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Concert series favorite, Emerson String Quartet, returns

Posted on Jan 21, 2011

20090129104957_Emerson_String_QuartetEmerson String Quartet

As part of a tour schedule that spans three continents, the renowned Emerson String Quartet will appear at Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m., 28th Chamber Concert Series performance.

Called “America’s greatest quartet” by Time magazine, the ensemble features violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, who alternate first chair responsibilities, along with cellist David Finckel and violist Lawrence Dutton.

At Union, the group will perform Beethoven’s Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 and Schubert’s Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D.887.

Formed at the Juilliard School in 1976, Emerson has been touring, recording and performing for more than three decades. The artists have achieved unparalleled recognition with 30 acclaimed recordings produced with Deutsche Grammophon and nine Grammy awards, the most recent in 2010 for Best Chamber Music Performance. Emerson also has captured three Gramophone awards and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

Named after American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the New York City-based quartet will appear this season in London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and make its second tour through South America. It continues its residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., now in its 31st sold-out season.

In April 2010, Deutsche Grammophon released the Emerson String Quartet’s latest recording, the 3-CD set “Old World, New World.”

Tickets for Emerson String Quartet are free to the Union community, $25 for general admission and $10 for area students. For more information, visit http://www.union.edu/ConcertSeries

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“The Hijabi Monologues”

Posted on Jan 20, 2011

The recent performance of “Hijabi Monologues: The Women Under the Head Scarves,” a play that examines a simple piece of clothing and the complex reactions to it in the U.S., was mentioned in the Times Union blog, "Muslim Women."

This powerful storytelling experience is designed to create a space for American Muslim women to share experiences, use their voices and connect with others.

To read the blog posting, click here.

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Chronicle to get makeover

Posted on Jan 20, 2011

This is a reminder to stay tuned for an all-new version of your weekly Chronicle, coming soon.  

The Chronicle will continue to bring you the latest Union news, announcements, events and other key information from our website, but it will be delivered to your inbox in a more user-friendly format that can be easily forwarded to a friend, Tweeted or posted on Facebook.

Most importantly, the new Chronicle will be subscription-based, so you will not receive it unless you sign up at this link: http://bit.ly/iaK5Tm

As always, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit announcements of their professional activities, including publications, grants, awards and conferences.

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Political discourse topic of S&E lecture

Posted on Jan 20, 2011

20110120100850_mutzDiana Mutz, U Pennsyvlania, S&E lecture series


Diana Mutz, professor of political science and communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will kick off the Union College Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering Lecture series on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial with a talk titled “In Your Face Politics.”

The series is sponsored by the Skidmore Union Network, funded by Skidmore’s and Union’s NSF Advance grants.

Mutz will explore “the social, psychological and historical consequences of having politicians ‘in our face’ on a regular basis.”

She notes that Americans today experience greater proximity to politicians for two reasons. Television regularly focuses on them through tight camera angles, and televised political discourse tends to be more uncivil and impolite than ordinary personal discourse.

“I find the combination of these two characteristics to have important implications for how people respond to politics and politicians,” Mutz says.

On Feb. 11, the lecture series will feature Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, at 4:15 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. She will speak on “Social Practice: Sociocultural Approaches to Identity and Culture in Embodied Conversational Agents.”

Cassell is credited with developing the Embodied Conversational Agent, a virtual human capable of interacting with people using both verbal and non-verbal behavior. She will discuss her work with children who speak several dialects of American English and the subsequent implementation and iterative evaluations of a virtual peer based on that research. The event is co-sponsored with the Department of Computer Science.

On March 9, Geraldine Richmond, professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, will speak at Skidmore as part of the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series. That event is being co-sponsored by the Skidmore Department of Chemistry.

Further details will follow. For more information about the Skidmore Union Network, visit http://sun.skidmore.union.edu, or contact Brenda Johnson at johnsonb@union.edu.


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Faculty, students, alumni take part in Materials Research Society meeting

Posted on Jan 20, 2011

Materials Research Society Meeting, Nov.-Dec. 2010
Back row (L to R): Nicholas Dunn ’11, Steven Gacin ’12, Anna Mueller ’11, Smitesh Bakrania ’03
Front row (L to R): Suzanne Estok ’11, Mary Carroll, Ann Anderson, Lauren Brown ’11, Matthew Sherman ’09

Three Union faculty members, five students and several young alumni participated in the fall meeting of the Materials Research Society, held in Boston last month. Professor Rebecca Cortez (mechanical engineering) and Bernadette Peace ’10, who is currently enrolled in the masters program at Union Graduate College, attended the  conference. Peace presented a poster on her interdisciplinary research under the direction of Cortez and professor Michael Hagerman (chemistry). The poster was titled “Atomic Force Microscopy Examination of Polymeric Nanocomposite Layers” in the Polymer-Based Nanocomposites Symposium. Other co-authors on the poster were Michael Topka ’09, Kenneth Skorenko ’10 and Adam Kowalski ’10.

Professors Ann Anderson (mechanical engineering) and Mary Carroll (chemistry) gave an invited paper on “Adventures in Aerogel Preparation via Rapid Supercritical Extraction” as part of the Aerogels and Aerogel-Inspired Materials Symposium. Five student members of Union’s interdisciplinary Aerogel Team attended the conference; three presented poster papers. Lauren Brown ’11, a mechanical engineering major, presented a poster on “Characterization of Titania-Silica Aerogels Fabricated Using Rapid Supercritical Extraction.” Nicholas Dunn ’11, a chemistry major, gave a poster on “Alumina and Nickel-Alumina Aerogels Prepared via Rapid Supercritical Extraction for Green Automotive Catalysis Applications.” Suzanne Estok ’11, a chemistry major, presented “Fabrication and Analysis of TEOS-based Aerogels Prepared via Rapid Supercritical Extraction.” A co-author on Estok’s poster was Thomas A. Hughes IV, who participated in research in Union’s Aerogel Lab as part of the Science Research in the High School at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Hughes is now an undergraduate at Roberts Wesleyan College.

They met with two Union alumni who performed their undergraduate senior projects in Union’s Aerogel Lab. Matthew Sherman ’09 gave a talk in the symposium based on his masters thesis research in the mechanical engineering program at Tufts University,  “Measurement of Alcogel Thermo-physical Properties during the Aging Process.” Smitesh Bakrania ’03, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rowan University, presented a paper titled “An Investigation of Titanium-nitride-flouride (TiNF) as a Working Electrode Material for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells” in the Solar Energy Integration poster session.


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