Faculty Achievements, 2010-11

Faculty accomplishments during 2010-11.

Department of Art

Ron Mills, professor of art, completed a new grand mural “Orígenes: Una Alegoría De Transformación Creativa” at the Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas (EMAI) in Costa Rica.

Brian Winkenweder, associate professor of art history, co-edited Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit’s Art Criticism, just released by Liverpool University Press. In February in New York, he signed books at the Allan Stone Gallery and also presented “Richard Hamilton’s ‘Healthy Vigor’: Thanatopic Tumescence as Erotic Detumescence” at the College Art Association’s annual conference. Winkenweder was recently was awarded a J. Paul Getty Library Research Grant to work with their archives – specifically to study the personal papers of the Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg and Barbara Rose (three of the most significant U.S. critics of 20th century art) in preparation for writing a book manuscript. The grant enables him to study at Getty Research Institute for three weeks this summer.

Department of Biology

Nancy Broshot, associate professor of environmental studies, has published a paper on change in trees in Forest Park, “Mortality and recruitment in an urban forest (Forest Park in Portland, Oregon) between 1993 and 2003.” The paper includes ramifications regarding the potential causes for change in the trees including air pollution and perhaps even climate change. The abstract, published by Urban Ecosystems, is currently online and will be in print at a later date. Find it at http://springerlink.com/content/r6118g407313u468/.

Mike Roberts, professor of biology, co-authored the article “Basal metabolic rate of endotherms can be modeled using heat-transfer principles and physiological concepts” for publication in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology January 2011.

Department of Chemistry

Jim Diamond, professor of chemistry, has developed a number of publications as a result of his work at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing, China. Diamond spent 2008-09 collaborating with Jinsong Zhu ’93 at the center. Diamond published an article, “An accurate and precise polynomial model of angular interrogations surface plasmon resonance data,” in Sensors and Actuators. In addition, he and students made three poster presentations at the American Chemical Society meeting last year, and Diamond presented  at the ACS meeting in March.

Department of Education

Steve Bernhisel, associate professor of education, presented a paper at the National Science Teachers Association Conference on Science Education on Nov. 12, 2010, that described strategies for teaching elementary school students about the concept of energy.

Nancy Drickey, associate professor of education, and Emily Urness ’11 and Maylyn Foo ’13 received funding from a Freeman Foundation grant to conduct research in middle school math classrooms in China. They traveled to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai March 16-31.

Mindy Larson, associate professor of education, presented a paper with Donna Kalmbach Phillips from Pacific University, titled “Preservice Teachers Respond to And Tango Makes Three: Deconstructing Disciplinary Power and the Heteronormative in Teacher Education,” at the National Reading Conference on Dec. 1, 2010. She also gave the keynote address titled, “Theory Matters: Using Research to Reclaim and Support Literacy Practices,” at the Mid-Valley Reading Council fall conference Oct. 8, 2010.

Department of English

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, presented “Home and Belonging: An Im(migrants) Journey” for the Deschutes Public Library in Redmond and Bend in April. Her presentations were part of the community-wide reading project, “A Novel Idea … Read Together.”

Katherine Kernberger, professor of English, had the paper, “Significance of Place in Beowulf: The Three Halls: Heorot, Grendel’s Den, and the Dragon’s Barrow” accepted into a session on Beowulf and Relation Topics at the 2011 PAMLA conference in November at Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, was featured in The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Stonehenge Studios/Ross Island Café in August 2010. His newest collection of poems is Starting from Anywhere (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2009). He was also one of two featured readers for the Lane Literary Guild’s October event in their ongoing Windfall Reading Series. Runciman read his poems at the Eugene Public Library Oct. 19, 2010. Runciman was an invited panelist for “Vern Rutsala, the Poet and His Work” at Wordstock in Portland. He also led a workshop and gave a reading at Terroir Creative Writing Festival in April. Earlier in the month at the Corvallis Public Library, he was a featured reader celebrating issues 2 and 3 of the literary magazine Cloudbank.

David Sumner, associate professor of English and director of the writing center, will guide discussions on “Pragmatism, Civility and the Civil War: What We Can Learn 150 Years Later,”  exploring America’s most distinctive contribution to philosophy, pragmatism, in the context of the American Civil War and current partisan politics. It is part of the Oregon Humanities The Conversation Project: A New Chautaqua series offering Oregon nonprofits free programs that engage people in conversations facilitated by humanities scholars.

English Language and Culture Program

Wendy Sagers, adjunct professor of English Language and Culture, presented a session on “Conversation Partners and Joint Projects” at the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages fall conference in Portland in November. She discussed how Linfield’s ELC and Modern Languages instructors coordinate on-going conversation partners and two-week joint projects to maximize student interaction with native speakers.

Department of Health and Human Performance

Garry Killgore, professor of health and human performance, had an article published in the December issue of Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research titled “A Comparison of the Physiological Exercise Intensity Differences Between Shod and Barefoot Submaximal Deep-water Running at the Same Cadence.” Two of his former students co-authored the article which was based on a collaborative research project.

Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance, was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame. This is the highest peer honor that can be given by athletic training professionals in the state of Oregon.

Health Sciences

An article by Mike Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, “Our Country Comes Up Short on Life Expectancy,” appeared in The Lund Report, and can be found online at
http://www.thelundreport.org/resource/our_country_comes_up_short_on_life_expectancy. He was appointed to the Community Health Council by the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners. He will also chair the Quality Improvement Committee, charged with identifying ways to improve the quality and accessibility of health care.

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing

Sue Butell, professor of nursing, had a poster, “The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates’ Reading Practices,” accepted (peer reviewed) for the Nurse Educator Institute in Branson, Mo. She was also reviewer for the fifth edition textbook of Fortinash & Holoday Worret’s, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. An abstract by Butell has been accepted for presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 22nd International Nursing Research Congress in Cancun, Mexico in July 11-14. Her oral presentation is entitled “The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates’ Reading Practices.”

Anne Heenan, assistant professor of nursing, presented a poster, “Overtreatment and a Concept Map to Illustrate It,” at the Oregon Public Health Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Conference in Corvallis Nov. 8, 2010. Her study explored the phenomenon of overtreatment and concluded that overtreatment is caused by several behavioral, cultural and economic factors which results in waste of health care resources, limitation to access of health care, and sometimes even harm to patients.

Teri Joyer, assistant professor of nursing, had a book review accepted for publication in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. She reviewed the book Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice (2nd ed.), written by Carson and Koenig.

Barbara Limandri, professor of nursing, coordinated the implementation of a $1,400 student-written grant to the Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition which focused on providing immunizations to underserved college students in community colleges. The grant gave Portland students the opportunity to provide immunizations (flu, tetanus, HPV and pneumococcal) to over 1,000 people, practice giving intramuscular injections and teach adults about health promotion. Many students without health care/insurance brought their whole families (aging grandparents to young children). Limandri and Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, gave a pre-conference workshop at the 24th Annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association in Louisville, Ky., in October. Their presentation focused on providing an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with persons with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), examining the pharmacological complexities of treating a person with BPD, and integrating these concepts with prototypical case studies including the trauma and substance abusing client.

A book review by Karen Maxwell, assistant professor of nursing, titled Clinical Nursing Education: Current Reflections, was published in the July/August 2010 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives, a nursing education research journal.

Jana Taylor, professor of nursing, presented a poster at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in New Orleans, reporting the initial results of validity and reliability testing of a rubric that can be used to assess nursing students’ clinical skill development in the high fidelity simulation laboratory. Taylor was recently appointed to a second term on the Governing Council of the Oregon Simulation Alliance. As one of the founding members of this statewide network, she served on the council from 2004-06.

Miriam Volpin, visiting assistant professor of nursing, presented a paper “Mind the Gap: Family Caregivers’ of Assisted Living Residents Perceptions of Hospice” at the Gerontological Society of America’s 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, La., Nov. 20, 2010, as part of the Assisted Living Interest Group’s sponsored symposium. The study explored the role family caregivers fill in providing end-of-life care to family members living in assisted living facilities.

Department of Modern Languages

Chris Keaveney, associate professor of Japanese, had an article, “Literary Interventions: Yamamoto Sanehiko’s Contributions to Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period,” published in the Fall 2010 issue of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Another article, “Power to the People: Yamamoto Sanehiko and the Enpon Publishing Revolution in Prewar Japan,” has been accepted and will appear in the Spring 2011 issue of the online journal E-Aspac. Keaveney’s 2004 book, The Subversive Self in Modern Chinese Literature, was selected for inclusion in a sourcebook being compiled by the Chinese Language and Literature Department of Beijing Normal University titled Twenty-first Century American Scholarship in Chinese Literature: A Sourcebook, 2001-2005 to be published next year. The book will introduce, in Chinese, recent developments in sinology in the United States.

Masayuki Itomitsu, assistant professor of Japanese, presented “Providing Cultural Experience: Multimedia DVD Program for Spoken Japanese” at the Northwest / SouthWest Association for Language Learning and Technology (NWALLT/SWALLT) Joint Conference at Reed College, Oct. 16, 2010. He also completed the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment Workshop training on Nov. 15-18, 2010, in Boston and is currently working toward certification as an Oral Proficiency Interviewer in Japanese.

Olivia Harrison, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, presented a paper titled “Africa, a Single Struggle: the Metaphor of Palestine in Souffles-Anfas” at the African Studies Association annual meeting in San Francisco Nov. 18, 2010. She also participated in “Tales from Palestine: a Night of Storytelling” at the Tribute Gallery in Portland Nov. 16, 2010.

Gudrun Hommel, associate professor of German, completed a proofreading and editing project for Vista Higher Learning, Inc. (VHL) for their first second-year German textbook. She also completed a stock photography project of 2,000 images for Vista Higher Learning, Inc. (VHL) from all across Germany to be used in language textbooks and other materials. Hommel presented at Faculty Learning Commons on a variety of teaching applications using photographic images in a range of her college courses.

Wendy Sagers, adjunct professor of English Language and Culture, presented a session on “Conversation Partners and Joint Projects” at the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages fall conference in Portland on Nov. 12, 2010. She discussed how Linfield’s ELC and Modern Languages instructors coordinate ongoing conversation partners and two-week joint projects to maximize student interaction with native speakers.

Department of Music

Sherill Roberts, adjunct instructor of music, presented a concert of the Mello Cellos in Pacific City in October. The concert was part of the Pacific City Arts Association’s chamber music series. Roberts was joined by her daughter, Amelia Bierly and students Amy Meyer ’10 and Tracy Beaver ’11 in a concert of classical, folk and contemporary music.

Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist in residence, and her collaborator Sylvain Frémaux received a $1,000 grant from the Nathan Family Charitable Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to support the English translation of Joseph Lewinski’s four-volume biography on eminent 20th century composer Ernest Bloch. Their efforts will result in the one-volume Journey to America: The Biography of Composer Ernest Bloch, Composer and Humanist, published by the University Press of New England (Dartmouth). Ancillary reference materials (discography, photos, letters and much more) will be stored on a freely accessible website hosted by Linfield College. Timmons was also a guest artist in the festival, Festillésime, in France. With French pianist Bernard Job, she presented a two-piano concert featuring American repertoire. The concert was held in the town of Cour Cheverny in the city hall, dating back from Napoleon III. Timmons, along with soprano Janice Johnson, presented an evening of music for voice and piano in April at Portland’s historic Old Church. She served as the artistic director for Musique à Beaumont, an international piano institute in France during the summer. Timmons led master classes and gave artist-in-residence performances at the 12-day immersion institute, sponsored in part by Linfield College. The annual institute, dedicated to professional pianists, focuses on repertoire for two pianos and piano duets, and was held in the town of Mer, near Paris.

Department of Philosophy

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, with Michael W. Austin, edited Bicycling and Philosophy: A Philosophical Tour the Force, which was published in fall 2010 and part of the Wiley-Blackwell Philosophy for Everyone series.

Portland Campus

Mike Leahy, adjunct professor of health science, was appointed to the Clackamas County Community Health Council Board, responsible for overseeing the federally-funded public health prevention, primary care medical, dental and mental health services of Clackamas County. He was later appointed to chair the Quality Improvement Committee of the board.

Department of Political Science

A column by Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, titled “Can Democrats Rebuild? Yes – if they listen to Toby Keith,” was featured in a full-page spread in the Christian Science Monitor, an international newspaper, Dec. 29, 2010. Cottrell urged Democrats to “listen to more country music” in an effort to learn better communication strategies.

Department of Psychology

Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, had an article published in the Journal of Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior, “Does a Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program Work in a School Setting? Evaluating Training Outcome and Moderators of Effectiveness.”

Department of Theatre and Communication Arts

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, presented “The Voters Have Spoken,” on Oct. 13, 2010, as part of the fall lecture series at the Oregon State Library. Since 2010, Miller has facilitated  discussions on “The Voters Have Spoken: Oregon’s Most Controversial Ballot Initiatives”  as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation  Project. These conversations center on the unique role that Oregonians have as “citizen lawmakers” through the Oregon ballot initiative process. Based on the success of this program, Miller has been asked by Oregon Humanities to continue facilitating discussions on this topic for another two-year cycle through October 2013.  The programs, part of Oregon Humanities The Conversation Project: A New Chautaqua series, offer Oregon nonprofits free programs that engage people in conversations facilitated by humanities scholars.