Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Publications, honors and creative works

Alumnae/i

Elizabeth Garcia ’97 has been promoted to shareholder at the law firm of Parker McCay. Garcia focuses her practice on labor and employment law as well as civil rights and government liability. She joined Parker McCay as an associate in 2001 and was previously promoted to counsel in 2007.

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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

Alumnae/i

Kristin Sundin Brandt ’94, co-founder (with Erin Kane) of Manic Mommies, a community for moms (and dads) trying to manage the combination of work and family, won two silver awards in the 2011 international W3 Awards competition. The website ManicMommies.com -won in the categories of writing/copy and home page. The site was launched in 2011 following a redesign in collaboration with web designer Zach Magoon ’96.

Candice “Candy” Nelson ’71, an associate professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C., had her manuscript Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968–2008 published by the Brookings Institute Press.

Jo Ann Simons ’75, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers, was awarded a bronze medal in the parenting category by Independent Publisher, recognizing her book The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting Your Child’s Course to Adulthood (Woodbine House, 2010).

Sally Bedell Smith ’70 published Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Random House, January 2011).