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In Focus: 9/29/2011

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SOUTHWESTERN CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR LANDS PUBLICATION IN PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL

When Maha Zewail-Foote returned to the chemistry labs at UT-Austin for a sabbatical in 2009-2010, she never imagined it would lead to a publication in one of the world’s most important scientific journals.

But it did.

Zewail-Foote is one of two co-first authors on an article that will be published in an October issue of Nature Chemistry, the leading journal in original chemistry research. The article was published online Sept. 25.

Zewail-Foote, who is an associate professor of chemistry at Southwestern and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said she was ecstatic when she learned that the article had been accepted for publication.

“I knew this research was important and I knew it would be published in a good journal, but this was beyond my dreams,” she said.

Read more here.

FACULTY MEMBERS COLLABORATE TO EXPAND THE REPERTOIRE FOR HARP AND LOW BRASS

A harp and a trombone may seem like an unusual combination, but two Southwestern faculty members are proving that the two can make beautiful music together.

Eileen Meyer Russell, an associate professor of music who plays the euphonium and trombone, and Delaine Fedson, a part-time faculty member who teaches the harp, have teamed up to both perform and record music, as well as expand the repertoire for harp and low brass.

Russell said the partnership came about after she heard the principal trombonist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Nitzan Haroz, perform a recital with his mother – who happens to be a harpist – at the 2004 International Trombone Festival in Ithaca, New York. Inspired by the sound, she asked Fedson if she would perform a piece with her at her faculty recital in the fall of 2007. Fedson took the piano part for a composition titled Salve Maria by Saverio Mercadante and arranged it for harp. Russell had previously arranged the vocal part of the composition for trombone.

Encouraged by the positive response they had to that performance, and by the fact that they enjoyed performing together, the two decided to continue the collaboration. Russell believes they are one of only three teams of harp and low brass collaborators in the world.

Read more here.

Events

VIOLINIST AND PIANIST TO GIVE RECITAL OCT. 4

Guest artist Frank Huang and faculty member Kiyoshi Tamagawa will perform music for violin and piano on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes works by Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Prokofiev and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Huang is concertmaster of the Houston Symphony and has performed with orchestras throughout the world. He currently is on the faculties of Rice University and the University of Houston. Tamagawa is professor of music at Southwestern. 

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

ONE-MAN PERFORMANCE COMING TO SOUTHWESTERN OCT. 5

Rajesh Gopie will give his one-man performance titled “Out of Bounds” at Southwestern on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Jones Theater. Admission is free and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

“Out of Bounds” provides insight into the confused state of being a South African Indian under apartheid by enacting significant moments in the lives of 28 characters. The play speaks to all people who have asked themselves who they are and where they come from. 

TROMBONE PROFESSOR TO GIVE RECITAL OCT. 6

Eileen Meyer Russell will give a faculty recital on euphonium and trombone on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. Meyer will be joined by several Southwestern faculty members, including David Asbury, guitar; Delaine Fedson, harp; Adrienne Inglis, piccolo; Kiyoshi Tamagawa, piano; and Jessica Gilliam-Valls, double bass. The program includes works by David R. Gaines, Philip Sparke, György Kurtág, Lee Aronson, Jacques Castérède, Antonín Dvorák, and Roger Kellaway.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

Media Coverage

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion, was interviewed on KWTX-TV in Waco about her book, The Friends We Keep.  

Southwestern was featured in an article Inside Higher Ed did about the benefits of merging IT and library functions at liberal arts colleges. Read the story here.  

The Williamson County Sun did a story on the death of former Religion Professor Norman Spellman.  

The Williamson County Sun wrote an op-ed piece encouraging people in the community to support Southwestern.

The Williamson County Sun did a story on the Theatre Department’s performance of “Cloud Nine.”  

The Williamson County Sun did a story on plans for the new science building and Southwestern’s new partnership with The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston.  

The Williamson County Sun ran a page of photos from the Sept. 17 Friends of Sarofim School of Fine Arts 2011-2012 kickoff event.

Notables

Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, had an article published in a recent issue of Physiology & Behavior (105: 264-268). The article was titled “An intact medial preoptic area is necessary for zaprinast to modulate paced mating behavior in female rats” and was based on research conducted in collaboration with a professor and graduate student at Dartmouth College.

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion, will be a keynote speaker, workshop leader and discussant at the 11th Transdicsiplinary Theological Colloquium sponsored by Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The colloquium is titled “Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology.”