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The Weekly News

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

May 1, 2016

Honors News

Semester Honors Summary Forms are Due

Semester Honors Summary forms are due by the last day of the spring semester. Subit your forms to the UHP Offices in 390 Northrop as soon as you're able.

Latin Honors Graduates: Thesis Documents Due May 14th

If you are graduating with Latin Honors this spring, your thesis documents are due by the last day of finals—Saturday, May 14th. Forms should be submitted to the UHP Offices in 390 Northrop. (You may slide your forms under the door if the office is closed.)

Last Weekly News of the Semester

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

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Other News and Opportunities

Lillehei Heart Institute Seeks Lab Technicians

A research laboratory at the Lillehei Heart Institute is hiring laboratory technicians starting May–June of this year. People filling these positions will work closely with a faculty member and assist with experiments including DNA prep, PCR, immunohistochemistry, microscopy and animal husbandry. Self-motivated and organized students seeking intensive research experience for advanced degrees are encouraged to apply. with resume and career objectives.

Community-Based Plant Research

Many ethnicities and cultures make up the people of Minnesota—including Chinese, Ethiopian, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Laotian, Liberian, Mexican, Native American, Norwegian, Somali, Swedish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Lisa Philader, Curator of the CBS Conservatory, is looking for students with established connections to these communities who would like to develop these relationships further by examining medicinal plant use. Students will identify and interview community members (typically healers or the elderly) about their medicinal plant use. The information gathered will be part of an exhibition called "Medicinal Plant Use in Minnesota" and will be displayed in Northrop Gallery in 2017. Plants found useful to the exhibition will be housed in the CBS Conservatory as a part of the permanent collection. Students will be expected to devote from 3–10 hours a week to this project for a total of 45 or more hours. If you are interested, please including a description of your connection to the the community you are interested in researching and how you think you can contribute to this research project and forthcoming exhibition.

The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Twin Cities 2016

THATCamp is an unconference: a free gathering where college students, faculty, instructors, and community members of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. This great opportunity to network with fellow humanities enthusiasts will be held on Monday, May 23rd from 9am–4pm at Minneapolis Community & Technical College. More info and registration.

Exam Jam is Here

The SMART Learning Commons and MCAE are once again sponsoring Exam Jam to support students in their preparations for Finals Week. New this semester: SMART's Saturday afternoon tutoring will be coordinated and co-located with the popular exam review sessions, rather than hosted inside a SMART center. This will afford students the opportunity to work individually and in small groups with a tutor on concepts that remain unclear even after attending the review; review session attendance is not required in order to meet with a tutor. Details:

  • Exam Jam Saturday Tutoring: April 30, 9am–1pm, 40 Appleby Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be served! AND May 7, 1–3:30pm, 131A and 412 Bruininks Hall. Tutoring is coordinated with review sessions. There will a culminating prize drawing for students working with tutors.
  • Review Workshops: Review sessions for select math, chemistry, CSCI, and physics courses will be held Saturday, May 7
  • Complete Exam Jam details, including tutoring schedules and review session descriptions.

Now Hiring: 2016 Grads!

The Now Hiring: 2016 Grads event will be held this Tuesday, May 3rd from 2–4:30pm on the 2nd floor of the RecWell Center. This event provides University of Minnesota graduating seniors (12/2015–8/2016) the opportunity to explore job opportunities and learn creative job search strategies directly from staffing agency employers. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Registration via GoldPASS is appreciated (Event ID: 2928). Business casual attire required. Details:

  • 2pm—Student Check-in
  • 2:15pm— Panel: Connecting to the Hidden Job Market
  • 3pm— Networking
  • 4:30pm— Event ends

Health Professions Fair

Save the date! The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) is hosting the Health Professions Fair on Saturday, June 18th from 1:30–3:30pm at the Hilton Minneapolis, Grand Ballroom​​. This is an excellent opportunity​ ​for students interested in a career in a health profession to speak with graduate and professional schools from around the country. Over 190 health professional schools and programs will be present and registration is currently open.

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Campus and Community Events

Wednesday: Parkway Goes to College

College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman invites you to attend a video festival showcasing selected digital stories created by the students from Parkway Montessori & Community Middle School, a St. Paul Public School. Join the celebration and hear about this new outreach project with the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. More info.

Wednesday: Bell Museum After Hours—Colors

Wednesday, 5pm, Bell Museum: Spend a night at the museum celebrating art and science! The last Sketch Night for the season focuses on colors, from the amazing hues of tropical birds to the deep sparkling colors of various minerals. Learn about the history and origins of artist pigments from guest artists Gary and Suzy Zahradkha. You might even get a chance to grind jewels for paint. More info.

Wednesday: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Wednesday, 7pm, Coffman Great Hall: As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from ourselves and each other? In this talk, Professor Sherry Turkle will ask us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. You will learn how solitude and self-reflection are central to wellbeing, and why these practices are the foundations for conversation. Professor Turkle will also share how conversation and human interaction can lead to greater capacity for empathy, compassion, and living in more meaningful community with one another. More info.

Thursday: Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium

Thursday, 11:30am, 101 Walter Library: The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy is proud to host these presentations from past Multicultural Award Recipients. You'll hear about the research these faculty members have conducted around urgent social issues and learn what insights they've discovered. Lunch provided. More info.

Friday: Humor in the Archives

Friday, 12pm, 120 Andersen Library: This event explores the theme of humor—a tool alternatively employed to instill delight, put forth political commentary, teach lessons, assuage fears, or even encourage social bonding. Come hear and laugh at stories from the more comedic side of Archives and Special Collections. More info.

Friday: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

Friday, 4pm, 101 Fraser: The Erickson Public Lecture presents Dr. Jay Marx, Senior Advisor at the LIGO Laboratory at the CalTech! Earlier this year, headlines around the world announced the discovery of gravitational waves from a merging pair of black holes 1.3 billion light years away, confirming the most radical prediction of Einstein's theory of gravity. What is this all about? What are gravitational waves? Why is this discovery so important? This talk will explain the excitement, what the discovery means, how it was made and why it will open a new window on the universe. The presentation will be aimed at non-scientists with many videos and photos and no equations or jargon. Registration is requested. More info.

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