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Fall 2008 Faculty Updates

Associate Professor of Physics Stephon Alexander was co-author of a paper called “Quantum Gravity as a Fermi Liquid,” published in Foundations of Physics, Vol. 38 No. 12.

Professor of Psychology Marilyn Boltz presented a paper called “Audiovisual Interactions: The Impact of Visual Information on Music Perception and Memory” (co-authored by Brittany Ebendorf ’07 and Benjamin Field ’07) at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November 12-16 in Chicago.

Associate Professor of Psychology Rebecca Compton and three members of the class of ’08 (Alexandra Amen, Jessica Dodd and Stephanie Fineman) attended the Society for Psychophysiological Research annual meeting, October 1-5 in Austin, Texas, where they presented a poster entitled “Individual differences in cognitive control are associated with cortisol reactivity.”

John and Barbara Bush Professor in the Natural Sciences Jerry Gollub’s article “Teaching About Fluids” was published in Vol. 61 of Physics Today.

Professor of History Emma Lapsansky attended the Bay Area Seminar in Early American History & Culture, October 26 in San Francisco, where she gave a joint talk with colleague Dee Andrews of Cal State East Bay on “The Quaker World of British Abolitionist Thomas Clarkson.” Lapsansky also attended the Quaker Leadership conference at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center in Wallingford, PA, November 21-23.

Assistant Professor of Physics Peter Love was co-author of four published papers: “Constructive quantum Shannon decomposition from Cartan involutions” (with Byron Drury ’08) in the Journal of Physics A, Vol. 41 Issue 395305; “Realizable Hamiltonians for universal adiabatic quantum computers” in Physics Review A, Vol. 78 Issue 012352; “Thermally assisted adiabatic quantum computation” in Physical Review Letters, Vol. 100 Issue 6; and “Quantum algorithms for the simulation of chemical dynamics” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Love was also named a KITP (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics) Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year; the award provides travel funds and local support for visiting scholars to visit the KITP, one of the world’s major think tanks for theoretical physics, at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth presented a paper on Wittgenstein at the IX International Bariloche Philosophy Colloquium, October 1-3 in Bariloche, Argentina, and gave a paper on Brandom and McDowell at the Annual Wittgenstein Conference, October 8-10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also led a specially arranged three-hour seminar on reasoning in Frege’s logic for faculty and doctoral students in Buenos Aires in the days between the two conferences.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Stephen Marr gave a paper called “No one can see if your belly is empty: The politics and performance of insurgent consumption in Gaborone, Botswana” at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 13-16 in Chicago.

Rob Mortimer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, presented a paper called “Counterterrorism in West Africa” at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 13-16 in Chicago.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics Anna Sajina’s Quick Study column “On ships, trains and the equations of time” appeared in Vol. 61 of Physics Today.

Travis Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Religion, gave a talk called “ ‘A man without a bit of the Qur’ān in his belly is like a broken-down house’—Ingesting the Qur’ān and the Early Charismatic Power of Scripture” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3 in Chicago; and also presented “Bāz gashtīm bi-Qur’ān: Excursus and the Politics of Translation in the Tafsīr-i Ṭabarī” at the meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, November 22-25 in Washington, D.C.

Students cross in front of Founders Hall.

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