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USP Seminar Weds. Sept. 21 with Prof. Kristin Goss on “Guns, Gender, and Giving: Politics, Policy-Making, and Philanthropy”

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Professor Kristin Goss is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Director of the “Duke in DC” semester-in-Washington program through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  Her work focuses on how everyday Americans’ participate in public life and why it matters. Professor Goss describes her work on her website as follows: “I think, teach, and talk about guns, gender, and giving. Each of these topics illuminates a different aspect of democratic engagement – or non-engagement – in contemporary America. These topics and the larger questions they raise have fascinated me since my days as a reporter covering the intersection of civil society and public policy for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.” For more on Professor Goss teaching, research, and role as public intellectual, visit her website at http://kristingoss.com/

USP Undergraduate Assembly @ GA Down Under

August 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

New and returning undergraduate University Scholars come together to build community through strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones.  Saturday, August 27, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in Gilbert-Addoms Down Under.

USP First-Year Undergrad Breakfast @ East Campus Marketplace

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

First year undergraduate University Scholars are invited to join the Director of the University Scholars Program, Victoria Lodewick, for an informal welcome breakfast at the East Campus Marketplace on Wednesday, August 25th at 9:00 am.

USP Fall Retreat 2016 @ Camp Chestnut Ridge

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - September 3 @ 5:00 pm

USP 2016 Fall Retreat Schedule Friday, September 2, 2016 5:00 – 5:15pm      Meet at Smith Warehouse Bus Stop, 114 S. Buchanan Street 5:30 – 6:15pm    Bus trip to Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC 6:30 – 7:30pm     Dinner and Get to Know Each Other – Morris Center 7:30 – 8:30pm    “Introduction to the USP: What Does It Mean to Be a Uni?”– Morris Center  (introduction by Director, Victoria A. Lodewick, followed by Q&A) What is the University Scholars Program?  || Mentoring  || USP Seminars & Breakfasts  || USP Symposia 8:30 – 9:30pm     Fun and Games – Pub-style trivia quiz 9:30 – 11:30pm    Smores and campfire and/or other games following in Morris Center Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:00 – 8:50am        Breakfast – Morris Center 9:00 – 9:15pm    Group Photo in Front of Lake 9:15am – 10:45am    Discussion (moderated by Tori and Grad Mentors) – Morris Center USP Spring Symposium, “Relativity” 10:45am–12:00pm    FREE TIME (yoga, hike, games at Morris Center, lawn games, study, nap, hang out) 12:00pm-12:30pm    CHECK OUT OF ROOMS (pack up and leave stuff in outdoor shelter) 12:30 – 1:30pm    Lunch – Morris Center 1:30 – 2:15pm    Mentoring in the USP Mentor pairs meet, get to know …

USP Seminar Undergraduate Enrichment Projects

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Undergraduate University Scholars will present their experiences pursuing USP funded summer enrichment projects on Thursday, January 21 for the first USP seminar of the spring 2016 semester.  Experiences include interning with the Breakthrough Collaborative’s Summerbridge program in San Francisco; pharmaceutical research on Alzheimer’s treatments at Pfizer, Inc.; and research on psychological well-being among disadvantaged Lebanese youth.  Current sophomore and junior undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend as they plan to develop proposals for USP funding for summer 2016.

USP Seminar with Prof. Prasad Kasibhatla: “Global Climate Change: The Scientific Foundation”

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for a USP Seminar with Prasad Kasibhatla, associate professor of environmental chemistry and associate dean for international programs, senior associate dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. A widely cited expert on tropospheric chemistry, Prof. Kasbihatla’s research focuses on developing a quantitative understanding of the factors that determine the chemical composition of Earth’s atmosphere, delineating the natural and anthropogenic impacts, and exploring the potential for these impacts to affect natural ecosystems.  He has taught or co-taught eight graduate or undergraduate-level courses at Duke on climate change, atmospheric chemistry and other timely environmental topics, served on more than two dozen school or university committees or task forces, and authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1988 and 1984 respectively, and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemical engineering, from the University of Bombay in 1982. – See more at: https://nicholas.duke.edu/about/news/prasad-kasibhatla-serve-nicholas-school-senior-associate-dean#sthash.mhffH3GP.dpuf

USP Spring Symposium, “Progress,” Saturday, March 5

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

USP Progress Symposium Schedule 9:00am: Donuts/Bagels/Coffee/Tea 9:20am: Introduction 9:30am: Meditation 9:45am: Panel 1. Knowledge in Progress Stories of disciplinary progress that tell us something about how new knowledge is discovered or created. Meg Shea (Physics) – Building a Single Atom Trap: The Construction of Knowledge in Physics Austin Tate (Pratt 2018) – The Technological Divergence: How Progress has Affected the Art(s) of Animation Sarah Free (Nursing) – A Tale of Two Births: Progress and Humility in Medical Knowledge 10:30am: Interactive Break with Aimee Chabot (Business) 10:45am: Panel 2. Social Progress Stories of social and political progress that tell us something about how societies change for the better. Christina Davidson (History) – Redeeming Santo Domingo: “Progress” in the American Protestant Missionary Movement in the Dominican Republic Dejana Saric (Trinity 2018) – Social Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies Jenny Chang (Pratt 2017) – Building Better Sickle Cell Care Wanyi Ng (Pratt 2016) – Obstacles in Sustainable Building: Hempcrete Homes and Shortfalls of LEED Certification 11:45am: Lunch 12:30pm: Panel 3. Interrogating Progress A “meta”-approach to the notion of progress: what it is, what it is used for, what its history is. Noura Elsayed (Trinity 2016) – Progressing Toward Well-being: Indicators of Psychological Health as Markers of Resilience Shadman Uddin and Nicolás Sanchez …