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The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Flurry of Moves Will Help Optimize Office Space

Middlebury Voices in the News: Weaponizing Ebola, Digital Community, Acting French

Middlebury Strengthens Sexual Misconduct Policy

First-Year Students Welcomed at Convocation

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Peggy Nelson awarded NSF funding for collaborative research

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Peggy Nelson (Sociology-Anthropology) and a colleague at Wellesley College have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a two-year project titled Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families. The goal of this project is to better understand the new kinds of relationships that are made possible when individuals have children through reproductive technologies involving “donor” eggs or sperm. Researchers will interview parents and offspring who participate in networks of connection with others who share the same donor as their children or themselves. Where possible, the researchers will also interview donors who have had contact with the parents of their offspring or the offspring themselves. At least two undergraduate students will be involved in this research.

Open House Night at the College Observatory – Autumn 2014

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host an Open House night at the College Observatory this autumn. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evening, September 12, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 p.m., provided the skies are mostly clear.

On this evening, Saturn and Mars will be setting at the beginning of the event and the moon will be rising at the end of the event. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

All the observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Symposium Will Examine Global Economic Turbulence

New England Review’s New Issue Offers Poetry, Stories, and More

Alumni Return to Middlebury Classrooms

College Installs Cor-ten Steel Sculpture

Technology’s Transformation of Higher Education is Topic of Symposium

Middlebury Welcomes Class of 2018

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College Community Chorus — come join us!

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The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season to prepare a concert to celebrate Thanksgiving, slated for performance at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus on Sunday afternoon, November 23. Regular rehearsals are Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. Staff and faculty, as well as students, are welcome to join the chorus through September 23; participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes, “The Chorus is especially privileged this season to be performing works by great composers of the past, alongside amazing new music by Middlebury composer Sam Guarnaccia. These pieces celebrate and honor the amazing universe in which we live.”

The centerpiece of the program features the Middlebury premiere of selections from an extended work by Guarnaccia, Emergent Universe Oratorio, written just one year ago. It is a powerful and sensitive work, drawing on texts that describe the universe and its creation and transformation. In addition to texts by contemporary writers spoken by a narrator, the performance includes four choruses accompanied by chamber orchestra: EaarthRise Amen by Thomas Berry; Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry; Awakening by Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker, creators of the documentary video Journey of the Universe; and To See a World by William Blake.

The Thanksgiving program includes the exuberant chorus The Heavens are Telling from classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation.” The choir will prepare three choruses with historic texts from the Psalms by George Frederick Handel: As Pants the Hart (from Psalm 42); Put Thy Trust in God (from Psalm 43); In the Voice of Praise and Thanksgiving (from Psalm 26). The Chorus will reprise a work from its past Thanksgiving concerts by contemporary Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, Hymn for America, that recognizes and gives thanks for the variety and beauty of our country’s landscape. We also give tribute to American folksinger and environmentalist Pete Seeger with a beautiful setting of his song, To My Old Brown Earth.

Jeff Rehbach begins his fifteenth season as director of the community chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as accompanist. The College Community Chorus welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group is open without audition or mandatory fees to all singers who can follow a musical score. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition.

For information, check on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

Course Sites and New Services

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Last year we posted some course site suggestions for faculty. The information is still relevant, and here is a short summary for those who only need a reminder:

  • Where to find help for faculty - http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons
  • Where to find help for students working on media assignments - http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt
  • Start at the Course Hub – http://courses.middlebury.edu
    • Add your syllabus as a web page, document, or link
    • In general, if you would like your course site to be private choose Moodle
    • In general, if you would like your course site to be public choose WordPress
    • If you make your course unavailable to students while you are building it, please make sure you make it available before students need access to it.

There are a handful of new services that are available for faculty to use in their courses:

SANSSpace

SANSSpace has a web-based video and audio recorder for class assignments. Students can record audio or video and save directly to the site, and faculty can respond by inserting text, audio or video in the timeline of the student’s submission. It is most commonly used for an online language lab environment, and also has applications for presentations, music, and writing. SANSSpace can be added to your course via the Course Hub.

Shared Moodle Resource

Currently, the only shared Moodle resource is the Academic Integrity Tutorial. This tutorial can be added to any course via the Course Hub.

Curricular Innovations

There have been many stories about curricular activities gathered over the years, and they have been shared across many sites. We have started to gather them in one place, the Curricular Innovations site, where faculty can see and share experiences in the classroom.

 

Personal tech tip: A colleague recently shared that they use a program called Eyeleo (http://eyeleo.com/) to help them to remember to take regular breaks when spending long amounts of time at a computer. Eyeleo works on windows computers, and there is a similar program, Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), that works on Macs.

The Week’s Headlines

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts Announces 2014-2015 Season

Students Lend Expertise to Help Preserve a Piece of Town History

New Book Gives Voice to Tolstoy’s Wife

Middlebury Launches New Athletics Website

Journalist Freed from Qaeda Affiliate is Middlebury Alumnus

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.