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People in the news 02 - Oct 2013


Arachne, a solo voice composition by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, has received a new interpretation by mezzo-soprano, Patricia Green (Blue Griffin Recording, BGR279, La Voix Nue). Arachne, a dramatic song cycle, was composed in 1987 to a text consisting of four poems by Professor Jordan Smith, plus a phrase in Latin by former vice president of Academic Affairs Christie Sorum. Tann's Seven Poems of Stillness, a festival commission, was premiered in June at the 2013 Gregynog Festival by cellist Guy Johnston in a former church of Welsh poet/rector R.S. Thomas, accompanied by the poet's own recorded voice. Other recent festival performances include the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (DoppelgangerLight From the Cliffs, EunMi Ko, piano), 16th London New Wind Festival (Duo, C. Pluygers oboe, E. Blackshaw, viola), and Calne Music and Arts Festival (In the First, Spinning Place, Hayley Lambert soprano saxophone, Paul Turner, piano). Tann is also one of the composers interviewed by Jennifer Kelly in the new publication, In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States (University of Illinois Press). 

Ellen Borkowski, the College’s chief information officer, was named one of the 50 Most Social CIO’s in Higher Education by a contributor for the Huffington Post. See the full list here.

A paper by Carol Weisse, professor of psychology and director of the Health Professions program, was published in The Advisor, the journal of the National Association of Advisors to the Health Professions. “Practice Makes Perfect: How Advisors can Promote Core Competency Training During the Undergraduate Years” was co-authored by Alex Tan of Johns Hopkins University. 

Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, wrote a piece for Slate on best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell's new book, David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs, and the Art of Battling Giants. The piece was the most popular on Slate Wednesday, generating more than 120,000 views. To read the piece, click here. Gladwell responded with his own take on Chabris’s critique. To read Gladwell’s rebuttal, click here