UNC Today: 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. Continue Reading

Graduate Researcher Earns Prestigious U.S. Geological Survey Grant

Adam LeWinter, a UNC graduate student whose work was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice, has earned a $1,500 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey. LeWinter's proposal to extend a study of the summit vent at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii was one of three projects in the nation selected for the 2013 Kleinman Grant for Volano Research.

LeWinter and UNC Professor Steven Anderson are working with the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Survey to use LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to study small changes in Kilauea's craters and lava lake, changes that could trigger explosive activity and increases in lava flow that could potentially endanger lives and property. Read Story

Before he enrolled at UNC, LeWinter was part of the film crew that placed time-lapse cameras throughout the Arctic region to track multiyear changes in glaciers for the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice. Read Story

LeWinter is working on his master's degree in Earth Sciences at UNC.

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.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27

Reduce the chance of your outdated or unneeded prescription drugs being misused or contaminating the local water system or landfill from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the University Center's north parking lot as UNC takes part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free of charge.

You can also drop off expired medications at the main entrance parking lot of the Greeley Police Department, 2875 W. 10th St., or at the parking lot of the Sam's Club in Evans, 3247 23rd Ave. The Greeley Police Department will also provide free document shredding..

For more information about the national effort, including other drop-off sites in the area, visit the initiative's 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.

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.

Temple Grandin to Speak April 22

Internationally known autism and animal welfare advocate and activist Temple Grandin will give a free public lecture titled "The Autistic Brain" from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the University Center ballrooms.

Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Grandin will offer a personal perspective on autism, sensory issues and social issues along the autism spectrum.

Drawing from her soon-to-be-released book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin will talk about her own experience with autism and discuss neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior.

Grandin advocates the benefits of treating autism symptom by symptom, and suggests that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum should focus on new ways to foster their unique contributions.

She's authored nine other books, including Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, which was the basis for the 2010 acclaimed biographical film Temple Grandin.

Also renowned for her insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling that have revolutionized food-animal welfare, Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Her appearance is part of "ED Talks," a series of lectures from leading teachers, authors and scholars in the education field, sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

More information about Grandin is at http://templegrandin.com.

Longtime Professor, Administrator Frank Lakin Passes Away

Frank Lakin, who was a student, professor and administrator during his 30-plus years at UNC, passed away April 17 after a long illness. His many roles at the university included assistant to the dean of the Graduate School, vice president for Academic Affairs, acting president twice and interim president in 1971. He was instrumental in establishing the Alumni Association and the School of Nursing.

A news story about his death is available on the Greeley Tribune website.

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