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The Weekly News - Archive

April 17, 2017

Honors News

Listening Sessions for Revised Honors Requirements

UHP students received a message on March 30th regarding future potential changes to Honors requirements. This is just a reminder that Matt Bribitzer-Stull is holding listening sessions in Nolte 20 so that students can share their thoughts on these changes. Two sessions remain: Today, Monday 4/17 from 3–4:30pm, and Wednesday 4/19 from 11am–12:30pm.

Today: Yoga & Yogurt with UHSA

Join UHSA TODAY (Monday, April 17th) at 3:30pm for Yoga and Yogurt! De-stress, do yoga, and enjoy some delicious yogurt at the Rec Center, Room MP6. All are welcome, so make sure to bring your friends. Let us know you're coming on Facebook!

Apply to Serve on the UHSA Board

UHSA—the official student association of honors students on campus—is now accepting applications to serve on the UHSA Board during the 2017–18 academic year. UHSA provides a wide variety of programming that promotes intellectual, professional, leadership, and community development. As an officer of the group, you would participate in the planning of such programming and represent the collective voice of University Honors Program students. APPLY HERE! Applications are due by Friday, April 21st at 11:59pm. Please email Aditya Parikh with any questions.

Grand Challenge Curriculum for Fall 2017

As registration begins please consider the fall 2017 Grand Challenge Curriculum options. This fall brings 7 GCC course offerings on topics including (but not limited to): work and life, the age gap, the social class divide, the environment, food production, and global health! Remember that GCC courses count as as an Honors Experience! Learn more at!

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Other News and Opportunities

Other News and Opportunities

Is There a Competitive Scholarship That's Right for You?

Sophomores, now is the time start thinking about applying for awards that will support undergraduate studies and post-graduate experiences. Come to Northrop 240 at 3:30pm TODAY (Monday, April 17) to learn more from the Office for National and International Scholarships. First-year students welcome too.

Careers in Health Justice Panel

Learn about the many career opportunities in this exciting field on Thursday, April 20th from 12–1:30pm in 50 Humphrey. Registration is required.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: What It Means to Be a Moderate

Monday, 3:30pm, 1450 Social Sciences: Professor Geoff Sheagley from the University of Minnesota–Duluth presents his lecture "What It Means to Be a Moderate: Voter Inferences from Partisan and Ideological Labels" at the American Politics Colloquium.

Tuesday: Cafe Scientifique–Crocodilian Superdads

Tuesday, 7pm, Bryant Lake Bowl, Mpls: In India, people and wildlife live together, side-by-side, and have for thousands of years. Conservation biologist Dr. Jeff Lang (Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology) has traveled to rugged, "bandit" country in north India since 2008 to investigate the secret lives of gharial. This crocodilian species is a specialized fish-eater, growing to 18+ feet in length, that is critically endangered, but survives today by moving hundreds of miles each year with the monsoon, up and down large rivers. Jeff's recent work is revealing that gharials show extraordinary care for their young, guarding hundreds of hatchlings from predators, and exhibit complex social behaviors, not known in other reptiles. His talk will feature video clips of gharial behaviors, and highlight the challenges and adventures of working and living with wildlife and people in modern-day India.

Wednesday: SciSpark 2017—Women in Science

Wednesday, 6pm, Saint Paul Student Center: What happens when a dozen scientists present their work in five minutes or less? Find out at SciSpark 2017, a fun, fast-paced evening of mini-lectures by women in the sciences at the U of M! Hear highly succinct takes on topics ranging from ecology to enzymes. Food and conversation to follow.

Wednesday: IMPRINTS Student Design Showcase

Wednesday, 7pm, Weisman Museum: Wake up, get dressed, buy coffee, commute. Every day we practice how we present ourselves to the world: it's the way we dress, it's our breakfast of choice, it's the car we drive or the bus we ride. At the same time, we are consumers and observers of everyone else's self-presentation. These questions of identity are the themes that the designers of this year's Student Design Showcase will consider through the creation of runway-ready garments. Inspired by WAM's exhibition The Talking Cure by Melissa Stern and featured artwork What Needs to Be Said? by Rebecca Krinke, this year's theme challenges each designer to create a piece that visually represents a self-presentation narrative.

Thursday: A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 miles Underground

Thursday, 7pm, Ted Mann: Nobel Laureate Arthur B. McDonald will deliver the 40th Van Vleck Lecture on the topic, "A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 miles Underground."

Thursday & Friday: Grand Challenges Vision Symposium

Thursday & Friday, 7:30am–5:30pm, Pinnacle Ballroom, Commons Hotel: This university-wide symposium will showcase innovative research from academic and industrial partners who are working to address challenges in the industrialization of biology and advancing biomanufacturing. We will discuss opportunities presented by biological and bio-inspired systems and work toward a vision for the future bio-manufacturing. Research presentations, platform discussions, and poster presentations will provide opportunities for discussion, networking, and inspiration for new research. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Registration required.

Friday: Implicit Bias lecture with Dr. Benjamin Reese

Friday, 10am, Mayo Auditorium: The School of Nursing invites you to join a focused exploration of implicit bias with Dr. Benjamin Reese, an internationally renowned scholar on the topic. He will be speaking about the development of implicit bias in early childhood, research findings, the impact of implicit bias on decision-making, what helps to diminish implicit bias, and implications for future research. There will also be a live stream of this event.

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