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the Weekly News

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

April 13, 2014

Honors News

This Wednesday: River Futures

Please join us this Wednesday at 4pm for River Futures in the Best Buy Theater (Northrop, 4th floor). Students from all disciplines were invited to imagine the future of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and to create a work that responds to that imagined future. How will people gain access to the water? What wildlife will inhabit this corridor in the city? How will the region's long history be evident? These are just examples of the questions students are asking about this place. Projects will take the form of a proposed research project, work of art (visual art, music, performance, etc.), audio/visual media, or other means of expression. A panel of judges (faculty, staff, and community partners) have reviewed all proposals and selected a number for further development. Students whose proposals were selected have worked in conjunction with faculty or community partners to complete their unique works, which will be presented at Wednesday's event. We hope to see you there! More info.

Comm 4404W: Language Borderlands – Honors Contract-Friendly

This fall 2014 course will be taught by Amy Sheldon, who is happy to work with UHP students on Hononrs Contracts. Course description: It is estimated that at least half of the people in world speak more than one language. This course will explore the experience of living in more than one languag or dialect. We will read first person memoirs by people who are polylingual or bidialectal. The following questions will guide our work: What is life like when it is lived in more than one language? How does language contribute to our sense of identity, sense of community, to our sense of being part of a nation or the world? Some of us will be thinking about these questions from a multilingual background, others from a monolingual background, and some will be somewhere in between. Does it matter?

Other News & Opportunities

4th Annual Collaborative Health Care event

The 4th Annual Collaborative Health Care event is this Thursday from 6–8pm in STSS 412. This is a great opportunity for all pre-health students to learn about collaborative practice of health professionals–which will shape the future of health care in the US. There will be a chance to win free prizes as well as free food and a chance to interact with health care professionals at the U and in the metro area. RSVP online.

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies is offering $20,000 in academic awards to deserving GLBTA students for the 2014–2015 academic year. All students on all U of M campuses are eligible to apply! In honor of University of Minnesota alumnus Steven J. Schochet & the Schochet Endowment, these academic awards honor excellence of currently enrolled GLBTA students advancing the generation and dissemination of knowledge, awareness, and research around GLBT topics & identities. Applications are due April 25!

Reminder: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Info Sessions

NSF fellowships provide up to $30,000 per year for up to three years, to pursue a research-based PhD in the social sciences, sciences, engineering, mathematics, or history & philosophy of science, beginning fall 2015 or later. Plan way ahead to apply early in your senior year! Sophomores and Juniors are especially encouraged to attend; all are welcome. For more information about these fellowships, come to an information session on Thursday, April 17 from 4–5pm in 1130 Mechanical Engineering.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: Film, Music, Affective Economies

Monady, 4pm, 280 Ferguson: Berthold Hoeckner (University of Chicago) presents a Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Music Theory Colloquium: "Film, Music, Affective Economies." More info.

Monday: Documentary on Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Monady, 5:30pm, Cowles Auditorium, HHH: The 5th Annual American Indian Film Series presents Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it. Light refreshments served. More info.

Tuesday: MOJO + Mobile Twin Cities

Tuesday, 6:30pm, 1-123 CSOM: MOJO Minnesota is crashing Mobile Twin Cities! If you like mobile and you like startups, be there for 4 mobile startup demos, how to build a mobile app in 20 minutes, and more. Event is free, but registration is required.

Tuesday: Cafe Scientifique–Our Disappearing Beess

Tuesday, 7pm, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater: Over the years, honey bees have faced a series of devastating problems, including a witches' brew of diseases, parasites and pesticides that together contribute to the mass honey bee die-off known as colony collapse disorder. Now, a relatively new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects is pushing the pollinator crisis to the edge, while researchers like Marla Spivak race to discover the causes and consequences of our disappearing bees. More info & online ticketing.

Wednesday: Undergraduate Research Symposium

Wednesday, 11:30am–4:30pm, Coffman Great Hall: The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a poster presentation event at which students across colleges showcase their research, scholarly, and creative projects to the University community and beyond. Over 250 undergraduate students will present a vast range of topics, deepening our understanding of undergraduate research and bringing to light differing perspectives from across the University and among a wide range of disciplines. More info.

Wednesday: Earth Art Reception

Wednesday, 5pm, 3rd Floor Gallery, Boynton: Check out earth-inspired mixed media by U anthropology employee Marjorie Schalles and meet the artist at a reception. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Schalles' exhibit will be on display at Boynton through May 30. More info.

Wednesday: Archiculture Screening

Wednesday, 6pm, Bell Museum: Archiculture is a unique glimpse into the life of design studio setting from the perspective of current students. The film features interviews with leading professionals, educators, and historians who contribute critical dialogue on this abstract methodology of learning and teaching and how this will impact the built environment designed by architects of the future. More info.

Thursday: Entrepreneurship Club Speaker Series

Thursday, 12pm, 1-149 CSOM: The UMN Entrepreneurship Club proudly presents its weekly Speaker Series featuring CLA Entrepreneur Edward Bergmark ('88 Ph.D., Psychology) of Optum. Open to all UMN students, no registration required. More info.

Thursday: Ancient Greek Infantry Combat—What Can Modern Riots Tell Us

Thursday, 4pm, 1210 Heller: Professor Jon E. Lendon (Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia) presents "Ancient Greek Infantry Combat: What Can Modern Riots Tell Us?" as part of the Frederick and Catherine Lauritsen Lecture in Ancient History. More info.

Friday: Reading and Writing in New Media Forms: Graphic Novels and Weblogs

Friday, 12pm, 12 Nicholson: Join an interdisciplinary discussion featuring research in progress by faculty members and students in the Literacy and Rhetorical Studies graduate minor. More info.

Friday: Astrophysics Colloquium on Experimental Cosmology

Friday, 2:30pm, 130 Murphy: Dr. Clem Pryke will discuss his research group's recent discoveries in experimental cosmology. Read more about Dr. Pryke's work here. More info.

Friday: Industrialization and Islam in New Order Indonesia

Friday, 3:35pm, 131 Tate: Suzanne Moon (Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma) presents "Thinking through Technology and Religion: Industrialization and Islam in New Order Indonesia." More info.

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Dark Matter Destroying Itself in Milky Way’s Core?

Modern-day Rembrandts and Rubens

A Device That Translates Dolphin Sounds Into English

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Poem of the week

Doubled Mirrors

by Kenneth Rexroth

It is the dark of the moon.

Late at night, the end of summer,

The autumn constellations

Glow in the arid heaven.

The air smells of cattle, hay,

And dust. In the old orchard

The pears are ripe. The trees

Have sprouted from old rootstocks

And the fruit is inedible.

As I pass them I hear something

Rustling and grunting and turn

My light into the branches.

Two raccoons with acrid pear

Juice and saliva drooling

From their mouths stare back at me,

Their eyes deep sponges of light.

They know me and do not run

Away. Coming up the road

Through the black oak shadows, I

See ahead of me, glinting

Everywhere from the dusty

Gravel, tiny points of cold

Blue light, like the sparkle of

Iron snow. I suspect what it is,

And kneel to see. Under each

Pebble and oak leaf is a

Spider, her eyes shining at

Me with my reflected light

Across immeasurable distance.