Summer 2016 Faculty Updates
Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.
Associate Professor of Economics Richard Ball gave a presentation, "Transparency and Replicability of Statistical Research in the Social Sciences," to researchers in the Children and Families Program of the Judicial Council of California in San Francisco in January. While there, he also taught a mini-course on "Integrity in Empirical Research" at a two-day workshop on Replication and Transparency in Economic Research held at the headquarters of the Mozilla Foundation that was sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking as part of its Young Scholars Initiative. This past winter and spring Ball gave workshops on "Efficient and Replicable Workflows for Empirical Social Science Research" to graduate students in four doctoral programs: economics at Duke University, sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, economics at Clark University, and education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also gave two presentations: "Teaching Transparent and Replicable Methods of Empirical Research" at the Annual Conference of the Education Committee of the American Economic Association in Atlanta in June, and another on using on-line document management platforms to teach transparent and reproducible research methods at the Dataverse Community Meeting at Harvard Medical School in July.
Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo’s compositions were presented in São Paulo, Brazil, and at the University of New Mexico's annual J. D. Robb Composers’ Symposium, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, Wash., the University of Texas El Paso, Temple University, Haverford College, and on WOMR radio 92.1 FM Provincetown, Mass., and on Classic KING FM 98.1 Seattle. Performers at these live events included the Amernet and Skyros string quartets and pianists Emanuele Arciuli and Silvanio Reis. At the UNM Symposium, he was a featured composer, contributed to panels, workshops, and masterclasses, and delivered readings of his poetry. At UTEP he also lectured on music of Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Along with five new solo piano pieces and the four-movement Stories from the 7th Ward for two pianos, he completed the first part of a recent choral commission for the ESART Singers/Studio Conducere in Castelo Branco, Portugal. He further completed a poetic text to accompany his recent composition Séance. A video of his Synaesthesis I, produced in collaboration with Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li and filmmaker John Thornton, may be viewed on YouTube. Cacioppo also co-organized and led workshops at the AALAC conference on “The Future of the Liberal Arts Music Curriculum” at Grinnell College in May.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lou Charkoudian was awarded a $389,409 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a collaborative project between her lab and the Londergan lab. The funded project involves applying innovative biochemical and biophysical approaches to better understand how bacteria make organic molecules, and how humans can repurpose this natural machinery as an environmentally friendly route to make new antibiotics and anticancer agents. Charkoudian gave an invited talk, "Mining soil bacteria for chemical diversity," at the National American Chemical Society Meeting. She and Aurelio Mollo '17, in collaboration with Max Cryle of Monash University, published a manuscript, "Have substrate, will travel: new structural data reveals motion of the carrier protein in non-ribosomal peptide synthesis," in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Professor of Psychology Rebecca Compton was awarded a $274, 175 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project "RUI: Physiological and Cognitive Correlates of Error-Related Alpha Suppression," which uses EEG and pupillary measurements to study how human attention is modified on a moment-by-moment basis following performance errors.
Associate Professor of Computer Science John Dougherty was invited to provide a quarterly column in Inroads, the ACM magazine for computer science education. The column, "Math Counts," discusses how mathematics is found in computing education. I just completed my first year (i.e., four articles) with my article in the September 2016 issue, entitled, "Blast from the Past.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History Paul Farber's public art and history project Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia was awarded a $360,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to produce a citywide exhibition in fall 2017. Presented with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Monument Lab will feature installations in the five central squares of Philadelphia with artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and more. Farber is the project's lead curator and artistic director. Many Haverford students, faculty, and staff participated as integral collaborators in Monument Lab's pilot phase last year at City Hall.
Assistant Professor of Religion Molly Farneth gave a talk, "Toward an Ethics of Social Practice," at a conference on The Ethics of Everyday Life at Oxford University in May.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Christina Freeman is a 2016 artist-in-residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City, N.Y. On Aug. 10, she performed at the opening reception of the exhibition 3459, a live-streamed collaboration between Flux Factory in New York and Tom's Etching Studio in London. The exhibition opening was listed in Vogue UK as the top thing to do in London for August 10 and in Artforum's gallery guide for August. At Flux Factory Freeman also gave a lecture and workshop on artists' books and curated an evening of events called Interdependence Day, at which NYU Associate Chair of Environmental Studies Christopher Schlottmann '02 was one of the invited speakers. Freeman also published an interview series, Fermenting at Flux: Live and Active Cultures, in which she interviews artists from the Flux Factory residency. The series was published by the New Media Caucus and OneRooph.com.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler attended an invite-only workshop, Data Responsibly, at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany, at which she gave two talks: "Auditing Black-box Models" and "Teaching Ethical Issues in Data Mining to Undergraduates."
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Myron Gray presented a paper, "Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Anglophone Reception of Der Freischütz," at the Fourth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History in Helsinki, Finland, in June.
Writing Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing John Hyland was a W.E.B. Du Bois Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he completed a month-long research residency in Special Collections and University Archives for his current book project, Atlantic Reverberations: Black Diasporic Writing, Sonic Performances, and the Poetics of Duration. He also presented his work at two conferences. First, he co-organized a panel, "Music, Movement, and the Audible Making of the Caribbean," for the Caribbean Studies Association's annual conference, which was held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also presented a paper at the conference, titled, "'Disc-tortions': Rhythm, Poetry, and Atlantic Performances." Additionally, Hyland co-organized a panel, "Poetics, Performance, and Publics," and presented a paper, "The Black Diasporic Epistle in the Circum-Atlantic World," at the American Comparative Literature Association's annual conference, which was held at Harvard University.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim had a solo exhibition at Galerie Boehner in Mannheim, Germany, that ran June 25 through Sept. 10. She showed a video image, "4-7-3," in a solo concert by Christopher Shultis at DAI in Heidelberg, Germany, and was included in a review, "Christopher Shultis im Heidelberger DAI:Wiederbegegnung mit John Cage" at Rheiner-Neckar-Zeitung. She also was invited to be a guest professor for an interdisciplinary seminar in June at Geothe University at Frankfurt, Germany.
Professor of History James Krippner published an article, "Carlos Chávez and Paul Strand," in Carlos Chávez and His World (Princeton University Press). In March, he attended the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies conference in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where he chaired the panel, "Transcultural Encounters in Colonial and Early Republican Latin America/Encuentros Transculturales en Latinoamérica durante la Colonial y la Primera República."
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Brook Danielle Lillehaugen gave an invited talk, "A digital corpus of colonial Zapotec manuscripts," at the Emerging Themes and Methods of Humanities Research Panel at the annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies in Arlington, Va., in May. Lillehaugen gave a presentation, "The syntax of preverbal subjects in Colonial Valley Zapotec," at the Syntax of the World’s Languages International Conference in Mexico City in August. She also co-authored with Laurie Allen, George Aaron Broadwell, Mike Zarafoneti, and Michael R. Oudijk "Ticha: The Story of an International, Community-Engaged Digital Humanities Project," which presented at the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., in June.
Professor of Computer Science Steven Lindell gave a presentation, "A logical characterization of (input) strictly local functions," at the Fourth Workshop on Natural Language and Computer Science at Columbia University in July. The presentation, which was joint work with Visiting
Assistant Professor Jane Chandlee, described a machine-independent characterization using formulas from mathematical logic of theoretical work in her dissertation on computational linguistics.
T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth presented four papers at four conferences between May and July. At the 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference, held at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Macbeth spoke on "The Place of Philosophy." At Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia, she presented a paper, "Logic in Revolution," at the conference "Logic Today: Developments and Perspectives." At the conference "The Emergence of Structuralism and Formalism," sponsored by Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, she gave the paper "A Non-structuralist Alternative to Formalism." And at the Fourth Conference of the Brazilian Society for Analytic Philosophy, held at the State University of Campinas in Campinas, Brazil, she spoke on "Ampliative Deductive Proof in Mathematical Practice." Macbeth's essay "Frege and the Aristotelian Model of Science" appeared in Early Analytic Philosophy—New Perspectives on the Tradition, a volume of essays edited by Sorin Costreie and published by Springer.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Director of Microfinance Programs Shannon Mudd presented "Stuck in the Past: Information Processing, Individual Experience and Expectations Formation," a paper jointly authored with Neven Valev, at both the Tri-Co Summer Economics Brown Bag seminar at Swarthmore and at the annual Macroeconomic Research in the Liberal Arts conference at Williams College. The paper uses survey data from Bulgaria to examine heterogeneity in how people rely on their past experiences to form expectations about the future.
Professor of Chemistry Robert Scarrow presented a talk, "Starting with structure, bonding and spectroscopy: Introductory chemistry at Haverford," as part of the "Integrating the General & Organic Chemistry Curricula" symposium at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia in August.
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Erin Schoneveld published 10 essays on early 20th-century Japanese illustrated books for the Freer Gallery of Art’s Pulverer Collection. The Pulverer Collection is regarded as one of the most outstanding and comprehensive collections of Japanese illustrated books outside Japan. Currently, through an online scholarly catalogue initiative, the Smithsonian is in the process of making the holdings of more than 900 titles in the Pulverer Collection available to scholars, researchers, and bibliographers around the globe.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Joshua Schrier gave a talk, "The Dark Reactions Project: Machine learning-assisted materials discovery using failed experiments," at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia in August.
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of History Paul Jakov Smith co-edited State Power in China, 900-1325 (University of Washington Press), which was published in July, with Patricia Buckley Ebrey. The nine essays in this volume explore key elements of state power, ranging from armies, taxes, and imperial patronage to factional struggles, officials' personal networks, and ways to secure control of conquered territory. Drawing on new sources, research methods, and historical perspectives, the contributors illuminate the institutional side of state power while confronting evidence of instability and change-of ways to gain, lose, or exercise power. Smith co-authored the book's introduction with Ebrey, and contributed a chapter comparing the political reform movements of the 1040s and 1070s and linking the process of reform to more general decisions about peace and war.
Associate Professor and Director of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Jill Stauffer attended both the Levinas Research Seminar in Toronto, Canada, and Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Citta di Castello, Italy.
Assistant Professor of Biology Kristen Whalen received a subaward from the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for "Discovery and Development of RND Pump Inhibitors from Marine Microbial Sources" with collaborators at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University. Whalen also published two peer-reviewed journal articles in Frontiers of Microbiology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Whalen was an invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference in Marine Natural Products in Ventura, Calif., in March, and at the Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses 20th Annual Conference in Brewster, Mass., in April. She also presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting that was co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans, La., in February.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Helen K. White co-authored two papers in a special issue of Oceanography magazine: "Methods of Oil Detection in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," and "Impact of oil spills on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico: Effects on plankton, nekton, and deep-sea benthos." White also received a $50,000 Agilent Applications and Core Technology University Research Grant for "Improving Honey Bee Survival: Using the exposome paradigm to Identify Biomarkers of Honey Bee Health, Disease, and Collapse" with Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Rob Broadrup, Swarthmore Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Mayack, and Anthony Macherone, senior scientist at Agilent Technologies and visiting professor of biological chemistry and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities William Earle Williams gave an illustrated lecture about slavery based on his photographs and the related historical material in his collection at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana in August in conjunction with the museum's exhibit on the material culture of slavery. This lecture was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Ten photos from Williams' series A Stirring Song Sung Heroic were purchased by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. His piece "Honey Hill Battle Site" was included in an exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum that runs through Oct. 2. His photos from the permanent collection at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., were on display in the History of Photography Gallery earlier this summer and are part of an ongoing online exhibit of the Google Arts and Culture Institute.