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February 10, 2016
A Valentine's Night at the Museum Feb. 13
Spend Valentine's eve at the Florida Museum playing trivia games. The program fee includes admission to the “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins” exhibit and participation in Trivia Night. The museum is open from 6 to 10 p.m. for this event. Trivia begins at 7:30 p.m. The program fee is $10 per person or $15 per couple, and free for University of Florida students with a valid Gator 1 card and museum members. "A Valentine's Night at the Museum" is for adults only (ages 18 and up). Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register visit http://bit.ly/1PgmjI0 or call 352-273-2061.
Submitted by Elizabeth Brown, Florida Museum of Natural History
February 20th Jazz Concert Features Alumni, Students and Special Guests
UF alumni from across the country will return to campus on Saturday, February 20 to perform in and attend a special concert, Bobby Shew Live, featuring the UF Jazz Band and Gary Langford. Scott Wilson, head of UF’s Jazz program, says the reunion concert is a dream in the making. Planning for the concert, which will feature alumni and students playing alongside one another, began when he found a CD in the archives of a 1983 concert at UF featuring Bobby Shew and the UF Jazz Band. Members of the 1983 band and Shew will return to the University Auditorium stage on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. for a reunion concert that is free and open to the public. Donations are being accepted to the Bobby Shew Jazz/Lead Trumpet Scholarship. Those who make a donation by February 17 of $30 or more will receive the Bobby Shew Live 1983 CD. Donations of $50 or more includes the CD and an invitation to a pre-concert toast with the artists, and a donation of $100 or more includes those items as well as an invitation to a post-concert dinner with the artists. To learn more and to make a donation, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/bobbyshewlive.
Submitted by Leah Spellman, College of the Arts
The Science of Climate Change and Sustainability: Rising Tide February 23
The Crossroads Project, coming to First United Methodist Church in Gainesville February 23 at 6 p.m., is a partnership between science and art that aims to blend performance art with one of the great conversation of our time — growing unsustainability and the quest for truly meaningful response. Blending compelling and poetic science, evocative imagery and powerful music, Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes exploring both natural and human systems, and juxtaposing two very different paradigms. The result is an inspiring and deeply personal contemplation of the paths before us. A Q&A session will follow the performance. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved through www.eventbrite.com. The Gainesville performance is supported by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; Frank 2016; UF Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics & Science; UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; UF College of the Arts; UF College of Journalism and Communications; UF Department of Biology; UF IFAS; UF Office of Sustainability; and UF Student Government. To learn more, visit www.thecrossroadsproject.org. Join the conversation online by using #thecrossroadsproject.
Submitted by Leah Craig, College of the Arts
Feb 15: Trouble in the Tribe-The American Jewish Conflict over Israel
Dov Waxman a professor of political science, international affairs and Israel studies at Northeastern University, will discuss his new book “Trouble in The Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel” on Monday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., in the Pugh Hall Ocora as part of the annual Shorstein Lecture Series. During his public address, Waxman will present the central thesis of his book: a new era of divergence has emerged among American Jewry and has replaced the age of solidarity that once existed with regard to Israel. The event is free and will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
Submitted by Shelby Taylor, Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Faculty Discussion: Leading Dynamic Online Discussions
Please join us for the Beyond the Podium Faculty discussion next Friday
Dr. Pasha Antonenko from the College of Education will lead a session centered upon dynamic online discussions. Are you getting the best bang for your educational “buck” with your discussions? Share your ideas and hear what others are doing. This session may be of particular interest to Teaching Assistants.
The session will not be recorded, but notes will be made available through the teach.ufl.edu website.
- February 19th
- 3:00-4:00 p.m.
- 2215 Turlington Hall (CITT)
- Refreshments will be provided
Also, join us for the online Beyond the Podium session this Friday (2/12) focused on Academic Integrity!
View future topics and download notes from previous sessions: http://teach.ufl.edu/development/beyond-the-podium-discussion-series
Send any questions about the event to Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Jennifer Smith, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence
Intel Xeon Phi Code Optimization Fellowship
UFIT Research Computing and the UF Informatics Institute are soliciting proposals for a one-year graduate assistant fellowship funded by Intel.
The purpose of the fellowship is to work on Xeon Phi code optimization as part of a cross-disciplinary project.
Each proposal must include a team of four: two faculty members, one with demonstrated experience in parallel programming and one with domain expertise in any area of scholarship; and two students, one who will carry out the code optimization on the Intel Xeon processors and one who brings domain expertise and will use the software for research. It is preferred that projects include science, engineering, or Big Data research in another field such as mathematics, statistics, social science, or the humanities, however, computer engineering applications are not excluded. Work on existing open source software is preferred so that the benefit of the code optimization extends to the larger community beyond UF. All details, including background information and proposal requirements, are in this document.
The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016. The earliest start date for the project is May 1, 2016.
For more information about the fellowship or the proposal process, please contact Erik Deumens, Director of UFIT Research Computing.
Submitted by Erik Deumens, UF Information Technology
"Imagining Climate Change: Science & Fiction in Dialogue" - February 17-18, 2016
February 17, 1:30-3:00pm
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
February 18, 2:00-5:00pm AND 7:30-10:00pm
Smathers Library 100
“Imagining Climate Change” will engage authors, scholars, scientists, and the general public in the vital work of imagining our collective climate futures. The Spring 2016 colloquium will bring award-winning and influential French and American science fiction authors and climate scientists to the UF campus to dialogue with UF faculty and researchers in the humanities, climate studies, and water management, and to explore new ways of representing and responding to environmental change.
The colloquium begins on February 17, with a plenary roundtable co-hosted by the UF Water Institute as part of the Institute’s 5th Biennial Symposium. Introduced by UF President W. Kent Fuchs and Cynthia Barnett of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, the roundtable will feature Tobias Buckell, Jay Famiglietti, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer. The colloquium concludes on February 18 with individual talks by Tobias Buckell, Christian Chelebourg, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer, and responses by UF faculty from the Center for African Studies and the Departments of English, Entomology and Nematology, Geological Sciences, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies.
All events are presented in English or simultaneous English translation and are free and open to the public. See http://imagining-climate.clas.ufl.edu for a schedule of event locations and times, interviews with the authors, and excerpts of their work in climate science and fiction.
Submitted by Dr. Terry Harpold, Department of English
Public Forums for Candidates for Vice President for Student Affairs
Please plan to attend the public forums of the Vice President for Student Affairs finalists.
Dr. Reesor, February 10, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Smathers Library, Room 100
Dr. Porterfield, February 22, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Smathers Library, Room 100
Dr. Parrott, February 24, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Bryan Hall, Room 130
Copies of the candidate’s resume as well as the full schedule for each visit can be found on the Search Committee for the Vice President for Student Affairs website.
Submitted by Andy McCollough, Associate Provost and Search Committee Chair
Office of the Provost
University of Florida
235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175
Gainesville, FL 32611