1. New Marquette-New York Times partnership awarded grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected a new Marquette University–New York Times partnership, FixesU, as one of 10 grantees in a field of approximately 1,000 applicants from 85 countries. The Foundation's funding program, called Grand Challenges, requested proposals for projects with a "world-changing level of potential."

FixesU combines Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative with the journalism prowess of New York Times authors David Bornstein (best-selling author of How to Change the World) and Tina Rosenberg (Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Haunted Land). FixesU will build the first Wiki-style platform that packages "solutions-journalism" – specifically, the New York Times Fixes columns co-authored by Bornstein and Rosenberg – into mini-case-studies for educators around the world to embed social innovation in, and across, the curriculum. The Gates Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant as initial seed money to the partnership.

Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president and leader of the university's Social Innovation Initiative, was the principal author of the grant proposal. The Foundation's grant timeline is 18 months beginning November 1, 2012, though a robust FixesU prototype is expected to be ready for user input in spring 2013.

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2. Liz Cheney, Howard Dean debate role of government in a free society tonight


As part of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Great Debate Series, the Marquette Young Americans for Freedom will host, "The Role of Government in a Free Society," a debate between Liz Cheney and Howard Dean, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Kent Wainscott, local political reporter for WISN, will moderate the debate.

The debate is free. Tickets are available online or can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

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3. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Wednesday

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs and members will host office hours Monday, Nov. 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 448
  • Monday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon in the AMU, 231
  • Monday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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4. Art of Tolkien to be explored at Nov. 8 lecture

To continue Marquette's year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit's publication, J.R.R. Tolkien scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull will present "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Art of Middle-Earth," Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

Tolkien illustrated and created maps for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the authors will give a slideshow presentation on Tolkien's artwork, with special emphasis on The Hobbit. Space is limited. Register by calling 8-7256.

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5. Watch election results at election night viewing party

The Department of Political Science and the Les Aspin Center for Government will host an election night viewing party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. in Olin Engineering, rooms 116, 119 and 120. Drs. Julia Azarai, Paul Nolette, Karen Hoffman and Amber Wichowsky of the political science department will be present to watch returns come in on multiple news outlets.

Food and beverages will be provided. Registration is not required. For additional information, contact Dr. Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of political science, at 8-1573.

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6. Playwright to discuss Marquette production of Women of Lockerbie

Deborah Brevoort, playwright of Marquette Theatre Arts' November production of Women of Lockerbie, will discuss her process for making the story come to life in a presentation Saturday, Nov. 10, at noon in Johnston Hall, 103. This event is the ideal chance for future playwrights, academics and theatre-goers to go behind the scenes and discover what it take to produce this type of theatre. For more information, contact Deb Krajec, artistic associate professor of performing arts, at 8-1504.

The Theatre Arts Department will showcase The Women of Lockerbie, inspired by the Pan Am 103 tragedy depicting a grieving mother searching for her son's remains seven years after the crash. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for alumni and employees, and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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7. Prizes available for using social innovation in teaching

As many as 20 prizes with values up to $250 each will be awarded to Marquette faculty and instructors across the disciplines who use social innovation – the solving of social problems – as a tool for interdisciplinary learning in their teaching and scholarship. All faculty and instructors are eligible. Decisions will be based on brief descriptions (250 words or less) of current or future plans to use social innovation's emphasis on solving social problems in their teaching and scholarship. Submissions are due February 1, 2013, Office of the Provost, Attention: Social Innovation. More information will be provided at the following Social Innovation Practitioners and Researchers meetings for faculty and instructors:

  • Wednesday, November 7th 8:30 – 10 am (light breakfast fare served)
  • Wednesday, November 7th 11:30 am – 1 pm (light lunch fare served)
  • Thursday, November 8th 12 – 1:30 pm (light lunch fare served)
  • Thursday, November 8th 3:30 – 5 pm (snacks and refreshments served)

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Wieland, office associate in University Advancement, at 8-0726.

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8. Faculty to share research paths at "One Thing Led to Another" seminar

Dr. Doug Harris, Dr. Shelia Schindler-Ivens and Dr. Julia Azari will discuss the paths they followed to their research and academic focuses at a "One Thing Led to Another" seminar, Thursday, Nov. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

  • Dr. Doug Harris, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, will present "Mathematics as an Element in the History of My Thought."

  • Dr. Shelia Schindler-Ivens, assistant professor of physical therapy, will present "My Dad Said it was a Great Job for a Woman! And Other Reasons I Became a Motor Control Physiologist."

  • Dr. Julia Azari, assistant professor of political science, will present "From Solving the World's Problems to Studying Presidential Speeches: The Challenge of Tackling Bug Questions."

A complimentary light lunch will be served. Register by Friday, Nov. 2, by contacting Erin Folstad, director of project planning and development. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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9. Attend forum on promoting active learning through use of clickers

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center will host a forum Thursday, Nov. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B. The session will provide an opportunity for faculty to share information and exchange ideas about promoting active learning through the use of clickers. Dr. Bonnie O'Neill, associate professor of management, will share her experiences and best practices using clickers in the classroom. A demonstration of the clicker will conclude the session.

A light lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Christine Brown, administrative assistant in the Instructional Media Center, at 8-7532.

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10. Philosophy colloquium to address diagrams, proof and normativity

The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series will host, "Diagrams, Proof and Normativity," Friday, November 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 118. Dr. Koji Tanaka of the University of Auckland will deliver the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Philosophy Department at 8-6857.

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11. Colloquium to discuss math used at the National Security Agency

The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host "Breaking the Code: Math at the National Security Agency," Monday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Erin Soderberg, mathematician at the National Security Agency, will lead the seminar.

For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.

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12. Seminar to address mesenchymal stem cells

Aleksandra Glavaski-Joksimovic of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin will present, " Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration," Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 pm. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The full schedule of the INRC's spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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13. McNair Scholars to present research Nov. 8

The McNair Scholars Program, the Urban Scholars Program and the Office of Student Development – Intercultural Engagement will co-host a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 8, at noon in the AMU, 407. Two undergraduates from the McNair Scholars Program will present their research:

Shoji Sanders, Law School - "'Blackness as Property' to Agents of Contract: The Alternative Model"

Brett J. Christensen, psychology – "Effects of Perceived Discrimination, Acculturative Stress and Coping on Depression in Latino College Students"

A complimentary light lunch will be served. For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771.

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14. Register for Graduate School Dissertation Boot Camp

Registration is open for the Graduate School's Dissertation Boot Camp Monday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with an early dismissal on Friday in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, lower level. The boot camp offers a dedicated time and place for doctoral students to come together and work towards the completion of their dissertations.

For more information and to register, contact Bethany Neubauer, Graduate School service assistant.

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15. Preparation sessions offered for Social Innovation Design Contest

In preparation for the Social Innovation Design Contest Thursday, Dec. 6, overview and prep sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Zilber Hall, 025 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 3
  • Saturday, Nov. 17

A light breakfast will be served at the prep sessions. Winners of the Social Innovation Design Contest will receive up to $1,000 to attend the Ashoka Exchange Thursday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 23, in San Diego, and automatic entry in the Midwest Social Innovation Pitch Contest and the national Dell Social Innovation Challenge.

The Social Innovation Design Contest is sponsored by the Office of the Provost's Social Innovation Initiative. For more information or to participation, contact Elizabeth Wieland, office associate in University Advancement, at 8-0726, or Tyler Atkinson, president of Changemakers.

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16. Contemplative Community to host talk on mindfulness in everyday life

Contemplative Community will host, "Mindfulness in Everyday Life," Monday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Dr. Paul Norton, president of the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, will introduce participants to the background of the practice of mindfulness and give an introductory training in the techniques of meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

The lecture is free. For additional information, contact Alice Gormley, database management and serials librarian, at 8-7252.

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17. Graduate School of Management to host open houses in November

The Graduate School of Management will hold several open houses for its MBA and MS programs throughout November:

  • On-campus MBA and MS programs – Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms
  • On-campus MBA and MS programs – Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall
  • Executive MBA program – Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall

For directions, additional information or to register, contact the Graduate School of Management at 8-7145.

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18. Registration now available for yoga classes

Employee Wellness will offer a five-week series of yoga classes, held every Wednesday from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall, 050. The cost is $25 for five classes. Space is limited.

Registration can be completed online. For additional information, contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instructor of physical therapy, at 8-4476.

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19. Recreational Sports hosting annual Turkey Coloring Contest

The Department of Recreational Sports will hold its annual Turkey Coloring Contest Thursday, Nov. 1 through Monday, Nov. 19. Turkeys can be purchased for $1 at the main office of either the Rec Center or Rec Plex. All proceeds go to VETS Place Central's Thanksgiving dinner.

VETS Place Central is a full-service, one-stop homeless shelter that provides a holistic approach to serving the homeless veteran population. Prizes will be awarded for the top three turkeys.

For more information, contact Michael Cosgrove, office coordinator for Recreational Sports, at 8-2038.

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20. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Nov. 2. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Zumba at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Spin at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Hip Hop/Zumba at noon

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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