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Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I've sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone I am today. In high school, I sang in the choruses conducted by my father, James Lee Willett, at Western Christian College. At Harding University in Arkansas, I sang in the Harding A Cappella Chorus, directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis Jr., and also in the rather boringly named Men's Ensemble. Since then, I've sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

I’ll be teaching a speculative fiction writing workshop this fall…

...through the University of Regina's Centre for Continuing Education, and you can sign up for it now! Here's how it's described: Speculative Fiction Workshop Aurora Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willett leads a six-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Students bring new or revised work to each session and prepare to read it aloud for critiquing by the instructor and other class members. Each student will receive a one-on-one session with the instructor to discuss his or her work in detail. Instructor: Edward Willett Mon, Sep 13-Oct 25, 6:30-8:30pm $145 + GST You can find the entire fall catalogue for the U of R's Continuing Education program here. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:28, August 4th, 2010 under Blog | 2 Comments »

I’ll be teaching a course in writing SF for the University of Regina in March…

...for the Centre for Continuing Education Writing Series. The eight-hour course, which runs Tuesday evenings from March 6 to April 8, is described this way: Students will receive an overview of the genres included in the umbrella term speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy and horror—plus hands-on experience in the crafting of stories within these genres. Topics will include idea development, character development, world building and story structure. Information about speculative fiction markets, workshops, writers’ organizations, websites and conventions will also be provided. Students will be expected to produce work to be critiqued and to critique others’ work. The tuition fee is $99; registration form is online here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:21, December 4th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The Large Hadron Collider

You would have had to work very hard last week not to have heard that the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, has just started operating on the Swiss-Franco border.Superlatives abound in any discussion of the LHC. It’s the largest machine in the world, 27 kilometres in circumference, 100 metres underground. Its 9,300 magnets, cooled to -271.1 C, colder than outer space, contain enough superconducting filaments to stretch to the sun and back five times over. Thousands of scientists from dozens of countries are involved...including physicists from the University of Regina.Which is why last Wednesday I was at the U. of R. for a teleconference linking media and physicists here with physicists in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:47, September 15th, 2008 under Blog, Science Columns | 1 Comment »

Mining the Earth’s heat

We don't hear a lot about geothermal energy in discussions of alternative, environmentally friendly energy sources, but maybe that's about to change:A comprehensive new MIT-led study of the potential for geothermal energy within the United States has found that mining the huge amounts of heat that reside as stored thermal energy in the Earth's hard rock crust could supply a substantial portion of the electricity the United States will need in the future, probably at competitive prices and with minimal environmental impact.Some early research into geothermal energy was done right here at the University of Regina. Here's the pertinent sidebar from my book A Safe and Prosperous Future: 100 years of engineering and geoscience achievements ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:26, January 22nd, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Researching the glue that holds the universe together

Sometimes I think I’m a little too focused in these column on the practical applications of recent scientific research. That’s understandable, since it’s through technology and new ways of doing things that science impacts on our everyday lives.But underpinning all scientific advances is basic research: research conducted, not to enable us to make a better mousetrap, but to help us gain a better understanding of how the universe works.A case in point: the research of Dr. Garth Huber, a physics professor at the University of Regina.Dr. Huber’s work is focused on subatomic particles—which means I’d better do a quick recap of what we know about these wee beasties.Atoms are made ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:58, December 12th, 2006 under Blog, Science Columns | Comment now »

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Part of the Saskatchewan Science Centre's mandate is to demonstrate that it is possible to excel in the world of science "even" in Saskatchewan. The quotation marks are intentional: it's the attitude embodied in the use of that word we would like to dispel. The fact is, top-notch, world-class science and Saskatchewan are not mutually exclusive terms. Recent announcements involving work on the anti-clotting drug heparin, or the first-ever filming of human ovulation, both by University of Saskatchewan scientists, are examples. Technologically, SaskTel is a world leader in fibre optics technology, while SED Systems in Saskatoon is playing an important role in developing systems for the Canadian space program. And ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:41, November 27th, 1991 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »