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Faculty work

Timothy Barker, astronomy professor, co-wrote the article “Rotation Period Determination for 247 Eukrate” in the Minor Planet Bulletin, with faculty technology liaison Gary Ahrendts and Shelby Delos ’14 (2012).

As part of a collaboration of the Wheaton Lexomics Research GroupMichael Drout, English professor, also co-authored the article “Books Tell Us”: Lexomic and Traditional Evidence for the Sources of Guthlac A.,” with professors Michael Kahn and Mark LeBlanc, in Modern Philology (November 2012).

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.

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).

John Collins, Bojan H. Jennings Professor of Natural Science, Physics/Astronomy, had an article he co-authored,  “Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Cr3+ in CaY2Mg2Ge3O12,” published in the Journal of Applied Physics (2010). He also co-edited Biophotonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation, which is part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics (Springer, 2010).

Photo from John Kircher's bookJohn Kricher, Professor of Biology, published a new book, Tropical Ecology (Princeton University Press, 2011). A 632-page comprehensive text, fully illustrated in color throughout, provides a detailed introduction to the ecology of the global tropics. Professor Kricher was presented with the Claudia Wilds Award for Service to the American Birding Association in October 2010.

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