UNC Today: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Call for Honors Course Proposals

The University Honors Program is soliciting proposals for the teaching of undergraduate Honors Connection Seminars in either the 2014-15 or 2015-16 academic year under the following course numbers:

  • HON 100 - Honors Connection I (3 credits): Interdisciplinary seminar that emphasizes the connections between areas of knowledge such as the sciences, arts, philosophy, history, literature and sociology.
  • HON 200 - Honors Connection II (3 credits): Interdisciplinary seminar that seeks to engage students in a concentrated analysis of their values in the context of the times.

The Honors Connections Seminars generally enroll 10-25 Honors students.

The courses must be interdisciplinary by design, and members of the faculty are encouraged to submit proposals that draw from different discipline traditions or fields of study. Courses with co-instructors are allowed, although the replacement funding must be split between the departments. Course work typically includes reading and discussions. Faculty may also require research papers, community engaged work, projects or presentations as part of the course experience.

Courses that have been offered in past years include:

  • Folklore and Mythology
  • Urban Development and Alternative Communities
  • American Road Stories
  • Alternative Healings

Faculty interested in teaching an Honors Connections Seminar should submit a brief course proposal (2-3 pages) including a list of proposed assignments and readings. Please include the semester and year for the course, and if known, include the general days/times that the course would most likely be offered (e.g. Monday evenings, Tuesday/Thursdays late afternoon). Program areas can expect to receive enough part-time FTE to replace the faculty member for one regular course.

Course proposals should be received in the Honors Program office in Michener L-98 at Campus Box 13 by Dec. 1.

If you have questions, please contact the program office at 351-2940.

Banner and Ursa Unavailable Saturday Morning

Banner and Ursa will be unavailable from 5 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 26, due to scheduled maintenance. For more information, contact Technical Support at 970-351-4357.

UNC Speaker Series Concludes Nov. 7 with Renowned Animal Behaviorist

The University of Northern Colorado's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series concludes its fall schedule Thursday, Nov. 7, with a renowned animal behaviorist whose 25 books include one co-authored with Jane Goodall.

Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will present "The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals: Rewilding Our Hearts and Compassionate Conservation" at 7 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Ave. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In addition to co-authoring The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love with Goodall in 2002, the two co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000, and Bekoff is an ambassador for Goodall's Roots & Shoots educational program and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute.

In 2000 Bekoff was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior.

He has published more than 800 essays and 25 books on animal behavior, cognitive ethology, compassionate conservation, the human-animal bond and animal protection. His work has been featured on 48 Hours, NPR, BBC and Nat Geo, and in Time magazine, Life magazine, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic for Kids.

More information about Bekoff is available at www.literati.net/authors/marc-bekoff.

To see a recent article on the emotional lives of animals, see http://www.care2.com/causes/in-a-move-surprising-no-one-animals-feel-emotions-making-humans-feel-threatened.html?cid=email_na.

His appearance is co-sponsored by the Schools of Psychological Sciences and Biological Sciences.

Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

The speaker series is co-sponsored and coordinated by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Life of the Mind program.

Faculty Luncheon with Schulze Speaker Marc Bekoff

All UNC faculty are invited to attend a luncheon with renowned animal behaviorist and Schulze Speaker Series presenter Marc Bekoff from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Holmes Dining Hall. The luncheon is free but seating is limited so RSVP by Nov. 1 to Rosann Ross. Be sure to include your campus box number so a ticket for the luncheon can be mailed to you.

Bekoff will present "The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals: Rewilding Our Hearts and Compassionate Conservation" at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the University Center ballrooms. More information about Bekoff is available here.

Retirement Reception for Pamela Garrett

The staff of University College will host a retirement reception for Pamela Garrett from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Centennial Hall room in Brown Hall. All members of the university community are invited to stop by and wish her well after 38 years of service at UNC.

Proposals for Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development Grants Due October 25

The Faculty Research and Publications Board invites full-time faculty to submit proposals for the Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development Competition. The fall deadline is Friday, Oct. 25. Proposal guidelines and forms are available on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

For more information, contact your FRPB representative or Sherry May.

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