EXCEL Scholars

Pan (Myotopia) Exhibit

December 11, 2012

Photos and Video: Art Professor Nestor Gil Presents Pan (Myotopia)

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Nestor Armando Gil, assistant professor of art, presented the multimedia installation Pan (Myotopia) this fall in the Williams Visual Arts Building’s Grossman Gallery. The exhibit consisted of hundreds of cement boats with sails of homemade bread arranged across the floor on beds of granulated salt. All the boats were oriented toward a barren land mass [...]

Heidi Tomik chooses her preferred play partner: Renee Gallo ’13 on the right (her FaceTime partner) or Rachel LeWitt ’13 on the left (a stranger). Professor Lauren Myers watches in the background.

November 30, 2012

Student-Faculty Team Explores Effects of Video Chat on Toddlers

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With online communication options such as Skype and FaceTime becoming increasingly popular, people can keep in touch all over the world through real-time video conversations. These technologies can be a blessing that allows family and friends to stay connected with children who live far away. A video conversation is certainly enjoyable for adults, but are [...]

Professor Mary Armstrong and Lauren White ’13

November 30, 2012

Professor Mary Armstrong Receives NSF Grant to Study Underrepresented Minority Women in STEM Fields

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $100,000 grant to Mary Armstrong, associate professor of English and chair of women’s and gender studies, and Jasna Jovanovic, professor of psychology and child development at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, for their study of how colleges and universities can more effectively support the success of underrepresented [...]

Anthony Post ’14, l-r, Professor David Nice, and Joseph Tumulty ’14 in Hugel Science Center

November 30, 2012

Student-Faculty Team Researches Effects of Gravitational Waves on Pulsars

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David Nice, associate professor of physics, and a team of students are bringing the role of gravitational waves—ripples in space-time generated by very distant massive black hole binary systems—into perspective through their research on pulsar timing. Nice is part of an international group of physicists that received a $6.5 million, multi-institution grant from the National [...]

Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History

November 9, 2012

Professors Chronicle French Jewish Community of Dijon in New Book

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Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History, and Richard Sharpless, professor emeritus of history, have completed An Uncertain Future: Voices of a French Jewish Community, 1940-2012, published in August by University of Toronto Press. The book, almost 20 years in the making, has been a labor of love for Weiner, who visits Dijon, France, an old [...]

Daniela Filip ’15 and Professor Nandini Sikand edit film in Skillman Library.

October 23, 2012

Daniela Filip ’15 Contributes to Two Films by Professor Nandini Sikand

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Working with an accomplished filmmaker this summer gave Daniela Filip ’15 a big boost in fulfilling her dream of becoming a filmmaker herself. A double major in film & media studies and international affairs, she edited video, collected research, acquired permissions for shooting footage, and performed other work as an EXCEL [...]

Dorde Rakic ’15 and Gary Gordon

October 4, 2012

Professor Gary Gordon and Dorde Rakic ’15 Explore How Social Media Affects People’s Choices

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In the world of Facebook and Twitter, rumors fly quickly.  Gary Gordon, professor and associate head of mathematics, and Dorde Rakic ’15 (Belgrade, Serbia) are delving into social media to learn how rumors affect people and influence their behavior. “Think of people on Facebook, with two people connected if they are friends.  How quickly does [...]

Justin Corvino

September 6, 2012

Professor Justin Corvino Receives $150,000 NSF Grant for Geometric Analysis Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Justin Corvino, associate professor of mathematics, a $149,052 grant to continue his research on geometric analysis problems inspired by Einstein’s theory of gravitation (general relativity). The Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant will fund his research and travel, as well as that of participating students, through 2015. There [...]

Kristin Anderson '14 and Deborah Byrd, professor of English, stand in the storage room at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center. As part of their research, they distribute items to expecting and new parents.

September 5, 2012

Professor Deborah Byrd and Kristin Anderson ’14 Work to Design Housing Programs for Young Parents

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“One of the things I’ve discovered in working with young moms and dads is that they are often in desperate need of safe, affordable housing, particularly after they graduate from high school,” says Deborah Byrd, professor of English. Since 2005, Byrd has been involved with the Family and Development Research Program (FDRP), which provides mentoring [...]

John Keller '14 and Xiaoyan Li, assistant professor of computer science, are working to perfect a Wi-Fi system that detects the positions of people and objects inside a building.

August 22, 2012

John Keller ’14 Presents Navigation Software at International Conference

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In high school, John Keller ’14 (Orwigsburg, Pa.) taught himself how to program robots.  His biggest achievement was tweaking a Roomba—a vacuum-cleaning robot—so that it could figure out where it was in a room and travel wherever it was told. A computer science major, Keller has since moved on to bigger tasks.  This summer, he [...]