Faculty notes, Nov. 28, 2011

Lia Halloran, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, participated in a panel discussion at Harvard University titled “Measure for Measure,” in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name. Professor Halloran is one of the curators of the exhibit, along with author Lisa Randall and Peter Mays, executive director of the Los Angeles Art Association. The exhibit continues through Dec. 22. In addition, Professor Halloran met with graduate students, was a graduate seminar guest lecturer and visited undergraduate painting classes, as well. 

Tibor Machan, Ph.D., professor and holder of the R.C. Hoiles Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business and Economics recently gave a two-hour seminar on business ethics to the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dr. Machan was also invited to give the keynote address at the Adam Smith Conference in Moscow Russia, on Nov. 12, and lead a seminar at the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Science on Nov. 14.

In addition, Dr. Machan’s paper, “Reexamining Democracy,” was published in Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice Vol. 3 (1) 2011, pp. 58-61. The paper, “Reexamining Democracy,” was published in Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice Vol. 3 (1) 2011, pp. 58-61.

John A. Hall,professor, School of Law, was published in the Wall Street Journal opinion section Nov. 17. His commentary, titled “Investigate the Khmer Rouge Tribunal:It’s important to know why a U.N. official undermined the inquiries and turned the tribunal into a sham,” also appeared in the newspaper’s digital publication, Opinion Asia Online.

Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Professor of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College, has just published another book on the Gospel of Judas and the traditions surrounding Judas Iscariot. Entitled The Gospel of Judas: On a Night with Judas Iscariot (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2011), the new book provides an up-to-date translation of the Gospel of Judas, with recently discovered fragments added to the text, and it includes anecdotes relating to the dramatic story of the discovery and publication of the ancient Coptic document. The book also addresses broader themes about the provocative figure of Judas Iscariot, often judged to be the quintessential villain who turned against Jesus and betrayed him, and it suggests that the portrait of Judas as wicked traitor has been shaped not by historical realities as much as by literary traditions and theological motives. A script for “A Night with Judas Iscariot,” a readers’ theater event performed on the Chapman campus a year and a half ago, serves to advance the argument. One scholar endorsing the book declares, “Marvin Meyer bequeaths the world a benevolent Judas.” Another describes the book as “intense scholarship and creative imagination at the highest level.”

Atanas Radenski, Ph.D., professor, School of Computational Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, has received an AWS in Education research grant award from Amazon. The grant provides access to $3,500 worth of Amazon’s cloud computing platform, the Amazon Web Services. AWS is the world’s first – and largest – public cloud computing platform that provides virtual computing resources on a metered, pay-per-use basis. The grant will support Dr. Radenski’s experimental research in the area of high-performance computing. The grant will benefit students who enroll in the graduate course on high-performance computing, part of the core curriculum for the MS in Computational Sciences program. Specifically, graduate students will be able to access some of the Amazon clouds to study and experiment with novel high-performance computing techniques.

Ramesh P. Singh, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, participated in the annual meeting of the NSF funded project “Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System” (CSDMS), deals with the Earth’s surface – the ever-changing, dynamic interface between lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere Oct.  28-30. The PI of the CSDMS project is Professor James Syvitski, University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Singh participated in the discussion on the importance of modeling on the observed surface deformation due to ground water withdrawal in many countries including India. Dr. Singh chaired the first scientific session on impact of time and process scales on Oct. 28 of the meeting.

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