Faculty and Staff Career News

By: Mark Tarnacki

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Bill Anderson, chief information officer, and Kellie Campbell, director of the Accelerated Summer College, in March traveled to Providence, R.I., to present at the annual NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) conference. Their presentation, "Engaging new students with new technologies in traditional environments," discussed Saint Michael's new Accelerated Summer College, a six-week, eight-credit program that ran from May 19 – June 29.  The presentation covered an overview of the program, shared campus-wide collaboration efforts and shared details of the program project plan including marketing efforts, assessment strategies, faculty development models and content provider partnership initiatives. 

George Ashline, chair and professor of mathematics, during the week of July 21-25 co-taught the course Number Theory for Teachers as part of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI). On June 23 and 24, George engaged a group of more than 30 Vermont high school students in the presentation "Estimating the Circumference of the Earth – Following in the Shadow of Eratosthenes" as part of the Governor's Institute of Vermont Mathematics Institute, a week-long summer program for outstanding high school students, held at the University of Vermont. On June 9, George presented "Correlation Properties and Applications" to one AP class and "Exponential Functions in Snowflakes, Carpets, and Paper Folding" to two other math classes at Brattleboro High School. During Spring Break week, George gave three invited talks/workshops to different classes/groups of students at Canaan High School in Canaan, VT.

Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, is author of the article, "Books in Bloom: Flowers as cultural, historical and aesthetic themes in picture books: The Dragon Lode," appearing in the peer-reviewed journal International Reading Association, Spring/Summer 2014 issue. Valerie also co-presented with her Saint Michael's colleague Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, at two conferences in the spring. Mark and Valerie also were interviewed by Jane Lindholm on the Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition in May about their book Books in Bloom: Discovering the Plant Biology in Great Children's Literature.

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, instructor of applied linguistics, has been invited to join the Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) as a reviewer. She also had an article published in Language Magazine (July 2014) that was co-authored with colleagues in the department Elizabeth O’Dowd and Mahmoud Arani and highlights the challenges and rewards associated with taking a teacher education program online. For the March 2015 international TESOL Convention in Toronto Christine reviewed 21 presentation proposals.

Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, in July attended a conference jointly sponsored by the International Studies Association and FLACSO Argentina in Buenos Aires, where he presented two papers. Michael also was interviewed recently as a guest on the Pacifica Radio KPFA public affairs program Against the Grain, featuring a conversation with David Johnson, author of The Lavender Scare.

Robert Brenneman, assistant professor of sociology, on May 21 spoke on a panel at the annual United States Institute of Peace/Alliance for Peacebuilding conference in Washington, D.C. The panel's theme was "Urban Violence and Cross-Border Criminal Activity: New Challenges for Peacebuilding." In April, Robert participated in a National Public Radio show about Guatemala's religion and politics. He also has an Oxford University Press blogpost about the migrant minors from Central America.

James Byrne, professor of religious studies, presented a paper, "Pascal contra Descartes: Reason, Faith, and Emotion at the Dawn of Modern Science," in early May at the 15th European Conference on Science and Theology in Assisi, Italy. Jim is a member of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology.

Christina Chant, assistant professor of chemistry, and David Heroux, associate professor of chemistry, co-presented a talk entitled "Perspectives on Assessing Math Readiness for General Chemistry at Three Institutions" at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held August 3-7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brian Collier, assistant professor of art, had writing from his project "The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects" included in The Object, a new book from MIT Press in the Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art series. Brian also had images and text from his project "The Highway Expedition" included in Art and Ecology Now, a major new survey from Thames and Hudson Press. Brian also has been invited to create new work for an exhibition at the Shelburne Museum's new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, tentatively titled "Eyes On The Land," a collaboration between the Vermont Land Trust and the Shelburne Museum, scheduled for summer 2015.

Maura D'Amore, assistant professor of English, reports a new publication: Her book Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in June 2014.

Greg Delanty, professor of English, made appearances in April, both in Burlington and Montpelier, with a group of writers published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices. Also, while visiting home in Ireland in June, Greg was invited to meet with that country's president, Michael Higgins, at the president's residence Dublin, since Higgins writes poetry and knew Greg's work.

Kristin Dykstra, Distinguished Scholar in Residence (American Studies), presented "Two Ways of Writing Across a Wake," a talk about poetry and nonfiction by Soleida Ríos, for a Cuban studies panel at the Latin American Studies Association's national congress in Chicago, May 24-26.  Dykstra's translations of poetry by Uruguayan writer Amanda Berenguer are forthcoming in the next Lana Turner journal, and her translations of work by Marcelo Morales and Reina María Rodríguez (Cuba) will be in the next issues of MAKE:  A Chicago Literary Magazine and West Branch.  Six poems by Juan Carlos Flores, also in Dykstra´s translation, appeared in the latest Golden Handcuffs Review.

William Ellis, assistant professor of fine arts/music, published an article, "Edwin Jeffery Jr.: Memphis Sculptor of Human Rights," in the Folk Art Society of America journal, Folk Art Messenger 25, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 11-13.

Laurie Gagne, director, Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice, and Dr. John Reuwer, M.D. of the college's Peace and Justice faculty tied for 4th place in a nationwide Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition of Chicago. The subject of the contest was "How Can we Enforce the Law Against War" referring to the Kellogg-Briand Treaty. Laurie also led the group, SMC for DRC (St. Michael's College for the Democratic Republic of Congo) to the United Nations for a panel on Sexual Violence in the Congo on March 6.

Jon Hyde, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, and Kimberly Sultze, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, recently completed their Fulbright Fellowships in Borneo, Malaysia.  Over the past few months, their wildlife and conservation photography has been featured by the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and several fine art galleries throughout the U.S.  They have made or will be making several invited presenations based on their Fulbright work.

Elizabeth Inness-Brown, professor of English, will be giving a workshop and reading at the First Annual Greensboro Writers' Forum on August 19, in Greensboro, Vermont. This is a program sponsored by the Greensboro Arts Alliance and curated by Sara Dillon '77, an inductee into the college's Academic Hall of Fame.

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography and chair of the Economics & Geography Department, has been engaged in collaborative research with Patrick Crannell '12. They presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in a special session focused on approaches to environmental justice. The conference was in Tampa, FL, in early April. Also, Richard's entry on Urban Managerialism has been reviewed and accepted for inclusion in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology.

Dave Landers, assistant professor of psychology, and Zaf Bludevich, associate director of athletics, presented a workshop on concussed student athletes to the NE-10 Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) members on June 1 at the Inn at Essex. Dave then presented a workshop on "Diversity with a Capital D.  Dave also was elected to the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY, in December.

Crystal L'Hote, associate professor of philosophy, received a grant from the Center for Neuroethics and Society at the University of Pennsylvania to support her participation in a two-week, interdisciplinary summer session on contemporary topics in neuroscience." In late April, Crystal delivered a paper, "(Neural) Activity and Consciousness," at the annual Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, hosted by Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.

Carolyn Lukens-Olson, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, presented an interpretive essay titled "The Dangling Knight: Don Quixote, Puppet" at the 20th annual conference of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) held in Los Angeles, CA, April 10-13, 2014.

James Nagle, associate professor of education, presented a paper with two colleagues from the University of Vermont entitled Middle Grades Students as Teacher Educators in April at the annual conference of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia, PA. James also gave the keynote address on personalized learning and middle level education at the Middle Grades Institute this past June at the University of Vermont.

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, presented his business case, See Spot Run? The Dogs in the Workplace Debate, at the Society for Case Research's 36th Annual Summer Case Writer's Workshop in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in July.

John O'Meara, associate professor of physics, has been named to the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy for the American Astronomical Society. In March, John traveled to Rome and presented a poster at the "Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV" conference.

Reza Ramazani, professor of economics, contributed a chapter in the book Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Economic Issues. (2014, May); Reza also published two recent book reviews in the journal CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. He also organized, chaired, and was discussant on two economic sessions at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference in Denver, CO, June 27-July 1, 2014.

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.

Heidi St. Peter, until recently director of the MOVE office in Edmundite Campus Ministry, has accepted a new Saint Michael's job working in the Academic Support Services office starting Fall Semester 2014. Heidi successfully completed the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Wellesley Leadership Institute for women in higher education over the 2013-14 school year, which she reports was "a challenging learning experience that offered opportunities to learn about higher ed in general and my own institution, and introduced me to women faculty and administration from colleges and universities all over the U.S. It's a great program and was an excellent opportunity for me."

Jerry Swope, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, received a scholarship to participate in a photography editing workshop Aug 13-15 with Elizabeth Cheng Krist, a senior photo editor at National Geographic Magazine. Jerry also had photographs publish in the Spring 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 issues of Vermont Life Magazine.

Adam L. Weaver, assistant professor of biology spoke to the Neuroscience program at Middlebury College on Feb. 28. His topic was "Life-Sustaining Rhythm: Neuronal Analysis and Mathematical Models of the Leech Heartbeat System," based on the work of his laboratory at Saint Michael's investigating small networks of neurons called central pattern generators or "CPG's" in order to gain insights from medicinal leeches on ways CPG's affect nervous system functions and critical motor behaviors

Joan Wry, associate professor of English, presented a paper, "Prohibition Bootleggers and 21st Century Drug Dealers: Past and Present Smuggling in the Green Mountain State," at the April 2014 National Popular Culture Association Conference in Chicago, IL. A second paper, "'That Granitic Base': Emily Dickinson and the Hitchcocks of Amherst," was presented in August 2014 at The Dickinson Institute at Amherst College.

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