Faculty and Staff Notes

Shuming Chen Awarded Grant from the American Chemical Society

November 16, 2022

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Shuming Chen has been awarded a $55,000 grant by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her project, "Probing Complex Post-Transition State Bifurcations in Reactions Between Boroles and Unsaturated Hydrocarbons". Professor Chen and her undergraduate research students will use both experimental and computational approaches to study mechanisms in this family of organic reactions.

Jillian Scudder Coauthored Publication in "Astrophysical Journal"

November 9, 2022

Associate Professor of Physics Jillian Scudder coauthored a publication in the Astrophysical Journal on galaxies which have undergone a recent burst of star formation, examining the frequency of mergers in combination with where within a galaxy star formation is suppressed.

Jillian Scudder's Recent Book a Candidate for Prize

November 9, 2022

Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Jillian Scudder's recent book, Astroquizzical: The Illustrated Edition (MIT Press) was included in the longlist of eight candidates for the 2023 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Young Adult Science Book category.

Marta Laskowski Coauthors Paper with Students

November 9, 2022

Multiple students who worked in Professor Marta Laskowski's lab are coauthors on a paper that appeared in the journal Development. The paper uncovers a gene regulatory network that links the size and shape of the root system to expression of genes that are known to control the life cycle stage of the shoot system. The work was done in the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana.

Stephen Crowley Presented a Talk at University of California, Berkeley

November 9, 2022

Stephen Crowley presented a talk entitled “Sanctions, Economic Hardship, and Social (In)stability in Russia” at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. He published an article with the same title on the website Riddle. He was interviewed by the BBC World Service about the impact of sanctions on Russian society and potential for social protest.

Cynthia Taylor Took Part in Yale University Symposium

October 28, 2022

Associate Professor of Computer Science Cynthia Taylor gave a talk and was on a panel for the "STEM in the Art Museum: Teaching Skills and Content through Art" Symposium at Yale University on October 14. The symposium was organized by Liliana Milkova, formerly the Curator of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Peter Slowik Premieres New Compositions

October 28, 2022

Peter Slowik gave the world premiere of four new compositions for solo viola in a concert at Old South Church in Boston on October 22. All told, twelve new compositions were premiered by three violists, Slowik was joined by his former student Daniel Orsen ’16 and Jordan Bak.