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Media Tip Sheet: Bucknell Story Ideas for January

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The following are Bucknell University story ideas that may interest you in January.

EXPLORING SIGHTS, SOUNDS FROM THE BORDER — While the national debate over security along the U.S.-Mexico border rages on, Bucknell’s Samek Art Museum will open young minds to migrant sights and sounds collected from that border during a 12:30 p.m. program on Friday, Jan. 18 in the Campus Gallery, Elaine Langone Center. Fifth grade students from Montandon Elementary School will visit the gallery for the program led by Mexican-American artist and composer Guillermo Galindo, who has collaborated with American photographer Richard Misrach on the exhibit “Border Cantos | Sonic Border,” which opens in the gallery that day. The exhibit, which will run through March 24, explores the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border through photography, sculpture and sound. Misrach and Galindo have worked together to create pieces that both report on and transform the artifacts of migration: water bottles, clothing, backpacks, Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders and sections of the original Border Wall itself, which Galindo then fashions into instruments to be performed as unique sound-generating devices. He also imagines graphic musical scores, many of which that use Misrach’s photographs as points of departure. Galindo’s workshop with the students will focus on sound, acoustics and listening from the sounds that are part of the exhibit. CONTACT: Emily Izer, Samek Art Museum, 570-577-3981,

NEVER ENOUGH ON ADDICTION — Bucknell psychology and neuroscience professor Judy Grisel has been studying the science of addiction long before the nation was suffering from an opioid epidemic — and for good reason. Grisel, herself, was an addict some 30 years ago, but has gone on to become a Ph.D. scholar who has dedicated her life’s work to learning the root causes of addiction to find out what happened to her. She has now authored her first book, NEVER ENOUGH: TheNeuroscience and Experience of Addiction (Doubleday; 2-19-19 release date), which weaves the science of addiction — detailing the effects that drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy have on the brain — with her own first-hand experiences with each substance. This is no cautionary tale, but Grisel utilizes her 30 years of sobriety and 20 years of addiction research to show the neurological processes that occur when drugs enter the body, and explain how and why people become addicted. By combining her two worlds, addiction and science, she has created a unique and compelling examination of drug addiction. CONTACT: Grisel, 570-577-1671,

STUDENT STARTUP MARCH MADNESS — Bucknell is a familiar name in the NCAA Basketball “March Madness” field, and now two Bucknell students have made the national Student Startup Madness: Collegiate Digital Media Entrepreneurship Tournament field of 64. Two finalists from the Bucknell Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) BizPitch ’18 competition — Michael Chen ’20, a managing for sustainability major; and Ryan Bailis ’21, a computer engineering and management — have made the cut for The Acme Fellowship, a social-service oriented startup. Student Startup Madness is the only national collegiate tournament focused on digital media startups. It affords student startups the opportunity to compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, grab the attention of potential investors and supporters, and build an elite professional network. The first round will be held online among the 64 startup teams, with judging conducted via, a platform used by angel investors. By late January, the Entrepreneurial Eight finalists will be selected and invited to pitch to a well-known panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the Student Startup Madness national finals in Austin, Texas, on Monday, March 11. CONTACT: Steve Stumbris, Bucknell SBDC, 570-577-3791,


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