ALS 500 & 600 ELL #5

Welcome to ALS 500 & 600! You are in the right place if you are looking for your extensive listening opportunities. If you are not an ALS 500 or 600 student that’s ok – you can still attend these events if you would like. If you are an ALS 500 or 600 student, you need to attend one of the events from the list below. After you attend one of these events, write a brief summary and reaction – you can ask your teacher if you have any questions about this. This is the FIFTH Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due.

1) Astronomy Colloquium: Nick Indriolo, University of Michigan

Cosmic rays play a vital role in initiating the chemistry that occurs in molecular clouds.  The ionization of H and H2 begins a network of ion-molecule reactions responsible for generating many of the diatomic and
small polyatomic molecules observed in the interstellar medium.  A few such species---HCO+, DCO+, OH+, H2O+, and H3+ in particular---are formed and destroyed by rather simple processes, making them powerful probes of the cosmic-ray ionization rate.   I will discuss the current status of observations of these molecular ions within our Galaxy, as well as the conclusions that can be drawn from this ever-growing sample.

When: Thursday, December 4th @ 3:30pm

Location: Room 4421 Sterling Hall

2) CREECA Lecture Series: Lands in Limbo

Mahon will show images from and will discuss "Lands in Limbo," a five-part photographic series on unrecognized countries and disputed territories, isolated from the international community and waiting for their sovereignty and national identity to be recognized by global community. The exhibition includes images from Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Transnistria. "Lands in Limbo" will be shown at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from December 6, 2014 through March 15, 2015.

When: Thursday, December 4th @ 4pm

Location: Room 206 Ingraham Hall

3) Dane Buy Local

Think Local First: A discussion of economic, environmental and social sustainability

Dane Buy Local presents a panel discussion by its members from SERRV, Slow Food UW, Cascade Asset Management, Ian's Pizza, and Summit Credit Union. Learn how these independent businesses contribute to a vital local economy through purchasing policies, sustainability goals, and technology. Find out how the “think local first” message makes a difference in our community.

When: Thursday, December 4th @ 4:15pm

Location: Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

4) The 2013 Archaeological Field Season at Aztalan and the Loss of Innocence

Dr. Sissel Schroeder will present the results of the latest excavations at Aztalan, Wisconsin's premier archaeological site. Settled by a mixture of local Late Woodland peoples and Cahokian immigrants from the area of modern St. Louis, the site has fascinated visitors and archaeologists alike for over 100 years.

When: Thursday, December 4th @ 7pm

Location: Wisconsin Historical Society (across from the Memorial Union)

5) Documentary Screening: Blueberry Soup

Blueberry Soup is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, an inspiration to the rest of the world. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation's constitution.

When: Friday, December 5th @ 6:30pm

Location: Room 5208 Sewell Social Sciences

6) Saturday Science @ Discovery: Frozen in Time

Discover what life was like when Wisconsin was covered in ice and snow! Explore how humans survive in extreme cold; learn about animals that lived during the ice age; examine different types of snow and how they’re made; build your own igloo; flash freeze objects using liquid nitrogen; and more.

When: Saturday, December 6th @ 10am

Location: Town Center, Discovery Building

7) Sustainable Energy Seminar Series

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is helping facilitate a series of seminars focused on University of Wisconsin–Madison expertise in sustainable energy. The series will allow students and the public to explore sustainable energy solutions from the small to large, learn about the challenges facing sustainable energy and interact with experts from across campus.

When: Monday, December 8th @ 4pm

Location: Wisconsin Energy Institute

8) WUD Society & Politics Presents: China, the US and Korean Unification

Come and hear Professor Andrew Kydd talk about North Korea, its level of threat to the U.S. and strategies for bringing about Korean unification through cooperation with China.

When: Tuesday, December 9th @ 7pm

Location: TITU, Memorial Union

9) Middle Eastern Cross-Cultural Comparisons by Dr. Mary N. Layoun

In her book, "In Wedded to the Land," she offers a critical commentary on the idea of nationalism in general and on specific attempts to formulate alternatives to the concept in particular. Three geographically and temporally different natl. crises are featured: Greek refugees' displacement from Asia Minor into Greece in 1922, the 1974 right-wing Cypriot coup and subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and the Palestinian and PLO expulsion from Beirut following the Israeli invasion.

When: Tuesday, December 9th @ 7pm

Location: Madison Public Library, Central Branch, Mifflin Street, Room 301

10) Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

This week's presentation will be about:

“How McArdle Scientists Uncovered the Causes of Cancer” - See more at:

When: Wednesday, December 10th @ 7pm

Location: Room 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building

11) The Ideological Structure of the Contemporary World

Philosopher Alain Badiou bridges mathematics and psychoanalysis, poetry and politics to focus on how truth is produced and the conditions through which it emerges. This will be the second of two lectures in which he considers the relevance of philosophy in today’s world. Presented by the UW Madison Center for the Humanities in partnership with the Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice.

When: Wednesday, December 10th @ 7:30pm

Location: Room L160 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

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