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12.03.14
By: Mark Tarnacki

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George Ashline, chair and professor of mathematics, participated in the Fall 2014 Vermont Council of Mathematics Teachers (VCTM) annual conference held at Saint Michael’s on Oct.17. The theme of the conference was “Teaching Mathematics Today."

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, instructor of applied linguistics, has been invited to give a keynote presentation via Webinar to a group of 55 teachers at the Universidad de la Sabana in Bogota, Colombia, on Dec. 2. The topic is “Language learning with flipped ELT classrooms and mobile devices.”

Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, recently was named a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.  The appointment does not require residency, but does mean Michael will be working with other fellows on programming at the Centre.

Umit Boz, instructor of Applied Linguistics, co-authored an article with faculty from University at Albany and University of Missouri, which was published in the journal Research in Science and Technological Education in August 2014.

Robert Brenneman, assistant professor of sociology, on Oct. 1 presented his gang research at the Boston College Sociology Department Lunch Series. From October 16-18, Robert was featured presenter at a workshop in Guatemala City; he also recently presented papers at conferences, and was panelist at a Catholic University program in the nation’s capital.

Katie Chang, research technician with Vermont EPSCoR’s Center for Workforce Development and Diversity, presented a poster on land use and water quality at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative annual meeting, held at UVM in December. 

Brian Collier, assistant professor of fine arts/art, had artwork exhibited in a show titled "Picture Books" at the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University from Sept. 9 - Nov 7, 2014.

Paul Constantino, assistant professor of biology, is co-author with some colleagues of a paper about sea otter dental enamel and its high resistance to chipping, published this fall in the journal Biology Letters by Royal Society Publishing.

George Dameron, professor and chair of History, has learned that his essay, “The Church as Lord,” has just been published in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. He also presented a paper this summer at the Vermont Medieval Summit and is invited to contribute an essay on teaching Dante for a series.

Greg Delanty, professor of English, has poems in a recent issue of Atlantic; along with work in publications including Stony Thursdays and The Irish Times in recent months. Also, he has poems coming in several anthologies, and was to give a reading at Holy Cross.

Kristin Dykstra, Distinguished Scholar in Residence (American Studies), translated Other Letters to Milena / Otras cartas a Milena, a mixed genre book by Cuban writer Reina María Rodríguez, which will be released by the University of Alabama Press in December.  Kristin also wrote the critical introduction to the book. 

William Ellis, assistant professor of fine arts (music), recently wrote a piece for the Sunday Burlington Free Press about his part in a music tour of China coordinated by Vanderbilt and Ohio State universities through the U. S. State Department. Dubbed "The U.S.-China Center Traveling Folksong Revival Workshop," the two-week tour — Oct. 9-23 — gathered five scholar-musicians, Bill included, with personal connections to America's folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s.

Daniel Evans, associate professor of applied linguistics, was a featured speaker at the Korea TESOL Conference, Oct.4-5 in Seoul, Korea.  His presentation, “The ‘Front Tier’ of Pronunciation:  A Right-side-up Approach,” emphasized the importance of suprasegmental features of pronunciation and incorporated projects created by students of Saint Michael’s College’s Intensive English Program.

William Grover, professor of political science, presented a paper titled “Beyond Structure-as-Institutions:  A Critical Approach to Studying the Modern Presidency,” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 13-15, 2014. Bill also delivered a paper on fly fishing in Montana, in September.  

John Kenney, professor of religious studies, is author of a chapter, "Faith and Reason,” in The Cambridge Companion to Augustine, ed. by Eleonore Stump and David Meconi (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). He also presented several recent papers at conferences.

Ari Kirshenbaum, associate professor of psychology, recently had a paper that he co-authored with five Saint Michael’s students accepted for publication in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Nathaniel G. Lew, associate professor of fine arts, music, is the editor of the recently published “Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard II: Incidental Music for a Radio Production.” According to the Promethean Editions Composers and Repertoire online database, this 1944 orchestral work by Williams to accompany a radio production of the Shakespeare play is being published for the first time.

Nicole Mombell, assistant professor of modern languages & literature (Spanish), recently had an article accepted for publication: “Re-Membering War: Javier Cercas’s Soldados de Salamina and La velocidad de la luz as Prosthetic Memory, in Letras Hispanas 10.2 (Forthcoming). Nicole also will make a conference presentation in Portland, Oregon, February 2015.

Tara Natarajan, associate professor of economics, had a journal article, "Shifting Economics: Fundamental Questions and Amartya K. Sen's Pragmatic Humanism," published in the Journal of Philosophical Economics, Vol VIIII Issue 1 Autumn 2014. Tara also is currently editing a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Forum for Social Economics.

Robert Niemi, professor of English and American Studies and chair of English, gave an invited talk, “Apocalypse Then: A Certain Tendency in Some Key Sixties Counterculture Films,” at the Center for Marxist Education, Cambridge, MA, on. Oct. 23. He also presented papers at several recent film conferences.

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, is author of a paper, “Use of Positive Psychology to Enhance the Undergraduate Business Internship Experience,” recently accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Business Education (JABE).

Jennifer Purcell, assistant professor of history, is author of a paper that was published in Women’s History Review in November; she also presented a paper at the Northeastern Conference on British Studies in October.

Jonathan Silverman, Chair of the Education Department, contributed two presentations at the August, 2014 World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art in Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, is invited panelist for a roundtable discussion, “The Legacy of World War I: 100 Years After,” moderated by George Dameron, history professor and director of the Humanities Center, with colleagues from other disciplines, on Dec 2 on campus. Patrick also has been very busy with countless other scholarly and community enterprises.

Carrie Williams Howe, executive director of Vermont Campus Compact (hosted by Saint Michael’s College) has had an article accepted in The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.  The article, “Student Development and Service-Learning: A Three-Phased Model for Course Design,” will appear in the November, 2014 issue.  Written in collaboration with former colleagues at the University of Vermont, and as a part of Carrie’s doctoral dissertation, the article explores how academic service-learning courses that are designed with student development in mind can help to make courses/projects more successful for students, faculty, and their community partners.  Carrie will teach a class at Saint Michael’s for spring semester.

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