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Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A series of activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. begins with a birthday party Tuesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Davis Center atrium. Learn more about this year's celebration, which includes a talk by Cornel West, professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University.

Save the Date

New York Times columnist Gail Collins will give a lecture titled "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present" at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Information: 656-3186.

Financial Awards for Students Who Make the Grade and Work for Social Justice

United Academics, the faculty union at UVM, is accepting applications for two financial awards to honor students who exemplify academic excellence and commitment to social justice. The Jeffrey Brace Book Award will provide $500 awards for books and supplies to students who will be enrolled at UVM full-time in fall '11. The Linda Backus Memorial Award of $1,000 will be presented to an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years and has an immediate family member who is a union member in Vermont. Deadline for both applications is March 1. Application details are available on the United Academics website (click on the "Student Awards" link in the left-hand column). Information: [log in to unmask]

Vtrim for UVM Employees, Students

Twelve-week online offerings starting in January 2011! UVM employees receive a 15 percent discount on the 12-week classes. Go to http://vtrim.org/hbgb to register. Vtrim is also offering one-credit, 12 week courses for all students and faculty/staff eligible for tuition remission. Go to http://www.uvm.edu/registrar/ to sign up. Classes can be found under the EDPE, NFS, or PEAC prefix.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Sign up now for spring semester workshops at the Center for Teaching and Learning! The workshops include Tools for Student Writing, Blackboard, Quantitative Literacy and Writing Series, Writing in Large Classes, A Discussion with the Kroepsch-Maurice Award Recipients, Lights, Cameras, Learn!, Teaching In Higher Education, and more. See the complete list of offerings and register now.

Biomass to Biofuels Course

Registration is open for a 2011 spring semester, 4-credit course, "Biomass to Biofuels" offered March 25 - April 30. Location: UVM campus and throughout Vermont for field trips/hands on experience. Learn more about the course. Information: [log in to unmask]

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture: "Central Banking Before the Federal Reserve." Jane Knodell, provost, senior vice president and professor of economics. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. 5 p.m. Information: 656-0756.

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Conservation Beyond Borders: Exploring the Prospect of Peace Parks in the Balkans" Information Session. Join Professor and Founder of International Peace Parks Expeditions Todd Walters to find out how you can participate in an exciting new travel study taking place this summer in the Balkans. Handy Family Room, Davis Center. 4 p.m. Information.

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Hypodopaminergic Function in Reward Deficiency Syndrome: Neurogenetics of Risk and Nutrigenomic Solution." Ken Blum, professor of psychiatry, Brian McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida College of Medicine. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Information: (802) 847-2124.

Flynn/UVM Diversity Partnership Performance: Balé Folclórico da Bahia. This troupe of more than 30 dancers, musicians, and singers perform Carnival and slave dances, samba, and Capoeira -- a thrilling Afro-Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, music, and dance -- bringing to life the rich culture of Bahia. UVM Community saves 50 percent on select tickets purchased in person at the box office with a UVM ID, while tickets remain. Flynn Center MainStage. 8 p.m. Information.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Community Coalition Common Ground Summit. The Community Coalition invites you to the Second Annual Common Ground Summit! Come meet with neighbors; landlords, students, college and university administrators and staff; city government officials and staff; and other individuals who have a stake and a commitment to the well-being of our neighborhoods. The summit is an opportunity to meet one another and share a meal and explore what we can do as individuals and partners to address issues and create opportunities in our neighborhoods and in our community. North Lounge, Billings. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. R.S.V.P. by Thurs. Jan. 20. Information: [log in to unmask]

"An Evening of Classical Indian Dance." Featuring well-known Odissi dancer and teacher Sri Vishnu Tattva Das. Tickets: $15 for general admission, $10 for FIMD members and $5 for students with ID. Available at the door. UVM Recital Hall. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"American Masters." Prepare for a series of community lecture/discussions on Louisa May Alcott in February and March, led by UVM English professor Mary Lou Kete, by watching an "American Masters" documentary on Alcott on Vermont Public Television. The documentary and lectures, which will take place at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction (details to come), are part of a national program funded by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 2 p.m. Information.

Flynn/UVM Diversity Partnership Performance: Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, piano, Reuben Rogers, bass, Eric Harland, drums. Lloyd's career has produced compositions punctuating the post-bop period, embracing the traditional music of a host of world cultures, and ciphering the psychedelic '60s with avant-garde improv. UVM Community saves 50 percent on select tickets purchased in person at the box office with a UVM ID, while tickets remain. Flynn Center MainStage. 7 p.m. Information.

Research Studies:

UVM Research Study for Women Age 50-60 With Memory Concerns

Are you concerned about your memory? Do you think your memory might be worse than some of your friends? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study about memory being conducted at the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at UVM and Fletcher Allen Health Care. You must be post-menopausal (no period for 1 year plus), no history of breast cancer, and no hormone use during the past year. This 5-6 month research study includes 8 visits and you will be paid $400. For more information, Call Sally Ross Nolan, (802) 847-9488. Information.

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