Saturday, April 17, 2010
Report from the Rockies: Day Two!
The day was again a beautiful one! Great weather outside and excellent scholarship and professionalism inside! Our student colleagues were fantastic and impressed the entire meeting with their knowledge, skill and presence while presenting a wide variety of subjects. Today’s presentations included the following:
DOUBLE OR NOTHING: THE CONCEPT OF MIRRORING IN POSTMODERNISM LITERATURE Oral English Amadeline Baird
VIDEO PRODUCTION AND RED BULL: THE NEXUS OF TEACHER PREPARATION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND COLLEGE ACCESS Oral Education Paul Bowman
WANDERING THE UNEXPECTED PATH: AN ARTHURIAN TALE Oral Creative Writing Kelly Bryant
THE FIGHT FOR IRISH FREEDOM: COLONIAL IRELAND Oral European Studies John Hanley
INVASION OF THE LYME DISEASE VECTOR IXODES SCAPULARIS AND PATHOGEN BORRELIA BURGDORFERI IN SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN Oral Biology Michelle Haring
UNIVERSITY COMPOST AGAINST COMPETITIVE SOURCES Poster Biology Max Hart
"STONE SOUP - A FOLKTALE THROUGH THE AGES" Performing or Visual Arts: Gallery Exhibit English Sandi Hoag
PHOOLAN DEVI: ARCHETYPE OF STRUGGLE FOR CLASS AND GENDER EQUALITY IN POST-COLONIAL INDIA Oral English Brent Hopkins
INFLUENCE OF PAST MAORI TRADITIONS INTO CONTEMPORARY ART Oral Art History Chelsea Kelly
NOT QUITE TRANSCENDENCE: VIRGINIA WOOLF AND THE GENDER BINARY Oral English Peter Larson
THE ESSENCE OF LANDSCAPE Performing or Visual Arts: Gallery Exhibit Studio Art Cheyenne Mallo
TISSUE ADHESION DEFECTS IN THE ZEBRAFISH BUBBLE TAIL MUTATION CAUSE HEMORRHAGE, EPIDERMAL FINFOLD DEGENERATION AND LETHALITY Poster Biology Charles Phillips
CHINESE TEA POTS: A LINK TO THE LITERATI Oral Art History Lauren Potter
SIMULATIONS OF PHOTON TRANSPORT IN SOUTH POLE ICE USING A GRAPHICS PROCESSOR UNIT Oral Physics Abby Riddick
GENDER REFLECTION Performing or Visual Arts: Gallery Exhibit Studio Art Shelby Sand
THE OJIBWE AND THEIR FIGHT FOR THEIR HOME IN WISCONSIN Poster History Wendy Schmidt
“ARRANGE WHATEVER PIECES COME YOUR WAY”: VISUAL AND LITERARY ART IN VIRGINIA WOOLF Oral English Caryn Whipple
WISH - A DANCE EXPLORING THE TIBETAN PILGRIMAGES Performing or Visual Arts: Powerpoint Presentation Dance Haiya Zhang
In addition to the various presentations it was fun to open the local paper and discover that UWRF and it’s “partners in travel” had been mentioned in an excellent story on NCUR 2010 (see http://www.missoulian.com/news/local/article_52547842-4910-11df-a599-001cc4c03286.html). In particular, the piece noted that “Wisconsin-area schools chartered two airplanes” to get here. In fact, our planes have been the talk of the meeting! Besides being the third largest contingent in the nation at this international meeting of some 2800 students (folks are here from England as well), our use of Sun Country to off-set the travel costs has been noted across the meeting! In fact, the travel costs were discussed at the Friday morning “Faculty Summit” and our solution was roundly praised by all. Additionally, we have already lined-up additional schools for next year and Bill checked with Sun Country about flying into Ithaca NY, site of NCUR 2011. It appears that we’ve started something of a new and exciting trend within NCUR here at Montana!
Besides the presentations by our students, we have all been participating in the several excellent plenary sessions here in Missoula as well. These have included some fascinating presentations of Native American culture including a native flute recital by R. Carlos Nakai on Thursday night and the Kyi-Yo Nation Pow Wow on Friday night. It was an amazing cultural diversity immersion for us all to witness the majesty of these wonderful people from the “first nation”. As honored guest of our native fellow Americans many students from NCUR (including some from UWRF) were invited to joined in the dancing and celebrating as well.
Saturday promises to be another busy day! And unfortunately our last here at NCUR 2010! But alas, as the saying goes all good “things” must come to an end, and what a great “thing” this has been.
For a student prespective check out the student profile page at: http://uwrf-rsca-students.blogspot.com/ (Links are to the left).