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Publications, working papers, performance programs, and other materials that document that scholarly and creative accomplishments of Grinnell College faculty and staff.

Grinnell College. Biology Field Station Manager
Booklet describing the habitats, history, discoveries and policies of the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) facility.

Guenther, Michael B.
This essay explores the eighteenth-century campaigns in Britain to develop a new kind of imperial economy in the northern reaches of the Atlantic world that would focus less on settler colonies and agriculture, and more on the extraction of minerals, metals, and energy to fuel the burgeoning industrial sectors of England. These efforts reveal how new visions of enlightened progress emerged in the 18th and 19th century that imagined a world filled with endless natural resources capable of being tapped by those with the scientific and administrative know-how to do so.

Guenther, Michael B.
This piece analyzes the eighteenth-century campaigns to develop a maple sugar industry in North America as a way of undercutting slavery and the sugar-plantation complex of the Caribbean. It is part of a larger collection that examines how trees became woven into the cultural, economic, and political fabric of life in the eighteenth century, and uses the case of the sugar maple to explore the intersections between nature, enlightenment science, and new ambitions for societal reform.

Jensen, David
Course materials for Research methods for empirical computer science which is designed to teach basic methods for conducting a personal research program for graduate students.

Jones, Christopher R.
Books all over the world continue to undergo an evolution, which began many centuries ago, to achieve the appearance that we are familiar with today. In both the Eastern world and the West, practically every aspect of the printed book has changed. From the physical appearance of the book, to the location of the title page, to the variety of production methods and uses of illustrations, and from papyrus scrolls, to bound volumes, to e-readers, books today may bear no resemblance to their previous incarnations.

Jones, Christopher R.; Bauder, Julia
A poster used at the 2013 ACRL conference in Indianapolis, IN, briefly describing the opportunities and merits of student employment in the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Grinnell College.

Jones, Phillip Wiley, 1960-
This article combines history, biography, and the translation of a nineteenth-century primary source to consider the role of Manuel Payno, a Mexican government official and noted writer, in establishing his country's national library. Profiles of Mexican library history and of Manuel Payno provide context for the appended English translation of Payno's 1869 article,

Jones, Phillip Wiley, 1960-; Stuhr, Rebecca; Rod, Catherine
The Grinnell College Libraries, Black Library was created in response to a series of events and requests in the early 1970s. A celebrarion of the 30 year anniversary of the Black Library was held in 2010

Jones, Randye L.
George Gershwin‘s folk opera Porgy and Bess celebrated its 75th anniversary with nearly as much controversy as when it premiered in 1935. While the opera is known for sparking the professional careers of many African American vocalists, its storyline has been thought to portray African Americans negatively. Secondly, despite the unquestioned musical quality of Porgy and Bess, companies, directors, and critics continue to debate whether to treat it as an opera, a musical, or a hybrid of the two. Furthermore, singing roles in staged productions of the opera, at least in the United States. are restricted to Black vocalists, challenging companies that would have to import enough Blacks to fill the opera‘s solo and choral parts.

Jones, Randye L.; Jones, Randye; Shirley, George
A conversation between Randye Jones and George Shirley at the time of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Jones, Randye L.; Tinker, William Dean, 1934-
Negro spirituals are songs created by the Africans who were captured and brought to the United States to be sold into slavery. This Lecture-Recital was presented by Randye Jones, Soprano & Researcher; assisted by William Tinker, Piano, at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Kaiser, Daniel H., 1945-
While teaching in Nanjing, Daniel Kaiser, Professor Emeritus of History, kept a blog entitled "China Adventure" that stretched from travel preparations in mid-January to his return to Iowa in late March. Some posts relate directly to teaching and the university; other posts touch on life in China; and several describe the wedding of Dan's son, Andrew (GC 2004).

Knight, R. Cecilia (Rita Cecilia)
Over the past 5 years the Grinnell College Libraries has done more than make adjustments and keep up to date with changes to technologies; products; and types of materials that we are adding to our collections. Instead, we have attempted to re-create our organization for future needs.

Knight, R. Cecilia (Rita Cecilia)
Special Collections and Archives exhibit brochure.

Knight, R. Cecilia (Rita Cecilia); Johnson, Barbara Z.
The Academic Resource Centers (ARC) is an evolving network of professionals from various offices and departments across the Grinnell College campus. As an informal affinity group, the ARC does not exist on the college’s organizational chart, nor does it have a budget. Members of ARC fluidly collaborate to support faculty and student fluency with cross-disciplinary skills that support teaching and learning in the liberal arts.

Knight, R. Cecilia (Rita Cecilia); Jones, Phillip Wiley, 1960-; Cantwell, Laureen
Learn why Grinnell College Libraries enjoyed a 60% increase in the number of Library Labs, our customized research appointments, during fall 2011. Research consultations are well established instructional options in many academic libraries and have been offered at Grinnell for nearly 20 years. In this poster session, we will show how we promote, conduct, and assess our one-on-one information literacy sessions on topics such as analysis of the Occupy Movement’s protest signs, Aztec blood symbolism, and gender equity indices. We’ll also illustrate the positive connection between Library Labs and our classroom instruction as well as plans for expanding this successful one-on-one instruction option beyond the reference desk—to librarians’ offices, special collections, and academic support centers across campus—while maintaining its effectiveness.

LaPuma, Indhira A.; Schneider, Mark B.
Motivated by a recent experiment involving which-way measurement in atom interference, we developed a completely analogous experiment using visible light. This simple experiment, easily accessible to undergraduate students and the resources of undergraduate departments, facilitates examination of the key elements of which-way measurement, quantum erasure and related mysteries of quantum measurement. The experiment utilizes a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, and visually demonstrates the loss of interference fringes when a which-way measurement is imposed, and the restoration of that pattern when the which-way information is destroyed. This device is also sensitive enough to observe interference fringes arising from single photons. At a level accessible to undergraduates, we present simple analyses of the interference appropriate for the coherent classical field limit, and the single photon limit. We briefly mention related issues of the nature of the photon, pointing to some useful references.

Marzluff, Elaine M.
Here I present the results of use of an Echo SmartPen (Livescribe) in Chemistry 363.

Marzluff, Elaine M.
Students do work on iPads that wirelessly connect to computer for projection and sharing


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