Quick-Takes, Vol. 6: Now with 30% More Quick-Takes

The Fall 2014 semester is well underway, and our College faculty members are already making an impact on campus and in the academic community. Read on for a quick look at some of their recent accomplishments…

Humanities
Alan Lenzi, associate professor of religious and classical studies, has accepted an invitation to become the chair of the editorial board of the Ancient Near East Monograph series, an open-access, electronic series published by the Society of Biblical Literature. Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. Lenzi has served on the editorial board for several years and will take up the new role in 2015…Caroline T. Schroeder, associate professor of religious and classical studies, published the article “An Early Monastic Rule Fragment from the Monastery of Shenoute,” in Le Muséon: 127(2014): 19-39…Zhou Xiaojing, professor of English and ethnic studies, had her translation of the poem, My Father’s House,” by Li-Young Lee (74 lines) from Lee’s collection Book of My Night (2001) published in 《作品》/Literary Writings, journal of the Association of Writers of Guangdong Province, in Guangzhou, China…Andreea Boboc, associate professor of English, presented the paper “The Positive Use of Emotions in Henry Lovelich’s Merlin” at the International Congress of the Arthurian Society in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Boboc also presented the paper “Genius as a Moral Advocate in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis” at the Third International Gower Congress in Rochester, N.Y…Dan Kasser, professor of visual arts, is having his photographic works of the Delta being exhibited at the Knowlton Gallery as part of“Deltalands: Converging Visions” on display through Sept. 28…Michael Leonard, College of the Pacific – Visual Arts, helped produce and illustrate the 4th edition of Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Now in its fourth edition, this text has achieved the stature of a “classic” in the canon of surgical literature and continues to serve as the “go to” reference for surgeons at every stage of training in minimally invasive surgery. Leonard’s illustration of the ligation of the right adrenal vein using the da Vinci® Surgical System was chosen for the cover illustration. Leonard has helped develop all four editions, contributing to the concept, design and editing in addition to illustrating the majority of the surgical procedures…Jeffrey Hole, Assistant Professor of English, has had his essay “Lines, Knots, and Cyphers: Theories of History in the American Literature Survey” published in the Summer 2014 edition of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and PracticeMonika Meler, Visual Arts, presented “A Guide to Getting Lost” as part of the Artist’s Lecture series for the exhibit “Current Work From Within,” currently on display at the Reynolds Gallery. Meler discussed the process and philosophy behind her intricate prints.

Social Sciences
Andreas Agocs, visiting assistant professor of history, presented the paper “The Cold War at the Congress: Germany Cultural Unity and International Conflict in Postwar Berlin” at the New Narratives of the Cold War Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also chaired the panel “Peace and Human Rights during the Cold War.”…The Guardian reviewed “The Food History Reader,” a book by Ken Albala, professor of history. The rave review identifies Albala as “the renowned food historian” and characterizes his book as “remarkable.”

Earth and Physical Sciences
Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, Calif. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and the meeting was attended by more than 15,000 chemists from U.S. and abroad. Vyacheslav Samoshin presented a talk on “Design of ligands based on 5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthroline for catalysts with dual enantioselectivity,” co-authored by Irina Dotsenko ’14, and on “Fliposomes: Stimuli-triggered conformational flip of novel amphiphiles causes an instant cargo release from liposomes,” co-authored by Nataliya Samoshina, Xin Liu ’13, Yu Zheng ’13, Andreas Franz, and Xin Guo.Samoshin also chaired a session on Metal-Mediated Reactions and Syntheses…Jianhua Ren gave a report on “Determination of the gas-phase acidity and basicity of oligopeptides by mass spectrometry,” co-authored by Patrick Batoon ’15…Ryan Moffet presented a talk on “Spectromicroscopic observation of sea spray composition and aging,” co-authored by Don Pham ’15, and colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, UC San Diego, University of Iowa, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory…Liang Xue, Chemistry, presented “The chemistry of G-quadruplex DNA” at the 10th SINO-U.S. Chemistry Professors Conference at Shandong University, China…Lara Killick, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, and Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, coauthored the article “Pain Worlds: towards the integration of a sociocultural perspective of pain in clinical physical therapy,” which was published electronically by the journal Physiotherapy Research InternationalChristopher Goff, Mathematics, has had the article “How To Improve a Math History Assignment” published in Convergence, a journal of the Mathematical Association of America. Convergence focuses on papers in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.    

School of International Studies
Daniel O’Neill, assistant professor of political science, presented two lectures “A Rising China and ASEAN: Economic Cooperation and Territorial Conflict” and “Playing Risk: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia” for faculty and students at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, where he was a visiting scholar in the Political Science Department. He also presented the invited lecture “Rising Tiger, Demanding Dragon: The Comparative Rise of India and China” at The Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at Ateneo de Manila University. In addition to students and faculty, special guests at the lecture included former Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Albert.

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