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Don't miss: Symposium honors Department of Chemistry pioneer

Seyhan Nurettin Ege, the first tenured woman at U-M and first woman to become full professor on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry, will be honored in a symposium in her name from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday in the Rackham Amphitheater.

The Seyhan N. Ege Memorial Symposium honors Ege, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor emerita of chemistry, who died Sept. 13, 2007.

Ege was a distinguished and award-winning educator and author, promoting innovative approaches to the teaching of chemistry. She was a founding member of the U-M Women in Science and Engineering Program. Following her 2001 retirement, she devoted her pedagogic talents to teaching chemistry at Rudolf Steiner High School.

The symposium features internationally known speakers who will address three areas of passion to which Ege devoted herself: the education of pre-college children, university curriculum and instructional development, and the cause of women in the academy.

A reception opens the symposium from 8:30-9 a.m., followed by an introduction and commemoration, and remarks by School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball at 9-10 a.m. Debora Rolison, head of advanced electrochemical materials at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., will follow at 10:10 a.m. Author and feminist scholar Sheila Tobias will speak at 11 a.m.

The symposium is presented by the Instructional Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Institute, a collaborative effort between LSA and the School of Education. IDEA brings faculty members and students together to improve and advance, through research and practice, undergraduate teaching and learning; pre-college teaching and learning; preparing future faculty; and new pathways for identifying and recruiting pre-college teachers.

What art reveals about the brain

Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores why some impressionist paintings shimmer, why some op art paintings seem to move, principles of Matisse's use of color and how the Impressionists painted air in a program from 5:10-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Michigan Theater.

Livingstone explores how artists have intuited important features about how our brains extract relevant information about faces and objects, and why learning disabilities may be associated with artistic talent.

The program is sponsored by the School of Art & Design Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitor Series.

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