Faculty + Staff News / September 3, 2013
Jacob Boll (Creative Services) began a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of a third album with his band, The Hudson Branch.
Susan Budde’s (Education) article, "Parents' Rights from a Former Head Start Parent's Perspective," was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Exchange. The article is based on an interview conducted with former student Sharon Knowles.
Jessica Cochran (Book + Paper Center) and Melissa Potter (Interdisciplinary Arts) received a 2013 Craft Research Fund grant for Social Paper, an exhibition and catalog to open at the Center for Book + Paper Arts charting the evolution of the art of hand papermaking in relation to discourse around socially engaged art with special attention to craft, labor, community, and site specificity.
Angela Fowler (Education) coauthored an article, "Valuing Children’s Right to Time," that appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Exchange. The article argues that efforts to get students ready for elementary school have led to an influx of developmentally inappropriate learning environments.
John Hancock (Cinema Art + Science) directed Swan Song, a feature-length film shot in Indiana and Michigan this summer. Several Columbia students, staff, and alumni worked on set. Fellow faculty member Doreen Bartoni (Cinema Art + Science) and Chair Emeritus Allen Turner are serving as co-producers for the film, and Bruce Sheridan (Cinema Art + Science) provided creative consulting.
Azar Khosravani and Constantin Rasinariu's (Science and Mathematics) paper, "n-Digit Benford Distributed Random Variables," was accepted for publication in Advances and Applications in Statistics, an international peer-reviewed journal. The paper introduces a new class of Benford random variables, called "n-digit Benford variables," which respect the logarithmic significant digit distribution only up to their n-th position.
Weihua Li’s (Science and Mathematics) paper, "The similarity degree of approximately divisible C*-algebras," was published in Operators and Matrices in June. “The similarity degree of some C*-algebras,” coauthored with Professor Don Hadwin of the University of New Hampshire, appeared in Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society in July.
Samuel Park (Creative Writing, English) was named one of the Best Local Authors in Chicago by CBS Chicago. He was invited to read at the Live @ Your Library Reading Stage during the American Library Association Annual Conference. The Norwegian edition of his book, This Burns My Heart, is now available. This Burns My Heart was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, NPR.org, and BookPage.
Nancy Rampson (Institutional Advancement) was elected president of the newly formed South Loop Toastmasters Club. She and Chris Skrundz also won third prize for the film, How Many Stars, in the Traverse City Film Festival Bumper Film Contest.
Christine Rojek-Pociask's (Art + Design) sculpture "Breeze Keeper" was photographed during its creation and the images will be featured through December 31 in the exhibition Sculptor Christine Rojek...Breeze Keeper Highlights at the Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Event Series.
Susan Sindlinger (Degree Evaluation) spent a week in July
volunteering at the Alliance Française de Chicago as a camp counselor for its Chez Kids Academy French day camp.