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Sharing the Spotlight

Conducting research and publishing with students gives them a stake in an important part of a scientific conversation.

Recent articles by Psychology Professors Bobby Horton and Eric Olofson and Physics Professor Martin Madsen build on one of the College’s most important traditions—sharing work and credit of research with their students.

Olofson’s work in the October 2014 edition of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders—“Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Comprehend Lexicalized and Novel Primary Conceptual Metaphors”—is co-authored with Drew Casey ’12, Olufemi A. Oluyedun ’12, Jo Van Herwegen, Adam Becerra ’12, and Gabriella Rundblad.

Madsen and Andrew Skowronski ’12 shared credit for the research on  “Brownian Motion of a Trapped Microsphere Ion” in the October 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physics.

Horton’s article with Tanner Tritch ’10 on the links between narcissism and “grandiose parenting” was published in the Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied in 2014. More recently it was cited in an article titled “Are All Parents Narcissitic?” in the November 2014 edition of Psychology Today.

“The article began with Tanner’s senior capstone project, one for which he did the bulk of the data collection, entry, and analysis,” says Horton. “So it was only appropriate that Tanner be on the paper.

“Sharing the credit with Tanner also gives him a stake in and accountability for an important part of a scientific conversation, one that is on-going and active.

“That publication is a testament to the genuine nature of the scientific inquiry in which Tanner engaged, and his role in the scientific community is documented for posterity.”