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Kenyon in the News

  • The Cost of Leading While Black 

    In the News The Chronicle of Higher Education

    President Sean Decatur pens an essay about the invisible toll of racist harassment.

  • “I Will Not Be Erased” 

    In the News The Columbus Dispatch

    Densil Porteous, a Kenyon trustee, member of the Class of 2002 and LGBTQ+ advocate, speaks out against a recent resurgence in anti-gay legislation.

  • Village Goes Viral 

    In the News Cincinnati Public Radio

    Gambier Mayor Leeman Kessler ’04 has garnered over 100,000 TikTok followers with his alternatively earnest and absurdist takes on life in small-town Ohio.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Faculty Member Receives Two Residences for Tribal Research

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Melissah Pawlikowski has been awarded the Newberry’s Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship supporting scholars of American Indian heritage with residential research using the Newberry Collection at the University of Chicago.

Professor Awarded Fulbright to Belgium

Congratulations to Professor of Political Science David Rowe who has been selected as the NATO Security Studies Fulbright Fellow in Brussels, Belgium. He will be working in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund and the NATO Division of Public Diplomacy on the future of the Atlantic alliance.

Professor Awarded Fulbright to Algeria

Congratulations to Professor of Mathematics Noah Aydin who has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Algeria for the 2022-2023 academic year.

English Faculty Member Awarded Two Residencies

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of English Keija Parssinen for receiving two residencies during current and forthcoming academic years.

Kenyon History Faculty Member Awarded Two Fellowships

Kyoungjin Bae, the James P. Storer Assistant Professor of Asian History, has been awarded two fellowships supporting the research and writing of her book manuscript tentatively titled "Guangdong’s Flowing Mechanism: Furniture, Craft, and Artisans across Early Modern Borders."

Faculty Publication: Good Codes and Open Questions

Noah Aydin, Professor of Mathematics, has published an article “Polycyclic codes associated with trinomials: good codes and open questions” in Designs, Codes and Cryptography (05 April 2022) with co-authors Peihan Liu ‘20 and Bryan Yoshino, ‘21.

Faculty Publication: Relative Forelimb Investment

Natalie Wright, Assistant Professor of Biology, has published “Relative forelimb–hindlimb investment is associated with flight style, foraging strategy, and nestling period, but not nest type” in Volume 139 Issue 2 of Ornithology, with co-authors Jess Kotnour ‘19, Sarah J McPeek ‘19, Hannah Wedigv ’19, and Jonah Dominguez ’22. The project began as Jess Kotnour’s Biology Honors thesis.

Faculty Publication: Overseeing Senegal

Katherine Calvin, Assistant Professor of Art History, has published “Overseeing Senegal: French Prints of the Late-Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade” in a special issue of Journal18, which is an open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on eighteenth-century art and culture. The issue examines race and representation in the French colonial empire.

Faculty Publication: International Justice

Jacqueline McAllister, Associate Professor of Political Science, published an article, “It’s still easy for great powers to avoid international justice,” in the Washington Post on April 15, 2022.

Faculty Publication: Tekscan analysis programs

Erin Leatherman, Assistant Professor of Statistics, has published an article, “Tekscan analysis programs (TAP) for quantifying dynamic contact mechanics” with co-authors Tony Chen, Ashley Pekmezian, Thomas J Santner, and Suzanne A Maher, in Volume 136 of the Journal of Biomechanics. This manuscript is a product of the NIH R01 grant under which she is currently funded.

Faculty Publication: Al-Kashi’s Miftah al-Hisab, Volume III: Algebra

Noah Aydin, Professor of Mathematics, recently published the very first complete English translation of Jamshīd al-Kāshī’s (1380-1429) historic book, Al-Kashi’s Miftah al-Hisab, Volume III: Algebra (2022), with co-authors Lakhdar Hammoudi and Ghada Bakbouk ‘19.

Faculty Publication: 'Rural versus Urban Preschool Children’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption'

Assistant Professor of Psychology Patrick Ewell has published a research article, “A Comparative Analysis of Rural versus Urban Preschool Children’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption, Body Mass Index and Parent’s Weight Status,” with co-authors Michele Montgomery and Paige Johnson in SAGE Open Nursing Journal, March 2022.

Faculty Publication: Autotheory

Assistant Professor of English Alex Brostoff has published the special issue of ASAP/Journal on autotheory, which they have been guest editing for the past three years in collaboration with Lauren Fournier. The two have also co-written an introduction to the issue and have curated a digital companion through the ASAP/J website that accompanies the print issue.

Faculty Publication: Sequence analysis and function of mosquito and fruit fly orthologs

Christopher Gillen, professor of biology, has published an article, Sequence analysis and function of mosquito aeCCC2 and Drosophila Ncc83 orthologs, with co-authors Phu C Duong, Tobias C. McCabe, Grace F. Riley, Heather L. Holmes, Peter M Piermarini, and Michael F Romero in volume 43 of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, February 2022.

2022 Ohio Arts Council Awards

The Ohio Arts Council board has approved $375,000 in grant funding for 75 Ohio artists through the Individual Excellence Awards program. Two Kenyon faculty members were among the winners: Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence/Professor of Drama, for playwriting, and Orchid Tierney, assistant professor of English, for poetry.

Faculty Publication: 'The Yijing'

Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religious Studies Joseph Adler, has published a book, "The Yijing: A Guide" with Oxford University Press, February 2022.

Faculty Publication: Validation of three reference genes

Kathy Gillen, assistant professor of biology, has published an article, “Validation of three reference genes for quantitative RT-PCR analyses in regenerating Lumbriculus variegatus”, along with co-authors Fielding Fischer ‘21, Roya Best ‘22, Zac LaRocca-Stravalle ‘21, Jeremy Kauffman ‘21, in Volume 26 of Gene Reports.

Faculty Award: Exploratory Research Grant at the Hagley

Amanda Gibson, post doctoral fellow in history for the Center for the Study of American Democracy, has been awarded an Exploratory Research Grant from the Hagley Museum and Library, which collects, preserves and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise.

Professor Awarded USDA Grant

Siobhan Fennessy, professor of biology and environmental studies, has received a subaward as part of a $3.2 million grant via Ducks Unlimited.

Professor Awarded Arts Residency

Orchid Tierney, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a KHN Residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

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