The Oberlin Review

Examining Oberlin’s History Rewarding, Provides Insight

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2019

Editor’s note: This column is the first in a series that will focus on Oberlin’s history as a town and an institution. The series will be published regularly throughout the fall semester. Through the decades, Oberlin has demonstrated a strong commitment to documenting and preserving its own history. Mudd Center boasts extensive archival collections; for a town and college of modest size, a surprising number of books and essays have been written about Oberlin. While many Oberlin historians have had some connection with the college or town, many journalists and scholars from outside of this community have also taken an interest in Oberlin’s historical impact on the broader trajectory of American history. This past W...

Politics Professor Chris Howell, one of several faculty members who earned Research Status for 2017–2018, works in his o ce in Rice Hall. Administrators announced before spring break that Research Status will be inde nitely suspended after next academic year as a cost-saving measure.

Administration Suspends Research Status

March 31, 2017

A budgetary move intended to save Oberlin money has indefinitely eliminated funding for the faculty Research Status program. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren and Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn announced the suspension in an email to faculty March 15, a decision they say could save the school approximately $600,000 annually. Research Status typically compensates five to ten College faculty and one to two Conservatory faculty for a full year of paid sabbatical leave with...

Harbingers of Spring

Harbingers of Spring

April 3, 2015

Neuroscience Professor to Study Senses Using Omni, Oculus Rift

Dyani Sabin

February 6, 2015

Though Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Leslie Kwakye may research virtual reality, the implications of her work are very real. Kwakye is interested in studying multisensory integration by combining information from different sensory modalities through the use of the Virtuix Omni and Oculus Rift, two new virtual reality devices. Sensory modalities are commonly known as things like sight, smell, touch, sound, taste and “self motion,” or the feeling of how you are moving. By looking at how people combine these different sensory systems, Kwakye is trying to discover how the brain combines diverse information into the seamless experience of perception. The classic study of this question is simple: Occasionally...

College senior Gifty Dominah presents her poster at the Annual Biomedi- cal Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio. Dominah was among seven Oberlin students and two faculty members to attend the conference last week.

Research Conference Recognizes Minority STEM Students

November 21, 2014

Oberlin sent a team of seven students to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio last week. There, several students earned first place in their field for their posters. College seniors Marisa Aikins, Hudson Bailey, Gifty Dominah, Michelle Johnson and Gabriel Moore and College juniors Anne Chege and Edmund Korley, along with two Oberlin faculty members, traveled to the conference last Wednesday to present their research at one of the largest professional conferences...

Students listen to alumni panelists discuss the undergraduate research they conducted at Oberlin. The panel was part of the Celebration for Undergraduate Research, which honored research by natural and social science students.

Oberlin Honors Undergraduate Research

September 26, 2014

This year’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research displayed student research findings from both the natural and social sciences and provided a platform for interdisciplinary discussions. The celebration included an alumni panel, a poster session and oral presentations by student researchers. According to Afia Ofori-Mensa, visiting assistant professor of Comparative American Studies, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the organizer of the celebration, the goal of the...

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