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Recognition for Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students

Book coverAlex Barnett, assistant professor of mathematics, created a set of images featured on the cover of the January 2008 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The six inset images show high frequency modes in ‘quantum chaos,’ that is, the behavior of waves trapped in systems where the reflection of rays is chaotic. The cover’s background image shows random waves, which are a conjectured statistical model for such modes. Apart from its mathematical interest, quantum chaos has applications in nano-scale physics, optics, and quantum computing. Barnett has pioneered numerical methods that compute modes at dramatically increased speeds. He also works in numerical methods for partial differential equations, medical imaging (in particular diffuse optical imaging and Bayesian methods), and mathematical ecology. At Dartmouth, he teaches Introduction to Applied Mathematics, Chaos!, and The Mathematics of Music and Sound.

Two Dartmouth undergraduates, Arden Bromley ’08 and Ritu Moondra ’09, have published scholarly articles in the winter 2008 issue of CARTOONS, the international journal of animation. Bromley’s article, “‘Kimba the White Lion’: King of the Jungle, Golden-Child of Cultural Imperialism,” focuses on Japanese animator Tezuka Osamu and the socio-political context of post-war Japan in which he worked. Moondra’s article is titled, “‘You are Brave’: A Brief Look at Two Women’s Contributions to Social-Issue Documentary Animation,” for which she interviewed filmmakers Shelia Sofian and Ellie Lee. Both articles were originally written as final papers for Visiting Professor of Film and Television Studies David Ehrlich’s fall 2006 Animation History course. Erlich says, “Both papers were highly original, well constructed, and, as it turned out, publishable.” CARTOONS is co-published by the Association International du Film D’Animation (International Animated Film Association) and John Libbey Press (London).

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science’s Andrew Felch, research assistant professor and lab manager, and Ashok Chandrashekar, a graduate student, created the winning entry in an IBM design competition this fall. Along with researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the team used Cell/B.E. technology—the same used in a Sony PlayStation 3—to make a large-scale model of circuitry in the human brain. The Dartmouth/UCI team beat out entries from nearly 80,000 students from 25 countries. “This challenge proved the true power, potential, and promise of student innovations,” said Nick Donofrio, IBM executive vice president, innovation and technology.

Lawrence D. Kritzman, professor of French and Italian and of comparative literature is the recipient of the 15th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). Kritzman was chosen for his work as editor of The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought, published by Columbia University Press. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book in its field—a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography. The selection committee described Kritzman’s book as “A definitive compendium of the vibrant intellectual contributions made by French and Francophone thinkers over the last century,” and  “A major contribution to the field of French studies that promises to define the study of modern French thought for years to come.” Kritzman is also director of Dartmouth’s Institute of European Studies. Past Dartmouth winners of MLA prizes include Lynn A. Higgins, the Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres, prize in French and Francophone Literature (1996); Nancy L. Canepa, associate professor of French and Italian, prize in Italian Studies (1998-99); and Graziella Parati, professor of Italian, comparative literature, and women’s and gender studies, the Marrraro Prize (2005).

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Last Updated: 12/17/08