Provost's Awards Lecture Series
Fall 2016

This series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Thomas Loewenheim, Department of Music
Recipient of the 2015-2016 - Provost's Award in Excellence in Teaching

"How Music Could Make The World A Better Place: The Transformative Power Of Classical Music"
In this talk, Dr. Thomas Loewenheim will discuss the transformative power of classical music on individuals, communities, and the world at large from his own experience as a professional classical musician and a music educator. On the individual level, learning classical music offers many benefits in personal development, e.g. discipline, memorization, hand-, eye-, ear coordination, performing in front of large audiences, and stimulating the connections between the two sides of the brain, to mention a few. Chamber music and orchestral experiences provide invaluable training for students to learn to work with others while maintaining their own voice, a fundamental skill for societal survival. At the community level, he has witnessed how incredible orchestra programs bring people together and transform communities for the better. He has always seen his mission in life as making the world a better place through music, a task he has dedicated himself to on a daily basis. For the conclusion of his talk, members of his cello studio will join him in performing a number of short pieces for cello ensemble.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206

Carmen Caprau, Department of Mathematics
Recipient of the 2015-2016 - Provost's Award in Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity

"Why Knot"
Knot Theory is a sub-field of mathematics that studies closed curves in three dimensions, called knots. Part of the beauty of this field is that it starts by analyzing an intuitive, tangible object and then it develops into a surprisingly complex and interesting body of mathematical knowledge that has found many applications in other areas of mathematics and science - including physics, molecular biology, and theoretical computer science. Given that this field illustrates how mathematics can quickly move from concrete to abstract, and from specific to general. Dr. Caprau uses Knot Theory to introduce students to mathematical research and to develop their appreciation for the extraordinary power of mathematical thinking.

Una Mjurka, Department of Art and Design
Recipient of the 2015-2016 - Provost's Award in Faculty Service

"Ceramics and Community: Building Connections Through Art"
Historically, the ceramic medium has been influential not only as a form of artistic expression, but also in the development and sustainability of various cultures. The broad, diverse application of ceramic materials continues to play a significant part in advancing society as well as in bringing people together - from aeronautics to dinner parties, ceramic has its role. Through their creative practice, ceramic artists obtain the necessary skills for working with the medium, but they may also discover a unique expressive voice that contributes to our community in a meaningful way.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Recipients of the 2015-2016 Provost's Award of Promising New Faculty

Larissa Mercado-Lopez, Women's Studies Program

"Doing Work That Mat(t)ers: How Empowered Mothers Make Empowered Faculty"
Though academic parents, in general, experience challenges as they navigate the institutional terrain of the university, academic mothers, specifically, are more likely to be perceived as unproductive and uncommitted, though their scholarly output often speaks otherwise. In this presentation, Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez will briefly discuss challenges faced by academic mothers, and share how her experiences as a pregnant and mothering faculty member informed her teaching, service, scholarship, and relationships with colleagues in professionally and politically transformational ways - in ways that mattered.

Bhupinder Singh, Department of Physical Therapy

"Broadening The Scope of Healthcare Students: Challenges and Opportunities Of The Central Valley"
Dr. Bhupinder Singh will share his vision and challenges of encouraging the physical therapy and related healthcare professionals to address the needs of the Central Valley. Dr. Singh will discuss the importance of teaching intensive curriculum, involving students in state of art innovative research and service learning projects to reach undeserved communities, and to achieve the goal of putting Fresno State on the map.

Cathy Yun & Lisa Bennett
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

"Change Begins With The Word YES: Seizing Opportunities And Engaging In Doing"
Drs. Yun and Bennett will discuss the wide range of research projects, grants, and community outeach activities they have engaged in during their three years at Fresno State and share how saying yes has created opportunities for positive change within their college, the university, and the community.

 Fresno State is committed to providing universal access to all our guests. Please contact the Office of the Provost at 559.278.2636 to request disability accommodations.