Effective communication helps to grow, protect, and sustain species, ultimately contributing to their survival. That’s why when Gregory Pask, a Middlebury biology professor, heard that some firefly species reverted to a different communication method, he jumped at the opportunity to further explore the topic using an awarded grant from the National Science Foundation.
Staying updated on the latest research and having access to vital resources is essential to any successful career. That’s why several Middlebury faculty members recently worked together to apply for a National Science Foundation grant, which provided their students with a crucial piece of scientific equipment: a confocal microscope.
Using his awarded grant from The Japan Foundation, Max Ward, a history professor at Middlebury, is currently traveling in Japan to conduct research for his second book, Police Power in Modern Japan, (1870-1970). Police Power in Modern Japan explores the different forms of Japan’s police power throughout its history. Ward is using his research to propose new questions within contemporary debates about policing in other countries, including the United States.
Using Breaking Bad as his new project’s centerpiece, Middlebury Film Professor, Jason Mittell, is creating the first-ever audiovisual book focused on a single television series. Mittell’s audiovisual book highlights the latest practice of videographic criticism, whichanalyzes film and television using the same media—sounds and moving images—to analyze aspects like characterization, composition, music, storytelling, and more.
What is chaos? What is order? How does the human mind differentiate and make meaning out of these two concepts? These are just some of the questions that Middlebury College Professor Mario Higa will pose and explore in his new undergraduate seminar, “Jorge Luis Borges: Chaos and Order” a class inspired by Higa’s recent summer research in Argentina.
Even after teaching about agroecology for more than 20 years, Molly Anderson, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury, continues to seek innovative ways to enrich her teaching and provide her students with firsthand experiences.
During part of his sabbatical year Middlebury College professor Erik Bleich took his research and teaching talents across the Atlantic to Lyon, France. There, he served as the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair and as a fellow at the Collegium de Lyon, researching how the media covers Black Lives Matter.
Using worldwide changes as a creative catalyst, Middlebury College dance professor Laurel Jenkins is re-imagining how dance can transform trauma into resilience. Now, like an ode to her research, Jenkins will share such themes in two original performances.