ND physicist joins Fulbright Specialist Program

first_imgUmesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics, was selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Physics Education, allowing him to travel around the world to other universities and interact with teachers and students to enhance the physics curriculum and impart an enthusiasm for research.Garg said his first assignment is at the Indian Institute of Technology. He said wants to find a way to provide Indian students with the same research opportunities that undergraduate students in the United States have.“I have come to believe that undergraduate students should be exposed to research very early in their careers,” Garg said. “As a Fulbright Specialist, I can help various universities around the world develop programs that integrate research into the regular curriculum for undergraduate students.”Garg said he is mainly interested in raising research awareness because undergraduate research provides students with a new type of learning that is beneficial to students no matter what their eventual career path is.“When an undergraduate does research, they are exposed to what is beyond to what they are taught in their courses,” Garg said. “Research opens vistas that classrooms simply can’t and it makes them independent thinkers.“They are not searching for answers that are simply hidden away somewhere like they would be in the classroom,” he said. “You will develop an ability to think beyond what is known.”Being a Fulbright Specialist will not only be beneficial to the students and teachers with which he will interact, Garg said, but to himself as well.“Interaction with intellectuals is always an enhancing experience,” Garg said. “Of course I will try to tell them about research and about what I do, but through conversations and interactions with the students, I will learn a lot as well. I may find out a few things that they do that I can use in my own work.”Garg said interacting with other cultures has been enriching for him over the course of his career and welcomes the continued opportunity to be exposed to new ideas.“There is also a cultural aspect to all of this,” Garg said. “I do my research all over the world, and I have grown in more ways than just as a physicist.“You learn that people think differently, and they do the same things you do in different ways,” he said. “We like to think that sometimes we know best, but that’s not always true.Garg said he always takes pride in representing Notre Dame when he travels to other universities.“Wherever I go, even though I go as a Fulbright Scholar, I also go as a professor of Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: fulbright specialist in physics education, indian institute of technology, professor of experimental physics umesh garg, umesh garglast_img read more

Institution presidents sign memorandum of understanding regarding sexual assault

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins, Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli and Holy Cross President Br. John Paige signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday declaring their commitment to a “collaborative approach in [their] attempt to eliminate sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and any other form of sexual harassment” from the community, according to a University press release.The MOU — which took effect Tuesday and will be renewed at the start of every academic year — is made up of eight provisions that “[seek] to foster communication and the sharing of information across our campus communities regarding awareness and prevention education, resources, reporting options and procedures,” according to the release.These provisions include additional resources for students looking to file a complaint, further options for complainants regarding releasing information about complaints to the institutions they attend and an increased commitment from each institution to sexual assault awareness and prevention events.The MOU also calls for improved communication between the institutions, the press release said, and outlines commitments to “[the] sharing of updates” and “[an] annual exchange of information among the institutions’ Title IX coordinators” about sexual assault initiatives, policies and resources.Additionally, the release said the MOU ensures members of all three campus communities will be informed when one institution “issues a timely warning” to students regarding reports of sexual assaults.“Any time one institution issues a timely warning for any reason, it will share it with designated officials at the other institutions,” the release said.This step is the result of significant collaboration between the three presidents, Jenkins said in the release, as well as a testament to the bond between these campuses.“Working together, our three campuses have made significant progress in our collective efforts to eliminate sexual assault, developing what we believe are best practices,” he said in the release. “I am grateful for the collaborative spirit which has animated these efforts and honored to join with my colleagues in codifying our shared commitment to providing all of our students with an educational environment that is safe and honors the dignity of each person.”This collaboration is “essential to making substantive progress,” Cervelli said in a College press release.“This MOU increases responsiveness when crimes do occur, protects and empowers students and creates a system of accountability across our campuses,” Cervelli said. “The goal that our three institutions share is to have a tri-campus community free from the devastating effects of sexual assault and other forms of harassment. … This agreement formalizes a working relationship rooted in a mutual commitment to addressing those issues and maintaining a social and academic environment that respects human dignity in keeping with our Holy Cross tradition.”Tags: Brother John Paige, Fr. John Jenkins, memorandum of understanding, President Jan Cervelli, sexual assault, tri-campus communitylast_img read more

International students strengthen College community

first_imgSaint Mary’s College frequently promotes its study abroad opportunities, providing its students opportunities to travel around the world. But the College’s international reach extends beyond sending its students to every corner of the globe; it is also working towards bringing a global community to campus by providing various opportunities for international students.This year, Saint Mary’s is hosting 14 degree-seeking students, two first year students, two exchange students and two Fulbright Scholars. These students are from around the world, hailing from China, Spain, Vietnam, Germany, El Salvador, South Korea, Egypt and South Africa.“Saint Mary’s sends about 200 students to study abroad in 18 countries and serve as global peace ambassadors around the world,” Alice Yang, the assistant director for Global Education, said in an email. “In the same way, our international students can serve as global peace ambassadors on campus to build mutual understanding and international friendships through international education and cultural exchange activities – women going global for building peace.”Yang works directly with international students by providing immigration services, advising the Chinese Culture Club and hiring Chinese students to assist with programs and international education events. She said that she is always impressed by students’ passion, knowledge and skills of identifying resources.“International students come to the U.S. to pursue their academic dream and life dream,” she said. “They come to learn and to be inspired. In the meantime, they bring their languages and cultures along with them. We can always learn from their experiences and expertise.”Assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services Adriana Petty said in an email that working with international students and scholars has helped her broaden her perspectives and learn more about the world. “It is so rewarding to see the transformation and growth that each international student and scholar have from the first day they arrive on campus to the day they leave,” she said. “Each of them have had a tremendous impact in my life and with our campus community.”Junior Yijie Ren, a native of China, said in an email she first heard about Saint Mary’s while attending high school in Indiana. She visited the campus twice before deciding it was where she wanted to pursue a degree. Ren said participating in the Belles Connect Program before her first year made her more comfortable in the new environment.“The Belles Connect Program and first welcome week brought me so much joy and reduced my stresses and pressures,” she said. “I made many good friends and leaned many studying skills from upperclassmen. Saint Mary’s College always brings me the feeling of coming back home.”Petty said she finds the friendships students make to be one of the most valuable aspects of having international students at the College.“In our mission, it states that our campus is one ‘where students develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world,’” Petty said. “Hosting international students and scholars introduces U.S. students to individuals who are from other parts of the world that they may not have ever met or learned from if they were not attending classes alongside with them. It is a great gift to have fellow classmates who bring global perspectives to class discussions. The international students and scholars on our campus connect us to the world in a very unique, personal and profound way.”Tags: belles connect program, exchange program, International students, international students at Saint Mary’slast_img read more

I-86 Westbound Exit 13 Closed For Hours Following Truck Rollover

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) FALCONER – A single Tractor-Trailer accident led to the closure of the I-86 westbound off ramp towards Falconer Wednesday morning.There is no word as to any injuries or a cause of the crash. Crews are currently finishing the cleanup at the scene.The Falconer Fire Department, Chautauqua County Health and Human Services, New York State Police and Ellicott Police Department assisted on scene. last_img read more

Murder Case Slated For July Grand Jury

first_imgStock Image.MAYVILLE — The murder case for a Jamestown man will be heard by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury on July 29.That’s according to Acting Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson, who was asked by Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist to provide an update to the City Council during a Work Session meeting Monday evening.Carl Sorenson, 28, with second-degree murder. Image via JPD.Jamestown Police charged Carl Sorenson, 28, with second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brandon Holland who was stabbed in the chest while walking on the sidewalk along North Main Street between East 4th and East 5th Streets around 10:14 p.m. July 6.Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of his injuries. Sorenson, according to police, is also a New York State Parolee. Officers say he was taken into custody July 7 by investigators at his apartment on Washington Street in Jamestown.Investigators say additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.This was not a random act of violence and police say is likely a result of a prior dispute.Sorenson is scheduled to appear virtually in Jamestown City Court Friday morning at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail during a preliminary arraignment last Wednesday.Jackson was also asked to speak about the shooting on Cherry Street in the City of Jamestown last Tuesday. He says the department hasn’t located any suspects or victims in the case. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

She Came, She Ate, She Conquered! Tony Winner Cady Huffman’s And She Can Cook Too! Debuts at 54 Below

first_img Star Files View Comments Hungry? Grab a seat at Cady Huffman’s new cabaret show And She Can Cook Too!. The Tony winner’s performance will take place January 14 at 54 Below. That’s one-night-only to chow down on some hilarious and touching crooning from the star of The Producers and The Nance! Nathan Lanecenter_img Most recently seen on Broadway alongside Nathan Lane in The Nance, Huffman won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ulla in The Producers and later revived the character for a season of HBO’s comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. She received an additional Tony nomination for The Will Rogers Follies. Other stage credits include Steel Pier, Dame Edna, Big Deal and La Cage aux Folles. Additional film and TV Credits include Law and Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Frasier, Mad About You, One Life to Live and Submissions Only. As well as starring on Broadway, Huffman is a regular judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Huffman debuts her new one-woman show about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her grandmother’s burnt toast and tomato sandwiches to Iron Chef Michael Symon’s lamb heart tartar, Huffman has eaten it all, loved it all and gone back for seconds. Joining long time collaborators Eugene Gwozdz on the piano and Roger Cohen on drums, get ready to laugh, maybe cry and definitely sing along to the foodie tunes of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Cy Coleman and many more!last_img read more

Rocky Star Andy Karl Is Taking Your Questions!

first_imgYo, Broadway.com readers! Do you have a question for the Italian Stallion? Tony-nominated Rocky headliner Andy Karl is stepping out of the ring and onto the big gray Broadway.com couch to answer your questions in his very own Ask a Star feature. Before headlining the hit musical, Karl appeared on Broadway in Saturday Night Fever, Wicked, Jersey Boys, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (plus, he also co-wrote, directed and starred in the hilarious music video “Bustle Fluffah”). Ever wanted to know what a raw egg tastes like? Or how often he goes to the gym? Or if he ever gets the song “Eye of the Tiger” stuck in his head? Well, what are you waiting for? Ask Karl anything your heart desires in the form below, then check back to see him answer your questions on video! <a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z107pbfq15zvi29/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z107pbfq15zvi29/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Related Shows View Comments Star Filescenter_img Andy Karl Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Rockylast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Megan Hilty as Mona in Whorehouse!

first_img Megan Hilty 2. Orfeh—21% Immoral pleasures? She played a stripper in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Business smarts? She seemed to do pretty well running The Hair Affair in Legally Blonde. Obviously, it’s a natural fit for her to play the owner of a brothel down south. Plus, just imagine those riffs. Star Files As soon as we heard the news that Rob Ashford was bringing The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas back to Broadway, we were, a) doing the sidestep with excitement and b) wrapping our casting director minds around who would be the perfect Mona. The role landed Carlin Glynn a Tony Award back in 1979, so whoever takes on Mona now has some big cowboy boots to fill. So, who do you want to see run the Chicken Ranch? The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. Kristin Chenoweth—19% Maybe not everything is bigger in Texas. Kristin Chenoweth certainly has the spunk, but it’d also be interesting to see the Tony winner take on a role that’s also no-nonsense. We’ve heard her coloratura soprano and her classic Broadway belt. Now it’s time for Cheno to bring her proven country chops to the Great White Way!center_img 1. Megan Hilty—27% Hmm…Megan Hilty in a role Dolly Parton has played on screen. Has that ever been done before? Oh, right. Sure, she’s a bit younger than the part is traditionally portrayed, but this Smashing starlet would bring a welcomed youthful energy to Mona, and as she’s proven in several roles, has both the camp factor and dramatic flair to bring some life to that “Little Bitty Pissant Country Place.” View Comments Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Broadway’s Pippin Sets Closing Date

first_imgPippin will shortly no longer have its magic to do on Broadway. The Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s hit musical is set to shutter on January 4, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. The re-imagined production, directed by Diane Paulus, officially opened on April 25, 2013. At time of closing the show will have played 37 previews and 709 regular performances. The tuner tells the story of a young prince as he is guided on a journey by a mysterious group of performers, led by the Leading Player. Pippin features a score of memorable songs including “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Corner of the Sky.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 The cast currently includes Josh Kaufman as Pippin, Carly Hughes as Leading Player, John Dossett as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe. Pippin View Commentslast_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Hand to God on Broadway

first_img In addition to Boyer and Kudisch, the Broadway production will also feature Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer. All five appeared in the original MCC Theater off-Broadway production. Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for Hand to God on Broadway. The new play by Robert Askins played off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre earlier this year, and now heads to the Booth Theatre on the Great White Way. Performances will begin on March 12, 2015 prior to an official opening night on April 7. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct a cast that includes Steven Boyer and three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch. View Comments In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Hand to God Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more