Get a feel for the academic environment at Willamette by attending a mini-university session led by faculty or students. 

Saturday, October 16

Session 1 (9:00 am - 9:50 am)

Ford Hall 122
Big Bang Theory of The Universe, by Rick Watkins

Ever wonder what’s out there? This session will start with a tour of the universe and a discussion of how cosmologists get their heads around it. We’ll then turn our attention to understanding how the universe evolves in time and what it means that the universe began in a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Finally, we’ll discuss some recent discoveries that give us confidence that the Big Bang theory is correct while also presenting us with new mysteries.

Ford Hall 102
The 1842 Project: The Cultural and Natural History of Willamette University, by David P. Craig

Inspired by the New York Times’ The 1619 Project, Professor Craig will share discoveries made with students as part of The 1842 Project. 1842 is the year Willamette University counts as is its institutional founding and in the last three years students in BIOL 225 Biodiversity and Climate Change have done in-depth research of our current biodiversity on campus. The aim is to understand how the local flora and fauna are connected to the many types of colonial history that have shaped our local landscape and to place the birds, bees, flowers, and trees in the context of diverse student experiences.

Session 2 (10:00 am - 10:50 am)

Gatke 108 - Exercise Science Lab (please note, this building is not wheelchair accessible)
The Biomechanics of Bone Health, by Brandi Row Lazzarini

Our skeletons must experience sufficient force throughout the lifespan to achieve optimal bone strength. This mini-university session will use biomechanical laboratory methods to explore the characteristics of physical activities that apply sufficient force to the skeleton to maintain bone strength into middle age and late-life. Participants will be invited to conduct movement trials as we measure ground reaction forces and joint motion during various daily activities and exercises. We will also learn to recognize some movement patterns that increase the risk of injury.

Collins 205
Sustainable Forestry at Zena—New Models for Small Family Forests, by Joe Bowersox

Description coming soon

Session 3 (11:00 am - 11:50 am)

Ford Hall 102
"For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing": The Young Karl Marx, by Bill Smaldone

This session examines the life of the young Marx before he became a communist. What factors shaped the young Marx's worldview? Why did he come to believe that was necessary to criticize the whole world? To answer these questions we will look at the world in which Marx matured and the ideas that shaped his vision.

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