Chemistry Major Tabbed for Scholarship to Pursue Graduate Work at Oxford
For 175 years, Albion College has been helping people prepare for professional life. In Laura Pollum’s case, Albion has provided the research opportunities, diversity of classes, and mentorship she needed to land an opportunity of a lifetime at the University of Oxford in England.
A chemistry major and physics minor from Ubly, Mich., Pollum has landed a Clarendon Scholarship – Wolfson College Graduate Scholarship that will provide a full scholarship and a living stipend while she pursues a doctoral degree in physical and theoretical chemistry. While there, she will work under the direction of Professor Tim Softley to research cold chemical reactions.
Video Shows Physics Students Levitating Metal Object
Dugan Karnazes, ‘12, Laura Pollum, ‘10, and Brandan Walters, ’12, worked as a team in the Physics 245 course during the spring semester to levitate a magnet using a synthetic electromagnetic field the students created. The project was based on a junior and senior level systems control project at MIT, but the Albion students took it a step further by introducing a function generator which allows the operator to control how far the magnet levitates from the sensor. A video produced by Tommy Kraft, ’13, shows Karnazes and Walters in action in the physics lab.
Lia Jensen-Abbott Premiers Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr"
Albion College piano faculty member Lia Jensen-Abbott performs a recital of Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr" on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. The recital will be prefaced by a lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Goodrich Room 127.
Fanny Mendelssohn, though eclipsed by her more famous brother Felix, was a prolific and accomplished composer in her own right. She composed "Das Jahr" as a song-cycle depicting each month of the year, the first of its kind in history. The score was written on colored paper, and accompanied by illustrations by her husband Wilhelm. She wrote in a personal letter that the compositions would serve as a "kind of second diary, or pleasant memoir" of her Italian tour during 1839-40.
The cycle lasts approximately 55 minutes. "Das Jahr" first saw publication in 1989, and due to the newly expanding scholarship on the work, Jensen-Abbott's recital is likely a Michigan premier of "Das Jahr."
Jensen-Abbott has been rehearsing as well as researching the piece for two years, with a focus on semiotics, in preparation for conferences and lectures.
The lecture and recital are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at (517)-629-0481 or