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  • David Tompkins
    September 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Tompkins Publishes New Book

    David Tompkins, Assistant Professor of History, published his book Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics in Early Cold War Poland and East Germany with Purdue University Press this month. He also had two articles from a new project appear: “The East is Red? Images of China in East Germany and Poland through the Sino-Soviet Split” in Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 62/3 (2013), and “Israel as Friend and Foe: Shaping Society through Freund- and Feindbilder in East Germany” in Becoming East Germans: Socialist Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler, Mary Fulbrook and Andrew I. Port, eds. (New York: Berghahn Books, 2013).

  • Tim Raylor
    September 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Raylor Awarded Albert W. Fields Award by SCRC

    Timothy Raylor, Professor of English, has been awarded the 2011 Albert W. Fields Award by the South-Central Renaissance Conference, for his 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.'" The award is given to the article "judged the most distinguished" in each issue, in honor of Albert W. Fields, editor of Explorations in Renaissance Culture from 1984 to 1994.  

  • September 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Raka Mitra Awarded $450,000 NSF Grant

    Assistant Professor of Biology, Raka Mitra, has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Joel Weisberg
    September 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    NSF RUI awarded to Joel Weisberg

    Joel Weisberg, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, has received $329,474 from the National Science Foundation Division of Astronomical Sciences in support of his four-year project “RUI: Relativistic Gravitation, Pulsar Beams and Birth Processes, and the Interstellar Medium.” This is Weisberg’s eighth NSF grant for his student-faculty team’s astrophysical research centered at Carleton. The team will use the grant to support radioastronomical and theoretical studies of pulsars at Carleton and at radiotelescopes in Puerto Rico and Australia.

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant funds the PI’s and student’s research at Carleton, their travel to meetings and observatories, and two month-long residencies at the Australia Telescope National Facility (click below on "Read more..." for pictures of research team members by the radiotelescope dish and for pulsar explanation).

  • Raka Mitra, Associate Professor of Biology
    August 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Mitra Receives NSF Funding

    Raka Mitra, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded $450,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Biology Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for her three-year project, “RUI: The Role of ralstonia solanacearum Effector Protein RSP1281 in Bacterial Wilt Disease.”

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant enables Mitra to investigate a root-invading bacterial wilt pathogen to better determine plant defense pathways employed in roots, gaining insights useful for developing wilt resistant crops. The project supports the PI’s research, an undergraduate researcher in each summer, a technician year round; and it gives opportunity for students in Carleton’s Cell Biology Laboratory and Molecular Biology classes to gain important research lab experiences.

  • Chérif Keïta
    August 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Keïta's 13-Year Research Celebrated in South Africa

    Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, had his 13-year research into the life of two pioneer South African intellectuals and their previously unnoticed connections to Northfield, celebrated in a couple of articles published in the Witness during his recent trip to South Africa, to lecture at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), of Zululand, of Witwatersrand and to screen his latest films at various events organized around the country by the Department of Arts and Culture and the African National Congress in memory of their forgotten heroine, Nokutela Dube.  The Department of Arts and Culture of KwaZulu-Natal has published a booklet co-authored by Chérif Keïta and Heather Hughes, titled Nokutela: The Story of a Forgotten Woman Leader.

  • August 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Team-Record Nine Knights Earn ITA Academic Awards

    The Carleton College 2012-13 men’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for the second straight year, making this the 10th time since 2002 that the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) cited the Knights for academic excellence. Additionally, a team-record nine players picked up individual recognition.

  • Scott Carpenter
    July 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders," continues to garner praise

    Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders, continues to garner praise. The debut novel from the acclaimed writer was recently reviewed by Twin Cities literary critic Amy Goetzman in MinnPost, calling "Theory of Remainders" "eminently readable" and saying "Carpenter does a masterful job of conjuring a complicated psychological and cultural landscape." The novel has also been named a "Bound to Please" title in Reach magazine, the alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

  • July 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Knights Earn Academic All-Conference

    The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Winter/Spring 2012-13 Academic All-Conference honorees today, with Carleton student-athletes earning distinction 24 times. To qualify for recognition, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • June 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Erik Klontz is Carleton's Latest Academic All-American

    Carleton College swimmer Erik Klontz was recognized for excellence in the classroom and in competition as he was a first-team selection to the 2013 Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Team, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

  • May 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    McCammon '13, Kieffer '13 Win Fulbright Fellowships for Work in Turkey

    Carleton students Muira McCammon ’13 (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Daria Kieffer ’13 (Iowa City, Iowa) have both been awarded highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to pursue graduate work abroad in Turkey as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs). McCammon is a French and Francophone studies and political science/international relations double major with concentrations in cross-cultural studies, European studies, and women's and gender studies. Kieffer is a sociology/anthropology major and with a concentration in educational studies.