College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

“B.F.A. Group Exhibition”

Shayla Kelly of Cedar Rapids, IA presents an exhibition titled "Never Enough," Macey Reed of Marion, IA presents an exhibition titled "Fat," and Jess Vazquez of Osceola, IA presents an exhibition titled "Bay Street." An opening reception will take place Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the KAB South lobby. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Physics Colloquium

Dr. Vagharsh Mkhitaryan, Research Scientist at the University of Regensburg, Germany will be presenting on Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): A model system for room-temperature quantum spin physics. 

After briefly discussing the physics behind the OLED functionality and its basic optoelectronic
properties, he will focus on the magnetic resonance studies of spin-dependent pathways of
electron-hole bound state (exciton) formation and exciton-charge carrier quenching processes,
which are pivotal to the OLED functionality.

Fast Forward Digital Media Workshop

UNI’s Fast Forward Digital Media Workshop returns on Nov. 4 for expert media panels and demonstrations. The day-long event offers participants seven workshop sessions from which to choose, and a keynote discussion with Christopher Cook, the co-director of Kinnick: The Documentary (2022).

This year’s media workshop will feature sessions that include:

  • Covering the News for Media Outlets
  • Capturing and Editing Creative Content
  • How to Improve On-Air Skills
  • Producing Live Multi-Camera Broadcasts 
  • Sports Media Coverage
  • Creating Long-Format Media (Shows, Documentaries and Films)
  • Drones and New Technology

Panel guests include Nicole Agee, the Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter of KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids; Kelsey Hammer Parks, Emmy Award-winning creator at Kelsey Hammer Productions in Waterloo; Tyler Brinegar, producer and director, Iowa PBS; Zach Everman, founder of Pixel Labs in Cedar Falls; and Brad Wells, announcer for ESPN, NBC Chicago, Iowa PBS, and FloHoops.

Fast Forward is open to high school, community college and university students and staff at no cost, and a free lunch is provided. This annual event is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication and Media, with the generous support of the Iowa Broadcasters Association Foundation. Register at

Northeast Iowa premiere of KINNICK: The Documentary

Experience the Northeast Iowa premiere of KINNICK: The Documentary. The film tells the story of Nile Kinnick – child of the Depression, winner of the Heisman Trophy, and pilot in WW2. The story reveals what pushed a young man from Adel, Iowa to ascend to the realm of legend in the minds of sports fans across the nation. The 2022 film will be screened Nov. 3, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A with co-director Christopher Cook (UNI, 2008) following the film.

Physics Colloquium: Summer 2022 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Reports

Summer 2022 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Reports

Preparation of Gold Films on MoS 2  with Subatomic

Surface Roughness by Sputtering

Jeff Carlson
Senior, BS Physics Major

Magnetic Properties of FeCr 0.5 Mn 0.5 VAl Heusler Alloy

Young Moua
Senior, BS Physics Major

A Lite DAQ System for Precision Resistance

Nathan Schmidt
Senior, BS Physics Major

Everyone Welcome! Refreshments Provided.

The Ethics of Rescue: True Stories Behind Bergen-Belsen's Liberation

The 2022 Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture features Bernice Lerner, author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, A British Doctor, and the LIberation of Bergen-Belsen. This webinar is free, but advance registration is required. To register, go to:

Bernice Lerner is the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College, former lecturer on the Holocaust at Boston University, and a senior scholar at Boston University's Center for Character and Social Responsibility. Her published work deals with the Holocaust and with virtue ethics.  For more information about Bernice Lerner, go to: or

This event is organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, with assistance from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Physics Colloquium: "Order from disorder: Multi-scale computational studies of biomolecular dynamics and phase separation"


A third of eukaryotic proteins contain long disordered regions with fluctuating structures that defy the sequence-structure-function paradigm. This prevalence of the disorder and the fact that it is often evolutionarily conserved have suggested critical functional roles. But what are these roles? Recent experiments are finding the ubiquitous presence of mesoscopic membraneless bodies in cells that form via liquid-liquid phase-separation of protein and nucleic acid mixtures. The proteins in these assemblies are frequently highly disordered, with low complexity sequences. Mutagenesis studies show that point mutations in disordered regions can often act as functional switches for various proteins, including enzymes, ion changes, and transcription factors. Disentangling the roles of sequence-specific interactions and environmental conditions on dynamics and phase separation of disordered biomolecules poses significant challenges for theory and experiment. Our group employs multi-scale computational techniques to uncover functional mechanisms of disorder in sensing, adaptation, and self-assembly of biomolecules. I will present our recent findings on disorder-mediated thermal adaptation, protein-RNA phase transitions, and mesoscale modeling chromatin organization during the talk.

Lecture: James Ewald

Presented in association with the UNI Gallery of Art exhibition "Convergence and Creation of Design: The Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design Exhibition." James Ewald, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, will present a lecture titled 'Triple Double: Independent Publishing, Sensory Experiences, and Visual Narratives." Free and open to the public.

"Convergence and Creation of Design: The Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design Exhibition"

There will be an opening reception on Wed., Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. following a public lecture by James Ewald, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Ewald’s lecture titled “Triple Double: Independent Publishing, Sensory Experiences, and Visual Narratives” will take place in KAB 111. In addition to Ewald, exhibitors include the following: Jessica Barness, UNI alumna and Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University; Soo Hostetler, UNI Associate Professor of Art in Graphic Design; Riva Nayaju, UNI Assistant Professor of Art in Graphic Design; and Dr. Sang-Duck Seo, Professor in Graphic Design and Media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.