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Douglas M. Andrews, associate professor of statistics, participated in a workshop at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. The workshop examined ways to incorporate Mathematica© into math and science courses.
Amy Christiansen, assistant professor of languages, recently presented a paper at the University of Alberta during the Across Time and Genre: Reading and Writing Japanese Women’s Texts conference. The paper was titled “Coming-of- Age Her Style: Saegusa Kazuko’s Hibikiko’s Smile.”
Kent Dixon, professor of English, is on sabbatical for the fall semester, during which time he is using his $10,000 Ohio Arts Council Award for his fiction to study in Havana, Paris and in the state of Maine.While in Cuba, Dixon joined colleagues in interviewing one of the veterans of the initial attack on the Moncado barracks, the raid that was to become the July 26th Movement and eventually the 1959 revolution.Dixon and his son, Kevin, will also be submitting their graphic novel of the Epic of Gilgamesh this fall. In addition, Dixon and his wife, Mimi Dixon, professor of English, also on sabbatical this fall, spent two weeks in Paris teaching and lecturing as well as presenting a joint reading.
Scott Dooley, assistant professor of art, was selected to have his ceramic art included in the International Sydney Teapot Exhibition in Australia this summer. In July, he presented a two-day workshop at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan. The workshop included a slide lecture and demonstrations on his methods of working with clay. His artwork also won honorable mention at Dysfunctional in Colorado and two merit awards at Feats of Clay XIV in California, both national juried exhibitions. Dooley also participated in exhibitions in Kansas, Colorado, California, Michigan, Texas and Ohio.
Mark Ellison, assistant professor of chemistry, has published a co-authored paper titled “Bonding of Nitrogen-Containing Organic Molecules to the Silicon( 001) Surface: The Role of Aromaticity” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
On Sept. 16, Trudy Faber, professor of music and department chair, presented an organ dedication concert at Galilee Lutheran Church in Russells Point, Ohio. The pastor of the church is David Buchenroth ’75. On Sept. 30 she presented an organ and harpsichord recital at Asbury United Methodist Church in Northampton, Ohio, where she first performed harpsichord elections and then played organ pieces, which reflected the topic “Presenting the Christian Faith Through Music.”
Carmiele Foster, assistant professor of English, completed a summer research trip with several professors from the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky region as part of the College Consortium on International Education’s Summer Faculty Development Project. The Border Studies Program is a professional development program for faculty from CCIE colleges and universities managed by the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. Foster collected data on INS policy and immigration issues at the U.S.-Mexico border as a part of her study on the rhetoric of deportation and detention laws and national identity in the United States. Foster also participated in a summer seminar at The Pennsylvania State University on ethnic rhetorics in the United States.
Debbie Heida, vice president for student development and dean of students, has been appointed to the Board of the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity.
Horton Hobbs, professor of biology, attended an international workshop on mapping subterranean biodiversity in Ariege, France followed by research trips to caves in Missouri and Arkansas where he also presented a seminar to biology colleagues at the University of Arkansas. Hobbs also attended a meeting of the North American Benthological Society in La Crosse, Wisc. where he presented a paper titled “Conservation Status of North American Stygobitic Crayfishes.” In addition, Hobbs traveled to a number of locations this summer, including New Zealand and Australia, to conduct research and attend the Fifth international Crustacean Congress in Melbourne where he presented a paper. Hobbs also joined colleagues from American University and the University of Missouri at Columbia in leading a Karstlands Monitoring and Adaptive Management Workshop for The Nature Conservancy on the campus of Indiana University. Lastly, Hobbs recently published a chapter in the book Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates.
Jim Huffman, H. Orth Hirt Chair in history, has published an article titled“Nationalism and the Taming of Japan’s Early Twentieth-Century Press,” in the book, Mutsu Munemitsu and Identity Formation of the Individual and the State in Modern Japan.
Ralph Lenz, professor of geography, has published an article titled “Ecotourism Potential in the Togian Islands, Indonesia” in the summer 2001 edition of Focus on Geography, a publication of the American Geographical Society.
Rochelle L. Millen, professor of religion, presented a lecture at Florida International University in Miami on Oct. 4 titled “Jews and Christians during the Holocaust.”
Robert Morris, professor of geology, presented a lecture at the Archaeological Society of Ohio titled “The Identification and Sources of Rock Types Used for Stone Manufacture by Prehistoric Indian Cultures in Ohio” earlier this year. Morris has also been appointed a regional collaborator of the Archaeological Society of Ohio (ASO) and will continue to write articles for the Ohio Archaeologist, the quarterly publication of the ASO.
Jim Noyes, professor of computer science, recently completed Beta testing of a new Neural Networks software system to be introduced by the Wolfram Corporation for the users of Mathematica©. This software will permit a wide range of brain simulations and artificial intelligence applications to be readily performed.
Terry Otten, professor of English, published an essay on Norwegian playwright Henrick Ibsen. The essay appears in Ibsen: Four Major Plays Vol. II and discusses Ibsen’s vision in his plays Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Lady from the Sea and John Gabriel Borkman.
Ligia Pinheiro, visiting instructor of theatre and dance, participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Brazil: The Invisible Giant this summer. She also accompanied Monica Stein ’02, Fiona Neale-May ’03 and Kelley Gallagher ’01 to the International Council of Kinetography Laban conference in Columbus, Ohio where the student trio performed “Brahms Waltzes.” The work, choreographed by Charles Weidman in 1961, was reconstructed from the labanotation score by Pinheiro as part of the requirements for the degree of master of fine arts in labanotation at The Ohio State University. Pinheiro also presented the paper“Charles Weidman’s Brahms Waltzes” at the same conference. In addition, she presented a paper titled “From the Court of Louis XIV to the World: Baroque Dance Notation,” at the Mediterranean Studies Association Conference in Aix en Provence, France.
Tammy Proctor, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “La Dame Blanche: Gender and Espionage in the Great War” at a conference on the First World War held in Lyon, France in September.
Steven Reynolds, professor of theatre and dance and department chair, took a group of theatre students to Spain, July 4-22, as part of a combined program with Carnegie Mellon University and Ohio University. During the trip, Reynolds and the students visited the major theatre festivals at Merida and Almagro, enjoyed theatre and dance performances in Madrid, and visited the cities of Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Segovia.
Carmen Trisler, associate professor of education, will return this fall to Lyndon, Kan. where she will again work with a fifth grade teacher and her class as “resident entomologist.” Trisler makes two trips each year to Kansas where she assists the students in making a class insect collection. While there, Trisler will also conduct science labs titled“Biodiversity Comparison of Three Prairie Communities Using Insect Fauna,” “Sequential Comparison Index of Stream Communities of Osage County,” and “Size and Plant Selection of Goldenrod Gall Making Insects.”
Anders Tune, pastor to the university, presented a paper titled “Augustine on the Suffering of God” at the North American Patristics Conference at Loyola University in Chicago.
Steven Winteregg, adjunct associate professor of music, and Daniel Zehringer, adjunct instructor of music, can be heard on a CD recently released by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Winteregg plays the tuba, and Zehringer plays the trumpet on this first recording of the piano concertos of Tomas Svoboda. Winteregg, who again received the ASCAPLU$ Standard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors& Publishers, also had a composition titled “Wood Dances” performed at the meeting of the International Double Reed Society. His ballet, Christmas Carol, will be performed by the Dayton Ballet in December.
This summer, Richard York, adjunct instructor of music, participated in the Clarinet Teaching Workshop presented by Howard Klug at Indiana University in Bloomington. The program concentrated on diagnosing and correcting student performance problems and on balancing a studio program to cover the important technical and musical issues of clarinet playing. York is currently organizing a faculty/student ensemble performance of Franz Schubert’s “F Major Octet,” a suite of many movements scored for string quartet, clarinet, horn, bassoon and bass.
Bin Yu, associate professor of political science, has published a book titled Mao’s Generals Remember Korea along with co-authors Li Xiao-bing and Allan Millett. Yu has also published three articles, including “Treaties Scrapped, Treaties Signed: Sino-Russian Relations” in Comparative Connections, “From Korea to Vietnam: China’s Conflict Behavior& Implications for East Asian Security” in the International Journal of Korean Studies, and “When Bears and Pandas Court” at www.chinaonline.com. Yu was also interviewed by the BBC and was invited to teach a seminar titled “Continuity and Change: Asian Security and China” for the Overseas Course by the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, Yu attended The Korean War After 50 Years: Challenges for Peace and Prosperity conference sponsored by The Institute for Peace Studies, Korea in Arlington, Va.
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