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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...]

Four professors receive NEH awards

Four Wheaton professors have been awarded more than $200,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Professors Michael Drout (and his research team members), Yuen-Gen Liang, John Partridge and Kathryn Tomasek will receive funding to support research, the creation of a new course, a digital encoding initiative, and an ongoing computerized text analysis project. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Michael Drout, professor of English, published the article “The Cynewulf of Albert S. Cook: Philology and English Studies in America,” in English Studies (2011). Also, the article he co-wrote with professors Mark LeBlanc (computer science) and Michael Kahn (mathematics), and Christina Nelson ’11, “Of Dendrogrammatology: Lexomic Methods for Analyzing the Relationships among Old English Poems,” was published in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2011). [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works

Keiter Professor of History Alexander Bloom’s review of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush by Bernard von Bothmer appeared in the Journal of American History (December 2010). He also presented the lecture “‘I Want My Country Back’: Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the Battle for the Meaning of America,” at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy, and at the Università di Roma Tre in Rome (March 2010).

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