Dr. Michael Chiariello, professor of philosophy, shared his recent publications and presentations. “Augustine’s Confessions: Interiority at the Core of the Core Curriculum,” has been reprinted in the volume Teaching Augustine, edited by Scott McGinnis and Christopher Metress (Basel: MPDP, 2015). The essay was originally presented at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition conference at Samford University in 2014 and first published in Religions (2015). “Comprehensively Critical Metapolitics” appears in Critical Rationalism at Work: Essays for Joseph Agassi, edited by Nimrod Bar-Am and Stefano Gattei. Zug: Springer, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, 2017. “Postmodernity, Ideology and Rationality in the Communist Manifesto” was presented at the national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses in April 2016. “Plato’s Cave: Metapolitics for the Post-factual Era” will be presented at the upcoming national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses this April.
A book by Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, has been selected as a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2016 Distinguished Writing Award. Mackowski's book, "Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness," focuses on the opening engagement of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign during the Civil War.
Nguyen Pham, assistant professor of marketing, had her research on the psychology of food choices featured in an article on Forbes.com. Read the article, titled "Surprise - Here's What Happens When You Try To Help Your Spouse Lose Weight," here.
Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, had an article published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Published on November 30, 2016, the article investigated how to theoretically model iron porphyrin on a metal surface. Simpson’s research determined that this molecule can be switched between two spin states, similar to how a light switch is turned on and off.
“These molecules (porphyrins) have great potential to be used as molecular spintronics,” Simpson said. “Understanding and determining molecules that can be spintronics is necessary for producing quantum computers. Quantum computers have the potential to perform calculations faster than currently used silicon-based computers.” Simpson said the findings are important not only because of the speed of the computers, but also the size of them. “Current computers have a size restriction due to the physical limitations of the transistors that are used in them,” he said. “However, quantum computers can get past this limitation.”
Simpson worked with collaborators from the University at Buffalo (notably, Dan Miller and Prof. Eva Zurek), Jagiellonian University in Poland, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Penn State-Behrend, and the Univerität Bayreuth in Germany.
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