First of two international open forums scheduled for noon, Friday

President Matthew Wilson will lead the first of two open forums on UA’s international programming and activities at noon on Friday, Jan. 20, in the Simmons Hall Auditorium.

All are invited, especially those currently engaged or interested in international education. The one-hour session will provide an opportunity to brainstorm potential strategies for the University’s international engagement.

Another session is schedule for the following Wednesday, Jan. 25, also at noon in the Simmons Hall Auditorium.

Still time to add your international expertise/interest to UA inventory

More than 50 faculty and staff members have responded to President Matthew Wilson’s call for information on all active international programs and expertise at UA. An inventory of UA’s international and cross-cultural endeavors is being assembled for purposes of marketing our current international offerings and charting a future course.

Individuals wishing to contribute to this database should email a description of their engagement/expertise to by end of day, Friday, Jan. 27.

Rethinking Race calendar of events continues to grow

Rethinking Race outstretched hands logo

The 10th year of Rethinking Race: Black White and Beyond is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Rethinking Race is UA’s annual two-week forum of events in which race and race-related issues are discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood. This year’s forum is scheduled Feb. 3-17.

Keynote speakers, with more being added, include:

  • Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, author of "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" and one of the researchers behind the Implicit Associate Tests.
  • Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and creator the controversial and startling "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise.
  • Nina Turner, a former state senator in Ohio, college professor, motivational speaker, media commentator and author.

See the calendar of events, Film Festival, Face-2-Face schedule and more online at Rethinking Race.

The deadline to submit Face-2-Face events is Friday, Jan. 27, at noon. You can submit your events online.

Every Friday is a Blue and Gold Day

Blue and Gold Days

With the beginning of spring semester this week, everyone is again invited to wear our school colors of blue and gold every Friday.

President Matthew Wilson encourages everyone to celebrate the University — including our students, our faculty, our researchers, our staff and our alumni — with UA colors.

“After consulting with various constituencies, we have collectively decided to demonstrate school spirit for our students and the community by deeming every Friday this academic year as a “Blue and Gold Day,” says Wilson.

He also encourages everyone to leverage the power of social media by posting images of our renewed spirit and pride with the hashtag, #UANewDay.

Puskas lab open house set Thursday

You are cordially invited to the open house being held in the lab of Dr. Judit Puskas on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Akron Engineering Research Center 309. Puskas is the Joseph M. Gingo Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of polymer science, integrated bioscience and chemistry.

Attending the open house will be members of the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation, which raises funds and donates to universities and charitable research institutions conducting breast cancer research to aid the transfer of innovations from laboratories to clinics.

The first research group selected by the foundation was the Akron Breast Team led by Puskas at UA. The team’s aim is to integrate Akron’s inventions that combine cancer diagnosis and treatment with breast reconstruction to radically improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients. Please come to hear more about the foundation and support this local research team.

Special polymer lecture to feature Sandia Labs professor on Jan. 24

Randall SchunkThe College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering will host a special lecture with Dr. P. Randall Schunk on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in Goodyear Polymer Center 229. The title for his talk is “The fundamentals of micro- and nano-replication manufacturing: challenges and opportunities.”

Schunk is a national laboratory professor in the Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests include modeling and simulation (finite element, discrete element), computational fluid mechanics, nano-manufacturing (nano-particle composites, nano-imprinting), and polymer processing and coating flows.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Bryan Vogt at

Notetaking services available to students with disabilities

Providing reasonable and accessible accommodations to students with disabilities is a goal of educators. Notetaking services are provided in the classroom for students with approved accommodations. Students with disabilities may have difficulty taking notes in class, may experience memory problems, or have auditory, sensory, or physical limitations and may request that a notetaker assist them in the classroom to ensure that they can be successful.

A student with a disability may request notetaking accommodations each semester through the Office of Accessibility and by speaking with their faculty member. Notetakers are students enrolled in the same class as the student who is requesting the accommodation. For the length of the semester, notetakers are asked to provide a copy of their notes within one to two days of each class session to the student with a disability.

Faculty play a key role by identifying good notetakers, providing their own notes to the student, or recruiting students in the classroom as notetakers at the start of each semester.

For notetaking accommodations to be successful, the student, notetaker, faculty/staff and the staff in the Office of Accessibility all work together. Additional information is available on the Office of Accessibility website at Faculty and Staff and Notetakers.

Please contact the Office of Accessibility at ext. 7928 or should you have questions or concerns.

Pianist Garnet Ungar in concert Saturday

Guest pianist Garnet Ungar will be in concert on Saturday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Ungar is an associate professor of piano at Evansville University.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email

Area high schools will perform at closing concert of Vocal-Choral Festival

The finale concert of the School of Music’s annual Vocal-Choral Festival will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Featured will be Firestone High School and Mentor High School.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email

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