Performing piano music is not simply playing notes on a page. It’s getting into the composer’s head, learning their inspiration, understanding that a section of music should sound like water, or that the piece must evoke the same emotions as the poetry that influenced it, said Dr. Margaret Lucia, professor of music and theatre arts.
When Dr. Luis Melara, associate professor of mathematics, arrived to teach linear algebra at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar, India, he felt that something was missing. None of the 160 freshmen in either of his two classes had the book that was listed on the syllabus, and only a handful of copies were available through the library.
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, a country in south-central Asia about the size of West Virginia and Maryland combined, access to mental health care is scarce. There is only one full-time, Bhutan-born psychiatrist in its population of just under 800,000 people.
Mental health is a well-established concept within Bhutan’s unique focus on the well-being of its citizens known as Gross National Happiness. Resources for those with mental health challenges in Bhutan have become a national priority over the past ten years, and Dr. Kurt Kraus, profes-sor of counseling, has been an integral part of the conversation.