In the Spotlight: June 8, 2011

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Haydee Hampton, a doctoral student in the School of Forestry, was awarded a three-year, $30,000-per-year NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship to pursue research on “Climate Forcing Implications of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Management.” This effort will integrate satellite and field measurements with quantitative modeling to address questions at the interface of forest management and climate change.
  • Anthony Chapman, a master’s degree student in choral conducting, recently won the David R. Davidson Handbell Composition Competition. Black Belling, Chapman’s winning composition for five-octave handbells, is based on African drumming techniques and African rhythms.
  • Ricardo Guthrie, assistant professor of ethnic studies, presented his paper, “Black Freedom Visions of the African Diaspora: Afro-diasporic Emancipation in the San Francisco Sun-Reporter,” at UC San Diego’s Symposium on Africa and the African Diaspora. The paper assessed how a leading Black newspaper addressed questions of race and nation during the 1950s-60s freedom struggles in the United States and Africa. It also analyzed President Barack Obama’s speeches in Egypt and Ghana during 2009 to assess what freedom in Africa means today.