Dr. Charles Adler Interviewed by Physics Today

adlerDr. Charles Adler of the physics department was recently interviewed by the academic journal Physics Today. Alder’s interview covered a range of topics concerning his new book Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction. You can read Adler’s interview with Physics Today by clicking here. You can also read a review of Professor Alder’s book by Physics Today here.


Dr. Leonard Cruz to Attend 9th International Dance Festival

cruzAssistant Professor Leonard Cruz will take part in the 9th International dance festival Tari ’14 with the theme Building Bridges being held from 12-15 November 2014 (Wednesday – Saturday) hosted by ASWARA or the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Malaysia. During this time Cruz will present a paper presentation on “Southeast Asian Thought and Practice in Modern Dance Technique and Improvisation” as well as perform part of his solo dance evening “Falling Man” which had its premiere in Boyden Gallery on Oct.30, 2014.

The festival will consist of Main Performances with one Gala evening, Round table discussions and paper presentations, workshops, showcases presenting emerging Malaysian artists and one international showcase. At present selected participants include Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the Kaizen MD and LaSalle College of the Arts all from Singapore, Indonesia Institute of the Arts Jogjakarta, Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Amrita Performing Arts, Cambodia, Taipei National University of the Arts, Attakalari Centre for Performing Arts from India, Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne from Australia, Kobe College of Liberal Arts of Japan, solo artists Leonard Cruz from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Hiroki Koba from USA as well as Gillian Rhodes from Cambodia, Sanggar Prigel from Purworejo, Central Java.

Dr. Thomas Barrett Published in Collection of Spy Essays

unnamedDr. Thomas Barrett of the history department recently had an essay included in the new book James Bond and Popular Culture:Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy. The essay, “The Undefined Agent, Illya Kuryakin: Making the Russian (In)Visible in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” explores the portrayal of the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin in the 1960′s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. More information about this collection of essays is available here.


Dr. Leah R. Eller Published in Journal of Chemical Education

photoDr. Leah R. Eller of the chemistry department was recently published  in the Journal of Chemical Education. Eller’s article, written in conjunction with several St. Mary’s College alumni and professional colleagues, compared methods by which the organic compound and natural flavor enhancer Maltol can be extracted from the Fraser Fir tree. The article can be found here.      

Dr. Lin Muilenburg Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Lin_Muilenburg_01Dr. Lin Muilenburg, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach in Slovenia. The focus of her project, Transforming Learning with Educational Technologies, is to help K12 teachers and teacher educators to create engaging, student-centered instruction that builds 21st Century skills. From February through June of 2015, Muilenburg will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana, and facilitate staff development workshops for in-service educators.

The Science of Brewing: Collaboration between Professor Jeffrey Byrd and local business Ruddy Duck serves up scientifically flavorful concoction

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Ruddy Duck brew master Matt Glass (left) and microbiologist Jeff Byrd (right)

St. Mary’s microbiologist Jeffrey Byrd and Ruddy Duck brew master Matt Glass recently collaborated to create a seasonal ale for the restaurant’s menu. “The Great Pumpkin Ale,” available now through the fall to Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill and Ale House patrons, was the product of the duo’s collaboration and is served complete with cinnamon- and nutmeg-spiced rims.

Byrd, an avid home brewer, wants people to know that there is science behind the festive brew’s flavor. “Most beer drinkers don’t understand where the flavors are coming from,” he said. “There’s a biological chemical process that creates something that people enjoy and it’s naturally done—you’re not chemically inducing it.” Byrd said that he and Glass spent seven hours at Ruddy Duck’s brewery processing the pumpkin ale, in which they infused real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices into the mix of hops and natural grains.

Byrd has been giving seminars on the “Science of Brewing” for almost 10 years. The seminar has been presented twice at the college’s Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium and most recently last summer for Alumni Weekend’s “Alumni College” breakout session. It was then Byrd and Glass teamed for the first time to make a special ale to serve during the weekend’s popular crab feast.

Now with a standing invitation as a guest brewer with the Ruddy Duck, Byrd plans to lend his expertise to concocting a holiday brew. His long-term hope, though, is to be guest brewer at breweries owned by St. Mary’s alumni. Alumnus Adam Davis, master brewer at Back Shore Brewery in Ocean City, Md., is the first to extend the invitation.

Dr. Charles Adler interviewed on the Jason Rantz Show

adlerProfessor of physics Dr. Charles Adler appeared on The Jason Rantz Show to discuss the physics behind the popular super hero The Flash. This is doctor Adler second appearance on the show; he joined Jason Rantz to discuss his new book Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction earlier this year.

You can listen to Dr. Adler’s interview about The Flash here.

Webster’s Study Featured in New York Magazine Article

russ webster headshotRussell Webster, visiting assistant professor of psychology, was referenced for his study on the perception of evil in an online article for the New York Magazine that questioned whether or not belief in pure evil leads to violence and intolerance. Professor Webster’s research found that those with belief in pure evil had higher rates of intergroup aggression and lower rates of intergroup prosociality in comparison to those with lower levels of belief in pure evil.