Grinnell, IA - The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2013-14 academic year.
Awarded tenure: Jeffrey Jonkman (associate professor of mathematics and statistics).
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.
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Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education
Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars
By Lauren Sieben
Re-published with permission of The Chronicle of Higher Education
John Hammers spent the past 12 years behind bars. His daily routine consisted mostly of playing pinochle or spades and watching sitcoms on television. Serving time for burglary, he wanted to better himself, but he had no outlet.
Jerod Weinman, assistant professor of computer science, is working on important developments in computer vision and pattern recognition research. Specifically, this research is helping computers to:
- Identify characters, such as letters and numbers, that are visible in photographic images.
- Recognize and label familiar images – for example, a family pet – making images more accessible to the visually impaired.
Weinman is also available to discuss related topics such as:
As millions of Americans struggle with nicotine addiction, Grinnell College biological chemistry researchers have made a discovery that could guide efforts to design drugs to block the effects of nicotine – helping users to overcome this addiction.
Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson studies “the way people die” and the cultural implications of a rapidly aging population in an era of significant medical advances. As part of her academic research, Erickson trained as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to “live” the role of those who deliver ongoing palliative care. A retirement community in the town of Grinnell provided her with personal access for her research on the intimate connections between patients, families and caregivers.