Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Alan Rabinowitz, 1953-2018

Posted 07 Aug 2018 / 0

Photo of Alan Rabinowitz speaking in 2010 courtesy of Kris Krüg via Wikimedia Commons It was with great sadness that I learned that Alan Rabinowitz died of cancer on August 5th. There’s a great tribute to him on the National Geographic site: A Brooklyn-born kid who used frequent Bronx Zoo visits to overcome a severe stuttering Read More

A Minor Post, Activism, Conservation Biology, Felids, Obituary, Population Genetics, Web

Review of William B. Provine’s “The ‘Random Genetic Drift’ Fallacy”

Posted 05 Nov 2015 / 5

Just about a year ago, I got an unusual email. It was from William Ball Provine, a well-known historian of science most famous for his work on the modern evolutionary synthesis. Provine was especially well-known to me as the Ph.D. advisor to Greg Graffin of the punk band Bad Religion; although this is a story Read More

A Major Post, Books, Evolution, Fluidity of Knowledge, Genetic Drift, Genetics, Obituary, Population Genetics

Barry Commoner, pioneering scientist and environmentalist, is dead at 95

Posted 03 Oct 2012 / 0

Barry Commoner was an exceptional scientist and human being. Below are some nice tributes to him: The New York Times “Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard” The New York Times “Barry Commoner’s Uncommon Life” The Los Angeles Times “Barry Commoner dies at 95; pillar of environmental movement” The Boston Globe “Barry Commoner, 95; founder of Read More

A Minor Post, Anthropogenic Change, Articles, Biodiversity Loss, Biography, Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Justice, Obituary, Pollution, Public Policy, Sustainability, Sustainable Energy

Elinor Ostrom, pioneering social scientist and scholar of cooperation, is dead at 78

Posted 18 Jun 2012 / 0

Wikipedia “Elinor Ostrom” The Huffington Post David Sloan Wilson blog “Farewell, Lin Ostrom” CHANS-Net blog “Elinor Ostrom leaves inspiring legacy“

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Cultural Anthropology, Obituary, Political Science, Social Science

Marvin Charton, Pratt professor and renowned computational chemist, is dead at 80

Posted 15 Apr 2012 / 3

My most senior colleague in the Department of Mathematics and Science at Pratt Institute, Marvin Charton, died on Thursday, April 12th. He was nearly 81 years old and had been a professor at Pratt Institute for over 56 years. Marvin was a renowned computational chemist who used correlation analysis to study chemical structure-property relationships, and Read More

Chemistry, Department of Mathematics & Science, Obituary, Pratt Institute

The tragically early passing of Fred Rubino, an influential Brooklyn educator

Posted 04 Apr 2012 / 4

Not surprisingly, where I am today has a lot to do with where I came from. My passion for teaching, driven in large part by the faith that educators can transform the lives of their students, predates my arrival in higher education. My first teaching jobs were in New York City middle schools, where I Read More

Obituary, Teaching

Do you still think God is good?

Posted 15 Sep 2010 / 0

George C. Williams, eminent scholar of evolutionary biology, died on September 8th at the age of 84. During the second half of the twentieth century, Williams emerged as one of the most influential thinkers in evolutionary biology, and helped to clarify a number of key issues in the field. His defining style was to tackle Read More

Adaptation, Biography, Evolution, Group Selection, Obituary, Senescence