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  • Honors Convocation Ceremony

    Join the Wheaton community in celebration of the academic achievements of students. Cole Memorial Chapel, Thur., April 30th at 5:00 pm. Click for webcast info…

    Honors Convocation is an occasion for the Wheaton community to celebrate the many achievements of students who have distinguished themselves academically.

    This year's ceremony will include the presentation "Fifty Years at Wheaton: Inside 02766," reflections prepared by Professor of Political Science Jay Goodman.

    Cole Memorial Chapel
    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    The ceremony and webcast will begin at 5 p.m. EST

    You also can view the webcast on Wheaton's YouTube channel.

    See also: Wheaton College Communications Annoucement

  • The Great War: One Man's Journey from Maine to France and (somehow) back again

    Presented by Mark LeBlanc, Meneely Prof., Computer Science, Tues., April 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Private John M. Longley was a young farm boy from rural Maine who traveled to France, fought in WWI, and somehow returned to live in Maine. This is his story. The manuscript is in draft form as an eBook containing original audio from an interview with John Longley and maps that allow the reader to go "to street view."

    Presented by Mark LeBlanc, Meneely Professor of Computer Science. Please join us for the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the spring semester. All are welcome to attend:

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

  • Feelings...nothing more than feelings: how emotional experience impacts visual perception

    Presented by Jason Reiss, Assistant Professor of Psychology Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 pm, PDR. Read more…

    Throughout the day, our visual experiences reflect the rich details in our surroundings, enabling us to accurately understand and interact with the environment. Right? Wrong! This talk will discuss attention research that reveals the mental illusion that we call our visual experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role that emotional information plays in this ‘grand deception’ – How it influences what we “see” to the point where we fail to notice otherwise important parts of the world.

    Presented by Jason Reiss, Assistant Professor of Psychology on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm, President’s Dining Room.  All are welcome to attend.

  • Systematic subversion in the family: children's coordination of moral, social, and personal considerations when deceiving parents and siblings

    Presented by Matthew Gingo, Assistant Professor of Psychology. All are welcome. Thurs., April 16th at 12:30 pm, PDR. Read more…

    Psychological research on deception has recently begun to consider the ways children weigh and prioritize honesty against other valued moral, social, and personal considerations in complex social contexts - such as the family. Using the framework of social-cognitive domain research, Matt's recent work addresses the question of coordination, focusing on how children’s judgments about the legitimacy of deception and defiance change through development.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch talk, presented by Matthew Gingo, Assistant Professor of Psychology. All are welcome to attend.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    12:30 pm
    PDR I and II

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

     

  • Incorporating the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School into your curriculum

    Presented by Marge Werner, Dir. of the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School and Matthew Gingo, Assist. Prof. of Psychology, Thurs., April 9, 2015 at 12:30 in PDR. Read more…

    Marge Werner, Director of the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School, and Matthew Gingo, Assistant Professor of Psychology discuss ways for faculty to consider how to use the Nursery School to enhance learning experiences for students in their classes at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Date: Thursday, April 9th
    Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
    Place: President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

  • The 2016 Presidential Race: An early look at the favorites and the long shots

    Presented by Jay Goodman, Prof. of Pol. Science and Brian Jencunas ’14 as they look closely at potential presidential candidates. Wed., April 1, 12:30 in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    Professor Goodman and Brian Jencunas, '14 will look closely at potential Presidential candidates including, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson at the next Faculty Lunch Talk.  All are welcome to attend.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015
    12:30-1:30 PM
    President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

     

     

  • Playing Bach's Goldberg Variations on the Modern Piano

    Presented by Ann Sears, Prof. of Music on Wed., March 25 in PDR. Read more…

    Ann Sears discusses the challenges and rewards of performing Bach's Goldberg Variations on the modern piano. One of Bach's most demanding keyboard pieces, this Baroque piece was originally written for a double manual harpsichord. Its architectural complexity and technical demands continue to attract performers and audiences today.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch Talk presented by Ann Sears, Professor of Music.
    All are welcome and encouraged to attend:

    Wednesday, March 25th
    12:30-1:30 PM
    President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

  • Minimally Counterintuitive Imagery from the Bible to Harry Potter

    Presented by Tom Dolack, Visiting Asstistant Prof. of Russian on Tues., March 17th at 12:30 in PDR. Read more…

    A key idea in cognitive approaches to religion has been “minimally counterintuitive images” (MCI): that is, beliefs that violate our innate mental categories, such as animals that speak, or minds with no bodies. This counterintuitiveness makes these beliefs more memorable and gives them a cultural advantage. Over the past year my students and I have tried to find ways of quantifying MCI in religious and non-religious texts as a means of testing the predictions of the theory. I will overview the tools we've been using, our preliminary results and what we may be able to do with the methodology in the future.

    Presented by Tom Dolack, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian. All are welcome to attend.

    Tuesday, March 17th
    12:30-1:30 PM
    President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

     

     

     

  • Using Math, it's easier to fix infinitely many holes than just one hole

    Presented by Bill Goldbloom Bloch, Prof. of Mathematics, Wed., March 4th in PDR, 12:30 pm.

    Ice dams are currently causing many houses to leak, and the Beatles wrote about fixing a hole where the rain gets in. Conversely, mending a particular kind of mathematical hole is harder—if cheaper—than patching a real hole. The surprising thing in the research under discussion turns out to be that it is easier to fix infinitely many holes than just one.

    Presented by Bill Goldbloom Bloch, Professor of Mathematics

    Wednesday, March 4th
    12:30-1:30 PM
    President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

  • New Horizons at Pluto: What will we find this summer?

    Presented by Geoff Collins, Prof. of Geology. Come and find out what we expect to find, what we might find, and what would be really amazing to find… Wed., Feb. 25th, 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Only a few months now separates us from humanity's first close-up view of the Kuiper Belt, a vast region of icy dwarf planets beyond Neptune. Pluto is the most famous denizen of the Kuiper Belt, having been recently demoted from its status as the ninth planet. The New Horizons spacecraft is currently hurtling toward Pluto, and even though it is the fastest spacecraft ever launched, planetary scientists have had to wait patiently for nine years to get there. During that waiting time, we have made new discoveries about Pluto, and recent research done at Wheaton has pointed to a possible warm and habitable past beneath its frozen exterior. This summer, we will learn whose ideas about Pluto are right, and whose are wrong, as close-up images and other data stream back to Earth. If past experience is a guide, we will certainly discover something we never expected.

    Come and find out what we expect to find, what we might find, and what would be really amazing to find. Presented by Geoff Collins, Professor of Geology on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in PDR.

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.