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  Events for October 17, 2012

AU Math Club: Epic Showdown --Grid vs. Braid

- Location: MYERS 228
(12:20 PM - 1:10 PM)
Event Date: 10/17/2012
Event Time: 12:20 -1:10 p.m.
Location: Myers Hall, Room 228

The AU Math Club and the Division of Mathematics will host AU mathematics major Michaela Stone, who will present "Grid vs. Braid Epic Showdown."

Pizza and soda will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Abstract. Come find out how research performed this summer by AU math major Michaela Stone is impacting the field of low-dimensional contact topology.

Not sure what low-dimensional contact topology is? Don’t worry. This talk is for a general audience and contains way more cool pictures of swirly diagrams than it does complex mathematical formulas.

Learn a mathematical concept so "bad," your professors don’t dare teach it in class. Watch in astonishment as Michaela brazenly demonstrates the newly developed "wormhole finger-move" technique.

Eat free food.

10/17 W. Soccer AWAY @ Nazareth - 4pm

- Location: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
(4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Women’s Soccer will play at Nazareth College beginning at 4pm.

Visiting Artist Mark Dion Lecture

- Location: Holmes Auditorium
(7:15 PM - 9:00 PM)
An Illuminating Explication of Recent World-Wide Experiments in Thinking in Three Dimensions
Sponsored By: The Dean of School of Art and Design, Visiting Artist Committee

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, MA in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.

Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens.

By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.

Dion has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London.

Autumn Visit Days with Admissions

- Location: Powell Campus Center
(All Day)
- Attachment 1: AutumnVisitDaySchedule.doc
The Office of Admissions is having our first open house of the season for prospective students on Saturday, October 20. We are expecting over 75 students including their families bringing approximately 175 people on campus for this event.

Registration begins in Powell Campus Center at 9:00 followed by an academic fair, admissions and financial aid session as well as other concurrent sessions. Families will be eating brunch on campus in Powell dining hall from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Concurrent tours will follow brunch. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Michelle at x2015.