College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
UNI STEM ambassador Nicole Hindman will lead a tour of the Botanical Center. Participants will see, smell and touch a distinct collection of plant species from around the world. Succulent plant cuttings will be available.
Paula Fouce, producer and director of No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story, will introduce this 2015 documentary feature film and then conduct a question-answer session following the screening. This will be the first screening of the film in the Midwest.
No Asylum is based on more than 70 recently discovered documents, including letters written by Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, that detail the desperate efforts of a loving father to save his family from the murderous clutches of the Nazis and his failure to find a safe haven for his family. Otto’s letters and the U.S. State Department responses paint a picture of the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees--a story that has important implications for responses to today's international refugee crisis.
Paula Fouce is the producer/director of seven films, including Not in God's Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama (2007) and Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies (2009).
The School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition. Join us for the second celebration of this biennial, global piano competition. The event, boasting $25,000 in prizes, is open to outstanding youth and professional performing pianists and audience enthusiasts. The finals concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10. The finals concert and receptions for the senior category will feature the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Tickets for both finals concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting www.uni.edu/tickets and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading. For more information, visit www.midwestpianocompetition.com.
UNI alumni Jill Humston, Jan King and Tori Quist Wagner will discuss "What's It Like To Be A Science Teacher?" They will share their experiences in teaching chemistry and science in K-12 schools.
The Deartment of Languages and Literatures will celebrate the life and work of Jason Bradford, M.A. '12. Jason was a talented poet and a gifted scholar, who spoke at UNI last summer as part of the North American Review Bicentennial Conference. He was the author of the poetry chapbook, "The Inhabitants," and a poetry co-editor at Ecotone. He will be remembered by his teachers and friends, who will read selected works from his published and unpublished writings.
UNI student poets will face off against one another in a performance poetry competition. There will be a guest performance by poet Gary Dop following the competition.
Jordan Young, M.S in biology candidate, will defend her thesis "Effects of soil type and plant diversity on soil respiration and litter decomposition in a tallgrass prairie biofuel production system."
The Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition. High school students from Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Tripoli, Waterloo, Winthrop and other area schools are expected to participate.
The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive physics events for high school students in grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and challenge problem.
Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition hosted by the Department of Physics and held on April 12, 2016 at the McLeod Center.