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  • Chérif Keïta
    August 26, 2013

    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.

  • June 24, 2013

    St. Paul Pioneer Press Reviews Scott Dominic Carpenter's Debut Novel

    The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently published a review of Scott Dominic Carpenter's debut novel, "Theory of Remainders," calling it "a compelling debut novel...a fast-paced, well-written story that is a perfect summer read for thinking people." The complete review can be found here.

  • June 4, 2013

    Galotti Presents at Association for Psychological Science Meeting

    Kathleen Galotti, professor of cognitive science, presented a poster entitled, "Missions and Goals and Decisions, Oh My! How Much Do Overarching Goals Frame Decisions for Young Adults?" at the 2013 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, held in Washington D.C.

  • Matt Whited
    May 30, 2013

    Whited Awarded International Patent

    Matt Whited, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently awarded an international patent with co-workers at the University of Southern California and University of Michigan for "Compounds Capable of Undergoing Symmetry Breaking Intramolecular Charge Transfer in a Polarizing Medium and Organic Photovoltaic Devices Comprising the Same." The invention describes a new photovoltaic cell design inspired by the biological photosystem that is capable of highly efficient charge separation for energy storage.

  • Carol Donelan
    May 30, 2013

    Donelan Publishes on the Twlight Saga's "Twihard" Phenomenon

    Carol Donelan, associate professor of cinema and media studies, has had her article "Vampires Suck! Twihards Rule!!! Myth and Meaning in the Twilight Saga Franchise" accepted for publication in Quarterly Review of Film and Video. The article analyzes the meaning uncovered in the Twilight films by loyal fans known as “Twihards.” Donelan recognizes that these films have a lot to say, and whether one is a “Twihard” or a “Twihater” depends on whether one is willing to attune to the peculiar way the films make meaning.  In the article, Donelan notes that the trivial surfaces of the films often camouflage the deep structure and implicit meanings of myth, and Twihards are the ones willing to rummage through the rubbish and make sense out of nonsense.

  • Scott Carpenter
    May 30, 2013

    Carpenter Releases Latest Novel, "Theory of Remainders"

    Scott Carpenter, professor of French, has published a debut novel titled Theory of Remainders. A suspenseful literary novel set in the lush backgrounds of Normandy, Theory of Remainders tells the story of a father seeking the truth about a traumatic past and explores the secret ties between love, trauma, and language. Kirkus Reviews has called it "a stellar achievement," and it was recently selected as a Midwest Connections "Pick" by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. 

  • Noah Salomon
    May 24, 2013

    Salomon Awarded Grant from the German Research Foundation

    Noah Salomon, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a portion of a grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) to work on a collaborative project on the conceptualization and transmission of Islamic knowledge in contemporary Africa. The grant, directed by Professor Ruediger Seesemann at the University of Bayreuth, will support Salomon's fieldwork and writing. The DFG looks to provide sustainable support for young researchers, the interdisciplinarisation of the sciences and humanities, and facilitate networking in the field of research.

  • Steven Schier
    May 24, 2013

    Schier Co-Edits 'The American Elections of 2012'

    Steven Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has published a new book, The American Elections of 2012, out this month from Routledge publishers. The book assembles leading political scientists and political journalists to explain the 2012 election results and their implications for America’s future. In addition to assessing election results, the book examines the consequences of the large ambitions of the Obama presidency and the political and policy risks entailed in the pursuit of those ambitions. Schier coedited the book with Janet Box-Steffensmeier of Ohio State University, as well as co-authoring a chapter in the book on the 2012 general election campaign.

  • Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh
    May 24, 2013

    Schmitt-Harsh Publishes on Urban Tree Distribution

    Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Robert A. Oden, Jr., Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts in Environmental Studies, published an article in the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening entitled “Zoning, land use, and urban tree canopy cover: The importance of scale.” Given the declines in urban tree canopy cover in the United States, the paper discusses the current importance of understanding the factors that influence the distribution of urban trees. The article is co-authored with colleagues Sarah Mincey and Rich Thurau at Indiana University.

  • Jack Goldfeather
    May 24, 2013

    Goldfeather Explains Significance of Turbulence Flows

    Jack Goldfeather, William H. Laird Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Liberal Arts, published a paper "Methods to Identify Individual Eddy Structures in Turbulent Flow" in the April 2013 ed. of Tsinghua Science and Technology. The journal aims to aims to highlight scientific achievements in computer science, electronic engineering, and other IT fields. Goldfeather’s article discusses turbulent flows, which are intrinsic to many processes in science and engineering. The paper explains the critical importance of understanding the physics of turbulence, despite the difficulty that comes with quantifying their complex interactions between the individual eddies in these flows. Goldfeather and his co-authors propose several new approaches for addressing these challenges.

  • Qiguang Zhao
    May 17, 2013

    Zhao Invited to Talk Weekly on China's Phoenix TV

    Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, has been invited to talk weekly on Phoenix TV, an influential Chinese TV channel located in Hong Kong, about international affairs. Zhao comments on a range of topics from Obama’s election to North Korea’s nuclear tests, and the show is broadcasted to millions of Chinese viewers. Additionally, Zhao plans to begin hosting a series of documentary shows about the travel of Marco Polo from Venice to Xanadu with Phoenix TV, along with several other channels, which will air in 2014.

  • Laurence Cooper
    May 17, 2013

    Cooper Discusses the New American Spirituality

    Laurence Cooper, professor of political science, recently gave a lecture, "Me, Myself – and Rousseau: The New American Spirituality and Its Origin," at Christopher Newport University on April 8. The discussion analyzed the increasing tendency in America to think that the proper way to live is to turn inward and get in touch with oneself. Cooper, however, discussed the importance of former belief, where people looked beyond themselves for guidance and validation. Previously, Rousseau had promoted these ideas, which urge for less rigorous self-examination and more spontaneity and sincerity. The source of these features is belief in the natural goodness of human beings and the idea of a perfect true self.