Panhellenic Badge Day, March 30

The Panhellenic Council invites all Greek affiliated (Social, Service and Academic included) faculty and staff to wear their badge in support of Knox College Badge Day. Nationally, chapters around the world celebrate National Badge Day, but this year’s National Badge Day fell on our finals week so the Knox Panhellenic Council decided it would be great to celebrate our own badge day. The Council encourages everyone affiliated on campus to wear your badge proudly. The Panhellenic Council will also hand out free popsicles in Seymour Gallery on Friday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Knox to Host ISAS Annual Meeting March 30-31

Knox hosts the 104th annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. More than 200 college students and faculty from throughout Illinois are expected for conference that will feature displays and talks on science research, and a keynote address and symposium on ecological restoration.
Knox students and faculty will display posters on their research from 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Friday, on the first floor of Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center.
A symposium “Restoration and Conservation in Illinois,” featuring experts on prairie restoration will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., in the Francois Classroom, E-117, in the Umbeck Science Mathematics Center. The discussion will be moderated by Knox professor Stuart Allison. Panelists are Roger Anderson of Illinois State University; Angella Moorehouse of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Jack Pizzo of Pizzo Associates, an ecological restoration firm; and Jeff Walk, director of science for The Nature Conservancy.
The keynote address, “Ecological restoration and environmental change: Transforming ecosystems, transforming ourselves,” will be given by Stuart Allison at 8 p.m., Friday, in the Lincoln Room. Allison has directed prairie restoration initiatives at Knox for the past two decades.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., scientists in various fields will give brief presentations on their research. Presentations by Knox students and faculty will include:
Diverse microRNAs in dictyostelid social amoebas, by students Ya-Lin Lu, Sara DeMaria, and Devon Blackburn; and professor Matthew Jones-Rhoades, all of Knox.
Effects of microclimate on the reproductive biology of Besseya bullii (Plantaginaceae), a rare plant, by Knox student Dana Robinson; and Katherine Chi and Brenda Molano-Flores of the Illinois Natural History Survey.
Transcriptome Analysis of UV-Irradiated Dictyostelium discoideum (Dictyosteliidae) through RNA Sequencing, by student Shaunak Mulani and professor Matthew Jones-Rhoades, both of Knox College.
In the eye of the beholder: Visual mate choice lateralization in a polymorphic songbird, the Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae), by professors Jennifer Templeton and James Mountjoy, both of Knox; and Sarah Pryke and Simon Griffith, both of the University of Sydney, Australia.
Sleep traits in mutation accumulation lines of Drosphila melanogaster, by student Rachel Lyman and professor Matthew Jones-Rhoades, both of Knox; and Richard Lyman, Susan Harbison, and Trudy Mackay, all of North Carolina State University.
The paleomicrobiology and geomicrobiology of the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt with scanning electron microscopy, by student Kathryn Quesnell, and professors Katherine Adelsberger and Linda Dybas, all of Knox.

Knox Receives National Award for Community Service

Knox’s outstanding record of engaging students in community service — more than 16,000 hours last year — is being recognized with a national award, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. This is the third time in the past four years that Knox has won the award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Knox was selected for the Honor Roll based on community service that totaled 16,546 hours last year, ranging from adult literacy tutoring to helping with in-school programs.

Kathryn Frank Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Kathryn Frank ’12, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for international study. The award to Frank, a history and Spanish major, will support her work next year in Argentina. She will teach English, volunteer at a community service project and conduct oral history research.
Knox has been cited as one of the top schools in the nation for Fulbright awards. In the past ten years, 16 Knox students, five Knox faculty and six alumni have received Fulbright awards for international study and research. The Fulbright program is the leading international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. government. Fellowship recipients are chosen for both academic merit and leadership potential.

Geer Memorial Service, March 31

A memorial service for Bill Geer, Clara A. Abbott Professor Emeritus of Biology, who died February 24, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, in the First United Methodist Church, Mary Runge officiating. A time for fellowship will be offered following the service at the church. Internationally renowned for his research on the genetics of the fruit fly, Geer taught biology at Knox from 1963 until his retirement in 2000. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, the Bill Geer Research Fund at Knox College, or Guardian Angels Humane Society.

McAndrew Interview to Air March 29

Frank McAndrew (psychology) was interviewed by WBBM TV (the CBS Affiliate in Chicago) about the dynamics of gossip in the workplace.  The segment will air during the 10 p.m. news slot on Thursday, March 29.

Bunde, Versaggi Paper Published

Cassie Versaggi ’12, Prof. David Bunde (Computer Science), and their colleagues at other institutions recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the 5th International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques (Simutools ’12). This paper describes their integration of a simulator developed at Knox with a larger project at Sandia National Labs.

Berlin Poem Published

Monica Berlin’s (English) poem, “Dear So-and-So, [Today, three flights up, with my whole body…]” has been published in Witness‘s special issue on disaster (25.1; 2012).  

The Annual Al Young Juried Exhibit of Student Art 2012

Monday, April 30 1:00 pm. Submissions due. Open to all current students who have taken an art course since spring 2011. Submissions limited to two works per course taken.

Friday May 4. Juror’s talk, 4 p.m. Awards ceremony, 5 p.m.
Show runs through May 11.
Juror, Mark Pascale is Curator in the Dept. of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, and teaches studio art at the School of the Art Institute. He has organized exhibitions on James Castle, Jasper Johns, Joseph Yoakum, and Edvard Munch. Pascale holds an MFA from Ohio State University and prior to his appointment at the museum, was a working artist specializing in printmaking and drawing.
$250 – Best in category: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, printmaking, drawing, non-traditional media, art history.
$50 – Dick Blick certificate for runner-up in each category.
$500 – Purchase award.