• Gao Hong receives prestigious grant

    September 12, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Gao Hong, Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble and Senior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, had a busy summer in China. She was invited by Harbin's mayor to perform at the famous Summer Music Festival on behalf of Harbin's sister city, Minneapolis. Hong was awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International Grant to perform at this prestigious festival. She also gave a lecture and masterclass at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music where she also received an honorary Guest Professorship. Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, and the World Music Ensemble, were featured in many major Chinese newspapers and on major TV stations including People's Daily, MV-China, CCTV and others.


  • Cogan opinion piece appears in Star Tribune

    September 12, 2016 at 11:24 am


    Charlie Cogan, Associate Dean and Director of International Recruitment, had an article "Fighting Polio: Nearly eradicated worldwide-nearly," appear in the Star Tribune Opinion Section, under commentary for current status of global polio eradication efforts and two recent cases in Nigeria, which had been polio-free for two years. In the article you will find useful information, context, and implications for ongoing eradication efforts.


  • Raka Mitra, Associate Professor of Biology, and Elizabeth K. Peterson '16, published a paper in the August issue of American Biology Teacher titled "Enhancing Interactions between Research Lab Students & Their Communities."


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Andrea Mazzariello, has been awarded a $5,000 "Established Artist" grant from The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for his new musical project, "Plant Another Flower."

    With the SEMAC grant, Andrea will develop a new piece of music and words to perform himself, centered on drums, keyboards, voice, and electronics played simultaneously. He will premiere this "one-person band" work—which merges his experience playing rock music with his experience writing concert music—at the Northfield Arts Guild in March 2017.


  • London publishes article on subdivision

    September 6, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Justin London, Professor of Music and Cognitive Science, along with his colleagues Rainer Polak (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln) and Nori Jacoby (MIT), recently published an article, "Both Isochronous and Non-Isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A Corpus Study of Malian Jembe Drumming," in Frontiers in Neurosicence: Special Issue on the Evolution of Cognition Rhythm: Timing in Music and Speech (2016): 10:285. Using detailed timing analyses, London and his colleagues show how musicians use a range of timing strategies when playing in time together, and that metronome-like timing is not a prerequisite for precise ensemble performance.


  • 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.