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Brad Chamberlain, Luther professor of chemistry and interim dean for institutional planning and mission

Luther College Professor Brad Chamberlain named interim dean

Luther College President Paula Carlson announced Monday, Dec. 11, that Brad Chamberlain, Luther professor of chemistry and co-chair of the strategic planning process, will serve as interim dean for institutional planning and mission. He began transitioning into his new duties on Dec. 1. As interim dean, Chamberlain will lead Luther's campus-wide strategic planning process and coordinate the college's re-accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission through 2019. He will oversee two critical components of the re-accreditation process: federal compliance and the assurance review. Chamberlain will oversee the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, the Center for Sustainable Communities, Campus Programming and College Ministries.

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Onward Mahachi

Luther senior Mahachi chosen for math research with UCLA

Participating in a mathematics program with 36 other undergraduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles, Luther College senior, Onward Mahachi, of Chaona, Zimbabwe, served as an intern with Google Venice. Mahachi, the son of Jaqualine Mahachi and the late Duncan Mahachi, is a graduate of United World College in Waterford Kamhlaba, South Africa. He plans to graduate from Luther in spring 2018 with a major in mathematics.

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Alan Lerstorm

'Humor in Everyday Conversation'

Human interactions are often marked by attempts at humor—serving to establish superiority through exclusion, provide relief from limits or surprise through incongruity. Luther College Professor Emeritus of communication studies Alan Lerstrom will examine the nature of humor in a presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union as part of the Luther Emeriti Colloquium series.

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Carly Hayden Foster, associate professor of political science at Luther College and Decorah Power Board member, will host the meeting.

Luther's Foster to lead Decorah Power discussion Dec. 7

Striving to educate Decorah residents about the effects of having their own Municipal Electric Utility, Carly Hayden Foster, Luther College associate professor of political science and Decorah Power Board member, will discuss the mission and actions of the community organization as well as the potential economic and environmental impact of a locally-owned utility at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center in Decorah, Iowa.

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Matthew Backes teaser

'Microgrids, Storage, and Cybersecurity at the Community Level'

Matthew Backes, an MIT research engineer, will discuss the ins and outs of "Microgrids, Storage, and Cybersecurity at the Community Level" at the final Decorah Power Learning Series event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Duc Le

Luther senior Le exercises quantitative skills at DECO Products

Working behind the scenes to facilitate business productivity, Luther senior Duc Le of Vietnam, spent this summer as a data science intern at DECO Products in Decorah, Iowa. A 2014 graduate of Lê Hồng Phong High School, Le is the son of Van Luc of Ho Chi Minh City. He will graduate from Luther in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in data science.

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Christmas in the Union

Luther to host 'Christmas in the Union' Dec. 6

Santa will make an early stop in Decorah as Luther College celebrates "Christmas in the Union" from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the lobby of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus. Activities include crafts, readings from children's holiday books, music and games, and an opportunity for pictures with Santa by the fireplace from 5-6:30 p.m. Cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be served.

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Hanna Christopher

Junior Christopher interns at Regional Health Services of Howard County

Exploring the field of public health, Hanna Christopher of Reinbeck, Iowa, spent her summer as an intern at Regional Health Services of Howard County, Iowa. Christopher, daughter of Carol Christopher and Phil Chien of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Bruce Christopher of Burr Oak, Iowa, graduated from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School in 2015. She plans to graduate from Luther in 2019 with a major in health and fitness promotion and a minor in management.

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