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Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Jan 24, 2018
Linda Lister (Music) is the author of the book So You Want to Sing Light Opera: A Guide for Performers. Just published by Rowman and Littlefield, the book is part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing "So You Want to Sing" series.

Jan 9, 2018
UNLV Opera Director Linda Lister (Music) gave a presentation at the 2018 National Opera Association conference in New Orleans on Jan.y 5. Her session “Mantra Yoga for Singers: Restoring Positivity through Affirmations and Asanas” demonstrated tools for opera performers to overcome performance anxiety as well as the increasing negativity of the digital world. 

Dec 15, 2017
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) just released a new CD on Equilibrium Recordings. This album, Handel: The "Halle" Sonatas, features late 17th-century trio sonatas that traditionally have been attributed to George Frideric Handel as his earliest works. Although the authenticity of this attribution has been called into question, the works remain popular among wind players, and are masterful examples of the Italianate sonata da chiesa.  Lee, a harpsichordist, joined his colleagues Nancy Ambrose King, oboe (University of Michigan), Andrew Parker, oboe (University of Texas, Austin), and Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon (University of Texas, Austin, and a former faculty member at UNLV). In addition to performing on the recording, Lee authored the CD's liner notes, which explain the historical circumstances of the works and the questions surrounding their attribution.

Nov 16, 2017
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) presented a paper titled "Contrast Conceptions: (Alex) North and the South" at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, New York. The AMS is the largest and most significant musicological society in North America, and its meetings attract top scholars in the field from around the world. Lee's paper explored Alex North's role in creating soundtracks for films set in the American South, and those soundtracks' relationships to contemporary views of the region.

Nov 15, 2017
Cara Cole (Art) is presenting photographic work at High Noon Gallery, 106 Eldridge Street. New York, NY, Nov. 15-Dec. 10 with the exhibition opening at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Cole’s complex photographic images both enchant and disturb, and their layered and accomplished surfaces reveal the kinds of experiences we have too few images of, and often no words for. Their content is structured to simulate dream, or hallucinatory, states. Like such states, the images easily give rise to stories — though not simple ones and not ones with conventional narrative closures.

Nov 13, 2017
Beth Mehocic (Dance) had her composition for solo cello, Somewhere Between D and C# recorded by Ovidiu Marenescu for a collection of new works titled Moto Bello. Moto Bello is the third collection in the Moto series recorded by Trio Casals for Parma Recordings on their Navona label. The album is due to be released in January.  

Aug 30, 2017
David Weiller (Music) returned to the College Light Opera Company (CLOC) in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to conduct a production of The Desert Song, a popular 1926 American operetta by Sigmund Romberg. In its 49th season, CLOC is one of the oldest and most respected summer-stock theater companies in the country. It is a community in which young artists have the opportunity to practice and perfect their art in a supportive and nurturing environment. Weiller has conducted more than 50 productions there, specializing in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon, Viennese and early American operettas, and Broadway classics. 

Aug 23, 2017
Dak Kopec (Architecture) recently released an edited book, Health and Well-being for Interior Architecture. Published by Routledge, this book contains 15 essays by diverse scholars and professionals from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and allied fields such as law, nursing, and education. The overarching goal of the book is to expose those in the design fields with the methods and data required to develop spaces that support health and well-being for all occupants.

Aug 21, 2017
Linda Lister (Music) presented a lecture at the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this month. Titled "Sizeism and Singing: Obesity and Anorexia from Opera to Pop," her lecture examined views on high and low weight through discussion of the issues faced by singers like Deborah Voigt, Jessye Norman, Maria Callas, Karen Carpenter, Amy Winehouse, and Adele, since both classical and pop singers now face increased scrutiny of their weight in an industry where both voice and size matter. Lister is the director of the UNLV Opera Theater.