Posts Tagged ‘Faculty’

Allegheny Professor Shares His Fulbright Experience

Eric Pallant photographed his share of sheep, rustic stonewalls, and vintage waterwheels during the spring 2017 semester which he spent in the United Kingdom as part of the Fulbright educational exchange program. Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny College, also taught students about food, sustainability and green campus initiatives at Lancaster University. And he presented his lecture, “6000 Years of Bread,” at Gresham College in London.

This was Pallant’s second Fulbright experience. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.


Allegheny College Receives Gift to Endow Political Science Chair

June 23, 2016 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign, Allegheny College has received a $1.5 million gift that will endow a professorship in its political science department.

The Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy has been established by the estate of Robert Bruce Dotson in honor of his daughter Betsy Dotson, Class of 1974. Ms. Dotson, a lawyer, worked for many years in the public sector after graduating from Allegheny. She was dedicated to the College’s undergraduate mission and believed in broad educational experiences. Ms. Dotson passed away at the age of 47.

“My parents saw the impact of Betsy’s Allegheny experience and wanted to make sure that others could benefit from such an experience,” said Barbara D. Davis of Arlington, Va. “My sister Betsy majored in political science. My parents understood how important the professors in the department were in motivating Betsy to choose a career in public service.”

Mr. Dotson died in 2014, and his wife, Paula Haas Dotson, died in 2015. They had previously endowed the Betsy Dotson ’74 Experiential Learning Fund that continues to help students studying and serving internships in government agencies and businesses in Washington, D.C.

“Allegheny is able to remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country because it has such strong support from alumni and their families, faculty and friends,” President James H. Mullen, Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful to the Dotson family members for recognizing and honoring the quality of the Allegheny experience.” (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 Saint” has been published in Debating Vivekananda: A Reader, edited by A. Raghuramaraju, Oxford University Press, 2014.

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 a rich and entertaining representation of a particular social class in Cuba during the last 40 years: the bourgeoisie who struggled to maintain their social status and participated only by default in the construction of the new socialist society. Portraits of family and twisted gender roles appear throughout the stories, within a mysterious domestic sphere that is unmistakably set in Havana.

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 a workshop titled “Iconic Woodcuts: A Message to the Congregation.” He also opened an art show, “The Art of Steve Prince: A Gospel of Beauty,” at Woodlawn Ministry Center in Grand Rapids.

Bowden’s Research on Soil Science Featured in Several Publications

Professor of Environmental Science Richard Bowden co-authored a paper, “Twenty Years of Litter and Root Manipulations in a Temperate Deciduous Forest: Insights into Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Stability,” in a special edition of the Soil Science Society of America Journal. The work, conducted at the Harvard Forest Long-Term Experimental Research Site, found that these soils increase soil C very slowly, and thus intact forests cannot be manipulated easily to increase the ability of soil to help reduce global warming pollution. The work was also featured in the article “Insights into Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Stability in a Temperate Deciduous Forest” published in CSA News, the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. Bowden also co-authored “Detritus Inputs & Forest Soil Organic Matter Formation: Is There a Linear Relationship Between Detrital Input Rates and Soil Carbon Accumulation?” which was delivered at the 2014 meeting of the Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America. The presentation, which described results of field experiments conducted for 10-50 years in Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, Hungary, and Allegheny’s Bousson forest, shows that soils are slow to store atmospheric carbon pollution but are vulnerable to disturbances that can release stored carbon into the atmosphere.

Eatmon Gives Presentation on Grassroots Environmental Enterprises

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science TJ Eatmon gave an invited research presentation at SUNY Oneonta. The presentation, “Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Citizen-Driven Environmental Action,” highlighted grassroots environmental enterprises that have placed pressure on existing structures to accommodate new ways of doing things, creating spaces in the process that bring together citizens and local policymakers.

Student/Faculty Summer Research Presented at Geological Society of America Conference

Geology majors Marie Takach ’16 and Mary Statza ’16 presented results of their summer 2014 summer research with Professor of Geology Bob Schwartz at the national Geological Society of America conference in Vancouver, BC, using high-resolution photography and detailed field analyses to document estuary and tidal-dominated shore systems preserved in Early Cretaceous strata in western Montana.