This week in brief

Monday, March 10
No events scheduled


Tuesday, March 11
10:00 11:00 AM Dean's Office Walk-In Hour with Jeff
Office of the Dean, Founders 116

11:30 11:50 AM Reflections Laura Luloff, '08
Ascension Chapel Founders Hall


Wednesday, March 12
3:45 5:00 PM Teaching Circle Using Grading Rubrics
Wilson Center

Thursday, March 13
10:30 AM Teaching Circle Using Grading Rubrics (changed from March 20)
Dahl Room

10:30 AM Technology Session:  Using Turnitin through Moodle
Olin 305

7:00 PM Lit Wits: Writers Read at Augustana Elizabeth McCracken
Wallenberg Hall


Friday, March 14
3:30 PM Friday Conversations Wilson Center
Margaret Farrar CIEE Report and Esteban Loustaunau Sabbatical Report

8:00 PM Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Susan Schwaegler, bass clarinet
Dennis Loftin, piano

Saturday, March 15
8:00 PM Symphonic Band – Home Tour Concert
Centennial Hall
James Lambrecht, conductor
Back from their 2008 Midwest tour of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado


Sunday, March 16
10:30 11:30 AM
Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel 

3:00 PM Quad City Youth Symphony String Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall
Dortha DeWit, director
Tickets available at the door 

4:00 PM Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Deborah Dakin, viola
Robert Elfline, piano
Randall Hall, saxophone
Robert Yeats, tuba
Featuring music by living composers 

5:00 6:00 PM Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 5, Issue 21• March 10, 2008

Student Research

James Walsh, Biology '08

This past summer, the Eli Lilly Foundation, through their grant to Augustana College, allowed me to explore ecology candidly through direct experience. My project took known lab results and applied them to a natural system to compare the effects of herbicides in an ecosystem. This kind of work is important because although lab results can tell a valuable story, they may in no way resemble what happens in an ecosystem, which is so necessary to understand.

Becoming familiar with research was not the only positive experience of my summer project. Interacting with the community of scholars in the Science Building was an awesome benefit. Listening and participating in conversations with people at a scholarly level I might end up pursuing myself was as beneficial as the research. Actively participating in discussions with my professors was like looking into a window to see what their careers really were; it provided me the chance to ask myself if I would like a similar career.

The summer cumulated in a trip to Washington University in St. Louis to present my project at the Midstates Consortium of Science. It was a positive experience where I was able to present my findings at a research conference, and interact with the scientific community.

Though I don't yet know the next step my life will take, the Lilly Student Summer Research Fellowship strengthened my convictions in my goal of expanding my education, past my baccalaureate, in biology. With trials and tribulations only available through experience, I have learned some of the nuances of research, and they have sparked my interest in further understanding the natural world.

James' PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here.