Artists & Scholars

Spring 2017


Daniel Ofori-Addo ’04 self-published a book that is designed to help novice and intermediate Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts improve their ability to solve Sudoku puzzles. The book is titled Sudoku Puzzles Decoded and is available on Amazon.

Dr. Ralph Clayman ’69, dean emeritus of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, has published The Compleat Dean: A Guide to Academic Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty. Informed by over 350 collective years of contemporary decanal experience, The Compleat Dean is a hands-on guide to leadership in the field of academic medicine.

Nancy McCannon Barasch ’67 has published her first novel, The Old Soldier’s Love Story (Black Rose Writing, 2015). The novel centers on romance during the Vietnam War era.

Rachel Mathisrud Hall ’95 edited two books, Zadok: The New … Old Order by Teresa Bowen, and Come Up Here: The Place of Our Original Intent by Aaron Smith. Both were published by Scrolls of Zebulon.


Jon Richardson ’10 has released Tonic, his first album of original singer-songwriter music, dedicated to John Christian Rommereim, Blanche Johnson Professor of Music at Grinnell and one of Richardson’s early mentors. 

Winter 2016


The Television Academy awarded Ian Roberts ’87 the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series as an executive producer. He was also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. Both awards were for his work on Key & Peele, a comedy series that ran for five seasons on Comedy Central. 


Alvin Irby ’07, founder and chief reading inspirer at Barbershop Books, published his debut children’s book, Gross Greg, in December. It’s about a boy who enjoys eating his boogers despite the protest of everyone he encounters. See for more information.

Barbara Johnstone ’71 has published poetry in Hummingbird Press’ Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem and is part of the book and juried exhibit at the Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Her poem “Rub the Ground, Hard” ran on display from Aug. 6 through Dec. 6, 2015, in the Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment exhibit. 

Professional Publications

The second year of college for most science majors is a challenging time when many students — particularly students from groups underrepresented in the sciences — struggle with their coursework and may choose to leave the field. The Grinnell science division’s work over the past few years has focused on curricular reforms and providing a supportive context to help students weather this challenging phase of their education. “Situating Second-Year Success: Understanding Second-Year STEM Experiences at a Liberal Arts College” in CBE-Life Sciences Education (Sept. 1, 2016) details their work, which was done with support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Contributors include Leslie Gregg-Jolly, professor of biology; Jim Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry; Joyce Stern ’91, dean for student success and academic advising; and David Lopatto, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. 


Janet M. Gibson, professor of psychology, published “Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength” in The Conversation, an online journal, in August 2016. “Historically, psychologists framed humor negatively, suggesting it demonstrated superiority, vulgarity, Freudian id conflict, or a defense mechanism to hide one’s true feelings,” she wrote. “But research on humor has come into the sunlight of late, with humor now viewed as a character strength.”