Around Campus: Monday, April 22, 2013

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Music: The Universal Language

UNC Professor of Music Richard Mayne shares some of his memories and photos from his 10 weeks as invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at Tokyo's prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae, a private college-level conservatory of music that's one of the oldest and largest music academies in Japan.

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Voting for Greeley Video Contest Now Open

The videos submitted for the Greeley Video Contest are now available on UNC's YouTube channel for public voting. While a panel of judges will choose the first, second and third place winners, the video with the most 'likes' on YouTube will receive the People's Choice Award of $100. Watch the videos and get your vote in no later than noon on Wednesday, May 1.

Reminder: Homecoming Theme Ideas Due April 26

You can't win if you don't enter. Yes, you'll receive a $25 gift card to Bear Logic if your suggestion for a theme for Homecoming and Spirit Week is chosen. UPC would love to hear your ideas. What's a theme that captures the week's pride, color and spirit? Email with your ideas by April 26.

Salsa Savvy: Dancing and Dipping the Night Away

Get in a salsa kind of mood from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Learn how to dance the salsa with the help of an instructor and/or show off your salsa-making skills by bringing a bowl for the salsa cook-off. Dancing and delicious food... it doesn't get much better than that.

Please contact Maggie Bedwell at 303-807-1417 for more information about this event which is being hosted by the Diversity Mentors.

UNC Recognizes Students’ Research Projects

Winners of the University of Northern Colorado's annual Research Excellence Awards, based on presentations given on April 11 as part of the school's annual Research Day, have been announced. The winner in each category will receive a $100 gift card. Award categories and presentations receiving awards were:

Undergraduate Research Excellence Posters

Winner: Elizabeth Maxey
"An Examination of the Cytotoxic Effects of Snake Venom on Human Colon Cancer Cells"
Faculty Sponsor: Stephen Mackessy

Second Place: Evelyn Ortega
"How Individuals who Stutter, Graduate Student Clinicians, and an Experienced Speech-Language Pathologist Perceive Success in Fluency Therapy"
Faculty Sponsor: Kimberly Murza

Finalists: Ana Caudillo, Kittra Gonzales, Kristen Holm, Valerie Nirschl-Coats, Shaina Rush, Kyle Yeager

Graduate Research Excellence Posters

Winner: Traci Parry
"Cardiac Dysfunction in the Tumor Bearing Rat"
Faculty Sponsor: Reid Hayward

Second Place: Eric Bredahl
"Effects of a Resistance Training Model on Doxorubicin-Induced Muscle Dysfunction in the Rat"
Faculty Sponsor: David Hydock

Finalists: Fatimah Alebrahim, Jessica Brown, Noah Gibson, Karen Traxler and Mary Siegrist

Undergraduate Research Excellence Oral Presentations

Winner: Matthew Karp
"Out From Under the Cosh: The Impact of Football on English Working Class Identity through Cartoons, 1900-1925"
Faculty Sponsor: Steven Seegel

Second Place: Caitlin Miller
"Somali Refugee Interpretations of Trauma-Related Mental Illness: Similarities and Differences between the Somali Concepts of ‘Murugo Joogto' and ‘Qulub' and PTSD"
Faculty Sponsor: Theodore Bashore

Amber Rea, Aly Archuleta and Katey Morrison, Lauren Koppel, Austin Seeley, Jamie Walter

Graduate Research Excellence Oral Presentations

Winner: Anthony Saviola
"Molecular Basis for Prey Relocation in Viperid Snakes"
Faculty Sponsor: Stephen Mackessy

Second Place: Danya Carroll
"American Indian Youth Perspectives on Traditional Food Systems"
Faculty Sponsor: Teresa Sharp

Finalists: Corrie Groesbeck and Emily Schroeder, Rick Adams, Nat Warning

The Research Excellence Awards program was established to encourage and reward those Research Day presentations that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in research. Only a limited number of presentations were accepted into the awards program, and each was evaluated on Research Day by a team of faculty judges.

Research Day is part of Academic Excellence Week, an annual event to celebrate and honor academic excellence throughout the university. AEW is coordinated and sponsored by the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership in conjunction with various academic programs and offices across the campus.


Angela Henderson, Robert Mondi, Janice Dickensheets, Mel Moore, Josh Packard, Susan Hutchinson, Brian Iannachionne, Lauryn Benedict, Thomas Smith, David Gilliam, Anna Ursyn, Wendy Highby, Juliet Fried

Holocaust Observance Events This Week at UNC

Greeley's Holocaust Memorial Observance April 17-26 includes several events on the UNC campus, including today's Holocaust Literature Read-In, a presentation by UNC History Professor Joan Clinefelter and the observance's featured speaker, Holocaust survivor Albert Garih. The schedule of events on campus is:

Monday, April 22
Holocaust Literature Read-In: 10 a.m.-noon
Michener Library (west alcove, first floor)
Read or listen to an excerpt from a poem of other piece of literature related to the Holocaust from your own selection or choose something from library materials on display.

Reading of the Litany of the Martyrs: noon-2 p.m.
University Center (Fireside Lounge)
Victims of the Holocaust will be honored and remembered in this traditional reading of their names.

Tuesday, April 23
"Holocaust by Bullets: from Mass Shootings to Death Camps": 3 p.m.
Michener Library (Mari Michener Gallery)
Professor Joan Clinefelter's presentation will focus on the first deadly phase of the Holocaust, in which mobilized killing units orchestrated the mass murder of Jews after the invasion of the USSR. Clinefelter warns that the images in the presentation will be graphic.

Featured Guest Speaker 7:30 p.m.
University Center (Pikes Peak Ballroom)
Albert Garih will share his story of growing up Jewish in Paris when the Nazis took power in France. Born in 1938, Garih and his family were subjected to anti-Jewish sentiments and in 1943, when his father was sent to a forced labor camp, he, his mother and his sisters hid with a friend for more than six months.

Thursday, April 25
Film: The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, 7:30 p.m.
Michener Library (Lindou Auditorium)
UNC's International Film Series will host the Colorado premiere of this documentary about a young artistic genius who was murdered in Auschwitz. Drawing on information from Ginz's diary and short stories, the film portrays Ginz;s story through a combination of animation, historic photographs and live action.

After the film, UNC alumnus Mark Thorsen, who's United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and a member of Colorado Holocaust Educators, will offer his reflections on the film as
it relates to the importance of the arts and the human experience.

All events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in UNC parking lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

For the full list of Holocaust Observance Week events at UNC and in Greeley, visit the Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observance website.

Geophysical Survey Scheduled for Campus This Week

Trucks being used to conduct a geophysical survey as part of oil and gas development throughout Greeley by local company Mineral Resources Inc. are scheduled to work along roadways on and near campus this week.

Using a baseplate that's placed in contact with the ground, the trucks, owned and operated by Geokinetics, will generate vibrations that are described as similar to road construction by a roller or loaded forklift.

The acoustic waves created by the vibrations will reflect off geologic layers and the data they generate will be captured by sensors inside yellow boxes placed along roadways.

Employees of Geokinetics will be on campus several times during the month-long survey to download data from the sensors.

For more information, download a flier from Mineral Resources, the local company working with the city and UNC, in PDF format by clicking here.

Enjoy the Sweet Sound of Opera Under the Stars

UNC's Opera Theatre Society is performing a variety of songs including operatic arias as well as musical theatre from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Garden Theatre. For those who appreciate the world of music, this night should be quite a delight. Refreshments will be available but be sure to bring your own blankets, and enjoy the show.