Friday Features - Sept. 30, 2016

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Friday Features
September 30, 2016

Kieler awarded JoAnne Hauser Warren Memorial Scholarship

Senior fine arts major Stacy Kieler has received the JoAnne Hauser Warren Memorial Scholarship from Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque, Iowa worth $750.

Hauser Warren was a watercolor painter from Cuba City, Wisconsin, who created vibrant and joyful watercolor paintings until her unexpected death in the fall of 2014. She touched all she encountered with her colorful spirit and enthusiasm for the arts. She made her living as a working artist, selling her watercolor paintings in galleries and art fairs throughout the area. Art education was very important to Hauser Warren; she was both a student and a teacher in her adult life, returning to UW-Platteville to receive her bachelor’s degree in fine art in 2010. This $750 memorial scholarship has been created in her honor and is provided by her son Christopher Warren.


Dr. Ifediora presents at the Nigerian Summit on National Security 2016

In May, economics professor and editor-in-chief of the Council on African Security and Development Dr. John Ifediora presented at the Nigeria Summit on National Security 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. This summit focused on confronting and containing threats from terrorism and sectarian insurgency.

Ifediora was among 20 panelists rethinking national security paradigms. This summit, organized as a collaborative effort by the Council on African Security and Development and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serves as a forum for substantive and impactful exchange of information, discussion of acquired knowledge on domestic security strategies, protection of civilian populations and critical national infrastructures, and ideas about how the private sector can assist the government in intelligence-gathering and deterrence.

“The summit arose out of the urgent need to address the destabilizing and deadly effects of global terrorism and insurgency,” Ifediora said. “As world leaders grapple with potential root causes of this phenomenon, and possible solutions, the summit took this process of deliberation a step further by gathering policy makers, academics, and institutional leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, to bring to bear ideas that were once considered outside the competence of the war on terrorism. The highlight of the summit was the keynote address given by the former secretary-general of NATO and president of the European Union, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who stressed the need for diplomacy, and when necessary, a strong military response to acts of terrorism.”

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences delegates visit

Delegates from the Computer Science department at Hochschüle Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to review and reestablish the partnership the universities have had since 2004.

UW-Platteville and Darmstadt University have a long-standing collaboration through the Joint International Master of Computer Science program and other initiatives, as well as individual faculty interactions. During the visit, the partners collaborated on plans to enhance the JIM-CS program to make it more accessible to more students.

“We have a very small staff of nine right now, so our expertise is somewhat limited as far as what our students can have exposure to in a master’s program,” said Dr. Lisa Landgraf, professor and department chair of computer science and software engineering. “In Germany, they have close to 45 faculty members, so what that does is open the door for more opportunities. This gives students the opportunity to explore an area that we may not have because we don’t have a faculty member who has the experience. It makes our students more marketable.”

The JIM-CS program allows students to take classes from at least two schools: their home institution and one of the international partner institutions, giving them the opportunity to gain a diverse, global perspective while earning their master’s degree.

Criminal justice professional speaks to students about challenges of images in criminal investigations

On Sept. 22, guest speaker Scott Kuntz, deputy sheriff and forensic video analyst with the Dane County sheriff’s office in Madison, Wisconsin, presented “Video Evidence: Beyond Reasonable Doubt” to students enrolled in the Investigative Photography course, taught by Patti Mitch, instructor of criminal justice.

The presentation dealt with the frailties of positive identification of individuals recorded with closed circuit television, in light of the National Academy of Science’s report, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.”

Kuntz discussed the extensive work involved in identifying individuals and details in closed circuit images. During the presentation, he demonstrated the differences between high definition, standard and CC video and images.

“I was very excited to have Scott, who is a representative of the Law Enforcement Videographers Association, share this presentation with our criminal justice students,” said Mitch.

“Hearing about the techniques that he used in real investigations was incredible because it helped us, as students, see how the classroom translates into the real world and how thinking outside-the-box could be key in closing a case or identifying a suspect correctly,” said Hunter Chapman, a junior psychology major with a minor in forensic investigation at UW-Platteville, from Clinton, Iowa.

Students complete Envision traditional training course

Emily Brunette and Sarah Willie have recently completed the Envision credential training course and exam hosted by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

Envision is an internationally-used rating system for sustainable infrastructure. Individuals who complete this course and exam demonstrate their expertise with the Envision Sustainability Professional designation.

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