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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - JAIME ADAME

Stein­metz to chair eco­nomic coun­cil

FAYET­TEVILLE — The Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville chan­cel­lor has been named pre­sid­ing co-chair­man for the North­west Arkansas Coun­cil, a re­gional eco­nomic and work­force devel­op­ment group.

Joe Stein­metz, the UA chan­cel­lor, will serve for one year in the role, which is an un­paid, vol­un­teer po­si­tion, Rob Smith, the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pol­icy direc­tor, said in an email. Stein­metz was named to the role dur­ing a meet­ing of the coun­cil Wed­nes­day, Smith said.

“My plan is to en­cour­age ways in which the com­mu­nity can col­lab­o­rate with higher ed­u­ca­tion for mutual ben­e­fit,” Stein­metz said in a statement.

He takes over for Don­nie Smith, for­mer Tyson Foods pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Pre­vi­ous UA chan­cel­lors G. David Gearhart and John White also have served in this role, ac­cord­ing to UA. Gearhart served in 2011-12.

Grant to aid study of mu­sic re­sponse

FAYET­TEVILLE — A Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant will help a Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville mu­sic pro­fes­sor study how and why lis­ten­ers re­spond to mu­sic by imag­in­ing nar­ra­tive sto­ries.

El­iz­a­beth Mar­gulis will re­ceive $294,268 over three years and work with re­searchers from Michi­gan State Univer­sity and Chi­nese Univer­sity of Hong Kong.

“It wasn’t un­til stu­dents in my classes started telling me that they imag­ined pi­rates and thun­der­storms while lis­ten­ing to or­ches­tral mu­sic that I un­der­stood how com­mon it is for mu­sic to trig­ger per­ceived sto­ries,” Mar­gulis, direc­tor of UA’s Mu­sic Cog­ni­tion Lab, said in a statement.

The project will in­volve both Amer­i­can and Chi­nese lis­ten­ers to test whether un­fa­mil­iar mu­sic stokes nar­ra­tive lis­ten­ing.

Re­searchers will also in­ves­ti­gate how nar­ra­tive lis­ten­ing af­fects other re­sponses to mu­sic.

“To­gether, our team hopes to un­cover some of the mech­a­nisms crit­i­cal to mak­ing sense of mu­sic,” Mar­gulis said in a statement.

2018 po­etry prize goes to Mos­sotti

FAYET­TEVILLE — Travis Mos­sotti has won the 2018 Miller Wil­liams Po­etry Prize from the Univer­sity of Arkansas Press.

Mos­sotti will re­ceive a $5,000 cash prize and pub­li­ca­tion of a forth­com­ing po­etry col­lec­tion, Nar­cis­sus Amer­i­cana.

For­mer U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate Billy Collins se­lected the win­ner as well as two fi­nal­ists: Roy Bent­ley and P. Scott Cun­ning­ham, who will also have their work pub­lished by the univer­sity press.

The three po­ets “have read­abil­ity, fresh­ness of lan­guage, and se­ri­ous­ness of in­tent in com­mon,” Collins said in a statement re­leased by the univer­sity.

Mos­sotti teaches at Web­ster Univer­sity and also works in a re­search of­fice for Washington Univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to UA. He has writ­ten two pre­vi­ous col­lec­tions of po­etry, About the Dead and Field Study.

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