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Around Myers Hollow
1. University breaks ground for new Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center
John Abma, professor emeritus of psychology, performed a piano recital titled “My Second Childhood in Music” in Weaver Chapel on April 23. As part of the recital, Abma performed a number of pieces he learned from age five through adolescence, including works by Bach and Chopin. Abma has also recently recorded a CD featuring these pieces.
Linda Arena, associate professor of health, fitness and sport, has published an article titled “The Science of Passing” in the April/May issue of Hockey News, the official publication of United States Field Hockey. Arena also published “The Competitive Edge: Athlete Weight and Performance” in the February 2001 issue of Hockey Zone, the official magazine of Hockey Australia. At the same time, her article, “Health and Nutrition: Losing Weight: The Role of Athletics” appeared in Hockey News.
Rob Baker, professor of political science and department chair, has published a state and local government text titled The Lanahan Readings in State and Local Government: Diversity, Innovation, and Rejuvenation. Baker was also a participant and chaired a panel onÊ “State Administrative Procedures, Bureaucratic Regulations and Governmental Performance” at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.
Conrad Balliet, professor emeritus of English, presented a poetry reading on April 25 at the Clark County Public Library as part of National Poetry Month. Balliet’s “Conrad’s Corner” is a regular feature on WYSO Public Radio.
Imogene Bolls, professor emeritus of English, has published two poems, “Fresh Snow in Fields” and “Bathing Beach at the Lake,” in Midwest Turnings and Crossings, the year 2000 issue of Heartlands Today. A reprinting of her poem, “Crossing Mac-OChee Creek” will appear in the Ohio Bicentennial volume, I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems About Ohio in April 2002. Bolls also serves on the seven-member board of directors of the Society of the Muse of the Southwest and its storytelling committee in Taos, NM, where she now lives. Earlier this year, Bolls was invited to read her poems in Taos as part of the Winter Writers Series, and as vice president of the Frank Waters Foundation, she is helping to plan the three-day Centennial Celebration in July 2002 of the writer’s birth.
Donald Busarow, professor of music, directed the Wittenberg Choir in its annual hymn festival concert at Weaver Chapel on April 20. Two days later, the choir presented the same program at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio. On May 6, Busarow conducted and played a festival concert featuring his music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ. The following week he was featured in a festival of hymns at First Presbyterian Church in Lompoc, Calif., where he also conducted workshops in organ and choral literature. His composition “Let All The World In Every Corner Sing” was commissioned for the Grand Choir Reunion on Alumni Weekend, May 18-20.
Kathryn Calabrese, assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled “Mentorship and Professional Growth” at the annual conference for the American Educational Research Association in Seattle on April 12. The paper connected the use of action research as a tool for continual professional growth in response to the changes in the teaching culture. Calabrese also presented a paper at the annual conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Boston on March 17. The paper was titled “Mentoring First- Year Teachers: Beyond Survival to Professional Growth,” and it described the threeyear mentoring program initiated and implemented as a collaborative effort between Wittenberg and the Springfield City Schools.
Mimi Dixon, professor of English, has published an article titled “‘Not Know Me Yet?’: Looking at Cleopatra in Three Renaissance Tragedies”Ê in The Female Tragic Hero in English Renaissance Drama. She also presented a paper titled “Text, Spies and Videotape: Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet ” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Miami, Fla. in April. As the vice president of the College English Association of Ohio (CEAO), Dixon also recently organized the association’s spring meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The theme will be “Tensions in the Profession: English Studies 2001 and Beyond.”Ê Dixon will be named president of CEAO next year.
Trudy Faber, professor of music and department chair, presented a lecture titled “Women Keyboard Composers since the 18th Century” and a recital at Weaver Chapel for the Ohio Music Teachers Association in March. Faber was also selected as a presenter and performer for the Sixth International Festival of Women Composers on March 21-24 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was also chosen to perform a special concert on March 21 in memory of Carol Teti, organist and professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who performed in Springfield and throughout Ohio and who died of cancer in February. In addition, Faber performed an organ recital in April at Weaver Chapel titled “Footloose and Fancy Free.”Ê
Elizabeth George, assistant professor of physics, co-authored an article titled “The Ay Problem for p-3He Elastic Scattering” in Physical Review Letters. The work reported in this article was conducted in collaboration with physicists from Wisconsin and Italy.
James Huffman, professor of history, has recently published three articles, including “Edward H. House: Questions of Meaning and Influence,” in Japan Forum, “Challenges and Democracy in Japan: Response,” in Challenges for Japan: Business and Aging, and “That ‘Naughty Yankee Boy,’ Edward H. House and Meiji Japan’s Struggle for Equality” in Nanzan Review of American Studies.
Lora Lawson, assistant professor of education, has co-authored a book titled Rethinking Phonics: Making the Best Teaching Decisions. Lawson also recently served on the Ohio Board of Examiners to evaluate the teacher education program at Wilmington College. Olga Medvedkov, professor of geography and director of Russian Studies, joined Shannon Kroeger ’99 in organizing a collaborative effort between Medvedkov’s Geographical Information Systems class and the city of Springfield. The semester-long project for the advanced class of nine students from different disciplines incorporated GIS technology into a range of topics, including land use patterns, low-income households requiring repairs and lead-based painted houses in need of attention. On May 8, the class presented its findings to Warren Copeland, professor of religion and city commissioner, the city manager, and the city planning and engineering departments.
Rochelle Millen, associate professor of religion, was the keynote speaker at the Irv Hellman Annual Memorial Lecture, May 22, at Hillel Academy in Dayton. Millen’s presentation was titled “Jewish-Christian Relations: Current Perspectives.” Millen is also one of 16 participants in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies’ seminar on “Ethics after the Holocaust: Key Issues for Philosophy and Religion.” The seminar will take place at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on July 16- 27.
Paul Miller, professor emeritus of English, presented a paper titled “The Explorer as Murder Suspect in the Charlie Chan Mystery Behind that Curtain” at The Culture of the Ohio Frontier conference on April 27-29. Miller also presented a paper titled “Blanche Roosevelt (1853-1898) and the Three-Decker British Novel” at a conference sponsored by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature on May 10- 12 at Michigan State University. In addition, Miller learned that The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature: The Authors, the first of three projected volumes on Midwestern literature, has just been published. Miller and his wife, Mary Joan, served on the project’s editorial board and wrote a number of entries for the volume.
Lowell Monke, assistant professor of education, has co-authored a book with R.W. Burniske titled Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Postmodem World. The book is both a narrative and a critical analysis of a decade of collaboration on global telecomputing projects designed and coordinated by Monke and Burniske while living on opposite sides of the world.
Jim Noyes, professor of computer science, presented a paper titled “Optimization the New Fashioned Way” at the Spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at Bowling Green State University on March 23-24. Noyes was also invited to attend the Chautauqua Workshop, “Software in the Classroom,” May 20-22 in Memphis, Tenn. The workshop addressed the use of the Mathematica© software system to define and solve computational science models. The Small Business Institute Directors’ Association inducted Pamela Schindler, professor of management, as a Fellow for her contributions to the advancement of small business and her advancement of the pedagogy of field case consulting in the teaching of management principles. This is the organization’s highest honor. Schindler is the 25th person inducted during the organization’s 25-year history.
Carmen Trisler, assistant professor of education, recently returned from a research trip in the Bahamas where she visited some of the inner city schools in Nassau and some of those on the outer islands. As part of the trip, Trisler interviewed Bahamian teachers to see how much and in what way they were using the information that they acquired from the two-week environmental education program Trisler and other teachers taught last summer. The program is affiliated with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, and this is the fifth year that Trisler has participated.
Catherine Waggoner, assistant professor of speech communication, has published “Mediating Third-Wave Feminism:Ê Appropriation as Postmodern Media Practice” in the June issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.Ê The article was co-authored with Helene A. Shugart of the University of Utah and Lynn O’Brien Hallstein of Babson College. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed Steven Winteregg’s composition, “Fanfare for a City,” on March 25.
Bin Yu, associate professor of political science, has published three pieces, including an article titled “Crouching Missiles and Hidden Alliance: Sino-Russian Relations” in Comparative Connections, a chapter titled “U.S. Missile Defense and East Asian Security” in the forthcoming book Old Wine and New Bottles: George W. Bush and Asian-Pacific Security, and an online op-ed piece titled “Crouching Dangers and Hidden Opportunities” at www.chinaonline.com. In addition, Yu was interviewed two times by the British Broadcasting System regarding the U.S. EP3 accident and the Russian-China Comprehensive Friendship Treaty. Yu also participated in two conferences, including “George W. Bush & East Asian Security” on May 7-9 in Hong Kong, and the Fourth South China Sea Workshop on Confidence Building in Taiwan on April 26-29. Mary Jo Zembar, associate professor of psychology, presented two papers at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago on May 3.Ê The first paper, “Curriculum-Based Measurement in Elementary School as a Predictor of High School Academic Status,” was coauthored by several students and Becky Workman, a school psychologist for the Springfield City Schools.Ê The second paper, “Social Ostracism: Behavioral Reactions to Rejection from College Social Groups,” was co-authored by Zembar’s faculty aide, Cara Henke ’01.
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