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Natural History Museum of Utah
Count down to Noon with the Natural History Museum of Utah and celebrate Noon Year's Eve!
Enjoy a New Year's celebration for the whole family with live music from the School of Rock band, hands-on activities, prizes, interactive dance performances, and much more!
You will have the opportunity to:
Participate in horse-themed activities, such as horseshoes, roping, and more, inspired by our current special exhibition, The Horse.
Rock out with some live music from the kids band, School of Rock.
Examine snow crystals, create paper snowflakes, make a dry ice bubble, and participate in other hands-on activities.
Get your face painted.
Dance with student dancers from the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah.
Check out Phun with Physics from 3-4 pm in the Swaner Forum.
Grab your Noon Year's Eve party pack from the front desk or Museum store for only $4! First 100 paid guests get a FREE party pack!
• Party Pack includes: noise maker, festive crown or necklace, and a voucher for a hot chocolate and a frostable cookie.
Vouchers can be redeemed at the Community Room on the 2nd floor north of the Café.
Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry (TBBC)
This lecture will describe the methods we use in an attempt to transform our traditional, kilostudent classroom into a modern-day learning environment. Formal instruction tends to emphasize rote learning and algorithmic problem solving even though these are tasks better done by machines than by humans. Since knowing the solution to a problem is less important than knowing how to solve a problem, we have restructured our large, instructor-centered lecture into an open, student-centered problem-solving forum. Here, instructors serve the role of coaches, preparing students to learn on their own and become better equipped to tackle the complex problems of twenty-first-century science and medicine. Our objectives, which have relevance beyond the classroom, are:
- To improve student confidence
- To regularly engage students in intense thought
- To sharpen students' skills in filtering relevant from irrelevant information
- To train students to accept and manage intellectual risks
- To improve students' ability to deal with ambiguity
- To help students learn to persevere through, and grow from their daily setbacks
The most important finding is the positive outcome from a semester-long group project that puts students' knowledge into action by communicating a molecular mode of action exhibited in a compound of interest. Notably, learning gains were seen in professional science-based literacy skills. The talk will conclude with ongoing and future activities aimed at personalizing undergraduate instruction as a means to promote curiosity driven learning.
College of Social Work (SW)
Over 2,500 domestic violence treatment programs in the U.S. rely on Batterer Intervention Programs (BIPs) principles, despite rigorous studies that reveal high attrition rates, limited evidence of attitudinal and behavioral change, and little to no contact with victims.
During this presentation, Dr. Linda Mills will introduce Circles of Peace, a restorative justice treatment approach that accommodates victims who choose to participate. The Circles of Peace model – the first of its kind in the U.S. – is flexible, culturally sensitive, and works with the criminal justice system to interrupt family patterns of abuse. The model has been implemented in the criminal justice systems in Nogales, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, with National Science Foundation- and National Institute of Justice-funded studies currently underway in Salt Lake City, in partnership with the University of Utah. Dr. Mills will focus on current research and the potential of this work for reimagining domestic violence treatment in the United States.
Linda G. Mills, PhD, JD, MSW, is the inaugural Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor and Vice Chancellor for Global Programs at New York University, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the of Many Institute. She has been working on issues related to violence and recovery for more than 20 years, challenging the current paradigms of domestic abuse by rethinking how we respond to violence in intimate relationships.
All events in this series are free and open to the public.
2 NASW-endorsed CEUs will be available for $10 per event: http://goo.gl/eUMwgD