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23 July 2010 No Comment

At the international Joint Statistics Meeting, held in Vancouver in August, Doug Andrews, professor of statistics, will present a paper for the statistical education section of the American Statistical Association, reviewing national efforts at incorporating statistical consulting in undergraduate programs, and highlighting the statistical consulting practicum that serves as a capstone experience for senior math majors on the new statistics track.

choyHoward Choy
, associate professor of languages, recently presented a paper titled “Linguistic Identity in Postcolonial Hong Kong Films by Fruit Chan” at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is also conducting research on stories of breast cancer by Chinese women writers.

Kent Dixon, professor of English, is drifting back to his preferred form, the short short. Dixon previously co-edited the first collection of short shorts to be published in the United States in 1973, and he is now co-editing a new anthology of short shorts (mini-tales, snappers, prose poems) with Pam Casto, who oversees a website and blog on the form.
Trudy Faber, professor of music, will travel to Monroe, N.C., Aug. 15, to present an organ recital at Central Methodist Church. The recital is sponsored by the church as well as the Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists and will include a performance of “A Sweet for Mother Goose” (2004) by George Ackerly, narrated by J. Arthur Faber, professor emeritus of English.

Dave Finster, professor of chemistry, hosted a symposium on “Safety in the Undergraduate Classroom” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. He also co-authored a paper titled “New Approach for Teaching Laboratory Safety: Four-Year Textbook for Undergraduate Chemistry” at the symposium.

huffmanJim Huffman, professor emeritus of history, authored Japan in World History, part of Oxford University Press’ new, recently published global history series. The book surveys Japanese history from earliest times to the present. Huffman also has two other works in production due out this summer, an extensively revised edition of Modern Japan: A History in Documents, and Japan and Imperialism, the latter for which Taylor
Hafley ’10 provided the maps.

Erick Kish, director of the East Asian Institute, organized and moderated the plenary panel discussion titled “Ohio – Making Global Education a Priority” at the annual Ohio gathering of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators. The panel featured Deborah Scherer, director of the Ohio Department of Development Global Markets Division, and Noah Sudow, associate director of economic advancement with the Ohio Board of Regents.
Francisco “Paco” Labrador, head volleyball coach, recently learned that the textbook chapter he co-authored in graduate school has been reprinted in the sixth edition of Applied Sports Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance. The chapter is titled “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory: When Coaches’ Expectations Become Reality.”

Roberta Linder, assistant professor of education, has been selected as a recipient of a 2010 Virginia Hamilton Essay Honor Certificate for her article, “Voices of American Teens Project Helps Young Adolescents Explore Cultural Diversity,” which appeared in the March 2009 issue of Middle School Journal. The article was selected for making a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literacy
experiences for youth.

Thomas Martin, professor of health, fitness and sport, recently published an article titled “Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS),” in Highpointers Club Apex to Zenith Newsletter.

Kathryn McKee, university physician, and student health center nurses Martha Carroll and Sally Purnell attended the American College Health Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia to learn and discuss timely issues facing students and health center staffs.
In June, Rochelle L. Millen, professor of religion, was invited to join the Jewish Law Association, and she attended the 16th annual conference at Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel. She also participated and presented at the Wroxton Symposium on the Holocaust in the UK.

Adam Parker, assistant professor of mathematics, had two papers accepted for publication. The first, “By The Numbers,” parkerwas co-authored with Writing Center Director Michael Mattison and will appear in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Journal. The second, “The Poincare polynomial of the pointed linear sigma quotient,” will appear in Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie (Contributions to Algebra and Geometry) this fall.

Gina Post, assistant professor of education, was invited to give the keynote address at an annual Utah Conference on Collaborative Partnerships in Mathematics Education, where she discussed “Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn: Tools for Reflective Practitioners” based on her  research and work with two projects, Cultivating Communities of Mathematics Learners and Teachers, and Math Three Cs: Competence, Community and Cases. As part of Math Three Cs, funded by Ohio Math Science Partnership Grants, project partners Wittenberg, Tecumseh Local Schools and Avetec have created a website for teachers in order to share best practices and resources in mathematics education.

ramboJody Rambo, assistant professor of English, recently won the 2009 Wick Poetry Open Chapbook Competition for her manuscript of poems titled Tethering World. The chapbook, a small book of poetry, will be published in spring 2011 by the Kent State University Press, and the honor also includes a reading at Kent State. Additionally, Rambo’s poem, “Cousteau Unpacks the First Aqualung,” was a finalist for the 2010 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry and will be published in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of the magazine.

Don Reed, professor of philosophy, led a two-day seminar on moral development and ethical functioning for the social sciences faculty of Bodø University College, Bodø, Norway, June 3-4. Attendees included social workers and psychiatrists who employ Aggression Replacement Training with juveniles in Norway, a program based in part on Lawrence Kohlberg’s account of moral development.
Kathy Reinsel, associate professor of biology, and James Welch, associate professor of biology, attended the 39th Benthic Ecology Meeting in Wilmington, N.C., March 10- 13, along with Cassandra Childs ’11 and Elizabeth McGuire ’10. Reinsel presented a poster with Childs titled “Spiny brittle stars’ (Ophiocoma paucigranulata) movement and directional behavior in relation to light and protection,” while Welch presented a poster with McGuire titled “Fiddler crab larval settlement at Ward’s Creek in Beaufort, N.C.”

fitzsmithJ. Fitzpatrick Smith, associate professor of English, had his book Anthony Caro: Small Sculptures published in April by Lund Humphries. The book has received some critical attention and appears under Smith’s collaborative name H. F. Westley Smith.
Matthew J. Smith, associate professor of communication, chaired a roundtable discussion at the Eastern Communication Association’s annual conference in April 2010 titled “Charting a Course in Comics Art Studies: Communication Scholars’ Contributions to Understanding Graphic Storytelling.” Smith was also elected to serve a two-year term on the association’s Executive Council.

stickneyAl Stickney, professor of mathematics, is currently serving a three-year term as governor of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America until July 2012. As governor, Stickney represents all Ohio mathematicians as a member of the national association’s board of directors.  He recently attended semi-annual meetings of the board of governors in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco, Calif.

Andy Tune, Matevia Endowed University Pastor, presented a paper titled “Plato Reinterpreted: Origen’s Use of the Notion of Participation” at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society in Chicago, Ill.

Eugene Swanger, professor emeritus of religion, was sponsored by the East Asian Institute to present at the Honda Lean Network Annual Conference on “The Role of Relationships in East Asian Business Culture.” Swanger’s presentation received the highest ratings by participants
at the conference, which was facilitated by Brad Rechl ’78 at Honda of America Manufacturing.

Colleen M. Herzog Walters ’05, SCE adjunct professor, presented “Was It Something I Said? Communication Challenges between Physicians and Nurses” for the Nursing Institute for Continuing Education in Walnut Creek and Plain City, Ohio, in June.

Brian Yontz, visiting instructor of education, successfully defended his dissertation, “Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of the Emphasis on Stewardship in Their Initial Teacher Licensure Programs” to earn a Ph.D. in Teacher Education Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.

Bin Yu, professor of political science, has published a paper titled “Putin Invited Xi: Overture to 2012” in Comparative Connections. He also attended two conferences, the 10th Fudan-Pacific Forum dialogue on Sino-U.S. Relations and Regional Security at Fudan University, Shanghai, May 26-27, where he presented “Taiwan in US-China Relations,” and Chinese Foreign Policy at Its Cross-Road: A Grand Strategy in Call? at the University of Macau, Macau, where he presented a paper titled “China’s Strategy Toward Russia.”

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