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Friday, October 30, 2020

COVID-19 Corner

* Been positive for COVID-19? You can still get it again! Stay safe, Aces.

Per the CDC, It is still unknown how long the antibodies protect someone from reinfection. Therefore, prevention practices must be practiced even if someone has recovered.


Upcoming Events

* SAI Sells Candy Grams


As the fall fundraiser for our chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota will be selling candy grams in advance of Halloween from Wednesday the 28th through Friday the 30th from 11 to 1 pm. From a table in Ridgway, we will be selling individually wrapped bags of candy and will offer the opportunity for buyers to write a note (that they will deliver themselves) to a person of their choice. Come stop by our table share some candy and some love this spooky season!!

* This Week in Newman Club

Newman Night
We will be making rosaries this Wednesday (10/28) at 7pm in Eykamp.

We will be playing the "Fatima" movie this Friday (10/30) at 7pm at the Catholic Center.

Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Catholic Mass
We are back with Catholic Mass in Neu Chapel at 1pm on Sunday (11/1)!

Want to be updated about Newman and become a member?! Follow us on instagram at ue_newman and become a member using the link

Newman Club member sign up QR code.

* Making a Real Polyjuice Potion

On Halloween night, underneath a full moon, I will be making the iconic Polyjuice Potion based on the recipe given on Pottermore.

This will be livestreamed through YouTube, so come witness the process!

Note: this is a 25+ hour process, you are by no means expected to watch the whole time. However, you are encouraged to leave the video on in the background and check in on the potion's progress.

View the Polyjuice Potion livestream.


Info You Should Know

* Mental Health Seminar: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of UE students


The senior nursing students are hosting a mental health seminar. This seminar will take place on November 5th in SOBA 170 from 6-7pm. The seminar will cover topics including: how COVID has impacted mental health, available resources, personal experiences, what to look for in a friend that may be experiencing mental illness, and things to do during social isolation. If you have an interest in attending this seminar please sign up on UE engage or use this link to sign up If you go to sign up and there are no more seats available the seminar will be available on zoom due to the limited number of people allowed in the same room. Please contact Alexis Welte (AW422) with any questions or if you are in need of the zoom link.


Why do you wear a mask? How are you helping the UE community stay safe and healthy? Stop by Ridgway University Center to tell us why and you can receive a UE sticker!

* Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge- The Great Start-Up

Sign up for the fall healthy behavior challenge today! Email to register for this 8 week challenge. This new challenge is focused on starting your day on the right foot for a successful, healthy day to follow! Participants can earn $150.00 in HRA credits. Challenge will run 11/8/2020- 01/08/2021.

* SAA Purple Aces Pumpkin Palooza! - Win Prizes

Student Alumni Ambassadors invites you to participate in our Purple Aces Pumpkin Palooza!

How to Participate on Social Media:
1) Snap a pic of your pumpkin
2) Tag @UEAlumni
3) Use the hashtag #UESAAPumpkins

If you do not have or do not want to post on social media, you can email a picture of your pumpkin to!

Submit by midnight on Halloween to win cool prizes and get connected with campus! Prizes will be given to each category: UE Spirit, Most Creative, Spookiest, and Best All Around!

* Changelab Habitat

The neuromarketing lab is conducting a survey for the Habitat for Humanity organization. We are looking for responses to various taglines. The survey will be given through Qualtrics and will ask to record for your visual reaction. Your video will only be for the purpose of this research and will not be shown or distributed to anyone besides the neuromarketing research team. The survey is worth 3 extra credit points. The deadline to complete the survey will be November 5 by the end of the day.

Contact Brittani Bullock, and Lora Becker to participate.

* Volunteering to Make Decorations for International Bazaar


International Bazaar is looking for students to make decorations in the Moore Hall Basement from now until November 20th. Sign-up with a friend, make new ones, or take time to relax after a long school day, all while unleashing your inner artist! No previous skill required!

If you have any questions contact

* Survey exploring political orientation, education levels and attitudes towards COVID-19 precaution Stringency

We're conducting a short survey (10 mins max!) within the psychology department at the University of Evansville. The study will explore attitudes towards COVID-19 precautions. The study will be anonymous and voluntary. By participating in this study, you will be entered into a drawing to have a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Please consider participating!



* Biology Faculty Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Joyce Stamm has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a co-principal investigator on a three-year, $300,000 project: “ A Multi-institutional Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in Genetics”. This project, which is led by Dr. Jacob Kagey at the University of Detroit Mercy, and has co-principal investigators from a total of four institutions, seeks to make research experiences more accessible to undergraduate students, and to examine how the number of different research experiences students have affects their academic and career success. The grant is part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, which seeks to enhance STEM education for undergraduate students by using different approaches and new knowledge about teaching and learning.

Dr. Stamm has been collaborating with Dr. Kagey on this project since 2017, by incorporating a semester-long research project, where students map genetic mutations that cause tumor formation in fruit flies, in her Biology 331 (Genetics) course. These mutations can offer clues to what goes wrong in similar diseases in humans. To date, two papers including fourteen UE student co-authors have been published describing the results of this work. More recently, Dr. Julie Merkle has also joined the project, which now includes faculty at a total of seven institutions. The NSF grant will allow the expansion of the project to a total of 20 institutions, with a goal of making research experiences more accessible for students historically underrepresented in biomedical research, including those at community colleges and institutions with large minority populations.


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