1. Urban education conference to address "High Success with High-Need Kids"

The Law School and College of Education will convene national and local education experts for a one-day conference, “Urban Education Innovation and Reform Programs: High Success with High-Need Kids,” tomorrow, Nov. 9.

Reformers Raj Vinnakota and Rafe Esquith, as well as local education experts, will share stories about what works to achieve high success with high-need kids, and explore topics such as social impact, value creation and the development of sustainable cultures of innovation and achievement in urban education. 

The daytime events are full, but portions of the event will be streamed live online. Seating remains for the evening presentation at the Weasler Auditorium.

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2. NASA astronomer to discuss extraterrestrial ice and water

Anne Kinney, director of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Division, will present “The Wet Solar System; Polar Ice on the Earth and Moon, Water on Mars, and Oceans on Europa and Titan” as the sixth annual Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., Lecture in Astronomy & Astrophysics Thursday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kinney will discuss the various forms of water found from Greenland to the moons of Saturn, in addition to water on Mars and the moons of Earth and Jupiter. While the theme of finding water sounds simple, the technologies NASA uses include laser ranging, neutron detection mass spectroscopy and magnetometry. Kinney will discuss how these technologies not only help NASA find the existence of water, but how they can be used to approximate the water’s depth and salt levels.

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3. Nominations sought for U.S. professor of the year

The Committee on Teaching is seeking recommendations for its nomination for the 2011 U.S. Professors of the Year program. The program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country — those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Recommendations must be received by Dec. 1.

A recommended faculty member must be a full-time teacher at Marquette who exhibits extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching as demonstrated by excellence in:

• Impact and involvement with undergraduate students
• Scholarly approach to teaching and learning
• Contribution to undergraduate education at Marquette, in the community and within the profession

Recommended faculty must also have been recognized in the past for teaching excellence, such as with a teaching award received within a department or college, the university or through a disciplinary or professional organization.

Recommendations can be submitted by e-mail with:
• the nominator’s name
• the name of the recommended teacher
• three to five sentences explaining why the individual should be selected. Self-recommendations are accepted.

All recommendations will be reviewed by the Committee on Teaching to verify full-time status and previous award recognition.

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4. Sustainability panel features area business leaders

The College of Business Administration and CIRCLES will host “Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line” tomorrow, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. The program will include a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions and networking. Panelists include Bud DeGraff, general manager of multi-vendor services at GE Healthcare; Arthur Gibson, vice president of environment, health and safety at Baxter Healthcare Corporation; Chris Librie, director of global sustainability at S.C. Johnson; Tom Murray, senior scientist in the Pollution Prevention Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Steve Yucknut, vice president of sustainability at Kraft Foods.

The event costs $10 and is open to the public. Register online.

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5. Political science faculty to analyze midterm election results

The results of last week’s midterm elections will be analyzed and discussed by political science professors from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., tomorrow, Nov. 9, in Lalumiere 176. Refreshments will be served.
Drs. Julia Azari, assistant professor; Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor; John McAdams, associate professor; and McGee Young, assistant professor, will discuss voting demographics and how both parties need to respond to the election, among other topics. The event will be moderated by Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor and chair.

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6. Perils of North American Indian boarding schools to be discussed

Marquette will host a program about North American Indian boarding schools Thursday, Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room.

Three speakers will present “If These Walls Could Talk: North American Indian Boarding Schools or a Ruse for Cultural Extermination,” about residential schools that generations of Indian children in both Canada and the United States attended. Speakers are:

• Theodore Fontaine, “a survivor of Canada’s genocidal policy,” who at the age of seven was taken from his home and family on Sagkeeng First Nation to a Catholic Mission School whose purpose was to “take the Indian out of the Indian.”

• Dr. Brenda Child, professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota and author of The Boarding School Seasons, about the long, lonesome seasons for many young boarders.

• Kelly Jackson, Lac du Flambeau tribal member, will discuss the hundreds of Indian children who died from sickness in these institutions.

A reception will follow.

For more information contact Jacqueline Schram, public affairs office associate, at 8-3039.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs, the Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council, the Office of Student Affairs, the Department of English, and the Educational Opportunity Program.

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7. Executive director of Zilber Family Foundation to speak

The Law School will host Susan Lloyd, executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall for “On the Issues With Mike Gousha.” Lloyd will discuss the progress of the 10-year, $50 million gift that Joseph Zilber, Bus Ad '39, Law '41, made to revitalize neighborhoods in the heart of Milwaukee. Register online.

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8. Undergrads from McNair Scholars Program to present research

The McNair Scholars Program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will co-host a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 11, at 12:35 p.m. in Marquette Hall 402. Two undergraduates from the McNair Scholars Program will present their research, followed by a reception.

The student presenters are:

• Ivy Awino, Diederich College of Communication — “Why Women Can’t Jump: A Trend Analysis of Women Executives in the National Basketball Association from 2003-2010”

• Simone Smith, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — "The Enslaved Woman and the Video Model: Parallels of Subordination and Commodification"

The McNair colloquium series is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the McNair Scholars Program. For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771 or the Multicultural Center at 8-7205.

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9. Bayanihan’s fall fashion show is Saturday

Bayanihan Student Organization is holding its 14th annual fall fashion show, “Fashion Forward,” Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Door opens at 6 p.m. The show features clothes modeled from Milwaukee-area stores, dance performances and a silent auction.

Advance tickets are available through Friday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU second floor lobby for $8. Tickets at the door are $9.

Proceeds benefit Our Next Generation Inc., which provides after-school programs to K-12 students.

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10. Speaker to discuss judicial nominations supporting equal justice

Joseph Steinberg, counsel at the Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C., will explain the work of the alliance’s Judicial Selection Project on Monday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Eckstein 144. The project monitors federal judicial nominations at all levels with an eye toward supporting judges who show deep commitment to equal justice.

The event is co-sponsored by the Law School’s student chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Public Interest Law Society.

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11. Peter Mulvey concert to honor Dr. John McCabe

The Department of English will host a concert, “A Celebration of the Life of John McCabe,” by Peter Mulvey, Comm ’91, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Dr. John McCabe was a longtime English professor who passed away 10 years ago. Mulvey, McCabe’s nephew and a critically acclaimed Americana and folk singer-songwriter, will perform the free, public concert in McCabe’s honor. Freewill offerings will be accepted to support Friends and Alumni of Marquette English.

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12. Best-selling author to discuss "Global Warming Policy"

New York Times best-selling author Christopher Horner will discuss “Global Warming Policy” and its effects at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Weasler Auditorium.

The program is sponsored by the College Republicans and Young America's Foundation.

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13. Silent retreat to help deepen relationship with God

Campus Ministry and the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality are hosting the Marquette Silent Directed Retreat for the campus community Jan. 10-15, at the Jesuit Retreat House near Oshkosh, Wis. A meeting about the retreat Sunday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. in AMU 228, will provide logistics and information from others who have previously attended the retreat.

Cost is $150 for students. Register online.

For more information, contact Craig Zimmer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 0522; or Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate director of the Faber Center, at 8-6672.

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14. Alpha Xi Delta holding puzzle tournament

Alpha Xi Delta is hosting its annual Puzzlepalooza event Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at 2040 Lofts. Teams of three race to complete various puzzles for the Puzzlepalooza tournament to benefit Autism Speaks.

Cost is $5 per person.

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15. Psychology, biology and chemistry colloquiums this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. Dr. Kimberly Skerven, assistant professor of psychology at Alverno College, will present “Research and Clinical Approaches to Internalized Stigma in Lesbians.”

Dr. Michael Walsh, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Calgary, will present a Department of Biological Sciences colloquium Friday, Nov. 12. Walsh will present “The Importance of Calcium Sensitization in the Myogenic Response of Cerebral Arteries” at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111.

The Department of Chemistry will host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 12, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. William Montfort, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona, will present “Nitric Oxide: from Moth to Man.”

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16. Private cooking class to be held at Milwaukee Public Market

MUSG and the Center for Health Education are sponsoring a private cooking class at the Milwaukee Public Market on Friday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students will see a demonstration about how to prepare a healthy Mexican-themed dinner, taste-test the food and receive copies of recipes. 

A limited number of tickets are available for $15 in AMU Brooks Lounge.

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