Monday, March 15

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Pre-Tenure Paid Leave Report by Ana Borderia-Garcia "Giving Advice: A Comparison of Learners & Native Speakers of Spanish"

4:00 PM - Tea-Hour Series: "Jeannette Rankin: The Lady from Montana", Dr. Dan Lee
Old Main 128

4:00 - 5:30 PM - LSFY 103 Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, March 16

11:00 AM - Interfaith Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

8:00 PM - St. Patrick's Day Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, March 17

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Evald Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study:  The Path of Descent
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, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Thursday, March 18

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: Panel Discussion on Immigration, moderated by Araceli Masterson-Algar
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science Building 102

4:30 PM - Women's History Month: Focus on the Second Wave
See the 1974 film "Free to Be You and Me"
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM - Center for Polar Studies Lecture Series:  "The Hydrologic Cycle in a Changing Arctic"
Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky, University of North Carolina
Science Building 102

7:00 PM - Dara Wegman-Geedey presents: "Paved with Good Intentions? How to Get the Best for Everyone from Short-Term Mission Trips" sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
Science Building 304

Friday, March 19

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations:  Augustana Study Abroad: Turning Trips into Journeys
3:30 PM - Refreshments

Wilson Center

Saturday, March 20

4:30 PM - Haiti Relief Benefit
Centennial Hall
General admission $10; with campus ID $7; children $5 (under 4 free)

Sunday, March 21

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

4:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Deborah Dakin, viola
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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


Volume 8, Issue 22 - March 15, 2010

Faculty News

Allen Bertsche (Spanish) and Amanda Makula (Library) were part of a panel at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Information Fluency in the Disciplines workshop in New Orleans, LA, on March 5. Their talk focused on the integration of library research instruction in the Senior Inquiry in Spanish program at Augustana. The conference was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

On February 15, 2010, Deborah Bracke, Letania Ferreira, Jane Simonsen, and Lina Zhou presented their 'Teaching Observation Group' at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. They described how faculty members from different disciplines, cultures, and educational backgrounds can broaden the context of teaching and learning. The presenters were joined by three of their students. Lauren Jerzyk, Julie Jordan, and Krystal Marquez shared a unique perspective about the possibilities that exist when Professors invite other Professors into the classroom to examine instructional practices.

Lori Scott (Biology), co-founder and director of the newly formed Microbial Genome Annotation Network, was awarded a 5-year, $500,000 Research Coordination Network-Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) grant from the National Science Foundation to support the recruitment and training of network members, and the development of educational resources in the field of microbial genome annotation.  The co-founders of the network, who represent diverse 2-year and 4-year academic institutions across the country, have partnered with the Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute's Adopt a Genome project and its allied program the Genome Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA) project to provide undergraduates with authentic research opportunities utilizing the latest online bioinformatics tools.  From Augustana, Kristin Douglas, Stephanie Fuhr, Jason Koontz, Tim Muir, Jason Singer, and Dara Wegman-Geedey have joined Lori and colleagues from St. Ambrose Univ. and Black Hawk and Scott Community Colleges in adopting the bacterial genome Meiothermus ruber.  The goal is to integrate the annotation of the M. ruber genome throughout their respective biology curricula.