Kevin McDowell, a health psychologist with U.P. Health System Marquette, will present "A Primer on Psychological Assessment" at Northern Michigan University. His talk is scheduled at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. McDowell is a 2008 NMU alumnus.
One of the most unique and valuable tools a clinical psychologist has to offer is psychological assessment. McDowell will review the major realms of assessment. These include cognitive, neuropsychological, projective personality and objective personality. Specific attention will be paid to clinical applications and actual case vignettes will be used throughout.
This event is part of the colloquium series sponsored by NMU's Department of Psychological Science.
Diana Lafferty, who joined the biology faculty this fall, is featured in a SIERRA magazine article on her recent postdoctoral research in North Carolina. She and her colleagues used a controlled lab setting to investigate whether snowshoe hares can adjust their behavior to compensate for changes to their environment caused by a warming climate. The hares' fur turns from a winter white to brown in the spring to keep them camouflaged. But with snow melting earlier, the color change doesn't always keep pace, making them more vulnerable to predators. To read the full story, click here.
Northern Michigan University alumnus Fred Bryant (‘97 BS) is the new athletic director at Cadillac High School and Cadillac Junior High School. He previously was a physical education and health teacher in Newberry, where he also coached the varsity football and girls' basketball teams and served a stint as the school's athletic director. Read the full MISportsNow story on his new appointment here.
Presentations about the history, life and culture of the Upper Peninsula will be offered at the Sonderegger Symposium XVII at Northern Michigan University. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the University Center Pioneer Rooms. It is free and open to the public.
Nine scholars will present aspects of their work. NMU's Center for U.P. Studies is hosting the event.
A continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks from Robert Winn, dean of Arts and Sciences. The remaining schedule of presenters and topics follows:
9:15-9:45 a.m. Robert Archibald, NMU alumnus, “Trapped: Steel, Whiskey, Extinction and the Upper Peninsula Fur Trade”
9:45-10:15 a.m. Jack Deo, independent scholar, “The Surveying Brothertons: 140 Years of Surveying Upper Michigan”
10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:30-11 a.m. Beth Gruber, research librarian at the Marquette Regional History Center, “Fire in Shaft #3: the Osceola Mine Fire”
11-11:30 a.m. Russ Magnaghi, NMU professor emeritus, “Michigan State Constabulary and Its Upper Peninsula Origins”
11:30-12 p.m. Robert Winn, NMU dean of Arts and Sciences, “Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center: Origin, Growth and Future”
12-1 p.m. Lunch break in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center
1-1:30 p.m. Wil Rankinen, Grand Valley State University, “Finnish and American English Pronunciations of ‘Sauna' in Michigan's Upper Peninsula”
1:30-2 p.m. Carolyn Person, president of Chippewa County Historical Society, “History of Dunbar, Chippewa County, Michigan: Farm to Recreation Area”
2-2:15 p.m. Coffee break
2:15-2:45 p.m. Abbey Palmer: Michigan State University's U.P. Research and Extension Center, “Strawberries, Milk and Honey: 118 Years of Research at Michigan's First Agricultural Experiment Station, the Chatham North Farm”
2:45-3:15 p.m. Troy Henderson, Michigan History Center and Michigan Iron Industry Museum, “Exhibiting Modern Mining”
3:15-3:20 p.m. Closing remarks
The symposium is also sponsored by financial support from the Sonderegger family.