Dr. Nancy E. Snow, professor of philosophy in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a $2.6 million grant that will fund interdisciplinary research on virtue, character and the development of the moral self. The three-year grant was awarded by the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Snow is leading the large-scale research initiative, "The Self, Motivation, and Virtue," with Dr. Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame.
The initiative will include the seeding of 10 new research projects, an interdisciplinary forum, interdisciplinary conferences with international scholars, a project website and several book projects. According to Snow, the project will study how individuals develop virtue in their lives and how it is translated into practical efforts such as education. The researchers hope their work will ultimately impact important societal issues, such as bullying, and focus on how to counter them – a goal that Snow said aligns perfectly with Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission.
"We will also look at the development of virtue in the emerging person – what happens as we grow up and develop into people," Snow added. "We want to take a deeper dive into whether the development of virtue involves memories, genetics, etc. In this way, we can develop a more comprehensive picture of how key periods in our lives – adolescence, retirement, physical decline, traumatic incidents – play a role. Ultimately, we want to generate an appreciation of what virtue is, the importance of motivation to virtue and how virtue can be cultivated."
The project will officially begin on Sept. 1, 2014. The project's first big event, the Interdisciplinary Moral Forum, will be held at Marquette in spring 2015 and will feature research presentations by international scholars.
The College of Nursing, in partnership with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, will host its fifth annual Health Care Forum, "Infant Mortality in the Milwaukee Community," Monday, April 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. The panel discussion on Milwaukee's infant mortality rate, which is higher than many third-world countries, will feature local health care and public policy experts, and will be moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School and host of UpFront with Mike Gousha.
Critical insight and analysis of Milwaukee's high infant mortality rates will be provided by:
Register online. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.
The Department of Philosophy will host a colloquium Friday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Dr. Pol Vandevelde, professor of philosophy, will discuss his book Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning, a recent Prix Mercier award winner.
For more information, contact Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5653.
The first-ever Marquette Humanities Undergraduate Research Conference is open to all faculty, staff and students and will take place Saturday, April 5, in Cudahy Hall. Students in English, foreign languages, history, philosophy and theology will share posters and presentations about their research.
Check-in will be held form 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a welcome at 10:30 a.m., followed by panel and poster sessions. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
For additional information, contact Sofia Ascorbe.
The Department of History will host visiting Fulbright professor Yao Yu on Monday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Yu will present "The 1962 Taiwan Strait Crisis: A Mainland Perspective." Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact Daniel Meissner, associate professor of history, at (414) 288-3552.
The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering will host a seminar, "Practical Methods to Increase Phosphorus Removal in Activated Sludge," Monday, April 7, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Engineering Hall. Sid Arora, process control engineer at Veolia Water, will deliver the seminar.
Professional development hours will be recorded for attendees to use toward their Wisconsin Professional Engineer's license.
The Department of Media and Performing Arts in the Diederich College of Communication and the Marquette Visualization Lab in the College of Engineering are partnering to present The Zoo Story Wednesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 13. The Zoo Story is a one-act play about an encounter between two men in New York City's Central Park, with a cast of Marquette alumni and professional actors Matt Wickey and Harry Loeffler-Bell.
Design for the project is a collaboration between the two colleges to foster new ways of achieving digital excellence using the College of Engineering's Visualization Lab. The performances will take place in Engineering Hall, 028, on the following dates:
Tickets are available online.
Rev. Harry J. Gensler, S.J., will give the Wade Chair Lecture Tuesday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Father Gensler, professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss the golden rule. Most of his 13 books on logic and ethics involve the golden rule in some way, including his latest book, Ethics and the Golden Rule.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium series continues with, "From VAD to Siri: A 30-year Journey of Human Speech Recognition Technology at Bell Systems," Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dr. Harry Chang, Senior Voice Architect at Honeywell ACS Global Labs, will deliver the lecture.
Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 204A. For more information or questions, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at (414) 288-6820.
The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host a seminar on "Synaptic and Circuitry Reorganization in Cocaine Craving," Tuesday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Yan Dong, assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the lecture.
For more information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at (414) 288-7329.
The Center for Peacemaking will host "The Proximity of Evil: The Changing Face of Evil in Genocide from the Holocaust to Rwanda 94," Tuesday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in Lalumiere, 280. Dr. Sarah Gendron, associate professor of French, will discuss the research she conducted with a Rynne Fellowship during summer 2013, which examined how cultural practices have been strategically employed by genocidal regimes in order to cultivate hatred, as well as how the surviving population later made use of these same practices to bear witness to the atrocities.
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The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will host the annual International Poetry Reading Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Those who wish to participate by reading a non-English poem should email Dr. Jason Meyer.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a workshop, "Teaching With Unexpected Texts," Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Study Room D. Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner, faculty program coordinator and associate professor of communication studies, will lead the workshop. This session will offer examples for using novels, games and other types of alternative texts in classes in the social sciences, business and other disciplines, as well as using unconventional texts to find new ways to illustrate course concepts, increase relevance of course material and engage student thinking.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke will be the featured guest for an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, April 10, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.
A lifelong Milwaukee resident who has spent more than 35 years in law enforcement, Clarke began his career in 1978 as a City of Milwaukee police officer and was appointed sheriff in 2002. He is now in his third term.
Clarke has become increasingly outspoken about the challenges facing Milwaukee during his tenure. What's next for Clarke, and why is he at odds with what he calls "the political class" in Milwaukee?
Seating is limited; register online.
Marquette Theatre will present Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, Hamlet, on the following dates:
Hamlet is a story of ambition, madness, death and darkness. Tickets can be purchased at the Helfaer Theatre Online Box Office. For more information, contact Marquette Theatre at (414) 288-5227.
The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May graduation candidates for possible use with local media. Interesting stories include graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; have unusual backgrounds; have overcome substantial obstacles in getting their degree; have won recent national-level awards; have received academic recognition; or have been featured in scholarly publications.
What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? Email their names and as many details as possible by Thursday, April 17.
Friday, April 4, is the registration deadline to create a volunteer team for Hunger Clean-up, the university's largest one-day service project. Hunger Clean-up will take place Saturday, April 26. Register online.
Faculty and graduate students are need to review application essays written by refugees for the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins program. Volunteers will need to commit no more than 3-4 hours of their time between Friday, April 11, and Monday, May 5.
For more information, contact Dr. Heidi Schweizer, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at (414) 288-8811.
Join members of the Marquette community for an Interfaith Passover Seder meal on Sunday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Development Commons, located on the first floor of the AMU. This traditional Seder, led by Hillel Milwaukee and the Jewish Student Union, will offer opportunities to experience Passover's impact on a variety of religious traditions.
RSVP online by Friday, April 4. For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-6873.
Employee Wellness is offering a first aid certification class Thursday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 250. The class costs $40, and registration can be completed online.
Online registration is now open for summer group fitness classes. Both 10- and 15-week session options are available beginning Monday, May 5. A full list of classes and registration information can be found online.
For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at (414) 288-5607.
D2L will be upgraded to a new version on Friday, May 16. The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer training sessions to provide an in-depth look at the new features. The training sessions will take place in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B, on the following dates:
Registration can be completed online.
Physical therapy students are hosting a Massage-A-Thon through Friday, April 11, at Schroeder Health Complex, 397. Hours are Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.
The cost is $10 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes and $30 for one hour. Appointments can be made by email. Walk-ins are welcome, and cash, check or Marquette Cash are accepted. All proceeds will go directly towards the graduation fund of the Physical Therapy Class of 2015.
The Law School is hosting an on-campus information session for prospective students Friday, April 11, in Eckstein Hall. The information session will give prospective students a chance to learn about the Law School, admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, and the curriculum, as well as to take student-led tour of the Law School.