For the Record - Week of Jan. 5, 2024

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Julia Brooks ‘16, D. Catherine Walker, associate professor of psychology, and Kristen Murray, of Australian National University in Canberra, recently published "What can my body do for me? Guided body-functionality mirror gazing task improved college women's body appreciation and body functionality orientation" in the Journal of American College Health. Walker and several colleagues from UC San Diego guest edited a special issue on “Clinical guidelines in eating disorders: Applications and evaluation” in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Donald Rodbell, the Jane and John Wold Professor of Geosciences, has been awarded the first Israel C. Russell Award of the Geological Society of America. The award, given by the Geological Society of America Limnogeology Division, honors major achievements in limnogeology through contributions in research, teaching and service. Rodbell, also a recent Stillman Research Prize winner, has been studying and teaching about lake paleoclimate records for more than 30 years. Rodbell is an internationally recognized paleoclimatologist, who focuses on lake cores from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. The GSA gives 17 division awards annually, but Rodbell was the only scientist to represent a small liberal arts college.

George Shaw, professor emeritus in geosciences, gave a talk at Glen Eddy on “The NASA Search for Life”. He discussed the conditions most likely to be essential for life to develop, and particularly addressed the conditions on the ice satellites of the outer planets in the solar system as well as Mars. He described NASA-funded experiments being performed by Heather Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, relevant to conditions on the icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn.

A paper by Hasan Al Babaa, visiting assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Journal of Applied Mechanics. "The role of frequency and impedance contrasts in bandgap closing and formation patterns of axially-vibrating phononic crystals"details the conditions leading to band-structure symmetry and periodic patterns (or the lack thereof) in frequency bandgaps, a phenomenon known for blocking wave propagation in designated frequencies.

Jennifer Fredricks, professor of psychology, presented a paper, “Engagement Interventions: Research and Practice Implications,” at the University of Concepcion in Chile.

Pattie Wareh, associate professor of English, delivered a talk, “Trials of True Courtesy in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice" at the Pequot Library in Fairfield, Conn. The talk was sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University.

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