January 22, 2008

Volume 2, issue 21
January 22, 2007
The Fountain

Whitman’s Second Symposium on Diversity and Community Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Assistant Professor of Physics Dayle Smith, co-chair of the symposium, is interviewed by Chelsea Kopta, KEPR TV, Tri-Cities.

President George Bridges welcomed several hundred students, faculty, staff and Walla Walla community members to “Unfolding Identities,” Whitman’s Second Symposium on Diversity and Community, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in Cordiner Hall. “Ultimately,” he said in his remarks, “this symposium reflects our commitment to the mission of Whitman College and our commitment to one another in advancing our understanding of our differences.”

The plenary talks that followed covered a diverse array of topics which included race, class, body image, immigration, and sexual orientation. “I was very pleased with the turnout at the plenary session, and the talks were really interesting, passionate and inspiring,” said Assistant Professor of Physics Dayle Smith, symposium co-chair. “They tied in well with the theme of identity formation and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

A number of speakers have made the text of their presentations available on the Symposium Web site.

Reporter Chelsea Kopta reported on the symposium for KEPR TV, and a segment ran on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news.

The afternoon work sessions concluded at 5 p.m., and the traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March began at 6:30 p.m. and led into “Seeing a Color Blind Future” by Patricia Williams, attorney, author and columnist for The Nation magazine.

Symposium activities will continue throughout the week, and include movies “The Namesake” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium and “North Country” on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. also in Maxey as well as a performance by poetry slam champion Oveous Maximus, Friday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. in the Coffeehouse.

Spring Abshire Awards Announced

Whitman faculty/student teams will conduct research this spring on subjects as diverse as the writings of eighteenth century author Daniel Defoe, the security forces of Costa Rica, and the perception of climate change, thanks to the college’s Abshire Research Scholar awards.

The Abshire awards have financed undergraduate research projects since the program was established in 1981 by Alfred D. Abshire ’45 in memory of his wife. The awards, given each semester, provide students with the opportunity to work in collaboration with their professors on professional research.

The projects are mentioned briefly below. For a more complete look at the Abshire research this spring, see this news article.

Sharon Alker, assistant professor of English, and Kim Trinh ’08: Daniel Defoe Society project at www.defoesociety.org.

Bob Carson, professor of geology and environmental studies, and Ian Hoyer ’10 and Julia Spencer ’10: Research book tentatively titled “East of Yellowstone: The Geology of Clarks Fork Valley and the adjacent Absaroka Mountains, Beartooth Plateau and Bighorn Basin.”

Julie Charlip, associate professor of history, and Jaspreet Gill ’11: Research the role of domestic security forces in Costa Rican life.

Tom Davis, professor of philosophy, and Sarah Haas ’08: “A Graphic Interpretation of Conformist Subjectivation in Emerson, Nietzche, and Judith Butler.”

Heidi Dobson, professor of biology, and Nicole Goehring ’09: Conduct research for a new course on history and ethnobiology of the Silk Roads.

Brian Dott, associate professor of history, and Kate Rosenberg ’08: Conduct research for new course on history and ethnobiology of the Silk Roads and continue research on the introduction of the chili pepper from Central America into China.

Tom Hines, professor of theatre, and Ian Jagel ’10: Continue research for “The Ancient Theatre Archive” project, an online survey that receives 1,000 hits a day.

Kari Norgaard, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies, and Leora Stein ’09: “Climate Change and the Social Organization of Denial: A Comparative Study Between the U.S. and Norway.”

Dayle Smith, assistant professor of physics, and Ben Miller ’09: “Current-Potential Characteristics of DNA,” exploring the conductive properties of DNA.

Tommaso Vannelli, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, and John Nelson ’09: “Synthesis of a Small Library of Amino-acid Modified Dioxochlorins for Application in Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer.”

Professor Vannelli and Simon Quay ’09: “Expression, Purification, and Characterization of the Large Subunit of an Arsenate Oxidase Homolog from Thermus thermophilus,” which eventually could help protect people all around the world from arsenic poisoning.

Zahi Zalloua, assistant professor of French, and Anne Conners ’08: Address questions about magic realism through an examination of “Beloved,” Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel.

Mariners Caravan Stops at Whitman

Professor Bob Withycombe and his grandson, Cooper Macdonald, were among the more than 150 Whitman and Walla Walla community members who were on hand Wednesday in Sherwood Center to meet the Mariners Caravan on its traditional preseason state tour to build interest and energy for the upcoming season.

Mariners pitchers Eric O’Flaherty and Mark Lowe, and bullpen coach Norm Charlton spoke briefly about their baseball careers, the Mariners and their hopes for this season to bring a World Series win to Seattle. O’Flaherty, a Walla Walla native and son of Whitman alumni parents, told the kids in the crowd to follow their dreams and to have fun when playing baseball. All three Mariners agreed that their best times in baseball happen when “40,000 fans are cheering you on.”

Faculty Profile: Karl Storchmann
Associate Professor of Economics

  • Name: Karl Storchmann
  • Department: Economics
  • Birthplace: Bochum, Germany
  • Education: Ph.D. in Economics
  • Years at Whitman: Three
  • Courses: Economic principles, microeconomics, econometrics, wine economics, transportation economics, urban economics.
  • Favorite book/film/music/play/art/etc: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantatas, Rammstein.
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: The horse.
  • Best travel experience: Bicycling through all of Germany and Austria from Hamburg to Vienna.
  • Interests/pleasures: Anything related to wine, baking rye sourdough bread.
  • Recent accomplishment: The Journal of Wine Economics
  • What people don’t know about me: Probably not a lot.
  • Why I teach: According to the 19th century German model that originates in the philosophy of Wilhelm von Humboldt, I believe in the unity of research and teaching. One cannot thrive without the other.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: Whitman gives you the possibility to make a difference.

Comings and Goings

The college extends a warm welcome to Rojelio (Roger) Morales, telecom technician, WCTS.

Coming Events

TONIGHT Tuesday, Jan. 22 Film festival: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will make a stop at Whitman to share another award-winning collection of outdoor films.

It takes place in Cordiner; doors open at 7 p.m; film begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The film festival is sponsored by the Whitman College Outdoor Program.

Admission is free with a Whitman ID; general admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop and the Bookstore, as well as at the door. Contact the Outdoor Program at x5965 or millslt@whitman.edu for more information.

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