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March 02, 2016


Young singers recognized

Smiling students standing holding plaques

Winners of the 2016 Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition, held February 12, are pictured (from left) with adjudicator Kim Pensioner Witman: soprano Keely Futterer, a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, who was awarded first place; soprano Emily Helenbrook ’16, who achieved second place; baritone Alan Cline, an Eastman graduate student, who finished third; and soprano Emily Siar, an Eastman graduate student, who received an honorable mention.

Video of game-winning shot earns national attention

happy basketball players roll on court

Mack Montague ’17 hit a game-winning three-point shot in overtime to carry the Yellowjackets basketball team to a 77-76 victory over the University of Chicago on February 6. A video of the play, which was initiated by an intentionally missed free throw by teammate Sam Borst-Smith ’17, was featured as a top play on ESPN’s SportsCenter and featured in media outlets across the country. Check out the play at

Faculty Notes

April Luehmann, associate professor and director of the science teacher education program at the Warner School of Education will be honored this month by the Rochester Museum and Science Center for making a difference and teaching the community about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Luehmann is one of five Leadership Award finalists at the university level.

Mark Zupan, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy and former dean of Simon Business School, has been appointed the 14th president of Alfred University. Zupan succeeds Charles Edmondson, who is retiring after serving as president since 2000.

PhD Thesis Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses and public lectures were scheduled recently.

Yinghan Fu, biophysics, “RNA
Secondary Structure Comparative
Analysis: Method Development and Application to Genomics,” Monday, February 22. Advisor: David Mathews

Grayson Sipe, neurobiology and anatomy, “The Role of P2Y12 in Non-Pathological Microglial Functions During Synaptic Plasticity,” Friday, February 19. Advisor: Ania Majewska

Sandhya Seshadri, health practice research, “Understanding Community-Dwelling Older Adults’ Experiences of Dysphagia and a Texture-Modified Diet,” Friday, February 12. Advisor: Craig Sellers

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