Bots Prepare for Battle
Marple has been selected—well, his robot has—to compete on the Discovery Channel’s Battlebots. Bloodsport, created by Marple and his team Bots ‘n’ Stuff, will battle its opponents on television beginning this June.
Battlebots, which features gladiatorial combat between remote-controlled robots, first aired in 2000, and averages 3.5 million viewers per episode. Marple, Bloodsport, and the Bots ‘n’ Stuff team traveled to the April filming in Long Beach, California.
Summer of Ocean
It is the summer of Ocean Vuong, a faculty member in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers since 2016: His book debuted at number six on the New York Times bestseller list and received rhapsodic reviews in major publications such as Vanity Fair, O magazine, and Kirkus Reviews. Vuong was the subject of a five-page article in the New Yorker and was photographed in a Fendi turtleneck for Interview. He is in the midst of a 22-city book tour; last week he read in Nashville, Houston, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Minneapolis.
The Case of the Elephant Bird
Road Trip to the Borderlands
Wild Thing is the title of the English translation by Professor of Theater Harley Erdman of Luis Vélez de Guevara’s original 17th-century play La Serrana de la Vera. The production was selected for the renowned Siglo de Oro Drama Festival of Spanish Classical Theatre, performed annually at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas—on a long-negotiated border between the U.S. and Mexico that has been turned into a peace park.
Gierasch Honored for Stellar Research
Thayumanavan is recognized for his paper “Shrink-Wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics,” published in Journal of the American Chemical Society. At the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase held in the Life Sciences Laboratories Conference Center on April 29, Thayumanavan was formally presented the award, and gave a talk explaining his research, followed by a lively round of questions from the audience.