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Marko V. Jaric

Marko V. Jaric was born on March 17, 1952 in Belgrade. He completed his elementary school education in Belgrade and attended the Air Force Military High School in Mostar where he graduated in 1970 as the best student of his class. Subsequently he enrolled at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics where he received a degree in physics in 1974, graduating as the best student of his generation. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 at the City University of New York with professor Joseph Birman, one of the most prominent physicists in solid-state physics, as his thesis advisor.

Dr Marko Jaric completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley from 1978 to 1980 as a Miller fellow and at the Freie Universität in Berlin from 1980 to 1982 as a Humboldt fellow. As an already recognized scientist he conducted research at the Institut des Hautes Etudes at Bures-sur-Yvette, France and at the Einstein Center for Theoretical Physics at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

Dr. Marko Jaric received his first professorship in 1983 at the Montana State University, where he lectured as a visiting professor. In 1985 he received the same position at Harvard University, and only a year later, in 1986, he was offered a full professorship at the renowned A&M University in Texas where he stayed until his premature death on the 25th of October 1997. He was especially proud of the professorship he received from the Nikola Tesla University in Knin in 1993.

Professor Marko Jaric was actively involved in scientific research in theoretical solid-state physics, mathematical physics, and biophysics. His successful research career may be best illustrated with more than 100 articles published in leading scientific journals. His papers are cited over 1300 times in international scientific journals. He published four books and supervised several scientific projects funded by the US National Science Foundation. In addition professor Jari was a reviewer and often the main referee for two distinguished journals: Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. He organized four international conferences and delivered opening lectures as an invited speaker on 30 other international conferences.

The principal results of professor Jaric’s work which enabled him to reach the world’s highest level and brought him the reputation of a world class physicist include: the application of spatial group theory to structural phase transitions, investigation of the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity, the theory of equilibrium polymerization and the physics of quasicrystals. His pioneering works in the field of quasicrystal physics along with his four books: Introduction to Quasicrystals, Introduction to the Mathematics of Quasicrystals, Extended Icosahedral Structures, and Quasicrystals, have come to represent the basic literature in this field and have brought him a great scientific recognition.

His exceptional talent for science and remarkable intelligence made him a very popular and highly respected person wherever he was living and working.

With the same enthusiasm and courage that characterized his work in physics, Marko Jaric strived for the protection of truth and defending the rights of the Serbian people.

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Tatjana Aleksic

Tatjana Aleksic received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 2007 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2007. She is the editor of Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans (2007). Additional publications include articles on nationalism, gender, language, and myth and translations into Serbian of short fiction, haiku, and medical textbooks.  She is the recipient of research awards from the University of Michigan (2008), Serbian Ministry for the Diaspora (2008), and a Rutgers University Dean’s fellowship (2002-2004).


Sava Vemić

Sava Vemić (born 1987), bass, comes from Belgrade, Serbia. He is a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the season 2014/2015.

He studied singing in the Music School Mokranjac with prof. Tanja Obrenović and later at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade with prof. Nikola Mijailović. In Mozart’s Magic flute he made his debut as Sarastro at the opera stage of Madlenianum Opera & Theatre in Belgrade. He received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in 2013 when he sang Bartolo in an IVAI production of Le nozze di Figaro and in July 2014 when he sang Osmin in their production of Die Entführung aus dem Serial in Tel Aviv, Israel. In June 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as Sir Walter Raleigh in Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux with The Opera Orchestra of New York led by Mo. Queler. In 2012 he performed at the Esterhazy festival in Haydnsaal, Austria.


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