Faculty/Staff News

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Donald Chamberlain (music) traveled to Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to talk about the One Course At A Time academic calendar. Algoma University is considering the adoption of the block plan, and also invited students and a faculty member from The University of Montana Western and the President of Quest University in British Columbia, who was a keynote speaker.

In January and February Ron Clark and Jody Hovland (theatre and communication studies) performed as Joe and Kate Keller in Riverside Theatre's 30th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the professional theatre's venue in Iowa City.  Artistic staff included Mark Hunter (theatre and communication studies) as director, Jenny Kelchen (theatre and communication studies) as costume designer, and Emily White '11 assisting.  Former faculty member Paul Sannerud was the scenic designer.

Marty Condon (biology) gave two talks in November at Texas A&M, and Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. She and Ian McNish '09 were invited to participate in the Day of Insects public event at Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa, where they presented a talk, "Sunflower Flies: Hidden Species in Iowa's Prairies," in March.

In March Glenn Freeman (English and creative writing) traveled to Africa to work on a story about the Batwa tribes of southwestern Uganda. He was awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in April and has had poems recently published in Dark Sky, Blood Lotus, pif, and the University of Iowa's Daily Palette.

Melinda Green (psychology) and Chris Davids '10 co-published a manuscript in a special issue of Sex Roles devoted to the study of body image. Body image experts from around the world will be represented in the three-part special issue. The project examines body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptoms as a function of gender and sexual orientation. 

In January John Gruber-Miller (classical and modern languages) participated in a panel on the recently released Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association. In March Gruber-Miller delivered a webcast from Cornell to inaugurate the Center for Language Learning at Rhodes College. His presentation discussed a new model for teaching language and culture through an emphasis on literacy and then reported on three ways that he has integrated culture, reading, and writing into his intermediate and advanced level Greek and Latin courses at Cornell.

Steven Hemelt (politics) has accepted a two-year fellowship at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He'll take a two-year leave of absence to work with two of the country's leading economists to address questions of education policy and economics.

Heidi Levine (Dean of Students) became president of the American College Personnel Association at the 2011 Convention in Baltimore. The association is a comprehensive, international student affairs professional association.

James Martin (music) reviewed Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2011 production of Wagner's "Lohengrin" for The Wagner Society of America.

Judith Siebert (sociology and anthropology) gave a presentation at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Seattle about the direct application of anthropological perspectives of power and inequality to our changing U.S. health care environment, emphasizing the invaluable link between academic theory and "real life."

Kirilka Stavreva (English and creative writing) contributed an article, "The Triple Cord: Teaching Dante's 'Divine Comedy' and Creativity," to a special issue of the journal Pedagogy on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Teaching Dante's "Divine Comedy." The issue, which she edited, is scheduled for publication in winter 2012.

Leon Tabak (computer science) became a Certified Software Development Professional during his sabbatical in the fall. The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awards this credential to candidates who give evidence of significant professional experience and who score well on an examination. The society later invited Tabak to contribute to the next version of a related examination. Tabak undertook this project to learn more about opportunities for continuing education that he can recommend to students and alumni.

In January, Philip Venticinque (classical and modern languages) chaired two panels, "The State and the Economy" and "Market and Transaction Costs," at a conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank and organized jointly with the University of Chicago. The conference focused on growth and factors of growth in the ancient economy.