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  • 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.

  • May 17, 2013

    Liu-Spencer and Lamb Present "Batch Solutions"

    Hsianghui Liu-Spencer, cataloging and digital services librarian, and Tom Lamb, cataloging and metadata librarian, presented their study "A batch solution to the death date problem: a case study" at the Innovative Users Group 2013 Annual Conference held in San Francisco on April 25. The presentation discussed the impacts of recent policy changes on the library catalog and their ‘batch solutions’ to these new obstacles. They shared their experiences of what worked and what didn’t with other catalogers as they experimented with unique solutions to these challenges.

  • Al Montero
    May 17, 2013

    Montero Publishes in Journal of Development Studies

    Al Montero, professor of political science, and Kathryn Hochstetler of the University of Waterloo (Canada), have had their article titled, “The Renewed Developmentalist State: The National Development Bank and the Brazil Model,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Development Studies. The study examines how Brazil operationalized a renewed developmentalist project during the country’s democratic period.

  • Steve Kelly
    May 7, 2013

    Kelly to Present at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance

    Steve Kelly, Dye Family Professor of Music, Emeritus, is set to present “Lipstick Traces” at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. The lecture will discuss the pen name of one of the most fetching personalities of New York’s Jazz Age. Lipstick (who’s real name was Lois Long) worked as a nightlife columnist for The New Yorker in 1925. Writing more than 100 columns, Lipstick traced the late-night comings and goings of New York’s jazz scene. Kelly will discuss the racial segregation of the jazz industry, evidenced by Lipstick’s column, and explain how racial categorization was employed by the marketing strategists of the time. 

  • David Liben-Nowell
    May 7, 2013

    Liben-Nowell Named Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

    David Liben-Nowell, associate professor of computer science, has been named a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and was invited to speak at the Fifth Indo-American Frontiers of Science symposium held in Agra, India, in early April 2013.

  • Chérif Keita
    April 30, 2013

    Keïta's Films Invited for Screening in Japan

    Chérif Keïta, professor of French, has two documentary films that have been invited for screening at an African Art Exhibit to be held in May in Yokohama City, Japan. The two films, “Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa" and "Oberlin-Inanda:  The Life and Times of John L. Dube" were selected for 2010 Cinema Africa of Tokyo and were the closing acts of a festival honoring the Centennial of Japan's official relations with South Africa.

  • Andrew Flory
    April 30, 2013

    Flory Leads Panel Discussion on Teaching Rock Music

    Andrew Flory, assistant professor of music, organized and chaired a session called "Pop The Syllabus: Teaching Rock" as part of the Experience Music Project Pop Conference, which was hosted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The panel featured speakers who teach about rock music to a variety of student bodies using various disciplinary and methodological foci. The discussion looked to challenge the notion that there might be a single course on the topic and show that instructors must make difficult and targeted choices when teaching about the music, history, and culture surrounding rock music.

  • Martha-Elizabeth Baylor
    April 30, 2013

    Baylor Discusses her Journey to a Career in Applied Physics

    Martha-Elizabeth Baylor, assistant professor of physics, gave an invited talk entitled "A Random Walk into Optical Signal Processing and Integrated Optofluidics" on April 14 as part of the American Physical Society April Meeting session on "Doing Science, Improving Diversity: Strategies for Minority Physicists." Her discussion traced her career path from her dreams of being a paleontologist and to the pursuit of a career in applied physics. Baylor also discussed her research in the areas of opto-electronic blind source separation and holographic photopolymers, as well as the non-linear path that has gotten her to this point.