Mini College 2016

Registration is $300 and includes classes all four days, light breakfasts, lunches, and three dinners.

This year's attendees will also receive special tours of the two newest buildings on campus: Capitol Federal Hall and the DeBruce Center.

Jun 06, 2016

09:00am - 10:20am
Keynote: Carl Lejuez, Dean of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Keynote: Carl Lejuez, Dean of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

10:40am - 12:00pm
Chancellor Marvin, Marvin Grove and the Landscaping of Old KU (enrollment cap reached)
Jon Standing , Becky Schulte , Karen Cook

This class will convene at the Spencer Research Library where we'll view illustrations of trees in old herbal books and archival materials about Marvin's Grove. Our purpose is to learn more about the early landscaping of KU. Then, we'll walk through the Grove to appreciate the historic trees and to learn some tree biology.

Total seats: 20
Growing ideas on Mount Oread: a mini walking tour of the KU campus (enrollment cap reached)
Ted Johnson

A stroll across the campus pulling ideas out of the interrelations of the inscription on the former University Library and the iconographic program sculpted on the portal of the Natural History Museum, the Ionic portico of Lippincott and the Wilcox Classical Museum, the sculpture of Mentor and Student by Daniel Chester French, the campus as garden with the sculptures of The Pioneer, St. George and the Dragon, two bas-reliefs of Mercury and perspectives beyond the Prairie Acre, all turning around the quotation from Plato’s Republic just inside the door of the former student hospital: “Our youth will dwell in a land of health and fair sights and sounds.”

Total seats: 15
Sustainable Art Practice
Matt Burke

This class will overview the many forms of sustainable art practices currently employed by artists, including activities that address energy, climate change, habitat, system, among others. Through discussion and hands-on activity, Mini College students will investigate their past and current connection to the eco-system while exploring future possibilities with regard to creative practice.

Total seats: 25
The mistaken identity case of "The leading foreign scientist"
Dave Besson
Owing to a clerical error in the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, the speaker was mistakenly identified as a 'leading foreign scientist' in 2013 and named the director of a silicon photomultiplier laboratory at the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute, under the auspices of the Russian ""megagrant"" program. Two years later, impressions of the current state of Russian science will be presented, as well as the dualistic nature of the Russo-US cultural and political relationships.
Who Won the Battle of Yorktown?: Germans in Colonial America
Bill Keel
By the end of the 18th century, Germans comprised approximately 10% of the U.S. population. There were significant German settlements in nearly all of the 13 British colonies as well as in the French/Spanish territory of Louisiana. One-third of the population of Pennsylvania was of German ancestry. These “Pennsylvania Germans” supplied the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: Frederick Muhlenberg. Nearly unknown is the role played by the German Colonists serving under George Washington together with their German brethren in the French army of Count de Rochambeau at the decisive Battle of Yorktown in 1781.
01:30pm - 02:50pm
How Music Inspired and Sustained the Civil Rights Movement
Kim Warren

The Civil Rights Movement worked from a foundation of non-violent protest, but activists believed that music was critical to sustaining their commitments to the cause. We will listen to inspirational music born out of and made popular by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This class will also feature video interviews with activists who participated in boycotts, freedom rides, and marches. As a class, we will hear how folk, gospel, and rock music helped them keep their spirits up during challenging moments in American history.

Pompei: the Artifacts of a Long Buried City
Jan Kozma

I will discuss how the eruption happened, the sequence of disastrous effects, their impact on the populace. Throughout the lecture I will present illustrations of the architecture, art, and artifacts that have been excavated at the site.

Sustaining the Earth: How New Chemistry Can Protect and Power the Planet
James Blakemore

The field of chemistry holds promise to help us overcome the Grand Challenges of our time, including achieving energy security, easing environmental degradation, and avoiding climate change. All these challenges involve numerous chemical reactions that are not yet fully understood. Thus, chemists around the world are engaged in projects that target fundamental understanding of the details of these reactions. For example, much work is directed at harnessing renewable energy resources to generate useful chemicals from nontraditional materials. Catalysts, which enable new low-energy pathways for chemical reactions, are the complex chemical systems needed to enable such sustainable chemistry. In this talk, I will describe work from the field, as well as from my new laboratory at KU, which targets fundamental understanding of basic energy-storing catalytic processes. Inspired by natural processes like photosynthesis, my group and I work to understand and rationally design metal catalysts. With new catalysts and new knowledge in hand, we hope to accelerate the development of alternative and beneficial chemical technologies.

Thought Experiments in Ethics
Ben Eggleston

This session will concern the use, in moral philosophy, of hypothetical examples and imaginary scenarios in order to explore the implications of various ethical principles and intuitions. Examples will include diverting a train from one track to another to save lives even though another life will be lost, and taking one person's organs to save five healthy people. Participants will discuss such situations and also reflect on what the point is of thinking about such unlikely scenarios in the first place.

03:10pm - 04:30pm
Broadway and Blasphemy
Henry Bial

Secular theater artists may not fear God’s judgment, but the judgment of public opinion is a powerful motivator, and as newspaper critic James Huneker once wrote, “Blasphemy—alleged or real—does not rhyme with box office.” In this class, Professor Henry Bial, author of "Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage" and director of the KU School of the Arts, explains some of the strategies used by producers of religious themed plays like "Godspell" to avoid offending spectators of faith.

From Hope to Audacity: An Analysis of the Arc of Rhetoric in the Obama Administration
Robin Rowland
This lecture traces the evolution of the rhetoric of then Senator Obama through election in 2008 and reelection in 2012 and also discusses how he adapted his rhetoric to achieve health care reform and many of his other priorities and then how he responded to the ferocious Republican assault on his program. It also considers the broader issues of the role of rhetoric in American politics and what the public response to President Obama reveals about the statues of American democracy.
Glass Half-full: The Role of Mindfulness and Gratitude in Cultivating Positivity
Maureen Cole

Many people believe that you are either a pessimist or an optimist, however the scientific study of human thriving, or Positive Psychology, has shown us positivity can be cultivated. This class will provide an brief history and overview of the field of Positive Psychology. Through discussion and exercises, we will delve more deeply into the role of mindfulness and gratitude as tools to increase happiness.

Native American Storytellers
Kim Warren
The oral tradition is an important component of many Native American cultures. In modern times, Native American storytellers have not only used oral history, but they also have written down their tales and histories in the form of poetry, creative writing, and novels. Some have even told their stories through the media of movies and cartoons. In this class, we will look at examples of storytelling from different Native cultures in hopes of learning more about history, stereotypes, and humor.
04:30pm - 06:30pm
Welcome Dinner sponsored by KU Alumni Association

Welcome Dinner sponsored by KU Alumni Association

Jun 07, 2016

09:00am - 10:20am
Keynote: Mahesh Daas, Dean of School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Mahesh Daas

That’s right. Education happens when we think wrong, when we challenge assumptions, engage inquisitive minds, and chart creative journeys. The talk will present some unconventional approaches to education that have resulted in remarkable outcomes. Drawing from work from over a decade of Inconvenient Studios, and drawing from multi-disciplinary frameworks, the talk will demonstrate the value of “thinking wrong” in liberating us from conventional notions about education. An Inconvenient Studio is characterized by its openness to embrace problem solving, innovation and creativity. The studio is envisioned as a global network that throws open its walls for learning and creating new knowledge and better systems. It is a wall-less class. The products of the design studio are not just things and other forms of knowledge, but, more importantly, adaptive leaders and perpetual learners who understand and embrace uncertainty.

10:40am - 12:00pm
Growing ideas on Mount Oread: a mini walking tour of the KU campus (enrollment cap reached)
Ted Johnson

A stroll across the campus pulling ideas out of the interrelations of the inscription on the former University Library and the iconographic program sculpted on the portal of the Natural History Museum, the Ionic portico of Lippincott and the Wilcox Classical Museum, the sculpture of Mentor and Student by Daniel Chester French, the campus as garden with the sculptures of The Pioneer, St. George and the Dragon, two bas-reliefs of Mercury and perspectives beyond the Prairie Acre, all turning around the quotation from Plato’s Republic just inside the door of the former student hospital: “Our youth will dwell in a land of health and fair sights and sounds.”

Total seats: 15
Intellectual Incest, Imagination and the Urbanite (enrollment cap reached)
Luke Bobo

Many people are migrating from the suburbs to the urban context despite the expenses that one incurs. One reason why suburbanites are moving to or opting for the urban core is because of the exchange of ideas; this exchange of ideas among diverse people groups spurs imagination and most importantly guards against "intellectual incest."

Total seats: 15
Listen Carefully! Auditory illusions and other auditory oddities
Mike Vitevitch

We’ll explore how and why our brain tricks us into hearing things that don’t match up with the actual sound that is presented to us—in other words, we’ll examine how several sound-based illusions work, and try to understand what those illusions tell us about how the hearing system works normally.

Monarch Watch: The challenge of sustaining the monarch migration
Chip Taylor

Monarch Watch: The challenge of sustaining the monarch migration

Total seats: 25
Teaching Creative Writing at Douglas County Jail
Brian Daldorph

Drawing from 15 years of experience with writing programs for inmates, this course will discuss the value of writing for inmates and how such programs work in practice. Participants will view work from inmate writers and participate in one writing exercise used by inmates.

01:30pm - 02:50pm
Morality: Where It Comes From and Why That Matters
Chris Ramey

With new discoveries in the psychological and neuroscientific study of morality come deep ethical, social, and policy implications, as well as a new appreciation of what it means to be a human being. This course will consider moral psychology as the study of the intersection between values and facts, that human beings are both moral creatures in a community of others and physical things in a universe obeying natural laws. Participants will consider the differences between abstract and everyday moral dilemmas, whether or not there is a morality center in the brain and what that would mean legally, and the relation between reading fiction and empathy, among other topics.

Pushkin and Chaadaev: Russian Poet and Philosopher
Gerald Mikkelson

"Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837), Russia's greatest poet, and Peter Chaadaev (1794-1856), its first philosopher, engaged in a vigorous debate on the worth of Russia's past, present, and future. Pushkin immortalized his positions in poetry, Chaadaev in philosophical tracts. These polemics set the agenda for a 180-year split between two antagonist camps of Russia's intelligentsia, Slavophiles and Westernizers. It lasts even today. Grasping the issues in this polemic is a key to understanding Russian thought and behavior. "

Sit-In or Occupy? Comparing Baby Boomers and Millennials
Craig Christiansen
Every historical period is characterized by a unique combination of social, political, and economic conditions. Those who live through these periods are affected in different ways than those who live in other historical times—and are often described by their historical period. Examples include the “Lost Generation” of WWI, the “Depression Babies” from the 1930s, and the “Baby Boomers” born after WWII. Those in the generation born in the roughly 20-year period before the millennial year are popularly known as “Millennials.” As the largest generation in American history, it holds the promise of significant impact on the socio-political system. Will the idealism of the Millennials come true? Can it? This exploration focuses on a review of the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory and a critical comparison of the aspirations of the Millennial Generation with the political history of another large generation, the Baby Boomers in the 1960s.
What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Hume Feldman

Humans have struggled to explain the origin, evolution and content of this vast Universe we live in. What have we learned during the past century and how close are we to some form of satisfactory resolution?

03:10pm - 04:30pm
An 18th-century Hebrew Torah Scroll from a Synagogue in Algiers
Paul Mirecki

This presentation will focus on an 18th-century Hebrew Torah scroll in KU’s Spencer Research Library. The scroll will be available for close viewing and detailed photographs will accompany the presentation. The accession file for the scroll notes that it was taken from a synagogue in Algiers during the confusion that followed the French invasion of the country in 1830. The scroll was acquired by KU in 1969 as a donation from the estate of KU alumna and antiquities collector Alpha Owens (1877-1965). It is in very good condition but is only intact from Leviticus 8:24 to the end of Deuteronomy. A description of the scroll’s history and construction will be presented, along with an analysis of the scribe’s handwriting style and peculiarities of the Hebrew text.

Total seats: 40
Deliberate Destructions of Ancient Sites and Monuments: A Short History
John Younger
ISIS's recent deliberate destruction of parts of the late Roman city of Palmyra in Syria has shocked the world — much as did the Taliban's destruction of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan (Afghanistan, 1999). As an archaeologist, I deplore these violent acts, but I also understand them since people have been destroying distasteful pasts for millennia. If we think of the deliberate destruction of antiquity as a kind of cultural genocide then we can recognize its causes. For instance, in war, ancient monuments can be a victim of collateral damage: the Venetian admiral Morosini blew up the Parthenon (26 Sep 1689) because the Turks were storing gunpowder in it. Other sites simply get in the way of progress: the Indigenous Big Mound in St Louis was leveled in 1869 to provide earth for building the North Missouri railroad. Or they get in the way of cultural change: Greek and Roman temples were either christened as churches or demolished. This course will present several examples of these kinds of destructions in an academic setting (from both sides of the "coin," as it were), prompting in-class discussion.
Finding Klimt & Other Art from WWII
Mike Hoeflich
The session will focus on the legal and political battles that have been fought by those whose art was looted illegally by the Nazis from 1938-1945.
Status Quo No More: Engaging in Acts of Leadership
Mary Banwart
Leadership is needed more than ever today in our groups, organizations, communities, and our world. But what keeps us from making progress on the issues we care about? What keeps us from engaging in acts of leadership? In this course we will explore what leadership is, what it means to engage in acts of leadership, and learn how to overcome an immunity to change so we can energize our systems and thrive.
04:30pm - 06:30pm
Dinner and Screening of “The Association”

Dinner and Screening of “The Association”

Jun 08, 2016

09:00am - 10:20am
Keynote: Neeli Bendapudi. Dean of School of Business

Keynote: Neeli Bendapudi. Dean of School of Business

10:40am - 12:00pm
DeBruce Center tour

DeBruce Center tour

01:30pm - 02:50pm
Change Starts with You: How to Increase Community Engagement and Improve Community Health
Vincent Francisco

The Community Tool Box is one of KU’s hidden gems. Developed in 1994, the toolbox is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities and has been used in over 230 countries around the world. This session will involve the audience in examining data and lessons learned from partnering with communities in multiple states and countries to address issues including substance abuse, diabetes, chronic diseases, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and racial and ethnic disparities in health in the Kansas City Metro area. The Community Tool Box ( will be featured as a core capacity building infrastructure.

Family Inheritance: When and How Our Genes Matter Might Surprise You
Emily Rauscher
A recent New York Times article – “The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá” by Susan Dominus (2015) – chronicles the lives of two pairs of identical twins in Colombia who were switched at birth and raised as fraternal twins. One pair grew up in a rural setting, while the other pair grew up in an urban setting. The two boys raised in the city now have professional occupations, while the two boys raised in the country are butchers. The identical twins share common behaviors, even after 27 years of living apart, but the story illustrates how social context can trump genes and determine financial standing as a young adult. This anecdotal story offers little generalizable evidence about how genes and environment may conjointly impact financial standing. Simplistic genetic arguments suggests that parents pass financial standing on to their children (at least partly) through their genes. The sociological interpretation, however, suggests the effects of the genes one inherits depend on social context or environment. As Dalton Conley describes it, “A gene for aggression lands you in prison if you are from the ghetto, but in the board room if you are manor born.” Does environment – specifically parental income – moderate the relationship between genes and financial standing?
The Expert’s Guide to the Sci-Fi Galaxy: Explore the Genre with KU’s Grand Master
Jim Gunn
This course will look at the short reading of "Sail On! Sail On!" preceded by a summary of science fiction's origins and the reading practices that distinguish science fiction from fantasy and traditional (or "mundane") fiction. Specifically, Dr. Gunn will lead a discussion of the differences among fantasy, traditional fiction, and science fiction.
United we stand, united we fall: synchrony in ecology and why it matters for disease transmission, pest control, and climate change (enrollment cap reached)
Daniel Reuman

So-called "synchrony," defined as similar fluctuations in animal or plant populations in widely separated areas, is a ubiquitous phenomenon in ecology, observed in organisms as diverse as mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, insects, human pathogens, and protists, over distances ranging up to thousands of kilometers. Synchronous phenomena are important because they relate immediately to large scale outbreaks (of pests) or shortages (of exploited species), and also because extinction risk of species of conservation concern relates to their spatial synchrony. I will introduce and survey the phenomenon, and discuss recent methods for understanding changes in synchronous phenomena over time, potentially due to climate change, and the consequences of such changes.

Total seats: 15
03:10pm - 04:30pm
Benefits of Tai Chi for Health and Well Being
Andrea Bevan
The practice of Tai Chi originated in China, but is becoming popular in the U.S. as evidence accumulates that supports its potential influences on balance, cardiovascular health, immune function, and cognitive function. This presentation will give an overview of research on the mental, physical, and cognitive health benefits of practicing Tai Chi. In the session we will also practice some of the basic exercises from the Sun style of Tai Chi. Our research laboratory investigates the benefits of physical activity in older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease.
Game On: How Video Games can lead to College Scholarships
Jordan Bass , Brian Gordon

In this presentation, we will detail a case study of one intercollegiate eGaming program that offers scholarships to over 50 players a year. In-depth interviews will be conducted with players and coaches examining this new phenomenon and constructs such as athlete and social identity.

Neandertals are us.
David Frayer

Our closest fossil relatives, the Neandertals, have long been considered our poor cousins. First found in 1856, they were initially described as mentally and morally deficient, incapable of language and somehow stumbling and bumbling through 200,000 years of European and Levantine prehistory. Recent work has shown that Neandertals share many of the same anatomical, technological and cultural features formerly thought to be unique to modern Homo sapiens. Some of these new perspectives are based on my work with colleagues in Italy and Croatia, where we have documented a consistent pattern of right-handedness (unique to humans), ritual behavior in treating the dead and the use of eagle claws as ornaments. Besides these, many other new discoveries from paleogenetics to cave painting clearly show that Neandertals are much more similar to us than many paleontologists have assumed. It is time to consider Neandertals as one of us.

When ABC isn’t Easy: Strategies for Language Development
Holly Storkel
This session will introduce attendees to children with specific language impairment (SLI). Children with SLI are slower to learn language than their same-age peers, without any obvious cause for this slower learning. Our research group is developing a book reading program to improve word learning by Kindergarten children with SLI. Our program and data will be used to illustrate how children learn new words and to highlight ways that adults can support word learning by any child.

Jun 09, 2016

09:00am - 10:20am
Keynote: "Naismith, Supernovas and Neandertals: How KU Research Makes Headlines"

Keynote: "Naismith, Supernovas and Neandertals: How KU Research Makes Headlines"

  • George Diepenbrock, KU Office of Public Affairs
  • Kristi Henderson, Director of Communications, KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Brendan Lynch, KU Office of Public Affairs
  • Rebecca Smith, Executive Director of Communications and Advancement, KU Libraries



10:40am - 12:00pm
Communication Disorders in Adults: Aging, Strokes, and Hearing Loss (enrollment cap reached)
Jane Wegner , Krysta Beaver, Betty Bunce, Matt Gillispie, Stephanie Meehan, Lynn Murphy, Kris Pedersen

Participants are invited to the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic to learn about the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the impacts of communication disorders acquired after stroke/brain injury, and the normal aging effects on hearing and communication. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with speech-language pathologists and audiologists, view hearing aids and instrumentation used in hearing assessments, and tour one of the largest labs in the region dedicated to the latest computer technology and software for individuals with communication disorders.

Total seats: 25
Out of the Shadows: Identifying the “Missing Girls” in China
John Kennedy
In 2010, according to the sixth Chinese census, the sex ratio at birth (SRB) was 118 males for every 100 females. The global SRB average is about 105. Thus, the gap between 118 and 105 are the "missing girls." Scholars present three main explanations for the skewed SRB statistic: sex selective abortion, infanticide and delayed or late registration. Most studies take a demographic and cultural approach to explain the high SRB. However, we believe the "missing girls" is also an administrative story and adopt the street level bureaucrat theory of policy implementation to explain the pervasiveness of late registration in rural China. We use intercensal method and reverse survival tables from the 1990, 2000 and 2010 census data to identify the "missing girls." We believe the combination of late registration and unreported births may explain a larger proportion of the "missing girls" than previously reported from the SRB statistic.
The Catch-22 of Leadership in the Workplace for Women and Minorities
Shannon Portillo
Public organizations are increasingly diverse workplaces, but even in rule-bound organizations the experiences of women and people of color differ from their white male counterparts. Their claim to authority is challenged more often. Unable to rely on implicit rank and social status as a defense, they must rely instead on official rights and rules. The very meaning of their authority is therefore different: It is more rule- and rights-based, more formal than informal, more explicit than implicit. Yet, because it is more rule-based, formal, and explicit, their authority is also more open to question and challenge, and more resented as an artifice. People of color and women in positions of authority thus face the paradox of rules: They must rely on formal rules as a key basis for their authority, but relying on rules makes their authority seem more artificial than real. This session presents narratives from local government officials and concludes with a discussion of implications for practice and local government work environments.
What does the future hold for the High Plains aquifer?
Jim Butler
What does the future hold for the High Plains aquifer?
01:30pm - 02:50pm
Do Americans have a Right to Health Care?
Don Marquis
I shall discuss what various philosophers in the Western tradition have said about the nature and basis of human rights and what the implications of their views are for the topic of my talk. I shall also talk a bit about whether or not this supposed right is implicit in the health care policies of various countries in the developed world. Finally, I shall talk a bit about whether this right has been implemented in the United States, how it may be implemented within the Affordable Care Act, and what would be the best way of implementing it in the United States.
Ecovillages: Saving the Planet One Village at a Time
Tim Miller
Off the radar of most of us, a few passionately committed environmentalists, mostly young, are trying to show the world what an environmentally conscious world might look like. Ecovillage activists typically see the planet as on a collision course with environmental disaster, and in their small settlements they pursue the integrated development of high-energy-efficiency buildings, organic food production, and alternative energy, all in a context of close human relationships. Hundreds of such settlements now exist around the world, especially in the U.S. and western Europe. This presentation will examine the philosophy and principles of the ecovillagers and will feature an illustrated worldwide tour of their projects.
Mathematical Model of the Transmission Dynamics of the 2014 Ebola Outbreaks
Fola Agusto

Non-pharmaceutical control measures on the 2014 Ebola outbreaks. The model incorporates the effects of traditional belief systems and customs, disease transmission within health-care settings and by Ebola-deceased individuals. A sensitivity analysis is performed to determine model parameters that most affect disease transmission. The model is parameterized using data from Guinea, one of the three Ebola-stricken countries. Numerical simulations are performed and the parameters that drive disease transmission, with or without basic public health control measures, determined. Three effectiveness levels of such basic measures are considered. A significant reduction of new Ebola cases can be achieved by increasing health-care workers’ daily shifts from 8 to 24 hours, limiting hospital visitation to 1 hour and educating the populace to abandon detrimental traditional/cultural belief systems.

Remembering Emmett Till
Dave Tell
For 50 years following the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, there was not a single commemorative marker in the Mississippi Delta. Despite the fact that the murder incited the Civil Rights Movement, there were no roadside markers, no museums, no monuments . . . nothing. Since 2005, however, granting agencies have invested $5.5 million in the creation of an entire commemorative infrastructure. There are now three museums, 10 roadside markers, an interpretive center, a restored courthouse, and a smartphone app (that I cocreated, in collaboration with Google). In this presentation, I tell the inside story of how these museums, roadside markers, and interpretive centers finally came into existence. It is a story of backroom deals, extreme poverty, family rivalries, bald-faced lies, and old-fashioned politics. Above all, it is the story of how particular people have invested time, energy, and money to ensure that certain versions of the story of Till’s murder are remembered while other versions are forgotten. You may not learn the true story of Till’s murder in this class, but you will certainly learn who wanted the lies to be remembered, and why. This class is based on my own on-site research in the Mississippi Delta and 10 years of writing about the memory of Emmett Till’s murder.
03:10pm - 04:30pm
Clocking the tortoise: Measuring the speed that water moves in the ground
Rick Devlin
We have all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. Despite the fact that the hare was faster than the tortoise, he lost the race because he was not as steady as the tortoise. But the story leaves out any mention of the tortoise's winning speed. It turns out to be somewhat challenging to measure the speed of things that move very slowly, especially when they are moving slowly under the ground. The same tools used to measure the speed of river water (the hare) don't work very well for measuring groundwater speed (the tortoise). Water quality scientists have been wrestling with this problem for decades. In this presentation, we will review the issues that require a knowledge of groundwater speeds and flow directions, with case histories from Canada, Denmark, France, and the USA. We will also look at the ingenious inventions people have come up with to measure groundwater velocity, and why many of these wonderful tools were ultimately rejected by the scientists and engineers who were to use them. Finally, we will look at KU's contribution to this timely and important technical challenge. Come travel the world slowly and see how to clock the tortoise.
Next Generation Plastic Electronics – from Energy Harvesting to Medical Devices
Wai-Lun Chan
A new generation of electronics made out of plastics (technically called organic semiconductors) has been developed rapidly over the last two decades. This new class of materials has many advantages. For example, it is flexible, inexpensive to manufacture and can be integrated onto various surfaces. Indeed, electronic devices can be printed on a paper similar to how we print newspapers, or it can be painted onto the surface of a building. Products using these new technologies have already emerged from the market, including ultraflat OLED televisions and flexible solar cells. In this presentation, we will discuss the basic physics, uniqueness, and the applications of these new materials. In particular, how these technologies would be used to reduce the cost for generating clean energy and to provide low cost healthcare and medical solutions will be overviewed.
Social Media 101: Hashtags, Hackers and Etiquette Hazards
Christi Delaroy
Social media has become an important method of communication in both personal and business relationships. We’ll cover the tips and tricks on using of some of the most popular social media channels, how to avoid getting hacked and how to keep up with implied social media “etiquette.” Suggested materials: bring your smart phone or iPad/tablet.
What to do With Your Past
Jerry Masinton , Sherry Williams

This class will focus on how to construct memoirs, how memory works, why it’s important to preserve elements from the past, and the importance of story telling in the lives of individuals and cultures.

04:30pm - 08:00pm
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