Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 7:30PM-11:00PM

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“Break out your costumes and prepare to Monster Mash becuase we are having a party! Meet in Greg Hall room 231 (our meeting room) at 7:30 on Tuesday, October 30th. There will be pizza, pop, candy, and friends! Let’s get spooky!”


Wednesday, October 31, 2018@ 1:00PM-7:00PM

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“Try out your printing skills for FREE during our weekly Free Print Wednesday event! If your object prints under one hour and you post about it on social media (while tagging the Illinois MakerLab) then it is FREE! Drop by to try your hand at 3D printing. :)”


Thursday, November 1, 2018     @ 4:00PM-5:00PM

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“Join us for the INHS Seminar, “Conservation scaling from neighborhoods to landscapes,” presented by Lee A. Fitzgerald, Texas A&M University.

A central question in conservation science is “What allows a species to persist and conversely, what causes it to disappear?” The answer to the ecological side of the question depends on factors such as species’ life history and behavioral constraints, its role in ecological communities, and its sensitivity to landscape change. The relative importance of these sorts of ecological processes varies with scale. The conservation answer depends on the match between ecological scaling and conservation scaling: the extent to which conservation measures are effective at multiple spatial and temporal scales. I will discuss how most paradigms in conservation, for example sustainable use, ecotourism, and endangered species conservation are confronted with challenges related to scaling and mismatch. In particular, our research on a micro-endemic habitat specialist, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus), lends insight to challenges of conservation scaling. Meticulous ecological studies reveal how population dynamics in these lizards scale from local neighborhoods of interacting individuals up to the distribution of the species across its geographic range. Moreover, the condition and configuration of irreplaceable landforms are directly linked to population vital rates, neighborhood vitality, and persistence of populations. The Mescalero Dune Ecosystem, where these lizards and other endemic species exist, overlies the Permian Basin, a region beset with increasing and extensive fragmentation from oil and gas development, and sand mining for fracking. Landscape fragmentation lands a double whammy by disrupting both the geomorphologic processes that maintain dunes and the diffusion-dispersal dynamics that connect lizard neighborhoods. Conservation measures are (sort of) in place that call for localized habitat protection. However, the extent of these measures does not match the dynamics of ecological scaling in this system and probably will not confront the higher-level problem of fragmentation that drives species disappearance. The mismatch between conservation scaling and ecological scaling is a pervasive challenge to achieving biodiversity conservation. Conservation scientists and practitioners might benefit from embracing the realities of conservation scaling, and taking advantage of scaling opportunities and planning for scaling limits of conservation interventions.”


Friday, November 2, 2018 @ 5:30PM-7:00PM

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“Our Theme is “Where Knitting meets Passion!”

Join us for a evening of knitting inspiration, held in the back hallway of LIncoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Coop . Klose Knit’s customers will bring their wonderful creations and show them off – you will be inspired by their creative works and the story of their hand-created, personalized garments.

Tickets are $ 10.00, which includes 1 glass of wine and appetizers from Common Ground Food Co-op. The ticket prize also includes a donation to the Reading Group, a not-for-profit learning center which specializes in serving children and adults who struggle with learning difficulties.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Klose Knit website!

There will also be a silent auction, and a raffle! Come and enjoy, bring a friend – this is going to be lots of fun!”


Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM

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“Celebrate Diwali by lighting candles (tea lights) on the Quad and enjoy delicious Indian food for sale.
Bring your friends and family for some of the best pictures you can ever take at the Quad (as can be seen on our poster).

Proud sponsors: Indian consulate at Chicago and Latitude apartments.
Menu for the evening (CASH ONLY)

Samosa chaat-$3

Main course:
Pav Bhaji-$6 (4 half pcs of Pav)
Vegetable Dum Biriyani-$4
Idli+Sambar-$4 (2 pcs of Idli)

Gulab Jamun-$2 (3pcs)
Gulab jamun (2pcs) +Ice cream-$2
Vermicelli Kheer-$2
Badam milk-$2
Besan Barfi-$2

Indian masala tea (chai)-$1

Combo 1 ($10): Starter + Pav bhaji + Vermicelli Kheer + Chai
Combo 2 ($5): Idli-sambar + Gulab jamun

Tea lights (small candles) to decorate the quad are free of cost!”

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