- September 16, 2013
Bill North, Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will co-direct a National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH) Summer Seminar on the theme “Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome” with Professor of History Maureen Miller of University of California, Berkeley. Funded by the NEH and hosted by the American Academy of Rome, this five-week seminar during summer 2014 will allow 16 college and university faculty to discuss collectively the nature and dynamics of medieval reform movements and to pursue independent research projects from multiple disciplinary perspective.
- September 12, 2013
Joel Weisberg, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, has received $329,474 from the National Science Foundation Division of Astronomical Sciences in support of his four-year project "RUI: Relativistic Gravitation, Pulsar Beams and Birth Processes, and the Interstellar Medium." This is Weisberg's eighth NSF grant for his student-faculty team's astrophysical research centered at Carleton. The team will use the grant to support their radioastronomical and theoretical studies of pulsars at Carleton and at radio telescopes in Puerto Rico and Australia. Pulsars are the cores of dead stars, about the size of a city and containing more mass than the sun, weighing a billion tons per teaspoonful, that spin at rates up to hundreds of times per second. In addition to studying pulsars own fascinating properties, the team will use pulsars to study other astronomical phenomena and theories. This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant funds the PI's and students' research at Carleton, their travel to meetings and observatories, and two month-long residencies at the Australia Telescope National Facility.
- September 5, 2013
Constance Walker, Professor of English, gave a talk at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois on September 5 entitled "'See Jane Write!': How Austen Mastered the Art of Fiction." This presentation was a part of a new exhibit entitled "Pride and Prejudice: 200 years of the Divine Jane," celebrating the 200th anniversary of the novel, hosted by Thomas Tredway Library of Augustana College.
- September 4, 2013
Gao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, has been awarded a $53,600 “Folk and Traditional Arts” grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. As a master pipa player, this grant supports Gao in promoting and preserving the traditional Pudong style of pipa music, and in giving concerts and lectures in three Minnesota locations.
- August 28, 2013
Raka Mitra, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded $450,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Biology Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for her three-year project, “RUI: The Role of ralstonia solanacearum Effector Protein RSP1281 in Bacterial Wilt Disease.”
This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant enables Mitra to investigate a root-invading bacterial wilt pathogen to better determine plant defense pathways employed in roots, gaining insights useful for developing wilt resistant crops. The project supports the PI’s research, an undergraduate researcher in each summer, a technician year round; and it gives opportunity for students in Carleton’s Cell Biology Laboratory and Molecular Biology classes to gain important research lab experiences.
- August 26, 2013
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
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
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.
- May 30, 2013
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.
- May 30, 2013
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.
- May 30, 2013
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.
- May 24, 2013
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.