Wellesley Faculty in the News, 2011-12
Professor Receives Prestigious Award from French Ministry of Education March 8, 2012 Frances Malino, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Wellesley College, has been named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her outstanding academic research and teaching in French history.
Professor Examines "Truthiness in Digital Media" at Harvard Symposium March 6, 2012. Panagiotis Metaxas, computer science professor and founder of Wellesley’s Media Arts and Sciences Program, presents at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society symposium, Truthiness in Digital Media. The event addresses propaganda and misinformation in new media.
Michael P. Jeffries on 'Nerd Pride' February 28, 2012 Wellesley's Michael P. Jeffries, assistant professor of American studies and contributor to The Guardian, recently wrote about a new news and political show on MSNBC through which, according to Jeffries, host Melissa Harris-Perry "unabashedly brings the content of 'nerddom' to a massive viewing audience."
Wellesley Professor's Film Piracy Study Widely Cited February 22, 2012 The Los Angeles Times, among many others, reported on findings by Assistant Professor of Economics Brett Danaher and a colleague from the University of Minnesota. Studying trends around BitTorrent file-sharing, they estimated that film piracy reduced international box office returns by 7 percent.
Neuroscience Faculty Awarded $2.6 Million in Grants February 1, 2012 Wellesley College neuroscience faculty members were awarded grants totaling more than $2.6 million in 2011, enabling unparalleled research opportunities for Wellesley students. In the last decade, neuroscience has become one of the most popular majors at Wellesley.
New York Times Publishes Letter by Philip Levine and Courtney Coile December 2, 2011 In a letter to the editor, Wellesley’s Courtney Coile and Philip Levine (left) respond to an op-ed that cited their book, Reconsidering Retirement. The econ professors point out the flat retirement rate since 2006 and challenge the opinion that the recession has caused retirement delays.
Wellesley Sociology Professor Writes in Education News November 30, 2011 Jonathan Imber, the Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology, analyzes recent student protests at Harvard and Penn State in Education News this week in an article called "When Adolescent Culture Goes to College." He regularly teaches Social Problems of Youth, among other courses.
Wellesley's Flavia Laviosa Launches New Journal November 28, 2011 Flavia Laviosa, senior lecturer in Italian Studies and faculty for the Cinema & Media Studies major, is the creator and editor of the newly established Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. Ljubica Ristovska '13 serves as the journal's editorial assistant.
Wellesley Assistant Professor Uses Poetry to Teach Chemistry November 21, 2011 Wellesley's Mala Radhakrishnan, assistant professor of chemistry, uses clever analogies in her poetry to teach subjects like thermodynamics, kinetics and molecular reactions. She recently spoke with PBS News Hour about her book "Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances."
Linda Wertheimer '65 and Karl Case Talk Wellesley on StoryCorps November 19, 2011 National Public Radio aired a StoryCorps-recorded conversation between NPR journalist Linda Wertheimer '65 and Wellesley Professor Emeritus Karl "Chip" Case about his early years at Wellesley, how he "tricked" students into understanding economics, and his own educational journey.
Hahrie Han in Washington Post: We Can Fix the "Supercommittee" November 18, 2011 The Washington Post today published an op-ed by Knafel Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Hahrie Han. The piece appears in the Innovation Section (edited by Emi Kolawole '04), and suggests means to increase the capacity for compromise among lawmakers.
Associate Chemistry Professor Donald Elmore Receives $60,000 Research Grant November 15, 2011 Donald Elmore, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for $60,000 from the Dreyfus Foundation for research on antimicrobial peptides, bacteria-killing proteins that may be an alternative to antibiotics.
Wellesley Computer Science Professors Receive $492K NSF Grant October 26, 2011 Professors Eni Mustafaraj (pictured) and Panagiotis Metaxas will develop an application to explore digital “trails of trustworthiness” and provide real-time information about a message sender’s reputation on social media.