A musical composition by Warren Gooch, professor of music theory/composition, will be performed on the 2008 National Society of Composers Conference hosted by Georgia State University. “Light of Shadow” for solo timpani has been selected for performance on the conference, which will take place Feb. 20-23. The composition was among those selected for performance from a pool of more than 600 entries.

Gregory Jones, professor of music, just returned from an eight day tour of Albania that included concerts, master classes, and visits to schools and historical sites. During his visit, Jones was interviewed on live Albanian national television during their morning program, performed and worked with faculty and students at academies in Tirana, Berati and Durresi, and addressed Fulbright and U.S. Embassy officials at the European University of Tirana. He is the first American brass professor to visit Albania and plans to return with a brass ensemble in the near future.

Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history,
is serving as a peer review panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities in their Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development program.

Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry,
and Maria Nagan, associate professor of chemistry, have been awarded a $158,000 grant through the National Science Foundation Research at Undergraduate Institutions program. This grant will support two undergraduate students working during the next three summers as they work to understand important interactions that give molecules of ribonucleic acid (RNA) their specific shapes. Results from this work will lead to a better understanding of biochemical processes that allow the proper synthesis of proteins.

Gregg Siewert, professor of French,
has been named to one of eight seats on the College Board’s AP French Language Commission to review standards and suggest revisions to the AP French language test.  He attended the second meeting of this Commission in Atlanta Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and the first last February. Further meetings will be held in February, March and May 2008, with more in 2009.
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