Until recently, many biologists also viewed themselves as pure experimentalists with no need for mathematics in their field, but advances in experimental techniques have generated huge amounts of data, and without mathematical modeling and analysis it would be impossible for biology to make sense of all these data.
Senior Sarah Strain's Young Scholars' Grant project studied the subtle ways in which the natural environment and sustainable behaviors are depicted in documentaries and Hollywood films from 1998 to 2013.
Dave Nimmer believes great teaching for undergraduates needs to be at or near the top of priorities for St. Thomas as it sets goals and defines standards. In The Scroll today, he writes about a sophomore’s experience in a January Term course taught by psychology professor John Buri.
Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker and Dr. Sameer Kumar have been named recipients of this annual award for 2013. Award winners are tenured members of the St. Thomas faculty who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to not only their respective disciplines but also to the university.
This week's notes feature faculty and staff Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Bernard Brady, Massimo Faggioli, Tanya Gladney, Marites Guino-o, J. Thomas Ippoliti, William Kinney, Mike Klein, Anne Klejment, John Martens, Terence Nichols, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, James Rogers, Gerald Schlabach, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, Lisa Waldner and Robert Werner; alumna Jynette Larshus; and students from the Chemistry Department.