Davidson alumnus speaks to campus from Space Station

DAVIDSON – Davidson College will host a live NASA downlink from the International Space Station (ISS) between 3:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. April 12 in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union.

Visitors will have the opportunity to question Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, a Davidson alum, about his experiences aboard the ISS, 230 miles above Earth.

The event is free, but seating is limited.

Doors will close at 3:55 p.m. and the half-hour question and answer session will begin at approximately 4:05 p.m.

The session will be simulcast to an overflow area outside of the 900 Room, as well as online at www.davidson.edu/live.

Marshburn is on his second space flight.

He completed his first flight in July 2009 on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Just three-and-a-half months ago he launched again aboard Soyuz TMA-07M from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He is serving as flight engineer for Expedition 35, and will return to Earth in May.

Marshburn also served as a flight surgeon at Johnson Space Center, co-chair of medical operations for the Shuttle/Mir Space Program, NASA representative to the Harvard/MIT Smart Medical Systems Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and lead flight surgeon and medical operations lead for Expedition 7 to the ISS.

Marshburn earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College as a physics major, and earned master's degrees from the University of Virginia and University of Texas Medical Branch and his medical degree from Wake Forest University.

Visit http://daybook.davidson.edu/?s=Marshburn for current and archival coverage of Marshburn on the Daybook Davidson blog.


Davidson Athletic personnel discuss ethics in sports

DAVIDSON – Davidson College's Vann Center for Ethics invites the public to a forum titled "Ethics in Sports" on April 16.

Panelists will include Davidson Director of Athletics Jim Murphy, swimming coach John Young and conditioning coach Jon Rowan.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in Hance Auditorium of the Chambers Building on Davidson College’s campus.

The panelists will address several high-profile ethical infractions that have occurred in recent years in the NCAA, the Olympics, cycling and baseball, and reflect on the extent to which they are rooted in misplaced goals and incentives.

Murphy, a 1978 Davidson graduate, has been Director of Athletics since November 1995.

He also served two terms on the NCAA Division I Management Council, a policy-making body within the NCAA governance structure.

Young won four NCAA Division III championships at Williams College before becoming head coach of the Wildcat swimming and diving program in 2006.

Rowan became strength and conditioning coach at Davidson in 2011.

Established through a gift from Davidson alumnus James Vann Jr. and Lee Stanton Vann, the Vann Center promotes moral inquiry and imagination, careful analysis and reflection, civil dialogue and responsible action. The center is led by Director David L. Perry, who also serves on the faculty as Professor of Applied Ethics.

Contact Amber MacIntyre at 704-894-2095 or ammacintyre@davidson.edu for more information on the upcoming forum.

Visit www.davidson.edu/ethics for more information and a complete list of upcoming Vann Center for Ethics Forums.

Davidson Dance Ensemble holds spring performance

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Dance Ensemble, a completely student-run organization, will perform its spring show at 8 p.m. April 12-13 in the Duke Family Performance Hall.

Tickets are available at www3.davidson.edu/cms/x9191.xml and cost $6. Students get in free.

For more information email Daniel Van Note at davanote@davidson.edu.


An afternoon of art song with Davidson alums

DAVIDSON – Caitlin McCarville, a 2010 Davidson graduate, will perform works composed by Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Carl Friedrich Zelter, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn.

She will be accompanied by pianist Michael Rowland.

This special performance will also feature the work of another alumnus from the Class of 2010, composer Paul Sayed.

McCarville will perform Sayed’s composition "Grace in the Wind" along with cellist Alan Black and pianist Michael Rowland.

This free performance starts at 3 p.m. April 14 at Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall.


Upcoming Wildcats home games:

April 12 - Women’s Lacrosse vs. High Point

April 12, 13, 14 - Men’s Baseball vs. Charleston

April 13 - Women’s Tennis vs. Furman

April 16 - Men’s Baseball vs. Winthrop

April 17 - Women's Lacrosse vs. Duke