Category: Of Interest

UMKC’s 4th Annual TEDx on Dec 5th

By , November 10, 2015 11:51 am

TEDx2015The TEDxUMKC event, “Big Challenges, Small Solutions,” will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. Speakers include a UMKC School of Pharmacy student who has developed a health app, faculty innovators, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

Tickets typically sell out quickly and are now available for purchase at They are $5 for UMKC students with valid student IDs and $10 for the general public. They include access to the live performances, T-shirt, gift bag and light refreshments.

The TEDxUMKC organizing committee, headed by co-curators Rahul Maheshwari and Ryan Sieli — both fourth-year UMKC Medical students — selected the speakers because of their diverse backgrounds and ideas worth spreading that are focused on solving global challenges with small solutions:

  • Reza Derakshani, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at UMKC and Chief Science Officer of EyeVerify
  • Terri Friedline, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
  • Mark Hoffman, director of the Center for Health Insights and associate professor for biomedical and health informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine, and director for translational bioinformatics at Children’s Mercy
  • Kansas City Mayor Sly James
  • Dakota Rosenfelt, UMKC School of Pharmacy student and creator of HemoTool, an app used by those with bleeding disorders that allows them to track and record their treatment, order new medications and locate Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) on the go in the event of an emergency.

The event, now in its fourth year, also will feature a performance by local contemporary jazz band AM Trio, led by singer Alyssa Murray, with drummer Joshua Blythe and bassist Joel Stratton, all of whom are UMKC students or alumni.

The theme for this independently organized event, “Big Challenges, Small Solutions” is described by the organizing committee:

“Although our society has made much progress, there are still major challenges facing us today. Some of these challenges are well known, while many are not. However, there are those among us that recognize, react, and resolve those problems. These pioneers, acting in the spirit of ingenuity and altruism, have paved a path to help make the world a better place. They bring awareness to unseen obstacles, and offer creative solutions to tackle them. Innovational in nature and quick in thinking, these individuals strive to expand our horizons by breaking the facade for others to follow and demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.”

For more details about TEDxUMKC, follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.


U.S. Department of State Visit Day

By , October 26, 2015 9:17 am

State Department flyer 2015Interested in what it takes to be a diplomat and work in a foreign office?


Robert Andrew, the Diplomat-in-Residence from the U.S. Department of State, will be visiting UMKC on Tuesday, October 27.  His schedule will allow for several presentations listed below.



U.S. State Dept. Careers Presentation– 9am-10am, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • Informative discussion on the various career opportunities offered by the U.S. State Department

Coffee with a Diplomat– 1pm-2pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Coffee with a Diplomat– 4pm-5pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Foreign Service Oral Assessment Info Session5pm-7pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 222

  • Information in preparing for the Foreign Officer Test and the Qualification Evaluations Panel

What does a Physicist do? At the South Pole?

By , October 15, 2015 12:41 pm

PhysicsLinda Hall Library is sponsoring two free programs Thursday Oct. 22 featuring Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Drexel University.

At 1:30 p.m. in the Linda Hall Library Auditorium, Dr. Neilson will host “How Do I Become a Physicist?” She will answer student questions such as “How do I select a graduate program?” “How do I land a cool post doc?” and “What jobs can I get with a physics degree?” Students can register to attend for free at A link to a live stream of the event is also available on the registration page. Students can also ask questions via live stream by following @lindahall_org on Twitter and using the hashtag #lhlphysicist.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Library’s Main Reading Room, Dr. Neilson will lecture about her experience at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the geographic South Pole. Scientists at the observatory study the universe in a new way, using neutrinos (small elementary particles) as the messenger. The study of neutrinos recently earned scientists the Nobel Prize in physics, and Dr. Neilson’s lecture will highlight her experience with this new way of looking at physics, while living in extreme conditions. This evening event is also free, but e-tickets are required and can be found at

The Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit

By , October 15, 2015 12:39 pm

Women's RightsThe Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit of Fawziah Al-Thobaiti

Thursday, October 29—Friday, November 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 5:00—7:00pm

The Saudi Arabian woman has been seen as a mysterious figure draped in black. She is known to be mistreated, to have her rights stolen, and to be the subject of other hurtful depictions. Unfortunately, these images are limited in scope – focusing only on the negative aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Fawziah Al-Thobaiti was born and raised there, and while studying in the United States, she has witnessed her culture from a critical distance.

Al-Thobaiti combines contemporary typography, illustration and photography with Arabic calligraphy as a means to create works – both digitally and by hand – that depict the real life of today’s Saudi women. These images form a cultural portrait offering viewers insight into the ongoing successes and challenges of Saudi women at present such as: women’s rights, marriage, driving laws, education, achievements abroad, and the misconceptions of some issues that have negatively affected their lives.

Through her M.A. thesis exhibition, Al-Thobaiti has set out to highlight the changes that have assisted Saudi women to gain their rightful positions in society. Al-Thobaiti hopes that her works will continue to give voice to these women via print media and online networks.

Shown at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Thursday, October 29 through Friday, November 13, 2015.

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Debate on Public Education and Social Justice

By , October 15, 2015 12:31 pm

Education DebateAs part of the Social Justice Series, the UMKC Debate Team will interrogate current education policy and weigh future options from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, Royall Hall, Room 111.

The debate, “Education Policy Debate,” is hosted by the UMKC Debate Team and Debate KC. The teams will mostly focus on privatization.

According to Malcolm Gordon, UMKC research assistant in the department of communication studies and assistant director of the UMKC Debate Team, public education is a hot topic.

“Public education has become a vital battleground in fights for social justice. It helps shape the values, norms and beliefs of future generations,” said Gordon. “It is the gateway to what is left of the American dream – social mobility and equality of opportunity are inextricably linked to our educational opportunities. The UMKC debate team is proud to contribute to a public discourse on this topic by doing what we do best – developing arguments using peer-reviewed, scholarly research, and analyzing the ideological assumptions behind many public stances on education policy.”

For more information or if you have questions, email Matt Vega or the UMKC Debate.

Half-way through the semester–how are you doing?

By , October 6, 2015 1:22 pm

study groupsCan you believe we’re already halfway through the semester?  So, how are you doing?  It’s a simple question but one that everyone should ask themselves and their friends.

Now is the time to stop, take a breath, and assess where you are in each class this semester. Hopefully, you are all caught up on projects and papers and are well prepared for mid-term exams. You may have already met with your professors individually, joined SI sessions or other study groups, and are getting involved in campus life.

If not, it’s not too late!

  • Take a look at the syllabus for each class and see what’s coming up–if you haven’t already, put deadlines and test dates in your planner and start thinking about how much time you need to complete each project or study for each test. Put those timelines in your planner, too.
  • Review your past performance–if you know you can do better, take advantage of available academic resources to help you study smarter and get answers to questions. There are multiple resources on campus with a specific goal of your academic success. Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Tutoring, Foreign Language Resource Center, University Libraries, and the Writing Studio are all available to give you additional support. Be sure to ask your professor if you don’t understand a concept or problem–they are here to help!
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Eating right, exercising, washing your hands thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep each night can help fight off any infection you might come into contact with. Plus you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to focus on everything you need to get done! If you do get sick, or you need a flu shot, contact Student Health and Wellness to make an appointment.
  • Finally–remember that a little stress can help motivate, but stress can also build up and become overwhelming.  Check out the MindBody Connection for tips of identifying and manage stress or take a break at Swinney Recreation Center — physical excercise can often help you center yourself.  For more information, contact UMKC Counseling Services–they are here to help you succeed!

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