Faculty/Academic Staff Newsletter Spring 2013

SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) served a third and final year as an outside reviewer for the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award at Morningside College.  She also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

ADDISON AULT (chemistry) attended the 245th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which took place in New Orleans, LA.

In November, SUSANNAH BIONDO-GEMMELL (art and art history) exhibited new time-based ceramic artwork in the Clay Colleagues exhibition on Cornell College’s Luce Gallery. In March, Biondo-Gemmell exhibited additional new ceramic artwork in Elemental, an exhibition at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.  Elemental was a four-person ceramic art show exploring the special relationship between the elements of earth, water, fire, and air with ceramic materials.  Biondo-Gemmell’s work explored specifically the element of fire through object-based and electrical ceramic installation work.  Additionally in March, Biondo-Gemmell’s work was reviewed in an article “Mo-mento” by Claire Kovaks, published in nationally renowned magazine Ceramics: Art and Perception. “Mo-mento” was a performance-based ceramic art installation created in collaboration with Jennifer Rogers for the Iowa Clay Conference in September 2011.

STAT2: Building Models for a World of Data by ANN CANNON (mathematics and statistics) and seven others, was published in December 2012. It is a textbook for the second introductory statistics course at the undergraduate level (our STA 202). Cannon also gave a talk in March titled “Reimagining the First Year of Undergraduate Statistics:  One Statistician’s Experience,” as part of The University of Iowa Statistics Department Colloquium series.

MARTY CONDON (biology) and Cornell College students have carried out research on sunflower flies in Iowa’s prairies since 1997, with generous support from Becky Pulk (Cornell alumna). In December, Condon and the “sunflower fly” team reported results in the journal Evolutionary Ecology. Kara Middleton, a Cornell College senior, was a co-author on the paper. Thanks to students’ progress, the National Science Foundation recently awarded Condon $24,942 to support summer research to be carried out by a team including Darius Ballard ʼ07 (Cedar Rapids, Jefferson High School teacher), Andrew Forbes and his honors student at The University of Iowa, and Cornell students Jarod Armenta, Neisha Croffitt, Maren Elnes, Demaceo Howard, and Adriana Vega.

TONY de LAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) attended the 2013 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium March 4-6 in Denver, CO.

SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) attended the Society for Photographic Education’s 50th Anniversary in Chicago, March 7-10. Thousands of educators from across the United States were in attendance. Dyas attended lectures by Martin Parr, Richard Misrach, Olivia Parker, and many others. 

Dyas exhibited “Englert at 100: Photographs of Sandra Louise Dyas,” at the Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery at Englert Theatre in Iowa City. The exhibit was comprised of twenty-eight framed prints and hundreds of digital photos documenting the Englert Theatre during its centennial year. Focused on the inner workings of the Englert, the prints bring to life the historic space.

Two of Dyas photographs, from the series, Lost in the Midwest, were chosen to be in the Dubuque Art Museum’s 4th Biennial. “Don, Owner of The Modern Barber Shop, Burlington, Iowa” was awarded first place. She received a certificate and a cash prize of $1,000. Both photos are on her blog, Sandy Dyas Picture This. The DMA Biennial Juried Exhibition will run April 6 through July 21, 2013.

Dyas was also invited to participate in an online curated project called Someone I Know by Stuart Pilkington.  This is the second project of his that Dyas has participated in. She was also recently invited to submit her work to an online journal called TOAD in April.

REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) had two pieces of fiction published in Cleaver Magazine. A review of the magazine on NewPages.com quoted from her flash fiction piece, “Onyx,” and an interview with the magazine editor on philly.com quoted from her short story, “Perfect Companion.”

In December, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) was awarded the 2012 Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level award from the American Philological Association. His work building a vibrant undergraduate classics program, teaching a wide array of courses focusing on both language and culture, and his commitment to promoting scholarship on Greek and Latin pedagogy were given special mention in the award citation.

In addition, Gruber-Miller’s project, “Imagining Ancient Corinth: An Introduction to Greek Literature and Culture,” was accepted for publication by Anvil Academic, a pioneering, exclusively digital scholarly publisher. “Imagining Ancient Corinth,” part of a larger collaborative project with Timothy Winters, augments the traditional intermediate Greek textbook with data from the Perseus Digital Library, ORBIS, and visualizations from other sources (including several maps created using the Keyhole Markup Language). By engaging students in the multi-modal (and multi-contextual) experience of language learning, the project grants the learner of Greek a fuller sense of cultural and linguistic mastery. Gruber-Miller continues to serve as editor of CAMWS’s online journal, Teaching Classical Languages, a peer-reviewed publication for scholarly articles on Greek and Latin pedagogy.

AARON HAGLER’S (ACM/Mellon Post-doctoral Teacher-Scholar Fellow in History) article “Repurposed Narratives: The Battle of Siffin and the Historical Memory of the Umayyad Dynasty,” has been published in Mathal/Mashal: Multidisciplinary Jewish and Islamic Studies Journal.

HANS HASSELL (politics) presented a paper at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, April 11-14, titled “Does Frank Campaign? An Examination of the Similarities and Differences of Campaign Mail and Franked Mail.” It was co-authored with J. Quin Monson of Brigham Young University.  Another paper, “Campaign Targets and Messages in Direct Mail Fundraising,” also co-authored with Monson, was accepted for publication in Political Behavior, the official journal of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior organized section of the American Political Science Association.

JILL HEINRICH (education) recently published an article in the winter 2012-13 edition of The High School Journal. The High School Journal publishes research, scholarship, essays, and reviews that critically examine the broad and complex field of secondary education.  Founded in 1918, it is one of the oldest peer-reviewed academic journals in education.  The article, “The Making of Masculinities:  Fighting the Forces of Hierarchy and Hegemony in the High School Setting,” offers findings from a year-long qualitative study examining the influence that hegemonic masculinity exercises in the high school setting. Specifically, it examines the various ways that adolescent males construct masculine identity and the influence those constructions have on both posture and performance in the literature classroom.

JONNA HIGGINS-FREESE’S (Registrar) poem, “The Scars,” won the inaugural poetry contest for The Examined Life, a literary journal published by The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “The Scars” appears in the spring issue of the journal, along with “The Liturgy of the Hours” and “In Those Days.” Higgins-Freese read from her work at The Examined Life’s annual conference on April 11. The winning poem is available online.

RJ HOLMES-LEOPOLD (Director of the Career Engagement Center) was selected as the conference chair of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC) Quadrennial Conference in 2016. PLANC sponsors a national conference for pre-law advisors and law school admission representatives in every U.S. presidential election year, with the most recent conference in D.C. in June 2012. Holmes-Leopold is a member of the PLANC Board of Directors by virtue of being president of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA). He will also chair the 2013 MAPLA Conference in St. Louis this October.

ELLEN HOOBLER (art and art history) completed two short catalogue entries for the Phaidon Atlas of Site-Specific Art of the Americas, one on Parque Arqueológico San Agustín (Colombia) and one on San Bartolo (Guatemala).  This edition of the Atlas will be published next year.

Hoobler also assisted The University of Iowa Museum of Art with their upcoming reinstallation of the pre-Columbian objects on view there. She chose the objects, suggested an arrangement for their display, and helped correct basic information about dates and cultures that the objects were from. The new installation will be up this summer and will be a great resource for her class on pre-Columbian art next year.  Students were also involved in her “Art 376: Art of Mexico from 1920-1950” class in the reinstallation. They wrote official wall text for modern Mexican prints and works on paper that will be exhibited with the pre-Columbian objects over the next few years.

ELIZABETH JACH (Research Associate) was published in the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, as second author on the article “Social Justice Collaboration in Schools: A Model for Working with Undocumented Latino Students.” She is currently serving as a copy editor for Developments, an online quarterly published by ACPA College Student Educators International. 

JAMES MARTIN (music) served as an evaluator of fellowship applications for the National Humanities Center this winter. He was selected as the Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor for 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Martin has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a course that will examine the relationship between tradition and innovation. The course will be taught at least twice, starting in the 2014-15 academic year, and will be open to students regardless of major. The NEH grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new interdisciplinary course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question.

In November, ALFRIETA MONAGAN (anthropology) attended the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco where she received a crash course in environmental anthropology by attending as many of the fifty-eight sessions on the topic as she could.

In March she attended the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver, where the theme was “Natural Resource Distribution and Development in the 21st Century.” She plans to use the knowledge gained from sessions on the environment, the Caribbean, and medical anthropology in her courses - especially those taught in Belize and in The Bahamas. Last fall Monagan visited the Cambridge, MA, offices of Cultural Survival, to learn more about internship opportunities for Cornell students. Cultural Survival advocates on behalf of indigenous peoples around the world.  Monagan was also asked to review “The Anthropology of Magic” by Susan Greenwood, by the editor of Anthropology and Humanism. The review will appear in the next issue of that journal.

The Rev. CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (chaplain of the college) was a panelist for the March 31 airing of Ethical Perspectives on the News, addressing the subject of the growing “Spiritual But Not Religious” population in the United States.

SHANNON REED’S (English and creative writing) article, “Crusoe’s Friday” is included in Inhabited by Stories, edited by Danette DiMarco and Nancy Barta-Smith, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.  Reed and HEIDI LEVINE (Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students) also attended the Iowa Women in Higher Education conference at St. Ambrose University in April.

DANIEL SCHOFER (head cross country and track and field coach) was elected to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Executive Committee at the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in December. Schofer’s two-year term as men’s cross country representative for the Central Region begins July 2013.

JUDITH SIEBERT (anthropology) attended the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) held in Denver, CO, March 19-23.  The SfAA focuses upon the relevance of applied social science to our globalized world and recognizes that human problems include issues related to natural resources and their distribution.  This year’s conference emphasized and was titled “Natural Resource Distribution and Development in the 21st Century.”  Siebert presented a paper titled “From Mudblood to American,” to describe an effective staff-training or in-class workshop she has used with great success to teach the importance of cross-culture communication and understanding in preventing and solving real-world dilemmas. 

In November, ROSS SOWELL (computer science) together with LEON TABAK (computer science) took nine computer science students to compete in the regional round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). In December, Sowell took three computer science students to the Mid-West Graphics Workshop in Chicago.  At the workshop, Sowell’s research student, Kevin Johnson ʼ13, presented his summer work titled, “Plane Selection for Medical Image Segmentation.”  In March Sowell traveled to Denver, CO, to attend SIGCSE 2013, the 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) edited an eleven-article cluster on “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Dante’s ‘Commedia’” in the Winter 2013 (13:1) issue of the journal Pedagogy. The issue includes Stavreva’s article “The Triple Cord: Teaching Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and Creativity” reflecting on her pedagogical experience in the Cornell classroom, and introducing creative “reflectories” on Dante’s poem by Cornell students. The next incarnation of her Dante class is planned for next fall on site in Italy.

CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) attended a workshop in late February on active learning and guided inquiry in the physical chemistry laboratory.  This Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning-Physical Chemistry Laboratory (POGIL-PCL) workshop sought to bring physical chemistry professors together to experience guided inquiry labs, form collaborations to write new labs, and begin peer review of labs written by others.  The POGIL-PCL project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and Teague continues in the writing and reviewing process. 

Teague is on the Advisory Board for the Oak Ridge Science Semester (ORSS). In March he travelled to the annual meeting of the Board at Denison University.  The ORSS is recognized by both the Great Lakes College Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

CRAIG TEPPER (biology) edited sixteen biology manuscripts, including one written by Tepper and alumni Sophie Gaynor ’12 and Charles Hay ’10 that were submitted for publication in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on the Natural History of The Bahamas.  The Proceedings volume is scheduled for publication in June.

PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classical and modern languages) presented aspects of his ongoing research related to death, burial, and associations in Egypt and the Roman world at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago in November, for the Classics Department of Oberlin College and CSIC-Madrid in February, and for the History Department at the University of Nevada, Reno in April. The final version, tentatively titled “Dying to Belong: Associations and the Economics of Funerals,” will be published in a volume edited by members of the University of Copenhagen’s Associations Project’s research team. While in Reno, Venticinque offered a methods seminar titled “Papyrology and Ancient History: a Workshop on Reading Ancient Texts,” for undergraduates in the Roman History course and for students in the History Department’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. In November, Venticinque also delivered a lecture at the invitation of the classics department at Loyola University Chicago titled “Honor Among Thieves: Trust, Reputation, and the Roman Economy.”

DAVID YAMANISHI (politics), LEONARD GANNES (biology), and KATHRYN KAUPER (education), with funding from the Mellon Foundation, visited Chile for several weeks to prepare classes to be taught there: Latin American Politics, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Education respectively.

 

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LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Director) was a presenter at the Iowa Writing Center Consortium and her short story “Rootedness” was published in the winter issue of Camas. Another of her short stories, “Elephant,” is forthcoming in The Summerset Review.

PAUL WAELCHLI (Director of the Russell D. Cole Library and Consulting Librarian for Economics and Business, Politics and Public Policy, Women’s Studies, and History) was elected Vice Chair of the Iowa Private Academics Libraries (IPAL) organization.

BROOKE BERGANTZEL ʼ08 (Instructional Technology Librarian) and MATT ZHORNE (Audio Visual Specialist) attended the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College, March 20-21. Zhorne also attended “Rewiring the Classroom: Teaching Teachers about Technology,” at The University of Iowa.

ROXY RUNNING (Serials/Interlibrary Loan Assistant) attended the ILLiad Annual Conference in Virginia Beach March 19-21.