Fall 2010 Faculty News

Merry Sorrows Unhappy EndingsScripps faculty have had a productive few months. News from them include:

  • Yuval Avnur, assistant professor of philosophy, has an article, “An Old Problem for the New Rationalism,” accepted by the journal Synthese for spring 2011.
  • Roswitha Burwick, Distinguished Professor of Modern Foreign Languages, published a Scripps College student-authored and -edited book, Merry Sorrows. (Un)Happy Endings. Fairy Tales of our Time. XLibris, 2010.
  • Two research papers by Assistant Professor of Economics Latika Chaudhary have been accepted for publication: “Land Revenues, Schools and Literacy: A Historical Examination of Public and Private Funding of Education,” Indian and Social History Review, April/June 2010; and “Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation,” Journal of Comparative Economics, December 2010.
  • Assistant Professor of American Studies Matthew Delmont’s article, “Making Philadelphia Safe for ‘WFILadelphia’ Television, Housing, and Defensive Localism in Postwar Philadelphia,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Urban History.
  • Mary Hatcher-Skeers, associate professor of chemistry, was a June 2010 invitee to the NSF-ADVANCE Summit on the Advancement of Senior Women Scientists at Liberal Arts Colleges. Hatcher-Skeers received an Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation award to purchase scientific equipment to support Scripps students studying in the sciences. The award also supports the teaching and research of most faculty in the chemistry and biology departments.
  • Hao Huang, professor of music, was soloist during summer 2010 with the Xiamen Philharmonic, PRC, playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major. He also published an article, “Should Technical Exercises at the Piano Still Form Part of the Pianist’s Vade-Mecum,” in Piano Journal of the European Piano Teacher’s Association, Issue 91, 2010.
  • Nancy Neiman Auerbach, professor of politics and international relations, received a BLAIS Challenge Grant in support of an intercollegiate project, “Building Community Roots and Transforming Lives: Engaging At-Risk Youth in a School-Based Garden.”
  • Michael Spezio, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, along with two colleagues at the Claremont School of Theology, received a $50,000 award from the Fetzer Institute to develop a highly interdisciplinary approach to the neuroscience of meditation for compassionate action. The work will involve scholars from religious studies, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
  • Professor of History Cindy Forster’s article, “‘Not in All of America Can There Be Found a Country as Democratic as This One’: Che and the Revolution in Guatamala,” was published in Che’s Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America, Duke University Press, edited by Paulo Drinot.
  • Scripps College received a $411,008 NSF grant for psychology faculty and students.


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