Every once in a while, an archaeologist will yell "Eureka!" - and really mean it. Back in 1972, one such enthusiast had cause to squeal with joy when he or she unearthed a bunch of super-old documents in Yemen. Find out about "A Treasure of Early Quar'anic Manuscripts from the Great Mosque of Sana'a, Yemen and Their Conservation" this afternoon in room 204 of the Franklin building. The lecture is being sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Call Shirley Nellson at 621-5450 to find out who's going to speak.
"Two girls for every boy" is how the Beach Boys like to put it. Nothing like increasing the male-female ratio to improve your chances for booty, right? Maybe not. Come to room 212 of the Biological Sciences West building for a discussion of the "Population dynamics of the gynodioecious Bouteloua chondrosioides - Do more females mean more sex?" Laura Zahn and Chris Hanus (EEB grad students) will be answering this question for this Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Noon Seminar. Contact Susana Noriega-Edmond with your pre-lecture questions at 621-1588.
Since he himself comes from the land down under, it is only fitting that Peter Miller be able to bring you an afternoon of understanding. (He's from Monash University in Australia. Bad joke - even I admit it.) Anyhoo, he'll be leading today's Program in Applied Mathematics PDE Seminar with a lecture "On the Semi-Classical Limit of the Focusing Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation." Join him at 12:30 p.m. in room 402 of the Mathematics building for some good old plug-and-chug. Kathleen Leick can provide you with more information at 621-2016.
Take-home essays are kind of like open-book exams - it seems like a piece of cake, but oftentimes is one hell of a hassle. Shuffling through a semester's worth of hastily scribbled notes can get kind of confusing. Kendra Gaines, of the Writing Skills Improvement Program, will teach you the secrets of "Tackling the Take-Home or In-Class Exam" at today's Graduate Writing Workshop. Meet her in room 410 of the Modern Languages building from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. if you could use a hint or two. This workshop is being co-sponsored by the Graduate College. Call Donna Rabuck at 621-5849 for more information.
Let the rolls touch your soul tonight at the School of Music and Dance Concert. The Percussion Ensemble will be performing at 7:30 in Crowder Hall (located in the Fine Arts Complex). The show is free - call 621-1162 for additional information.
This is it, folks. Tonight is your absolute last chance to hear one of the best-known Native American writers read from his nonfiction work. Simon Ortiz will be rounding out the Voices of the American West readings series at 8 in the Auditorium of the Modern Languages building. The English Department has been sponsoring the series the whole time - take advantage of their generosity if you haven't so far. Richard Shelton can give you the details if you call him at 621-1836.