Geoff Cocks' New Book: History's Tools, Historian's Expertise Fully Utilized
Geoff Cocks previously authored Psychotherapy in the Third Reich.Historians have held to the assumption that Nazi Germany built a society where individualism was stamped out because everyone in the "master race" was subordinated to the collective "racial community." While the racial community was a reality, Albion College history professor Geoff Cocks argues the individuals still looked out for their own material interests and that this was exhibited most significantly in the way Germans were concerned about their health.
Cocks used all of the skills he has developed as a historian to assemble first-person accounts—like a two-volume diary by Victor Klemperer, novels by Christa Wolf and Hans Fallada, and archival documents from Europe, the United States, and Israel—to complete his new book, The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany. The book was published by the Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom in January and will be released in the United States this spring.
Albion College Receives Replica of U.S. Capitol Rotunda's President Ford Sculpture
The decades-long relationship between President Gerald Ford and Albion College entered a new chapter March 7 with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of the President that will be permanently housed at the College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
The event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum featured Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Gerald and Betty Ford, and Albion College President Donna Randall revealing the one-third-size replica, or maquette, of the life-size statue that was dedicated in May 2011 in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington.
Under the direction of Professor Kevin Metz, Albion College chemistry students have successfully synthesized nanoparticles and attached them to other structures in the lab. Lyndsey Reynolds, '11, received the best poster award at the Midwestern Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Chemistry after successfully soaking small particles of palladium into a plastic membrane. Chris Kruppe, '13, hopes to take the next step as he begins to work toward a plan to form the nanoparticles into cube shapes.
Kruppe, a Naperville, Ill., native who is getting a serious look as the starting catcher for the baseball team, will take a weekend off the diamond in late March to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego where he will present a poster about the beginning of his work in the lab.
Ford Institute Students Get Firsthand Look at Romney Campaign
Providing a real-world experience to its mission of exploring public policy issues more fully and preparing future leaders in all fields, students in Albion College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service made the short trip to the Caster Concepts manufacturing plant Monday, Feb. 27, to see Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in person.