Faculty Notes

Peter Erickson: Publishes "Probing White Guilt, Pursuing White Redemption"

Posted Nov. 17, 2011: Peter Erickson, visiting professor of humanities, has published “Probing White Guilt, Pursuing White Redemption: William Kentridge’s 9 Drawings for Projection” in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 28 (2011). The series of nine animated films by the white South African artist shows how the quest for full understanding by whites of more »

Frederick W. Strauch: "Ultraefficient Cooling of Resonators: Beating Sidebar Cooling with Quantum Control"

Posted Nov. 14, 2011: Assistant Professor of Physics Frederick W. Strauch, in collaboration with Kurt Jacobs and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Boston, published a paper describing a new theoretical approach to cooling quantum systems. This work showed that by applying ideas of quantum control one could cool the vibration modes of small oscillators more »

Peter Erickson: Publishes "'Othello's Back': Othello as Mock Tragedy in Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica"

Posted Oct. 31, 2011: Peter Erickson, visiting professor of humaniities, has published “‘Othello’s Back’: Othello as Mock Tragedy in Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica” in the fall 2011 issue of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. The article shows how, in her latest volume of poetry, Dove rescues her main character–black violinist George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860)–from more »

Sarah Hammerschlag: The Figural Jew

Posted Oct. 26, 2011: Sarah Hammerschlag’s book, The Figural Jew, is a finalist for the 2011 American Academy of Religion’s Best first Book in the History of Religions Prize.

Steven Miller: Recent paper, "The lowest eigenvalue of Jacobi random matrix ensembles and Painleve VI"

Posted Oct. 25, 2011: Steven Miller, assistant professor of mathematics, had a recent paper “The lowest eigenvalue of Jacobi random matrix ensembles and Painleve VI” selected to be part of the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical Highlights of 2010 Collection. This paper is joint with Eduardo Duenez, Duc Khiem Huynh (who as a more »

Kevin Jones: Grant to Support Summer Students

Posted May 6, 2011: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, through its Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NIST-SURF), has awarded Williams College a grant to support summer research by David Kealhofer and Christina Knapp, both current sophomores. The students will be working at NIST in Gaithersburg MD doing research on advanced quantum optics with NIST more »