1/28/2020 Peter Durantine

Faculty Focus

A regular recap of the achievements and published works of the faculty and professional staff at Franklin & Marshall College.


Dorothy Merritts,  the Harry W. & Mary B. Huffnagle Professor of Geoscience in the Department of Earth and Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, is president-elect of the American Geophysical Union Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group. Merritts’ research interests include the impact of geologic processes, climate change, and human activities on the form and history of the Earth's surface, with particular focus on use of high-resolution topographic data (e.g., lidar, repeat real-time kinematic global positioning system surveying), radiocarbon dating of sedimentary deposits, and identification of macrofossils (e.g., seeds) in soils and sediments.

Professor Emerita Virginia Maksymowicz, was commissioned by Amtrak to create an artwork based on its nationwide route map. It appears in print in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of The National magazine; a condensed version can be accessed online at www.amtrakthenational.com/virginia-maksymowicz. Maksymowicz's map is composed of handtools and railroad spikes cast into plaster, making them appear bone-like. It presents the national train system as part of the structure of the country, analagous to the way the human skeleton supports body structure.

In Print:

Professor of Mathematics Annalisa Crannell

“Looking Through the Glass”

Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences, pp. 1-25


26 March 2019

DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70658-0_41-1

Online ISBN 978-3-319-70658-0

Professor of Mathematics Annalisa Crannell and two others

“An (Isometric) Perspective on Homographics”

Journal for Geometry and Graphics

Vol. 23 (2019), No. 1, pp. 65-83

Teaching Professor of Geosciences Tim Bechtel and Professor of Astronomy Fronefield Crawford and 13 others

“Characterization of Electromagnetic Properties of In Situ Soils for the Design of Landmine Detection Sensors: Application in Donbass, Ukraine”

Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1232; doi:10.3390/rs11101232

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo 

“Militarized Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in overseas territories: Conserving biodiversity, geopolitical positioning, and securing resources in the 21st century.”

Ocean and Coastal Management Vol. 184: 105006. 1 February 2020

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo and three others

“A soft treaty, hard to reach: The second intergovernmental conference for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.”

Marine Policy Vol. 108, October 2019, 103664

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo and 14 others

“Protecting biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: An earth system governance perspective.”

Earth System Governance Vol. 2, April 2019, 100029 (open access).

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo 

Book review: “The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development:

Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002).” Edited by International Ocean Institute-Canada.

Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (2019)

Volume 50, Part 1, pp. 181-183

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo and one other

“Goal setting as marine governance strategy – how agenda-setting theory explains the case of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas in Brazil
International Studies Association Annual Conference

Toronto – 2019

Professors of Geosciences Carol de Wet and Andrew de Wet and six others

Pliocene short-term climate changes preserved in continental shallow lacustrine-palustrine carbonates:

Western Opache Formation, Atacama Desert, Chile

Geological Society of America Bulletin; Dec. 23, 2019; 0; p. 1–22; https://doi.org/10.1130/B35227.1; 16 figures; 3 tables.

Professors of Chemistry Edward Fenlon and Scott Brewer and six others

“Tuning Molecular Vibrational Energy Flow Within an Aromatic Scaffold via Anharmonic Coupling”

The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2019, 123, 10571−10581

Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Lonsdorf and six others

“Teaching varies with task complexity in wild chimpanzees”

PNAS first published Dec. 23, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1907476116

Professor of Religious Studies John Modern

Book review: “Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology,” by Adrienne Mayor, Princeton University Press, 2018.

Advance Access, Nov. 3, 2019 doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfz077

Professor of Religious Studies John Modern

“Praying Hands”

American Religion 1, no. 1, (Fall 2019), pp. 109-136

The Trustees of Indiana University

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ashley Rondini and two others

“The Case for Removing Race From the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline for Urinary Tract Infection in Infants and Young Children With Fever” [Op-Ed]

JAMA Pediatrics, Jan. 13, 2020  doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5242

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind Joshua Rottman and two others

“Developing Disgust: Theory, Measurement, and Application”

Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019 283

Handbook of Emotional Development, V. LoBue et al. (eds.)


Professor of Chemistry Scott Van Arman and three others

“Transfer Hydrogenation in the Solid Phase to Nitroalkenes by a Hantzsch Amide”

Division of Organic Chemistry

American Chemical Society 

June 23-27, 2019 Indiana University – Bloomington

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