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VOL. 131 | NO. 237 | Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Memphis Democrats Claim Five Leadership Posts

Memphis Democrats claimed five of the nine leadership positions in the state House Democratic Caucus over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The caucus for the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session selected Representative Joe Towns as assistant minority leader to returning minority leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.

Representative Raumesh Akbari is house floor leader and Representative Antonio Parkinson is caucus vice-chair. Representative Karen Camper is Democratic House Caucus treasurer and Representative John Deberry is leader pro tempore of the caucus.

Representative Mike Stewart of Nashville returns as House Democratic Caucus chair with Representative JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga selected as Minority Whip. And Representative Harold Love Jr. of Nashville is caucus secretary.

-Bill Dries

UTHSC Vice Chancellor For Research Wins Honor

Dr. Steven Goodman, Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected as a 2016 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Goodman’s election makes him the first active UTHSC-affiliated AAAS Fellow since 1972, and the first active member of the association from Memphis since 2009.

Each year, the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” As part of the Section on Biological Sciences, Dr. Goodman is being honored “for distinguished contributions to the fields of cell biology, neurobiology and hematology for identifying the function of the spectrin membrane skeleton in normal and pathophysiology.”

-Andy Meek

Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

Tickets for the Garth Brooks World Tour at FedExForum go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. (eight ticket limit) and are available only at ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks, 1-800-745-3000, or Ticketmaster Express (1-866-448-7849).

There will be no sales at the FedExForum Box Office or Ticketmaster outlets on Dec. 2.

Tickets are $74.98 ($60.55 + $6.18 tax + $2 facility fee + $6.25 service charge) and all seats are sold best available. Select seats are protected with paperless delivery.

Visit ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks and click “On Sale Tips” to create an account or refresh your existing Ticketmaster account for a faster purchasing experience. The Garth Brooks World Tour is sponsored by Amazon Music Unlimited.

-Don Wade

Memphis College of Art’s BFA Exhibition underway

The Memphis College of Art’s newest crop of BFA candidates will have the chance to showcase their work to the public at the 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.

This year’s exhibition will be held at Rust Hall Main Gallery at 1930 Polar Ave., with a reception on Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In order to give their students hands-on showcasing experience, MCA offers the BFA candidates the option to present their work at the college’s art gallery. This year’s featured candidates are Callie Do, Elaine Fleming, Rachel Goodnight, Taylor Johnson, Dezmond Gipson and Celeste Rudd.

“A dynamic group of BFA students will fill the gallery with artwork exploring a variety of themes that include personal explorations of the subconscious and identity, re-imagining love stories, investigating animal behavior, and a search through history for connections to ancestry,” Lucienne Auz, director of BFA exhibitions, said.

The gallery will be open from Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

-Patrick Lantrip

Director Named To West Tennessee Forensic Center

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Benjamin Figura has been named director of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center.

Dr. Figura brings 16 years of experience to his new position. Prior to joining the center, he was employed at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner for 10 years as a forensic anthropologist and deputy director of investigations, where he managed the identification project for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center Attack.

He’s experienced in disaster victim identification, mass fatality response, investigations of missing and unidentified persons, identification methods, and Bayesian statistical analysis.

His research explores the utility of Bayesian probabilities to combine multiple lines of evidence into a single statistical statement toward identification, with the goal of enhancing identification efforts for highly complex mass fatality incidents.

Dr. Figura has responded to numerous mass fatality incidents in New York City and beyond, including in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

In his new position, Dr. Figura is responsible for the operational management of the forensic center.

He will also perform forensic anthropology casework in the laboratory and the field, and will work closely with Dr. Karen Chancellor, chief medical examiner for Shelby County and a professor of pathology at UTHSC.

-Andy Meek

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