For the Record - Week of Feb. 23, 2024

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Kristin Bidoshi, Professor of Russian and Director of the Russian and East European Studies program presented a poster, “Russian Prefixed Verbs of Motion in Virtual Reality,” at the Modern Language Association Conference’s Innovation Room in Philadelphia in January 2024. In February, she presented a paper entitled “Beyond Words: Enhancing Russian Vocabulary Acquisition through a VR House Tour” on the roundtable “From Virtual Reality to Artificial Intelligence: Exploring Emerging Technologies in Second Language Acquisition” at the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures in Las Vegas.

Tommaso Gazzarri, Associate Professor of Classics, published a new book consisting in a philological edition of Seneca's De tranquillitate animi. This first-century CE Stoic treatise delves into the intricate theme of "peace of mind."

Holli Frey, professor, and Matthew Manon, senior lecturer of Geosciences, recently published an article in the Geological Society of America Bulletin with Union alums Mollie Pope ’18, Sarah Kittross ’16, and Sarah Brehm ’15. The article, entitled “Magmatic and rare Eocene to Precambrian xenocrystic zircons in Dominica reveal discrete crystallization episodes and multiple sediment sources”, documented the oldest crystals (>1 Ga) in the Lesser Antilles arc and demonstrated that they had been transported hundreds of kilometers from Columbia and Venezuela across ocean basins and subsequently erupted during volcanic activity in Dominica over the last 100 kyrs. This work has implications for the history of Caribbean plate reconstructions and paleogeography of the region.

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