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Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture

Mark Myers, associate professor of biology, will present Assessing the Wildlife Habitat Value of Diverse Prairie Plantings Managed as Agroenergy Crops in an Agricultural Landscape.  Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Myers' research aims to determine optimal methods for managing tallgrass prairie vegetation as an agroenergy crop while maintaining high-quality habitat for native wildlife.  For the past 5 years, he and his students have annually monitored habitat conditions and bird and butterfly community dynamics at an experimental research site to explore the prediction that more diverse agroenergy crops will support a greater abundance and diversity of wildlife over time.  

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: “Language, Immigration and Labor”

In her recent book Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Elise DuBord, Dept. of Languages and Literatures, explores dominant ideologies about citizenship, nation and language that frame the everyday lives of Spanish-speaking immigrants. Focusing her ethnographic research on Arizona, a state that intensely regulates transnational migrants and Spanish speakers through its immigration and language policies, DuBord examines the realities of learning English and intercultural communication among undocumented day laborers. She will discuss the socioeconomic value recent immigrants associate with learning English, the obstacles adult learners confront when learning English and the impact of speaking (or not speaking) English when seeking work in the informal economy.

The research reveals the ways that dominant discourses reverberate down to localized social and language practices and how immigrants respond by legitimating their participation in society and constructing identities as language learners and productive workers.

Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "Teaching Online: It can be a 'Hat Trick'"

Belle Cowden, director, Continuing and Distance Education, will present "Teaching Online: It can be a 'Hat Trick'."

This brown bag session will provide an overview and discussion of the different “hats” a faculty member wears--pedagogical, social, managerial and technical--to effectively teach an online class. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "Invention through Form and Function Analogy: Strategies for Generating Creative Ideas"

Audrey Rule, professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will present "Invention through Form and Function Analogy: Strategies for Generating Creative Ideas."

State and national economies depend upon innovations and inventions. Many inventors draw ideas from nature, connecting natural forms (colors, shapes, configurations, textures) to their functions. A brief overview of Rule’s book "Invention through Form and Function Analogy" (with explanation of how to obtain a free copy) will be followed by participants using card sets to generate new ideas for improving simple product. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley"

Joyce Chen, associate professor of communication studies,  will present "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley."

Although the African-American population in Iowa is small at 2.9%, they make up about 15.5% in Waterloo and 8.9% in Black Hawk County. African-Americans have continued to pursue recognition for their contributions to the economic development, cultural richness, social awareness and political justice in Iowa. This presentation focuses on the history of early African-American migrations to the Cedar Valley. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "A Big Data Approach to Measuring News Media Reliance on the Press Release"

Sergey Golitsynskiy, assistant professor, Communication Studies will speak on A Big Data Approach to Measuring News Media Reliance on the Press Release.”  Golitsynskiy will discuss the results of two studies addressing the use of public relations content in news media, an issue that has been prominent in journalism scholarship for at least a century, yet has not been investigated sufficiently due to methodological challenges. Golitsynskiy will share his experience using a computational approach to tackle such challenges by constructing and analyzing a very large data set of press releases and relevant news coverage. His results suggest that news media delivers reasonably impartial content, which contradicts opinions often voiced in journalism literature. However, the use of computation also lead to a discovery of a "smoking gun" – a striking example of PR influence on the media.

Beyond Your Bachelor's: UNI Graduate Programs Open House

Beyond Your Bachelor's UNI Graduate Programs Open House, sponsored by the Graduate College and Continuing and Distance Education, will showcase the UNI graduate programs available on-campus and at a distance. Graduate program faculty will provide information and answer questions about their programs. Information on support services, such as financial aid will be available.

Though not required, please RSVP to receive further event details, including parking. To RSVP visit www.grad.uni.edu/openhouse

 

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "Dynamic Classroom Motivation: Helping Learners Visualize Their Possible Selves"

Tammy Gregersen, associate professor, Languages and Literatures, presentation explores how a learner's motivation interacts with other emotional and psychological variables in ever-fluctuating, moment-by-moment ways and how teachers might capitalize on their learners' future visions of themselves. The session will start with a discussion on the dynamics of motivation and move towards classroom ideas that tap into learners' potential. At the conclusion there will be examples of Gregersen's research observations and motivational outcomes. 

Graduate College Faculty Showcase

The Graduate College Faculty Showcase will feature presentations by regular summer fellowship and PDA recipients. Oral presentations will be from 3-4 p.m. in 115 Seerley Hall; poster presentations and refreshments will be from 4-5 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. The program, including oral presentation times and abstracts can be viewed on the Graduate College website.

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