Nathan Frank (Physics and Astronomy) recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his research work with undergraduate students in nuclear physics. The grant (#1404236 for $124,000) was awarded as part of the Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program of the NSF. The title of the project is "RUI: Undergraduate Research on Neutron-Rich Nuclei". The grant will cover stipend and travel for students and Nathan for three years. He looks forward including more students in research at the frontiers of nuclear physics. In addition, he is a coauthor on a paper recently accepted for publication titled "Low-lying neutron unbound states in 12Be".
Peter Kivisto (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare) was elected to the governing Council of the 14,000 member American Sociological Association. His three year term began on August 20, 2014, the day after the ASA's annual meeting ended in San Francisco.
Peter's book Religion and Immigration: Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2014) has just been published.
Earlier in the summer, the Sage India book Peter Kivisto co-edited with Samir Dasgupta (University of Kalyani, West Bengal), Postmodernism in a Global Perspective (2014) appeared in print.
Dan Morris (Religion) had an article published in July, 2014: "Reason and Emotion in the Ethics of Self-Restraint: A Critique of Reinhold Niebuhr," Journal of Religious Ethics 42, no. 3 (July 2014): 495-515.
Megan Quinn (Art) was the lead artist on a mosaic project in Schweibert Park this summer, organized by Quad City Arts Metro Arts project. She worked with eight high school and college students to add mosaic to the concrete part of a public sculpture called Lloyd's Trek. Megan is talking about the process at the Figge's Pechakacha night August 28th.
Megan was recently notified that she is receiving a lifetime achievement award in the arts from the Riverssance Committee.on September 20th. Usually only one such award ig given per year, but this year they're giving two- one to Megan's sister Kristin as well.