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UC’s summer semester offers students short sessions, flexibility

April 12, 2021

Coming into the summertime of 2020, Sumedha Kappagantula was considering ways to make the most her opportunities during what is usually a break from the academic rigor of her traditional school year. As a Biomedical Engineering major in the UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Kappagantula is minoring in Chemistry and Biological Sciences, taking classes through the College of Arts and Sciences. She thought summer semester would be a great time to get ahead in her coursework, and move her degree forward.

UC student organization seeks to combat climate change

April 1, 2021

By Rebecca Schweitzer [COPY] A new student environmental club has formed during the last year of isolation. Restore Our Mother Earth (R.O.M.E.) was founded during 2020 by students hoping to create a new kind of environmental advocacy group, one focused on legislation. Megan Porter, a fourth-year pre-law student, and Alec Mack, a third-year neurobiology student saw the confinement of the past year as an opportunity to build a new community for students. The idea for the club sprouted following the politicized events of the summer such as Black Lives Matter. The organization, advised by biology professor Dr. Brian Kinkle, approaches environmental issues in a unique fashion, a legal standpoint.

UC students find creative outlet in Black Arts Collaborative

March 30, 2021

By Joí Dean Black Arts Collaborative, (BAC) is a platform for the expression of Black art. The student organization focuses on the adversities and experiences of the Black community, but is open to students of all ethnicities. In the past, BAC has held a numerous number of events at various functions on campus such as Akwaaba (Black Student Welcome), Tyehimba graduation and even halftime shows at football games. There are five main branches of departments within BAC: drama, dance, poetry, visual arts and technology. In order to participate in one of the departments students will send in an audition video that pertains to their area of interest to the organization’s email account addressing which branch of the department they prefer. Students are able to audition for more than one section and are able to be a part of as many departments they are approved of. “BAC is one of the most prestigious organizations on campus as far as the African American community within the [African American Culture Resource Center], AACRC, said DJ Benson, a fifth-year majoring in biology and health education.

UC offers local Spanish Immersion program this summer

March 19, 2021

By: Joí Dean Many UC students have missed the opportunity to travel abroad in the past due to the pandemic, but two professors from the College of Arts and Sciences have found a solution. Assistant professors Juan Godoy and Kara Moranski, along with colleagues from the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures, have created UC’s first Summer Spanish Local Immersion Program. The idea was originally proposed by professor Carlos Gutiérrez, who had a vision for students to have an opportunity to experience Hispanic culture locally. After numerous brainstorming sessions, Godoy and Moranski will see the program come to life this summer. “Students should expect to fully engage in daily activities and cultural activities that are not normally part of a regular class,” Godoy said.

UC College of Arts and Sciences expands co-op program

March 17, 2021

 By Rebecca Schweitzer    [COPY] Political Science has become the third department within the College of Arts & Sciences to add a co-op track to their program. This new optional track for all Political Science, International Affairs and Law & Society majors allows students to gain professional experience while enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. The co-op subplan is designed for students to be able to complete within the standard four-year undergraduate plan in most cases.

UC’s German studies program and partner University of...

March 16, 2021

By Todd Herzog The program in German and Media Praxis at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the program in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati were awarded a competitive Germanistische Institutspartnerschaften (German Studies Departmental Partnership) grant by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to conduct an integrated research project on the topic of literacies over the next three years. The initial grant, in the amount of 113,540 Euros, is renewable for up to nine years and will fund travel, research projects, and publications. A core team of 13 faculty and students from UC and UDE will investigate the topic of literacies from historical, cultural, theoretical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical angles. The group will present a series of lectures and papers that will focus on digital literacies, media literacies, and linguistic literacies and will be disseminated on the project’s website and through public workshops featuring noted experts in the field. The initial meetings are taking place virtually, but plans are to travel between the US and Germany when international travel resumes. The two programs have enjoyed a close relationship since 2012, partnering on an annual Transatlantic Seminar in which graduate students and faculty from both universities gather for an intensive week in which participants discuss a topic from the broad realm of literary and media studies and explore the cities in which they are meeting. A group from UC has traveled to Essen four times and a group from UDE has visited Cincinnati three times since the beginning of this partnership, which has been funded on the UC side by the Graduate School and the Taft Research Center, as well as the Department of German Studies. A planned joint seminar in conjunction with the University of Namibia in Windhoek had been planned for March 2020, but has been postponed until international travel can resume.

UC grad realizes dream of community impact during COVID

March 8, 2021

By Joí Dean As an undergraduate in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, alumna Dr. Nasrien E. Ibrahim was influenced by the diverse community she found herself among. It was, she says, “people from all different cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. I just loved the melting pot and diversity. Not just the background, but of thought and experience of views on life,” Ibrahim said. That appreciation for diversity has influenced her career as a cardiologist and her approach to medicine, and caused her to appreciate more deeply social inequities that made her work more challenging. Recently a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Ibrahim served on the front lines during the pandemic.

UC team lands first place in first Ethics Bowl competition

March 4, 2021

It was a true Cinderella story. Competing for the first time in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, the University of Cincinnati beat out 36 other teams to win the 25th annual APPE competition. UC bested teams from Stanford University, Northwestern University and West Point, among others. “Shock, delight and pride,” Daniel Mattox, team coach and graduate instructor in philosophy, described his reaction. “It was unexpected that we kept winning, but I was delighted by the team’s efforts. They are so utterly brilliant and hard-working, and I’m so proud of everything they accomplished.” Organized by the UC College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Philosophy, the team qualified for the national competition in the Central State regionals last November. Participants on the UC team included Emma Duhamel, Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies major; Dom Duponty, Philosophy and Chemistry major; and Caitlin Powell, Philosophy and Spanish major.

UC to host symposium on socially just community research

March 2, 2021

Event: March 5, 2021 9:30 AM

On Friday, March 5, The Cincinnati Project (TCP) will host its seventh-annual symposium titled “The Art and Science of Socially Just Community Partnered Research,” sponsored by UC’s College of Arts and Sciences and The Taft Research Center. Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) Mohan Dutta will deliver the keynote speech. Based in New Zealand, CARE is a global organization dedicated to developing community-based solutions for social change, advocacy and activism, inspired by the conviction that health is a human right. Founded in 2016, TCP unites researchers from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences with community partners to benefit marginalized communities in Cincinnati, tackling economic, race, gender and health issues. Past TCP research has focused on high eviction rates in Hamilton County, resulting in city legislation to protect the rights of renters through an eviction prevention plan. In addition to the keynote speaker, the symposium will include discussion panels from area organizations such as Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the Center for Closing the Health Gap, and UC faculty researchers. Topics will include ways in which community-based research can be conducted in socially just ways, in order to benefit the communities it is designed to serve. The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please visit The Cincinnati Project.

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