Kathy Abromeit Publishes Book

February 12, 2015

Kathy Abromeit, public services librarian in the Conservatory Library, has published a new book titled Spirituals: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography for Research and Performance. The volume was co-published by Music Library Association and A-R Editions, Inc.

African American spirituals transcend national, disciplinary, and linguistic boundaries as they connect music, theology, literature and poetry, history, society, and education. In doing so, they reach every aspect of human experience. To make sense of the immense impact spirituals have made on music, culture, and society, this bibliography cites writings from a multidisciplinary perspective, including music, literature and poetry, American history, religion, and African American Studies. The 1,000-item annotated bibliography documents articles, books, and dissertations published since 1920 and contains indices by author, subject, and spiritual title. Additionally, an appendix of spirituals by biblical reference, listing both spiritual title to scriptural reference as well as scripture to spiritual title, is included.

Richard Salter and Team Predict Course of Ebola Epidemic

February 12, 2015

Professor of Computer Science Richard Salter was part of an international team from the USA (Oberlin, Berkeley, and San Francisco), France, and Sierra Leone that used an agent-based model to analyze the spread of Ebola viral disease (EVD) in West Africa. Salter and his colleagues used Salter’s NOVA modeling system to devise a simulation that modeled the effect of an early vaccine campaign or treatment as a defense against EVD spread. This work, which was completed in September, correctly predicted the course of the epidemic.

The journal Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine article "Tactics and Strategies for Managing Ebola Outbreaks and the Salience of Immunization" discusses the team's work and findings.

Patrick Simen Gives Talks in U.K. and Turkey

February 11, 2015

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

February 11, 2015

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.

Praise for Shane McCrae's Forgiveness Forgiveness

January 27, 2015

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.

Meghan Riesterer Selected as Panelist

January 27, 2015

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.

Crystal Biruk Gives Talk at Council on African Studies

January 26, 2015

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

January 15, 2015

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

January 15, 2015

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

January 15, 2015

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.