Our own Betsy Duany spent nine years at WNNE-TV (Channel 31, an NBC affiliate based in White River Junction) when the station still had locally-produced news programming. She served as a master control operator and commercial producer, and gained experience in all aspects of television - including helping with the technical side of the news. Mrs. Duany spoke to students about what goes in to producing a commercial, and how the technology of production has changed. The audience got to see highlights of her creative work, and hear interesting tales from her moments in the field.
"Do you remember any commercials that you've seen?" was the question Ms. Duany asked, as she opened up her dialogue with the audience. Students referred to a few aspects of commercials traditionally shown during during sitcoms or sporting events that must have resonated with them - most notably, the use of animals. "Everyone remembers commercials that play with your emotions," said Ms. Duany. Far different from the numerous cable channels available today, she told how she recalled having only a few major over-the-air networks, and the commercials on them being "cheesy and plain."
In her early days at WNNE, Ms. Duany was attending Endicott College and Lyndon State College. She described how she would visit small, local businesses that advertised on the station. Sales staff were "selling 'air'...something intangible," while she was writing copy and going out to shoot the content. Ms. Duany also used to listen to a number of different voices in order to find the right one for what is referred to as a "voice-over." This was all in order to create something to suit each of the businesses. "Back at the station, we would fit the appropriate music, and there was lots of editing," Ms. Duany said. "Once the product was completed, it went back to the client."
The television landscape available at that time was compared to what we have today. One point was the fragmentation of channels that focus on news, cars, or one sport like golf. Then there's the cost of cable TV subscriptions that include loads of channels that a customer may never even watch. And, the rising popularity of streaming services - even for individual premium channels that for years could only be found in cable packages. Mr. Todd mentioned that many students he talks to about their viewing habits claim not to watch conventional TV, but YouTube instead - even if the content they like had technically been produced for television.
A band clinic is typically when a person of significant qualification is invited as a guest to work with a band to offer feedback for growth. Clinics can vary depending on the preferences of those involved, but typically the most valuable clinics are the ones in which the clinician works directly with the band, conducting them.
A true Wildcat, Goodwin earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music education and wind conducting from UNH in 2001 and 2006, respectively. As an undergraduate, she held the positions of drum major of the Wildcat Marching Band and student conductor of the Pep Band. While a graduate assistant at the University, Goodwin served as an assistant conductor of the UNH Wind Symphony; wrote drill, arranged music, and ran rehearsals as a staff member with the UNH Wildcat Marching Band; conducted the UNH Pep Band at various sporting events throughout the year; and assisted with various courses within the department. Goodwin is a member of the College Band Directors' National Association, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, and the New Hampshire Band Directors Association, and serves as the state collegiate coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators' Association and the northeast district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi - a national honorary fraternity for college band members. In addition to her work at UNH, she is also an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the northeast, and has written drill and arranged music for several area marching bands.
Doug Madory of Dyn Research
January 29, 2015
Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Dyn Research, returned to LHS in January. He spoke to students and staff about Internet infrastructure and his role as an analyst in the news surrounding the December Internet outage in North Korea. At the time, the country was in the middle of a tense matter with the U.S. over the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures.
Mr. Madory has experience in mapping the logical Internet to the physical lines that connect it together, with a special interest on submarine cables. He explained the tier structure and "layers" of the Internet (the control plane, the data plane, and the physical plane), as well as how routing occurs.
It was very interesting to hear Mr. Madory compare the North Korean Internet to that of the U.S. and other countries. He pointed out that there are not many Internet protocol ("IP") routes for North Korea, only one Internet service provider exists there, and the one link to the outside world is through the city of Shenyang, in China. And while there are around 1,000 unique IP addresses within North Korea, the U.S. has around a billion - and there are 167 million in Japan.
Mr. Madory was approached by a slew of national news outlets, thanks to his expertise in worldwide Internet connections and capabilities. He shared his insight on CBS, NPR and the Bloomberg channel, but found that some other networks were unwilling to actually bring him on unless he was willing to suggest that the outage was caused by a cyber-attack - which he did not have undeniable evidence for. "I was highly sought by [the media] for the world's biggest story for one day," Mr. Madory said, "and then the next day, everyone moved on to something else."
Above: Jane Tangen, Mr. Madory, and Mr. DiGiovanni.
Alex Rimberg of Dartmouth College
January 22, 2015
Professor Rimberg is an experimental condensed matter physicist (click HERE for bio.) Graduate and undergraduate students at Dartmouth assist him as members of The Rimberg Group.
During his visit, Professor Rimberg discussed principles such as the wave-particle duality and quantum particle behavior. Students asked questions on a variety of topics, including ideas like the linear superposition of two states - in which a particle exists in two places at once.
Part of the research that Professor Rimberg shared was that of a nanomechanical resonator, only 10 micrometers long. He described how his team is currently trying to determine how big an object can be made while still behaving quantum mechanically.
Students demonstrated how impressed they were in general by how much scientists have accomplished in developing theories about quantum particles such as electrons. Professor Rimberg expressed some parting words that gave credit to all of what we have learned and discovered through science. "We know a lot more than we used to," he said, "and the more we know, the more we realize how much we don't!"
Above: Mr. DiGiovanni, Professor Rimberg, Mr. Todd, and Jane Tangen.