What I’m Reading This Summer: Elizabeth Capaldi

We hope you’ve enjoyed our faculty “What I’m Reading This Summer” series over the past few months.  In the coming months, stay tuned for a similar series featuring Bucknell University staff members!

Our final “What I’m Reading This Summer” story features Elizabeth Capaldi, Associate Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior.  Elizabeth is a biologist who “studies the relationship between insect behavior and brain structure.”  Her research focuses on honeybees, and she is “interested in how insects find their way in the world and in how social behavior is shaped by the environment” (http://www.bucknell.edu/majors-and-minors/biology/faculty-and-staff/elizabeth-capaldi-evans.html).

She reports that she is “happy to be able to pace her reading through such a varied set of topics this summer!” Here is her list:

“1) Right now, in preparation for the senior seminar that I am teaching in the fall semester (Advanced Topics in Animal Behavior ANBE 320), I’m reading Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, by Douglas J. Emlen. This course has the subtitle of “the evolution of animal defenses” and serves as the major’s Culminating Experience for animal behavior majors who will graduate with the class of 2016; I’ve learned a lot of cool science from this book and hope to incorporate it into some fun lectures for class. Hopefully, my future students are enjoying reading it, too. I’ve arranged for the author to Skype into my course on a few occasions this fall!

2) Like many Bucknellians, I have read The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen and Charles Wilson in support of the first year reading program.  It’s given me a lot of think about, especially as it relates to my own dietary choices and my research on an agriculturally important insect.

3) I’m also reading Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation by James L Gould and Carol Grant Gould which summarizes a lot of recent research on navigational abilities of animals and connects those behaviors to conservation efforts.

4) Fiction, old and new, and more fiction!

As a member of the local Feminist Fiction Reading Group, I’ve read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (which I had never read before – somehow I’ve skipped all Tolstoy before this summer!) in prep for our August meeting and will next tackle Oreo by Fran Ross for a future discussion.  While teaching my summer class in June, I loaded up my Kindle with a few other fiction selections, including The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel by Alice Hoffman, Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl.

5) a new/future hobby

I’ve got my eye on a few books about touring via bicycle, riding greenways, and bike-packing, so I’m hoping to squeeze in some time for them; I’d like to plan a cycle tour at some point in the indeterminate future.

6) Bucknell in London

I’m reading lots of chapters about London and the UK, in preparation for teaching Bucknell in London next spring.  Exciting times!”

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How to get the Windows 10 update

Windows 10 launches on Wednesday, July 29.

Here’s a great article from The Verge that gives you information on how to get Windows 10 and how to prepare for it, as well as a review of the entire operating system.

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Call for Proposals: Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference 2015!

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its second annual digital scholarship conference on November 6-8, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Public Scholarship.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal, visit the Call for Proposals page.

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What I’m Reading This Summer: Collin McKinney

Welcome to the penultimate faculty story in our series, “What I’m Reading This Summer.”  This post features Collin McKinney, Associate Professor of Spanish.  Collin’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth century Spanish literature and culture, the novels of Benito Pérez Galdós, and masculinity studies.

Collin is also a devoted family man, who takes his children on many fun adventures in the Susquehanna Valley, across the country, and around the globe.  This summer, he is also taking time to share some reading interests with his kids.

He says, “I’m currently trying to read some of the books my kids like, so that I have something to talk about with them.  I just finished a graphic novel, American Born Chinese, and am now working on a couple of manga that my daughter likes, Black Butler and Attack on Titan.”

In the classroom this fall, Collin will be serving as a Senior Fellow in the Languages and Cultures Residential College.  He will also be teaching an upper level course called “Portraying Spanish Masculinity.”

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What I’m Reading This Summer: Pete Brooksbank

Pete Brooksbank, Professor of Mathematics, has an interesting summer reading list. A mathematician specializing in Computational Algebra, Finite Groups, and Combinatorics, Pete is spending his summer balancing preparation for his fall Foundation Seminar, “The Universal Machine,” (part of the Discovery Residential College), with fun recreational reading.

Pete writes, “Your series is a splendid idea.  I’m reading:

1) The first year common reading book, The Good Food Revolution, by Will Allen. It looks interesting!

2) I’m also reading as much John Le Carre as is humanly possible in my spare time, because he’s awesome. I’m reading A Perfect Spy right now.

3) For my IP (Integrated Perspectives) course next year, I’m reading a book by Alan Holden called Shapes, Symmetry and Space.

4) Alan Turing, The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges, which I’m reading for my Foundation Seminar.

5) Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code, by Wladyslaw Kozaczuk and Jerzy Straszak. Also for my Foundation Seminar.

Pete also adds “I’d like to also read some Hemingway, if I have time. Because he’s awesome too.”

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What I’m Reading This Summer: John Rickard

This week’s “What I’m Reading This Summer” list features John Rickard, Professor of English.  John writes,

“Here are the first couple of books I’m either reading or preparing to read:

Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth — I picked it because I’d read good reviews, because it won the Booker Prize, and because it’s a historical novel that portrays the slave trade in the 18th century.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride — a new experimental Irish novel that’s getting a lot of attention right now; the author has written about her debt to James Joyce, which makes it especially interesting to me.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein — highly recommended by my wife and pertinent after a recent trip to Greece.

Inventing Human Rights: A History, by Lynn Hunt — preparation for an Integrated Perspectives course next spring.”

Also on John’s summertime reading list are:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Zone One, by Colson Whitehead

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Enroll in Password Reset right now!

We have changed dozens of passwords this summer. Why? Because users have

  1. Forgotten their password completely, or
  2. Forgotten the answers to their security questions, or
  3. Forgotten to enroll in Password Reset with their own security questions, or
  4. Ignored all the emails that told them their password was about to expire.

If this happens, you can be out of luck while you try to get in touch with a staff person at the tech desk who can help you.

Go to pr.bucknell.edu now, click on Enroll Now, and set up your security questions!


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