People in the news - August 7, 2015

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NYQ Books published a book of poetry by Bunkong Tuon, associate professor of English titled “Gruel.” His memoir, “Saying I Love You Khmer-American Style,” honoring his grandmother, was published by Numéro Cinq.

Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, hosted a workshop at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park for science fiction writers (including fiction, poetry and scripts). The workshop, “The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction,” gathered 17 writers for a three-day “crash course” on quantum physics, including lectures by faculty (including Orzel) and tours of the JQI labs. The long-term workshop goal is to inform and inspire new stories based on quantum science, therefore inspiring audiences to learn more about quantum physics. The program is funded by a grant from the American Physical Society. Read about the workshop on his Orzel’s, Uncertain Principles.

An exhibit, “After Life,” featuring the work of Fernando Orellana, associate professor of visual arts, is coming to a close at the Incline Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibit and an interview with Orellana, is featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Read the story by clicking here.

George Gmelch, professor of anthropology, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. The story focuses on why people play sports, and how much winning factors in as a motivation to participate. Gmelch said the need to win declines with age. Learn more here.

A study led by Leo Fleishman, the William D. Williams Professor of Biological Sciences, shows that lizards used an optical illusion to make their colorful throat fans glow; therefore boosting their chances of wooing a female. These findings were featured in a New Scientist article, which can be read here.

Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was a recent guest on WAMC’s Congressional Corner. He discussed the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court’s term in October.