This has been a month rich in faculty accomplishment. An abiding
pleasure of serving as the dean this year has been discovering
the depth and breadth of faculty scholarly work. As I interview
very promising candidates for our tenure track searches this month,
I have been struck by what distinguished and active company they
will join. And though we are still interviewing in most searches,
I expect that we will be able to invite some similarly stellar
young people to join us in the very near future.
Jill Bubier, Marjorie Fisher Associate Professor
of Environmental Studies, has received notice of a new NSF award
for a half-million dollar project that will
establish a global network of peatland research. Jill is co-investigator and
a member of the steering committee for “Globalization of Northern Peatland
Geology professor Al Werner spends his summers drilling deep holes in the arctic
and then analyzes these lake cores to track climate change during the last 2,000
years. He has been a leader among us in integrating students into this research
for many years. His most recent proposal to the NSF to support the analysis of
the core data has been recommended for funding. This is a good example of how
we combine faculty fellowship and grant support, student support through Cascade
mentoring and a summer grant from the Center for Global Initiatives, and then
federal funding to sustain a long-term research program.
Roger Babb, professor of theatre arts, continues his work on contemporary Polish
theater. His interview with Polish director Grzegorz Bral appears in the current
Slavic and Eastern European Performance Journal. His review of Kazimierz
Concise History of Polish Theater appeared recently in The Polish
chapter on the Open Theater and The Winter Project will appear this spring in
Radical Collectives Circa 1968: Group Theatres and their Legacy, published by
the University of Michigan Press.
Martha Hoopes, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biological
Sciences, has sent over copies of four articles on topics in ecology she had
in 2004: “Alternative Stable States and Regional Community Structure” and “Stabilizing
Effects in Spatial Parasitoid-Host and Predator-Prey Models: A Review” both
in the Journal of Theoretical Biology; “The Metacommunity Concept: A Framework
for Multi-Scale Community Ecology” in Ecology Letters; and “Mechanisms
of Coexistence in Competitive Metacommunities” in The American Naturalist.
It is a particular pleasure to note that biology professor emerita Jane
who allegedly retired from the College more than a dozen years ago, continues
to both teach and publish at an enviable clip. She has published 16 papers since
1993, such as “Glycoconjugate localization in larval and adult skin of
the bullfrog “in the Journal of Morphology and “Immunocytochemical
detection of integrins alpha 3 and beta l in allografts of the marine sponge” in Biological Bulletin, both in 2004. She continues to supervise student summer
research at Woods Hole and several student independent projects each year. Jane,
we congratulate and thank you!
Tom Wartenberg, professor and chair of philosophy, has just
published a new piece
titled “Teaching Philosophy with Children’s Literature” in Gifted Education Communicator.
Michelle Stephens, assistant professor of English, has been elected to a three-year
term on the Board of Editors of American Literature, the flagship MLA
in American literature. This is a high honor that recognizes her “major
contribution to the study of American literature.
may have heard about this elsewhere, but we now include a genuine
Knight amongst us. A month ago the
President of Iceland recognized Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Brad
Leithauser’s love affair with things Icelandic and made him a Knight
of the Order of the Falcon. He reports receiving a medal, a pin, and a testimonial
in Icelandic. It is a wonderful tribute, and we share his pleasure.
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