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Faculty members to conduct research, write while on sabbatical

February 11, 2014

Besides approving tenure for eight Beloit College faculty, the board of trustees approved sabbatical and other research-related leave for more than a dozen Beloit faculty at its spring meeting this past weekend.

From writing novels to doing fieldwork in China and Africa, below are the research and travel plans for the faculty slated to go on sabbatical next academic year:

  • Kristin Bonnie, psychology, will study social cognition in primates at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
  • Darrah Chavey, mathematics and computer science, will complete a textbook on ethnomathematics in the spring of 2015
  • Rachel Ellett, political science, will complete several articles, continue research on regional courts in commonwealth Africa and the Caribbean, continue to consult with Freedom House Southern Africa, and participate in a workshop on African courts in Niger.
  • Shawn Gillen, English, will pursue a book-length project on the Irish essay, develop further expertise in the digital humanities, and complete a novel, Our Lady of the Angels.
  • Natalie Gummer, philosophy and religious studies, will complete a book on the Mahāyāna Buddhist text, Sūtra of Utmost Golden Radiance.
  • Mark Klassen, art and art history, will pursue individual artistic projects, teach at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and launch a gallery space in Milwaukee.
  • George Lisensky, chemistry, will conduct research in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Lund, Sweden in the spring of 2015
  • Jingjing Lou, education and youth studies, will complete a co-edited volume on rural Chinese education, conduct fieldwork in rural China, and expand her research in international and cooperative education.
  • Susan Swanson, geology, will coordinate and complete an updated springs inventory for the State of Wisconsin and reconstruct variations in water availability in the Atacama Desert of Chile over the past 10,000 years.
  • Amy Tibbitts, modern languages and literatures, will complete her book on the treatment of childhood in Spanish film and to develop a course on contemporary immigration to Spain.
  • Rama Viswanathan, chemistry and math and computer science, will develop computational linguistic techniques in a study of the Indus Valley Seals in the fall of 2014.
  • Ken Yasukawa, biology, will test the “blackmail hypothesis” for nestling begging in the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), and to develop an online teaching resource using his collection of video clips of bird behavior in the spring of 2015.
  • Robin Zebrowski, philosophy and religious studies, will prepare two manuscripts for publication and serve as a visiting scholar in the department of philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley.