Colby Award Winner Author Steven Sodergren to Present on Civil War

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 19, 2018

The Norwich University Peace and War Center will present “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865,” a presentation by Colby Award Winner Steven E. Sodergren on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Mack Hall auditorium.

Free and open to the public, this is the final event in a day of presentations, which includes the presentation of the Colby Award. The Peace and War Center announced in April that Sodergren won the 2018 William E. Colby Award for his book, “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns” (LSU Press, 2017). Now in its 19th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University to a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

Sodergren’s evening lecture is the keynote in a full day of guest historians, presentations, and book signings on the Norwich campus, all free and open to the public and centered around the Civil War. On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Todd Multipurpose Room, undergraduate Thaddeus Boothtrudo’20 will present his research on Vermont sharpshooters in the Civil War.

Then, at 3 p.m., a book signing will take place in the Kreitzberg Library featuring guest authors Howard Coffin, author of “The Battered Stars,” “Full Duty, Guns Over the Champlain Valley,” and “Nine Months to Gettysburg;” Brian Matthew Jordan, author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War;” Jerry Morelock, author of “Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle;” Carlo D’Este, author of “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War” and “Patton: A Genius for War;” Kevin M. Levin, author of “Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder” and “Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites;” and 2018 Colby Award winner Steven E. Sodergren.

To complement this event, Norwich University students, faculty, and alumni will also participate in an immersive learning field study “staff ride” to the sites of the St. Albans Raid, the northernmost land action of the Civil War. “Staff rides” are a unique experiential learning tool used by militaries and military historians worldwide. They include a preliminary study of a campaign or battle and a field study at a historic site that seeks to have students walk in the footsteps of the key historic decision makers so that they can learn from the past in order to prepare for the challenges of the future. The field study will bring students along the sites of the raid, include living history encampments, and showcase the exhibits of the Saint Albans Museum. Norwich University is pleased to partner with the Saint Albans Museum to present this unique learning experience to students. The Saint Albans Museum also facilitates historic walking tours for the public. For more information, visit stamuseum.org.

Sodergren, the first Norwich University author to receive the Colby award, is associate professor of history and is the chair of the department of history and political science at Norwich University.

In his book and to be highlighted in his lecture, Sodergren explores the many factors that enabled the Army of the Potomac to endure the brutal physical conditions of trench warfare and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose as fighting resumed on the open battlefield in 1865. Drawing from soldiers’ letters and diaries, official military correspondence, and court-martial records, he paints a vivid picture of the daily lives of Union soldiers as they witnessed the beginnings of a profound shift in the way the world imagined and waged large-scale warfare.

The final year of the Civil War witnessed a profound transformation in the practice of modern warfare, a shift that produced unprecedented consequences for the soldiers fighting on the front lines. In his lecture Sodergren will examine the transition to trench warfare, the lengthy campaigns of attrition that resulted, and how these seemingly grim new realities affected the mindset and morale of Union soldiers.

Winners of the Colby Award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. Visit Colby.norwich.edu for information. Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Open to the public, the Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military that are available to visitors in person and online at pritzkermilitary.org. Opened in 2003, the Museum & Library is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. Each year, the Museum & Library awards the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing to recognize a living author who has made a lifetime contribution to the understanding of military history affairs. The Museum & Library is a living memorial to current and former service members and their families that is supported by its members and sponsors.

About the Saint Albans Museum

The Saint Albans Museum is a 501(c)3 community non-profit with a mission to preserve and share the history and heritage of St. Albans, Franklin County, and northwestern Vermont through exhibitions, educational programs, art, cultural performances, public archives, and special events for all ages.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Hold Summit on North Korea Nukes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 22, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center will hold an inaugural Peace and War Summit in the newly built Mack Hall auditorium on September 17-18, 2018. The summit focuses on the North Korean nuclear and missile challenges, which are currently a central issue for peace and stability for the United States and the East Asian region.

This event is free and open to the public.

In March 2019, the Summit scholarship and policy implications will be published in the forthcoming “Journal of Peace and War Studies” by Norwich University Press.

At the 2018 Summit, South Korean Consul General Yonghyon Kim will deliver the keynote speech on the most updated condition of the North Korean nuclear/missile issue. Four panels, consisting of prominent scholars and policy experts, outline how four different perspectives, the U.S., China, Japan, and South Korea, highlight the current scholarship on North Korea. Moreover, the summit will include a roundtable debate over how to deal with nuclear North Korea. The summit also provides a forum for outstanding students to present their research related on peace and war.

Finally, the South Korean Consulate in Boston will provide an opportunity for all participants to experience Korean culture at Norwich University via a screening of the film, Ode to My Father, and by a special performance of traditional Korean dance/music.

For further information and online registration, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/fgqgcw.

The Peace and War Center at Norwich University is an academic center of excellence for students, scholars, and practitioners that works to advance interdisciplinary knowledge on the relationship between peace and warfare at local, national, and global levels.  

2018 Peace and War Summit Schedule

 

Sunday (9/16) Monday (9/17)

 

Tuesday (9/18)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival at Montpelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00-8:45

Breakfast (invitation only)

8:00-9:00

Breakfast (invitation only)

9:00-9:50

Opening Ceremony

Welcome & Keynote speech

9:25-10:40

Roundtable:

Dealing with Nuclear North Korea

 

9:50-10:00

Break

10:40-11:00

Break

10:00-10:50

Panel Session I

U.S. Perspective

 

11:00-12:30

Closed Workshop

 

10:50-11:00

Break

12:30-13:45

Luncheon (invitation only)

11:00-11:50

Panel Session II

Chinese Perspective

 

13:45-

Adjournment

 

 

 

 

11:50-12:50

Luncheon

(invitation only)

13:00-13:50

Panel Session III

Japanese Perspective

 

13:50-14:00

Break

14:00-14:50

Panel Session IV

South Korean Perspective

 

14:50-15:00

Break

15:00-15:50

Panel Session V

Student Research Presentations

 

16:00-18:00

Korean Film Screening

 

18:00-20:00

Welcome Dinner

(invitation only)

17:30-19:15

Summit Dinner

(invitation only)

19:30-20:45

Traditional Korean Music/Dance Performance

 

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center Presents New Exhibit, “Innovators of Norwich: Building a Nation”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 16, 2018

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Innovators of Norwich: Building a Nation,” the second exhibition in a two-part series, with an opening reception Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 – 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during the opening reception.

With so many innovative contributions made to the world by Norwich alumni, the Sullivan Museum and History Center needed two exhibits to feature the most compelling stories. This exhibition focuses on advances in railroad engineering, science, architecture, and infrastructure. Highlighted will be the contributions made by Russell Porter (NU 1891), Edward Dean Adams (NU 1864), William Rutherford Meade (NU 1864), and Grenville Dodge (NU 1851).

In addition, past and present innovative projects produced in Norwich University’s Design Build program–which combines students and faculty in architecture, construction management, civil engineering, and business management–will be featured. Come learn about the award-winning Delta T-90 solar house, the WheelPad, and CASA802 tiny houses, among other fascinating innovations.

This exhibition will remain on display until December 21, 2018.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center features permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (during the academic year), excluding holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.norwich.edu/museum.

Image caption: The 200-inch prime-focus observing capsule was designed by Russell Porter (NU 1891). The astronomer rides in the capsule at the top of the telescope when taking photographs or using other equipment at the prime focus of the telescope. Courtesy of Archives, California Institute of Technology.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Partners with Tokyo’s Allied Telesis to Provide Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Education and Training Courses

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 3, 2018

With the goal of strengthening its security-related business, Tokyo’s Allied Telesis K.K. has partnered exclusively with Norwich University to launch a new slate of cybersecurity education and training courses, as well as enhanced vulnerability diagnosis and countermeasure services.

As the nature of cyber-attacks becomes increasingly complex, it is essential to develop ironclad countermeasures that ensure the integrity of data systems and provide peace of mind to consumers; for this reason, the Japanese government has made cybersecurity a top priority. In 2017, the government’s cybersecurity strategy division identified a number of key points of focus, including but not limited to: the promotion of safe cybersecurity practices at all levels of an organization; Internet of Things (IoT) systems security; educational initiatives designed to nurture new cybersecurity professionals; and international cooperation in cyber defense strategy.

As a world leader in providing Secure Enterprise SDN (SES) solutions, Allied Telesis is pleased to partner with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) to provide cutting-edge training and education services that address cybersecurity competency relative to each level of an organization.

Courses and training exercises that address cybersecurity countermeasures are conducted using the DECIDE Platform, a web conference tool developed by NUARI and facilitated by Norwich University’s College of Continuing and Graduate Studies (CGCS) online programs. DECIDE simulates a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios and presents them via a dynamic online environment, giving users hands-on experience in honing their real-time decision-making skills, as well as bolstering their ability to address threats promptly and thoroughly. More than 15 industry-specific scenarios are available within the platform and have been utilized by participants ranging from members of U.S. government organizations, to the finance industry and private companies.

Philip T. Susmann, President of NUARI stated, “I am beyond thrilled for this exclusive partnership as the efforts and initiatives are extremely complementary of each other, and Allied Telesis is truly a leader in their industry.”

In addition to the DECIDE Platform, Allied Telesis offers exercises via the CSX Training Platform, developed by ISACA. This training program utilizes the latest cloud technology to construct a virtual laboratory in which participants can develop their skills in digital forensics.

As a result of the partnership with NUARI, Allied Telesis announced the establishment of Allied Telesis Cybersecurity Laboratory, a state-of-the-art penetration testing module that encompasses a number of valuable functions. As of the first quarter of 2018, users may conduct research and development, perform assessments to diagnose vulnerabilities in client networks and extrapolate that data to consider the possibility of a security incident and its consequences, and recommend appropriate countermeasures for implementation. Used in tandem with these vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services, Allied Telesis’s SES solutions are applicable to security products in Japan and around the world. Devices confirmed or suspected to be infected can be quarantined using Allied Telesis’s switch products, preventing the further spread of viruses.

Allied Telesis launched all courses in conjunction with the CSX Training Platform on January 18, 2018; the vulnerability diagnosis and countermeasure services, as well as all courses provided through NUARI’s DECIDE Platform, will launch in the second quarter of 2018. For more information, please visit www.at-academy.co.jp and for further inquiries, please contact Allied Telesis Academy at 03-5437-6066 or sales@at-academy.co.jp.

Allied Telesis and Norwich University will continue their work together at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 7-9, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Editor’s note: Pictured above l to r: John Kunelius, Assoc. VP, CGCS; Takayoshi Oshima, Chairman & CEO, Allied Telesis, Inc.; NUARI President Phil T. Susmann.

About Allied Telesis, Inc.

With a portfolio of products and technologies providing end-to-end networking solutions for enterprise, government, education and critical infrastructure customers, Allied Telesis is the smarter choice. We are committed to providing our customers with solutions designed and built to the highest standards and quality. Our manufacturing conforms to ISO 9001 standards and all of our facilities adhere to the strict ISO 14001 standard to ensure a healthier planet.

ABOUT NUARI

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Receives Grant to Study, Invest in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 2, 2018

Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center has been awarded a grant of $88,000 from a private philanthropist working with the JED Foundation to participate in a strategic planning initiative for mental health and suicide prevention on campus through collaboration with “JED Campus” over the next four years.

Norwich was one of six Vermont schools to receive funding, along with Middlebury College, Landmark College, Castleton College, Green Mountain College, and Vermont Technical College. The Jed Foundation (JED) is a leading nonprofit organization that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults through JED Campus. This is a nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance their policies, programs and systems to help support the emotional well-being of their students and look for ways to reduce suicide and serious substance abuse.

“Having additional support for students who may or may not seek counseling is an important goal of our center,” Director Nicole Krotinger said. “By helping with preventative and psycho-educational materials for our students we would hope they would be better prepared to prosper in life. The online resource center, screening tools, and webinars will be wonderful additions in our ability to reach more students on and off campus.”

The grant is $22,000 over the course of four years. The money pays for a JED campus consultant to work with Norwich’s team and to visit campus; two years of the “Healthy Minds Study” survey administered to students and then evaluated; free Webinars offered for staff throughout the four years; and an online resource component for mental health screening tools and psychoeducation for students.

As a “JED Campus” Norwich will complete a multi-year data-informed strategic plan that not only enhances the work that is already being done, but assesses systems change over time and the impact that change has on student outcomes, helping to create positive, lasting, and systemic change in the campus community. JED Campus is grounded in an evidence-based model, which is used to assess all efforts currently underway on campus in order to identify existing strengths and areas for improvement. This effort will be championed by campus senior leadership and viewed as a campus-wide priority, responsibility and shared value for the entire community.

Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center is assembling a multi-disciplinary team drawing from staff, faculty and students from across campus to take on this critical endeavor.

About JED Campus:

JED Campus is an initiative of JED designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. JED Campuses embark on a four-year strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps to create positive, systemic change in the campus community jedcampus.org.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Announces Vermont Genetics Network Research Grant Funding

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 1, 2018

Norwich University officials announced that several members of the faculty have secured competitive research grants through the Vermont Genetics Network, which is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). In addition, Norwich has received funding to award three student fellowships for research during either the summer or academic year.

The professors and their research:

  • Megan Doczi (pictured) in Biology received a Pilot Award for $25,000 titled “Pharmacological Isolation of Kv1 Channels During Hypothalamic Development.”
  • Joe Latulippe in Mathematics received a Project Award for $75,000 titled “Mathematical model for the effects of Amyloid beta on calcium regulation.”
  • Tom Shell in Chemistry received a Project Award for $75,000 titled “Tissue Penetrating Photopharmaceutical to Head and Neck Cancers.”
  • Brian Glenney in Philosophy received a Small Award for $5,000 titled “Heading off Helmut Interventions for Injury Prevention in Skateboarding.”

VGN has additionally awarded Norwich three student fellowships for research during the summer or academic year to work with any of these funded faculty. In addition, some students are directly funded through the faculty’s Project Awards.

Molly Alfond, Mathematics, and Tom Wagner, Physics, will work with Dr. Joe Latulippe. Mallory Dutil, Environmental Science and Chemistry; Dillon Zites, Biology; and Colter Sheveland, Biochemistry, will work with Dr. Tom Shell. Additionally, two Norwich students were accepted to the Vermont Genetics Network’s undergraduate student summer research program. Lauren Kenneally, Nursing, will work with Dr. Paul Holtzheimer at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Warren Yacawych, Exercise Science, will work with Dr. Bryan Ballif with the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont.

“The impact of these awards will be far-reaching, not only on the professional development of the faculty and students that are working on the projects, but in recovered indirect costs that are generated from the grants that continue to support research in the departments, colleges, and university,” Norwich’s VGN Coordinator and Professor of Mathematics Darlene Olsen said.

Norwich University’s Office of Academic Research encourages and supports Norwich faculty and students in their efforts to carry out original research, scholarship and creative projects, and to promote the exchange of their results at all levels within academia so as to contribute to global knowledge and further enhance our academic reputation.

“The Vermont Genetics Network has been the funding source responsible for furthering my passion in biomedical research since I began undergraduate coursework,” Yacawych said. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at a research institution this summer, and to work with researchers that I would not have had the chance to otherwise study under.”

“The Vermont Genetics Network summer research opportunity ties together my interests, goals, and background and helps me network with people at both the VAMC and Dartmouth. I’m really hoping to work at the VAMC after graduation and obtain further education to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This VGN internship in behavioral health research is helping me along that path and I couldn’t be more excited!” said Class of 2019 nursing student Kenneally.

Over the past decade Norwich has grown its investment in faculty and undergraduate research of endowed income and reinvested grant overhead to over $800K, to go along with approximately $3 million annually of externally acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research. Approximately 300 students have conducted research since the Office of Academic Research was created in 2007, thus formalizing research activities at Norwich.

Research reported in this release was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103449. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIGMS or NIH.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Student Only Vermont Student Invited to Present Research in D.C. at Annual “Posters on the Hill”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 4, 2018

Norwich University Senior biology major Joshua Sassi, of Woodbury, Vt., will present his research on the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite at this year’s Annual Poster’s on the Hill event April 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill 2018 will showcase 60 top student research projects from over 400 applications. Sassi is the only student chosen from the state of Vermont.

Sassi has completed two research projects while at Norwich, both relating to the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum. The first project looked at how drought affects the prevalence of the parasite. The second project looks at whether patterns of coinfection of P. mexicanum and another parasite, Schellackia sp., are suggestive of strong interactions within their lizard hosts. The second project is what he will be presenting at Posters on the Hill.  The title of his project for Posters on the Hill is “Investigation of Parasitic Co-infection in the Western Fence Lizard.”

Understanding the factors that control parasite transmission and prevalence is important for reducing human exposure to disease-causing organisms. Often these factors are ecological: they include things like how the parasite interacts with its host(s), how the parasite is affected by environmental factors like temperature or water, and how other organisms that are necessary for the parasite’s development, such as insects that transmit the parasite, are affected by their environment and the organisms in it. Malaria parasites infect hundreds of millions of people each year and we still struggle to understand some of the basic ecology of the parasite, like why the risk of infection can vary so much on small spatial scales. Sassi’s research aims to improve our understanding of the ecology of these parasites by focusing on how living and non-living factors (co-infecting parasites and severe drought) may impact the prevalence of a lizard parasite that is closely related to the parasites that cause malaria in humans.

“We hope that Josh’s research will have a positive impact on society by improving our understanding of malaria parasite ecology and by highlighting the potential importance of coinfection, an often-overlooked aspect of disease ecology, on disease progression and disease risk,” said faculty advisor Assistant Professor of Biology Allison Neal.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Students Win NASA BIG Idea Engineering Design Challenge with Inflatable Solar Array for Mars

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 9, 2018

A team of five Norwich University students led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Brian Bradke has won NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Engineering Design Challenge with its Norwich Inflatable Mars Solar Array (NIMSA).

According to NASA: “In 2017, NASA called for proposals for large power systems that could be used on the surface of Mars. Because these systems need to be in place before humans ever arrive on the Red Planet, teams were required to propose robotic or autonomous solutions for deployment and sustainable operation.”

This is the third year NASA has put on the challenge, which “enlists university teams from across the nation to develop creative solutions to some of the agency’s most relevant challenges,” according to a NASA press release.

“I am proud of our team’s work and performance at the competition,” David Crawford School of Engineering Director Stephen Fitzhugh said. “They are a wonderful example of Norwich students displaying the Norwich value of ‘conceiving as well as executing’.”

Along with Bradke, the Norwich team is comprised of Mechanical Engineering majors: Tyler Azure, of Lino Lakes, Minn. (pictured far right); Nicole Goebel, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (pictured second from the right); Laurie King, of Waddington, N.Y. (pictured second from the left); and Braeden Ostepchuk, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (pictured far left); and Electrical and Computer Engineering major Charlene Huyler, of Westport, Mass (pictured, center).

King, Goebel and Ostepchuk are also student-athletes who compete for Norwich’s championship hockey teams. Ostepchuk was a member of Norwich’s 2017 national championship men’s hockey team, while Goebel and King are three victories away from winning the women’s hockey program’s second national championship.

“I am continually impressed by our Norwich students,” Bradke said. “They are knowledgeable, well-spoken, motivated, creative and well-rounded young adults that are capable of undertaking any challenge on Earth (or for that matter, Mars!)  I’d put our students up against any other university, without reservation.”

The four other teams in the competition were: The University of Colorado Boulder, which came in second place; Princeton; Texas A&M University; and The University of Virginia.

About the Challenge:

The BIG Idea Challenge is sponsored by NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program, and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission directorate, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech. For more information about the 2018 Big Idea Challenge, please visit: http://bigidea.nianet.org/.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Professor Researching Evolution of American Education System Earns Several Prizes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 5, 2018

Norwich University Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Mark Boonshoft has been awarded three prizes for his research on the evolution of the American education system.

Boonshoft earned the Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for the 2018-2019 academic year for his project, ““The Rise and Fall of ‘Monarchical’ Education and the Making of the American Republic.”

The $8,000 award will support Boonshoft’s work to finish the writing and revision of a book manuscript that analyzes a transformation in American education during the 1810s-1820s, traces the emergence of republican self-government in America, and, in turn, explains why future generations of Americans would demand access to schooling in order to lay claim to the rights of citizens.

Boonshoft was also named a 2018-19 fellow for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. The $10,000 award will fund three months of residency at Mount Vernon, during which time Boonshoft will research partisan debates over education in the first decades after American independence.

In addition, Boonshoft recently was awarded a $1,500 grant from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati to research the archives of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by former officers from the Continental Army. He aims to uncover why, in the years after independence, the organization invested in schools, especially elite secondary schools called academies, research critical to his book project.

Boonshoft explains: “Neither the American Revolution nor the Constitution resolved the two central dilemmas of transitioning from monarchical to republican governance: how to transform subjects into citizens who can rule themselves, and how to determine who should wield power in a society premised on equality. This project argues that founding-era Americans solved these dilemmas through education.”

In researching the history of the American system of education, Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge features prominently. Boonshoft writes: “Alden Partridge revolutionized military and civic education in this period when he founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, which later became Norwich University. In the brief justifying his new ‘system’ of education, Partridge decried the ‘anti-republican and monastic’ sort of schooling that dominated the United States.”

Boonshoft’s expertise focuses on the American Revolution and the American founding as well as the history of American education. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at the New York Public Library as the historian on the Early American Manuscripts Project.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Outdoor Classroom Earns AIA New England Award

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Nov. 14, 2017

A Norwich University design/build project, an outdoor classroom produced in collaboration with the classroom’s recipients—Northfield High School students—has been recognized with a Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture by American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Region.

The building, affectionately named ‘The Dutch Angle,’ is approximately 24 feet square by 18 feet tall at its highest and uses a sophisticated cable and turnbuckle-tensioned king-post beam to span the entire 24 feet length. The project engaged Norwich students in architecture, civil engineering and construction management programs.

AIA New England announced on Oct. 20 that the Norwich project earned a citation among seven Honor Awards, six Merit Awards, and twelve Citation Awards out of 275 total entries submitted for consideration.

“This fresh air classroom is a great example of how a small but thoughtful design intervention, conceived with community input and built with an attention to craft, can have a big impact on the people who use it,” Dean of the College of Professional Schools Aron Temkin said. “It is wonderful to see this project receive broader recognition.”

In January 2015, students from the Northfield High School Students Taking Alternative Routes (STAR) program met with students from the School of Architecture + Art’s 802-Lab to discuss the design and construction of an outdoor classroom in the 135-acre woodland adjacent to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field in Northfield. From the outset the students designed this work to be gentle on the landscape. By making sure that all of the pieces and components could be transported without heavy machinery, the natural qualities of the site were preserved even during the construction process.

Jury comments included: “We commend this project based on the exemplary fact that it brought together three generations of architects together: past students (professionals), current students and future students. This project proposes an innovative model for engaging with the emerging architectural community which we appreciate.”

The superstructure was entirely pre-fabricated on the Norwich campus and then trucked to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field, where it was unloaded and hand-carried across the soccer field and into the forest. It is estimated that together the students carried about four tons of material and tools into the woods to construct the Dutch Angle Classroom.

The STAR program offers an academic setting for Northfield High School students looking for a more experiential classroom setting.The STAR Program seeks to establish relevance and purpose in students’ education by facilitating fundamental bush-craft skills like making fire through friction, learning how to identify wild edibles, and how to build primitive shelters from woodland debris.

Read more about the design/build project here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/newsletter/cops-students-design-and-build-an-outdoor-classroom/

Photo at top by John W. Hession

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu