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Douglas M. Andrews, professor of statistics, fulfilled several official duties at the jointly sponsored international statistics meetings held in Minneapolis in August. In addition to serving as chapter representative from the Dayton chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), Andrews made a presentation at the Council of Chapters business meeting about the ASA’s Career Day Grant Program, and he chaired the annual meeting of the ASA’s Committee on Career Development.

Lori Askeland, associate professor of English, was elected to the National Network Board for the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts
(LFP) at the national LFP meeting this fall, which she attended as Wittenberg’s official representative along with Ty Buckman, assistant professor of English, Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Askeland will also be reading from her current memoir manuscript, “Grafting: A Love Story,” at the Adoption and Culture International Conference in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 18-20.

While on sabbatical, Donald Busarow, professor of music, wrote psalm materials for church choirs, conducted two choral retreats for church choirs, one at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 27-28, and another at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Aurora, Colo., Sept. 24-25. He also played four festival concerts in October and November in Indiana, Minnesota and North Carolina, including a benefit concert on Oct. 9 for Bethany Lutheran School in Detroit where Busarow began his music ministry and teaching career. On Oct. 23, the Dayton Bach Choir also premiered its first commissioned work, A Psalm Triptych composed by Busarow.

The Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, featured the paintings of Edward Charney, associate professor of art and department chair. Six large paintings from a series that uses Italian imagery and appropriated subjects from the Sistine Ceiling and other great icons of western art history were on exhibit throughout the month of October.

Amy Christiansen, associate professor of languages, organized a Japanese calligraphy exhibit titled “Strokes of Genius” on the first floor of Recitation Hall, Oct. 20-Nov. 22. Co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies program, the department of foreign languages and literature and the Shodó Journal Research Institute in Japan, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting calligraphic arts, the exhibit featured the work of 20-30 prominent Japanese calligraphers.

Kristin Cline, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, attended the Midwestern University Analytical Chemistry Conference at Miami University, Oct. 14-15, where she presented on “Investigation of Glassy Carbon Surface Modification via Diazonium Ion Reduction.”

Steve Dawson, associate professor of health, fitness and sport, produced and wrote two DVDs, one for coaches titled “Coach’s Playbook: Multiple Training Sessions for your Complete Soccer Season,” and one for players titled “Skills and Drills: The Youth Soccer Player’s Personal Guide to Improving Their Game.”

Keith Doubt, professor of sociology and department chair, had an essay translated and published in an anthology on civil courage in Bosnia edited by Svetlana Broz. Titled “Civil Courage in African American Social Thought” (“Gradjanska Hrabrost u Afro-americkoj Drustvenoj Misli”), the essay appeared in the anthology What It Takes (Imam petlju), which is now being adapted as a textbook for students in high schools and universities throughout Bosnia.

Mary Jo Groves, university physician, presented a talk at the American College Health Association’s annual meeting on June 2, which focused on Sexually Transmitted Disease: National Update. Groves is the first Wittenberg physician to speak at this national meeting, which attracted more than 1,000 representatives of student health centers from around the country.

James L. Huffman, H. Orth Hirt Professor of History, had an article, “Japanese Society in the Twentieth Century,” published in the fall 2005 issue of Education About Asia.

Rick Incorvati, assistant professor of English, published an essay “The Poetry of Friendship” in the book Teaching British Women Writers, 1750-1900, and his article “Darsie Lattimer’s ‘Little Solidity,’ or the Case for Homosexuality in Scott’s Redgauntlet” appeared in Romanticism on the Net, a peer-reviewed electronic journal. At the 2005 International Conference on Romanticism, Incorvati also presented a paper on Thomas Holcroft’s late 18th-century depictions of gambling and other compulsive behaviors, and his review of the book Knowledge and Indifference in English Romantic Prose is forthcoming in the
Keats-Shelley Journal.

Ralph Lenz, professor of geography, attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Denver, where he was a panelist in a session on Geography and the American Liberal Arts College titled “Best Practices and Successful Program Models.” Programs represented included Wittenberg, Bucknell, Colgate, Augustana, Vassar and Macalester.

Stephanie Little, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored an article with Judy Garber of Vanderbilt University titled “The Role of Social Stressors and Interpersonal Orientation in Explaining the Longitudinal Relation Between Externalizing and Depressive Symptoms” in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Thomas Martin, professor of health, fitness and sport, had an Op-Ed piece titled “Make School Breakfasts More Nutritious” published in the Oct. 9 edition of the Springfield News-Sun.

Olga Medvedkov, professor of geography, has co-authored a chapter with Yuri Medvedkov of The Ohio State University titled “Moscow in Transition” in the book Transformation of Cities in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards Globalization. The book is a collaborative effort by Medvedkov and fellow international scholars studying the issue of world cities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Rochelle L. Millen, professor of religion, was invited to participate at a Nov. 3 symposium titled “Protesting Prejudice after the Holocaust: The American Experience,” sponsored by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the USHMM in Washington, D.C. Her presentation was titled “Religion and Antisemitism: New Insights among Jews in the Aftermath.” On Oct. 30, Millen spoke at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Columbus on “New Perspectives in Jewish Feminism: A Traditional Perspective.”

Jim Noyes, professor of computer science, was invited to give a presentation at the Oberlin Conference on Computation and Modeling, held at Oberlin College, Nov. 4-6. His topic, “A Nanoscience Modeling and Computation System,” deals with considerations in simulating nanoscience design and construction of nanotechnology devices.

John Ritter, professor of geology, presented a co-authored paper with John Weber of Grand Valley State University at the 117th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Titled “Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology of the Northern Range, Trinidad: Recording Quaternary Subsidence and Uplift Associated with a Pull-Apart Basin,” the paper resulted from work indirectly related to Ritter’s Fulbright experience from January to June 2005 in Trinidad.

Matthew J. Smith, associate professor of communications and department chair, presented “Really? A Rationale for Applying Reality Television in the Communication Classroom” at the Ohio Communication Association in Dayton, Oct. 1. In addition, Smith served as a representative on the association’s executive committee and assisted in recruiting the conference’s keynote speaker.

Thomas T. Taylor, professor of history, has a forthcoming address titled “A Murder, a House, a Genius, and a Car: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House” in Proceedings of the 2004 Ohio Academy of History, and a forthcoming article titled “Tennessee v. Scopes versus Inherit the Wind” in Fides et Historia.

Kimberly Thompson, visiting instructor of English, presented a paper titled “Robin Hood and Economic Tricksterism in Late Medieval England” at the fifth biennial meeting of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies at the University of Delaware, Oct. 1. She also presented “The Medieval Robin Hood: Good Yeomanry and Bad Performances” at an Ohio Medieval Colloquium at Shawnee State University, Oct. 8.

James Welch, assistant professor of biology, and Kathy Reinsel, associate professor of biology, led six students on a summer field study to the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. The students studied marine habitats, dredged and trawled to see the variety of organisms, and learned about the human impact on the marine environment. Welch also received a $25,000 NSF grant to fund his research on fiddler crabs in North Carolina with Renae Brodie of the University of South Carolina.

Michael Zaleha, associate professor of geology, attended the eighth International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology in The Netherlands, where he presented two papers, “Fluvial response to large-scale basin subsidence versus small-scale syndepositional structures, Sevier foreland basin, Wyoming, U.S.A.,” and “Resolving fluvial, glaciofluvial, and glacial deposits using electrical resistivity ground imaging (ERGI),” coauthored with John Ritter, professor of geology, and Joe Rumschlag ’05.


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