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TODAY at 10 a.m.: Understanding Student Cognitive Load in the Remote Teaching Environment

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Learning is hard work, and students this fall will have even more distractions. This session will review the role intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load play in student learning and offer suggestions for reducing extraneous cognitive load in the remote teaching environment.

Wednesdays, July 8 – August 19 from 10 am – 11 am: CTL’s Practical Pedagogy Series

Please join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and guests for the Practical Pedagogy Series every Wednesday from 10-11am. Designed to complement the Tech Tune-Ups and Tips series and Fellowship Fridays, the Practical Pedagogy series will focus on helping you maintain and/or improve your current pedagogical practices using your preferred Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI, aka Augsburg’s “Hybrid”) option: LIve Remote, Blended, or Parallel. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website, and weekly topics will be posted in A-mail. We look forward to seeing you!

Practical Pedagogy (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Moodle Advanced Grading and Effective Moodle Assignments: TOMORROW at 10 a.m.

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Rubrics and Grading Guides are a method for evaluating work, but they are also extremely useful in coaching students through the planning and developing stages of an activity. This session focuses on how you can leverage these advanced grading tools, as well as other features of the Moodle Assignment activity to provide the details your students require for successful completion.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

Come Zoom with the E-learning Team as they offer two 60-minute sessions each week on how to maximize your use of Moodle and learning technologies as you get ready for classes this Fall. Each session will open with 15-minutes of “pertinent tips & best practices” about important Moodle features/resources. The final 45 minutes will provide training on a specific learning experience or tool.

Tech Tuneups & Tips (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Check in for Fellowship Friday

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Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fellowship Fridays ZOOM Information (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

Forum Podcast Ep. 40 – The Ubiquity of Masculine Leadership Traits

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Team Dynamics co-founders Trina Olson and Alfonso Wenker explore how US-based workplaces reinforce preferences for whiteness and masculinity in talent recruitment, hiring, and promotion.

Dr. David Crowe Awarded Funding to Continue Mental Health Research

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Dr. David Crowe, Associate Professor of Biology, has received a new subaward from the University of Minnesota, allowing him to continue his research about cortical system dysfunction in psychiatric disease. Dr. Crowe will be responsible for the processing and analysis of data associated with the NeuroPlasticity Research in Support of Mental Health (NeuroPRSMH) center at the University of Minnesota Medical School. NeuroPRSMH received a Silvio O. Conte Center grant valued at $15M from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which will fund Dr. Crowe’s work, totaling $95,000, until spring 2025. The title of the impactful new research study is “Dysfunctional State Representations in Psychosis: From Neurophysiology to Neuroplasticity-based Treatment.”

More about the overall project can be found here: (This is supported by the National Institutes of Health under award number P50MH119569.)

Grants and Sponsored Programs

Dr. Vivian Feng Receives Grant to Continue Analytical Chemistry Research

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Dr. Vivian Feng, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has received a new research grant that will allow her to conduct another five years of research in analytical chemistry. She will assess the molecular-level interactions between bacterial species, such as Shewanella oneidensis and Bacillus subtilis, and engineered nanoparticles.

Dr. Feng will lead undergraduate researchers to collect and analyze the resulting measurements. This work is a key component of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), which recently received a five-year renewal to continue its research, education, and public engagement activities, at a sum of $4M per year. Among the ten other collaborating universities within the center, Augsburg is the only primarily undergraduate institution. Dr. Feng’s grant award totals $400,000.

Read more about the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology here: (This is supported by the National Science Foundation under award number CHE-2001611.)

Grants and Sponsored Programs

General Announcements

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad on Spring Break and Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Spring Break 2021 and Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Roots to Rap: Islam in America – spring break
HIS 195 (Humanities)

Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – spring break
RLN 409 (Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 (Keystone for some majors)
Spanish Language & Mexican Cultures – summer, multiple SPA course available(Modern Language)

Medical Spanish & Clinical Observership – summer, SPA 218 and SPA399


Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer

THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer
HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective)

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get more information about these short term programs

A Prayer of Appreciation for the Life and Work for Congressman John Lewis

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We on the Campus Ministry team, offer a prayer of appreciation for the life and social justice work of Congressman John Lewis:

As a student at Fisk University John Lewis was dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and he devoted his life to racial justice and equity working decades as an organizer and activist. Before serving 17 terms as U.S. House Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, he spent his life in service to others.

Lewis was arrested more than 40 times protesting segregation. He was involved in lunch counter sit-ins; freedom rides on interstate buses, he was the youngest speaker and one of six planners for the 1963 March on Washington.

Congressman Lewis was a beautiful brown genuinely gentle giant in nature who was a fierce advocate for the culture. Some of his most famous words are just as relevant if not more so today than when he spoke them nearly 55 years ago. “We’re tired of being beaten by policemen. We’re tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again,” the 23-year-old Lewis said in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. “We want our freedom and we want it now! – CNN

For the full prayer, please go to the Campus Ministry Blog:

Event Announcements

TODAY: MN Department of Human Services Virtual Internship and Career Fair

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Today, Wednesday, July 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the Minnesota Department of Human Services will host a Virtual Job & Internship Fair!

Come virtually meet and greet with providers that are currently hiring for a variety of human service careers. Staff from a variety of agencies across Minnesota that provide services services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions will be offering information and answering questions on:

• Current job opportunities
• Current internship opportunities
• Career paths available to students
• Educational & vocational experiences necessary to be hired in various fields
• The importance of gaining work experience while in school.

Students in the following programs are highly encouraged to attend:
Human Services
Applied behavior analysis
Child development
Social work
Special education/ Education
Speech and language pathology
Occupational therapy
And more!

No pre-registration required! Once you log into Handshake and the fair, you can open the attached document to retrieve the zoom link

Learn and join the fair in Handshake

Augsburg TRIO McNair Scholars to Present Research

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This Thursday, July 23, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Augsburg McNair Scholars will present their summer research projects. All are welcome to attend!

This is a virtual event, use the following link to join:

9:00 – 10:10 Introductions (NSMSCS):
Falak Tawakalna: Incorporating R-language and data science in the Chemistry curriculum (Dr. Vivian Feng)
Nichelle Camden: Designing Fluorescently-Labeled Myosin Constructs (Dr. Ben Binder)
Anahi Cantoran: Active learning vs. Traditional lecturing: Assessing student learning gains in small introductory biology classes at Augsburg University (Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright)
Q & A / Evaluations

10:10 – 10:20 BREAK

10:20 – 11:30 Introductions (SSHA):
Joseph Gaskill: Decolonizing Our Syllabi: An Analysis of Contemporary & Introductory Anthropology Texts From a Decolonial Perspective (Dr. Matt Sumera)
Nou-Chee Chang: Analyzing Graphic Novels to Teach the Deconstruction of Gender in the Classroom: Anya’s Ghost, The Witch Boy, and Nimona (Dr. Adriane Brown)
Melisa Robles Olivar: Gordita, Brown and Latinx: Instagram Latinx users decolonizing the body with a Decolonized Embodied Pedagogy (Dr. Adriane Brown)
Q & A / Evaluations

11:30 – 11:40 BREAK

11:40 – 12:50 Introductions (SSHA):
Jennifer Medina: A Comparative Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of Homelessness During the 2020 Pandemic: A Global Perspective (Dr. Diane Pike)
Salma Ahmed: Addiction and Substance Abuse in Muslim American Communities: barriers of shame and mental health stigma in seeking treatment (Dr. Ankita Deka)
Quin Nelson: Understanding Modern Perspectives on Bipolar Disorder Stigma in Minnesota (Dr. Melissa Hensley)
Q & A / Evaluations

We encourage audience participants to stay the full 1 hour and 10 minutes to hear the introduction & complete evaluations.

Each presentation will be 10-15 minutes so we do not want people to pop into a session as time between speakers may vary slightly.

McNair Scholars Program Website

“Resilience Skills for College Students in Uncertain Times”

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Are you attending college this year? Whether a first-year or continuing student, in times of a worldwide pandemic and massive civil unrest, developing and enhancing Resilience Skills is more important than ever. This live, online, experiential playshop provides an introduction to natural ways of restoring resilience skills we all need to thrive, including managing energy, calming the mind, and enhancing connections. Each module in this three-part course includes didactic information, large and small group discussions, and mindful movement instruction.

“Surviving through Thriving: Resilience Skills for College Students in Uncertain Times”
Given by: Partners in Resilience (local Minneapolis natural mental health group)
Tuesdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m
Cost: $49. Full or partial scholarships available. No eligible student turned away for inability to pay.
LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC are most welcome.
Contact to apply.

Surviving through Thriving Group link

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Somali Translation Needed for Campus Kitchen

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Campus Kitchen is looking for translation help from 2 Somali-speaking students two Saturdays this summer from about 2:15-2:45pm. The students would ask residents questions during a fresh produce distribution in Cedar-Riverside. We’d provide a $50 Target giftcard to each student. Email if you’re interested or know someone who might be.

$454/month Room for Rent in South Minneapolis by August 1

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I have plans to move out ASAP and would love for you to take over my room by August 1st. Three of the four housemates currently living in this house have active plans to move out – not due to anything wrong with the house, which is great, but because of changing life circumstances. The cheap rent, proximity to public transit, and good property managers make this a really nice potential student house. Please email for further details!

NOTE: You will need to pass a background check and submit income verification, including 2-3 recent paystubs, to the rental company before you can be approved to move in.


2nd floor room with a closet, built-in wall shelves (for display or practical items), and ample room for desk, dresser, and bed. Multiple windows, including ones on the bay-style inset, come with blinds. Hard wood floors. Exterior closet/clothing rack on wheels available with room. Measurements upon request. Virtual and potential in-person tours available (with mindfulness of the active COVID-19 threat).


Rent a room in a sunny and spacious 4bd/2ba house with plenty of room for storage in the basement and outdoor shed. Perks include: Free onsite laundry. Wide communal living space (living room, dining room) on first floor. Large fenced-in yard. Double carport. Plenty of on-street parking is available. Kitchen appliances were installed new 4 years ago.

Management company is Verde Property Management. Pets are allowed with a deposit.

Please note that the house has mobility issues (stairs) and no A/C.

Rent per room: $453.75/month + equally split utilities (water/trash, electric, gas, internet), 1-year lease period.

Lease period starts August 1st, 2020-July 31, 2021. Potential earlier move-in negotiable.

Somali Translator Needed for Food Distribution Site

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The People’s Library Mutual Aid food and supply distribution site is looking for a Somali translator to assist with visitors on-site. Duties would include providing assistance with taking food/supply orders, explaining the items available, answering questions, and minor conflict resolution.

Currently the distribution site is located on the Minneapolis College of Art and Design campus in Minneapolis and distribution days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, the location will be changing the beginning of August (but will remain in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis).

While there is the possibility of a small stipend for their work, most of it would be on a volunteer basis (and as much time as the person is able to commit).

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Lara Crombie at

Mutual Aid Website