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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Personal Mention

Two new CDs are featuring the compositions of the School of Music’s Nancy Galbraith, professor of composition. The album “Five in the Sun,” by the Keystone Chamber Players, will feature Galbraith's “Incantation and Allegro” for oboe, bassoon and piano. The album “Metamorphosis,” by bassoonist Nicolasa Kuster, will include her “Sonata for bassoon and piano.”

Professor of Art Lowry Burgess, who is considered to be among the pioneers of space art, will be co-chairing The Fourth International Space Arts Workshop (ISAW4) May 20-22 at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, Calif. Burgess said the ISAW4 focuses on the arts in outer space and the challenges humans face in their attempt to occupy other parts of the solar system. International artists, NASA professionals, scholars, historians and members of the public with an interest in space attend the workshop, where artists and scholars present ongoing projects on space exploration and discuss ways in which new information can be of use to the entire global space arts community. Burgess has created outer space art since 1965, and in 1989 he became the first artist to successfully work with NASA to put art in outer space. He said his reasoning for pursuing space art is simple: “When people live in outer space, humans will take culture with them — the arts, in particular. Equally, the reach into outer space will redefine culture on earth.” Read more.

The Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) in Brno, Czech Republic, has named its national NMR center after Carnegie Mellon Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Josef Dadok, who is often referred to as the "founder of NMR in Czechoslovakia." The Josef Dadok National NMR Centre, one of the most advanced centers of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, focuses on using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study the atomic structure of biologically significant molecules. Dadok will be celebrated in Pittsburgh at the 2013 Pittsburgh Conference Lectures at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, May 9, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Dadok will deliver a lecture titled "My 50 Years in Scientific Instrumentation — Mostly NMR." Read more.

The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is hosting an exhibit of six quilts made by Associate Professor Lorrie Faith Cranor. Cranor, who has joint appointments at the Institute for Software Research, the Engineering and Public Policy Department and CyLab, is on sabbatical this semester and is a fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The exhibit, which is on the yellow wall opposite the "Garage" room, includes a quilt she based on an  art installation called "More Light" by Dick Esterle in the museum's great dome. See photos of the exhibit and read more on her blog.

Carnegie Mellon junior Ian Bangor has been selected to participate in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. A total of 210 participants will compete in the tournament hosted by Methodist University. Bangor ended his regular season with an average of 73.8 through 19 rounds while winning three tournaments. For his career, he ranks first on the school’s all-time charts with nine tournament wins and second with 15 top three finishes. Bangor becomes the second Tartan individual to make the championships with the only other golfer to make it being his father, Paul Bangor, in 1985. Carnegie Mellon as a team made the championships in 2009 after winning the University Athletic Association and finished 22nd out of 41 schools at the national event. Read more.