Supported by a $243,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation, Ursinus will lead a group of four national liberal arts colleges to identify best practices in “gateway courses,” such as common core curricula and first year programs and seminars, and then to communicate the benefits of liberal education to a wider audience.
Professor of English Jon Volkmer has fun with numbers in what he calls a an essay inspired by the Common Intellectual Experience. The essay on how an English professor relates to numbers is in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Associate Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education on academic philosophers accepting money from mission-driven foundations. He writes of a recent controversy involving Templeton Foundation.
With graduation behind him, Jayant Velagala 2013, a Mathematics major, is busy preparing for his first year in University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey -New Jersey Medical School this September. Read More
Commencement reminds us of the vital role of faculty in the life of a student, for years to come. Continue reading
A review of In The Crossfire: Marcus Foster and the Troubled History of American School Reform (Penn Press) by Associate Professor of Education John P. Spencer, appeared recently on www. philly.com. Read More
Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph H. Melrose Jr. recently spoke with 150 students at Conrad Weiser High School in Berks County, Pa., about his career as a foreign diplomat. Read More
Dr. Juan Ramón de Arana presented a paper titled “Lo que me queda por vivir, de Elvira Lindo: hacia una dialéctica de los ‘ásperos tiempos’” [What I Have Left to Live, by Elvira Lindo: Towards a Dialectics of the “Coarse Times”] at the XXXIII ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in America) Conference, in St. Augustine, Fla., April 18, where he was also presented with a plaque in recognition of his contributions to ALDEEU.
The software company supporting the U.S. Forest Service’s online tree mapping software has featured on its blog the work of Amos Almy 2013 on the Ursinus campus tree inventory. The work highlights interesting environmental mapping projects using the company’s software. Inspired by an article on tree mapping in Central Park, New York, Amos wanted to map the trees on Ursinus College’s wooded campus. With the support of Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Patrick Hurley, he turned his idea into an independent research project.
Associate Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks continues his series of essays on topics related to liberal education in Inside Higher Ed. “To Professors of Asian American Studies” published May 16, questions the reaction to an Association for Asian American Studies resolution to boycott Israeli academic organizations, and argues in favor of public conversations.