May 02, 2011

to Andrew Sloin who will be a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan during 2011-2012. He will devote his time to research and will take part in the yearlong seminar on "Jews and Political Life."

April 25, 2011

Annie Bandy and Aletha Stahl presented papers in April on a panel they organized for the annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Paper titles were, respectively, "La 'drive' en Martinique" and "Narrating Trauma in Women's Writing from Haiti and Guadeloupe."

April 19, 2011

Julie Kamal and Jesus Jimenez, sophomore and senior psychology majors, and Laura Brown and Cristina Sullivan-Davis, senior HDSR majors, presented their research projects at Miami University's Qualitative Research Showcase in April. The four students comprised a panel entitled "Qualitative Studies of Persons in Context: Individuals Confront the Power of Institutions." The students gave fine presentations, standing out among other presenters at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.


We in the Biology Department would like to congratulate all of our students who attended the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in April. They all did an outstanding job, and we want to honor them publicly for representing Earlham so well. We had 26, a record number, of biology student researchers at the conference this year. They were: Mark Abbey-Lambertz, Emmalee Adelman, Carrie Asselin, Michelle Bahnick, Emily Bell-Hoerth, Ruthie Carter, Julia Constable, Natsuni Fearnside, Noah Gettle, Phoebe Hallowell, Alisha Harms, Meghan Hennessey, Joel Hogle, James Hood, Susan Jeffery, Matt Lachiusa, Sean McGuire, Rebekah Miller, Meredith Naughton, Finn Olcott, Kellen Paine, Ross Price, Jonathan Shepard, Ian Suzuki, Emily Terao, and Michael Warner.


Karim Sagna gave a paper and readings on Mandinka Poetry in the panels “Showcase of Analysis of New and Lesser-known African Language Literatures,” and “Soundings in African Languages” at the African Literature Association annual conference in April at Ohio University.

April 18, 2011

Nathan and Linda Jones were inducted into full membership of Indiana Artisans, an organization that recognizes and promotes Indiana's finest craft artists. Only four applicants were accepted from this round of adjudication! Contact: visit Persimmon Metals.

April 12, 2011

Michelle Bahnick, senior biology major, will spend one month in Japan this summer with a group of 72 Japanese and U.S. college students, exploring issues such as global security, the environment, technology, and equality. Michelle will be joining the prestigious Japan-America Student Conference, which held its first meeting in 1934.

April 11, 2011

Psychology seniors Flannery Farrell, Cecilia Gomez, Anna Seitzer, Max Shannon and Tai Shinohara; and Neuroscience seniors Tinisha Newland, Meaghan Randall and Kelly Short presented the results of their senior research projects at the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC) in April. They all did a wonderful job. Earlham served as host of the conference for the first time. There were 160 undergraduates and faculty members in attendance from 20 different colleges and universities around the midwest. Conference organizers Kathy Milar, Diana Jacobs and Rachael Reavis want to thank all the members of the Earlham community who helped make the conference success. Special thanks to Sandy Jackson, Sodexho, ITAM, and Housekeeping and to all the members of the Psychology Club who were of invaluable assistance in making the conference a great experience for all who attended.


Congratulations to Lori Watson who recently published "Role of the Uranyl Oxo Group as a Hydrogen Bond Acceptor" in the journal Inorganic Chemistry (2011, 50, 2599-2605).

April 07, 2011

Congratulations to Senior PAGS Major Kelsey Tackett for being one of only three recipients this year, out of more than 80 applicants nationwide, of a Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. The award funds Kelsey's project "Empowering Young Women for Success in Appalachian Kentucky,” which she will undertake during the year immediately following her graduation. Congratulations Kelsey!

April 06, 2011

Congratulations to Senior Kelsey Tackett for being one of only three recipients this year, out of 60 applicants nationwide, of a Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. The award funds Kelsey's project "Empowering Young Women for Success in Appalachian Kentucky,” which she will undertake during the year immediately following her graduation.

February 14, 2011

Thanks to Rick Flamm and his crew for the fantastic job they did clearing ice from sidewalks and driveways so our Board of Trustees have a safe path to ESR for dinner Friday night. You guys and gals rock!

February 11, 2011

Kathy Milar's article, "Myth Buster" in the APA Monitor on Psychology about Evelyn Hooker and her ground-breaking research on homosexuality has achieved the status of the fourth most frequently viewed article on the Monitor website which includes five years of articles. It's available at Myth Buster.

February 09, 2011

Twenty black and white photographs by Walk Bistline are now on display in the MacDowell Gallery on the second floor at Reid Hospital. The photos span the period from 1996 – 2010 and include several taken on the Earlham campus and nearby. The exhibit was curated by the Richmond Art Museum and runs through April.

February 01, 2011

Kathy Milar presented a paper, "Picturing the Past: Alternatives to the Term Paper," as part of an online e-workshop on Teaching the History of Psychology. There were more than 100 participants who signed on to the workshop. In addition the February issue of the APA Monitor on Psychology features a Time Capsule by Kathy called "Myth Buster" about Evelyn Hooker's groundbreaking work on homosexuality.

January 28, 2011

Walt Bistline's photo "Marketplace - Venice" has been accepted by juror Susan Watt Grade of the Herron School of Art for this year's Annual Juried Art Show at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie. The exhibition runs February 18 through May 1.

January 20, 2011

Congratulations to Michael Birkel on the release of his most recent book, “Genius of the Transcendent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme,” written in collaboration with Jeff Bach. Much research, including a Ford/Knight, and loving labor went into this charming and accessible little book. Contact: For more information visit Shambhala Publications.

January 18, 2011

Congratulations to Lori Watson who recently published a book chapter "Building an Online Teaching Community: An Evolving Tale of Communication, Collaboration, and Chemistry" in the American Chemical Society title Enhancing Learning with Online Resources, Social Networking, and Digital Libraries.

January 17, 2011

Tom Hamm is the editor of “Quaker Writings: An Anthology, 1650-1920” just published by Penguin Classics.

January 12, 2011

Walt Bistline served as the juror for the 61st Fine Arts Exhibition at Ridge Art Association in Winter Haven, Florida. He chose 85 pieces for the show from 185 entries in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and fiber art. He also awarded cash prizes totaling more than $2,800.

December 03, 2010

Jim Rogers recently gave a talk on "Cognitive Complexity of Linguistic Patterns" at the Artificial Grammar Learning Workshop, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands.

November 16, 2010

Thank you to all 70 students, staff, faculty and community members who came to the What If Speak-In. We raised $401 and collected lots of food and household goods for the Genesis shelter of the YMCA. Thank you for your generosity!


The SOA Protest group of students thanks all sponsors and supporters of this initiative: Sociedad de Estudiantes Latinos, Amnesty International and Earlham Progressive Union; the HDSR, SOAN and PAGS Departments; IPO and the Multicultural Affairs Office; Ana Cornide, Ginny McNulty, Oto Alves, Ka Rodríguez, and every single person who helped in the form of donations or support in logistics. Thanks to you this trip was possible!

November 10, 2010

Tom Hamm participated in "Quakers and Slavery, 1657-1865: An International Interdisciplinary Conference," sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford and Swarthmore. He read a paper, "George F. White and Hicksite Opposition to Abolition, 1835-1847," and was a panelist on future directions in Quaker antislavery research.


Walt Bistline received the Best Photograph award in the Professional Division of the Richmond Art Museum's annual juried exhibition for his photo "Swan." His photograph "Hanging Chain" was also chosen for the exhibit, and will be on view through December 15.


In the Amateur Division of the Richmond Art Museum's juried exhibition these students won Merit Awards ranging from $75 to $150: Nora Weston and Rebecca Schedl for painting and Zachary Miller and Brittany Goh for photography. Nora also snagged a Purchase Award. Also in the show from Earlham are Caroline Asselin, Jesus Jimenez, Amrit Moore and Chris Perbix, painting; Maryanne Braine, Elena Sergienko, Kate Waters and Yaro Zabavskiy, photography; and Michael Watson (Derric's dad), Leslie Lisak (Jana's partner), and Suga Matsui.


Reference and Theological Librarian Jennie Kiffmeyer premiered her new solo performance piece, The Rivertown Dispatch, on Sat., Nov. 6, at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. She developed the piece with support from a Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship from Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Contact: Visit Storylove.

November 09, 2010

Annie Bandy, Professor of French, recently received the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association "Post-Secondary Language Teacher of the Year" award at the IFLTA annual conference in Indianapolis.

November 03, 2010

Kudos to the 30 scary Earlham student volunteers who planned and staffed the Haunted Basement in Runyan and raised $300 for the United Way of the Whitewater Valley to distribute to local nonprofits. A special shout-out to Meg Duff, Bonner Scholar senior intern extraordinaire, who organized and oversaw the whole thing! Thanks also to Sodexo, Campus Safety and Security, Student Activities and Community Relations for their support.

November 02, 2010

Opening reception and awards ceremony for this year's juried exhibition at the Richmond Art Museum is this Thurs., Nov. 4, 7p.m. Many members of the EC community had art work chosen, even though only about one-third of all submitted pieces made the cut. Students in the amateur division include: Amrit Moore, painting); and Maryanne Braine, Brittany Goh, Zach Miller, Elena Sergienko, Kate Waters and Yaro Zabavskiy, all in photography. Walt Bistline's entries were chosen for the

October 25, 2010

The following Earlham community members participated on Bourbon Chase relay teams over the weekend: Jennifer Lewis, Brian Schleeper, Dick Smith, Mark van Buskirk and Shu Wan. The Bourbon Chase is a 200-plus mile relay with 12-person teams. Richmond was represented by 48 runners on four teams. Congratulations to the finishers… you're all winners.


Kudos to Anne Thomason, Assistant Archivist, this month for helping plan both the Midwest Archives Conference Fall Symposium in Dayton, Ohio and the Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop in Fort Wayne.


Congratulations to Kimber Klingman who was recently invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. Academic achievement is never easy and Kimber is doing it while balancing family and working full-time at Earlham. Excellent Work, Kimber!

October 21, 2010

Photographs by three recent EC grads have been chosen by a panel of judges for publication in the book "Best of College Photography 2010." These graduates are Allison Pierce ’10, Miranda Trostle ’10 and Sarah Bush ’09.


The 12 Earlham SICE students in Morioka, Japan, recently appeared on the local evening news. Two camera crews recorded the group's visit to a local preschool. The school principal, a member of one of the first groups of teachers to visit Earlham from northern Japan in the early 1970's, hosted the students and Faculty Leader Jane Terashima.

October 20, 2010

Amy Mulnix recently presented an invited talk for Grand Rounds at Reid Hospital. The title was “RNAi Therapy and Its Future Promise.” She covered the basic biology of this newly discovered mechanism for controlling the biology of cells and also discussed the growing use of RNAi as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Grand Rounds are held weekly at Reid and are part of the continuing education series for medical professionals.


Kudos to the 43 student authors and 19 faculty advisors who exhibited 26 posters at the 2010 Natural Sciences Division Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Thanks to all who attended.


At the Annual Congress of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling, Cindy Parshall moderated the Town Hall Meeting and was a panelist for presentations titled "Using Current Students in Admissions " and "Making the Most of the Campus Visit." Susan Hillmann de Castaneda moderated both of the sessions.

October 07, 2010

Jim Rogers, Computer Science Department, recently gave two talks to the UCLA Linguistics Department: the inaugural talk of this year's UCLA Linguistics Colloquium series, "Cognitive Complexity in the Sub-Regular Realm," and another, "Model-Theoretic Syntax," to the Department's Mathematical Linguistics group.

October 06, 2010

Two photos by junior Kate Franks and one by faculty member Walt Bistline were among the 73 pieces of art accepted out of 206 entries for the 2010 Whitewater Valley Art Exhibition at IU East. The exhibit opens with an awards ceremony Wed., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Works by former Earlham employees Suga Matsui, Carvin Rinehart and Dick Rodgers were also accepted.

October 05, 2010

Congratulations to Librarian Jennie Kiffmeyer who has received a Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship from Storytelling Arts of Indiana to create a new performance piece, Rivertown Dispatch. The premiere is Sat., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis. Contact: For more information visit Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

September 28, 2010

The paper “On Languages Piecewise Testable in the Strict Sense,” co-authored by five members of the CS Theory group, Gil Bailey, Matt Edlefsen, Molly Vischer, David Wellcome and Sean Wibel, along with Jim Rogers and Jeff Heinz from the University of Delaware, has now been published. The paper now appears in volume 6149 of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, which is part of the Spring Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Contact: You can read the article here On Languages Piecewise Testable in the Strict Sense.

September 17, 2010

Seventy-five people registered for the blood drive last week and 58 people donated, helping us exceed our goal of 45 donations. Thanks especially to EVE Board members Radu Popa, Lilly Lerner and Maddie Campbell for their work on the day of the event. The next blood drive is Wed., Nov. 10.

September 14, 2010

Kudos goes to these students who volunteered their time at the Starr-Gennett BBQ and Blues Fest last week: Hani Al-Safadi, Tsatsral Batbold, Endalkachew Demise, Erika Miura, Elena Sergienko, Benedikt Urban, Yasas Wickramasinghe, Chikayo Yamakoshi and Akiko Yokomitsu.

September 05, 2010

A radio interview with Nathan Jones will air on AM station WBAA 920 on Mon., September 13 at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The interview discusses Nathan's role as juror for this past summer’s “Art On The Wabash” exhibition. You can listen at www.purdue.edu/wbaa.

August 31, 2010

The current issue of the journal Reptilia includes the description of a new slider turtle from the Yucatan of Mexico, based on specimens collected by John Iverson in 1981. The new taxon was named Trachemys venusta iversoni.


A "chaire" (jar for thick tea) made by Nathan Jones was presented by Erin Nelson to former tea ceremony Grand Master Sen Genshitsu this summer at the first reunion of foreign students from the Urasenke School of Tea. The chaire is featured on the postcard for Nathan, and his wife, Linda's, current show in Leeds Gallery.

August 29, 2010

Walt Bistline's photograph "Glen Miller Park" was selected by Jennifer Complo-McNutt of the Eiteljorg Museum for "Art About the Land" at Muncie's Minnetrista Center. The opening reception will be from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept 11. See the photo at www.flickr.com/photos/waltbistline.

August 26, 2010

Karim Sagna has published his book review of Frédérique Briard's "Tiken Jah Fakoli, L'Afrique ne pleure plus, elle parle" in the French Review, Vol. 83, N0. 6 May 2010. pp 1373-1374.

August 25, 2010

"Midday Market," textile art by Earlham Weaving Instructor Nancy Taylor, was included in the "Eye Dazzlers" exhibition this summer as part of the Handweavers' Guild of America Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque.