Wednesday’s Constitution Day Teach-In is a forum for engagement and action as well as discussion

The Constitution Day Teach-In on Wednesday September 17 will be an opportunity for the community to commemorate and discuss the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It will be a chance to engage in an expressive discourse on issues of compelling importance to contemporary society. All voices are welcome.

The teach-in concept may be unfamiliar, particularly to students and other young people.

The term was first used to describe a 1965 anti-war event at the University of Michigan. This event was organized by the Students for a Democratic Society and was attended by more than 3,000 students, faculty and community members. The concept of a teach-in is attributed to Dr. Marshall Sahlins, an anthropologist and University of Michigan faculty member.

A teach-in is not a seminar or panel discussion. It is a public, “general educational forum” in which all the participants engage in discussion, song and dramatic presentation on a topic of compelling public interest.

Teach-ins were widely used in the anti-war movement of the 1960’s. The concept of the teach-in, however, is not unlike the public discussions on civil rights that occurred in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Such discussions took place in churches, schools, private homes – any available venue.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as well as popular speakers on the left, e.g., Malcolm X, used such forums to educate and exhort people to action. These “meetings” always involved song and/or some dramatic presentation. The concept of “teaching” as public discourse is deeply rooted in the history of African American protest and civic action.

The teach-in will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the General Classroom Building, Room A218.

Special thanks to Professor James Mayes for the history lesson!

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Constitution Day: A Teach-In, September 17

Constitution Day 2014 flyer

Creating proposal budgets and budget justifications: Do them right, and they can help you get to ‘yes’

Proposal reviewers love tight, well justified budgets, clearly presented in the format specified by the funding agency. Do they love yours?

To help your budget and your proposal get the love they deserve, the Division of Research and Economic Development will host a Lunch & Learn event, “Developing Proposal Budgets and Budget Justifications,” on Tuesday, September 23, noon to 1 p.m. in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Ms. Tonjia May, DORED’s Budget Manager, will be presenting. This session will focus on how to develop a budget for a sponsored project.

Please register by September 16; click here for the registration page. Sign up and bring your lunch to learn valuable information.

Fall seminar series begin in Biology, Engineering with microbial evolvability and pectus excavatum

UPDATE: New venue for this week’s ERC seminar and new set of locations for the seminars this semester.

Two weekly seminar series will begin this week for the fall semester. The Biology seminar series is held on Wednesdays at noon in Barnes Hall Room 224.  The Engineering Research Center seminars are held on Friday, 11 a.m. Check weekly for location, which alternates among three locations in McNair (Room 128; Room LR4, an A/V- and distance learning-enabled classroom, and the Auditorium).

Biology: Wednesday, August 27, Noon

Biology seminar flyer

From Dr. Barrick’s bio page:

“We use experiments with microorganisms, nucleic acids, and digital organisms to study evolution in action with the ultimate goal of understanding and harnessing evolution as a creative force. To ask how different types of mutations impact evolutionary potential, we are using deep sequencing to monitor the competitive dynamics of spontaneous beneficial mutations in these populations and also engineering specific genomic changes. Systems biology and biochemistry approaches are used to link the effects of mutations on cell physiology to how they affect competitive fitness at the organism level, and bioinformatics and comparative genomics are used to investigate whether similar mutational pathways are important in nature. Other research interests include investigating the functions of cryptic genomic elements and using mark-recapture techniques on microbial genomes to watch them as they evolve in the context of complex wild and pathogenic communities.”

Engineering Research Center: Friday, August 29, 11 a.m.

Flyer for ERC seminar, August 29, 2014
Introduction:

Pectus excavatum (PE) is the most common chest wall deformity. In PE patients, the middle lower portion of the sternum is depressed producing concavity of the anterior part of the chest wall. Correction is accomplished by using minimally invasive technique of chest remodeling developed by Dr. Donald Nuss in 1987. A curved metal bar is implanted to lift the sternum to its normal position. Upward force from the bar is opposed by downward sternal force, partially flattening the bar.  The bar may be removed 1-2 years later without PE recurrence provided that sternal force has become negligible. There is currently no method available for the in vivo measurement of sternal force. This project sought a noninvasive assay of sternal force using bar end-to-end distance.

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N.C. A&T’s Eco-Core: Part of the solution to coal ash

Screenshot from UNC-TV website

Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar explains Eco-Core to UNC-TV from his lab in the Fort IRC

In five fast-paced minutes, UNC-TV tells you just about everything you need to know about Eco-Core, the material N.C. A&T engineers have created from fly ash, part of the coal ash produced by coal-powered power plants. Its tremendous fire resistance, strength, water resistance and very light weight make it a miracle material and part of the solution to the coal ash problem.

Click here to see the report from “North Carolina Now.”