Patrick Simen Gives Talks in U.K. and Turkey
Patrick Simen, assistant professor of neuroscience, recently gave a series of talks in the U.K. and Turkey regarding a mathematical model of neural processing in perceptual decision making and interval timing. In the U.K., Simen spoke at the University of Warwick, the University of Oxford, and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit of University College London. In Turkey, Simen spoke at Koç University in Istanbul.
Simen's travel was supported by a Powers Travel Grant, the funding from which also gave him an opportunity to spend time with and see the research facilities of his collaborators at the aforementioned institutions.
Sarah Hamill Publishes Book
Sarah Hamill's book on David Smith's photography, David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture, has been published by the University of California Press (January 2015). The first in-depth, scholarly study of a sculptor's photography, Hamill’s book offers a close look at how Smith used the camera to stage and transform his sculpture, crafting a public display for his work. The book argues for a new understanding of media in modernism that destabilizes traditional notions of medium specificity and sculptural autonomy.
Meghan Riesterer Selected as Panelist
Meghan Riesterer, assistant vice president of energy management and sustainability, has been selected as a panelist for the opening panel of the upcoming International District Association's Campus Energy Conference. The panel, "Clean Energy for the Next Generation," will discuss emerging trends in clean energy deployment and optimization on campuses and communities in the context of a rapidly-changing utility and energy marketplace.
Praise for Shane McCrae's Forgiveness Forgiveness
Coldfront Magazine has selected Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Shane McCrae's recent book of poetry, Forgiveness Forgiveness, as one of its Top 40 Poetry Books of 2014. Forgiveness Forgiveness is ranked third overall.
Crystal Biruk Gives Talk at Council on African Studies
Crystal Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, delivered an invited talk at Yale University's Council on African Studies in January. The talk was titled "Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in a Malawian Research World."
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes in The Nation
An article co-authored by Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and chair of Latin American studies, and Bécquer Seguín was published in the Nation. The article, "Can Podemos Win in Spain," explores the ascension of Podemos, a political party in Spain founded just one year ago. The Nation subscribers can read the article here.
Robert Bosch Publishes in Journal of Mathematics and the Arts
An article by Professor of Mathematics Robert Bosch '85 and mathematics major Julia Olivieri '16 was recently published in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. The article, "Designing Game of Life Mosaics with Integer Programming," describes how Bosch and Olivieri used mathematical optimization techniques to construct sets of tiles that can be interpreted as still lifes (stable objects) or phoenix patterns (period-2 oscillators) in Conway's Game of Life. The tiles are modular and have various brightness levels, making them suitable for making mosaics. At the present time, the article is available for free.
Jason Haugen Co-Organizes Historical Linguistics Symposium
Jason Haugen, assistant professor of anthropology, recently co-organized and moderated a special joint Symposium at the combined Annual Meetings of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in Portland, OR. The session, Uto-Aztecan Historical Linguistics at the Centennial, was co-organized with Bill Merrill of the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Anthropology.
At this session, Haugen also co-presented a paper—“Lexicostatistics, Tubar, and ‘Sonoran’”—with alumnus Michael Everdell ’13 and Ben Kuperman, associate professor and chair, Department of Computer Science.
Praise for Randal Doane’s Recent Book
Assistant Dean of Studies Randal Doane’s recent book, Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash, was included on two best-of 2014 lists. Los Angeles Magazine called it one of the best “little” books of 2014, and on Counterfire, Mark Perryman said it was one of his top 10 books to buy to make somebody’s Christmas.
Doane will discuss the book at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archive on January 22 at 7 p.m.
Jason Haugen Presents At Linguistics Workshop in Germany
Jason Haugen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was recently an invited participant at the workshop The State of the Art of Mesoamerican Linguistics, held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His presentation, “Uto-Aztecan,” will form the basis for a chapter in the forthcoming volume "The Languages and Linguistics of Middle and Central America: A Comprehensive Guide," which is to be published in the World of Linguistics series by Mouton de Gruyter.