Dean of Faculty’s Report, October 2009

At every monthly faculty meeting during the school year, the Dean of Faculty presents brief overviews of recent publications and other achievements by the Mount Holyoke faculty. Here are excerpts from the October 2009 report of Donal O'Shea, Dean of Faculty.


Biology professor Sue Barry’s book Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions appeared with Basic Books.

Jill Bubier, Marjorie Fisher Professor of Environmental Studies, is one of the authors of the National Science Foundation’s high-level “green report,” entitled Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems, which was just released last week to the public. To obtain a copy go to the National Science Foundation website...

Martha Hoopes, Assistant Professor of biological sciences (and Julie Lockwood and Michael Marchetti): Invasion Ecology, Wiley-Blackwell.

Shahrukh Khan, Visiting Professor of Economics: Export Success and Industrial Linkages: The Case of Readymade Garments in South Asia, Palgrave Macmillan.

Lynn Morgan, Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology: Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Embryos, University of California Press.

Eva Paus, Economics Professor and Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, and Jon Western, Five College Associate Professor of International Relations, (and Penelope Prime): Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?, Palgrave Macmillan.

Harriet Pollatsek, Julia and Sarah Ann Adams Professor of Mathematics: Lie Groups: A Problem Oriented Introduction via Matrix Groups, MAA.

Chris Pyle, Class of 1926 Professor of Politics: Getting Away with Torture: Secret Government, War Crimes, and the Rule of Law, Potomac Books.

John Varriano, Professor Emeritus of Art: Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy, University of California Press.

Tom Wartenberg, Philosophy Professor: Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children’s Literature, Rowman and Littlefield Education.


Katherine Aidala, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Collaborative Proposal: Physics of Ferromagnetic Nanorings in an External Azimuthal Field.”

Christine DeRunk, Physics Laboratory Director, has received an award of $8,883 from the American Institute of Physics to support her outreach efforts developing science suitcases for use with the local schools.

Greg Roman, Senior Lab Instructor/research associate in chemistry, has received a $50,000 grant from the American Chemical Society for his project “Synthesis of Poly (dimethylsiloxane) Microspheres with Homogeneous, Stable, and Tunable Surface Chemistries using Microfluidic Segmented Flows.”

Shaoping Moss, Instructional Tech Consultant at LITS, has received a National Leadership grant for $86,770 in collaboration with her colleagues at Dickinson and Wheaton Colleges from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The award will fund their project “Publishing TEI Documents for Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Planning a Service, Building a Community.” TEI is an acronym for Text Encoding Documents, which is now the main device for transcribing, encoding, and storing primary text and archival documents. Their grant will allow them to survey liberal arts colleges and to come up with a plan to allow liberal arts colleges to store and display TEI documents.

Megan Núñez, associate professor of chemistry, has received a $48,250 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her project “Effect of Base Lesions on the DNA Duplex.”