Tag Archives: For Staff

Digital Annotation Workshop in the Wilson Media Lab

Join us on Thursday, April 6 at 1:30PM Eastern for a special workshop in the Wilson Media Lab focused on using digital annotation in classrooms and online. Digital annotation—a technology that allows us to annotate documents and web pages from inside a browser window or inside Canvas—is an alternative to online discussion forums, which can often be hard to make lively and interesting. Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience with an annotation client, Hypothes.is, and receive guidance on using Hypothes.is in WordPress, Canvas, and on the open Web.

This workshop explores collaborative web annotation as a core digital pedagogical practice in the 21st century classroom. This emergent technology enables everyday Internet users to comment on or publicly discuss any web page. It can be applied in education to teach students traditional literacy skills and newer forms of digital literacy.

For more information, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog.

Academic Roundtable – When The Oratory Light Is On: How Attention to Speaking Can Help Us Teach

Please join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

Yes, it’s a college-wide learning goal, an FYS learning goal, and we know it’s a critically important skill, but honestly who can afford the precious class-time it takes to teach oral expression? Colleagues Shawna Shapiro (Writing and Linguistics Programs) and Sarah Stroup (Political Science) will join Oratory Now Director Dana Yeaton (Theater) in a demonstration and discussion of the many ways, large and small, we can use speaking to deepen, broaden, and in some cases even expedite, what we already do.

Background Materials

Student Group Revives Speech Contest after 50-Year Hiatus , Parker Merrill Speech Competition, Spring 2016

Orational Thought, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2016

Envisioning a Rhetoric That Binds Us, a community-initiated conversation report, February 2017

Oratory Now website

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research

and the Library

Frank Winkler receives award from NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute and Australian National University (ANU). This project, titled N103B: A Type Ia Remnant with Circumstellar Interaction…Kepler’s Older Cousin?, entails observations from NASA’s orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, together with analysis of ground-based data recently obtained from the Wide-Field Spectrograph instrument on ANU’s 2.3m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. These ground-based observations also include other supernova remnants in the Small Magellanic Cloud, and integrating this information with other data will help to achieve a more complete understanding of supernovae and the interstellar medium.

Spring 2017 Zotero Workshops

Your friendly Middlebury librarians Ryan Clement & Wendy Shook will be holding a series of Zotero workshops for both faculty and students in mid April – two in Davis Family Library and two in Armstrong Library. Sign up here: http://go.middlebury.edu/zoteroworkshop. Dates and times:

  • 11am-12pm, Tuesday, 04/11 in LIB 145 (first floor Davis Family Library conference room)
  • 3-4pm, Tuesday, 04/11 in MBH 161 (Armstrong Library Computer Lab)
  • 10-11am, Friday, 04/14 in MBH 161 (Armstrong Library Computer Lab)
  • 3-4pm, Tuesday, 04/18 in LIB 145 (first floor Davis Family Library conference room)

Zotero is a free, easy, and powerful citation management tool that can help scholars and researchers collect, organize, and annotate resources as well as creating citations and bibliographies using thousands of styles. Available to both Mac and PC users, with plugins available for most modern web browsers as well as Microsoft Word and Libre Office.

Please reach out to Ryan and Wendy with any questions at zoteromidd@googlegroups.com.

Retirement Transitions





Individuals who end employment after having worked for Middlebury in a benefits-eligible status for a minimum of ten years past the age of forty-five qualify as “Middlebury Retirees”.


Name Type Retirement Date Department
Wayne Darling Staff 3/10/2017 Public Safety
Charles Conway Staff 3/2/2017 Information Technology Services
Marilyn Dragon Staff 2/24/2017 Facilities Services
Norman Metcalfe Staff 2/23/2017 Information Technology Services (MIIS)
David Groshans Staff 2/14/2017 Facilities Services
Amy Sands Staff 12/31/2016 Research Centers and Initiatives (MIIS)


Tom Manley receives additional funding for lake research from the Lintilhac Foundation

Tom Manley (Geology) has received additional funding from the Lintilhac Foundation to support two more years for the previously funded project titled High-Resolution Bottom Mapping of Lake Champlain. This long term effort will update the 2005 bottom bathymetric map of Lake Champlain and provide a significant increase in the resolution of the lake bottom that is important to the recreation, research, and management communities.

Eilat Glikman receives NASA funding for use of the SOFIA observatory

Eilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from NASA for observations using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which is a telescope carried by a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft developed by NASA and the German Space Agency. Her two-year research project titled Spectral Energy Distributions of Red Quasars involves collaborators from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Yale University, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the University of California San Diego, and the Leibniz Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany. The investigation will involve the study of spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of a sample of dust-reddened quasars and is the follow-up to the results from the summer research of two undergraduates — a Middlebury physics major and a Swarthmore student who was part of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Research Experience for Undergraduates program— working in Dr. Glikman’s lab in 2016. SOFIA is the only facility able to observe theses SEDs, due to its sensitivity at long wavelengths requiring observations at high altitudes, and the data will produce a clearer picture of the complex process of quasar/galaxy co-evolution.