Talented musician, engineer wins trip around the world

January 24, 2011

An electrical engineering junior who also is a nationally recognized jazz trumpeter will put his music aside next summer to take an around-the-world study trip, having won a scholarship from the Circumnavigators Club Foundation.

Steven Limpert will use the award to study the development and commercialization of solar energy technologies in six countries across the globe, looking at how solar energy businesses and research institutions respond to changes in government policies. Download Full Image

The $9,000 grant is given to only four students in the country each year. Limpert plans to travel for 12 weeks, visiting a wide range of commercial application sites and research institutions in Australia, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Germany and Spain.

He’ll put on hold his performing career, having performed as a studio musician and as a member of jazz ensembles throughout the Valley since arriving at ASU as a freshman in 2006.  He plans to take his trumpet with him, however, hoping to visit jam sessions in some of the cities he’ll visit.

Limpert won awards from the National Trumpet Competition and The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts while still in high school. He has participated in jazz studies coursework in the ASU Herberger Institute while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Limpert began working last summer with Professors Stephen Goodnick and Stuart Bowden at the ASU Solar Power Lab, and he has continued to work in the lab through the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative.

“If only a tiny fraction of solar radiation were converted into useable energy, the world’s current electricity demands would be met,” says Limpert. “The fact that solar powered electricity is highly desirable but comparatively expensive has put government policymakers in a difficult position. There is no precedent for the industry’s responses to recent subsidy cutbacks and policy changes.

“I’m convinced that working in the field of solar energy is both a viable personal pursuit and a worthwhile societal contribution. I am very excited about the prospect of studying the solar energy technology industry throughout the world.”

Look for Limpert to start performing again as soon as he returns to Arizona next fall. This year he won a Student Music Award from DownBeat magazine in the blues/pop/rock soloist category. He has released a CD which is available on iTunes, haploid 23, and has a thriving music services company.

He also is in Barrett, the Honors College, and is president of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical and computer engineering honor society.

Ready for an overseas romance? Join the ASU Film Forum this spring

January 24, 2011

The ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Celebrate spring by falling in love with films that look at Americans abroad, as the ASU Film Forum unveils its spring line-up, “We’ll Always Have Paris.” Jason Davids Scott, ASU School of Theatre and Film lecturer and Film Forum curator has selected four screenings set in exotic landscapes and epic moments in world history. From two classic Hollywood productions that imagined Europe through stylized set design and lush cinematography, to the brilliant rendering of real-life locations featured in two more recent films, audiences are taken on a journey of love, romance, war and politics through the eyes of Americans living – and loving – overseas. Download Full Image

“The environments not only help to inspire romance in their American characters, but also inspire them to change the directions of their lives,” Scott says.

Film screenings are scheduled 8 p.m. on the first Wednesdays – February through May – in NEEB Hall, 920 S. Forest Mall, on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information, visit: http://theatrefilm.asu.edu/events/features/film_events/.

Spring 2011 ASU Film Forum screenings

Film descriptions and commentary by Jason Davids Scott:

Feb. 2
Widely acclaimed as the most romantic movie of all time, the story of cynical American Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and his unexpected rendezvous with old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) against the backdrop of World War II gives Casablanca a weight and power that make it more than just a great love story.

March 2
An American in Paris 
Inspired by the music of George Gershwin and featuring Gene Kelly at the height of his career, this lush romantic musical, directed by Vincente Minnelli, features Kelly as an American expatriate painter who falls for a French woman played by Leslie Caron. The 15-minute ballet that concludes the film is considered one of cinema’s most brilliantly conceived dance numbers.

April 6
Before Sunrise 
Relying on extended improvisation and characters created by actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) offers a single night’s encounter between an American and French traveler who meet by chance on a train in Vienna. A thought-provoking conversation leads to a powerful romantic connection that may or may not last beyond the dawn.

May 4
Letters to Juliet 
A young journalist (Amanda Seyfried) travels to Verona with her fiancé, where the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julietlead her to a startling romantic awakening and the possibilities of a new and more fulfilling love. The film co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Christopher Egan, and Vanessa Redgrave.

NEEB Hall, 920 S. Forest Mall on the ASU Tempe campus 

Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 at 8 p.m.

The ASU Film Forum is free and open to the public.

Public Contact
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337 

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit theatrefilm.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti 
ASU School of Theatre and Film