Innovation and Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Exciting News:

Vangard Article - Prof. Deichmann’s short-term course to the Balkans "It is a tremendous honor to have had the privilege to work on such a scholarly and intellectually-satisfying project that was made possible by the Valente Center and their Undergraduate Research Assistantship grants."  Shivam Senjalia, Bentley University Class of 2014.

Gesa Kirsch to Explore Female Writers’ Impact on Abolitionism and Suffrage, English professor Gesa Kirsch was accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller,” July 7-20 in Concord, Mass
 

Major Book Publications

The Annual Valente Center Annual Book Party

April 30, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Faculty Staff Dining Room
Faculty who published a single author, joint author or edited volume 2012/13. 
Authors and works that were honored

  • Ben Aslinger and Nina B. Huntemann,“Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place”
  • Donna Maria Blancero and Robert G. DelCampo,“Hispanics At Work: A collection of Research, Theory and Application”
  • Scott J. Callan and Janet M. Thomas, “Environmental Economics & Management:Theory, Policy, and Applications”
  • P. Thom Davis, etc., “The Geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains”
  • George Ellenbogen, “A Stone in my Shoe: In Search of Neighbourhood”
  • Bonnie N. Field and Alfonso Botti, editors,  “La Spagna di Rajoy”
  • Mark Guglielmo, Enid M. Fogel,  and Nathaniel Grotte, “Political Arithmetic: Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics”
  • Charles R. Hadlock, “Six Sources of Collapse: A Mathematician’s Perspective on How Things Can Fall Apart in the Blink of An Eye”
  • Daniel L. Everett and Gordon M. Hardy, “Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor, and Life Preparation”
  • Nada Nasr Bechwati, Naresh K. Malhotra and Imad B. Baalbaki, “Marketing Research”
  • Axel Seemann, “Joint Attention: New Developments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience”
  •  Steven Weisman, “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: NEW FINANCIAL THREATS YOU NEED TO KNOW AND HOW TO AVOID THEM”
    and “A guide to Elder Planning: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONES AND YOURSELF”
  • Christine B. Williams and Bruce I. Newman,“Political Marketing in Retrospective and Prospective”

Past Book Publications below

 

Rick Oches [right] and P. Thompson Davis (Natural and Applied Sciences) Receive National Science Foundation Grant

For 2010-2013, the National Science Foundation awarded a $130,347 grant to Bentley University for the project titled "Integrating Earth and Environmental Science Education into a Business Curriculum Using Technology Enhanced Learning." The architects of the program, Eric (Rick) Oches, associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, and P. Thompson (Thom) Davis, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, are focused on improving the scientific literacy of future business and civic leaders by further integrating Earth, Environment and Global Sustainability courses into the business curriculum. Their project will develop new multi-disciplinary active-learning course modules through a series of summer workshops for science and business faculty.

Anne Rawls, Professor of Sociology, Recognized Internationally for Her Scholarship

Sociology professor Anne Warfield Rawls was named Marie de Paris Senior Research Laureate for the City of Paris’s international research competition in 2010. During the six-month tenure of the fellowship, Rawls was in residence at the renowned École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, or EHESS) in Paris. There she gave lectures and facilitated collaborative work. She spoke at the Sorbonne and EHESS, as well as in Germany, Moscow, and London. As a result of her work there, Rawls has developed a number of collaborative international publication projects, some of which focus on the French sociologist Emile Durkheim. Also in 2010, Rawls received the Charles Horton Cooley Distinguished Scholarship Award (Michigan Sociological Association), which honors lifetime scholarly achievements.  

David Szymanski (Natural and Applied Sciences) Receives Major National Geology Appointment

Beginning in July 2011, Natural and Applied Sciences Professor David Szymanski will serve as Chair of the Geological Society of America's Geology and Public Policy Committee. Szymanski is currently the chair-elect for 2010-11. The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society of earth scientists with a growing membership of more than 22,000 individuals in 97 countries. The Geology and Public Policy Committee of GSA oversees development of GSA’s Position Statements, which serve as the foundation for public policy actions by the society. In addition to setting the agenda for all committee work and meetings, Szymanski will be responsible for facilitating the development of new public policy position statements on behalf of the society, the revision of outdated and expired statements, as well as interviewing and selecting candidates for the GSA-U.S. Geological Survey congressional science fellowship.

Joni Seager (Chair, Global Studies) Advises Government of Mozambique on Impact of Climate Change

In 2010, the government of Mozambique consulted Global Studies Chair and Professor Joni Seager in its effort to develop a national strategic plan on gender, environment and climate change. During the year, Seager traveled to Mozambique several times to work with the Environmental Ministry on the project. She is one of a small group of scholars working on analytical and theoretical explorations of the social--and gendered--nature of climate change. Seager is a scholar and activist in feminist geography, international women's studies, and global environmental policy. In the environmental field, she is a pioneer in bringing feminist perspectives to bear on global environmental policy and analysis. Seager’s recent research includes a project with the nongovernmental organization AIDS-Free World to explore global policies and the social dimensions of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. She has also studied gender and sustainable water management in Mongolia, and consulted for the United Nations on various gender and environmental policy projects.

Richard Cleary (Chair, Mathematical Sciences) Receives National Appointment

In February 2010, Mathematical Sciences chair and professor Richard Cleary was appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Joint Data Committee of five mathematical organizations: Mathematical Association of America; American Mathematical Society; American Statistical Association; the Institute of Mathematical Statistics; and Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The committee helps monitor the profession in many aspects, among them employment trends for new PhDs; enrollments in graduate and undergraduate programs; diversity issues; and faculty salaries.

Major Book Publications

Kristin Sorensen (Global Studies) publishes Media, Memory, and Human Rights in Chile

Sorensen’s book investigates the manner in which Chilean media and public culture discuss human rights violations committed during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) as well as human rights problems which still exist. Through an intricate interplay of censorship, remembrance, and protest, the media and surrounding culture have played a key role in structuring how Chileans interpret their present and past. The books looks particularly at the media’s role in alternately silencing and re-presenting trauma during times of social upheaval and flux, as well as with how audiences respond to these re-presentations.

Clifford Putney (History) publishes Missionaries in Hawai'i: The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick, 1797-1883

Ever since Protestant missionaries from the United States reached Hawai'i in 1820, they have inspired conflicting passions. In evangelical circles, the missionaries are praised for Christianizing Hawai'i, transforming Hawaiian into a written language, and inoculating the islanders against smallpox. But this celebratory assessment is rejected by modern-day Hawaiian nationalists, who excoriate the missionaries as advance agents of U.S. imperialism. Based primarily on letters, journals, and other archival materials, Prof. Putney offers a detailed and balanced portrait of their contributions. He says the nationalists are right to credit the missionaries with drawing Hawai'i into America's political orbit, but argues that the missionary enterprise helped in some ways to preserve key elements of Hawaiian culture.

Past Parties
May 1, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Dining Room, LaCava, third floor

Faculty who published a single author, joint author or edited volume 2011/12. 
Authors and works that were honored

2011

Below are faculty who published a single author, joint author or edited volume. 
Authors and works that were honored:

2010

From faculty who have recently published a single author, joint author or edited volume. 
Authors and works that were honored:

2009

From faculty who have recently published a single author, joint author or edited volume. 
Authors and works that were honored: