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The Weekly News

A weekly digest of updates, opportunities, and events for UHP students

January 25, 2015

Honors News

Thesis Proposal Forms are Due Soon

If you are a senior intending to graduate with Latin Honors in May, please be aware of the February 3rd deadline to submit your Thesis Proposal Form. This form alerts UHP of your intention to pursue Latin Honors and documents your arrangement with a faculty advisor. This is an Honors-specific form; you will also need to apply to graduate via Onestop by the same deadline, February 3rd. Your final Honors Thesis is due by the last day of instruction in the Spring semester and must be documented with a signed Thesis Completion Form. A digital copy of your thesis must also be emailed to Full details and guidelines for thesis submission are available on our website. If you have questions or concerns about the thesis process, please contact your advisor immediately.

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Other News and Opportunities

Research Opportunity with Healthy Prairies Project

Dr. Ruth Shaw seeks UHP students to conduct research with the Healthy Prairies Project, which is investigating genetic variation and local adaptation in prairie plant species in the context of environmental change. UHP sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in Biology, EEB, Plant Science, Plant Biology, ESPM, FWCB, and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Projects will begin in July 2015 and September 2015, with variable completion dates and time commitments. For compete details and application instructions, please consult the online posting.

Rive Life Program Seeks Outreach Assistant

The U's River Life Program is looking for a highly motivated self-starter who sees their future as making a contribution to the improved health of the Mississippi River, both here in the Twin Cities and throughout its length. The selected candidate will be able to work with nonprofit environmental organizations and public agencies located up and down the Mississippi River region. This is a part-time position, 10–15 hours/week, starting at $10/hour. An Honors Experience is available as well. For full details and application instructions, please consult the online posting.

East Anglia Exchange Program

Engish majors, spend fall 2015 studying at the University of East Anglia! This new exchange program allows you to study abroad while paying UMTC tuition, saving you over $7,000 compared to traditional study abroad programs. Sophomore, junior, and senior English majors with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply, but hurry—deadline is January 30. More info.

Student Teaching Position, African American/African studies

The Depeartment of African Amerian and African Studies is hiring a student teaching assistant. Successful candidates will be thorough and detail-oriented, with good skills in proofreading, spelling, editing, and indexing. Excellent written language (English) skills, keyboarding ability and/or competence in computer use are required. Visit and search for requisition #196287.

Participate in Psychology's Diversity Weekend

If you're considering a graduate program in psychology and identify as a member of group that has been historically under-represented in graduate training in the discipline (including individuals from diverse ethnic & racial backgrounds and participants who are first-generation college students or graduates), consider participating in the Department of Pyschology's inaugural Diversity Weekend. This program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate-school applications, and to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in the Pyschology department. Application deadline: February 18.

Environmental Internship & Career Fair

The Environmental Internship and Career Fair will be held on February 11 from 1–5pm in the St. Paul Student Center. This targeted fair is a great opportunity for students and alumni to connect with 45+ organizations about internships and full-time opportunities in the environmental and natural resource science fields. More info.

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Campus and Community Events

Mondary: Reese Erlich Lectures on ISIS and More

Monday, 4pm, Cowles Auditorium, HHH: Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, CBS Radio, and National Public Radio. His most recent book is Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, with a foreword by Noam Chomsky. Erlich will lecture on "ISIS, Assad, Obama, and the Latest Middle East War." More info.

Wednesday: May & Summer Study Abroad Expo

Wednesday, 12–2pm, 101 Walter: Program representatives from the Learning Abroad Center & Global Programs and Strategy Alliance will be available to answer questions between noon and 2pm, with pizza served at noon. More info.

Thursday: Lecture on Time and Art

Thursday, 4pm, 240 Northrop: What is the time of the work of art? How does it make time? Making use of materiality studies and actor-network theory, this talk argues that the temporality of images accounts for their "agency." An approach to images that acknowledges the anachronic nature of their relation to the viewer has important implications for the study of the history of art. Presented by Keith Moxey, Barbara Novak professor of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University. More info.

Thursday: Satire and Free Speech after Charlie

Thursday, 4pm, 230 Anderson: On the heels of the recent tragedy at Charlie Hedbo in France, a panel of experts will present on topics such as the protection of "outrageous speech," figurative representation in Islamic tradition, and Antisemitism vs Islamaphobia. More info.

Thursday: Visiting Artist Trevor Paglen

Thursday, 7pm, InFlux, Regis Center: Photographer, author, and geographic artist and activist Trevor Paglen will give a presentation of his work in conjunction with the Photography program at the University of Minnesota. Paglen's work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. More info.

Friday: Gravity Models, Information Flows, and Inefficiency of Early Railroad Networks

Friday, 3:35pm, 131 Tate: Gravity models of spatial interaction, which provide quantitative estimates of the decline in intensity of economic and social interactions with distance, are now ubiquitous in urban and transportation planning, international trade, and many other areas. They were discovered through analysis of a unique large data set by a Belgian engineer in 1846, at the height of the British Railway mania. Learn more from Andrew Odlyzko (School of Mathematics) at this HSTM Colloquium. More info.

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