Faculty and Staff
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Director of Cognitive Science
Office Hours Fall 2012: Mondays 1:30-3:00pm, Thursdays 10:30-11:30 & by appointment.
Kathie teaches courses in cognitive and developmental psychology as well as introductory cognitive science. She has also taught introductory psychology and statistics in the Psychology Department for many years. She helped establish the Cognitive Science concentration at Carleton and serves as its director. She is the author of Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory, and Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence, both textbooks, as well as Making Decisions in Everyday Life, a trade book, and over two dozen journal articles. Her research, focusing on reasoning and decision making and the development of these skills, has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.
Susan, a plant developmental biologist, is taking a developmental genetics approach to the study of flowering in pea. Floral mutants are being characterized and genetic interactions between mutants are under investigation to elucidate the roles of different genes in the regulation of floral development. She teaches Plant Biology, Plant Development, Developmental Genetics, and part of Introductory Biology.
Office Hours - Fall 2012 Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-10:00am and by appointment
Joe's background is in philosophy and psychology (B.A., Philosophy, Ohio University; M.A., Psychology, Harvard University). His courses draw heavily on both disciplines in addressing questions about the nature of decision making in general, and moral decision making in particular. The goal of his research is to identify the factors that enable us to override our automatic moral intuitions using more controlled, reflective processing, particularly in cases where our intuitions may lead us astray.
Professor of Biology
I am interested in how the nervous system acquires, processes, and relays information. This subject can be successfully approached by studying the cellular mechanisms underlying sensory transduction and synaptic transmission in the various sensory systems.
Pam’s experiences are varied having begun her career as a third grade teacher, then moving into a twenty-seven year career as Coordinator of Children and Teen Services at the Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena, CA. While there, she instituted significant programs for preschoolers through teens, wrote grants, conducted workshops for staff, teachers and parents, and supervised numerous employees. She was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the families of Pasadena School District and the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award for outstanding service to the child-care community. She retired from that position in December 2009, but didn’t stay retired long and was most recently employed as the Administrative Assistant in the Health Center at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. She received her BS in Elementary Education and Psychology from UW-Eau Claire and her Masters in Library and Information Management from USC.
Amy's research interests include computer networks and measurement. Specifically, she is interested in how computer applications and computer networks influence and interact with each other, and how user perception of computer application peformance is affected by underlying conditions on the computer network. She teaches courses in introductory computer science, computer networks, peer-to-peer and multimedia computing, and computer architecture.
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Jay is interested in the ethnography of the Greater Southwest and Mesoamerica. In Mexico, he has conducted research among the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) of Chihuahua, and the Tzotzil of Chiapas. In the U.S., he has worked with indigenous peoples of southern California and on the Hopi-Navaho land dispute. His current research focuses on the politics of identity, symbolism, and interethnic relations in the Sierra Tarahumara of northwest Mexico. Jay teaches courses on the comparative history of native peoples and the state in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.; ethnicity, gender, and exchange in Latin America; and anthropological approaches to the study of religion, economics, and indigenous rights.
I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Carleton College. My interests are focused on applications of theoretical computer science to problems in a variety of other areas, within and beyond computer science. Currently my research emphasis is on social networks; in the past, I've worked on problems in computational biology, complexity of games, and peer-to-peer systems.
Chair of Computer Science
Dave's research focuses on solving machine learning and data mining problems, and collaborative human/computing systems. He is currently working to understand the dynamics of people working with online collaborative communities such as Wikipedia, and he maintains a long term interest in support vector machines, clustering, and text mining. Dave regularly teaches courses in artificial intelligence, data mining, programming languages, database systems, data structures, and introductory computer science.
Link to Dave's webpage: http://www.cs.carleton.edu/faculty/dmusican/
Jeff's interests include natural language processing, software development, and computer networks. He is one of the co-authors of Ultralingua, a collection of multi-lingual dictionary products for Windows, Macintosh, and Palm OS
Matt, a vertebrate reproductive biologist, studies the hormonal control and function of sexually dimorphic traits. Currently he uses lizards as a model system to understand neural differences that mediate male and female reproductive behavior. He teaches Animal Physiology, Animal Behavior and part of Introductory Biology.
Mija Van Der Wege (B.A., Cognitive Science, Wellesley College; M.S., Statistics, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University). Mija's research interests focus around how people use language in day to day life. Her primary area of research looks at how people make use of information about their conversational partners when they are having a conversation. One line of research investigates how conversational partners frequently and spontaneously create agreements on what words mean. Another area is how the use of new media, like email and instant messaging, is changing the way that we use language and how we communicate both online and offline. She teaches courses on introductory psychology, measurement and data analysis, psychology of language, and a seminar on language and deception.
Larry Wichlinski (Ph.D, Southern Illinois University) teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology and sleep and dreaming. His research interests include the pharmacology of memory and anxiety, the behavioral and neurochemical effects of drug abuse, and sleep and dreaming.
Dr. Wolff is a developmental biologist interested in the embryonic development of the nervous system. She is currently using genetic and molecular approaches to investigate how male-specific neurons that control mating arise during development in the model organism C. elegans. She teaches Animal Developmental Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, part of Introductory Biology, and Biotechnology, Health, and Society.