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Allegheny College Senior Emily Eikey Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 6, 2016 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Allegheny College senior Emily Eikey a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship.

Eikey, a chemistry major and psychology minor from Finleyville, Pa., was one of 2,000 individuals chosen for an award. Awardees — chosen from close to 17,000 applicants — represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines.

The fellowship provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution). That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

“I am extremely honored and beyond excited that I have been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship,” says Eikey, who plans to attend graduate school in the fall to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry. “By receiving this fellowship, I have opened the doors to a countless number of current and future opportunities. All the hard work I’ve put into my undergraduate career has paid off.”

“The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the most prestigious award a young scientist can win,” says Patrick Jackson, adviser in the college’s nationally competitive awards office and visiting professor of religious studies and history. “It comes with generous funding that frees recipients up to concentrate entirely on advancing their research agenda, without the pressure of having to apply for grants every year or to split their time between the laboratory and the classroom as a grader or a teaching assistant.” (more…)

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Dance Concert at Allegheny College to Celebrate Year of Meadville with “You Are Here, Now”

April 4, 2016 — The Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual spring dance concert in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 15 and 16. This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, jazz and modern.

The concert, titled “You Are Here, Now,” celebrates the college’s 2016 theme, “The Year of Meadville.” The first act pays tribute to the local area with live music directed by John Hyatt. The act closes with a collaborative choreographic effort by DMS faculty Betsy Sumerfield and Eleanor Weisman.

The second section of the concert features a reconstruction of a popular high-energy piece choreographed by Betsy Sumerfield, “Between Here and There.” In addition, students in the Ballroom III class will perform several styles of social dance.

The spring concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call the DMS office at 814-332-2813 for more information or to make a reservation.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Allegheny College

March 29, 2016 — Allegheny Hillel will host a talk by Holocaust survivor Helen Marks at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The public is invited.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1941, a year after the Nazis required all Jews to register, Marks was hidden with a Catholic family in Belgium, growing up as a member of their family, until the war was over and her parents were able to take her to the United States.

Marks is one of eight individuals directly affected by the Holocaust whom David Beckman featured in his documentary “White Rose Black Rose.” (more…)

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Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Local Students

March 29, 2016 – Creek Connections will host its 14th annual Pittsburgh area student research symposium on Friday, April 8 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, just west of Zelienople. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the camp.

Guest speakers at this year’s symposium will be Joshua Sager and Joshua Powell, from Viable Industries, who have created an app called Water Reporter to help a local watershed group, Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, collect water quality monitoring data.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from middle school to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on waterways in their community, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community. (more…)

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Allegheny College Music Department To Present Two Recitals This Weekend

March 28, 2016 – Allegheny College will present two faculty recitals this weekend. Both concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Violist Vincent Scacchetti, adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Allegheny College, will perform with Joseph Kromholz and Paul Miahky at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The program includes the Bach Suite in C Major, BWV. 1009; the Mozart Duet for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423; and the Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Opus 9 Number 1.

Joseph Kromholz is professor of violin at Youngstown State University. Paul Miahky is assistant principal cello with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to Friday’s concert, the Department of Music at Allegheny College will present a faculty recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Members of the music faculty will play works by Claude Debussy, Joseph Edouard Barat and Leo Sowerby, among others.

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Allegheny College Senior Jared Balik Receives Honors for Environmental Research

March 23, 2016 — Jared Balik, a senior at Allegheny College, has been awarded a General Fund Award of $1,000 from the Society for Freshwater Science. The award can be used to contribute to his research in aquatic sciences.

Balik will receive his award during the endowment reception for the Society for Freshwater Science. The reception will take place during the organization’s national meeting in Sacramento in May.

Balik was one of 15 students to receive a General Fund Award. According to the Society for Freshwater Science, the majority of the students with whom he was competing were graduate students.

“I’m very excited to attend the national meeting. These big conferences are fantastic networking opportunities, but moreover, they’re a wonderful way to hear about really exciting, cutting-edge research,” says Balik of South Beaver Township, Pa. “I also really like putting faces to the names of scientists whose work I’ve read.”

In addition, Balik has received a Southeast Climate Science Center Global Change Fellowship. This award is designed to provide financial, scientific and professional development support for incoming graduate students at North Carolina State University who are interested in multidisciplinary research related to climate and global change. (more…)

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15th Annual Executive Roundtable to Explore “Immigration Policy and Regional Development in Western Pennsylvania”

March 23, 2016 — The 15th Annual Executive Roundtable at Allegheny College, hosted by the college’s Center for Business and Economics (CBE), will bring together experts to speak on “Immigration Policy and Regional Development in Western Pennsylvania.” The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Panelists will include Betty Cruz, deputy chief for special initiatives in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; Dylanna Jackson, director of the International Institute of Erie; Greg Kedzierski, plant materials specialist for Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville; and attorney Hayes Stover, an Allegheny College trustee and graduate who works in immigration and labor and employment law at KNL Gates in Pittsburgh.

Moderating the roundtable will be Shannan Mattiace, chair of the college’s Department of Political Science who also teaches in the International Studies program.

Few public policy issues in the United States have been as politically contentious and polarizing as the ongoing immigration debate, especially in a presidential election year. Americans across the political spectrum and socio-economic strata are sharply divided over what should be done about the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country and how, more generally, to redesign our outdated national immigration policy. (more…)

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Arts Activist and Pioneering Feminist Suzanne Lacy to Present Talk, Lead Skype Panel at Allegheny College

March 22, 2016 – Suzanne Lacy, a pioneering arts activist who helped shape the art of social engagement in the 1970s and has continued to be a preeminent figure in the movement, will give a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The presentation, titled “Setting the Stage: Conversations Through Art, Gender Identity and Social Practice,” is free and open to the public.

A visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities, Lacy will discuss several formative projects and describe the evolution of her art activism nationally and internationally.

In addition to Lacy’s public talk, she will moderate a Skype discussion, titled “From Talk to Action Part I: Feminist Artists and Activists on Violence Against Women” at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Joining Lacy through Skype will be artists Adaku Utah, Neda Moridpour and Jasmeen Patheja, whose work focuses on issues of violence and healing from sexual assault. A conversation centered on exposing rape culture will follow at 3 p.m. (more…)

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Schick Lecture by Dr. Carol Bakhos to Explore Abrahamic Traditions

March 21, 2016 — Carol Bakhos, professor of late antique Judaism and Jewish studies at UCLA, will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. Schick’s lecture, which is based on her book “The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations,” is free and open to the public.

Bakhos is also director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion and chair of the university’s Study of Religion Interdisciplinary Program.

In addition to “The Family of Abraham,” Bakhos is the author of “Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab.” She has edited or co-edited the volumes “The Talmud in Its Iranian Context,” “Current Trends in the Study of Midrash” and “Judaism in Its Hellenistic Context.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Junior Angelina Winbush Earns Prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Internship

March 16, 2016 – Allegheny College junior Angelina Winbush of Pittsburgh has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) internship for summer 2016.

The award will allow Winbush, a global health studies major and biology minor, to spend 10 weeks doing full-time research in the lab of an HHMI scientist. It also provides a $5,000 award, participation in a local summer research program with other undergraduate researchers, and long-distance travel and housing arranged and paid for by HHMI.

This is the second time that an Allegheny College student has received an EXROP award. Erin Brown, a physics and mathematics double major who graduated from Allegheny in 2015, was awarded an EXROP internship to work at the Salk Institute for Biological Science during summer 2013 and did research at the Salk Institute as an EXROP summer capstone student scholar during summer 2014.

Winbush will be placed in the lab of Matt Waldor, M.D., Ph.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and faculty member at Harvard School of Medicine. Dr. Waldor and his team conduct research on infectious diseases. (more…)