Professor of Music and Teacher of Cello Janet Anthony was named the first holder of the new George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Professorship in Music. The Chandler Professorship was established with a gift from George Chandler ’51 and his late wife Marjorie ’44.
Helen Boyd Kramer, lecturer of gender and freshman studies, received the Community Activist Award from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund. Boyd Kramer was one of four award recipients recognized at the organization’s Milwaukee leadership reception hosted by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele ’94. She is a nationally recognized voice on diversity issues who has long championed gender equality.
Patty Darling ’85, director of the Lawrence University Jazz Band and lecturer in music, has been named one of nine recipients of an $8,000 fellowship through the Wisconsin Arts Board’s 2011 Individual Artists Program. The fellowship recognizes Wisconsin artists for significant contributions to the fields of literary arts, music composition and dance choreography. Darling, a 1985 Lawrence graduate, will use her fellowship to prepare a dozen of her existing original works for publication, to compose four new educational compositions for middle school and high school jazz ensemble that will be performed in December by several local schools, and to develop a personal website to bring her compositions and recordings to a larger audience.
Bruce Hetzler, professor of psychology, travelled to Paris, France, to present a poster, “Electrophysiological, Behavioral and Blood Alcohol Concentration Interactions Between Mecamylamine and Alcohol in Rats” (with Alison M. Bauer ’08), at the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism 2010 World Congress in September. He also published a paper, “Effects of mecamylamine on flash-evoked potentials, body temperature, and behavior in Long- Evans rats” (with Elizabeth Hermanson Beckman ’06) in the February 2011 issue of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior (Vol. 97, No. 4).
Michael Mizrahi, assistant professor of music, performed with the NOW Ensemble as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall in New York City in January 2011. Mizrahi and NOW also gave performances and workshops at SUNY Fredonia and at The Music Gallery in Toronto, and recently completed shooting for an art film to accompany the release of their new album.
Kirk Moss, associate professor of music and chair of the music education department, headlined the orchestra division of both the Indiana and Arizona state music education associations’ annual in-service conferences, presenting a total of six sessions. He also conducted the Colorado High School All-State Symphonic Orchestra in a program that included Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8. In his role as the elected national American String Teachers Association president, Moss led the ASTA national conference held in Kansas City. Five Lawrence students, all members of the newly formed LU–ASTA Chapter, attended the conference.
Juan Navea, assistant professor of chemistry, gave three presentations at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The presentations, co-authored by Lawrence students Mulu Kebede ’11 and David Frempong ’11, dealt with atmospheric chemistry and climate and were titled “Characterization of ash aerosol particles from different source regions and their potential influence in atmospheric trace gases,” “Comparative evaluation of heterogeneous photochemistry of nitric acid on fly ash from several sources” and “Characterization of atmospheric humic substances and their photochemical reactivity in the presence of nitric acid.”
Brent Peterson, professor of German, published a paper, “Why Fictional Inter-Ethnic Marriages Matter,” in German Studies Review. He is also editor of North American Studies in Nineteenth Century German Literature and Culture and on the editorial board of the German Studies Review.
Jerald Podair, professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies, authored an introduction entitled “A Book to Remember” for a reissued edition of Walter Lord’s classic work on the sinking of the Titanic, “A Night to Remember.” He delivered a paper entitled “‘One City, One Standard’: The Struggle for Equality in Rudolph Giuliani’s New York” at the biannual conference of The Historical Society. His review of “Inventing the American Way” was published in American Studies.
Maryuri Roca, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, presented her research work, “Binding interactions of gold nanoparticles with thiolated molecules in aqueous medium,” at the 241st national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Student co-authors of this work were Belaynesh Fedeke ’10 and Brandon Cernohous ’11.
Timothy X. Troy, professor of theatre arts and J. Thomas and Julie Esch Hurvis Professor of Theatre and Drama at Lawrence, was the second recipient of Lawrence’s Faculty Convocation Award. Troy presented “Unexpected Collaborators: The Geniuses Among Us” at Lawrence’s April convocation. Recipients of the Faculty Convocation Award are selected by President Jill Beck for the high quality of their professional work.
Faculty Awarded Tenure
Provost and Dean of the Faculty David Burrows recently announced that tenure was conferred on Brenda Jenike (Anthropology), John Shimon and Julie Lindemann (Studio Art) and Steven Spears (Conservatory of Music). They were also promoted to the rank of associate professor.