Tom has been awarded a $120,000 by the National Science Foundation for his project “RUI: Beyond Leading Order: Using Computation to Constrain Fundamental Physics.” In addition to supporting his own research this grant will provide Kenyon students an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in Cosmology and to explore a wide variety of topics in the physical sciences including particle physics, classical field theory, plasma physics, astronomy and quantum mechanics. The grant will also contribute to Tom’s ongoing “Saturday Science” program with middle-school students.
Katie Corker and Simon Garcia
Katie and Simon are part of a consortial group that has been awarded a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative grant. The team includes five members from three disciplines and represents four GLCA colleges. Their project “Digital Resources for Learning Experimental Science” will create an online repository of materials demonstrating specific techniques used in science and research instruction. 6/2014
Hewlett is part of a consortial group that has been awarded a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative grant. The team includes psychology and biology faculty from five GLCA colleges. Their project “Summer Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Seminars for Neuroscience Faculty and their Research Students” makes it possible for faculty and students to travel together in the summer of 2014 to the home colleges of each of the participating faculty members where they will visit labs, observe faculty demonstrations, and learn about the research of their faculty and student colleagues. 6/2014
Brill Publishers will release The Conception Nostre Dame and the Lives of St Margaret and St Nicholas. Translated with introduction and notes by Jean Blacker, Glyn S. Burgess, Amy V. Ogden with the original texts included. It is also available as an e-book. 5/2014
Best known for his two chronicles, the Roman de Brut and the Roman de Rou, Wace, one of the great pioneers of twelfth-century French writing, is also the author of three hagiographical works: The Conception Nostre Dame and the Lives of St Margaret and St Nicholas. The Conception is the first vernacular work to focus on the life of the Virgin Mary. Emphasising Margaret's concern for women in labour, the Margaret seemingly contributed to the saint's broad popularity. The Nicholas, with its many miracles involving children, equally played a key role in popularising its protagonist's cult. The present volume brings these works together for the first time and provides the original texts, the first translations into English, notes and substantial introductions. -publisher
SUNY Press will release Joseph’s latest book Reconstructing the Confucian Dao: Zhu Xi's Appropriation of Zhou Dunyi June 2014 and is available now as an ebook.
This book revives Zhu Xi as a religious thinker, challenging longstanding characterizations of him. Readers will appreciate the inclusion of complete translations of Zhou Dunyi’s major texts, Zhu Xi’s published commentaries, and other primary source material. -publisher
Kora has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for two works: the quintet, Cry-i-i-ing (cast: Hannah Beckerman '14, Matty Davis '12, Eden Deering '14, Adrian Galvin '12, Robby Letzler '12) and the duet Boomerang (Matty Davis and Adrian Galvin). Both pieces were choreographed here at Kenyon. 4/2014
Wendy’s play THE BALLAD OF BONNIE PRINCE CHUCKY will open in San Francisco at American Conservatory's Youth Theater this fall. This play premiered at Aberdeen Performing Arts in Scotland in the fall of 2013.
Her new play WOMEN IN JEOPARDY! will premiere at Geva Theater in February 2015.
In June, her short play COMMUNITY SERVICE will be done in NYC at One-Acts for a Cause, to benefit City Harvest.
This summer her short play DROP A DIME will be done at Queens Theatre as part of the Worlds Fair Festivals. A play by her former student, playwright Harrison Rivers, is also on the bill which includes 10 original, 10-minute plays inspired by the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs. 4/2014
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy: David Wong and His Critics edited by Yang has been published by the SUNY Press. 4/2014
In this book, moral philosophers and scholars of Chinese thought debate ideas central to Wong’s work and Wong responds to them. The discussion ranges widely, including exploring Wong’s thought on naturalism, criteria for moralities, the principle of charity, moral authority, and the concept of community, and looking at his readings of Xunzi and Zhuangzi. Wong’s nuanced and forceful responses clarify and develop further arguments in his work. These engaging and critical exchanges between Wong and his critics illuminate not only Wong’s thought, but also contemporary ethical theory and Chinese philosophy. -SUNY Press
Irene and former student Avril Ho co-authored an article “Culture-bound (or culturally salient?): The Role of Culture in Disorder” that appears in K. D. Keith (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013. 3/2014
Irene and former students Lovey Walker and Melek Spinel Yildiz coauthored the chapter “Measuring and Exploring the Role of Phenotype in Ethnic Identity” that has been accepted for publication in: C. Santo & A. Umaña-Taylor (Eds.). Studying Ethnic Identity: Methodological Advances and Considerations for Future Research. American Psychological Association.
Joe's book, Comparative Politics :an Introduction Has been published by McGraw Hill Education, 2014. 2/2014
Comparative Politics: A Global Introduction shows new students of world politics how the methods and concepts of comparative politics can lead them to ask critical questions to better understand the complex world around them. The majority of undergraduates in introductory comparative politics courses do not plan to pursue graduate education in political science nor embark upon careers as political scientists. Most hope to take part in public and perhaps international affairs as elected officials, civil servants, or engaged citizens. As such they will need to make countless decisions about public policy, including foreign policy, throughout their careers. Comparative Politics: A Global Introduction equips students to make better, more informed decisions. Central to that task are three important goals: (1) to introduce readers to the conceptual foundations of comparative politics, (2) to enhance their analytical and critical-thinking skills through an introduction to basic empirical techniques of political and social science, and (3) to promote their understanding of a wide range of countries and political leaders. -publisher
Chris’ monograph The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise: Molecules That Move Us is available from the Harvard University Press, Belknap Press (March 3, 2014). 1/2014
"To most of us, what happens deep inside our bodies when we exercise is a mysterious black box. This entertaining and illuminating book lucidly explains for non-specialists the marvels of how molecules literally move a body. Gillen provides the ideal introduction to the physiology of exercise for anyone interested in how bodies work. (Daniel E. Lieberman, author of The Story of the Human Body) “. – jacket
John has recently had two articles published:
Alexandra's article "Rethinking Epistemic Incentives: How Patient-Centered Open Source Drug Discovery Generates More Valuable Knowledge Sooner" has been published in the journal Episteme: A Journal of Social and Individual Epistemology 10:4 December 2013 (Cambridge UP). The article suggests that there are cases in which the elimination of suffering serves as a more powerful epistemic incentive than originality and priority.
Yang's chapter "Rationality and Virtue in the Mencius" has been published in an edited volume Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, ed. Stephen Angle and Michael Slote. Routledge, 2013.
“The book will be widely read by ethicists and comparative philosophers.” -Owen Flanagan Jr., Duke University
Victor’s book entitled "desde un granero rojo" (from a red barn) has received the Alfons el Magnànin International Poetry Prize, in Valencia Spain. The prize consists of 10,000 euros and the publication of the book in the prestigious publishing house, Hiperión.
Victor has also been awarded an artist residency for two months in Shanghai, China, sponsored by the Shanghai Writers' Association. He will give readings and lectures on his poetry and meet Chinese writers. 9/2013
Joan has been awarded $496,500 by NSF to for her project “RUI: Acid and Base Stress in Escherichia coli. The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) activity supports research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions through the funding of (1) individual and collaborative research projects, (2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and (3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. 9/2013
Drew joined the Editorial Board of The American Naturalist as an Associate Editor.
Drew recently had two co-authored papers published:
Jim’s chapter "'One of Folly's Puppies': Austen and Animal Studies" has been published in "Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community." Ed. Laurence Raw and Robert G. Dryden. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Pp.165-87. 9/2013
“…In an interdisciplinary age, animal studies is a preeminently interdisciplinary field—one that is unusual for bringing the natural sciences into dialogue with the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Moreover, animal studies brings together high theory and the practical and popular concerns of training and living with companion animals.” -publisher
Kerry has been awarded a Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award provides funds for a lecture program as well as funding for two Summer Science students. 8/2013
Sarah has been funded by NEH to run a four week NEH Summer Seminar "Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction, 1200-1600" at the University of York, England for sixteen college and university faculty to explore the relationship between art and devotional practices in medieval England. Co-directed by Dr. Laura Gelfand, Professor of Art History and Head of the Departments of Art and Interior Design, Utah State University, the seminar will explore how and why works of art and architecture from 1200-1600 engaged dramatic physical and emotional interaction. The interdisciplinary seminar will feature a number of lectures by prominent British scholars and field trips to the many churches, museums, and other architectural and historical sites in the region. 7/2013
Clara has been awarded a GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant for her project "Living Knowledge: New Directions in Community-Based Learning." Clara is interested in further incorporation of community-based research (CBR) and service learning (SL) into her Kenyon courses. The award will help fund Clara's participation in the 6 Living Knowledge international conference, entitled "Civil Society Based Innovation, Co-Creation and Participation" which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 7-11, 2014, and a two-month period of summer work devoted to revamping course syllabi, laying the groundwork for partnership opportunities, and defining potential projects for her students. 6/2013
Noah has been awarded a GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant for his project "Translation of Miftah al-Hisab." The Miftah al-Hisab (translated as either Key to Arithmetic or Calculator's Key) of al-Kashi (1390-1450) was written in the early 15th century and is considered one of the most important books of medieval Islamic Mathematics. In order to complete this project, Noah has been working on his Arabic language skills through study at/through the Qasid Institute in Jordan as well as taking Kenyon courses in Arabic. In addition to the translation work, Noah intends use materials from Miftah in his "History of Mathematics in the Islamic World" course and to author a textbook for the course. 6/2013