Archive for May, 2017

Fake News Versus the Liberal Arts

Last December 4, Maddison Welch made a horrific choice. Armed with an AR-15, a shotgun, and a handgun, the 28-year old father of two drove 350 miles from Salisbury, N.C., to a pizzeria in the District of Columbia. He had read articles on social media and watched YouTube videos insisting that Comet Ping Pong was […]

Pamela Kittelson, 2017 Carlson Award Winner, Biology Department

Pamela Kittelson Every year, former recipients of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching meet to review the new crop of nominations. In 2016, those former recipients established several criteria that they would look for in the nominees. This year’s recipient has garnered praise from students and colleagues in all of those areas, and […]

Glenn Kranking (History and Scandinavian Studies)

Glenn Kranking presented “Russia’s Posturing: Northern European Security in Historical Perspective” and chaired a session on “Lutheranism Turns 500” at the annual Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study conference. He sits on the Executive Advisory Board of SASS, and just completed his term as President of the Society of Historians of Scandinavia.

Marian Frazier, Tom LoFaro, and Carolyn Dobler (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics)

Marian Frazier, Tom LoFaro, and Carolyn Dobler (emerita) published the paper “A Cross-Discipline Modeling Capstone Experience” in the journal PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. The article discusses the MCS Department’s January Interim Experience capstone Mathematical Modeling course and how it exemplifies curriculum guidelines set forth by the Mathematical Association of America […]

Scott Bur (Chemistry)

Scott Bur gave a talk with his collaborator Will Pomerantz (University of Minnesota) titled “Discovery-based research using fragment synthesis and protein-observed 19F NMR in an undergraduate organic laboratory” at the recent national American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco. The talk described a collaboration between Gustavus and the University of Minnesota that brings research projects […]

Eric Elias, 2017 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence Winner, Biology Department

Eric Elias was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Presented each year at the final faculty meeting, this award recognizes a Gustavus non-tenure-track faculty member for significant contributions to teaching and learning.

Joaquín Villanueva (Geography)

Joaquín Villanueva had his article “Court pedagogies and the construction of passive ordinary citizens in the French banlieue” published in the special issue “Governance, Peace, and Citizenship” of the journal Space and Polity.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy)

Lisa Heldke published “Hospitality as Ethics” in a special issue of New Philosopher devoted to the topic of food.

Jill Locke, 2017 Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award, Political Science Department

Jill Locke Jill Locke was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award. Presented each year at Honors Day, this award is the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly achievements.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy)

Lisa Heldke spent two days with the Elon University Philosophy Department, where she delivered the Reynolds Lecture. Her lecture was entitled “Guts, Dirt and Fundamental(ish) Metaphysical Categories.”