For the fall dedication of the new Mars Center for Science and Technology, Professor of English Sue Standing wrote a poem (inspired by a musical composition by Professor Delvyn Case) in honor of the building. It was one of the highlights of the opening ceremonies and one of the many poems she has written and published over the years. A faculty member since 1979, she currently is writer-in-residence and coordinator of Wheaton’s creative writing program. She has published four collections of poems and has been featured in numerous journals, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Harvard Review, the Nation, Orion and most recently Ploughshares (“Self-Portrait”). Her short story “Fast Sunday” won a 2005 Pushcart Prize. She also has won grants from the Radcliffe Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation. The Quarterly recently asked her about her writing and her research.
Traditionally Theistic: feels personally forgiven and protected by a spiritual being as well as guided and sustained by religious scriptures and prayer.
Secular-Humanistic: guided by scientific and rational principles as well as a core of values in striving to make the world a better place to live.
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.