Sujata Moorti awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sujata Moorti (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Transnational Surrogacy and Feminism. The grant will enable Sujata to travel Bengaluru, India, during her 2014-15 leave to visit surrogacy centers that draw people from a wide variety of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.    She plans  to witness interactions between all parties involved in the practice of surrogate parenthood  in her quest to better understand this transnational practice and the feminist responses to it. This experience will enable her to update her course “Mobile Women: Transnational Work Patterns” and will also affect other courses that touch on transnational feminism.

Eilat Glikman receives grant from Research Corporation

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Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received a grant from Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. This research will study growing super-massive black holes (aka quasars) and the effects they have on their host galaxies. Since all galaxies are believed to grow a black hole at some point in their history, this research will help explain how the galaxies we see today, such as the Milky Way, formed their detailed structure. At least three undergraduates will be involved in this work over the next two to three years. The project is titled Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution Caught in the Act: Understanding the Physics of Feedback.

Issues With Your Computer!?!

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Computer malfunction dance

Computer malfunction dance

 

 

 

Hopefully, you never feel the need to do the Computer Malfunction Dance!

 

 

 

Experiencing problems with your Mac can be frustrating, especially during times when it seems you most need your Mac to run at its best.  During Mid-Terms or Final Exam week is the least convenient times for problems to occur.  Determining whether your Mac’s issue are software or hardware can help direct the path you take to get it fixed.

Software related issues

  •        If the issue appears to start during certain applications.
  •        If issue occurs right when your Mac turns on

Hardware related issues

  •        Hearing clicking noises when your Mac starts up
  •        Seeing Question Mark and/or Flashing Folder.
  •        Mac overheating, not hearing fan run.
  •        Mac Not starting up.
Update Install Reminders

Update Install Reminders

Sometimes strange issues can be tweaked by simply taking the time to update your Mac when you receive those annoying little reminders.  These updates are often Designed to alleviate some known software issues.

 

Apple offers a site that can help you determine which of these issues fit your Mac’s problem.  BUT, before attempting to use disk utility to check for disk errors or reinstalling your Mac OS X, you may want to call or email our Apple Authorized technician, information at bottom.

Apple Support-  Software  Issue or Hardware Issue

If you have determined that your Mac is experiencing Software related issue- the Helpdesk in the Davis Family Library is a useful spot to stop at for free help usually run by students who are ever eager to assist.  Warning!-  If your Mac is under warranty, your computer can only be opened where the Hard drive, Logic Board and Battery are located by an Apple Authorized Technician or the warranty can be jeopardized.

For Hardware related issues, our Apple Authorized technician, Ark Lemal, is certified to handle all hardware issues with your Mac whether under warranty or not. Ark tries to keep some regular hours here in the College Bookstore for the Middlebury Community convenience which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday later afternoons but since he is the only Tech on campus who handles all of the non-college owned Mac’s, he asks that you follow the drop off method since he is so busy.

Apple Authorized Technician

Apple Authorized Technician

Ark can be reached at 802/318-4657 or ark@vtmacit.com

The Botany of Syrup

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Any kid will tell you maple syrup is special, but how special? Is tapping a maple tree like putting a spigot in the trunk? And why maple?

In a wonderful book I’ve written about before by Nalini M. Nadkarni called “Between Earth and Sky-Our Intimate Connection to Trees” she writes of how botanists and tree physiologists have been looking at how sap is produced within maple in the last couple of decades. Like many things, the wild world of maple syrup seems like a freak chance, a perfect random combination of physiology.

A tree’s goal, aside from reproduction, is to feed itself-it’s tough being an autotroph, and a whole lot of work. Photosynthesis takes place all summer long, making sugars for respiration, growth, reproduction, and a little extra. This extra, in a sugar maple, gets stored as starches within the sapwood of the tree. The sapwood, as the name sounds, is the area of the trunk and branches where water and sugars move around, located within the first couple rings of the wood.

As my winter term class hopefully remembers, Sugar maple is one of our “live slow, die old” species of trees. These trees are more shade tolerant, in life for the long haul, and have the foresight to save extra sugar for lean times, such as the introduction of shade or competition. Other tree species, such as Poplar, live fast and die young, and burn through all their sugar like a hyper 3 old, just as prone to growth spurts as an Aspen in the spring.

Early spring brings sun, a little higher in the sky, and better able to warm. Cats in our house know this, moving away from the woodstove and into little patches of sunlight on soft surfaces. Trees know this too, as the sun warms the bark and the wood. The air may be below freezing, but tree surfaces and interiors could be well above freezing. Once the wood gets to be above 40 degrees, enzymes turn these stored starches into sugars, mostly sucrose, and the sugar is now within the sap. This explains the magical sugaring temperature of 40, any warmer and this process stops.

The other freak chance miracle of maple is getting the sap flowing out of the tree. Not all trees can do this. Water is moved throughout the xylem of the tree by capillary action and transpiration, meaning the leaves need to be on the tree for water to move very effectively. That  would ordinarily make for tough sugaring in March and April, except in Maple.

In maple trees the space around the wood fibers is filled with gas, not water like most plants. When the temperature drops, this gas contracts, making space for the sap laden with sugar in between the cells. So water can move upwards from the roots by capillary action without the benefit of transpiration from leaves. This water freezes at night between the cells.

The day brings warm temperatures, melting this ice and expanding the gas, forcing water down the branches into the stems and trunks of the tree. The taps put into tree trunks to collect sap pierce the xylem all this sap is moving through, and water flows down the tap into the bucket or plastic line.

Interested biology students should read another blog, The Botanist in the Kitchen, http://botanistinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/maple-syrup-mechanics/ , and a cool roadtrip would be the Proctor Maple Research Facility of my old school UVM.

 

Last Chance Seniors!

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New to the library, April edition

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In addition to the recently announced Annual Reviews of Economics and Chinese Newspaper Archive, more new library collections are rolling in:

Research Databases

Encyclopedias

Journals, etc.

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Nope, nothing new in this photo. Starr Library, 1945

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 10 faculty positions, 39 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)

Staff Employment Opportunities:  go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs  (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)