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An officer and a president

With the end of World War II and the beginning of the scientific and militaristic battlefield of the Cold War, the blurred line between political authorities and military leaders was at the forefront in a time when the U.S. was developing itself as a global superpower. Looking at the relationship between civilians and military leaders in light of foreign affairs, H.W. Brands spoke at Grand Valley State University’s L.V. Eberhard Center Thursday, Feb. 9. During his lecture, he discussed the power struggle between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur.

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Speaker Dr. Damon Arnold during The Wheelhouse Talk on Friday Feb. 10, 2017.

The path to leadership

Getting kicked out of not one, but two high schools did not stop Damon Arnold from reaching his greatest potential. Arnold is the , director of academic services in Grand Valley State University’s athletic department. He earned his doctorate degree in education administration and became a cross-country motivational speaker despite facing hurdles earlier in life. His philosophy on leadership and success is to “connect the dots backwards” and be surrounded by encouraging and supportive people.

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GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Volunteers help repair and assemble plane parts next to the launch site. Students of STEPS (Science, Technology, and Engineering Day Camps) fly planes that they have built during camp at Warped Wings Fly Field in Allendale on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Association for Women in Science to host STEM workshops for middle schoolers at GVSU

What do you want to be when you grow up? Children are asked this simple question from the moment they can speak in complete, intelligible sentences. A firefighter, a construction worker, a princess, a dinosaur are all popular responses. Kids let their imaginations wander as they dream of what they can be, even if it is not feasible. Few kids right off the bat want to be something like an astrophysicist who deals with quantum subatomic theory at the molecular level or even a mechanical engineer. These decisions take time and hands-on interaction. At Grand Valley State University, these seeds of interest can be planted through hands-on activities and detailed information.

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Professor Andrew D. Spear speaks at the Theory of Knowledge: Epistemic Pornography and Epistemic Poison at downtown’s campus on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

"The Theory of Knowledge"

How people form beliefs and separate fact from fiction was the baseline of “The Theory of Knowledge: Epistemic Pornography and Epistemic Poison” lecture given by Andrew Spear, an associate professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University, in the L.V. Eberhard Center Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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Mike Rogers, CNN national security commentator

Behind the screen

Working in a safe and secure cyber community is necessary when conducting business throughout the web to conserve any virtual-based entity, from an individual’s online presence to national security. To highlight how cyber security can affect various entities, like politics and space, CNN national security commentator Mike Rogers will speak at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Monday, Feb. 13, at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center.

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Louis Moore

Leading the way

Four African American college students sat down at lunch counter at a Woolworth retail store in Greensboro, North Carolina Feb. 1, 1960. Each asked for a cup of coffee – the store followed a “whites only” policy at the lunch counter. They were asked to leave; they refused to give up their seats.

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Putting the patient first

To discuss the role of design thinking in health care and the importance of putting patients’ needs first, Ryan Armbruster, vice president of innovation, research and development at Optum, delivered a presentation titled “Design Thinking in Health Care Services” Monday, Jan. 23, in the DeVos Center. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.

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