Academics, Publications & Research

Academics, Publications & Research reports on the professional activities, achievements, and stories of members of the Allegheny community.

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Allegheny College Faculty Member Named as a Professor Under 40 Who Inspires

Rebecca Dawson, Allegheny College assistant professor of biology and global health studies, has been named to NerdScholar’s list of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire.” According to NerdScholar, the professors were chosen based on “their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their [...] Read More


Little Einsteins

Allegheny Hosts Hands-On Science Workshop for Area Fourth-Graders The day began with the first student walking into a classroom saying: “Yes! I love science! I want to be a scientist!” It’s safe to say that March 17 was a good day for that student and many of his classmates. This student, along with fourth-graders from [...] Read More


Allegheny’s Chien to put on back-to-back farewell concerts

This weekend, members of the greater Meadville community have an opportunity to witness back-to-back farewell performances by pianist Alec Chien. Since 1980, Chien has served as artist-in-residence and professor of music at Allegheny College. After 35 years on the faculty, Chien, 62, has announced plans to retire after the end of the current academic year. [...] Read More


Professor provides first documentation of chemical interaction

In a journal article currently under review by the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Mark Ams, assistant professor of chemistry, explains an interaction that has never been documented before. The interaction demonstrates the strength of a chemical interaction that happens with molecules containing a flourine group above a ring structure, which is six carbons [...] Read More

The tensions of American federalism

American federalism doesn’t seem like it should be that complicated.  After all, it’s the kind of thing that we are taught in grade school and then have explained to us – again and again – up through our introductory American politics class in college.  So, defining it one more time should be easy:  federalism is [...] Read More

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Just Learning in the Sand

Allegheny College’s newest piece of technology offers students a chance to roll up their sleeves and act like a kid again — a combination of sands and smarts. This augmented reality sandbox, located in the basement of Alden Hall, arrived in late January and creates three-dimensional topographical maps based on the way students physically shape [...] Read More

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The Campus Newspaper Wins Five Keystone Press Awards

The Campus won two first-place awards and three honorable mentions in the four-year college category from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Sam Stephenson ’15, co-editor-in-chief of The Campus, and photo editor Meghan Hayman ’16 won a first-place Student Keystone Press Award in the category of general news. The staff of The Campus also won a first-place [...] Read More


Jazz Band Does Tour of Local Schools

The 23-member Allegheny College Jazz Band performed at local schools on February 24. The tour included performances at Neason Hill Elementary School, Meadville Area Senior High School and Conneaut Area Senior High School. Guest performers included Rebecca Matczak ’74 on trumpet and Civic Symphony Director Ronald Stitt on trombone. Tour music featured swing, jazz, rock, [...] Read More

Bakken To Publish Third Book of Poems

Professor of English Christopher Bakken’s third book of poems, Eternity & Oranges, will be published in the Pitt Poetry Series in early 2016. Poems from this manuscript have appeared recently or are forthcoming in places including New England Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and The Cincinnati Review.

Carl Olson’s Latest Book Published by Oxford University Press

Professor of Religious Studies Carl Olson’s latest book, Indian Asceticism: Power, Violence, and Play, has been published by Oxford University Press. The book attempts to examine the interrelationship in Indian discourse and narrative of asceticism, power, violence, and play. Professor Olson’s essay “Vivekananda and Ramakrsna Face to Face: An Essay on the Alterity of a [...] Read More