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On the map Who used travel maps and why
Staying after school
...for hip-hop dancing
What the faculty are up to
Three of a kind Goldberg jazz group on campus
Time capsule 1940 mementos unearthed
What's that you're eating Smorgasbord of food ecology
On exhibit Drawings at the Tang
Hardly Retiring Retirees Brown, DeSieno, Graves, Narasimhan
Books Faculty and alumni authors
Sportswrap Thoroughbred highlights



Denton Crocker, biology (emeritus), and his wife have memoir excerpts included in Voices of War and Always a Soldier, products of the Library of Congress’s Veterans’ History Project (

Doretta Miller, Davidson Professor of Art, showed three gouache paintings (and won a fourth prize) at the Florence Biennale, featuring 800 artists from more than 70 countries.

Josh Ness, biology, coauthored an article on a competitive guild of cactus-tending ants, in the journal Ecology, vol. 86, no. 12.

Mary Crone Odekon, physics, presented a paper on dwarf galaxies, and Yu Chen ’06 presented a related paper, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C.

Denise Smith, exercise science, was featured in a Daily Planet segment on TV’s Discovery Channel. She discussed her studies of firefighters’ heat stress, conducted with a University of Illinois colleague.

Yacub Addy, music (pictured above), is collaborating with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on a project for Jazz at Lincoln Center. They’re working on a composition fusing jazz with music inspired by the traditions of Addy’s Ghanaian homeland and the Ga people. The result, to be performed jointly by Marsalis’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Addy’s Odadaa drumming troupe, is slated to premiere in late April at Congo Square in New Orleans and continue in early May at Lincoln Center. As wife and manager Amina Addy told the Schenectady Gazette, “Yacub came up with a suggested outline…but it’s evolving. And Wynton’s learning a lot because this is his first opportunity to get immersed in this tradition and this form of music.”

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