by Sam Dunnington, '14
With recent coverage by MSNBC and the Huffington Post, sun storms are making a scene. According to the Huffington Post, a strong sun storm caused a solar flare on March 6, 2012, that was strong enough to cause earthly damage — with more such storms likely to come.
But what is a sun storm?
What damage can one do?
Did you know that Grinnell College used to have horse stables? I didn't, either, until I found the Kelly Stables plaque (pictured right) in the Vault. Sometimes, in the course of processing material for special collections or the archives, we come across items like this that capture our attention, but for which we have little information. It is unclear whether this plaque ever hung in the stables, who made it, or the date it was made. In fact, we do not have a whole lot of information about the
Lindgren Professor of Biology
Patricia A. Johnson Professor
John Christian Rommereim
Professor of Music
Blanche Johnson Professor of Music
The professorship was established in 1997 by Harold B. Johnson Jr. in memory of his aunt, Blanche Johnson, who was a small town piano teacher, educated at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was previously held by Jonathan Chenette.
Professor of Chinese
Cowles-Kruidenier Chair of Chinese Studies
This chair is newly created, using funds from a 1988 grant from the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation to endow the Chinese Studies program at Grinnell College. Professor Cook is the first holder of the chair.
Associate Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Louise Noun Chair in Women’s Studies
The chair was endowed in 1985 by Joseph Rosenfield ’25 in honor of his sister, Louise Rosenfield Noun ’29. It was previously held by Mary Lynn Broe.
M. Johanna Meehan
Professor of Philosophy
McCay-Casady Professor of Humanities
The chair was created in 1993 by a donation of Dale (’32) and Rose Casady (’34) McCay. McCay was Professor Emeritus of English at Iowa State University, where he taught from 1945 through 1974. The chair was previously held by Dennis Perri.
William D. Ferguson
Professor of Economics
Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics
The chair was created in 1963 by Gertrude Bishop Phillips (’09) Austin and Charles Burgess Austin, who was Instructor in Economics at Grinnell in 1910 and 1911. The previous holder of the chair was Bradley Bateman.