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Weber State University
Arts Integration Conference
The Whale Project: Art + Science
February 6, 2015
8:30am – 3:00pm
Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Our keynote, Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen (Stanford University) will share his cutting-edge research on whales—exploring the scientific concepts of habitat, environment, morphology (shape), and movement. Conference attendees will work with guest artists in music, visual arts, drama, and dance to engage in hands-on integration activities linking the arts and science to address Utah Core Standards in the classroom. Register online now:
THE WHALE PROJECT CREATIVE TEAM
Jeremy Goldbogen (WHALE RESEARCH)
Assistant Professor of Biology, Stanford University
Jeremy Goldbogen is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station where is oversees the Goldbogen Lab. His primary research focuses on using digital tags to study the fine scale movement, biomechanics and energetics of rorqual whales. He is currently applying his expertise to assess the effects of cargo ships and military sonar on the underwater behavior of large rorquals, including blue, fin and humpback whales. Jeremy obtained a BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, a MSc in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He completed postdocs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California and Cascadia Research Collective. Goldbogen’s research has been featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Nature, American Scientist, and on National Public Radio’s Science Friday.
Nicole R. Robinson (MUSIC)
Professor of Music Education and BTS Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education, University of Utah
Nicole R. Robinson has established a national reputation for her partnership and outreach projects with various educational boards, professional organizations, and urban school districts. She earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from The Florida State University. Robinson has held faculty appointments at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Robinson has published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education. She co-authored Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects, 2nd ed. (Kendall Hunt). Dr. Robinson’s teaching career began in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Districts in North Carolina Public Schools.
Alyssa Herzog Melby (CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DANCE)
Executive Director, Northfield Arts Guild
Alyssa Herzog Melby was recently hired as the new Executive Director for the Northfield Arts Guild (Northfield, MN) and previously served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Melby’s accomplishments at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre included securing the funding and support for providing the country’s first-ever Autism/Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker; reaching over 300 preK-12 educators since 2012; developing a youth scholarship program in 2012 for youth ages 5-8 from various socioeconomic backgrounds to attend the PBT School; and beginning a robust accessibility initiative, including an audio-description program for visually-impaired patrons at PBT as well as adaptive dance for youth on the autism spectrum. For her work in accessibility, she received the John F. Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Emerging Leader Award in 2013. She received an MA degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh where her studies focused on theatre-in-education and theatre for youth and received a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Kathleen “K” Stevenson (VISUAL ARTS)
Professor of Art, Weber State University
In her work, K employs printmaking, mixed media and sculpture to explore the fluid, paradoxical, and trickster nature of memory and perception. Her sculpture and mixed media work have been shown regionally and nationally, and she continues the rewarding practice of the exchange portfolio, both here and abroad. Her two most recent exhibitions included a solo exhibition, FallingAway, at the Centennial Celebration at her undergraduate alma mater and a three-person exhibition she organized, Mark by Mark, at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. Stevenson has been teaching at WSU since 2001. This academic year her teaching emphasis transitions from Art Education to Printmaking. Stevenson holds a BA in Visual Art from the College of St. Benedict, and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.
Erinne Garfield Roundy (VISUAL ARTS)
Art Foundations Teacher, North Davis Preparatory Academy and ArtsBridge Coordinator, Weber State University
Even before Roundy had a family of my own, she knew she wanted to teach art to kids. Roundy wanted to show kids what options they had available to visually express themselves. When Roundy graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Visual Communications/Design in 1998, she used what she learned from school, and from my various work and personal experiences throughout the years to help her grow as a creative individual and as an art teacher. Currently, Roundy teaches Art Foundations at North Davis Preparatory Academy in Layton, Utah. For the past 9 years, Roundy has run a successful after-school art program for elementary-aged kids and she also been involved in the school's annual art auction fundraising event.
Lisa Leibering (CREATIVE DRAMA/PUPPETRY)
Manager of School and Community Programs, Gateway to the Arts
Lisa Leibering is a professional theatrical designer, puppeteer, and teaching artist, living in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BFA in Puppetry/Children’s Theatre from West Virginia University, a MA in Theatre for Youth from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a professional theatrical designer and puppeteer, Lisa’s work at Gateway to the Arts—an arts-integration non-profit based in Pittsburgh—focuses on managing programming for school-age children, and includes leading professional development events for both educators and teaching artists. Some of her notable credits include, designing and constructing a 25' dragon puppet for Trollwood Performing Arts Center production of Shrek, creating the original mascot for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, managing the Character Shop for Paramount Parks/Production Services, and serving as the Resident Designer/Costume Shop Manager for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Amy Miner (ARTS INTERGRATION/ACTION RESEARCH)
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
Amy taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her Masters degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University. For over 18 years, Amy has been an advocate for arts integration. As a current teacher educator at Brigham Young University, Amy’s research and teaching reflects her deep passion for the arts, literacy, and integration.