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Speakers in C-U: May 18–24

You live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti.

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Mondays.

WHAT:Development of a Lewis Base Catalyzed Selenocyclization Reaction,” by Mr. William Collins, UIUC

WHEN: Monday, May 18 @ 1 p.m.

WHERE: 433 Roger Adams Laboratory (600 South Matthews Ave., Urbana)

This is Mr. Collins’ thesis defense.


WHAT: “Basics of Accounting and Finance” by Jeff Ericksen, PhD, UIUC

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 @ 8 a.m.

WHERE: 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign

This is an all-day seminar through the School of Labor and Employment Relations, as part of the IHRE Certification Program. You can register for the program here.


WHAT: “Formation of Protein Nanotubes from Alpha Lactalbumin” by C.G. de Kruif, Professor of Applied Physical and Colloid Chemistry, van’t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, The Netherlands

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20 @ 11 a.m.

WHERE: Monsanto Room, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center (LIAC) (1101 S. Goodwin, Urbana)

From the event announcement: “Enzymatically modified alfa lactalbumin forms protein nanotubes. These structures are of scientific interest, but may also have practical applications as scaffolds, templates, viscosifier and for encapsulation. Proteins form complexes with oppositely charged polysaccharides/polyelectrolytes. These complexese are called complex coacervates and are of interest for encapsulation, protein purification and as structure builders.”


WHAT:An appropriate institutional response: Some organizational contexts for digital asset management,” by Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist for the Online Computer Library Center

WHEN: Thursday, May 21 @ 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: GSLIS Room 126 (501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign)

This is the keynote address for the 2009 Summer Institute for Data Curation in the Humanities.Data curation is the active and on-going management of research data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education.

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