• Alex Knodell, Alex KnodellAssistant Professor of Classics and Co-Director of Archaeology, has been awarded two grants in support of the Mazi Archeological Project, which he co-directs with colleagues from Switzerland and Greece. The Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the Institute for Agean Prehistory have provided funds to support mapping, geophysical survey, and aerial thermography at newly discovered and previously known prehistoric, Classical, and Byzantine-period sites in northwest Attica, Greece. Located in the Kithairon mountain range and on the borders of the historical polities of Athens and Thebes, the Mazi Plain was a critical crossroads between the regions of Attica and Boeotia, as well as central and southern Greece. This funding furthers two previous years’ field work; four Carleton students joined the team last year and three to four will participate in summer 2016. For more information, see www.maziplain.org.

  • Yansi Perez, Yansi PerezAssociate Professor of Spanish, has received the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for her project “Los Angeles: A Cartography of Material Memory of the Central America Diaspora.” A residency at California State University in the Department of Central American Studies during 2016-2017 will enable Professor Perez to research culture and memory among populations from Central America’s Isthmus who were displaced post wars and revolutions, and to reconceptualize the problems of memory, mourning, and trauma.

  • Analysis, a prestigious philosphy journal, named associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science Jason Decker an associate editor.

  • Whited awarded prestigious chemistry grant

    February 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for a five-year project entitled "Cooperative Small-Molecule Activation by Ambiphilic Pincer-Type Complexes Featuring Metal/Main-Group Bonds." His project, involving as many as 23 undergraduate researchers, seeks to develop new approaches to difficult chemical transformations such as selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and reduction of carbon dioxide to chemical feedstocks, with the goal of extending these reactions to earth-abundant and sustainable metal catalysts. Professor Whited will meet the CAREER program's mandate that his research have a broad social impact by continuing development and assessment of course-based undergraduate research experiences. He will also be expanding an outreach effort to bring Northfield and Faribault high-school students, including many who belong to groups that are underrepresented in post-secondary education, into Carleton chemistry laboratories.

  • Keita performs epic with two Malian griots

    February 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Cherif Keita, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, performs "The Sunjata Story: Glimpse of a Mande Epic" with two Malian griots, singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté accompanied on the balafon by Fodé Lassana Diabaté.

  • Ken Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology, co-edited a book with Dana Gross (St. Olaf College) and Carol Enns (Cornell College) titled Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad and published by the American Psychological Association.  Sharon Akimoto, Professor of Psychology, contributed a chapter on teaching cross-cultural psychology, and Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, provided a chapter on faculty development to enhance internationalization. Abrams wrote chapters on the importance of internationalizing the curriculum and on teaching cross-cultural psychopathology in Prague.

  • Paper Airplanes, an online tutoring program for Syrian refugees and founded & operated by Bailey Ulbricht '15, was mentioned in a recent speech delivered by US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. A full transcript of her speech can be found here. Learn more about Paper Airplanes here.

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, presented a paper "Better Than Average: Self-Evaluations in an Indian Sample," co-authored with Ashwini Ashokkumar of Ashoka University, Sonipat, India, at the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in San Diego, California.
  • Kathie Galotti, William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science, has a new edition of her textbook, Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence (2nd ed) published by Sage Publishers on January 13.
  • Whited has chemistry article published

    February 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has published an article in Dalton Transactions entitled "Examining the role of Rh/Si cooperation in alkene hydrogenation by a pincer-type [P2Si]Rh complex" as an invited contribution to the "New Talent: Americas" thematic issue.  The article describes an investigation of how rare and abundant chemical elements can be paired to perform a ubiquitous and important catalytic reaction and was carried out with student collaborators Teddy Donnell '17 and Zander Deetz '15.

  • Justin London, Professor of Music, served as guest editor of a special issue of Empirical Musicology Review (vol. 10, no. 4, 2015). The issue is dedicated to "Musical Rhythm Across Cultures," and it includes an article on the nuances of performance timing in Balkan percussion music by Daniel Goldberg '08.  EMR is an open-source journal with a public peer review process, where each target article is accompanied by several commentaries.

  • Keita presents shows and paper in London

    February 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Cherif Keita, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, performed two shows at the British Library in London on January 22 and 23 with Trio Da Kali from Mali. A review appeared in theguardian. He also presented a paper titled "The Sunjata Fasa (The Epic of Sundiata) as the Matrix of Mande Personhood" at the British Library one-day seminar on West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures. The Witness of Natal (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) has called my work of resurrecting the forgotten pioneer Nokutela Dube on film as a "Great Historical Feat."