Around Campus: Friday, September 27, 2013

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Annual UNC Security and Fire Safety Report Available Oct. 1

A copy of the University of Northern Colorado's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report will be available on the University Police website Oct. 1. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UNC, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains institutional policies concerning campus security including policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.

You can obtain a copy of the report beginning Oct. 1 by contacting the UNC Police Department via email or at 351-2245, or by accessing the Campus Security Report website.

Cheer the Bears to a Homecoming Victory!

Before UNC wraps up another Homecoming, remember that there are still plenty of activities on campus to do this weekend, including tonight's bonfire and fireworks and the GLBTA office's Home "Coming-Out." Here are some details about those and the other remaining events.

  • Home "Coming-Out" 6-8 p.m. tonight at the University Center. Students and faculty will share their experiences of being LGBTA in the UNC and Greeley communities.
  • Cheer the Bears to a Homecoming victory during tonight's pep rally, bonfire and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. at Bishop-Lehr Field. The UNC marching band and cheerleaders will be there too!
  • UNC's Homecoming Community Fest will happen 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and features interactive demonstrations and learning activities for all ages! There'll be booths, live entertainment and food!
  • Get amped for the UNC Football Homecoming Game against Southern Utah! Game starts at 1:35 p.m. Show your school spirit by wearing blue and gold! Admission is free with student ID. For more info, click on the "Sports" link above. Go Bears!
  • Support the UNC volleyball team as they take on Weber State at 7 p.m. Find out more information by clicking the "Sports" link up above.
  • Homecoming Formal ends Homecoming Week. The dance lasts from 9 p.m.-midnight. Come dance, socialize and celebrate UNC.

New Electric Trams Named

The winning names for the new trams are in! You'll soon see Northern Express, Bear Buggy and Klawz Cruiser heading down UNC's sidewalks and parking lots. Each tram will have its name printed on its side alongside other UNC branding. The trams will allow visitors to see more of UNC with less walking during the daily guided tours and will replace the University Center's van. Student Ambassadors who serve as tour guides will be trained to give pedestrians the right of way.

If you have questions about the new UNC Trams or campus tours, email Chris Bierdeman, assistant director of Admissions for Visitor Services & Events.

UNC@UCCC Music Series Kicks Off Season Oct. 1

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music's top jazz groups, choirs, bands and orchestras perform world-class music in a world-class setting during the UNC@UCCC Music Series at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. The fall series begins Oct. 1 with a performance by the University Bands at 7 p.m.

The rest of the series includes:

  • Oct. 2: University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct 23: Jazz Lab Bands, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 29: University Choirs, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: Vocal Jazz, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 12: University Bands, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: University Choirs Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at the UNC Performing Arts Box Office at 970-351-2200 or at the UCCC box office at 970-356-5000 or the UCCC website.

UNC Researchers Begin On-Site Study of Buried Ancient City in Iraq

University of Northern Colorado researchers have begun a multi-year collaborative project to study and map an ancient city buried in Northern Iraq to learn more about how early cities developed and were structured.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Andrew Creekmore, freshman Anthropology major Nick Ownby and recent Colorado State graduate Josh Brookhouser spent six weeks this past summer near Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, for the first phase of the study on Mesopotamian urbanism in the middle Bronze Age (2000-1200 B.C.)

During their time there, they used a magnetometer to survey the site, the equivalent in size to 220 football fields, to reveal its internal organization and help determine where future excavation should occur. Creekmore said preliminary findings provide evidence of streets, buildings, kilns, and a mounded wall with fortification towers surrounding the city, possibly the ancient city of Qabra.

"Our ultimate goal is trying to understand what a city in middle Bronze Age Mesopotamia looked like," Creekmore said. "One of our questions is how people organized themselves into the urban environment, which provides a window into socio-political organization."

They are collaborating on the grant-funded project with Johns Hopkins professor and project director Glenn Schwartz, who has received partial funding for the project through the National Science Foundation.

The group plans to apply for more grant funding and return to the area next May to continue their work, which is expected to take several years.

Creekmore has conducted archaeological research in Israel, Turkey and Syria since 1994. He recently established an archaeogeophysics lab at UNC with support from a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant.

Closer to home, Creekmore and his students have used a magnetometer and ground-penetrating radar to identify buried grave markers and unrecorded burial shafts at Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton.

"It provides another opportunity to train students and fulfill a community need," Creekmore said.

The group will return in spring to continue the work.

Creekmore's research in Iraq is supported by The National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation Award # BCS-1229061; an award from the UNC Provost Fund for Faculty Scholarship and Professional Development -- Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development Program; and an award from the UNC Summer Support Initiative for Research, Scholarship, Creative Works, and Grant Writing.

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Free Online Training Available to UNC Researchers

UNC faculty, staff and students can take advantage of free online training about human subject research, UNC's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), conflicts of interest, good clinical practices, health information privacy and security, and laboratory animal welfare via the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) website.

Institutional Review Board training is required for instructors supervising classroom research as part of the omnibus IRB application process, externally funded investigators, and members of the IRB. Training is also recommended for all who are conducting research with human subjects.

Completion of training modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research and in conflicts of interest is required by several external funding agencies for those working on grant-funded projects.

For additional information, including instructions on how to register and select Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) educational modules, visit the OSP website.

Please direct your questions to Michele Schwietz or Sherry May in OSP.