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.

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.

Larsen Completes Summer Fellowship with the Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division

larsenlargeRandolph Larsen III, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department, completed a summer fellowship with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Larsen was a part of the 2014 Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program. His summer research included the development of nanoscale coating to prevent the corrosion of  aluminum alloy.

Faculty and Student Present at MAA MathFest 2014

The Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest is the largest annual summer conference for mathematicians. The conference was held August 6-9, 2014 in Portland, Ore. Assistant Professors of Mathematics Emek Köse and Casey Douglas led panel topics entitled “Undergraduate Research in Mathematics: How, When, Why Part I-II” and “Project Based Curriculum I-II.” Alex Meadows, associate professor of mathematics, and Bradley Putnam ’15 presented their paper entitled “A New Twist on Wythoff’s Game.” Susan Goldstine, associate professor of mathematics, also presented a paper entitled “The Elusive Mobius and the Intractable Hexagon: Geometric Cross Sections in Bead Crochet.”

Mirabile Published in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

SMirabileScott Mirabile, assistant professor of psychology, published an article entitled “Parents’ inconsistent emotion socialization and children’s socioemotional adjustment” in the Sept. - Oct. 2014 issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. Professor Mirabile identifies how parents may be inconsistent in their emotion socialization (e.g., by modeling emotional negativity and punishing children’s emotional negativity) and demonstrates links between that inconsistency and children’s emotion regulation and internalizing problems.

2014 Faculty Promotions

St. Mary’s College is pleased to announce the promotions (effective Aug. 1, 2014) of the following faculty:

Promoted to Full Professor

Angela Johnson (educational studies) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. She has taught courses in multicultural education, research methods, data-driven instruction, and science and science education. Her research interests include women of color in the sciences, power, culture and education, and culturally relevant science teaching.

J. Jordan Price (biology) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2002. He completed his undergraduate study at Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada) and earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has taught courses in animal behavior, topical biology, molecular evolution, and ecology and evolution. His research interests include animal communication, the evolution of animal behavior, molecular phylogenetics, and ornithology.

Reappointment with Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Karen Leona Anderson (English) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2008. She began her studies as an undergraduate at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), going on to earn master’s degrees at University of Iowa, Victoria University at Wellington (New Zealand), and Cornell University, where she also completed her Ph.D. She has taught courses in creative writing, poetry and science, and 19thand 20th-century American poetry.Her current work is focused on bio-economic metaphor. Her first collection of poetry, “Punish honey,” was published in 2009 by Carolina Wren Press and her poem, “Receipt: Midway Entertainment Presents” was chosen for the 2012 volume of “The Best American Poetry” (Scribner).

Kenneth Cohen (history and museum studies) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2008. He graduated from Allegheny College and then earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. through the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program. He has taught courses covering early America, sport and entertainment history, and research methods, and has directed the museum studies minor since 2012. His research on the relationship between sport and democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries has been broadly published in several history journals. Cohen has also consulted on grant-funded projects at nearby Sotterley Plantation and Calvert Marine Museum.

Erin De Pree (physics) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2008. After completing a bachelor of science degree at Hillsdale College, she earned a master’s of science and Ph.D. at The College of William and Mary. She has taught courses in introductory physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, general relativity, quantum mechanics and particle physics. Her award-winning research with undergraduates in high-energy phenomenology focuses on extra dimensions and fourth generation particles.  She also conducts research in physics education

Alan Jamieson (computer science) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2007. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from Clemson University. He has taught courses in introductory computer science, algorithms and data structures, programming languages, software engineering, operating systems, computer graphics, theory of computation and artificial intelligence. His research interests include domination algorithms, graph theory, self-stabilizing algorithms, game development and design, robotics, and the recruitment and retention of women and other underrepresented groups in computer science. He is a recipient of the 2014 National Center for Women and Information Technology and AT&T undergraduate research mentoring award.

Promoted to Associate Professor

Michael Taber (philosophy) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 1987. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Rochester, as well as a master of arts and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Widely published, he currently serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and his interests include ancient Greek philosophy and classics, ethics, and philosophical psychology. Taber has been the coach of the St. Mary’s Ethics Bowl team since 2010 and the director of the Paul H. Nitze Scholars Program since 2003.

Granted Permanent Status

Conrad Helms (library) joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2008. He has a bachelor of arts degree and master of arts degree from the University of South Florida. At St. Mary’s College, Helms serves as the patron services librarian, responsible for oversight of circulation functions. He also assists students with library research, as an academic adviser and First Year Seminar liaison.

Von Kellenbach’s Research Noted in Washington Post Article

Kellenbach, K._featureProfessor of Religious Studies Katharina von Kellenbach was noted for her Holocaust research in East Berlin in an article regarding the first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas. During von Kellenbach’s research, supported by College faculty development funds, she discovered the only known existing photo of Regina Jonas. Additionally, von Kellenbach was described as a “widely respected scholar of the Holocaust, Christian-Jewish relations and feminism.”

King Speaks at 17th Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium

IMG_6237 - CopyProfessor Julia King spoke at the 2nd annual 17th Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium in Surry, Virginia on July 12. King discussed the role of artifacts and architectural design in the understanding of religion and politics in Maryland.

Earlier this summer, King along with two alumni and a current student presented an open house of their excavation of Zekiah Fort, a 17th-century Piscataway Indian settlement located in Waldorf, Md.