Monday, November 16

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Sabbatical Report: Jason Singer "Preparing for your children's future...from a yeast cell's perspective: YPT11 and mitochondrial inheritance"
Olin 304

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY 102 Meeting
Chicago Room, College Center

Tuesday, November 17

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Norm Moline, Swenson Geosciences
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, November 18

9:30 AM - CVR Coffee and Conversation
Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, November 19

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: LSFY 102 Faculty: From Antiquity to Modernity: How Does Exploring the Past Deepen Our Understanding of the Human Condition?
Centennial Hall

11:30 - 12:20 - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science 102

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room, College Center Cancelled

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Wilson Center

Friday, November 20

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Augie Reads - Margaret Farrar
3:30 PM - refreshments

Board Room, College Center, 2nd Floor

8:00 PM - Opera @ Augustana: The Little Thieves of Bethlehem
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Tickets: $8 - $12

Saturday, November 21

8:00 PM - Opera @ Augustana: The Little Thieves of Bethlehem
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Tickets: $8 - $12

Sunday, November 22

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

6:00 PM - Black Student Union Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner
President Bahl's home
Admission is $3. All are welcome.

8:00 PM - Opera @ Augustana: The Little Thieves of Bethlehem
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Tickets: $8 - $12


Volume 8, Issue 11 - November 16, 2009

Faculty News

Mike Egan and Randy Hengst shared insights from their Longfellow Kindergarten Number Sense Project at the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education's E-learn conference in Vancouver.  Specifically, Mike and Randy shared software developed for the project and video of preschool and kindergarten children engaging with the software.  They received front-page attention in the 10-26-09 Dispatch-Argus

Cathy Goebel was the invited first plenary co-speaker for the national conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies.  Her co-presenter was physics professor and science historian, Pangratios Papacosta.  The theme of the conference was Building Bridges: Tools for Pedagogy, Assessment, and Leadership.  Their presentation complemented the topic as reflected in the title: Bridging the Cultures: Humanities, Science and Art.  The second plenary speakers were Jerry Gaff, Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Meg Mulrooney, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of University Studies at James Madison University.  The third plenary speaker was Lynn Priddy, Vice President of Accreditation Services for the Higher Learning Commission of NCA.

Cathy's presentation focused on Augustana's Liberal Arts through the AGES project and book, which she has directed for six years through four editions, framed by her thesis of Art History as Liberal Arts Bridge.  The audience consisted of first-year, honors, and liberal studies deans and faculty from across the country.  Her talk is posted on MOODLE under LS.  She has subsequently been invited to present the project at two additional national conferences in spring.  This unprecedented interdisciplinary faculty/student collaborative project centers the pedagogical art history collection and art museum within the first-year curriculum.  Cathy is also scheduled to present a related paper in February at the College Art Association conference.  She is grateful to Augustana faculty, administration, and students, and particularly her colleagues in the Art History Department and Art Museum, who have contributed to the success of Liberal Arts through the AGES-a truly distinctive Augustana community achievement. 

Steve Hager and the Augustana Darwin Club just published an online Campus Sustainability Case Study at the Campus Ecology section of the National Wildlife Federation.  Nat'l Wildlife Federation logoThe title of the paper was Bird Mortality at Windows and reports the results of a multiyear project that assessed the magnitude of bird mortality by window strikes at Augustana and Principia Colleges.  It is one of dozens of sustainability projects reported by universities across the country.  All studies included the following information: "A brief description of the project: its current status, costs, known or anticipated savings of money, energy, GHG emissions or other resources. What did you hope to achieve when you started your project? What, if any, policies were adopted in conjunction with this project? In what ways did your project positively impact wildlife and the natural environment on or beyond the campus? Describe the organization, committees or classes that were instrumental in the success of this project."  The Darwin Club is currently assessing the flora at Augustana and is planning to submit the results of this work for the 2010 Campus Sustainability Case Study. 

350 Event students
350 Event:  photo by Veronica Smith, sophomore

The 350 Event that Laura Hartman organized and got Augustana students involved in was in the news:  Laura was also on Paula Sands Live on 10-28-09.

Brian Katz (Mathematics):  "I find it fascinating to talk to other faculty about their teaching, but I am always left with the lingering suspicion that we have not entirely understood each other. And in my experience, the only way to really understand another person's thinking is to create something with them. So the best way for me to learn from a colleague is to create a learning environment collaboratively by team-teaching. In order to bring this experience with me to Augustana, I have applied for and received a grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation that will allow me to team-teach and redesign Modern Geometry with Stacey Rodman. The EAF is especially interested in helping departments develop inquiry-based courses. I am excited about this project and especially excited about my department's commitment to making inquiry a structural part of the major."

Jason Koontz's larkspur research was highlighted in the current Radish 36: There is also a story about Jason's research on the Augustana website

Jim van Howe (physics) and Greg Domski (chemistry) attended the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Chicago from November 6-8) along with three student researchers. Kyle Weigand (Physics '11) gave an oral presentation detailing the results of research conducted with Jim van Howe entitled 'Picosecond Pulse Fiber-Laser Using a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror'. Wiktoria Pecak (Chemistry '11) and Sam Alvarado (Chemistry '10) each presented a poster on the research that they are performing in collaboration with Greg Domski. The title of Wikky's poster was 'A Ligand is Born: Synthesis of a Novel Bis (N-Heterocyclic carbene) diphenolate Ligand", the title of Sam's poster was 'Synthesis of Chelating Phosphine-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ruthenium Complexes'.