Program Blends Artistry and Functionality
Human-centered design is a new NMU program that blends creativity and craftsmanship with computer-assisted technology. In developing objects or architectural structures for everyday use, such as the "ArborBench" pictured, students are learning how to exercise creativity within the constraints of what can be mass produced and distributed worldwide.
It is a delicate balance – in sharp contrast to the romanticized vision of an artisan laboring long hours over a single work that will never be replicated. But the goal is to nurture budding entrepreneurs who will design products that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and marketable in volume. Full Story
Copyright and Plagiarism Workshop Feb. 6
What should scholarly writers be concerned about with respect to electronic articles?
Is it a violation to copy and paste a photo from another Web site to my own if I source it? What are the current interpretations of spontaneity and brevity as they pertain to photocopying materials for a class? Have any recent court decisions eroded the special rights of educators for fair use of copyrighted materials in the classroom? These and other questions will be addressed at a copyright and plagiarism workshop from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Jamrich 101. Northern faculty and staff are invited to attend. The workshop will be led by John Blattner, an attorney specializing in copyright and trademark law. It is sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Advisory Council, Academic Information Services and Communications and Marketing. For more information, contact Cindy Paavola.
Sweden Trip Productive
A small NMU delegation made a quick trip to Sweden this month to discuss potential exchanges of students, faculty, curriculum content and technical expertise with administrators at Vaxjo University. According to President Les Wong, it was a productive visit.
Joining him were Phyllis Wong, Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration) and Cindy Prosen (Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education). Full Story