UNC Today: Friday, September 20, 2013

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Flood-Related Information Available

The latest information related to flooding in the area, including what to do if you've been affected by the flood, ways you can help with relief efforts and more can be found at http://www.unco.edu/news/?5755.

Professor Co-Chairs National Committee Creating New Standards in Arts Education

School of Theatre Arts and Dance Theatre Education Professor Mary Schuttler is part of a group of educators from around the country creating new national arts education standards.

Schuttler co-chairs the Committee on National Standards for Theatre and Drama for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) partnering organization whose members are writing the new, voluntary arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts scheduled for release in 2014.

The teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts met in the offices of the College Board in Reston, Va., Aug. 1-5, along with NCCAS leadership, the nine collaborating national arts and education organizations guiding the project. Each team welcomed an artist advisor from a group of nationally recognized artist advisors embedded with the writing teams to offer feedback and guidance to the respective arts groups about their work on the new arts standards.

During the August gathering, the writing teams met to review the feedback of the recently completed public review of the PreK-8 draft standards, and continue work on the high school standards and other aspects of the work. A public review of the high school drafts will begin Sept. 30, followed by a public review of the complete PreK-12 standards in January 2014.

The public will be invited to a "town hall" style meeting and streaming live "chat" in September that will include an update on the work and a summary of the data collected from the PreK-8 review. To join the September meeting or learn more about the new, voluntary arts standards, or to review video archives of previous presentations, please visit the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards website at http://nccas.wikispaces.com.

The new standards are expected to be completed in web form and ready for state adoption in 2014.

To view more details and all public documents related to the arts standards visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/

Show Your Bear Pride for Homecoming Week

Since next week is Homecoming Week, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to show their Bear Pride by wearing UNC's blue and gold school colors or UNC logowear every day. For a schedule of Homecoming events, visit the Homecoming website. Read more about Homecoming in Monday's UNC Today. Go Bears!

Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium Issues Call for Applications

The Office of Undergraduate Research asks faculty and staff to encourage students from all disciplines to apply by Oct. 4 for the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held Nov. 7 at the University Center. Six undergraduate students with outstanding research projects will be selected to participate in the symposium and two finalists will be selected to represent UNC at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Louisville, Kentucky in March.

For an application and more information, visit the OUR website.

If you'd like to receive announcements directly from the Office of Undergraduate Research about upcoming opportunities, competitions, grants or other updates related undergraduate research at UNC, please e-mail our@unco.edu to request being added to the OUR listserv.

Health Care Reform Notification

Prior to Oct. 1, all employees will be receiving an email from the university to comply with the employee notification requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Healthcare Reform. The notice will provide basic information regarding UNC, the insurance we offer, and the Healthcare Marketplace insurance in general. Included in the notification will be a contact name and number if you have any questions. Please note that no action is required by an employee to continue your current insurance plan election.

Website Helps Recruit Research Subjects

The Office of Research has launched a website that will list UNC faculty, staff, and student researchers' projects that recruit human research subjects.

The service is available only to UNC researchers who are conducting investigations previously approved by UNC's Institutional Review Board. Having submitted an IRB application with a pending approval does not constitute eligibility.

Instructions are included on the site for obtaining a copy of your IRB approval through IRB-Net in case you don't have your approval notice.

Researchers seeking subjects submit information using the electronic submission form on the new website. Submissions will be reviewed and posted on an approximate monthly basis.

Although the need for subjects will be communicated periodically to internal and external audiences, to avoid the disappointment of an inadequate sample size, researchers are advised to be realistic about the numbers of individuals who'll see their entry and choose to volunteer, and are encouraged to seek participants through other sources specified in their IRB protocols.

Defenses of Dissertations and Oral Comp Exams

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