An essay by Jessica Matuozzi (English and African American Studies) will be published in a forthcoming issue of English Literary History. Her article, "Schoolhouse Follies: Tristram Shandy and the Male Reader's Tutelage," considers the ways in which Sterne's novel “facilitates certain modes of reading while discouraging others,” she explains. “Tristram Shandy contains a mélange of formal and thematic features that project an impression of textual redundancy and pointlessness.” She analyzes the reading practices taught in 18th-century educational handbooks, bookseller records, and other data in an attempt to reconstruct the responses of the books' earliest male readers. She finds that “the text would have dissuaded these readers from employing public-school- and university-sanctioned reading strategies, and encouraged them, instead, to browse or skim.” The article was originally submitted as a paper in a course taught by Katie Trumpener. Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from New York University.
Nicholas Calandra (Chemistry) was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. In addition to financial support, the fellowship provides funding for travel to the National Organic Symposium in Seattle, Washington, to present his research. Nick works in Seth Herzon's lab on natural product synthesis. “Our focus is on the rapid and efficient preparation of naturally occurring molecules,” he explains. “The molecules we make are chosen for their unique structural characteristics. The hope is that the strategy developed to overcome the challenges of creating these molecules will provide a contribution to the field of synthetic chemistry.” He became interested in the field while an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, inspired by his organic chemistry professor and intrigued by “the overall appeal of building things, in this case, molecules,” he says.
Woosok Moon (Geology & Geophysics) has been awarded a NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship to study the nature of the recent decline of Arctic sea ice coverage. His research examines how one can extract and discern trends from fluctuations in the limited length of satellite data that has been accumulated during the last thirty-one years. His approach involves the combined use of mathematical methods in time-series analysis, such as multifractals, and interpretation with predictive theoretical models. His advisor is John S. Wettlaufer. Woosok earned his B.S. degree from Seoul National University and an M.S. in atmospheric science at Penn State University.
A paper co-authored by Jinfan Zhang (Management), Associate Professor Hongjun Yan, and Dong Lou of the London School of Economics has won the Best Paper on Asset Pricing Award at the Western Finance Association Conference 2011. The essay, “Anticipated and Repeated Shocks in Liquid Markets,” examines the impact of U.S. Treasury note auctions on the secondary Treasury market, the repurchase agreement market, and the equity market. It examines how anticipated and frequently repeated supply shocks are absorbed in these liquid financial markets. Treasury auctions are conducted every month, and the exact dates and amounts are announced in advance, enabling these events to be well anticipated. Given the depth and liquidity of the markets studied, “one might expect no appreciable price impacts from anticipated supply shocks, but in sharp contrast to this conventional view, our evidence reveals significant price effects in all three markets around Treasury auctions,” Jinfan and his co-authors found.