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Faculty Notes

8 June 2009 No Comment

Steven Bogaerts, assistant professor of computer science, attended the “Rebooting Computing” summit in Santa Clara, Calif., in January, which brought together representatives from industry, government, higher education and K-12 education. Discussion focused on the current state of computer science as a field, and how to guide future directions in terms of education, professional practice and relationship to global realities. Bogaerts has joined the interdisciplinary collaboration working group, which is in the process of planning a future symposium and ultimately the submission of a National Science Foundation grant for curriculum development.

Donald Busarow, professor of music, has two forthcoming publications scheduled for this summer through Concordia Publishing House. The first is a set of 25 organ preludes on hymns as found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship and The Lutheran Service Book. The second is a collection of 14 chorale preludes for organ and two treble instruments.

Sheryl Cunningham, assistant professor of communication, presented a paper at the National Communication Association’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif. The paper analyzed the visual rhetoric of a photograph taken of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when she became the first female to hold that position.

Steve Dawson, professor of health, fitness and sport, and head men’s soccer coach, directed the girls soccer team at Troy High School during its trip to the United Kingdom last year. Dawson was also recently invited to contribute an article titled “I Volunteered to Coach a Travel Team, and My Child Was Not Good Enough to Make the Team. How Do I Break the News to Him?” to Sporting Kid Magazine, published by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Kent Dixon, professor of English, is currently on sabbatical writing. He has a story forthcoming in the Antioch Review and several translations online, including some on the work of Charles Baudelaire, Rainer Maria Rilke and the ancient Greek poet Sappho. Dixon will travel with Mimi Dixon, professor of English, this spring to conduct research for a screenplay on Homer, which he calls “Shakespeare in Love meets Troy meets The Gods Must Be Crazy.”

Scott Dooley, associate professor of art, mounted a solo exhibition, “Dichotomous Variable: Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics,” at Taylor University. The exhibition included a workshop and lecture for art students and community members. Dooley also had work exhibited in a two-person exhibition, “Sculptural Work in a Functional World,” at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Ohio, Jan. 16-Feb. 25.

Elizabeth George, associate professor of physics, has been asked to serve on the organizing committee for a national conference on teaching upper-level physics laboratories. The conference, sponsored by The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), will be held this summer at the University of Michigan, just before the national meeting of the AAPT. The goal of the conference is to bring together faculty and technical staff involved with intermediate/advanced undergraduate labs to present, discuss, and demonstrate their lab curricula, teaching methods and experiments.

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, associate professor of history, participated in the first-ever colloquium on monastic archaeology titled “Ermitages d’Égypte au premier millenaire” held at the prestigious Institut français d’archéologie orientale in Cairo, Egypt. Her lectures discussed “The Monastic Remains in Sohag: The Legacy of the White Monastery” and “The Monastic Dwellings at John the Little’s Monastery in Wadi Natrun.” She also recently presented a paper at the Annual Meeting for the American Society of Church History in New York titled “Treading on Antiquity: Missionary Reflections on the Religious Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” and she discussed “Monastic Archaeology: Asceticism Reconsidered” at the International Association of Coptic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.

Ralph Lenz, professor of geography, served on the Institute of International Education’s National Screening Committee for Southeast Asia in early December in New York. The committee met to choose Fulbright Award recipients from American student applicants for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Thomas P. Martin, professor of health, fitness and sport, has published two articles, the first, titled “Physical Best and FITNESSRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Resources Presented to Sri Lanka,” appeared in UpdatePlus magazine, and the second, titled “Fulbright Scholar Report: Physical Best and FITNESSGRAM Resources to be used in Sri Lanka,” appeared in Future Focus magazine. His own work, the “Martin Classification of Difficulty for U.S. State Highpoints,” was also highlighted in an article titled “Natural High,” which appeared in GEICO Direct Magazine. Additionally, Martin presented a paper during the annual convention of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Daniel McInnis, assistant professor of art, attended the Society of Photographic Education’s Midwest Regional Conference: “Imag(in)ing the Future of Photography, The Photographic and the Digital,” in Cleveland, Ohio. McInnis also had three works from his black and white series “Balance” accepted to the Roy G Biv Gallery’s winter Small Works Members Exhibition in December 2008.

Jody Rambo, adjunct instructor of English and poet-in-residence, has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her work.

Don Reed, professor of philosophy, and Riley Stoermer ’08 co-authored the concluding “Overview” of a special September 2008 issue of the Journal of Moral Education. The special issue, which Reed guest edited, was titled Toward an Integrated Model of Moral Functioning. Reed also contributed a paper titled “A Model of Moral Stages.” At the November 2008 meeting of the International Association for Moral Education, Reed also led an invited panel session on the special issue, including the authors of the six papers in the volume.

Matthew J. Smith, associate professor of communication, recently began a two-year term as president of the Ohio Communication Association. The association promotes scholarship and effective teaching in the discipline of communication studies across the state, publishes a scholarly journal, and convenes an annual conference, in which several Wittenberg faculty, students and alumni have participated.

Kristine Warrenburg, visiting professor of communication, will present a paper titled “The Invisible Argument: Recognizing Race in Visceral Reasoning,” at Argument Cultures, a conference presented by the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, June 3-6.

Robert White, director of church relations, presented a workshop titled “Relationships for Youth Ministry Professionals” at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans in February. The workshop was developed from experience presenting such workshops to more than 4,000 youth, college students and adults throughout the United States during the past 10 years.

Molly Wood, associate professor of history, was invited to participate in the first annual Society for the History of American Foreign Relations Summer Faculty Institute at The Ohio State University last year. She joined a group of 12 faculty members from the United States and Europe to engage in common reading and a weeklong series of discussions on the topic: “The U.S. in Vietnam and Iraq: A Comparative Perspective.” She plans to develop a new course on this topic for Wittenberg’s history department.

Bin Yu, professor of political science, has published two articles, including “Making America Safe for the World,” in Asia Times, and “Embracing a Storm and Each Other? – Russian-China Relations,” in Comparative Connections.

Michael Zaleha, associate professor of geology, recently presented a paper at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting titled, “Catastrophic release of sediment and water from Orland Reservoir into the Fawn River, northeastern Indiana, USA: assessment of flow, sediment dynamics, and deposit.”

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