Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Academics Newshttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/ Daily Updates from Hobart and William Smith Collegesen-usSat, 13 Feb 2016 14:25:05 GMTSat, 13 Feb 2016 14:25:05 GMTCross-discipline Collaboration in Seneca Reviewhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19308Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25199.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Seneca Review assistant editor Joshua Unikel '07 designed the cover of the magazine's most recent issue based on a piece of music by Assistant Professor of Music Mark Olivieri. The cover, On Composition, reworks Olivieri's score to "Stakes Is Higher" (the third movement of his larger composition, "Spectacular Vernaculars") creating a new text that is a vi...Gravitational Waves Detected 100 years after Einstein's Predictionhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19346Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25293.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes HWS Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn Played Major Role in Mirror Substrate and Coating Design for LIGO Research Project For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at t...Gallouët Publishes Essay on Marivauxhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19336Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25247.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> An essay by Catherine Gallou√ęt, dean of William Smith College and professor of French and Francophone studies, was recently published in Marivaux entre les genres: le corps, la parole, l'intrigue, edited by Mathieu Brunet and Revue Malice. Her essay, "Entre cour et jardin: le romanesque de Marivaux," is part of a project on the rhetoric of the novel in th...Exploring Winter Weather Trendshttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19326Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25223.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> As unusual weather patterns strike the nation this winter, Macy Howarth '16 is investigating changes and trends in wind chill temperature. Howarth's Honors thesis, "Climatology of Wind Chill Temperatures across North America," condenses 30 years of data from more than 160 weather stations into a comprehensive analysis. "Climate variability and change is a...2016-17 Trias Writer-in-Residence: Jeff VanderMeerhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19322Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25208.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Described by the New Yorker as "the weird Thoreau" who shows readers "scenes that you won't find elsewhere," best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer will join the Trias Residency for Writers for the 2016-17 academic year. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Nebula Award, and three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, VanderMeer is the author of more t...Jamaican Dancehall on Fridayhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19316Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25197.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Master drummer and dance instructor Ezra Barnett will offer a master class for students and HWS community members in the Barn at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29. Barnett, who will host other events next week as well, will lead participants in an introductory-level Jamaican Dancehall workshop. "This is a lively, colorful kind of dance style that speaks to Jamaic...Dean Interviewed ahead of New Book Publicationhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19305Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25168.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> In her new book, "Crowds and Party" (forthcoming Feb. 9 from Verso Books), Jodi Dean, who holds the Donald R. Harter '39 Professorhip of the Humanities and Social Sciences, argues for a vision of leftist politics with a renewed focus on the political party as a vehicle for lasting change. Building on the work of her previous book, "The Communist Horizon,"...Row Kicks Off Spring Trias Lineuphttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19313Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25186.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Writer and novelist Jess Row will kick off the spring 2016 Trias Residency Reading Series for Poetry and Creative Writing. He will join the Colleges for a weeklong residency beginning on Monday, Feb. 15, when Row will read from a selection of his work at 7:30 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom. Row is the author of two collections of short stories, including: "The...Methylmercury Research Beginshttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19289Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25126.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently purchased a Brooks-Rand MERX-M methylmercury analyzer, an instrument that measures the concentrations of methylmercury in organisms collected from lakes and streams. The analyzer will be instrumental in furthering research for the Finger Lakes Institute's Mercury Project, a New York State Energy Research and Deve...Shafer Published in Teaching Media Quarterlyhttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19297Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://www.hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25140.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> A course module written by Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer was recently published in the winter 2015 volume of Teaching Media Quarterly. Shafer's article, "Progressive's Flo: Convergence Brand," outlines a course module that investigates branding through a case study of Flo, the Progressive Insurance mascot. Teaching Media Quarterly i...