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James Allen, associate professor of political science, presented a co-authored paper titled “Paradiplomacy: States and Provinces in the Emerging Governance Structure of North America” at the North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Political-Economic Turbulence conference.

BakerRob Baker, professor of political science, has been named a 2009 “Community Health Center Hero” by the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers for his work on behalf of Springfield’s Rocking Horse Center’s successful efforts to achieve “full-status” as a Federally Qualified Health Center. The award recognizes outstanding leaders and advocates working for local Community Health Centers.

Ken Bladh, professor of geology, led the invited workshop, Using Multi-Institutional Student Assessment for Faculty Development at the American Conference of Academic Deans Annual Meeting, funded by the Teagle Foundation as the first MALLA consortium project. Bladh was also an invited discussant and participant at the Teagle Foundation Conference on Student Learning, and he successfully wrote a grant request for $149,800 and will serve as the principal investigator on the four-year, collaborative Teagle project for MALLA titled “Structuring Faculty Work Explicitly Around Student Learning.”

Howard Choy, assistant professor of languages, has published an article titled “Centering and Decentering Methodologies: Wang Anyi’s Migratory Mythology and Descriptive Historiography,” in the Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese. He also reviewed Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. In addition, he recently presented “When Gags Go Global: Political Jokes in Greater China,” at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at Harvard University, and “Books of Forgotten Laughter: Humor and Trauma of the Cultural Revolution,” at the 125th Modern Language Association annual convention in Philadelphia.Cline

Kristin Cline, associate professor of chemistry, joined Neil Anderson ’10, Rachel Saylor ’10 and Christa Snyder ’11 in attending the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry, in Orlando, Fla., where they presented two posters on their joint research titled “A Comparison of Spontaneous Grafting to Electrografting of Aryl Groups on Glassy Carbon Electrodes” and “Modification of Copper Wires with Diazonium Ion Chemistry for Use as Solid Phase Microextraction Fibers”.

Lauren Shapiro Crane, assistant professor of psychology, collaborated with four psychology majors on research titled “Conceptualizing Human Nature and The Divine: Qualitative Interviews with Christians and Buddhists,” which appeared in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. Additionally, she presented a poster with two Japanese colleagues at the 2009 meeting of the Association for Research in Personality titled “How People Describe Their Past Efforts: A Comparison Between China, Japan and the U.S.”

DoubtKeith Doubt, professor of sociology, has been invited to present his paper, “Solipsism Narrated Magnanimously: Reflections on ‘Death and the Dervish’” at the 100th Jubilee of Mesa Selimovic’s birthday, April 26, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. A small group of literary scholars from Bosnia-Herzegovina and abroad will participate, and his essay will be subsequently published in the Academy’s publication as well as Novi Izraz.

Trudy Faber, professor of music, presented a lecture/performance on “Bach and the Dance” for the Toledo chapter of the American Guild of Organists as well as a lecture/performance on “Music in Worship” for the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Dave Finster, professor of chemistry, presented “A Comprehensive Chemistry Laboratory Safety Program” at the 7th Annual Campus Fire, Safety and Risk Management conference in Columbus, Ohio.

In March, J. Randy Green, director of financial aid, presented a webinar to the Ohio College Access Network titled “Calculating the EFC,” during which he also discussed need analysis theory, case studies and results.

Brandon Jones, assistant professor of music, served as the guest conductor for the Ohio Music Education Association District XIV Junior High Honor Band and District XIII High School Honors Wind Symphony. Jones is currently writing an analysis article on the wind band work Lament by Japanese composer Chang Su Koh for volume 8 of Teaching Music through Performance in Band, a world-renowned series of books and recordings for conductors and music educators.Livingstone

In January, Amy Livingstone, professor of history, presented a paper, “Piecing Together the Fragments: Telling Medieval French Noblewomen’s Lives through Text and Image,” at the American Historical Association meeting in San Diego. Elected to represent the Midwest Medieval History Conference to the Medieval Academy’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associates, Livingstone will also present a forthcoming paper at the International Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University; the largest meeting of medieval scholars in the world.

MartinThomas P. Martin, professor of health, fitness and sport, recently presented “Understanding/Interpreting Nutrition Facts Labels” at the annual convention of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) in Columbus. He also served as a reviewer for OAHPERD Research Grant applications. In addition, Martin, a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka, was also recently recognized during the opening ceremony for the University of Peradeniya’s new Exercise and Sport Science Resource Center.

Jessica McCormack, assistant professor of music, has published an article in VoicePrints, the journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, titled “Celebrating Viardot-Garcia 1821-1910.” She has also been invited to serve as a guest lecturer and performer at the Saison Viardot in Paris as part of activities related the centennial anniversary of the death of the French composer and mezzo-soprano, Pauline Viardot-Garcia.Medvedkov

Olga Medvedkov, professor of geography, presented “Moscow Fragmented: Changing Urban and Social Landscape,” at the international workshop, Urban Socio-Spatial Change in the Caucasus and Other Post-Soviet Areas,” in the framework of the Cities after Transition (CAT) research network at the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Medvedkov is teaching GIS this semester at Tbilisi.

MillenRochelle Millen, professor of religion, presented a paper at the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches in Philadelphia. The paper was part of a chapter in a forthcoming volume titled Encountering the Stranger: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Trialogue. Millen also co-presented “Convictions in Conflict: Religious Identity in the Holocaust Classroom” at a conference sponsored jointly by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Shenandoah University.

Tammy Proctor, professor of history, has authored Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918, which explores the different ways civilians work and function in a war situation, and broadens society’s understanding of the civilian.
The 11th edition of Professor of Management Pam Schindler’s book Business Research Methods will be published in May by McGraw-Hill.

Matthew J. Smith, associate professor of communication, was a facilitator at the “Graphic Novel Adaptations Film Festival” at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, April 1-2. As an invited presenter, Smith provided a critical introduction to and then helped lead discussion over a pair of feature films.Stahlberg

Eric Stahlberg, director of Wittenberg’s computational science program, was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Many-core and Reconfigurable Supercomputer Conference in Rome, Italy. Reconfigurable computing is used heavily in telecommunications, satellites and embedded devices, and is increasingly becoming useful for fast general computing applications. Stahlberg currently leads an international standards effort for this technology.

WaggonerCatherine Waggoner, professor of communication, presented a paper titled “Purity, Piety, and Parody: Selling the Belle in Humor” at the National Communication Association Convention in November, and “Keeping it Real: Managing the Facade of Southern Womanhood in the New South” at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Memphis, April 10.

Forest Wortham, director of multicultural student programs, recently conducted a professional development workshop for staff, administrators and students at Boy s Hope Girls Hope in Cleveland on racial micro-aggressions at the request of Alexander Edwards ’07. He also accompanied 11 students to the 12th annual National Black Student Union Conference.Zaleha

Michael Zaleha, associate professor of geology, gave a talk at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting titled “Effects of vegetation growing on upper point-bar surfaces on bar migration, outer bank erosion, and channel evolution: observations of the gravel-bed Mad River, west-central Ohio, USA.”

Bin Yu, professor of political science, has published a paper titled “Mr. Putin Went to China: Ten Years After in Comparative Connections, as well as an article in Chinese titled “Obama’s First Year in Office: An Assessment,” at www.chinareform.net.

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