UNC Today: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Academic Excellence Week: Hewit Distinguished Professor of History Lecture Wednesday

Susan Schulten, the 2013 UNC Hewit Distinguished Professor of History, will present "The Meaning of Maps" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama Room of the University Center,

The lecture, open to the public free of charge, will focus on an American culture that is saturated with maps, from Google Maps to geographic information systems.

Schulten, professor and chair of the University of Denver's History Department, will examine how maps came to be used in the 19th century United States, not only to identify locations and represent the landscape, but also to analyze information.

Through maps of the weather, the population, the economy, disease, and even their past, Americans gradually learned to view themselves and their nation in altogether new ways.

A signing of her newest book, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America will follow the lecture. For more, please see http://www.mappingthenation.com/.

The William E. Hewit Endowment, the UNC History Department and Phi Alpha Theta are sponsoring the event.

The lecture is one of several activities during Academic Excellence Week April 7-13. Other activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the week include:

  • Teaching and Learning Fair: Faculty from a variety of disciplines will exchange ideas, strategies, assignments and other tools that foster academic excellence through teaching and learning during the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center Panorama room and Aspen suites. Schedule.
  • Research Day: More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic discipline at UNC will share information about their research projects during 258 presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presentations.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2013 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the University Center Panorama room.
  • College- and School-Hosted Events: A variety of UNC's colleges, schools and programs will honor faculty and student academic achievement with convocations, banquets and other events during the week.

For a complete schedule of activities or additional information about UNC's celebration of academic excellence, visit http://www.unco.edu/hsl/aew.html or contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership at 970-351-2940.

Academic Excellence Week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.

UNC Scientists Collaborate on Breakthrough Research

University of Northern Colorado faculty Stephen Mackessy and Ashis Mukherjee recently discovered that a protein in a venomous snake has potential to be used to develop drugs to treat clotting disorders and heart patients.

Mackessy and Mukherjee isolated the protein Russelobin from the venom of Russell's Viper, a venomous snake native to India. The non-lethal protein has properties that could be used in new cardiovascular drugs.

The paper, published in Biochimica Biophysica Acta, includes some of the work conducted at Mackessy's lab at UNC while Mukherjee, a UNC adjunct faculty member from India's Tezpur University who was a visiting scientist at UNC last year. The article is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304416513000500.

In 2011, Mackessy earned grant funding for research showing promise in creating drugs from snake venoms to treat and limit the spread of breast, colon and skin cancers.

On a related note, Mackessy was also recently invited to present a paper on reptile venoms and toxins to the British Toxicology Society in Solihull, United Kingdom.


Attention Faculty Teaching Summer Courses: Blackboard Upgrade May 18-19

Blackboard will be unavailable from 4:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, until approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, May 19, while an upgrade correcting previously identified issues and adding some new features is applied to all courses and content in the system. If you're teaching a summer course, please try to have your course shell ready before May 18.

The upgrade includes an updated, more modern interface and easier navigation between courses.

For more information on the new features, see the Blackboard Support site.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Technical Support Center, 970-351-4357.

UNC to Celebrate Story of ‘Totem Teddy’ with Photo Exhibit

The University of Northern Colorado will unveil a photo exhibit that recognizes the inspiration behind the school's mascot.

The ceremony celebrating the story of "Totem Teddy" will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Fireside Lounge, second floor of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. The event is open to the public free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Paid parking is available in lots at the University Center.

The exhibit honors the legacy of the totem pole featuring a bear carving at top. Nicknamed Totem Teddy, it became a source of school spirit — in 1923, the mascot was changed from the Teachers to the Bears.

The photos in the exhibit showcase Totem Teddy's history from the time it arrived in a crate as a gift from an alumnus in 1914 to its rightful return to the tribe in Alaska it belonged to in 2003.

For more about the story of Totem Teddy, visit http://www.unco.edu/totemteddy.

Schedule of Events

  • 3:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • 3:45 p.m. - Display unveiling
  • 4 p.m. - Provost's remarks

Reminder: Student Employee of the Year Recognition Event April 10

Help celebrate student employees' contributions to UNC by attending the annual Student Employee of the Year Awards event from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the University Center ballrooms.

The 2013 SEOTY winner and the four runners-up will be announced and every student nominated will receive a prize.

National Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 8-12.

Former Catalyst Participants, Facilitators Sought for April 11 Surge

The Student Activities Office invites former participants and facilitators of Catalyst: A Social Justice Retreat to take part in an addition to the Catalyst curriculum called "Catalyst 2.0: A Social Justice Surge," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Harrison Hall den. The surge is another place for students, staff and faculty to come together and continue the conversations started at Catalyst.

The surge will focus on ally development (including self-work and continuing to define ally characteristics) and giving/receiving feedback (with real life scenarios).

Please RSVP to Samantha Hyland if you plan to attend.

OSP to Offer Office Hours in Gunter April 10

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in room 1070 in Gunter Hall Wednesday, April 10. Mona Castor will be available from 1-4 p.m. to meet with faculty and staff. The primary focus will be on proposal budgeting and post-award management issues. but all questions and concerns related to sponsored projects are welcome.

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