Midwestern State University’s Moffett Library has been selected as one of 104 grant recipients across the country to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. ... Expand/Reduce Article
Midwestern State University’s Moffett
Library has been selected as one of 104 grant recipients across the country to
host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” a
traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
A program launching the six-week
exhibit will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the leisure reading area
of Moffett with opening remarks by MSU’s Interim Provost Dr. James Johnston.
Chris Tall Bear of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nicholas Wahpepah
of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board will provide prayers and songs.
Marshall Gover, president of the Pawnee Business Council in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and
a member of the Pawnee Nation, and Rear Admiral Kevin Meeks, acting deputy director
of Field Operations for the Indian Health Service and a member of the Chickasaw
Nation, will speak on Native American health topics.
Through print images and
videos, “Native Voices” explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness,
and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians.
Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for native people
is tied to community, the land, and spirit. In interviews, native people
describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and
the inhibition of culture on the health of native individuals and communities
“We are so pleased to bring
the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Wichita Falls,”
said University Librarian Clara Latham. “We hope the native people in our
community will take pride in the exhibition, and that all visitors will enjoy
learning about these powerful concepts.”
Moffett Library will host the exhibition
through June 7. The library also will receive a $250 programming grant, virtual
training and publicity materials.
“Native Voices: Native
Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” was displayed at the National Library
of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. The NLM, on the campus of
the National Institutes of Health, has been a center of information innovation
since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM
maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic
information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of
times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and
conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and
health information technology.
The American Library
Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with
approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and
special libraries. The ALA’s mission is to provide leadership for the
development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and
the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access
to information for all.
The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU is throwing a party to celebrate its 50th birthday. Spring Fever will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, inside and outside the museum. The family-friendly free event will also celebrate Spring F ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at
MSU is throwing a party to celebrate its 50th birthday. Spring Fever will take
place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, inside and outside the museum. The
family-friendly free event will also celebrate Spring Fling, the beloved art
fair that the museum hosted from 1972-2002.
Activities for children include face
painting, clowns, a dunking booth, hands-on art projects, and other fun
activities assisted by members of the Junior League of Wichita Falls. The
Wichita Falls Art Association and the MSU Chapter of the Kappa Pi Art Honor
Society will offer artworks for sale by more than 20 artists in a variety of
media. Local musical groups will perform throughout the day at the Priddy
Pavilion, with the Jay Hollis Band closing out the celebration from 5-7 p.m.
Each April, the Museum Guild hosted
the arts and crafts fair Spring Fling on the museum grounds. “Spring Fling
Remembered,” an exhibition inside the museum, will feature high-quality art and
crafts that were purchased at Spring Flings of the past, including baskets,
ceramics, jewelry, art glass, and watercolors, as well as Spring Fling T-shirts,
posters, and memorabilia. The exhibition will remain on view through the
The Fain Foundation is sponsoring
the Spring Fever festival and other Golden Anniversary events.
During a TED Talk and other performances, Dr. Heather Knight’s co-star is not human or even animal – it’s a robot. Knight and company will be the final guests for Midwestern State University’s 2017 Artist-Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, i ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
During a TED Talk and
other performances, Dr. Heather Knight’s co-star is not human or even animal –
it’s a robot. Knight and company will be the final guests for Midwestern State
University’s 2017 Artist-Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Akin
Knight’s specialty is
human-robot interaction, and she uses her co-stars in an entertainment setting to
spark interest in science and technology. Her research involves non-verbal
machine communications and non-anthropomorphic social robots. She and her fellow
researchers work to create robots that grasp human sociability and convention,
rather than asking humans to learn a programming language to communicate with
their creations. Designing robots for people means understanding human brain
structure because that affects whether motion is interpreted as aggressive or
friendly, alive or inanimate.
Knight also runs Marilyn
Monrobot, a robot theater company featuring comedy performances by Data the
Robot. Data and Knight have been featured on TED Talks for their interactive comedy
In 2011, Knight was named
to the Forbes “30 under 30: Science” list. She is an alumnus from the Personal
Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. A post-doctoral researcher at Stanford
University Center for Design Research and adjunct professor at Oregon State
University in the robotics group/computer science department, Knight’s work
also includes robotics and instrumentation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics. She completed her Ph.D. in Robotics at
Carnegie Mellon University.
The Rube Goldberg-type
machine used in pop group OK GO’s award-winning music video for “This Too Shall
Pass” was designed by a team from Syyn Labs that included Knight.
Another of Knight’s
ventures is the Robot Film Festival, an annual celebration of robots on screen
and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and
open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a
red-carpet awards ceremony. The first and only event of its kind, the festival
was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional
robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine
relationship. The team maintains online video archives and hosts traveling screenings, nurturing a community of creatives and
engineers who explore, document, and invent the imaginative world of robotics.
The Artist-Lecture Series
was established in 1964 to bring noted lectures and quality programs in the
performing arts to the MSU campus and the Wichita Falls community.
Admission is $20 to
general public; $18 for senior citizens, active-duty military, and MSU alumni;
free to MSU students with ID. Tickets are available at the Clark Student Center
Information Desk. For tickets or more information, contact the Office of Student
Affairs at 940-397-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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