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Executive Vice President and Provost

Thesis defense

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."

UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics Competition

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. 

UNI Teacher Education Induction Convocation

The College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation. Two-hundred and twenty-nine students have satisfied requirements for admission to the teacher education program, and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.  The Hansen Family representing UNI Alumni and students will deliver the convocation address. Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice resident for academic affairs, will perform official duties. This will be the 51st group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited as well as faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

Gary Dop poetry reading

Gary Dop will read from his collection of poems "Father, Child, Water." Dop was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize by the 37th Annual Great Plains Writers Conference. His poems have appeared in dozens of national and international journals. He is an English professor at Randolph College. 

Beyond Frozen: Science, Math, and Art of Fractals

If you’ve never paid much attention to the song, “Let It Go,” you may not have noticed, but there’s a line that Elsa sings that says, “My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.” Many patterns in nature have fractal qualities in different form and sizes from mountains, sea shores, snow flakes, blood veins, and inside cell structures. All these beautiful patterns look like a magnificent art work, which has a deep root in math, science, and computer science and many applications in modern science and engineering. The cool thing is that we can reproduce and generate fractals as art works by art and computer coding. Campers will observe and describe natural fractals and create their own.

Opening Doors to STEM

This camp will be organized around three themes— algebraic problem solving, the visualization of mathematics, and making connections between representations and ideas. Woven throughout the curriculum and teaching are the actions and messages that help campers develop a growth mindset. Everyone can do well in math; mistakes, struggle, and persistence are all important. Mathematics is an open, growth subject, not a closed, fixed subject. Campers will discover that communicating, reasoning about, and justifying ideas are central acts in the work of mathematics. Campers will engage in a wide range of mathematical concepts that can be seen from individual examination of the tasks. This camp is for middle school aged campers who may not excel at math now but want to.

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