In a research project led by graduate student Bin Jiang of the Department of Landscape Architecture, watching 3D videos with tree canopy reduced stress and elicited feelings of relaxation in participants. With Professor William C. Sullivan and graduate student Dongying Li, also of Landscape Architecture, and Linda Larsen of the Department of English, Jiang found that seeing greater amounts of tree cover in the videos led to more benefits for both men and women. The results have profound implications for designing everything from the placement of windows in a house to green spaces in urban areas. An article about the study was published in the journal Environment and Behavior.
October 22, 2014
Heinrich Taube, an associate professor in the School of Music, received a 2014 Illinois Proof-of-Funding Concept (I-POC) Award to work on Harmonia, an application that takes education in music theory into the digital age. The program allows instructors to generate online assignments that can be automatically graded, and students benefit from interactive features and instant feedback. Taube was one of five recipients of I-POC funding in 2014. The program was developed to assist researchers in moving from the idea phase to a working prototype to attract the attention of industry.
October 21, 2014
For its annual fall concert, Dance at Illinois will investigate the concept of inspiration: what remains from a founding idea, what is discarded, and how a creative work evolves from its origins. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Krannert Center’s lobby with an improvisational work facilitated by choreographer Kirstie Simson and fashion designer Susan Becker that incorporates students with diverse majors, fabric, and movement. Guest artist Fredrick Earl Mosley has focused on high energy and funk in his work, and visiting lecturer C. Kemal Nance has imagined trees that dance in his reconstructed project. Rebecca Nettl-Fiol has devised a piece exploring the lyricism of composer Lou Harrison’s words and music, and Philip Johnston has based a duet on letters written during World War I. November Dance will be held November 6–8 in the Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center, and the choreographers will provide more detail about their new works at a conversation event on November 7.
October 14, 2014
This fall, the Gelvin Noel Gallery at Krannert Art Museum will be the setting for three free concerts by faculty and students from the School of Music. Designed to connect visual arts with music and audience members with performers, the series conceived by J. Michael Holmes of the School of Music and Anne Sautman and Julia Kelly at Krannert Art Museum will include classical and modern works. The inaugural event will feature the Jupiter String Quartet with two student quartets at 6:30 p.m. on October 23. Upcoming concerts are with the Obsidian Saxophone Quartet on November 1 at 2 p.m. and performers from Lyric Theatre @ Illinois on December 13 at 2 p.m.
October 13, 2014
Krannert Art Museum will be the setting for work by BFA students in An October Dance. Choreographers Arielle Dykstra, Ellie Fujimoto, Charles Gowin, Haley Jensen, Skylar Males, Allison Pauley, Thomas Welsh-Huggins, Katherine Williams, and Katie Williams will perform short pieces based on their summer research. This free dance event will be held at 3 p.m. on October 17 and 18.
October 10, 2014