Around Campus: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Discounted Tickets Still Available for LTR's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' June 15-18

Discounted tickets for UNC faculty, staff and students are still available for Peter and the Starcatcher, which plays June 15-18 in Frasier Hall's Langworthy Theatre as part of the Little Theatre of the Rockies 2017 season.

LTR is the oldest continually operating professional theater company in Colorado and one of the oldest in the nation.

David Grapes, director of UNC's School of Theatre Arts and Dance, is in his second year as producing artistic director for the theater's 83rd season.

For a performance schedule and synopses, information on guest artists and ticket information, visit the new LTR website.

UNC Bear Pantry Open for Those in Need

The UNC Bear Pantry is now open 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in Michener L15 to supplement the food supply of students who may be experiencing hunger and are struggling to buy food and basic necessities. The pantry currently can provide up to five non-perishable, frozen or toiletry items twice a week. A UNC ID card is required. For additional information, stop by the pantry or visit the Bear Pantry website.

Degree Works Unavailable June 16

Degree Works will be unavailable Friday, June 16, while required upgrades are installed. It will be available again on June 17. Email Stacy Sharp to report any issues or problems you encounter after the upgrade.

Emergency Alert System to be Tested June 14

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon on Wednesday, June 14. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts, text-enabled campus phones, subscribed cell phones (text message) and campus emergency poles. If you want to sign up to receive emergency alert text messages on your cell phone or if your cell phone number changed recently, instructions are available on the Emergency Alert System website.

Free Online Training Available to UNC Researchers

UNC faculty, staff and students can take advantage of free online training about human subject research, UNC's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), conflicts of interest, good clinical practices, health information privacy and security, export control, and laboratory animal welfare via the Office of Research website.

Institutional Review Board training is required for instructors supervising classroom research as part of the omnibus IRB application process, externally funded investigators, and members of the IRB. Training is also recommended for all who are conducting research with human subjects.

Completion of training modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research and in conflicts of interest is required by several external funding agencies for those working on grant-funded projects.

For additional information, including instructions on how to register and select Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) educational modules, visit the Office of Research website.

Please direct your questions to Sherry May in OSP.

UNC Receives $1 Million Grant for Inclusive STEM Initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded the University of Northern Colorado a five-year, $1 million grant to develop a classroom model and establish a new center to engage more students, from all backgrounds, in the sciences.

UNC is one of 24 colleges and universities selected out of 511 that submitted pre-proposals in the first round of the Inclusive Excellence initiative sponsored by HHMI, the largest private, nonprofit supporter of science education in the United States.

As part of the award, UNC faculty will research student experiences in their STEM classrooms to better understand the conditions that support intrinsic motivation among students. Faculty will then analyze the data and implement instructional practices to help achieve student success —in particular among STEM majors from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, families in which the student is the first to attend college, low socioeconomic backgrounds in addition to students who transfer, or are military veterans or who identify as LGBTQ.

One of the project's goals is to increase retention and graduation rates of these traditionally underserved students. The grant will also establish the new Center of Inclusive Excellence in STEM, which will provide infrastructure and leadership to continue STEM faculty development and expand this professional development across campus.

"Our goal is for this work to lead to a culture at UNC where STEM inclusive excellence is the norm and where conversations about improving conditions for intrinsic student motivation and success are commonplace." said the grant's principal investigator Susan Keenan, professor and director of the School of Biological Sciences.

HHMI expects that the Inclusive Excellence grants will produce useful models for other schools that might share similar contexts and challenges.

For more about the initiative, click here.

About the Grant

  • Project Title: Improving Classroom Culture to Support Intrinsic Motivation as a Pathway to STEM Inclusive Excellence
  • Grant award: $1 million, September 2017-August 2022
  • Funding Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Researchers: Project Director Susan Keenan (professor and director of Biological Sciences), Co-Project Directors, Lori Reinsvold (acting director of UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute) and Jodie Novak (professor of Mathematics), and Investigator Cassendra Bergstrom (assistant professor of Psychological Sciences)
  • Of note: Over multiple stages of peer-review by scientists and science educators, HHMI identified 24 schools out of 511 that applied for Inclusive Excellence 2017 awards.