This week in brief

Monday, September 29
4:00 – 5:00 PM – LS103 Meeting for All LS Faculty
Olin 302

Tuesday, September 30
11:30 – 11:50 AM - Reflections – Laura Hartman, Religion Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, October 1
3:00 – 4:00 PM – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

3:45 – 5:15 PM – Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

9:30 PM – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, October 2
No Convocation This Week

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Teaching Circle
Old Main Room 128

10:30 – 12:30 PM – The Dedication of Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall
Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall (formerly Carlsson Hall)

11:30 – 12:30 PM – Faculty Senate Meeting
Science 102

Friday, October 3
4:00 PM – Friday Conversations –A Report from Admissions: What We Learned About Augustana This Summer
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Kent Barnds

Saturday, October 4
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Learning Community Workshop with Emily Lardner
Wilson Center

Sunday, October 5
10:30 AM – Sunday Morning Worship

Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

2:00 PM – Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Centennial Hall
Handel Oratorio Society and Quad City Choral Arts will perform with the QC Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony #9

5:00 PM –Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 6 • September 29, 2008

Faculty News

Steve Hager and the Augustana Darwin Club led a birding tour of the campus on 18 September.  The club witnessed a great turnout that included students, faculty, and staff. 

Processed Birding Pic

We ended up seeing a total of 19 species during our walk despite many bird calls/songs being drowned out by the water fountains in the slough and construction in the quad.  We got off to a great start when Sharon Varallo spotted a Green Heron feeding at the edge of the slough.  Dave Dehnel located a Nashville Warbler gleaning insects high in an oak tree.  Our only Ovenbird (a large warbler named for its domed, oven-looking nest constructed on the floor of mature forests) was documented by Anne Earel.  Another highlight was the sighting of an adult male American Redstart, shown below. 

Click HERE to download a checklist of Augustana birds (current total = 104 species) from Steve’s web page.  The link may be found at the upper left corner of the page.

Bird Pic


Shriberg, L.D., Jakielski, K.J., & El-Shanti, H. (2008). Breakpoint localization using array-CGH    in three siblings with an unbalanced 4q;16q translocation and childhood apraxia of    speech (CAS). American Journal of Medical Genetics, 146A, 2227-2233

We report clinical, cytogenetic, and comparative genomic hybridization findings for three siblings with an unbalanced 4q;16q translocation, minor malformations, and cognitive abnormalities, including childhood apraxia of speech, a rare, severe motor speech disorder. Breakpoint findings indicate that in addition to possible contributions from duplicated genes on chromosome 16, haploinsufficiency of one or more of 11 genes deleted in the telomeric region of the long arm of chromosome 4 is the likely cause of the speech disorder, the associated impairments in cognition and language, and the dysmorphic features. The present findings are the first to document childhood apraxia of speech in a multiplex family using contemporary speech measures. We suggest that genotype-phenotype studies of childhood apraxia of speech occurring in complex neurodevelopmental disorders can elucidate the pathophysiology of this disorder.

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