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For the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics, Doug Andrews, professor of statistics, co-organized and refereed a twoday peer-reviewed session of presentations, posters and interactive demonstrations, featuring best practices in statistics education. Andrews has also been chosen to take part in a group of statistics educators charged with standardizing curricula in post-introductory courses.

Kristin Cline, associate professor of chemistry, and Mandy Reno ’07, presented their research on “Assessing the Surface Coverage of Substituted Phenyl Groups on Modified Glassy Carbon Electrodes and the Impact on Electron Transfer Kinetics” at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in Chicago, Ill., earlier this year.


Kristen Collier, director of community service, Robert Welker, professor of education, and Rachel Tune, pastor to the university, led a panel session titled “Integrating Service-Learning, Social Justice and Spirituality: Lessons Learned and Questions to be Answered” during the “Callings: Fostering Vocation through Community-Based Learning” conference at Santa Clara University.

Kent Dixon, professor of English, has published two poems in Genie and online at the-teachers-voice.org. Dixon also finished in the top 20 for the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his collection of stories around the theme “Siren Songs,” and he made it to the semi- finals in Sarabande Books’ fiction contest. He is working on a screenplay on Homer.

Mimi Dixon, professor of English, has had her personal essay, “My Edens,” accepted for publication in the Fall 2007 issue of the literary journal The Pinch.

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted Professor of Sociology Keith Doubt’s book, Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia, in its book section explaining how it “[d]evelops a concept of ‘sociocide,’ or the murdering of society, to describe destruction in Bosnia from the level of the individual and the family to that of social institutions.”

Trudy Faber, professor of music, was selected as one of 12 faculty/administrators nationally to attend the Lilly Foundationsponsored Network Exchange on Religious Studies Conference at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., in April. She also just completed a series of concerts in Germany, including at the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses.

Marsha Frost, assistant professor of economics and East Asian Studies, will spend her 2007-08 sabbatical teaching for CET at Capital Normal University in Beijing and also at the School of Foreign Service of the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar on a Fulbright Lectureship.

Ed Hasecke, assistant professor of political science, has published an article in Political Research Quarterly titled “Party Loyalty and Legislative Success: Are Loyal Majority Party Members More Successful in the U.S. House of Representatives?” Hasecke also presented a paper at the Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago on the role of party loyalty in the Speaker’s decision to schedule legislation for a vote.

William Higgins, associate professor of mathematics, attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings, where he served as a judge for the Student Poster Session and ended his six years as a member of the editorial board of the Classroom Resource Materials book series of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He also presented a workshop, “A Horse of a Different Color – Do Students Like to be Challenged?” at the Ohio NExT gathering. He now begins his term as president of the Ohio Section of the MAA.

Justin Houseknecht, assistant professor of chemistry, recently had a paper published in Chemical Physics Letters titled “Solidstate O-17 NMR in carbohydrates” and another published in ChemBioChem titled “Biosynthetics precursors of funga l pyrrolizidines, the loline alkaloids.” He also attended the Council on Undergraduate Research CUR Dialogues this March.

Douglas K. Lehman, director of Thomas Library and associate professor, delivered the keynote address at the Dade County Library Association Library Fair in Miami, Fla., in March. The title of his talk was “The Crisis in Scholarly Communication: Why Open Access Matters to All Librarians!” Lehman also reviewed Bayonets In The Wilderness: Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest by Alan D. Gaff for Material Culture: The Journal of the PAS.

David L. Mason, professor of biology, presented a poster titled “High Resolution Light Microscopy Employing Labeled Antibodies Helpful with the Identification of a Specific Type of Cancer,” at the Ohio Academy of Science. Mason and Lisa Martorano ’08 also presented “Evaluation of Selected Tumors and Cancers of Human Skin By Means of High Resolution Light Microscopy (HRLM), Immunomicroscopy, and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).”

Alan McEvoy, professor of sociology, published an article titled “Dying in Pieces” in the March 2007 issue of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. McEvoy was also a featured speaker at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention & Risk Reduction Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Terry Otten, professor emeritus of English, has published a review of a new book on Arthur Miller titled Miller and Middle America in the current issue of The Arthur Miller Newsletter.

Adam Parker, assistant professor of mathematics, received the Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award. Parker was also named chair of CONCUR, the Ohio section of the Mathematics Association of America committee on curriculum. In addition, he presented talks at The Ohio State University, Ashland University, the University of Cincinnati and at Wittenberg.

Jerry Pankhurst, professor of sociology, was invited to participate in the international conference, “Islam and Orthodoxy: C onf ront at ion, C ohabit at ion, a nd Comparison” held in Vienna. Pankhurst served as a discussant and chaired the session on “Comparative Approaches to the Study of Islam and Orthodoxy.” Pankhurst also traveled to Moscow for nine weeks to carry out a research project on “Foundations of Russian Orthodox Faith and Practice,” in collaboration with scholars at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Tammy Proctor, associate professor of history, is involved with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scout movement, the subject of her first book. In November, Proctor will travel to Stockholm as the invited keynote speaker for a conference on Scouting, and she is co-organizing a 2008 international Scout symposium at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Proctor has been commissioned to write a centennial history of Girl Scouting and Guiding for the girls’ movement’s centennial in 2010.

John Ritter, professor of geology, attended the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago’s 4th Geological Conference, “Caribbean Exploration-Planning for the Next Century.” In addition to co-leading a daylong premeeting fieldtrip in Trinidad’s Northern Range mountains, he also presented two papers, one of which was the result of his work there as a Fulbright Scholar.

Pamela Schindler, professor of management, has completed the 10th edition of Business Research Methods, published by McGraw- Hill. The book will be introduced at the Decision Sciences meeting in November for classroom distribution next spring. Schindler is also working on bringing the PowerPoint presentation that accompanies each chapter into the 21st century.

J. Fitzpatrick Smith, assistant professor of English, recently presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies at CUNY and at a conference on poet Ciaran Carson at Oxford University. Smith’s article on Paul Muldoon’s poetry was also published by Etudes Irlandaises, and Peter Lang has just extended a contract to publish a book-length manuscript based on Smith’s research on Irish writers Flann O’Brien and James Joyce.

Matthew J. Smith, associate professor of communication, presented “Intersections for Communication Programs: Consequences and Constructs of Adding Majors to Minors and Minors to Majors” while attending the Eastern Communication Association, April 26-29, in Providence, R.I.

Al Stickney, professor of mathematics, presented three workshops on the use of calculator technology in the classroom, titled “Differential Equations on the Voyage 200 and TI-89” at the 19th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in Boston, “Getting Started with the Voyage 200” at the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference in Chicago, and “Matrix Applications on the TI-84” at the Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference in Lima, Ohio.

Carmen Trisler, associate professor emeritus of biology, attended an advanced course on Aquatic Invertebrates at the Humboldt Field Research Station at Eagle Hill in Maine. Trisler sampled oligotrophic lakes and streams in Northern Maine to identify aquatic insects and other invertebrates forming the ecological webs in these environments. She is also conducting research locally using underwater light traps to examine the photo-taxicity of immature aquatic insects.

Catherine Waggoner, professor of communication, gave an invited talk at the National Communication Association convention in San Antonio, Texas, on challenges faced by communication departments at small liberal arts colleges. Carmiele Wilkerson, associate professor of English, presented a paper titled “Women, Immigration and Deportation: The Violence Against Women Act of 1994” at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association in June. The conference, “Alternative Interpretations of the Circum-Caribbean: Interrogating Connections Across History, Society, Culture and Performance,” was sponsored by the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

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