Kudos

  • Arjendu Pattanayak, assistant professor of physics, co-authored a paper titled "Coarse-grained entropy decrease and phase-space focusing in Hamiltonian dynamics" with Carleton graduates and undergraduates Anton de la Fuente '03, Edward Holby '04, Daniel Krawisz '04, Jorge Silva '04, Daniel Brooks '05 and Lawrence Uricchio '05, that appeared in the July issue of The Physical Review.

    Pattanayak spent three weeks on an invited visit to the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS) in Dresden, Germany where he gave a talk titled "A redefined Planck's constant? Parameter scaling in the decoherent quantum-classical transition" at MPIPKS and the Technical University Dresden.

    Pattanayak also co-organized, with George Haller of MIT, a two-part mini-symposium on "Diffusive Mixing in Fluid Flows" at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Dynamical Systems meeting and he gave a talk on on "Persistent states in statistical mechanics" at the event.

  • Nelson Christensen, associate professor of physics, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar award. He will spend the 2005-2006 academic year as a visiting scientist at the European Gravitational Observatory in Pisa, Italy.

  • Kathleen Galotti, professor of psychology and cognitive studies, delivered a paper at the Society of Research in Child Development 2005 biennial meeting titled "Older Adolescents Facing a 'Major' Decision: Cognitive Performance and Affective Response." The paper was co-authored with Associate Dean of the College Elizabeth Ciner, Hope Altenbaumer '99, Heather Wilde Geerts '01, Allison Rupp '03 and Julie Woulfe '04. Galotti also served on a National Science Foundation grant review panel for the Decision Risk and Management Sciences program.

  • Nelson Christensen, associate professor of physics, has co-authored and published an article with Sarah Vigeland '06, among others, titled "Bayesian modeling of source confusion in LISA data" " in Physical Review. Vigeland is a physics major at Carleton.

  • Margaret Ann "Ranny" Towsley Riecker '54, Zoology/Biology major

    Margaret Ann "Ranny" Towsley Riecker '54 was presented with the 2005 Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Riecker was recognized for demonstrating "private action for the public good" for more than 40 years. In addition to being a current Carleton Trustee, Reicker serves on the boards of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow foundations and has served other organizations locally and nationally. The Mawby Award is named for Russell G. Mawby, retired CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and founder of the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. The Governor’s Service Awards winners were selected from five finalists in each award category. An objective peer review panel and the Michigan Community Service Commission, the organization that manages the event, Board of Commissioners selected the finalists and winners. Reicker majored in zoology at Carleton.

  • Alfred Montero, associate professor of political science, published a review essay titled "From Democracy to Development: The Political Economy of Post-Neoliberal Reform in Latin America" in the June 2005 issue of Latin American Research Review.

  • Patricia Simmons '73, Biology major

    Patricia Simmons '73 was elected to a two-year term as vice chair of the University of Minnesota board of regents. Simmons is a physician and professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and Medical School. She majored in biology at Carleton.

  • Chérif Keïta, professor of French and director of French and Francophone studies, will travel to South Africa, where his film "Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube" has been selected for the Durban International Film Festival. The Festival will pay tribute to John Dube by holding one of the screenings at Ohlange, the school Dube founded in 1900 on the model of Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute.

  • CD Cover: Another Fall by Roger Lasley

    Roger Lasley, registrar, is the June Artist of the Month on the music web site 13thfret.com. He also appeared on the November and December 2004 and January 2005 FOLKDJ Top Artists lists, based on the airplay his 2004 CD “Another Fall” received.

  • Michael Kowalewski, professor of English, served as an external reviewer for the American Studies program at St. Olaf College. In 2003, he did an external review of the St. Olaf freshman-sophomore interdisciplinary program called "American Conversations."

  • Andrew Fisher, assistant professor of history, has received a Summer Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago to work on his book project this July and August.

  • Noha Shawki and Julian Westerhout, visiting instructors in political science, presented the talks at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting. Shawki gave a presentation titled "National Human Rights Institutions: A New Actor in International Human Rights Politics?" and Westerhout gave a presentation titled "Development Sustainability, Capabilities, and Foreign Aid in Sub-Saharan Africa." Westerhout also gave a presentation at Belmont University in Nashville (Tenn.) titled "African Development: Problems, Perils, & Possibilities."