Faculty and Staff Notes

Cal Biruk Gives Invited Book Talk

February 20, 2019

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Cal Biruk gave an invited book talk on February 14, 2019 at Michigan State University's African Studies Center. 

Sheila Miyoshi Jager Receives Grant

February 20, 2019

Sheila Miyoshi Jager, professor of East Asian studies, received an International Security & Foreign Policy grant ($121,311) from the Smith Richardson Foundation to complete her book, The Other Great Game: The "Opening" of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia, which is under contract with Harvard University Press. The book provides a major new "big picture" narrative of the geopolitical context surrounding Korea’s “opening” in the late 19th century that will provide a deep historical context for understanding Northeast Asia's present situation, as well as over the long term.

Yumi Ijiri Interviewed

February 19, 2019

Professor of Physics Yumi Ijiri was interviewed for a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, where Ijiri discussed the effects of the government shutdown on science, specifically at the NIST Center for Neutron Research.

Renee Romano Gives Two Presentations

February 18, 2019

Robert S. Danforth Professor of History Renee Romano gave two presentations in January related to her new edited collection, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past. On January 14, she participated in a panel on "The Legacy of Hamilton" sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and held at the Hyundai Room at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On January 27, she spoke on "The Hamilton Phenomenon: How a Blockbuster Musical is Reenergizing American History" at the Dunham Tavern Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim Walsh Writes Invited Paper

February 17, 2019

Professor of Mathematics Jim Walsh's invited paper appeared in a Special Issue of the CODEE Journal (Consortium for Ordinary Differential Equations Educators), titled "Linking Differential Equations to Social Justice and Environmental Concerns." Walsh's article concerns a conceptual model of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is an important component of the ocean circulation that has been linked to climate change.

Ann Cooper Albright's Spring 2018 Varsity Contact Class Writings Published

February 13, 2019

Professor of Dance Ann Cooper Albright's spring 2018 Varsity Contact class writings have been published in Contact Quarterly Vol.44 #1. For the program of their performance “One Breath: an evening of stillness and motion,” the students each came up with a word that captured an essential element of Contact for them. 

Drew Wilburn Awarded Franklin Research Grant

February 12, 2019

Associate Professor of Classics Drew Wilburn was awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to support research in the United Kingdom on his project, "Architectural Magic and Social Space in the Roman Mediterranean." The project analyzes the myriad and overlapping methods that individuals and communities employed to control risk and protect themselves, their children, and property from seen and unseen dangers, including physical barriers, architectural elements, gestures, objects worn on the body, and images built into living spaces. Wilburn will be conducting research at the Wellcome Library, the British Museum, and the Senate House Library.

Megan Long Gives Invited Talk

February 11, 2019

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Long gave an invited talk called "What Do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of 17th-Century English Key" at the University of Toronto on January 31, 2019.