Linfield Reports, 4/11/11


Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto will speak at Linfield College on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The celebrated scientist and lecturer will present “Science, Society and Education in the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Kroto believes we stand at a watershed moment in human history. Science, he says, can provide the tools for humanitarian relief, and for our very survival, but science cannot advance within anti-libertarian, anti-democratic regimes where intellectual and personal freedoms are restricted. Progressive, democratic societies are a necessary requirement for the scientific creativity that provides sustainable solutions.

Kroto was a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his shared discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon better known as “buckyballs.” According to the Nobel committee, news of the discovery created a sensation, and for chemists, “the proposed structure was uniquely beautiful and satisfying.”

He was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and received the prestigious Michael Faraday Award in 2001 from the Royal Society, given annually to a scientist who has done the most to further public communication of science, engineering or technology in the United Kingdom.

Kroto is a passionate advocate for science education. In 1994 he teamed up with BBC producer Patrick Reams to found the Vega Science Trust, which produces science programs for television. The trust aims to create a broadcast platform for science, engineering and technology communities, enabling researchers to communicate technical expertise via TV and Internet.

Kroto is the Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Florida State University and directs the Florida Center for Research in Science Technology and Math Education. He has developed a popular series of public lectures and visits schools to promote science education.


Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature the world premiere of “Moabit Sonnets,” written by one of the world’s most performed living composers, Libby Larsen.

A composer-in-residence at Linfield College in 1990, the Grammy Award–winning musician has since composed more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre.

As part of a week-long residency, Larsen will be in attendance at concerts on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. She will present a pre-concert lecture an hour before each concert.

Larsen will also join a panel discussion about classical music in the 21st century on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Guests will include David Stabler, Oregonian music critic; Robert McBride, senior announcer for Portland’s All Classical FM;

Ron Blessinger, violinist and artistic director of Third Angle; Huw Edwards, music director and conductor of Portland’s Columbia Symphony Orchestra; and Gilbert Seeley, artistic director and conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers.

Commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, “Moabit Sonnets” is adapted from poems written from prison by Albrecht Haushofer, a German Resistance activist during World War II. The composition combines Schoenberg’s 12-tone technique with Medieval-era church modes, and features baritone Matthew Hayward, who portrays Haushofer in his prison cell, tenor and 2009 Linfield College graduate Sam Dinsmore, and sopranos Kayla Wilkins and Chelsea Janzen, both juniors at Linfield.

Larsen’s numerous works range from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and operas. The composer is sought for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, and more than 50 CDs of her work have been recorded. Larsen is a founding member of the American Composers Forum and has received one of two 2010 George Peabody Medals for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.

The concert will also feature selections from Mozart, Brahms and Edward Elgar.

Concerts will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus. Single reserved tickets are $30. General admission is $22 and $5 for students K-12.

Tickets for Linfield faculty and staff for the April 16 concert are $10 (balcony seats are $5) if purchased by April 15. Linfield students are admitted free at the door, although tickets may sell out; advance student tickets are $5.

The April 12 panel discussion will be in Ice Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Additional public events this week include a free performance of vocal and piano works by Larsen, featuring guest musicians and scheduled for April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. A free student recital of Larsen’s works is April 14 at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall.

For more information, call 503-883-2637, email or visit


Linfield participants from the Alternative Spring Break program will give a presentation to the community on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Students, faculty and staff volunteered at three locations over Spring Break, including Portland; Tacoma, Wash.; and New Orleans, La. To read more about the outcomes of this year’s programs, see the April Community Service Spotlight at and view a slideshow at

The presentation will be hosted by Linfield College Community Engagement & Service. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 503-883-2636.


The 20th annual Study Abroad Photo Contest will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 3-4:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

Enjoy student and faculty photos from Linfield-sponsored study abroad programs. Vote for best photos in the categories of landscape, architecture, people, judge’s award and Linfield students abroad. For more information, call the International Programs Office, 503-883-2222.


The risks and benefits of exercise will be the topic of a faculty lecture by Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

“The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Exercise” will address the importance of physical fitness as it relates to long-term health. Exercise reduces the risk for chronic disease, helps manage weight and improves mental outlook. The Surgeon General recommends participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day on at least five days per week. To explain how this activity translates into health benefits, Peterson will draw from some of the core sciences including biology, chemistry and physics to evaluate the role of exercise in human health and disease.

Peterson teaches exercise physiology and nutrition at Linfield and is the interim director of academic advising. She received her bachelor’s in premed and biology from the University of Southern California, her master’s in kinesiology from California State University Northridge and her doctorate in preventive care from Loma Linda University. Her research interest focuses on human health related to life style choices. She is particularly interested in the physiological adaptations to physical inactivity, activity, environment and nutrition. Her recent research endeavors include the health benefits of participating in a community-based outdoor recreation education program, increasing physical activity opportunities in adolescent females and the health consequences of low altitude porters working and living at high altitudes in Nepal.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


The life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher will be captured in a reading by author and Linfield alumna Anne Zimmerman Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The event will feature Zimmerman’s book, An Extravagant Hunger: the Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher. The book depicts the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, who was an author and dedicated connoisseur of good food. In her biography, Zimmerman describes Fisher’s early years, love and knowledge of food, her time in France and development as an author. Having followed Fisher’s footsteps from Northern California to Cambridge, Mass., and then to Paris, Zimmerman pieced together the personal life behind the writer’s public persona. The author shares her discoveries in her book and will reveal more of her intimate knowledge at the reading.

Zimmerman was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Linfield in 2000 and received her master’s from San Diego State University. She lives in San Francisco.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,


Garrick Rozario ’12 will introduce the Linfield community to his home country during “Sri Lanka ̶ A Land Like No Other” Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Topics will include the civil war and current economic condition, Theravada Buddhism, sports, tourism and more.

The talk is sponsored by the International Programs Office and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 503-883-2222.



Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC Multi-Events

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Concert featuring vocal and piano works by composer Libby Larsen, Ice


11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: “Classical Music in the 21st Century,” panel discussion, Ice

4 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Alternative Spring Break presentation, 201 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Science Seminar featuring Sir Harold Kroto, 101 Graf

4 p.m.: Student recital featuring music by Libby Larsen, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: Nobel Laureate Symposium, Sir Harold Kroto, “Science, Society and Education in the 21st Century,” Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s tennis at NWC Championships

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

3 p.m.: Baseball vs. Chapman

7 p.m.: Libby Larsen, pre-concert lecture, Jonasson

8 p.m.: LCO featuring Libby Larsen, Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

10 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox Dual

Noon: Softball at Pacific

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Baseball vs. Chapman

2 p.m.: Libby Larsen, pre-concert lecture, Jonasson

3 p.m.: LCO featuring Libby Larsen, Ice


Noon: Softball vs. Pacific

1 p.m.: Baseball vs. Chapman