Research and New Books Archive

While the primary job of professors at residential liberal arts colleges is teaching, many are noted researchers and scholars as well – and incorporate their scholarly work into the learning experience of their students.
Students find unique opportunities to do their own research, guided by faculty mentors, and many are also nationally recognized for their achievements. As alumni, they continue to demonstrate the benefits of studying at a residential liberal arts college, making names for themselves in high-level research and publications.


Oprah Magazine Talks with Prof. Matt Hertenstein About Touch Deprivation

“I wanted to find out if it was actually possible to be ‘touch deprived,’” Diana Spechler writes in the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. “My research led me to psychologist Matthew Hertenstein, Ph.D., director of the Touch and Emotion Lab at DePauw University. According to Hertenstein, touch deprivation is a real thing.” The […]

Originally posted: March 27, 2013

Masters of Disaster: Studying Catastrophe with Douglas and Sarat

Human history is chock-full of disaster and catastrophe, and ours seems to be an age of permanent catastrophe so much so that it seems that our time is split between suffering catastrophe, worrying about it, making plans to minimize it and arguing over why it happened to us. “The Meaning of Catastrophe” is an effort to make sense of calamity and of responses to it.

Originally posted: March 27, 2013

Discovering Why the Future Sometimes Feels Closer Than the Past

Professor of psychology Andrew Ward and Mark Chin ’12 lead virtual-reality efforts to examine time perception.

Originally posted: March 26, 2013

Professor, Students Collaborate on Infant Research

Kristine Kovack-Lesh first started conducting research on infants during graduate school because of her interest in developmental psychology. “So much of how we learn happens at a young age, and I am fascinated by how many things can happen during infancy,” she says.

Originally posted: March 25, 2013

Pocket Orthopedist

Have you ever visited the doctor after an injury and wanted to learn more about the diagnosis? Or you twisted your ankle, and your doctor suggested you keep track of the swelling and discoloration? Thanks to students in Xiannong Meng’s computer science design project class, there is an app for that — Heel Thy Tendon.

Originally posted: March 23, 2013

Prof. Kevin Howley is Editor of ‘Media Interventions’

Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, is editor of Media Interventions. Published by Peter Lang, “This collection of essays, the first book-length treatment of its kind, explicates the concept of ‘media interventions’, which are herein defined as activities and projects that secure, exercise, challenge or acquire media power for tactical […]

Originally posted: March 20, 2013

Innovative Teaching/ Deeper Learning

Playing and analyzing Xbox 360 games in class is helping students grasp the pervasiveness of stereotypes. Giving up texting, meat-eating and driving is spurring firsthand understanding of environmental issues. Exploring Roman history through digital mapping is bringing long-ago places to life.

Originally posted: March 20, 2013

HMC Students Use Robots to Map Cisterns in Malta

Four Harvey Mudd College students are spending their spring break using underwater robots to explore ancient water systems and marine caves in Malta and Sicily.

Originally posted: March 19, 2013

HMC First-year Presents Paper at International Cryptography Conference

Harvey Mudd College student Amzi Jeffs ’16 presented his research on cryptography at the 10th annual Theory of Cryptography Conference March 3-6 in Tokyo.

Originally posted: March 15, 2013

Miles Lifson’s Unexpected Honorable Mention

CMC senior’s project on Plutonium-238 Finishes in top 10 percent of the CUR Posters on the Hill event.

Originally posted: March 11, 2013

Have We Become Too Stressed about Stress?

From the mundane beep of a cell phone announcing the arrival of yet another new message to the horrors of the evening news, stress, it seems, is all around us. But what if we’ve become too stressed about stress? Might it be keeping us from paying more attention to the problems that are making us all feel so stressed out?

Originally posted: March 11, 2013

HWS Joins Mars Imaging Project

Students from “Introduction to Geology,” taught by Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens, have spent the semester using advanced imaging tools provided by NASA, as part of the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP).

Originally posted: March 8, 2013

Prof. & Alum Co-Author Journal Article on Unique Science-Art Project

An article recapping a DePauw University project that merged science and art has been published in the journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) Biology. “Integrating Art and Science in Undergraduate Education” was authored by Daniel Gurnon, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at DePauw, Jacob K. Stanley, a 2005 DePauw graduate who served as a […]

Originally posted: March 5, 2013

The Next Big Thing?

This class is what’s called a MOOC—a massive open online course, in which potentially thousands of people from all over the world learn about subjects ranging from history to quantum physics to psychology to statistics to songwriting, usually (at least for now) without obtaining academic credits.

Originally posted: March 4, 2013

Continental Arc Volcanoes May Be Key to Greenhouse-Icehouse Oscillations, says Study Co-Authored by Prof. Jade Star Lackey

Jade Star Lackey, assistant professor of geology, is part of a research team proposing a new theory behind Earth’s past oscillations between greenhouse and icehouse states. The study proposes these climate swings over the past 500 million years were the result of plate tectonics causing episodic flare-ups of continental arc volcanoes, especially at times when supercontinents are breaking apart.

Originally posted: March 4, 2013