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Dean’s Weekly, March 1


Hertz Fellowship Finalist:  Cadet Brandon Clumpner has been selected as one of the 50 finalists for the 2013-2014 Hertz Fellowship.  Considered to be the Nation's most generous support for graduate education in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than a quarter million dollars per student and support lasts for up to five years. Brandon has a 2nd round interview in Newark on March 1 with award announcements expected by April 1. Brandon has previously been selected as the Naval Post Graduate School fellowship winner in January.

New Faces of Engineering:  Mechanical Engineering major Cadet Adam Leemans was selected as a finalist in the New Faces of Engineering national competition by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The competition seeks to recognize and highlight the diverse backgrounds of the rising generation of outstanding engineers in the United States. The top ranked academic performer in his class, Cadet Leemans is also the Brigade Energy and Environmental Officer, Captain of the Triathlon team, and will be pursuing graduate studies related to energy on a Rotary scholarship in England.

First Edition of Cadet-Run Newspaper, Past in Review:  The rebirth of Past in Review.Cadets Stephanie Wangeman '13, Teddy Fong '14, and Calla Glavin '14 helped lead an effort to publish the first edition of the Cadet-run newspaper Past in Review in several decades. These cadets liaised with senior Academy leadership and coordinated efforts with dozens of fellow cadets to create a new Brigade Staff position (Assistant Brigade S-2/PAO, currently Cadet Glavin) who will serve as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper in an official capacity.

Cadet Paper Publication:  The peer-reviewed Journal of Special Forces Medicine accepted a technical paper for publication with two cadets as lead authors. The article, Single versus Double Routing of the Band in the Combat Application Tourniquet was written based on detailed experiments done during a summer 2012 AIAD to the Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, TX.  Cadets Brandon Clumpner ‘13 and Ryan Polston ‘14, both mechanical engineering majors with a focus on bio-mechanics, are joined in the authorship by several medical doctors and scientific staff who supported the effort.

STEM Outreach, Mission Impossible – Save Eggly:  Cadets & WPMS in STEM project.Cadets from the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department challenged the West Point Middle School 6th Grade class to use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to build a rescue device to save Eggly from atop a mountain surrounded by lava. The cadets included Paige Youngerman, Alessandra Coote, Holly Schlotterbeck, Melissa Wells, Christal Theriot, Jean Presley, Jennifer Alonso, and Mackenzie Vaughn.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering Colloquium:  DTRA, Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center hosted an NE400 Nuclear Engineering Seminar Series Colloquium which was given by Dr. Richard Garwin on “Reflections on Nuclear Weapons: Then and Now”.

Engineers Week:  West Point Chemical Engineering cadets and Dr. John E LaSala ’72.A contingent of West Point Chemical Engineering cadets celebrated Engineer Week and enhanced their knowledge of chemical engineering by travelling to the annual Mid-Hudson Technical Societies Engineers Week Banquet. The technical program included a very important chemical engineering related talk “A Future Made of Glass” on the manufacturing of glass components for industry by Dr. John E LaSala ‘72 and former USMA faculty member.

Guest Lecture – EV396 (Environmental Biological Systems):  Dr. Dwight D. Bowman, a Professor of Parasitology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, gave a presentation to Cadets in EV396 (Environmental Biological Systems).  Dr. Bowman is an expert in the field of veterinary parasitology and introduced Cadets to a wide-range of protozoans, worms, other parasitic organisms, and discussed methods of transmission. Dr. Bowman advised Cadets on preventive measures and left them with vivid images of the consequences of not preparing for the medical threat in regions where they may lead Soldiers in the future.

Budget Saving Initiatives:  Approximately 500 cadets in General Psychology for Leaders (PL100) took an online WPR using the BlackBoard program.  99% of the cadets were able to successfully logon to the network, access the test, and submit their answers. Preliminary analysis of cadets’ performance suggests no difference in performance between the paper test administered last semester and the online version administered this semester. The PL100 program intends to continue using online WPRs and will also conduct an online Term End Examination in May.

RecycleMania Video and Current Standings:  The 2013 RecycleMania video is out and circulating through the Corps! The video, which features the Dean, IOCT all-star Cadet Teddy Fong, and Rabble Rouser Cadet Christen Constantino has served to increase awareness regarding the competition.  View the video by clicking here. After two weeks of competition, USMA is doing very well. We are currently 4th of 311 schools in the Per Capita Classic, 10th of 137 in the Paper Division, 2nd of 137 in the Cardboard Division, and 11th of 131 in the Bottles/Cans Division. We are also 52nd of 311 in the Gorilla Division (bulk weight division). Stats can be viewed weekly at http://recyclemaniacs.org/.

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