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  • Serious games: using computer simulations in a climate change roleplaying activity

    Presented on Wed., Oct. 21st at 12:30 p, in Chase Small by Jason Goodman, Assoc. Prof. of Physics.

    Role-playing activities are a great way to help students understand the challenges involved in real-world negotiations, such as those required to combat anthropogenic climate change. But students often reach unrealistically amicable solutions, because they lack the historical context and partisan viewpoint of real negotiators. They are also often unable to verify that their negotiated solutions achieve their goals. I will discuss several strategies for making mock climate change negotiations more challenging and fun, including rigged briefing materials, scoring systems, and most notable, a real-time computer climate model which simulates the outcome of proposed climate change agreements during the negotiation.

    All are welcome to attend the next Faculty Lunch talks presented by Jason Goodman, Associate Professor of Physics.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

     Click here for the full schedule for Fall 2015.

  • Exposing the secret lives of black holes

    Presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assist. Prof. of Physics and Astronomy on Thurs., Oct. 15th at 12:30 in Chase Small. Read more…

    Do black holes exist in the universe? If so, how big are they? Do they spin? What other properties might they have? Do they really gobble up everything thrown at them? What does their immediate physical environment look/fee like? Professor Maitra will discuss our current understanding (ignorance, to be more accurate) of these issues.

    The next Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy on:

    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

    All are welcome to attend this and all of the faculty lunch talks. For the full schedule for Fall, 2015, click here.




  • How estrogen talks with breast cancer cells

    Hilary Gaudet, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Thurs., October 8, 2015 in Chase Small. All are welcome.

    Patients with systemic breast cancer require aggressive therapeutic intervention and despite treatment, these patients often have a poor prognosis. Estrogen is known to play an important role in promoting breast progression from primary cancer to metastatic disease. How estrogen talks to breast cancer cells and a new potential target for a breast cancer treatment will be revealed in this talk.

    Hilary Gaudet, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry will present the next Faculty Lunch talk. Please join us on:

    Thursday, October 8, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

    Click here for the complete schedule of Faculty Lunch Talks for Fall, 2015.



  • The Night of the Hunter, Bertolt Brecht, and the film yet unseen

    Please join Visiting Assist. Prof. James Byrne, Dept. of Eng., for the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Tuesday, September 29th in Chase Small. Read more…

    Visiting Assistant Professor James Byrne, English, will discuss the film The Night of the Hunter. Listed by the Cahiers du Cinema as the second greatest film of all time, and by British Film Institute as one of the top ten movies you should see by the age of fourteen, The Night of the Hunter remains today a film not fully seen by its audience. this talk hopes to reveal a little more of the majesty of this film by discussing the "love affair" of Brecht and Laughton, and the masterful influence Brecht's theories on epic theater have on the version of the film.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small



  • (RE) SOURCE EXTRACTION: An Artist Talk

    Please join Assist. Prof. of Art/Art History, Kelly Goff on Wed., Sept. 23, 2015 in Chase Small. Read more…

    Kelly Goff will discuss the role of place in the practice of visual art. Illustrated by images captured during recent excursions in Southwest Alaska and the Ecuadorian Amazon, this talk will trace the development of several of Professor Goff's sculptural projects. Whether working on location or sifting through material in the studio, the projects emerge from a site-informed mode of inquiry where aesthetics, vernacular technologies and politics all play a part.

    Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: *Chase Small

    *Please note the new location for this luncheon event.

    (The Fall 2015 Faculty Lunch Talks will be posted by the end of September with a full schedule of dates and talk titles.)


  • Fall 2015 First Year Seminar Faculty Workshop Announcement

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9:00 am. Click here for agenda and more information.

    The Fall First Year Seminar Faculty Workshop and Advising Team luncheon is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2015.

    Coffee and refreshments - 8:30 am (SC 1314)

    FYS Faculty Fall 2015 Workshop - 9:00 am (SC1314)

    Click here workshop for agenda.

    Advising Team luncheon with Preceptors and Mentors - 12:30 pm

    Location: Diana Davis Spencer Cafe, Mars Science Center

    Contact: Association Provost Shawn Christian for additional information.

  • May Faculty Workshop Announcement

    May Faculty workshops are schedule for the week of May 18, 2015. Read more…

    The 2015 May Faculty workshops are schedule to begin Monday, May 18, 2015. Workshops are scheduled throughout the week and conclude on Friday, May 22, 2015.

    Please click on the link below for a complete list of workshop titles, facilitators, and descriptions of all workshops scheduled for 2015 May Faculty Workshop Week. 


    Please note: Strategic Planning Day, followed by a reception is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015. No workshops are scheduled on Wednesday.




  • Honors Convocation Ceremony

    Join the Wheaton community in celebration of the academic achievements of students. Cole Memorial Chapel, Thur., April 30th at 5:00 pm. Click for webcast info…

    Honors Convocation is an occasion for the Wheaton community to celebrate the many achievements of students who have distinguished themselves academically.

    This year's ceremony will include the presentation "Fifty Years at Wheaton: Inside 02766," reflections prepared by Professor of Political Science Jay Goodman.

    Cole Memorial Chapel
    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    The ceremony and webcast will begin at 5 p.m. EST

    You also can view the webcast on Wheaton's YouTube channel.

    See also: Wheaton College Communications Annoucement

  • The Great War: One Man's Journey from Maine to France and (somehow) back again

    Presented by Mark LeBlanc, Meneely Prof., Computer Science, Tues., April 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Private John M. Longley was a young farm boy from rural Maine who traveled to France, fought in WWI, and somehow returned to live in Maine. This is his story. The manuscript is in draft form as an eBook containing original audio from an interview with John Longley and maps that allow the reader to go "to street view."

    Presented by Mark LeBlanc, Meneely Professor of Computer Science. Please join us for the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the spring semester. All are welcome to attend:

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

  • Feelings...nothing more than feelings: how emotional experience impacts visual perception

    Presented by Jason Reiss, Assistant Professor of Psychology Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 pm, PDR. Read more…

    Throughout the day, our visual experiences reflect the rich details in our surroundings, enabling us to accurately understand and interact with the environment. Right? Wrong! This talk will discuss attention research that reveals the mental illusion that we call our visual experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role that emotional information plays in this ‘grand deception’ – How it influences what we “see” to the point where we fail to notice otherwise important parts of the world.

    Presented by Jason Reiss, Assistant Professor of Psychology on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm, President’s Dining Room.  All are welcome to attend.