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Friday, August 10, 2012

--  The Heinz Endowments has awarded RMU a $900,000 grant to create and endow a research center that will study the factors that set successful African American men apart and build models to allow others to emulate this achievement. In addition to the grant from the Endowments, Robert Morris plans to raise an additional $900,000 to fund the RMU Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success. Professor of Communication Rex Crawley, the assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, will be the chair of the new research center at RMU – the first endowed chair and endowed research center at Robert Morris. Read more about the new research center and read some of the news coverage about this exciting new initiative through the latest RMU in the News.

-- Seven current and former professors in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science published a paper in the Journal of STEM Education that reports on RMU's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The National Science Foundation-funded program began in the fall of 2009, and offered scholarships to high-achieveing, low-income students pursing a degree offered by the school. Overall, students in the program out-performered their counterparts studying the same majors.

-- Anne Lahoda has been promoted to director of the Office of Residence Life, effective Sept. 19. Lahoda has worked as assistant director of residence life over the past year, successfully implementing a very housing assignment system and demonstrating strong technical and operation knowledge of RMU's policies, procedures, and programs.

-- You can follow Anthony Moretti, associate professor of communication, on Twitter and through his blog to get updates from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. On Twitter, he's at and his blog is at Moretti is traveling to the conventions as faculty leader for The Washington Center's Leadership in Communication program, as we told you in the previous Minuteman.

-- Please note that tonight's Pat Metheny concert will take place in Sewall Center Arena, rain or shine.


-- A computer simulation by a RMU professor demonstrates how nanoparticles can be manipulated to deliver cancer-fighting drugs directly to tumor cells to reduce the severe side effects of chemotherapy. Research by Gavin Buxton, assistant professor of physics, shows that adjusting the combination of water-soluble and water-repellant chemotherapy drugs increases the likelihood that the drugs will be released safely into the tumor. The results of his study, co-authored by Nigel Clarke of the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, have been published in the Journal of Soft Matter by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Read more about this study.

-- Larry Tomei, professor of education and vice provost, was a featured speaker for an online symposium on July 19, sponsored by IGI Global. His presentation, "Technology-Based Instruction: What are You Missing?" focused on the learner, learning, resources, delivery, and student learning outcomes and explored his two latest IGI Global publications, Engine for Designing Technology-Based Teaching and Taxonomy for the Technology Domain.

-- Management Professor Michael Yahr earned gold and silver medals, respectively, in the 200 yard and 500 yard freestyle swimming events in his age group at the  2012 PA Senior Games last week in Harrisburg. Yahr's performance qualified him for four freestyle events at the 2013 National Senior Games.

Trim down the fat on your favorite meals. Trim all visible fat before cooking. Broil, grill, roast, poach, or boil meat, poultry, or fish instead of frying. Drain any fat that appears during cooking. Skip or limit breading, which adds fat and calories.


 Below is a sampling of upcoming events. For other events,  go to

August 10
, PNC Bank Presents Pat Metheny Unity Band

October 2,
Career Expo