Allison Named Watson Bartlett Professorship of Biology and Conservation

Dear Knox Community,

It gives me very great pleasure to announce that one of our colleagues has been appointed to an endowed professorship in recognition of his distinguished teaching, scholarship and service to Knox College. I have made this appointment upon the recommendation of the Faculty Personnel Committee and the Dean of the College, and am grateful for their good counsel.

Dr. Stuart Allison, Professor of Biology and Director of Green Oaks Biological Field Station, has been named to the Watson Bartlett Professorship of Biology and Conservation, succeeding Professor Linda Dybas. Professor Allison joined the Knox faculty in 1997 after completing his B.S. degree from the University of Puget Sound, his M.S. from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship to study ecological restoration in England. Professor Allison specializes in field botany, ecological restoration, conservation, and ethnobotany.

In addition to national and international presentations, Professor Allison’s publications include Green Interests. Earthscan Press, a division of Routledge, Abingdon, UK. (2012); Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems. Earthscan Press, Abingdon, UK. (2012); and articles published in Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals: Human Perceptions, Attitudes, and Approaches to Management, Ecological Restoration, and Restoration Ecology. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration, coordinating editor for Restoration Ecology, Western Illinois Nature Group, and as a panelist for the National Science Foundation Biology Directorate Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. On campus, he currently serves as chair pro tem of the faculty and curator of the Herbarium, and has served in key faculty roles, including chair of the Department of Biology, member of the Executive Committee, and advisor to student organizations.

The Watson Bartlett Professorship in Biology and Conservation was established in 1990 by action of the Knox College Board of Trustees, utilizing an estate gift of Watson Bartlett, who attended the College for one year after graduating in 1916 from Mendota High School. After leaving Knox College in 1917, Mr. Bartlett returned home to assist his father, who was an attorney. Mr. Bartlett spent his life in the Mendota area and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Triumph in 1938, and named the Bank’s President in 1942. Throughout his life, Watson Bartlett followed a wide range of intellectual pursuits and was renowned for his self-sufficiency. In honor of his accomplishments, he was presented an honorary degree by Illinois Valley Community College.

​Endowed chairs honor and reward current faculty members for their accomplishments and help bring exceptional new teachers and scholars to campus. It is the highest honor that Knox College can bestow upon a faculty member, and helps the College nurture our historic commitment to excellence. Please join me in congratulating Professor Allison and in remembering our donor for his generous support of Knox College. I am delighted to honor Professor Allison’s teaching, scholarship and service through this appointment.​


McAndrew Publications

Frank McAndrew (Psychology) has several new publications this summer.

He has published a chapter on “Workplace Gossip” in the Oxford Bibliographies in Management (Oxford University Press).

He also has an article in the most recent issue of Evolutionary Psychological Science. The title of the article is “When strangers start to gossip: Investigating the effects of gossip on cooperation in a prisoner’s dilemma game. His coauthors on this study were Charlotte De Backer & Konrad Rudnicki of the University of Antwerp, Christina Larson of UCLA, and Maryanne Fisher of St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia.

He also published an essay on “The Evolutionary Psychology of Mass Shootings” for CNN on July 8 (, and two different essays in HRZone, an online British magazine for human resources professionals. The titles of the HRZone essays were “Understanding the Office Creep” and “Gossip in your office probably does more good than harm.”

Dooley Publishes ebook

John Dooley (Computer Science) has published an anthology of short stories as an ebook on Amazon titled “Codes and Villains and Mystery: The Best Stories with Codes and Ciphers 1843-1920”.

The stories, originally published before 1924, are written by various authors and each story uses a code or cryptogram as a plot element. Dooley edited the stories, added an introduction to the book and an intro for each of the stories. Stories written during this time that use crypto include ones by Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Sax Rohmer (of Dr. Fu-Manchu fame).

Dooley’s web page of crypto fiction:

The new ebook is at

Hoyt Co-Authored Article

Helen Hoyt (Chemistry) co-authored an article with Knox chemistry graduates Michael Supej ’15, Alexander Volkov ’16, and Louisa Darko ’16. Knox collaborators for Mossbauer spectroscopy include Charles Schulz (Physics) and Knox physics graduate Ryan West ’14. External collaborators include researchers Kraig Wheeler (Eastern Illinois University) for X-ray spectroscopy and Jonathan Darmon (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) for computational consultation. The article was based upon the research done by these Knox students over the course of three summers and two senior honors thesis projects, and it is entitled “Aryl-Substituted BIAN Complexes of Iron Dibromide: Synthesis, X-ray and Electronic Structure, and Catalytic Hydrosilylation Activity.” It appears in an issue of Polyhedron (2016, Vol. 114C, pp. 403-413).

Through August 2, 2016, the article can be accessed free of charge:

Hoffmann was Speaker in Sweden, Chicago

Heather Hoffmann (Psychology) gave the presidential address entitled “Situating Human Sexual Conditioning” at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) in Malmö, Sweden on June 26. In attendance were three Knox alums–Katy Renfro ’11, who presented a poster entitled “The emergence of men’s and women’s autosexual experiences”, Victoria Klimaj ’13 who presented a poster entitled “Neural correlates of sexual response in bisexual women” and Flori Corpodean ’16 who presented a poster entitled “The effect of fear on conditioned sexual arousal in college-aged women.” Hoffmann will continue as a member of the IASR executive board for one more year in the role of past president.

Hoffman also gave a talk entitled “The Aroma of Sexual Arousal” at the Field Museum in Chicago on June 5. The talk was sponsored by the Women in Science program at the Field Museum as well as by Outfielders, a group of museum staff dedicated to prompting inclusion of all genders and sexual orientations. In attendance were Knox alums, Graham Troyer-Joy ’08, Victoria Klimaj ’13 and Flori Corpodean ’16 .