University Council updates

Here’s a summary of what happened at recent University Council meetings:

UC received topic submissions from the campus community on:

  • Donation of leave time
  • Salary study
  • Exporting grades from Springboard to PeopleSoft
  • Academic advising compensation and retention
  • Smoking E-Cigarettes

These committees presented in-depth reports to UC:

The communications committee is developing a survey about smoking to help determine the best tobacco and/or nicotine policy for the University. (January 2015)

The following proposals were endorsed by UC:

  • Proposal to expand two existing University rules: 3359-20-01 – Institutional mission and goals, affirmative action statement and 3359-38-01 – Affirmative action policy and program  (October 2014)
  • Business Strategy Proposal for the Nursing Center Employee Health Clinic (October 2014)

Mike Strong, interim associate dean of students, presented information about the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). (January 2015)

Visit the University Council website to read meeting minutes. Contact Dr. Stacey Moore, chair, at or Dr. Harvey Sterns, vice chair, at for more information.

The council will reconvene at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Student Union 312.

Intersection of art and science at new exhibit

Digital Ephemeral Epidermal Patterns exhibit

Markus Vogl, assistant professor at Myers School of Art, is one half of the artist duo //benitez_vogl that is creating 3D work at the intersection of art and science. With the help of UA graphic design students, the results of two projects will be on display March 7 through April 5 at The Box Gallery @ Summit Art Space, 140 East Market St., Akron.

With help from a grant from UA's Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center, the first project is called “{skin} D.E.E.P. - Digital Ephemeral Epidermal Patterns.” Its goal is to create a visual narrative about the future potentials of biomimicry and the human body as it pertains to the epidermal structure of animals such as snakes and lizards — popular areas of study in the scientific and biomimicry community. They create 3D printed exoskeletal jewelry worn for a period of time that upon removal mimics the patterns and textures of these snake and lizard skin.

"Investigating the ephemeral nature of textured patterns on human skin will not by any means provide a solution to an engineering problem,” says Vogl, “yet will act as a larger philosophical basis to conduct a discussion about the possibilities of blending nature via biomimicry.”

The second project making its premier is a sculpture called “versus 0:02 [gridiron].” As media artists who create visual or audio interpretations of data, Vogl and his students asked the question, “What does game data look like in 3D?” The result is a piece that artistically interprets the data of a single game of football into a 3D sculpture form, condensing the game into a single frame. They downloaded the play-by-play stats from Super Bowls 47, 48 and 49, combed through it and assigned values to ball travel, fed the data into a 3D printer, and the results can be seen at the exhibit. 

What are you doing with 3D printing?

3D printing gives engineers the ability to fabricate parts in minutes. But its future is seemingly unlimited. There's talk of it being used to make food or even body organs.  Anybody for 3D ravioli?

University Communications and Marketing wants to know what your area is doing in 3D printing. Drop us a line:

Office of Research Administration: Research for Lunch

Don’t forget to RSVP for our upcoming Research for Lunch presentations. Bring your lunch and learn about your colleagues’ research.

Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend. For more details, visit the Office of Research Administration blog.

Photo of the Day: Winter view of campus

wide view of the campus blanketed in snow

Here’s a wide view of the campus blanketed in snow, taken from the vantage point of the seventh floor of InfoCision Stadium by Megan Bodenschatz, @megbod4 on Instagram. If you’re tiring of winter, take heart — spring arrives in 17 days!

Statistics colloquium planned March 19

Dr. Sujay Datta, associate professor of statistics.Dr. Sujay Datta, an associate professor in the Department of Statistics, will present a colloquium on Thursday, March 19, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in College of Arts and Sciences 109 titled Graphical and Network Models in Bioinformatics.

His primary research interests include statistical models and methods for high-dimensional data, bioinformatics, statistical models and methods for infectious diseases and cancer research, and sequential/multistage designs and their applications.

Retirement celebration for Charlotte Burrell

Dr. Charlotte BurrellDr. Charlotte Burrell is retiring at the end of March after 28 years of service to the University. She has worked in various areas through this time period, including Financial Aid, Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Summit College/College of Applied Science and Technology.

Please join us in a “sweet” retirement celebration in honor of Burrell on Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Polsky Building 313. In order to provide enough refreshments, we ask that you RSVP to Juanita Ward at or ext. 7342 by March 11 at 5 p.m.

Networking opportunity for education majors

Please encourage students graduating from the College of Education to attend the Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day (NOTED) on Tuesday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron. By participating in NOTED, students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet and interview with hiring officials from more than 80 schools systems across the region, state and nation.

There is no cost to attend this event, however, students must preregister by submitting a resume to the Career Center either electronically to or by stopping by the Career Center in Student Union 211. The deadline to register is Friday, March 13.

If faculty would like information about registered districts, please contact the Career Center or visit NOTED online.

Register early for summer sports camps

The men’s basketball team will hold four weeks of basketball camps for boys and girls of all ages this summer.

  • Zips Basketball School covers team concepts and attitude, basic fundamentals and total play development for all ages. It will be held July 20-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $185.
  • Offensive Skills Camp offers more intensified training, with a limit of 30 campers per session. Each player will have detailed instruction, film analysis, shooting instruction and Division I college basketball practice each day. The cost is $195. Here is the schedule:
    • Session 1 (grades 8-12) will meet June 15-18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
    • Session 2 (grades 4-5) and Session 3 (grades 6-7) will be held July 6-9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Point Guard Academy is a new session for boys and girls that will be taught by former Zips’ guard and current director of operations, Steve McNees. This camp will provide in-depth instruction and drill work targeted to improving players’ perimeter skills, including Division I guard specific drills, ball handling instruction, shooting fundamentals, film analysis and much more. There will be one session, held Aug. 3-5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for campers entering grades 4-8. Cost is $120.

For more information and to register online, please visit Akron Basketball Camps. There are multiple discounts available. As a UA employee, an additional discount of $15 is available by entering “UA15OFF” at checkout.


Noted author to speak at women and gender conference March 6

This article originally appeared on 2-25-2015

Hospitality Club's Spring Brunch is March 8

This article originally appeared on 2-24-2015

Etiquette Dinner helps students prepare for job interviews — register by March 6

This article originally appeared on 2-23-2015

Alumni Association to host an event with David Giffels on March 19

This article originally appeared on 2-23-2015

School of Music presents Concert Band

This article originally appeared on 2-27-2015

Symphony Orchestra in concert March 5

This article originally appeared on 2-27-2015

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