Eilat Glikman (Physics), a 2014 recipient of the Cottrell College Science Award, has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. This program is highly selective—only two-dozen top early career academic scientists were selected this year—and it champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy. This honor comes with a $100,000 award for Eilat for research and teaching. She plans to use this award to study quasar activity and its role in regulating how galaxies and their nuclear supermassive black holes grow, as well as to develop educational opportunities to make astronomy and physics more inclusive, with the ultimate goal of having more voices and minds contributing to solving the problems of the disciplines. Congratulations Eilat!
Jeff Munroe (Geology) has been awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching/research in Austria where he will be a Visiting Professor of Natural Science at the University of Innsbruck. Jeff will contribute lectures or a course for the graduate program in Quaternary Geology during the spring semester of 2018. His research for this grant, titled Speleothem-based Reconstruction of Last Glacial Maximum Paleoclimate involves collaboration with Austrian colleagues in one of the world’s foremost cave research laboratories. Samples collected from caves as part of Jeff’s long-term research in the Uinta Mountains of Utah will be analyzed in Innsbruck to shed new light on climatic conditions in the Rocky Mountains during the last glaciation.
We live now in a world where the traditional media has been supplanted by a much more complicated set of media outlets and platforms. How do we understand this new reality? What sorts of strategies might we use to keep ourselves informed? What sorts of media literacies must we cultivate in ourselves and in our students ?
Join us for a panel discussion led by Amy Collier (Office of Digital Learning), Sue Halpern (EAM), Terry Simpkins (Library), and Jason Mittell (FMMC)
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.
The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research
and the Library
You may be thinking about employing a Middlebury College student to work in your department this summer. What a great opportunity for both you and the student! The student can learn important skills (or enhance those they already have) that they will use throughout their life – customer service, time management, conflict resolution, verbal and written communication skills, and so on.
The Student Employment Office Web page has been updated to reflect this summer’s procedures and policies http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/seo/summer.
Please familiarize yourself with these policies so you are well informed and can provide information to the student(s) you hire.
We welcome all who love to sing to join in rehearsals at the start of a new season, as we prepare music for our spring concerts in early May. You’ll have an opportunity to explore uplifting music that celebrates the wonder of star-filled nights and an awakening to new possibilities, from a rarely heard song by Beethoven to traditional African music and breathtaking new works by contemporary American composers.
College faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members rehearse together on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. We begin on Feb. 5, 7 & 12 in Mahaney Center for the Arts (room 221); on and after Feb. 14 rehearsals move to Mead Chapel.
Concerts are slated for Saturday evening, May 6 (Brandon Town Hall) and Sunday afternoon, May 7 (Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts). We ask singers to join no later than February 21 and to attend at least one rehearsal each week.
Here’s a preview of the program:
- Two beautifully crafted classical works that speak of hope in the midst of grief: Elegischer Gesang by Ludwig van Beethoven and Let nothing ever grieve thee by Johannes Brahms.
- Inspired by the legend of the phoenix, contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo and poet Charles Silvestri recently wrote Across the vast, eternal sky, scored for piano and string quartet. ‘This is my grace, to be restored, born again, in flame; do not despair that I am gone away; I will appear again when the sunset paints flames across the vast eternal sky.’
- The traditional song Shosholoza originated among migrant works traveling from Zimbabwe to work in South African mines. Featured in the movie Invictus, its meaning may come from a combination of both Ndebele and Zulu words meaning to push forward, endeavor, or strive.
- American composer Randall Thompson creates a stirring setting of Robert Frost’s poem Choose something like a star. ‘It asks of us a certain height, so when at times the mob is swayed to carry praise or blame too far, we may choose something like a star to stay our minds on and be staid.’
- Thirty-year-old composer Daniel Elder recently completed an energetic arrangement of Sara Teasdale’s poem May Night. ‘The spring is fresh and fearless and every leaf is new… Here in the moving shadows I catch my breath and sing—My heart is fresh and fearless and over-brimmed with spring.’
- Two settings of a James Agee text, entitled Sure on this Shining Night: one by 20th-century American composer Samuel Barber and the second, an expressive arrangement by award-winning contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen. ‘Sure on this shining night of star made shadows round, kindness must watch for me this side the ground…’
- The Awakening, with words and music by pianist-composer Joseph M. Martin. He portrays a dream in which no choir remains ‘to sing to change the world, only silence…’ But then we ‘Awake! All voices join as one! Let music live!’
Contact conductor Jeff Rehbach (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 802.989.7355 with any questions, and check out the Chorus and its history at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus.
Pat Manley and Tom Manley (both Geology) have received funding as part of a statewide grant awarded to the VT-EPSCoR program at the University of Vermont (UVM) by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this five-year grant, titled Basin Resiliency to Extreme Events (BREE), is to study and promote resiliency in the Lake Champlain Basin. Pat and Tom will be working with UVM researchers and Middlebury students to study circulation and sediment dynamics of the Winooski River outflow in order to better understand the delivery and disposition of sediment, nutrients, and potential contaminants into Lake Champlain. Year 1 of this 5 year program will focus on the deployment of 10 year-long subsurface moorings, high resolution bottom mapping of the region, and the deployment of 4 subsurface neutrally-buoyant Lagrangian drifters that will map water movement throughout the Main Lake at various depths. In subsequent years, these operations will be repeated to produce a long-term data set that will concurrently be used to calibrate a 3-dimensional numerical model of lake circulation.
2017 Flexible Spending Accounts Update
If you are a benefits-eligible employee who is enrolled in a 2017 flexible spending account, you may have recently received a Welcome email from MyCafeteriaPlan. The email outreach effort sent by Middlebury’s new FSA service, MyCafeteriaPlan, provided by Business Plans Inc. You may access your online portal to your flex account(s) via the instructions in that email. Once logged on to the portal, you will be prompted to update your username and password by following the instructions available at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/new_user_login_information_extended.pdf. You may also update your profile with your preferred contact information, such as a personal email address or physical mailing address. Or you may leave your profile as is, and receive correspondence on your work email account. The portal also gives you access to your account balances, transaction history and an option to submit your claims electronically.
Accessing the flexible spending portal at MyCafeteriaPlan.com is an enhanced service, which many employees may find useful. But if you prefer to not log on, you will still be able to utilize your ‘Benny’ card and/or submit claims utilizing the claim form that is available for download on Middlebury’s website at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/media/Claim%20Form_FSA%20Flex.pdf
If you have questions about your 2017 flexible spendng account, feel free to reach out to customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan at (937) 865-6500 or toll free at (800) 865-6543. You may also contact Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.
2016 Flexible Spending Accounts Reminder
If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2016 and still have a remaining balance, you have until March 15, 2017 to seek reimbursement for dates of service which occurred in 2016. While at this point in time you can no longer use your 2016 benefits debit card for claims, you may file your claims by using a paper claim form and submitting it via mail, fax or via electronic upload. Here is a link to the 2016 CBA FSA claim form: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf
Here is a link to the site for uploading your 2016 FSA claims: https://secure.cbabluevt.com/electronic-submission.aspx?app=reimbursement
After March 15th, remaining 2016 Health FSA balances, up to a maximum of $500 will be rolled over to your 2017 Health FSA account.