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Volume 34, Number 3, February 27 - March 11, 2012

FIRST CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE SHOWCASES ‘WOMEN IN SCIENCE’

Three female scientists at the forefront of their fields are the keynote speakers for Texas Woman’s University’s inaugural Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science, March 1 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program; Shana O. Kelley, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Toronto; and Kimberly Orth, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center are the guest speakers at the event, which celebrates “Women in Science.” 

“Nothing is more important to our future than exploring the boundaries of science,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said.  “TWU educates outstanding scientists and science teachers of tomorrow, and I cannot imagine a more appropriate topic than ‘Women in Science’ for our first Celebration of Science event.”

Chancellor Stuart established the Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series in 2011 with a $200,000 gift to the university.  Through a commitment of two decades of funding, the Celebration of Science Series intends to provide the opportunity for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry to develop a sustained program of promoting and celebrating the wonders, truths and mysteries of science.  Although events will vary from year to year, the intent always will be to engage current TWU students and faculty, alumni, K-12 students in Denton and others in the community.

The daylong event includes an interactive forum with students, “Women in Science: Challenges and Promises,” a luncheon with the speakers and TWU students, a symposium, “Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry,” and a reception.  Most activities will take place in the Ann Stuart Science Complex.

During the afternoon symposium, Dr. Birnbaum will present “NIEHS and the Future of Environmental Health.”  Dr. Kelley will present “Using Nanotechnology to Diagnose Disease.”  Dr. Orth’s presentation is titled “Black Spot, Black Death, Black Pearl: The Tales of Bacterial Effectors.”

Both Dr. Ann Stuart and Mr. Ray Poliakoff, wife and husband, were first generation graduates of public higher education, and both often said it was their education that enabled them to pursue the opportunities that enriched their lives.

Dr. Stuart, a professor of English, loved the quest of learning, the pleasure of reading, and her career in education both as a teacher and as an administrator.

Mr. Poliakoff served in a reconnaissance intelligence unit in Europe during World War II and was twice wounded in combat.  After the war, he graduated from law school and spent the majority of his professional career working with various national and international concerns and individuals in coal, oil, gas, and other natural resource ventures and concessions in the U.S., Alaska, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Mid-East and the Far East. 

They both gave generously to create opportunities for young people to pursue their goals. 

TWU CONCERT CHOIR CHOSEN TO SING AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE

The Texas Woman’s University Concert Choir has been selected to perform at the 2012 Southwestern American Choral Directors Conference, scheduled Feb. 29-March 3 in Dallas.  The TWU choir will perform at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District.

“Concert Choir is positioned to be a premier women’s ensemble in the state and country,” said Dr. Joni Jensen, TWU associate professor of music and director of the TWU Concert Choir.  “We have undergone intense preparation for this event, as our audience will be full of professional musicians.  This performance puts TWU choral music back on the map and in the eyes and ears of leaders in our field.”

TWU SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR KNEE PAIN STUDY

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of grape powder in improving joint function and reducing knee pain.

The study is open to women and men between the ages of 45 and 79 who have self-reported knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.  Participants must otherwise be healthy and mobile and must be willing to consume either a grape powder or a similar powder without grapes for a period of four months.  Participants also will undergo range-of-motion measurements and complete pain and physical activity questionnaires.  Blood will be drawn at the start and end of the study.

Benefits of the study include nutrition and weight management education, body fat and composition assessment and $100 in compensation for time spent on the study.  The total time commitment for this study is approximately five hours over a four-month period.  Three visits to the TWU Denton campus will be required.

For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma, assistant professor in the TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at (940) 898-2704 or sjuma@twu.edu.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

“A Morning with Dr. Maya Angelou” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27.  The event will take place at 11 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall.  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.  No general public tickets will be sold.  Attendees must present a TWU ID and a ticket to enter.  Tickets must be picked up by 5 p.m. Monday, March 12.  Any ticket not picked up at that time will be released to the wait list.  Contact the Center for Student Development at 81-3626 with questions.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) had a manuscript titled “Global Knowledge Creation, Transfer, Sharing and Integration Across Globally Distributed Teams: A Managerial Perspective” accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Policy and Practice(ISSN# 1913-8067).  It will be published in Volume 13(4) in Fall 2012.

Dr. Jake Blosser (history) has been named to a two-year term on the National Advisory Board of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society.

Dr. Terry Senne (Academic Assessment) co-authored a book titled Navigating the Program Evaluation Process for PETE & Kinesiology: A Roadmap for Success, published in January by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Governor Jackson (financial aid) has been appointed by the National Association of StudentFinancial Aid Administrators to its Reauthorization Task Force.  The task force willdraft a set of proposals on issues and specific statutory changes needed for the federal student aid programs and their delivery systemsfor submissiontothe U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: February 27 - March 11, 2012

Mon., Feb. 27            
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Pittsburg State, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., home.

Tues., Feb. 28

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Public Affairs Forum: Justice Re-examined: Exonerees in the Criminal Justice System, 2:30 p.m., CFO 205, free.
  • “Redbud Rhythms and Rituals,” a chamber music concert, 7:30 p.m., Redbud Theater, free.

Wed., Feb. 29

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • CCLC: Bridging the Gap Between Vision and Action, Part 2.  Follow-up to the 2011 Cultural Connections Leadership Conference, 6:30 p.m., SE Ballroom, Hubbard Hall.  Light refreshments served.  Contact Michelle Buggs at mbuggs@twu.edu to RSVP or for more information.

Thurs., March 1

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Celebration of Science: Women in Science, 10:30 a.m.  Visit http://www.twu.edu/celebration-of-science.asp for more information.
  • TWU Drama presents: “Mark 1,” 4 p.m., Redbud Theater, $10/$5, 81-2020 or www.twu.edu/drama.
  • 2012 LSC Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals, time TBD, Allen, Texas.

Fri., March 2

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar Series: “Blueberry Polyphenols Decrease Glucose Uptake in 3T3-F442 Preadipocytes,” presented by Ph.D. nutrition student Sheida Torabi.  Noon, MCL 501, IHSH 4305 and IHSD 4302.
  • Edible Car Contest, 9 a.m., Hubbard Hall.
  • TWU Drama presents “BrideZilla,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater, $10/$5, 81-2020 or www.twu.edu/drama.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2 and 4 p.m., home.

Sat., March 3

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents: “Mark 1,” 4 p.m., Redbud Theater, $10/$5, 81-2020 or www.twu.edu/drama.
  • 2012 LSC Women’s Basketball Championship semifinals, time TBD, Allen, Texas.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11 a.m., home.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. BYU, Iowa, Southeast Missouri State (Senior Night), 7 p.m., home.

Sun., March 4

  • Library open noon-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-8 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “BrideZilla,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater, $10/$5, 81-2020 or www.twu.edu/drama.
  • 2012 LSC Women’s Basketball Championship finals, time TBD, Allen, Texas.

Mon., March 5

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., March 6

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Henderson State, 4 and 6 p.m., away.

Wed., March 7

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Thurs., March 8

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Fri., March 9

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar Series: “Long Term Cognitive Deficits Resulting from Iron Deficiency and Possible Treatments” with Dr. Byron C. Jones, behavioral health, Pennsylvania State University.  Noon, MCL 501, IHSH 4305 and IHSD 4302.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Abilene Christian, 5 and 7 p.m., away.

Sat., March 10

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Abilene Christian, 1 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m., away.

Sun., March 11

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.

Submission Information

Newsbrief Submissions
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TWU People Submissions
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