• Cailin Huyck Orr organizes workshop

    September 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Cailin Huyck Orr, Assistant Director of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC), organized a workshop titled "Teaching Science in Society: Building Relevance and Interest for Undergraduates by Adding InTeGrate Resources to your Class" at the annual convention of the Ecological Society of America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month.



  • Dan Hernández, Associate Professor of Biology; and Mark McKone, Towsley Professor of Biology; presented two talks at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The presentations were titled "Experimental community assembly with and without dominant grasses in tallgrass prairie," and were based on experimental prairie plots in the Upper Arb.  Jared Beck '14 was a co-author on both talks.


  • Calderone receives grant

    September 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Christopher Calderone, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his project, "RUI: Condensation Domain-Catalyzed Dehydration."

    His research identifies new pathways by which bacteria and fungi produce non-ribosomal peptides, examples of which include cyclosporin and penicillin.

    In addition, this project aims to develop modules for undergraduate teaching as well as a curriculum for the LearningWorks partnership program in downtown Minneapolis which teaches underserved middle school students molecular biology.


  • Bhuiyan publishes paper on happiness

    September 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Faress Bhuiyan, Assistant Professor of Economics published an article in Applied Economics on the individual level determinants of happiness. The paper, titled, "Extreme bounds of subjective well-being: Economic development and micro determinants of life satisfaction," investigates 61 determinants of life satisfaction as they relate to the country's level of economic development.


  • Whited selected as Cottrell Scholar

    August 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been selected as a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar program honors excellent early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy and provides funding and professional development opportunities.



    Carol Trosset, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment and Abby Trout, Associate Director of the Career Center, presented "Learning Good Employee Skills: Maximizing Internship Program Effectiveness," at the InternBridge Career Services Online Conference.


  • Layla Oesper co-authors article

    August 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Layla Oesper, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, recently co-authored an article in the journal Cell Systems entitled "Inferring the Mutational History of a Tumor Using Multi-state Perfect Phylogeny Mixtures." This work was done in collaboration with researchers at Brown University.


  • Raka Mitra gives talk on bacterial pathogen

    August 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Raka Mitra Associate Professor of Biology, gave a talk titled "The bacterial wilt pathogen, Ralstonia solanacearum: Effector proteins and plant root responses," at the 6th International Bacterial Wilt Symposium in Toulouse, France.


  • Justin London publishes article

    August 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Justin London, Professor of Music and Cognitive Science, recently published an article in Frontiers in Neuroscience: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, co-authored with Rainer Polak (Max Planck Institute Frankfurt) and Nori Jacoby (MIT). Their paper, "Both Isochronous and Non-Isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A Corpus Study of Malian Jembe Drumming," uses fine-grained performance timing data to show that music which "swings" can be played just as precisely as music that is played "straight," and that models of auditory rhythmic processing must be able to account for both.


  • Chérif Keïta appears on radio program

    August 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was a guest on "Overnight," a history program on South Africa's national radio SAfm.


  •  Assistant Professor of Economics Faress Bhuiyan and Academic Technologist Paula Lackie won a runner-up award in the paper competition for IASSIST 2016 for their paper, "Mitigating Survey Fraud and Human Error: Lessons Learned From A Low Budget Village Census in Bangladesh." It will be published in The IASSIST Quarterly, a peer-reviewed publication of articles dealing with social science and data services. Some of the very early research  was supported by Academic Technology DataSquad students Maraki Ketama '15, Gordon Leory '15, Carl Bou Mansour '15, and Ben Strauss '16. 

  • Ken Abrams Chairs Symposium

    August 22, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Associate Professor of Psychology Ken Abrams chaired a symposium titled, "Traversing Boundaries: Incorporating Study Abroad into the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum," at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver. He also presented a talk within the symposium titled, "Teaching Cross-Cultural Psychopathology in the Czech Republic." Other presenters included Dana Gross (St. Olaf College), Caroll Enns (Cornell College), and Dana Dunn (Moravian College).