Fall 2012 Kudos

In July, Ashton Nichols, Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies and professor of language and literature, led a full-day seminar for the Smithsonian Associates Program in Washington, D.C. His topic was Emerson, Thoreau and the Transcendentalist Movement.

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards received a $161,571 National Science Foundation grant for the project "Collaborative Research / RUI: Testing Hypotheses on Pillow Lava Production During Glaciovolcanic Eruptions." He also received a $19,840 grant from the National Geographic Society to continue his field research on water-ice lava interactions in the 2010 Gigjokull, Iceland, lava flow.

Lars English, associate professor of physics, copublished with Paulo Candiani '11 "Generation of Localized Modes in an Electrical Lattice using Subharmonic Driving" in the 2012 Physical Review Letters. In 2011, English published "Discrete breathers in a nonlinear electric line: Modeling, computation, and experiment" in Physical Review E, and co-published with Samuel Wheeler '10 "Backwards-wave propagation and discrete solitons in a left-handed electrical lattice" in Physics Letters A.

Tom Arnold, assistant professor of biology, published "Ocean acidification and the loss of phenolic substances in marine plants" in PLoS One.

Assistant Professor of Russian Alyssa DeBlasio received a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to complete her book project, "Russian Thought in the 21st Century."

Jorge R. Sagastume, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and director of Dickinson's program in Málaga, Spain, recently published "El secreto de los flamencos: Jorge Luis Borges, Federico Andahazi, y el cuestionamiento de los sistemas epistémicos" in Signos Literarios, a refereed journal of philosophy. He also published " 'El inmortal' de Jorge Luis Borges: el yo, infinitos, absolutos y vocabularies finales" in Aisthesis, a refereed journal devoted to philosophy and aesthetics.

Margaret Frohlich, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, is conducting her sabbatical research, "Sexual Diversity in the Rhetorical Landscape of Post-Soviet Cuba," at the New York University Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality's Visiting Scholar Program.

Greg Howard, assistant professor of environmental studies, received an $81,000 Science & Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Howard will be placed with an executive-branch agency such as the EPA, NOAA or NASA.

The Penn Humanities Forum awarded Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Mariana Past a $5,000 Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship for "Re-imagining Hispaniola from the 'periphery of the margins.' "

The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust awarded Dickinson a grant of $12,500 to upgrade the Kline Center's pool. Funds will be used to purchase lane lines, touch pads, a CTS timing harness, backstroke flags and lap counters.

The Center for Global Study & Engagement received two grants from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Program. The grants will support two teaching assistants—one in Arabic and another in Portuguese—for the 2012-13 academic year.


Published October 1, 2012