Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Collaboration-FEATURE

Creative collaborations

Students enrich education by partnering with professors

One of the hallmarks of a Wheaton liberal arts education is the close working relationship that students have with faculty members, both inside and outside of the classroom. That is most clear in the collaborations that occur all year long between students and professors across disciplines—from English to science. Both sides benefit from joint intellectual pursuits that teach, inspire and fuel creative thinking and problem solving. And often their teamwork extends well beyond the campus to help others.

Here, we share a few of those endeavors from the fall semester. [Read more...]

Letter to the editor

As a parent of an adult child with autism spectrum disorder, I read with great interest “Understanding autism from the inside out” in the winter issue of the Quarterly. The article on Matthew Goodwin ’98 described how he helped develop a biometric wristband that can track physiological changes associated with challenging behaviors in those who are diagnosed with the disorder.

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Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Marjorie Gelb Jones ’62 published The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott, a biography of the Philadelphia Quaker (Schiffer, 2015).

Jo Ann Simons Derr ’75, former president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers, became chief executive officer of the Northeast Arc on Jan. 4, 2016. The Arc is a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community.

Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Faculty

Alex Bloom, professor of history, published Takin’ It to the Streets: A Sixties Reader (Fourth Edition) (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Delvyn Case, associate professor of music, had his original holiday overture “Rocket Sleigh” performed by 14 orchestras, including the Atlanta, Toronto, Roanoke, Toledo, Grand Rapids and Pacific symphonies. It also received its U.K. premiere by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (December 2015).

Michael Drout, professor of English, published Tolkien Studies: Volume 12 (West Virginia University Press, 2015). He was interviewed in December 2015 by National Public Radioand theNew York Times as an expert on Tolkien in regard to the case in Turkey in which a physician faces a two-year prison sentence for insulting the Turkish president by comparing him to the character Gollum,from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He also was an on-air expert in several episodes of the History Channel’s “True Monsters” series—“Devils and Hell,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Giants and Beasts” and “Cannibals and Killers.”

John Grady, professor of sociology, and Michael Gousie, professor of math/computer science, presented “The Social Composition of an Imaginary World: The Star Village in Hollywood, 1927–2013,” an identification and analysis of the social types generated by a visualization of the most popular movie stars on the Quigley Poll, at the International Visual Sociology Association Conference, in Tinos, Greece, on June 27, 2015. Professor Grady also was a co-organizer of the Visual Methods Seminar 2015, with attendees from 20 countries at the University of Antwerp. The seminar, held Aug. 24 through Sept. 4, 2015, focused on defining interpretative issues in the design of visual social research and examined best practices in conducting an investigation. [Read more...]