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Recent Faculty Accomplishments: Fall 2015-January 2016

In honor of their 100th anniversary, the book titled Life Doesn’t Come with Subtitles: The Middlebury Language Schools at 100 was published. The book was edited by Elizabeth Karnes Keefe (Language Schools) with Michael Geisler (German, VP, Risk) as contributing editor.

Jason Arndt (Psychology) published a paper entitled, “The influence of forward and backward associative strength on false memories for encoding context,” in Memory, 23, 1093-1111.

Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics) published an article co-written with Kareem Khalifa (Philosophy), titled "What are stylized facts?" in Journal of Economic Methodology 22:143-156.

Brandon Baird (Spanish & Portuguese) has had two items published recently.

       Baird, Brandon.O. (2015). "Pre-nuclear peak alignment in the Spanish of Spanish-K'ichee' (Mayan) bilinguals". In Willis, E.W., P. Martín Burtagueño, & E. Herrera Zendejas (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology (pp. 163-174). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

       Baird, Brandon.O. (2015). "Acoustic correlates of stress in K’ichee’: a preliminary investigation". MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 74, 21-34.

John Bertolini's (English and American Literatures) essay, "The Shavian Tradition" has been published in George Bernard Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.350-356.

Tom Beyer (Russian) was recently in Moscow for the appearance of a translation into Russian of his book, 501 English Verbs. While there he was awarded the Andrei Bely Gold Medal for his contributions to Russian literary scholarship. He presented a keynote address at the A.S. Pushkin State Museum for the international conference on "Bely in a Changing World," and he also presented remarks at the unveiling of the Andrei Bely Memorial in the village of Kuchino.

Erik Bleich (Political Science) had several accomplishments to report. The first is online in Ethnic and Racial Studies, and was published the same day as the terror attacks in Paris (November 13, 2015). The article was co-written with two Middlebury students (Hasher Nisar ’16.5 and Rana Abdelhamid ‘15) and is titled, "The effect of terrorist events on media portrayals of Islam and Muslims: evidence from New York Times headlines, 1985–2013." DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1103886

          Erik is also the co-editor of a special issue of the French public affairs journal Esprit from October on on “Punir la Haine?” to which he contributed an article and a co-authored introduction:

       “‘Deux poids, deux mesures’? La justice française face aux discours islamophobes,” Esprit, October 2015, and 

       “Que faire des discours de haine en démocratie?” with Charles Girard, Esprit, October 2015

        In addition, Bleich is a co-PI on an NSF-funded multi-year project on “Comparative Free Speech Jurisprudence” which will employ at least two Middlebury College students as research assistants.

Priscilla Bremser (Mathematics) is Middlebury’s representative in a network of 61 liberal arts institutions that will benefit from a Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) grant awarded to Vassar College by the National Science Foundation. Titled Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates from Liberal Arts Institutions, this grant will provide opportunities in each of the next five summers for 24 students from the network to participate in programs that involve a pedagogy course (math or science) and a teaching practicum with urban high school students. Co-investigators are faculty at Barnard College, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, and Trinity College. Although no funds come directly to Middlebury, this grant provides an exciting opportunity for which our students are eligible to apply.

Bob Buckeye (Emeritus, Special Collections) published five works last year.

        Living In. (Brooklyn: Spuyten Duyvil, 2015)

        "Nathan Asch," American Writers (Farmington, MI: Gale Publishers, 2015), 17-31.

        "Alfred Hayes," American Writers (Farmington, MI: Gale Publishers, 2015), 133-147.

        "Shirley," Film International, 11(August, 2015), 1-5.

        "The Road Waits," House Organ, 90(Spring 2015), 8-12.

Sunhee Choi’s (Chemistry and Biochemistry) article entitled, "Oxidation of 5′-dGMP, 5′-dGDP, and 5′-dGTP by a platinum(IV) complex" was published in Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, DOI 10.1007/s00775-015-1312-0. The article was co-authored with three undergraduate Chemistry majors (Ioannis Kipouros '15, Sebastian Matias Fica-Contreras '17, and Gregory Joon Kee Bowe ’17).

Ray Coish (Geology), with co-authors J. Kim, E. Twelker, S. Zolkos, Evan Twelker ’04 and Scott Zolkos’11, recently published a paper “Geochemistry and origin of metamorphosed mafic rocks from the Lower Paleozoic Moretown and Cram Hill Formations of north-central Vermont: delamination magmatism in the western New England Appalachians” in the American Journal of Science.

Molly Costanza-Robinson (Environmental Studies, Chemistry & Biochemistry) had an article published recently.

         Foust, R. D.; Bauer, A.-M.; Costanza-Robinson, M. S.; Blinn, D. W.; Prince, R. C.; Pickering, I. J.; George, G. N. Arsenic transfer and biotransformation in a fully characterized freshwater food web. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2015.03.005.

         Molly was also the recipient of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation last summer. The grant came through the NSF’s Research in Undergraduate Institutions mechanism for a project titled “Elucidating Interlayer Chemistry for Design of Novel, Nontoxic Organoclays for Contaminant Remediation.” The project will involve 2-3 undergraduate researchers each year and will initially focus on elucidating how the chemistry of activated clay minerals (organoclays), specifically their interlayer crystallinity, relates to their ability to remove organic contaminants from wastewater. The second stage of the project will apply this information to the task of designing novel organoclays for more effective contaminant removal. Students in the Environmental Chemistry course will also participate in the project by testing the toxicity of the novel organoclays.

Early last year, James Calvin Davis (Religion) delivered the Mary E. Borges Memorial Lecture at Dickinson College. His lecture was entitled “Churches and Colleges: Schools of Civility.”

         In August, James also completed a two-year term as Board Chair for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, a national association of colleges and universities committed to the establishment of poverty studies programs.

Adam Dean (Political Science) had two articles published recently.

          “The Gilded Wage: Profit Sharing Institutions and the Political Economy of Trade,” in International Studies Quarterly 59:2 (June 2015), 316-329, and

          “Power Over Profits: The Political Economy of Workers and Wages,” in Politics & Society 43:3 (September 2015), 333-360.

Hang Du (Chinese) recently published “American college students studying abroad in China: Language, identity, and self- presentation” in Foreign Language Annals, 48(2), 250-266. (Foreign Language Annals is the official journal of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).)

Michael Durst (Physics) had two students, Jacob Epstein (’16) and Colin Laurence (’17), present their research at the undergraduate research symposium at the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America in October in San Jose, CA.

          Michael also received a faculty project award from the Vermont Genetics Network titled, “High-Speed 3D Multiphoton Fluorescence Imaging with Temporal Focusing Microscopy.” The proposed work aims to improve the speed of 3D multiphoton microscopy through temporal focusing, with the goal of reaching video-rate 3D imaging in biological tissue.

John Emerson (Emeritus, Mathematics) organized a topic-contributed paper session: Statistics with Computing in the Evolving Undergraduate Curriculum, held at the 2015 Annual Joint Statistics Meetings in Seattle in August. Emerson’s paper, “Statistical Computation Using Student Collaborative Work”, has now appeared in the 2015 JSM Proceedings, Statistical Computing Section. Bill Peterson (Mathematics) chaired the session, and Emerson’s son, Jay Emerson of Yale University, also was a presenter.

Enrique Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese) was awarded honorable mention from the New England Council for Latin American Studies (NECLA) for an article he published titled, “Latino Action Heroes, Strippers, and Non-Hegemonic Miscegenation.”

Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer (Religion) performed on December 17th at the St. Stephen’s Advent Concert Series, singing several traditional songs and accompanied by Jim Berg (English and American Literatures) on flute.

Leger Grindon (Film and Media Culture) published "Preston Sturges and Screwball Comedy" in ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges edited by Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff, University of Edinburgh Press, Fall, 2015.

Kirsten Hoving (History of Art and Architecture) recently published an exhibition catalog.

        “Man Ray and Mathematical Objects,” in Man Ray: The Human Equation, exhibition catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition Man Ray: The Human Equation, Washington, DC: The Phillips Collection, 2015.

        Kirsten also curated Svala’s Saga (photography series in collaboration with Emma Powell), a solo exhibition at Earlham College, August-September, 2015.  The series was the winner of the first place award for portfolios in the Maine Media Workshops Creative Storytelling competition.

Kareem Khalifa (Philosophy) recently published two articles.

       "EMU defended: reply to Newman." in European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5:377-385.

        Harp, Randall, and Kareem Khalifa. 2015. "Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle." Theoria. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 30:431-447.

Kathryn Kramer (English and American Literatures) published a memoir titled, Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books, Threshold Way Publishing, 2015.

James Larrabee (Chemistry & Biochemistry) reported on three publications this year:

        Pedroso, M. M.; Larrabee, J. A.; Ely, F.; Gwee, S. E.; Mitic, N.; Ollis, D. L.; Gahan, L. R.; Schenk, G. “CaII binding regulates and dominates the reactivity of transition-metal-ion-dependent diesterase from Mycobacterium tuberculosisChem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201504001.

        Starus, A.; Nocek, B.; Bennett, B.; Larrabee, J. A.; Shaw, D. L.; Sae-Lee, W.; Russo, M. T.; Gillner, D. M.; Makowska-Grzyska, M.; Joachimiak, A.; Holz, R. C. “Inhibition of the dapE-encoded N-succinyl-L,L-diaminopimelic acid desuccinylase from Neisseria meningitides by L-captopril” Biochem. 2015, 54, 4834-4844, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b00475.

        Larrabee, J. A.; Schenk, G.; Mitic, N.; Riley, M. J. “Use of magnetic circular dichroism to study dinuclear metallohydrolases and the corresponding biomimetics” Eur. Biophys. J. 2015, 44, 393-415, DOI: 10.1007/s00249-015-1053-6.

Orion Lewis (Political Science, Language Schools, MIIS) has had an article published and was awarded a grant with two other collaborators.

         Van Aken, Tucker, & Lewis, Orion (2015), “The Political Economy of Noncompliance in China: The Case of Industrial Energy Policy,” Journal of Contemporary China, 24(95): 798-822.

         With Jessica Teets (Political Science), and Reza Hasmath (University of Alberta), Orion won a Collaborative Grant from Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The title of the $68,000 grant is “Policy Innovation and Institutional Change in China.”

George Matthew, Jr. (Carillon) submitted a significant list of carillon recitals played over several months last year in various venues from Vermont to Virginia. Among them, he played at the Middlebury Bach Festival in April, and at the All-Beethoven recital for the centennial of the Language Schools as well as the school’s graduation ceremonies. Of note, on Nov. 14th, 18th, and 19th he played a memorial program for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, concluding each with La Marseillaise. Furthermore, his carillon student Wentao Zhai ’17, who was studying in Paris in the fall, played a memorial program on Nov. 21st in Annecy, France, and on Nov. 22 in Taninges, France.  

Bettina Matthias (German) and Eliza Garrison (History of Art & Architecture) co-curated the show “Naked Truth: Approaches to the Body in German and Austrian Art” at the Middlebury College Museum of Art this fall semester. Along with James van Dyke (University of Missouri, Columbia), the Sabarsky Fellow Peter Moore (’14), and Richard Saunders (Museum), they edited and published a catalogue that shares a title with the exhibition. Included in the catalogue are two essays. Bettina wrote “Body Matters: Approaches to the Body in Early Twentieth Century German and Austrian Prints and Drawings.” Eliza contributed “States of the Body in the Work of George Grosz and Otto Dix.”

For the third year in a row, Bear Island Design Assembly—the pro-bono student design/build program led by Visiting Assistant Professor John McLeod’s (Architectural Studies) architecture firm McLeod Kredell Architects—received an award for Excellence in Architecture from the Vermont state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This year’s project, a "composting commons" for the North Haven Community School in Penobscot Bay, Maine, was selected for the award by a jury of professional architects from Montreal. The project was designed and built in one week by a group of twelve Middlebury students working with McLeod, his partner Steve Kredell, who has also taught in Middlebury’s Architectural Studies program, and their colleague Jonathan Marvel from New York City. The project may be viewed at www.islanddesignassembly.org.

      Bear Island Design Assembly will be featured in the forthcoming book Design + Build: Materiality, Fabrication and Pedagogy in Today’s Architecture Education.

Jill Mikucki (Biology) had two articles published last year.

          Boetius, A. A. Anesio, J. Deming, J. Mikucki and J. Rapp (2015) "Microbial ecology of the cryosphere: sea ice and glacial habitats". Nature Review Microbiology doi:10.1038/nrmicro3522, and

          Mikucki, J.A., Lee, P., Ghosh, D., Purcell, A.*, Mitchell, A. Mankoff, K. Fisher, A., Tulaczyk, S., Carter, S., Siegfried, M. Fricker, H., Hodson, T., Coenen, J., Powell, R., Scherer, R. P., Vick-Majors, T., Achberger, A., Christner, B., Tranter, M. and the WISSARD Science Team. "Subglacial Lake Whillans Microbial Biogeochemistry: A synthesis of current knowledge". In Print: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Robert Moeller (Psychology) had an article titled, “Body dissatisfaction in a diverse sample of young men who have sex with men: The P18 cohort study” in Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-13. The article was co-authored with D.E. Siconolfi, F. Kapadia, J.A. Eddy, S.A. Kupprat, M.J. Kingdon, & P.N. Halkitis.

Tom Moran (Chinese) published in the Vol. 36, No. 2 (2015) issue of the New England Review his translation of sections of the prose poem "Life on Earth" by the late Chinese writer Wei An.

Amy Morsman (History) had an essay entitled, "Reporting from the South: Massachusetts Teachers and Freedmen’s Education” published in Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion, by University of Massachusetts Press, June 2015.

Stefano Mula (Italian) published "Exempla and Historiography: Alberic of Trois-Fontaines’s Reading of Caesarius’s Dialogus miraculorum” Chapter 6 of Victoria Smirnova, Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu and Jacques Berlioz Eds., The Art of Cistercian Persuasion in the Middle Ages and Beyond. Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogue on Miracles and Its Reception, Leiden/London: Brill, 2015, pp. 143-160.

Nathaniel Nesmith’s (C3 Fellow in Theatre) review essay titled “Brecht From All Angles” on four books of translated collections of the works of German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht was published in the January 2016 issue of American Theatre.

Mike Olinick’s (Mathematics) paper, “Discovering Infinity” was published as volume 38 of the Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics (July, 2015).

          Mike also reported that three additional chapters ("Recidivism in the Criminal Justice System,” "Evolutionary Game Theory,” and 'Agent Based Simulation") of his book Mathematical Modeling in the Social and Life Sciences were published online by John Wiley & Sons (June, 2015).

Alicia Peaker (DLA/CTLR) has published an article titled "Crowdsourcing and Community Engagement" in the EDUCAUSE Review (Nov/Dec 2015). She has also presented papers on digitally modeling the biospheres of novels at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in the U.S. and at ASLE-UKI at Cambridge University in the UK.

Will Pyle (Economics) published, “A ‘de Soto effect’ in industry: evidence from the Russian Federation,” 2015, with A. Karas and K. Schoors in Journal of Law and Economics, 58: 451-480.

Marcos Rohena-Madrazo’s (Spanish & Portuguese) article "Diagnosing the completion of a sound change: Phonetic and phonological evidence for /ʃ/ in Buenos Aires Spanish" was published in Language Variation and Change, 27, pp 287-317. doi:10.1017/S0954394515000113. (abstract & pdf)

Patricia Saldarriaga (Spanish & Portuguese) reports she had three articles published recently.

          Saldarriaga, Patricia. “La representación de la Virgen de la Inmaculada en la obra literaria de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. La construcción de lo femenino en su obra menor. Los mundos cortesano y festivo de loas y villancicos. In:Anthropos 243. Cuadernos de cultura crítica y conocimiento, Ed. Sara Poot-Herrera & Antonio Cortijo. México, D.F.: Siglo XXI, 2015. 73-87 (Print).

          Saldarriaga, Patricia. “El mundo en las manos: el Quijote y las esferas celestiales, molinos, aceñas, batanes y otros círculos.”Eds. Francisco Layna & Antonio Cortijo. E-humanista/Cervantes. Special Anniversary Edition, 2015. 326-338 (Print).

          Saldarriaga, Patricia. “Cuestiones de autoría pictórica: el pincel y la imagen de la Virgen”. UNIdiversidad. Volume 19. Special volumen dedicated to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Ed. Sara Poot-Herrera. Mexico: Universidad de Puebla Press, 2015 (print).

Daniel Scharstein (Computer Science) is this year's co-recipient of the IEEE Mark Everingham Prize. The prize is awarded annually to researchers who have made a selfless contribution of significant benefit to the computer vision community. Daniel received the prize on December 14, 2015 at the International Conference on Computer Vision in Santiago, Chile, for his work on the Middlebury Computer Vision Benchmarks.

Robert Schine (Religion, Classics, Jewish Studies) has published two book chapters, one a translation from Hebrew into German of the open letter—על חכמת ישראל—addressed by poet Chaim Nahman Bialik (1873-1934) to the editors of Dvir, a Hebrew journal of Jewish scholarship published in Berlin in the 1920’s.  The second chapter is a critical essay on Bialik’s argument for the necessity of writing Jewish scholarship in Hebrew: “Hebräische Sprache und Wissenschaft des Judentums: Chaim Nahman Bialiks Brief an die Herausgeber der Zeitschrift Dwir” in Thomas Meyer and Andreas Kilcher (Eds.), Die "Wissenschaft des Judentums": Eine Bestandsaufnahme. München Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2014. Pages 137-155.    

Martin Seehuus (Psychology) reported on three recent publications:

           Pigeon, W., Heffner, K., Crean, H., Gallegos, A., Walsh, P., Seehuus, M., Cerulli, C. (2015) Responding to the need for sleep amongst survivors of interpersonal violence: A Randomized control trial of a cognitive-behavioral insomnia intervention followed by PTSD treatment. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

           Yurcheshen, M., Seehuus, M.,Pigeon, W. (2015). Updates on Nutraceutical Sleep Therapeutics and Investigational Research. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

           Clifton, J., Seehuus, M., & Rellini, A. (2015). Testing cognitive predictors of individual differences in the sexual psychophysiological responses of sexually functional women. Psychophysiology.

Shawna Shapiro (Writing Program, Linguistics) reported the publication of a book chapter which appeared in an edited collection. “World Englishes: Academic Explorations of Language, Culture, and Identity” appeared in Teaching U.S. Educated Multilingual Writers: Practice from and for the Classroom, M. Roberge, K. Losey, and M. Wald (Eds). (pp. 263-280) University of Michigan Press.

           Shawna also reported that “A ‘slippery slope’ of too much support? Ethical quandaries among college faculty/staff working with refugee-background students” was published in E. Feuerherm and V. Ramanathan (Eds). Refugee Resettlement: Language, Policies, Pedagogies. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Paul Sommers (Economics) had two articles published in Topics in Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 5:

        “A Tale of Two … Umm Three Zitis” (an analysis of Zagat ratings at Italian restaurants in three cities) co-authored with three current students (Casey Park ‘17, Theodora L. Yoch ‘17, and Ellie Kaufman ’16), and

        “Here Comes the Sun. Gimme Shelter?”, examines the relationship between melanoma skin cancer incidence rates across fifty-seven cities and sun exposure. Surprisingly, skin cancer rates are not highest in the south!

Grace Spatafora (Biology) recently published two articles. The first one was featured as the spotlight article in the November issue of the Journal of Bacteriology. Seven Middlebury undergraduates (denoted by an asterisk) contributed to the research. The second article involved the work of five undergraduates (denoted with an asterisk).

         Spatafora, G., J. Corbett*, L. Cornacchione*, W. Daly*, D. Galan*, M. Wysota*, P. Tivnan*, J. Collins*, D. Nye, T. Levitz, W.A. Breyer, and A. Glasfeld. Interactions of the metalloregulatory protein SloR from Streptococcus mutans with its metal ion effectors and DNA binding site. J. Bacteriol. 197 (22) 3601-3615, and

         Crepps, S.C.*, Fields, E. E.*, Galan, D.*, Corbett, J.P.*, Von Hasseln, E.R.*, and Spatafora, G.A., 2015 (in press). The SloR metalloregulator is involved in the Streptococcus mutans oxidative stress response. Molecular Oral Microbiology

Louisa Stein’s (Film and Media Culture) book, Millennial Fandom: Television Audiences in the Transmedia Age, was published by University of Iowa Press in August.

Jessica Teets (Political Science) published two articles.

         “The Politics of Policy Innovation in China: Local Officials as Policy Entrepreneurs in Issues & Studies 51, no. 2 (June 2015): 79-109, and

         Teets, Jessica and Marta Jagusztyn. “Evolution of a Collaborative Governance Model: Social Service Outsourcing to Civil Society Organizations in China,” NGO Governance and Management in China. Reza Hasmath and Jennifer Hsu, eds. Routledge Modern China Series. August 2015.

Diego Thompson Bello’s (Sociology and Anthropology) article “Community Adaptations to Environmental Challenges under Decentralized Governance in Southwestern Uruguay” was published in Journal of Rural Studies, 43: 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.11.008.

Tracy Weston (Education Studies) had a cover article published in The Educational Forum, 79(3), 321-335 recently. The article, “Coherent experiences: The new missing paradigm in teacher education” was co-authored with S.C. Henderson.

Nina Wieda (Russian) submitted several accomplishments, including the following:

         Her play "Monstrification of Eastern Europe" won in the British Theatre Challenge organized by the Sky Blue Theatre Company, Oxford/London, and received a full stage production at the Lost Theatre, London, in October 2015.

         The same play, "Monstrification of Eastern Europe," was published in the Kenyon Review in November 2015 and was produced at the All Stories Theater Company, Massachusetts, in December 2015.

         Nina also became a winner of the Poets and Patrons Poetry contest, Chicago, Illinois.

Dana Yeaton’s (Theatre) full-length drama Mad River Rising had its regional premiere this fall at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. (Oct. 17-Nov. 14). Dana’s play My Post Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret (co-written with Vanessa Dunleavy)was presented by the White River Valley Players in Rochester, VT on January 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments: February 2015

Ian Barrow (History) published an article: "Finding the Nation in Assassination: SWRD Bandaranaike and the Assertion of a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Identity." in The Historian. 76.4 (Winter 2014): 784-802.

Rick Bunt (Chemistry & Biochemistry) published (as co-author) two peer-reviewed papers:

“A cross-species comparison of the Burkholderia pseudomallei, Burkholderia thailandensis, and Burkholderia mallei quorum sensing regulons,” co-authored with Charlotte Majerczyk, Mitchell Brittnacher, Michael Jacobs, Christopher Armour, Matthew Radey, Hillary Hayden, Ryland Bydalek, and E. Peter Greenberg  in the Journal of Bacteriology 2014, 196, 22, 3862.

 “Global Analysis of the Burkholderia thailandensis Quorum Sensing-Controlled Regulon,” co-authored with Charlotte Majerczyk, Mitchell Brittnacher, Michael Jacobs, Christopher D. Armour, Mathew Radey, Emily Schneider, Somsak Phattarasokul, and E. Peter Greenberg in the Journal of Bacteriology 2014, 196, 7, 1421.

Jane Chaplin (Classics) has published “Livy’s Use of Exempla”, in A Companion to Livy, B. Mineo, ed., Malden MA/Oxford 2015

John Emerson (Mathematics) received a modest grant through the Yale University Provost’s Fund for support of a project titled “Advances in Statistical Software Environments” on which he is working while on academic leave this year. The project grows out of an interest in changing the way statistics is taught, and  it will develop educational materials and supporting illustrations suited for guiding students in undergraduate courses in using modern statistical computation.  

Pianist Diana Fanning (Affiliate Artist, Music) has performed widely in recent months as a soloist and with cellist Dieuwke Davydov (Affiliate Artist, Music).  In May 2013, Diana was invited by the International Dvorak Society to perform a solo recital in Prague.  Since then she has performed a series of recitals in VT, NY, MA, NH and Nova Scotia.  Last spring Diana and Dieuwke undertook their seventh concert tour of Europe, performing in Paris and Amsterdam and many other venues.  A review of their Charlieu, France, concert noted their “superb interpretations” and stated that “one could feel that they poured their heart and soul into their music-making,” and “the audience appreciated Diana Fanning's very special sound--gentle, flowing, nuanced, glowing.” (Le Journal de Saône-et-Loire, 2/26/14).  Their most recent concert at Middlebury College was a collaboration with violinist Viktoria Grigoreva, a faculty member at the Royal College of Music in London.

Irina Alexandra Feldman (Spanish & Portuguese) has had a book, Rethinking Community from Peru, The Political Philosophy of Jose Maria Arguedas, published by Pittsburgh University Press.

Gloria Estela Gonzalez Zenteno (Spanish & Portuguese) had a story titled “Maga” appear in the winter issue of Solstice Literary Magazine: A Magazine of Diverse Voiceshttp://solsticelitmag.org

Leger Grindon (Film & Media Culture) had an essay entitled “Filming the Fights: Subjectivity and Sensation in Raging Bull” in A Companion to the Films of Martin Scorsese edited by Aaron Baker (Malden, Ma.:  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing) 2014. pp. 396-419.

Joseph Holler (Geography) has had two articles published. “Adaptation policy and adaptation realities: local social organization and cross-scale networks for climate adaptation on Mount Kilimanjaro.” Published in GeoJournal, 79(6), pp.737–753, 2014.


“Is Sustainable Adaptation Possible? Determinants of Adaptation on Mount Kilimanjaro.” The Professional Geographer, 66(4), pp.526–537, 2014.

Hedya Klein (Studio Art) is part of an exhibition entitled DRAW, showing at Inside – Out Museum, in Beijing, China, which opened in December 2014 and runs until March 1, 2015.

Chris McGrory Klyza (Political Science, Environmental Studies) and Steve Trombulak (Biology, Environmental Studies) have published the second edition of The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History (University Press of New England).

Jim Larrabee (Chemistry & Biochemistry) has had two articles published:

“Comparative investigation of the reaction mechanisms of the organophosphate-degrading phosphotriesterases from Agrobacterium radiobacter (OpdA) and Pseudomonas diminuta (OPH)” in the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 2014, 19, 1263-1275, DOI: 10.1007/s00775-014-1183-9.  His co-authors were: M. M. Pedroso; F. Ely; N. Mitic; M.C. Carpenter; L.R. Gahan; D.E. Wilcox; D.L. Ollis; and G. Schenk.


“Immobilization of the enzyme GpdQ on magnetite nanoparticles for organophosphate pesticide bioremediation” co-authored with L.J. Daumann; D. Ollis; G. Schenk; and L.R. Gahan, appeared in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2014, 131, 1-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2013.10.007.

For the second year in a row, Bear Island Design Assembly (‘BIDA’)—the pro-bono student design/build program led by Visiting Assistant Professor John McLeod’s (History of Art & Architecture) architecture firm McLeod Kredell Architects—received an award for Excellence in Architecture from the Vermont state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This year’s BIDA project, a series of ‘chicken houses’ for the organic garden at the Central School on Islesboro island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, won the top “Honor Award” given by the jury of professional architects. The houses were designed and built in one week by a group of eleven students, including nine from Middlebury, working with McLeod, his partner Steve Kredell who also teaches in Middlebury’s Architectural Studies program, and their colleague Jonathan Marvel from New York City.

McLeod Kredell Architects also received an award from the jury for a private commission. A link to a video documentary about the BIDA project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNAZiqKAS7w

Robert Moeller (Psychology) has had three research articles published. They are:

“High Interest in a Long-Acting Injectable Formulation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in NYC: A P18 Cohort Substudy.” Co-authored with K. Meyers, K. Rodriguez, I. Gratch*, M. Markowitz, & P.N. Halkitis (2014). PloS one, 9(12), e114700.

“An Episodic Analysis of Substance Use and Risky Sexual Behavior in a Racially Diverse Sample of Young Men Who Have Sex with Men.” Co-authored with J.J. Palamar, P.N. Halkitis, & D.E. Siconolfi. (2014). Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 26(2), 168-185.


“Homo economicus: young gay and bisexual men and the new public health.” Co-authored with D.E. Siconolfi, and P.N. Halkitis (2014). Critical Public Health

(*denotes a Midd student or recent graduate)

Tom Moran (Chinese) has published four translations from the Chinese in The Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan, Chang, Yeh and Fan, eds. (Columbia University Press, 2014): Yang Kui, "Art Belongs to the People"; Zheng Shenqie, "The Historical Mission of 'Taiwan Literary Arts'"; Ya Xian, "The Predicament Facing the Literary Supplement in Taiwan"; and Han Han and Ma Yigong, "From Concern, Engagement and Action to 'We Have Only One Earth."

Kevin Moss (Russian, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies) has had three articles published.

“Split Europe: Homonationalism and Homophobia in Croatia,” in Philip M. Ayoub and David Paternotte, eds., LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe, NY: Palgrave McMillan, 2014, pp. 212-232.

“Воплощение гомосексуальности в работах Евгения Харитонова и Геннадия Трифонова” [Celebrating Embodied Homosexuality in Evgeny Kharitonov and Gennady Trifonov], tr. Aleksandr Kondakov, in Aleksandr Kondakov, ed., На перепутье: методология, теория и практика ЛГБТ и квир-исследований, СПб: Центр независимых социологических исследований, 2014, 191-201. http://cisr.ru/news/publication-queer-studies-is-published/


“Straight Eye for the Queer Guy: Gay Male Visibility in Post-Soviet Russian Films,” in Balogh, Andrea and Nárcisz Fejes, Queer Visibility in Postsocialist Cultures, Farnham: Intellect, 2013, 197-220.

Peggy Nelson (Sociology-Anthropology) has received an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Supplement to the National Science Foundation grant awarded last summer to Peggy and a collaborator from Wellesley, titled Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families. This additional funding creates an unusual research training experience by covering travel expenses and wages for a student to accompany Peggy and her collaborator to conduct interviews during Spring Break and after the semester ends

Michael Olinick (Mathematics) has learned that his book, Mathematical Modeling in the Social and Life Sciences, has been published by Wiley & Sons.

Peter Ryan (Geology, Environmental Studies) has had a textbook published: Environmental and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, by Wiley-Blackwell. (ISBN: 978-1-4051-8612-4. 416 pages.)

Pete has also had several articles published.

“The influence of metamorphic grade on arsenic in metasedimentary bedrock aquifers: A case study from western New England, USA.” Co-authored with D.P. West, K. Hattori, S. Studwell*, D. Allen, and J. Kim, 2015. It appeared in Science of the Total Environment 505, 1320–1330.

“Source of arsenic-bearing pyrite in southwestern Vermont, USA: Sulfur isotope evidence.”

It was co-authored with H. Mango, and appeared in Science of the Total Environment 505, 1331-1339, 2015.


“Ordovician thrust fault controls hydrogeology and geochemistry of a bedrock aquifer system in NW Vermont: northeastern Appalachian foreland.” The article appeared in Geofluids 14, 266-290.  It was co-authored with J. Kim, K. Klepeis, T. Gleeson, K. North*, J. Bean*, L. Davis*, and J. Filoon*, 2014.

(*denotes Midd student or recent graduate)

Ted Sasson (Jewish Studies) and several colleagues (Michelle Shain, Shahar Hecht, Graham Wright & Leonard Saxe) published "Does Taglit-Birthright Israel Foster Long-Distance Nationalism?" in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 20 (2014).

Ted is also the recipient of a research grant by the Slifka Foundation to investigate demographic change in the American Jewish community.

John Schmitt (Mathematics) received a grant from the NSF-sponsored Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, to attend a workshop entitled Probabilistic and Extremal Combinatorics this fall.  While there he presented a poster highlighting his work with two collaborators, one from the University of Georgia and the other a College alumnus.

Usama Soltan (Arabic) had a paper published recently. 

'Splitting Neg: The Morphosyntax of Sentential Negation in Cairene Egyptian Arabic Revisited.' In Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics Volume XXVI, edited by Karen Froud and Reem Khamis-Dakwar, pp. 91-119. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2014.

Paul Sommers (Economics) has published a great number of articles recently, including one published with his 200th student co-author.  Congratulations, Paul!

“Cereal Killers,” in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(1), 2014, pp. 1-10.

“Food for Thought: Average Cost, Marginal Cost, and Pizza,”  Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(1), 2014, pp. 11-12.

“Fox and the Peacock: A Fable for Super Sunday,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(1), 2014, pp. 13-15.

 “Should the NBA Be Done with ‘One and Done’?” co-authored with Benjamin B. Sweeney, Daniel S. Waldman and Thomas A. Nall. Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(1), 2014, pp. 16-19.

“Does Bill James’s Pythagorean Formula Apply to Basketball?“ co-authored with Allen S. Jackson*, Jamal R. Piper*, James R. Jensen*, in Topics in Recreational Mathematics (ed. by Charles Ashbacher), Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 7-18.

“Will Sochi be the Last Games Featuring NHL Players?” co-authored with Kaelin A. Stone*, in Topics in Recreational Mathematics (ed. by Charles Ashbacher), Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 19-27.

“Chart Statistics of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones,” in Topics in Recreational Mathematics (ed. by Charles Ashbacher), Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 29-38.

“A Poisson Model for Hurricanes of the North Atlantic,” in Topics in Recreational Mathematics (ed. by Charles Ashbacher), Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 39-43.

“The Cost of Attending Professional Sports in the U.S.,” co-authored with Parker A. Hurst* in Topics in Recreational Mathematics (ed. by Charles Ashbacher), Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 44-55.

“Restaurant Customer Satisfaction in Manhattan,” co-authored with Julianna G. Gardner*, and Peter J. DiPrinzio* in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(2), 2014, pp. 77-81.

“Which NHL Team Wins in Overtime? These CHIS Know,” co-authored with Nicholas W. BonDurant*, Alexandra L. DeMarco*, and Derek Pimentel* in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(2), 2014, pp. 82-86.

“Evaluating Agreement and Disagreement between the U.S. and Middle East Countries in the UN General Assembly,” in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(2), 2014, pp. 87-94.

“Should Investors Fear Friday the 13th?” in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(2), 2014, pp. 106-112.

“The Influence of Free Agency on NHL Player Performance,” in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 38(2), 2014, pp. 113-119.

“Who Really Voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012?” co-authored with Helena N. Hlavaty*, Mohamed A. Hussein*, Peter Kiley-Bergen*, and Liuxufei Yang* in Journal of Student Research, Vol. 14(1), 2015, pp. 104-111..

“Have Gun Control Laws Changed Since Newtown?” co-authored with AnnaClare C. Smith*, Anna Van Kula*, and Greer M. Howard* in Journal of Student Research, Vol. 14(1), 2015, pp. 112-119.

“WWII Cover Artist Abram LeGallez: Unfinished Business,” in First Days, January-February 2015, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 22-24.

(*denotes Midd student or recent graduate)

John Spackman (Philosophy) has published, "Between Nihilism and Anti-Essentialism: A Conceptualist Interpretation of Nagarjuna," in Philosophy East & West Volume 64, Number 1 (January 2014): 151–173.

Grace Spatafora (Biology) is co-corresponding author on a manuscript with colleague Dr. Steven Goodman of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus Ohio. The manuscript entitled "In vitro manganese-dependent cross-talk between Streptococcus mutans VicK and GcrR: Implications for overlapping stress response pathways" appeared in the December 2014 issue of PLoSOne. Coauthors on this manuscript include three Middlebury College undergraduates who have since graduated (Whitney K. Hendrickson (MBBC, '08), Lathan W. McCall (MBBC, '08) and Julie Godfrey Sweet (MBBC, '06).

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at STScI and University of Toronto.  This project entails observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and is titled, “To be or not to be the Progenitor: The Question about Tycho-B.”  The goal of the observations is a better understanding of the star that exploded as a supernova in 1572, commonly known as Tycho's Supernova, after the 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe who made careful records of it at the time.

Phani Wunnava’s (Economics) membership as a Research Fellow at IZA has been extended through March, 2018.

Amy Yuen (Political Science) published a co-authored article.  2014. “The Politics of Peacekeeping: UN Security Council Oversight Across Peacekeeping Missions.” International Studies Quarterly 58(3): 621-632, 2014. Co-authored with Susan Allen.

Among the faculty, staff and students in the Theater & Dance Department there were many accomplishments to celebrate last year.  From July through August, several plays were mounted in New York City:

Cheryl Faraone,  Director: Pentecost by David Edgar.  PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project). Atlantic Stage 2. New York City,

Richard Romagnoli, Director: Gertrude – the Cry by Howard Barker.  PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project). Atlantic Stage 2. New York City,

Alex Draper,  Actor: Pentecost by David Edgar and Gertrude – the Cry by Howard Barker.  PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project). Atlantic Stage 2. New York City,

Mark Evancho,  Set Design: Pentecost by David Edgar and Gertrude – the Cry by Howard Barker.  PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project). Atlantic Stage 2. New York City,

Hallie Zieselman,  Lighting Design: Pentecost by David Edgar and Gertrude – the Cry by Howard Barker.  PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project). Atlantic Stage 2. New York City,

Student company members: Tosca Giustini, Mari Vial-Golden, Matthew Ball, Nicholas Hemerling, Chelsea Melone, Caitlin Duffy, Erica Furgiuele, Jake Schwartzwald, Elizabeth Harmor, Cordelia Prouvost

Finally, Middlebury College was National Award Winner at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Pentecost.

Faculty Accomplishments: October 2014

Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics) and colleagues from Denison, Wellesley, Furman, and Williams have been awarded funding from the AALAC consortium (Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges), the successor to the  Mellon 23 program, for a collaborative workshop that will be held at Middlebury in the spring of 2015. The workshop, titled “The Economic History of Race, Class, and Gender,” will bring together participants from 10-15 institutions to explore recent advancements in the economic history of race and ethnicity, gender, class, and other facets of inequality. They plan to take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of economic history to foster dialogue about these elements of inequality with other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political science, philosophy, and history.  

Erik Bleich (Political Science) reports he had two articles published recently: 

“What Makes Muslims Feel French?” co-authored with Rahsaan Maxwell in Social Forces, 93, 1, 155-79; and

“Freedom of Expression versus Racist Hate Speech: Explaining Differences between High Court Regulations in the USA and Europe” in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40, 2, 2014: 283-300.

Susan Burch (American Studies) has been selected by the Organization of American Historians  (OAH) for its Distinguished Lecturers Program (http://www.oah.org/lectures/  and  http://www.oah.org/lectures/lecturers/new/).

In addition, Susan Burch and Tara Affolter (Education Studies), with colleagues from Barnard, Haverford, Macalester, Oberlin, Vassar, and Scripps, have been awarded funding from the AALAC consortium (Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges), the successor to the Mellon 23 program, for a collaborative workshop that will be held at Barnard in the fall of 2015. The workshop, titled “Critical Disability Studies and Universal Design for Learning,” will bring together participants from 10-13 liberal arts colleges and Columbia University who have varied levels of expertise in these related topics that are so critical to better educating disabled and nondisabled students. Participants will collaborate to pursue four related goals: curricular development, pedagogical development, faculty collaboration with disability support services, and inter-institutional development across and between colleges.

Jeff Carpenter (Economics) had two articles published recently titled:

“Workplace Democracy in the Lab,” co-authored with Peter Matthews and Phil Mellizo, in Industrial Relations Journal, 45(4): 313-328 (2014); and

“Peer Monitoring and Microcredit: Field experimental evidence from Paraguay,” with Tyler Williams (`06), in Oxford Development Studies, 42(1): 111-135 (2014).

Catherine Combelles (Biology) has been awarded an R15 research grant through the National Institutes of Health’s AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program. This grant will support work to determine the effects of endocrine-disrupting compounds on the oocyte and the ovarian follicle, the structure that nurtures the developing oocyte. Because the health of adults, neonates, fetuses, and embryos all depend upon normal oocyte development, the findings will help to provide a foundation for improving not only female reproductive but also adult health. The grant funds research at Middlebury and Emory University, including supplies and travel to conferences as well as Catherine’s 2015-16 academic leave. At least 15 undergraduates will be involved in this research over the next three years.

Darién J. Davis (History)has published two articles:
“Performing Diasporas or Cubanindad Meets Jim Crow: Miami in a Period of Democratic Transition Before the Cuban Revolution” in La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence (University of Florida, 2014); and

“Exile and Liminality in 'A Land of the Future':  Charlotte and Stefan Zweig in Brazil, August 1941-March 1942” in Stefan Zweig and World Literature (Camden House, 2014).

Darién has also been named Simon Bolivar Chair for Visiting Scholars and Professors, Institut des Hautes Etudes de l'Amérique latine, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Amériques, La Sorbonne Paris III, where he will work with graduate students interested in the African diaspora in the Atlantic world and Latin American-France cultural exchanges.

Matthew Dickerson (Computer Science) is pleased to announce his co-authored work (with David O’Hara), titled Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia,has been published by Cascade Books.

The Jack Miller Center awarded the College a grant to help with the expenses of Constitution Day events held at Middlebury in September. This grant is the result of a proposal submitted by Murray Dry and Keegan Callanan (both Political Science) that augmented resources for this event available from the Department of Political Science and the Pre-Law Program. The Jack Miller Center is “dedicated to enriching education in America’s founding principles and history."  

Erick Gong (Economics) has published "The Heterogeneous Effects of HIV Testing," co-authored with Sarah Baird, Craig McIntosh, and Berk Ozler in Journal of Health Economics, Sept. 2014, Vol (37): 98-112.

Barbara Hofer (Psychology) has published three articles:

“Addressing challenges to public understanding of science: Epistemic cognition, motivated reasoning, and conceptual change” appeared in Educational Psychologist, 49(2), 123-138 (the article was co-authored);

“Motivation in the college classroom” in the edited work, McKeachie’s Teaching Tips

“Emerging adulthood as a psychological passage” in Passing through: Portraits of emerging adults. Exhibit catalog.

John Huddleston (Studio Art) presented a visual talk on his artwork entitled "Photography, Zen & Mindfulness" at the Zen Center of Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA, on March 23, 2014.

David Humphrey’s (Japanese Studies) article "The Tone of Laughter and the Strangely Warm Comedy of Hagimoto Kin'ichi" will appear in the December 2014 issue of Japan Forum.   

Heidi Grasswick (Philosophy) had two articles published:

“Climate Change Science and Responsible Trust: A Situated Approach” in Hypatia 29(3), 2014, 541-557, and

“Understanding Epistemic Normativity in Feminist Epistemology” in The Ethics of Belief. Editors: Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 216-243.

Damascus Kafumbe (Music) has published:

“Could Afrigo’s Semadongo be Uganda’s Zilizopendwa?” in Zili(zo)pendwa: Dance Music and Nostalgia in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, ed. Frank Gunderson; spec. issue of World of Music (New Series): 3(1): 113-132;

“Middlebury College 2013-14 John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts: A Public Conversation with Angelique Kidjo, conducted and transcribed by Damascus Kafumbe,” African Music 9(4):36-53;

Review of George Worlasi Kwasi Dor’s West African Drumming and Dance in North American Universities: An Ethnomusicological Perspective, African Music 9(4):152-154; and

Liner Notes of Felipe Salles’s Ugandan Suite, Tapestry Records

Damascus also received an Academic Outreach Endowment Grant that will support Middlebury students to investigate the role of Cumbancha (a Charlotte-based record label) in internationalizing Vermont’s music scene.

He received a Middlebury Mellon International Research Grant to supervise student research in Cameroon.

He was also awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to travel to University of Jos, Nigeria to assist with designing a new B.A. in Music degree curriculum, mentor graduate students, and identify study/research opportunities for Middlebury students.

Finally, Damascus was awarded a Committee on the Arts grant to launch an outreach program that extends the work of the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble to elementary schools in Vermont.

Michael Katz (C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and Eastern European Studies) had his translated and edited book, The Kreutzer Sonata Variations: Lev Tolstoy’s Novella and Counterstories by Sofiya Tolstaya and Lev Lvovich Tolstoy, published by Yale University Press.

Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell (both Film and Media Culture) received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-week workshop at Middlebury in June 2015. Twelve participants will come to campus to explore the topic of producing video-based scholarship for the study of the moving image, with the goal of creating a special issue for the video-based journal [in]Transition that Keathley and Mittell co-edit. This grant, titled Scholarship in Sound and Image: Producing Videographic Criticism in the Digital Age, is funded through NEH’s Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program, and will be run in conjunction with the college's Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. See http://sites.middlebury.edu/videoworkshop for more information.

Jason Mittell also reports that he had a book chapter published titled “Strategies of Storytelling on Transmedia Television” in Storyworlds Across Media, edited by Marie-Laure Ryan and Jan-Noel Thon (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), 253-77.

Anne Knowles (Geography) is pleased to announce that her book, Geographies of the Holocaust, was published in September by Indiana University Press. She is lead editor of the book, with co-editors Alberto Giordano and Tim Cole.

Michael Kraus (Political Science) reports his most recent publication is a book chapter, 

“25 let tranziční spravedlnosti a vyrovnávání se s minulostí ve střední a východní Evropě”

(“Twenty Five Years of Transitional Justice: Dealing with the Past in Central and Eastern Europe”) in Radka Šustrová / Luba Hédlová (eds.): Česká paměť: Národ dějiny a místa paměti, 

(“Czech Memory: Nation, History, and Places of Memory”) (Praha: Academia , 2014).

Brett Millier (English and American Literatures) has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece, which is sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California at Santa Cruz in collaboration with the Athens Centre in Athens, Greece where the program will be based. The institute encourages the study of mortality in ancient Greece as the basis for comparative study across cultures, disciplines, and historical periods. During the institute, Brett’s goal is both to enhance her teaching in CMLT 101, and to develop a comparative interdisciplinary course on the issues raised in the Institute's readings and discussions.

Sujata Moorti (Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies) was awarded residencies at two institutions in support of her 2014-15 leave project on Science and Gender in New Media. During the fall term she is a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College where she will contribute to their focus on Feminist Science and Technology Studies. In January 2015 she will begin a five-month residency as Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal.   

Peggy Nelson (Sociology/Anthropology) and a colleague at Wellesley College have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a two-year project titled “Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families.” The goal of this project is to better understand the new kinds of relationships that are made possible when individuals have children through reproductive technologies involving “donor” eggs or sperm. Researchers will interview parents and offspring who participate in networks of connection with others who share the same donor as their children or themselves. Where possible, the researchers will also interview donors who have had contact with the parents of their offspring or the offspring themselves. At least two undergraduate students will be involved in this research.  

Peter Nelson (Geography) and a colleague at Point Park University have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “International Rural Gentrification”;  research teams from the United Kingdom and France are also funded via their own respective national funding agencies. The entire project is part of the Open Research Area funding scheme for international social science research that now involves agencies in four European countries as well as the NSF. The objective of this multi-national collaborative project is to undertake the first in-depth cross-national integrated comparative study of the theory, forms and dynamics of rural gentrification encompassing France, the UK and the USA. The US team will compile a comprehensive database of rural gentrification indicators for each of the three countries, and then identify a set of communities in the US in which to carry out in-depth case study analysis focusing on the different forms of rural gentrification and the various actors involved in the process. Scholars from the UK and France will do similar case study analyses in their respective countries. In addition to funding all the costs of the research in the US, the grant will also fund trips to Europe to meet with the entire research team; this research will be the focus of Pete’s academic leave in 2015-16. Three undergraduate students will be involved in this research.      

Clarissa Parker (Psychology and Neuroscience) reported on a successful spring and summer with three publications:  

“High-resolution genetic mapping of complex traits in a combined analysis of an F2 intercross and an advanced intercross” in Genetics 198: 103-116, with P. Carbonetto, G. Sokoloff, Y.J. Park, M. Abney, and A.A. Palmer (2014);

“Discovery and refinement of muscle weight QTLs in B6 x D2 advanced intercross mice” in Physiological Genomics 46: 671-582, with P. Carbonetto, R. Cheng, J.P. Gyekis, D.A. Blizard, A.A. Palmer, and A. Lionikas (2014); and

“Mice selectively bred for High and Low fear behavior show differences in the number of pMAPK (p44/42 ERK) expressing neurons in lateral amygdala following Pavlovian fear conditioning” in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 112: 195-203, with J. Coyner, J.L. McGuire, R.R. Ursano, A.A. Palmer, and L.R. Johnson (2014).

Clarissa also received a Young Investigator Travel Award to attend the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

William Poulin-Deltour (French) published an article in the spring entitled “Que reste-t-il de nos cours sur le genre? Témoignage d’un enseignant américain en French Studies sur un campus américain.” Travail, genre et sociétés, no. 31 (April 2014): 35-49. 

Emily Proctor (Mathematics) had an article published recently titled "Gamma-extensions of the spectrum of an orbifold,” co-authored with Carla Farsi and Christopher Seaton in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 366 (2014), 3881-3905.

Will Pyle (Economics) received funding from Russia’s National Research University Higher School of Economics’ (HSE) International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, which will provide support for three years. He will be participating in a research project titled “Collective action in the business community” and will give a couple of lectures per year to students at the HSE.

Burke Rochford (Religion) had two articles published:

“Conflicted Selves: Trust and Betrayal in Studying the Hare Krishna,” in Open To Disruption: Time and Craft in the Practice of Slow Sociology, edited by Rosanna Hertz, Anita Ilta Garey, and Margaret Nelson (Nashville, Vanderbilt University Press), 2014, and

“Children and Generational Issues" in The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, George Chryssides and Ben Zeller, eds. (UK, Bloomsbury Academic), 2014.

Patricia Saldarriaga (Spanish & Portuguese) reported she has published an article titled "The Imagery of Jerusalem in the Colonial City" in The Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque. Complex Identities in the Atlantic World. Edited by Harald E. Braun & Jesús Pérez-Magallón (Ashgate Publications: Farnharm, Surrey, United Kingdom), 2014. 237-51.

Erin Sassin (History of Art & Architecture) has published two articles recently: 

“The Visual Politics of Upper Silesian Settlements in the First World War” in Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict (I.B. Tauris), and

“Single Women, Public Space and the German Ledigenheim” in Women, Femininity and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Ashgate) will appear in print by the end of October.

Daniel Scharstein (Computer Science) recently published two papers:

"Efficient high-resolution stereo matching using local plane sweeps," co-authored with Sudipta Sinha and Richard Szeliski, was presented at the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2014), Columbus, OH, June 2014.

"High-resolution stereo datasets with subpixel-accurate ground truth," co-authored with Heiko Hirschmüller, York Kitajima '15, Greg Krathwohl '14, Nera Nesic '13, Xi Wang '14, and Porter Westling '12, was presented at the German Conference on Pattern Recognition (GCPR 2014), Münster, Germany, September 2014, where it won the best paper award.

Robert Schine (Religion and Classics) is pleased to announce that his annotated translation of Hermann Cohen, Spinoza on State and Religion, Judaism and Christianity, has been published, with a critical introduction, by Shalem Press, Jerusalem.

John Schmitt (Mathematics) recently published a co-authored article. “Martin Gardner's minimum no-three-in-a-line problem” appears in American Mathematical Monthly, 121 (2014), no. 3, 213-221. His co-authors include Alec Cooper, a current undergraduate.

In addition, John and colleagues from Dartmouth College, Bard College, Smith College, St. Michael's College, SUNY Albany, Wesleyan University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have received funding from the National Security Agency for two conferences this year on discrete mathematics. The first of these was hosted by Middlebury at Bread Loaf in September. The main purposes of these conferences are to enhance the national infrastructure for research and education in discrete mathematics by creating and strengthening a regional network of interacting researchers and to facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge research ideas, methods, and results.      

Shawna Shapiro (Linguistics and Writing Program) has published three articles recently: “Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education,” with R. Farrelly, and Z. Tomaš by TESOL Press;

“Words That You Said Got Bigger”: English Language Learners’ Lived Experiences of Deficit Discourse. Research in the Teaching of English48(4); and

“Exploring the Linguistic and Institutional Contexts of Writing Instruction in TESOL.” TESOL Quarterly48(2), 401-412 with Ruecker, T. S., Johnson, E. N., & Tardy, C. M. (2014).

Usama Soltan (Arabic) published two articles in 2014:

‘On the Distribution and Licensing of Polarity-Sensitive Items in Egyptian Arabic: The Cases of Ɂayy and walaa.’ Edited by Samira Farawaneh and Hamid Ouali in Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics Volume XXIV-XXV, pp. 181-206 (Amsterdam: John Benjamins), 2014.

‘On Negative Concord in Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic.’ Co-authored with Hamid Ouali. Edited by Samira Farawaneh and Hamid Ouali in Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics Volume XXIV-XXV, pp. 159-180 (Amsterdam: John Benjamins), 2014.

Usama also published an article in late 2013:

“Remarks on heritage language grammars and their implications for linguistic theory.” Theoretical Linguistics 39.3-4, pp. 241-250, 2013.

Paul Sommers (Economics) had three articles published:

“Mathematics and Geography: The Changing Geographic Midpoint of Baseball’s All-Stars” in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 37(4), 2014, pp. 277-285; and
“Eat Fresh, Be Happy?” with Daniel A. Crepps, Pathik R. Root, and Benjamin K. Wessel, in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Vol. 37(4), 2014, pp. 286-292.

Paul’s article “Work Incentives and Salary Distributions in Major League Soccer,” co-authored with Schooner Sonntag, has appeared online and will soon appear in the Atlantic Economic Journal.  

Grace Spatafora (Biology) has been recognized with an Honorable Mention designation in the 2014 Council on Undergraduate Research Outstanding Biology Mentor Award. The award recognizes biologists who demonstrate superior mentorship of undergraduate students in research.

Mark Spritzer (Biology) has been awarded an R15 research grant through the National Institutes of Health’s AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program. This grant will support work to investigate the effect of testosterone replacement on the spatial working memory of hypogonadal aged male rats. It will fund research equipment, supplies, and travel to conferences and will involve at least 18 undergraduate research assistants over the next three years.

Mark also published an article titled “Changes in the sexual behavior and testosterone levels of male rats in response to daily interactions with estrus females” in Physiology and Behavior. 133: 8-13. His co-author is Midd alumna Leanne Shulman.

The premier of Su Lian Tan’s (Music) concerto Ming was performed by virtuoso trumpeter Joe Burgstaller. This international event took place in the newly refurbished Victoria Hall in Singapore, under the baton of Taiwanese conductor Apo Hsu. An excerpt from the Inkpot review:

"Prolific composer Su-Lian Tan may be a more familiar name in the West than locally, being a Professor of Music at Middlebury College in Vermont and a regular collaborator with American musicians, but that did not deter Hsu from introducing her avant-garde style to our local audience. The glassy clang that opens 'Ming', and the exotic harmonies that follow, bring us into her world of Ming vases and wall paintings of birds and trees. Trumpet soloist Joe Burgstaller, for whom the first movement was written in 2012, stepped up for this daunting task. A second movement was added to complete this concerto, 'tailored specifically to show off Joe’s curves', explained conductor Hsu. While the first movement used both trumpet and orchestra in an inventive and almost-atonal language to evoke the Oriental mysticism and brittle beauty of ancient China, the second movement focused more heavily on the trumpet soloist, who had to traverse a veritable smorgasboard of styles, including neo-classicism, jazz, even hip-hop, to give a sense of the cosmopolitanism that reflects modernity. Burgstaller’s secure technique and endless stamina were showcased to the max."

Su’s concerto Autumn Lute Song was performed in Boston by superstar flautist Carol Wincenc in September. With Lidiya Yankovskaya conducting the Juventas Ensemble, her performances radiated within two concerts of new music at the First Church in Cambridge on September 19 and 20. Su joined Carol to perform the world premiere of Mary Montgomery Koppel's (class of 2004) new set of duets which were composed for them. A quote from an audience member "I wanted to hear your concerto again, IMMEDIATELY!!"

Jessica Teets (Political Science) had two books published in 2014:

Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance, edited with William Hurst, Routledge Modern China Series, October 2014; and

Civil Society under Authoritarianism: the China Model (Cambridge University Press), May 2014.

Steve Trombulak (Biology, Environmental Studies) has published two articles:

“Natural history’s place in science and society,” co-authored with several other scholars, appeared in BioScience 64 (4); and

“Conserving biodiversity: practical guidance about climate change adaptation approaches in support of land-use planning,” Natural Areas Journal. In press. 

Jonathan Vandenberg (Theatre) announced the opening of his play “The Crossing of the Visible” which he conceived, directed, and designed. The play appeared in the New Voices in Live Performance Series, at the Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn NY in June, 2014.

Vermont Genetics Network grants for Research in the Biomedical Sciences
Middlebury College is one of the baccalaureate partner institutions participating in a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Vermont. This grant continues the Vermont Genetics Network support that has been an important source of funding for faculty and student research during the past decade. The following faculty members received individual grants from this program to support their research this year:

Glen Ernstrom (Biology and Neuroscience)  Project grant for work on Genetic Analysis of Neurotransmitter Release in C. Elegans.Thegrant provides funding for summer and academic-year effort from June 2014-May 2015 and includes summer stipends for two undergraduate summer research students.

Clarissa Parker (Psychology and Neuroscience)  Pilot support for a new project titled Genome-wide Association for Ethanol Sensitivity in the DO Mouse Population. The grant provides funding for 2014 summer effort and travel to present a paper at a conference in Uppsala, Sweden. Clarissa also applied for and was awarded funds to support an undergraduate summer research student.

An-Gayle Vasiliou (Chemistry & Biochemistry)  Project grant to support research into Thermal Composition of Biomass: Molecular Pathways for Sulfur Chemistry. The grant provides funding for summer effort during 2014 and includes funds for two summer research students.

Julien Weber (French) had an article published titled “Jeter sa langue aux chiens: Collective Memory in Baudelaire’s ‘Les Bons chiens’” in Yale French Studies 125-126 (Spring 2014): 121-133. 

Linda White (Japanese Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies) had an article published entitled “Challenging the Heteronormative Family in the Koseki: Surname, Legitimacy and Unmarried Mothers” in Japan's Household Registration System and Citizenship (Routledge 2014) (239-356).

Phani Wunnava (Economics) had a co-authored article published titled, “Financial liberalization and the selection of emigrants: a cross-national analysis” in Empirical Economics (2014) 47: 199-226. 


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