Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Kirk Anderson, associate professor of French, translated from French to English the short story “Brown Hounding” by Franck Pavloff in Metamorphoses (April 2012).

William Goldbloom Bloch, professor of mathematics, published the article “Lost in a Good Book: Jorge Borges’ Inescapable Labyrinth” in Springer Verlag (April 2012). Also, Bloch and Michael Drout wrote the essay “Fair and Unfair Division in Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon” in Mathematics and Popular Culture (McFarland, February 2012).

-Alex Bloom, professor of history, published the article “The Sixties” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History (Oxford University Press, March 2012). He also presented the talk “The End of the Tunnel: The Vietnam Experience and American Life” on April 11, 2012, at Capitol Community College in Hartford, Conn.

James Byrne, visiting assistant professor of English, published the article “Cultural Memory, Identity, and Irish-American Nostalgia” in Memory Ireland, Volume 2: Diaspora and Memory Practices (Syracuse University Press, April 2012).

Michael Drout, professor of English, presented “In the Named Lands of the North: Beowulf” at the University of New Mexico on April 16, 2012, and “Lexomics: New Digital Methods for Old English Texts” on March 15, 2012, at Cornell University. He also wrote the article “Variation within Limits: An Evolutionary Approach to the Structure and Dynamics of the Multiform” in Oral Tradition (May 2012).

Nancy Kendrick, Prentice Professor of Philosophy, presented “Turning Savage Americans Into Indian Scholars: Berkeley’s Bermuda Project” on May 18, 2012, at Harvard University as one of the keynote speakers at the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy. She also presented “Berkeley and the Ladies Library” on June 4, 2012, at Université de Sherbrooke, Montreal, at the International Berkeley Conference.

Mark LeBlanc, professor of computer science and mathematics, presented “Classifying Stages of Retention and Loss of DNA Acquired by Horizontal Transfer between Bacteria and Archaea” on April 23, 2012, in Xi’an, China, at World DNA and Genome Day, an international bioinformatics conference. LeBlanc co-authored the paper with professors Michael Kahn (statistics), and Betsey Dyer (biology) and students Emily Baldwin ’13 and Kelsey Hichens ’13.

-Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, and Professor of Biology Betsey Dyer published the article “Cultures and Cultures: Fermented Foods as Culinary ‘Shibboleths,’” in Cured, Fermented and Smoked Foods: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2010 (Prospect Books, July 2011). He also wrote “Bread from Heaven, Bread from the Earth: Recent Trends in Jewish Food History” in Writing Food History: A Global Perspective (Berg, July 2012).

Francisco Fernández de Alba, associate professor of Hispanic studies, published the article “Sexualizing Transatlantic History: Eduardo Mendicutti’s Tiempos mejores” in Nuevos Hispanismos: para una crítica del lenguaje dominante (Iberoamericana Vervuert, March 2012).

Tommy Ratliff, professor of mathematics, in March was elected to a three-year term to the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America, representing the Northeastern Section, which consists of New England and four Canadian provinces.

A. Javier Trevino, professor of sociology, published the article “The Challenge of Service Sociology” in Social Problems (February 2012).