For the Record -- Week of April 14, 2023

Publication Date

Andrew Burkett, associate professor of English and director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program, will deliver an invited keynote address at the 20th international conference of the Society for English Romanticism, hosted by the English Department at Leipzig (Germany) University. The conference, “Romanticism and its Media,” runs October 5-8, 2023.

Donald T Rodbell, the Jane and John Wold Professor of Geosciences, and David P. Gillikin, professor and chair of Geosciences, have co-authored a paper with Sarah Katz and members of their collaborative research group in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The paper “Detecting hydrologic distinctions among Andean lakes using clumped and triple oxygen isotopes” is the first peer-reviewed publication from a Union-led $1.5 million National Science Foundation award to Rodbell and Gillikin. (Union’s share is $541,000.) The paper’s lead author, Sarah Katz, worked as the stable isotope and core lab technician in Union’s Geosciences Department from 2016 to 2018. She is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan.

Tina Lincer, associate director of Communications and Marketing, is an invited artist in “A Painting is a Painting is a Painting,” a group exhibition at ArtPort, Kingston, an Ulster County cultural space located in a 19th century steamboat building along the Rondout Creek. With a range of works by some two dozen artists, the show is “an attempt to discuss the vast surface of meanings across the history and present understanding of this art form.” Seven of Lincer’s oils, including florals and portraits, are on display. The opening reception is Saturday, April 15, 5-7 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 28.

Christopher Chandler, assistant professor of music, in March gave a presentation at the Penn State International New Music Festival and Symposium titled “Algorithmic Composition and Generative Scores with the Generative Sound File Player.” He discussed the music composition software that he has been developing for several years and how he has used it in his recent compositions.

Christine Henseler was invited to give a talk at The American Academy of Arts and Sciences at the end of March 2023 to mark the 10-year anniversary of The Heart of the Matter report. Her presentation was part of a panel titled “Rethinking Relations Between the Public and the Humanities.”

Mark Dallas, associate professor of political science, is co-author with Eric Thun, Daria Taglioni and Timothy Sturgeon, of an article, “The emergence of ‘massive modularity’ as a new form of industrial organisation and what it means for decoupling and international trade policy” in VoxEU.

George Shaw, professor emeritus of geosciences, gave a UCALL presentation on “Art serving Science; Science serving Art.” The talk covered roughly 100 years of geological and geographical field studies, starting with John Clerk making drawings for James Hutton in Scotland. It also covered the production of the first genuine geological map of England, Wales and southern Scotland (William Smith, 1816); and finished with several expeditions to the American West. All were accompanied by artists whose work helped describe the wonders there. A visit to Schaffer Library’s Special Collections is planned for later in the UCALL season.

Saladdin Ahmed, visiting assistant professor of political science, has published an article, “Totalitarianism, Space, Aura,” in French translation in a special issue of the journal Revue Illusio.

Mason Stahl, James M. Kenney Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, along with collaborators from Lancaster (U.K.) University and the British Geological Survey, has published a paper, “Watermains Leakage and Outdoor Water Use Are Responsible for Significant Phosphorus Fluxes to the Environment Across the United States,” in Global Biogeochemical Cycles. The research, cited in a BGS news story, finds that human activity has led to excess phosphorus concentrations and overenrichment of nutrients in coastal and fresh bodies of water.

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