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Computer Science Professor Margie Bleichman
attended "Computational Thinking Through
Mobile Computing," a workshop in
which faculty learned to incorporate
AppInventor (a new browser-based blocks
programming interface) into introductory
programming courses. AppInventor allows
beginning computer programming students to learn computational
thinking by creating Android mobile-phone applications.
Business Administration Professor James Dottin
was selected to
participate in the HP Life Faculty Ambassador Program one of
only six faculty selected from across the country, whose expertise met
the strict criteria of the Hewlett Packard Corp. Among other things,
Dottin's work will include the use of technology to create low-cost
business and entrepreneurship education in a way that allows for access
by underprivileged students across the country.
Art Professor Marge Rack
and the
Cambodian Kiln Project, building on
Fulbright-Hays and NEH Bridging Cultures
work, have received a $40,000 NEA grant
that will advance efforts to keep vibrant and
continue the art of Khmer ceramics. The
grant will enable
MCC faculty member Yary
Livan
to pass on his skills to Lowell Public School art
faculty and younger generations, as well as engage the Lowell
Criminal Justice Professor Ron Brevard
and Service-Learning
Director Cynthia Lynch
have teamed up with the Bedford
Police Department for a new Service-Learning Project. MCC
Criminal Justice students will conduct a driver research project to
identify patterns of behavior in order to improve traffic signals. The
students will identify signals that are confusing to drivers, then
recommend improvements with the goal of reducing motor
vehicle accidents.
Information Technology & Computer Applications Professor John
Femia
has built a website for the Moroccan entrepreneurship grant,
which showcases and shares the continuing work of the grant partners:
Middlesex and Bristol community colleges in the U.S., and
two Moroccan technical colleges, ENSET Rabat and ENSET
Mohammedia. The website houses workforce-development
materials and curriculum, which can be used by other initiatives
taking place in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
World Languages & ELL Department Chairwoman Marja-Leena
Bailey
has been working closely with the UMass Lowell language
program to align curriculum and outcomes so that university
students can complete language work at MCC and transfer those
credits to UML or elsewhere. Largely due to the Flexible Studies Program,
Middlesex offer courses in 14 world languages, including Japanese,
Chinese, Khmer and Portuguese.
Music Professor Johannah Segarich
continues
her Fulbright-Hays and Bridging Cultures
work through grant opportunities and local
partnerships to preserve traditional Cambodian
music. She also continues the Strings for
Cambodia concerts in the World of Music
Concert series to support Cambodia's
Royal University of Fine Arts' dream of launching a National
Symphony Orchestra.
Criminal Justice Professor Peyton Paxson
's
new book, "Why American Prisons Fail:
How to Fix Them Without Spending More
Money (Maybe Less)," will be published by
Carolina Academic Press. To read a preview,
visit: http://criminalwasteland.com/
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