Meera Chandrasekhar, Professor of Physics at MU, describes herself as “a condensed matter experimentalist,” that is, a physicist who studies a class of materials called condensed matter systems (formerly known as “solids”). Within this class are three types of materials: insulators (Styrofoam, plastic, and rubber), which do not allow electricity to flow; conductors (metals), which do allow electricity to flow; and semiconductors, which “have conductivities in between that of insulators and conductors.” Chandrasekhar has spent most of her research career seeking to understand the special properties of this “in between” class of materials, and she speaks lovingly about how these semiconductors are unusual by virtue of their limited electrical conductivity and their particular response to light.
MU Theatre Professor Jim Miller emphasizes happenstance events, moments of inspiration, and intriguing connections as he talks about his work in the theatre—from a revelation while working on a Pepto-Bismol commercial in New York years ago (that he couldn’t “stomach” life as a struggling Broadway actor) to selecting which plays to direct at MU. Now, after twenty-six years of teaching and directing at MU, Miller has not only gathered a large repertoire of these stories, but has also come to believe in the power of such intangible resources as serendipity and instinct in the realm of acting and directing.
How architects can design homes that will sustain people as they age.
Schwarz is known for playing five minutes of classical music before each of his classes. He believes it can teach students about beauty.
Schwarz describes why the world needs better-designed nursing homes, especially for dementia patients. One example of his own work is Parc Provence, a skilled nursing and assisted living facility in the St. Louis area.
Schwarz talks about his time working as an Israeli representative in Detroit.
Schwarz talks about his teaching methods in the Writing Intensive classroom. He was awarded the MU Campus Writing Program’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.
The story of one man who couldn’t survive the troubles aging and the culture of the United States’ nursing homes.
Miller discusses the process of costume design from conception to the final product.
Miller shows some of his original costume renderings.