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  • Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh
    March 8, 2013

    Schmitt-Harsh's Study Analyzes Landscape Change in Guatemal

    Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Robert A. Oden, Jr., Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts in Environmental Studies, has recently published an article titled, “Landscape change in Guatemala: Driving forces of forest and coffee agroforest expansion and contraction from 1990 to 2010,” in the Journal of Applied Geography. The research uses various models to examine land-use/cover change dynamics over two ten-year intervals in Guatemala. The article examines biophysical and accessibility factors in order to compare the landscape change of two prominent land-use systems in the region: natural forests and shade-grown coffee agroforests. The results demonstrate that land-use/cover change dynamics and drivers for the two land-use systems are complex over space and time. The research also highlights the importance of agroforests in promoting and maintaining tree cover in tropical areas threatened by deforestation and confirms that coffee agroforests, in particular, provide a number of ecosystem and livelihood services that parallel natural forests.

  • Jim Fisher
    March 8, 2013

    Fisher Authors 'At Home in the World: Globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal'


    Jim Fisher, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology, Emeritus, has published his book At Home in the World: Globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal. The book provides a detailed, first-hand account of the impact of the first contingent of American Peace Corps Volunteers to live and work in Nepal. The account not only explores the successes and failures of the Volunteers in their efforts to have a positive effect on Nepalese development, but also the reverse effects of their transformative experience on the lives of the Volunteers themselves.





  • Justin London
    March 8, 2013

    London Publishes on Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Little Village'

    Professor of music Justin London recently had his article, "Ephemeral Media, Ephemeral Works, and Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Little Village’" published in the latest issue of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. London notes that a recording of the great blues harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson inspired the paper. The article explains that although “Little Village” was never released as a single, the piece gives listeners a window into how songs were composed and produced during Chicago Blues era of the 1950s.  In particular, it shows the impact of recording technology on song composition, and forces one to consider the difference between a song and an improvisation.

  • Noah Salomon
    March 4, 2013

    Salomon Receives IAS Fellowship for Scholars

    Noah Salomon, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a membership in the School of Social Science for the 2013-2014 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, NJ. This residential Fellowship for Scholars supports the completion of Salomon's ethnography "The People of Sudan Love You, Oh Messenger of God" which explores the Sudanese experiment with Islamic statehood and contributes to the conversation about what the rise of Muslim political actors means for the future of the Muslim world. Salomon chose the IAS fellowship from among several awards made in support of this project.

  • "Lead Team: A Collaborative Approach to Address Sexual Misconduct"
    March 4, 2013

    Carleton Staff Present at the Association of Student Conduct Administration Conference

    Marit Lysne, director of student health and counseling; Rose Rezaei, area coordinator; Julie Thornton, associate dean of students; and Kaaren Williamsen, director of the gender and sexuality center, presented "Lead Team: A Collaborative Approach to Address Sexual Misconduct" at the Association of Student Conduct Administration Conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. on February 9. The presentation focused on how small schools can collaborate with staff from various departments to provide a team effort toward sexual misconduct response, support, and prevention.  The discussion highlighted the unique aspects of Carleton’s support process, including its community concern form and sexual misconduct support advisers; the training of staff, faculty and students; and ways that the College’s process and support mechanisms are transparent and accessible.

  • Kaaren Williamsen
    March 4, 2013

    Williamsen Participates in Panel Discussion on Women in Higher Education

    Kaaren Williamsen, director of the gender and sexuality center, was part of a panel presentation on women in higher education at the Association for Student Conduct Administration annual conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. on February 7. The presentation was titled “Celebrating the She in H.E.” (Higher Education). The panel discussed gender equity issues for professional women in student affairs that often go unexplored in contrast to the much celebrated student equity issues, such as the anniversary of Title IX. The session provided a safe forum for those who identify as female to come together in dialogue, perspective sharing, and sisterhood that supported the diverse experiences of being a female in higher education.

  • Clifford Clark
    March 1, 2013

    Clark's Finalizes Latest Edition of 'The Enduring Vision'

    Clifford Clark, Professor of History and M.A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies, recently published the eighth edition of his American History textbook, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, with Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. The book’s narrative integrates political, social, and cultural history within a chronological framework. The text focuses on the environment and the land and has been praised for its innovative coverage of cultural history, public health and medicine, and the West. The revised edition incorporates new scholarship throughout and brings the discussion fully up-to-date with coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign.

  • Gao Hong
    February 22, 2013

    Hong and Students Awarded ASIANetwork Grant

    Three Carleton students and Gao Hong Dice, lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, have been awarded funds from ASIANetwork for their project “Exploration and Preservation: Temple Music in the Chinese Diaspora.” This “ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows” grant, one of only thirteen given this year, supports extensive travel and research in Taiwan and Singapore for Gao Hong Dice and students Kim Bauer ’13, Yawen Chen ’15, and Joseph Concannon ’13. The project continues a focus on temple music first pursued with a 2010 award for “In Search of Ancient Melodies.”

  • Nancy Braker
    February 18, 2013

    Braker Discusses Prescribed Fire Techniques

    Nancy Braker, Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum, recently organized and presented on a panel entitled, “Integrating College and University Students and Prescribed Fire,” at the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Conference in Dubuque, Iowa. The session focused on effective methods of land conservation and how they can be implemented at colleges and universities. At these institutions, the land provides sites for field-based research and classroom options for their campuses. The panel discussed how to organize and implement a fire program and provided students with opportunities to learn about fire effects first hand, participate in fire-related research projects, observe fire operations, and participate in fire crews.

  • Alex Freeman
    February 18, 2013

    Alex Freeman's "Blueshift" Performed

    Alex Freeman, assistant professor of music, had his composition "Blueshift" performed in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Music Room by Ensemble 61 on February 16. Ensemble 61 is a Saint Paul based contemporary music group that brings new and experimental works to the public through concerts at traditional and non-traditional venues, web-based broadcasts, education/outreach programs and community engagement. The performance also features Matthew McCright, lecturer in piano, at Carleton. The program includes 20th century masterpieces by Olivier Messiaen and George Crumb.

  • Julie Klassen
    February 12, 2013

    Klassen Publishes on Idea of 'Total Love'

    Julie Klassen, professor of German, Emerita, recently published an article, “'Do you actually love the Russians?’ The Concept of 'Total Love' as Narrative Strategy in Angela Krauß's Die Überfliegerin (1995)," in the Women in German Yearbook 28 (2012), 23-41. In the novel, Die Ueberfliegerin (High-Flying Woman, 1995), Angela Krauß’s narrator attempts to find her place in the post-Wall world of the United Germany. The novel reveals her strong connections to the people and places in her surroundings and her formative years. While her depictions of Russians avoid the monolithic stereotypes of her era, Krauß also does not fall into the trap of uncritical admiration. Rather, she recognizes the foibles and excesses, as well as the strengths and vulnerabilities of those she encounters, in other words, with the “thoughtfulness, exactness, and patience” she attributes to total love.

  • Matt Whited
    February 12, 2013

    Whited Publishes "Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds and Frustrated Lewis Pairs"

    Matt Whited, assistant professor of chemistry, recently published "Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds and Frustrated Lewis PAirs," on the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Resource (VIPEr) website. The article highlights current research being conducted in the Whited group on how the unusual dual acid/base character of metal complexes can be used for transformations relevant to organic synthesis and renewable energy and draws on a critical review he authored last year.