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Summary View  Subscribe to RSS feed of current view. September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Event Image Exhibition | John James Audubon: The Birds of America | Aug. 2 - Oct. 26
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American painter, ornithologist, and naturalist. His major work, The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological books ever published; in it, he identified 25 new species of birds. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features approximately 30 Audubon bird prints on loan from the Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
University Convocation - "The Peace Corps at 50"
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

*WU Campus - Waller Hall

Willamette faculty Amadou Fofana (French),  Joyce Millen (Anthropology), and Julie Veltman (Spanish) will share their Peace Corps experiences from the perspectives of a volunteer, trainer, and recipient.

Planned and facilitated by the interdisciplinary class, "Convo: Campus/Community/Cosmos," the University Convocation series brings speakers, musicians, or other performers -- often with a spiritual or ethical message -- to campus every week.
Cross Country at Alaska Anchorage
3:00 PM

Anchorage, Alaska
Kincaid Park

Jim Albaugh Mathematics Colloquium
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Ford Hall

Seeing the Wave: A Mathematical Simulation of the Waller Violin Dr. Elton Graves, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ABSTRACT: The Waller Violin, and in fact, all stringed instruments work on the basic principle that a string of length L is pinned at both ends and is under tension. The string is plucked and begins to vibrate causing a sound, usually nice music. Because of wind resistance the string will eventually stop vibrating and the music will cease. Mathematically the vibrating string is known as the “wave equation.” Our task in this talk is to simulate, mathematically, the movement of the string. This talk will take the listener on a tour of the undergraduate mathematics needed to solve the “wave equation”. The talk will weave together topics from integration by parts, simple differential equations, along with a little matrix theory, and least squares (linear regression). These mathematical concepts will be the stepping stones which lead to the concept of the Fourier series, which is the ultimate mathematical tool used to solve the “wave equation”. The talk will also show the derivation of the mathematical model of the “wave equation” using elementary vector addition. Once the “wave equation” had been derived, the talk will show the techniques used in solving the “wave equation” for a simulated string, using the elementary mathematics and Fourier series discussed during the talk. The talk will conclude with a computer graphics animation which actually shows the vibrations of the string we are simulating.
Luce Scholars Program: Information Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Ford Hall

Eager to spend a post-graduate year in Asia? Come to an information session about the Luce Scholars program Thursday, September 11, at 4 p.m. in the World Languages Studio in the LLC on the first floor of Ford Hall. Best of all, we have an alum of the program who will be there! Bobby Cochrane, also an interviewer for many of our nominees, will offer perspective on his experience with the program and the impact of her Scholar year on his life/career. The Luce Scholars program provides a year-long professional placement in an Asian country for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year. Students may apply as graduating seniors or as alumni. The program is open to students in any major, and regardless of career path: the one restriction is that you may not be majoring in Asian Studies. already speak an Asian language, or have spent more than 12 weeks in any Asian country. Application and support materials are on the SAGA website at If you cannot make it to the information session but would be interested in applying, please contact me.
Mindfulness Meditation
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Waller Hall

This weekly gathering is not open to the public.

The practice of mindfulness refers to our efforts and discipline at being fully present in the now, of living in the present moment. Mindfulness practice nourishes an understanding of the interconnectedness of our lives with the larger world we inhabit, allowing us to develop an enhanced awareness of the present, a stillness that cultivates a mind of love, compassion, kindness and peace. Beginners are most welcome!

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