Academics, Publications & Research

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


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


Riess Publishes Translation of Short Story Anthology

Cubanabooks has published a translation by Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages Barbara Riess of an anthology of María Elena Llana’s short stories, Domicilio Habanero, or An Address in Havana. A bilingual collection, An Address in Havana highlights Llana’s most critically successful stories, a mixture of fantasy and dark humor. Llana’s short stories contain [...] Read More

Clark Is Appointed to Editorial Board of “Behavior Analysis”

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Rod Clark has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the APA journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Prince Presents Work at the Symposium on Worship

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince presented and conducted a retreat at the Symposium on Worship on January 29-31 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mark Charles and Professor Prince presented a workshop titled “Learning Christ-Centered Lament: Worship and Reconciliation in Light of a 600-Year Pattern of Systemic Injustice.” In addition, Professor Prince conducted [...] Read More