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Science rules Math-science camp encourages leaders of tomorrow Mackenzie Mullis The Battalion


his week, 50 middle school students from around the Brazos Valley took over the Texas A&M campus with their excitement, their smarts and their willingness to learn. A two week, all-expense paid program, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, has allowed many students the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only do they each get to stay in a dorm like a real college student, they are able to interact with professors, college-aged counselors and even Bernard Harris himself, known for being the first African-American to walk in space. When Harris spoke to the students on Tuesday, he acknowledged that loving math and science is not always the most popular thing. “Sometimes we get teased for being into math and science,” Harris said. “But you know what, I am a geek and proud of it. Geeks run the world. You tell those people that make fun of you that one day they will be working for you.” Harris knew from a young age after watching the moon landing in 1969 that he wanted to become an astronaut. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a Doctorate of Medicine from the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Harris was finally able to fulfill his dream of going into space in 1990. Now an astronaut for more than 20 years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled more than 7.2 million miles in space. Harris asked the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers ranged from veterinarian, to actress, to inventor. “You can be or do anything you want to,” Harris said. “We want to inspire you to dream. A dream is really just a goal for your future.” Harris said he wants his camp to be a safe place for students to express their intelligence. “I think this camp is about putting these kids in an environment where it is okay to be smart,” he said. “It is so important to keep them encouraged, especially girls and minorities because we need more in the STEM fields.” See Science camp on page 2


Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, and camp participants test strength of space suit swatches made to withstand small meteor hits at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.


NCAA champion qualifies for World Championships Sean Lester

The Battalion resh off a national championship with the Texas A&M track and field team, senior javelin thrower Sam Humphreys is on his way to compete for another title. Humphreys broke his own school record in the javelin and finished second in the USATF Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last weekend earning a spot in the World Championships that will take place in August in Moscow. Humphreys threw a career best 272-9 in the fourth round was four feet farther than his own school record of 268-8 and gives him the No. 10 spot all-time among Americans. His trip to Russia will be his first international team competition. “I thought my throws were pretty good,” Humphreys said. “Especially throwing a new [personal record], you can’t be upset about that. I wasn’t expecting to throw as far as I did. The champion threw a bomb and the competition was great.” Humphreys’ throw was classified as a B standard, a performance he is all too familiar


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After missing the 2012 London Olympic Games by five inches, senior Sam Humphreys has bounced back to become an NCAA Champion and will compete in the World Championships in Russia.

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Reveille VII to be honored Memorial services to honor the late, retired Reveille VII have been set for Sept. 6 at Reed Arena. The 12-yearold American Collie died after an emergency surgery May 30 and had been retired as A&M’s mascot five years prior. The services are tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Aggie swimmers on the road to Spain A&M senior Breeja Larson finished first in the 200-meter breaststroke Wednesday at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships to qualify her for the FINA World Championships in Spain. Larson will be accompanied by teammate and fellow senior Cammile Adams, who won the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday. with. Last summer he was the Olympic Trials winner but missed the A standard mark, missing the London Olympics by five inches. It was an experience that A&M coach Pat Henry said shows a lot about Humphreys’ work ethic and composure. “For Sam Humphreys this is a tremendous accomplishment,” Henry said. “Being the Olympics Trials winner last year, but missing See Humphreys on page 4


Phillips 66 awards students with money,opportunities Sarah Hoffschwelle

The Battalion nergy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 is launching scholarship that focuses on providing students in majors that align with Phillips 66 recruiting portfolio and business needs. The Houston-based company donated $500,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation as part of the company’s SHIELD Scholars program. Leslie Uptain, program coordinator in Scholarships and Financial Aid, said 24 A&M students will benefit from the program this year. A&M is the most recent addition to the SHIELD Program that includes Texas Tech, Oklahoma and the University of Texas, bringing the total number of schools to 10.


“We have strong heritage with Texas A&M and have enjoyed great success recruiting top talent to join us as we shape the energy landscape,” said Courtney Hawkes, senior advisor of university relations at Phillips 66. “We strive to attract top talent, develop and lead them in their careers and further our efforts to positively impact the energy market with diversity of thought and global perspectives. Our core values of safety, honor and commitment align very well with foundational principles of the University.” Along with scholarships, the SHIELD program offers a mentorship program that matches each scholarship recipient with a current employee of Phillips 66. See Phillips 66 on page 2


Officials from Texas A&M and Phillips 66 display a $500,000 check made out to the Texas A&M Foundation. Phillips 66 will award 24 scholarships to A&M students this school year.

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NSA surveillance legal and beneficial, professor says Jessica Smarr

The Battalion On June 5, The Guardian published its first article utilizing information they gained from Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency, who claimed he had revealed “unconstitutional” actions conducted by the U.S. government. Ron Sievert, senior lecturer in the international affairs program at the Bush School, who has worked with the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies, said Snowden’s actions of leaking the information was illegal, but the information he leaked was not gathered unconstitutionally. The information disseminated by Snowden detailed how and where the NSA collects preliminary

investigation information. According to the Associated Press, Snowden leaked the information to expose the government’s “criminality.” Yet, Sievert said the information that Snowden declared necessary to expose was already transparent and legal under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Confirmed by the rulings of multiple Supreme Court cases, the NSA has the ability to gain access to phone records, email records and other basic information. This information is already given to third party companies such as phone and Internet service providers. This precedent, set by these third parties, allowed the Supreme Court to grant access to law enforcement officials with cases such as Smith v. Maryland.

“So [the Supreme Court is] basically saying, ‘You’re giving this stuff to other people,’” Sievert said. “And when you give stuff to other people, that is, a third party, you can’t have an expectation of privacy like you would with what you don’t share with other people.” The information, however, may not be accessed without following the respective legislative guidelines. When organizations such as the NSA receive information of suspicion, but not enough to justify probable cause, they may submit an affidavit to either a judge or a grand jury. “If you receive information from an informant, See NSA on page 4

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The 50 students were selected based on their “B” or better grade average, their test scores, an essay and letters of recommendation from their math and science teachers. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a nationwide camp that boasts 20 different locations, allowing students to work in a handson environment, cooperating in teambased activities to better learn the science behind the newest technologies, understand environmental issues and engage with math in daily life. Since 2006, the program has served more than 7,000 students. “This is the first time Texas A&M University has had this camp here,” said Corliss Outley, co-director of the camp and associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences. “The campers are very engaged and we are seeing a lot of gifted and talented students, some of which are not in gifted and talented classes in their schools. The students are very intuitive and creative thinkers; many could even rival college students.” She said the purpose of the camp is to expose middle school students to STEM and the fields surrounding it. “We need more individuals involved in STEM, especially low-income and underrepresented groups of students,” Outley said. “Many of these students would never have gotten an opportunity like this without the camp. Here they get to meet college students that could be role models. For many kids, this is their first time on campus and it really gets them to see what it feels like to be a college student.” The students interact with faculty and staff from A&M, as well as students with research experience. Lisako McKyer, co-director of the camp and associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, said the camp is a chance for the stu-

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“In the SHIELD program students are also paired with a Phillips 66 employee,” Uptain said. “It gives them someone to contact, have a coach for their development — especially in the energy industry.” Hawkes also discussed the history of the program and the point of the mentorship program. “[Shield Scholars is] a newly developed program that focuses on engaging students in their community while building personal development and leadership skills,” Hawkes said. “Each

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dents to aim for lofty goals. “I believe this camp will help those kids already interested in science related fields to persist in their pursuit of education and careers in this realm,” she said. “But I also believe that these campers will be encouraged to follow their dreams — regardless of what it might be — knowing that there are caring adults who want them to aim high.” Each day, new activities await the students, from learning how to do stage make-up for zombie dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to spacesuit challenges allowing each student to find his or her unique calling. On Friday, the camp will close with a banquet where the various groups of students will present their final projects they have been working on for the entire camp. But the camp experience does not stop there. “One of the great things about The Bernard Harris Foundation is that they have been doing this camp for about seven years and they actually keep track of the students from the first original camp,” she said. “We will be doing

follow-up sessions in the fall and spring semester with the kids. The foundation has shown that there are a high percentage of students that are successful, who are not only going on to college, but also are going into the STEM field. It is rare that you can track students for so long and see their progress.” Once a student leaves middle school for high school, they can also come back and become a junior counselor for the camp. Outley also emphasized the important role the professors played from A&M and their willingness to selflessly serve these young people. “All of the faculty members that have taught at the camp have not gotten paid,” she said. “There are architect professors, education, agriculture, teachers from the school of rural public health and liberal arts. All of them did it for free, and for us that says a lot about A&M’s commitment to the future. They are helping to ensure that these young people are prepared to transform communities and change lives.”

student will partner with a Phillips 66 professional who walked in a similar path just a few years earlier. We believe this relationship allows for a deeper connection of classroom learning with industry experience and can add additional depth to a scholar’s learning.” Phillips 66 will continue to fund these students until they graduate as long as they maintain a 3.25 GPA and participate in monthly enrichment activities. “Phillips 66 is very generous in their funding, not only for the scholarships but also for the enrichment activities,” Uptain said. “The enrichment activities will take place in the Bryan-College Station area and beyond. We plan on

going to an OPAS production, having guest speakers, having a leadership development lecture, et cetera, on a monthly basis.” Scholarship recipient Neil Rabroker, junior accounting and business honors major, expressed his gratitude and expectations of the program. “I’m so thankful and excited for this opportunity,” he said. “I love any opportunity to take advantage of networking, especially with Phillips 66, which is in Houston — the energy capital. It’s great to know someone in the field nowadays. The internship opportunities that will open up from this will also be amazing. In today’s world, everything is about getting experience and a way in.”

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A&M joins other leading research institutions in multi-disciplinary agreement with Motorola Sarah Hoffschwelle

The Battalion otorola and its parent company, Google, have created a research agreement with eight universities that includes Texas A&M, the company announced June 19. The research collaboration with Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group includes A&M and the California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Virginia Tech. “The multi-university agreement is really the first of its kind,” said Kaigham J. Gabriel, vice president and deputy director of Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology and Projects. “Such an agreement has the potential to be a national model for how companies and universities work together to speed innovation and U.S. competitiveness, while staying true to their individual missions and cultures.” On Friday, Motorola’s “Make With Moto” team came to A&M for a weeklong “MAKEaTHON.” The event placed engineering students on five different teams that came up with everything from bio-feedback clothing to a device that can control a phone with hand gestures using Motorola’s technology. “The MAKEaTHON was an exceptional experience,” said Mickie Byrd, senior electronic systems engineering major. “The Motorola team was very helpful and receptive to our needs as we converted our ideas into prototypes. With the level of en-


gagement that I experienced, we should see many technological breakthroughs resulting from the partnership with Motorola.” The Multi-University Research Agreement (MURA) has been in production for the past six months and Motorola representatives came to College Station on Monday to discuss different details of the agreement and assess different areas of research they were thinking about. “[MURA] was settled at the system level, meaning that they will not only be working with the engineering department, but with all the departments. And not only Texas A&M here in College Station, but with all of our branches,” said Costas Georghiedas, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. Monday’s talks focused on the list of areas that Motorola had presented to A&M. Several faculty members including Guofei Gu, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, showed presentations on these different areas. “The different areas included security, graphic rendering, big data, acoustics and audio, and low power consumption,” Gu said. “Different universities have different strengths and combining these different strengths provides a win-win solution for Motorola and the different universities including A&M. Multidisciplinary research has become a trend globally and if successful, [MURA] will create a good model for future relationships with big companies.” The agreement will create different research programs that will require different fields from different universities working on the same or similar projects.


Texas A&M students were split up into five teams Friday as part of Motorola’s “Make With Moto” campaign on campus for a week-long “MAKEaTHON.” The student projects included a device that can control a phone with hand gestures. “It will be a bridge to further collaboration with other universities and their research,” Gu said. “How much competition between universities will depend on how [Motorola] wants the project to be done, but I don’t see why there would be a need to compete with the other universities. Collaboration will allow all the different strengths to come together and create something new.”

Narasimha Reddy, a professor in the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering, said based on the match of their research portfolio, and Google’s research needs and priorities, the projects could start within a few months.



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it may not rise to the level of probable cause, but you would be completely derelict in your duty if you ignored it and did nothing,” Sievert said. “So, you have to do some initial preliminary checks. You don’t have probable cause, but you are acting in a way that is reasonably related to a legitimate criminal or intelligence investigation.” Seivert said all of the surveillance that Snowden leaked followed the correct, legal protocol. With this preliminary affidavit, the NSA may only access basic information such as phone and email records — not content. This information is the same, which is available to third party companies. “I just want to look at who you’re calling or who you’re emailing, not the content,” Sievert said. “To get that, I have to show the judge … that I’m not just accessing your phone records because you’re my neighbor and I’m mad at you. I’m doing it because it’s legitimately related to an investigation.” Regardless of intentions, government officials said some of the details leaked by Snowden have had negative effects on defense strategies, the Associated Press reported. “[Snowden] has basically alerted people who are enemies of this country… (like) al-Qaida, about what techniques we have been using to monitor their activities and foil plots, and compromised those efforts, and it’s very conceivable that people will die as a result,” said Sen. Angus King of Maine. Sievert said it is possible Snowden may also be in position of even more sensitive information, which, if disclosed, could have greater negative consequences to U.S. intelligence agents. Kim Doll, a first-year veterinary medicine student, said the potential harm outweighs any positive impacts she believes Snowden’s actions might have. “When the actions of a whistle-blower put the lives of foreign intelligence operatives in jeopardy, they risk putting the lives of the entire country in jeopardy, which is unacceptable,” Doll


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the A standard to compete in the Olympics by just five inches, makes earning a trip to the World Championships an even bigger accomplishment. Sam is a young thrower, who sees his future in the sport, and didn’t let missing an Olympic Games affect his next four years. I look for Sam to even have greater accomplishments in the sport.” Former North Dakota State athlete Riley Dolezal won the event with a 273-11 throw.


said. “Mr. Snowden’s pursuit of revealing the truth to the world should not be deemed more important than protecting the lives of those serving their country.” Sievert said changes in the structure of intelligence community after 9/11 could have also given Snowden greater access to sensitive material. “In the intelligence community, we always try to compartmentalize everything and act on a need-to-know basis, but on the other hand, since 9/11, we have also tried to increase sharing, so that decreases compartmentalization and leads to a situation where people may know things they really didn’t need to know, and if they’re acting nefariously they could do bad things,” Sievert said. Beyond the implications of the NSA leaks, Sievert said Snowden’s declarations of injustice in the NSA were misguided. “He claimed it was unconstitutional — since when is he a Supreme Court judge?” Sievert said. “And he makes these claims, and then the media in the first day or two just said what he said word for word without even questioning whether he might be full of it.” Though nothing he reported on was illegal, Sievert said, concepts of privacy may be changing throughout the

nation. “Now, there is, I think and I have actually discussed this with my classes for the last two or three years, there may be changing expectation of privacy in society,” Sievert said. “They may expect that this data should not be shared.” In reference to the dissemination of information to third party companies, Doll said she believes this should not set precedence for government entities. She also said she believes consent forms for Internet and phone providers should be more explicit. “If this precedent is to be the guiding principle for government access, I feel that there should be a more apparent notification when citizens agree to release their information to third parties,” Doll said. Members of the public are also saying surveillance power within the government may be easily abused or corrupted, yet Sievert said this is not occurring on a structural level. Individuals may act in illegal ways, but the problem is not pervasive throughout intelligence organizations. “The answer to that is not to eliminate the authority, the answer is to find the individual who abuses their authority, identify them and punish them,” Sievert said

Humphreys had wasn’t the only Aggie athlete competing in the event. Sophomore Devin Bogert finished 13th in the javelin. Senior Ameer Webb finished fifth in the 200-meter with a career best time of 20 minutes and 20 seconds. Webb was the NCAA Champion indoors and outdoors this year and finished behind Olympian Tyson Gay, who won the event with a time of 19.74. A&M sophomore Kamaria Brown missed a chance of traveling to the World Championships by one-hundredth of a second in the 200. Her

time of 22.16 placed her fourth just behind Jeneba Tarmoh, Class of 2012, whose time of 22.15 was enough to receive an invite. “It was a great experience,” Brown said. “I feel blessed to have made the final and run against some great ladies. I lost by one-hundredth of a second of making the team, so hopefully my time will come. I’m very happy with my time, it was a great race to be in and I’m very happy with a [personal record] racing against a great field. It shows me how well I’m doing against this caliber of athletes.”

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