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Articles Tagged with design

Beyond the Bologna and Cheese Metaphor

An interview with Meera Chandrasekhar, Professor of Physics

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.

A Life on Stage

An interview with Jim Miller, Professor of Theatre

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.

Audio and Video Tagged with design

Designing for the Home

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

How architects can design homes that will sustain people as they age.

Classical Music in the Classroom

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

Schwarz is known for playing five minutes of classical music before each of his classes. He believes it can teach students about beauty.

Parc Provence

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

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.

Diplomat in Detroit

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

Schwarz talks about his time working as an Israeli representative in Detroit.

Writing Intensive Classes

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

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.

Harry's Horror Story

From an interview with Benyamin Schwarz, Professor, Architectural Studies

The story of one man who couldn’t survive the troubles aging and the culture of the United States’ nursing homes.

Costume design process

From an interview with Jim Miller, Professor of Theatre

Miller discusses the process of costume design from conception to the final product.

Costume design

From an interview with Jim Miller, Professor of Theatre

Miller shows some of his original costume renderings.