Faculty and Staff Notes

Ana María Díaz Burgos Receives Honorable Mention for Monograph

April 17, 2024

Eric and Jane Nord Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana María Díaz Burgos received an Honorable Mention from the Latin American Studies Association-Colombia Section's Monserrat Ordóñez Award for Best Book for her monograph, Tráfico de saberes: agencia femenina, hechicería e Inquisición en Cartagena de Indias (1610-1614). The award had been paused in the pandemic, and resumed this year, honoring books published between 2020 and 2023.

Ron Cheung Interviewed by "MoneyGeek"

April 17, 2024

Professor and Chair of Economics Ron Cheung was recently interviewed by MoneyGeek, a personal finance website, about buying a home in Ohio.

Veljko Vujacic Interviewed by The European Center for Populism Studies

April 17, 2024

Professor of Sociology and Russian and East European Studies Veljko Vujacic gave an interview on recent events in Russia and the character of the Putin regime to the non-profit organization The European Center for Populism Studies, located in Brussels, Belgium. View the interview transcript and video here.

Jack Calcut Coauthored Paper to Appear in "Contemporary Mathematics"

April 10, 2024

Professor of Mathematics Jack Calcut and Oberlin student Liam Axon '21 have coauthored a paper on the end sum of surfaces---a procedure for combining infinite surfaces. Their article will appear in a forthcoming volume of the book series Contemporary Mathematics published by the American Mathematical Society.

John Petersen Coauthored Paper to Appear in "Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems"

April 10, 2024

Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology John Petersen recently published the paper "Biochar has positive but distinct impacts on root, shoot, and fruit production in beans, tomatoes, and willows" in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems with undergraduate collaborators and coauthors Sunniva Sheffield and Taylor Hoeffer. Additional Oberlin College students acknowledged for their research contributions include: Grace Gao, Aidan Kirchgraber, Stephanie Macedo, Elise Steenburgh, Qiao Hui Zhang, and Sophia Cartsonis.

Alicia Smith-Tran and Students Present at North Central Sociological Association's Annual Meeting

April 3, 2024

Two fourth-year sociology majors and one faculty member presented at the annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association in Columbus, OH on March 30. Maggie Balderstone ’24 presented research on experiences of transgender athletes at Oberlin, and Luca Johnson ’24 delivered a talk about public transportation in Los Angeles. Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Smith-Tran ’10 spoke on teaching photovoice methodologies to undergraduate students.

Matthew Rarey Wins 2024 Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize for Essay

April 3, 2024

Associate Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey has also been named the winner of the 2024 Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize for his essay “Leave No Mark: Blackness and Inscription in the Inquisitorial Archive,” published in Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World (National Gallery of Art, 2023). The award honors an outstanding scholarly essay on Afro Latin American and Afro-Latinx art, and is awarded jointly by the Association of Latin American Art and the Visual Culture Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Oberlin College Dance Department Sponsoring Panel at Conference

April 3, 2024

Oberlin College Dance Department is sponsoring a panel on Contact Improvisation at the Dance Studies Association conference in Buenos Aires. This is in direct response to assisting Argentinian dance scholars who are deeply affected by the new austerity policies being put in place by their new president Javier Milei.

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