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  • Virginia Military Institute -
    s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Center for Leadership and Ethics Seiziémistes of the Mid Atlantic About Program Speakers Call for Proposals Registration Hotel and Area Information Mrs Ronda Dove Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7361 F 540 464 7396 Center for Leadership Ethics VMI Marshall Hall 500 Anderson Drive Lexington VA 24450 VMI War of Words Words of War Conference Registration Form Registration Payment is Required in Advance to Attend 25 Registration Fee Undergraduates and VMI Cadets are Complimentary For Check Payment please make check out to VMI Treasurer send to Derek Pinkham VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics 500 Anderson Drive Lexington VA 24450 For Credit Card Payment please contact Derek Pinkham 540 464 7582 or pinkhamdj vmi edu Registrant Name Prefix First Name Last Name Organization Name Job Title Preferred Email Please indicate your participation in the following included meals check all that apply Breakfast 8 00 9 00 am Lunch 11 45 1 00 pm Walk Up Registration

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Hotel and Area Information
    Drive Lexington VA 24450 Hotel and Area Information Named one of Travel Leisure magazine s Best College Towns as well as the sixth top small city in Virginia by CitiesJournal Lexington Va is easily accessible from U S Routes 11 and 60 as well as Interstates 64 and 81 Situated at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley it is a small town full of history and culture as well as amenities for business travelers attending conferences and symposia Information on all that Lexington has to offer including lodging may be found at the Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism site Hotels offering blocks of rooms for the conference from December 11 12 2015 include Hotel Rate Per Night Phone Number Best Western Inn Plus at Hunt Ridge 83 plus taxes 540 464 1500 Attendees requiring handicapped accessibility or other assistance are encouraged to contact Mrs Ronda Dove at 540 464 7361 for information and coordination Parking Information Both VMI and Lexington have a variety of parking options available For this conference we have reserved lots on post for your convenience Directions Parking We are expecting about 50 participants to this year s conference With extensive renovations happening around post and in downtown Lexington we are asking everyone to carpool wherever and whenever possible to minize the potential impact Below are convenient links to help you with driving directions and available parking locations We will also have signage around post as well as parking attendants at the start of each day to assist you Read below for more details Find us on Google Maps click here or on map image Marshall Hall VMI Lexington VA 24450 VMI on post Parking On Post Parking is reserved for this conference beside the Center for Leadership and Ethics as your primary parking lot location

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  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly – and Back Again
    Hastings noted that she thought she d reached the pinnacle she d been striving for But a scientist s life she quickly discovered is one of metamorphosis and change with no time for stasis I thought I d become the butterfly Hastings said It turned out that I was just beginning the journey and starting out as the caterpillar all over again Becoming a scientist is transformational Now vice president of operations for HemoShear a human disease biology company Hastings brought her message A Metamorphosis from Student to Scientist to the elementary and middle school educators attending the STEM conference which this year was entitled Engineering Ingenuity Math and Science Concepts in Action Hastings opened her remarks by talking about what ignites the spark of interest for careers in the STEM fields of science technology engineering and mathematics Interest often begins when students are quite young Hastings noted and the motivating factors differ sharply by gender According to data compiled by Hastings four out of five students majoring in the STEM fields in college made the decision to do so in high school or earlier For 61 percent of men an interest in computer games was a key driver whereas for 68 percent of women a teacher or a class provided the spark Like the majority of those women surveyed Hastings explained that her interest in science had begun with a summer four week program in high school Being in that environment was one thing that made me say This is something I want to be part of I m good at this and I can do it said Hastings I did have one of those formative experiences Because of the key role that exposure plays Hastings noted HemoShear offers both lab tours and internships for students These are the types of experiences that will engage students and ignite that spark and I ve seen that happen personally said Hastings It s very exciting Getting that spark ignited in students is going to be crucial to meeting the nation s future employment needs Hastings said She cited statistics showing that job openings for biomedical engineers are expected to increase by 62 percent by 2020 Overall there s expected to be a 16 8 percent increase in STEM jobs by that year What s more Hastings was quick to point out that getting a degree in engineering is a smart move and not just in terms of employment Anyone who gets a degree in engineering is setting themselves up well for the rest of their lives Hastings commented They become a very deep problem solver For Hastings a graduate school research experience just happened to morph into her current role at HemoShear Dr Brent Blackman was involved in the development of a new cell based system to better understand vascular disease and when he made plans to commercialize the product Hastings likewise planned to join him This is where my interest in human health and disease became formed said Hastings Of

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  • To Teach Science, ‘Candy Coat’ It with Excitement
    Mythbusters The reality show is designed to test urban myths Over the past decade Imahara and his fellow cast members have tackled a wide variety of experiments among them catching a greased pig testing the lethality of an exploding lava lamp and making a candle from earwax Since 2012 the Center for Leadership and Ethics at VMI has hosted a conference each fall having to do with the STEM fields of science technology engineering and mathematics This year s conference which has drawn nearly 300 participants from across Virginia is titled Engineering Ingenuity Math and Science Concepts in Action During his talk the 43 year old Imahara demonstrated a number of those concepts in action as he played both still photos and video clips from Mythbusters and talked about what s made the show now in its 13th season so popular among young audiences Imahara began his remarks with a slide announcing How to Make Science and Engineering Cool and then immediately drew laughs from the capacity crowd of educators VMI faculty and cadets as he quickly followed it with another slide reading How We Accidentally Made Science and Engineering Cool Mythbusters has found an audience its producers didn t know it would have Imahara noted The interesting thing about our show he said is that when it began it set out not particularly to be a science education show and it set out not particularly to be a show that appeals to kids yet somehow through some magical combination it achieves both He added We like to say that we wrap our science in a delicious candy coating of explosions and car crashes And that way kids well they eat it up Imahara then devoted the rest of his remarks to explaining the appeal of the show None of the cast members are scientists he noted and one Adam Savage has only a high school education Imahara s own background is in electrical engineering which has made him a key player on the Mythbusters build team alongside Tory Bellici and Kari Byron Also the cast members truly don t know where their experiments will take them Imahara observed The audience follows along with us he said Our discovery is their discovery What s more he noted Mythbusters chooses topics that almost anyone can relate to Incredibly Imahara commented the first duct tape special on Mythbusters became the most watched episode in the history of the show and prompted two more episodes including one in which the cast members successfully attempt to lift a car with duct tape Duct tape is something that s relatable said Imahara who spent nine years working for George Lucas Industrial Light and Magic with multiple movie credits to his name before joining the cast of Mythbusters in 2005 Imahara is also one of three people in the United States authorized to work on the Star Wars robot R2 D2 and has helped to animate the Energizer Bunny In the realm of science education ditching

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  • Registration Open for VMI Reagan Conference
    Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Communications Marketing News and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Registration Open for VMI Reagan Conference Retired U S Navy Adm James Stavridis LEXINGTON Va June 17 2014 Registration opens today for The Enduring Legacy Leadership and National Security Affairs during the Ronald Reagan Era To be held Nov 2 4 the conference is sponsored by VMI s John A Adams 71 Center for Military History Strategic Analysis and Center for Leadership and Ethics It will bring together students scholars and national security professionals to discuss strategy policy and leadership during the Reagan administration The Adams Center works to preserve promote and perpetuate the history of the Cold War in ways that help us understand the challenges and opportunities we face today Adams Center director Lt Col Bradley Coleman said The Reagan event is a fantastic opportunity for future national security professionals including VMI cadets and students at other colleges to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of the Reagan period The conference will feature a keynote address by retired U S Navy Adm James Stavridis former NATO commander and a dinner presentation by former U S ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack F Matlock Jr In addition five panels of historians and former Reagan administration officials will examine aspects of the Reagan presidency and connections between the Cold War and contemporary national security affairs Panelists will include Lou Cannon author of President Reagan The Role of a Lifetime Beth

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  • Registration Open for Third VMI STEM Education Conference
    Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Communications Marketing News and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Registration Open for Third VMI STEM Education Conference Hands on workshops are often a feature of VMI STEM education conferences VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington LEXINGTON Va May 30 2014 Registration is open for Virginia Military Institute s third annual Science Technology Engineering and Math STEM Education Conference to be held Oct 7 and 8 at the Center for Leadership and Ethics The conference themed Engineering Ingenuity Math and Science Concepts in Action will feature VMI faculty as well as educators from across the region discussing ongoing engineering research careers for the current and next generations and engineering programs that engage students beyond the classroom Participants will be able to earn continuing education credits We re putting together a dynamic diverse schedule specifically for teachers and administrators of grades three through eight said Col David A Miller interim director of the center Through a variety of plenary presentations and hands on workshops participants will learn more about what is working in our elementary and middle schools and return to their classrooms with innovative engineering ideas Participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions with nationally recognized engineers and educators converse with colleagues from around the state and explore ways of incorporating engineering lessons into the teaching and learning of math and science An open mic style forum will give all participants the chance to deliver five minute speed presentations

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  • Dominion President Among Closing Speakers at Environment Virginia
    attendance and type of dialogue from a really diverse group of stakeholders said Col David Miller interim director of the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics one of the hosts of the conference The event began Tuesday with a speech from Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe It showed great commitment from Gov McAuliffe to take time from his pressing duties to spend a few hours at VMI to address this group Miller said In addition to the keynote and plenary speakers each day in Gillis Theatre breakout sessions on specific topics were held throughout the three day conference and a gala was held last night celebrating the symposium s 25th anniversary Del William J Howell speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates addressed those attending the gala He gave a great talk celebrating 25 years of the symposium said Miller This morning conference participants gathered in Gillis Theatre to hear from Thomas F Farrell II chairman president and CEO of Dominion Resources followed by a panel session Priorities for the Next Four Years led by three directors of Virginia s environmental and conservation departments This annual event represents a long standing and highly worthy contribution to one of the most vital public discussions of our day namely the intersection of energy policy and responsible stewardship of our natural resources said Farrell Farrell highlighted the progress in environmental awareness changes in energy sources and steps his company and others have taken to preserve natural resources since the conference s first year We must be smart and start acting like a nation with a coherent national energy policy that reflects advances in our nation s interest he said We must all pull together in a rational discussion of our choices and the tradeoffs that always go with them The panel discussion was moderated

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  • 'A Lot of Work to Do'
    long way to go said McAuliffe in regard to Virginia s environmental plan If we want to help the environment tomorrow we have to make smart common sense decisions today The conference organized by VMI s Center for Leadership and Ethics attracted more than 650 environmental leaders from the public and private sectors Thirty five exhibitors are representing state and federal agencies industries and non profit organizations at the conference whose theme is Collective Impact Working Together to Create a Positive Environmental Impact I am very serious about the environment it s something I talked about through my entire campaign McAuliffe said at the outset of his address to the capacity crowd in Gillis Theatre The governor asserted that the first step to ensuring environmental prosperity in the future is to accept climate change is real I happen to believe humans contribute to climate change I think it s pretty much settled he said McAuliffe said he is taking steps to prepare Virginia for the effects of climate change Over the next few months the Climate Change Commission which has not convened in four years will begin to meet again He noted that Hampton Roads is ranked second in the country for areas most at risk for rising sea levels We cannot afford to ignore this we need to prepare our coastal communities McAuliffe said In addition to combating our rising sea levels we need to ensure that our water is clean and safe McAuliffe continued He pointed to the recent coal ash spill in the Dan River as evidence that the threat to Virginia s drinking water is real Key to both the environment and economy will be growing the state s alternative energy jobs These are the jobs of the future McAuliffe explained He also emphasized the importance

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