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What could be easier or more natural than leaves blowing in the wind? That’s the problem, actually. Getting animated objects to move naturally isn’t easy! But Jonathan Gibbs (US’90, C’94) won an Academy Award last month for doing just that. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Gibbs and his colleagues Scott Peterson and Jeff Budsberg with the 2015 Technical Achievement Award... Read More

It's not too late to learn from the experts about two topics constantly in the news—Middle East peace and global warming. But don't delay—classes begin next week! Register now for a February online course and receive a 20% discount! (Enter coupon code WIREFEB2014 to receive your discount.) Reserve your spot now in one of these courses: Middle East Change Makers: Visions of Hope Janessa Gans... Read More

The 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance went to Brad Wells (C’84, pictured fourth from the left) and Roomful of Teeth, the eight-voice ensemble he founded in 2009. “The idea for this type of project began during my student days as a music major at Principia College,” Wells says. “In particular, my music theory professor, Eliot Glaser (US’74), encouraged me to... Read More

 By the time Amanda (Blaikie) Sparfeld was seven, she had developed a deep love for flute music—and opera. So it’s fitting that this Upper School (’02) and College (’06) alumna is today in her third season as Principal Flutist for the Michigan Theatre Opera, which performs at the Detroit Opera House. Sparfeld is also Principal Flutist with the Battle Creek Symphony, and in October, she won the... Read More

Since graduating from the College, Bethany Boyer-Rechlin (US’04, C’09) has dedicated herself to helping others and the environment. Now midway through a Peace Corps assignment in a small village in northeastern Benin, in West Africa, Bethany promotes environmentally sound agricultural practices. “I wrote my senior capstone on women’s roles in community-based solutions to deforestation,” Bethany... Read More