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April 15, 2012
How does science work? How do I evaluate claims derived from scientific investigation? What makes a claim about some topic 'scientific?' (Has science demonstrated that red wine and dark chocolate are good for me?) What kind of reasoning supports these claims? What is a scientific model? What happens when scientists disagree? How is science used in decision-making, both personal and political? This course tackles these and other questions with lots of case studies (e.g., Galileo, Greed, and Gaia). Designed for students of ALL majors and fulfills several requirements. Taught by Professor Alan Love. // More info.
A reminder that info sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday. Full details in last week's news.
We are excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students. The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite. The deadline for fall 2012 or 2012-13 academic year applications is May 1, 2012, and the award amount: $1,500. More info.
Students interested in registering for Fall 2012 Modern, Ballet, Jazz and/or African Diasporic Movement dance courses above the first level must audition for these classes. The audition will be held Tuesday, April 24, 100 Barker. Registration begins at 3:15 pm in the Barker Center Lobby. Auditions run from 3:45-6:15 pm. More info.
Attend this free event to learn how a liberal arts major can lead to a successful business career. We’ll tell you which skills businesses look for and how to acquire them. Featured speakers include U of M / CLA alumni. No registration required. Tuesday, noon, 512A STSS. More info.
20% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas. Currently less than 5% of medical students choose to practice there. To meet the needs of the future, this needs to change. Rural practice offers a rewarding career with the skills to work anywhere in the world. Rural health physician and author Dr. Therese Zink will discuss: rural health care in the United States, the changing role of the physician in rural medicine, and her vision for the future. Thursday, 2 pm, 2-565 Moose Tower. RSVP required, please email
Join us on Thursday, April 19 to learn more about the Learning Abroad Center's 2013 volunteer programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Ghana. LAC staff and partner organizations will share information about programs during winter break in Ghana, and spring break in Ecuador or Guatemala.
Enjoy the picturesque, colonial city of Antigua next spring break while volunteering, taking informal Spanish language lessons, and exploring Guatemala culture through a homestay. Personalize your volunteer experience by engaging in an area of interest to you, such as health, education, construction, and social work.
Engage with the local community through volunteering, host family stay, and excursions near Otavalo, home of Ecuador's largest artisan market. Volunteer placements may include education, sustainable resource management, social services, and public health.
Spend nearly 2 weeks in the heart of the culturally rich Ashanti Region in Kumasi, Ghana volunteering at a locally-run school and orphanage. Experience Ghanaian music and dance, language, and traditional cooking classes. Visit local and national sites on day trips and an overnight excursion.
Monday, April 23, Minneapolis Convention Center: Meet school district representatives, attend school district presentations, and interview for jobs. Visit the MN Education Job Fair website for more information about participating districts and districts that interview on-site. The fair is open to students and alumni from participating Minnesota colleges and universities with a major leading to an education license. Teachers must be licensed by January 2013. Education services candidates (such as school counselors, school social workers, speech therapists, or school administrators) may also attend. University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) students and alumni must pre-register with CEHD Career Services by Thursday, April 19, 2012. There is a $20 fee to attend. Questions? Contact
A special call to graduating students: please contact us at to be recognized at Lavender Celebration as a 2011-12 GLBTQA graduate of the University of Minnesota! Undergraduate and graduate students who complete their degree program during summer, fall or spring term are all encouraged to participate. The celebration will take place on Monday, April 30, 5 pm, at the Whole Music Club in Coffman Union. Join us as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally students, faculty, staff, and community members across all University of Minnesota campuses.
This program introduces students enrolled in community or four-year colleges who are residents of Minneapolis to local government and public service. The ten-week program begins May 21, 2012 and ends August 17, 2012 and offers full-time internships in City government. Students are paid a taxable stipend of $4,000. This is a unique opportunity for students to work with city government officials to give them an understanding of the structure of Minneapolis city government. For more information, contact Karen Francois 612-673-2053 or . APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm, Monday, April 30, 2012. More info.
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) seeks a work study student to serve as a communications and administrative specialist for up to 20 hours per week in Summer 2012 and 10 hours per week during the academic year (Sept 2012 to May 2013). Junior or Senior, seeking a degree in communications, public relations, technical writing, or related field. Interest in environmental issues or manufacturing processes a plus. Apply online.
It’s spring—and time for the annual international film festival. More info.
Monday, 4 pm, 125 Nolte: Cori Hayden (University of California-Berkeley), “The Abundance of the Copy: Generic Medicines and the Politics of Equivalence. More info.
Monday, 4 pm, Walter Library's Upson Room: "Why Genetics Succeeds: An Epistemology of Scientific Practice," presented by Professor C. Kenneth Waters (Philosophy, U of M). More info.
Monday, 7:30 pm, Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union: Andrea Gibson, the winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam shares readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. More info.
Orientation & First-Year Programs invites you to the opening reception of the 2013 First-Year Photo Project. The reception will be held in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery on Tuesday from 4-6 pm. This past year eleven students were chosen to participate in the program and represent the first-year experience of the Class of 2015 through photography. More info.
Wednesday, noon, R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences (St. Paul): Jon Foley (director, Institute on the Environment), “Can we feed the world and save the planet?” More info.
Wednesday, 6:30 pm, Weisman Art Museum. This year an outstanding number of students submitted creative pieces of poetry and prose in response to artworks on display in WAM’s galleries. Join us for an award ceremony celebrating the undergraduate and the graduate winners and honorable mentions. We will tour the galleries with the judges and listen to each author read their winning piece in front of the work of art that inspired it. Light refreshments will be provided. More info.
Thursday, noon, 325 Nicholson: Alicia Borinsky (Boston University), “How Did You Get Here? Jewish Self-Invention and the Culture of Exile.” More info.
Thursday, 4 pm, 125 Nolte: Dan Cohen (George Mason University), “The Future of History.” More info.
Thursday, 7 pm, inFlux Auditorium (E110 Regis): Harry Elam, Jr. (Stanford University), “Black Cultural Traffic and the Black Arts Movement.” More info.
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall: Join us for the Minnesota premiere of Parables, a new dramatic cantata, by the Grammy Award winning team of composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein. Tickets: $22/$12 students & children; two-for-one tickets for U of M students, faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees. 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu.
Friday, 3 pm, 125 Nolte: Jonathan Campbell, “What Yaogun (Chinese rock) Can Teach Rock and Roll.” More info.
Friday, 3:15 pm, 445 Blegen: Jim Glassman (University of British Columbia), “Globalization and the Mismeasurement of Poverty.” More info.
Friday, 6:30 pm, McNeal Hall (St. Paul campus): This opening session of the three-day “Fashion and Health” event is free, and will include introductions by Tom Fisher and Brad Hokanson along with keynote speakers J. Michael Oates and John Barrows. More info.
Nichole Rodriguez presents “Walks-All-Over-the-Sky,” a brief exploration of Pacific Northwest Native American puppetry and narrative. Saturday, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, 130 Regis West.
by by Jennifer Maier
They square off along Napoleon avenue,
opposing armies of dark women, leaning out
so far their branches meet at the top, like hands
grabbing fistfuls of tangled hair;
and some of them are old, with the thick,
scarred trunks of Storyville madams, and
roots so strong their suck heaves
up the sidewalk like so many broken
saltines. And some are young, with the
straightbacked bodies of girls who dream
of horses and the brown arms of the neighbor boys,
but underground the red roots grow together,
fuse in a living circuitry spun deep and
stronger than the whims of emperors, as if
they've known all along that earth's the right
place for love, as though, planted in battle lines,
they incline toward the circle, and hold it open,
vaulted and welcoming.