Three Students Recognized with Awards at Annual IINSPIRE LSAMP conference
A group of Grinnellians attended the 2016-17 annual conference hosted by IINSPIRE LSAMP on February 3-4, 2017, at Iowa State University. The theme of the conference was "Cultivating STEM Identity for Student Success." Grinnellians led conference sessions and presented research during the student poster session. Three participants came away with awards.
Alfredo Colina '18 was recognized with the People's Choice Award for his research poster, "Bacterial characterization of a hog confinement located in Poweshiek County and a potential source of antibiotic resistance bacteria discovered." Colina is a biology major whose research was mentored by Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor of biology.
Glorianne Dorce '17 was awarded second place for best research poster. Her research into "Detecting concentrations of steroidal hormones in water samples through optimized SPE/UHPLC/MS method" was mentored by Andrew Graham, assistant professor of chemistry, and Elaine Marzluff, professor of chemistry. Dorce is a chemistry major.
Queenster Nartey '16 was recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Nartey moderated a discussion panel during the conference on student STEM identity. She graduated from Grinnell College with a major in biological chemistry and is currently an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Also participating from Grinnell College were Chad Harper '18, a physics/mathematics major, and Cora Touchstone '19 with a session on "Leveraging an undergraduate job into social, personal, and academic success." Dack Professor of Chemistry Jim Swartz gave a presentation to faculty and administrators on "Building capacity on your campus."
Writers@Grinnell: Nichelle Tramble Spellman
Nichelle Tramble Spellman, award winning crime novelist, will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, March 2, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center (JRC) Room 101.
In addition, Nichelle Tramble will lead a roundtable discussion titled, "Writing for Prime Time Television" at 4:15 p.m. March 2nd in JRC 209.
Nichelle Tramble Spellman, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a crime novelist with two published books, The Dying Ground and The Last King (Random House/Ballantine). The Dying Ground, a Best Book of 2001 by both the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle, was also shortlisted for the prestigious Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation’s Legacy Award. Nichelle has also been an Edward J. Albee Writer-in-Residence, and a Writing Fellow at the Ucross Foundation. Nichelle has developed television and feature film projects with HBO, F/X, Dreamworks and Warner Bros.
Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.
The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.
A Book Talk with Professor Danielle Lussier, Political Science
Drawing from her recently-published book, Constraining Elites in Russia and Indonesia: Political Participation and Regime Survival (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Professor Danielle Lussier will share a thought-provoking analysis on why democracy succeeds in some countries but not others, comparing the post-transition experiences of two cases of contemporary democratization: Russia and Indonesia.
Danielle Lussier is an assistant professor in political science and department chair of Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Grinnell College. Her research focuses on democratization, public opinion and political participation, and religion and politics, with a particular emphasis on Eurasia and Indonesia.
For this book, Professor Lussier conducted field research in Moscow, Kazan, and Krasnoyarsk, Russia and Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Medan, Indonesia. Co-sponsored by the Russian, Central and East European Studies concentration and the Grinnell College Libraries.
Refreshments will be served.
Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If you plan to attend this event and need accommodation, please contact Burling Library as soon as possible to make your request.
Students Craft Chopsticks from Campus Trees
Students lined up on the first floor of the Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center Thursday evening, patiently waiting their turn to make a personal set of reusable chopsticks from wood harvested to make way for the new Humanities and Social Studies Complex.
“This is a great way to recycle wood from campus into something I can keep with me,” said Evan Feldberg-Bannatyne ’20, as he used a hand plane to smooth one of the four sides of one of his chopsticks.
“Plus,” he added, “my roommate is from Shanghai and he promised to help me master the art of eating with chopsticks.”
“This is a fun way to promote Asian culture,” said Rong Guo ’19 of China. “I like watching how the chopsticks are made. I use them, but I never knew how to make them.”
While waiting for their turn at one of the four jigs, some students competed to see who could use chopsticks to transfer the most marbles from one bowl to another in 1 minute. Scores ranged from 0 to the winning total of 25.
No previous woodworking skills were needed, but it took most students from 15 to 20 minutes to use a special jig and planer to transform two slender sticks of walnut or sycamore into a smooth pair of chopsticks.
“I was impressed that so many students were willing to wait in line to make their chopsticks,” said Karen Edwards, associate dean and director of International Student Affairs. “They were enthusiastic about the chance to create a meaningful souvenir.
“Due to the popularity of the event,” Edwards added, “it will likely be repeated on other occasions this spring.” The next opportunity for students to make their own chopsticks will be during the Wellness Fair on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Sponsoring the inaugural chopstick-making event were Facilities Management, the Department of Chinese and Japanese, the Office of International Student Affairs, and the Institute for Global Engagement.
Photos courtesy of Takahiro Omura ’17.
Kumail Nanjiani ’01 to be 2017 Commencement Speaker
Los Angeles-based writer, actor, and comedian Kumail Nanjiani ’01 will be Grinnell's Commencement speaker on May 22, 2017.
Nanjiani's comedy special Beta Male made the "best of 2013" lists for Vulture, Village Voice, and the Onion AV Club. It was also chosen best comedy special of the year by Entertainment Weekly.
He's a recurring character on Portlandia, AdventureTime, and The Grinder, among others. He appears often in feature films, including Hell Baby, Sex Tape, Hello My Name is Doris, The Kings of Summer, and Five Year Engagement. Nanjiani currently plays the role of Dinesh on HBO's Silicon Valley.
A native of Pakistan, the computer science major got his comedic start at Grinnell's Bob's Underground Café.