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  • Spider Health Report

    As of noon on Feb. 2, there were 21 active COVID-19 cases reported among students, faculty, and staff, and the 7-day average for cases reported was 4.4 per day. The CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for our area are medium. More information about recommended precautions is available at: https://bit.ly/CDC-COVID-By-County.

    If you experience symptoms, please test quickly, and report all positive tests right away. If you are a close contact, follow the testing instructions provided by our contact tracers, including instructions on testing and masking. Information about how to report is available at https://bit.ly/UR-ReportCOVIDTests.

    The University provides COVID-19 self-test kits and high-quality masks at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. More information is available at https://bit.ly/UR-TestKits-and-Masks. Test kit supplies are limited. Please pick up a test kit only if you are symptomatic or have been identified as a close contact.
  • Rethink Waste Today (and everyday)!

    Rethink Waste has a busy day Friday February 3! This week of Campus Race to Zero Waste has a theme of recycling/composting on campus and there are still plenty of ways to get involved!

    - From 11-5, the Spider Exchange is open.

    - Spider Exchange pop-up at the Hanging Lounge (2nd floor THC) from 12-3! Stop by for some free stuff.

    - Eco Inspired will be at the Spider Exchange from 12-5 for eco-friendly product refills! Bring empty, clean, and dry containers.

    - Some of our representatives will be tabling at THC and Organic Krush from 12-3, so stop by to play a game, maybe win a prize, and learn more about correctly sorting your waste at dining locations on campus.

    Hope to see you there!
  • Metaphor of the Month! Gordian Knot

    Ready to untie something no one else can? Or use a trick? Learn more at https://blog.richmond.edu/writing/2023/02/02/metaphor-of-the-month-gordian-knot/

    The Writing Center helps you to build a strong vocabulary. Nominate a word or metaphor useful in academic writing by contacting Joe Essid at jessid@richmond.edu, and your choice will be featured at our blog. Want help with your writing? Find out more at https://writing.richmond.edu/appointments/
  • Are Imaginary Numbers Real?

    Dr. Michael Kerchove opens the spring 2023 Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium. He will present, "3D Rotations via the Sandwich Product and a Twisted Factorization in 4D (with Applications to Computer Animations)." Abstract: Are imaginary numbers real? Is the use of I = ¿¿¿(-1) in algebraic equations made more legitimate by understanding this "impossible number" as a counterclockwise rotation through 90 degrees? The introduction of the Argand diagram in 1813 sparked a debate. By 1843 number systems in dimensions 4 and 8 had been devised, the former linked to rotations in 3-space. New numbers beget new constructions: the talk will conclude with Hopf's twisted factorization of the 3-sphere.
  • Recycle Personal Care Product Packaging

    UR students can now recycle all personal care product packaging on campus instead of tossing these items into the landfill! Rethink Waste is hosting a Terracycle drive for toothbrushes, toothpaste containers, mouthwash bottles/caps, floss containers, soap containers, deodorant containers/caps, etc. Any used packaging is accepted, regardless of the brand. Please recycle your personal care product packaging in your residence hall bathroom or if your building does not have a hall bathroom, you can recycle these items in your Rethink Waste room. If your hall is missing a bin, please let us know! This is a brand new program, so we are grateful for your patience and your assistance keeping these items out of the landfill. Please contact rethinkwaste@richmond.edu for questions, bin locations, or to report missing bins.
  • IS Alert: Telecom Maintenance

    The Telecom Office will be performing maintenance on the phone system on Friday, February 3, beginning at 8:00 pm. Some phones will go down for a brief time, but should return to normal service after the maintenance work has been completed (approximately one hour). If you find your phone at a log in screen when you return to your office, you may need to log in again; please see the link below with instructions on how to log back in to your phone. If you experience any problems at all, please contact the Telecom Office at extension 6500, or email at telecom@richmond.edu. You may also submit a service request to SpiderTechNet, and a technician will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience while we perform this routine maintenance.

    Logging into your IP Phone - https://spidertechnet.richmond.edu/TDClient/1955/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=100446

    Report a Problem - https://spidertechnet.richmond.edu/TDClient/1955/Portal/Requests/TicketRequests/NewForm?ID=ojxmmaJkGJA_&RequestorType=Service
  • Morning Blend: Gathering Student Feedback

    Join the Faculty Hub for the next session of the Morning Blend: Gathering Student Feedback.

    Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join the Faculty Hub to discuss strategies for gathering feedback from your students about their experiences in your courses. As usual, Morning Blend will feature a short presentation (10-15 minutes), a takeaway document (tip sheet), and an informal discussion about facilitated course assessments, mid-term feedback processes, and strategies that enable students to share feedback with you. The next sessions will take place on Tuesday, February 7, at 8:30 a.m. (via Zoom) and Wednesday, February 8, at 9:30 a.m. (in-person). We look forward to seeing you, no registration required. Zoom link for Tuesday: https://urichmond.zoom.us/j/85901098823
  • Antisemitism in America with Dr. Jacob Lewis

    Join the Political Science Department, Office of the Chaplaincy and Richmond Hillel for a lecture from Dr. Jacob Lewis, Assistant Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University and 2022 Fellow for the ADL's Center for Antisemitism Research. Dr. Lewis will present his most current research on Antisemitism in America and its impact on American Jews.

    Pizza and light refreshments will be served. RSVP is kindly requested by Tuesday, February 21, at noon.
  • ChinaFest: Thursday - Sunday

    The 18th Annual ChinaFest is now underway, featuring student videos, the opening lecture, and three films with student-led introductions:

    THURSDAY 02/02
    The Irby B. Brown Opening Lecture, given by Handel Lee, international attorney and property developer: "Entangled Engagement: Enchantments, Expectations, Disillusion and Repulsion in the US and China Relationship" - 7 p.m. International Commons

    FRIDAY 02/03
    Film: "The Wandering Earth" - 3:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium

    SUNDAY 02/5
    Film: "Ne Zha" - 3:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium
    Film: "The Captain" - 5:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditroium

    The Hometowns Project, featuring student-created video tours of Changchun and six other cities in China.

    Details, videos, film trailers, and full schedule online: https://www.richmond.edu/chinafest
  • Exciting new AIA lecture

    All members of the university community are invited to attend a lecture by Chris Motz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond.

    "Connecting Ecology, Economy, and Craft in the Roman Fish-Salting Industry"

    Wednesday, February 8, at 6 p.m. in Jepson Hall, Room 118

    This talk is open to the public.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the University of Richmond Classical Studies Department.