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In Focus: 1/23/2014

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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Faculty members who published books in 2013 include (l-r) Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology; Thom McClendon, professor of history; Ed Kain, professor of sociology; and Michael Saenger, associate professor of English. Read more here.

Top News

FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE GRANTS TO EXPLORE NEW METHODS OF TEACHING

The Associated Colleges of the South has funded four proposals submitted by Southwestern faculty members that will enable them to explore new methods of teaching. Several of the projects will involve collaboration with faculty and students at other liberal arts colleges throughout the south.

Faculty members who submitted proposals include Erika Berroth, associate professor of German; Michael Kamen, associate professor of education; Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology; and Gulnar Rawji, associate professor of chemistry.

Southwestern faculty members also will be part of four other projects that were recently funded by the ACS.

Read more here.

Events

COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PARTICIPATE IN JAN. 23 PANEL DISCUSSION AT SOUTHWESTERN

The Office of Civic Engagement is sponsoring a panel discussion titled “Georgetown 101” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4-6 p.m. in the Prothro Room (2nd floor of the library).

Panelists will include District 6 City Council Member Rachel Jonrowe; Leslie Janca, executive director of The Georgetown Project; Joe Dan Lee, superintendent of the Georgetown Independent School District; Karen Sheldon, president of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee from the Lone Star Circle of Care.

The panelists will discuss social issues facing Georgetown and ways that Southwestern can expand its partnerships with local nonprofits.

PRESIDENT BURGER TO GIVE JAN. 30 TALK ON ‘THINKING THROUGH A SOUTHWESTERN EDUCATION’

President Edward Burger will give a talk titled “Thinking Through a Southwestern Education” on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The talk is being given to the Board of Trustees and is open to the public.

Additional information is available here.

Media Coverage

The Houston Chronicle printed President Burger’s op-ed piece about how math is taught in Texas high schools. The piece is available here.

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about how Georgetown residents Jim and Carol Wilson have hosted two generations of Southwestern students from the same family in Sweden.

Notables

Four representatives from Southwestern attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore Jan. 13-18, which is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world. President Edward Burger, who also is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented a paper titled “A 21st century curriculum that raises education to a global maximum” in the MAA Invited Paper Session on Mathematics and Effective Thinking. Fumiko Futamura, associate professor of mathematics, and two collaborators − Annalisa Crannell from Franklin & Marshall College and Marc Frantz from Indiana University-Bloomington − gave a four-hour minicourse on “Visualizing projective geometry through photographs and perspective drawings.”  Senior Heather Gronewald presented her mathematics capstone project, “Transfer Attrition: Hazards and Perseverance,” in the Undergraduate Poster Session. Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, was the supervisor for Gronewald’s project, served as a judge in the poster session, and took a minicourse on “Using randomization methods to build conceptual understanding of statistical inference.”

Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, had a paper on “Online bottleneck matching” published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. The paper was co-authored with Christine Chung from Connecticut College. 

Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, had an article titled “Killing Memory: Roadside Memorial Removals and the Necropolitics of Affect” published in the winter 2013 issue of the journal Cultural Politics. The article is available here.

Reggie Byron, assistant professor of sociology, is the lead author on a co-authored article that was recently accepted for publication at Gender & Society, the leading scholarly journal in women’s studies. The article is titled “Relational Power, Legitimation, and Pregnancy Discrimination” and should appear in a 2014 volume of the journal.

Fay Guarraci, professor of psychology, has had an article titled ““Sexy stimulants”: The interaction between psychomotor stimulants and sexual behavior in the female brain” accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. The article was co-authored by 2010 graduate Jessica Bolton, who is now pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience at Duke University.

Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, is giving at talk at the University of California at Berkeley Jan. 30 on “Tremors and Remedies: Images, Intercessions and Ritual Efficacy in Colonial Cuzco.” Read more here.

Edward Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar, is leading a Jan. 24 webinar for the American Sociological Association on “MCAT Changes as Department Opportunity.” Representatives from more than 50 sociology departments from across the country are expected to participate in the webinar.