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FalCon brings attention to comic, graphic and animation arts on campus

In planning the event, Weiss wanted to keep students at the center of activities, allowing submissions for an “Artist’s Alley.” The five students exhibiting their work ranged from freshman to graduate students, and came from majors in painting, education, studio art, animation and art history.

David Osgood, displayed his art on one table while introducing attendees to the Animation Club at another. As club president, Osgood spoke on how formative being a member has been, especially in introducing him to his best friends and advancing career skills.FalCon gave different disciplines the “opportunity to overlap,” Osgood said, adding that animation was a “source of joy and creativity every week.”“It’s important for students to discover these clubs that might match their interest you need to be able to find your people, be creative with them.”Olivia Marchione, a freshman, exhibited her painted and drawn works, but also attended to see “what other people are doing.”“It’s good to get clued in,” she said.

During the first talk of the day, author James Cambias read a chapter from his third book, “Arkadys World” and answered questions from members of the audience.Prior, Cambias tabled alongside student organizations to talk to students one-on-one about his career and interest in science fiction, as well as offer advice.
“I heard about this event at the very last minute,” Cambias said, explaining that his wife was an adjunct professor on the UMass campus. A Louisiana native, Cambias now works from Deerfield, Mass.“We’re in a very interesting time right now,” Cambias said about the science fiction genre, noting the increased number of independent publishers and new markets. “The whole secret is you have to write something”Gary Hallgren, a local illustrator and comic artist from Granby, Mass. spoke at 1 p.m. about his career spanning from “alternative hippie comic books” to the nation’s most prestigious publications.

Currently, Hallgren ghosts the popular comic strip “Hagar the Horrible.”In the Digital Media Lab, Ian Walls of web services and emerging technologies at UMass Libraries ran an activity for students to pose in front of a green screen that could become a variety of science fiction themed backgrounds.Walls became involved in the planning committee to show that the library isn’t just “that big tall building in the middle of campus.”“People don’t always know we have things other than books,” Walls said.A seven-year employee of UMass, he added that FalCon would be the last event he helped with before leaving for the private sector.“I really appreciate the energy and passion that students have for the work they do,” Walls said.“It’s a bright note, an upswing, to see [FalCon] come to fruition.”“I hope I can come back next year as a community member,” he said.

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Jonathan Azu Launches Artist Management Company Culture Collective: Exclusive

Music industry veteran Jonathan Azu has founded a new venture, Culture Collective. Based in Los Angeles, the artist management company will initially focus on urban genre clients.
Azu formerly served as executive vp general manager at Red Light Management.“I created Culture Collective for reasons bigger than music,” says Azu.“After years of driving success for some of the industry’s most iconic artists’ brands and companies, I am excited to leverage my knowledge and relationships to represent creatives who are redefining their culture while also exemplifying and promoting diverse leadership in entertainment.”Azu will continue to manage a prominent roster at Culture Collective that includes Anita Baker, Emily King, Cory Henry, Luke James and Michelle Williams.

In addition to seeking new business alliances that will complement his new firm, Azu will maintain his role as an advisor and investor in emerging businesses such as Artist Growth and Tunespeak.Before segueing to his seven-year tenure at Red Light, Azu was executive vp of operations and business development for Superfly (formerly Superfly Presents), the marketing and event company that co-founded the music and arts festivals Outside Lands and Bonnaroo.Prior to that, he worked as vp of music partnerships at CBS Radio. Honored twice as a Billboard 40 Under 40 power player, Azu graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from where he received the Young Alumni Achievement Award and presently serves as a board trustee.

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Plants have senses, language & culture

LONDON: Are plants rather cleverer than once thought? Scientists from around the world are claiming that plants cannot just sense, In an experiment in Australia, plants appeared to learn to associate a sound with a food source, just as Pavlov’s dogs linked the sound of a bell with dinner.

In Israel they’ve found that plants communicated a message from one to another, and that the information was then used to survive drought. In British Columbia and the UK researchers have shown that trees pass information and nutrients to each other through an underground fungal network.This even happens more with closely related trees or seedlings than with strangers. And in California it turns out that sagebrush shrubs have “regional dialects”! Botanist James Wong explores these findings and asks whether, if plants can do all these things, and if, as one scientist says, they are a “who” and not a “what”, then is it wrong to eat them?Six reasons plants are cleverer than you thinkIn Is Eating Plants Wrong? botanist James Wong discovers that plants are capable of things that used to be thought the preserve of animals, or even humans.
He speaks with plant scientists from around the world whose research has led them to conclude that plants can communicate, learn, and even remember. Some even go as far as to say plants are intelligent.Plants communicate through fragrances: Plants can communicate by emitting scents called volatile organic compounds through the air. These scents are picked up by other parts of the same plant, or by neighbouring plants, who then react to them, change their defences, and as a result receive less chewing damage from the different insects that nibble their leaves.
So if a leaf is being eaten by an insect or a caterpillar, the plant releases a warning scent, which nearby leaves pick up, and act on by emitting a different compound to repel the insect, or to attract predators of the nibbler like birds or wasps to come and eat it.Sagebrush shrubs have regional dialects: Professor Rick Karban of the University of California at Davis found that sagebrush shrubs are more effective at communicating with neighbouring plants, than with those growing over two hundred kilometres away.
The sagebrush plants use different regional dialects for communication!In a scientifically rigorous experiment, they found that the southern sagebrush shrubs did not respond to cues from their northern cousins as much as to those from southern plants, and vice versa. The shrubs don’t seem to understand their distant cousins as well as their neighbours.Professor Karban and his team were able to measure and confirm this by using both northern and southern sagebrush clippings in both northern and southern locations, to make sure it’s actually the dialect that’s different, and not the topic of conversation, as it were.Plants can learn to associate a sound with food (a light source) like Pavlov’s dogs: The Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov famously found that his dogs learned to associate the sound of a bell with the arrival of food.
He would ring a bell before serving them their meal, and the animals came to salivate at the mere sound of the bell, before dinner was dished up.Dr Monica Gagliano of the University of Western Australia tried a similar test with pea seedlings and found that the plants did indeed learn to associate sound with food! The plants learned to make an association, remembered it, and acted upon it.Which led Dr Gagliano to ask, who is making the choice?. Who, not what!Plants can play Chinese whispers and remember the message: Plants can communicate through substances they emit through their roots, as well as through fragrances sent out from their leaves.
And if potted in a row, sharing roots in each pot, they can play Chinese whispers. They can pass a message from the first root of the first plant down to the last plant in the same row of pots.And they can remember the passed-down message, and act on it when necessary!What’s more, they can distinguish between related and unrelated trees, and, for example, send more carbon to their kin than to strangers! It seems to be that trees really do have a preference for sharing with kin, and that it’s the tree making that choice, not the fungus. Dr Brian Pickles of the University of Reading, who collaborates with Prof.
Simard, tested this on tree seedlings.Plants can sense more than we can: Plants don’t have brains, and yet without brains, and without neurons even, they can do many things that we need brains and sensory organs for.So without eyes plants can perceive a lot of information about light, without noses they can perceive chemical information like smells, without ears they can perceive the vibrations of sounds. Plants are very perceptive about what’s going on in their environments.
They can sense touch, and taste, too, for example they can identify herbivore predators nibbling their leaves from the taste of the herbivore’s saliva. So plants have the same five senses humans have? And then some, says Prof.Rick Karban. Namely plants can also perceive electrical signals, temperature, electromagnetic forces, heavy metals, pathogens, gravity and more.
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Jussie Smollett Lawyer Asks Judge to Allow ‘Empire’ Actor to Travel

A lawyer for Jussie Smollett is asking a judge in Chicago to allow the Empire actor to travel while he is free on bond on charges he falsely reported
Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys, who have said he’s innocent.She says one of his attorneys is expected to appear before a judge Monday (Feb. 25) to make the request.Smollett was charged last week with disorderly conduct. Chicago police say Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the attack then told police his attackers yelled racial and anti-gay slurs and referenced President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.He was released last week after posting $10,000 cash. He also was ordered to surrender his passport. Kavanagh says Smollett’s lawyers are mounting a “vigorous defense.” Smollett reportedly returned to the Empire set last week, but after initially voicing their strong support for the actor and saying his future on the show was secure, producers announced last week that Smollett’s character would be written out of the final two episodes of the upcoming season, which kicks off on March 13; spokespeople for the show would not comment on whether any changes would be made to the already shot episodes featuring Smollett.

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New guidance for travel to Mexico

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — The United States Army North Force Protection division has new guidelines regarding travel to …

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