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Saturday, August 18, 2018

UNCP professor makes music international | The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Tim Altman has a passion for music, notes Mark Locklear, Public Communications specialist for UNCP.

Timothy Altman
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He has been performing and teaching it for 30 years, including the past two decades at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

When he’s not molding students at Moore Hall, this travel enthusiast is busy adding stamps to his already colorful passport.

Next spring, Altman will combine his love for music and travel as a visiting professor at the University of Malta, after being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Award.

“It is an honor to be selected,” Altman said. “The Fulbright program has a long history and it is great to be a representative of this organization. I love traveling and learning about new countries.”

Malta is a group of islands in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, with 122 square miles and a population of 450,000...

At UNCP, Altman is the director of bands, teaches trumpet, and conducts and leads the UNCP Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. This fall will mark his 20th year on the faculty. He recently stepped down as department chairman, after serving 10 years.

Before coming to UNCP, Altman taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle, high schools and at the university level in Virginia, Wisconsin and Kentucky. He completed his doctor of musical arts in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky. He also holds degrees in music education from Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Tim’s father,Edward Altman, was a trumpet player in the Richmond Symphony.

Altman is an active conductor, clinician, adjudicator and trumpet performer. He has performed at several international conferences. He is the principal trumpet for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic.

Source: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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A new musical season at the Gardner | Music - The Boston Globe

"Some of George Steel’s earliest music-making encounters came when he was a choirboy at Washington’s National Cathedral." inform David Weininger, Writer/Editor at Analysis Group, Freelance Music Journalist.  

George Steel is Abrams curator of music at the Gardner Museum.
Photo: Liza Voll Photography/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

While this isn’t an uncommon start for future classical musicians, Steel’s experience was unusual in that during the entire time he sang there, the cathedral was under construction. He spent hours exploring its spatial and structural details, top to bottom. The cathedral thus became for him more than a place to sing; it was a site where different art forms — architecture, various visual arts, music — came together and coexisted.

“My friends and co-workers were stonemasons and sculptors and carvers, stained-glass window-makers and gardeners,” Steel said recently by telephone from northern Michigan, where he was vacationing with his family. “I’ve been a musician all my life, and I’ve been happiest when I’ve found a way to make music and bring music to audiences in interdisciplinary contexts.”

Steel’s passion for connecting the arts through music forms a thread through his artistic career, especially during his 11-year tenure as executive director of Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, which he made a focal point of new music, and where he established a reputation as a creator of illuminating and imaginative concert programs. After a tumultuous few years as artistic director at the New York City Opera, Steel has now returned to those roots. In November, he was chosen to succeed Scott Nickrenz as Abrams curator of music at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. His tenure began on Jan. 1, and the first Gardner concert series under his direction opens on Sept. 8 and 9, with performances by its resident chamber orchestra, A Far Cry...

Steel, who before starting the new position had served as a visiting curator for performing arts, said that when Nickrenz retired most of the artists and many broad outlines for the concerts were already in place for the 2018-19 season. Steel took the opportunity to, as he put it, “open up the programs” by teasing out themes and working with musicians to create what he called “Gardner-y” programs, ones that would be particularly apt for the museum’s setting and serve his vision of interconnection among the arts...

He also coaxed musicians into playing works of Leonard Bernstein wherever possible, for the museum’s “In Boston, It’s Bernstein” series. Bernstein’s works have been everywhere during this, his centennial year, but Steel sees this series as focusing on lesser-known pieces — such as his 1937 Piano Trio, which the Claremont Trio plays on Nov. 11 — and those with a Boston connection. “I’m trying to tell the story of Bernstein the composer rather than Bernstein the box-office gold,” he quipped.  
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Kids with learning challenges reach milestones with 'kinesthetic listening | Education - Buffalo News

Scott Scanlon, award-winning reporter explains, "Will Barrett, 15, was struggling on the baseball team and in the classroom last spring at Christian Central Academy when he tried an unfamiliar therapy designed to retrain the brain through sound waves."

“Your brain can grow and change – and you’ve got to challenge it,” says Sarah Smith, owner of Kinesthetic Listening Center of Western New York in East Aurora. She is pictured helping Olivia Greiner during a recent craft session.
Photo: Shuran Huang/Buffalo News

Olivia Greiner and her parents decided Olivia should give it a try, too, as part of the steps they’ve taken to help the 10-year-old from Lancaster address mood and non-verbal learning challenges.

Will, Olivia and their families can’t explain in detail how sessions work at the Kinesthetic Listening Center of Western New York – but the results speak for themselves.

Anxiety gripped Will before sporting events and tests. Within a few weeks, kinesthetic listening boosted his performance on the ballfield and golf course. His grades improved dramatically. He passed all three Regents tests he took, including pulling an 87 on the year-end Spanish exam.

"It's trained my mind to calm itself down," he said...

The sessions are designed to improve hand-eye coordination and challenge the mind with what Sarah Smith called “old-fashioned play.” Clients perform a variety of balancing or detail-oriented tasks, following directions and establishing patterns, while wearing a headset. Classical music, air and sound waves pulse through the headset, stimulating the nervous system and brain.

Will favors jazz drummer Buddy Rich, country singer Toby Keith and rapper Post Malone, but said he’s grown to like Gregorian chants and the Beethoven and Mozart music used as part of the technique. It’s set at a tone low enough for him to hear instructions from the Smiths. He wears a headset as the couple put him through paces that include using a balance board while throwing and catching balls with both hands.

Source: Buffalo News

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Vancouver Memory Care Facility Using Music Therapy | U.S. News & World Report

Wyatt Stayner - The Columbian writes, "Daniel Maruyama sits in the center of a circle of residents, tapping his feet, playing his guitar and singing."

In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 photo, Daniel Maruyama plays "Twist and Shout" during a weekly music therapy session at The Hampton at Salmon Creek, a memory care facility in Vancouver, Wash...
Photo: Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP - The Associated Press

Maruyama, and nearly 20 residents at The Hampton at Salmon Creek, a memory care facility in Vancouver, are just getting warmed up during their weekly Wednesday music therapy session.

The 32-year-old Maruyama plays "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," ''This Little Light of Mine," and a handful of other classics before tambourines and shakers are passed out about 20 minutes into the hour-long session earlier this month.

"You ready, Roger?" Maruyama cheerily asks one of the residents.

The residents shake and tap their instruments as Maruyama plays "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "You Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog." The session is fairly simple, but its benefits are helpful. There's a growing body of research that shows performing and practicing music can help contain the effects of aging and diseases of the brain.

Learning new music can strengthen connections in the brain and improve myelin, a covering around the nerve cells in brains, research shows. That can help conduct nerve impulses at higher speeds, and enhance communications between different areas in the brain.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Meet the artist channelling Buckminster Fuller to create her graphic worlds | Art - Wallpaper*

Drink up striking colours and minimalist compositions in this solo exhibition by Sinta Tantra in London, as Wallpaper* reports.

Sinta Tantra’s floor installation at  Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery gives visitors a splash of the public and architectural spirit of her work.
Photo: Luca Piffaretti

The British-Balinese artist is using the space at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery to explore her artistic journey, from public art to architectural interventions and works on canvas.

The exhibition title ‘Your Private Sky’ is lifted from a manuscript of the same name written by Buckminster Fuller, the American architect and polymath who inspired Tantra’s investigation into philosophy and the imagination by way of mathematics. It was in this text that Fuller outlined the design for his glass geodesic structure, relevant to Tantra for its ability to project and reflect. ‘The idea of “your private sky” expresses a twofold experience – a mode of thought that is both collective and individual. Blue-sky thinking, where visionary ideas can grow from simple musings,’ she says...

The second part of the exhibition features a floor installation, giving visitors a splash of the public and architectural spirit of her work. It’s a maximalist piece that absorbs its riders in graphic shapes and dazzling colours lifted from tropical motifs and nature.

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Mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery | Mathematics - Science Daily

Summary: It's nearly impossible to break a dry spaghetti noodle into only two pieces. A new MIT study shows how and why it can be done.

ScienceDaily reports, "If you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Can you break the noodle in two? If not, you're in very good company."

Photo: Courtesy of the researchers.

The spaghetti challenge has flummoxed even the likes of famed physicist Richard Feynman '39, who once spent a good portion of an evening breaking pasta and looking for a theoretical explanation for why the sticks refused to snap in two. 

Feynman's kitchen experiment remained unresolved until 2005, when physicists from France pieced together a theory to describe the forces at work when spaghetti -- and any long, thin rod -- is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a "snap-back" effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman's puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two? 

The answer, according to a new MIT study, is yes -- with a twist. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that they have found a way to break spaghetti in two, by both bending and twisting the dry noodles. They carried out experiments with hundreds of spaghetti sticks, bending and twisting them with an apparatus they built specifically for the task. The team found that if a stick is twisted past a certain critical degree, then slowly bent in half, it will, against all odds, break in two.

The researchers say the results may have applications beyond culinary curiosities, such as enhancing the understanding of crack formation and how to control fractures in other rod-like materials such as multifiber structures, engineered nanotubes, or even microtubules in cells.

"It will be interesting to see whether and how twist could similarly be used to control the fracture dynamics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials," says co-author Jörn Dunkel, associate professor of physical applied mathematics at MIT. "In any case, this has been a fun interdisciplinary project started and carried out by two brilliant and persistent students -- who probably don't want to see, break, or eat spaghetti for a while." 

The two students are Ronald Heisser '16, now a graduate student at Cornell University, and Vishal Patil, a mathematics graduate student in Dunkel's group at MIT. Their co-authors are Norbert Stoop, instructor of mathematics at MIT, and Emmanuel Villermaux of Université Aix Marseille. 
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Journal Reference:
  1. Ronald H. Heisser, Vishal P. Patil, Norbert Stoop, Emmanuel Villermaux, Jörn Dunkel. Controlling fracture cascades through twisting and quenching. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018; 201802831 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1802831115
Source: Science Daily

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Professor Pulse 2018 | Top Hat

No one knows more about the current state of higher education than professors, which is why we are proud to publish our annual Professor Pulse Report. 

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This year we surveyed nearly 2,000 faculty members across North America and asked them to weigh in on the current state of higher education.

Are you ready to find out how faculty really feel about the current state of higher ed? Download the report now to hear your peers' thoughts on everything from active learning, to the current U.S. administration's impact, to how they feel about their compensation and benefits.

Top Hat wtites in the introduction, "The teaching life is a complicated one, but there’s a lot to be learned by sharing your frustrations, solutions and insights with your peers in higher ed. The 2018 Professor Pulse Survey is here to do just that."

Since we started the Prof Pulse three years ago, over 30,000 educators from all over the world have weighed in, helping us to develop a publicly-shared snapshot of the current state of higher ed. Year after year the Prof Pulse has shown professors how their ideas about higher ed stack up against their peers.

For the 2018 edition, nearly 2,000 faculty members across North America weighed in on the higher ed industry today. 
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Additional resources

Bloom’s Taxonomy: The Ultimate Guide by Christine Persaud, Toronto-based editor and writer with more than 17 years of experience. 
Read this Ultimate Guide to gain a deep understanding of Bloom’s taxonomy, how it has evolved over the decades and how it can be effectively applied in the learning process to benefit both educators and learners.

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A Real-World Writing Project Integrating Mobile Technology and Team-Based Learning | Course Design - Faculty Focus

Dr. Lindsay Doukopoulos, lecturer in Auburn University’s English Department argues, "Teaching first-semester freshmen presents some unique challenges. You are teaching them not only your subject, but also how to be college students." 

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One of the best strategies I have found is to begin with a collaborative project that asks them to research their new home: the campus.

I designed this project for a composition course, but it can be adapted to any discipline because its primary outcomes are teaching students how to collaborate, think critically about their audience, develop 21st-century literacy skills, and communicate effectively.

Working in teams of five, students were tasked with creating one-hour themed walking tours of the Auburn University campus using Google Maps. Teams were responsible for collaborating to decide the audience, destinations, and design features of the map, whereas individuals composed the content that pops up when you click on a map point. Instead of an essay read only by me, teams submitted a URL to a custom Google Map that traces a walkable route through the campus with five destinations, each consisting of an informative article augmented by content from Auburn’s Digital Library.

To emphasize audience and raise the stakes, teams had to make their maps public and promote them through social media. Google Maps tracks page views, and teams competed throughout the semester to get the most (the winning team had more than 2,000 page views). Gamifying the assignment motivated teams to continue making edits after they received their grade, and the data rewarded the behavior.
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Classroom Management of an Online First-Year Experience Course by Kristi Garrett, Director of Instructional Design at Atlanta Technical College. 

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Flash to HTML5 E-learning Conversion: The 4 ‘R’s That Matter | E-books - CommLab India

Are Your E-learning Courses Ready for the Death of Flash? Access the New eBook for Insights on 4 Flash to HTML5 Conversion Strategies

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Flash is dying. Yes, it is. And the day is not too far away! With Flash going to phase out completely by 2020, it is high time organizations act on converting their legacy online training courses to HTML5.

A lot of decisions are to be taken to ensure the conversion is successful. From selecting the conversion strategy to picking the right tool and vendor, all pieces must come together to successfully extend the utility of Flash-based elearning courses. 

This eBook is a handy guide that’ll take organizations planning to migrate from Flash on a smooth transition path. Checklists and action plans – check all it has. 
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Women’s Advancement: Still Being Denied | Reports & Insights - Korn Ferry Institute

"It’s another sign of how challenging—and frustrating—the workplace can be for women" explains Evelyn Orr, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Korn Ferry Institute, Jane Stevenson, Global Leader for CEO Succession and Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services and Kristin Mannion, Vice Chairman in our CEO and Board  Practice.

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Forty percent of women professionals say they’ve missed a promotion or an opportunity simply because they’re female, according to a new Korn Ferry study.

But whether they were denied due to an institutional baked-in bias or some wrongheaded opinions of individuals, the women surveyed, perhaps surprisingly, offered the same advice to one another for overcoming the challenge: Be assertive and build a strong professional network. “My best advice for women in the workplace is to be confident and passionate. If you want the job, be the job before you even receive the promotion,” says Jane Stevenson, global leader for CEO succession and vice chairman of Korn Ferry...

Many organizations are working to eliminate any institutional reasons women are denied advancement by using more quantifiable metrics in evaluating performance and leadership potential.

Source: Korn Ferry Institute

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