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Washington College professors are practicing artists, scientists, economists, historians, and writers who enjoy sharing their scholarly interests on campus, at national conferences, and on the international stage.

Faculty Research

  • Professor George Spilich recruits students to work in his eye gaze lab, where they track eye movements to help them better understand perceptual and cognitive processes.
  • Biology professor Martin Connaughton is interested in fish bio-acoustics and behavior, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the sonic muscles, characterization of the sounds produced by these muscles, and the behaviors in which sound production play a role.
  • By radio-tagging, tracking, and mapping different turtle populations, Aaron Krochmal and his students have made some interesting discoveries about these humble, ecologically critical animals.
  • In Mindy Reynolds’ toxicology lab, students study the effects of heavy metals such as cadmium and nickel on human lung cells.

Faculty Achievements

  • February 2017

    Kevin Brien’s major paper, “Toward a Critical Appropriation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for the 21st Century,” was published in DIALOGUE AND UNIVERSALISM, No. 4/2016, a publication the Polish Academy of Sciences.  

    Colin Campbell is a co-author of Compensatory interactions to stabilize multiple steady states or mitigate the effects of multiple deregulations in biological networks, which was published in the journal Physical Review E. The article investigates methods for manipulating intra- and inter-cellular networks to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of disease. The article abstract is available here: http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.94.062316

    Tom Cousineau gave a guest lecture at the University of Bucharest entitled “The Master Manole Complex: F. Scott Fitzgerald and his Gatsby.”

    Elena Deanda published the article “Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in 120 Days of Sodom.” in Studies of Eighteenth Century Culture 46 (2017): 21-33.


    In addition to her work on campus, Prof. Laura J. Eckelman spent part of the fall semester in Washington DC designing lighting for the world premiere of Girl in the Red Corner, a new play by Stephen Spotswood ’98. Red Corner was the first production of the second generation of The Welders, a DC-based playwriting collective of which Spotswood is a member. The show, which tells the story of a frustrated young woman who takes up Mixed Martial Arts, was very favorably reviewed by the DC press and received a Helen Hayes Recommendation.

    Ken Miller’s monograph Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence (Cornell University Press, 2014) received honorable mention for the 2016 Harry M. Ward American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award. Contenders for the prize are selected from the two previous years. Top honors for 2016 went to Claudio Saunt’s West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (W. W. Norton, 2014).

    Andrew Oros was pleased to see his second single-authored book, Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the 21st Century, published by Columbia University Press in January.  He also presented a paper at a workshop on “New Directions in Japan’s Security Policies” at Osaka University in January, and served as the external reviewer for the politics program external program review at Marymount University in Virginia.

    Michele Volansky served as the adjudicator for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Plays Fellowship program in December; as part of this, she served as the playwriting mentor and dramaturg for Penn senior Olivia Matlin, whose play BIRDS OF A FEATHER, was read at Penn on Friday 2/3/17.  Volansky also provided three external reviews for Methuen Publishing.

  • December 2016

    Aaron Krochmal recently published a paper entitled “Using Pharmacological Manipulation and High-precision Radio Telemetry to Study Spatial Cognition in Free-ranging Animals” in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.  Coauthored by Timothy C. Roth (Department of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College) and Washington College students William Gerwig, ’14, Nathan Simmons, ’17, and Jeffery Sullivan, ’14, the paper describes a novel methodology that unites elements of pharmacology and neuroscience with classic field ecology to investigate cognitive aspects of animal navigation, the first method for such studies.  The full-text of the paper can be found here, and the associated video article can be found here

    John Leupold presented a paper entitled “Music Theory and Ear-Training for the Visually Impaired” at the College Music Society’s National Conference on October 27, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Andrew Oros delivered a public lecture on “Trump’s Triumph: How, Why, and What Next” at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and talks on his forthcoming book, Japan’s Security Renaissance (Columbia University Press, February 2017), at Yale/National University of Singapore and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies/Nanyang Technological University.

    The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Kent County recently elected Lansing Williams as Treasurer.  The HSKC is a “no kill” animal shelter, also responsible for the Kent County Animal Control.  Lansing and his wife, Sue Caswell, share their Chestertown home with four dogs, and six cats, all rescues, and are currently caring for eight foster kittens.

  • November 2016
    Tom Cousineau gave a talk entitled “Samuel Beckett and Emil Cioran: A Bilogical (sic) Reading of Fin de partie and L’Inconvénient d’être né” at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Salt Lake City.
    Juan Lin’s peer-reviewed article, “The Feeling of Understanding: an exploration with neural models, E. Mizraji & J. Lin”, has been published in Cognitive Neurodynamics, an international journal. This research is the outcome of a WC traveling grant awarded to Juan last Spring.
    This past summer, Jon McCollum conducted faculty/student research with the Presidential Fellow and Cater Society member, Jordana Qi. The aim of this project was to collaboratively research and document diverse forms of Japanese Buddhist literary, musical, and visual expressions of creativity at various archival and museum locations, including: the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Alan Lomax Audio Archive, the Library of Congress Folklife Center, the National Archives and Records Administration, and other institutions that serve as holders of tangible and intangible culture. The results of this research was integrated into the course material and pedagogy of the new special topics course, Performing Japanese Buddhism, which is currently being offered by the Department of Music and cross-listed with the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
    McCollum also recently published a chapter on the integrations of music and food cultures of Armenia in the book, The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook, Volume II: Complete Meals from Around the World (Routledge 2015). A peer-reviewed text, this book covers over four dozen regions; the entries in these collection each include a regional food-related proverb, a recipe for a complete meal, a list of companion readings and listening pieces, and a short essay that highlights the significant links between music and food in the area.
    Finally, in October, McCollum was an invited guest lecturer for the graduate program in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas, Austin. There, he discussed the topic of new technologies in historical ethnomusicological research.
    Derek Thuecks have received a grant on behalf of the Physics Department for construction of an educational plasma physics lab station. The ALPhA Immersion Equipment Grant from the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation is for the amount of $5920. These funds will supplement the capital funds already provided by the college this year. The primary use of this plasma physics station will occur in our Advanced Physics Laboratory course. This station alone provides at minimum five distinct experiments that the students may choose to conduct. Each experiment connects to different advanced physics concepts from upper-division courses, so these hands-on experiences will assist in solidifying ideas that are typically very abstract. The flexibility of this apparatus will also allow students to conduct experiments of their own design in this course or as an SCE project. The utility of this station extends beyond the Advanced Lab, as it can also be used as a demonstration of fundamental concepts in nearly every course in the department. Additionally, students intending to conduct research with Dr.  Thuecks (a plasma physicist) or Dr. Kehm (who uses an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, or ICPMS, in his research) can familiarize themselves with plasma behavior and standard research techniques through use of this lab station.
    Michele Volansky served as the Dramaturg for the world premiere of Andrea Stolowitz’s play Berlin Diary (Schluterstrasse 27), which opened at the English Theatre of Berlin on October 6th. She also served as an adjudicator for the Elliott Hayes Award in Dramaturgy (presented by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) as well as a book reviewer for two projects from Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Press.
    Lansing Williams has been named to a second three-year term on the Enactus United States Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC).  This committee of 25 Enactus advisors represent the diverse network of colleges and universities that make up the 443 Enactus teams in the United States.  The FAC serves as the primary liaison between Enactus United States and participating teams.  He has been working on a FAC Task Force to improve the transparence of judging at the Regional and National Competition levels.
  • October 2016
    Christopher Beasley had the following journal articles published: Beasley, C. R., Steltenpohl, C., & Stecker, E. (2016). Crowdsourcing mutual-help research funding. The Community Psychologist;  Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., & Gleason, K. (2016). Theories in the field of community psychology. Global Journal of Community Practice and Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., & Gleason, K. (2016). Our reflections on the reactions to ‘Theories in the Field of Community Psychology’. Global Journal of Community Practice;
    In addition, Christopher contributed to the following book chapters in S. Callahan & L. A. Jason (Eds.). Substance Abuse and Aftercare. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers: Callahan, S., Petersen, A., Jason, L. A., Beasley, C. R., & Cavers, M. (in press). Criminal history disclosure self-efficacy scale development; Callahan, S., Cavers, M., Gelfman, N., Beasley, C. R., Calabra, K. Jason, L. A.  (in press). Oxford House recovery homes: Community characteristics as predictors of sustainability and Ponziano, F., 1Stecker, E., Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A. & Ferrari, J. (in press). Relationships between childhood sexual abuse and substance use among women. 
    Lastly, Christopher’s symposium presentations in August 2016 at the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO include: Situational analysis: A next generation tool for complex multi-level theory generation. In D. Glenwick (Chair), Community-based research methodologies–qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.; Third-order change as a systems theory for community psychology. In D. Glenwick & S. McMahon (Co-Chairs), The role of theory in community-based interventions. and Discussant. In L. A. Jason (Chair), Psychological insights into community organizing and self-help groups for health and well-being. 
    Kevin Brien presented a major paper titled “Toward a Critical Appropriation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for the 21st Century” at a congress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue held in July 2016 at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. 
    Colin Campbell has been appointed to a two-year term as a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, in the Biological Physics subject category. For more information about the journal, see: http://www.nature.com/srep/about
    Emily Chamlee-Wright has had two papers accepted for publication. Her article “Cultivating the Liberally Educated Mind Through Signature Programs,” co-authored with Joshua Hall and Laura Grube, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Economic Education.  Her paper, “Local Recovery: How Robust Community Rebound Necessarily Comes from the Bottom Up,” co-authored with Virgil Storr and Stefananie-Haeffele-Bach, will appear in The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S.: Rethinking Legislation, Policy, and Finance, edited by Amy L. LePore. Routledge.
    Elena Deanda published “From Hell to Hell: Bodily Regimes and Archival Research in Mexico, Spain, the Vatican, and France” in Dieciocho 39.2 (2016): 296-300.  http://faculty.virginia.edu/dieciocho/39.2/
    James Hall’s lyric personal essay, “Be Destroyed,” first published in Alaska Quarterly Review, was named a Notable Essay of 2015 in the most recent volume of Best American Essays, edited by Jonathan Franzen.  He gave an invited reading, master class, and Q&A at Bennington College at the end of September.
    Tia Murphy is the co-author on a paper, “The role of attachment on adult attitudes toward interacting with children,” published in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. The manuscript reports the findings from Daina Raiffe’s ’14 Senior Capstone Experience.
    Janet Sorrentino presented a paper entitled “The Muslim Rahmanid State as Frontier for William of Gellone and Bernard of Septimania at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK July 2016. While in England, she joined with History and Anthropology thesis student Isabelle Ryan to investigate late Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transitional structures at Portchester and Leicester.


  • September 2016


    Erin Anderson has contributed a chapter entitled “Teaching Work and Gender in the 21st Century” to the volume Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Kristin Haltinner and Ryanne Pilgeram and published by Springer Press in spring 2016. Her essay “Dads in Academia,” published on the Council for Contemporary Families blog “Families as They Really Are” in 2015 was republished in August 2016.

    Erin also authored a blog post, “Masculinity and Work-Family Policy,” about the meanings of recent research by economists on the consequences of academic men and women’s use of stop-the-clock policies for tenure outcomes for the blog Masculinities 101. https://masculinities101.com/2016/09/07/masculinity-work-family-policy/

    Colin Campbell is a coauthor of Termite cohabitation: the relative effect of biotic and abiotic factors on mound biodiversity, which was published in Ecological Entomology in June. Termite mounds are built by so-called builder species, but many other species may occupy a mound. In this study, termite mounds were characterized by size, location, and the identity and presence/absence of the builder species. The multi-disciplinary team of authors applied a wide range of methodological tools to assess the relationship between these factors and mound biodiversity. In addition to the demonstrating the utility of the methodology for related studies, the authors show, for instance, that the presence of the builder species has a negative impact on biodiversity.

    Additionally, Colin is the lead author of Top-down network analysis characterizes hidden termite–termite interactions, which was published in Ecology and Evolution in August. The interactions that occur between species inside termite mounds are difficult to characterize because opening termite mounds for observation changes termite behavior. Thus indirect methods must be used to determine if interactions between termite species that cohabitate mounds are (for example) mutually beneficial or mutually antagonistic. In this study, patterns of coexistence between termite species within termite mounds were compared to patterns of interactions in well-studied ecological systems such as plant visitation by pollinators. The study concludes that there is some evidence to support the hypothesis that termite-termite interactions are overall mutually beneficial.

    Tom Cousineau gave a talk entitled “Fernando Pessoa’s Lisbons” at the “Cultural Representations of the City” conference hosted by the English Department of the University of Bucharest.  This talk is related to his online writing and lecturing project, “The Séance of Reading: Uncanny Designs in Modernist Writing.”

    In addition, Tom has been appointed to a one-month visiting position with the humanities division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest.  Along with presenting a series of public lectures related to his online “The Séance of Reading” project, he will deliver the keynote address, “René Girard et Mircea Eliade: Le Bouc émissaire et Son Double,” at a conference hosted by the university’s Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales.

    Ryan Eanes is pleased to announce that the forthcoming book Confronting Technopoly: Charting a Course Towards Human Survival (http://www.amazon.com/Confronting-Technopoly-Charting-towards-Survival/dp/1783206888/), edited by Phil Rose of York University, will prominently feature a chapter written by him, entitled “The Omnipresent Opiate: Rethinking Internet Addiction in the Network Era.”.  A chapter draft can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/311489007/The-Omnipresent-Opiate-Rethinking-Internet-Addiction-in-the-Network-Era?secret_password=YFbvhQh3R1Z2MCkfQyS9. The book should be out by year’s end.

    In August, Professor Laura J. Eckelman presented a paper at the 2016 national conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Her presentation, “Intro Design: Teaching Students to See” was part of a larger panel discussion on theatre pedagogy, titled “Embodying Best Practices: an open roundtable discussion addressing successful teaching practices in the design/tech/management classroom.”

    Brendon Fox directed two plays at regional theaters across the country: The Pitmen Painters at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL and Alabama Story (the Midwest Premiere) at Peninsula Players, WI. I received a FEF last spring to travel to the UK to research the mining culture and actual paintings of the protagonists of Pitmen Painters. Both were extremely well-received. Click here for more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/milwaukee/article/BWW-Review-PPTs-Regional-Premiere-ALABAMA-STORY-Defends-Freedom-to-Read-in-Poignant-Production-20160830

    James Hall’s book of lyric personal essays titled I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well won the Cleveland State University Press’s Essay Collection Award and will be published in April 2017. 

    Ryan Kelty’s co-edited book Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior was released in July by Roman & Littlefield. In addition to editing the volume, Ryan contributed two chapters: “Controlling the Corporate Warrior” (with Gary Schaub) and “A Boots-Eye View of Civilian Contracting: Soldiers, Contractors and the Way Forward.”

    Aaron Krochmal was recently invited to address the North American Leadership Team of DuPont’s Crop Protection Unit.  Aaron addressed the interrelatedness of conservation and large-scale agricultural efforts, highlighted the positive impact that agricultural land use patterns can have for wildlife, and advocated for increased collaborative efforts between conservation community and the agricultural industry. 

    Aaron also recently published several photographs in Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont, a natural history educational guide to the Piedmont region of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia compiled by Drs. Jonathan Storm and Briget Doyle, and Julie Smoak, Melissa Storm and Rachel Furman of the University of South Carolina, Upstate. The guide can be downloaded here - http://news.uscupstate.edu/2016/08/usc-upstate-presents-new-field-guide-e-book-about-southern-piedmont-species/

    Anne Marteel-Parrish was selected as the University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Outstanding Alumna for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Anne is excited to attend the Annual Alumni Festivities in her honor as well as the 2016 Homecoming Events on October 14-15. Anne also joined the Kent County STEM Steering Committee for Starters this fall.

    Professor Kate Moncrief acted this summer in nexStage Theatre’s 2016 Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival (Ketchum, Idaho), portraying the role of Gwen in Gina Gionofriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn.  She gave a lecture, “King Lear, Then and Now,” a part of the “Speak What We Feel:  Acting Shakespeare Retreat” and gave a pre-show talk, “‘This Great Stage of Fools”:  King Lear in Performance” at the Elements Theatre Company, Aug. 11-12, in Orleans, MA.  She also served as dramaturg for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Othello which opens in downtown Baltimore on Sept 16.

    Rick Striner’s new book “Love in the Afterlife:  Underground Religion at the Movies” was published in May by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

    Michele Volansky’s article based on her sabbatical research, “All the World’s a Campaign” appears as the cover story in the September issue of American Theatre magazine, published by the Theatre Communications Group.  Volansky also served as the Conference Dramaturg for PlayPenn in July, where she worked on Jonathan Payne’s play Poor Edward and MJ Kaufman’s play Sensitive Guys and oversaw the development of 5 other new plays.

    Peter Weigel published “Aquinas and Locke on Person and Resurrection,” in Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, Vol. 13, The Metaphysics of Personal Identity (Cambridge Scholars, 2016).

    He recently reviewed Leszek Kolakowski’s, Is God Happy? (Basic Books, 2013) for The Key Reporter, The Phi Beta Kappa Society newsletter, where he is a regular book reviewer.


  • May 2016

    Andrew Case attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) in Seattle from March 30th-April 2nd.  He also chaired and participated in a roundtable session called “A ‘Big Question’ Conversation on Food, History, and the Environment.”

    Andrew also co-lead a workshop session called “Using History to Develop Sustainability Skills: A Workshop for Educators.”

    Colin Campbell gave an invited presentation, Links between topology and controllability, at a workshop at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University. Dynamical systems (e.g. of intracellular protein interactions) can be exceedingly complicated, but on a coarse level they are characterized by a map of what system components directly interact with what other components (e.g., which protein pairs interact). The topology of this interaction map constrains and informs techniques that can be used to influence the dynamics of the system. The presentation explored the details of this relationship and highlighted the results of senior Steven Aucott’s joint SCE in Physics and Computer Science, which was co-advised by Prof. Shaun Ramsey.

    Elena Deanda gave the public lecture “Folk Music and the Inquisition in Colonial Mexico” at Oberlin College in Ohio, invited by the Latin American Studies Program, the History, and the Spanish departments. 

    Deanda also presented the paper “Geographies of Pleasure: Pornotopias in Spain and Mexico” at the American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. She participated in a round table with the talk “From Hell to Hell: Seeking the Obscene in Mexico, Spain, France, and Vatican City,” and chaired a table with the title “Unfinished Business and the Enlightenment”. 

    Melissa Deckman’s book, Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the New Right, was published in April 2016 with NYU Press.  Her op-ed, “Angry White Women for Trump,” appeared in the Washington Post April 7.  Lastly, she served as a discussant on the panel “The Constitutional Politics of Religion and Education” at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting on April 9, 2016.

    Adam Goodheart’s book 1861: The Civil War Awakening has gone under contract to be translated into Chinese and published by the Gingko Book Co., a Beijing publishing house. An initial hardcover printing of 5,000 copies will be released next year.  (Adam notes that this means one out of every 271,000 people in China will read his book.) Adam also recently appeared twice as a guest for hour-long segments of the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio: once on April 19th to discuss colleges’ and universities’ historical ties to slavery, and again on April 27 for the “Readers Review” discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s novel “My Name Is Lucy Barton.”

    Ryan Kelty’s article “The U.S. Navy’s Maiden Voyage: Effects of Integrating Sailors and Civilian Mariners on Deployment” originally published in the journal Armed Forces & Society has been reprinted in the Sage Publication Military Sociology (vol. II, Military Organization).

    Aaron Krochmal was recently featured in a short spotlight article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The article, entitled, A Study of Forgetting, focuses on Aaron’s ongoing work on the role of learning and memory in turtle navigation and on the role his undergraduate co-investigators in the success of the project.  To read the article, follow this link and scroll down http://chronicle.com/article/A-Sociologist-Who-Found/236128

     John Leupold’s debut album entitled Exasperating Perpetuation was released by Ravello Records on April 8, 2016. The CD features four chamber works composed over the last four years. The album was recorded and mastered at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, VA. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Leupold’s latest work for chamber orchestra, Industrious Hybridization, received its world premiere on March 13, 2016 in Bethesda, MD.

     Julie Markin presented a poster titled “A Mode-based Approach to Seriation of Woodland Pottery in Northwest Georgia” at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 2016.  The poster was co-authored with Vernon J. Knight, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama.

    Prof. Kate Moncrief gave a pre-show lecture, “‘It is required you do awake your faith’: The Winter’s Tale in Performance” at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory on April 16, 2016.  She gave three pre-show talks, “Will and Wonder:  Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death,” and moderated two post-show talk-back discussions at the Elements Theatre Company in Orleans, MA.  She also led a day-long workshop on Shakespeare’s King Lear for the actors in this company, April 22-24.

    Jon McCollum was an invited artist-in-residence at the University of Texas, Rio Grand Valley from April 10-15. While there, he performed two solo recitals, taught two masterclasses, and completed a series of guest lectures in the musicology/ethnomusicology undergraduate and graduate programs. As part of his residency, he also met with individual graduate students as a guest adviser for their theses. On April 30, he and Professor Leupold brought McCollum’s Music History class to see a live Metropolitan Opera Cast of the opera Elektra, by Richard Strauss.

     Tia Murphy presented a poster entitled “The influences of attachment and gender on children’s recall of storybook events” with four student co-authors at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in New York City. 

    Pamela Pears has edited a special issue of CELAAN (Revue du Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord/Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa), entitled Regards sur les films d’Abdellatif Kechiche. Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2016).

    Woobin Park has been invited to participate in the 2016 Asia International Piano Festival and Competition as a teaching faculty member, featured soloist, and chamber musician, performing alongside the illustrious Prima Vista String Quartet from Poland. In addition, she will serve as one of the judges for the piano competition. The festival will take place this summer in Seoul, Korea.

    Susan Vowels presented her paper “Information Systems Implementation Consequences:  Ethical Treatment of End Users” at the 2016 Southern Association for Information Systems Conference in St. Augustine, Florida on March 18th.

    Phil Walsh (English) published “The Importance of Being Helen,” a short essay on Helen of Troy and Aubrey Beardsley’s The Toilet of Helen (1896). It appeared this week in Eidolon and kicks off the journal’s anniversary events. His interest in Beardsley stems from his research on the ancient Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes. His book, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, is forthcoming this fall with Brill.  

  • April 2016

    Erin Anderson recently attended the Eastern Sociological Society’s (ESS) annual meeting in Boston, MA.  She presented the paper “Infographing the Sociological Imagination” in the session Pop Culture in the Classroom, which she organized and presided over.  She also organized, in conjunction with the ESS Committee on the Status of Women, and presided over the paper session Work-Life Policy and Academics.  

    On March 19th, Bridget Bunten and Ryan Kelty presented their paper “College Classrooms and Safe Spaces: Negotiating Intellectual Challenge and Risk Taking in Higher Education” at the annual meeting for the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Colin Campbell is an author on An evolutionary computation approach to examine functional brain plasticity, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. Understanding how interactions between different regions of the brain change over time, for instance in response to aging, is a common goal in neuroscience. One standard method is to measure the extent to which the activity in two different regions of the brain are correlated, and determine how that correlation changes over time (generally over the course of months or years). A major potential shortcoming of this approach is that the analysis generally computes one average signal for each region. However, in cases where an averaged signal may suggest no change in correlation over time between the regions, a more sensitive method may detect, for instance, an increase in correlation for one portion of the regions and a decrease in correlation for a second portion of the regions. In this paper, the authors present a computationally efficient method for detecting and characterizing this so-called within-region heterogeneity. As a case study, the authors consider the brain’s response to traumatic brain injury.   


    Adam Goodheart has been elected a member of the Society of American Historians, an honorary society established at Columbia University in 1939. Membership is limited to fewer than 400 “scholars, journalists, essayists, biographers, novelists, documentarians, playwrights, poets, or filmmakers. Members are elected based on their demonstrated commitment to literary distinction in the writing and presentation of history and biography. Literary excellence in historical work is marked by vividness, clarity, empathy, narrative power, and explanatory force.” 

    Ryan Kelty presented a paper titled “Are There Atheists in Civilian Foxholes?: Religion, Distress, and Mental Health among Deployed Civilians” (with Alex Bierman, Univ. Calgary) at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting in Boston (March 17-20).  As part of this regional conference he also co-organized a mini-conference on military sociology consisting of 40 authors, from 7 countries, across 11 sessions.

    Aaron Lampman co-chaired a double session at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 30, 2016.  The session titled “Designing and Leading Undergraduate Field Schools:  Lessons from the Field” examined the goals, outcomes and social, cultural and economic impacts of study abroad.  His paper was titled “Education Beyond Tourism:  Ethnographic Methods & Transformative Learning.”

    Mook Lim recently published a paper in the B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Advance Tier) titled “Public Provision of Health Insurance and Welfare”. The link to the article is: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bejm.ahead-of-print/bejm-2015-0094/bejm-2015-0094.xml

    Julie Markin co-chaired a session titled Changing Landscapes: Archaeological Evidence of Ideological, Social and Technological Transformation among Farmers in the Middle Atlantic Region, c. AD 1050 - Contact at the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference in Ocean City, Maryland on March 11, 2016.  Her paper for the session was titled “The Good, The Bad, The Potential: Employing Remote Sensing Technologies in the Search for Complexity on Maryland’s Chester River.” She also presented a paper titled “Study ‘Abroad’ in Sovereign Nations:  Undergraduate Experiences on US Native American Reservations.” at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 30, 2016.

    Ken Miller’s review of Thomas A. Chambers’s Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012) appears in the William and Mary Quarterly (January 2016): 173-77.

    Miller’s recently released monograph, Dangerous Guests, has also been shortlisted for the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond’s 2016 Book Award. The prize committee considers titles published during the two previous years.

    Professor Kate Moncrief gave a paper, “”Editing Shakespeare for Performance” at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference in New Orleans, March 23-26 2016.  She also gave a pre-concert talk, “Will and Wonder: The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death” for the Chester River Chorale’s performance of Shakespeare’s Songbook, April 2, 2016.

    Andrew Oros (Political Science and International Studies) moderated a public conversation on Seventy Years of the US-Japan Security Alliance with former Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto at the Japan Society of New York and participated on a panel on changes in Japanese security policy at the annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in Seattle, Washington.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Corporate Goodness and Financial Performance” (co-authored with Yangru Wu of Rutgers University) in the annual conference of Midwest Finance Association in Atlanta, GA on March 5th. The same paper is also presented by her in the annual meeting of Southwestern Finance Association in Oklahoma City, OK on March 10th

    In addition to the travel that her sabbatical has taken her (Chicago; New York; Plymouth, MA; Fayetteville, NC; Miami, FL), Michele Volansky has served on the Artistic Advisory Board for the National Playwright’s Conference (February), the selection panel for PlayPenn (February), presented a talk (“New Plays in Higher Education”) to the Temple University Theatre 1037 symposium (March 11), and served as the Consulting Dramaturg for Drexel University’s “Page to Stage” class (March 10-13).

    Christine Wade’s article, “Activists’ Murders Show Human Rights Under Assault in Latin America,” appeared in World Politics Review on March 21, 2016.

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