Friday, December 06, 2019

Mary Garvin, Biology, publishes in Chemosphere (Elsevier)

Published by Elsevier
New publication from Mary Garvin, Biology.  Collaborators include alumni Sonya Kaufman and Courtney Konow; also Rebecca Whelan, previously in the Oberlin College Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.

Garvin, M. C., Schijf, J., Kaufman, S. R., Konow, C., Liang, D., Nigra, A. E., Stracker, N. H., Whelan, R. J., & Wiles, G. C. (2020). A survey of trace metal burdens in increment cores from eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) across a childhood cancer cluster, Sandusky County, OH, USA. Chemosphere, 238, UNSP 124528. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124528
Also accessible in OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center

From the abstract:
"A dendrochemical study of cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides) was conducted across a childhood cancer cluster in eastern Sandusky County (Ohio, USA). The justification for this study was that no satisfactory explanation has yet been put forward, despite extensive local surveys of aerosols, groundwater, and soil. Concentrations of eight trace metals were measured by ICP-MS in microwave-digested 5-year sections of increment cores, collected during 2012 and 2013...
"Whereas our results do not implicate exposure to metals as a causative factor, we conclude that, after 1970, cottonwood trees have accumulated more Cd, Cr, and Ni, inside the childhood cancer cluster than elsewhere in Sandusky County."

Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Publications from Dan Styer, Physics, and Bruce Simonson, Geology

Hassler, S., Biller, S., & Simonson, Bruce. M. (2019). Petrography and sedimentology of the ~2490 ma DS4 impact spherule layer revisited, brockman iron formation (hamersley group, western australia).
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54(10), 2241-2253. doi:10.1111/maps.13223 ER

Wiley Online Library
Simonson, Bruce. M., Beukes, N. J., & Biller, S. (2019). Extending the paleogeographic range and our understanding of the neoarchean monteville impact spherule layer (transvaal supergroup, south africa).
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54(10), 2217-2240. doi:10.1111/maps.13228 ER

American Association of Physics Teachers
Styer, Dan. (2019). Entropy as disorder: History of a misconception. Physics Teacher, 57(7), 454-458. doi:10.1119/1.5126822 ER 

Conference: American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, JUL 22-26, 2017
Abstract: "Before reading this essay, go to your kitchen and find a bottle of Italian salad dressing. Get one that's been sitting still for a while at a fixed temperature-that is, one in thermal equilibrium. You'll find an oil-rich layer at the top of the bottle and a vinegar-rich layer at the bottom (see Fig. 1). But think for a moment before spreading it over a delicious salad and eating up. That bottle's in thermal equilibrium, so it's in a state of maximum entropy. Doesn't entropy mean "disorder"? No one would call a stack of 50 pennies and 50 dimes disordered if all the dimes were on the top and all the pennies at the bottom. So why is this salad dressing at thermal equilibrium segregated like an ordered stack of coins?"

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nathaniel Wehr '16 publishes in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research journal

Nate Wehr [photo from]
We were very pleased to see this publication from Nate Wehr '16 who was on campus in 2018 to present a Biology Seminar on the topic.

Wehr, N. H., Kinney, K. M., Nguyen, N. H., Giardina, C. P., & Litton, C. M. (2019). Changes in soil bacterial community diversity following the removal of invasive feral pigs from a Hawaiian tropical montane wet forest. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 14681. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-48922-7

Scientific Reports is "an open-access, multidisciplinary journal from Nature Research dedicated to constructive, inclusive, and rigorous peer review."

Thursday, August 08, 2019

New publications from Cruz, Fineman, and Linowitz

The first publication listed below shows a student as the first author: David Fineman, returning this fall as a sophomore.  Other new publications are by Benjamin Linowitz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Yolanda Cruz, Professor of Biology.
View aims and scope of journal on ScienceDirect

Fineman, David C., Baer, R. J., Chambers, C. D., Rajagopal, S., Maltepe, E., Rinaudo, P. F., … Steurer, M. A. (t.y.). Outcomes of pulmonary vascular disease in infants conceived with non-IVF fertility treatment and assisted reproductive technologies at 1 year of age. Pediatric Pulmonology. doi:10.1002/ppul.24457

Linowitz, Benjamin. (2019). Brauer equivalent number fields and the geometry of quaternionic Shimura varieties. Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, 70(2), 675-687. doi:10.1093/qmath/hay061

Linowitz, Benjamin, Stover, M. ve Voight, J. (2019). Commensurability classes of fake quadrics. Selecta Mathematica-New Series, 25(3), UNSP 48. doi:10.1007/s00029-019-0492-9

Yoshida, K., Line, J., Griffith, K., Wooldredge, A., Cruz, Yolanda P. (2019). Progesterone signaling during pregnancy in the lab opossum, Monodelphis domestica. Theriogenology, 136, 101-110. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2019.06.026

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Publications by McCormick, Stalnaker, and Moore

New publications in neuroscience, biology and physics:

Catherine A. McCormick, Biology and Neuroscience (retired)
Immunocytochemical Evidence for Electrical Synapses in the Dorsal Descending and Dorsal Anterior Octaval Nuclei in the Goldfish, Carassius auratus
BRAIN BEHAVIOR AND EVOLUTION, 93 (1):34-49; 10.1159/000499687 2019

Jason E. Stalnaker, Associate Professor of Physics
Isotopic variation of parity violation in atomic ytterbium: Description of the measurement method and analysis of systematic effects.
Antypas, D.; Fabricant, A. M.; Stalnaker, J. E.; Tsigutkin, K.; Flambaum, V. V.; Budker, D.
PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 100 (1):10.1103/PhysRevA.100.012503 JUL 3 2019
American Saw-wort Saussurea americana

Michael J. Moore, Professor of Biology
Plastome phylogenomics of Saussurea (Asteraceae: Cardueae)
Zhang, Xu; Deng, Tao; Moore, Michael J.; Ji, Yunheng; Lin, Nan; Zhang,
Huajie; Meng, Aiping; Wang, Hengchang; Sun, Yanxia; Sun, Hang
BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, 19 10.1186/s12870-019-1896-6 JUL 2 2019
Image from USDA PLANTS Database, credit Susan McDougall

Friday, July 05, 2019

Recently published: Norm Craig in Molecular Physics; Michael Moore in Plant Methods

Norm Craig, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Craig, Norman C.; Krasnoshchekov, Sergey V.  Vibrational spectroscopy of tolane; Coriolis coupling between Raman-active modes of g symmetry.   Molecular Physics, 117 (9-12):1059-1068;
June 18, 2019

From the abstract:  Vibrational spectroscopy of tolane (diphenylacetylene), which has 66 normal modes, has been advanced. Anharmonic wavenumber predictions were made with the quartic potential energy surface obtained with B3LYP/cc-pVTZ model and the second-order perturbation theory (VPT2). Infrared (IR) intensity and Raman activities were computed at the harmonic level. The IR spectrum of the crystal and Raman spectra of the liquid and the crystal tolane were newly recorded.

Michael Moore, Professor, Biology

Qu, Xiao-Jian; Moore, Michael J.; Li, De-Zhu; Yi, Ting-Shuang.  PGA: a software package for rapid, accurate, and flexible batch annotation of plastomes.   Plant Methods, 15 May 21, 2019
From the abstract: Comparisons against other available plastome annotation tools demonstrated the high annotation accuracy of PGA, with little or no post-annotation verification necessary. Likewise, we demonstrated the flexibility of reference plastomes within PGA by annotating the plastome of Rosa roxburghii using that of Amborella trichopoda as a reference. The program, user manual and example data sets are freely available at

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ben Wisner publishes in Oxford Research Encyclopedias Online
Benjamin Wisner, Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Studies, has co-authored an extensive review article with co-author Terry Gibson of Inventing Futures, in Natural Hazard Science, published by Oxford University Press.

Global Overview of the Role of NGOs in Natural Hazard Governance  

Terry Gibson and Benjamin Wisner

The article includes an Appendix that defines acronyms, plus a long list of recommended reading followed by cited sources.