Noyce Visiting Professorship
The Robert N. Noyce '49 Visiting Professorship in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science
In June of 1998, Grinnell College received a generous gift from the Noyce family, whose purpose was to bring outstanding scholars and leaders to campus from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, and chemistry to enhance and enrich the knowledge of students and faculty in subject areas new or not well represented by regular faculty.
It was specified that the Noyce Professorship is to be awarded at least once annually. The Noyce Professor will work with introductory and advanced students in classes, seminars and research projects and with faculty in teaching and in research. It is anticipated that the Noyce Professor will have a broad campus impact. The period of residence can range from several weeks to an entire semester or academic year.
Mike Latham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, is the director of the Noyce Visiting Professor Program. A faculty committee manages the program under the direction of the Dean. Questions about the program or nominations should be addressed to Jim Swartz.
Robert Norton Noyce '49
The name of Robert Noyce is written large in the history of modern electronics and in the industry that evolved from his pioneering work on the integrated circuit. Guided by his mentor, Professor Grant O. Gale, Robert Noyce's inquiries began at Grinnell College, from which he graduated in 1949 with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He studied the first transistors, developed at Bell Laboratories, in a Grinnell College classroom. Twelve years later, he was awarded the first patent for his principal discovery of the integrated circuit. For this discovery and its world-transforming impact, three presidents of the United States honored him. In 1979, he was awarded the National Medal of Science. In 1990, the National Academy of Engineering awarded Robert Noyce its Draper Prize.
Robert Noyce's inventiveness was as much a matter of entrepreneurship as it was of science and technology. As co-founder in 1968 of Intel Corporation, he was a tireless partisan in the cause of American enterprise at large, in its capacity to serve the everyday needs of people around the world, and in its power to fulfill the imperatives of a genuine economic democracy.
Robert Noyce was a loyal alumnus of Grinnell College. He served as a Trustee of the College for many years. The Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center is named in his honor.
Fall 2015 – Spring 2017: Ursula Wolz
CSC 105 – The Digital Age
Core topics and great ideas in the field of computer science are studied in this course, focusing on underlying algorithmic principles and social implications. This semester, embroidery machines and crochet patterns were used to teach some of these introductory computer science principles. Enrolled students contributed unique solutions to a collaborative assignment, producing quilts derived from algorithms.
CSC 295 - Special Topic: Multidisciplinary Game Development
Video game development requires a team of creative people with a variety of skills and talents. This course introduces the range of necessary skills, inviting students with a background in art, computer science, fiction writing, music, and performance to experience the collaborative process and sample techniques from these contributing fields and learn essential project management skills. Everyone will contribute to a game prototype built using the Unity game development environment.
CSC 301 - Analysis of Algorithms
Study of structures used to organize data and of the algorithms used to manipulate these structures.
Dr. Wolz has been developing the concept of ‘Code Community’ for five years. In collaboration with college faculty and student, Grinnell citizens and Grinnell-Newburg School District personnel she is bringing Code Community to Iowa. Activities commenced in Fall 2015 when she visited in September and December. A full range of activities to engage undergraduates with community members and school staff to sustain the community beyond 2016 will take place throughout the year, including initiatives to bring Code Community to Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and the European Union.
About Ursula Wolz
Ursula Wolz, Ph.D., is the CEO of RiverSound Solutions, a software development and curriculum consulting company with a mission to empower users to become creators with, rather than consumers of computing technology. She had a twenty-year career as a faculty member (ten as chairwoman) in the Computer Science Department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ.) As a founder of the Interactive Multimedia program at TCNJ, she received grants from Microsoft and the National Science Foundation to develop curriculum and software in interdisciplinary computing appropriate for learners ranging from middle school to college. She is a recognized computer science educator with a broad range of publications who has taught students including urban teachers, elite undergraduates, first generation college to college students, and those with learning differences. Her very favorite student was Big Bird while shooting promotional videos for the Computer Gallery at Sesame Place. She has a background in computational linguistics, with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Computing in Education from Columbia Teachers College, and a bachelor’s degree from MIT, where she was part of Seymour Papert’s Logo Lab at the very beginning of research on constructivist computing environments.
Spring 2012: Peter M.H. Kroneck
This semester we are pleased to have Peter M.H. Kroneck as the Noyce distinguished visiting professor.
Peter M.H. Kroneck (pictured, left), Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Konstanz (Germany), taught a course on Biological Inorganic Chemistry in the Spring 2012 semester.
Peter M.H. Kroneck
The short course "Metals and Life: Nature’s Coordination Chemistry" addressed various aspects of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, such as Basic Coordination Chemistry of Transition Metals, Physical Techniques to investigate Metals in Biology, Activation and Transformation of Oxygen by Iron and Copper Enzymes, Global Cycles of Nitrogen and Sulfur and their Metal Enzymes, Life without Oxygen and Early Life Catalysts, as well as Metals in Medicine and their Application in Diagnosis and Therapy. In addition, students worked in the laboratory and applied UV/Vis spectroscopy to study the properties of the iron centers of cytochrome c and Myoglobin. Furthermore, they investigated the interaction of a Manganese biomimetic complex with the Xanthine/Xanthine Oxidase superoxide generating system.
About Peter M.H. Kroneck
Peter Kroneck received his Diploma in Chemistry (1968) from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and his PhD (1971) from the University of Konstanz. He worked as a postdoctoral student with Jack T. Spence (Utah State University, Logan), and he was a visiting professor with Helmut Beinert (University of Wisconsin-Madison), with Israel Pecht (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot), and with William E. Antholine (National EPR Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee). Peter Kroneck was the head of the Bioinorganic Research Group at the University of Konstanz, where he became a Professor of Biochemistry in 1989. In 2002 he received the Medal of the European Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, and in 2009 he was the first Non-US scientist who chaired the Gordon Research Conference “Metals in Biology”. His group's research activities have focused mainly on structural and spectroscopic properties of copper, iron, and molybdenum enzymes and their functional roles in the biogeochemical cycles of nitrogen and sulfur. Most recently, in collaboration with microbiologist Walter Zumft (University of Karlsruhe) and structural biologist Oliver Einsle (University of Freiburg) the three-dimensional structure of the copper-sulfur enzyme nitrous oxide (“Laughing Gas” reductase has been unraveled (published in Nature, 2011) which was also the topic of a seminar given during the course.
Fall 2009: Lawrence F. Dahl and Ilia Guzei
Lawrence F. Dahl, Noyce Visiting Professor
Ilia Guzei, Noyce Visiting Scholar
Lawrence F. Dahl (pictured, center), Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with Ilia Guzei, Director of the X-ray lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, join us to teach a class in the Fall 2009 semester.
The short course "Modern Crystallography and Molecular Symmetry" will develop the fundamental ideas of modern crystallography and molecular symmetry. The class will begin by describing the symmetry of molecules leading up to the development of the Schoenflies and Hermann-Maguin notations of molecular symmetry. The use of crystallographic structural methods to determine molecular structure will then be discussed. Hands-on work with computer-based software to solve structures will be the lab component of the course. These concepts will then be applied to the crystal structures of large clusters of palladium and platinum with metal carbonyl ligands. Dates: Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 2009. Short course deadlines apply. 2 credit option will include lab. Labs meet on Friday afternoon Sept. 18, Sept. 25, and Oct. 2.
About Lawrence F. Dahl
R.E. Rundle and Hilldale Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Larry Dahl, born on 6/2/29, received his BSc degree (51) from the University of Louisville and his PhD degree (56) from Iowa State University under the late Robert E. Rundle. In 1957, Larry joined the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has emerged as one of the world's pioneers in the synthesis, structure, and bonding of transition metal clusters. Honors include: Sloan (63), Guggenheim (69),N.Y. Acad. Sci. (75), and AAAS (80) fellowships along with W. Hieber(65), E.F. Smith (71), R. Nyholm (85), P.C. Reilly (87), H.W. Davis (89),P. Chini (89), J.C. Bailar (90), K. Nakamoto (94), F. Basolo (95), R. A. Welch (95), G. Stone (97), and H.B. Jonassen (98) lectureships. He was included in the list of 1000 most cited scientists, lSI, 64-78. He was the recipient of the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (74), Senior U.S. Scientist Humboldt Award (85), Honorary Doctoral Degree from Univ. of Louisville (91), Willard Gibbs Medal (99), and Pioneer Award (Am.Institute of Chemists, 2000). He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988 and to the American Academy of Arts and Science in1992. He has been the R.E. Rundle Professor of Chemistry at Wisconsin since 1978 and a Hilldale Professor since 1991. In 1994 he received the Hilldale Award in Physical Sciences at UW-Madison.
His group's research in the earlier years extensively involved systematic studies of small-to-large metal clusters whose geometries were governed primarily by changes in valence electronic configuration (i.e.,"experimental quantum mechanics"). His group's activities during the last 15 years have focused mainly on nanosized metal carbonyl clusters possessing Group 10 (Ni, Pd, Pt) and combined Group 10/Group 11 (Cu,Ag, Au) elements; these include 16 distinctly different close-packed Pdnclusters, the largest one possessing a capped three-shell Pd145 core-geometry,and recently a structurally-related bimetallic Pd-Pt cluster containing a pseudo-icosahedral Pt-centered four-shell 165 metal-atom core.
Former group members consist of 95 PhD, 24 MS, and 45 undergraduate students together with 15 postdoctoral fellows, 10 Visiting Professors,and three Visiting Chinese Scholars. Current coworkers are Dr. Evgueni Mednikov (Asst. Scientist) and one graduate student. Although Larry formally retired last fall, he voluntarily taught first-semester General Chemistry to ~350 students and this spring co-taught Chemical Crystallography with Dr. Ilia Guzei to ~20 students.
Larry hopes to continue research on nanosized metal clusters for several years.
Fall 2007: George Cobb and Capitán Vallvey
This semester we are pleased to have George Cobb and Capitán Vallvey as Noyce distinguished visiting professors.
George Cobb is professor of statistics at Mt. Holyoke College, where he has been since 1974. He is a 1968 summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth in Russian Literature. He earned his PhD from Harvard in 1974 and joined the Mt. Holyoke faculty the same year. His research has ranged widely including the areas of conditional inference and applications of statistics to the law. He is the author of several books and many articles on a broad range of statistical topics and applications. He is known world-wide for his innovations and leadership in statistics education through his provocative writings and speeches and his curricular innovations. He argues that liberal arts colleges are the institutions that turn cutting edge ideas into the undergraduate curriculum, and he has modeled that principle by producing several such innovations (NSF funded), such as: (1) an experimental design course without prerequisites that focuses on design, rather than the more traditional analysis through ANOVA, (2) a linear models course built strongly on principles from geometry and linear algebra, (3) a mathematical statistics course free of the usual probability prerequisite, and (4) the Markov Chain Monte Carlo course. George is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and was the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics in 2005. He is a recent, past Vice President of the American Statistical Association and served a term on the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mathematics 444.01 - Senior Seminar (Reg #61874)
TTH 2:15 - 4:05 in Noyce Science Center #2402
Course Description: Many of the greatest mathematicians have been interested in both applied problems and mathematics for its own sake. This course will follow their example, developing the mathematical theory of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in the context of several applied problems: competition among species of finches in the Galapagos, statistical evidence in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic, and locating common binding sites on large molecules. MCMC is a method that has brought far-reaching changes to the practice of statistics and computer simulation. At the same time its mathematical theory reveals surprise connections that link graph theory, probability, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and the study of convergence. There will be two meetings per week, with grades based on weekly homework and a final project. Prerequisite: Linear algebra, MAT 215. 4 credits.
Luis Fermín Capitán Vallvey is a Full Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Granada in Spain. He also received his PhD from the University of Granada. His research focuses on new spectrophotometric analytical reagents, solid phase spectrophotometry assays, solid phase luminescent assays, optical disposable sensors, portable instrumentation for gas analysis, flow-through sensors for food analysis and chromatography for veterinary drugs. He also did work on the Spanish contribution to the discovery of platinum in the eighteenth century and he was involved material identification in artistic media. He is the author 193 scientific papers, three books and 14 book chapters. Professor Capitan Vallvey has held numerous leadership positions at the University of Granada. To see his complete curriculum vitae, please visit the Web site listed below.
Chemistry 295.01 - SpTp: Analytical Methods for use in the Environment (Reg #62111)
F 2:15 - 4:05 in Noyce Science Center #2510
Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the need for chemical analysis in the environment. Although not all the topics of significance to environmental analysis can be covered, the students will be exposed to some selected issues coming from the real world such as accidents (Seveso and Bhopal; the Exxon Valdez oil spill) or common pollution sources (trihalomethanes in drinking water, lead in wine, pesticides at work). These cases are used as examples to introduce problems, some analytical tools and a selection of analytical methodology. Prerequisite: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, CHM 130. 2 credits.
Spring 2006: Dr. David Billington, Dr. Steve Cunningham, and Judith Brown
This semester we are pleased to have Dr. David Billington and Dr. Steve Cunningham as Noyce Visiting Professors, and Judith Brown as a Noyce Distinguished Visitor.
Bridges, Towers and Skyscrapers Spiced up with a Visit by Noyce Professor David Billington
David Billington, the author of the two main texts for the course, was on the Grinnell College campus for a couple of weeks during the semester. The February 10 - April 16, 2006, exhibition The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy at the Faulconer Gallery was developed by Professor Billington and was presented in conjunction with the course. This was a rare opportunity to take a popular course enriched with lectures by Professor Billington and a major exhibition.
The following biography was adapted from NSF Event, June 3, 2003 Program.
Professor Billington has been a member of the Princeton University for over 40 years. His textbook Thin Shell Concrete Structures has become the standard text on the subject and was reissued as one of twenty-five Classic Text Reprints by McGraw-Hill. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Belgium (1950-51). For his scholarship in the history of technology he has won the Dexter Prize (1979) from the Society for the History of Technology and the Usher Prize (1995) for the Best Scholarly Work. He holds three honorary degrees (including one from Grinnell College), and has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1986) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998).
Professor Billington has developed several introductory courses studying the major engineering innovations that have transformed the modern United States. He has published several books to support these courses: Robert Maillart's Bridges, The Tower and the Bridge, and The Innovator: The Engineering Pioneers Who Made America Modern. In 1999 the Engineering News Record identified Professor Billington as one of the "top 125 people for their outstanding contributions to the construction industry since 1874" - he was one of the five educators named and the only one still teaching. He has many teaching and education awards including the Carnegie Foundation's New Jersey State Professor of the Year Award (1995), the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education (1990), Educator of the Year by the Consulting Engineers Council of New Jersey (1998), Educator of the Year by the Central New Jersey Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (1997), Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (1996), and the Princeton's Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Teaching (1988 and 1992).
Physics 180.01 - Bridges, Towers, and Skyscrapers (Reg #: 59610)
MWF 2:15 - 3:05 in Noyce Science Center #1023
Course Description: An investigation of large man-made structures (e.g., Brooklyn Bridge, Eiffel Tower, and Hancock Tower/Chicago), considering structural, social, and aesthetic aspects. The relationship between a structure's form and its function is examined. Concepts from physics necessary for the quantitative analysis are presented. Case. Prerequisite: MAT 124 or MAT 131. 4 credits.
Judy Brown worked with computer graphics educational and research applications for many years at The University of Iowa, where she consulted on computer graphics and visualization at Weeg Computing Center and taught computer graphics in the Division of Instructional Design and Technology in the Department of Education. She has given invited talks on visualization throughout the world and is senior author of a book and CD-ROM on visualization. She is a Past President of ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional organization for computer graphics and interactive techniques, and received the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award in 2004. She is a Fellow of Eurographics (the European Computer graphics Society) and a member of the Eurographics Education Board. She is an invited member of the Academic Committee of the State Key Lab of CAD and Computer Graphics in Hangzhou, China, and the International Advisory Committee for the National Visualization Center in São Paulo, Brazil.
She has been a long-time proponent of interdisciplinary work and of the importance of visualization for both research and education. She built a respected and heavily utilized visualization lab at The University of Iowa, and for her last ten years at Iowa, she managed the Advanced Research Computing Services. ARCS provided support for faculty interested in visualization or virtual reality applications for their teaching and research. She retired from The University of Iowa in 2000. At the time of her visit to Grinnell, she was currently finishing an NSF grant on Visual Learning in Science and Engineering, and co-chairing international conferences on virtual reality, "edutainment," and computer graphics education
Judy Brown was on the Grinnell campus as a Distinguished Noyce Visitor Tuesday mornings through Thursday afternoons each week this semester to consult with Grinnell faculty and staff on visualization of data and concepts for education and research. In the 70s and 80s, Judy visited Grinnell often as Director of the Regional Computing Center, the consortium of Iowa colleges and universities that were networked to shared computers. Prior to retirement, she managed the Advanced Research Computing Services at The University of Iowa, supporting visualization needs campus-wide.
Computer Graphics for Science by Noyce Visiting Professor Steve Cunningham.
Professor Cunningham has had a 40-year career of teaching, scholarship, and professional service. Initially a mathematician, with an undergraduate degree from Drury College and graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, he moved to computer science in the early 1980s with a graduate degree from Oregon State. He taught mathematics at the University of Kansas, taught math and later computer science at Birmingham-Southern College, and taught computer science at California State University Stanislaus, where he was a Gemperle Distinguished Professor and received an award for his scholarship. He was a Visiting Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and most recently was a program officer with the National Science Foundation.
He has served with several professional associations, including the Mathematics Association of America and ACM SIGCSE, was on the Executive Board and Executive Committee of the European Association for Computer Graphics, and held several offices in ACM SIGGRAPH including Director for Publications and Chair. He was elected a Fellow of Eurographics and received the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award.
Professor Cunningham's professional focus has been computer graphics, especially computer graphics education. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of six books dealing with computer graphics-related topics, especially computer graphics for education. He has extensive international speaking experience and has been involved in a number of conferences, most particularly with a series of workshops on computer graphics education.
Computer Science 295.01 - SpTp: Computer Graphics for Science (Reg #60066)
TTH 10:00 - 10:50 and W 3:15 - 4:05 in Noyce Science Center #2428
Course Description: This course is an introduction to computer graphics, emphasizing graphics programming using OpenGL, graphical problem solving, and effective visual communication. Projects in the course will focus on the use of computer graphics in the sciences and mathematics, with an opportunity for students to determine the areas for their projects. The course will cover the primary components of image synthesis, including geometry and modeling, viewing, lighting, shading, animation, and texture mapping, as well as fundamentals of interaction such as events, callbacks, and object selection. Prerequisite: CSC 152 or CSC 153 or Programming Experience. 4 credits.
Fall 2003: David J. Fegan
Professor Fegan of University College Dublin is a distinguished physicist, who has had a long association with the Whipple and Veritas research collaborations centered at the Smithsonian observation site near Tucson, Arizona. He was one of the founders of the field of TeV gamma-ray astronomy using the air-Cherenkov technique.
He has published over 150 papers in refereed journals and over 200 papers in conference proceedings. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Royal Irish Academy, and has received awards including the President's Research Award (UCD).
Professor Fegan was on campus during the period from August 29 to October 31. During that period, he met with interested students and faculty and offered a short course in astrophysics of eight week duration.
Physics 340.01 - Astrophysics
Course Description: Modern astrophysics has come of age with the advent of space exploration and technology which has given rise to a proliferation of new observational techniques, spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to high-energy gamma rays. We have come to a much deeper understanding of the workings of the planetary system, stars, galaxies, and other cosmic structures, as well as neutron stars, quasars, black holes, etc. This course was intended to give students a practical understanding of contemporary astrophysics. Using gravity as the unifying theme, topics were introduced descriptively. The course included formal lectures, workshop problem-solving, and some computational exercises. Prerequisite: PHY232. Two credits.
Fall 2002: Corinne Manogue and Tevian Dray
Corinne Manogue and Tevian Dray are both Professors of Mathematics and Physics at Oregon State University, where they are working on an NSF supported Vector Calculus Bridging project. They are distinguished mathematical physicists, who have published numerous joint papers in scientific journals, primarily in relativity theory and string theory. Their recent research has focused on the description of the fundamental particles using non-associative algebra.
They team-taught two special topics courses (described below), that met during the entire semester. In addition, they gave a convocation talk, participated in the math and physics departmental seminars, and met with interested students and faculty.
PHY(MAT)-295.01: Octonions in Mathematics and Physics
Course Description: This cross-listed course met Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00-10:50 a.m. It dealt with octonions and their application to physics. The octonions are a generalization of the familiar real and complex number systems, but their algebra is both non-commutative and non-associative, so the linear algebra of the octonions is both fun and interesting. This algebra appears to be closely related to deep physics, such as the existence of supersymmetry (string theory). Although the formal prerequisites of this course were light, and the course started at the beginning, it was challenging and fast-paced. It was aimed at intermediate to advanced students in mathematics or a physical science. Prerequisites: MAT 215 required, PHY 232 recommended. 2 credits.
MAT-295.02: Vector Calculus for Mathematicians and Other Scientists
Course Description: This course met Monday and Wednesday from 2:15-3:05 p.m. The course was highly interactive and emphasized the underlying geometry. It was designed to bridge the gap between the different ways that mathematicians and other scientists use vector calculus. The course also developed the calculus of line and surface integrals and covered the fundamental theorems of Gauss and Stokes, as well as introduced differential forms as time permitted. Prerequisite: MAT 133. 2 credits.
Schedule of Seminars and Convocation
- Corinne gave a Physics seminar entitled "Rolling Relativistic Quantum Balls Uphill" on September 17, 2002.
- Beginning Tuesday, September 24, 2002, Tevian and Corinne started a series of seminars entitled "The Octonions". These seminars were conducted every Tuesday for a total of six to seven talks.
- On September 26, 2002, Tevian and Corinne gave a joint Math/CS and Physics faculty seminar entitled "Some Differences between Mathematics and Physics".
- Their joint convocation presentation on "What Does Geometry Tell Us About the Universe" was given on October 31, 2002.
- Corinne gave a presentation in several classes at the middle school November 8th, 2002 on "Black Holes".
- On Tuesday, November 12, 2002, Tevian gave the Physics seminar entitled, "The Rotating Quantum Vacuum". Additionally, he gave the Mathematics/Computer Science seminar entitled, "The Octonionic Eigenvalue Problem".
- "Using Technology to Visualize Derivatives of Vector Fields" was the Math/CS seminar given by Tevian on December 4, 2002.
- Tevian and Corinne jointly organized a lunchtime discussion on December 12, 2002, "Entitled What Works and What Doesn't". Also, they gave a duplicate of their convocation talk "What Does Geometry Tell Us About the Universe" at Grinnell High School.
Fall 2001 and Spring 2002: Rachelle S. Heller
The Noyce Professor for the 2001-2002 academic year was Dr. Rachelle S. Heller. Dr. Heller is currently a professor in the Computer Science Department at George Washington University and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Heller has a long and distinguished career in computer science and educational technology. She has co-authored a nationally syndicated column on computers, served as educational computer consultant to the National Geographic Society and chaired the EdMedia world conference on educational multimedia and hypermedia. She currently lectures for the Association of Computing Machinery and the IEEE and co-edits "Computers & Education: An International Journal".
Dr. Heller is the creator of a nationally recognized projects-based course on electronic commerce, a course she taught at Grinnell in the spring of 2002. The course was open to all students interested in the business and social aspects of e-commerce systems and to students with a background in computer science who were interested in technology aspects of e-commerce. Dr. Heller also gave a scholars' convocation lecture.
Dr. Heller visited campus twice in the fall of 2001 to meet students, faculty and others interested in talking to her. The fall dates of her residence were Oct. 1-5 and Nov. 5-6. The spring dates of her residence were Jan. 21-25, Feb. 2-7, Feb. 25-March 1, April 1-4 and May 6-10. Her convocation lecture was presented on Thursday, February 28th entitled "Distance Learning".
Spring 2001: John Roberts
The Noyce Professor for the spring 2001 semester was John Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Professor Roberts is a distinguished scientist who has been recognized with many prizes and awards. He served at CIT as Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and also as Vice President, Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
Professor Roberts taught a course aimed at chemistry students, NMR Fundamentals and Applications to Organic Structures. Roberts' visit coincided with the installation of a 400 MHz Bruker NMR Spectrometer in the Chemistry Department at Grinnell College.
This instrument has quickly become an essential component of advanced courses and research in the department.
Professor Roberts gave a convocation lecture entitled: Some Useful Information about Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Fall 2000: Willard Talbert
The Noyce Professor for the fall semester was Willard Talbert, a prominent physicist, who was then Senior Consultant to the Canadian National Accelerator. Talbert had recently concluded an appointment as Senior Physicist for the Amparo Corporation and held long-term positions at Iowa State University and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
During the first half of the semester, Talbert taught a short course on Technology and Social Policy. This course, which was aimed at general students, considered such topics as arms control, nuclear waste management and environmental policy. During the second half of the semester, Talbert taught a short course on The Role of Technology in Nuclear Research. The course was primarily aimed at science students. Talbert gave a convocation lecture on Radioactive Ion Beams and the Origin of the Elements.
Spring 2000: Richard Guy
The Noyce Visitor for the spring semester was mathematician Richard Guy, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. Richard Guy is one of the world's best-known problem proposers and solvers, having a long association with the Problem Sector of the American Mathematical Monthly. He is also a renowned number theorist and one of the major developers of the field of combinatorial games.
During his seven week stay at Grinnell, Guy taught two short courses. The first, intended for students with modest mathematical backgrounds, was in Combinatorial Games (he is the co-author of the text Winning Ways). The second, intended for students with a more substantial background, was on Advanced Topics in Number Theory.
Professor Guy also gave a general convocation presentation on Mathematics 4000 Years Ago, as well as a more technical lecture on the Unity of Combinatorics. He attended student presentations and had several conversations with students and faculty about summer research.
Fall 1999: Philip and Phylis Morrison
During the first semester, the Noyce Professors were Philip Morrison, who is Professor Emeritus of MIT, and his wife Phylis, who is a prominent science educator and artist. The Morrisons have been co-authors of a major column in Scientific American for many years. Philip Morrison played an important role in the Manhattan Project and has been a pivotal figure in science programming. In the spring of 2000, the Morrisons were recognized as recipients of the Public Service Award of the National Science Board.
The Morrisons jointly taught a course entitled Shadows and Beyond. The course, which ran for about a month, was intended primarily for non-science students and had an intentionally diverse audience. During the early, empirical phase of the course, the Morrisons were assisted by Bob Miller, an artist who has been closely associated with the San Francisco Exploratorium.
Philip Morrison gave a convocation presentation on the likelihood of extra-terrestrial life. He also visited several physics classes and gave talks about his experience with the Manhattan Project.
Fall 1998 and Spring 1999: Nathaniel Borenstein
The first Noyce Visiting Professor was computer scientist Nathaniel Borenstein, co-founder of First Virtual, one of the early leaders in e-commerce. Borenstein is a Grinnell alumnus, graduating in 1980 with majors in Mathematics and Religious Studies. He was one of the principal authors of the MIME protocol, which is ubiquitous in electronic information transfer. Borenstein taught two courses while at Grinnell College. The first, intended for a general audience, was entitled The Internet and Society. The second was targeted at computer science students. It was entitled Human-Computer Interface Design.
Borenstein was on campus for several periods, for a total of about seven weeks. While on campus, Borenstein delivered a convocation lecture The Future of the Internet and the Internet of the Future. He met with several groups about the educational uses of the Internet and shared his expertise about computer security and other computer-related issues.