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a weekly digest of Updates, Opportunities, and Events for honors students
March 9 , 2014
The Undergraduate Symposium will take place on April 16 in Coffman Union's Great Hall. Undergraduate students are invited to present their research findings in poster format at one of the three sessions. Deadline is March 26. Online registration and more info.
Submit your honors thesis or other original, A-graded work (course paper, research project, arts portfolio) to this annual competition, which recognizes outstanding research or creative work by undergraduates in Ireland and worldwide. Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates in any major may participate. Citizenship is open. Winners are invited to the UA Summit awards ceremony and day of activities in Dublin, with flights and accommodations covered by the organization. Winning submissions are published in the Undergraduate Journal. Pre-registration is required; students interested in submitting work should register online now. Final submission deadline is June 2, 2014.
This $1,000 scholarship is given annually to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in a four year college or university in the State of Minnesota and working in a medically related curriculum with potential application to patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessel system. Application deadline is April 1, 2014. More information and an application are available on the website of the American Heart Association. You can also contact with questions.
If you missed last week's info session, but are interested in seeking endorsement for the 2015 Rhodes, Marshall and Churchill Scholarships, information packets are available at the UHP front desk in 390 Northrop, or by request from Application deadline: 4/4/2014
All Week, Various Locations: The primary goal of the Architecture as Catalyst workshop and lecture series is to raise the level of discourse about design and to provoke leaps in perception of what design can be. Each spring, the School of Architecture offers a series of workshop led by faculty and taught in collaboration with guest instructors who are leading practitioners within their disciplines, and who bring an experimental nature to the work. The Catalyst workshops serve as intense, rigorous, transformative and creative breaks, through which students learn new ways of thinking and novel techniques. In conjunction with the workshops, guest instructors offer a free public lecture. Check out the full schedule of events.
Monday, 12pm, 180 HHH: The Institute for Global studies presents a lecture by João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the United States, entitled "Transitions in Europe and America and the Future of EU-US Relations." In his annual New Year’s message, Vale de Almeida highlighted 2014 as a year for strong transatlantic cooperation. Come hear about it! More info.
Monday, 7pm, Lloyd Ultan Recital hall, Ferguson: Combos will perform selections by Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Cedar Walton, and more. More info.
Monday, 7:30pm, 3-210 Keller: The Geological Society of Minnesot Lecture Series presents Donna Whitney with her lecture "Out of Anatolia: from Collision to Tectonic Escape." More info.
Tuesday, 11:30am, Coffman Theatre: William Hawkins, President & CEO of Immuncor, presents "Medical Technology Innovation–A Case Study for Collaboration." This lecture highlights the benefits of public/private collaborations in medical device research. More info.
Wednesday, 3:30pm, Borlaug 335: Dr. Fred Cohen (Biology, Wesleyan University) presents "The Origin of Ecological Diversity in Bacteria." More info.
Wednesday, 7pm, Coffman Bookstore: Best-selling author Ishmael Beah will discuss his book Radiance of Tomorrow. More info.
Wednesday, 7:30pm, Ted Mann: Featuring the American premiere of Michel Merlet’s Moirures, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Rosalind Leavell (cello). Mark Russell Smith and Erik Rohde, conductors. More info.
Thursday, 7pm, Regis Center for Art: Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag. President G. H.W. Bush declared his artwork What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag? "disgraceful" and the entire US Senate denounced this work when they passed legislation to "protect the flag." To oppose this law and other efforts which would effectively make patriotism compulsory, he, along with three other protesters, burned flags on the steps of the US Capitol. This resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision. His art has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and at the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland. More info.
Friday, 7:30am, Honeywell Auditorium, CSoM: The Minnesota Cup is the largest state-wide new venture competition in the country. Entering its tenth year, the competition has provided more than 8,000 of Minnesota's top entrepreneurs with the resources and support needed to launch their breakthrough business ideas. One of the most daunting tasks facing entrepreneurs is raising startup capital. With no perfect formula available for fundraising, it’s critical for startups to be informed about their options prior to raising money. Financing 101 will feature topics such as angel investment, SBA loans and personal stories from local entrepreneurs. This event features a panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs. Sponsored by CSoM. Register online.
Friday, 4:30–9pm, 3-180 Keller: Geekettes are a community of women dedicated to helping aspiring and established female tech innovators—With chapters in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Maastricht, New York, Portugal–and now in the Twin Cities. The event will include networking, hors d'ouvre, remarks by Twin Cities Geekettes Ambassadors, and presentations by Sharon McCollam (CAO/CFO, Best Buy) and Katie Carty Tierney (Regional Sales Manager for Service Support, BMC Software.) Register online.
by Sheila Black
In the frozen square, the student asks me if I will
sell him the books from my backpack. He hides them
under his winter coat. Steam rises from the whole
wheat rolls we break open at the breakfast table.
We drink hot apple tea and pronounce the skyline
"charming." In a jail a man counts the visible bones,
and recounts them in the blaze of morning. To turn
a self to light proves painful—each piece must
be dissected in turn; you pass through every feeling
imaginable, so many you might make a dictionary—
dread to disgust, delight to degradation. The prisoner
remembers wanting only to read as if in a fever—
running fingers over pyramids of words as if he might
translate himself from this life to a more vivid existence
in which he cuts open the pages with a knife in
plain sight of everyone like a man eating meat and
potatoes at the dinner table. Not that world; this one
where blue light and sharpened files, where identikit
and stamps on passports, where the book in his back-
pack is a crime, and I have sold him down the river
for ideas I barely value—the volumes flung carelessly
across my hotel room, while he picks mushrooms on
the edge of dread, pallid ghosts of what won’t speak
or be spoken. Or where I remember what it is to
be present in the world, and I turn away, unable to
bear it—so much light and dread, so much in the darkness
growing or simply how hard to ever remain in place.