English professor Laura Walls’s fascination with the life and teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson began at age 12, when she stumbled across an antique volume of the transcendentalist leader’s “Essays: First and Second Series.” “[Reading the book] gave me a kind of permission to really think for myself and listen closely to what other people were saying,” Walls said. “I was getting a lot of messages at the time about conforming and doing what everybody else does. I began taking seriously the fact that here was a voice that said, ‘Dig below and you can think for yourself.’” Today, the decorated scholar is widely considered an Emerson expert, as evidenced by her recent acceptance of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award. She said she continues her mission of “helping Emerson teach students today” through her work at Notre Dame. But Walls said she still learns from Emerson’s writings because he is “somebody you just can’t leave alone.” When faced with a complex problem, she looks to the thinker for guidance. “He’s a brilliant writer who’s never satisfied with the second or third answer,” she said. “Every time you’ve got it all down pat and you’ve got all the answers, you come back to Emerson and it makes you think of something you’ve never thought of before, and you’re unsettled again.” Although Emerson and his writings always fascinated Walls, she said she began her freshman year of undergraduate studies at the University of Washington as an intended biology major. “However, I had this realization towards the end of my freshman year that what I was doing in the lab wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life,” Walls said. “This upsetting, Emerson-type moment made me ask about science itself, about what it was and what it did.” Just as she did in her youth, Walls said she returned to Emerson’s work once again, this time consulting his most famous essay, “Nature.” “After rereading this work, I switched my major to English and decided to pursue the Emersonian project of thinking through the nature of things,” Walls said. In 1987, Walls began teaching and working toward her Ph.D. in English at Indiana University, where she was able to reconcile her differing academic interests. “I got interested in history and philosophy of science at Indiana,” Walls said. “I discovered there how I could put my two lifelong interests of science and literature together.” A former faculty member at the University of South Carolina, Walls said she came to Notre Dame last year because of the high prevalence of “moral and intellectual seriousness” at the University. “Emerson was originally a minister, and religion was always important to him even though he left the ministry when he was younger,” Walls said. “He wanted to redefine religion for the modern world, so I was really intrigued at the thought of teaching Emerson and the American transcendentalism movement at Notre Dame.” The idealism present among Notre Dame students reminds Walls of her own beliefs, she said. “I get a sense that students really do want to change the world and make it a better place,” Walls said. “Idealism has always been a part of me, and Notre Dame is one place where my own intellectual and teaching ambitions are a good fit.” Since her Emerson Society recognition, Walls has continued working on a biography of Emerson’s contemporary, Henry David Thoreau. “We know a lot more about his life in the last 15 to 20 years through research, and surprisingly, there hasn’t been an extensive biography of him for decades,” Walls said. “I thought it would be a really good time, given I have spent a great deal of time on him, to write down what we now understand of his life story.” But the voice that sparked Walls’s 12-year-old imagination continues to inspire her, and she said she hopes her students experience the same powerful inspiration in their own academic pursuits. “I think young people today need to make this world their own, and once you really think a meaningful thought through and own it yourself, then it really is yours,” Walls said. “That’s the foundation for action and intellectual work.”
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Luiz Steinberg is Modular Mining Systems’ new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the position, currently held by Peter Carter, effective on September 16. Steinberg joined Modular in 1993, and he hassince held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. In 2000, Steinberg opened the Modular subsidiary in Brazil and served as regional General Manager until 2005. Most recently, as Vice President of Product Development, Steinberg guided hardware and software development and strategic R&D to meet the needs of Modular customers. “Luiz brings a rich background in high technology, as well as a strong understanding of mining customers,” states Kazunori Kuromoto – President, ICT Business, Construction & Mining Equipment Marketing Division, Komatsu Ltd. Kuromoto continues, “His leadership will enable Modular to continue providing unique and innovative value to the mining industry and to Komatsu mining products and services.”Steinberg holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Manufacturing from the University of Florida.Departing President and CEO, Peter Carter, plans to return to his home country of Australia to be closer to his family. Serving as CEO since 2005, Carter has led Modular through unprecedented growth. Regarding his successor, Carter states, “Luiz is well-qualified to lead the company through the next growth stage. He will provide a unique combination of technology and general management knowledge, acquired through his varied assignments at Modular.”Modular provides powerful information management solutions to meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide.
\R Le Castellet (France), Jun 24 (AFP) Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals today when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of today’s French Grand Prix.On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of her national motorsport federation, took the wheel of the same car in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.She was part of a Renault ‘passion parade’ hours ahead of the first French Grand Prix in a decade and the first to be held at the Le Castellet circuit for 28 years.Aseel, who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motor sport enthusiast who took part in a training day on June 5 at the circuit.”I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible.”It is a genuine honour to drive in front of the crowds at the team’s home race in France.”I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream.” Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia. (AFP) CPS CPSadvertisement