University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar
Join us as we reflect on the month's events and meet and greet with Chicago American Indian community members Norma Roberts and Robert Wapahi. Share the signature meal with us: Indian Tacos
About the Event:
As a part of the "North of the Northern Lights" Exhibit, Dr. Verena Hofig will present a lecture based on her research.
In 1913, the University of Illinois co-sponsored a scientific expedition to Northern Greenland. Presented a century later, archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples.North of the Northen Lights and its associated events are sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center, funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant.The Spurlock Museum's changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.This exhibit runs October 6, 2015–July 31, 2016.About the Speaker:
Dr. Verena Höfig’s research focuses on the intersection of literature, material culture, and social history in Scandinavia from the Viking Age until today. This has included identity and memory formation, the political history of early Iceland in the context of overseas migration, frontier narratives, and the representation of animals in Old Norse material and textual culture. Her two current projects explore healing and obstetrics in the pre-Christian North, and the signifying potential of thrones, chairs, and high-seats-pillars. Dr. Höfig teaches courses in Old Norse,Swedish, and topics courses ranging from medieval to modern Scandinavian culture (history, archaeology, mythology, sagas, and the modern reception of Vikings), including links between Medieval German and Scandinavian literature.
Please join Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson in welcoming Dr. Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice Principal of the University of Birmingham, to formally announce this year’s call for proposals for the BRIDGE collaborative seed fund, the initiation of the new Birmingham-Illinois BRIDGE Fellowships program, and the launch of the collaborative website biriminghamillinoisBRIDGE.org.
The inter-institutional partnership between the Illinois campus and the University of Birmingham: the BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, enGagement and Education (BRIDGE), was formally launched in March 2014, during a visit by their chief executive officer, Vice-Chancellor Sir David Eastwood. The partnership is the second initiative in the Illinois Strategic International Partnership (ISIP) program, managed through the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies. The elevation of the partnership to the level of campus-wide strategic significance came after more than three years during which Birmingham unilaterally invested institutional funding to foster and expand upon faculty-to-faculty linkages and increase their engagement in the greater Chicago region through interactions with the British Consulate General.
At the March 2014 BRIDGE launch event, both institutions agreed to establish matching seed funds to stimulate new faculty connection, issue joint RFP open to all faculty on both campuses, jointly evaluate the submissions, and jointly determine the supported projects and funding to be allocated to each. To date, an estimated 55 individual faculty-driven collaborations in progress, that have arisen through the impetus of the BRIDGE initiative, involving more than 60 Illinois faculty spread across six colleges and two inter-disciplinary research institutes.
About the Birmingham BRIDGE Fellows Program
In the Birmingham-Illinois BRIDGE Research Fellowship, fellows in targeted research areas will be jointly recruited and evaluated, but will be hired by the University of Birmingham and will remain employees of the University of Birmingham throughout the three-year fellowship period. They will be recruited to join or expand existing BRIDGE collaborative research project teams and expected to spend 1–1.5 years in residence at Illinois. The anticipation is that the BRIDGE fellows will, upon return to Birmingham’s faculty, maintain lasting research collaborations and connections with their Illinois colleagues.
Please share the flyer below (click to download the PDF) with your colleagues and graduate students.
- The talk will be followed by lab tours.PLEASE see instructions below for getting a lab tour ticket.ONLY individuals with tickets will be able to tour the lab
Just like dragons, single particles of light, called photons, are notoriously difficult to train; their shape depends a lot on the environment they are born into, they can be in multiple places at once, and they fly faster than anything else in the world. On the other hand, these properties make them extremely useful for accomplishing otherwise impossible tasks and for bringing us to new levels of understanding. But how do you get them to do what you want? I will give a quick photon-training tutorial to show how we coax single photons out of hiding and increase their powers. When photons are trained, they can do amazing things, like alerting you if anyone is eavesdropping on your conversation, telling you the answer to currently unsolvable questions, and telling us whether our theories of how the world fundamentally works are correct.
The format of this presentation is a 30 minute talk, followed by a tour to see the training grounds and other applications of the powerful photon in physics labs at Illinois.ATTENTION !! People interested in touring the labs:When you first come in, before the talk, everyone interested in a tour MUST sign up for it at the table in front. You will receive a color coded ticket assigning you the time and the tour.Admission is limited. We will offer tours twice if there are more than ~50 people interested. The first tour will start at about 10:45am , the second tour will start about 11:05.Labs have strictly limited capacity. ONLY individuals with tickets will be able to tour the lab (e.g. you and your child must each have a ticket)