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POSTER SESSION

KU Summer Undergraduate Research

10:00am-12:00pm Friday, July 29 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Summer undergraduate research at KU is particularly exciting, as current KU students are joined by students from across the globe from a variety of undergraduate institutions. Undergraduate students undertaking summer research or creative projects on the KU campus will present their projects in poster format at the KU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. This event is free and open to the public. Interested students may register to present online: http://ugresearch.ku.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-poster-session-registration.

WORKING GROUP

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, August 26 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors. Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 33

4:00pm Friday, September 9 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

HUMANITIES LECTURE SERIES

Good Causes, Bad Acts: Scrutinizing Ends and Means in Academic Activism

Alice Dreger, Bioethicist and Author
7:30pm Tuesday, September 13 | The Commons
Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities as part of its Humanities Lecture Series

Dreger’s talk, drawing from her newest work Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, focuses on cases where progressive activists have used problematic means to go after researchers whose findings they believed harmful to their identities or beliefs. It explores an important dimension sometimes ignored in today’s discussions of academic freedom. Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and an (im)patient advocate. Galileo’s Middle Finger argues that the pursuit of evidence is the most important ethical imperative of our time. Funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship and published by Penguin Press in 2015, the book has been praised in reviews, including in The New Yorker, Nature, and Salon. It was named an “Editor’s Choice” by The New York Times Book Review, where Dreger was labeled “a sharp, disruptive scholar.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has called her a “star scholar” and describes her writing as “reliably funny and passionate and vulnerable.”

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be Feminists" in Context

Charlesia McKinney, English + Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Chris Martin, Theatre
Jameelah Jones, African and African-American Studies
10:00am Friday, September 16 | The Commons

Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” this event will begin with an introduction by three graduate students whose research connects to Adichie’s work from different disciplinary perspectives.

Charlesia McKinney (English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Chris Martin (Theatre); and Jameelah Jones (African and African-American Studies) will begin the discussion with contributions from their research on related themes. After these prompts, the audience is charged with carrying the conversation. Topics may include: intersectionality and construction of identity; how this work relates to contemporary literature; and more.

The first 20 audience members will receive a copy of the essay in advance of the event. Please note that this event requires prior familiarity with the essay. The TEDx talk from which the essay was adapted can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc.

RSVP required to thecommons@ku.edu.

WORKING GROUP

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, September 16 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors. Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 34: Health/care

4:00pm Friday, September 23 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Research Sharing

SHOW: Your Research SHaring through Outreach Workshop

1:00-5:00pm Friday, September 30 | The Commons
Sponsored by the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi, an interdisciplinary research society

This event is intended to bring together researchers from across campus and will focus on the importance of communicating scholarly activity to the public. The first 30 minutes will feature a plenary, including basic tips/ideas about how to do share your work with broader audiences. Brendan Lynch, public affairs officer with KU News, will present this introduction.

The event will continue with a 60-minute panel of experts. Each panelist will have about 10-minutes to share examples from his/her experience and then we will have time for questions. The panel will include:

  • Steven B. Case, Director Center for STEM Learning, Co-Director UKan Teach Program
  • Ben Smith, Director of Social and Emerging Media at Callahan Creek, Founder & Host of ConfabuLarryum
  • Celka Straughn, Assistant Specialist, Spencer Museum of Art
  • Lorin P. Maletsky, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Engineering

    Additional events will follow from 2:30-5:00, beginning with an exhibition period during which others who are engaged in outreach activities will be able to share their work. Following that, there will be discussion tables where attendees can meet with exhibitors/experts to discuss the attendee’s emerging ideas for outreach activities.

  • WORKING GROUP

    C21 Consortium

    2:00-3:30pm Friday, October 7 | The Commons
    Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hosted by The Commons

    KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors. Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

    GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

    Red Hot Graduate Research

    4:00pm Friday, October 14 | The Commons

    Red Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate researchers speaking for six minutes each.

    Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

    SYMPOSIUM

    The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium

    October 20-21, 2016 | The Commons
    Supported by an Interdisciplinary Starter Grant

    The University of Kansas is convening a symposium that assembles internationally recognized thought leaders on the subject of critical engagement. These practitioners and their work are presented at conferences, through exhibits, and in literature.

    Our symposium seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of such work and translate these action-based community engagement efforts into interdisciplinary and theoretically-based scholarship. We will convene this group of scholars in order to establish a framework for the critical inquiry and review of the public impact of socially engaged discourse and design. The symposium will gather a group of scholars, practitioners, critics, and historians to discuss different aspects, forms, and features of social engagement that have developed across time and regions.

    Additional information on the symposium, submission, calendar of events, registration, and organizers can be found at: http://sse2016.wix.com/socialenagementku

    This symposium and the research it supports are led by Joe Colistra, Architecture; Martha Rabanni, Peace & Conflict Studies; Jeremy Shellhorn, Design; Amanda Schwegler, Center for Civic & Social Responsibility; and Andi Witczak, Service Learning at K-State Olathe.

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 35: New Applications of Network Science

    4:00pm Friday, November 4 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 36

    4:00pm Friday, December 2 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

    KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE

    Jessica Green

    7:00pm Wednesday, February 8 | Location TBD

    Green is a world renowned scientist inspiring people to think about bacteria in entirely new ways. An Alec and Kay Keith Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon and professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Green is helping us see how the microbial blueprint of our bodies, homes, cities, and forests impacts our world, and our future. As co-founder and CTO of Phylagen, a DNA data harvesting and analytics company, Green envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being.

    Green is currently spearheading efforts to model urban spaces as complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. She calls it the “built environment microbiome.” As founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, she is working with architects and engineers to advance our understanding of how microbial communities assemble, interact, evolve, and influence public health. In addition, she is co-creating a graphic novel about the urban microbiome with graphic designer Steve Green and writer and TED Fellow Anita Doron.

    Green is internationally recognized for highly cited publications in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been featured in TIME, ABC, NBC, NPR, Forbes, Discover, Scientific American, and The Economist. She is the recipient of the Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a TED Senior Fellowship. She earned an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, both at the University of California, Berkeley.

    HUMANITIES LECTURE SERIES

    Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education

    Jennifer Hamer, Professor of American Studies
    7:30pm Tuesday, March 28 | The Commons
    Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

    Jennifer Hamer is KU Professor of American Studies/African & African American Studies and Chair of the American Studies department. Her general area of study is the family, and within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are working class. Lately, she has turned her attention to diversity and equity in higher education. Her lecture will explore “Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education.”

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 37

    4:00pm Friday, January 27 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 38

    4:00pm Friday, February 10 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

    GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

    Red Hot Graduate Research

    4:00pm Friday, OMarch 3 | The Commons

    Red Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate researchers speaking for six minutes each.

    Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 39

    4:00pm Friday, March 31 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

    FACULTY EVENT

    Red Hot Research No. 40

    4:00pm Friday, April 14 | The Commons

    Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.