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the Weekly News

a weekly digest of Updates, Opportunities, and Events for honors students

May 4, 2014

Honors News

Last Weekly News of the Semester

This will be the last regular issue of the UHP weekly enews for the academic year. We will send periodic updates this summer, and The Weekly News will resume publication in late August. Best of luck with your Honors Theses, final papers, projects, and exams—and have a wonderful summer!

Other News and Opportunities

Join Emily Johnson/Catalyst’s Volunteer Team!

15 people are needed for Catalyst's core volunteer team in May and June as they work toward and through the world premiere of Emily Johnson's new dance work, SHORE. SHORE is a multi-day performance installation of dance, story, volunteerism, and feasting—see the campus & community events section for details on some of the corresponding events this summer. SHORE is about connecting people to each other and to where we are. Catalyst is building a team of people who are interested in other people’s stories and experiences, who want to think about how their own stories and experiences interact with the world, who are interested in the process of performance and who are excited about shaping the way people experience an event. Specific responsibilities will change with each event. You will be working closely with Emily Johnson, director of Catalyst and Julia Bither, Catalyst’s event and special project coordinator. Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. Originally from Alaska, she is based in Minneapolis. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place's architecture, history, and role in community. Emily received a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and is a current fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota. If you are interested in being part of the Catlyst volunteer team please contact and plan to attend an introductory meeting on May 9th from 2–3pm in 390 Northrop. These volunteer positions could lead to research internships with Emily Johnson/Catalyst in Fall 2014.

June 14–15: Northern Spark Comes to the U

Northern Spark, an all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis, will be on the U of M campus starting at 9:01pm on Saturday, June 14, and continuting through 5:25am Sunday, June 15. There are three ways to get involved: volunteer at Northrop, participate as an artist, or just come tothe festival! If you'd like to particiapte and help fill Northrop with art and performance, you can propose your own project by May 15 OR audition this Monday night in Northrop! For more information about volunteering or performing at Northern Spark, contact Sharon Fischlowitz at the IAS ( or 4-6148.)

Job Opportunity for Pre-Med Students

Elite Medical Scribes is hiring pre-med students for hospitals in the twin cities area, especially at Regions in St. Paul. Regions is a teachign hospital, so this is a terrific opportunity to really see what happens in hospitals. Apply online at and then send an to email . If you reference Thuy-Vy Bui (UMN admissions office), you will be fast-tracked for an interview!

Lab Assistant Position

A research laboratory at the Lillehei Heart Institute is hiring a student research assistant. The job includes lab maintenance, DNA prep, PCR genotyping and immunohistochemistry. Should be able to work 10–15 hours per week during semesters and 20–30 hours during breaks. Students seeking advanced degree and work study students are encouraged to apply. 1-2 years of relevant coursework in chemistry and biology is preferred. E-mail with resume and career objectives.

Now Hiring: 2014 Grads

Seniors, attend this event to meet and connect with 30+ employers who are looking to hire University of Minnesota seniors and recent graduates! This event is open to ALL graduating seniors from the U of M Twin Cities. Come to the Carlson School Atrium from 2–4:30m to connect with employers from a wide range of industries who have open positions with their organizations. This free event is for the Twin Cities campus only and is not a job fair. Business casual attire is required. Refreshments provided by The Cookie Cart. To register visit GoldPASS and search the event Now Hiring: 2014 Grads! Preregistration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

Campus and Community Events

Monday: Alan Sparkhawk in Conversation

Monday, 4–6pm, 280 Ferguson: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer Alan Sparhawk (of Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) will reflect on the process of songwriting, recount his experiences of working as a songwriter/singer/guitarist/producer, and discuss selected songs in detail. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. The event is sponsored by the Music and Sound Studies Collaborative and the School of Music. More info.

Tuesday: SOBACO Spring Research Symposium

Tuesday, 8:30am–12:30pm, 2-250 and 2-260 CSoM: The Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) will host a symposium for University scholars and industry leaders to share and discuss research projects and results. Topics will cover various issues at the nexus of social media, social computing, and big data analytics. Seats are limited, so register now.

Wednesday: High Energy Physics—What's Happening and Where Are We Heading

Wednesday, 3:35pm, 131 Tate: Professor Misha Shifman will give a broad nontechnical review of the current status of high energy physics from theorist’s perspective. More info.

Wednesday: Toy Product Design PLAYsentations

Wednesday, 7pm, Coffman Theater: Toy Product Design (PDES 3711/5711) is a hands-on project-based introduction to a product design process. Students work in small teams to design and prototype their own toy concepts with help from children and industry. PLAYsentations is the culmination of their work. The PLAYsentations are a playful design show for the whole family, featuring theatrical presentation of 11 new toy prototypes for toys that inspire making things. After the show you can connect with the student designers, play with the toys, and enjoy milk and cookies! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. More info.

Thursday: Preserving Your Own History Using Archival Principles and Practice

Thursday, 10am, 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library: Are you interested in caring for your documents, photographs, and collections? Consider some practices and principles from the professional field of archives, including issues of preservation, access and use, storage, and even disaster recovery. Learn about resources available to you for products, further learning, and online communities. And enter a drawing to win preservation-quality boxes and other materials for archiving your personal collection! More info.

Friday: Personality, The Number Five, and Everyday Life

Friday, 1pm, N639 Elliott: Personality matters! Over the past twenty years, we have learned that our personality traits influence our lives: whether we get good grades in school, what kind of work we choose and how successful we are at it, whether we are happy and satisfied with our lives, and whether we remain healthy in old age. Dr. Oliver P. John (University of California, Berkeley) will review research findings that have challenged and changed his views on some of the fundamental issues surrounding personality research. More info.

Friday: Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras

Friday, 7:30pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall: The Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras will be Performing Strauss Jr.’s Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltz) and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite. Conducted by Russell Adrian, Sergey Bogza, and Benjamin Klemme. More info.

Monday, May 12: Northrop's Primal Scream

Monday, May 12, 10:30–11:30am, Northrop: A primal scream is a release of intense basic frustration, anger, and aggression—something that students often feel during finals week. We invite you to come into Northrop and scream at the top of your lungs to release that stress! We will start off the morning with FREE COFFEE! Grab a cup and don't miss our inspirational video reel playing in the Best Buy Theater! Then, meet in the Northrop lobbies to SCREAM at 11! Once the scream is over, be sure to stick around for more coffee and a study session in any of Northrop's six study lounges! More info.

This Summer: Get to Know SHORE

This Summer: As mentioned in the Honors News section above, SHORE is Emily Johnson's multi-day performance installation of dance, story, volunteerism, and feasting. There will be opportunities for UHP students to become involved in research programs with Shore and Catalyst Dance, so get to know Emily and Shore at one of their events this summer. June 17: Story. June 21: Community Action. June 20–21: Performance. June 22: Feast.

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Poem of the week

Peculiar Properties

by Juan Delgado

On my cutting board, I discovered them,

the tiniest of ants, roaming dots of lead.

At first, they were too few to classify, hiding

under crumbs, these scavengers of leftovers.

Admiring their labor, I immediately granted them

citizenship, these tailgaters of a kitchen's routines.

In Miami, I had no stove, working far from my home.

My wife was a midnight call to San Bernardino.

While searching for crumbs, especially for

the taste of apricot jelly, they fell into a line

across my cutting board; I saw it again,

saw the line my sixth-grade teacher drew

on the board, pointing to each end.

While he planted himself on his desk, he leaned

his face toward us, telling us in a low voice:

"You don't see it yet, you're too young

still, but that line in front of you continues

infinitely on either side. And if there is

the slightest slope in that line, either way,

it will slowly begin to sag, then curve and veer

and eventually one end will find the other.

And lines, lines are never perfect, they are

like us, never completely straight. So just

imagine the searching that goes on all

around us, every day. And to happen on

that union is really to witness the most earthly

of forms you'll ever get to know. If you're lucky,

you'll see that, even luckier if you're part

of that union."