This month we will focus on sharing campus opportunities and selecting topics for the reminder of the year's meetings. Participants should share 1-3 research based ideas that you feel are central to teaching and learning in your area of STEM.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a public Future Ready Iowa roundtable to launch a statewide conversation about how to close the workforce skills gap. Strengthening Iowa’s talent pipeline will help assure students and workers have the career opportunities they deserve, and that business and industry have the skilled employees they need to compete in a knowledge-based economy.
Roundtable participants for the discussion, which will be led by a moderator, include the governor and lt. governor, business, labor, nonprofit and education leaders, and high school and college students. Audience questions and comments will take up the last 10 to 15 minutes of the hour.
Thesis Defense - Ryan Neuhaus -
"A Comparison of the Effects of Burning, Haying and Mowing on Plants and Small Mammals in a Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction."
As part of National Earth Science Week, the Department of Earth and Environmental Science presents for its BAD MOVIE NIGHT "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!", a horrible film that has an equally horrible depiction of science, specifically, meteorology, astronomy and pretty much anything that is logical. Siobahn Morgan will provide commentary concerning the bad science, as well as general bad acting and special effects. Free, but not for the faint of heart or anyone who can't tolerate bad movies.
"The Winneshiek Lagerstatte and Decorah Impact Structure - An Unusual Setting for Exceptional Fossil Preservation", by Huaibao (Paul) Liu, University of Iowa, IIHR, Iowa Geological Survey. There will be discussion of recent findings in northeastern Iowa, including fossils of large (2-meter long) sea creatures associated with a recently recognized impact structure around the Decorah area.
Rui He, physics, will present Raman Spectroscopy of van der Waals Materials
This event has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled in the spring 2016 semester.
The College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation. Three hundred and ninety eight 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. Len Froyen, professor emeritus, Educational Psychology and Foundations, will deliver the convocation address. Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice resident for academic affairs, will perform official duties. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited as well as faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.
Michael Greenlief, Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will present "Mass Spectrometry and Protein Identification."
Paul Griner will talk about his new books: the short story collection Hurry Please I Want To Know and the thriller Second Life. Griner is the author of the acclaimed novels Collectors and The German Woman and the story collection Follow Me. He teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.