Assistant Professor of Art Nicole Pietrantoni and Language Learning Center Manager Devon Wootten's collaborative artists' book Precipitous (pictured right) was acquired by the University of California, Santa Barbara, and will be housed in the Library's Special Collections. The artwork was purchased out of the traveling exhibition Book Power, an international juried exhibition of book art focusing on social and political issues. Precipitous is a series of five handbound accordion books that expand to create a life-sized panoramic image of a rising sea. The overlaid poems by Devon Wootten are appropriations from a report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change titled Climate Change and Water.
Elyse Semerdjian, director of global studies and associate professor of Islamic World/Middle East history, was quoted this week in an NPR article entitled "How the Islamic State Wages its Propaganda War." The article examines ISIS recruitment, but more specifically examines the way execution videos, including a recent video of stoning in eastern Syria, are disseminated for recruitment on the Internet. Semerdjian is an expert on Syria and conducted research in Syria from 1999 to 2010. The interview draws on evidence from her first book, Off the Straight Path: Illicit Sex, Community, and Law in Ottoman Aleppo, a study that focuses on the treatment of adultery crime in Ottoman criminal law and legal procedure in the shari'a courts of Aleppo. The article can be found on the NPR website.
Mark Juhasz, assistant professor of chemistry, Doug Juers, associate professor of physics, Graham Matheson '15, Aaron Rosenbaum '12 and Paul Chang '13 coauthored an article that was recently accepted for publication. The Whitman research team investigated the synthesis of molecules that contain multiple iodine atoms, compounds that are useful for enhancing medical X-ray images. These iodinated molecules are normally very difficult to prepare, but the researchers discovered that their synthesis was greatly improved when microwave heating was used. Details of the work are described in an article, "Microwave-assisted iodination: Synthesis of heavily iodinated 10-vertex and 12-vertex boron clusters," which will appear in Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic and Nano-Metal Chemistry.