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Faculty and student researchers share projects at Summer Seminar Series

June 15, 2012

The Summer Seminar Series, held in the Science and Technology Center on Wednesdays at noon, is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn, share ideas, and enjoy fellowship over lunch during the summer months. Faculty, staff, and summer research students are invited to present their work to the Dordt community. With an average attendance of 40 people, the Summer Seminar Series is growing in popularity.

Here is a list of upcoming presenters, topics, and dates:

June 20

Presentation #1: Update on Rattlesnake Research by James Mahaffy, professor of biology

Presentation #2:  Technology in Education - are we chasing rabbits, polluting a priority, or enhancing the teaching/learning process? by Tim Van Soelen, professor of education

“The technology revolution has infiltrated the educational system over the last 20 years, with an accelerated rate during the last five years. Will this trend continue to accelerate, slow down? In either case, what are we going to do about it? This is the beginning of my eight-year paper so I look forward to sharing a few of my thoughts but listening to yours!” Tim Van Soelen.

June 27

Presentation #1: Presentation of Summer Research by Deborah Tyokighir, sophomore biology major 

Presentation #2: Presentation of Summer Research by Christy Sikkema, junior biology major

July 6

Presentation: A Broad Interdisciplinary Approach to Transform Teaching and Learning at Dordt College by Jeff Ploegstra and Tony Jelsma

At this week's presentation Jeff Ploegstra and Tony Jelsma will present and invite your participation in "A broad interdisciplinary approach to transform teaching and learning at Dordt College." This project received funding funded by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

This project will combine students from different classes to learn about an important world problem and come up with creative ways to tackle this problem.

The world problem that Jeff and Tony would like to focus on is how to reduce the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. They will describe the project and show how you might tap into this project in your own classes.

July 11

Presentation#1: Writing in ESL by Sanneke Kok, coordinator of academic services for minority and international student

This presentation will discuss writing in the various disciplines for international/ESL students.

Presentation # 2: The Weird, Wild, Wonderful Supreme Court by Donald Roth, instructor of criminal justice and business administration

"As both lawyer and instructor of Dordt's Constitutional Law class, I watch every term of the Supreme Court with great interest, and the just-completed 2011 term has not failed to disappoint, with several landmark rulings, not least of which is the recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which is being hailed as one of the most brilliant opinions ever written. In addition to explaining why I agree with this sentiment, I will be speaking about the Court generally as well: what does it take to make it to the Court? What types of cases does the Court usually hear, and how many of them? What did the Court do this term? I hope to address all these questions and more." Donald Roth

July 18

Presentation #1: What I Did on My Sabbatical in Chicago by David Versluis

“This presentation will highlight some projects I worked for Thirst, which is an graphic design studio in Chicago. The discussion will be formatted as case histories. The conversation will center around the import of my presence at Thirst and Chicago and how my sabbatical study will impact art and design students.”

Presentation #2: Presentation on Butterfly Milkweed Research by Michelle Alkema and Kayla Graves

“Our summer research focuses on prairie plant population genetics, specifically dealing with a plant known as Butterfly Milkweed. The fragmented nature of Iowa's prairies presents problems with gene flow between increasingly isolated populations. We will present findings dealing with inbreeding, outbreeding, diversity, and divergence and their implications for prairie management.”


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