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Fall/Winter 2012 (November 16, 2012)

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November 16, 2012

As part of the fifth annual Miller Upton Forum, 2012 Upton Scholar Timur Kuran gave the June B. Martin’40 and Edgar W. Martin Memorial lecture on Oct. 26. Kuran is a professor of economics and political science and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University.

In August, Biology Professor Marion Field Fass was awarded the 2012 William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science in San Jose, Calif., by the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. The award is given annually to an individual or team whose activities have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science. Fass is co-chair of Beloit’s health and society interdisciplinary program.

Former Buccaneer Derek Carrier’12 signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in September and was placed on the team’s practice squad. Carrier originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent following the 2012 draft. He was released as part of the Raiders’ final roster cut-down.

Anarchist themes in ancient and modern Chinese dissident political thought is the subject of Political Science Professor John Rapp’s new book. Published by Continuum, Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China was released in August.

In July, the American Volleyball Coaches Association recognized the Beloit College volleyball team for its academic excellence. Coached by Dawn Redd, the team was one of only three squads in the Midwest Conference to earn the recognition.

Best value and strong commitment to teaching were just a few of the areas in which Beloit College earned recognition in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of “Best Colleges” released in September. Beloit ranked No. 6 on a list of 18 national liberal arts colleges recognized for strong commitment to teaching, based on ratings by administrators at regional peer institutions.

Josh Hall is the new Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics. Hall’s previous title was assistant professor of economics; in his new role, he will direct the annual Miller Upton Forum. The professorship is in honor of “Ebbie” Neese, former president of the Beloit Corporation, and a long-standing trustee of Beloit College.

This fall, comic Jacob Williams’11 made it to the semifinals of NBC’s reality variety show, America’s Got Talent. Williams honed his talent performing his act at Beloit College while a student.

More than 100 people gathered in Pearsons Hall on Aug. 26 to remember Anthropology Professor Dan Shea, who died this summer while conducting field work in Chile. Colleagues, friends, and former students took the opportunity to share stories, memories, and, in keeping with Shea’s signature sense of humor, jokes.

As part of the 2012-13 Weissberg Program in Human Rights in September students participated in a Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship led by Samir Goswami’98 and CELEB Director Brian Morello’85. The Weissberg Fall Forum also included an alumni panel discussion on pathways to careers in human rights, and a lecture—“Humanitarian Response: Human Rights Meet Reality”—from Adam Koons’76.  

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