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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Dec. 11, 2013

December 10, 2013



Monica Das, associate professor of economics, is co-author (with Sandwip Kumar Das, State University of New York, Albany) of Economic Growth and Income Disparity in BRIC: Theory and Empirical Evidence (2013, World Scientific). The recent interest in the development processes of BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) has been triggered by their high growth performance, but their political and social backgrounds are entirely different. The book traces the economic history of BRIC countries to understand their economic and social institutions. The only common theme in this growth story is the high levels of income disparities and poverty that are observed even during the high growth decades. Read more.

Jennifer Delton, professor of history, is the author of Rethinking the 1950s — How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal (October 2013, Cambridge University Press). Historians generally portray the 1950s as a conservative era when anticommunism and the Cold War subverted domestic reform, crushed political dissent, and ended liberal dreams of social democracy. These years, historians tell us, represented a turn to the right, a negation of New Deal liberalism, an end to reform.  Delton argues that, far from subverting the New Deal state, anticommunism and the Cold War enabled, fulfilled, and even surpassed the New Deal's reform agenda. Anticommunism solidified liberal political power and the Cold War justified liberal goals such as jobs creation, corporate regulation, economic redevelopment, and civil rights. Eric Arnesen of George Washington University calls it a “genuinely original, important, and provocative book.” Read more.

David Domozych, professor of biology, is co-author of two papers:

-- "An ATP binding cassette transporter is required for cuticular wax deposition and desiccation tolerance in the moss Physcomitrella patens," published in the journal Plant Cell, Vol. 25, 2013. Co-authors include Greg Buda, William Barnes, Eric Fitch, Sunjin Park, Trevor Yeats and Jocelyn Rose of Cornell University, and Linxia Zhao of Shanghai Jiao Tong University of China.

-- "Classification, naming and evolutionary history of glycosyltransferases from sequenced green and red algal genomes," in PLOS ONE doi10:1371/jornal.pone.0076511, 2013. Co-authors include Peter Ulvskov, Dionisio Paiva and Jesper Harholt of the University of Copenhagen.

Heather Hurst ’97, assistant professor of anthropology, contributed to The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court (July 2013, University of Texas Press, Co-published with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico). Located within the deep tropical rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico, the Maya site of Bonampak is home to the most complete and magnificent mural program of the ancient Americas…. This major new study of the paintings of Bonampak incorporates insights from decades of art historical, epigraphic, and technical investigation of the murals, framing questions about artistic conception, facture, narrative, performance, and politics. Lavishly illustrated, this book assembles thorough documentation of the Bonampak mural program, from historical photographs of the paintings—some never before published—to new full-color reconstructions by artist Hurst and Leonard Ashby. Read more.

Penny Howell Jolly, professor of art history, is the author of Picturing the “Pregnant” Magdalene in Northern Art, 1430 - 1550: Addressing and Undressing the Sinner-saint, (January 2014, Ashgate Publishing). Examining innovations in Mary Magdalene imagery in northern art 1430 to 1550, Penny Jolly explores how the saint’s widespread popularity drew upon her ability to embody oppositions and embrace a range of paradoxical roles: sinner-prostitute and saint, erotic seductress and holy prophet. Diane Wolfthal of Rice University writes, “With a sharp eye and a thorough understanding of the rich and complex cult of the Magdalen, Jolly analyzes visual imagery to successfully explain the broad appeal of the Magdalen, a prostitute who became a saint.” The book is part of a series called Women and Gender in the Early Modern World. Read more.

Jill Linz, senior teaching associate, Department of Physics, has new versions of her children’s book Adventures in Atomville: The Macroscope, now available. Originally published in 2009 for readers in grades three through six, the book tells the story of Livvie, an oxygen atom, and Niles, a nitrogen atom. New iBook and Kindle editions offer interactive and graphic benefits. Linz’s co-author is Cindy Schwartz of the Vassar College Physics Department. Schwartz points to a greater level of engagement by young readers using the interactive features, which include video, sound, and color illustrations that “add scientific depth,” according to a Vassar College news release.

Sonia Silva, associate professor of anthropology, is the author of an article titled "Remarks on Similarity in Ritual Classification: Affliction, Divination and Object Animation," published in History of Religions, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2013. 

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