A Sweet Briar College Learning Resource

H2O - The Mystery, Art, and Science of Water




    Professor Chris Witcombe : WATER in ART
    professor of art history; B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College. Professor Witcombe teaches primarily courses and seminars on European art and theory in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. He also teaches courses on art in the ancient world (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome), on images of women and men in western art, and a seminar on art and artists. All of Professor Witcombe's courses and seminars are taught in an interactive environment using computers and the world wide web to link with other resources, students, and art historians as well as with museums and art collections around the world.


    Professor Linda S. Fink : BIOLOGY and WATER
    assistant professor of biology; B.A., Amherst College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida. Her research interests are in ecology, behavior, and evolution; entomology; and field biology. Her studies focus on the defense mechanisms of monarch butterflies and the green lynx spider. She is also interested in teaching students how to use video as a research tool in population and field biology. She recently received an National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement grant.

    Professor Lincoln P. Brower : WATER and the FLOODING RIVER
    research professor of biology, and distinguished service professor of zoology, emeritus, University of Florida. By combining experimental, laboratory and field research in evolution, ecology, and animal behavior, Professor Brower studies the interactions of plants, insects and vertebrates. His specific fields of interest include ecological chemistry, mimicry, the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, scientific film making, and the conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems. His present major conservation efforts are aimed at permanently protecting the overwintering colonies of the monarch butterfly in Mexico.


    Professor Jill Granger : The CHEMISTRY of WATER
    assistant professor of chemistry; B.S., Butler University; Ph.D., Purdue University. Dr. Granger's research interests are in biochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry, especially in the modification of DNA structures for use as potential antisense agents. Her research also investigates the separation and purification of these modified DNA molecules using high pressure liquid chromatograph and applications of computational chemistry to molecular structure determination. She has involved students in summer research, and also in collaborative research with students from Virginia Military Institute and from Washington and Lee University. Dr. Granger recently received a National Science Foundation/Laboratory Improvement grant for high pressure liquid chromatograph and also a Mednick Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges to support her research with undergraduates. The Sweet Briar Honors Program has also provided support for a student to do research with Dr. Granger during the summer.


    Professor Mark Magruder : WATER and DANCE
    associate professor of dance; B.F.A., University of Illinois; M.A., California State University. Mark and his wife Ella founded of the Menagerie Dance Company. The Magruders have danced with the Mimi Garrard Dance Company in New York City and performed their own work throughout the country. Mark Magruder danced in the companies of Shirley Mordine and Beverly Blossom. One of his recent collaborations with jazz musician James Emery of the String Trio of New York, entitled Where's Home?, was commissioned by an individual choreographer's grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. They are recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Montana Arts Council.


    Professor John Gregory Brown : LITERATURE and WATER
    Julia Jackson Nichols Associate Professor of English; B.A., Tulane University; M.A., Louisiana State University; M.A., The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University. Professor Brown is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and teaches workshops on writing fiction. He is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetary and The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur. He has received a Lyndhurst Prize, the 1994 Lillian Smith Award, and the 1996 Steinbeck Award.

    Professor Lee Piepho : WATER and FILM
    Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of English; A.B., Kenyon College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Virginia. The author of articles on Renaissance poetry, Professor Piepho has published a translation and commentary of Mantuan's Ecologues. At present he is working on the place of Italian humanism in 16th-century English culture. His teaching interests range from modern literature to Shakespeare and English Renaissance literature. Professor Piepho received the 1991 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Student Government Association.


    Professor Sang Hwang : WATER in the WORLD TODAY
    director of the Environmental Studies Program; B.S., Biology, M.S., Agricultural Economics, Ph.D., Environmental Design and Planning, Virginia Tech. Sang Hwang's research interests are in the areas of ecological economics, global environmental policy and planning, the theory of sustainable development, and sustainable community development. He has written articles in the Journal of Planning Literature and the Journal of Agricultural Systems. In addition, Sang Hwang has presented work at conferences by the Association of Collegiate School of Planning, Center for the Study of Science in Society, and World Association for Case Study Methods Research. He has also presented a workshop at the University of Maribor in Slovenia and has researched in the Dominican Republic.


    Professor Michael Richards : WATER in HISTORY
    Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History; B.A., University of Tulsa; A.M., Ph.D., Duke University. Professor Richards is author of Europe, 1900-1980: A Brief History and has published essays on revolution in the 20th century, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Milan Kundera. His major research interests include revolutions and protest movements as well as 20th-century world history. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    Professor Greta Niu : WATER in FILM
    Honors Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English, teaches interdisciplinary Asian American studies courses and film studies. In addition to her research on film, she has completed a video project on Sweet Briar and the nearby community. Professor Niu's latest publications include an article on actress Joan Chen's role in "Twin Peaks" and a review of young feminist filmmakers. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1991 where she majored in English and Women's Studies and received her Ph.D. in English from Duke University.


    Professor Jonathan Green : MUSIC and WATER
    associate professor of music; B.Mus., State University of NY at Fredonia; M. Mus., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Green is author of the two-volume work, A Conductor's Guide to Choral Orchestral Works. As an ASCAP award-winning composer, Dr. Green has received commissions from the United States, England and Australia, with his works including numerous songs, choral works, a piano concerto and six symphonies. He conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra.


    Professor George Lenz : The PHYSICS of WATER on EARTH
    dean of the College and Whitney-Guion Professor of Physics; A.B., M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers University. Dean Lenz has research interests in nuclear physics, modeling simulations and in the use of computers and multi-media in education. He teaches one course each semester.

    Professor Scott Hyman : The PHYSICS of WATER in the UNIVERSE
    associate professor of physics; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., University of Maryland. Professor Hyman has research interests in radio astronomy, neural networks, and experimental nuclear physics. He has published 15 research papers.


    associate professor of religion; B.A., Religion and Philosophy, Seoul National University; A.M. and Ph.D., Comparative Religion, Harvard University. Professor Goulde is a specialist in Chinese and Korean Buddhism and the religions and cultures of North Asia, and is director of Sweet Briar's Asian Studies Program. He has completed 67 articles on Korean religion for the Harper Collins Dictionary of Religion (1995), and is completing a monograph on Taoism in Korea. He has given papers at conferences in the United States and Korea.

    Professor Cathy Gutierrez : WATER in WESTERN RELIGIONS
    instructor in religion; A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Syracuse University, and is currently completing her doctorate in the Religion Department at Syracuse. Her work focuses on millennialism and the rise of the novel. She teaches predominantly Western religions to which she brings an interest in gender studies and the history of ideas. She has given several papers on American religions and her article "Ideals and Representations: Women in Travel Literature to the Holy Land" appears in Pilgrims and Travelers to the Holy Land, Creighton University Press.

    Professor Jody Bart : WOMEN and WATER
    assistant professor of philosophy and women and gender studies; B.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Florida State University. Professor Bart recently organized a ground-breaking academic conference on campus entitled "Women Succeeding in the Sciences: Theories and Practices across the Disciplines." A major component of the conference showcased student research, with students delivering their own scholarly papers to professional scholars in the field of women and science. Astronaut and scientist Kathryn D. Sullivan was keynote speaker for the three-day event.


H20 - The Mystery, Art, and Science of Water
Chris Witcombe and Sang Hwang
Sweet Briar College