• Yaron Klein, Assistant Professor of Arabic

    Yaron Klein, Assistant Professor of Arabic, performed on violin with Syrian oud virtuoso Essam Rafea, in the Essam Rafea's Encore Concert at the University of Minnesota on Friday, October 25. The concert included compositions by Rafea.

  • Gretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry

    Gretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant of $65,000 for her project “Transition State Analogues as Mechanistic Probes for Asymmetric Desymmetrization by Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Catalysts.” Hofmeister’s research aims to evaluate reactions and test computational models, enabling rational design of improved catalysts. Funding supports a total of eight undergraduate researchers over three summers and involves collaboration with Professors David Alberg and Daniela Kohen at Carleton, and Professor Keith Kuwata of Macalester College.

  • Matt Whited

    Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, co-authored a paper with colleagues at the University of Southern California and Universität Regensburg entitled "Photophysical Properties of Cyclometalated Pt(II) Complexes: Counterintuitive Blue Shift in Emission with an Expanded Ligand π system." The article, which appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, describes how unexpected quantum-mechanical effects can be utilized in the design of new materials for energy-efficient organic LEDs.

  • Dave Musicant, Professor of Computer Science

    Musicant Receives NSF Grant

    October 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    David Musicant, Professor of Computer Science, has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an innovative pilot project: Educational Media to Advance Computer Science (EMACS), in conjunction with the Twin Cities Public Television and Dr. Siddika “Selcen” Guzey, Research Associate at STEM Education Center at the University of Minnesota.

    The project will create innovative videos and classroom activities to help teach computer science to high school students. By exploring how computer systems affect community infrastructure, the project aims to increase students’ awareness and understanding of real-world applications of computer science, and emphasizes the importance of computational thinking in everyday life. Working with traffic engineers at the City of Minneapolis’ Traffic Management Center and their newly-installed, state-of-the-art computerized system, the researchers will involve local youth in hands-on activities that model and simulate how traffic is managed in communities.

  • Aparna Ramaswamy II

    Ramaswamy Featured in the New York Times

    October 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Aparna Ramaswamy, Carleton Class of 1997, who recently performed in New York City, was featured in The New York Times with raving reviews, which says she "lit up Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts."

    The dance review titled, “Pleasing Deities, and the Eyes, With Storytelling Steps From India,” examines performances by four classical Indian dancers.   

    Ramaswamy, who is the co-artistic director, choreographer, and principal dancer of Ragamala Dance company in Minneapolis, “exuded a brisk, eager energy in her hourlong program, 'Sannidhi (Sacred Space),'" reviewer Siobhan Burke wrote. "Joined by four superb musicians, she gorgeously embodied the swooping violin; the plunking mridangam; the wailing, warbling vocals." 

    Ramaswamy had been named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship in 2012.

  • Anita Chikkatur, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, presented a paper on October 19 titled "Shifting perspectives: How can ethnographic research methods help educational researchers and teachers?" at the Columbia University Teachers’ College Fall Seminar 2013: On the Future of Anthropology in Schools of Education.

  • Renata Fitzpatrick

    Renata Fitzpatrick, Coordinator of Second Language Writing, presented a paper, "Listen More, Talk More: Can We Enhance One-to-One Conferences with ESL Writers?," at The 12th Symposium on Second Language Writing at Shandong University in Jinan, China, on October 19.

  • Kathy Evertz, Director of the Academic Support Center, co-led, with her counterparts from Macalester, a roundtable discussion, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: Writing Centers, Space, and Place," at the Midwest Writing Centers Association in Skokie, Illinois, on October 18.

  • Tim Raylor

    Timothy Raylor, Professor of English, presented a paper entitled "When is Rhetoric a Science? Making Sense of Hobbes's Taxonomies of Learning" at a conference Worlds of Learning: Early-Modern Debates over Taxonomies at the Huntington Library and California Institute of Technology, October 11 and 12.

  • Anne Patrick

    Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, served as Sisters of the Holy Names Visiting Scholar at Holy Names University, Oakland, California, October 7 through 10. While there she gave a public lecture, "What in God's Eye [S]he Is': Prospects for Women in Tomorrow's Church" on October 8 and several other presentations for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Fred Hagstrom

    Hagstrom's Work Featured In An Exhibition

    October 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Fred Hagstrom, Humphrey Doermann Professor of Liberal Learning and Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, has his work included in "Rethinking the Multiple: Matrix Alteration, Installation, Artist Books." The exhibition had its opening on October 9 at the Occidental College Weingart Galleries in Los Angeles and runs until November 15.

    The installation prominently features the work of Paul Mullowney, visiting printmaker from San Francisco. Mullowney's work is inspired by Japanese woodcuts, contemporary pulp manga, and Catholic and Buddhist religious iconography. 

  • Marty Baylor, Assistant Professor of Physics, attended the Fundamentals of Polymerization Conference where she presented a paper entitled, "Monolithic Integration of Optical Waveguide and Fluidic Channel Structures Using A Thiol-ene/Methacrylate-based Photopolymer" and a poster entitled "Formation and Modification of Polymer Lenses Using Liquid Interfacial Surface Forces." Student co-authors on these works include Ben Cerjan '12 (paper), Charlotte Pfeifer '13 (paper), and Charlotte Zimmerman '15 (poster).