The Computer Mouse Turns 50!

Though it may not seem that old, the computer mouse will soon celebrate a half-century of existence. Inventors Douglas Engelbart and Bill English began working on the device as early as 1963. English was the lead author of a 1965 report that featured the first print mention of the first mouse prototype. The Mother of All Demos, as the event has come to be known, took place on December 9, 1968, when Engelbart demonstrated his mouse, which moved rigidly along x/y axes.

Dr. Herb Dershem

During Dr. Herb Dershem’s long tenure in the department of computer science at Hope College, he saw a wide and fast-moving array of computer innovation. “When I began at Hope, the only way to interact with a computer was by a punch card,” he says.  Dershem taught in the department for 44 years (1969-2013) during the period when the computer mouse was introduced, welcomed, and embraced, revolutionizing personal and business computing along the way. He is now director of institutional research at the college and can address such questions as:

  • How did the palm-sized contraption that we all know and love get its name?
  • How have the ergonomics, technology and functionality of the computer mouse changed since its invention?
  • How has the introduction and increased use of touch screens and voice recognition changed the way people use computer mice? Are they actually being used less frequently?

The Positive Psychological Effects of Giving Thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to reflect on everything we are grateful for in our lives. Research shows that gratitude has daily benefits, both psychologically and physiologically, no matter the time of year.

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna, associate professor of psychology at Hope College, is a clinical psychologist who investigates how virtues are connected to our physiology. In particular, she is interested in the how embodying gratitude, mindfulness, forgiveness, and hope impact our psychological and physiological functioning. In a recent study with Hope neuroscience students, Root Luna investigated the influence of brief gratitude, mindfulness, and hope inductions in combating worry in college students. Although the mindfulness imagery had a greater impact on physiology, like muscle tension and respiration rate, gratitude imagery produced the most positive outcomes psychologically.

National Entrepreneurs’ Day

National Entrepreneurs’ Day on Wednesday, November 20 is a day to celebrate the hard-working, entrepreneurial men and women who have achieved success, sometimes against all odds, and were able to help a lot of people by creating jobs for them in the process. This day is celebrated during the month of November, which was declared as Entrepreneurship Month by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Mary Ellen Kettelhut

Mary Ellen Kettelhut is the director of the entrepreneurship program at Hope. Also a coach in the college’s Center for Leadership since 2015, Kettelhut spent most of her career (30 years) working in marketing for Fortune 100 companies, such as Herman Miller, Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Gerber. Within those companies, Kettelhut launched 36 new products as those companies’ intra-preneur. She is uniquely qualified to address stories about the motivations, design, implementation and effects of entrepreneurial projects and their high community impact.

Food History at Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving Day is a day for people to remember all that they’re thankful for and to celebrate that gratitude with friends and family. It’s also a day when food and feasting take center stage on tables (and in stomachs) across the country. But where did much of our food originate and what is its place in history beyond the United States? Global food history and food identity are unique topics which Dr. Lauren Janes can address at this food-centric time of year.

Dr. Lauren Janes

Janes, associate professor of history at Hope, is a food history scholar and the author of one book on the subject with another forthcoming in 2020. Her first book, Colonial Food in Interwar France: The Taste of Empire, was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic. Her next text, Nourishing the World: A Global History in Three Foods and One Dish, is currently under contract for Hackett Press and in the writing stages by Janes. She often weaves lessons about how different foods affected world history into her classes at Hope and in her May Term course in Paris as well.