Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - March 27, 2000
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Grants Aid Whittier College Faculty Projects

Whittier College has received three separate grants totaling more than $47,000 to support faculty research.

Marie-Magdeleine Chirol, associate professor of French, received $5,000 from the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation of Woodland Hills, Calif., to assist with the publication of her book, L'maginaire de la ruine dans A la recherche du temps perdue de Marcel Proust The book deals with the literary motif of ruins in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, and will be part of Summa Publication, Inc.'s special collection on Proust. Chirol, who has been with the college's department of modern languages since 1996, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Howard Lukefahr, associate professor of physics, received $33,750 from Research Corporation of Tucson, Ariz., in support of his ongoing nuclear magnetic resonance studies of Fermi liquid and non-Fermi liquid Kondo system.

"We are using cryogenic nuclear magnetic resonance to study special materials called heavy electron metals," Lukefahr explained. "In these materials, interactions between conduction electrons and magnetic atoms cause the electrons to act as if they are very heavy.

"The behavior of the artificially heavy electrons is of intrinsic scientific interest. In addition, technological applications have recently emerged for heavy electron metals, and related materials are now finding use in computers," Lukefahr said. Lukefahr has been at Whittier since 1992 and holds a bachelor of science degree from Georgia Tech, an M.S. from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside.

Kim Schrum, assistant professor of chemistry, received a $9,000 grant from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh to purchase an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The device is used to study metal concentrations and will be used in environmental and inorganic chemistry. Schrum, who has been at Whittier since 1999, has a B.A. degree from Lawrence University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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