Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Michael Moore publishes with research colleagues in Beijing and Kunming, Peoples R China

Michael Moore, Professor of Biology, has co-authored an article in Australian Systematic Botany, CSIRO Publishing:

Assembly and comparative analyses of the mitochondrial genome of Castanospermum australe (Papilionoideae, Leguminosae). 
Authors:  Zhang, Rong; Jin, Jian-Jun; Moore, Michael J.; Yi, Ting-Shuang.

The Chinese collaborators are all affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Science, Kunming Institute of Botany, Germplasm Bank Wild Species, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China.  Zhang is also affiliated with University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Peoples R China.

From the abstract: "Plant mitochondrial genomes are often difficult to assemble because of frequent recombination mediated by repeats. Only a few mitochondrial genomes have been characterised in subfamily Papilionoideae of Leguminosae. Here, we report the complete mitochondrial genome of Castanospermum australe A.Cunn. & C.Fraser, an important medicinal and ornamental species in the Aldinoid clade of Papilionoideae."

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 oberlin.edu]
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 https://github.com/quxiaojian/PGA.

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.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Pavel Kucheryavy publishes in Journal of Chemical Physics

AIP Publishing
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Pavel Kucheryavy is co-author on this recently published article:
Spectroscopic characterization of metal ligation in trinuclear iron-mu(3)-oxo-based complexes and metal-organic frameworks.  Journal of Chemical Physics 150(17): article 174707.  May 7, 2019. DOI: 10.1063/1.5096796

Authors:  Hanna, L., Kucheryavy, Pavel, Lahanas, N., Lockard, JV.
 --as indexed in Web of Science

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

John Scofield authors book on Building ENERGY STAR Scores

Professor of Physics John Scofield has authored a new book, Building ENERGY STAR Scores: Good Idea, Bad Science.  It is now in the display of recent science faculty scholarship on view in the science library, and will return to the new book shelf soon.

From the book cover:
Professor Scofield has focused his research on energy use in buildings for nearly two decades, and is the author of several "peer-reviewed articles looking at energy savings (or lack thereof) of LEED-certified buildings."

"This book is the result of a three-year investigation into the science behind the U.S. EPA's energy star building benchmarking score.  In a nutshell, these scores are found to have little scientific value and are essentially ad hoc scores with little meaning or reproducibility."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dan Stinebring publishes in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Francis D Federighi Professor of Physics Dan Stinebring co-authors a paper with collaborators from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and University of Manchester, U.K.

Driessen, L. N., G. H. Janssen, C. G. Bassa, B. W. Stappers, and D. R. Stinebring. 2019. Scattering features and variability of the Crab pulsar. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 483:1224-1232.

Partial abstract: 
"We report on Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope observations of the Crab pulsar at 350MHz from 2012 November 24 until 2015 June 21. During this period we consistently observe variations in the pulse profile of the Crab. Both variations in the scattering width of the pulse profile as well as delayed copies, also known as echoes, are seen regularly. These observations support the classification of two types of echoes: those that follow the truncated exponential shape expected for the thin-screen scattering approximation, and echoes that show a smoother, more Gaussian shape."

Oberlin's online access to this journal was through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center; that ceased in 2012 due to publisher changes.  Access the pre-print version of the article at ArXiv.org.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Yumi Ijiri Published in Physical Review

Professor of Physics Yumi Ijiri is the lead author on this recent paper, as indexed in the Web of Science:

Ijiri, Y., K. L. Krycka, I. Hunt-Isaak, H. Pan, J. Hsieh, J. A. Borchers, J. J. Rhyne, S. D. Oberdick, A. Abdelgawad, and S. A. Majetich. 2019. Correlated spin canting in ordered core-shell Fe3O4/MnxFe3-xO4 nanoparticle assemblies. Physical Review B 99:094421. Published 18 March 2019.

Subscribers can access the full-text on the American Physical Society journals website, where anyone can learn more about the newest addition to the APS suite of journals:

APS is launching a new open access journal: Physical Review Research or PRResearch.  Learn more:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Marta Laskowski co-authors Principles of Life, 3rd edition

Principles of Life, 3rd ed.
Congratulations to Professor of Biology Marta Laskowski on publication of Principles of Life, 3rd edition, by David M. Hillis, et al.  Author information and the table of contents are given at the publisher's site, macmillanlearning.com.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Recent publications from Mary Garvin, Biology; Matthew Elrod, Chemistry; and affiliated students

As found in the Web of Science

Fu, N., Y. Shen, Anthony R. Allen ’18, L. Song, A. Ozaki, and S. Lin. 2019. Mn-Catalyzed Electrochemical Chloroalkylation of Alkenes. ACS Catalysis 9:746-754.

Garvin, Mary C., A. Austin, K. Boyer, M. Gefke, C. Wright, Y. Pryor, A. Soble, and Rebecca J. Whelan. 2018. Attraction of Culex pipiens to House Sparrows Is Influenced by Host Age but Not Uropygial Gland Secretions. Insects 9:127.

Stropoli, Santino J.’18, Corina R. Miner ’18, junior Daniel R. Hill, and Matthew J. Elrod
. 2019. Assessing Potential Oligomerization Reaction Mechanisms of Isoprene Epoxydiols on Secondary Organic Aerosol. Environmental Science & Technology 53:176-184.

Names of Oberlin affiliated authors at the time of research are shown in bold font.  Rebecca Whelan is now teaching at Notre Dame University.  Alumni are identified by the year of graduation following the name.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

New publications by FitzGerald and Howard

 Stephen A. FitzGerald, Professor of Physics
publisher's site
Kapelewski, M. T., T. Runcevski, J. D. Tarver, H. Z. H. Jiang, K. E. Hurst, P. A. Parilla, A. Ayala, T. Gennett, S. A. FitzGerald, C. M. Brown, and J. R. Long. 2018. Record High Hydrogen Storage Capacity in the Metal-Organic Framework Ni-2(m-dobdc) at Near-Ambient Temperatures. Chemistry of Materials 30:8179-8189.
Access from OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center

Christopher D. Howard, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
publisher's site
Schuweiler, D. R., C. D. Howard, E. S. Ramsson, and P. A. Garris. 2018. Improving in Situ Electrode Calibration with Principal Component Regression for Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry. Analytical Chemistry 90:13434-13442.

Access from OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center