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Faculty in the News

September 2021

Professor Ruth Ozeki '80 shares some of the life experiences that inspired her latest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, which "teems with voices" Read more in her interview in Vulture.

Carrie Baker, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Chair of American Studies and professor of the study of women and gender, was featured in a recent podcast, “Are Critical Race Theory Bans Targeting Women of Color Scholars,” on George Washington University’s History News Network. Baker was also a panelist at a September online forum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Texas Abortion Ban and the Future of Reproductive Justice and Constitutional Rights.”

Maren Buck, assistant professor of chemistry, published  “Molecular design of polymer coatings capable of photo-triggered stress relaxation via dynamic covalent bond exchange” in August in the Journal of Polymer Science.

Ginetta Candelario ’90, professor of sociology and editor of the Smith-based journal Meridians, was cited for her mentorship in an article in the Stanford Graduate School of Education News about community-based learning.

Adrián Gras-Velázquez, lecturer in Spanish, is the author of “Spanish gay male subjectivity, body, intimacy and affect on Instagram,” recently published in Sage Journals.

Suleiman Mourad, professor of religion, is co-author of the new anthology, “Muslim Sources of the Crusader Period.” Mourad also published “His Own Prophet: Adonis’s misguided polemic against Islam,” in August in The Baffler. The article focuses on the work of Syrian poet and intellectual Adonis.

Sara Newland, assistant professor of government, has been selected as a 2021-23 Public Intellectuals Program Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Newland is a member of the U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group.

“IPSA DIXIT,” a composition by Kate Soper, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music, was performed on September 4 at PS21 in Chatham, New York. The theatrical chamber piece—which was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize—explores the intersection of music, language and meaning.

Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences, published “Parasitic Disease Surveillance, Mississippi, USA” in the August 31 edition of Medscape. The research looks at human populations in Mississippi that have historically been at risk for hookworm and other parasitic diseases.


The Sherrerd Teaching Prizes

The annual Kathleeen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching were established in 2002 to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by longtime faculty members, as well to as encourage younger faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences students and colleagues. Read more about the most recent prize winners.

Grants and Awards (May 26 – September 16, 2021)

Patricia Cahn, CDS&E: RUI: Collaborative Research: Data-Driven Methods in Classical Knot Theory, supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation

Ginetta Candelario, 2021-22 Fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, from Harvard University

Ginetta Candelario, 2021-22 Fellow, Dominican Studies Institute, from the City College of New York

Luca Capogna, Applications of Quasiconformal Geometry and Partial Differential Equations, from the National Science Foundation

Anaiis Cisco, 2021-22 Mellon Fellowship, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/New England Humanities Consortium

Brent Durbin, Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Academic and Policy Worlds, from the Carnegie Corporation and New York

Brent Durbin, New Voices in National Security, from the Raymond Frankel Foundation

Jennifer Guglielmo & Michelle Joffroy, Putting History in Domestic Workers Hands, a collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, supplemental funding from the Chicago Community Foundation

Yanlong Guo, Consumption and Materiality: Bronze Mirrors in Han China Reconsidered, from the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies

Yanlong Guo, The Allure of the Mirror: Luxury Consumption in Early Imperial China, from the Tang Post-Doctoral Research Award in Early China Studies

Susannah Howe, Characterization and Design Optimization of Layout and Airflow for Next Generation Point of Care Analyzer, from Instrumentation Laboratory

Susannah Howe, Design of Hard Masking Solutions for Heat Exchanger Coating Processes, from Collins Aerospace

Benita Jackson, Speaking Up Mindsets in the Classroom, from the Character Lab Research Network

Benita Jackson, Built and Natural Environments' Effects on Cognition, from the Character Lab Research Network

Laura Katz, RUI: Biodiversity of testate (shelled) amoebae in New England bogs and fens, supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation

Jina Kim, Visiting Faculty Fellowship: Dreaming of Infrastructure: Crip-of-Color Imaginaries after the US Welfare State, from Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Jack Loveless, Using focal mechanisms within regions of off-fault deformation to constrain active fault configuration of the southern San Andreas fault, from the U.S. Geological Survey/University of Southern California - Southern California Earthquake Center

Lisa Mangiamele, RUI: Collaborative Research: Neuroendocrine basis of gestural display evolution, supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation

Candice Price, LEAPS-MPS: DNA Knot Shadows Exploration, from the National Science Foundation

Lori Saunders, Nils Pilotte, and Steve Williams, Molecular Diagnostic Methods for Targeting and Detecting Heartworm in Canines and Felines, from IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

Stan Scordilis & Ilemona Ameadaji, Grant in Aid of Research, from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Steve Williams, NTD Biomarker Research Resource Center, from the U.S. Agency for International Development/Task Force for Global Health

Steve Williams, Soil Epidemiology: a new tool for environmental surveillance of soil-transmitted helminth infections in endemic settings, from the National Institutes of Health/University of California Berkeley

William Williams, PM: RUI: High Precision Spectroscopy for Tests of QED, from the National Science Foundation


New Members of the Smith Teaching Community

Welcome to the 2021–22 academic year. The following individuals joined the Smith College community as tenure-track professors.