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2015-2016

To: Zoë Kontes

Zoë has been awarded a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. Zoe’s project is to create a podcast on the illicit trade in classical antiquities.


Euphronios Krater (circa 515 BCE, National Etruscan Museum, Rome)

Zoë is in the second cohort of Fellows in the second year of this pilot program. The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship “celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. Each Fellow receives a semester of leave to pursue a public-facing project, as well as a $10,000 stipend toward project costs” – web page


To: Jennifer Clarvoe

Jennifer has been awarded a six week writer’s residency at the James Merrill House in

Stonington, CT. 4/20/2016

The James Merrill House, home for forty years to the celebrated poet, now serves a museum and offers short-term residencies to writers. The fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit. Jennifer will spend her 6-week residency in November and December of 2016 working on a book of poems.

To: Katherine Weber
Katherine’s article "George Gershwin’s Self-Portrait in the Mirror with My Mother" has been published in American Imago 72.4 (2015): 335-353.  https://muse.jhu.edu/.

Abstract

This paper considers from a personal and historical perspective the meaning of a 1934 photograph by George Gershwin, a self-portrait in the mirror with a twelve-year-old child, who was the author’s mother. The author traces her mother’s connection to Gershwin and explores the complex relationships that brought the composer and her mother together. Starting with a first person account of childhood awareness of and response to the figures in the photograph, the author elucidates the historical context that led to Gershwin’s taking up photography, including the role of his psychoanalyst Gregory Zilboorg. The paper explores the world in which the photograph was created, the photograph’s composition, the author’s mother’s lifelong fascination with photography, and the author’s childhood desire to be seen by Gershwin the way the girl in the picture, her mother, was seen. Project MUSE. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.
To: Wendy MacLeod
Wendy’s latest play, Mary’s Girl has been selected by A.C.T. in Seattle for the Icicle Creek New Play Festival in May.

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Wendy was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. 4/14/2016
To: Jim Carson

Jim’s essay “The Sentimental Animal” was published in Reflections on Sentiment: Essays in Honor of George Starr. Edited by Alessa Johns.Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2016. 55-81. George Starr was Jim’s dissertation director. 4/14/2016


Reflections on Sentiment not only addresses current scholarly interest in feeling and affect but also provides an occasion to celebrate the career of George Starr, who, in more than fifty years of incisive scholarship and committed teaching, has elucidated the work of Daniel Defoe and the role of sentimentalism in what was once reductively termed an age of reason and realism. Due to the critique Starr spearheaded, scholars today can approach with greater assurance the complex interplay of reason and emotion, thought and sensibility, science and feeling, rationality and enthusiasm, judgment and wit, as well as forethought and instinct, as these shaped the scientific, religious, political, social, literary, and cultural revolutions of the Enlightenment. – Publisher
To: Belinda Craig-Quijada and Julie Brodie
Balinda Craig-Quijada and Julie Brodie presented collaborative research and performed at the 2015  International Council of Kinetography Laban conference in Tours, France in July 2015. ICKL promotes research and development of Laban studies and supports information exchange among centers who use the system of notation and movement analysis. 4/14/2016
To: Kora Radella
Kora has been awarded a Yaddo Artist in Residency for her choreographic research. Her residency will be July 27-August 23, 2016.

“Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment… Collectively, artists who have worked at Yaddo have won 71 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, 42 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 108 Rome Prizes, 52 Whiting Writers' Awards, a Nobel Prize (Saul Bellow, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976), and countless other honors.” – Yaddo Website

To: Gregory Spaid


Greg has been awarded a National Parks artist residency for this summer at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Greg will be living in a hogan (traditional Navajo dwelling) in the park while photographing sites of forest fires as part of an ongoing project "that focuses on our complex relationship with trees." This is the 100th anniversary of the founding of our national parks.


To: Sam Pack
Sam and his students have been awarded an “ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program” (SFF) grant. Faculty mentors and their students from nine colleges and universities have been funded in 2016. Sam and his students will be studying Igorot culture/communities in the Philippines, (Baguio and Batad) especially the effects of tourism on Igorot youths. 1/26/2016
To: Frank Peiris
Frank was awarded a three year grant by the Petroleum Research Fund for his project "Fundamental Properties of Porous Structures and the Dynamics of Adsorbent-Pore Interactions." The grant includes funding for undergraduate students who will work with Frank on the project using spectroscopic ellipsometry to study and understand the effect of pore deformation during adsorption, and the dynamics of the desorption process. Much of the funding will support Kenyon student researchers.
To: Gregory Spaid
Greg’s work will be featured in Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery show “Go Figure” which showcases 13 Ohio artists’ explorations of the human form. The show will be on view January 28–March 23, 2016. Curated by Ohio University Dean Emeritus Charles McWeeny. Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, 77 S High St., Columbus, OH. (First Floor Lobby)



Gregory Spaid
Woman with Magenta Coat, 2009
65" x 45"
Archival ink jet print
To: Simone Dubrovic

Simone’s book Pagine sfogliate, con disegni originali di Valeriano Trubbiani, has been published by Raffaelli, 2015.



"Le pagine sfogliate plays in its Italian title with the double meaning of the Italian verb "sfogliare" ("to browse" and "to peel off"): a collection of "pages" about what happens by chance, what is lost, what remains. With original drawings by Valeriano Trubbiani (former collaborator of Federico Fellini), one of the last true great Italian artists" –Author
12/3/2015

To: John Hofferberth


John recently published two research articles with collaborators:
Weiss I, Hofferberth J, Ruther J and Stökl J (2015) "Varying importance of cuticular hydrocarbons and iridoids in the species-specific mate recognition pheromones of three closely related Leptoplinia species" in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00019, March 2015) IW, JH, JR, and JS designed the experiments. IW conducted the experiments. IW analyzed the data. JH synthesized the compounds. IW, JH, JR, and JS wrote the manuscript. This study was funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG; grant STO 966/1-1 to JS).
Ebrahim, S.A.M.; Dweck, H.K.M; Stoekl, J.; Hofferberth, J.E.; Trona, F.; Weniger, K.; Rybak, J.; Seki, Y.; Stensmyr, M.C. Sachse, S.; Hansson, B.S.; Knaden, M. "Drosophila Avoids Parasitoids by Sensing Their Semichemicals via a Dedicated Olfactory Circuit" in PLOS Biology (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002318, December 2015) 12/1/2015
To: Julie Brodie
Julie has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Teaching Grant in Latvia. Julie will be teaching at the Latvian Academy of Culture and the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. This is Julie’s second Fulbright; the first was in Egypt.
To: Irene Lopez
Irene has been appointed as a Diversity Abroad, task force member. Her task force is focused on helping racially and ethnically diverse students.

“Diversity Abroad is the leading national professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education. Task Force members provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives and contribute to the development of new resources for the field of international education.” 10/21/2015

To: Christopher Bickford

A research paper from the Bickford lab titled "Linkage between trichome morphology and leaf optical properties in New Zealand alpine Pachycladon (Brassicaceae)" was accepted for publication in New Zealand Journal of Botany. The paper was led by J. Patrick Mershon '14 and involved an international collaboration with a researcher at Massey University (New Zealand).

JP Mershon, M Becker & CP Bickford (2015) Linkage between trichome morphology and leaf optical properties in New Zealand alpine Pachycladon (Brassicaceae), New Zealand Journal of Botany, 53:3, 175-182, DOI: 10.1080/0028825X.2015.1042486 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2015.1042486 linkage between trichome morphology and leaf optical properties in new zealand alpine pachycladon (brassicaceae)

To: Benjamin Schumacher


Ben and Denison colleague Michael D. Westmoreland, are one of 20 teams around the world who have received an FQXi "Physics of What Happens" award for their project "Eidostates and physical records of events." The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) is a physics philanthropic organization. The 20 winning teams will research deep questions in physics, cosmology, philosophy, and related fields. The award will help to fund travel and research for the two faculty colleagues as well as four student researchers.

We observe, describe, and act upon the world from within the world. The records we possess about events are physical configurations of our memory, and the processes by which we acquire, manipulate, use and delete those records are governed by physical laws. Our "eidostate" (from the Greek "eidos", meaning "to see") is the partial description of the world that we hold based on all the information available to us. This project aims to explore how one part of the universe can construct and amend its description of the whole. In thermodynamics, this leads to a new approach in which Maxwell's demon and other "information engines" play a central role. In quantum physics, this may shed light on the measurement problem, in which quantum devices gain and use information to control other systems. Of particular interest is the way that physical agents perceive the passage of time based on their records of events. Finally, when many agents interact, their respective eidostates include information about each other. This fact connects eidostates to the field of epistemic logics, which studies the logical properties of the knowledge and beliefs held by reasoners.  – Project Summary


2014-2015
To: Jacqueline McAllister
Jacqueline has been awarded an East European Title VIII grant, through The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program. Jacqueline will be a residential scholar over the summer, 2015. 

[The East European Studies Title VIII Residential Scholar] Grants are intended to give scholars the opportunity either to complete existing projects or to commence new research in the heart of Washington, D.C., where they can establish links to U.S. government officials and become better attuned to how their research can inform policy. The grant is administered by the United States Department of State. Research Scholarships allow pre‐tenure academics or recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to step aside from teaching responsibilities in order to turn their dissertation research into a publishable monograph or to begin a new project. Within the Wilson Center, EES bring together Title VIII scholars with local policymakers and colleagues from Eastern Europe and Eurasia who come to WWC through other grant programs, thereby creating a community of scholars and practitioners that can share and contribute to each other’s work. This community creates lifelong professional contacts that will inform each scholar’s research for years to come. –Wilson Center


Jacqueline will use the opportunity to work on two articles, as well as a book manuscript, that address the impact of international criminal tribunals on violence against civilians. 4/24/2015

To: Marie Snipes

Marie has received a $47,366 NSF grant to support “Collaborative Research: Data Driven Applications Inspiring Upper-Division Mathematics." Marie is directing the project. Collaborators include Christopher S. Camfield, Hendrix College, Heather Moon, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Thomas J. Asaki, Washington State University. 4/1/2015
Their “…project will develop modules that start with current data problems and use them to motivate the theory. The PIs want to assess how this hands-on, data-driven approach will enhance appreciation of the mathematical concepts involved, provide new avenues for student directed discovery, equip students to participate in a workforce in need of application-ready skills, and inspire students to pursue postgraduate study in theoretical and applied mathematics.” – proposal to NSF, Research Objectives
To: Marta Sierra

Marta and her Hope College colleague, María Claudia André, have received a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative award for their project “Latin American Anarcha-Feminist Women: Vision and Legacy.” The objectives of this collaborative project are to “1) publish a collection of writings by Latin American anarcha-feminists of the period of 1900-1940; 2) design a web based initiative using digital technology; 3) create a hybrid team-taught course; 4) develop a teaching unit; and 5)

student and faculty conference presentations on the topic.” – Sierra/André proposal 4/2015

To: Sarah Blick


Sarah, along with faculty members from Hope College, Kalamazoo College, and the College of Wooster have received a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative award for their project “Defining Sacred Space: Theory, Practice, and Experience.” The group is “…dedicated to exploring the theory, meaning, and manifestations of sacred space. The group will foster intellectual collaboration by sharing resources, scholarly expertise, and a sense of community as we work together studying, defining, experience and reconstructing space and the built environment.” –from the GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative Project Proposal
To: Bruce Hardy
Bruce’s recent work with French colleagues from the Insitute of Human Paleontology, “Impossible Neanderthals? Making string, throwing projectiles and catching small game during Marine Isotope Stage 4 (Abri du Maras, France)” published in Quaternary Science Reviews Volume 82, 15 December 2013, Pages 23–40, is discussed in an article entitled

Neanderthal Minds by Kate Wong in Scientific American (February 2015), 312, 36-43.

Bruce’s work provides evidence that Neanderthals had a broader diet than previously thought and that they may have manufactured string or cordage.

CREDIT: Giordano Polini


Fresh evidence of Neandertal ingenuity has also come from the site of Abri du Maras in southern France, which sheltered Neandertals around 90,000 years ago. Microscopic analyses of stone tools from the site, conducted by Bruce Hardy of Kenyon College and his colleagues, revealed traces of all manner of activities once thought to be beyond the ken of the species. For instance, the team found remnants of twisted plant fibers that would have been used for making string or cords, which then could have been fashioned into nets, traps and bags. Traces of wood turned up as well, suggesting that the Neandertals crafted tools from that material.” - Wong
To: Kimmarie Murphy

Kimmarie and her Icelandic colleague Guðný Zoega have had their article entitled "Life on the edge of the arctic: The bioarchaeology of the Keldudalur cemetery in Skagafjörður, Iceland" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.


To: Zoe Kontes
Zoe is featured as a “Debater” in the online New York Times feature “The Opinion Pages ‘Room for Debate”’ on the topic “When Should Antiquities Be Repatriated to Their Country of Origin?” January 21, 2015. Her piece is titled “Repatriation Reinforces International Collaboration.” 1/23/2015
To: Marie Snipes

Marie has received a $47,480 grant award from NSF for "Workshop Travel to Study Analysis and Geometry in Metric Space." This award provides funds for sixteen U.S. participants (including graduate students and established mathematicians at all career levels) to attend workshops and mini-courses which will be held at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT) in Madrid, Spain. In addition to sharing knowledge and exploring new areas of mathematical research in Madrid, the project is expected to increase networking and collaborative research among the selected attendees and their institutions and promote further integration of research into undergraduate math education. 1/12/2015


To: Rebecca Wolf
Rebecca received Ezekiel Awards of Outstanding Achievement and Board Choice Awards for THE ARABIAN NIGHTS lighting design and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS scene design during the USITT Ohio Valley Design Exhibit in October, 2014. These design awards are the highest given by the regional section. Both designs will represent the Ohio Valley Section at the USITT national exhibition in Cincinnati, March 18 along with the nine other Board Choice designs.
To: Melissa Dabakis

Melissa’s book A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome has been published by the Penn State University Press.

“When Elizabeth Cady Stanton penned the Declaration of Sentiments for the first women’s rights convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, she unleashed a powerful force in American society. In A Sisterhood of Sculptors, Melissa Dabakis outlines the conditions under which a group of American women artists adopted this egalitarian view of society and negotiated the gendered terrain of artistic production at home and abroad...” –publisher …more 12/9/2014
To: Siobhan Fennessy
Siobhan has been awarded $319,000 by the USEPA to renew her project "Integrating Indicators of Ecological Condition and Ecosystem Services for the Assessment of Anthropogenic Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems.” The grant will run from 2014-2017. 9/13/2014
To: Anna Sun

In addition to the “Best Book” Award from the ASA-Sociology of Religion section (see below) Anna’s Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton University Press, 2013) has been awarded “Best First Book in the History of Religions” by the American Academy of Religion. 9/16/2014



"The Awards for Excellence and Best First Book in the History of Religions recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. The awards honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted." -AAR

To: Wade Powell

Wade has been awarded $302,572 by NIH, NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for his project “Aryl hydrocarbon receptor multiplicity in a frog model of dioxin toxicity.” 9/1/0/2014

“The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that mediates the toxic and carcinogenic effects of numerous environmental contaminants, including dioxin-like compounds from industrial waste and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil and cigarette smoke. It also plays essential roles several developmental processes, including liver development, cardiovascular development and immune cell differentiation. Alterations in AHR activity thus underlie multiple human disease states. Humans (and most mammals) have only one AHR gene. Despite decades of study, the mechanisms by which the single AHR carries out these diverse, seemingly unrelated functions are not well understood. In this AREA grant renewal application, we propose an integrated set of experiments that logically follow our earlier molecular and structural characterizations of AHRs in an important model of development and toxicology, the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis). The project utilizes a comparative approach, taking advantage of a key difference between the frog model and humans: the expression of two AHRs…” –Project Proposal

To: Drew Kerkhoff

Drew has had two papers (reflecting work done on his 2012-13 sabbatical) published. 9/9/2014



The latitudinal species richness gradient in New World woody angiosperms is consistent with the tropical conservatism hypothesis,” Kerkhoff et al., PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) vol. 111 no. 22 (03 June 2014) http://www.pnas.org/content/111/22/8125.fullcover
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