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Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The Board of Regents has proposed major revisions to the funding formula for the state's universities. The proposal would tie state funding to in-state students and to the universities' performance on particular measures. As currently designed, it would also result in a significant net increase in state funding to UNI. Joe Gorton, United Faculty president; Tim Kidd, Faculty Senate chair; and Scott Peter, Chair of the Faculty. will make brief presentations explaining the proposal, followed by questions and discussion. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:00 pm

The Honors Student Advisory Board will host Mike Draper. He will talk about the small business, RAYGUN.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Eric Cline is the author of this year's common read, "Ready Player One," which is associated with the Reaching for Higher Ground theme for the academic year, Social Media. A book signing follows the keynote. Event is free and open to all UNI students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

“The Quest for Kudos Challenge,” is a long-term, multitask, large group competition where students compete for a reward in the context of a cooperative learning experience. Facilitated by Sarah Rosol, Department of Management, this session will describe the challenge and review the logistics of doing a cooperative and competitive class project. Research findings suggest, among other things, that students who participated in the Quest for Kudos Challenge received higher exam scores and participated more often in class. Instructor outcomes included positive feedback from students and colleagues, as well as higher student evaluations. The Quest for Kudos Competition guidelines are easily adaptable for use by instructors in a variety of courses/disciplines. No registration required.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Andrew Stollenwerk, assistant professor of physics, will present a research talk titled, "Achieving Charge Injection into Finite Layered Materials."

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Dmitry Rychkov, Institute of Physics & Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Germany, will present a research talk titled, "Electrets and related phenomena: Current research by the Applied Condensed Matter Physics Group University of Potsdam"

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

View the partial eclipse of the Sun with solar telescopes provided by the Department of Earth Science.  In the event of cloudy or rainy weather, the event will be cancelled.  Telescopes will be set up near the athletic fields of the West Dome Lot of the UNI-Dome.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED: Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, will speak on the subject of access to modern technology. Ogletree received the first Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award, given by the City of Boston; and Morehouse College's Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Ogletree earned BA and  MA degrees in political science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. His visit is part of the Center for Multicultural Education's Annual Lecture Series, and doubles as a speaker for the Reaching for Higher Ground project. The theme of that project for the 2014-2015 academic year is "Media and Social Media." 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:00 pm

View the night sky at the McCollum Science Hall Observatory. Meet by the polar bear near room 137 before the start of the show (late arrivals will not be able to attend).

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

The second in a CETL/NCBI sponsored series on diversity and inclusion, facilitator Karen Mitchell, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, will lead this discussion on Antonina Darder’s "Teaching as an Act of Love: Reflections on Paulo Freire and His Contributions to Our Lives and Our Work". Darder reflects on the work of Paolo Freire, (1921-1997), whose important book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) emphasized the crucial connection between education and the struggle for equity and justice. Darder’s article is a valuable read for those who are unfamiliar with Freire’s work, as well as for those who wish to deepen their understanding. The article is available for download under the event description on the CETL website calendar. No registration required.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

How can we teach so that our students can learn most effectively? Facilitated by Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, this session summarizes some of the recent research on effective teaching and effective learning. We will align general learning goals for students in many courses—content knowledge, application, developing critical/creative thinking skills, etc.—with what the research says instructors can do in the classroom to facilitate that learning. Register online at OR by clicking the "Register Now" link on the CETL website. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Two short documentaries, followed by a short presentation and a panel discussion with local Burmese residents, will highlight the background to the arrival in Wateroo and Cedar Falls of a large Burmese refugee community and their adjustment to life in the United States.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Sergey Golitsynskiy, assistant professor, Communication Studies will speak on A Big Data Approach to Measuring News Media Reliance on the Press Release.”  Golitsynskiy will discuss the results of two studies addressing the use of public relations content in news media, an issue that has been prominent in journalism scholarship for at least a century, yet has not been investigated sufficiently due to methodological challenges. Golitsynskiy will share his experience using a computational approach to tackle such challenges by constructing and analyzing a very large data set of press releases and relevant news coverage. His results suggest that news media delivers reasonably impartial content, which contradicts opinions often voiced in journalism literature. However, the use of computation also lead to a discovery of a "smoking gun" – a striking example of PR influence on the media.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00 pm

"Why has the monarch butterfly population declined, and what can we do about it?"  John Pleasants, Iowa State University, will present "Why has the monarch butterfly population declined, and what can we do about it?" Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Steve Heilmann, research associate in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, will present "Hydrothermal Carbonization - An Industrial Process?"

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 13 books across genres including All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014, Scything Grace and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line. Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m. Share your best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:00 pm

View the night sky at the McCollum Science Hall Observatory. Meet by the polar bear near room 137 before the start of the show (late arrivals will not be able to attend).

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, will present "Pots and Purity: Performing the Domestic Goddess in the 19th Century." Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Bridgette Bates will read from her poetry collection What Is Not Missing Is Light, which takes the reader inside a museum to view fragments of statues that have become emblematic of historical and cultural decay and perseverance. 

Bridgette Bates’ poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, VERSE and elsewhere. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a “Discovery” Prize, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Originally from Nashville, she lives in Los Angeles where she is the writer-in-residence at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and a frequent features contributor to the Kirkus Reviews. Bates’ debut collection, What Is Not Missing Is Light, winner of Rescue Press’ Black Box Poetry Prize, will be released this November.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Patrick Hicks went on three separate research trips to Poland in order to get the history correct for his first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which was recently chosen for National Reading Group Month. In this presentation, Hicks will discuss how his research influenced his writing process and offer a short history of the death camps.


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