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Happy Holidays from Bard! Watch the Orcapelicans perform "The Bard College Song" with images of campus life past and present.
This fall, students from Tom O’Dowd’s Environmental and Urban Studies Practicum on Sustainable Trail Design teamed up with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Long Distance Trails Crew in Bear Mountain State Park, New York. The students helped with a relocation project of the Appalachian Trail on the southwest side of Bear Mountain.
Pakistan native Asad Hashmi '16 followed his sister to Bard on the promise that he'd get to work closely with faculty. The Bard experience has been everything he'd hoped. Led by Professor Craig Anderson, Hashmi was one of nine Bard student and alumni/ae coauthors of a paper on creating artificial photosynthesis as an affordable, renewable energy source, published this fall in the journal Tetrahedron Letters. Hashmi keeps busy on campus, in and out of the lab. He's been on the soccer team, the track and field team, and the squash team. He's a lab assistant on campus, he's a chemistry tutor, and he works helping new international students transition to life in the United States.
Bard senior Julia Jardine hadn’t planned on staying so close to home when she applied for colleges, but as early as her first tour of the campus, Julia loved Bard. She was drawn in by the College’s reputation for intensive reading and writing, as well as its unique interdisciplinary programs. As a Human Rights major, Julia has been able to take classes in many fields. Through Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, she has gotten involved with the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, a nonprofit organization in the nearby town of Hyde Park, New York.
With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that up to one million new drones will be entering U.S. airspace, creating potentially dangerous situations for unmanned and manned aircraft. A new study released today by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College offers a comprehensive examination of incidents involving drones and manned aircraft in the national airspace over the past two years. Using data from the FAA and Department of Interior, the report, “Drone Sightings and Close Encounters: An Analysis,” explores 921 incidents in the national airspace from December 2013 to September 2015. Coauthors Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel identified 327 close encounters in which drones presented some level of hazard to manned aircraft, 90 of which involved commercial multiengine jets, and 594 sightings, in which drones were spotted near or within manned aircraft flight paths but did not pose immediate danger of collision.
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will have a change of leadership in the new year. Provost Peter Laipson will step down from his position in January, to be succeeded by Ian Bickford, Simon's Rock alumnus class of 1995. Dr. Laipson will become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. Dr. Bickford is exceptionally well qualified for the position of provost. He began his work with Bard in 2007 as a member of the faculty, first at Simon’s Rock and then at the Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York. He has since participated in the founding of new Bard programs in Baltimore and Harlem. Bickford presently serves as the first dean of the Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, as well as dean of the Bard Early Colleges, providing academic support and guidance to Bard’s public early college network. Simon's Rock is the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early college programs.
Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and singers of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, pianists of the Conservatory Postgraduate Piano Fellowship Program, actress Mary Stuart Masterson, and The Chancellor-Livingston 5th Grade Chorus present a program of festive songs and ensembles to benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. A Winter Songfest will be performed as a family-friendly matinee concert on Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Tickets are $15, 20, and $100; free for the Bard community with ID. Guests at the $100 level are invited to join Dawn Upshaw and the performers onstage for a postconcert reception in the Sosnoff Theater immediately following the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 845-758-7900 or go to fishercenter.bard.edu.
Bard College Berlin hosts In/Visibility and Difference: A Visual Methods Workshop on December 3–4, coorganized with Humboldt University and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. The workshop brings together international researchers, activists, and artists tackling the notion of in/visibility and difference with visual and visualization methods. The aim of the workshop is to share research conducted with visual methodologies and to collectively develop new ideas and strategies on how visual methods can enhance our understanding of contemporary social worlds. Participants will discuss recent developments in the field of visual methodologies, innovative visualization and participatory research tools, and cooperation possibilities between academia and art. In her keynote address, Professor Caroline Knowles of Goldsmiths College will share her expertise on visual methodologies in social sciences. Those who cannot be present at the workshop but are interested in the discussions can follow the events on Twitter at #VMW2015. Visit the Website
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