ‘rolling’ basis until 1 April 2018.


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    The Army West Point men's basketball team kicked off its home slate with a 92-43 rout of John Jay College here Tuesday night. The Black Knights registered three cadet-athletes in double digits with Luke Morrison's 12 points leading the way. The firstie was perfect from behind-the-arc at 4-of-4, and missed just one jumper on the night to finish 4-for-5 from the floor. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/SB91vKGxcJ4. He chipped in four rebounds, including two on the offensive glass, to go along with his three assists, which matched his career-best effort. Rookie Tucker Blackwell and cow Jordan Fox chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, to the Cadets' final total. Blackwell went 4-of-5 from the floor, 1-of-2 from long range and 2-of-2 at the free throw line for his career-high night. Fox quietly finished at 4-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-4 from downtown, while notching six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Read More


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    Ultralight Tactical VehiclesThe Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering hosted Mr. Mark McCormick of Polaris Industries. Mr. McCormick is a Vice President at Polaris and is responsible for Polaris Defense, the branch focused on military mobility solutions and combat platform designs. Mr. McCormick briefed cadets on the Ultralight Tactical Vehicle (UTV) concepts used by Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and light infantry divisions. The discussion included details on the development of the M-RZR line of UTVs, including the spark ignition (SI or gasoline) and compression ignition (CI or diesel) power plant variants. Several of the cadets are using the M-RZR for both coursework and laboratory exercises in Vehicle Dynamics, as well as a test platform for Mechanical Engineering Capstone project work. The information Mr. McCormick shared with cadets gave them insights on vehicle design, user requirements, and operational trends in the UTV or ‘side-by-side’ market.


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    Cadet and Officer Team Up to PresentCadet Travis Greer, a yearling majoring in English, and MAJ Trivius Caldwell, an English instructor, traveled to the University of Louisville to co-deliver a talk to undergraduates entitled: A Body Avatar: The Tupac and Ta-Nehisi Nexus. This presentation focused on the residual effects of the institution of slavery and the poetry and literature that function to describe such atrocity. Cadet Greer and MAJ Caldwell also discussed aspects of West Point and military life, respectively, to assist in the bridging of the civil-military gap. Cadet Greer and MAJ Caldwell also traveled to the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta, GA to serve as respondents to undergraduates from Westfield State University. Their efforts concluded with a recruiting talk at Grady High school in Atlanta.


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    Cadets Visit the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThirty-Six Cadets from French, German, and Persian languages visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Dr. Hannes Vazulik, Dr. Amir Irani-Tehrani, Dr. Olivier Tonnerre, and Dr. Julia Praud accompanied the group.


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    Cadets in France Visit 2e REISemester Abroad Cadets, studying in Lyon, France visited the 2nd Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment (2e REI) in Nimes. During the visit, they participated in a variety of training, to include a night exercise and familiarization on a number of the Regiment’s weapons systems. They concluded the visit with a presentation on West Point to the Regiment’s officers and NCOs.


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    COL Shoop Plenary Presentation on InnovationCOL Shoop, Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, delivered the Plenary Presentation entitled “Innovation as an Ecosystem” at the 2017 Uruguay Conference (URUCON) in Montevideo, Uruguay. In this plenary presentation, he first described his course Disruptive Innovations, and how the cadets in the course study both the technical dimension of innovation as well as the human dimension, which drives acceptance or rejection of the technological innovation based on cultural, social, and religious aspects of the market. Beyond the technological and human dimensions, he discussed the importance of developing both the organizational structure and organizational culture dimensions that encourage and support innovation. This innovation ecosystem can be found at the micro-level of a corporation’s department or division, the regional-level of a geographic region like Silicon Valley and at the macro-level of a nation-state like Israel, Japan or Singapore.


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    USMA Library hosts Patriot NationsNovember is National Native American Heritage Month, and the library is hosting a display from the National Museum of the American Indian that celebrates the contributions of Native Americans to the military. If this display inspires you to learn more, there is also a book display in the 2nd floor rotunda area to check out. Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East in higher numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces reveals the remarkable history of Native American veterans through art, photography and essay. The 16-panel exhibition documents 250 years of Native peoples’ contributions in U.S. military history and remains on view through November 2017 on the 2nd floor of the USMA library. Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces was produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.


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