Schulz Co-Authored Article

Chuck Schulz (physics) and Will Fuller ’17 are co-authors of a journal article: “Electronic Configuration and Ligand Nature of Five-Coordinate Iron Porphyrin Carbene Complexes: An Experimental Study” Yulon Liu, Jing Zhang, William Fuller, Charles E. Schulz, and Jianfeng Li” Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, 5023-5026 (2017)

Allison Co-Edited Handbook

The Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration, which was co-edited by Stuart Allison (biology) with Stephen Murphy of the University of Waterloo, has just been published.

Along with editing the entire handbook, Allison also wrote the chapter on Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change, and co-wrote the introduction with Murphy.

Carlin Metz Directed Premiere Stage Reading

Liz Carlin Metz (theatre) directed the USA premiere stage reading of Kumovi by Dušan Kovačević, renowned Serbian playwright, translated by Dennis Barnett. The reading was performed May 2, 2017 by Vitalist Theatre at the International Voices Project annual Chicago festival of stage readings of international plays performed at Instituto Cervantes.

Bruce Presented Research

On April 20, Madeline Bruce ’17 presented her research, “Does Trauma Centrality Predict Trigger Warning Use?” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association. The project was funded by the Paul K. and Evalyn Elizabeth Cook Richter Memorial Grant.

Stedman Participates in Documentary about Photography for Music

Tim Stedman (Art and Design) was asked to participate in a documentary film released last month on Netflix. Country: Portraits of an American Sound featured photographer, Michael Wilson, introduced to musician Lyle Lovett by Stedman in 1991. Lovett, Stedman, and Wilson have worked together as a team on every album released by Lovett since then (11 total).

The documentary, commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, was produced by Arclight Productions to accompany a photography show of the same name exhibited May — September 2014.

A clip that includes Stedman at the filming of an interview and photoshoot for the film with Lovett and Wilson at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia can be seen here:

Lombard Works Featured in Several Exhibitions

Lynette Lombard’s (Art and Art History) recent show, Palpable Terrain at the Bowery Gallery in NY exhibited new paintings of the landscape from Southern Spain, Boston and the Jentel Art Residency in Wyoming. Art critic and historian Jennifer Samet wrote in the accompanying catalogue to the show, “Lombard’s work has a tension that reflects our time – what it means to be painting the landscape today. They are about what it means to be present in that landscape, watching and living an environment at risk.” Palpable Terrain, March 28-April 22, 2017

“On the Shoulders of Giants”, an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture curated by Thaddeus Radell, celebrated the millennia old struggle to capture the human form. The 35 artists in the exhibition render the human figure in a wide variety of ways and mediums, but every work shows a reverence for the formal language that animates great art, from prehistoric times to the present. The exhibit was at the Westbeth Gallery, NY, March 4-25 2017

Midwest Paint Group, an artists cooperative of which Lombard is a member: Self-Portrait show: Lombard invited alum, Jason Eisner as her guest artist. This group exhibition was at the Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, OH. March 3-26

Midwest Paint Group: A Winter’s Work, Kishwaukee College Art Gallery, Malta, IL. “This group exhibition presents paintings spanning several winters…there is an encapsulation of forms and abstractions to be seen. This structural realization of perceiving responsively to nature, binds this group together…” Tim King, curator, designer, teacher and director of MPG.

Protecting Knox Information

From Teresa Amott

Dear Knox Community,

This weekend’s ransomware cyberattacks in more than 100 countries, following on the recent Google phishing scheme that affected more than 1 million Gmail accounts, prompts me to write to you today to urge your cooperation in safeguarding Knox’s information systems against intrusion and theft. To keep us all safe and secure, Knox has recently adopted an Information Security Policy that provides guidance to our employees in accordance with the evolving best practices in higher education and information management. You can read the policy here.

To help us all follow these best practices, we have selected and trained thirty-five staff members to act as Information Security Liaisons for the various operating units of the College. Their role is to implement the security policy and best practices and to raise the specific information security concerns in each of their respective areas. You will each be hearing soon from the Vice President in your area to let you know who in your area has been charged with this critical role. The liaisons will serve as resources to you in your work at Knox, but much of what they will share is also applicable to safeguard your private information and protect you from identity theft, ransomware, and other problems that can arise on your home devices if you are not vigilant.

Over the next several weeks, we will also be sharing with you new technologies that will help us keep Knox information safe and secure. But keep in mind that Information Security isn’t all computers—your liaison will also share helpful tips for basic office security (e.g., close and lock your door, be selective about paper documents on your desk and what you put in the trash or recycle, etc.).

There will be more details to follow, so please stay tuned. I know well how the competing demands for your time intensify in May, but it is clear from the headlines that attacks on our information are intensifying as well, and we will all need to work together to protect our information systems. I thank you all in advance for your cooperation in this vital matter.

Culture of Respect: Education and Training on Discrimination and Harassment

Dear Knox Community,

Since our founding, Knox has been committed to a safe and respectful campus for every member of our community. We take great pride in the fact that our community is made up of individuals with diverse identities and who come from many different cultures and backgrounds, and we remain committed to working collaboratively to foster a culture of respect on our campus. We also believe that a respectful and safe learning community is a shared responsibility. As a member of our community, it is important that we receive ongoing training that helps us better steward this culture and maintains our compliance with federal and state laws.

Over the next two weeks, we are offering a series of training and educational sessions for faculty and staff on discrimination and harassment. You are invited to one of two available sessions, which will all be held in the Trustee Rooms (Room 302) in Alumni Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. Each session is expected to last about 70 minutes and will allow time for questions. Please join us at one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, May 17 at 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Offices of Human Resources and Title IX, Crystal Bohm and Kim Schrader will present information about applicable laws and required employee training compliance, reporting protocol, protected classes and relevant policy definitions, confidentiality, response support and resources, and investigation and resolution procedures. We are expecting as many employees as possible to attend one of these sessions. For those who have not yet completed the mandatory discrimination and harassment online training provided by United Educators, attending one of these sessions will fulfill that requirement. Printed materials and other resources will also be available.

Fostering a respectful and safe learning community is a truly shared responsibility, and we hope to see you at one of the training sessions soon.

Thank you,

Crystal Bohm
Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Kimberly Schrader
Title IX Coordinator

Ucar Gave Presentation

Nurettin Ucar (Modern Languages and Literatures-German) gave a presentation at The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY on April 21. His paper, “The Transformation of Culture in the Bildungsroman: Christian Kracht’s Faserland,” was part of a panel on post-1945 German, Austrian, and Swiss Literature.