Relevant Research: Dr. Mark Wolbers on 'Alto Carinet -- The endangered species of the American Band'

2012-10-14 by

The viola is the butt of many instrument jokes in the orchestra. In the band, that instrument is the alto clarinet. Although the violin and cello can cover the range of the viola, its unique timbre and voice is considered essential. In the American band however, the alto clarinet is facing extinction

UAA music professor Dr. Mark Wolbers explores how this situation has come to pass in America. In his research, he has explored the history and criticism of the alto clarinet and explains how this misplaced criticism has led to marketplace impacts in instrument development, manufacturing and music publishing.

As a performer and conductor, Wolbers has championed the alto clarinet as a solo, chamber and band instrument. Over the last three years he has performed solo and chamber works for the alto clarinet in recitals across the state. And in March of 2011, he was selected to present a lecture/demonstration on the alto clarinet for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference in Seattle.

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Relevant Research: Dr. Frank von Hippel on environmental justice incidents globally and in Alaska

2012-06-07 by

Dr. Frank von Hippel is a biological sciences professor at UAA. His lab studies problems in ecotoxicology, evolutionary ecology and conservation biology.

In this talk, a Relevant Research lecture supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. von Hippel explains the relatively new field of “environmental justice” and offers an overview of classic examples from around the world and in Alaska.

Complicating factors for Alaska include 700 active and abandoned military sites with buried contaminants; and Alaska’s northern location, allowing mobile contaminants to travel over the globe and distill over colder Alaska, thus affecting Alaska subsistence foods.

This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2012 in Fine Arts 150.

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Network Scaling: The Growth and Behavior of Organisms and Societies, with Dr. Melanie Moses

2011-10-24 by

Scaling properties of networks that deliver energy and information within industrial societies can affect the behavior of people living in those societies. Scaling theory offers the perspective that human life spans, reproductive choices, and economic structures may be constrained by the way that energy flows through networks in modern societies.

Melanie Moses is an assistant professor in the Department of computer science at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment to the Department of Biology. She concentrates on scaling properties of biological social and information networks, and the general rules governing the acquisition and efficiency of energy and information exchanges in complex adaptive systems.

This talk was co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the UAA Honors College. This podcast was recorded Oct. 13, 2011.

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Astronomer Travis Rector on the Aesthetics of Astronomy

2009-05-04 by

Astronomers use large telescopes to study distant planets, stars and galaxies. Scientists pore over the data and images that arrive through these telescopes to learn as much as they can about distant objects and the workings and mysteries of space.

Because of technological improvements in deep-space observation over the past few decades, the images that astronomers have been working with have also proven to be stunningly beautiful.

Dr. Travis A. Rector, an assistant professor in the UAA Department of Physics and Astronomy, discusses these images in a unique type of show entitled “The Aesthetics of Astronomy.”

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Find the images that Dr. Rector discusses in this talk on his Web site under Deep Sky images.

Dance professor Jill Flanders Crosby on dance and religious practices migrating between West Africa and Cuba

2009-03-31 by

As a part of the Relevant Research Series, Dr. Jill Flanders Crosby, a UAA dance professor and researcher, offers this look at how certain dances and religious practices migrated from the EWE (pronouced EH-vay) people of Ghana, West Africa into the Arara religion practiced in some small towns in Cuba. Professor Crosby is choreographing a response to these dances that will be performed with a video backdrop later this spring in the New Dances 2009 event.

Professor Crosby is introduced here by Dr. James Liszka, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This podcast was recorded on March 26, 2009.

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