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URGO Summer Research Presentations — Monday July 27th

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Come hear summer researchers present their final projects! Free and open to the public.

9:00 am: Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts – Kennedy 303A
Carrington Nowak: Sibling Rivals
Bridgette Boone: Creativity through abstraction: the journey to becoming an artist

10:15 am: Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts – Kennedy 303A
John Kipper: Race and Children’s Lit
Pachi Hang & Domenica Llerena: Engaging Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue
Allison Stein: The Healing Power of Horses: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Military Veterans

10:30 am: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303B
Weston Schug: Kinetics of Peroxy Radicals Using a Flow-tube
Laura Kundel: A Swell Time with Polymers: Sustainable Organogels
Jade Fullerton: Pepto Bismol: Meant for Indigestion or Polymers?

1:00 pm: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Fields – Kennedy 303A
Linh Dao: Visualizing Community: Mapping public spaces in the era of Google Maps
Kylee Lokken: Autobiography Memory Specificity and its Relation to Interpersonal Problem Solving in Young Adults and Children
Anne Liners : “I Just Need Help with Grammar”: Patterning Error at a University Writing Center

1:00 pm: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303B
Noah Aleshire: 3D Printing Food: An Exploration
Kei Heltemes: Voltage-Induced Ferromagnetism in Diamagnetic Fool’s Gold Using Electrolyte Gating
Megan McGlynn: Mechanical Properties of 2D Lipid Films
Arooba Shahid: Shape Analysis of Lipid Monolayer Domains

2:15 pm: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Fields – Kennedy 303A
Hannah Dyson: The Suffrage and Anti-Suffrage Movements in Minnesota
Molly Tengwall: Oklahoma!:The Impact of Changing Culture on a Broadway Classic

URGO Summer Research Presentations — Tues July 30th Morning Session

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Come hear STEM summer researchers present their final projects!

10:30 am – Kennedy 303A
Morgan Lange: Correlation between Chronic Lower Back Pain and Hamstring flexibility in faculty, staff, and students in an Urban Midwestern University
Katherine Dockter: Physical Education and Adulthood Levels of Physical Activity
Christopher Calland: Relationship Between Knee Biomechanics and Knee Injuries in D3 Football Players

10:30 am – Kennedy 303B
Ben Darwitz: Clearing the Air: How the Innate Immune System may be Able to Treat Staphylococcus qureus Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Brent Chambers: Analysis of alcohol content and hops in beer
Isaac Tadé: Let your light shine: Radical polymerizations of dental polymers

URGO Summer Research Presentations – Tues July 30th Afternoon Session

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Come hear STEM summer researchers present their final projects! Free and open to the public

1:00 pm – Kennedy 303A
Ciashia Shiongyaj: Functioning Structure and Model of Daphnia Magna’s First Antennae Basal Bead
Abigail Garofalo: Visualizing hedgehog gene expression in Daphnia magna using in situ hybridization
May Kamsheh: Manganese Toxicity on Cultured SH-SY5Y Cells

1:00 pm – Kennedy 303B
Xueqing Su: A Numerical Power-Series Approach to Boundary-Value Eigenvalue Problems in the Context of Fluid Flows
Annabelle Arns: Real Life CSI: The Searle Pedestrian Throw Formula
Eric Bibelnieks: Energy Computation and its Minimization for Suction Vortices Modeled on a Cubic Lattice

2:15 pm – Kennedy 303A
Samantha Marholtz: qPCR studies of hedgehog gene expression during Daphnia magna development with SYBR green
Yusra Darkazanli: Real-time PCR analysis of a Mn transporter gene in Human Neuroblastoma Cells
Bridget Wagner: Analyzing the structure and function of a Myth4/FERM Myosin in Tetrahymena thermophile
Jaweriyo Farah: Identifying the Localization and Function of Myosin 13 in Tetrahymena thermophila

2:15 pm – Kennedy 303B
Jose Raul Marcos-Cruz: Local field potential carry task-related information in a cognitive control task
Lorenzo Hernandez: Predicting Maximal Oxygen Consumption with a Single Stage Skate Test
Daniela Fragale: What’s the Fuss about Fuzz? Characterizing Trichome Density in MN-Native Strawberry Populations
Maxwell Banister: Putting sap suckers to the test: Identifying sustainable aphid resistance in the wild relatives of barley

General Announcements

Student Job: Operation Specialist Assistant – Apply Now

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is looking for detail-oriented and adaptable student worker to provide administrative support for the Office of Admissions by supporting the daily functions of the Operations team. Please review the full job description and apply online by following these steps:

1. Log into Inside Augsburg and select “On-Campus Student Jobs’
2. Log in to or set-up your Handshake account
3. Search Jobs
4. Filter for “On-Campus” Jobs
5. Apply for the: Operation Specialist Assistant position
6. Submit the Operation Specialist Assistant Form ( help us get to know you better.

Free Produce All Summer – Now on Mondays

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Campus Kitchen will be providing free produce to students, staff, and faculty all summer long! Come by the Christensen lobby between noon-3 every Monday for the rest of the Summer semester. Hope to see you there! We may close early if all produce has been given away for that week. Please Bring your own bags if you are able!!!

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Student Share Shop Opening this Fall – Looking for donations

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Hey all,

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are proud to announce a new student resource on campus: the student Share Shop. We are working towards opening this space in the sublevel of the old science building by Fall, 2019. To help us get started we are asking you—students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg—for some helpful donations.
Based off of a recent survey, here are some of the things we are looking for for the share shop:
– Household / dorm Repair (Spackle, Tool kits, poster putty)
– Recreational gear (sports equipment, out door games, hammocks, etc.)
– Office materials (calculators, sharpeners, staplers)
– First aid kits
– Twin XL sheets (new or washed)
– Weather related items (umbrellas, shovels, extra hats/scarves/mittens)
– Sewing/glasses repair kits
– Hot pots or rice cookers
– Cooking (Microwave, pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers)
– Board games, DVDs

Any donations are greatly appreciated and welcome, but please don’t feel obligated to donate. Donations can be brought to the Sabo center located in the basement of Anderson Hall. We appreciate your time and consideration thank you in advance.

For more informations please feel free to email me:

The People’s Center – Augsburg’s partner for students without insurance

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Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.

The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

➢ With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:
● Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
● Annual physical exams – 1 per year
● Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered).
● X-rays performed at The People’s Center
● Tetanus immunization
● Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
● Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
● Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
● Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
● Flu shots

➢ If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPS will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.

Campus Share Shop at Augsburg, Check it Out

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Members of the Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are coming together to create a Campus Share Shop for the students of Augsburg! Our purpose is to create a space where students can check out goods they need, rather than purchasing new items. By doing this, we hope to:
-Reduce the consumption of material goods
-Reduce students’ costs
-Create a community space where students can take part in informal learning around sustainable practices and skill-sharing.

This is a project created by students for students, so we are reaching out to you to find out what you would want to see in the share shop. Please take a few minutes to take a short survey that will aid in creating a share shop that will properly serve the students of Augsburg.

Share Shop Student Survey Link Here

Event Announcements

Celebration and Goodbye for Jennifer Simon

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Jennifer Simon, Director of American Indian Student Services, accepted a new position as the Director of American Indian Education in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Her last day at Augsburg is July 31. We will celebrate her contributions to the Augsburg community and to the many students she connected with at an Open House on Friday, July 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Oyate Commons, Suite 2, Christensen Center. Please join us in the celebration.

Visiting Writer Readings on Campus

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This summer’s MFA Summer Residency guests include Lisa Van Orman Hadley, winner of the Howling Bird Press Fiction Award, and poet Danez Smith, playwright Stacey Rose, creative nonfiction writer Tessa Fontaine, and screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine. Learn more about this impressive lineup on the MFA website.

We invite you to the following free public events:
Reading by Visiting Poet Danez Smith
Thursday, July 25, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building
Screening of the film THE KEEPING HOURS
with Visiting Screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine
Friday, July 26, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building

A book signing and reception will follow each event, with books available for purchase.

MFA Visiting Writers

Join Us: July 25th for our next Strommen Adventure Lunch

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We would like to invite faculty and staff to join our Career & Internship team for our next adventure lunch. Summer is a great time to catch up with colleagues, so take a break and venture out into the community for lunch this summer!

Thursday, July 25th
Tuesday, August 13th
Thursday, August 22nd

If you are interested, we ask that you meet in Suite 100, CC at 11:20 a.m. No need to R.S.V.P., we will determine restaurant locations based on interest.
(Cost of meal will be handled by each individual)

Looking forward to having our colleagues join us! If questions, please call 612-330-1472 or email

At that time, we will select a neighborhood restaurant to visit.

TRIO McNair Summer Research Presentations – TODAY

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McNair Scholars will present their research projects on Wed., July 24, 10am – 2pm in Hagfors 106. This event is open to the public — feel free to stop by when you can!

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions after each presenter.

10am – 10:10am INTRODUCTION

10:10am – 10:30am
Effects of normal and Cystic Fibrosis airway secretions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Daniella Vasquez
Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright

10:30am – 10:50am
Exploring a model for the intensity within Langmuir monolayers containing DMPC
Dametre Thunberg
Dr. Ben Stottrup

10:50am – 11:10am
Differential gene expression of stress response-related genes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and three accessions of its wild relative (Hordeum spontaneum K. Koch) in response to infestation by the bird cherry-oat aphid (Rhopalosiphum padi L.)
Quentin Smith
Dr. Leon van Eck

11:10am – 11:30am
Eye development: The effect of Hedgehog signaling pathway on Daphnia magna and Artemia franciscana
Sandy Lee
Dr. Matthew Beckman

11:30am – 11:50am
The Mathematics behind Visual Illusion
Kouassi Adou
Dr. Matthew Haines

11:50am – 12:15pm BREAK

12:15pm – 12:35pm
Does Attending Community College Reduce the Costs of Receiving a College Degree?
Sydney Saygbe
Dr. Stella Hofrenning

12:35pm – 12:55pm
Hegemonic Masculinity and Sexual Abuse: The Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church
Joseph Amrhein
Dr. James Vela-McConnell

12:55pm – 1:15pm
Organizational Secrecy, Structural Resources, & Stigma: The Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal in Pennsylvania
Cinthia Ramirez
Dr. James Vela-McConnell

1:15pm – 1:35pm
Where Were The Chicanas During the Twin Cities Chicano Movement?:
An Analysis On How Mexican-American Women Were Involved In The Twin Cities Chicano Movement
Citlaly Escobar
Dr. Jimmy Patino

1:35pm – 1:55pm
A Novel: What Does Black Liberation Look Like?
Taiwana Shambley
Dr. Carolyn Holbrook

1:55pm – 2:00pm WRAP UP

McNair Research Abstracts

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