Around Campus: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Raising Awareness of Stuttering

The acclaimed film The King's Speech, and most recently, TV appearances by an American Idol contestant have brought welcome public attention to stuttering, says UNC faculty expert Patty Walton about the speech disorder that "affects a person's entire life" in the one out of every 100 people who experiences it.

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Every Day is Earth Day This Week at UNC

The University of Northern Colorado is putting new meaning into "going green" and celebrating environmental awareness April 22-26, with each day assigned a different "green" theme, starting with Earth Day on Monday.

The week's events include:

Monday, April 22 - "Learn Green"
Earth Day Information Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center (lower level, and west patio)
A variety of organizations will provide information about resource conservation and environmental awareness efforts on campus and in Greeley with eco-friendly give-a-ways.

Third Annual Boys and Girls Club Service Project
4-6 p.m., BGC's Jerry Pawl Unit (2400 1st Ave.)
Students, faculty and staff will provide information and excitement about environmental sustainability to local youths while helping plant gardens and prepare play areas for warmer weather. More Info

Tuesday, April 23 - "Think Green"
Movie: "Bidder 70"
7:30-9 p.m., University Center (Columbine B)
This free film screening features the true story of a young man who tried to throw a monkey wrench into oil and gas exploration on federal lands when he bid $1.7 million on 22,000 acres of land at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing auction with no intention of paying for or drilling on the land. His act of civil disobedience earned him two years in prison.

Wednesday, April 24 - "Eat Green"
Special Dining Facility Menu
5-9 p.m., Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room
Local cuisine and environmentally sustainable recipes will be on the dinner menus at UNC's dining halls.

Thursday, April 25 - "Buy Green/Buy Local"
Greeley Night Out
5-9 p.m., Downtown Greeley
Students will be encouraged to shop at locally-owned businesses and save money by paying just $5 for a dinner at the Rio, a cupcake at Batter Up Cakes and a movie at the Kress Cinema. More Info

Friday, April 26 - "Celebrate Green"
Thrift Store Prom
7-10 p.m., Campus Recreation Center

Prom-goers will wear their best second-hand garb and re-experience high school prom night, complete with a photo booth to capture all the wacky outfits.

Saturday, April 27 - "Live Green"
Bears PAY it Forward
9 a.m.-noon, University Center

Students, faculty and staff will be joined by community volunteers for this annual clean-up of some of Greeley's more neglected neighborhoods and UNC will celebrate its recent designation as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation with a special tree planting. More Info

Other "go-green" events for Earth Week at UNC include "Lunch Time Lights Out" and the "Tray-less Dining Incentive," with members of the campus community saving resources in dining facilities by eating lunch with the lights off and forgoing trays that have to be washed.

Student LEAF, UPC, SEA Club, Dining Services and Off Campus Life have collaborated to put together the week-long "Every Day is Earth Day" celebration.

For more information, visit: the Earth Week website.

UNC Sustainability Council Seeks Members

If you'd like to help UNC meet its goals for sustainability - from energy conservation, recycling and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework - consider adding your expertise and energy to the UNC Sustainability Council or one of its subcommittees. Membership is open to faculty, staff and students.

The council and its subcommittees - Buildings/Equipment/Operations, Communications, Student and Community Engagement, and Academics and Curriculum - identify and create opportunities to improve existing sustainability efforts, adopt new sustainable practices and communicate those opportunities to the campus community.

Each group meets once a month and members typically spend additional time doing project work such as drafting policies/procedures, designing brochures or researching potential new projects.

For more information about the Sustainability Council, its subcommittees and the university's sustainability, visit the Sustainability at UNC website.

To join the council or a subcommittee, contact any council member or co-chairs Richard Jurin or Kirk Leichliter.

Make Summer Count

Registration for Summer Session is now open in Ursa and does not require a PIN. Hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and Extended Studies courses will be offered in six-, eight- and 12-week formats both online and on campus. For more information about maximum course loads, tuition and courses offered, visit the Summer Session website.

Hypnotist Returns for Mind Games and More

Prepare to be amazed, and if Jim Wand does his job right, you will be hypnotized, too. Watch him do his thing from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the UC Ballrooms, and you'll be laughing all night long.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to join the Residence Hall Association for this mesmerizing event. Contact Emilie Nemchak at 970-351-2741 for more information.

Study Abroad in Africa - Informational Meeting

Students interested in studying abroad in Africa through UNC''s Study Abroad program are encouraged to attend an informational meeting from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in Spruce C (University Center). Be sure to bring questions and take full advantage of learning how to internationalize your education at UNC.

Contact Brad Bruchs at 970-351-2396 for more information.

Spring into Swing

Learn to lindy hop and do the jitterbug with free beginner and intermediate swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the Gunter Hall gym. Come by yourself or with a friend for some mid-week fun and get to know the UNC Swing Club, too.

For more information, please contact Randy Cruz at 303-408-4126.

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:

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.