The University Record, March 25, 1997


Ukadike awarded residency in Bellagio, Italy
N. Frank Ukadike, assistant professor of film and video studies, of communications studies and of Afroamerican and African studies, is the recipient of a residency at the Bellagio (Italy) Study & Conference Center of the Rockefeller Foundation. The Foundation's Bellagio Committee invited Ukadike to spend one year at the center, beginning in the fall, to work on his study, "A Questioning Cinema: Conversations with Black African Filmmakers."


Van der Pluijm's textbook published
Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics, co-authored by Ben van der Pluijm, professor of geological sciences, and Stephen Marshak, University of Illinois, has been published lby McGraw-Hill. The undergraduate textbook is concerned with the deformation of rocks in the Earth's lithosphere. It integrates topics pertaining to all scales of observation, from the atomic scale to the mountain range, and emphasizes the linkages between structural geology and tectonics.


Witke receives residency in Rome
Charles Witke, professor of Greek and Latin, has been named the Resident in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome for four months beginning in September. He will be leading field trips to sites connected with medieval Roman civilization and coordinating conferences at the Academy on this and other subjects.



Daugherty's opera premieres in Houston
Jackie O, a colorful operatic portrait of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with music by Michael Daugherty, associate professor of music composition, had its world premiere March 14 at the Houston Grand Opera's Houston Opera Studio. The score calls for a 20-piece orchestra including guitar, synthesizer and a mixture of percussion instruments. The opera's libretto was written by Wayne Koestenbaum. Jackie O also will be staged in early August at the Banff Arts Festival I in Banff, Alberta.