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Calvin-Wire: July 15, 2011

John Calvin at 502

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Earlier this week students, faculty and staff gathered to eat cake and celebrate the 502nd birthday of John Calvin, an annual tradition on campus.

A key part of the tradition is the annual two-minute lecture, given this year by James Vanden Bosch, professor of English. Before he took to the stage, he said his focus would be on trying to break down some of the stereotypes that have grown up around Calvin.

Find out more about the tradition of this celebration and see who past lecturers have been.

Remember the 500th birthday celebration for John Calvin just a couple years ago?

Diabetes research

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This summer chemistry professor Larry Louters is working with a quartet of students on diabetes research, a topic he has pursued for a dozen years now. Louters is specifically looking at the effect of a dietary supplement called berberine, which has long been used in China for stomach problems and diabetes. According to Chinese doctors, patients with those conditions can better manage their diabetes when they take berberine.

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Summer Slam

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Recently, Van Noord Arena was filled with the chirping of rubber sneakers and the whistles of referees for the third-annual Summer Slam Team Camp. 16 high school  teams of girls, then 16 teams of boys, gathered on campus to practice and compete against each other. These teams stayed in the dorms and ate together in the dining hall. The men's camp also featured a public school team for the first time.

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Courageous learning

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Marilyn Bierling and Elena Brubaker, a professor and student team, are preserving the stories of Cuban refugees that came to the U.S. in the '60s and '70s after Fidel Castro took control of the Cuban government. The pair is also studying the Christian Reformed Church workers who welcomed them to their new home.

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794 miles per gallon

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Engineering students have designed a single-person vehicle that gets 794 miles per gallon! A team of five 2011 engineering grads placed seventh nationally at the international Supermileage competition put on by the Society of Automobile Engineers. The team also took first place in the Newcomer Award category.

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Here are a few alumni and friends events coming up:


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