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a weekly digest of Updates, Opportunities, and Events for honors students
December 8, 2013
As finals kick off, the University Honors Student Association would like to give you and your brain a break from your studies (the end is in sight!). Stop in at the Middlebrook Terrace Room this Thursday, December 12th, any time between 2:30 and 5pm for board games, hot drinks, snacks, and a good cause. We'll be making fleece blankets for the children of Amplatz Children's Hospital to help them brave this bitter Minnesota winter. Hope to see you there!
If you're still juggling your schedule for next semester, there are still seats available in several of our Honors Seminars (HSem) and Honors Global Challenge Courses (HCol). A full list is available via Onestop, but a few highlights include:
The Community Advisor position offers support, assistance, and education for the students in the residence hall and apartment communities. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a dramatic impact in the lives of your peers. The CA position also provides an amazing opportunity for individual growth and development. Successful Community Advisors will be engaged, team-oriented students who have a passion for learning, strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude. Before you apply, there are a number of important details that must be understood in advance of completing this application.
For more information about how to apply and the requirements for the position, please visit the Housing website, or talk with a current CA about their experience and learn more about this amazing opportunity.
Students can prepare for finals by connecting with other students for tutoring and review workshops! The schedule of review workshops December 7–13 is available at the Golden Gopher Workshop Database.Tutor schedules and more details can be found online.
These $10,000 scholarships are awarded to excellent sophomores and juniors in all STEM fields (excluding pre-med) from 28 top research universities, including the U of MN. Candidates must be US citizens with substantial research experience who plan to pursue research-oriented careers in the natural or applied sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The application includes a nomination by a U faculty member. The U will put forward two candidates with the expectation that one may be selected for this national award in 2014. Application Deadline is 4pm, February 10, 2014. Application packets are available at the UHP front desk or by contacting fellowship advisor
Nine fully funded, 3-6 week summer programs will be offered at world-class UK universities in 2014 for outstanding freshman and sophomores who are US citizens. A variety of themes and locations are available. Selection criteria include leadership, initiative, good character, adaptability, ambassadorial qualities, and an interest in the UK and its culture. For more information, visit the Fulbright website. Application deadline: February 27 or March 6, 2014 (depending on the institute). For advice on preparing a strong application please consult fellowship advisor
Vice President Walter F. Mondale will be joining Professor Lawrence Jacobs in teaching a remarkable course this spring on America’s constitutional crises. PA 1005—Great Debates of Our Time: US Policy and Politics is a one-of-a-kind course that is open to all Minnesotans—current students as well as folks who have not been in a classroom for some time. Would you like to wrestle with the big debates regarding presidential power and national security since the framing of the U.S. Constitution? Seven real-world crises since the Second World War are studied in this class including Harry Truman’s efforts to seize the steel mills to prevent a labor dispute that would disrupt provisions to US troops, Richard Nixon’s claims of executive privilege to prevent the release of his secret (incriminating) tapes, and lastly, court cases on Barack Obama’s use of state secrets to preclude judicial review of the executive branch’s electronic surveillance and detainee retention. These are pivotal moments that define our ongoing efforts to balance democratic accountability, protection of individual liberties, and national security. The course melds seminal constitutional battles precipitated by presidents with vivid historical readings and compelling essays, lively lectures, classroom simulations, and smaller discussion sections. Vice President Mondale provides unique experience, insights, and behind-the-scenes knowledge. The class meets on Tuesdays from 8:15–9:30am and runs from January 21, 2014 to May 19, 2014. For additional information and to register, please visit Onestop. Questions? Please call Jessica Zimmerman at (612) 625-5340 or
Are you interested in pursuing a patient care degree in Echocardiography, Radiography, Respiratory Care, or Sonography? UMR will be hosting an information session in the Health Careers Center (2-565 Moos Tower) on Monday, December 9, 2013 for students interested in obtaining a University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science degree in one of these patient care fields. The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degree is an educational collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic. This undergraduate program is a junior year, competitive entry program. Students must complete all prerequisite courses and liberal education and theme requirements prior to starting this program. A prerequisite course planning chart is attached. All students and advisors are invited to attend an information session. Online registration is requested for the HCC Information Session. Please scroll down to the bottom of the list to select Bachelor of Science in Health Professions.
Monday, 12:30pm, 100 Murphy Hall: From Baghdad to the Philippines storm zone, you can’t report the story if you can’t get to it. Mark Porubcansky, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times and a former AP foreign correspondent, will discuss the importance of a reliable satphone, wads of cash, and a (hopefully) sane driver. This event is free, but registration is required.
Monday, 2:40pm, McNamara: For six weeks, the 240 college students in the introductory design course in Mechanical Engineering designed and built their own robots. Their task is to create a machine which "does something interesting." The results of their efforts will be on public display at the Robot Show. It is the largest collection of robots assembled in one place in the Twin Cities and is fun for kids of all ages. The show is free and is open to the public. It is run like an open house, so you can come for any or all of it. More info.
Tuesday, 4pm, 1210 Heller: Professor Kathryn Sikkink (Department of Political Science) will explore the role of Latin America states as early protagonists of the international protection of human rights, focusing in particular on the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man. Many recognize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), passed by the UN General Assembly of December 10, 1948, as the founding moment of international human rights. Few know that Latin American states passed a similar American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man a full 8 months before passage of the UDHR. Sikkink explores the American Declaration as an example of often overlooked Latin American human rights protagonism that has continued to this day, and that calls into question the idea that human rights originated only in the Global North. More info.
Wednesday, 12pm, Humphrey Forum: In October 2013, the United States went through a 16-day shutdown. The next round of negotiations looms next month as the debt-limit crisis and the continued funding of government take center stage yet again. Congressman Gil Gutknecht and Congressman Martin Sabo both served in leadership roles during the last major government shutdown in 1995. They will discuss the consequences and repercussions, the lessons learned, and their hopes for the January negotiations. Moderated by Speaker Steve Sviggum and Professor Larry Jacobs. More info.
Wednesday, 12pm, R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences: Across the globe, spatial patterns of land cover and human land use are changing rapidly. Coincident with these changes are shifts in the spatial and temporal patterns of weather and climate. For wildlife species at the edge of their geographic ranges, these changes can be dramatic and potentially limiting. James Forester (IonE Resident Fellow and Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology) will discuss initial steps to quantify how wildlife populations are responding numerically and behaviorally to these novel combinations of climate, weather and land cover. More info.
Wednesday, 7:30pm, The Whole: The CLA Student Board is hosting "Concert in The Whole," featuring musicians, singers, beat-boxers, jugglers, magicians, comedians, dancers, dance crews, and other vocal/visual performers. This will be an exciting event showcasing CLA student talent. More info.
Wednesday, 7:30pm, Ted Mann: Join the Maroon & Gold campus orchestras for a program to include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Saint-Sa¨aute;ns’s Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1. Conducted by Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme, and Erik Rohde. More info.
Thursday, 4pm, Mayo Auditorium: Bill George, businessman and academic, presents " Will Physicians Lead Us Through Health Care Challenges?" Geroge has been deeply engaged with health care for the past 25 years, as former chair and chief executive of Medtronic and professor of management practice at Harvard Business School since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books including True North and Authentic Leadership. George challenges physician leaders to step up to the issues facing U.S. health care as we navigate the journey from disease care to lifelong health care. More info.
Thursday, 7pm, Minneapolis Convention Center: Can air pressure crush a 55-gallon steel drum? Can a ping-pong ball blast its way through three cans? Are two teams of Minnesota kids stronger than air pressure? Yes, physics is fun! If that sounds unusual to you, check out the always-popular Physics Circus show, sponsored by CSE. The show is free, but online registration is required. Several shows are sold out, but tickets remain for the 7pm show on Thursday 12/12. More info.
Friday, 7–10:30pm, Bell Museum: For the socially curious and the curiously social, an evening of art, music, food, and drink among the Bell Museum dioramas! Celebrate dynamic new works by our current McKnight funded artists in residence, projection arts collective Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) at the Bell Social. Come for food, cash bar, art activities, trivia prizes, and a mini-Café Scientifique presentation, followed by a live performance by Rogue Valley in the diorama halls. Bell Social also offers an opportunity for special access to some of the museum's most popular attractions, including free ExploraDome planetarium shows all evening long and of course, the gorgeous new exhibition, Audubon and the Art of Birds. It's a big night at the Bell—see everything that your Minnesota State natural history museum has to offer! Tickets are $12–$15 More info.
by Allen Tate
This is the village where the funeral
Stilted its dusty march over deep ruts
Up the hillside covered with queen’s lace
To the patch of weeds known finally to all.
Of her virtues large tongues were loud
As I, a stranger, trudged the streets
Gay with huckstering: loud whispers from a few
Sly wags who squeezed a humor from the shroud.
For this was death.
I should never see these men again
And yet, like the swiftness of remembered evil—
An issue for conscience, say—
The cold heart of death was beating in my brain:
A new figuration of an old phenomenon.
This is the village where women walk the streets
Selling eggs, breasts ungathered, hands like rawhide;
Of their virtues the symbol can be washtubs
But when they die it is a time of singing,
And then the symbol changes with change of place.
Let the wags wag as the pall-bearers climb the hill.
Let a new slab look off into the sunset:
The night drops down with sullen grace.