Contact: Diana Hearit
Jan. 8, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University Spring Convocation on Feb. 23, 2018.
This day-long event is being organized collaboratively by the President's Office, Provost Office, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Haenicke Institute for Global Education and Extended University Programs.
8 to 8:45 a.m.
Coffee and pastries
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Fullbright Workshop for faculty and administrators
9 to 3:30 p.m.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Demonstrations
Extended University Programs
9 to 11:30 a.m.
- Discovery Symposium on Autism, room 1040-1050
9 a.m. Introduction — Stephanie Peterson 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks — Lt. Governor Brian Calley 9:15 a.m. Early Detection and Early Intervention — Amelia Fonger and Becky Eldridge 9:35 a.m. School-aged Kids’ Services — Wayne Fuqua and Jessica Frieder 9:55 a.m. High School Years’ Services — Kayla Jenssen and Kourtney Bakalyar 10:20 a.m. Intermission 10:30 a.m. Mid-session Remarks — Senator Margaret O’Brien 10:40 a.m. Young Adult Services — Kourtney Bakalyar 10:50 a.m. Older Adult Services — Kimberly Peck 11:05 a.m. Senior Services — Brian MacNeill 11:15 a.m. Summary and Questions — Stephanie Peterson
- Discovery Symposium on Mobility, Putney Auditorium
9 a.m. Introduction — Sherine Obare 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks — Senator Margaret O’Brien 9:15 a.m. Transportation Center Overview — Jun Oh 9:25 a.m. Increasing Pedestrian Safety at Unmarked Crossings — Ron Van Houten 9:45 a.m. Mobility for People with Visual Impairments — Dae Kim 10:05 a.m. Safety of Older Adults: Do Roadway Features Make a Difference? — Valerian Kwigizile 10:25 a.m. Modeling Equity of Access to Public Health Resources: Assessing Multimodal Transportation Accessibility when Siting Interventions — Kathleen Baker 10:45 a.m. Being Here and Not Being Here: Robots and Telepresence — Autumn and Chad Edwards 11:05 a.m. Discussion and Closing remarks — Sherine Obare
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Light hor d'oeuvres and table Time—participants invited to spend time with resource tables and to network before afternoon session starts
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Discovery Excellence Recognition Luncheon—invited guests of the President, Provost and Vice President for Research
1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Emerging Scholar 2017, Putney Auditorium
- Gellert Mezei, Bioinspired Anion Binding by Nanojars
Distinguished Faculty Scholars 2017
- Thomas Gorczyca, Atomic Physics in X-ray Astrophysics
- Victor Cunrui Xiong, Heavenly Khan: The Story of Li Shimin
- Ping Zhang, A Problem in Graph Theory and Its Curious History
3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Spring Convocation and Awards, Kirsch Auditorium
Gold Gathering Reception, appetizers and cash bar