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Dispelling the Myth: Nothing Happens on Campus in the Summer

Mon, 2011-07-11 14:54 | By Anonymous (not verified)

A myth in the outside world is that “nothing happens on campus in the summer.” So to dispel that myth, we’ve shown below a nominal sampling of scholarly activity taking place during the lazy, hazy days in Grinnell.

All Over the Campus: MAPs

From Noyce to Burling, Steiner to Mears, Mentored Advanced Projects are all over the campus map this summer. Here are a few examples of the works in progress that incorporate student learning with faculty development and scholarship:

“Civil War Public Memory,” with Sarah Purcell, history During this Civil War Sesquicentennial summer, Ethan Drutchas ’13, Christian Snow ’13, Sara Lowenburg ’13, and Amanda Borson ’13 are writing papers about commemorations of the war and co-curating an archival exhibit at Burling Library as part of their MAP. Each student chose a specific 1861-2011 commemoration for in-depth research, in collaboration with Purcell’s on-going study of public memory and political funerals of the Civil War period.

“Environmental Effects on Exercise Psychology and Physiology,” with Elizabeth Queathem, biology

Biology majors Bethine Moore ’13 and Mike Nodzenski ’12 are working on summer MAPs with Queathem to assess physical activity and behavior change in middle school children (Moore) and to examine how indoor and outdoor exercise environments affect cross-country runners (Nodzenski). Queathem’s research generally focuses on the psychological barriers that prevent humans from meeting established exercise criteria.

“American Nana: Grandmothers in the U.S., 1900-2000,” with Victoria Brown, history

As a grandmother and sociocultural historian, Brown became interested in changes over time in both the popular culture images of grandmothers and their lived experiences. Students Kathryn Hardy ’13 and Erica Seltzer-Schultz ’12 are collaborating on Brown’s research in their summer MAPS; Hardy is exploring the image of African American grandmothers in the ’60s and ’70s, while Seltzer-Schultz is analyzing the image of black and white grandmothers in children’s literature during those decades. Both were students in Brown’s “U.S. Women’s History” course last spring.

“Poetry Writing, Performance, and Publication,” with Ralph Savarese, English

Ethan Kenvarg ’12 and Grace Mendel ’13 studied “Craft of Poetry” with Savarese last fall and chose a summer MAP to focus on the process of publishing poems in professional literary magazines, with opportunities to meet writers and attend readings in nearby Iowa City. Kenvarg, a biology major, recently learned that his poem “The Animals of My Sorrow” was accepted for publication by the Seneca Review, a prestigious literary journal.

Cooking Up Local Foods

Grinnell Area Local Foods apprentices Jackie Blair ’12 and James Yox '12 have organized a series of local foods cooking classes. Each class is taught by an area cook producing a simple recipe using healthy local produce. Participants receive a cookbook compiled by the Center for Prairie Studies of recipes for local foods dishes.  Chase Felker ’12 and Radka Slamova ’13 are using background from the “Human-Computer Interaction” course to implement a user-centered website for the Grinnell Local Foods Coop as part of a MAP project directed by Janet Davis, assistant professor of computer science. The site will allow student coop members to order foods from local farmers.

Film Matters

Ten students and recent graduates are collaborating this summer to edit “Film Matters,” an undergraduate film journal by Intellect Press. During their Humanities 290 “Film Genre” course last spring, the Grinnell students sought submissions from colleges with film studies programs and are evaluating the journal articles this month with the assistance of film theorist Terri Geller, assistant professor of English. According to Geller, the Grinnell students on the editorial board are the first guest editors for the online publication.

The Apprentice, Grinnell Style

The six apprentices working in local non-profit organizations are wrapping up their one-year commitment this summer to the charter program sponsored by the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement. A new class of apprentices will begin in August.

Learning for Learning’s Sake

Faculty members David Harrison (French), Jon Andelson (anthropology), Shannon Hinsa-Leasure (biology), Dan Gross (Alternative Language Study Option Program) and Jan Gross (French) are sharing their expertise through the Adult Community Explorations Series (ACES), offering local participants short courses on contemporary Paris, historic France, vaccines, and local history. Harrison, director of the Center for International Studies, will also deliver a webinar on the Grinnell-Nanjing University partnership in mid-July.

Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW)

The Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW), formed in 1987, meets at Grinnell each July. SLAW includes statisticians from Bowdoin, Cornell, Grinnell, Kenyon, Lawrence, Mt. Holyoke, Oberlin, Pomona, St. Lawrence, St. Olaf, Smith, Swarthmore, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, and Purdue who meet to further the teaching of statistics and to champion the role of the liberal arts college statistician. Tom Moore, professor of mathematics and statistics, was a co-founder of SLAW, along with Rosemary Roberts of Bowdoin. The group’s pursuits have resulted in a Statistics II textbook to be published fall 2012.

Biology students win physiological awards

Wed, 2010-10-20 09:22 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Two Grinnell students recently won awards for research presentations at the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) annual meeting in Des Moines. IPS provides networking opportunities for physiologists in applied research and teaching.

“The IPS experience gives the students an opportunity to interact with undergraduate peers in a local setting before potential attendance and presentation on a broader level,” said Clark Lindgren, professor of biology who encouraged the biology students to attend.

  • Zheng Su ’11, a biology and economics double major, won first place in the undergraduate poster competition for his research on “neurotransmitter release at the vertebrate neuro-muscular junction.” His award comes with a voucher for attendance at the national meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Washington D.C. next spring.
  • Kathryn Walder ’12, a biological chemistry and English double major from Iowa City, won third place for her research poster on “cell ablation at the lizard neuro-muscular junction.”
  • Biological chemistry major Xingjie Zhang ’12 also presented a paper titled “Kiss and Run is only performed by a specified sub-pool of synaptic vesicles at the lizard neuro-muscular junction.”

College initiates year-long apprentice program with local nonprofits

Fri, 2010-09-10 15:37 | By Anonymous (not verified)

With the start of the new academic year, Grinnell College has launched a program designed to help the college, its students, local nonprofit organizations and the entire community. Created by Monica Chavez-Silva through the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement in cooperation with numerous other college offices, the program has chosen six apprentices interested in learning nonprofit management and placed them with six nonprofit organizations in paid positions lasting a year. Five of the organizations are Imagine Grinnell, the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Grinnell Area Arts Council and Poweshiek Iowa Development. Chavez-Silva added the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement as the sixth organization. Chavez-Silva relates that the genesis of the apprenticeship program arose from two assessments of semester-long college internship programs from which the organizations have benefitted in the past. Each organization has valued the work and energy of interns but regretted their assignment for only half a year and the interruptions caused by college breaks. At the same time, the five organizations with which Chavez-Silva regularly works express the desire to work more closely together in pairs or larger coalitions. Finding the same assessments in her own office. Chavez-Silva proposed the year-long program. Chavez-Silva predicted that students would find the chance to develop skills in nonprofit management an attractive option. In addition, some students who would otherwise make able apprentices do not qualify for work study programs, a limitation not included in the qualifications for apprentices. Enough students applied for the apprenticeships to allow the selection committee to be very selective, she notes. While offering increased options for students, the program helps the nonprofits by providing continuity for an entire year. Apprentices were asked to commit to curtailing their absences during breaks. Chavez-Silva points out that nonprofit organizational work continues, whether the college is on break or not, so apprentices were asked to make their plans for breaks accordingly. The apprentices will meet once a week for lunch during the year to learn from each other's experiences and also to discuss projects on which they are working as a means of finding ways for organizations to collaborate. Chavez-Silva gives as an example the very successful "Walk to School Day" most of the organizations helped to promote last fall. The organizations are likely to turn over the entire effort to the apprentices this year as a project on which the apprentices and their organizations can collaborate. "From my perspective this is a purposeful attempt to try to think about the college's engagement in the community in a programmatic way - not a financial way but a programmatic way," Chavez-Silva says of the apprenticeship program. "It's a way deliberately to bring the programs of the six organizations together, and it's a way to support the work of all the organizations."  

Alumni tackle global health issues in international settings

Fri, 2010-06-18 14:41 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell is known for graduating students with a strong sense of social justice—in fact, one part of the mission of Grinnell is to graduate women and men who “work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.” Three Grinnell alumni, all focusing on public and international health issues as well as patient care, enrolled at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. Megan Straughan ’07, Corrine Hamvas ’03, and Brian Crabtree ’05 chose MSIH for its unique curriculum that emphasizes not only direct patient care, but also the role of community education in preventing disease. In addition to the standard American-style medical education, students take courses in global health, preventive medicine, and cross-cultural interactions. During their fourth year, they spend seven weeks working abroad in a developing country. “Global health is a wonderful mix of education and medicine,” says Straughan. “So much of global health is public health and involves utilizing smart educational programs to prevent disease, as well as the nitty-gritty of seeing patients one-on-one.” For Hamvas, MSIH’s location in Israel was also a factor. She spent a month in Israel on a volunteer trip while a Grinnell student. “Beer Sheva is certainly a melting pot of cultures, so in the third year we are working with so many different communities,” Hamvas says. “The struggles that we face daily in communication and cultural beliefs certainly make us stronger and more patient and compassionate doctors.” Crabtree noted that the Grinnell alumni have been especially active at MSIH. He ran a used medical bookstore for the student body, and organized several review projects and study groups. Hamvas started a group for students to socialize over home-cooked international cuisine. Straughan served as the volunteer coordinator for the school and has packaged meals for the elderly and taught English conversation classes for Bedouin girls in a nearby village. “Our school is still new and there are always problems,” Crabtree says. “A lot of people tend to respond to those problems by complaining or running to the administration for solutions. But the Grinnellians tend to build student-led solutions.” All three alumni continue to be interested in public health, both in the United States or abroad, and hope to carry their international education into their future practices. “Grinnell fostered intellectual curiosity in me, particularly around the scientific method,” says Straughan. “At the same time, my four years at Grinnell instilled in me a sense of activism and concern for others. That commitment to social justice is the cornerstone of global health.”

Webcast Wednesday: The Origins of Welfare Reform

Wed, 2010-06-02 10:46 | By Anonymous (not verified)


Trustee John Roy Price, Jr. ’60 is a featured panelist in the live webcast of "The Origins of Welfare Reform" beginning at 12:30 p.m. CST today, Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Price, former special assistant for Urban Affairs in the Nixon White House, is currently CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

The fifth Nixon Legacy Forum, "The Origins of Welfare Reform," focuses on President Nixon's plan to tackle national unemployment, eradicate poverty, and help millions of Americans find dignity in work.  Price says the plan is "arguably, Nixon's most important domestic policy initiative, which I was deeply involved in."

The forum is co-presented by the Richard Nixon Foundation, the Nixon Presidential Library, and the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, and is part of the oral history project for the National Archives.

The panel will give special focus on the work of Urban Affairs Adviser and later Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and will feature the key officials who formulated the president's plan and shepherded it through Congress. Panelists include Price along with the 72nd Treasury Secretary and Nixon Deputy Director of OMB Paul O'Neill; former Deputy Undersecretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Robert Patricelli; and former HEW program analyst Jodie T. Allen.

Pope is MWC Pitcher of the Week

Mon, 2010-04-26 15:33 | By Anonymous (not verified)


Grinnell College’s Ben Pope, a 6-3, 175-pound sophomore from Maryville, Tenn. (Alcoa HS), has been named the Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Through the team’s first 11 games, Pope had a spotless 0.00 earned average in four appearances and 13 1/3 innings pitched. He had struck out six batters and owned a 1-0 record in a season that has included two starts, one a complete game, and two relief appearances.
Nate Paul of Ripon was named Performer of the Week.

Grinnell leads league with 65 Academic All-Conference picks for winter sports

Fri, 2010-04-02 07:42 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College landed a league-best 65 student-athletes on the Midwest Conference All-Academic Team for the 2009-10 winter sports season. Leading the pack were the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams, which had 14 selections each.

Student-athletes from all 10 member institutions who hold a cumulative 3.2 grade point average and letter in any of the MWC’s winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field) are eligible. The complete release can be seen at www.midwestconference.org. The honorees for Grinnell, by team, were as follows:

Men’s Basketball (6):

Matthew Chalupa ’12, undeclared

Aaron Epps ’11, mathematics

Scott Kaitz ’11, psychology

Kale Knisley ’11, history

Alexander McDonald ’11, mathematics/economics

Ross Preston ’10, English  

Women’s Basketball (6):

Brianna Gallo ’11, psychology

Sara Hoffman ’12, psychology

Megan Huey ’12, history

Ashley Jeannin ’12, undeclared

Mallory Scharf ’11, political science

Jessica Vaverka ’11, psychology  

Men’s Swimming and Diving (12):

Timothy Avitt ’10, psychology

Glenn Clark ’10, biology/history

Sebastian De Pascuale ’12, undeclared

Marco Fulgoni ’12, undeclared

Cyrus Mistry ’11, political science

William Mogavero ’12, mathematics

Ross Noecker ’11, economics

Samuel Sherwood ’12, undeclared

Joseph Sinnwell ’12, undeclared

Mark Sullivan ’10, English

Patrick Thomas ’10, economics

Ian Warlick ’10, religious studies  

Women’s Swimming and Diving (13): Miram Barcus ’12, sociology

Balyssa Bell ’12, undeclared

Morgan Bober ’12, undeclared

Kelly Bruce ’12, biological chemistry

Lily Camp ’10, sociology/Spanish

Katherine Chung ’12, Spanish
Amy Hadow ’10, English

Morgan Horton ’11, psychology

Carly Kruse ’10, chemistry

Hannah Lytle ’11, econonics/mathematcis

Meghan McDoniel ’10, psychology

Martha Reilly ’12, political science

Colleen Strickler ’12, undeclared  

Men’s Indoor Track and Field (14): Dylan Boucher ’12, psychology

Benjamin Brewer ’11, biological chemistry

Winnon Brunson ’10, philosophy

Kevin Cashman ’10, political science/biological chemistry

Samuel Goldstein ’11, Chinese

Joseph Hermann ’11, art/French

Erik Jarvis ’12, undeclared

Kyle Lynch-Klarup ’10, physics/religious studies

Ian McCallum Cook ’12, undeclared

David Montgomery ’10, biology

Scott Phillips ’11, psychology

Hugh Redford ’10, philosophy

Gregory Swanson ’10, religious studies

Michael Tylinski ’11, chemistry  

Women’s Indoor Track and Field (14):

Samantha Bates ’12, undeclared

Catherine Bisignano ’12, undeclared

Rachel Brolsma Whitfield ’10, sociology

Elizabeth Brost ’10, physics/French

Nora Colter ’10, psychology

Hannah Colter ’12, undeclared

Concepcion De Leon Suarez ’12, Spanish

Sachiko Graber ’12, undeclared

Olivia Horan ’12, undeclared

Frances Leslie ’10, English

Diane Meisles ’12, undeclared

Ann Tempest ’12, undeclared

Amy Tsui ’12, undeclared

Lindsey Wheeler ’10, history    

Pioneers expect successful campaign in 2010

Sat, 2010-03-20 00:00 | By Anonymous (not verified)

The Grinnell College softball team narrowly missed making the Midwest Conference Tournament last season. But with a combination of experience and youth, the Pioneers are hoping to get over that hump in 2010.

“Making the Midwest Conference Tournament is definitely a realistic goal,” said interim head coach Craig Arendt (pictured). “Our goal would be to host it (the MWC South champ hosts in 2010). The conference will be very competitive. I think we’ll be better than last year.”

Grinnell was in the hunt to make the MWC Tournament last season until the team’s final games of the season. Grinnell finished 6-7 in league play and 9-22 overall.

Grinnell returns a pair of All-Midwest Conference South Division First-Teamers, Brianna Gallo ’11 (.340 batting average, 20 runs, 11 stolen bases) and Amanda Stromquist ’12 (.329 batting average, 15 RBIs). Kelsey Montgomery ’11 (.273 batting average, 16 RBIs) was a Second-Team selection.

Here is a breakdown of the 2010 Pioneer squad:


Hannah Bauman ’13 will be the team’s top pitcher. “She’ll be a big part of the team … we’re going to ask a lot of her,” said Arendt. “If she has a good year, then we’ll have a good year.”

Rounding out the staff will be Stromquist and Veronica Reavis ’11. “We hope to get a lot of innings out of all of our pitchers.”


Julia Reese ’10 returns from a season of injury to catch for the Pioneers. “It’s great to have her back, and she’ll get a bulk of the catching duties,” said Arendt. Hannah Ney ’11 and Hannah LaFollette ’11 may also see action at that spot.


Montgomery returns at first base, Gallo at second and Jayme Wiebold ’12 (.313 batting average) at shortstop. “We’re very experienced at most of the infield spots,” said Arendt. “Third base is the one place we need to fill.” That will be by Ney, Reavis and perhaps Gallo at times.


Ney will also play the outfield, with Christina Colver ’13, LaFollette, Stromquist and Reavis also spending time there. Jessica Menary ’13 and Kelly Zucker ’13 will shore up the outfield.

Arendt’s overall hopes for the team are optimistic. “Pitching can be a strength, and with three All-Conference players returning I see good things,” he said. “We have very solid hitters in the lineup and they’re smart players who understand the game. We’re going to have to plug a few holes and can’t afford to have injuries, but other than that I think we’re looking good.”

Arendt also said the schedule will help the team. “We’ve got some very good opponents on the schedule, but that’s going to just help us down the road,’ he said.

Kate Gluckman is the assistant coach, and Brooke Yoder ’12 is serving as a student assistant coach. “Kate is a huge asset to this program and to me,” said Arendt. “She goes a great job. And Brooke will help a lot with the pitchers and catchers. She’s another set of eyes that can see what’s going on out on the field.”  

Grinnell announces 13th President

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA – Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees today announced that Raynard S. Kington, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., the deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a leading scientific researcher on the role of social factors as determinants of health, will become Grinnell College’s 13th president on August 1, 2010.

Dr. Kington was unanimously elected by the trustees after an extensive nationwide search by a 14-member Presidential Search Committee, including representatives from the trustees, faculty, administration, student body and alumni. The committee considered a diverse pool of more than 200 candidates with remarkable talents and accomplishments from large and small public and private institutions as well as multiple academic disciplines. The trustees noted Dr. Kington’s exceptional record of achievement at NIH and at the RAND Corporation, including his leadership, policy direction and coordination of NIH biomedical research and research training programs at NIH’s 27 institutes and centers, and his community-based leadership and research in Los Angeles, Calif.

The trustees further noted Dr. Kington’s unique professional experience at the intersection of higher education, management, public policy, science and medicine. He was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, where he currently serves as the chair of the Section on Administration of Health Services, Education and Research. His broad based responsibilities have included serving as associate director of NIH for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to NIH, he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one of the nation’s largest studies to assess the health of the American people. Dr. Kington has been a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and was the co-director of the Charles R. Drew University/RAND Center on Health and Aging. He has served as an assistant professor of medicine at UCLA and as a visiting associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kington will succeed Russell K. Osgood, who served as Grinnell’s president for 12 years and announced his retirement in May of 2009.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Kington, an extraordinarily accomplished scientist, administrator and physician, will lead Grinnell College into the future,” said David White, chair of the Board of Trustees and Grinnell College class of 1990. “His passionate belief in the value of a liberal arts education is coupled with a remarkably high level of intellectual energy, a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility and an extensive range of knowledge and experience in scientific, health, economic and social issues. Dr. Kington is an exceptional person who possesses those qualities that will enable Grinnell to build upon our historic commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.”

Dr. Kington’s personal example underscores his commitment to educational excellence. At the age of 16, he entered a combined undergraduate-medical school program at the University of Michigan that allowed him to earn his B.S. when he was 19 and his M.D. when he was just 21 years old. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago and was appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he completed his M.B.A. and Ph.D. with a concentration in health policy and economics at The Wharton School.

“I am absolutely delighted to join the Grinnell community and excited about the tremendous possibilities awaiting this distinguished college,” said Dr. Kington. “My entire career to date has been a reflection of the three core values of Grinnell: the pursuit of academic excellence, the advancement of a diverse community and the promotion of social justice. For those fortunate enough to attend a top-tier liberal arts college, particularly one with Grinnell’s wonderful heritage, the experience can be transformative. It opens the pathway to a life where students become citizens who make a difference in the world and improve society for the benefit of us all. I can think of no more gratifying opportunity than to lead Grinnell College as it strives to build on this tradition, and I am eager to get started.”

In recruiting the 13th president for 164-year old Grinnell College, the Presidential Search Committee established a rigorous set of criteria. “We sought a visionary individual of distinguished intellectual achievements, combined with the ability to inspire our community of scholars,” said Paul Risser, search committee chair and Grinnell College class of 1961. “Dr. Kington is one of those very special persons who has enormous talents, who is truly at the top of his field nationally and who literally lives the values and excellence that are the essence of Grinnell College.”

Dr. Kington joins Grinnell at a time of significant institutional strength and accomplishment. During President Osgood’s tenure, the college generously enhanced its financial aid policies to continue to meet the full, demonstrated need of domestic students; established the Expanding Knowledge Initiative, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary study; initiated a master facilities planning process that led to significant enhancements of its buildings and campus; and instituted a proactive recruitment effort that is substantially broadening diversity within the faculty and student body.

At the same time, Grinnell has identified ambitious goals for the years ahead as it seeks to achieve its highest potential as one of the country’s very best liberal arts colleges. Among these are building upon the college’s innovative inquiry-based learning model and substantial investments in interdisciplinary study; promoting deliberative processes that value all voices within the community; and effectively communicating Grinnell’s record of achievement nationally and internationally.

“Rigorous intellectual inquiry is the hallmark of a great academic institution,” observes Dr. Kington. “Liberal arts colleges like Grinnell can play an important role in preparing students for careers that combine social responsibility with a professional or disciplinary focus.”

Dr. Kington; his partner, Peter T. Daniolos M.D., a child psychiatrist at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University; and their two young children plan to move to Grinnell during the summer and occupy the president’s home at the college.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

Faulconer Gallery outreach activities planned for two exhibitions

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA— Concurrent exhibitions of Grinnell College’s art collections will be the backdrop for outreach activities at Faulconer Gallery through the end of February and March. “Influence,” a faculty-curated exhibition of “cabinets of curiosity,” and “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux,” a student curated exhibition of art from the college’s collection, offer a wide variety of programming so visitors can experience the interdisciplinary nature of the shows.

Curator of Academic and Public Outreach Tilly Woodward, who coordinates gallery programming, said that visitors to the concurrent exhibitions can “enjoy more than 170 works from the college’s collections, ranging from Albrecht Durer to Andy Warhol.”

Public programs involving the “Influence” and “Repeat, Reveal, React” exhibitions include:

• Fri., Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m.: A gallery talk by Luther Davis, a 1993 Grinnell graduate and master printer at Axelle Fine Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., who will discuss the collaborative process of printmaking. Co-sponsored by the Grinnell College Department of Art.

• Tues., Mar. 2, 4:15 p.m.: Grinnell College faculty members Nancy Rempel-Clower (psychology), Liz Queatham (biology), and Vicki Bentley-Condit (anthropology), who study animal behavior in their research, will respond to the “Influence” exhibition. The panel will consider the continuity of animal and human behavior and the problems of interpreting animal behavior. “Influence” curator and biology professor Jackie Brown will moderate.

• Wed., Mar. 3, 7:45 p.m.: Open Mic @ the Faulconer Gallery. Participants may read or perform original works or works of favorite writers and composers while enjoying the exhibitions.

• Tues., Mar. 9, 7 p.m.: Poetry Reading:“Re-Turning: Movement and Repetition in Verse.” Students from the poetry writing seminar taught by English professor Ralph Savarese will read poems that incorporate repetition in content and style.

• Wed., Mar. 10, 4:15 p.m.: Panel: Gender Identity and Repetition. Faculty members will discuss the formation of gender identity in relation to repetition, especially considering works on view in “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities In Flux.” Panelists include Astrid Henry (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies), Theresa Geller (English), and Daniel Reynolds (German), moderated by third-year student Courtney Sheehan.

• Sat., Mar. 13, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.: “Three in Two: Improvisation in Dance and Music.” In two 40-minute improvisational sets, contemporary dancers Rebecca Bryant and Sandra Mathern-Smith will respond to works in the gallery and to live music by Don Nichols. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

• Tues., Mar. 16, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Amy Tang, assistant professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University, will address the role of repetition in minority art and literature.

• Thursdays, Feb. 25 –Mar. 18, 12:15 p.m.: yoga in the gallery with instructor Jenn Mavin.

All activities are free, open to the public, and located in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Gallery hours through March 21 are Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.