Faculty and Staff Notes

Christopher Trinacty Publishes, Presents

June 30, 2014

Assistant Professor of Classics Christopher Trinacty recently published his first book, Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry, about the relationship between Seneca's dramatic poetry and the poetry of the previous generation with the Oxford University Press.  He also presented a paper entitled "Tragic Translatio and Allusive Aemulatio in Senecan Drama" at the 8th Trends in Classics International Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Rebecca Whelan Coauthors Article

June 5, 2014

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan recently coauthored an article titled "MUC16 (CA125): tumor biomarker to cancer therapy, a work in progress." The article appears in the journal Molecular Cancer, and provides an in-depth review of the current understanding of the structure, biochemistry, and physiological function of most widely used biomarker for ovarian cancer. Kevin Hu (OC '11) is a co-author.

Adrian Bautista Presents on Panel

June 3, 2014

Associate Dean of Campus Life Adrian Bautista presented at the 2014 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Bautista served on a panel entitled “Latinas/os and the Great Outdoors?” and his paper examined the tensions between American agrarianism, the plight of migrant farmworkers, and the Catholic Church’s role in the campaign to organize farm workers in northern Ohio.

Wendy Hyman Publishes and Presents

June 3, 2014

Associate Professor of English Wendy Hyman recently published two essays: “‘For now hath time made me his numbering clock’: Shakespeare’s Jacquemarts," in Early Theatre and “Physics, Metaphysics, and Religion in Lyric Poetry,” in the Blackwell Companion to British Literature. Her work in literature and the history of science has also resulted in several talks, including “A Bawd for Figure: Form and Motion in Poetic Making,” at the 2014 Modern Language Association (MLA), and“Arcimboldo’s Post-human Assemblages,” at the Society for Literature and Science in the Arts in October 2013. She gave an invited talk, “Breaking the Sonnet,” at the Hiram College Bissell Symposium in February 2014, participated in the Visual Studies and the Liberal Arts Symposium at Smith College in May 2014, and led a seminar called "Words and Things" at the Shakespeare Association of America in March 2014, inspired by an Oberlin course she teaches by the same title.

Matt Senior Presents, Publishes

May 27, 2014

Professor of French Matthew Senior gave an invited talk, “1671: The Zoomorphic Face in Charles Le Brun,” at an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley, April 11-12. Entitled “About Faces,” the conference examined philosophical theories of the face as well the history of the face in film, literature, physiognomy, portraiture, surveillance, and plastic surgery.

Cindy Frantz and Stephen Mayer Publish Article in Journal of Social Issues

May 19, 2014

Associate Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz and Professor of Psychology Stephen Mayer published an article entitled “The Emergence of Climate Change.” The article appears in the Journal of Social Issues, a publication of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. It explores the psychology behind the disparities between the scientific consensus on climate change and people’s willingness to recognize and respond to it.

Nancy Darling Advisor to Consortium of Prevention Researchers

May 16, 2014

Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling recently was in Bergen, Norway, to work with a consortium of European and African prevention researchers. Darling was invited to serve as a scientific advisor to Prepare, a European Union funded program to prevent HIV and sexual risk behaviors in adolescents. The program has fielded prevention efforts in Limpopo and Capetown, South Africa, Dar Salaam, Tanzania, and Kampala, Uganda. It includes researchers from each of those countries, as well as a team of European researchers from the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK. Pilot programs developed by Prepare have involved more than 5,000 adolescents as well as teachers and parents. The Kampala program is aimed at increasing knowledge of sexuality and safe sex practices and fostering positive parent-adolescent communication around physical safety and sexuality. The theoretical basis for this research is rooted in Darling's work in the US, Philippines, and Chile.

Michael Parkin Coauthors Article on The Voting Rights Act and Latino Registration

May 16, 2014

Associate Professor of Politics Michael Parkin recently coauthored an article, “The Voting Rights Act and Latino Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English-Speaking Latinos,” which appears in The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. The paper shows that VRA provisions motivate English-speaking Latinos to register while having minimal impact on the registration intentions of Latinos who do not speak English. This suggests that the positive effects of VRA coverage are due to a “welcoming” symbolic effect, rather than substantial reductions in administrative barriers to registration.

Sonia Kruks Publishes and Presents Papers

May 12, 2014

Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics Sonia Kruks recently published a paper entitled “Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason: The Material Mediations of Age as Lived Experience.” The paper appeared in the volume Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age, edited by Sylvia Stoller and published by De Gruyter.

On April 18 Kruks presented another paper, “Idealism, Realism, Failure: Simone de Beauvoir and Political Philosophy” to the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University.

Afia Ofori-Mensa Featured on New Hampshire Public Radio

May 12, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies Afia Ofori-Mensa was featured on New Hampshire Public Radio's "Word of Mouth" segment, speaking about a class she teaches at Oberlin entitled "How To Win a Beauty Pageant." She explained how the class explores representation and identity in pageants as a way of understanding changes in national culture.