Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Armstrong wins Fulbright to India

Professor Tom Armstrong in his "neighborhood."

Professor Tom Armstrong in his "neighborhood."

Professor Tom Armstrong can trace his fascination with robotics and artificial intelligence all the way back to the early 1980s when an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in which the sweater-wearing star visited a robotics factory caught his attention. At Wheaton he continues to indulge that fascination, and he inspires it in others in the classroom and through his research. This fall he will get to do that in India as a recently selected Fulbright Scholar.

Armstrong, assistant professor of computer science, will spend a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University in Gujarat, India. He will teach computer science robotics courses focused on data mining, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and language acquisition. [Read more...]

Four professors receive NEH awards

Four Wheaton professors have been awarded more than $200,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Professors Michael Drout (and his research team members), Yuen-Gen Liang, John Partridge and Kathryn Tomasek will receive funding to support research, the creation of a new course, a digital encoding initiative, and an ongoing computerized text analysis project. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Marjorie Gelb Jones ’62 published the article “Bowling Along: Early Travel Adventures of Mary Morris Vaux” about a formerly unknown travelogue, written in 1877 by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940). It appeared in the historical journal Quaker History.

Anne McClure ’88 last November received an EMC Distinguished Engineer award, which was given to only 42 out of 47,000 employees at EMC. The honor recognizes individual technical contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and a broad range of leadership across the company.

Joshua Pierce ’99, a portfolio manager at Baystate Wealth Management, was selected as a Boston 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager. The designation recognizes him as an expert in the areas of asset management, asset protection and full wealth management. The selection process is based on a survey administered to approximately 150,000 households as well as FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) professionals within the Boston area.

Lynda Tocci ’89 received a 2011 Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Award from the Massachusetts Democratic Party at a dinner held in May. Hosted by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the event honors members of the community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to furthering the ideals of the Democratic Party through public service.