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    Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report

    22 February 2017 The Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report is an internal report on all activities conducted within the

    Departments, Centers & Staff. The Report is provided to the Dean for situation awareness, throughout the

    organization for shared situation awareness, and to select external organizations for outreach and communication. Portions of the Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report are further staffed in a report to the

    Superintendent. POC for the report is MS Lesley Beckstrom at 938-5105.

    Picture of the Week

    The West Point Model United Nations Team braved the cold weather in Boston, MA to compete in the Harvard National Model UN Conference on 16-19 February.

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    Department of Mathematical Sciences

    Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM

    CLD STEM Motivates Boston Middle School Students to STEM possibilities

    On 2-3 February 2017, West Points Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD-STEM) led a

    VEX robotics workshop for 83 students at TechBoston Academy and Jeremiah Burke High School in

    Boston, MA. These workshops were a collaboration between CLD STEM and College for Every Student

    (CFES). In the workshops, middle school students designed and programmed portable unmanned ground

    vehicles. CDTs Christopher Monroe, Geneva Vezeau, Isaiah Valdez and Nikiay Comer spent the

    remainder of the morning assisting the students in both workshops. The afternoon witnessed the students

    attempting to navigate an obstacle course for the robotics workshop. Small prizes were awarded to the most

    exceptional teams.

    Faculty members involved were Dr. Samuel Ivy and MAJ David Dunham from the Dept. of Mathematics.

    TechBoston Academy

    Above: Two different groups spent the morning phase of the workshop building their portable unmanned

    ground vehicles. CDT Isaiah Valdez assists in the construction.

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    For the afternoon portion of the workshop, students were given a scenario in which the utilization of an

    unmanned ground vehicle was beneficial. This competition phase challenged teams to program their

    robots to traverse a path create within the scenario. Dr. Ivy and MAJ Dunham (D/MATH) assisted

    students within the workshop.

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    Jeremiah Burke High School

    Above: Ninth graders from Jeremiah Burke working on the construction of the VEX robots.

    Above: CDT Geneva Vezeau and Nikiay Comer assist in the programming phase of the workshop. Proud

    workshop participants commemorate their experience by taking a picture with CDT Christopher Monroe.

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    Department of Chemistry and Life Science

    National Research Council (NRC) Davies Fellow, Dr. Alex Mitropoulos invited to attend New York Academy of Sciences Interstellar Initiative

    Dr. Alex Mitropoulos, an Assistant Professor-Davies Fellow working in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science and Department of Mathematical Science, was invited to participate in the New York Academy of Sciences Interstellar Initiative. The Interstellar Initiative presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and the New York Academy of Sciences will recognize the world's most promising Early Career Investigators in the fields of cancer, regenerative medicine, and

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    neuroscience. Individuals accepted into the Interstellar Initiative will participate in a three-day conference at the New York Academy of Sciences from March 1719, 2017, where they will be grouped within teams of three and asked to propose a solution to a major research question, guided by mentors who are at the peak of their respective disciplines. This opportunity benefits the academy by promoting the superintendents New York City Initiative and provides research opportunities in the fields of cancer, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience for cadets. For more information on his work please visit www.regenbiogroup.org. Chemistry & Life Science Influenza Collaboration with Australian Army Malaria

    Institute

    The Department of Chemistry & Life Science is working a collaborative effort to analyze

    influenza outbreaks within the Corps of Cadets from 1890-1910. The overarching project

    is sponsored by Professor Dennis Shank at the Australian Malaria Institute. LTC Melissa

    Eslinger and Cadet Natalie Nepa (CLS 19) will retrospectively examine cadet sick call

    records for influenza patterns and determinants prior to the 1918 outbreak.

    Cadets from the US Naval Academy are performing a similar retrospective analysis for

    the comparison arm of this study. 2LT Carissa Pekny, currently at the USUHS Medical

    School (USMA ESC 16), began analysis of the ~6,000 records during her time as a cadet,

    in conjunction with the Australia AIAD. Data will be submitted and trend analysis

    performed to determine whether patterns and determinants differ from contemporary

    outbreaks for the centenary influenza conference.

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    Department of Foreign Languages

    Current Week HIGHLIGHTS:

    German: From 20-21 February, BG Cindy Jebb, COL Mark Gagnon and LTC Michael Breuer visited Cadets Rebecca Griswold 18, Mitchell Magill 18 and Grant Oncay 18 in Hamburg, Germany. The Dean spent two days observing semester abroad Cadets in their classrooms, meeting with university officials and observing the cultural competencies of our students. One of the highlights of the trip was the Cadet-planned lunch and walking tour through Hamburg city center. Cadet Oncay prepared an excellent program that included lunch at a local caf and visits to the St. Nikolai Church and Rathaus. This was an excellent way for our Cadets to brief some of the history of the city of Hamburg and demonstrate their language and cultural skills.

    BG Jebb, LTC Breuer, Cadet Oncay, Cadet Magill and Cadet Griswold enjoy lunch and discussion at the Helmut Schmidt University cafeteria in Hamburg, Germany.

    Arabic: Cadets on Semester Abroad in Jordan have been taking full advantage of

    school-sponsored cultural excursions around Jordan. All the while, they have been

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    building valuable relationships with their fellow students, who come from Jordan as well

    as other universities from around the world. They have consistently challenged

    themselves to reach higher levels of Arabic proficiency and deeper depths of cultural

    understanding through daily interactions with the Jordanian people. Recent cultural

    excursions have included visits to the historic ruins of the Ajloun Castle (12th Century)

    and the city of Jerash, a visit to an art gallery in Darat al-Funun, and attendance of

    lectures on the historical development of the Palestinian Mandate.

    Photo: Cadets Austin Montgomery and Robert Koontz, with classmates from AMIDEAST while visiting

    Ajloun Castle in northern Jordan.

    Photo: Students from AMIDEAST at the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash.

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    Photo: Cadet Robert Koontz visiting the art gallery in Darat al-Funun.

    Chinese:

    Dr. Tai-Jung Lee lectures in Mandarin Chinese about Chinese geography to LC476, other interested Cadets, and

    faculty.

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    On 14 February, visiting scholar Dr. Tai-Jung Lee gave a comprehensive lecture on Chinese geography for LC476 (Military Speaking/Reading - Chinese). Additional Cadets with interest in China or the Chinese language also attended the session. The Chinese section filmed the session for future use by advanced Chinese language classes. Dr. Lee will re-conduct the session in English for future use by Beginner Chinese classes or other Departments.

    Departmental Faculty Development

    On 10 and 11 February, four DFL faculty members presented their research at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York, NY. On 10 February, Dr. Sherry Venere and Dr. Jeff Watson gave a presentation entitled "Collaborative Learning Through the Use of Social Media. This presentation was an outgrowth of a research project examining a semester-long Facebook collaboration between cadets in the LS483 Spanish Civilization and Culture course and cadets studying abroad at the Spanish Military Academy in Zaragoza, Spain. This research was also selected for publication in the recent NECTFL Review's Special Issue, Intercultural Competence Through World Languages 2017. On 11 February, Dr. Rajaa Chouairi and COL John Baskerville conducted a presentation entitled Bringing the Arab

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