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The Week’s Headlines

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

Israeli Culture and the Teaching of Hebrew Language

Brazile Tells Students: “We Need You in Public Service”

Gensler Symposium Looks at Punishment, Incarceration, and Restorative Justice

How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons

Two Juniors Receive Truman Scholarships Leading to Careers in Public Service

Davis United World College Scholars Program Marks 15 Years

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

William Poulin-Deltour awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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William Poulin-Deltour (French) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The Debate over Same-Sex Marriage:  Toward an Enhanced Understanding of Contemporary France. The grant will enable William to spend three months in Paris to study French reactions to same-sex marriage and collect ethnographic materials that he will incorporate into his introductory and advanced courses on France. In particular, he will be examining how attitudes on same-sex marriage reflect and shape notions of national identity, gender relationships, and the role of the Catholic Church in French culture.

 

David West awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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David West (Geology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Exploring Iceland’s Active Geology. The grant will support ten days of field investigation in Iceland that will enrich his teaching of structural geology, tectonics, and volcanic hazards in both introductory and upper-level geology courses. The experience will also provide a springboard for organizing an Iceland field course for students during Middlebury College’s recently established Summer Term.

David Stoll awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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David Stoll (Sociology/Anthropology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Six Weeks on the US/Mexican Border. The grant will fund trips to three border regions — the Sonora Desert of Southern Arizona, the Rio Grande Valley in southeast Texas, and  the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Throughout his travels he will talk to migrants, aid workers and law enforcement personnel in order to achieve his prime objective: first-hand experience of the issues along the border to augment his research on labor migration from Central America.

Jacob Tropp awarded Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Jacob Tropp (History) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Imagining the Past in the Present: Mozambique’s Complex Colonial Legacies. The grant will support a three-week trip in fall 2015 to study first-hand the complex legacies and meanings of Mozambique’s colonial past. The purpose of this study is to derive new historical themes, images, and insights that can be used to enliven and update the Mozambique components of particular courses he teaches. He plans to visit significant commemorative sites — museums, art galleries, monuments, and other national heritage sites in the northeastern coastal areas as well as in the capital city Maputo.

Open House Nights at the College Observatory – Spring 2015

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host Open House nights at the College Observatory this spring. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evenings, May 1 and May 8, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Jupiter and Venus will be in the evening sky on both of these dates, while the moon will be visible only on the first of these two evenings. 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 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

All 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 or visit the observatory web site after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Get Organized, Get Along, And Get Results!

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A Workshop delivered by: Porter Knight

Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Crest Room
Light refreshments provided

click here to register

The hours in a day are finite yet the demands on your time seem limitless. How can you effectively get your work done when you’re pulled in so many different directions? This workshop will put you back in charge of your day so you can focus on what’s important. You’ll learn:
• The one tool you need to make every day sane
• Six steps to managing flow of paper and data
• The real problem with email and how to conquer it
• Five strategies to counteract the myths of time management
• Three components of a “balanced” schedule

Once you’ve mastered your own productivity, how can you best interact with others? Getting results is what matters. But productive communications is more than getting people to do what you want – it’s a two-way street that requires thought and skill. We’ll teach you strategies to:
• Manage expectations with two magic words
• Hear and be heard every time
• Cope with interruptions
• Say “No” effectively
• Minimize conflict and maintain your cool

Join us for this lively and interactive program. We’ll include time for discussion so that you can plan how best to apply these ideas. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately for a more effective and peaceful work day.

*Though there is some new material, this workshop includes most of the core components that Porter Knight has presented in past years and in other formats, including: GEARS of Organizing, RRRIPP through paper, RRRIDD yourself of email, TrueTime Planning.

*What’s in this session that is also in the Stress, Neuroscience & Productivity session: small reference to brain function, point of the decision, balanced scheduling, and dealing with conflict.