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artsci update: June 2011

Posted on June 19, 2011


Research shows plenty of water
in moon’s interior

James Van Orman, professor of geological sciences, and researchers from Carnegie Institution for Science and Brown University recently released their findings that there is more water in the moon’s interior than previously measured – up to 100 times more. The findings come from tiny melt inclusions discovered within samples brought back by Apollo 17. Van Orman noted that “these samples provide the best window we have to the amount of water in the interior of the moon” and that “the interior seems to be pretty similar to the interior of the Earth.” Read more.

Off the Shelf  features history professor’s new book

Gillian Weiss, associate professor of history, discusses her brand new book Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Off the Shelf, hosted by librarian William Claspy, features podcast interviews of CWRU faculty authors. Listen to the podcast


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Alum and The New Yorker magazine cartoonist featured in video

Tom Bachtell (’80 WRC), illustrator for The New Yorker magazine, is featured in a video commemorating a special issue comprising 50 “Talk of the Town” pieces from the past decade. Watch the video.

CAS in the News

The perfect lawn and our
obsession with landscaping

Ted Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History, was on CBS news discussing America’s obsession with landscaping. Watch the video.  Professor Steinberg also discussed the history of the “perfect lawn” in an article citing new environmental techniques to save our creeks and lakes. Read more.

Student answers “what if” about the major league baseball season

Would the Indians have won the 1994 World Series? Economics and statics major Zach Hass (’11) devised a formula to run 1,000 season simulations of what might have happened if the1994 Major League Baseball season had not ended in a strike.  How would the Indians have fared? Watch the news video.

Op-ed “There’s No Such
Thing As Osama Bin Laden”

Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, writes “there’s no such thing as Osama Bin Laden.” Read more.

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Issue 6 / June 2011

Congratulations!  Many of the college’s faculty received the following university teaching and mentoring awards:

Bernard Jim, SAGES Fellow, Technology and Urban History received the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching.

James Bader, Lecturer, Department of Biology, and Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education was awarded the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.

T. Kenny Fountain, Assistant Professor, English won the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

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