This week's news from faculty, staff and students.
Herschel Norwitz '21 and Pranav Shrestha ‘19 won first and third prize, respectively, at the 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting Student Poster Competition, held this summer in Atlanta with more than 3,000 attendees from academia, industry, and utilities. The conference is the premier international venue for the discussion of the state-of-the-art in electric power and energy. Norwitz presented work from his summer research experience, while Shrestha presented his senior capstone. Also at the conference, Luke Dosiek, assistant professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, presented a paper, “Strategies for Addressing Forced Oscillations and the Multichannel Least Squares Mode Meter.” Dosiek’s research was selected as one of the best conference papers.
Kimmo Rosenthal, professor of mathematics, has had a work of creative non-fiction, “Helvetia,” accepted for publication in the British literary journal, Hinterland. His essay provides an abstract perspective on the role of the imagination.
Mason Stahl, the James M. Kenney Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, led a working group funded by the United States Geological Survey, focused on developing an improved understanding of the factors that control the occurrence of arsenic in groundwater systems around the world. The group met for five days at the John Wesley Powell Center in Fort Collins, Colo. In addition to Union, participants came from the Environmental Protection Agency, MIT, Columbia University, the University of Delaware, and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
An article by Lewis Davis, professor of economics, and Jia Gao, formerly a visiting assistant professor of economics, was accepted for publication in Social Indicators Research. “Preferences or Patriarchy: Why Do Religious Women Work Less?” investigates whether religious women work less than their non-religious counterparts because they want to or because their choices are limited by patriarchal social norms. The article is available here.
Kristin Bidoshi, associate professor of Russian and director of the Russian and East European Studies program, published “‘The Mindworm’: C.M. Kornbluth’s Post-War American Vampire Tale at the Dawn of the Atomic Age.” The article was published in Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. Bidoshi examines the ways “The Mindworm” reworks the traditional science-fiction narrative, where the enemy represents the fear of "the other" (i.e. Communists).
A paper by Dong Cheng, assistant professor of economics, was accepted for publication in International Review of Economics and Finance. “How Does the Chinese Economy React to Uncertainty in International Crude Oil Prices?” has co-authors from University of Technology Sydney, Central University of Economics and Finance, and Southwestern University of Economics and Finance. Read the paper here.
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