Since officially breaking onto the scene a little over two years ago with his debut album Soul Insight, guitarist Marcus King has become highly regarded as the heir apparent to the southern blues and rock throne. With the endorsement and support of veteran axe men like Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (both artists appear on 2016’s The Marcus King Band, and the latter produced every track), King’s ascension through the ranks of the live music community has been swift. The young guitarist plays with maturity well beyond his years and a keen sense for showmanship that simply can’t be taught. With a well-oiled and polished machine backing him, The Marcus King Band will be making their way to Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre for a special Dead & Company pre-party on Thursday, June 8th, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies rounding out the bill (purchase tix here).The Marcus King Band Reintroduce Themselves With Stellar Self-Titled Second Album [Review/Stream]While Soul Insight gave the masses their first taste of Marcus’ abilities, The Marcus King Band’s self-titled 2016 album (the first with their current lineup) serves as a bold mission statement for the band. King’s natural ability to take deeply personal experiences from his own life and put them out into the universe in song form is on display throughout the LP. Take a listen to tracks like “Devil’s Land” and “Guitar In My Hands” and you will quickly realize the vivid storytelling abilities of this young musician. Backed by Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals, The Marcus King Band is truly a force to be reckoned with, and for many years to come at that.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton could very easily be described as one of the hardest working musicians in the scene today. With Almost Dead taking on a life of its own since its initial inception, Hamilton’s own American Babies is the project that allows the former Brothers Past lead man to showcase his own uniquely creative songwriting side. The group’s latest album, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, sees Hamilton backed by Justin Mazer (guitar), Al Smith (drums), Raina Mullen (acoustic guitar, vocals), and Mark Sosnoskie (bass), and taking on everything from Americana, to prog-rock, to indie-rock (think The War on Drugs). The band sounds tight and cohesive, and the material feels primed to breathe and take on new life onstage.Tickets for the show are $10 in advance, currently on-sale and can be purchased via the venue website. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. You can also check out the other Dead & Company pre-shows and post-shows presented by Boulder Theatre and Fox Theatre here, which will also see performances by Easy Star All-Stars (performing Radiodread), White Denim, Circles Around The Sun, Shakedown Street, Boombox, Dopapod, and Hudson (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield).[cover photo courtesy of Emily Butler Photography]
Harvard neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head.Myelin, the electrical insulating material in the body long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought, according to new work led by Professor Paola Arlotta of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and the University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, in collaboration with Professor Jeff Lichtman of Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.“Myelin is a relatively recent invention during evolution,” says Arlotta. “It’s thought that myelin allowed the brain to communicate really fast to the far reaches of the body, and that it has endowed the brain with the capacity to compute higher-level functions.”In fact, loss of myelin is a feature in a number of devastating diseases, including multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.But the new research shows that despite myelin’s essential roles in the brain, “some of the most evolved, most complex neurons of the nervous system have less myelin than older, more ancestral ones,” said Arlotta, co-director of the HSCI neuroscience program.What this means, she said, is that the higher one looks in the cerebral cortex — closer to the top of the brain, which is its most evolved part — the less myelin one finds. Not only that, but “neurons in this part of the brain display a brand-new way of positioning myelin along their axons that has not been previously seen. They have ‘intermittent myelin’ with long axon tracts that lack myelin interspersed among myelin-rich segments.”“Contrary to the common assumptions that neurons use a universal profile of myelin distribution on their axons, the work indicates that different neurons choose to myelinate their axons differently,” Arlotta said. “In classic neurobiology textbooks, myelin is represented on axons as a sequence of myelinated segments separated by very short nodes that lack myelin. This distribution of myelin was tacitly assumed to be always the same, on every neuron, from the beginning to the end of the axon. This new work finds this not to be the case.”The results of the research by Arlotta and postdoctoral fellow Giulio Srubek Tomassy, the first author on the report, are published in the latest edition of the journal Science.The paper is accompanied by a “perspective” by R. Douglas Fields of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, who said that Arlotta and Tomassy’s findings raise important questions about the purpose of myelin, and “are likely to spark new concepts about how information is transmitted and integrated in the brain.”Arlotta and Tomassy collaborated closely on the new work with postdoctoral fellow Daniel Berger of the Lichtman lab, which generated one of the two massive electron microscopy databases that made the work possible.“The fact that it is the most evolved neurons, the ones that have expanded dramatically in humans, suggest that what we’re seeing might be the ‘future.’ As neuronal diversity increases and the brain needs to process more and more complex information, neurons change the way they use myelin to achieve more,” said Arlotta.Tomassy said it is possible that these profiles of myelination “may be giving neurons an opportunity to branch out and ‘talk’ to neighboring neurons.” For example, because axons cannot make synaptic contacts when they are myelinated, one possibility is that these long myelin gaps may be needed to increase neuronal communication and synchronize responses across different neurons. He and Arlotta postulate that the intermittent myelin may be intended to fine-tune the electrical impulses traveling along the axons, in order to allow the emergence of highly complex neuronal behaviors.
Luella J. Lecher, 83, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg. Born, May 1, 1936 in Sandusky, Indiana, she was the daughter of Bernard J. and Cecilia M. (Hessler) Harpring. Luella had been a Nanny in Cincinnati. She was a seamstress and she had worked at the Carol Cook Dress Factory, Minears, and Weddings by Wolter. She designed many bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the St. Lawrence Ladies Auxiliary, and the Night Extension Homemakers. She was married to Edward J. Lecher on May 1, 1954 and he survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Brenda (Chuck) Emsweller, Clarksburg, Julie (Tom) Keillor, Greensburg; one brother, Vernon (Maureen) Harpring, Batesville; one sister, Elvera Wissel, Batesville; three grandchildren, Ashley (Adam) Hungate, St. Paul, Chad (Jennifer) Emsweller, Evansville, Danielle Keillor and her Fiancé, Bradley Whittaker, Milroy; six great grandchildren, Charlie & Julia Emsweller, Eddie, Joey, Ella, and Paul Hungate. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons, Nicholas and Bernard Lecher; two brothers, Edgar and Bernard Harpring; three sisters, Irma Harpring, Lois Laudick, Joan Schoettmer. A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. A reception style visitation will follow in the large assembly room at St. Mary’s. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana or to the March of Dimes. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
A presentation and panel sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics followed the speech. Thursday was the finale of a three-day convention featuring various party leaders and prominent party members, including Clint Eastwood.Typically, the Republican National Convention is a four-day event, but organizers chose to postpone the convention one day because of Hurricane Issac threatening coastal cities in Florida and Louisiana.In his acceptance speech, Romney emphasized the importance of staying optimistic when facing a tough economy and threats overseas.“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life — the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better,” Romney said.Though Romney claims President Barack Obama’s policies and actions have not made America a better place, he admits he wanted the president to succeed for the sake of the country.“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed,” Romney said. “But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.”Jerry Ting, a junior majoring in public relations, political science and philosophy, politics and law, said he supported Obama in 2008 but is disappointed by the president’s performance.“It’s important to note that Bush did leave a big footprint and didn’t make things easy for Obama, but in hindsight Obama’s campaign was overhyped and his promise to bring about inspiring change was not kept,” Ting said.According to Romney, Obama’s promises of hope and change made for powerful rhetoric rather than realistic solutions. Romney then explained his plan to create 12 million new jobs and the five steps he would take to make it happen.Aaron Taxy, the president of the USC College Democrats, said he believes Obama should be elected for another term.“Romney plans to slash and burn Medicare and has run a negative campaign with no substance,” he said. “Obama has lowered unemployment and is steering the country in the right direction.”According to Romney, however, Democrats are not acting with as great a sense of urgency now as they did in 2008 because the President has not fulfilled the expectations of voters.“You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him,” Romney said.Some students like Amy Gebert, a junior majoring in art history and political science, said though she is excited to vote in her first presidential election, she is more interested in voting for local initiatives than for presidential candidates.“Local politics can impact your life and it’s important not just to vote in the presidential election but also in the smaller ones as well,” Gebert said.The viewing at Annenberg was followed by a panel comprising Margita Thompson, former Bush for President Campaign 2000 press secretary in Calif.; Alex Yebri, President of USC Trojans for Mitt Romney; and Gabriel Kahn, an Annenberg professor. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, moderated the panel. Nearly 100 students filled the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s lobby Thursday night to watch former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.Discussion · Margita Thompson, Alex Yebri, professor Gabriel Kahn and Dan Schnur participated in a panel following Romney’s convention speech. – Joanne Lin | Daily Trojan