Department of Art
- Had work included in a recent edition of finitefoto.
- Will present a solo show, “Latitude 45 Longitude 122,” at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colo., July 19-Aug. 16, 2013.
Department of Biology
Christopher Gaiser, professor of biology, and Anne Kruchten, associate professor of biology, are co-principal investigators for an NSF-funded project led by Stasinos Stavrianeas, professor of exercise science at Willamette University. Over five years, they will work with peers across the state to develop the Northwest Biosciences Consortium, an effort to implement effective pedagogical practices in the biological sciences for all students as outlined in report, Vision and Change: A Call to Action. As part of the consortium, Linfield will receive a sub-grant of $57,400.
Anne Kruchten, associate professor of biology; Catherine Reinke, assistant professor of biology; and Jeremy Weisz assistant professor of biology; successfully applied for a grant of $223,153 from the National Science Foundation to purchase a fluorescence microscope system that will support the education, scholarship and research of science faculty and students. The system will enable high-resolution imaging and data analysis, and will strengthen Linfield’s molecular and cell biology facilities.
Department of Computer Science
The Linfield College Computer Science Club finished among top teams at a recent programming competition, the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (PacNW ICPC) held Nov. 12 at six locations. Five Linfield teams, a total of 14 students, competed at the regional qualifier event at the University of Portland. Collectively, Linfield’s teams were the best in Oregon and ranked seventh overall regionally. Linfield’s Cybernetic Dinosaurs – made up of Guy Neill ’14, Rebecca Coffelt ’13 and Graham Romero ’15 – placed second in Oregon and 33rd in the Pacific Northwest. Also competing were Jordan Bamber ’13, Michelle Kawachi ’14, Nate Mills ’14, Joseph Montaño ’15, Zachary Munyon ’16, Jeffrey Murphy ’14, Thomas Nast ’13, Jacob Olson ’13, Nicole Paulachak ’14, Cody Tipton ’13 and Daniel Woolley ’13. ICPC is the oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest in the world, according to Daniel Ford, club advisor and Linfield assistant professor of computer science.
Department of English
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, has been named the Scholar in Residence for the Portland Shakespeare Project. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature, including leading the summer Linfield alumni trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Yale Shakespeare Company, and helped edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works.
Lex Runciman, professor of English:
- published poems in Elohi Gadugi Journal (Fall 2012), Cloudbank (Winter 2013), Revival Journal (Limerick, Ireland, #24), New Verse News (Jan. 30, 2013) and for The Gettysburg Review (Spring 2013).
- published a poem, “Musa Qala,” in the online journal New Verse News and a book review, “On Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees,” in Hubbub, Vol. 28, 2012.
English Language and Culture Program
Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, will facilitated Journal to the Self workshops for cancer patients on three Tuesdays – Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 – at Compass Oncology in Portland.
Department of Health, Human Performance and Athletics
Garry Killgore, professor of human performance, gave three recent presentations: “Intelligent Training: Just Add Water” at Oregon State University; “Innovative Rehab for Lower Limb Pathologies,” the keynote lecture at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon Conference in Bend; and a presentation at the Aquatic Training Clinic for the Collegiate, Professional and Elite Athlete in Jackson, Tenn.
Department of History
- Presented a paper and participated as a panelist in a Japanese-language symposium commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Eiichi Shibusawa Memorial Museum and Archive on Nov. 11 in Tokyo.
- Presented a paper, “Eiichi Shibusawa’s Confucian Business Ethics and Western Notions of Corporate Social Responsibility,” on Sept. 1 at the joint meeting of the European and Japanese Business History Associations in Paris, France.
Department of Mathematics
Keri Repic ’13, Susie Kinney-Denison ’12, Kelly Gess ’13, Katrina Amsberry ’13 and Cameron Allard ’13 published articles in the November/December issue of TOMT (The Oregon Mathematics Teacher).
Department of Modern Languages
The Department of Modern Languages received a $36,000 three-year sub-grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to promote language and culture among schools in the McMinnville area. This program, called Language in Motion (LiM), originated at Juniata College (Huntington, Pa.). Linfield College joins Willamette University, the lead grant applicant and project leader, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College as part of Northwest Consortium for LiM. Co-directors of Linfield’s program are Masa Itomitsu, assistant professor of Japanese, and Violeta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish.
Department of Music
Anton Belov, baritone and assistant professor of music, has appeared this year with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Tacoma Opera, the Newport Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Carnegie Hall), and Portland and Linfield Chamber Orchestras. In addition, Belov has presented recitals in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Anchorage, Alaska; Guadalajara, Mexico; and New York City.
John-Martin Paddock ’16, bass trombonist, and Christian Santangelo ’15, timpanist, were selected for the Oregon Music Education Association’s 2013 Oregon Collegiate Winds & Percussion. The select group of 18 winds and percussion comprised of Oregon college students performed Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as the wind section Feb. 17 at the Oregon All-State Orchestra at the Northwest National Association for Music Education Convention in Portland.
Linfield Center for the Northwest
The Linfield Center for the Northwest (LCN), in partnership with the Office of Career Development, has secured a two-year grant of $48,000 from the James S. Kemper Foundation to launch the Business of Wine Program at Linfield. Selected undergraduates will participate in a summer wine institute, learning about the various aspects of the wine industry, followed by a fall harvest experience and spring internship designed by the student in coordination with a winery and/or vineyard. LCN Director Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, will work with Michael Hampton, director of career development, to implement this program.
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing
An abstract by Sue Butell, professor of nursing, “Evaluation of a BSN Senior Practicum Distant Study Program,” was accepted for a podium presentation at the 24th International Nursing Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau in Prague, Czech, in July. She conducted the work while on sabbatical last year.
Dave Hecox, director of Portland campus operations, and Joyce Betita, director of the experiential learning center, have received a grant of $25,000 from the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust for the renovation of a health sciences laboratory to low-mid fidelity simulation lab to meet the additional simulation requirements for nursing majors under the revised curriculum.
Melissa Jones, assistant professor of nursing,
- Gave the poster presentation, “Disaster Nursing: Innovative Teaching Strategies for Online BSN Programs,” at the NLN 7th annual Technology Conference in Spokane, Wash., Oct. 19-21.
- Will present her dissertation research, “Influence of Generational Differences on Learning in the Online Classroom,” at the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in August in Madison, Wis.
Melissa Jones, assistant professor of nursing, and Neal Rosenburg, associate dean of nursing, co-authored an abstract titled “The Power of Distance Education: Promoting Academic Progression for Nurses” which has been accepted for the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning in August in Madison, Wis. They have been invited to present a 45 minute podium presentation.
Kim Kintz, assistant professor of nursing, Neal Rosenburg, associate dean of nursing, and Lynette Savage, adjunct professor of nursing, had an abstract “Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Pregnant Women in West Africa Related to HIV and Infant Feeding,” accepted for a poster presentation at the 10th Western Regional International Health Conference April 6 at Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Michael Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, spoke at the 2012 State of Reform Health Policy Conference Dec. 13 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. He was part of a three-person panel on “Coordinated Care Organizations: Reforming the Delivery System.”
Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, presented “Psychological Culture in Modern Education” at an international conference in Khabarovsk, Russia, in October.
The Linfield nursing program received a grant of $50,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Associate Dean Bev Epeneter and former Associate Deans Peggy Wros and Laura Rodgers have provided crucial oversight of the program. Current employees Gerardo Ochoa, Michael Reyes Andrillon and Mindy Cowan, and former employees Leticia Hernandez, Claudia Garcia, Ninfa Murillo and David Groff have all played a key role in NCIN program implementation, which has translated into successful reapplications for funding. Todd McCollum was helpful in providing the data needed for the application. Since 2008, Linfield has been the recipient of three grants totaling $290,000 in New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These scholarships go to students from populations underrepresented in nursing who are enrolled in our accelerated nursing program.
Three Linfield students have been elected to the Oregon Student Nurses Association Board of Directors including Jennifer Rosales ‘13, legislative education director; Jody Peterson ‘13, community outreach director; and Liza Matsumoto ‘13, nominations and elections director.
Kathleen Spring, collections management librarian and assistant professor; Susan Barnes Whyte, library director and associate professor; and Rachael Woody, archivist; have secured $8,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust in support of the processing of wine collections and digitizing of selected materials for inclusion in the DigitalArchives@Linfield.
Department of Physics
Jennifer Heath, associate professor of physics, and Michael Crosser, associate professor of physics, attended the Northwest section of the American Physical Society conference Oct. 19 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with three students. Each student presented a poster on their research:
- Amanda Bowers ’13, Dr. Gregory Pawloski, University of Minnesota, “NOvA far detector module fiber QA test analysis”;
- Joshua Melander ’13, Dr. Sergei Urazhdin, Emory University, “Geometric Optimization of Spin Current”;
- Christina Bibler ’15, Dr. Michael Crosser and Kyel Lambert ’12, “Graphene as aGas Detector”
Department of Political Science
Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, successfully applied for grants:
- $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation, Inc. to initiate the first year of the Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice, a year-long lecture and debate series and student fellows program enhancing the newly established minor in Law, Rights and Justice.
- A second grant of $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation, Inc. in support of 2013-14 activities of the Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. The forum supports the Law, Rights, and Justice minor at Linfield College. The first grant has funded debate and lecture activities throughout the current academic year, including the recent debate on “The Politics of Freedom” featuring Professor Corey Robin (Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center) and Professor Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna College).
- $5,000 from the Open Society Foundation Youth Initiative Debate Program to launch the Big Questions about Freedom Debate Series at Linfield as part of the Douglass Forum. The debate program will provide students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to witness and participate in civil discourse about political issues of vital importance.
- $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to support the Constitution Day debate on the “War on Terror,” as part of the Douglass Forum and the Legacies of War theme for PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Hillary Crane, associate professor of anthropology, co-edited a book with Deana Weibel, Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, Lexington Books.