Call for Bookfellow Prize Submissions

Seymour Library awards the Bookfellow Prize each year to the Knox student who has completed the course assignment or senior research/honors project showing the most sophisticated and productive application of the library’s collections and resources to his or her research topic or creative project. In awarding the prize, we look for projects showing evidence of

*a successful research strategy that has identified a variety of relevant primary and secondary sources in multiple publishing formats;
*the application of library resources to a clearly stated and successfully argued thesis or hypothesis, or to a successfully realized creative project;
*consistent and thorough citation and documentation of library resources applied to the project.

The Bookfellow Prize is open to all students in all disciplines for work completed not earlier than the 2016 spring term. The 2016 Bookfellow Prize was awarded to Becky Hixon for her honors project “The Makings of a Man: Masculinity in Shakespeare’s Second Historical Tetralogy.”

Papers may be submitted through Friday, May 5, to Tanna Cullen in the Director’s office, Seymour Library. The prize will be awarded at the 2017 honors reception on Thursday, May 18.

DeWitt Review Published

Scott DeWitt (Educational Studies) and Nick Dilley ’17 have published a review of high school economics curriculum materials. “Civic Engagement and Economic Institutions: The Understanding Fiscal Responsibility Lesson Materials” appears in The Councilor, vol. 78(1).

O’Brien Gave Presentation in San Francisco

Sara O’Brien (Psychology) gave a presentation on April 7 at the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America meeting in San Francisco, California. The title of the presentation was “Examination of Transdiagnostic Risk Factors in the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.” It was co-authored with Jeremy Schmidt ’17, and was based on studies conducted at Knox through O’Brien’s research lab and Schmidt’s McNair Scholars research project. The presentation was part of a symposium titled “Transdiagnostic Risk Factors for the Emotional Disorders: Examination of their Unique Informational Value for Understanding and Classifying Psychopathology,” that O’Brien co-chaired and that also included presenters from the University of Notre Dame, University at Buffalo SUNY, University of Utah, and Vanderbilt University.

Ferrigno: Solo Exhibition and Artist Talk

Andrea Ferrigno (Art) currently has a solo exhibition of recent work at the Yellow Door Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. The show, “From Here to There”, curated by Emily Betts-Susanin runs through May 7. On March 25, Ferrigno gave an artist talk on the ideas that drive her work as part of a larger salon event promoting and encouraging cultural discourse in the Des Moines area.

Gonzales Wrote Blog Post

Teresa Gonzales (Sociology) recently wrote a blog post on the importance of ethnic studies for all students.

“Within public education, Latin@s/x are often overlooked in discussions of American history; the result is that students – regardless of ethnic or racial background – are unaware of the many contributions Latin@s/x have made and continue to make to this country; from art, to literature, to improving worker’s rights, to desegregating education (Mendez v. Westminster), to reinvigorating both national and local economies.

This erasure of multiple histories and knowledge from our collective consciousness has a negative impact on how communities of color view themselves within the United States and contributes to false perceptions that Latin@s/x are a relatively new migratory group to the U.S.”

Blackadder and Rosenfeld presented at Indiana University

Natania Rosenfeld (English) recently gave a poetry reading at Indiana University, featuring work from her collection “Wild Domestic” along with some newer poems. Neil Blackadder (Theatre) gave a translation seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study: “Collaborative Translation: On Translating for the Stage.”

Chemistry Faculty & Students Present at ACS Conference in San Francisco

Chemistry faculty Mary Crawford and Helen Hoyt, along with students Alejandro Beltran ’17 and Diandra Soemardi ’17, attended the 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held April 2-6 in San Francisco.

Crawford serves as Chair of the Professional Relations Subcommittee: Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Subdivision; the division hosted its first ever research symposium for LGBTQ graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Crawford also presented a talk at Stanford University as part of their Queer Perspective Seminar series entitled “Four Strikes or Four Medals: Queer Perspectives from a First Generation African American Lesbian Woman’s Journey through Chemistry” on Friday, April 7.

Diandra Soemardi presented on “Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of iron dibromide complexes bearing para-substituted alpha-diimine ligands” and Alejandro Beltran presented on “Synthesis and characterization of thermotropic copper(II) heteroleptic metallomesogens with 2-ethylhexanoate ligands”. Both seniors presented posters in the session for Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry, and they are research students with Hoyt and Tom Clayton (Chemistry), respectively.

The student ACS Chapter (Knox Chemistry Club, advised by Diana Cermak, Chemistry) was honored with an Honorable Mention award.

Hertel Gave Presentation in San Diego

Andy Hertel (Psychology) gave a presentation on March 30 at the 38th annual Society for Behavioral Medicine meeting in San Diego, CA. The title of the presentation was “Substance Use Identities, Craving, and Attentional Bias in Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol Consumption.” It was co-authored with Kyle Baacke ’16, and was based on studies conducted at Knox. The presentation was part of a symposium titled “Think of ‘Me’: Substance Use Identities in Substance Use,” that Hertel organized as well as chaired and that also included presenters from University of Washington, Brown University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.