Denton Details, 4-4-18

  • Melissa Trainer, an environmental chemist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will present "Chemistry on Mars: The Search for Habitable Environments with Curiosity" at noon Friday, April 13 in room 259 of the Ann Stuart Science Complex. The presentation will recount the most important findings on the chemistry of Mars to date and will discuss the implications for our understanding of whether the red planet was ever habitable.
  • TWU will host the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships April 13-15. (Our Pioneers are the defending champs!) This event requires many volunteers to help greet fans, provide directions and assistance, sell programs and merchandise, keep hospitality areas clean and other important tasks. You’ll get training, a T-shirt and food during your shift(s). Help TWU shine during this national championship event — sign up to volunteer for a shift or two (or more).
  • You’re invited to join the Core Assessment Academy, a group of staff, faculty, students and alumni that meets periodically each term to rate work that students completed while taking core classes the previous term. You may sign up for one or more three-hour sessions April 2-17. Snacks are provided, and lunch is available for some sessions. Want to know more? Read an overview of a rating session. Still have questions? Contact Gray Scott, associate professor of English and assistant director of academic assessment, via email or at x2327.
  • The TWU Conservation and Recycling Committee encourages individuals, organizations and departments across the Denton campus to celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 26. Set up a table at the Information Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the walkway between the Student Union and the Fitness & Recreation Center. Attendees will vote for their favorite table, and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Or, volunteer at the event. Learn more at TWU Earth Day 2018.
  • Matt Flores begins his duties today as assistant vice president-university communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. He has worked in Texas higher education communications for 12 years, most recently as assistant vice president for university advancement-communications at Texas State University. In his new role at TWU, Flores will collaborate in efforts to raise the university’s visibility statewide and beyond and to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated communication plan.
  • Rosemary Candelario (dance) presented a lecture April 5 at the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies’ Thursday Lecture Series.
  • Agatha Beins (multicultural women's and gender studies), presented findings from her latest book, "Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity" March 29 at Ithica College. The discussion was featured in the student newspaper, The Ithican.
  • Annie Phillips (Education Abroad) was one of only 17 people in the country selected to participate in the Association of International Education Administrators’ Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers April 30-May 4 at Duke University. She has been asked to identify a specific international education challenge at TWU and will use the experience to develop a plan to address the issue. Phillips will present her plan in a formal presentation to the academy at the end of the week.
  • Carolyn Becker (Education Abroad) was recognized as the sole recipient of the Rising Star Young Leader Award from NAFSA, the leading professional organization for international education. She will receive the award at the organization’s annual conference May 27-June 1 in Philadelphia.
  • Tina Gumienny (biology) took student Bhoomi Madhu and Experiential Student Scholars Kushal Bhatt, Mohammed Farhan Lakdawala and Aileen Salazar to present their work at the 45th Texas Genetics Society meeting March 22-24 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Gumienny serves as the organization’s secretary/treasurer.