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Traditional literature is advancing, due in part to technology, and Dr. Tony Magagna, Millikin University assistant professor of English, is researching ways to study literature with the use of new media.

Recently awarded Millikin's Teaching Excellence Award and the Warren G. Hardy Distinguished Professorship in English, Dr. Magagna is developing a new course tentatively called "Hybrid Literatures" to be held this fall as part of a two-year project to create new ways to study English literature.

Dr. Magagna will conduct research on ways media and technology influence literature, and how literature will be defined in the 21st century.

Dr. Jeffery Aper, Millikin provost, says, "Dr. Magagna gets a great response from students, but his colleagues also respond to him very positively because he always has good ideas and insights."

Dr. Magagna will divide his research into three parts: literature that takes on the digital age as a subject matter; new forms of narrative that utilize new media and technology to tell stories; and ways people can teach or study both new literature and traditional literature using new media tools.

Click here to read a story from the Herald & Review that highlights Dr. Magagna's research efforts.

Millikin University has announced a new partnership with Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) and Zevacor Molecular to create a Clinical Nuclear Science Program at Millikin University beginning in fall 2015.

The program will provide upper-level biology, chemistry and physics majors at Millikin University with another pathway from being a science student to developing a science career. The program will include formal course work, internships and Performance Learning experiences working with 16 and 70 MeV cyclotrons, and assisting with nuclear medicine programs at both Zevacor Molecular and Decatur Memorial Hospital.

As part of the program, Millikin University will introduce two new courses: Clinical Nuclear Science I, with focus on physics and chemistry, and Clinical Nuclear Science II, with focus on biology. Zevacor Molecular and Decatur Memorial Hospital will provide Millikin students, who are enrolled in the courses, with on-site, short-term practicums and other learning experiences.

In addition, Zevacor Molecular in Noblesville, Ind., will provide funding for a research fellowship in summer 2016, including a $3,000 stipend and a $2,000 housing allowance. Decatur Memorial Hospital will also provide a summer research fellowship, including a $3,000 stipend. Millikin University will provide housing for the student during that summer.

"The Clinical Nuclear Science Program at Millikin University is a unique opportunity for students to help achieve successful science careers," said Dr. David Horn, Millikin associate professor of biology. "By partnering with Decatur Memorial Hospital and Zevacor Molecular, Millikin students will gain a wide range of experiences from the production of nuclear isotopes to examining their use in patients."

The development of a Clinical Nuclear Science Program will be a distinctive feature of the natural and health science programs at Millikin University that complements Millikin's mission of integrating theory and practice through Performance Learning. The partnership will help develop the next generation of scientists and healthcare providers and introduce students to the important field of clinical nuclear science. For more information on the program, call 217.424.6392 or e-mail dhorn@millikin.edu.

Dr. Horn added, "As Illinois Health and Science continues to forge a path as a national leader in nuclear medicine, we look forward to strengthening our partnership and expanding the Performance Learning opportunities Millikin's Clinical Nuclear Science Program can provide."

Millikin President Dr. Patrick White noted, "This new initiative is a result of many months of discussions and site visits, and I want to thank Ken Smithmier, president and chief executive officer of Illinois Health and Science, for his leadership and collaboration on this important project. We are convinced that a clinical nuclear science program involving Zevacor Molecular, Decatur Memorial Hospital and Millikin University will provide significant value to our science students, our respective organizations and our city."

Zevacor Molecular is a healthcare firm that was started by Illinois Health and Science (IHS) in 2013 for the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals important in nuclear medicine imaging. For more information, visit zevacor.com.

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,300 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized four consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health Analytics. For more information, visit dmhcares.com.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "Performance Learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation.

The Clinical Nuclear Science Program is part of Millikin's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship. The institute's mission is to connect Millikin University, its students, and the greater community to opportunities for personal, professional, and organizational advancement through science entrepreneurship. More information is available at millikin.edu/scienceentrepreneurship.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED summer research program has awarded Millikin University $7,000 in fellowship funds. The award, along with $500 from the Decatur-Springfield ACS Chapter, will allow three economically disadvantaged local high school chemistry students to participate in research activities alongside Millikin chemistry undergraduates and faculty starting in June 2015.

Established in 1968, the ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it's like to be a chemist. The program provides opportunities for students who lack exposure to scientific careers to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award for their efforts and a chance to receive a SEED college scholarship.

To be eligible for the Project SEED program, students must meet specific academic and family income requirements, and demonstrate the potential to work in a chemical laboratory. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school and who have completed at least one high school chemistry course are eligible to apply.

"Part of the reason why the ACS national society funds the Project SEED program is to try to get bright students into chemistry and give them opportunities for Performance Learning," said Dr. Anne Rammelsberg, Millikin associate professor of chemistry. "Project SEED has a very good success rate of getting students into science and helping them earn financial aid."

Millikin University will be offering Project SEED Summer Program I. For eight weeks, students will conduct research in chemistry or a related field, supervised by a scientist mentor, and will receive a fellowship award of $2,500.

Student applications are due by June 1. For more information regarding Project SEED at Millikin University, contact the Chemistry Department at Millikin University at 217.424.3949, or by e-mail at arammelsberg@millikin.edu.

"I think this program can be life-changing for students," said Dr. Rammelsberg. "This is an opportunity for Millikin to build community relations, and showcase Performance Learning and show how it expands beyond the undergraduate level."

With more than 161,000 members, the American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

For more information on the ACS Project SEED program, visit acs.org/projectseed.
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 Speaker Series on Thursday, April 30, with keynote speaker Ken Smithmier, president and chief executive officer of Illinois Health and Science (IHS).

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public.

As part of his presentation, Smithmier will explain how Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) launched a business that will help address healthcare needs around the world.

Smithmier has been with Illinois Health and Science since 1993. IHS is the parent corporation of a number of companies including: Decatur Memorial Hospital, a 2000 employee organization including an owned physician multispecialty group, two imaging centers, and two surgery centers. DMH has frequently been cited by government and private organizations for high levels of performance in a variety of quality measurements including being named a Top 50 Heart Hospital for the fourth year in a row.

IHS also includes Zevacor Molecular, an Indianapolis-based firm started by IHS in 2013 for the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals important in nuclear medicine imaging. In fall 2015, Zevacor will install a 70 MeV cyclotron which will be the world's largest privately owned cyclotron devoted to medical isotopes.

Smithmier has spent his entire life in healthcare starting as an 18-year-old Navy corpsman. After the service, he was a 1978 graduate of the St. Louis University Physician Assistant program and worked as a physician assistant for five years. He subsequently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in hospital administration.

Prior to joining IHS, Smithmier held a variety of executive positions in hospitals, from small rural facilities to major teaching hospital positions at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, Mo.

Smithmier has extensive experience throughout the healthcare industry. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Hospital Association from 1998 to 2004 and served as chairman in 2003. He is a past member of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Regional Policy Board and has served on many AHA committees and task forces.

The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures discuss particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders discuss broader topics of interest.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Formed by Dr. David Horn, associate professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.

In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a discussion on poverty.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.
Millikin University biology students took top honors at the 2015 Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society North Central District 1 Convention, held March 28 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. The convention gave students and faculty members opportunities to share current research and discuss scientific topics.

The convention featured 38 presentations (nine oral presentations and 29 posters) from students representing 11 institutions in the Midwest.

Millikin student Spencer Hudson, a senior biology major from Wilmington, Del., won the Richard G. Brooks Award for Best Oral Presentation. Senior biology majors Ashley Fulk, from Altamont, Ill., and Elizabeth Wrobel, from Tinley Park, Ill., each received John C. Johnson Awards for Best Student Poster.

Jade Becker, a senior biology major from Decatur, Ill., won a 2nd Place Poster Award, and Kendra Peterson, a senior biology major from Batavia, Ill., received an Honorable Mention Poster Award.

"The overall environment at the convention was very welcoming," said Ashley Fulk. "It was nice to be able to speak with judges and people interested in my research one-on-one."

In addition to individual accomplishments, Millikin's Tri-Beta Chapter, Iota Epsilon, won the Travel Gavel Award for bringing the most participants the greatest distance to the convention. Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Millikin assistant professor of biology, was also named North Central District 1 Outstanding Advisor for the 2014-2015 academic year.

"It's apparent that when we are at these type of conferences, our students are prepared to present their facts and they think like scientists," said Dr. Wilcoxen. "When people look at the work from our students and compliment it, it shows the value of a Millikin education. Everyone gets an opportunity to perform real research, and I think the students gain an appreciation for doing real science before they graduate."

Spencer Hudson's presentation covered how different amounts of blue coloration in Indigo Bunting feathers relate to the health of the birds. Ashley Fulk's research covered how tadpoles respond to environmental stress and protect their skin with antioxidants, and Elizabeth Wrobel's research covered incidence of diseases in songbirds and birds of prey, as well as the health impacts of the diseases on the birds.

"I truly valued presenting my research at the Tri-Beta Convention," said Wrobel. "Through these conventions, I have the opportunity to share my research with so many people. Also, I am able to learn about other projects being completed by students from other schools, which is always interesting."

Jade Becker's research covered the impacts of elevated testosterone on growth and jumping performance in frogs, and Kendra Peterson's research covered molecular and gene responses of soy bean plants to caterpillar's consuming parts of their leaves.

Other Millikin students who presented at the convention included: Jessica Kerr, a senior biology major from Saint Johns, Fla., and Olivia Waszczuk, a senior biology major from Roselle, Ill. Kerr's presentation covered strategies for developing green techniques for plant growth on the roof of buildings. Waszczuk's poster covered strategies for using nanoparticles in breast cancer research.

Spencer Hudson added, "My experience as a member of Tri-Beta has been highlighted by the way science and people come together. I've come to realize that many of our research projects build over long periods of time in our careers, with crucial input from colleagues at meetings and key observations from other colleagues along the way. The science grows while careers grow and Tri-Beta provides that critical meeting place where one might seek out input from colleagues."

Tri-Beta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 670 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information on Tri-Beta, visit tri-beta.org.
Millikin University biology students are gaining valuable research experience by examining birds at the Illinois Raptor Center.

As part of their research, the students take measurements, perform diagnostic tests and test for lead poisoning.

Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Millikin assistant professor of biology and Illinois Raptor Center board member, says the research is producing important information about birds and local ecosystems.

Click here to read the Herald & Review's article on the Illinois Raptor Center.
Millikin University student-attorneys and delegates were recognized for their efforts at the 37th annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation held Feb. 26 – March 1 at the State Capital Complex in Springfield, Ill.

Each spring semester, students from around the state of Illinois participate in the Model Illinois Government simulation. Nearly 300 students from over 20 colleges and universities participated in this year's simulation. 

The MIG Moot Court competition included teams of two attorneys arguing cases before a panel of student-justices and legal professionals. Teams were scored on the basis of presentation and knowledge of the case facts. Millikin University brought five teams to this year's competition with teams advancing to the quarter-final round, semi-final round, and a newly configured four-team final round. 



In addition to the students who participated as attorneys, three Millikin students participated as student-justices: Kara Anderson, a senior philosophy major from Danville, Ill., Kiana Holmes, a junior sociology major from Elgin, Ill., and Rob Spurling, a senior philosophy major from Taylorville, Ill. The student-justices demonstrated mastery of the case files by firing a continuous volley of questions at the attorneys.

"Our students worked extremely hard in advance of and during the competition to produce and then deliver sophisticated legal arguments," said Dr. Robert Money, Millikin professor of philosophy. "The results speak for themselves. It is an honor to work with such bright and motivated students." 

Millikin student-attorney Courtney Burress, a junior philosophy major from Marseilles, Ill., was elected to serve as Chief Justice of the Model Illinois Government Moot Court competition for 2015-2016. Burress will be on the Model Illinois Government Executive Board for the upcoming year.



"This was my first year participating in the competition and the experience was absolutely incredible," said Burress. "Listening to other schools compete and talking to actual lawyers, professors of law, and students from other schools who have the same aspirations as me thoroughly showcased to me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Millikin students who participated in the competition included: Taylor Lindemann, a first-year theatre major from Oak Lawn, Ill., John Tasch, a sophomore philosophy major from Roselle, Ill., Joshua Rose, a senior philosophy major from Saint Jacob, Ill., Taylor Godwin, a junior political science major from Hillsboro, Ill., Nick Roberson, a senior political science major from East Troy, Wis., Alex Brase, a junior mathematics major from Decatur, Ill., Hannah Serbe, a sophomore philosophy major from Decatur, Ill., Victoria Jackson, a senior psychology major from Chicago, and McKensie Meadows, a junior philosophy major from Decatur, Ill.

Burress added, "I learned a lot about myself as a person and a scholar during Moot Court. I learned a lot about the skills I possess and the skills I need to work on that will help me in my educational pursuits at Millikin and in law school."


MIG LEGISLATURE


In addition to the Moot Court competition, the MIG simulation featured a Legislature Simulation where students are assigned political parties and districts and placed in committees of their particular interests. The legislators simulated the legislative processes in the actual committee rooms and chambers of the Capitol building.

Millikin University brought 10 delegates to this year's MIG Legislature Simulation. Aaron Thomas, a junior political science major from Orland Park, Ill., was re-elected to the executive board, this time as the Attorney General of Model Illinois Government. As Attorney General, Thomas will be in charge of original legislation for the simulation, as well as running the MIG Journal.

"Working at the Capital has always been a great learning experience," said Thomas. "I think Model Illinois Government is a perfect example of what students need in terms of getting involved with politics, and understanding what it means to get bills passed that affect our everyday lives." 



Students Courtney Woelfel, a sophomore political science major from Jerseyville, Ill., and Abby Beaty, a junior political science major from Nokomis, Ill., submitted original legislation to the simulation and their original legislation was debated in committee.

"I was incredibly impressed with the poise and confidence of our students, both in committee action and in floor debate," said Amber Lusvardi, Millikin lecturer of political science. "Their ability to speak passionately and in-depth on a range of government issues was inspiring to me as their faculty advisor."



Millikin students who participated in the Legislature Simulation included: Paige Ehrat, a junior communication major from Shobonier, Ill., Jessica Bird, a senior political science major from Chicago, Karen Padilla, a first-year political science major from Chicago, Colten Watrous, a first-year political science major from Decatur, Ill., Jenny Zima, a junior political science major from Greenfield, Wis., Taylor Morthland, a senior political science major from Decatur, Ill., and Kate Wrigley, a junior political science major from Decatur, Ill.

For more information on Model Illinois Government, visit modelillinoisgovernment.org.
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with keynote speaker Tim Eckels, vice president for community benefit, public policy and advocacy at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public.

Tim Eckels will discuss how the Affordable Care Act and actions by private purchasers are driving significant changes in the way healthcare is organized and delivered. Eckels will describe the impact of these reforms on physician practices and hospitals like St. Mary's in Decatur, Ill., which is part of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). The presentation will also cover how systems like HSHS have been leading many of these changes in anticipation of reform.

Tim Eckels leads the legislative advocacy efforts of Hospital Sisters Health System's 14 hospitals and multiple physician groups in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also analyzes federal and state policies to determine HSHS positions and to inform system-wide strategies. Included in his role is the support of HSHS delivery system innovations through a grant-seeking program. Eckels also oversees community benefit for the system, which is the set of hospital outreach activities that are designed to improve access and enhance the overall health of communities.

Prior to joining HSHS in 2009, Eckels served as vice president for public policy at Trinity Health, a multi-hospital system based in Novi, Mich. Between 1992 and 2002 Eckels served in Washington, D.C. for the Catholic Health Association as senior vice president for planning and policy development and as director of public policy. His career also includes health policy consulting with The Lewin Group of Washington, D.C.

Eckels holds a master's degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders will be discussing broader topics of interest.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Formed by Dr. David Horn, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.

In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a discussion on poverty.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 Speaker Series on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 with keynote speaker Mark D. Schweitzer, managing director of intermodal and international freight at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public.

Mark D. Schweitzer was appointed managing director of intermodal and international container freight in 2008. Prior to this position, Schweitzer advanced through various ADM management responsibilities within grain merchandising, North America oilseed processing, North American warehousing, oilseed and energy risk management. With more than 20 years of risk management and customer relations experience, Schweitzer's areas of adeptness include transportation logistics, inventory management, and vendor negotiations that allow him to be instrumental in helping guide and create cost-effective solutions for the transformation of businesses supply chains.

Schweitzer earned his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and executive management development from Harvard.

Schweitzer will discuss how all trade of wealth and productive labor involves transportation, whether it is the movement of goods or the movement of people to and from their homes, jobs, and places where they shop. Today, complex trade is impossible without modern, mechanized transportation, and such transportation is provided by the Midwest Inland Port. In addition, Bruce Stoddard will comment on Parke Inc.'s decision to expand and the influence the Midwest Inland Port had on this decision.

The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders will be discussing broader topics of interest.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Formed by Dr. David Horn, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.

In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a convening on poverty.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.

The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 Speaker Series during the spring semester starting on Jan. 29, 2015. The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being.

Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders will be discussing broader topics of interest.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Dr. David Horn, Millikin associate professor of biology and one of the founders of the institute, says, "The spring speaker series will feature well-known speakers affiliated with companies in our community that are having national and international impacts. Our speakers will be discussing initiatives that will play an important role in the growth of Decatur such as the Midwest Inland Port. We will learn more about Akorn Pharmaceuticals' Decatur facility, the future of health care, and Zevacor Molecular's building of the only commercial 70 MeV Cyclotrone dedicated to medical use in the United States."

The spring 2015 Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is as follows:

Steve Coventry, Vice President and General Manager, Decatur Operations, Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Mark Schweitzer, Managing Director of Intermodal and International Freight, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Tim Eckels, Vice President of Community Benefit, Public Policy and Advocacy, Hospital Sisters Health System

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Ken Smithmier, President and CEO, Illinois Health & Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Formed by Dr. David Horn, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.

In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a convening on poverty.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.
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