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  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett co-authored “Facebook official: Using the Overlap in Facebook Profiles to Predict Relationship Outcomes,” which has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Social Psychology.” 

  • Five faculty members from Southwestern participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences that was held at Pace University in New York June 11-14. The theme for the conference was “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” Faculty members Erika BerrothLaura Hobgood-OsterMelissa Johnson and Emily Northrop participated in a panel titled “Collaboration in Teaching the Anthropocene Across Disciplines.” Berroth presented a paper titled “Shades of Green: Reflection on the Role of Modern Languages and Literature Programs within Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene Studies.” Hobgood-Oster presented a paper titled “How Does the Anthropocene Fit into a Religion Classroom?” Johnson presented a paper titled  “Reframing an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Course around the Anthropocene.” Northrop presented a paper titled “The Competing Goals of Economic Growth and Climate Stability in the Introductory Economics Course.” Molly Jensen, assistant professor of religion, introduced conference participants to Southwestern’s new Paideia Cluster on The Anthropocene and presented a paper at the meeting titled “Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Religious Studies Course: Teaching for Ecological Care.”

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar’s article, titled “Placing Affect: Remembering Strangers at Roadside Crash Shrines” was published in the book “Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses.” (Ashgate Press, 2015).

  • Lois Ferrari, professor of music, is a finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Community Orchestra Conductingand the Austin Civic Orchestra, which she conducts, is a finalist in the Community Orchestra Performance category. Dana Zenobi, assistant professor of applied music, is a finalist in the Professional Art Song division, and senior Melissa Krueger is a finalist in the College/University Opera division.

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