A special pictorial stamp cancellation designed by Jane Milkie (Art and Design) was featured as part of a May 27 ceremony in Marquette dedicating the Lake Superior stamp, one of 40 in the “Wonders of America” stamp pane available from the U.S. Postal Service. Collectors use philatelic cancellations to commemorate events or first-day issue sales of new stamps. Milkie submitted three image options for use on a rubber stamp no larger than two inches by four inches: a freighter, a freighter near an ore dock, and a freighter near a lighthouse. Each included an outline of Lake Superior. “They liked the image of the freighter by itself because it would blur less than some of the other designs that were more complex,” she said. Milkie was also invited to participate in the ceremony and autograph her artwork.
Neil Russell (Physics) organized a symposium titled "Refining Einstein: The Search for Relativity Violations" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. A pioneering community of theoretical and experimental physicists is actively engaged in seeking out evidence for minuscule deviations in the predictions of relativity. Their efforts are possible through the creation of a detailed theoretical framework for relativity violation, and advances in precision measurement techniques. The symposium Russell organized featured three leaders in the field.
Recent Student Success
Senior Bridget Deutsch of St. Charles, Ill., has received a National Athletic Trainers’ Association scholarship. She was recognized at an awards luncheon in Atlanta, Ga.
Senior Becky Kratz of Ishpeming was one of 12 finalists selected from nearly 4,000 entries in a New York Times contest for college journalism students. Becky, an English major, was vying for an opportunity to accompany Times op-ed columnist Nick Kristof on a “rough” reporting trip to Africa in September. Essays submitted by Kratz, the remaining finalists and the grand-prize winner were posted on the Times Web site.
Senior Jason Revello of Oconto Falls, Wis., has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Affairs and the Institute of International Education. Jason, an international studies major, was one of 1,007 applicants for the 389 available scholarships. His $5,000 award will be used to participate in the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) from September through April. JCMU is a study-abroad program located in Hikone, Japan.
Of the 18 students from the honors program who graduated in May, four did so with full honors – a rare occurrence in the program’s short history. They were: Anne Magnuson of Ringle, Wis.; Nicole Fadellin of Wauconda, Ill.; Janeanne Belmore of Independence, Mo.; and Jane Stieber of Boyne City.