Scranton’s Zalon Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellow
The American Academy of Nursing inducted 116 nurse leaders, including Margarete Lieb Zalon, Ph.D., professor of nursing at The University of Scranton, as Fellows during the academy’s 37th annual meeting and conference. “Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. Read more.
Paradoxes of Youth Investigated in New Book by Redlands Race and Ethnic Studies Professor
Today’s children are painted alternately as good kids in a world in which they need protection and future thugs against whom the world should be on watch. This paradox is the ground on which Jennifer Tilton, an anthropologist and Race and Ethnic Studies professor at the University of Redlands, has built her new book “Dangerous or Endangered? Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America.” Read more.
Redlands School of Business Professor Receives Third Fulbright Grant to Eastern Europe
University of Redlands School of Business professor and Fulbright Scholar Gerald Groshek has spent the fall working with the Kyiv National Economics University in Ukraine, having been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. This is Groshek’s third time visiting Eastern Europe in conjunction with the Fulbright Commission. Read more.
Valpo Professor Wins Prize Honoring Work in Christian Vocation
A Valparaiso University music professor has won the 2010 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Music Performance, presented by the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts to honor a faculty member's work exemplifying the practice of Christian artistic or scholarly vocation. Dennis Friesen-Carper, Reddel professor of music, received the prize for directing his original oratorio "Innocents." Set to a libretto by renowned author and Valpo professor Walter Wangerin Jr., "Innocents" was written in response to the war in Iraq and meditates on the often tragic cost of the pursuit of power. Read more.
Butler Art Professor Receives Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship
Butler University assistant professor of Art Leah Gauthier is one of five artists from Indiana and Illinois to receive a $20,000 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship to help them continue their artistic development. Gauthier was awarded the fellowship for her work entitled "Tending a Difficult Hope," which she describes as “an artistic journey towards self-sufficiency” in which she will be learning self-sustaining skills for growing and preserving food, and teaching them to others through gallery installations, performances and workshops. Read more.
Drake English Professor Receives Prize, Publication for Poetry Collection
Jennifer Perrine, assistant professor of English at Drake University, recently was awarded the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry for her latest collection of poems, "In the Human Zoo." The prize, named in memory of poet and educator Agha Shahid Ali, is awarded annually and is sponsored by the University of Utah Press and the University of Utah Department of English. Read more.
Hampton Names New Director of the Leadership Institute
Hampton University Provost Dr. Pamela V. Hammond has announced the appointment of Battinto L. Batts Jr. as director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University. Batts began his appointment on Nov. 15. “I am impressed with Mr. Batts’ good work ethic, demeanor, and leadership skills,” said Hammond. “I believe he has the energy and the dedication to take our student leadership program to an even higher level.” Read more.
Arcadia’s Simmons Receives NAFSA Honor at Conference
Dru Simmons, assistant director of the Midwest Region for Arcadia University’s The College of Global Studies, was awarded the George Hertrich Advocacy Award at the recent Region VI NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Read more.
Ithaca College Colleagues Create New Way for Nonverbal Dysphagia Patients to Communicate
In late 2006, Ithaca College faculty member and speech pathologist Mary Pitti and her colleague Liz Begley (an AAC specialist now on staff at College Station Medical Center in Texas) made an eye-opening discovery: augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) devices offering icons and software applications for dysphagia sufferers were nearly nonexistent. Pooling their resources, Pitti and Begley addressed the problem by developing a safe swallowing protocol and, from that, a set of icons called “SmallTalk Dysphagia,” which is available on AAC devices through Lingraphica and also as an application for the iPod Touch and iPad. Read more.
Redlands Education Dean Published on National Blogsite
Dr. Bob Denham, dean of the School of Education at the University of Redlands, was recently published on “Takepart.com” regarding his views on the importance of motivating teachers as a key issue in education reform in the U.S. Read more.
Wagner Professor Has New Art Book
Wagner College art professor Bill Murphy has published his second book of art work, “From Life 2002-2011.” The book is organized into four chapters, mostly containing images drawn, engraved or painted from a particular site: Kreischerville and the shipping graveyard on Staten Island’s Arthur Kill waterway; the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn; Richmond Terrace, wending along the North Shore of Staten Island, including Mariner’s Harbor and the Bayonne Bridge; and “other places” around New York. Read more.
Belmont Professor Wins Country Music Association Award
Belmont University songwriting professor Tom Douglas won Song of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show for his song, "The House That Built Me," co-written with Allen Shamblin and recorded by Miranda Lambert. The song also won Music Video of the Year. Douglas, who teaches lyric writing, also co-wrote "Hello World," the song performed during the awards show broadcast by Lady Antebellum. Read more.
Butler’s Professor Neville's Book Captures the Scenes from 'Butler's Big Dance’
Butler University English Professor Susan Neville had planned to spend last summer writing essays for a new book. Then basketball got in the way, and she ended up writing a different book entirely. Butler’s Big Dance, subtitled The Team, The Tournament and Basketball Fever (Indiana University Press), is Neville’s attempt to capture the atmosphere last spring as the men’s basketball team advanced to the National Championship game against Duke. Read more.
Drake Establishes New Program to Encourage Work-Life Balance
Drake University started a new program about work-life balance this fall. It began with a survey of faculty and staff that drew more than 400 responses. Recently Raylene Rospond, dean of Drake University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, was featured in an article on that very topic in the Des Moines Woman magazine. Read more.
Military Channel Airs Drury Video Instructor’s Documentary
Drury University video instructor Brian Shipman’s documentary “L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did” was aired on the Military Channel during its G.I. Film Festival program. The documentary took director Brian Shipman, in association with Springfield businessman Gary Ellison, ten years to make. It shows the untold story of the L-Birds, the World War II spotter planes made by Cessna and Piper, and the men who flew them armed with only a hand-held radio and a .45 automatic handgun. Read more.
Sage’s Dean Sarolta Takács Elected President of Oldest Classical Association in the U.S.
Sarolta A. Takács, dean of Sage College of Albany and professor of history, was elected president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS). The Classical Association was founded in 1907 and is one of the oldest classical associations in the United States. Read more.
Butler’s Ena Shelley: One of Indy’s ‘Most Influential Women’
Indianapolis Business Journal has named Ena Shelley, dean of Butler University’s College of Education (COE), to its list of Most Influential Women of 2010. The list recognizes business women from Indianapolis’ public and private sectors with reputations for experience, integrity and leadership in their fields. Read more.
Elon Physics Professor Leads Black Hole Research
In May, NASA will point its Chandra X-Ray Observatory toward a black hole 150 million light years from Earth to collect data for more than three straight days, the longest observation ever made on such a cosmic feature. Leading the team behind the deep space research will be Dan Evans, one of Elon University’s newest faculty members, and a rising star himself in the realm of astrophysics. Read more.
Samford Professor’s Book Examines Antebellum Northern Evangelical Attacks on Southern Evangelicals, Catholics
Samford University history professor Jason Wallace, in his new book Catholics, Slaveholders, and the Dilemma of American Evangelicalism, 1835-1860, examines why antebellum northern evangelical Protestants were consistent in opposing both slavery and Catholicism. The book was published in October by the University of Notre Dame Press. Read more.
Redlands Professor and Award-Winning Author Publishes Biography on Queen of the Muckrakers
Counterpoint Press recently released Irrepressible: the Life and Times of Jessica Mitford, a biography on renowned investigative journalist and longtime civil rights activist, Jessica Mitford, written by University of Redlands award-winning author and Creative Writing Professor Leslie Brody. Read more.
Drake’s Jim Albert Featured for Efforts to Help People in Need
The Des Moines Register ran a lengthy feature story about Drake University Law School Professor Jim Albert on Sunday, highlighting Albert's many initiatives to help underprivileged people. Read more.
Arcadia Professor’s Book Disentangles Judaism and Feminism
Case Western Reserve University’s Program in Judaic Studies journal Shofar includes a book review of the book Jewish Feminists: Complex Identities and Activist Lives (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010) by Dr. Dina Pinsky, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arcadia University. Read more.
Elon Staff, Students Present at NSEE Conference
Elon University staff and students made presentations at the annual conference of the National Society for Experiential Education held in Charlotte, N.C. Five staff members presented a workshop titled “Standing at the Crossroads of an Experiential Learning Requirement: Collaborations for Intentional, Integrated Student Learning.” Read more.
Ithaca College Psychology Professor Earns National Teaching Award
Ithaca College professor of psychology Barney Beins has been recognized nationally for his many years of teaching excellence and his broader influence on psychology education. Beins was presented with the 2010 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). Read more.
Ithaca College Professor's Savory New Book Combines Love of Food and Politics
Although containing recipes, Anthony Di Renzo’s new book is as much a feast for the mind as the stomach. “Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and Ethnicity from the Imperial Kitchen” is a wide-ranging meditation on Italian food, American culture and globalization. An associate professor of writing at Ithaca College, Di Renzo specializes in classical rhetoric and satire. Read more.
Butler Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Helps Choose Top Technology Products for 2010
Known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” R&D Magazine’s 100 Awards have recognized top technology products such as the fax machine (1975), Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992) and HDTV (1998), since its inception in 1963. Helping to choose the top technologies for 2010 was Butler University’s own Sudip Das, associate professor of pharmaceutics. Read more.
Butler’s Harris Helps Alzheimer’s Cause with Music
Bringing together the sounds of 26 Indiana musical artists and groups was Butler University College of Communication instructor Mark Harris’ assignment this summer, when he volunteered to be mastering engineer for a new benefit CD, Music for Memory. Read more.
Drury Professor Recognized as Top Female Communicator
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) recently honored Drury University Communication Associate Professor Regina Waters, Ph. D., with one of its top awards. A second award went to Drury student Lauren Ormsby (see Student News). Read more.
Elon Professor Co-authors New Edition of Special Education Guide
Elon University associate professor Linda Wilmshurst and co-author Alan Brue, a school psychologist in George, have released the second edition of a book they wrote five years ago to help parents navigate special education for their children. Published by Jossey-Bass, The Complete Guide to Special Education: Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs, and Helping Kids Succeed includes information on “Response to Intervention,” a new approach to identifying learning disabilities in the classroom. Read more.
North Central Education Faculty Earn Award for Top Paper
North Central College associate professors of education Maureen Kincaid, Nancy Keiser and Kristine Servais were recognized at the American Institute of Higher Education’s 5th International Conference in Orlando, Fla., for presenting the conference’s top paper. Their award-winning paper, titled “Using a Collaborative Leadership Model in a Teacher Education Program,” will be published in the American Journal of Educational Studies. Their paper is dedicated to the memory of Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, who was instrumental in the movement to a collaborative leadership model. It was selected from a two-person blind review for a journal that accepts just 25 to 30 percent of papers submitted. The North Central faculty were recognized and presented with a plaque at a reception Sept. 30 at the conference. Read more.
Quinnipiac Professor Appointed to Health Information Technology Exchange Advisory Board
Angela Mattie, associate professor of management in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut.
Samford’s Davenport Publishes New Nature Journal
The University of Alabama Press has published a collection of Samford University biology professor Larry Davenport’s best writing in a newly-released book, Nature Journal.
Wagner Faculty Featured in Staten Island Advance
Michelle Pawk, who won the 2003 Tony for featured actress in “Hollywood Arms,” has joined Wagner College as a full-time faculty member. She is teaching advanced acting, directing and film studies — a move the school hopes will strengthen its already esteemed theater department. She recently appeared on the cover of the Staten Island Advance. Read more.
Drake Athletic Director Hosts 'Backyard Discussion' with President Obama
President Barack Obama passed a blue-and-white Bulldogs flag this morning as he entered Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb's home in Beaverdale. Obama, Clubb and dozens of Drake staff, students, friends and neighbors gathered behind her home for a "Backyard Discussion," one of a series of events designed to allow ordinary citizens to interact directly with the President. Read more.
Elon Professor’s Breast Cancer the Genesis for New Book
How do you determine the best course of treatment when cancer has returned or spread? What legal rights do you have when you learn you have cancer? And what are ways to address the envy, and pity, that can develop when facing a shortened life span? Barbara Gordon, an associate professor of English at Elon University, tackles those questions and more in a new book inspired by her own breast cancer journey. Breast Cancer Recurrence and Advanced Disease: Comprehensive Expert Guidance, published this fall by Duke University Press, gives readers medical knowledge and practical advice about the disease. Read more.
Dean of Elon’s School of Education Appointed to Governor's Education Commission
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has appointed Elon University School of Education Dean David Cooper to the Governor’s Education Transformation Commission, a new board of influential leaders who will advise the governor on the use of federal “Race to the Top” funds for implementing the “Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! Initiative” across North Carolina. Read more.
Quinnipiac University Appoints Founding Dean of its School of Medicine
Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean for academic affairs and education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, has been appointed the founding dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine. Read more.
Arcadia’s Mangione Receives APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award
Dr. Kathleen K. Mangione, Professor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, received the 2010 Lucy Blair Service Award for her exceptional contributions to the American Physical Therapy Association. Read more.
Ithaca College Faculty Member Receives National Technology Leadership Award
Dani Novak, associate professor of mathematics at Ithaca College, has been awarded the National Technology Leadership Coalition’s Technology in Education Award. Given annually, the award recognizes a significant contribution that advances the effective use of technology in education. Read more.
PLU Professor Explores Egyptian Tombs
The moment before the chamber door of an ancient tomb cracks open, a sensation of excitement, of discovery is running through Don Ryan '79 – renowned archeologist and Egyptologist and Pacific Lutheran University faculty fellow. Ryan highlights his adventures throughout the years in his most recent book “Beneath the Sands of Egypt – Adventures of an Unconventional Archeologists.” Read more.
A 'Walter Mitty' Type Becomes a Best-of Author at Butler
Houghton-Mifflin will publish professor Bryan Furuness’ short fiction story, “Man of Steel,” in is 2010 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading, which is scheduled for release in October. Best American Nonrequired Reading, which is scheduled for release in October. Furuness is an adjunct English professor and associate editor of Butler University’s MFA program’s literary magazine. Read more.
An Interview with Arcadia Sociology Professor on her New Book: Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World
On Sept. 11, Dr. Adrienne Redd, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Arcadia University, released her new book, Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World. The book discusses how to make sense of international catastrophes and transitions of the past two decades—starting from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, through the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond. Read more.
Arcadia Professor Elected President of Curriculum Association
Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies at Arcadia University, was recently elected to a three-year term as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.
In the July 2010 issue of the Journal for the Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (Vol. 6), Appelbaum proposed a new form of curriculum theorizing, “retrodictive curriculum reform,” as a response to the “endless cycles of fads and policies.” Read more.
U.S. State Department Publishes Drake Law Professor's Article on Internet Freedom and Intellectual Property Rights
A commissioned article by Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University, has been published and translated into multiple languages by the U.S. State Department. The article, which is titled "Promoting Internet Freedom Through the Copyright System," also is available online. Read more.
Ernsting Selected for Senior Leadership Academy
Brian Ernsting, PhD, professor of biology and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Evansville, has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Dr. Ernsting is one of only 42 participants selected from across the nation to attend the Senior Leadership Academy. Read more.
Wagner College Dean Picked for National Program
Curtis Wright, Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Wagner College, is one of only 42 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the program are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Read more.
Drury Professor to be Honored at United Kingdom's House of Lords
Drury University Art History Professor Thomas E. Russo will attend a reception hosted by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln at the House of Lords, the upper house of the United Kingdom's parliament, in London, England. The reception will honor those that have supported Lincoln Cathedral. Russo's main area of study is medieval art, and he served as a consultant for the restoration of the 12th-century façade sculpture on Lincoln Cathedral in 1995 and 1996. Read more.
Foundation Grant Funds Growth of Elon Reading Program
An international organization this summer awarded Elon University more than $200,000 for assistant professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr to grow her local reading program by partnering with universities in North Carolina and Oregon. The grant from the Switzerland-based Oak Foundation broadens a program created two years ago by Rattigan-Rohr in her “Teaching Struggling Readers” course in the School of Education. The expanded project is titled “It Takes a Village: A Collaborative Assault on the Struggling Reader’s Dilemma.” Read more.
Elon Professor Awarded Fulbright for Consulting Visit to Asia
Elon University associate professor Bird Stasz has received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award and will travel to Tajikistan this fall to work with colleagues there in the Ministry of Education to help modernize the nation’s teacher education programs. Working with the Tajikistan Pedagogical University, she will assist with school assessments while helping to develop training manuals that are culturally sensitive for educators. Read more.
Elon Professor’s Book Reexamines 19th Century American Painters
For decades, art historians ignored the work of impressionist painters who used their talent to paint scenes of domestic life in 19th century America. A forthcoming book by Elon University associate professor Kirstin Ringelberg argues that it’s time for scholars to reexamine these paintings, which depict a more complex story of the time normally seen to show women simply as “decorative” objects. Redefining Gender in American Impressionist Studio Paintings: Work Place/Domestic Space focuses on studio paintings by American artists William Merritt Chase and Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low. Read more.
Hampton Aviation Professor Receives Top Accreditation
Hampton University’s Dr. Donna Wilt recently earned renewal of her Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) accreditation. Wilt, associate professor in the Department of Aviation, is one of only 53 flight professionals in the United States to earn the national accreditation four times. Read more.
Drake Professor's Film on Immigration to Premiere on Documentary Channel
While immigration is a hot topic in Arizona and other states, a film by a Drake University professor premiering next month on the Documentary Channel focuses on the impact of immigration in one Iowa community. “A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa,” looks at immigration-related issues that have gained much attention in the national media," said Drake English professor Jody Swilky, who wrote and co-produced the documentary. Read more.
PLU Professor’s Archaeology Career Highlighted in The News Tribune
Walk in to archaeologist Don Ryan’s home library and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to enter the parlor of a 19th century English scholar. It’s an appropriate response. Ryan himself travels back in time on a regular basis. But for him the destination is much further: ancient Egypt. The Pacific Lutheran University professor and alumnus has spent his career following in the footsteps of Egyptologist Howard Carter, working for his boyhood hero Thor Heyerdahl and blazing new paths in the world of archaeology. Read more.
Elon Professor’s Debut Novel Finalist for National Prize
Elon University associate professor of English Drew Perry’s debut novel “This is Exactly Just Like You” has been named one of seven finalists for the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Now in its fifth year and previously known as The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the award honors work by a first-time author whose book was published in the 2010 calendar year. Read more.
Wagner Professor Groth Publishes New Book
A new book co-edited by Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth was released on August 1. “Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why” is a collection of essays by mentors of college men and high school boys on what works to increase their engagement as citizens and participants in the common good. Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, the book presents programs at 14 colleges and universities and select high schools and reports on their widely differing ways of guiding men to vocational discernment and a sense of purpose in life. Read more.
Wagner Professors Edwards, Hogarth Publish Second Collaborative Volume
Wagner College professors Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth published their second book this summer, titled “This ‘Self’ Which Is Not One: Women’s Life Writing in French.” The book contains articles on women’s life-writing from diverse areas of the Francophone world, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Read more.
North Central College Faculty, Staff Inducted to Naperville's Heritage Hall of Honor
Two North Central College employees will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society's Heritage Hall of Honor at Naper Settlement. The yearly recognition honors people and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the history of Naperville. Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, will be recognized for her historical and academic contributions. Mary Kay Hyett, office manager, Office of Community Development, will be honored for her volunteerism. Read more.
Drury Online Instructor Earns Educator of the Year Award
Drury University online instructor Ruth Schafer received the Educator of the Year award from the Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA). Schafer is an adjunct instructor in the English department at Drury University. Read more.
Drake Professor Leads Division of American Choral Directors Association
Aimee Beckmann-Collier, professor of conducting and director of choral studies at Drake University, recently began her two-year term as president of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Read more.
Elon Professor Selected for National Council for Black Studies & Ford Foundation Workshop
Prudence Layne, an assistant professor of English and coordinator of African/African-American Studies at Elon University, was one of 10 national directors of Black Studies programs selected to participate in a Summer Administrative Workshop sponsored by the National Council for Black Studies and the Ford Foundation. Read more.
Hamline Professor Publishes Book on Climbing, Altitude
Hamline University biology professor and mountaineer Mike Farris talks about scaling (and surviving) Mount Everest and his passion for climbing in his recent book, The Altitude Experience. The book offers scientific explanations as to what happens to the human body and mind at high altitudes, as well as useful, how-to advice for traveling at such heights. Read more.
APA Honors Samford Pharmacy Professor
Samford University pharmacy professor Dr. Michael Hogue received two top honors—the Faculty of the Year Award and President’s Award—given by the Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA). The faculty award recognizes academic achievement and exceptional leadership to student pharmacists at the local, state and national level. Hogue was cited for his long-term service and contributions that have benefited APA, as well as his efforts to promote the advancement of student pharmacists and mentor them on the importance of professional development. Read more.
Wagner Professor Publishes New Book on Gov. Hugh Carey
A new book co-authored by Wagner College Professor Seymour Lachman and former journalist Robert Polner was published by Excelsior Editions, an imprint of SUNY Press. The book, entitled “The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975,” covers the life and political career of former New York Governor Hugh Carey. Carey, who served for 14 years as U.S. congressman from Brooklyn (1961-1974), was governor of New York from 1975 through 1982. As soon as Carey took office in Albany, he was faced with a fiscal crisis that threatened to bring down both the state of New York and New York City. Read more. View on YouTube.
Valparaiso Professor Awarded $167,000 Grant to Study Plant Genetics
A Valparaiso University plant biologist has won a $167,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the genetic origins of plant species with undergraduate students, a project that could yield substantial benefits for the agricultural industry. Dr. Rob Swanson, assistant professor of biology, says the grant will fund a series of genetic studies he began at Valpo two years ago on Arabidopsis, a flowering weed commonly known as thalecress or mouse ear cress and found throughout most of the continental United States. Read more.
University of Redlands Professor Publishes Book, Embarks on Tour
Dr. Tyler Nordgren, an astronomer and associate professor of physics at the University of Redlands, has just embarked on a summer tour to talk about the night skies and his new book, "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks." The publication is a literary and photographic journey through the national parks of the United States, tracing the night skies as they relate to the iconic geological formations of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and several of America’s other natural treasures. Read more.
Samford University Professor Elected National Omicron Delta Kappa President
Samford University business professor Dr. Betsy Holloway has been elected national president of the 300,000-member Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) leadership honor society. Holloway was elected to the post by student and faculty representatives and alumni delegates at the ODK biennial convention in Houston, Texas, Friday, June 30. She has served the national ODK board of directors as the appointed academic member-at-large for the past four years. Read more.
North Central Educators Present at Conference on International Studies
The team that heads the Office of International Programs at North Central College recently gave presentations at a conference for international educators. Jack Shindler of Naperville, professor of English and director of international programs, and Kimberly Larsson, assistant to the director of international programs, gave presentations at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Conference June 1-4, in Kansas City, Mo. Some 7,000 educators attended worldwide. Read more.
Elon University Professor Makes HIV/AIDS Focus of Scholarship
Medical advances have allowed children infected with HIV/AIDS to live longer than ever before, and for families and doctors, that creates new challenges as teenage patients grow older. New research by Elon University associate professor Cynthia Fair outlines steps that families and medical providers should consider to ease what can be a difficult transition from pediatric to adult care. Fair’s scholarship appears in an upcoming issue of Psychology, Health, & Medicine. Read more.
Literary Organization Names Drake Professor to Leadership Roles
Craig Owens, associate professor of English at Drake University, recently was named vice president and president-elect of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA), a nonprofit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, film, language and cultural studies. A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association, the M/MLA provides a forum for disseminating scholarship and improving teaching in the fields of literary and cultural criticism. Read more.
Butler Psychology Chair Kathryn Morris Receives NSF Grant
Butler University Psychology Department Chair Kathryn Morris has been awarded a $108,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the factors that affect whether people confront prejudice when they witness it. Read more.
Drake University Professor Co-authors Children's Book on Diversity
Carol Spaulding-Kruse, associate professor of English at Drake University, and Kay Fenton Smith, a Des Moines-based children's author, have assembled a collection of stories told by nine immigrant children who have settled in Iowa. The book, titled Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys from Around the World to Iowa, will be released in November by Des Moines-based Shrieking Tree Publishing. Read more.
Butler University Religion Professor McGrath Receives NEH Grant
Butler University Associate Professor of Religion James McGrath has been awarded a $130,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a project to translate the Mandaean Book of John from Mandaic into English. The Mandaeans are a Gnostic group, the only one to have survived continuously from the ancient world to the present day. Read more.
Butler Professors Publish Advice for Reading Teachers
Publishing company Scholastic Inc. has invited Butler University Professor of Education Deborah Corpus and Lebanon Community Schools teacher Ann Giddings to write a reading teacher’s advice column for its Instructor magazine. Scheduled in four upcoming issues, the columns were inspired by a new book written by the pair to assist reading instructors for grades 3-8. Scholastic will release Planning & Managing Effective Reading Instruction Across the Content Areas in August. The research-based guide shows teachers how to integrate reading instruction across the curriculum and across the school day through big-picture planning, effective modeling, and guided and independent practice activities. Read more.
Quinnipiac Professor Appointed President of American Academy of Physician Assistants
Cynthia Lord, director of the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac University, has been appointed president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The national organization represents the nearly 70,000 physician assistants practicing in all medical and surgical specialties and all practice settings. Read more.
Redlands Professor Helps to Examine Human and Animal Lives
University of Redlands Philosophy Professor Kathie Jenni, who directs the University’s new interdisciplinary Human-Animal Studies minor, has coauthored a chapter published in a new book, “Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines." The chapter, written with Philosophy Professor Mylan Engel Jr. at Northern Illinois University, is titled "Examined Lives: Teaching Human-Animal Studies in Philosophy," meant to indicate that philosophy examines both human and non-human lives as well as their intersections. “Teaching the Animal" by Lantern Press is a pioneering collection of original writings that detail the challenges and opportunities in developing courses in the burgeoning area of academic study, Human-Animal Studies (HAS). Read more.
Samford University Professor Studies in Prestigious Princeton Program
Samford University history professor Jason Wallace was selected to participate in a prestigious summer program on America and the World at Princeton University’s Lehrman American Studies Center. The program, which runs June 14-26, is cosponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton. Read more.
Arcadia Professor Chairs Conference on Computability
Dr. Xizhong Zheng, assistant professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Arcadia University, co-chaired the Seventh International Conference of Computability and Complexity in Analysis held June 21-25 in Zhenjiang, China, bringing together theoretical computer scientists from around the world. Read more.
Drake Professor Wins Pharmacy Excellence Award
Charles Phillips, associate professor of pharmacy administration and assistant dean of assessment at Drake University, was recognized with an Award for Excellence in Assessment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Read more.
Elon Professor Receives NEH Grant for New Course
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Elon University associate professor Shawn Tucker an Enduring Questions Grant to fund the development of a new interdisciplinary course, "Pride, Humility, and the Good Life," that will help students define their own concepts of pride and humility through research and analysis. The grant of up to $25,000 will allow Tucker to create a class where students can explore issues such as ambition, arrogance, “teachability,” excellence, meekness and openness. Read more.
Elon Professor Launches “Idea Summit” for Journalism Innovations in Minority Communities
An effort conceived by Elon University associate professor Michelle Ferrier to reinvent journalism’s role in the nation’s underserved communities, by seeding entrepreneurial media and technology ventures, will bring together this week several dozen leading media entrepreneurs and observers to an "idea summit" at Wayne State University in Detroit. Read more.
Tony-winning Actress Joins Wagner Theater Faculty
The Wagner College Theater Department proudly announces that Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk will join its faculty this fall. She will teach classes in advanced acting, directing, and the history of American film as well as direct the college’s Main Stage production of “Seussical.” Pawk’s extensive career includes Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater, television and film, and her recent Broadway credits include “Hairspray,” “Cabaret,” “Mamma Mia,” “Losing Louie,” and “Hollywood Arms,” for which Michele won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Read more.
Sage Researchers Find Bacterium Enhances Learning, Present Research at National Conference
Turning off the TV and computer and spending some time outdoors may not only be good for your health, it may also make you smarter, according to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego by associate professor of biology at The Sage Colleges, Dorothy Matthews. Matthews conducted the research, entitled Effect of Mycobacterium vaccae on Learning, with her colleague, associate professor of psychology and biology, Susan Jenks. Read more.
Ithaca College Physics Professor Helped Produce First Images From NASA's Newly Developed Airborne Telescope
On Wednesday, May 26, a telescope mounted in the fuselage of a modified 747 jumbo jet captured the first infrared images for NASA’s newest and largest airborne astronomical observatory. Designed to operate for the next 20 years, the project is called SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). Luke Keller, an associate professor of physics at Ithaca College, is a co-investigator on the Cornell University–based team of scientists and engineers who designed and built FORCAST, the infrared camera system that produced SOFIA’s first images, and was a key contributor in designing the optics for FORCAST as well as leading the team that analyzed the data it produced. Read more.
Elon Professor Publishes Book on India and the World Bank
India is the largest borrower from the World Bank, which has often helped the nation’s economy in recent years. Its assistance, however, may be about to change dramatically. India and the World Bank: The Politics of Aid and Influence, a new Anthem Press book by Elon University professor Jason Kirk, explores that partnership and suggests ways for the bank to adapt to new economic realities in the 21st century. Read more.
Elon Professor Releases Critically Acclaimed Debut Novel
When Jack Lang, the owner of a North Carolina mulch company, impulsively buys the house across the street from where he lives, it’s the final straw for his wife, Beth, who flees into the arms of Jack’s best friend. What happens next is the plot to “This is Just Exactly Like You,” Elon University associate professor Drew Perry’s debut novel and a work of fiction garnering rave reviews from national book critics. Read more.
Drake's Dean of Students Honored for Contributions to Higher Education
Drake University's Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari recently was awarded the Multicultural Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The award, which was presented to Bakari at a ceremony and reception held earlier this month, recognizes multicultural alumni for their outstanding contributions to their profession and society. Read more.
Butler's COPHS Poster Honored at Annual Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
A poster authored by Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) faculty members Julie Koehler, John Mulvaney, Iftekhar Kalsekar (former), and 2010 graduates Ryan Chavis and Lindy Stitz, was a finalist for Best Poster at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 15th Annual International Meeting. The poster explained the group’s research study on the utilization of preventive medications after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), otherwise known as a heart attack. Read more.
Butler's Erin Albert Guides Indy’s Young Professionals with Updated Edition of Book
Erin Albert, assistant professor of pharmacy at Butler University, has updated and expanded her book, Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide, in a second edition published by AuthorHouse. Like the 2008 first edition, the new Guide catalogs businesses and organizations that can connect readers with city services and people. The book’s 392 pages presents alphabetical listings of resources ranging from career development and green living to food, entertainment and dating. Read more.
Drake's Renae Chesnut to become President of Iowa Pharmacy Association
Renae Chesnut, associate professor of pharmacy practice and associate dean for student affairs in Drake University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will be inducted as the 131st president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) next month. Read more.
Sage's Professor Leibo Addresses NYS Senate's Climate Roundtable
Steven A. Leibo, Ph.D., professor of International History and Politics at The Sage Colleges and District Manager of Upstate New York and Vermont The Climate Project was recently invited to speak at the NYS Senate's roundtable discussion at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Dr. Leibo was one of dozens who joined the roundtable to speak about a proposed bill, "The Climate Change Pollution Act," a proposed law to set statewide greenhouse gas emission limits and to establish best practice methods to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in New York state. Read more.
Butler Professor Receives Award to Study the Nervous System
Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Kowalski has received a $35,000 award from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement to support her research related to the nervous system. Her project, entitled “Identification and Characterization of Anaphase Promoting Complex Substrates that Regulate Synaptic Transmission in C. elegans,” will examine how communication between neurons is regulated at the molecular level. Read more.
Evansville Professor Publishes Book, Explores Lives of Women in Ancient Times
Imagine you'd been born 3,000 years ago. What would your life have been like? For the female half of the population, the answer to this question can be found in "Women's Lives in Biblical Times", a new book written by University of Evansville Associate Professor of of Archaeology and Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History Jennie Ebeling. The book, published by T&T Clark International, describes the events and daily activites of women in ancient Israel. "Despite all of the information we have about life in biblical times, few books have focused on the day-to-day lives of women in this period," Ebeling said. "Judging from the popularity of fictional works about female biblical characters, many people are interested in this topic. In this book, I begin each chapter with a narrative that traces the life of a fictional woman living in ancient Israel, and follow with a discussion of the available evidence for the events I describe." Further information and reviews on the book can be found at amazon.com.
Butler Professor Andy Levy's 'A Brain Wider Than the Sky' Out in Paperback
A Brain Wider Than the Sky, the critically acclaimed book about migraine headaches by Butler University Professor of English Andy Levy, has just been released in paperback by Simon & Schuster. In the book, which was released in hardcover in 2009, Levy wrote about his history with, and the history of, migraines. Read more.
Elon's Catherine Wasson Elected to Board of Directors for Association of Legal Writing Directors
Elon University Law professor Catherine Wasson was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). She will begin a three-year term on August 1. ALWD is a professional association of legal educators, the majority of whom are responsible for administering legal writing programs at more than 150 schools in the United States. Read more.
Drury Chemistry Professor Awarded Grant for Biomedical Research
Drury University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Albert Korir has received a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award grant to develop and improve methods of studying complex sugars such as heparin. The heparin molecules can have significant importance in biomedical studies, and this research could potentially lead to the design of new drugs. Read more.
Arcadia Professor Wins National Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology at Arcadia University, is the 2010 winner of the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology. This is a national, professional award that the APA gives for teaching, mentoring, and scholarship related to the teaching of psychology. Read more.
Butler Team Receives SENCER Award
A team from Butler University has been chosen as the recipients of the 2010 William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science. Read more.
Hamline French Professor Prepares Those Aiding Haiti
Hamline University professor Max Adrien is using his background and knowledge to help to equip students, volunteers, and relief workers who plan to travel to Haiti with a bit of the Haitian Creole language and culture; public and students are flocking to the free, adhoc course which is so popular, it will be a for-credit course this summer. Read more. Click here for a video message from Professor Adrien.
Butler Physician Assistant Professor on AHEC Board
Serving two years on the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) advisory board, Butler University professor Larry Lynn is not only keeping Butler on the forefront of health science education; he is forging beneficial relationships with local health care professionals. Lynn serves on the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana (MICI)-AHEC board — one of the seven divisions of AHEC in Indiana. MICI-AHEC’s mission is to enhance the quality and access of health care and to address the health workforce needs of medically underserved communities. Read more.
Butler Professor Bauman Receives Grant to Research Next Book
Butler University Associate Professor of Religion Chad Bauman has received a grant for nearly $80,000 from the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the John Templeton Foundation to support two years of research related to his next book project, tentatively titled Conversion and Hindu-Christian Conflict. Read more.
Drake Staff Member Recognized by Gov. Culver for Contribution to Iowa Higher Education
Rachel Boon, director of institutional research and academic compliance at Drake University, recently received a certificate of recognition for her contribution to higher education from Iowa Gov. Chester Culver. Read more.
Ithaca Faculty Member Finalist for NASA's New Frontiers Program
Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, associate professor and chair of physics at Ithaca College, will spend 2010 working on a concept study with fellow members of a science team whose proposal to study asteroid geology has been selected as one of three finalists for NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The project, OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer), will marshal the expertise of scientists from 14 colleges and universities as well as the Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Johnson Space Center and other organizations. Read more.
Sage Professor's Research to be Presented at International Forum
Sage Colleges Professor Tom Keane's contributions to the field of Astrochemistry will be presented at an upcoming Faraday Discussion meeting, June 14-16, in Brittany, France. Results from Dr. Keane's laboratory simulation experiments and theoretical analysis of the planetary atmospheric photochemistry on Jupiter were used in a collaborative effort with Dr. Julianne Moses, of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Space Sciences Institute. Read more.
North Central Trustee Receives National Physics Award
North Central College Adjunct Professor of Physics and Trustee Herman White Jr. of Naperville has been honored by the American Physical Society (APS) for his work in the field of physics, his public service and his role in mentoring students and fellow scientists. On Feb. 14, he received the 2010 Edward A. Bouchet Award, which recognizes "a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research," according to APS. Read more.
Valpo Nursing Professor Wins National Book Award
Dr. Kristen Mauk, Kreft professor for the advancement of nursing science at Valparaiso University and a nationally-recognized scholar of gerontological nursing, has won her second American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for a new book on nursing care for the elderly. Read more.
Hampton Professor Receives Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Doyle Temple, professor of physics and chair of the physics department at Hampton University, received the state's highest honor for professors. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia announced that 12 faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities were selected as recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA). Read more.
Hamline Professor David Schultz Publishes Constitutional Law Textbook and a New Primer on Property Law
Hamline University School of Business professor David Schultz published two new books back-to-back in December 2009 and January 2010. Evicted and Constitutional Law in Contemporary America are the latest two of more than 20 books written by Schultz on topics ranging from civil service reform, campaign finance reform, media and politics and more. Read more.
Redlands Professor Challenges the Perspective
of the American Frontier Hero
University of Redlands School of Business Associate Professor Denise Mary MacNeil’s new book, “The Emergence of the American Frontier Hero, 1682-1826: Gender, Action and Emotion,” serves to challenge the perspective of the early American frontier hero often cast as a self-reliant male with a tough-guy attitude. The book, which was published in November, makes the case that our earliest impressions of American frontier heroes actually stem from writings penned by a female, chronicling a female, Native American experience. Read more.
Samford Professor Chronicles Wrights’ First Flying School in Montgomery
As the centennial of Wilbur and Orville Wright's opening the nation’s first civilian flying school on the outskirts of Montgomery, AL approaches, Samford University journalism professor Julie Hedgepeth Williams has chronicled the story in a new book, Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, published by NewSouth Books of Montgomery. Read more.
Drake Law Professor Appointed to Iowa Task Force for Civil Justice Reform
Luke Meier, assistant professor of law at Drake University, recently was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve on the state's Task Force for Civil Justice Reform. Read more.