The dance department's CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company annual spring performances continue tonight and Saturday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the New Dance Theatre in the dance building:
The performance will include the premiere of several new contemporary and aerial arts pieces, a guest performance by members of the Compania Nacional de Danza Costa Rica and several repertory performances.
Tickets are $16, $10 for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets, visit the Tate Student Center ticket office, go to pac.uga.edu or call 706-542-4400. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each evening of the concert.
"In this program, we will highlight the talent of UGA student artists who exemplify exceptional artistic and creative growth during their preprofessional experiences in the arts at UGA," said Bala Sarasvati, CORE Dance Company artistic director.
The concert will open with a series of repertory pieces created by Sarasvati that demonstrate an array of technical dance abilities on bungee, single point lyra, silks and slings, along with sustained physical partnering and the incorporation of film animation.
Dance, as is said, is a form of language that transcends not only cultures but also species. Dancers are storytellers who share their stories with their bodies, and the ability to 'understand' this langauge as an audience requires practice, time and the patience of concentration. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a vital dance program and the CORE performances are an elevated experience (sorry!) for the senses. Get your tickets and come out to experience something wonderful this weekend. You'll be glad you did.
Image: courtesy of the CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company
Franklin College students and faculty continue to distinguish themselves with the highest honors and accomplishments. A sample from the month of February:
Associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Zachary Wood is among three UGA faculty members to receive Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA’s highest early career teaching honor.
Our own associate dean Chuck Kutal is the subject of a Faculty Profile in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction newsletter, Engage.
UGA Graduate Psychology Department ranked eighth in nation for Clinical Psychology – R&B
Hugh Hodgson School of Music professor Martha Thomas has been named the second recipient of the Despy Karlas Professorship in Piano, which was established by friends and admirers of the late UGA music professor.
Two University of Georgia professors, including associate professor of mathematics Danny Krashen, are among 105 professors announced as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professors in the early stages of their research careers.
An international group of researchers that includes department of computer science assistant professor Kyu Lee are leading a collaborative effort to create new technologies that will expose advanced persistent threats (APTs), a type of cyberattack responsible for prolonged—and often costly—network security breaches. Funded by a $5.3 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Partner institutions Purdue University, University of Wisconsin and UGA will develop the TRacking and Analysis of Causality at Enterprise level (TRACE) system that would quickly detect APTs and minimize the damage they cause.
The Center for Simulational Physics is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week during the 29th annual CSP Workshop.
Teams from the Georgia Debate Union finished first and second at the District 6 Southeast/Southeast Cross-Examination Debate Association tournament recently held at Emory University. Their first and second-place finishes qualified each team to the 2016 National Debate Tournament, the national championship for college policy debate being held in Binghamton, New York. The NDT will take place from March 31 to April 4, 2016.
The department of history launched a program in public history that will offer students the opportunity to learn about the professional side of their discipline—through archiving artifacts, giving tours of historic sites or curating a historical collection of films—while living in Washington, D.C.
Image, clockwise from top left: Charles Kutal, Kyu Hyung Lee, Martha Thomas, Nathan Rice, Tucker Boyce, Advait Ramanan and Swapnil Agrawal
On a NewBlackMan (in Exile) podcast episode, Left of Black on the Root, Guest host and Duke Professor Tsitsi Ella Jaji interviews Ed Pavlić about his latest work, Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (Fordham University Press, 2015). Pavlić is a poet, author, and a Professor of English and Creative Writing.
TED-Ed Original lessons features a new animation, The psychology of narcissism - W. Keith Campbell
Marshall Shepherd discusses the complexity of meteorology “I see meteorology and climatology simplified and trivialized,” writes Shepherd in Forbes.com regarding the use of groundhogs and other animals at predicting weather.
Geography department pushes for certificate in urbanization and metropolitan planning – R&B
Lecture on native cultural history draws huge crowd to Shannon – Northwest Georgia News article quotes anthropology professor Emeritus David J. Hally
Dada centennial commemorates the history and endurance of experimental art – Flagpole article mentions book by Jed Rasula, Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor and head of the department of English
James Cobb quoted in a Politico article about Donald Trump’s Southern momentum
New Stone Center exhibit explores black history through figurative visions – The Daily Tar Heel article on an exhibition by Lamar Dodd School, of Art professor Stephanie Jackson
How weather and an ‘interstate of renewable energy’ could save the climate by 2030, writes Marshall Shepherd at Forbes.com
Secretary of State John Kerry discusses Isis strategy with Hollywood studio chiefs, reports The Guardian. The aim of the meeting is to figure a way to counter the Isis narrative, especially with propaganda films. “They are necessary in Isis’s effort to paint itself as a continual target of the west’s enmity,” said Roger Stahl, associate professor of communication studies
Australia cutting basic climate science research is ‘Head in the Sand’ 101, writes Marshall Shepherd, a regular contributor to Forbes.com
Graduate Psychology Department ranked eighth in nation for Clinical Psychology – R&B
Zachary Wood, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College, was joined by Kimberly Skobba (FACS) and Robert Beckstead (CAES) as 2016 recipients of the university's highest early career teaching honor, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:
Wood has designed innovative tools to help students master complicated concepts in biochemistry. He creates "virtual study groups" through a cloud-computing platform to engage in voluntary discussions with students on their own time, and when he discovered that many students lacked the prerequisite knowledge needed to grasp the curriculum, he began working with Honors students to create a student-authored textbook that explains concepts useful to understanding the material.
Wood has trained and mentored more than 24 undergraduate students in research since he joined UGA's faculty in 2007. The UGA Student Government Association recognized him as a 2014 Outstanding Professor. He is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar.
Nominations for the Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are submitted by deans and considered by a committee of senior faculty members and undergraduate students. To be eligible for the award, a faculty member must have worked at UGA for at least three years and no more than 10 years in a tenure-track position.
For so many reasons, what we do IS who we are. The University as an undergraduate teaching institution is a mission-first endeavor that provides the key link between our citizens, their careers and future success. But it also connects our students to the knowledge and wisdom that allows them to fulfill their obligations as citizens, and these wonderful educators are the highest expression of sharing that particular combination of tools and traits. Congratulations on joining these illustrious ranks as some of our very best.
Image: Associate professor Zachary Wood.
The Center for Simulational Physics was the first such center in the world when it was established at UGA in 1986. The Center hosts its 29th annual workshop on campus this week, and will hold additional celebrations during the talks and discussions on computer simulation methods for the study of condensed matter physics:
Since it was founded in 1986, UGA's Center for Simulational Physics has played an important role in the use and development of computer simulation techniques. Solving problems often intractable from a theoretical perspective or impractical for experimentation, physicists turn to computational simulation to understand fundamental physical phenomena.
Crude computer simulation techniques date back to the 1940s at Los Alamos National Laboratory. But the center at UGA was the very first such facility in the world devoted entirely to developing and using advanced computer simulation algorithms.
"In 1983 we started the program in simulational physics, and in 1986 we were approved as a university center," said David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and founding director of the CSP. "The next year we started this workshop series, and it really became a meeting place for simulationists from around the world because there was no other meeting place."
The CSP workshop has continued every year since, bringing dozens of visiting scholars and hundreds of students to study at UGA and making the university a world leader in computer simulation studies of condensed matter physics.
"We continue to have students and faculty from around the globe coming to study at UGA on fellowships from their nations and universities," Landau said. "They are involved in the learning process at every level—exchanging of ideas, carrying out research that has enriched our environment and providing research people power for the university."
The CSP has broadened its interests and now includes computational astrophysics and computational biophysics.
The 29th annual Center for Simulational Physics Workshop at UGA will take place the week of Feb. 22. Hosted by the UGA Center for Simulational Physics, it will be held in Room 322 of the physics building. The meeting is open to the UGA community, but registration is required. For more information, including the complete schedule of invited speakers, visit csp.uga.edu.
We'll have a longer piece up at the UGA.EDU this week to commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment in international scientific leadership and collaboration. The number of people the CSP has brought to UGA who have then gone on to establish similar centers at institutions around the world, not to mention the grants and collaborative agreements of which it has been a part, signal the Center's influence and lasting impact. Congratulations to Dr. Landau and Dr. Schüttler for their outstanding contributions to the field of simulational physics. They are an inspiration to students and fellow scientists everywhere, as well as a testament to UGA's commitment to the research endeavor.
Image: David P. Landau, l, with Heinz-Bernd Schüttler, courtesy of UGA photo.
University Theatre and director T. Anthony Marotta present a new twist on an old tale of desire and deception:
The play revolves around characters pursuing their desires by any means necessary: Callimaco (played by Drew Atkinson) years for the beautiful Lucrezia (played by Kileigh Adams), a virtuous young woman married to foolish old Calfucci (played by Hannah Klevesahl). Calfucci is desperate for an heir while Lucrezia’s mother, Sostrata (played by Ellen Briggs) is equally desperate to be a grandmother. With the aid of Timoteo the greedy priest (played by Anna Pieri), Calfucci concocts a deception to trick Calfucci into allowing Callimaco to enjoy a tryst with Lucrezia – without her knowledge.
Marotta selected this play not just because it remains extremely entertaining but also because for modern audiences it is raises deeply disturbing and timely issues about sexual power dynamics and consent. Like many comedies of the past, the story revolves around a man who tries to concoct ways to sleep with a woman without her consent.
So what does Marotta do but cast the entire play with women! Wonderful idea to create an innovative dramatic experience. As a former Franklin College dean was fond of saying, 'we always get the best people.' This production is yet another example of that. Performances began in the Cellar Theatre last night and run though a matinee on Feb. 28. Get your tickets now. Congratulations to our students in the cast and crew.
Image: Drew Atkinson as Callimaco and Hannah Klevesahl as Calfucci in University Theatre's production of Machiavelli's The Mandrake. Photo by C. Adron Farris III.
Paul Pfeiffer’s groundbreaking work in video, sculpture, and photography uses technology to dissect the role that mass media plays in shaping consciousness. The results, often mesmerizing but always thought-provoking, will be the subject of his lecture this afternoon as the 2016 Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair:
[Pfeiffer] transforms them to inspire contemplation of the role played by mass-media in contemporary culture. Often integrating monumental and miniature scales, his works challenge viewers to take a second look at familiar objects and images.
Drawing on a range of imagery and culling ideas from a variety of academic disciplines, Pfeiffer synthesizes sports, cinema, labor, science and psychoanalytic theory to offer insights into the nature of representation within contemporary media environments.
While in residence as the Dodd Chair, Pfeiffer will work with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications sports journalism students as well as art students.
The Dodd Chair was established in 1970 when Elaine de Kooning served as the first visiting professor of art at the Dodd. Ever since, the Dodd Chair has allowed a practicing artist to spend a semester or a full year in residence at the school, with full professor privileges. A great program that inspires faculty and students, and Pfeiffer is the next in a long, distinguished line. Looking forward to a great discussion this afternoon.
'Artistic and other cultural manifestations of interculture, discomposure, optimism, and unexpected affinity as sources of anxiety about the implications of historical change' will be a sub-theme of today's Distinguished Artist Lecture in the Lamar Dodd School of Art by Professor Darby English:
English is Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He teaches modern and contemporary art and cultural studies, with a focus on American and European art produced since the Second World War. He is the author of How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness,
English’s research studies the intersection of art—its production, description, interpretation, and analysis—with ideas about historical subjectivity and experience. Recent research has particularly focused on artistic and other cultural manifestations of interculture, discomposure, optimism, and unexpected affinity. In its more theoretical formulation, this work examines the necessary difficulty of studying the foregoing themes at once as historical objects in themselves and as sources of anxiety about the implications of historical change.
A welcome moment for discussion of this intriguing topic by a renowned scholar. Welcome to campus, Dr. English. The life of the mind (and the moment) is all around you on the UGA campus. Join it.
Image: Mark Rothko, No. 36 (Black Stripe), 1958
Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is an educational non‐profit organization based in the United States providing leadership and management training for women in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This week the African Studies Institute presents a panel presentation featuring HERS - East Africa on Friday, February 19 beginning at 12:20 pm in the International Student Life Lounge, 210 Memorial Hall, and lasting into the afternoon. The panel, "Building on Success, Exploring Collaborations in Research, Training, and Global Outreach with HERS-East Africa," is open to the public.
The panel features educators from Africa and the U.S. and will be moderated by assistant professor of history at UGA Husseina Dinani. The panel also includes:
Ruth Muwazi, associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda
Catherine Kanabahita, Director of Gender Mainstreamimg, Makerere University, and a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Clark Atlanta University
Margaret Khaitsa, professor of epidemiology in the department of pathbiology and populaiton medicine, Mississippi State University
Irene Naigaga, lecturer, College of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University
Naomi Lumutenga, HERS co-founder and educational consultant based in Kampala, Uganda
Florence Wakoko-Studstill, associate professor of sociology and chair of African Studies, Columbus State University
The event is co-sponsored by the Franklin College, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Public Health. Welcome to these visiting educators and leaders, and our thanks for your efforts as Women Empowering Women all over the world.