Thursday, April 5, 2012

You're Invited: Listen to the River

Sangamon Auditorium is delighted to be working with the UIS departments of Biology and Environmental Studies and the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble on a truly unique event coming up on April 14 in the Studio Theatre.

Listen to the River is a special performance that integrates live music with stories, photographic images, and commentary on the past, present, and future of the Illinois River, one of Illinois’ most important waterways. The woodwind quintet of the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble will perform water-themed selections interwoven with presentations from noted regional professionals as well as faculty and students of the UIS Biology and Environmental Studies Departments. Staged in the UIS Studio Theatre, Listen to the River is sure to be an engaging performance in the comfort of an intimate setting.

For more information about the project collaborators, please visit their websites:

Illinois River Presenters for “Listen to the River”:

Ben Briddell Ben obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently completing a Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His research focuses on carbon and nitrogen storage in natural Illinois wetlands.
Morgan Diffenderfer Morgan Diffenderfer is a second year graduate student in the Biology department at UIS. She is doing research at Emiquon on the effects of herbivory on three different native species and is also a TA for Cell Biology and Chemistry II. Other than work and classes, her time is devoted to her 16 month old daughter. Their time is well spent playing outside, reading books, listening to music and of course exploring science.
Doyn Kellerhals Doyn Kellerhals is a graduate student in biology working with Dr. Michael Lemke. Her thesis work is "Changes in Bacterial Communities on Decomposing Silver Maple Leaves in the Illinois River Floodplain".  Doyn is also employed as the research technician for the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon  and is leading research crews working on Thompson Lake and Lake Chautauqua near Havana, Illinois this summer.
Mike Lemke Michael J. Lemke is a Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois Springfield and the Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon. His research interests include microbial ecology focusing on bacterial population interactions in streams, rivers, and floodplain habitats.
Keith Miller Keith W. Miller is the Schewe Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is also the Associate Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, where he does the bidding of the field station director, Dr. Michael Lemke. Prof. Miller’s research areas include computer ethics, software testing, and online education.
Mike Wiant Michael D. Wiant is the Director of the Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds.  Trained in Social Sciences (BS Illinois State University), Sociology-Anthropology (MS Illinois State), and Anthropology (MA, PhD Northwestern University), as an archaeologist, Wiant studies ancient Native American life in the Illinois River basin.  In particular, he is interested a broad sweep time called the Archaic Period (10,000 to 3,000 years before present), during which there are substantial changes in way of life and environment.  Wiant has published research results on a variety of subjects and frequently presents public lectures on Illinois archaeology and Native American history.  He is also an adjunct professor at Illinois State, teaching courses on museums and archaeology.  In 2012, the ISU Department of Sociology-Anthropology recognized Wiant as a Distinguished Graduate.
Chris Young (photographer) Chris Young iis a writer, photographer and videographer at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, focusing on outdoors, nature and environment coverage. His specialty is nature photography, highlighting the wildlife and natural areas of central Illinois. He studied journalism at Iowa State University and is currently working on his Masters degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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