WKU alum Jonathan Woods on his Time magazine cover photo from atop the Freedom Tower
A recent assignment for WKU alumnus Jonathan Woods took him to the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Woods is a Senior Editor for Photo and Interactive for Time Magazine. He graduated from Western Kentucky’s award-winning photojournalism department in 2007.
Woods says his interest in photographing the new One World Trade Center building began when he was working for NBC News’ website during the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks in 2011. Then, he ventured on an eight-month process of negotiating with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow access to the 405-foot spire on top of the 1,776 foot tall building known as the Freedom Tower.
He and a staff member from the GigaPan company climbed the ladder to take a series of photos that eventually make up a sweeping panoramic look at the Manhattan skyline.
“We were putting a camera in a place that we couldn’t go scout. It was on top of a 405-foot tall spire, which had a 405-foot tall ladder that we were not allowed to climb until the day we went up there,” said Woods. “So we had to work off of blueprints to create something to put a camera in a place that didn’t exist.”
Author Gloria Nixon-John discusses her book, The Killing Jar with WKU Public Radio
A novel called "The Killing Jar", by author Gloria Nixon-John, is based on a true story from rural eastern Kentucky in which an incredibly gifted, but mentally disturbed 15-year-old named T0dd Ice is convicted of murdering his neighbor’s 7-year-old daughter and assaulting the neighbor in 1978.
The main character – named Ted Lynch in the book – spends several years as the nation’s youngest person on death row until his murder conviction was thrown out on appeal. During a re-trial he is convicted of manslaughter and winds up serving 15 years in prison before being released to a mental institution and then a halfway house.
Before his initial trial, Todd (Ted) was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. He would die in 2010 at age 47 after a dramatic weight gain, partially blamed on the medications he was prescribed.
The book is a novel, but the author says she started the project as a non-fiction presentation of events. She says 95 percent of book is based on factual documentation.
She will speak at Barnes and Noble in Bowling Green tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Kentucky Live! Series, presented by WKU Libraries.
WKU is seeking to privatize the on-campus Health Center that serves students, faculty, and staff.
In an email to WKU employees Wednesday afternoon, President Gary Ransdell said he and Vice-President for Finance and Administration Ann Mead met with WKU Health Center staff to inform them of the decision.
Dr. Ransdell said the school could realize $1 million in savings by allowing a private operator to run the health center. He also said private sector medical providers could operate WKU Health Services in a more efficient manner, and offer "enchanced services" for students, faculty, and staff.
Dr.Ransdell described the WKU Health Center staff as “terrific”, and said the school would encourage the successful bidder to continue to employ current workers. However, the WKU President acknowledged that couldn’t be guaranteed.
The WKU women’s basketball team has made a habit of coming back in games this season.
A big rally last week against Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference championship propelled them to an NCAA tournament appearance on Saturday. The Lady Toppers will travel to Waco, Texas to face No. 2 seed Baylor. WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says her team can’t afford to fall behind against the Lady Bears.
“They can put up numbers fast,” said Clark-Heard. “If you can’t withstand that first four minutes, it’s going to be crucial for us. It becomes very crucial that we continue to have the confidence that we had. It’s going to be a different atmosphere, but the floor is going to be the same length and the rim is going to be the same height.”
The WKU women's basketball team will head to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday's game is at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Ferrell Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The Lady Toppers earned a spot in the tournament with a comeback win in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Arkansas State.
It is their 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the first since 2007-08.
Dr. Michio Kaku talks with WKU Public Radio prior to his appearance at Van Meter Hall.
Dr. Michio Kaku has devoted much of his life to studying the human brain. He's a co-founder of String Field Theory. He says the new brain mapping project, when complete, will be the most important scientific study since the Human Genome project.
The theoretical physicist and author was the featured speaker at WKU's Cultural Enhancement Series Monday night.
Dr. Kaku says the new revelations about the brain could help doctors treat mental illness and restore memories to those with Alzheimer's Disease. He says technology now exists to record the dreams and thoughts inside someone's head.
WKU junior Chastity Gooch has been named the Sun Belt Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" for the second consecutive season while freshman Kendall Noble was named the league's "Freshman of the Year".
Gooch was also named a First-Team All Conference selection, Noble a Second Team selection and sophomore guard Micah Jones a Third Team All-Conference choice in a survey of the league's coaches and media members.
This is the first time since 2004-05 that WKU has had three players selected as All-Conference selections when Crystal Kelly, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Leslie Logsdon were honored. It's only the tenth time in program history that it's happened.