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Mark Wunderlich, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, was recently named dean of studies, starting Sept. 1 for a three-year term. Members of the search committee were Christina Tonnesen-Friedman, assistant professor of mathematics; David Hayes, dean of academic departments and programs; Stephen Leavitt, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students; and Shivani Suhag ’12. Wunderlich will take over for Kristin Bidoshi, associate professor of Russian. 

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rebecca Cortez, along with collaborators from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, recently published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Surface Science. The research was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation titled “BRIGE: Morphological Characterization of Nanomaterials by Atomic Force Microscopy.” 

Andrew Rapoff, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of Engineering, presented research, “Correlations Between Elastic Modulus and Radiographic Density in Mandibular Cortical Bone of Colobine Monkeys,” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore. The research was done in conjunction with Kyle Abrahamson ’11 and colleagues from Ohio State University and University of Florida. The work is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. 

Robert Hislope, associate professor of political science, recently served as a panelist on “Ethno-Religious Identities and the Costs of Compromise: Macedonia, Serbia and the EU Integration.” The discussion was part of a conference for the Association for the Study of Nationalities held annually at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. 

Christopher Chabris, assistant professor of psychology, recently spoke at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His talk, “Aristotle’s Hypothesis and the Relationship Between Individual Intelligence and Collective Intelligence,” is part of an ongoing series, “Issues in Cognitive Science.”