General body meeting of the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) New York Capital Region (NYCR) Chapter. For over 100 years, GWIS has worked to advance the participation and recognition of women in science through grants, awards and fellowships. Learn more about how to join the national org, and the social and professional networking events planned by your local New York chapter for the upcoming year (open to grads & undergrads)! Email email@example.com for link if cannot attend in-person.
A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Dr. Graeme Francis is Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartwick College, and The College of St. Rose, where he teaches percussion, drum set, jazz history, rock and roll history, ear training, and directs the percussion ensembles. Previously, Graeme taught for ten years at the University of Texas at San Antonio, performing regularly with the San Antonio Symphony and Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Dan Walls is a postdoctoral researcher and adjunct professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a postdoctoral researcher, he is working with Prof. Abby Kinchy and their collaborators on a research project to investigate heavy metal contamination of urban soils with residents in Troy and Arica, Chile, through participatory workshops using accessible tools.
Dr. cory ryan kasprzyk (he/him) is a musician who writes, performs, and promotes work engaged in sustainability, nonintention, veganism, and interconnectivity. His compositions—praised as “timbrally striking” (HurdAudio) and “full of wind, height, and velocity” (Baltimore City Paper)—extensively explore phonography and are grounded in found composition: relinquishing most musical decisions to observed environments. Using saxophone, dry ice, and electronics, he has performed in diverse settings—from the New World Symphony Orchestra to experimental improvisers with the High Zero Foundation.
Mark Foster is a full time percussionist and educator. A member of the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, he has performed with them at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center and has recorded over two dozen albums with them on CRI, Naxos, Koch, Albany and Decca labels. Additionally he has performed several seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, including Bridges of Madision County (winner of 2 Tonys), Far From Heaven, Legendary Romance and Unknown Soldier. His performances with the New York State Theatre institute took him to Moscow and Jordan.