Spencer museum seeks submissions for creativity awards

Spencer museum seeks submissions for creativity awards (original source)

LAWRENCE — The Spencer Museum of Art is soliciting submissions for the second annual Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Benefactor Lavon Brosseau established the prizes to celebrate undergraduate students at the University of Kansas who engage in creative scholarly work in any discipline.

Two Brosseau Creativity Awards are given, one each in the categories of writing and diverse media. The categories are deliberately defined in very broad terms, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions from the full spectrum of academic pursuits.

“The best creative work in any field evidences risk-taking and reflection, provides new insights, forms a part of critical thinking and generates new ways of understanding,” says Celka Straughn, the Spencer’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs. “This is what we seek in applicants for Brosseau Creativity Awards.”

Submissions to both categories are due 4 p.m. Friday, March 16. An interdisciplinary review committee determines the honored projects. Awardees for each category will receive cash prizes of approximately $500. The selected projects also may be considered for publication in The Register, the Museum’s scholarly journal.

For more information and to submit work for consideration, please visit the Spencer’s website.

Lavon Brosseau, a former high-school teacher from Concordia, strongly believes in education and in the profound importance of teaching. “There is a deep and almost sacred beauty in literature and in art,” Brosseau says. “Each may deal with the abstract and each may involve interpretation, but each has its own reality that permits the mind to explore and to soar.”

In 2011, a haunting short story by an architectural engineering student and a proposal for a multi-layered sonic installation by a music composition and theory student earned the inaugural awards. Click here for the 2011 award-winning entries.

“Collaborative work is especially encouraged, in line with the Museum’s commitment to bring together diverse people and ideas around a central topic or object,” Straughn says. “These awards form part of the SMA mission to strengthen, support, and contribute to the academic research and teaching at KU, as well as to foster interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and ex­perience. The Spencer’s contemporary vision is to present its collection as a living archive that motivates creative work, object-centered research and teaching, and transformative public dialogue.”

The Spencer Museum of Art houses an internationally known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering approximately 38,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval panel painting and religious sculpture; the Kress Study Collection of early modern Italian painting; 19th-century American art and material culture; old master prints; photography; European, East Asian, and Indian textiles; American Indian pottery, beadwork, and jewelry; African sculpture; Japanese Edo-period prints; and 20th-century Chinese painting.


Here is some additional information:

The Jack and Lavon Brosseau Writing Award recognizes outstanding artistic, literary, scientific, historical, technological or political writing, or a combination of these and other approaches. Topics are not limited to a specific area of study or discipline, and interdisciplinary work is encouraged. We seek projects that demonstrate creativity in terms of the writing, ideas, and possible research, as well as collaboration. Projects may have a visual aspect, but the primary aspect should be the writing. (For projects that involve primarily visual work with supplemental writing, please see the “Diverse Media” category, below.)

The Jack and Lavon Brosseau Diverse Media Award recognizes outstanding creative work in any medium other than writing (although projects may contain a written component). Submissions may include—but are not limited to—research posters, architectural models, original works of art, musical compositions or performances, film production, and creative writing (poetry and/or short fiction). Collaborative and interdisciplinary work is encouraged. Depending on the chosen field, the project may comprise one example or one set of examples of the student’s creativity. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the creative project as well as the written statement that accompanies it.

Neuroscience Boot Camp

Hello, everyone, I thought I would pass along the following announcement and opportunity.

Dear Friend of the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society,

There is just one week left to apply to this summer’s Neuroscience Boot Camp, July 30th – August 8th. Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Through a combination of lectures, break-out groups, panel discussions and laboratory visits at Neuroscience Boot Camp, our participants will gain an understanding of the methods of neuroscience and key findings on the cognitive and social-emotional functions of the brain, lifespan development and disorders of brain function.

Complete applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

For more information on Neuroscience Boot Camp and instructions on how to apply, please visit: http://www.neuroethics.upenn.edu/index.php/events/neuroscience-bootcamp

According to their website, “[t]he intensive summer institute cov[ers] basic neuroscience [and] is geared towards… students in law, ethics, education, business, and other fields.”

Blog reminders and rules

Hello, everyone!

I think for the most part we’re getting used to the blog. Lots of students have apparently even rediscovered old friends and neighbors in the class! Perhaps you’ll even make new friends along the way. I hope you’ll find the blog to be rewarding when we’ll be discussing our future readings. But first…!

Let’s remind everyone of the rules:

All posts will end with text like the following. (You need to read it and follow the instructions.)

This assignment is due Tuesday January 24, 2012 by 11:59pm. You must make sure to log in to WordPressFacebook, or Twitter before posting, so that the website recognizes you and posts your lovely picture.

Note: If you’re following @kucognitivepsyc on Twitter, you’ll get a tweet when I post on the blog. Likewise, if you’ve subscribed to the blog, you’ll get an email when I post.

Deadlines ought to be observed.

You must log in appropriately before commenting. (If you’re on the same computer all the time, this information is likely saved the first time you log in, so you don’t have to trouble yourself with it.)

Follow @kucognitivepsyc for reminders and announcements when posts appear on the blog. (@meyourprofessor will provide more general tweets about psychology and another class of mine, so that account is optional. Please follow @kucognitivepsyc.)

So, as you see in the screenshot below, I am already logged in to WordPress and I am ready to leave a comment to the post. (You can even see my picture. A picture is required with your accounts! This allows me to deal effectively with spam on the blog, which you’ll notice is absent.)

If I wanted to Log Out, I could select so and re-log in with WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook, as you see in the next picture. The icons are on the bottom right.

Once you log in to Twitter or Facebook, you’re free to post, provided you have a picture associated with your account. Simple!

On another note, the Meebo IM chatroom is manned during my office hours (in case you can’t make it to Fraser 434) or by appointment. If I’m online, the room will look like this:

If it doesn’t say I’m online, I will not get any message you leave until next time I log in. So, email me instead! Also, where it says “edit nickname”, please replace the default text, normally something like “meeboguest3625746372”. If you don’t replace this text with your name, I will have no way to know whom to contact. So, email me if I’m not in the virtual office. If, however, you would like to chat anonymously, that is perfectly fine; no need to change the “nickname” then. Please do so during my normal office hours; I’m in my office (Fraser 434) and logged in, monitoring the Meebo online office.

One last thing! Please make sure to sign your posts with your first and last name and PSYC 318. This way, Yana, your TA, and I can make sure to award credit for your comments more effectively. If you ever forget, no big deal. Immediately hit REPLY to yourself and add the information. Easy!

Now let’s test this. Please indicate below in a comment that you have read this post fully and understand ‘the rules’ and demonstrate this understanding by following said rules.

This assignment is due Thursday January 26, 2012 by 11:59pm. You must make sure to log in to WordPressFacebook, or Twitter before posting, so that the website recognizes you and posts your lovely picture.

Note: If you’re following @kucognitivepsyc on Twitter, you’ll get a tweet when I post on the blog. Likewise, if you’ve subscribed to the blog, you’ll get an email when I post.

KU Office of Study Abroad

Enrich your life and gain valuable career skills in one amazing experience by doing an international internship!

Living and working abroad offers many benefits that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

  • Gain valuable first-hand experience in your field.
  • Begin to build a network of industry professionals.
  • Earn academic credit.
  • Get an inside look at what your chosen career could be like.
  • Broaden your perspective of the world.
  • Gain appreciation for cultural diversity.
  • Travel and make new friends.

KU offers the following international internship programs for all majors:

Questions? Contact the Office of Study Abroad at 785-864-3742 to schedule an appointment with Kate Gerken, the coordinator for international internship programs, or email her directly at kgerken@ku.edu

Here is a link to the Internships section of the KU Office of Study Abroad website.

Notetaker needed

Hello, everyone.

There are students in our class who need the help of a volunteer notetaker. Students who perform this valuable service will be recognized with a certificate attesting to their service to students and to the University of Kansas. The notetaker should have the following characteristics:

  • well-organized and detailed notes
  • legible handwriting
  • willingness to interrupt the teacher during class and ask questions to clarify the information
  • five minutes before or after class to review the notes with the student when necessary

Disability Resources provides NCR (“no carbon required”) paper which makes the duplicate set of your notes as you write. The student and the notetaker should decide which person will obtain this paper from the Disability Resources office in Strong Hall.

Please let me know by email if you are interested.

Thanks for any assistance you can provide!

Guest posts on the blog

Hello. My name is Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou. I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas. In my research, I use cognitive neuroscience methods (like functional magnetic resonance imaging) to take pictures of the brain in action, specifically of how how people learn and remember information about everyday objects.

On occasion, psychology faculty in the cognitive and brain sciences like myself may drop in on the blog. I look forward to interacting with you online!