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Explore symbiosis at 'Curious Connections in Nature'

Curious Connections in Nature graphic with illustrations of animals

In the wild world around us, everything is connected. Curious Connections in Nature is a new exhibition at the CU Museum of Natural History that delves into these connections through hands-on activities, multimedia displays and specimens from the museum’s collection.

The exhibition highlights symbiosis in our bodies, our backyards and beyond.
Discover the role of the prairie dog in Colorado’s grasslands. Learn about the microbes we host in our bodies. Explore the amazing world of lichens, diatoms and much more. The scientists who study these animals are profiled in the exhibit, and you can learn about their work.
Now open in the Changing Gallery. The CU Museum of Natural History is located in the Henderson Building, open every day. For more information and upcoming programs call 303-492-6892 or visit the museum online.

Free Texas Hold’em Poker tournament at The Connection

Poker Texas Hold'em Tournaments Tuesdays 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Put on your poker face, see if Lady Luck is with you and win prizes! Sign up 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk; cards fly at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome—all skill levels.

Upcoming dates:
Oct. 31
Nov. 14, 28  
Dec. 12: Grand Championship (winners playoff)

Check out all of The Connection’s weekly events | The Connection Bowling, Billiards & Games, UMC first floor

What is life? Professor to discuss searching for alien life forms

Think! Talk: "How to Search for Extraterrestrial Life"

The Center for Values and Social Policy in the CU Boulder Philosophy Department invites you to a public talk by Carol Cleland Thursday, Oct. 26.

The question "what is life?" is foundational to biology and especially important to astrobiologists, who may one day encounter utterly alien life, and scientists trying to understand how life arises from nonliving chemicals under natural conditions.

The most popular approach to answering this question is to provide a “definition” of life. Cleland will explain why this approach is mistaken and sketch a strategy for searching for alien forms of life without the guidance of a definition or universal theory of life, closing with an application to NASA’s fledgling search for extraterrestrial life.

Cleland is a full professor of philosophy at CU Boulder. She has written on the nature and origins of life in several manuscripts and a book, The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life: Searching for life as we don’t know it. She also is affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is a member of CU’s Center for Astrobiology. Most recently, she was named director of the new Center for the Study of Origins.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hellems Arts and Sciences, room 199

Anti-plagiarism presentation for international students

Anti-Plagiarism: Practical Strategies & Resources

“Anti-Plagiarism: Practical Strategies & Resources” by Young Kyung Min

This year, the Writing Center is offering a new series of events to support international students' academic needs. We cordially invite you to our first presentation about proper citation and avoiding plagiarism:

Writing conventions differ from culture to culture. Many international students find it challenging to use sources responsibly and effectively for their writing assignments. This workshop discusses practical strategies that students can use to avoid plagiarism and to improve their ability to write with sources for U.S. academic writing.

Snacks will be served. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m.
University Memorial Center, room 384

Exhibit spotlights groundbreaking cannabis research at CU Boulder

Cannabis illustrations

Cannabis: A Visual Perspective features a juried selection of botanical illustrations presented by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists rendered in watercolor, colored pencil, print and mixed media. The exhibit examines three species and seven subspecies of the genus Cannabis and spotlights the groundbreaking research conducted at CU Boulder. 
The CU Museum of Natural History is located in the Henderson Building at 15th Street and Broadway, open every day. Admission is free. For more information and upcoming programs call 303-492-6892 or visit the website.
Photo: Botanical illustration, Cannabis sativa by Ida Pemberton, circa 1940. Courtesy of the CU Museum of Natural History.

Monday night bowling special

Monday Night Bowl 6-11 p.m.

Make Mondays special! $8 per person for two hours of unlimited bowling from 6 to 11 p.m. Shoes and a fountain drink included! 

Come alone or with friends or family. Everyone is welcome. This is the best deal!  

Fall dates:
Mondays, Aug. 28 to Dec. 18  
Except Sept. 4, Nov. 20

Check out all of The Connection’s weekly events | The Connection Bowling, Billiards & Games, UMC first floor

No-cost informal learning lecture Oct. 26

Learning in Informal Settings graphic

"Leveraging Multiple Forms of Expertise in Museum and Community-Based Collaborations" by Molly Shea, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
Shea will explore how museums can collaborate and incorporate community expertise (informal education) into research and programs to better reflect the communities they serve. Themes include: using community resources to design transformational spaces that reflect the identity of youth in their community; engaging families in design and implementation of STEM-rich making projects; and how flexible, process-driven projects allow youth and adults to improvise and develop STEM practices that arise through collaborative design.

Shea holds a PhD in education and MBA from CU Boulder. She is also the former director of the Center for Informal Learning in Schools at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Learning in Informal Settings is an innovative seminar series covering a variety of topics, such as learning through making, interactional studies and contemplative studies of the natural world. All lectures are free and open to faculty, alumni, students, educators and the public. Seating is limited.

For more information and upcoming seminar programs visit the CU Museum of Natural History online or call 303-492-6892.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Henderson Building, CU Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall

Rule-making hearing for classified employees Oct. 30

Colorado state logo

A hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Denver to clarify and/or modify classified staff jobs, compensation and separation rules to clarify language or to comport with best practices.

For full information on the basis and purpose of the hearing, see the Proposed Statement of Basis and Purpose PDF.

For full information on the hearing, how to comment on the proposed changes or for special accommodations to participate in the hearing, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking PDF.

For a copy of the redlined proposed changes or a copy of how the proposed rules would read in final form, please see the appropriate PDF links here.

Monday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m.
1525 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203
First floor, room 103

Crowdfunding open workshop: Ask questions, solve problems, get started

Are you planning and developing a crowdfunding campaign and need some help? Work with the CU Boulder crowdfunding coordinator to get your questions answered, feedback on your page, and general crowdfunding work done in a workshop-style setting.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m.
University Memorial Center, room 382

Upcoming sessions: Nov. 9, Dec. 7, Dec. 13

Education Abroad interest meeting: Bordeaux

Eating escargot in Bordeaux, France

French Connections Global Seminar

Spend two weeks in June this summer studying France-American relations in Bordeaux, France! This 3-credit course is taught by CU Boulder Professor and International Affairs Director Tom Zeiler. Study in beautiful Bordeaux through lectures, guest speakers and excursions around Bordeaux. 

There are extra scholarships available for this program! Learn more at the upcoming meeting. 

Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m.
Center for Community, room N215

Panelists to offer perspectives on nuclear North Korea

"Nuclear North Korea: Perspectives from Science and Journalism"

Join the Nov. 8 panel discussion featuring Jerry Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Physics; Hun Shik Kim, associate professor of journalism in the College of Media, Communication and Information; and Brian Toon, professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and LASP.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4–5:30 p.m.
Eaton Humanities, room 250