Faculty Development

Calendar of Events and Programs 2014-15

This page is updated regularly. Please check back for upcoming events.

 

NSSE is NOT the Loch Ness Monster!
Part of the Faculty Food for Thought Series
Wednesday, September 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., AU111 (UClub)

Part of the Faculty Food for Thought Series
Want to know if we are engaging our Butler University students? Come find out what the data says and discuss with your colleagues implications and pedagogical action. Lunch is on us, but RSVP to rdegrazi@butler.edu is required.

'Frightening' Frankie, 'Dangerous' Drac, and (Yeah, Right!) 'Weirdo' Wolfie': Popular Appropriation, Monster Mash-ups, and Why Frankenberry is Really Bad for You
Wednesday, September 24, noon-1 p.m., AU326
Brown Bag Series, Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Work Presentation

by Rocky Colavito, English
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen's first of seven monster theses is one of the most significant for the purposes of this
presentation: "The monster's body is cultural body." Cohen goes on to assert that the monster's body is ". . .
an embodiment of a certain cultural moment . . . [of] pure culture" . In this presentation, Rocky Colavito
examines Cohen's assertions and how monsters' bodies and presences are affected by appropriation by the
culture industry, one which very often domesticates them and co-opts them for antithetical purposes.
Cartoons, commercials, comedy records - all represent cultural appropriations of the monsters we know and
love, and this presentation seeks to explore the ramifications of this cultural process, what it means for
Cohen's theses, and how this domestication affects the definition and development of monsters and the
monstrous for future generations.
Students, staff and faculty are all welcome. No RSVP required.

And Then There Was Light: Connecting Students to Learning through the ICR
Tuesday, September 30, noon-1 p.m., AU111 (UClub)
Come hear about the innovative ways your colleagues involve students in complex learning experiences through community engagement. Lunch included! RSVP to facultyfellow@butler.edu is required.

"The Chemistry of Everyday Things: "Wednesday Fun Facts" make Organic Chemistry relevant and accessible"
Wednesday, October 8, noon-1 p.m., AU326
Brown Bag Series, Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Work Presentation
by Adam Azman, Chemistry

Have you ever been walking down the street and wondered, "Huh. How does that work?" How do Pop Rocks work? Why is High Fructose Corn Syrup bad? What makes Coors Light bottles change color? How do glow sticks work? Why is Shellac nail polish so chip resistant? Why does capsaicin feel hot and menthol feel cold? A weekly, 10-minute mini lecture over these and other interesting topics draws students into the curiosity of chemistry and encourages them to take an active role in learning. Students see how science, politics, money, environment, and safety are connected. Originally implemented in response to the 2011 UN International Year of Chemistry, the Wednesday Fun Facts continue today. Students have started taking the initiative and designing their own Wednesday Fun Fact presentations based on their own "how does that work?" questions. Qualitatively, student engagement with and excitement for chemistry and the scientific process have increased as a result of Wednesday Fun Facts.
Students, staff and faculty are all welcome. No RSVP required.


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