Library & IT

First Thursday

Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host monthly First Thursday gatherings to recognize & celebrate the scholarly achievements of Southwestern faculty and staff.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony, Christine Harbour ’16, and Jordan
King ’15 published an article in the February 2019 issue of Journal of Combinatorial
Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing titled "Greedy Is Good: An Empirical Evaluation of
Three Algorithms for Online Bottleneck Matching." This paper is a culmination of work that was begun in 2014–15 with support from the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates
program of CRA-W, the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women
in Computing Research.

Carl Robertson, Associate Professor of Chinese
Published a translation of the short story “Tharlo” by the Tibetan writer Pema Tseden in a
collection of Tseden’s work titled Enticement (Duke UP, 2018), edited by former part-time
faculty Patricia Schiaffini. This book has been adopted to promote understanding of Tibetan
culture by the independent organization Machik, which is hosting discussions in 24 cities

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Co-authored a paper in the Academic Practice in Ecology and Evolution section of the open
access journal Ecology and Evolution. This collaborative peer-reviewed publication entitled
“Students as ecologists: Strategies for successful mentorship of undergraduate researchers” 
developed from a special session at the 2018 Ecological Society of America meeting where
Burks gave a 5-minute INSPIRE style talk on how to continue to work and publish with
undergraduates post-graduation. The full article can be found at

Catherine Bourland Ross, Professor of Spanish
Published “Left Behind: Cultural Assimilation and the Mother/Daughter Relationship in Najat El
Hachmi’s LA HIJA EXTRANJERA.” Hispanófila 183 (June 2018): 351-365

Jacob Schrum, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum has had two peer-reviewed publications
accepted to appear in the 2019 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, each with student
coauthors. Will Price ’19 is the primary author on “Neuroevolution of Multimodal Ms. Pac-Man Controllers Under Partially Observable Conditions,” which describes his first place entry in the international Ms. Pac-Man vs. Ghost Team Competition in 2018. Bryan Hollingsworth ’20 is the primary author on “Infinite Art Gallery: A Game World of Interactively Evolved Artwork,” which describes a game that was part of a human-subject study at Southwestern last fall.