Erik Brincks, senior scientist at NewLink Genetics in Ames, will present "How to use your chemistry degree to cure cancer (without actually doing any chemistry)."
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The UNI Botanical Center spring plant sale will include the usual variety of herbs and vegetables. There will also be a limited number of perennials from our campus gardens such as daylilies, Japanese iris and hosta, as well as an assortment of bulbs and plants from the tropical collection and flowering annuals. Come early for the best selection. Plants will be in classroom #26 on the north side of the center.
Elizabeth Becker, an award-winning author and journalist, will speak about the history of Cambodia, the Cambodian civil war and genocide under the Pol Pot regime, and the aftermath of that war. She will also address the broader topic of unintended consequences of American intervention around the world. Becker has covered national and international affairs as a Washington correspondent at The New York Times and Washington Post.
This year’s ceremony will feature a presentation by Beverly Nagel Ellis of Des Moines, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany. Nagel Ellis will reflect on her family’s survival of the Holocaust and their experiences after the end of World War II. She will share photographs taken by her brother in the DP camp as well as artifacts related to her family’s experiences. The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees at the lecture can view two exhibits, “Anne Frank: A History for Today” and “Iowa’s Ties to the Holocaust,” at no charge. The Grout Museum will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 4.
Stephanie Logan, curriculum and instruction); Victoria DeFrancisco, communication studies; Susan Hill, CETL; and Karen Mitchell, communication studies, will facilitate this workshop. Focuses will be on the kinds of comments we should be attentive to, including microaggressions; how to build classroom communities that create a respectful context for handling racist and/or inappropriate comments; and using scenarios to practice responses to such comments. There are only a few spots left; register here.
This workshop will also be presented from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 19, location to be announced.
David Grant, languages and literatures; Jerome Soneson, philosophy and world religions; Angela Waseskuk, art; Mark Myers, biology; Lazarus Adua, sociology, anthropology and criminology; and Catherine Zeman, HPELS,will share their pedagogical approaches, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that accompany their approaches. Open discussion will follow.
Paul Anderson, NISG vice president, and Hansen Breitling, NISG director of diversity and student life, will discuss NISG's proposal to address concerns of white privilege, racial microaggressions, or how constructions of race, class and gender affect social interactions and identities. Attendees can offer feedback after the presentation.
Adam Feldhaus, will discuss "You Teach Them! Using a Modified Moore Method in a Geometry Course for Elementary School Teachers."
Nathan Bird, biology, will present "Diving into Anatomy with a Half-flip and a Twist: Using a Flipped Classroom and Alternative Assessment to Teach Vertebrate Anatomy."
Carissa Froyum, sociology, anthropology, and criminology, will present what sociological research says about the kinds of organizational structures that work to promote diversity in and out of the classroom.