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).  

Stories Named for Next Round of Nick Adams Competition

The following four stories have been selected as Knox Finalists for the 2012 Nick Adams Competition sponsored by the 14 member colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM): Kate Barrett’s “Fishes and Loaves”; Dave Brankin’s “Water on Water, or the Rain on the Ground”; Julia Ohman’s “When the Leaving is Done”; Christopher Poore’s “Empties.” These four stories were sent on to the next level of the competition.
In addition, two stories were recognized as Knox Semifinalists:  Chris Bakka’s “Lineaments” and Erik Hane’s “Burial.”
The committee also recognizes these stories as Knox Honorable Mentions: Sam Butler’s “Strawman”; Linda Kim’s “정체 (Identity)”; Maisie Maupin’s “Something to Do With”; Isabella Odin’s “Rainbow”; Saska Pellnat’s “Feeding Time”; Michelle Steffens’s “How to Give Good Head.”
A Knox faculty committee selected these stories from many outstanding entries. Over the past 39 years of the Nick Adams Competition, Knox has won more first place awards than any other ACM college and twice as many ACM Finalist designations as its nearest competitor. The final two rounds of this year’s competition will be judged by an ACM faculty committee and by distinguished author Gina Frangelico.

Hoffmann Publishes Two Papers

Heather Hoffmann, psychology, published Field conditioning of sexual arousal in humans with Katie Peterson ’08 and Hana Garner ’08 as co-authors in a special edition of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology on The Neuroscience and Evolutionary Origins of Sexual Learning which she co-edited.  She also published Considering the role of conditioning in sexual orientation in the February 2012 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Voices of Spoon River Unveiled

The Knox Writers’ House project and the Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives have teamed up to produce “Voices of Spoon River: The Ellisville Opera House.”
The collaborative work, put together by Knox College post-baccalaureate fellow Emily Oliver ’11, combines audio recordings, essays, and photographs in a narrative about community pride and purpose.
To read and listen to the piece, go here:

CS Faculty, Students Attend Symposium

Computer Science faculty and two computer science majors recently returned from the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, the largest conference for CS educators. Hanna Fidoten ’12 presented her poster “Do Faculty Recognize the Difference Between Computer Science and Information Technology? A Survey of Liberal Arts Faculty,” created with Jaime Spacco. Casey Samoore ’12 presented his poster “Teaching parallel computing with higher-level languages and compelling examples,” created with Sung Joo Lee ’12, Johnathan Ebbers ’13, David Bunde, and collaborators at Lewis and Clark College. Bunde also contributed to a panel “A Stratified View of Programming Language Parallelism for Undergraduate CS Education.” John Dooley was a member of the conference committee and chaired a session.

Students Plunge for Special Olympics

Several teams of Knox College students were among more than 200 participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, March 4, 2012, at Lake Storey in Galesburg. The event raised more than $35,000 to benefit Special Olympics of Western Illinois.
The air temperature at the lake was listed at 33 degrees F, with the water temperature at 27.
Knox was represented by members of fraternities Sigma Chi and Beta Theta Pi; and sororities Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Knox Jazz Ensemble Members Recognized at Elmhurst Jazz Festival

The Knox Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Cherry St. Combo performed at the 45th Elmhurst Jazz Festival on February 25, competing against 39 American and international college ensembles. Two Knox students received outstanding soloist awards from the festival judges: Sam Lewis ’12, for a percussion solo with the Cherry St. Combo, and Zach Lawrence ’12, for a trombone solo with the Knox Jazz Ensemble.

Muelder Lecture on C-Span3, March 4, 10, 11

Owen Muelder’s (Director, Underground Railroad Freedom Center) recent lecture on Owen Lovejoy, abolitionist and Underground Railroad operator, at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in Washington D.C was taped by C-SPAN. It will air this weekend and next on C-SPAN3. C-SPAN3 is aired on Channel 447 on Comcast cable. (It is not carried by the Knox campus cable system.) Below is the schedule. If you are not able to watch at these times, it will be posted to the C-SPAN Web site after it airs.

All times are Central Time
Sunday, March 4 — 8:45 am
Sunday, March 4 — 7:45 pm
Sunday, March 4 — 10:45 pm
Saturday, March 10 — 3:45 pm
Sunday, March 11 — 2:45 am