Faculty Scholarship

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

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.; Ciota, Rebecca.
Along with the rise of digital scholarship librarians have taken on new roles in working with faculty, students, and staff in a variety of ways including consulting on metadata. Grinnell College librarians utilize a variety of tools including Google forms to sheets.

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.

Knight, R. Cecilia (Rita Cecilia); Rodrigues, Elizabeth.; Ciota, Rebecca.
When working with faculty, students, and staff on digital projects, librarians at the Grinnell College Libraries need to provide these constituents with tools to create robust metadata for these digital projects. The Grinnell College Libraries sought to create a user-friendly alternative. The landed on using Google Forms and Sheets to facilitate metadata creation.

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

McClelland, Kent A.
In a new theory of conflict escalation, Randall Collins engages critical issues of violent conflict and presents a compellingly plausible theoretical description based on his extensive empirical research. He also sets a new challenge for sociology: explaining the time dynamics of social interaction. However, despite heavy reliance on the quantitative concept of positive feedback loops in his theory, Collins presents no mathematical specification of the dynamic relationships among his variables. This article seeks to fill that gap by offering a computational model that can parsimoniously account for many features of Collins’s theory. My model uses perceptual control theory to create an agent-based computational model of the time dynamics of conflict. With greater conceptual clarity and more wide-ranging generalizability, my alternative model opens the door to further advances in theory development by revealing dynamic aspects of conflict escalation not found in Collins’s model.

Mottl, Larissa; Conard, Henry Shoemaker, 1874-1971; Grinnell College. Center for Prairie Studies
Originally published in 1927. Updated and annotated 3rd edition by Larissa Mottl (2003)

Paulhus, Jennifer
We decompose the Jacobian variety of hyperelliptic curves up to genus 10, defined over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, with reduced automorphism group A 4 , S 4 , or A 5 . Among those curves is a genus 4 curve with Jacobian variety isogenous to E 2 1 × E 2 2 and a genus 5 curve with Jacobian variety isogenous to E 5 for E and E i elliptic curves. These types of results have some interesting consequences to questions of ranks of elliptic curves and ranks of their twists.

Paulhus, Jennifer; Rojas, Anita M.
We present a new technique to study Jacobian variety decompositions using subgroups of the automorphism group of the curve and the corresponding intermediate covers. In particular, this new method allows us to produce many new examples of genera for which there is a curve with completely decomposable Jacobian. These examples greatly extend the list given by Ekedahl and Serre of genera containing such curves, and provide more evidence for a positive answer to two questions they asked. Additionally, we produce new examples of families of curves, all of which have completely decomposable Jacobian varieties. These families relate to questions about special subvarieties in the moduli space of principally polarized abelian varieties.

Ray, Archan; Chen, Ziwen (Class of 2020); Gafford, Ben (Class of 2020); Gifford, Nathan (Class of 2020); Jai Kumar, Jagath; Lamsal, Abyaya (Class of 2019); Niehus-Staab, Liam (Class of 2020); Weinman, Jerod J.; Learned-Miller, Erik
This data is set designed for testing the performance of text/graphics separation and character recognition algorithms on text in scanned historical map images. Thirty one maps from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1866–1927) were chosen from nine atlases in the David Rumsey Map Collection (http://davidrumsey.com). Most maps are of individual U.S. states, though some are regional and one is of the entire U.S.; most feature little handwritten text. The original MrSid files are converted into uncompressed TIFF images for a manual annotation, stored in JSON format. The authors gratefully acknowledge the David Rumsey Map Collection as the source of the map images, which come with the following notice: Images copyright © 2000 by Cartography Associates. Images may be reproduced or transmitted, but not for commercial use. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons [Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported] license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0). By downloading any images from this site, you agree to the terms of that license.

Roberts, Tyler T., 1960-
Ever since Religious Studies emerged as a distinct area of inquiry in the 1960s and 1970s, scholars in the field have worried about its academic legitimacy. To put it a bit simplistically, they’ve worried about what constitutes the difference between teaching religion and teaching about religion. Text of the 2014 (first) Grinnell Lecture by Tyler Roberts.

Rod, Catherine; Czechowski, Leslie
Special Collections and Archives exhibit brochure. Displayed in the Iowa Room.

Rod, Catherine; Fyffe, Richard
Special Collections exhibit brochure. Coinciding with the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Bertolt Brecht's Galileo.