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“Bloomfield resident Judy Dworin, chairperson of the theater and dance department at Trinity College in Hartford, coordinated an appearance in the area this month from some special visitors. Seven Buddhist nuns from the Keydong Thuk-Che-Cho-Ling Nunnery in Katmandu created a sacred item at the college during their visit. The nuns created a mandala, which is a circle made from sand and meant to symbolize religious principles. Buddhist monks and nuns build the structures, which vary in size, as a tool for meditation. The mandala at Trinity represented the circle of compassion. According to Ngawang Tendol, a translator for the nuns, the circle contained a depiction of the celestial palace of the deity Avalokiteshvara. The being represents compassion according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition.”

“Resident helps bring Tibetan nuns to area”
Bloomfield Journal, February 18, 2005
 


“UNESCO has designated April 23 as International Book Day, and 400,000 books will be purchased in Barcelona, according to local officials, so there's a lot for booksellers and book buyers to love … Especially prized are the Catalan-language volumes. The region's native tongue has undergone periods of neglect and suppression. From 1939 until the early 1950s, the Franco regime forbade the printing of books and periodicals in Catalan, according to Thomas Harrington of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The people of Catalonia, located in the northeast corner of Spain, view themselves as a ‘cultural nation,’ adds the associate professor of modern languages and literature. It's ironic that in the 1920s, when Barcelona publisher Vincente Clavel proposed a day to honor books, he focused on Cervantes, a Castilian writer. It wasn't until 1926 that books were honored on the same day as Catalonia's patron saint.”

“'A rose by any other name...' in Spanish”
Christian Science Monitor, February 23, 2005
 


“The state's largest business advocacy group said Tuesday that it is teaming with Pfizer's global research and development group to create scholarships for students interested in careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The Hartford-based Connecticut Business and Industry Association will work with Pfizer Global Research and Development …and six colleges and universities …’Businesses are having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill (pharmaceutical) positions,’ said Judith Resnick, who heads CBIA's work-force development and training. She said the pharmaceutical industry is one of Connecticut's fastest-growing industries but is being impeded in that growth because of a lack of suitable candidates. She said the new CBIA-Pfizer partnership will help college students acquire necessary research-related skills considered vital in the pharmaceutical industry. Officials will work with UConn and CCSU along with Fairfield University, Trinity College in Hartford, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Under the new program, fellowships will be awarded to 25 students from each of the six participating institutions. Candidates will need to have a strong academic record, be enthusiastic about laboratory learning and interested in a possible career in the pharmaceutical industry.”

“Industry to Fund Students”
The Day, March 9, 2005
 


“ The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford has set up a fund to help bring a number of Israeli high school students to the U.S. for Trinity College's 12th Annual Fire Fighting HomeRobot Contest, to be held April 9-10. For the past five years, Israeli students have participated in the robotics contest, often winning top prizes. Last year, Israeli students won seven out of the ten top prizes for their robotic creations. The purpose of the competition, according to Trinity's robotics website, is to ‘encourage inventors of all ages and levels of skill to develop an autonomous fire-fighting home robot that can find, and put out as quickly as possible, a fire in a model house.’ According to Jeff Rudolph of West Hartford, chair of Friends of Israeli Robotic Student Teams, it will cost $1,500 per student to bring the young Israelis to the U.S. to compete. Rudolph said that due to the troubled financial situation in Israel, the Israeli government is unable to fund the trip for the Israeli roboners (the Israeli term for robot makers.)”

“Funds sought for Israeli robotics team”
Jewish Ledger, March 9, 2005
 


“The reticent and relentlessly abstract logician Kurt Gödel might seem an unlikely candidate for popular appreciation. But that's what Rebecca Goldstein aims for in her new book Incompleteness, an account of Gödel's most famous theorem, which was announced 75 years ago this October. Goldstein calls Gödel's incompleteness theorem ‘the third leg,’ together with Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Einstein's relativity, of that tripod of theoretical cataclysms that have been felt to force disturbances deep down in the foundations of the 'exact sciences.' What is this great theorem? And what difference does it really make? Mathematicians, like other scientists, strive for simplicity; we want to boil messy phenomena down to some short list of first principles called axioms, akin to basic physical laws, from which everything we see can be derived. This tendency goes back as far as Euclid, who used just five postulates to deduce his geometrical theorems. But plane geometry isn't all of mathematics, and other fields proved surprisingly resistant to axiomatization; irritating paradoxes kept springing up, to be knocked down again by more refined axiomatic systems. The so-called ‘formalist program’ aimed to find a master list of axioms, from which all of mathematics could be derived by rigid logical deduction. Goldstein cleverly compares this objective to a ‘Communist takeover of mathematics’ in which individuality and intuition would be subjugated, for the common good, to logical rules. By the early 20th century, this outcome was understood to be the condition toward which mathematics must strive.”

“Does Gödel Matter? The romantic's favorite
mathematician didn't prove what you think he did”
Slate.com, March 10, 2004
 


“Film producer and Trinity alumna Rosadel Varela returns to the campus tonight for a screening and discussion of ‘Control Room,’ the documentary she co-produced. The 2004 film examines the United States' war in Iraq as it was covered by Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network. It was directed by Jehane Noujaim. Varela is a 10-year veteran of film and TV, having worked at MTV Networks in the news/documentary and production divisions. Her credits include ‘Unfiltered,’ ‘The Video Music Awards,’ ‘The State’ and ‘House of Style.’ In 1998, she became a member of the Directors Guild of America assistant director training program and has worked alongside such directors as Woody Allen, Penny Marshall, John Singleton and Nicole Holofcener. Her television credits include work on ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Sex and the City.’”

“`Control Room': a view of Al-Jazeera”
Hartford Courant, March 10, 2005
 


“For a garment designed to blend in, the Army's new uniform has a pretty distinctive look. A zippered front, angled chest pockets, Velcro closures and infrared identification tabs on the shoulder pockets are among more than a dozen updates to the Army's standard-issue outfit. Such features, including wash-and-wear fabric, are meant to make the garment more functional for GIs. But along with that comes a new cosmetic identity for the Army in the form of a redesigned camouflage pattern. The latest look in military concealment is a digital print that spreads across the uniform in a static of pixilated gray, tan and green …Seen from a distance, the pixels dissolve into whorls of color. Examining the pattern close up, however, William Mace, a professor who studies perception at Trinity College, sees the principles of visual texture at work. Mace specializes in ecological psychology, ‘the pure science of practical situations.’In the Army's blocky print, Mace detects the influence of Bela Julesz, a scientist who revolutionized the study of depth perception. In experiments at Bell Laboratories during the 1960s, Julesz used random dot patterns to study how the brain picks up spatial differences. Applying these concepts to combat camouflage might prevent an enemy from training his eye on targets on the body, such as the chest and head. ‘Here blending in means that the boundaries you see are not the boundaries of interest,’ Mace says.”

"Camo For All Occasions:
Soldiers, Hunters Set The Pace In Constantly Evolving
Science (And Art) Of Hiding In Plain Sight"
Hartford Courant, March 11, 2005
 


“When Peter Knapp offered to help Anne Horowitz navigate her way through the Trinity College library, she said no thanks. She remembers it clearly. As head of the reference department, Peter routinely assisted library patrons … Anne was browsing through his department to familiarize herself with the new library before a job interview there. A 1976 Trinity alumna, Anne was teaching political science at a state college … She was hired in the library's circulation and cataloging department and slowly became acquainted with Peter … They were married on June 6, 1987, in the Trinity College Chapel and had their reception on the campus. They worked together another year before their daughter Jacqueline was born. Anne resumed teaching, and Peter is now Trinity's archivist and curator of the Watkinson Library, which houses Trinity's rare collections. The university asked Peter to compile a history of Trinity College in the 20th century in anticipation of its 175th anniversary in 1998. ‘I knew I was going to need a researcher and a collaborator who could get up to speed quickly.’ Anne was the best candidate. ‘We hadn't done anything like this before. Anne was my chief critic in the writing,’ Peter said. Anne resigned her teaching position and worked four years with Peter, researching the 300 illustrations and 500 pages of history in their book, ‘Trinity College in the Twentieth Century: A History.’ … Trinity's Watkinson Library has an extensive collection of material published during and immediately after the Civil War. The collection inspired Anne and Peter to design an exhibition for the 140th anniversary of the end of the war. A 34-star flag flown over Trinity, a bayonet and sheath, photographs, archived publications and a few of the letters and artifacts that the brothers brought home will be included in the exhibit. Anne and Peter will open the display at Trinity's main library with a joint lecture March 15 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until Memorial Day.”

"Couple Works Together Crafting Books, Exhibits, Marriage"
Hartford Courant, March 13, 2005
 


“The pre-Revolutionary War house on Broad Street was moved there a century ago, and now, in an effort to save it, preservationists are trying to move it again … Trinity College needs the land on which the building sits to build its new $8 million community sports complex, and it has offered to give the building to anyone who wants to remove it. Bielitz, of Glastonbury Restoration Co., and William Gould of William Gould Architectural Preservation LLC of Pomfret, decided to take on the challenge. The two men are supported in their effort by the Hartford Preservation Alliance, which mustered many of the volunteers, and Trinity College, which provided dumpsters, portable toilets and other essentials, Bielitz said. Before the target date of Sunday, the house will have to be taken apart, floorboard by historic floorboard, beam by beam, until it can be neatly packed away. … For many, he said, ‘progress is not saving something old, it's putting up something new.’ ‘This is definitely a triumph,’ Gould said. ‘For Trinity, for the Hartford Preservation Alliance, and for we, as preservationists, who do this on a daily basis.’”

"Peeling Back Layers Of History:
Preservationists Learn About House's 300-Plus Years While Preparing To Move It"
Hartford Courant, March 14, 2005

 


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