February 11 Scholar Recognition Day Seminars

A. Algorithms. An algorithm is a step by step procedure used to do a calculation or perform a task. We will look at some interesting and creative algorithms used in the study of physics and discuss how these algorithms actually give us insight into the complexities of the physical world as well as help us through our everyday lives.

B. Chemistry Makes Sense.
The human nose is a very sensitive detector of odor. Explore with us the molecular characteristics that make one molecule smell fruity and another smell like sweat socks. Bring your nose!

C. Special January Term Experiences For Education Students.
Education majors and minors share and discuss their involvement in practicum experiences at Luther. First-year students will share pictures and stories from the Education department's annual teaching observation trip in New Mexico. Juniors and seniors will describe their opportunities for teaching around the world.

D. Did Hobbits Really Speak English?
J. R. R. Tolkien is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he was also a linguist and an eminent scholar of Old English. We’ll examine how he applied the linguistic genius he developed as a lexicographer, a philologist, and an historical linguist to the shaping of the languages and alphabets of Middle Earth.

E. Excavating a Roman Harbor Town in Greece.
Luther students have been digging a Roman harbor town in Greece as part of an archaeology field school for the past four years. In this session we'll explore what archaeologists do, why archaeology matters, and how the discipline sheds light on the lives of everyday people.

G. Hip Hop from the Inside Out.
Professor of Dance, Jane Hawley will share research from the Movement Fundamentals Coalescence (a best practices seminar for professionals and pre-professional in dance and movement held in July at Luther College) showing how the Luther dance curriculum supports the fundamentals for moving in any dance style, including the development of your own. This participation-based workshop will focus specifically on the Hip-Hop dance style. All welcome.

H. Human Anatomy.
We will use prosected (previously dissected) human cadavers to look at some of the major human muscles, arteries, nerves, and joints. We will also examine organs such as the human heart, brain, and lungs. This session is appropriate for anyone who has an interest in what the human body looks like inside.

I. International Studies Roundtable: Study Abroad Experiences and Research.
In this session, professor dos Santos (International Studies Director) and two students will talk about the International Studies major experience. The two students will share their study abroad experience, talking about some of their academic work abroad as well as the social aspect of studying in a different country. Then they will share a little bit about their research projects, and how those projects relate to their study abroad experience.

J. John Williams' Score for Close Encounters.
Amidst the excitement of "The Force Awakens," we should recall that among films released in 1977, "Star Wars" was not the box office champ--it was Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Both films have become cultural icons, largely aided by the magnificent music of John Williams. In this seminar, we'll explore the relationship between sound and image, paying close attention to the ways in which music shapes our experience in the movie theater.

K. Learn Chinese with Ease!
Are you interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, the world's most spoken language, yet worry that it might be too difficult? This seminar will offer you an opportunity to start Chinese with ease. After an introduction to the Chinese writing system, you will get a chance to work out yourself a Chinese name and practice Chinese calligraphy, with brush pen and ink. Come to see how you can write your name in Chinese, and how Chinese program at Luther can help you to pursue your interests.

L. Lie to Me: Lie Detection in the 21st century.
Think you’re a good liar?  Got a good poker face? Come try your hand at beating our lie-detection tactics. Almost everyone tells a little lie every now and again. But are you any good at it? Or do folks know instantly when you’re lying? Put your skills to the test and see if you can lie like a pro while learning about the physiological, psychological, and behavioral science of lie-detection.

M. Motionpoems: Why Students' Creative Work Matters.
Take a contemporary poem, add images, light, and sound, and the result is a little flash of art: a motion poem!

Outside the Classroom: High impact experiences in Biology. Tour biology research labs and visit with current biology students and faculty to find out about some of the collaborative research projects that are happening on and off Luther's campus.

O. Simulation in Healthcare Education: What is It and How Does It Work?
Simulation is a hot topic in the education of health-care professionals and yet this practice has been used for over 100 years. Simulation encompasses a variety of practices including role-playing among students; use of special actors known as standardized patients, and use of anatomical models, virtual patients, and electronic patients. This seminar, conducted by a member of the nursing faculty, will include a brief introduction to health-care simulation and provide an opportunity to participate in a simulation activity.

P. So You Think You are Not Creative?
Creativity is essential to success in today's business world. Fortunately, creativity is a thinking skill that can be learned. Come learn how you can be creative on demand and develop new ideas for businesses and products.

Q. Student/Faculty Research in East Africa: The Maasai Medicine Project.
Luther College students and faculty collaborated with Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania to document elders’ knowledge of medicinal plants and record details of the preparation and use of traditional medicine.  Researchers also explored the cultural, religious, and practical factors influencing Maasai decisions about whether to use traditional medicine or biomedicine.  This seminar will explain the origins, field methods, and outcomes of the Maasai Medicine Project and describe the benefits for all involved.

R. Study Abroad Opportunities in Spanish.
Hear ¡en español! about short-term and long-term study abroad opportunities in Spanish speaking countries. Spanish majors and minors at Luther spend time abroad immersing themselves in language and culture. Faculty and current students will show you where our students go and what they do while studying abroad. You will also have a chance to share your own travel and study abroad experiences while practicing your language skills.

S. The Computer Science of Instagram Filters.
When you look at a picture online, it's hard to tell which images are real, and which are computer-generated. In this workshop, we will explore some of the techniques used to create these computer-generated images.

T. The Hunger Games as Equipment for Living.
Given the tremendous literary and box office success of The Hunger Games, this seminar considers the way in which science fiction contributes to our understanding of contemporary human life. Embracing the futuristic, the spectacular, and the speculative, how does The Hunger Games franchise invite viewers to enter a public dialogue concerning such wide ranging issues as gender, economics, and politics? To what degree does The Hunger Games function as a parable, a narrative capable of reinforcing or challenging a number of beliefs, values, and norms?

U. The Politics of Environmental Conflict.
Why is it so challenging to make decisions about our collective environment? What debates are often at the center of environmental conflicts? In this session, we'll explore these big questions through a case study simulation of an environmental conflict where you will explore the interests and values that underlie common environmental debates. We'll end by identifying some of the common tensions that unite diverse environmental conflicts and discuss ways to overcome stalemates.

V. Ties that Bind: Experimental Archaeology and Textiles. Cord, rope, and fabric have been one of the most important aspects of human technology for over 20,000 years. Learn how to make cordage from native plants using traditional techniques reconstructed through anthropological research. Explore how archaeologists recreate objects and techniques as a way of learning about the past and discover the origins of textiles and their potential research contributions.

W. Triumph of Wild Animals over People?
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Area of Southern Africa.    This talk explores the impact of wildlife conservation policies on rural populations in Southern Africa. In 2002, the Mozambican, South African and Zimbabwean governments committed themselves to incorporating close to 3.6 million hectares of land-where the three countries meet-into the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), a wildlife park bigger than New Jersey, Rhode Island and Hawaii put together. Establishment of GLTP highlights a convergence of interests around reestablishing ecological “integrity” across frontiers. GLTP planners emphasized community participation and development as one of their key objectives. Despite the claims to community participation, the park has largely been justified in terms of the needs of wildlife; its planners ignore how it denies access to water, forests, and land to rural populations living inside and adjacent to the park. Discussion will focus on ways to encompass the perspectives and interests of rural societies in utilizing wildlife resources--a key to attaining peace and sustainable development.

X. Trust Me.
In this workshop, we will explore the process of creating a dance-theatre piece inspired by the theme of trust. Participants will be guided to share their experiences around trust through writing, moving, speaking and listening.

Y. Undergraduate Research in Mathematics: Modeling Avalanches in a Sandpile. How do avalanches occur in large piles of sand? Together, we will explore the dynamics of a particular sandpile model in small groups. In particular, we will explore how the structure of sums of consecutive integers affects the sizes of avalanches in this model. This hands-on seminar will follow the discovery process of a past summer Student-Faculty Research Collaboration with Luther students.

Z. Wearable Technology Applications for Theatrical Costuming.
Participants will participate in discussions around the possibilities of modern technological applications in theatre and will assist in the construction of a project involving wearable microprocessors in costumes.

AA. The Supreme Court and You. Supreme Court Justices have the final authority to interpret what our US Constitution means. In this workshop you will be briefed on a recent US Supreme Court case, and then you will have the opportunity to play the role of a Supreme Court Justice in a Moot Supreme Court session.

BB. Revisiting the Reformation. In 2017, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, on October 31st 1517, and the events that followed are interpreted as historical landmarks. Who was Martin Luther? Who were his colleagues? What ideas did he defend? Revisiting the Reformation allows us to shed new light on the events of 1517and their consequences for today. Luther was not the first or the only person to envision Reformation in the Church. These ideas had already flourished in earlier centuries, with figures such as John Wycliffe (1320-1384) and John Huss (1371-1415). In addition, Luther did not work alone. He collaborated with colleagues, such as Philip Melanchton (1497-1560) and Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558), from theUniversity of Wittenberg. The Reformation would not have had the same success if the social, political, cultural, and economic conditions of the 16th century were not ripe for the ideals of the Reformation. It is often said that Martin Luther was the right person at the right time. Is it so?