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The Weekly News

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

January 17, 2017

Honors News

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus, everyone! We hope winter break was restful and rewarding for all. Good luck this spring!

Honors Lecture Series Continues Next Week!

Don't miss the next installment in the Honors Lecture Series, next Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Television personality Rachel Campos-Duffy will present her lecture "Why Gloria Steinem and Sheryl Sandberg Prove Conservatives are the Real Feminists." This lecture is co-sponsored by Young America's Foundation. Free for all University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students. Full details and tickets are available on our ticketing website.

Visit Land O'Lakes with UHSA

Join UHSA on Friday, January 27th from 1–4:30pm for its annual visit to Land O'Lakes Corporate Headquarters! Look behind the scenes of this cooperative's three distinct business units, meet with the leadership team and individually with recruiters, and tour the test kitchens. You will be amazed by the diverse career opportunities available at this agricultural leader! Get more information & sign up online now. Questions? Contact Shantal Pai.

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Other News and Opportunities

Think Like a Researcher!

Think like a Researcher is a series of workshops offered by U Libraries, designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students from across the University and different colleges together to learn. The free workshop series is open to all U of M undergraduate students. Students can decide to attend only those workshop that meet their interests, however, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all workshops and complete short assignments. Workshops will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 4:15–6:15pm and Wednesday, February 1 from 4:15–6:15 in 432A Bruininks. Apply now!

Internship with US Department of Transportation

The US Department of Transportation's Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow's leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities. The STIPDG is a paid internship program open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. The internship runs June 5–August 11, 2017. Applications will be accepted through January 20, 2017.

Fellowship Opportunity: What's at Stake in the Global Refugee Crisis?

The Haifa Center for German and European Studies and the Center for German and European Studies at UC–Berkeley will conduct a 3 credits / 5 ECTS course on the global refugee crises. The course will take place in Haifa from the 12th to the 29th of May 2017 and will include 24 academic hours of teaching (six sessions of 4 hours each, twice a week), plus several field trips (to the refugee center in south Tel Aviv and to the refugee camp in the Negev) and extra-curricular activities. The course will survey the most salient issues presented by the current refugee crisis, providing an overview of the global crisis, the crisis from the perspective of the refugees themselves, the impact of the crisis in Israel, Europe, and Germany, causes of the global surge in refugees today, a case study of conflict in Syria, and potential solutions to the crisis as a whole. The course will be taught by Prof. Beverley Crawford Ames (UC Berkeley) and a number of special guest lecturers. Advanced undergradautes are invited to apply for participation in the course. Successful applicants will receive a travel grant, accommodation and half board during the three weeks' workshop. Applications should include a motivation letter, CV, study record, and a recommendation letter from the faculty member who best knows your work. UMTC credit can be earned if necessary. If you submit your application materials to Jim Parente (Professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch and UMTC DAAD Director) by January 24th, he will also write an omnibus letter of support on your behalf. The application deadline is January 31st, and applications should be emailed to Cathrin Shalev of the HCGES. Successful applicants will receive detailed information on travel and logistics as well as a detailed course syllabus. Questions? Please write to Beverly Crawford Ames or Eli Salzberger.

Mini Bioethics Academy

The University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics is hosting Mini Bioethics Academy, a three night event to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics. You can choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. The events wil be held from 6:30–8pm in 2-520 Moos on the following Tuesdays: January 24, January 31, and February 7. More information and tickets are avalable on the ticketing and events page.

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Campus and Community Events

Wednesday: WAM Open Mic Night

Wednesday, 5pm, Weisman: Flex your creative muscle at the Weisman Art Museum's open mic night! This event is inspired by WAM’s exhibition The Talking Cure, and in collaboration with the University’s mental health awareness-raising organization, Active Minds. WAM welcomes all students, staff, and faculty, and all forms of creative expression, including poetry, storytelling, rapping, singing, and performance art. This event serves to provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to reflect on mental health-related questions and experiences, but there is also no obligation for content to be explicitly mental-health related. In addition to the open mic, feel free to peruse the galleries or join a laughing yoga class with celebrated performance artist Esther Ouray.

Thursday: How Will You Make the World Better?

Thursday, 12pm, Mississippi Room, Coffman: Join the Women's Center and on- and off-campus partners to learn about ways to get involved, take action, and find community. Share ideas and refreshments, and enjoy a spoken word performance from local poets Fatima Camara and Guante! RSVP is encouraged.

Thursday: Sip of Science

Thursday, 5:30pm, Aster Cafe, Mpls: This month's Sip of Science evnet looks at Toxic freshwater harmful algal blooms (HAB). HAB are a growing global public and ecosystem health concern, including in our own Minnesota freshwater lakes and rivers.

Friday: "Wake the Frack Up — Academe and Social Responsibility"

Friday, 4pm, 123 Carlson: Join the Department of English's 20th and 21st Century Subfield for a talk with poet and environmental activist Taylor Brorby on fracking and its repercussions. Taylor will pull from personal experience as an essayist, poet, and activist to both educate about fracking and highlight that the only life worth living is one rooted in embodied values. A reception with light refreshments will follow the talk.

Saturday: Frost Fest

Saturday, 7pm, Great Hall, Coffman: Venture down to Coffman to kick off the Spring semester with Frost Fest! Enjoy a variety of winter activities such as snowman building competitions (weather permitting), mechanical snowboarding, arts & crafts, hot chocolate by La Vita Expresso and more!

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