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Mihm among 2018 NEH Public Scholar grant recipients

Posted 1 week 1 day ago
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August 9 is National Book Lovers day and so an especially good time to share news about the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar program, an annual series of grants designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience. This year’s roster of 22 grant winners, announced August 8, includes associate professor of history Stephen Mihm. Mihm will use the NEH grant to support his research and writing of a book on the history of the industrial and technical standards that enable modern life, from the late 18th century to the present.

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Stephen Hawking, R.I.P.

Posted 5 months 6 days ago
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On behalf of cosmologists everywhere, as well as all who share a love for knowledge and intellectual elegance, we salute the life of the great physicist and theorist Stephen Hawking:

With mathematician Roger Penrose, Hawking used Einstein’s theory of relativity to trace the origins of time and space to a single point of zero size and infinite density. Their work gave mathematical expression to the Big Bang theory, proposed by Belgian priest Georges Lemaitre in 1927 and supported two years later by Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the universe is expanding.

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Kudos, October 2017

Posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
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New research projects, diversity certificates and a musical premiere highlight accomplishments of faculty, students and staff during October. A sample:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) awarded more than $9 million in grants to explore gaps in knowledge about antibiotic resistance and pilot innovative solutions in the healthcare, veterinary, and agriculture industries. Professor of plant biology and Franklin College associate dean Michelle Momany and assistant professor of microbiology Elizabeth Ottesen are leading two of the 25 funded projects

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Indigeneity and the Sacred

Posted 10 months 1 week ago
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A new book on sacred natural sites, Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas, was recently published by Berghahn Books:

The conservation of sites that indigenous people hold sacred has taken urgency as globalization and population growth increased demands for resources in the mountains of the Western Hemisphere.  Fausto O. Sarmiento, a professor of Geography and director of the Neotropical Montology Collaboratory, and Sarah Hitchner, an adjunct professor in Anthropology and assistant research scientist at the Center...

Professor shares the cultural power of comic books

Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago
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Associate professor of English Christopher Pizzino specializes in contemporary American literature, with teaching and research interests that include comics and graphic narratives, science fiction and theory of the novel. His book Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature was published by the University of Texas Press in 2016. In this recent interview about the book, he digresses on the question of whether comics are serious literature:

PM: The gist of your work is quite straightforward, after the fact. Although we do have a number of comics http://www....

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