Russell Williams, associate professor of economics, ventured into new territory during his spring 2011 sabbatical, serving as lead economist on a study of the economic impact of renewable energy projects on rural areas. The work, examining nine projects in seven states, comprised the U.S. component of an international study sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Based in Paris, the OECD is a 34-nation consortium that seeks solutions to shared economic and social problems. Senior writer Hannah Benoit talked with Professor Williams about his recent work. [Read more...]
Vicki Bartolini, professor of education, spoke on an international panel, “Shared Challenges, Shared Opportunities: How Countries Can Proactively Align Early Education to Promote Childhood and Family Health and Nutrition,” at the Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families conference at Wheelock College in June. She also shared her Early STEM literacy video documentation project at a session with education leaders from around the world.
Alexander Bloom, professor of history, published the article “‘The Mainspring in This Country Has Been Broken’: America’s Battered Sense of Self and the Emergence of the Vietnam Syndrome” in Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War (Duke University Press, June 2013). [Read more...]
Robie Heilbrun Harris ’62 received the inaugural Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy, presented at the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Annual Benefit on May 6 in Manhattan. The award recognizes authors dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children.
Michelle “Shelly” Jarenski ’99, assistant professor of English at University of Michigan–Dearborn, published the article “‘Delighted and Instructed’: African American Challenges to Panoramic Aesthetics in J.P. Ball, Kara Walker, and Frederick Douglass” in the American Quarterly (2013).
Priscilla Ledbetter Padgett ’82 published Mercer Island (Arcadia Publishing, May 2013), a photo history featuring images gathered from state and local archives, museums, libraries, newspapers and personal collections. It is part of Arcadia’s Images of America series, which has more than 6,000 titles.
Each year, studio art majors present work in the senior art exhibition in the Beard and Weil Galleries as a culmination of their creative experience at Wheaton. This year’s show, “Departure,” under advisor Associate Professor of Art Patricia Stone, featured diverse work by 16 students, who exhibited drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, comic illustration, graphic design, painting and sculpture. Students chose the title “Departure” for the exhibition, says Stone, because “they liked the idea of ‘art’ contained in the word, as well as the notion of ‘a point of departure’ where one uses an image or idea as a springboard to produce a new work.” This year’s exhibition showcased use of some unusual materials, including graphic design on snowboards and painting with makeup on cloth. “There was so much to enjoy in this show: humor, surprise, classic beauty, some painful truths, and an impressive level of skill,” notes Professor Stone. [Read more...]