The Office of Student Accommodations and Testing will offer a new resource for all students this fall semester. Join a virtual presentation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 on how Kurzweil 3000 can help increase student success. Participants will need to sign up online, and a training link will be sent to them.

Kurzweil 3000 is an accessibility software designed to help students learn course materials in school. With functions such as text-to-speech, highlighting and integrated notetaking and brainstorming, this assistive technology enables students with learning difficulties to fully engage in what they are learning and to focus on the tasks at hand.

Supporting undocumented students and mixed status families with photos of each of the presenters

Register to attend a Zoom webinar from Hispanic Serving Initiatives related to supporting undocumented students and mixed status families from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday May 8.

The presenters will be Raymond Rico, an immigration attorney; Alex Perez, Hispanic Development Fund Greater Kansas City; and Dr. Melisa Jimenez, Johnson County Community College. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Sara Mata, executive director of Hispanic Serving Initiatives.

The informational session will provide a better understanding of the unique struggles and ways to support undocumented students and mixed status families.

Andreas Papaefstathiou, assistant professor from Kennesaw State University who specializes in the phenomenology of particle physics, and will give a talk, “Imprints of Electro-Weak Symmetry Breaking at Colliders,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in 128 Jabara Hall.

The Physics Seminar is part of a series of talks sponsored by the Eddy and April Lucas Fund and brings speakers to campus several times each semester.

Join Interstellar Seminar from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in 104 Jabara Hall or online for the last session of the semester and see how science fiction is useful in crewed interstellar missions.

When looking towards interstellar travel in the distant future, science may not be ready to provide a clear vision. Science fiction can go outside the box and into the realm of what can only be imagined. Dr. Rachelle Smith — former professor of English, modern languages and journalism at Emporia State University, who specializes in science fiction — will provide insights into how science fiction can lead people into a science future that will rely on creativity before technology.

Zoom details and an archive of previous seminars can be found on the Wichita Space Initiative website.

The Department of Biological Sciences’ Seminar Series continues from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 29 in 218 Hubbard Hall, with Dr. Sufi Thomas of KU Medical Center with her talk, “The Role of the Tumor Microenvironment in Head and Neck Cancer Progression.”

As always, seminars are open to the public and undergraduates are encouraged to attend.

Students enjoy a reception for Creative Writing MFA graduates.

Come celebrate the 2024 graduates of the MFA program in creative writing as they share selections from their literary works at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Ulrich Museum of Art.

A reception will be at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event.

A woman in a hat cleans a sculpture with a dry paintbrush.

Visit the Ulrich Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 for an evening with Marianne Marti, founding partner of Russell-Marti Conservation Services, in connection with Fully Dimensional: Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection.

Marti is a sculpture conservator who specializes in working with bronze, stone, terracotta, plaster and wood, with an expertise in outdoor public art. For more than 25 years, she has performed biannual maintenance treatments and major conservation work on sculptures at WSU, and she will speak about her experiences, including the conservation of the Ulrich’s Joan Miró mosaic (2011-2017).

Reception at 5:30 p.m. is in the upstairs Ulrich Gallery lobby, with the program following at 6 p.m. in 210 McKnight Art Center. Everyone is welcome to attend this free talk.

Join the Department of Physics for its next physics seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in 128 Jabara Hall and also on Zoom.

The speaker this week will be Dr. Rajasekaran Namakkal Soorappan from the Department of Pathology, Division of Molecular & Cellular Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His lecture will be on “Redox Signaling – Concept of Reductive Stress and Associated Mechanisms for Proteotoxic Diseases.”

The physics seminar series brings several speakers to WSU each semester and is sponsored by the Eddy and April Lucas Fund.

On May 2, the Barton School of Business Center for International Business Advancement (CIBA), the International Business Studies Association (IBSA) and the World Trade Council of Wichita (WTCouncil) present Spirit AeroSystems on Global Supply Chains. The distinguished speaker will be Dr. Wendy Crossman, vice president, Spirit AeroSystems, in charge of global sourcing.

Students register at a below-cost rate to attend the dinner program (subsidized by the WTCouncil). The dinner program will be held at the Wichita Country Club, and attire is business casual. No reservations will be accepted after 4 p.m. April 29.

Spirit is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial planes, defense platforms and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., UK, France, Malaysia and Morocco. Spirit is an important company not just for local and regional economies, but also nationally and internationally.

For more information, send an email to, call 316-978-3176 or follow CIBA/WTCouncil on LinkedIn.

Facility of language and the role of history during multigenerational missions to the stars will be discussed at Interstellar Seminar from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Wednesday April 24 in 104 Jabara Hall and online.

Communication is key for long-duration crewed missions. During multigenerational missions of 500 years or more, the languages brought will change as a new culture develops, very much different than Earth. Dr. Mythili Menon, director of linguistics at WSU, will join Interstellar Seminar to discuss the future of language, as humans travel to distant star systems.

Speeding away from home, the Earth will become a dot in space that eventually can no longer be seen. The history of the Earth will be preserved during an interstellar mission in some fashion, while a new history is being written. Dr. George Dehner, professor of history at WSU, will discuss the place history has for multigenerational missions that will never return to Earth.

Zoom details and an archive of previous seminars can be found on the Wichita Space Initiative website.