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Saturday, March 7, 2015

National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson, WY

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

Immigration Comes Home:  immigration Law and Policy in Wyoming

Noah Novogrodsky - Co-Director, Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy and Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Wyoming

Immigration, both legal and illegal, is an explosive subject with significant economic, human rights and community character impacts.  While the debate about these complex and shifting issues often occurs at a national level, the legal and policy choices we make have repercussions here in Wyoming.  Professor Novogrodsky will discuss how the national debate will impact Wyoming's economic, cultural and political landscape in the coming years. 

From the Mysterious to the Mundane: How Conductors Make Music

Michael Griffith - Director of Orchestral Activities & Professor - Music, College of A&S, University of Wyoming 

Orchestra conductors—they make no sound, yet get much of the applause. They make no sound, yet the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell sounded different from the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. And it was the “magic” of Bernstein that shaped the sound of the New York Philharmonic. How does a conductor do this? Dr. Michael Griffith, Music Director of the University of Wyoming Symphony, will unlock this mystery (with some video help from Leonard Bernstein and other great conductors) and explain how the conductor’s artistic planning, rehearsal technique, and physical presence all shape an ensemble’s sound. 

Teaching with Robots: Math and Science 

Tonia Dousay - Assistant Professor - Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of Wyoming

Without practical application, science and mathematics are just abstract concepts. Even the brightest high school students may struggle to link equations and concepts with the real world. But in school classrooms and hallways across Wyoming,  students are racing robots, programming them to solve increasingly difficult mazes, and even building bigger and better robots. Fun? You bet. Applying math and science knowledge?  Absolutely—but don’t tell them.  Dr. Dousay will talk about how Wyoming’s high schools, assisted and supported by UW faculty, teach students how to make and program robots, competing in state and regional venues, and learning math and science along the way.

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