Kasser Article Published

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently had an article entitled “Openness to Experience predicts intrinsic value shifts after deliberating one’s own death” published in the journal Death Studies. The first author of the article is Mike Prentice, ’08. Study 1 of the article is based on Prentice’s Honors thesis in Psychology, which Kasser supervised.

Templeton Article Published

Jennifer Templeton (Biology) was a co-author on a paper published in the Journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology entitled “How do birds look at their world? A novel avian visual fixation strategy”. Co-authors were researchers at Purdue University.

Keith Archer — Announcement

Dear Knox Community,

I write today to share the news that Keith Archer, vice president for finance and administrative services, has accepted the position of vice president for finance and treasurer of the college at our sister ACM institution, Grinnell College. Keith’s last day at Knox will be June 30, and I am confident that during the coming months we will lay a strong foundation for his successor.

During Keith’s time at Knox, he has provided leadership and vision for a number of the College’s core services, including the business office, facilities, human resources, dining services, campus safety, and the bookstore. Under his guidance, human resources, dining services, campus safety and the bookstore were reorganized and modernized, and the College successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements. He chaired the College’s Institutional Planning and Priorities Committee (IPPC), introduced a more transparent budgeting process for budget managers, and created a new financial reporting package for the Board’s Committee on Finance. Keith also focused much of his attention on stewardship of our campus, introducing a capital budget line in our annual operating budget to support regular capital improvements to the campus, overseeing the building of the Whitcomb Art Center, and working to ensure the future of the first phase of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center renovation, along with multiple smaller projects that added up to significant improvements in Knox facilities. We are a more sustainable and financially stronger institution today for his work.

We will undertake a national search for Keith’s replacement, and, in the weeks to come, I will consult with the Board, faculty, and staff on the composition of the search committee and the timetable of the search. I will be back in touch with more information after those consultations are complete, but it is my goal to have a new chief financial officer in place for the next fiscal year.

Personally, I have much appreciated Keith’s financial acumen, sound advice, and tireless work on our behalf, and am very sorry to see him go. Please join me in congratulating Keith on this very significant appointment, in thanking him for his service to Knox, and in wishing both Keith and his wife, Melissa, the best at Grinnell.


McGill Presented Paper

Monica McGill (Computer Science) recently presented a paper during two special sessions at the Association of Computing Machinery’s 2018 Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Baltimore, Maryland. The paper was titled Improving Research and Experience Reports of Pre-College Computing Activities: A Gap Analysis. The sessions were: Connecting Evaluation and Computing Education Research: Why is it so Important? and Repositories You Shouldn’t be Living Without.

McGill was also a presenter at the NSF Showcase, presenting work from a 5-year NSF grant, Establishing and Propagating a Model for Evaluating the Long Term Impact of Pre-College Computing Activities.

Denial Primary Source Set Published

Cate Denial’s (History) primary source set Reservations, Resistance, and the Indian Reorganization Act, 1900-1940 was one of twenty-one new Primary Source Sets recently published by The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These sets provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike.

The newest Primary Source Sets were developed in collaboration with DPLA’s expanded Education Advisory Committee and are designed for secondary and higher education. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, discussion questions, and classroom activities. The Primary Source Sets project and the work of the expanded 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee are supported by the Teagle Foundation.

O’Brien Paper Published

Sara O’Brien (Psychology) was a co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment entitled “Explicating the Dispositional Basis of the OCRDs: A Hierarchical Perspective”. Co-authors were researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Brown University, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Last night’s incident in Dining Services

From Keith Archer:
We want to take a moment to respond to a recent incident in the Hard Knox Cafe. Last night, the Knox College dining services staff was approached by a student who indicated she had found what appeared to be a worm on a piece of steak. Dining services immediately took action. All food items on the line were inspected; no worms or insects of any sort were found. To err on the side of caution, and recognizing that worms of this sort can be found in lettuce, all lettuce was pulled from the cafe, including pizza that had lettuce as a topping. Staff confirmed that all produce had been double washed per protocol. All additional food storage areas, including the container in which the meat was stored, were inspected; there was no sign of insects of any kind. All inspections were repeated this morning, and, again, no insects of any kind were found. As a food service establishment, the Hard Knox Cafe is inspected regularly by the Knox County Health Department. Scores for all recent evaluations were in the 90s out of a total of 100 possible points. We care deeply about the well-being of our students, and recognize that food is an integral part of the college experience. We will continue to work closely with students to meet their needs.