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  • Professor Joel Weisberg with Yuping Huang ’17 and Carolyn Raithel ’15
    Photo: courtesy Joel Weisberg
    January 13, 2015

    Weisberg Part of Team That Solves Disappearance of the Cosmic Spinning Top

    Joel Weisberg, the Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, is part of a team that calculated the mass of a neutron star and its binary companion, using Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and recently published the findings in The Astrophysical Journal. Weisberg was included in the team due to his expertise in binary pulsars, which he has intensively studied for more than 35 years.

  • Serena Zabin
    January 5, 2015

    Zabin Receives NEH Grant for “A New History of the Boston Massacre”

    Serena Zabin, associate professor of history at Carleton College, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant worth $52,500 in support of her project, “A New History of the Boston Massacre.” Zabin is a historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world. Her book project maps the connections between British military families and civilians in the streets of Boston that led to the Boston Massacre in 1770.

  • Barbara Allen
    March 6, 2015

    Allen Receives a Grant from the CHS Foundation

    Barbara Allen, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, received a $15,000 grant from the CHS Foundation for her documentary film, “Actual World, Possible Future-A Documentary about the Lives and Work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.” The CHS grant will support Barbara’s March 2015 research trip to South Korea, on which she will interview and film important figures in the Korean cooperative movement and conduct research at coops and other social enterprises, including fisheries and fish markets, eco-tourism, and water resources. This opportunity is especially important to the documentary and to the cause of the coop movement because the movement in South Korea has both wrought enormous positive social change and provided a successful contrast to the North Korean model of state control.

  • Serena Zabin
    March 6, 2015

    Zabin Awarded Competitive Fellowships Regarding Boston Massacre

    Serena Zabin, Associate Professor of History, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship in addition to a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship to finish her book on the Boston Massacre, Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre. Zabin's book uncovers the extensive personal interactions between troops and their families and townspeople, and challenges the political spin put on the "massacre" that created its iconic place on the road to the American Revolution. In addition to deep archival and documentary research, Zabin and Carleton students used digital tools to map the personal networks in colonial Boston that, she argues, help to explain the Massacre's origins and effects. Notably, Zabin's awards come in funding cycles when the NEH funded only 7.5% and the ACLS funded less than 7% of the fellowship proposals received.

  • March 6, 2015

    Gross Receives Funding from the US Department of Energy SBIR Program

    Deborah Gross, Professor of Chemistry, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program through a subaward from the MSP Corporation. The project, led by Dr. Amir Naqwi at MSP, brings together a team of leading aerosol experts to develop a cutting-edge technology for investigating the chemistry of airborne particles, which is critical for the understanding of climate change. The resulting instrument will also be an advanced tool for monitoring and controlling air pollution.

  • Tim Raylor
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    March 2, 2015

    Raylor's Article Reprinted in Explorations in Renaissance Culture

    Timothy Raylor, Professor of English, had his article “Marvell’s Musical Dialogues” reprinted in Explorations in Renaissance Culture: An Anniversary Volume Celebrating the Fortieth Year of Publication featuring a Selection of Essays from Past Volumes, 40 (2014), 231-46.

    • Lori Pearson, Professor of Religion
      Photo: Sara Rubinstein
      March 2, 2015

      Pearson Gives an Invited Talk at the International Conference of the Ernst Troeltsch Society

      Lori Pearson, Professor of Religion, gave an invited talk on "Ernst Troeltsch and Contemporary Critiques of Political Liberalism" at the 11th International Conference of the Ernst Troeltsch Society in Augsburg, Germany from February 16 through 18.

    • February 24, 2015

      Carleton Teams Win Gold, Silver Medals at Mayo Clinic Undergraduate Collaboration Contest

      Carleton College teams earned Gold and Silver medals at the 2015 Mayo HLHS IMPACT undergraduate collaboration earlier this month. Carleton’s gold-medal winning team included Kaitlyn Cook ’15, Charles Eyermann ’16, Lucy Wasserburg ’15, Taylor Wells ’15, and Andrew Yang ’16.

    • Cathy Yandell
      Photo: Sara Rubinstein
      February 23, 2015

      Yandell Gives a Talk at the University of Minnesota

      Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, recently gave a talk and led a discussion in the "Talking Terms" series sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota. The seminar was titled "Sexuality in the 'New World,'" focusing on Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage, which details the life and customs of the Tupinambá ethnic group in sixteenth-century Brazil.

    • Matt Whited
      Photo: Sara Rubinstein '98
      February 23, 2015

      Whited Gives Invited Lectures at Caltech, USC, and UCLA

      Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, presented invited lectures at Caltech, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles on recent results from collaborative research with Carleton students.  The talks addressed new ways in which silicon (a ubiquitous and inexpensive element) can be used in combination with various transition metals to accomplish difficult chemical reactions, with a particular focus on chemistry related to organic synthesis and energy storage.

    • Anne Patrick
      February 23, 2015

      Patrick Publishes an Article in the Global Sisters Report

      Anne Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, published an article January 20 on the National Catholic Reporter's Global Sisters Report, "Prophetic Idealism and Institutional Realism: Seeking a Balance."

    • Cathy Manduca
      February 23, 2015

      Manduca Moderates a Session at the AAAS Meeting

      Cathryn Manduca, Director of the Science Education Resource Center, moderated a session titled "Learning Science from Scientific Data" as well as chaired the Education Section symposium/business meeting at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in San Jose, California.

    • Gao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments
      February 23, 2015

      Gao Hong Releases a New Album

      Gao Hong, Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble and Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, just released her eighth CD, Pipa Potluck–Lutes Around the World (Gao Hong and Friends). When pipa player and composer Gao Hong has a potluck, the guests include a couple Grammy winners, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Arabic music, and a healthy helping of string instruments. Featuring two original compositions by Gao Hong and collaborations on both new and traditional songs, Pipa Potluck stirs up a warm and nourishing multicultural meal on pipa, banjo, fiddle, slack key guitar, oud, and not forgetting regular guitar. Pipa Potluck could be looked at as a series of courses, but also conversations. The flavors and languages co-mingle with all their identities intact, giving a warm sense that yes, we can all get along on this planet. On “Cluck Old Hen,” “Sally Johnson,” and Gao Hong’s own “Green Willow Tree,” she finds common ground with Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown, fiddle player Matt Combs, and bassist Garry West. The interplay between pipa and the slack key guitar of 4-time Grammy-winner George Kahumoku, Jr. stand out on “Mosquito Song” and “The Source of the Spring Water.” The Middle Eastern oud appears twice, played by Yair Dalal on “Friendship” and Bassam Saba on “Longa Nahawand.” And on the appropriately titled “Lutes Around the World,” the voices of the pipa, the banjo, the oud, the slack key guitar, and all the guests come together to close the album out.

    • Adrienne Falcón
      Photo: Sara Rubinstein
      February 23, 2015

      Falcón Presents at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting

      Adrienne Falcón, Director of Academic Civic Engagement, recently presented her work on "Civic Engagement Pathways and Assessment at Carleton" at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. as part of a Project Pericles session "Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement."