Posts in Author: Vanessa Kirk

August 7th, 2018

Organizing the Muse: How Kara Oropallo Keeps Creativity on Track

If you’re a creative type, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “The Muse is visiting.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Muses, they are the nine daughters of Zeus; goddesses who are regarded for inspiring creativity in the arts, literary forms, and science. If you’ve ever dropped by Senior Lecturer Kara Oropallo’s office in ATEC, you’ll …read more

June 12th, 2018

Changing the Conversation: Turning Disabilities into Abilities

During the AMC drama Mad Men, fictional character Don Draper says: “If you don’t like what’s being said, then change the conversation.” That’s exactly what happened in December of 2016, when Margaret Scholl announced that she would start a mobility ministry—Early Wheels—to improve the lives of children with disabilities through interactive experiences. Infants and small …read more

May 9th, 2018

Dr. Seth Hays: Neuroplasticity and the Wandering Nerve

There is a famous poetic line from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings which addresses the Rangers of the North and the Rangers of Ithilien: “Not all those who wander are lost.” Thought to be vagabonds, the Rangers true identity revealed them to be great hunters and warriors. Through their sharp sense of the world …read more

April 26th, 2018

Q&A: Meet IP Leading Lady Dr. Shalini Prasad

World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) celebrates the importance of contributions in technology and culture while promoting the significance of intellectual property (IP) rights. These rights help foster future innovation, stimulate the economy, and enrich our quality of life. This year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) applauds women leaders and inventors whose global contributions …read more

January 23rd, 2018

Superheroes Among Us: Dr. Michael Burton Battles Pain

Upon meeting Dr. Michael Burton, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, you immediately know you’re in the presence of someone special. On first glance, he’s a gentle giant with an easy-going laugh, and his humble, Clark Kent-like identity is only the surface layer of a multifaceted character. Like Kent who wields …read more

January 9th, 2018

Applying for a Grant? This Research Might Change Your Approach

If you’ve applied for federal funding for your research, you know the importance of understanding your sponsor’s goals, writing clearly and concisely, and paying close attention to deadlines. Yet, a well-prepared proposal doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive funding. According to researchers Ted and Courtney von Hippel’s article, “To Apply or Not to Apply: A Survey Analysis …read more

December 12th, 2017

‘A Market for Change’: Art and the Workplace

I’ve heard it said that art is a time traveler. It’s true. Art leaps through history and across continents, through reality and the surreal, moving faster than any car or flight. It’s a time traveler who allows us to sit at its windows and visit destinations that awaken, challenge, and inspire. Yet, to call Dr. …read more