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Executive Vice President and Provost

Making the Most of Surveys: Beyond Measures of Satisfaction

The second in a three part series called "Assessing Service-Learning and Community Engagement Activities".

We’re all familiar with the kinds of surveys passed out at the end of events we’ve attended: “Did we meet your expectations?”, “What other topics would you suggest for future events?”, “How useful was the information provided?” etc. Participants may or may not complete such surveys; those who hosted the events may not find them very useful or even give them more than a cursory reading. This workshop, led by Donna Vinton, Office of Academic Assessment, will suggest some strategies for strengthening the value of surveys both for measuring the impact of events and supporting plans for future events. Co-Sponsored with the Office of Academic Assessment.

Film Screening and Discussion: "Girl Rising"

"Girl Rising" is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. "Girl Rising" showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Powerful storytelling delivers a simple, critical truth: educate girls and you will change the world. Discussion will follow the film screening. Cookies will be served.  Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome. This event is sponsored by the College of Education's Diversity Committee's "Educators For Change Film and Book Series" with support from the Women's and Gender Studies program, the Center for Multicultural Education and a UNI Diversity Mini Grant.

LENR:  The Promise of Clean and Affordable Energy

Tom Wind, Iowa DNR officer, will provide information about Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). This relatively new technology was discovered in 1989 by two electrochemists at the University of Utah. A few determined scientists around the world continued this research to fully develop this technology with a few small companies who are on the verge of commercializing products that use this technology. This technology allows controlled fusion of hydrogen into helium in small modular reactors that can fit on a table top.  The result is abundant thermal energy, with no radiation dangers, no radioactive byproducts and no combustion of fossil fuels. The cost of the hydrogen, the necessary materials and the catalysts are but a small fraction of the cost of traditional fossil fuels. Could this be the possible energy solution of the future?


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