Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 1/15/14

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith’s faculty and staff, from departments including art, communication, economics, Meredith Events, music, and psychology.

Director of Meredith Events Bill Brown is a recipient of the 2013 Business Support of the Arts Award in the Arts Education category. The awards are sponsored by the United Arts Council and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Brown was honored along with Chris Droessler for their work to support arts education in Wake County by training students in technical theatre production.

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards was an expert source for “Looming large: Parents find a craft craze to like,” an Associated Press article on the developmental benefits of the Rainbow loom craze for kids. The story ran in 114 media outlets, including, The Christian Science Monitor and The Detroit Free Press, during November and December. Read the story here:

Instructor of Art Holly Fischer’s sculptures are being included in Human Nature, a group exhibition at The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council from January 21-March 31, 2014.  The exhibition was featured in the January issue of Carolina Arts, with Fischer’s sculpture on the cover. View a PDF of the magazine.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero was quoted in a USA Today College article, “23 Corgis want you to click this headline,” about “click-bait” headlines in online news outlets. 

Yuri Yamamoto, an adjunct staff accompanist, recently released Japan, My Homeland, a CD in support of the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accidents with partial support from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Yamamoto performs in this album her original settings to Japanese poems by Masao Tachiya and piano improvisations inspired by Tachiya's poems. Copies of the CD and proceeds from CD sales in the U.S. will be donated to the people who were affected by the disaster and organizations that are helping them. Samples of the music can be heard on the trailer on YouTube.

Associate Professor of Economics Anne York was quoted in a story for USA Today on millennials and the gender pay gap. The story, “Should college students be minding the (gender pay) gap?” was published Dec. 19, 2013.

Melyssa Allen

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