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Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series

Russell Guay, Department of Management, will present “To Whom Does Transformational Leadership Matter More?  An Examination of Neurotic and Introverted Followers and Their Organizational Citizenship.” Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

In a sample of 215 leaders and 1,284 followers, the positive relationship between transformational leadership and organizational citizenship behavior was stronger for those who are introverted or neurotic than those who are extraverted or emotionally stable. Therefore, transformational leaders can guide these employees to perform more OCB despite their tendencies to worry, lack confidence, and be shy and withdrawn. 

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture ~ Tyler O'Brien

Tyler O'Brien, associate professor, sociology, anthropology & criminology, will present Beauty is in the Eye of the Molder:
The Anthropology of Head Modification.
  Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

O’Brien will be discussing head modification in South America. Archaeological evidence and ethnohistoric accounts document artificial cranial deformation as a human cultural phenomenon found on almost every continent. As a biocultural process it is defined as the product of dynamically distorting the normal patterns of cranial growth in the infant through the agency of externally applied forces. Deformation can be produced unintentionally through the inadvertent effects of tying the child’s head to a cradleboard, as seen in some native North American Indian groups. Yet the most dramatic effects come from the intentional process of head molding. In general, ancient groups from around the world have practiced the act of head binding in basically one of two styles: soon after birth they would either strap hard, flat devices (e.g., boards) to both the front and back of the infant’s head or wrap the infant’s head with tight bandages (e.g., cords). By leaving these apparatuses on the head for three to five years, and being occasionally tightened, the resultant growth processes of the brain and cranium would be altered producing in the adult a more upright, boxy shaped skull or a more conical shaped skull in the second style, respectively. The end result is a permanently modified, adult head that some have speculated improved a person’s beauty, social status or class; but most widely accept that head shaping marked an individual as belonging to a certain region, ethnic or kin group or segment of society.

Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting

The Annual Graduate Faculty will meet and awards will be presented to graduate students and faculty.

There will be an open forum on the topic:  “What does change mean for Graduate Education at UNI?” Bring your ideas and questions to share with the group. Comments will be used as a guide for setting up Graduate Council meetings and events in 2015-2016. A reception will follow the meeting.

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.


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