Barth, Paladino ’09 Author Article on Numerical Thinking

Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, and Annie Paladino ’09, are the authors of a new article on children’s numerical thinking, based on data collected by Paladino with support from her Hughes fellowship for research in the life sciences. The article is titled “The development of numerical estimation: Evidence against a representational shift.” It will appear in the journal Developmental Science in 2010.

Shapiro Translates, Schorr Illustrates French Book of Poems

Book by Shapiro and Schorr

Book translated by Norman Shapiro and illustratd by David Schorr.

Norman Shapiro, professor of romance languages and literature, translated Jean de La Fontaine’s poems in La Fontaine’s Bawdy, Revised Edition: Of Libertines, Louts, and Lechers. The 273-page book was published by Black Widow Press/Commonwealth Books, Inc. in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 16.

David Schorr, professor of art, illustrated the book.

The Contes et nouvelles en vers of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) were published at various times throughout his life, often these works threatened to get him in trouble with both Church and Academie. This translation covers the entire corpus in all their variety. The mildly suggestive mingle with the frankly bawdy rendered in the spirit they were written in and scrupulously faithful to one of France’s greatest poets.

Smith Publishes Book on Lady Macbeth in America

Book by Gay Smith, professor of theater, emerita.

Book by Gay Smith, professor of theater, emerita.

Gay Smith, professor of theater, emerita, is the author of the book Lady Macbeth in America: From the Stage to the White House, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2010.

Lady Macbeth has haunted American history since the conflicts of Shakespeare’s England spilled over into New England’s real witch hunts. To reveal how Lady Macbeth entered American politics as an icon for the First Lady, this investigation focuses on the prominent actresses in the role, how they performed, and their effect on audiences anxious about the country’s First Lady and her influence over the President—especially at times of war.

In this 252-page book, Smith shows how the various Lady Macbeths have both reflected and shaped the image their contemporaries have of the ambitious political wife, producing parallels that converge dramatically in 20th century “witch hunts.”

“Smith’s Lady Macbeth in America is a terrific read. Most of us have heard this or that First Lady (Mary Lincoln, Nancy Reagan,Hillary Clinton) referred to as a ‘Lady M type,’ but this book puts the label in its proper—and very entertaining—political and theatrical context. Smith provides a sharp, in-depth and colorful history…as well as highlighting the various ways the play itself has been viewed in relation to shifting political—and sexual—attitudes. For those of us who put our politics center stage, Lady Macbeth in America is a must,” says Jeffrey Hatcher, playwright and screenwriter.

Smith is currently working on an anthology titled Irish Plays and Politics.

Bonin Author of 2 Book Reviews

John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is the author of two book reviews: Malcolm Cook’s Banking in Southeast Asia: The Region’s Decisive Decade, published in Pacific Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 3 in fall 2009, pp. 555 – 557; and Janos Kornai’s From Socialism to Capitalism: Eight Essays, published in The Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XLVII, No. 3 in September 2009, pp. 853 – 856. The latter is the main journal for such reviews in the profession and is published by the American Economic Association.

Hingorani, Royer Published in National Academy of Sciences

Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, is the author of “S. cerevisiae Msh2-Msh6 DNA binding kinetics reveal a mechanism of targeting sites for DNA mismatch repair,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ” Early Edition,” December 2009.

Dana Royer, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is the author of “Fossil soils constrain ancient climate sensitivity,” published in the same journal.

Kottos Group Co-Authors Paper on Fidelity in Quasi Systems

Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics; Joshua Bodyfelt Ph.D ’09; and Mei Zheng ’10 are the co-authors of the paper “Fidelity in Quasi-1D Systems as a Probe for Anderson Localization,” published in Acta Physica Polonica A, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Quantum Chaos and Localisation Phenomena, Warsaw, in 2009. They wrote the paper with Ulrich Kuhl, and Hans-Jürgen Stöckmann, who are collaborators from the University of Marburg.

This publication is part of the conference proceedings for a workshop at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw where Kottos presented this past summer. The combined theoretical and experimental work done in this project put forward a method for which the celebrated phenomenon of Anderson Localization could be detected through a measure known as Fidelity, which is typically thought of as probing the stability of a system against external perturbations. This work will constitute a large part of Zheng’s senior physics thesis.

Bonin Authors 2 Book Reviews

John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is the author of two book reviews.  The first review is of Malcolm Cook’s  “ Banking  in Southeast Asia: The Region’s Decisive Decade,” Pacific Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Fall) 2009, pp. 555 – 557.

The other review is of Janos Kornai’s “From Socialism to Capitalism: Eight Essays,” Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XLVII, No. 3 (September) 2009, pp. 853 – 856. The journal is published by the American Economics Association.

Heau ’12, Heau P’12 Co-Author Fantasy Adventure Book

heau coverErnest Heau P’12 and his son, Noah Heau ’12, are the authors of a  novel-length fantasy adventure for young teens called The Lost Rubies of Fennwann. Ernest and Noah wrote the book together while Noah was in middle and high school.

The father and son self-published the 268-page book through iUniverse, Inc. in 2009.

According to the website, “Co-authors Ernest and Noah Heau are father and son. Their story-telling career began when Noah was 4, when they made up stories on the spot. Over the years they created many hand-written and hand-illustrated stories. The Lost Rubies of Fennwann is their first collaboration on a novel-length fantasy adventure. Ernest is a retired software engineer, and an editor of book on Buddhism. Noah graduated from the Waldorf School of Garden City, New York. He attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He plays the cello, keeps a journal, and is ‘interested in things surreal and ethereal.'”

They’re also featured on the Waldorf School of Garden City website.

Shapiro’s Comical One-Act Adaptations Published

shapiroNorm Shapiro, professor of romance languages and literatures, is the author and translator of the book Labiche & Co: Fourteen One-Acts by a French Comic Master, published by Performing Books.

The book will be released in December 2009. Among the plays included are Bosom Friends, The Brat, A Bee or Not a Bee, It’s All Relative, The Unshakeable Suitor, A Nest-Egg Well Scrambled, and A Slap in the Farce, which is currently being performed at Harvard University.

In addition, Yale University Press has accepted Shapiro’s recent collection of translations from the poetry of French Romantic poet Théophile Gautier to appear in their prestigious Megellos World Republic of Letters series. It is expected to appear in 2010.

Winston Translates German Book on Don Juan

Book translated by Krishna Winston.

Book translated by Krishna Winston.

Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, dean of the Arts and Humanities and coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, translated the new book, Don Juan: His Own Version, written by Peter Handke.

The 128-paged book is published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  It will be released in February.

Wesleyan University Press Releases Book on the Connecticut River

This photograpy book was published by Wesleyan University Press in October 2009.

This photograpy book was published by Wesleyan University Press in October 2009.

Wesleyan University Press published a photographic book about the Connecticut River Oct. 23. The photographs in The Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey Through the Heart of New England follow this major waterway for 410 miles, from its origin near the Canadian border to its wide mouth on Long Island Sound, giving readers a vivid portrait of a living artery of the New England landscape. Middletown is featured in the book.

Author and photographer Al Braden opens the book with an essay introducing important aspects of the river, and Chelsea Reiff Gwyther, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, closes with an essay that succinctly highlights the environmental pressures that the river faces.

The book has 136 full-page color photos, ranging from close-ups to dramatic aerials, to reveal the river as few people are privileged to experience it. Readers will see and learn about many facets of the river, including its landscape, history, development, conservation, geologic formations, flora and fauna, and, of course, the moods of the water, sky, and riverbank. Informative captions provide a wealth of information about the images, which depict every¬thing from pristine misted mornings to rich valley farmlands and modern hydroelectric turbines. The Wesleyan University Press book is $35 and available online.