SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) and two of her research group students attended the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting in Chicago May 2 - 4.  During the first week of June, Astley served as a Reader for Advanced Placement Psychology essays in Kansas City.   In early October, she attended the annual meeting of the Kansas State University Psychology Department Advisory Committee.  At that time, Astley agreed to accept another 3 year term. 

In April TORI BARNES-BRUS (sociology and anthropology) accompanied Liane Olson ’14 to the Iowa Sociological Association annual meetings where Liane won the Steve Wieting Award for her paper, “Exploring the Relationship between Environmental Concern and Behavior in America.”  At the end of May, she attended the Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates and Academics in Ann Arbor Conference where she participated in multiple sessions devoted to the integration of activism and academics and exploring internship opportunities for students. During June, Barnes-Brus was an invited participant for the Institute for Research on Poverty’s “Teaching Poverty 101” seminar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which culminated in a collaboration of course syllabi and interdisciplinary curricula for educating undergraduates on U.S. poverty.  She presented “Coding and Decoding Gender: Content Analysis and the Construction of Women” to faculty and students as part of a site visit to the ACM India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization Program in Pune, India in October.

KARA BEAUCHAMP (physics) presented a talk at the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Fall Meeting titled “Teaching Introductory Electricity and Magnetism using Sequenced Interactive Questioning,” on November 16.  She also presented a talk, titled “Star-Forming Regions,” at the Cedar Amateur Astronomers’ Public Event night on November 2.  Beauchamp participated in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in physics, held in Kansas City, KS, in June 2013.

RON CLARK and JODY HOVLAND (Distinguished Artists-in-Residence) appeared in Hamlet and The School for Scandal for this summer’s Riverside Theatre in the Park in Iowa City.  In August they returned to Washington, DC as members of the acting company for the Kennedy Center/National New Play Network Playwrights’ Workshop, which supports development of new plays.  Clark and Hovland performed this October in the Cornell-Riverside Theatre premiere of Birth Witches by Jennifer Fawcett.  This marks the tenth co-production since 1996, a unique partnership that builds on the possibilities between young theatre artists and seasoned professionals.

SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) travelled to parts of Iowa last summer, working on photographing people and the cultural landscapes of the Midwest.  My Eyes are Not Shut; a photographic body of work including two video pieces will be exhibited in January and February 2014 at the University of Appleton, Lawrence, WI. The invitation to exhibit this work includes a public lecture and classroom visits. The opening reception is January 17.

Don, Owner of the Modern Barbershop, Burlington, Iowa (a color photograph) was selected as Honorable Mention in a juried photography show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Fifty photographs were chosen for the exhibit titled “Identity”. Tammy Walker's Barbershop, Keokuk, Iowa was selected as Honorable Mention in a juried exhibition of photographs titled “Rural Impressions 2013.”  The exhibition is located at the New York Center for Photographic Art.

During August CAROLYN ZERBE ENNS (psychology), concluded her twelve-month term as the Resident Director of the Japan Study Program (in Tokyo).  Also in August, Enns received the Denmark-Reuder Award for outstanding contributions to the international psychology of women and gender (American Psychological Association International Division).  During the fall of 2013, she completed the final phase of her three-year term as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs.  As part of her responsibilities, Enns has been a member of the national task force that crafted the revised APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major 2.0 (approved as APA policy in August 2013).  She will continue to serve on a working group that is charged with strengthening the “common core” of the introductory undergraduate course in psychology.

In June, REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) presented a paper titled “Master/Czar: Comparative Slaveries in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘M.L.’” at the Transatlantic Women II: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Abroad Conference in Florence, Italy.  In October, her short story “Corpse Pose” was named a “Highly Commended Entry” in the 2013 Manchester Writing Competition. She has also been selected by the Center for College Readiness as a reader for the “Ready or Not” program; by providing feedback on essays to high school seniors and their English teachers, the program’s readers help students prepare for college-level writing.

JOHN GRUBER-MILLER’S (classical and modern languages) article, “Engaging Multiple Literacies through Remix Practices: Vergil Recomposed,” was published in Teaching Classical Languages.  The article examines how students in an advanced Latin course, The Age of Augustus, used digital resources to transform their understanding of classical reception and to create their own remix of a scene from Vergil’s Aeneid.  In April, Gruber-Miller and his student, Calla Holmes-Robbins ’13, presented a poster “Traveling with Pausanias: Using Google Earth to Engage Students with Ancient Maps” at the first Digital Classics Association meeting in Buffalo.  Their poster reported on their research developing Google Earth maps that would help students both see and annotate ancient sites mentioned in the travel narrative of Pausanias.  In June, he also attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, taking a five-day workshop on TEI Fundamentals while learning about many digital humanities projects taking place across the world. 

In addition to his participation in digital humanities events, Gruber-Miller also organized a workshop, “Advocacy and Curricular Innovation: Helping our Latin Programs through Action Research,” at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Iowa City.  In June, he gave a presentation at the American Classical League Summer Institute, “Training New Latin Teachers: Creating a Digital Video Archive of Latin Teaching and Learning,” a new initiative to create an online library that can offer an effective mechanism for sharing actual teaching practices and serving as a resource for current faculty and teachers-in-training. 

HANS HASSELL (politics) presented two papers co-authored with Jaime E. Settle of the College of William and Mary  at the American Political Science Association in Chicago August 29 - September 1 as part of an ongoing project that looks at the effects of stress in life on political behaviors.  Hassell also presented a paper titled “The Non-Existent Primary-Ideology Link, or Do Open Primaries Actually Limit Party Influence in Primary Elections?” at the State Politics and Policy Conference held in Iowa City May 23 - 25.  

JILL HEINRICH (education) published an article “The Devil is in the Details: In America, Can You Really Say ‘God’ in School?” in the international journal Educational Review.  The article appeared in the journal’s September 2013 online edition and will appear in print in the fall quarterly edition.  The article examines conflicts regarding separation of church and state that have unfolded over the past seventy-five years in American public education.  It advances the argument that religious literacy should be systematically incorporated into the American public school curriculum in grades 1 through 12 as a means of mediating the conflicts and tensions in America’s religiously-pluralistic society.

DEVAN BATY (french), KERRY BOSTWICK (education) and JILL HEINRICH (education) were awarded an ACM grant for the research and implementation of Project Based Learning (PBL) in their introductory courses.  Project Based Learning seeks to holistically embed higher order thinking into pedagogical instruction and design as a means of engaging students in their own learning processes.   They attended a two-day workshop at MacCalester College in February 2013 and will return for a summary conference in February 2014.

In October, KERRY BOSTWICK, JILL HEINRICH, CINDY POSTLER and KATE KAUPER (education) attended the Iowa Association of College Teachers of Education conference at Graceland University. 

ELIZABETH JACH (Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Assessment) co-presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting held in San Francisco in April on “The Impact of Student-Faculty Interactions on Academic Motivation for Male and Female Students.”  Jach also served on the 2013 Iowa Student Personnel Association (ISPA) fall conference planning committee.

HEIDI LEVINE (Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students) led the pre-conference workshop at the annual Iowa Student Personnel Association conference at St. Ambrose University on October 21. Titled “Developing Leaders to Foster Inclusion and Social Change,” the workshop, which was co-sponsored by Iowa Campus Compact, addressed the importance of developing intercultural competence and viewing leadership as related to values and skills rather than as positional in nature.  The workshop presented models for moving from a focus on “diversity” toward one of inclusion and looking at leadership through a social change lens.

JAMES MARTIN (music) presented a paper titled “Disappearance in Late-Beethoven: the Sonata in C minor Op. 111 and the Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli Op. 120,” at an Interdisciplinary Conference given by the Graduate Center of City University of New York. The conference was titled “Disappearance: Spatial and Temporal Horizons, an Interdisciplinary Conference” and took place on November 7 and 8.  He has also written the program notes for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s January performances of Bizet’s Carmen.  These notes are posted on the CROT web site at:

JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) taught a mini-course on “Soundings in Feminist Theology” at the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Summer Ministry School and Retreat, which was held at Grinnell College this past June.

JOHANNA SCHUSTER-CRAIG (German) presented a paper titled “The Problem of Adolescence for Integration” at the German Studies Association conference in Denver, CO, October 3 - 6.  She also accompanied a group of fourteen German Club students to Chicago November 9 - 10 to see the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s performance of Wagner’s Parsifal.

JUDITH SIEBERT (anthropology) attended the National Social Science Association (NSSA) Fall Professional Development Conference held in New Orleans, LA, on October 6 - 8.  The NSSA is a national interdisciplinary association devoted to interaction among social scientists.  As such, it encourages cross-disciplinary learning and interaction quite effectively by allowing college professors from diverse backgrounds to present papers on important topics including teaching and learning, criminal justice and social work, political science, sociology, technology, psychology and history among other topics.  The conference focused upon the significance of these issues to contemporary USA society and its institutions of higher education.

ROSS SOWELL (computer science) co-authored a journal paper, “Statistical analysis of manual segmentations of structures in medical images,” that was published in the September issue of Computer Vision and Image Understanding.  He and student Alex Hubers ’15 conducted summer research in a robotics laboratory at Oregon State University, with joint funding Cornell’s Student-Faculty Research program and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Teachers program.

In June KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) presented her most recent research on Shakespeare and performance, “‘We are such stuff’: Re-Mythologizing the Absolute Queen in Julie Taymor’s Tempest (2010),”at the “Shakespeare and Myth” biennial conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association in Montpellier, France. Her article, “Un-Painting the Veneto Villa: Domestic Virtù and the Limits of Civic Subjectivity in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice” appeared in Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting, edited by Evgenia Pancheva, Christo Stamenov, Maria Pipeva and Georgi Niagolov (Sofia, Bulgaria: Sofia University Press, 2013). Stavreva’s monograph, “Words like daggers”: Violent Female Speech and Gender in Early Modern England, is in production at the University of Nebraska Press. It is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.

LEON TABAK (computer science) contributed to a panel discussion of “Identity Theft” on KCRG TV’s “Ethical Perspectives on the News” in May. He read Advanced Placement examinations in Cincinnati and attended an ACM conference on “College Futures” in Chicago in June. In July, he taught a day-long course for AP teachers at the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement Conference in Las Vegas and taught a week-long course for AP teachers in Lapeer, MI. He completed three online courses offered by Coursera during the summer. In September, he met with the four people with whom he is writing curricular guidelines for the College Board at that organization’s offices in New York City. In October, he visited William Penn University to review the school’s program in computer science.

In June, CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) attended the Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in La Crosse, WI, along with the chemistry summer research students.  Also in June, Teague and his research student joined the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium which allowed them access to a remote computer cluster at Hope College.  He also reviewed a paper for the Journal of Chemical Education.  

In July, he attended a workshop on guided inquiry teaching in physical chemistry labs, and he has continued the collaborative work of writing, reviewing, and testing new labs since then.  In September, he attended the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis where he presented a talk titled “Innovative topic sequencing and student engagement in physical chemistry.”  This presentation was also selected for the Sci-Mix multidisciplinary poster session.  He also represented at the Iowa Local Section of the ACS at the main governance session of the National Meeting.

In May, CRAIG TEPPER (biology) attended the McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium at Wartburg College, where his research student David Fischer ’14 presented a poster titled “Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for Queen Conch (Strombus gigas).”

In June, Tepper and Cornell undergraduate Austin Brown were awarded a grant titled “Are Cryptic Species Ubiquitous in the Caribbean?” from the Iowa College Foundation/R.J. McElroy student/Faculty Research Program.  Tepper also presented a research talk titled “Concerted Evolution of rDNA Genes in the Millepores” at the 15th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas in San Salvador, The Bahamas. 

JIM VANVALEN (theatre) spent the summer of 2013 performing the roles of Polonius in Hamlet and Joseph Surface in School for Scandal at Riverside Theatre in the Park.  He also received a McConnell grant to return to NYC in July and train with Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, the Head of Voice and Text at the Guild Hall School in London.  This is the second summer that VanValen studied Shakespeare with Ms. Rodenburg, who is known internationally for her approach to the study and performance of Shakespeare and who continues to work with such notable actors as Judy Dench, Ian McKellen, Fiona Shaw, and Ralph Fiennes.  A member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for stage actors, he also received special permission from AEA to spend the early fall of 2013 in collaboration with the Department of Theatre at Coe College on their production of Proof by David Auburn where he performed the role of Robert.

PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classics) presented a paper at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. in April based on his research concerning ancient associations and social capital.  An article based on this presentation titled “Matters of Trust: Associations and Social Capital in Roman Egypt” was published in September in the Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2013) (  In May, Venticinque was invited by Prof. Paul Keen of Valparaiso University to present a guest lecture titled “Changing the Landscape: History, Tradition, and Geography in Late Roman and Coptic Egypt” for Prof. Keen’s “Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Imagination” course. 

JANEVE WEST (theatre) traveled to Washington, DC in July to take part in a series of intensive workshops with Michael Rohd, artistic director of the Sojourn Theatre Company.  These workshops centered on the topic of devising and devised theatre especially as it pertains to theatre as a tool for social and civic practice. West will apply these techniques as she and the student ensemble devise the production of Here and Now in the spring of 2014.  

REBECCA WINES (French) was invited to give the keynote address at the student-faculty conference “Sports, Leisure, Nationalism” organized at the College of William and Mary in April.  Her paper, “Henri Desgrange, Cycling, and the Shape of the French National Body,” focused on connections among gender, class, cycling, and anxiety about national degeneration in France at the end of the 19th century.

In Chicago in June, Wines presented research about roller derby in a talk titled “Of Derby Girls and Women:  Gender Concerns in Whip It” as part of the Fourth International Conference on Sport and Society hosted by Common Ground Publishing.

She attended a language immersion retreat and seminar for French teachers, “The Culture of French Cuisine,” at Simpson College in Indianola, IA in July.

DAVID YAMANISHI (politics) attended the Midwest Political Science Association’s 2013 annual meeting and served as discussant for a panel on “Gender and Rights.” 

MARTY CONDON (biology), MICHELLE MOUTON (English and creative writing), and DAVID YAMANISHI (politics) received a grant from the ACM and the Teagle Foundation to participate in a workshop series titled “Introducing Change: Introductory Courses and the Nature of Faculty Work.” Condon, Mouton, and Yamanishi visited Macalester College in February 2013 to plan alterations to their First Year Seminar classes to be tested in Fall 2013. They will attend a concluding conference in Chicago in February 2014.


LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Director) gave a presentation at the Midwest Writing Center Association conference titled “Professional Writing in the Writing Center: How Writing Centers can prepare students (and consultants!) for life after college.” Additionally, two peer consultants, Amanda Engel and Léonie de Jonge gave a presentation titled “¿Cómo se dice?: Using the Writing Center for Help with Foreign Language Writing.”  Farmer’s short story “Names” will appear in the January issue of Stone Canoe and in November she will give a reading at the University of Northern Iowa as part of their Final Thursday Reading Series.

JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities, Education, and the Performing Arts) attended the LOEX Conference in Nashville, TN, in May.  She has two poems coming out in MadHat Lit this fall.

MATT ZHORNE (Audio Visual Specialist) attended the CEC Business Technology Conference on October 22 in Coralville.