Marisa Juntilla, who received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a concentration in cell and developmental biology from the University in May, was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant. The grant--which covers tuition, travel, and living expenses--will permit Juntilla to spend one year in Kampala, Uganda, conducting research at Makerere University. She will join a Uganda-Case Western Reserve University research project examining the immunogenicity of a vaccine in HIV-1 uninfected adult volunteers in Uganda.
The Eastman School's Department of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media recently received four Down Beat Student Music Awards: the Eastman Jazz Ensemble received the award for college outstanding performance in the jazz/big band category; the Jeff Hermanson Quintet won the college outstanding performance award in the jazz/instrumental group category; saxophonist Nathan Childers, a graduate student, won the award for college outstanding performance in the jazz/instrumental soloist category; and the Anna Johnson Nonet Group was the college award-winner in the blues/pop/rock instrumental group category.
Susan Spafford, an Eastman graduate student and violinist, was recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania. She won on a platform promoting music education in schools and the community. In addition to receiving a $5,000 scholarship, Spafford also won a $2,000 talent scholarship for her violin performance. She now advances to the Miss America pageant being held this fall.
The television program chronicling the University's archaeological dig in Yodefat, Israel, has received two national awards and been scheduled for rebroadcast on national television. Echoes from the Ancients, produced by Rochester public television station WXXI, was a winner in the documentary category of the Eastern Educational Television Network Program Awards. It also received a Finalist Bronze Telly Award, presented for outstanding cable television and non-network film and video production. PBS has scheduled the program for a second national broadcast at 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 26.
Soprano Teresa Winner '99 won first place at the 18th Annual Jessie Kneisel Competition in German Lieder, held in May at the Eastman School, and was featured in the Jessie Kneisel Memorial Concert. Baritone Brad Alexander '00 and mezzo-soprano Sarah Lambert, a graduate student, tied for second place, with mezzo-soprano Christina Carr, also a graduate student, receiving an honorable mention. The following graduate students were honored as piano accompanists: David Riley, first place; Alexandra Nguyen and Matthew Robey, tied for second place; and Jennifer Undercofler, honorable mention.
Lukas Novotny has joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics. He recently graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as a doctor of technical sciences. He will be teaching Quantum Theory of Optical Material and Devices (OPT 223) this fall.
Philippe Fauchet, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College, was recently elected a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.
Roger Mertin, professor of art and art history at the College, is one of six photographers selected for a 1999 McKnight Artist Fellowship. The $10,000 award will support work on his "Library Project," a collection of large-format, color views of local and neighborhood libraries across the United States and Canada.
Adam Frank, assistant professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and a scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, has received a $500 1999 Popular Writing Award from the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society.
Kevin Parker, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award.
Howard Merritt, professor emeritus of art history, has been awarded the Robert F. Metzdorf Prize for "meritorious service and contributions to the libraries" by the Friends of the Libraries.
Carl Chiarenza, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History and artist-in-residence at the College, has been named a recipient of the Lillian Fairchild Award given by the University.
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