Faculty and Staff Notes

Lisa Ryno gives keynote presentation on undergraduate research at alma mater Trinity University

August 4, 2021

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lisa Ryno gave the keynote presentation, "The Impact of Undergraduate Research: A Personal Vignette" for Trinity University's 2021 Summer Experiential Learning Symposium. An alumna of TU (Class of 2008), Ryno was honored to reflect on some of the most meaningful aspects of undergraduate research as a student and how she now applies them as a mentor to undergraduate researchers in her lab.

Paul Brehm presents research at AERE summer conference

August 4, 2021

Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Paul Brehm presented at the AERE Annual Summer Conference (June 2-4, 2021, virtual). He presented joint work with Professor Margaret Brehm, "Drill, Baby, Drill: Resource Shocks and Fertility, Evidence from Indonesia.” 

Paul Brehm presents research at MEA annual conference

August 4, 2021

Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Paul Brehm presented at the MEA Annual Conference (March 22-26, 2021, virtual) in an AERE session. He presented joint work with Yiyuan Zhang, "The Efficiency and Environmental Impacts of Market Organization: Evidence from the Texas Electricity Market,” and chaired a separate session.


William Parsons publishes with six recent graduates

August 4, 2021

William Parsons, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and six recent Oberlin graduates (Charlotte Andrews '19, Joaquin Cardozo '20, Alyssa Chow '20, Jennifer Crainic '20, Nicholas Rutland '20, and Brendan Sheehan '19) published an article title "Development of succinimide-based inhibitors for the mitochondrial rhomboid protease PARL" in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Allegra Hyde interviews author Matt Bell for BOMB Magazine

July 22, 2021

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde interviewed author Matt Bell about his new novel, Appleseed, for BOMB Magazine.

Jazz Percussion Professor Billy Hart Named NEA Jazz Master

July 22, 2021

Billy Hart, the conservatory's longtime associate professor of jazz percussion, was named a 2022 Jazz Master. This is the nation’s highest honor for jazz musicians, bestowed annually by the National Endowment for the Arts. He will be honored at the Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

A member of Oberlin's faculty since 2000, Hart has performed on more than 600 recordings. This June he released the album All Things Are (Smoke Sessions Records) alongside pianist Kevin Hays and bassist Ben Street. It was recorded live—for a streaming audience, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic—at New York’s Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in December 2020.

Drew Wilburn is collaborator on Books of Karanis Project; is principal investigator of the Karanis Housing Project

July 21, 2021

Professor of Classics Drew Wilburn will be a collaborator on the Books of Karanis Project, for which C. Michael Sampson, University of Manitoba is the Principal Investigator. 

The Books of Karanis was recently awarded a $94,000 Insight Grant from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The Books of Karanis will contextualize seventy-four fragmentary books from the ancient site of Karanis, a Greek, Roman, and Egyptian settlement occupied from around 200 BCE  to 600 CE. The collaborative project brings together the research expertise of papyrologists, literary specialists, and archaeologists to reconstruct ancient Greek literary culture. The research project is investigating who read these texts, how they might have read them, and in what contexts reading took place.

Wilburn will bring archaeological expertise through his work as the principal investigator of the Karanis Housing Project, which has been developing a digital map of the archaeological site and populating the map with all of the finds from the University of Michigan excavations (1924-1935). The Karanis Housing Project includes current student research collaborators Emily Hudson '22, Grace Burns '23, Elliot Diaz '23, Henri Feola '23, and many former Oberlin students. 

Maureen Peters and Alexandra Wooldredge '21 present at International C. Elegans Meeting

July 21, 2021

Maureen Peters, professor of biology and director of the Oberlin Pre-Health Program, and biology graduate Alexandra Wooldredge '21 attended and presented at the 23rd International C. Elegans Meeting (#Worm21), held virtually June 21-24, 2021. The poster, “Investigating the dietary restriction phenotype caused by disrupted intestinal cell-to-cell communication,” explores how digestive disruptions lead to reprogramming of whole animal physiology at the level of gene expression, life history, and response to environmental stimuli. 

The presentation drew on the work of former Oberlin students Leandre Glendenning, Calista Diehl, Kefei (Nina) Li, Mercedes Campos-Lopez, Max Scott, and Rachael McMinimy; as well as Peters’ collaborators, Britta Spanier, Elena Holzmann, and Anna Kvindt, of the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universit München, Freising, Germany.

Chanda Feldman publishes three new poems

July 15, 2021

Assistant professor of Creative Writing Chanda Feldman has published three new poems, "The Air Roiled," "Diaspora," and "The Birds Come" in the latest issue of the Denver Quarterly, Vol. 55. No.3.