Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Delvyn Case, assistant professor of music, presented “Fire in the Big Top!”, a commission for narrator and brass quintet for the Portland (Maine) Symphony. It was performed at elementary schools and arts centers throughout the state of Maine in fall 2012.

Samuel Coale, English professor, published Quirks of the Quantum: Postmodernism and Contemporary American Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2012). He also presented a paper, “Fragments of Transformation: The Tourist, the Romancer, and Hawthorne’s Vision,” at the conference Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe, in Florence, Italy, in June.

Geoffrey Collins, geology professor, co-wrote the National Academies Report Assessment of Planetary Protection Requirements for Spacecraft Missions to Icy Solar System Bodies (National Academies Press, April 2012). He was the vice chair of the committee that wrote the report.

John Collins, physics professor, co-authored the article “The Interconfigurational (4f15d1 to 4f2) Luminescence of Pr3+ in LuPO4, K3Lu(PO4)2 and LiLuSiO4,” in Optical Materials (June 2012). Morgan Jennings ’08 is one of the co-authors. Collins also co-authored the article “Thermal and Concentration Dependence of Cross-Relaxation in Pr-doped YPO4” in the Journal of Luminescence (2012), with Megan Geen ’12 as one of the co-authors.

Michael Drout, English professor, published the articles “A Note on Homiletic Fragment II and the Process of Translation from Latin to Old English” in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen (2012); and “Variation within Limits: An Evolutionary Approach to the Structure and Dynamics of the Multiform” in Oral Tradition (December 2011). He co-wrote, with Rebecca Epstein ’08 and others, “Bibliography (in English) for 2010,” published in Tolkien Studies (August 2012). He also created a course on CD, “Tolkien and the West: Reclaiming Europe’s Lost Literary Tradition,” (Crescite Group, July 2012).

Francisco Fernández de Alba, associate professor of Hispanic studies, delivered a lecture titled “Living Memories: The Spanish Civil War and the Veterans of the International Brigades” at Bryn Mawr College in October 2012.

Scott Gelber, assistant professor of education, was awarded the Linda Eisenmann Prize for Distinguished Scholarship by a Junior Scholar in the Field of the History of Higher Education in the United States (November 2012) by the History of Education Society. The award was for his book The University and the People: Envisioning American Higher Education in an Era of Populist Protest (University of Wisconsin Press, September 2011).

Jake Mahaffy, associate professor of filmmaking, had his short film “Miracle Boy,” an adaptation of a Pinckney Benedict story, premiered at the 69th Venice Biennale as one of 14 international short films. Mahaffy’s other films also were screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in September 2012.

Bianca Cody Murphy, psychology professor, presented “Designing a Cross-Cultural Experience in Bhutan” at the Educating for Sustainable Happiness conference. The presentation described the approaches taken by Wheaton and the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan to synergistically facilitate intercultural interaction and learning in concert with pedagogical innovation, the challenges encountered, and lessons learned.