Tom Giblin
Tom has been awarded an NSF grant for his project “RUI: The Non-Linear Universe: Precision Numerical Cosmology and Fundamental Physics.” NSF RUI awards support research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions. This three year grant will support Tom's research as well a Kenyon student researchers and support for outreach programs with local high school teachers and students.

Anton Dudley
Anton’s libretto for “Katie: The Strongest of the Strong” an original family opera, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, is currently being filmed at HGO, for online release in September 2020. Anton’s "Antarctica," an original ten-minute play will be published in Iris Literary Journal, from Assure Press, fall 2020. Anton’s "The Duchess Carpathia Bouffray is Dehydrated," an original solo drag/cabaret show received a grant and development residency from Rogers Art Loft, Las Vegas, and will be presented at the Las Vegas Public Library in January 2021. Anton’s “Touch” an original short story, will be published in The Ignatian Literary Magazine fall 2020.

Kathy Gillen
Kathy’s essay about returning to research after a 22-year hiatus, and how that helped her manage the COVID-19 research slow-down, was published in Science vol. 369, issue 6505, pp. 874 (Aug. 14, 2020). DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6505.874 science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6505/874.full.

Michelle Oyakawa
An RNS (Religious News Service) news article features Michelle’s research article “Racial Reconciliation as a Suppressive Frame in Evangelical Multiracial Churches” published in Sociology of Religion, Volume 80, Issue 4, Winter 2019: doi.org/10.1093/socrel/srz003. An interview with Michele about the article is featured in a Sociology of Religion podcast.


Frank Peiris
Frank has been awarded an American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research grant for his project “Unraveling the Optical Signatures Manifested during Structural Transformations in Polymers.” The three year grant includes funding for student researchers.

Joseph Adler
Joseph’s translation of Zhu Xi’s (1130-1200) commentary on the Yijing, Zhu Xi, "The Original Meaning of the Yijing: Commentary on the Scripture of Change" translated and edited by Joseph A. Adler, was published by Columbia University Press, 2020.

Krista Dalton
Krista's article "Teaching for the Tithe: Donor Expectations and the Matrona's Tithe" was published in Cambridge University Press's AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) Review, Volume 44, Issue 1, April 2020, pp. 49-73.

Frank Peiris
Frank has been awarded an NSF grant for his project "RUI: Unraveling the Influence of Free Carriers, Phonons and Band Electrons from the Dielectric Function of van der Waals Solids."  NSF RUI awards support research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions. This three-year grant will support Frank’s research, fund summer scholars, and support an outreach program for high school students.

Leslie Wade
Leslie has been awarded an NSF grant for his project "RUI: Building a Robust Software Infrastructure for Parameterizing and Measuring the Neutron Star Equation of State.” (RUI) activity supports research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions. This three-year grant will support Leslie’s research, fund summer science students, and support the MVHS astronomy club and the Kenyon College ROAR group.  

Bruce Hardy
Bruce co-authored the paper - Hardy, B.L., Moncel, M., Kerfant, C. et al. Direct evidence of Neanderthal fibre technology and its cognitive and behavioral implications. Scientific Reports 10, 4889 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61839-w
See also the New York Times article Early String Ties Us to Neanderthals: A 50,000-year-old fragment of cord hints at the cognitive abilities of our ancient hominid cousins by Siobhan Roberts. This paper was highlighted, and Bruce was interviewed on NPR's "All things Considered."

Anton Dudley
Anton has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting.

Sarah Petersen
Sarah has received an NSF CAREER grant for her project “CAREER: Genetic factors governing axon-glial development in zebrafish peripheral nerve.”  The grant begins February 15, 2020, and ends January 31, 2025.

Siobhan Fennessey
Siobhan has been invited as a Visiting Research Scholar to SESYNC, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. SESYNC is funded by NSF and is housed at the University of Maryland. Siobhan will be working with Dr. Carles Ibáñez Martí on the project “A global analysis of oligotrophication trends in rivers and their ecological consequences.”


Reginald Sanders
Reggie co-edited and contributed to a book entitled "Compositional Choices and Meaning in the Vocal Music of J. S. Bach" published by Rowman & Littlefield. It is part of their Contextual Bach Studies series. Reggie also edited a volume for "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works” V / 6.3: Miscellaneous Sacred Works III. The Complete Works is an editorial and publishing project of The Packard Humanities Institute. 

Joan Slonczewski
Joan has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for her project "RUI: Acid Signals and Bacterial Drug Efflux Systems." An RUI award is specifically for facilitating research at primarily undergraduate institutions. The 3-year award includes funding for 24 undergraduate researchers. The research studies the mechanisms of organic acid effects on bacteria and "could help us devise biochemical ways to modulate the microbiome of rhizosphere or gut so as to discourage drug-resistant pathogens."

Noah Aydin
The publisher Birkhäuser Basel has published Noah's and co-author Lakhdar Hammoudi’s book "Al-Kāshī's Miftāḥ al-Ḥisab, Volume I: Arithmetic: Translation and Commentary," 2019. Jamshīd al-Kāshī’s Miftāḥ al-Ḥisab (Key to Arithmetic) was largely unknown to researchers until the mid-20th century, and has not been translated to English until now.
Researchers and students of the history of mathematics will find this volume indispensable in filling in a frequently overlooked time period and region. This volume will also provide anybody interested in the history of Islamic culture with an insightful look at one of the mathematical world’s most neglected figures. - Publisher

Siobhan Fennessy
Siobhan has been nominated and appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve on the Ramsar Convention’s Science and Technical Review Panel (STRP). She will serve a three-year term, ending with a meeting of the conference of parties (basically the member countries of the UN who attend the COP) to ratify the work of the convention. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and biodiversity. It is also known as the Convention on Wetlands. Siobhan has also been reappointed by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the National Academies’ Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP) by the President of the National Academy of Sciences. This is a 2-year term to conduct a peer review of the ecological restoration of the Everglades.

Anton Matytsin
Liverpool University Press has published the essay collection, The Skeptical Enlightenment: Doubt and Certainty in the Age of Reason edited by Jeffrey D. Burson and Anton Matytsin, in the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series, previously known as SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century).

Yutan Getzler
Yutan was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue the project “New Materials for Controlled Degradation” at Tel Aviv University. This research focuses on making and understanding polymers, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the structures of these large molecules and how they behave. Controlled polymer degradation may be applied to amplifying biological disease markers or lessening the environmental impact of waste. This project aims to explore potential applications for a new family of polymeric materials that degrade by an interesting mechanism.

Irene Lopez
Irene has been selected to be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Irene will be teaching in the Masters Program of Social Integration at Eötvös Loránd University, in Budapest, Hungary in the Spring of 2020. She will be teaching courses on the psychology of immigration and cross-cultural psychology. Irene will also be advising students who plan to become social integration counselors.

Madeline Wade
Maddie has received an NSF CAREER grant for her project “CAREER: An Integrated Research and Education Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy.” The grant begins February 2019 and ends January 2024.

Adam Serfass
Adam received the 2019 Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award for Views of Rome: A Greek Reader from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

Christopher Gillen
Chris has been awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Senior Fellowship Grant Program to work on his project “Comparative structure-function of sodium-dependent cation-chloride cotransporters” at the Mayo Clinic. Chris will be hosted by Dr. Michael F. Romero. Chris will be developing new approaches to assess the transport properties of the insect NaCCC2s. 

Shaun Golding
Shaun has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to Norway. The project Shaun proposed is “Labor Migration, Natural Resources, and Environmentalism in Rural Norway.” Shaun is being hosted at Norway’s National University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim where he will continue a well- established research collaboration with Professor of Sociology Johan Fredrik Rye. Shaun also intends to teach a graduate seminar in applied social demography.

George McCarthy (Mac)
Mac has had a paperback edition of his "Marx and Social Justice: Ethics and Natural Law in the Critique of Political Economy" published by Haymaket Press (2019). Also, Mac's 1992 edited anthology (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1992) "Marx and Aristotle: Nineteenth-Century German Social Theory and Classical Antiquity" has been translated into Chinese. 
"Ma ke si yu ya li shi duo de : Shi jiu shi ji de guo she hui lilunyu gu dian de gu dai," translated by Yichun Hao; Xianzhen Deng; Guiquan Wen (Shanghai: East China Normal University Press). This is McCarthy's second work translated into Chinese. The first work was "Marx and the Ancients."

Juan DePascuale
Juan has been writing poetry and recently had the following haiku and tanka poems published:

  • "Life" a haiku poem published in Frogpond: Haiku Society of America Journal, Vol. 41:2, p. 61, spring/summer 2018.
  • "Crowning" a haiku poem published in Haiku Society of America Anthology, 2018.
  • "In the nightmare" a tanka poem published in Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, vol.14, Number 3, fall 2018.
  • "Reaching into the closet" a tanka poem published in Tanka Society of America Anthology, 2018.
  • "As the subway car" a tanka poem published in Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal (Australia), Number 25, fall 2018.
Anton Matytsin
John’s Hopkins University Press has published the essay collection, "Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality," edited by Anton Matytsin and Dan Edelstein.

Kora Radella
Kora has been awarded an artist residency in Bogliasco, Italy January 7-February 8. Kora's project Armor Amour will create the seed movement, language, and choreographic structure for a new work exploring how to cultivate calm in the center of wild and transformative motion.

Bruce Hardy
Bruce has been invited to speak at the CALPE2018 “Neanderthal: the Conference” held this September in Gibraltar. Bruce will present “What’s for dinner? Exploring our changing understanding of Neanderthal diets."

Mathew Suazo
Mathew has received an American Antiquarian Society-National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowship for work on his book project, "Wetland Americas: Literature, Race, and the Mississippi River Valley in Translation, 1542-1884." Fellows are selected on the basis of scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections. Mathew will be in residence for four months starting summer 2019.

Drew Kerkhoff
Drew and his collaborators Matthew Aiello-Lammens (Pace University), Sarah Supp (Denison U), and Susy Echeverria-Londono (Post-Doc Kenyon) have been awarded a one year NSF (RCN-UBE) grant to enhance communication and coordination among scientists and educators who are exploring new approaches to enhance undergraduate biology education. Their project entitled ”RCN-UBE Incubator: The Biological and Environmental Data Education (BEDE) Network: Integrating data science into undergraduate biology and environmental science curricula” will focus on better preparation of undergraduate students to address data-intensive problems.

Hans Lottenbach
Hans will spend October-December as an affiliated fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest during his sabbatical.


Juan DePascuale
Juan has been selected by the Ford Foundation to serve as Chair of the 2018 Philosophy and Religion Fellowship Review Panel. This will be his eleventh time serving on the panel, fifth as Chair.

Irene López
Irene has received a GLCA Global Crossroads - Campus Innovation Fund award for her proposal "The M’Adamfo/Friendship Grant: Creating Sustainable Collaborations Between Kenyon College and Ashesi University." The award will fund a faculty exchange between Kenyon College and Ashesi University (Ghana). Ashesi faculty will come to Kenyon to attend Kenyon's Crossroads seminar and Kenyon faculty will go to Ashedi University for their Education Collaborative workshop. 

Kora Radella
Kora received a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council for choreographic work. Individual Excellence Awards recognize the exceptional merit of an Ohio artist's past body of work. 

Adam Serfass
Adam’s book "Views of Rome: A Greek Reader" has been published by the University of Oklahoma Press as Volume 55 in the Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture. (2018)

Anna Sun
Anna delivered the keynote address titled “The Land of Prayers: Redefining Religion for Survey Research in Contemporary China and Beyond” at the PEW Research Center Conference, October 11, 2017, Washington DC. Anna has recently been elected Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (SSCR).

Anton Matytsin
Anton has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. Anton will be working on his second book project "A History of History: The Académie des inscriptions and the Remaking of the Past." Anton’s first book The Specter of Skepticism in the Age of Enlightenment was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016.

George (Mac) McCarthy
Mac’s latest book "Marx and Social Justice: Ethics and Natural Law in the Critique of Political Economy" has been published by Brill in “The Historical Materialism Book Series 147". It is expected in paperback from Haymarket Books, November 2018.

Yang Xiao
Yang has been awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He will be a fellow at the Institute for four months in 2018.

Anton Matytsin
Anton’s article “The Many Lives of Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique in the Eighteenth Century" has been published in Libertinage et philosophie à l’époque Classique (xvie-xviie siècle) no. 14: La pensée de Pierre Bayle (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2017), 29–45.

George (Mac) McCarthy
Mac's 2002 "Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece" has been translated into Japanese: "Kodai Girishia to Shakaigaku: Marukusu Veba Dyurukemu." "Classical Horizons" won the Choice 2003 Outstanding Academic Title.

Alexandra Bradner
Alexandra co-authored with Seth Chin-Parker (Denison) the article "A contrastive account of explanation generation" published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, online first, July 2017, 1-11. 

Joan Slonczewski and Wade Powell
Joan and Wade have been awarded an NSF MRI award for "MRI: Acquisition of FACS Cell Sorter for Research on Antibiotic Resistance and Environmental Toxicant Receptors."

Frank Peiris
Frank has received an NSF MRI award for “MRI: Acquisition of a temperature-dependent-wide-spectral-range FTIR spectrometer for enhancing research and teaching in a liberal arts college setting.”

Chris Bickford and Karen Hicks
Chris and Karen received an NSF award for "Collaborative Research: Genome structure and adaptive evolution in peatmosses (Sphagnum): ecosystem engineers," along with their collaborators at Duke University, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and the University of New Mexico.

Tom Giblin
Tom has received an NSF RUI grant for his project "RUI: The Non-Linear Universe: Precision Numerical Cosmology and Fundamental Physics.”

Mort Guiney
Mort’s new book Literature, Pedagogy, and Curriculum in Secondary Education: Examples from France has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Marcella Hackbardt
Marcella received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. The award was for her "True Confessionals" series. 

Mónica García Blizzard
Monica received the award for best dissertation from the Latin American Studies Association's Mexico Section. The title of the dissertation is "The Indigenismos of Mexican Cinema Before and through the Golden Age: Ethnographic Spectacle, 'Whiteness,' and Spiritual Otherness."

Anton Matytsin
Anton’s article “Of Beasts and Men: Debates about Animal Souls in Eighteenth-Century France” was published in Eighteenth-Century Thought, vol. 6 (2016): 1–32.

Wendy MacLeod
Wendy's piece "Name Brand Nostalgia" appeared in the Opinion section of the New York Times Sunday Review, February 17, 2017. A version of this op-ed appears in print on February 19, 2017, on Page SR5 of the New York edition with the headline: Name Brand Nostalgia.

Zoe Kontes
Zoe wrote an opinion piece on “Should art and artifacts be returned to the country of origin?” which appeared in The Costco Connection which has a distribution of 12 million.

Irene Lopez
Irene and collaborators have been awarded a GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative Grand Challenge grant. The proposal is a joint effort between Kenyon College and Franklin University, Switzerland. The grant will fund a five-day interdisciplinary teaching and research workshop centered on how the liberal arts can contribute to the study of borders. The workshop will be hosted by Franklin University, Switzerland. The grant will fund 6 Kenyon faculty to attend the workshop. Faculty from other GLCA and GLAA schools will be invited. Kenyon and Franklin University are members of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, which is an international, multilateral partnership of American-style liberal arts institutions with the goal of supporting excellence in liberal arts education on a transnational basis. There are currently 29 institutions representing 17 countries.

Karen Hicks
Karen has been awarded an NSF grant for her project “RUI: Seasonal regulation of reproduction in Physcomitrella patens." NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grants support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Karen’s award funds research that “will probe the evolutionary origin of seasonal regulation in land plants, in order to determine if seasonal regulation evolved prior to the divergence of land plants, or if it arose separately in distinct land plant lineages.” – proposal. Funding will support several summer scholars, academic year student research assistants, and a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Jacqueline McAllister
Jackie has been awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to do research at PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary, Oslo, Norway. PluriCourts is a center of excellence at The Department of Public and International Law. "The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of the cascade of international courts and tribunals (ICTs) — an emerging global judiciary — in the international and domestic order." Jackie will be working on book manuscript, tentatively titled On Knife’s Edge: International Criminal Tribunals’ Wartime Impact. 

Travis Landry
The monograph “The Fruits of the Struggle in Diplomacy and War: Moroccan Ambassador al-Ghazzal and His Diplomatic Retinue in Eighteenth-Century Andalusia,” edited and introduced by Travis, was published by the Bucknell University Press, November 2016.

Anton Matytsin
Anton’s first book The Specter of Skepticism in the Age of Enlightenment was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Anton’s chapter “Reason and Utility in Eighteenth-Century French Religious Apologetics” was published in God in the Enlightenment, ed. Robert Ingram and William Bulman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 63–82.

Irene Lopez
Irene received the Henry David International Mentoring award from Division 52 (International Psychology Division) of the American Psychological Association. Irene was also appointed for the second year in a row to the Diversity Abroad Racial and Ethnic Minority Task Force. "The Diversity Abroad Network is the leading professional consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve greater diversity and foster inclusive excellence in international education." Additionally, Irene co-authored a book chapter with Kenyon student Olivia Legan ‘17 on the persistence of classism in psychology. López, I. & Legan, O.* (2016). Controlling for class — or the persistence of classism in psychology. In A. L. Hurst & S. K. Nenga (Eds.), Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work. (pp. 23-34). Rowman & Littlefield.

Chris Bickford
Chris’ article "Ecophysiology of leaf trichomes" was published in Functional Plant Biology, Volume 43(9), September 2016, pages 807-814.

Jianhua Bai
Bai’s book, China-in-Depth: an integrated course for advanced Chinese, co-authored with Yang Wang of Brown University and others, has been published by Beijing University Press and Better Chinese. 

Sandra Eula Lee
Sandra’s work was featured in the exhibition "Reverse the Perspective" at XiangSi Art Museum in Tianjin, China. Fifteen artists and artist groups from ten countries examined life and society in China through video, sculpture, installation, painting, performance, and social interventions.

Julie Brodie
Julia’s article “Designing Modern Dance Classes for the Mature Mover: Physiological and Psychological Considerations” co-authored with Elin E. Lobel, has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2016, pages 48-57. DOI link: doi.org/10.1080/15290824.2015.1080368.

Madeline Wade and Leslie Wade
Madeline and Leslie have been awarded an NSF grant for their project "RUI: LIGO Calibration, Gravitational‐Wave Searches, and Parameter Estimation in the Advanced Detector Era." NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grants support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). "This grant supports the work of the Kenyon College LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) group. The proposed research spans the gravitational-wave science workflow, from low-latency calibration of LIGO data to a modeled search for gravitational waves from intermediate mass black hole binary systems to post-detection science that will constrain the elusive neutron-star equation of state." - Project Summary


Chris Gillen
Chris has been awarded and NSF grant for his project “Collaborative Research (RUI): Na,K,Cl Cotransporters in Mosquito Epithelial Transport - Connecting Molecules to Physiology.” This is a collaborative project with Peter Piermarini of Ohio State University. This is a collaborative NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI). Their work will explore novel mechanisms of ion absorption in insect epithelia and form a foundation for new comparative structure-function studies of Na-dependent CCCs. In addition to strengthening Chris and Peter’s existing collaboration, it supports Kenyon Students’ research, an OSU graduate student and develops outreach programming with rural K-12 schools involving Kenyon’s Brown Family Environmental Center and OSU’s OARDC in Wooster.

Joan Slonczewski
Joan has been awarded an NSF grant for her project "RUI: Benzoate and pH Stress in Experimental Evolution of Escherichia coli." NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grants support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). For this project, "undergraduate researchers will work with the PI to investigate how the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 responds to acid-enhanced uptake of benzoate or salicylate. Salicylate exposure is an important bacterial stress in plant root microbial communities, as well as animal intestinal communities. Mutations in clones evolved with benzoate will reveal possible drug resistance genes, as well as mechanisms by which bacteria survive energy stress. Clones evolved at low pH or at high pH will reveal adaptive changes in pH homeostasis and cell morphology.”

Karen Hicks
Karen with co-PIs Diane Anci (Admissions) and Erika Farfan (Institutional Research) have been awarded an NSF S-STEM grant for the project “The Role of High Impact Practices for STEM Persistence and Career Success.” Other Kenyon faculty, including Simon Garcia and Chris Gillen, and Kenyon Administrators, including Lauren Laskey and Hoi Ning Ngai will collaborate on the five-year project. Funding includes scholarships, support of KEEP-STEM, student internships, mentoring, professional development, and other (HIPs) high impact practices. NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

John Hofferberth
John has been awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant for his project “Exploring the Potential of an Acid-Initiated Vinylogous Aldol Reaction to form All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters.” This three-year award includes funding for 4-8 Kenyon students.

Frank Peiris
Frank has been awarded an NSF grant for his project “RUI: Exploring the Transport Properties of Topological Insulators using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.” NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grants support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs).

Andrew Kerkhoff
Drew has been awarded an NSF grant for his project “RUI Collaborative Research: Niche evolution, ecological limits, and the macroecology of land plant biodiversity.” NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grants support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs).

Andrew Grace
Andy has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry.

Zoë Kontes
Zoë has been awarded a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. Zoe’s project is to create a podcast on the illicit trade in classical antiquities.

Jennifer Clarvoe
Jennifer has been awarded a writer's residency at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. Jennifer will spend her 6-week residency in November and December of 2016 working on a book of poems.

Katherine Weber
Katherine’s article "George Gershwin’s Self-Portrait in the Mirror with My Mother" has been published in American Imago 72.4 (2015): 335-353. https://muse.jhu.edu/.

Wendy MacLeod
Wendy’s latest play, "Mary’s Girl," has been selected by A.C.T. in Seattle for the Icicle Creek New Play Festival in May. Wendy was also awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Play Writing.

Jim Carson
Jim’s essay “The Sentimental Animal” was published in Reflections on Sentiment: Essays in Honor of George Starr. Edited by Alessa Johns. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2016. 55-81. George Starr was Jim’s dissertation director.

Belinda Craig-Quijada and Julie Brodie
Belinda and Julie presented collaborative research and performed at the 2015 International Council of Kinetography Laban conference in Tours, France in July 2015. ICKL promotes research and development of Laban studies and supports information exchange among centers who use the system of notation and movement analysis.

Kora Radella
Kora has been awarded a Yaddo Artist in Residency for her choreographic research. Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Kora's residency will take place July 27-August 23, 2016.

Gregory Spaid
Greg has been awarded a National Parks artist residency for this summer at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Greg will be living in a hogan in the park while photographing sites of forest fires as part of an ongoing project "that focuses on our complex relationship with trees." This is the 100th anniversary of the founding of our national parks.

Sam Pack
Sam and his students have been awarded an “ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program” (SFF) grant. Faculty mentors and their students from nine colleges and universities have been funded in 2016. Sam and his students will be studying Igorot culture/communities in the Philippines, (Baguio and Batad) especially the effects of tourism on Igorot youths.

Frank Peiris
Frank was awarded a three-year grant by the Petroleum Research Fund for his project "Fundamental Properties of Porous Structures and the Dynamics of Adsorbent-Pore Interactions." The grant includes funding for undergraduate students who will work with Frank on the project using spectroscopic ellipsometry to study and understand the effect of pore deformation during adsorption and the dynamics of the desorption process.

Gregory Spaid
Greg’s work will be featured in Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery show Go Figure” which showcases 13 Ohio artists’ explorations of the human form. The show will be on view January 28–March 23, 2016, Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, 77 S High St., Columbus, OH. First Floor Lobby

Simone Dubrovic
Simone's book, "Pagine sfogliate, con disegni originali di Valeriano Trubbiani," has been published by Raffaelli, 2015. According to Simone, "Le pagine sfogliate plays in its Italian title with the double meaning of the Italian verb "sfogliare" ("to browse" and "to peel off"): a collection of "pages" about what happens by chance, what is lost, what remains. With original drawings by Valeriano Trubbiani (former collaborator of Federico Fellini), one of the last true great Italian artists."

John Hofferberth
John recently published two research articles with collaborators: 

  • Weiss I, Hofferberth J, Ruther J and Stökl J (2015) "Varying importance of cuticular hydrocarbons and iridoids in the species-specific mate recognition pheromones of three closely related Leptoplinia species" in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00019, March 2015)
  • Ebrahim, S.A.M.; Dweck, H.K.M; Stoekl, J.; Hofferberth, J.E.; Trona, F.; Weniger, K.; Rybak, J.; Seki, Y.; Stensmyr, M.C. Sachse, S.; Hansson, B.S.; Knaden, M. Drosophila Avoids Parasitoids by Sensing Their Semichemicals via a Dedicated Olfactory Circuit" in PLOS Biology (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002318, December 2015)

Julie Brodie
Julie has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Teaching Grant in Latvia. She will be teaching at the Latvian Academy of Culture and the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music for five months this spring. This is Julie’s second Fulbright; the first was in Egypt.

Irene Lopez
Irene has been appointed as a Diversity Abroad, task force member. Her task force is focused on helping racially and ethnically diverse students. "Diversity Abroad is the leading national professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education."

Christopher Bickford
A research paper from the Bickford lab titled "Linkage between trichome morphology and leaf optical properties in New Zealand alpine Pachycladon (Brassicaceae)" was accepted for publication in New Zealand Journal of Botany. The paper was led by J. Patrick Mershon '14 and involved an international collaboration with a researcher at Massey University (New Zealand).

Benjamin Schumacher
Ben and his Denison colleague, Michael D. Westmoreland, are one of 20 teams around the world who have received an FQXi "Physics of What Happens" award for their project "Eidostates and physical records of events." The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) is a physics philanthropic organization. The 20 winning teams will research deep questions in physics, cosmology, philosophy, and related fields. The award will help to fund travel and research for the two faculty colleagues as well as four student researchers.


Jacqueline McAllister
Jacqueline has been awarded an East European Title VIII grant, through The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program. Jacqueline will be a residential scholar over the summer, 2015. She will use the opportunity to work on two articles, as well as a book manuscript, that address the impact of international criminal tribunals on violence against civilians. 

Marie Snipes
Marie has received a $47,366 NSF grant to support “Collaborative Research: Data Driven Applications Inspiring Upper-Division Mathematics." Marie is directing the project. Collaborators include Christopher S. Camfield, Hendrix College, Heather Moon, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Thomas J. Asaki, Washington State University. Their “…project will develop modules that start with current data problems and use them to motivate the theory. The PIs want to assess how this hands-on, data-driven approach will enhance appreciation of the mathematical concepts involved, provide new avenues for student directed discovery, equip students to participate in a workforce in need of application-ready skills, and inspire students to pursue postgraduate study in theoretical and applied mathematics.” – proposal to NSF, Research Objectives

Marta Sierra
Marta and her Hope College colleague, María Claudia André, have received a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative award for their project “Latin American Anarcha-Feminist Women: Vision and Legacy.” The objectives of this collaborative project are to “1) publish a collection of writings by Latin American anarcha-feminists of the period of 1900-1940; 2) design a web-based initiative using digital technology; 3) create a hybrid team-taught course; 4) develop a teaching unit; and 5) student and faculty conference presentations on the topic.”

Sarah Blick
Sarah, along with faculty members from Hope College, Kalamazoo College, and the College of Wooster have received a GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative award for their project “Defining Sacred Space: Theory, Practice, and Experience.” The group is “…dedicated to exploring the theory, meaning, and manifestations of sacred space. The group will foster intellectual collaboration by sharing resources, scholarly expertise, and a sense of community as we work together studying, defining, experience and reconstructing space and the built environment.” –from the GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative Project Proposal

Bruce Hardy
Bruce's recent work with French colleagues from the Institute of Human Paleontology, “Impossible Neanderthals? Making string, throwing projectiles and catching small game during Marine Isotope Stage 4 (Abri du Maras, France)” published in Quaternary Science Reviews Volume 82, 15 December 2013, Pages 23–40, is discussed in an article entitled Neanderthal Minds by Kate Wong in Scientific American (February 2015), 312, 36-43...More

Kimmarie Murphy
Kimmarie and her Icelandic colleague Guðný Zoega have had their article entitled "Life on the edge of the arctic: The bioarchaeology of the Keldudalur cemetery in Skagafjörður, Iceland" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Zoe Kontes
Zoe is featured as a “Debater” in the online New York Times feature “The Opinion Pages ‘Room for Debate”’ on the topic “When Should Antiquities Be Repatriated to Their Country of Origin?” January 21, 2015. Her piece is titled “Repatriation Reinforces International Collaboration."

Marie Snipes
Marie has received a grant award from NSF for "Workshop Travel to Study Analysis and Geometry in Metric Space." This award provides funds for sixteen U.S. participants (including graduate students and established mathematicians at all career levels) to attend workshops and mini-courses which will be held at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT) in Madrid, Spain. In addition to sharing knowledge and exploring new areas of mathematical research, the project is expected to increase networking and collaborative research among the attendees and their institutions and promote further integration of research into undergraduate as well as graduate math education. 1/2015

Rebecca Wolf
Rebecca received Ezekiel Awards of Outstanding Achievement and Board Choice Awards for THE ARABIAN NIGHTS lighting design and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS scene design during the USITT Ohio Valley Design Exhibit in October 2014. These design awards are the highest given by the regional section. Both designs will represent the Ohio Valley Section at the USITT national exhibition in Cincinnati, March 18 along with the nine other Board Choice designs.

Melissa Dabakis
Melissa’s book "A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome" has been published by the Penn State University Press.

Siobhan Fennessy
Siobhan has been awarded $319,000 by the USEPA to renew her project "Integrating Indicators of Ecological Condition and Ecosystem Services for the Assessment of Anthropogenic Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems.” The grant will run from 2014-2017.

Anna Sun
Anna has been awarded the "Best First Book in the History of Religions" by the American Academy of Religion for Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton University Press, 2013). 

Wade Powell
Wade Wade has been awarded $302,572 by NIH, NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for his project “Aryl hydrocarbon receptor multiplicity in a frog model of dioxin toxicity.” 9/2014

Drew Kerkhoff
Drew has had two papers (reflecting work done on his 2012-13 sabbatical) published. 

Anna Sun
Anna’s book, "Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities," has just won the best book award of the Sociology of Religion section of the American Sociological Association (award presented at the August 2014 ASA annual conference). It was also one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. 9/2014

Katherine Hedeen
Kate has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Translation Fellowship to support the translation into English of the Selected Poems by Ecuadorian poet Jorge Enrique Adoum. Disinterred Love: Poems, 1949‐2009. 8/2014 “Disinterred Love: Poems, 1949‐2009 is a translation project that encompasses sixty years of poetry by Jorge Enrique Adoum (1926‐2009), Ecuador's leading intellectual of the 20th century, hailed by Pablo Neruda as the best poet of his generation in Latin America. Despite his many prestigious international literary awards, Adoum's work is unknown in the English‐speaking world. Of Lebanese descent, Adoum was a journalist and professor and worked at a variety of cultural institutions. Word play, neologisms, and the juxtaposition of different social and cultural registers mark his poetry.” –NEA press release

Tom Giblin
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. 7/2014

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 McFarlane
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

Jean Blacker
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. Emphasizing 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 popularizing 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

Joseph Adler
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 Radella 
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 MacLeod
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

Yang Xiao
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 Lopez
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 Also, 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.

Joseph Klesner
Joe's book, "Comparative Politics: an Introduction" has been published by McGraw Hill Education, 2014. 2/2014 The book 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 Gillen
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).“ – Kacket