Faculty and Staff Notes

Karl Offen Serves as Contributing Guest Editor

October 16, 2015

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Karl Offen was the contributing guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Geography titled “Mapping Latin American Geographies." The table of contents can be viewed on this webpage.

Julia Christensen Presents Upgrade Available

October 15, 2015

Assistant Professor of Integrated Media Art Julia Christensen presented on Upgrade Available, a body of work that explores our cultural relationships with obsolete electronic material, at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat this summer. The presentation is now available to view online.

Erik Inglis Publishes Article

October 13, 2015

Professor of Medieval Art History Erik Inglis published the article "Remembering and Forgetting Suger at Saint-Denis, 1151-1534: An abbot’s reputation between memory and history.” Download a PDF of the article on this webpage.

Ben Fitch-Fleischmann Presents Paper

October 13, 2015

Ben Fitch-Fleischmann, assistant professor of economics and environmental studies, presented his paper “Extreme Heat and Early-Life Health: Evidence from Peru” at CANUSEE 2015, a joint conference presented by the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and the United States Society for Ecological Economics, in Vancouver, Canada, on October 4. Information about his paper can be found on this webpage.

Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee Deliver Keynote

October 9, 2015

Rick Baldoz, associate professor of sociology, and Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, delivered the joint keynote address “Pilipino American History: Between Empire and Diaspora” on October 6 at the University of San Francisco for Pilipino/a American History Month. The event was hosted by the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program and the University of San Francisco Kasamahan.

Steven Volk Gives Invited Talk

October 9, 2015

Professor of History and Director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence Steven Volk delivered the invited talk “Between Danger and Discomfort: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and How to Create Productive Spaces for Learning” on October 1 at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Jim Walsh Publishes, Speaks at Workshop

October 6, 2015

The paper “On the Budyko-Sellers energy balance climate model with ice line coupling” by Professor of Mathematics Jim Walsh (lead author) and Christopher Rackauckas ’13 appeared in the September issue of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B (DCDS-B). The paper presents an analysis of a mathematical model of an ice sheet-surface temperature coupled model. This work was carried out with Rackauckas.

Walsh was also invited to participate in a Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 workshop held September 30-October 2 at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the workshop, Walsh spoke about the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, an organization funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences of which he is a member.

Ann Cooper Albright Edits Special Magazine Issue, Publishes

September 30, 2015

Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department Ann Cooper Albright guest edited a recent special issue of Choreographic Practices on dance and disability. “Entitled Dis/abilities: the politics of a prefix,” this international collection of essays was a collaboration with Gabriele Brandstetter, professor of theater and dance studies at the University of Berlin and 2013 Harold Jantz lecturer in German at Oberlin College.

Albright also recently published “Split Intimacies: Corporeality in Contemporary Theater and Dance” in the new Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater.

Sheila Miyoshi Jager’s Book Recommended

September 25, 2015

The book Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea by Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager has been selected by Ms. Magazine as a book for learning about American wars in the inaugural War Edition of its “What You Never Learned About American History series.” The purpose of the series is to recommend “books that cover topics in ‘hidden’ history.”

Richard Salter, Associates Publish

September 25, 2015

The paper “Panmictic and Clonal Evolution on a Single Patchy Resource Produces Polymorphic Foraging Guilds” by Wayne M. Getz, A. Starker Leopold professor of wildlife ecology at UC Berkeley; Richard Salter, professor of computer science; Andrew J. Lyons, vice provost for the office for undergraduate research at Stanford University; and Nicolas Sippl-Swezey ’11 was published August 14 in the prestigious online journal PLOS ONE.

The paper uses a model designed by Salter for his Nova modeling platform to study how genetic traits and experiential changes in the state of agents and available resources influence animal foraging and movement behaviors. These behaviors are manifest as decisions on when to stay and exploit a current resource patch or move to a particular neighboring patch, based on information of the resource qualities of the patches and the anticipated level of intraspecific competition within patches. It uses a genetic algorithm approach and an individual’s biomass as a fitness surrogate to explore the foraging strategy diversity of evolving guilds under clonal versus hermaphroditic sexual reproduction.

The focus of the paper's analysis is on the question of how the biomass production efficiency and the diversity of guilds of foraging strategy types, exploiting resources over a patchy landscape, evolve under clonal versus random hermaphroditic sexual reproduction. Results indicate greater biomass production efficiency under clonal reproduction only at higher population densities, and demonstrate that polymorphisms evolve and are maintained under random mating systems.

The paper is an outcome of the ongoing collaboration between Salter and Getz. Getz and Sippl-Swezey were most recently in Oberlin as instructors in last summer’s Nova Workshop, attended by 20 faculty and graduate students from Oberlin, The Ohio State University, Michigan State, and other institutions.