February 21 Scholar Recognition Day Seminars

A. 21st Century Classrooms: Student Teaching in 1:1 Environment. The landscape of elementary classrooms is changing. The use of technology is increasing and teachers' pedagogy has to change with these new instructional tools. This session shares how student teachers use these technologies in 1:1 classroom environments. The session examines how iPads are used as tools during methods classes and how Google Drive has been used to collaborate on writing projects with students from a neighboring school district. We'll even involve you in a few of the programs we use for teaching with technology. 

B. 3-D Computer Modeling. A glimpse into world of animation, film, and gaming working with 3D model building software. 

C. Born To Run: The Anthropology of Distance Running. Humans possess a capacity for endurance running that is virtually unmatched in the animal world. We will look at the physiological traits that underlie our capacity to run long distances as well as the environmental and cultural conditions under which this ability evolved. 

D. Chemistry Makes Scents. 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! 

E. Civil and Religious Intolerance. Religious freedom is a prominent idea in modern democracies,  and civil religious toleration is the policy of allowing free religious practice. But should a religion be allowed if it denies the truth or worth of other religions? John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (influential and foundational theorists of modern democracy) pointedly disagreed about the answer to this question. We'll discuss their reasons, and ask how these 17th- and 18th-century considerations might apply to contemporary life. 

F. Computational Physics. 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. 

G. Computer Generated Images. When you go to a movie or look at a picture in a magazine or online, it’s hard to tell which characters and scenes are real and which are computer-generated. In this workshop, we will explore some of the techniques used to create these computer-generated images. 

H. Considering Animals: Animal-Assisted Activities. Exploring the human-animal relationship and ethical questions surrounding that relationship. Focus will be on animal-assisted therapy. The content of this new course for Luther College juniors and seniors will be reviewed, as well as overview of upcoming guest speakers and scheduled field trips. 

I. Did God Have a Wife? Come and explore the biblical, archaeological, and inscriptional evidence that suggests that a goddess was worshipped in ancient Israel and Judah. 

J. Does Your Vote Matter? It Depends… The right to vote is seen as a cornerstone of modern democratic politics, and sometimes equated to the idea of democracy. But does your vote really matter? Looking at election experiences from the United States and other countries, this presentation will explore the role of voting in a democracy while also discussing why voting is important and how the connection between voters and elected officials is different in various political contexts. 

K. Energy and Climate in a Just and Sustainable Future. What makes greenhouse gas emissions reductions such a contentious issue among different nations of the world? Can humanity thrive in a world with energy access for all, while minimizing the human impact on the climate system? We will compare current economic status and energy access in different nations across the world and explore pathways toward a just and sustainable future. 

N. Human Anatomy. This seminar is currently full. If you select it, you will be placed on a waiting list. 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. 

P. Music in the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa. In this seminar we look at the role of music in South Africa in the struggle for freedom during apartheid in light of two important events: the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison on February 11, and the March 5 concert at Luther College of two South African musical legends--trumpeter Hugh Masekela and singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlesela. 

Q. Outbreak at Luther College! Follow how an infectious disease, such as Ebola, could be spread at Luther College. Participants will be actively involved in "spreading" a disease, then acting as a tracking team to plot the disease. 

R. Research and Study Away Opportunities as Important Components of Your Luther Biology Program. 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 at Luther College. 

S. Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics? Tracking Avalanches to Uncover the Catalan Triangle in Piles of Sand. 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 why the Catalan Triangle helps count the number of possible sandpile configurations. This hands-on seminar will follow the discovery process of a summer Student-Faculty Research Collaboration with two Luther Students. 

T. 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. 

U. Social Work Research:  A Catalyst for Change. This seminar will allow participants to explore the wide variety of areas that are possible for social work research as well as the role of social work research as a catalyst for change for individuals, groups, families, and society as a whole.

V. Staging Poetry. This interactive workshop will explore the process that Luther students are embarking on as they begin to stage Metamorphoses. Students will learn ways of bringing text to life through the analysis and physicalization of text. 

W. Study Abroad Opportunities In Spanish. Hear ¡en español about short-term and long-term study abroad opportunities in Spanish speaking countries. 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. 

Y. Vikings as Myth: Modern Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages. Images of Vikings surround us in today's culture: from sports teams to cruise ships, Vikings have become symbols of adventure, exploration, virile masculinity, and fierceness in battle. This seminar will investigate many of the current representations of Vikings and explore their relation to the historical reality of the Viking age. 

Z. Writing it Down (History of Music Notation: Where Our System Comes From). Experience Missa Ave maris stella by Josquin des Prez.This talk and demonstration will be lead by James Griesheimer and Kathryn Reed with current student performers in Collegium Musicum. Learn about Martin Luther's favorite composer and aspects of early music performance including Renaissance choral notation and instrumental tablatures. 

aa. Yuck! That’s Disgusting! Disgust is a universal human emotion. From open sores to cockroaches, the things that gross us out reveal important things about our evolved psychological nature. In this lab we will activate your disgust emotion (in a fun way!) and demonstrate how disgust is an adaptive system.

bb.  A Diamond is a Girl's Best Friend, Or Is It? Diamond mines in Africa, and the trade of diamonds around the world have long been a source of controversy. But although you might have heard about "blood diamonds" and their relationship to conflicts in various African nations, you might not know as much about the other black market uses of diamonds, such as funding terrorist networks. Come and learn more about the dark side of this brilliant stone.