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the Weekly News

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

September 21, 2014

Honors News

fridays@noon: Arianna Wegley

This week's fridays@noon will feature a cello performance by Arianna Wegley, as well as free food! Friday, September 26 in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop) at 12:15pm.

Info Sessions This Week: Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Join Timothy Jones, Assistant Program Director for National and International Scholarships, for an information session on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Sessions are offered on Wednesday, September 24 from 3:30–4:30pm in 102 Appleby, and on Thursday, September 25 from 3:30–4:30pm in 105 Blegen Hall. More info on the Truman Scholarship.

Coffee with Northrop Director Christine Tschida

UHP is proud to present an opportunity for students to have coffee and informal conversation with Christine Tschida on Friday, October 3 from 10:30–11:30am in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop). Christine came to Northrop in August of 2012 as Director. Prior to Northrop, she had been an agent for international Dance and Theater at Rena Shagan Associates in New York; the producer of A Prairie Home Companion at Minnesota Public Radio; a line producer at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Peter Sellar's American National Theater at The Kennedy Center; and Director of Outreach Programs at The Guthrie. This is a particularly relevant opportunity for students with interest in arts programming, management, and marketing.

Other News and Opportunities

Enjoy TED Talks?

Enjoy TED Talks? Interested in helping put on a TED Talks show featuring some of the brightest mind from the University of Minnesota and the surrounding area? TEDxUMN is looking for more members to join their team and gain real life experience while helping organize a TED talk convention! Leadership positions in marketing, video production, and graphic design are available, and the organization also seeks help with curation, event planning, and event production/execution. More info and online signup.

Info Sessions: Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

Info sessions will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 2:30–3:30pm in 214 Heller Hall and on Friday, September 26 from 2–3pm in 214 Heller Hall. The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US-citizen, undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Applicants must be Pell Grant–eligible (check your eFAAN to confirm). Awards up to $8000 are available for summer, semester, and year programs. Call Thuy Doan at 612-626-8686 with questions.

Minnesota's Future Doctors Program

The Medical School Office of Admissions Pipeline programs are now accepting application for the Minnesota's Future Doctors (MFD) Program, wth the next cohort to start in January 2015. MFD prepares pre-medical students from Minnesota communities underrepresented in medicine for admission to medical school. MFD provides critical coaching and support to its scholars in order to assist in the development of a competitive portfolio for their application to medical school. Scholars that meet program expectations will receive MCAT preparation courses and materials, American Medical College Application System (AMCAS) application support, research opportunities, physician shadowing, connections to health-related experiences, and individualized advising to assist scholars with successful admission into medical school. Application and program description can be found online.

Info Session: Careers and Internships with Ernst & Young

EY (Ernst & Young LLP) will be on campus to present information on careers and internships, this Wednesday, September 24 at 5:30pm in 1-106 Hanson Hall. This is an opportunity for students interested in a career field that's both quantitative and qualitative, hosted by one of the Big Four accounting and auditing firms. More info.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: Larson Lecture in Microbiology

Monday, 12:15pm, Mayo Auditorium: The 14th Larson Lecture will be given by Dr. Beatrice Hahn. By tracing the evolutionary relationships of HIV’s simian relatives, the simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV) infecting different non-human primate species in sub-Saharan Africa, she discovered that Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)—one of the most devastating infectious diseases to have emerged in recent history—was the result of cross-species infections of humans by the SIVs naturally infecting chimpanzees (SIVcpz) and gorillas (SIVgor). In her natural history study of SIVcpz in Gombe National Park, she also showed that SIVcpz, like HIV-1, causes significantly increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees. More recently, Dr. Hahn’s studies of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum revealed that P. falciparum is of gorilla origin, and that pandemic P. falciparum resulted from a single cross-species transmission event. More info.

Monday: New books from English Faculty

Monday, 3pm, 207A Lind: Join the English department for readings and presentations from six English professors regarding their new books. More info.

Monday: School of Architecture Lecture Series

Monday, 6pm, 100 Rapson: Sarah Whiting (William Ward Watkin Professor and Dean of the Rice School of Architecture) presents "Engaging Autonomy." This lecture will explore how architecture can be at once singular and also engaged within a context (understood as interdisciplinarity but also as physical context). Whiting will address this topic through readings of historical and contemporary examples, including projects from her own practice, WW, based in Houston, Texas. More info.

Tuesday–Saturday: Thinking Making Living

Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm, Nash Gallery: Thinking Making Living is a group exhibition and series of related public programs that investigate socially engaged artistic practices that invite participation, foster collaboration, and imagine cross-disciplinary approaches to the social, political and ecological issues of our time. More info.

Tuesday: 21 Songs, 7 Bands, 1 Hour–Radio K's 21st Birthday

Tuesday, 12pm, Willey Hall Plaza: Celebrate 21 years of Radio K with live music on Willey Plaza. More info.

Tuesday: Winton Cornerstone Lecture: "Minimal Ethics for the Whole Universe"

Tuesday, 6pm, Weisman Art Museum: Joanna Zylinska (professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London) presents "Life, Death, and Extinction: Minimal Ethics for the Whole Universe." More info.

Tuesday: What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?

Tuesday, 7pm, Humphrey School: The election of Barack Obama arguably toppled the race barrier to becoming president. What are the hurdles facing the election of a woman to the White House, and how can they be overcome? How will a woman president strengthen our country and communities? A panel hosted by the Humphrey School and the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance looks at these questions and more. More info.

Wednesday: Small Steps toward Artificial Life–Physics Colloquium

Wednesday, 3:35pm, 131 Tate: Paul Chaikin (New York University) presents "Some Small Steps toward Artificial Life. More info.

Thursday: Technically Speaking–Ten Types of Innovation

Thursday, 5:30pm, McNamara Alumni Center: Kirk Froggatt (TLI Gemini Chair in Technology Management) presents "Ten Types of Innovation: Multiple Ways to Change the Game and Win." This interactive business technology workshop will introduce the Doblin Group's research on ten types of innovation and give you time to explore how the various types of innovation may be helpful. More info.

Friday: CLA Internship Fair

Friday, 10am–2pm, Coffman Great Hall: Explore internship opportunities with a wide variety of employers who are hiring and who have internships for CLA students (many employers will also have full-time career opportunities). Starting dates for internships will be in 2014 and 2015. This event is open only to CLA students and is FREE for students to attend. More info.

Friday: Critical Conversations–Food Security and Sustainability as a Social Justice Issue

Friday, 1:30pm, 120 Anderson Library: Learn more about how food policies and production affect the food we all bring to our table. More info.

Friday: HSTM Colloquium–Writing the Origin with Burned Fingers

Friday, 3:35pm, 131 Tate: Alistair Sponsel (Department of History, Vanderbilt University) presents "Writing the Origin with Burned Fingers: Darwin's Penance for the 'Sin of Speculation.'" The properties we often associate with living things are motility, metabolism, self-replication and evolution. According to the Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman: “What I can’t create, I don’t understand”. We thought we’d give it a shot—understanding life—and in the process we’ve made two different systems, one that exhibits both autonomous motility and metabolism and another which is the first artificial system that can replicate arbitrarily designed motifs. More info.

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