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  • Susan Singer
    January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Biology Professor Singer Accepts NSF Leadership Role

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

  • Timothy Raylor
    January 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Raylor's Article Published in Explorations in Renaissance Culture

    Professor of English Timothy Raylor has published an article, "Fertility, Mortality, and Anxiety in Waller’s ‘To my Young Lady Lucy Sidney’ and Marvell’s ‘The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers,’” in Explorations in Renaissance Culture. The article attempts to rehabilitate a much-loved lyric by the seventeenth-century poet, Andrew Marvell, which in recent years has come under suspicion of a not-so-heavily disguised pedophilia.

  • Susan Singer
    January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Carleton College's Singer Wins "Science" Prize for Web-Based Teaching Tool

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, has earned a Science prize for her Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) teaching tool for her genomics course called Genomics Explorers. Science's IBI Prize was developed to showcase outstanding materials, usable in a wide range of schools and settings, for teaching introductory science courses at the college level. The materials must be designed to encourage students' natural curiosity about how the world works, rather than to deliver facts and principles about what scientists have already discovered. Organized as one free-standing "module," the materials should offer real understanding of the nature of science, as well as providing an experience in generating and evaluating scientific evidence.

  • Cherif Keita
    January 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Professor Cherif Keita’s Documentary Film “Cemetery Stories” Links South Africa to Northfield

    Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity will host a special screening of “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa,” a film directed by Carleton professor Cherif Keita, which explores an early effort at resistance to white authority in South Africa and its little-known connection with Northfield. The screening, part of the College’s Humanities Center’s Perspectives in Public Humanities series, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Melinda Russell
    January 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Russell Discusses Musical Mapping

    Melinda Russell, Professor of Music, presented "Visualizing Music: Helping Undergraduate Non-Majors Show What They Hear," in November at the College Music Society Meeting in San Diego.  The talk showed how an assignment where students draw a 'map' of a piece can help undergraduates demonstrate their understanding of the structure and features of a piece of music. The work grew out of a VIZ grant to explore musical mapping.

  • January 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Helena Kaufman and Éva Pósfay Present on De-Familiarizing Europe

    Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies, and Éva Pósfay, Professor of French, presented "De-Familiarizing Europe: Study Curriculum for the Flat World," with colleagues from Paris and Copenhagen, at the December Forum on Education Abroad meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The session focused on program design in the dynamically changing European context. The panelists, representing U.S. colleges and European study abroad organizations, shared best practices in holistic design of curriculum that situates in national, regional, and European contexts but also de-familiarizes Europe as a destination.

  • Cathy Yandell
    January 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Yandell Presents at the Modern Language Association Conference

    Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, delivered a paper, "Learning through the Body in the Blasons anatomiques du corps féminin," at the Modern Language Association conference in Boston. In her paper, Yandell argues that this famous collection of anatomical poems, known for its humor and bawdiness, had an important heuristic function in Renaissance France. Not only did it teach readers about sex, gender, and the symbolic body, but it also revealed the political and religious preoccupations of the moment.

  • Scott Carpenter
    January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Carpenter Featured on MPR for 'This Jealous Earth'

    French Professor Scott Carpenter was recently interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio for his newest book titled, "This Jealous Earth." The collection of 16 stories focuses on the stories of men, women, and children of various backgrounds who encounter a choice that will alter the course of their life. Although Carpenter has written about literature for over 20 years, this is his first book of fiction.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Liz Raleigh
    January 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Raleigh Publishes on Adoption's Transracial Achievement Gap

    Liz Raleigh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Carleton College, and her colleague Grace Kao (University of Pennsylvania), recently published a paper, "Is there a (transracial) adoption achievement gap?: A national longitudinal analysis of adopted children's educational performance" in Children and Youth Services Review. Although much of the social sciences literature consistently finds that adopted children do not, on average, perform academically as well as children in biological families, Raleigh and Kao's research is one of the first studies to dig a little deeper by disaggregating adopted children by their type of adoption.

  • The Digital Humanities Associates 2012-2013
    January 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    New Digital Humanities Associates

    The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the selection of the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Associates: Kaylin Land (possible Russian and History double major, '15), Sam Watson (will declare Computer Science major with Cognitive Science and Neuroscience concentrations) and Hannah Telegen (History major, '14).

  • January 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Introducing Bridge²

    Introducing Bridge², a new and simple way to search across the library catalog and nearly a billion articles, videos, reference books and other documents. You can search for articles and books at the same time, across all subjects. You can find Bridge² on the library home page.
  • Time Map on "The Last Pictures"
    December 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Carleton Astronomer Designs Time Map To Be Sent Into Perpetual Orbit

    A Carleton College professor’s project has been launched into an orbit that may last for billions of years. Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, created a time map that is attached to EchoStar XVI, which launched from a pad in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, Nov. 20 into outer space. The artifact will remain in the Earth’s geosynchronous orbit in virtual perpetuity.