On November 10, Lendol Calder, History, spoke at a luncheon of the QC Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Association on the topic of the current economic crisis and what it means.
Todd Cleveland was recently invited to deliver lectures at both Kansas State University and the University of Iowa. The former was part of the annual Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology & Science and the presentation was entitled "Feeding the Aversion: Agriculture and the Eschewal of Mining Technology on Angola's Colonial-era Diamond Mines, 1917-75," while the latter talk was entitled "(Un)healthy Relationships: African Laborers, Profits and Health Services on Angola's Colonial-era Diamond Mines (1917-1975)," and was co-delivered with Portuguese friend and scholar, Dr. Jorge Varanda. Todd also recently delivered a paper at the African Studies Association's annual conference in Chicago, entitled "minors in Name Only: Child Laborers on the Diamond Mines of the Conmpanhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), 1917-1975," which was included on a panel called Taking Care of Business in Colonial and Independent Angola. Earlier this month, he also had a chapter entitled "Appraising the Value of History: Fieldwork Strategies, Solutions and Lessons from Angola's Diamondiferous Lunda Region, 2004-06," published in Immigrant Academics and Cultural Challenges in a Global Environment, a volume edited by Femi Kolapo. The chapter was based on his dissertation research experience in Angola.
Randall Hall announces the release of his new CD The passage between on Innova Records. (http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=349). The CD features contemporary compositions and improvisations for saxophone and electronics. The title track, The passage between, was composed for YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dpmfoPGC68
On November 3, Jason Mahn, Religion, delivered a paper, "Deconstructing Sin: The Inextricability of Theology and Rhetoric in Soren Kierkegaard," at the national American Academy of Religion conference, where Jason serves on the steering committee for the "Kierkegaard, Culture, and Religion" group. On November 9, Jason pursued a different set of interests in his presentation, "The Church and the Holocaust," at the Tri-City Jewish Center as part of a series of community events commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Religion, recently served as the respondent on a panel entitled "The New Spirituality" at the American Academy of Religion's annual meeting in Chicago. Kristy commented on two recently published books: Sarah Taylor's Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology and Gordon Lynch's The New Progressive Spirituality.
Kristy also just returned from participating in a three-day "Engaged Scholars in the Study of Religion" gathering in Louisville at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary where she, along with fifteen scholars from around the country, met to discuss their ongoing scholarship and commitments to the communities in which they work. The Lilly Foundation, The Louisville Institute, and Hartford Seminary sponsored the event.
Last week the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science hosted the two fall Undergraduate Research Symposia. Eighty-eight students and faculty attended the Biological Sciences and Psychology meeting at the University of Chicago, and seventy-eight students and faculty attended the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science meeting at Washington University. Jim van Howe accompanied two of his students, Louis Daudet and Kyle Weigand, to the meeting at Washington University. They both did a terrific job presenting their results. Kyle Weigand presented "Nonlinear pulse propagation in liber lasers" and Louis Daudet presented "Extinction ration measurement for ultrafast lasers". There is a picture of Louis presenting his poster at: http://www.mathsciconsortium.org/event_information/2008-undergraduate-research-symposia-in-the-physical-sciences-mathematics-and-conmputer-science)
Patrick Crawford and Erin Stoffel accompanied Chris Kassl, Julie Gass, Emily Grossman, Nicole Nelson, Taylor Pocopanni and Bret VanDeWoestyne to the meeting in Chicago. Jim, Patrick and Erin all served as session chairs for three of the oral sessions at the two meetings.
During early November, Dara Wegman-Geedey again served as a reviewer for the American Society for Microbiology's MicrobeLibrary.org Curriculum Collection, a peer-reviewed, on-line repository of laboratory and classroom protocols for scholarly teaching of undergraduate microbiology. In October, Dara also served as a developer and reviewer of biology questions used for the ETS Praxis Subject Test for teacher certification.