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At first glance, the class looks like any other taught at Carleton College. The room features desks, a blackboard, and a projector. The students tote backpacks and laptops, take notes, and sip their coffee while listening to a professor in glasses and a blazer lecturing at the front of the room. But there is one thing about them that makes this course unique: half of the students are from St. Olaf College.
Gary Wagenbach, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Biology, Science, Technology, and Society, Emeritus, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Alphonse Bradley Fund. The support will be used to transport six teachers from the Lumbini Academy in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to the US to receive content training and tutoring in best practices and pedagogy for K-12 science teaching.
Keïta's Documentary Featured as Keynote Event at the Annual African and African Diaspora Studies Program Meeting
Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, had his film, uKukhumbula uNokutela/Remembering Nokutela, as one of two keynote events (along with African-American poet Haki Madhubuti) of "Legacies: Black Cultural Transnationalisms, Remembering Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka," a meeting organized for the 20th Anniversary of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, on November 6.
Susan Jaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English, gave a talk entitled "Digital Victorians" at the North American Conference on British Studies, November 7 through 9 in Minneapolis. The presentation was a part of a roundtable discussion titled "Digital British Studies for the Long Nineteenth Century."
Paul Hager, Instructor in Cinema and Media Studies, has been awarded an Established Artist grant from the Southwestern Minnesota Arts Council. The $4,865 fund will be used to write Cannon Shoals: A Ten-Episode Screenplay. The capstone of the project will be a staged reading of the screenplay at the Northfield Arts Guild in October 2015. Hager's ultimate goal is to produce the screenplay as a cycle of videos for showing on cable and the web.
Andrew Flory, Assistant Professor of Music, presented an invited lecture at Macalester College called "Motown International." The presentation was linked to "first-year" courses called "Cover Songs" and "Music and Freedom."
Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, has received a $6,000 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to complete a novel dealing with a young man’s struggle to connect with his estranged brother. Set in Minnesota, the story draws on various aspects of Midwestern history. As part of the project, there will be a reading from the manuscript, and a panel discussion featuring two other Minnesota writers, about blending history and fiction.
Arjendu Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, gave an invited talk at "Quantum Optics VII" in Mar del Plata, Argentina on "Surprises in the quantum-classical connection" on two recent projects with colleagues Arie Kapulkin, Kevin Hallman '12, Peter Duggins '13, Bibek Pokharel '15, Pedram Roushan, Charles Neill (University of California Santa Barbara + Google), and Jie Lin '14.
Jay Levi, Professor of Anthropology, gave two invited lectures, one at Hamline University as a part of their international round table series and one at Kansas University. The title of the lecture was "Indigeneity and the Holocaust as Global Discourses: Comparing Native American, Palestinian and Jewish Perspectives."
Keith Harrison, Professor of English and Writer in Residence, Emeritus, had his poem "Ace" selected for the national anthology, The Best Australian Poems 2014, to be published in December 2014 by Black Inc. Press. Also, two of his poems, "Here" and "In My Freshman Year," have been chosen for international publication in Canberra Poets, forthcoming in late 2014.
Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, is having his work featured in "History Pages," an exhibition at the The Gordon Parks Gallery of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 14 beginning with a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. The show will run through December 12.
Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, has published a piece of short fiction called "The Plimsoll Line," which appears in the new issue of Gravel Magazine. Also, he has published a review of Laurent Mauvignier's recent novel, Autour du Monde, with the review site Parutions.
Laurel Bradley, Director and Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum, co-presented "Youth, Art, Tours: Collection Stories as on-line access," with Jane Becker Nelson, Director of St. Olaf's Flaten Art Museum, at the annual meeting of the Universities Art Association of Canada in Toronto. Two St Olaf students contributed to the group presentation. Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Curator of Library Art and Exhibitions, also presented in the session titled "Art Collections for Engagement, Teaching, Learning and Research in the 21st Century."
Matt Whited, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, delivered invited seminars at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Davidson College, on the strategy of metal/ligand cooperation for the transformation of inert, energy-relevant molecules such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The talks focused on results from recent student-faculty collaborative research in the Whited laboratory.
Carol Ormand, Science Education and Resource Associate at the Science Education Resource Center, presented a paper titled “The Geologic Block Cross-Sectioning Test: Insights into the Novice-Expert Spectrum in Visual Penetrative Ability” and co-chaired a session on Spatial Thinking in Geoscience Teaching, Learning, and Professional Practice at the recent Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Michael McNally, Professor of Religion, was elected by the American Academy of Religion's (AAR) 9,000 members, to a three-year term as Secretary of the primary academic society for the international study of religion. In this capacity, he will serve on the AAR's Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.
John McDaris, Geoscience Assistant at the Science Education Resource Center, presented a paper titled “Supporting Diverse Stem Students Using the Whole Student Framework” and a poster titled "Preparing, Supporting, and Advising 2YC/4YC Transfer Students" at the recent Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Cathryn Manduca, Director of the Science Education Resource Center, presented papers titled “Building Transdisciplinary Teaching Capacity” and “On the Cutting Edge: Combining Workshops and On-Line Resources to Improve Geoscience Teaching” at the recent Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, Cathy presented an overview to the member societies of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Associated Societies of GSA detailing the transition of the On the Cutting Edge program to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) organization as part of establishing a program that serves all professional members in the geosciences nationwide.
Molly Kent, Geoscience Assistant at the Science Education Resource Center, presented a poster titled “Getting the Most out of your Introductory Courses: Web-based Resources to Help you Transform your Course” at the recent Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, had his research recognized by Agenda Feminist Media in South Africa for bringing liberation heroine Nokutela Dube out of a century-long oblivion onto the cover of their January issue titled "Empowering Women for Gender Equity: Autobiographies, Biographies and Writing Lives." Also, his film, "Remembering Nokutela" (2013) was screened at the Africa Network Conference on "Gender, Generation and Identity in African Studies" at Trinity University on Sunday, October 19.