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With support from the Myers Foundation
Destination Dance launches this summer

Thanks to support from the Louis and Mary Myers Foundation, The University of Akron's Dance Program is launching Destination Dance Project this summer.

Destination Dance Project will be an annual and always-new collective of regional professional dancers plus professional dancers and a guest choreographer from a select American city.

Led this summer by artistic director James Sewell of Minneapolis-based James Sewell Ballet, Destination Dance Project 2014: Akron + Minneapolis will premiere a new work Aug. 8-9 at the nationally known Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron. The selected 2014 dancers will rehearse in both Akron and Minneapolis and also do a 2-week high-altitude intensive in Montana.

Sponsors of Destination Dance Project 2014 are The University of Akron’s Dance Program and Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series, and the City of Akron's Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.

Throughout her life, Mary Schiller Myers was highly regarded in the art world. A passionate patron and avid collector of contemporary artwork, she served tirelessly on the boards and committees of numerous arts organizations in Akron, Cleveland, and New York City.

Mrs. Myers also was a devoted and generous alumna of The University of Akron, where she earned a B.A. in art history and later was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her lifetime commitment to the University and to enriching the culture of the region.

Together with her husband, Louis, Mrs. Myers established The Louis S. and Mary Myers Foundation that provides generous support for scholarships, artist residencies, and other programs in the visual and performing arts at UA. UA’s Myers School of Art is named in her honor.

Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Research Spotlight: Biology

Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity

How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out.  To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. Learn More


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Student Spotlight

Ethan York

13th Annual Math Poster Session

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.  —Rene Descartes, mathematician and philosopher

Descartes surely would have been impressed at brainpower displayed in the atrium at the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences during the annual poster session held by the Department of Mathematics. Dozens of graduate and high-level undergraduate students showed off their understanding of some of life’s most basic yet complicated rules by designing artwork that outlined various math  problems and theorems. From economics to astronomy, the students showed that math is at the heart of many disciplines.

The chief goal of the session is  to showcase the work that graduate students are doing on their theses, as well as some of the interesting projects taking place in senior-level  math courses. In the photo, Executive Dean Chand Midha talks to math graduate student Ethan York about the theories behind his poster.

"However, one of the aims is to show people the broad scope of the discipline and its applications,” said Dr. Timothy Norfolk, chair of the Department of Mathematics.” A charge which I gave the organizers this year was to have posters to which the response would be `I didn't know that this material was mathematics’."

About 40 math students displayed their posters, but dozens and dozens of other students – from English to dance majors – came to view the work of the numbers wizards.  


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