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Executive Vice President and Provost

Lecture: Newspapers and Decision-Making

Newspapers play an important role in a democracy by contributing to an informed public. Nancy Newhoff, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier editor, will discuss the Courier's focus, how news is selected and trends affecting newspapers. Free and open to the public (repeated Wednesday, Feb. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.). Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Office of the  Executive Vice President and Provost.

Lecture: Does Electronic Media Impair Your Critical Thinking?

John W. Johnson, department of history, will discuss how he and his students examine critical thinking and the electronic media in the "Analysis of Social Issues" Capstone. Those planning to attend the lecture should take a 24-hour "e-media holiday." This means that you "fast" from all electronic media for one day--no TV, no cell phone, no computer, no internet, no e-reader, no iPod, no iPad and no car radio. Come prepared to discuss how you coped with being unconnected--if only for a day. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Office of the Excecutive Vice President and Provost.

Lecture: How the Brain Lies and Misrepresents the "Real World"

Otto MacLin, department of psychology, will discuss how  the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eye-witness identification. MacLin provides workshops for jurors and because of research across the country like his, the New Jersey Supreme Court last fall, acknowledging a “troubling lack of reliability in eyewitness identifications,” issued sweeping new rules for such evidence in criminal cases. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Hot Topics in Education - College of Education Free Webinars

The College of Education will offer a free webinar for educators entitled "A Framework for Teaching in Content Areas." This webinar will address how students learn best when they are engaged in their own learning. Students are fully engaged in learning when they are interested and are able to sustain attention to tasks for a period of time to find the learning process rewarding. For long-term learning to occur, students must turn the action of engagement and attention into a process of cognitive processing where new information is knowingly integrated into previous knowledge and experiences, and differences in understanding and knowledge are actively mediated. Effective instructional practice not only acknowledges this, but also purposefully works to facilitate these conditions and cognitive processes. To register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars

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