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College of Arts and Sciences colloquium kicks off Feb. 4

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State university has prepared a colloquium series in the humanities, social sciences, and arts to begin Feb. 4, with the last colloquium scheduled on April 21.

Dr. Brian Holmes, San Jose State University, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, titled "The Physics of Music" in the Music Recital Hall at the Music Building.

The series will be in lecture format followed by a question and answer session. All of the lectures will be held at the Science Hall 107 with the exception of the first and last lecture. Each series will be an hour and half to start at 4 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Brian Holmes from San Jose State University will kick off the series Feb. 4 in the Music Recital Hall at the Music Building.

His lecture, "The Physics of Music," will cover how the various components of the brass instrument contribute to its acoustics. He will also address tone quality and point out the functions of harmonics related to the various sizes and shapes of brass instruments. He will talk about how most of the sound in a tube reflects from an open end rather than being transmitted into a room. Nancy Joy, horn professor at NMSU, said further discussion will cover what determines the frequencies of standing waves on a spring, or why does changing the end of the spring from a note to an anti-note lower the frequency of standing waves on the spring.

She said Holmes will also perform Mozart's 3rd Horn Concerto in Eb Major on a "natural" horn, which is a horn without valves.

Holmes is a professor of physics at San Jose State and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of physics and brass acoustics. An exceptional musician, Holmes has performed with the Boston Ballet, the San Jose Symphony and Opera San Jose. His accomplishments include publications, commissions, many performances and he is a prize-winning composer.

Series schedule:

Feb. 4 - Brian Holmes, San Jose State University, "The Physics of Music,"
Music Recital Hall, Music Building

Feb. 11 - Edward Diener, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "The Science of
Happiness," Science Hall 107

Feb. 18 - Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan, "New Women and the Crisis of Modernity in Weimar Germany," Science Hall 107

Feb. 25 - Peter Turchi, Warren Wilson College, "Maps of the Imagination," Science Hall 107

March 10 - Carol Counihan, Millersville University, "Mexicanas' Stories of Food and Identity in the San Luis Valley," Science Hall 107.

March 31 - Maria Will de Chaparro, Texas Women's University, "Disposal of the Dead in 19th Century New Mexico," Science Hall 107

April 7 - Karl Yordy, consultant, Institute of Medicine, "Health Care Reform in 2008: Issues and Prospects," Science Hall 107

April 21 - Xie Boliang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, "Women in Chinese Classic Drama," Isabel Crouch Reader's Theatre, Speech Building 141