March 2014 Faculty/Staff News

By: Mark Tarnacki

George Ashline, professor and chair of mathematics, recently gave four invited talks/workshops to different classes/groups of students at U-32 High School in Montpelier, VT. He presented the workshop "Bias and Margin of Error in Statistical Analysis" to one AP Statistics class, the workshop "Exponential Functions in Snowflakes, Carpets, and Paper Folding" to two Algebra II classes, and the workshop "Correlation Properties and Applications" to an Algebra I class.

Valerie Banschbach, professor of biology, on February 11, 2014, presented an invited lecture for the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Saint Michael's College Chapter, entitled, "Ants and Tigers: Agriculture and Conservation of Wildlife in India." On January 16, 2014, she gave invited presentations at Roanoke College, Environmental Studies Program, Salem, VA. In December 2013 during her time as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar in India, Valerie presented at several venues in that country.

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, instructor of applied linguistics, in March will be presenting three sessions at the TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon.

Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, attended the "QP5" (Fifth International Conference Queering Paradigms), titled "Queering Narratives of Modernity,” which was held in Quito, Ecuador, February 20-22, and he co-organized a panel. This is a major academic conference on queer and sexuality issues globally.

James Byrne, professor and chair of religious studies, recently (February 2014) evaluated an $80,000 grant proposal on the German Enlightenment for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Brian Collier, assistant professor of art, had his work was featured in the exhibition, "Curios & Curiosities: Interpreting the Natural & Cultural Worlds" at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon, from January 17 to February 22 of 2014. He also has work appearing in the publication Mandorla: Writings from the Americas, and in upcoming books.

George Dameron, professor and chair of history and director of the Humanities Center, was invited to present the paper, "Identifying a Killer by Cracking the Teeth of the Dead: Recent Scientific and Historical Research into the Nature of the Black Death," at the fall 2013 meeting of the American Boccaccio Association at Georgetown University on October 4. He also completed an officer term with the New England Medieval Conference and presided over a session by the Society for Italian Historical Studies.

Kristin Dykstra, Scholar-in-Residence in American Studies, is currently featured at Circumference: Poetry in Translation for her work on El mundo como ser (The World as Presence), a new collection by Marcelo Morales Cintero of Havana, Cuba.  She presented translations of recent poetry by Tina Escaja (Professor of Spanish at UVM) on a panel blending readings with discussion of current issues, "Translation and U.S. Spanish-Language Poetry,” at the national conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs on February 27 in Seattle.  She also read at "Tacos and Tecates,” an offsite event hosted by MAKE:  A Chicago Literary Magazine to coincide with the AWP conference.  Later this year Kristin will speak on the panel "In the Wake of Orígenes: Cuban Writers Re-read Orígenes in the Special Period and Beyond" at the Latin American Studies Association's national congress in Chicago, May 24-26.

David Heroux, associate professor of chemistry, is co-author with 12 other researchers on a paper, "Real-time monitoring of the deactivation of HZSM-5 during upgrading of pine pyrolysis vapors,” published in the March issue of the journal Green Chemistry (2014,16, 1444-1461). David also presented an invited research talk at SUNY Binghamton on February 28, and presented a chemical magic show on campus with students from the Saint Michael's American Chemical Society student affiliates chapter to kids in the DREAM program.

Shane Lamos, associate professor of chemistry, recently was co-author  with four others on a research paper, "Multiplexed Analysis of Cage and Cage Free Chicken Egg Fatty Acids Using Stable Isotope Labeling and Mass Spectrometry," appearing in the journal Molecules (2013, 18, 14977-14988). Shane also received a second patent for the use of his metabolomic labeling reagents, and  he will be traveling to the American Chemical Society National Meeting (March 16-20) in Dallas, TX, where one of his students, Katherine Schutt '14, will present the latest results from their research.

Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, and Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, report that the National Gardening Association recently published their new curriculum book, Books in Bloom: Discovering the Science in Great Children's Literature. This illustrated book, written for educators, parents, and anyone involved with environmental education, explores the literary and biological themes in 17 excellent books for children.

Brian McCarthy, faculty, fine arts/music and director of the college's Jazz Orchestra, recently was featured in a double-facing-page photo spread of Vermont Life Magazine, touting all the work he does around the state as an educator and working musician.

James Nagle, associate professor of education, had his edited book published in December 2013. English Learner Instruction through Collaboration and Inquiry in Teacher Education describes different ways in which teachers learn to teach English learners.

Paul Olsen, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, was author of an article, "Namaste: How Yoga Can Inform Leadership Education," published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE). Also, Paul's business case "Skinny Paycheck? Livable Wage Ordinance Tests Socially Responsible Business Owner,” was accepted for publication in the March 2014 issue of the Business Case Journal.

John O'Meara, associate professor of physics, presented two talks at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C., early in January. He also appeared on five posters.

Kacy Pula, assistant professor of psychology, in February had a paper, "Regulatory Focus and Food Choice Motives: Prevention Orientation Associated with Mood, Convenience, and Familiarity,” accepted for publication in the journal Appetite.

Joan Wry, associate professor of English, was named as one of 20 participants for the "Dickinson Institute” to be held in August 2014 at Amherst College. Individuals from Great Britain, Japan, and sixteen American colleges and universities will participate in panel presentations and an exchange of research and scholarship on "Emily Dickinson and other New England Writers." Wry also has an essay on Margaret Fuller forthcoming in a collection for the second volume of Transatlantic Women Writers to be published in 2015: "Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Italy."

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