Briefs – September 2, 2010

NW Staff

Students prepare for GRE

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is offering a free Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prep class for students. The GRE is the standardized test required in order to pursue an academic master’s or doctorate degree. The course will cover the verbal, quantitative and writing analysis portions of the general test. Students may also request to study the mathematics and computer science subject tests.

The class will be taught by Andy Poe, an associate professor of mathematics and computer science. It is open to all students, regardless of major. The class will follow an open format, accommodating students with all levels of familiarity with the GRE. Students are not required to attend every session.

The class will take place Mondays from at 5:00 p.m. in NSF 1207,  beginning Aug 30. It will last through the end of the school year.

– Amanda Cook

Cancer research seeks grant

The Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) is seeking a $250,000 award from the Pepsi Refresh Project.  The UMBTC was founded by faculty from the Marquette General Hospital and Northern Michigan University.  As stated on their website, their mission is to “empower patients and their families through advocacy, education, treatment and research.”   Currently the UMBTC is ranked 94th out of 1223 contestants for the $250,000 prize.  Their spot in the top 100 allows them to continue their involvement in the contest into September.

To show support, students and the public can cast a vote for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at

— Brandon Lee

Michigan law class offered

This fall, NMU will hold the second annual People’s Law School. It will cover citizens’ rights and responsibilities and will be offered in 105 Jamrich on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. from Sept. 22 to Nov. 10.

Attorneys from the Upper Peninsula, including four judges, will present on various topics including rules of evidence, elder law, probate, wills and family law, said Steve Nelson, a political science professor at NMU. Students may attend any or all presentations.

The program is sponsored by the NMU department of political science and public administration, the NMU Student Law Forum, the Pence and Numinen law firm and the Michigan Association for Justice.

The event is open to the public for a $25 materials fee. Those interested can register at

— Margaret Ylitalo