Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Collaborating to protect endangered animals

Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Morgan, Emily Blanchard ’17 and Akrofi Akotiah ’18 observe a betta fish during a lab experiment in “Comparative Animal Behavior” class.

Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Morgan, Emily Blanchard ’17 and Akrofi Akotiah ’18 observe a betta fish during a lab experiment in “Comparative Animal Behavior” class.

Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Morgan’s professional work has focused on the behavior of animals in captivity, including stress in captivity and ways that it can be eliminated. Currently, she is involved in research that explores attitudes about endangered animals, in hopes of saving them. That work is being done in collaboration with Betsey Brewer Bethel ’92, the executive director of the nonprofit E.A.R.T.H. Ltd, located at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass. In October, the two went to the 2016 International Zoo Educators Association Biennial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to present a poster on their recent data on attitudes among zoo visitors titled “Differences in Beliefs About Rhino Horn Between U.S. and Chinese Citizens: The Need for More Targeted Storytelling.” We recently asked the professor about the work. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Matthew Allen, professor of music, released the documentary film on DVD Seán Ó Sé: A Life in Song and Story in July 2016 through Multicultural Media, in Montpelier, Vt.

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, wrote the article “Communicating Jewish Identity Through Taste: Jewish Flavour Principles as Culinary ‘Midrash’” in Food and Communication: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2015 (Prospect Books, 2016).

Page 13-Christian-bookcoverShawn Christian, associate professor of English and associate provost, published The Harlem Renaissance and the Idea of a New Negro Reader (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016).

Samuel Cole, professor of English, presented “Hawthorne’s Isolation: Curse, Creed or Catastrophe?” in June at the Hawthorne Conference of 2016 in Stowe, Vt., and “Hawthorne [De]constructed: Morbid Hermit, Elegant Genius, Sexual Transgressor” at the American Literature Association’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Mark LeBlanc, professor of computer science, in May 2016 won the 2016 NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Google. The award is for open-source course materials that demonstrate a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining women and other underrepresented groups in introductory computer science courses. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Margo Walsh Davies ’86, founder of MaineWorks, was featured in the Huffington Post blog “What’s Working: Purpose + Profit.” Her company helps former inmates recovering from addiction get a fresh start through temporary employment. MaineWorks also was recognized on the 2016 Best for The World Customers list presented by the nonprofit B Lab as one of 134 companies having a positive impact on customers.

Kerin Stackpole ’84 was named the Best Lawyers  2017 Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law—Management in Burlington, Mass. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. 

Highlights

The Lyons hit the ground running in every sport during the fall and winter seasons. Here are some moments that made us Lyons roar. And speaking of roaring Lyons, our beloved mascot got an official name, thanks to suggestions from the Wheaton community. [Read more...]