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Striegel Co-Authors Book on Eating Disorders

Book by Ruth Striegel.

Ruth Striegel, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, is the co-author of  Developing an Evidence-Based Classification of Eating Disorders: Scientific Findings for DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press in 2011.

The culmination of several years of collaborative effort among eating disorders investigators from around the world, this volume provides summaries of the research presentations and discussions of the conceptual and methodological issues involved in diagnosing and classifying eating disorders. The mission of the DSM-5 Eating Disorder Work Group was to improve the clinical utility of eating disorder diagnoses by recommending revisions based on sound empirical evidence. Although the objective was to provide empirical information to the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group, the research presented in this book should be invaluable to the eating disorders research and clinical community at large and, by extension, to their patients.



Aksamija Co-Authors La Sala Bologna

Book by Nadja Aksamija

Nadja Aksamija, assistant professor of art history, is the co-author of the book, La Sala Bologna nei Palazzi Vaticani: Architettura, cartografia e potere nell’età di Gregorio XIIIpublished by Marsilio Editori, 2011.

The Sala Bologna is one of the most inaccessible and fascinating spaces in the Vatican Palace, located between the Pope’s private apartments and the Secretariat of the Vatican State. Originally used for ceremonial purposes, it was built and decorated for the Jubilee of 1575 for the Bolognese pope Gregory XIII, Ugo Boncompagni, and precedes by five years the more famous Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Belvedere.

It was conceived as part of an ambitious visual program that sought to celebrate the scientific and religious accomplishments of Gregory XIII’s court. The Sala Bologna’s majestic interior was frescoed by Lorenzo Sabatini and artists in his workshop with monumental terrestrial and celestial maps, among which the map of the city of Bologna – the largest “portrait” of a city painted during the Renaissance. This book presents for the first time the architecture and pictorial decoration of this magnificent space, which is studied from a variety of angles by a group of internationally renowned scholars. The extraordinary images published in the book are a result of an exhaustive photographic campaign by the Madrid studio Factum Arte that were also used for the production of a facsimile of the map of the city of Bologna for the new Museo della Storia di Bologna.

Reeve’s Novel Celebrates Timelessness of the Natural World

Book by F.D. Reeve

F.D. Reeve, professor of letters, emeritus, is the author of Nathaniel Purple, published by Voyage in 2012.

A feud, a fire, an affair. Cows in the pasture, men at the lunch counter, violets in an old cream bottle. This is Vermont—passionate, pastoral, pungent, which forms a rich, vivid canvas for an intimate portrayal of village life. But human nature is a bit out of joint.

Years of living on the “bony” land has led the village people to jealousies and forbidden couplings. Reeve draws us into his world through the sharp eyes of Nathaniel Purple, who, as the town’s librarian, is the link to the world of books and rational thinking. He is also an everyman, a native Vermonter, able to embrace the town’s practical justice. The novel celebrates the strength and timelessness of the natural world above the daily struggle and quotidian quarrels of everyday existence. People live out their destinies while the seasons turn.

Östör’s “Living with Pictures” Article in Museum Catalog

The exhibition catalog has 160 pages.

A chapter written by Ákos Östör, professor of anthropology, emeritus, is featured in the Flavours of the Arts: 
From Mughal India to Bollywood exhibition catalog for Geneva’s Musée d’ethnographie. This pertinently illustrated book focuses on the close relationship between music, painting and film in northern India.

His chapter is titled, “Living with Pictures. Study, Film and Life in Naya (West Bengal).”

Cohan Published in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Journals

Papers, articles and book chapters by Fred Cohan, professor of biology, are published in several publications including:

“Community ecology of hot spring cyanobacterial mats: predominant populations and their functional potential,” published in ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology, 2011;

“Influence of molecular resolution on sequence-based discovery of ecological diversity among Synechococcus populations in an alkaline siliceous hot spring microbial mat,” published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:1359-1367, 2011;

“Are species cohesive?—A view from bacteriology,” published in Bacterial Population Genetics: A Tribute to Thomas S. Whittam, American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, pages 43-65, 2011;

“Species,” a chapter published in Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Genetics. Oxford: Elsevier, in press;
“Metagenomic approaches for the identification of microbial species,” a book chapter published in the Handbook of Molecular Microbial Ecology, Volume I, pages 105-109, 2011;

Cohan and Jane Wiedenbeck ’10 are the co-authors of the invited article, “Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal gene transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches,” published in FEMS Microbiology Reviews 35:957–976, in print.

Cohan and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Kopac are the co-authors of “A theory-based pragmatism for discovering and classifying newly divergent bacterial species,” published in Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases,  pp. 21-41, 2011.

Mukerji’s Study on Protein Binding Published in Biochemistry

Ishita Mukerji, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, director of graduate studies, is the co-author of ““HU Binding to a DNA Four-Way Junction Probed by Förster Resonance Energy Transfer,” published in Biochemistry, issue 50, pages 1432–1441, 2011. This work specifically examines the Escherichia coli protein HU’s four-way junction interaction using fluorescence spectroscopic methods.

This work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

Imai Published in Economic Journals

Articles by Masami Imai, director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, chair and associate professor of east asian studies, associate professor of economics, were published in two economic publications:

Elections and Political Risk: New Evidence from Political Prediction Markets in Taiwan,” with Cameron Shelton, appeared in the Journal of Public Economics, 95 (7-8), August 2011.

Transmission of Liquidity Shock to Bank Credit: Evidence from Deposit Insurance Reform in Japan,” with Seitaro Takarabe, appeared in the Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, June 2011.

Gottschalk Edits Book on South Asian Religions, Indigenous Responses

Book edited by Peter Gottschalk.

Peter Gottschalk, chair and professor of religion, is the editor of the book, Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances, published by the State University of New York Press in May 2011. The book looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from precolonial to contemporary times.

Focusing on boundaries, appropriations, and resistances involved in Western engagements with South Asian religions, this volume considers both the pre- and postcolonial period in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It pays particular attention to contemporary controversies surrounding the study of South Asian religions, including several scholars’ reflections on the contentious reaction to their own work. Other issues explored include British colonial epistemologies, Hegel’s study of South Asia, Hindu-Christian interactions in charismatic Catholicism and the canonization of Francis Xavier, feminist interpretations of the mother of the Buddha, and theological controversies among Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. By using the themes of boundaries, appropriations, and resistances, this work offers insight into the dynamics and diversity of Western approaches to South Asian religions and the indigenous responses to, involvements with, and influences on them.

Faculty Celebrate Authors in the Arts and Humanities

Wesleyan President Michael Roth, standing, makes a toast during the Celebration of Faculty Authors in the Arts and Humanities Feb. 4 in Olin Library’s Smith Reading Room. The event allowed faculty to honor their fellow authors. More than 35 Arts and Humanities faculty have published books since 2008.

Joe Siry, professor of art history, holds the manuscript to his book, “Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture,” which is forthcoming by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. “The book is a history of Wright's work as an architect of buildings for religion, including his churches and his only synagogue, for Beth Sholom Congregation, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, designed and built from 1953 to 1959, when Wright died,” Siry explains.

Higgins Edits Book on Film Scholar Rudolf Arnheim

Book by Scott Higgins.

Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies, edited the book, Arnheim for Film and Media Studies, published by Taylor & Francis, 2010.

Rudolf Arnheim (1904-2007) was a pioneering figure in film studies, best known for his landmark book on silent cinema Film as Art. He ultimately became more famous as a scholar in the fields of art and art history, largely abandoning his theoretical work on cinema. However, his later aesthetic theories on form, perception and emotion should play an important role in contemporary film and media studies.

In this new volume, edited by Higgins, an international group of leading scholars revisits Arnheim’s legacy for film and media studies. In 14 essays, the contributors bring Arnheim’s later work on the visual arts to bear on film and media, while also reassessing the implications of his film theory to help refine our grasp of Film as Art and related texts. The contributors discuss a broad range topics including Arnheim’s film writings in relation to modernism, his antipathy to sound as well as color in film, the formation of his early ideas on film against the social and political backdrop of the day, the wider uses of his methodology, and the implications of his work for digital media.

Kuenzli Author of Nabis and Intimate Modernism

Book by Katherine Kuenzli.

Katherine Kuenzli, associate professor of art history, is the author of The Nabis and Intimate Modernism: Painting and the Decorative at the Fin-de-Siecle, published by Ashgate, 2010.

According to the publisher,”this is the first book to provide an in-depth account of the Nabis’ practice of the decorative, and its significance for 20th-century modernism.”

“Over the course of the 10 years that define the Nabi movement (1890–1900), its principal artists included Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Paul Sérusier, and Paul Ranson. The author reconstructs the Nabis’ relationship to Impressionism, mass culture, literary Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Wagnerianism, and a revolutionary artistic tradition in order to show how their painterly practice emerges out of the pressing questions defining modernism around 1900. She shows that the Nabis were engaged, nonetheless, with issues that are always at stake in accounts of nineteenth-century modernist painting, issues such as the relationship of high and low art, of individual sensibility and collective identity, of the public and private spheres.

“The Nabis and Intimate Modernism is a rigorous study of the intellectual and artistic endeavors that inform the Nabis’ decorative domestic paintings in the 1890s, and argues for their centrality to painterly modernism. The book ends up not only re-positioning the Nabis to occupy a crucial place in modernism’s development from 1860 to 1914, but also challenges that narrative to place more emphasis on notions of decoration, totality and interiority.”

Slobin Authors Book on Folk Music

Book by Mark Slobin.

Mark Slobin, professor of music, is the author of Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press, 2010.

According to the publisher, “This is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan.

He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions–northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world–with musical notation and lyrics included. And he also describes the efforts of scholars who fanned out across the globe, to find and document this ever-changing music.”