‘Frozen’ Frozen Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 View Comments The cold never bothered Colorado anyway! Frozen, the eagerly anticipated stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning hit musical film, will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Directed by Alex Timbers, the previously announced production is scheduled to hit Broadway in Spring 2018, with casting, theater and dates to be announced later.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will have choreography by Peter Darling.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor.Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.
For his work to understand how to build better robots, Joshua Bongard, a researcher at the University of Vermont, received Friday the highest award given by the US government to young scientists.President Barack Obama announced Bongard as one of 94 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on Sept. 26.Bongard received the award today at a ceremony at the White House. Bongard is only the second researcher in UVM history to receive the PECASE award, which provides $500,000 in research funds over several years.At a ceremony Friday in the White House, President Barack Obama announced UVM robotics researcher and assistant professor Joshua Bongard as one of 94 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award given by the U.S. government to young scientists. After the ceremony, Bongard displayed the award. To his right is Dr. John P. Holdren, the President’s science and technology advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. To his left is Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.Inspired by evolutionBongard’s far-reaching work looks to nature for ideas. “The goal is to borrow ideas from neuroscience and evolution to help us build better and more intelligent robots,” he says.So far, scientists have had little success in building resilient machines that can continually perform behaviors that are fairly simple but require ongoing adaptation to changing conditions ‘ like paving a road or cleaning up a toxic dump. But Bongard is on a mission to make them.”The prevailing approach to create such machines is to copy physiological and neurological systems observed in animals, and build them into robots,” Bongard notes. “This raises the issue however of what, from among the infinitude of existing biological structures, should be copied.”Instead of guessing, Bongard has innovated systems in which computer programs copy the dynamics of biological evolution and replay them in a virtual space with numerous generations of synthetic creatures ‘ something like a highly sophisticated video game.The resulting algorithm yields ideas for robots that have optimized their neurological structures ‘ and their behaviors and body plans ‘ over many generations of being tested by virtual evolution, instead of human guesswork.With these ideas in hand, Bongard and his students can then build actual robots in their workshop that are adaptable and capable of responding to novel challenges.”My long-term goal is to give back to neuroscience and evolutionary biology, to give us a different tool to investigate: why does intelligence evolve?” Bongard says. “Under what conditions will intelligence evolve? Could we ever consider a machine to be intelligent, or is intelligence something limited to biological organisms?”Presidential visionRecognizing this kind of innovative work, the PECASE awards “embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy,” the White House wrote in a press release.In 1996, the National Science and Technology Council was commissioned by President Clinton to create a program that would support and honor outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers ‘ from this council came the PECASE award.Each year, more than a dozen federal departments and agencies nominate scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments “show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions,” the White House press office wrote.”It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers ‘ careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,” President Obama said in the White House release. “That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens.”An innovatorBongard, an assistant professor of computer science in UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, was one of 21 nominees presented by the National Science Foundation for the most recent round of awards.Bongard’s research has received national and international attention, and has been featured in Wired magazine, the Boston Globe, The Voice of America, Popular Science, and many other outlets. He also received a fellowship from Microsoft Research in 2007 for research related to self-healing robots ‘ one of five given nationwide. He was named by MIT as one of the world’s top innovators under 35.”This award allows me to continue with my basic scientific research, but it also allows me to create tools that draw many people into my research beyond my graduate students,” Josh Bongard says. “Through this award, we’re developing a web interface that will allow people to perform evolutionary robotics experiments without having a background in evolution or robotics.”UVM. 10.14.2011###
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Related Stories Syracuse puts 2014 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton in past with 70-51 win over FlyersNo. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State shocks No. 2 seed Michigan State, will face Syracuse on SundaySyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Middle Tennessee StateDayton collapses under pressure of Syracuse’s early second-half runMalachi Richardson, equally unpredictable and unfazed, is ready for the big stage It’s not often that games start at 11:15 a.m. But once you get to the NCAA Tournament, it doesn’t really matter where you are or when you want to play. We got to the Scottrade Center at 9 a.m., and thankfully got free parking this time. It took about two minutes of game time for us to realize there was no Wi-Fi out by the court. And then probably another 30 minutes to figure out that there were hardwire internet cords sitting right there to fix that.Covering the NCAA Tournament was immediately a surreal experience. The games are propped up in these completely uniform arenas, with uniform courts. There’s no in-game entertainment. There’s equal ticket allotments to each school. It’s all so organized and planned out. Nothing deviates from the norm.But once you get past all that, the real life emotions of the games top anything I’ve ever covered. You walk into Syracuse’s locker room and they’re all freaking out because Middle Tennessee State has taken a quick 15-2 lead. They’re trying to find what channel it’s on. You walk into the Dayton locker room and one of their managers tried to cover up my phone as I took a picture of them tearing down the SU scouting report off the walls. There were players crying. A season ending. ST. LOUIS — To really take you into the day of covering Syracuse’s first NCAA Tournament win in two years, I have to start nearly eight hours before the Orange tipped off with the Flyers.It was 3 a.m. and I woke up in my beautiful Holiday Inn hotel bed with an awful headache. There would be no more sleep without an Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, anything I could get my hands on. I grabbed the room key and walked out to the front desk to buy some. And when I got back, the room key was defunct. It had stopped working. Maybe it never did.The attendant at the front desk was gone when I got back to get a new one. It was 3 a.m., so I’m sure he had better places to be. I asked the custodian in the lobby to try and work with the key card machine. He had no idea how. I asked him to call the front desk attendant. He didn’t have his number.It was about 20 minutes — though it felt much longer — before everything was resolved. A long, eventful day had only just begun.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text10 fun facts about Middle Tennessee StateNo. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State shocks No. 2 seed Michigan StateA look back at the first time a No. 2 seed lost to a No. 15 seed Sam Blum | Senior Staff Writer There’s only survive and advance in the NCAA Tournament, and being inside the locker rooms today provided that perspective. And once one game is over, they ship you out and move on to the next one. As if it never happened.I had joked with beat writers Matt Schneidman and Jesse Dougherty that MTSU would beat Michigan State. I love to pick upsets, so I tend to just think every game will be an upset. It became a little mantra of the trip for the three of us. Syracuse would obviously be playing MTSU, not MSU, arguably the best team in the country.It was amazing being courtside as I watched the Blue Raiders fend off every Michigan State run. A team that in the morning was unknown to everyone. A team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee — that’s more Rs than NCAA Tournament wins. A team that was really just the butt of our joke. They won it. They were the ones whose jovial fans behind me screamed loudly into my ear after each made basket. Published on March 18, 2016 at 11:56 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ In a matter of hours, a team created a history for its program. There’s something to be said for watching the best moment of someone’s life happen right before your eyes. I knew that that was happening in front of me. Beginnings and endings, they happen so quickly in this Tournament that it’s hard to really soak it in.Hopefully I can sleep through the night on Friday without a pounding headache. But it’s possible that it will happen again. There’s really no way to know what’s going to happen when you wake up in the morning. This Tournament shows in a very tangible way why that is. Comments