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Publications, honors and creative works

Faculty

John Miller, professor of economics, coauthored the article “Why the United States is Not Greece” with Katherine Sciacchitano in the January/February issue of Dollars & Sense magazine.

John Kricher, professor of biology, presented “Our Changing World” on February 7 at the Tucson Audubon Society Fourth Annual Gala. He spoke about the concept of balance of nature, why it is not true, and how, in a changing world, conservationists can be effective in influencing societal decisions.

Michael Drout, professor of English, published the article “Variation within Limits: An Evolutionary Approach to the Structure and Dynamics of the Multiform” in Oral Tradition (December 2011).

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Publications, honors and creative works

Faculty

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, was a contributing writer to the book The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011). His student research assistant, Seth Robinson ’11, aided Brumberg-Kraus in the writing process.

Michael Gousie, professor of mathematics and computer science, presented “Focus + Context for Visualizing Uncertainty in DEMs” on Oct. 24, 2011, at the IEEE Information Visualization Conference in Providence, R.I.

Nancy Kendrick, professor of philosophy, presented “Wollstonecraft on Friendship, Utility and Pleasure” on Oct. 27, 2011, at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Hamilton, Ontario.

John Kricher, professor of biology, presented “Neotropical Bird Speciation” to the Essex County Ornithological Club on Nov. 2, 2011, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. In his presentation, he spoke of bird speciation patterns and species generation causation, with a focus on Ecuador.

Yuen-Gen Liang, assistant professor of history, along with the executive committee of the Spain-North Africa Project (SNAP), organized a one-day conference titled “Spanning the Straits: Unity/Disunity in the Western Mediterranean” at Catholic University of America, on Nov. 30, 2011. As executive director of SNAP, he gave the opening address and moderated a roundtable discussion.

M. Gabriela Torres, assistant professor of anthropology, received the New England Council of Latin American Studies 2011 Best Article Prize on Nov. 5, 2011, for “Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence,” an article she co-authored with David Carey Jr. The article, which was published in the Latin American Research Review, was recognized by the committee as “an important contribution to Latin American gender history and our current understandings of post-war violence against Guatemalan women.”

Joanne Mouradjian, assistant professor of music in performance, performed “Groung” (The Crane) at “Salute Armenia,” a celebration at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 10, 2011.

Publications, honors and creative works

Conversations with Erik & IRick Britto, visiting instructor of music in performance and Wheaton Jazz Band director, recently released two CDs—avant-garde jazz saxophone duo “Conversations with Erik & I,” and contemporary jazz project “For Your Love.”

Thandi Buthelezi, assistant professor of chemistry; John Collins, Bojan H. Jennings Professor of Natural Science/Physics/Astronomy; and Xuesheng Chen, physics professor, received an award of $255,865 from the National Science Foundation for their proposal titled “MRI: Acquisition of a Pulsed Laser/Detection System for Time-Resolved Studies of Molecular Complexes.”

Alexander Bloom, history professor, presented the lecture “The Vietnam War and Contemporary American Culture” at the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar Voices Across Time, held at the University of Pittsburgh on July 14, 2011.

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Armstrong wins Fulbright to India

Professor Tom Armstrong in his "neighborhood."

Professor Tom Armstrong in his "neighborhood."

Professor Tom Armstrong can trace his fascination with robotics and artificial intelligence all the way back to the early 1980s when an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in which the sweater-wearing star visited a robotics factory caught his attention. At Wheaton he continues to indulge that fascination, and he inspires it in others in the classroom and through his research. This fall he will get to do that in India as a recently selected Fulbright Scholar.

Armstrong, assistant professor of computer science, will spend a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University in Gujarat, India. He will teach computer science robotics courses focused on data mining, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and language acquisition. [Read more...]