Faculty Achievements, 2012-13

Department of Art

Liz ObertLiz Obert, associate professor of art,


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 Education

Gennie Harris, associate professor of education:

  • “Who is she and how was she created? The subjectivity of a schoolgirl” at the 9th International Globalization, Diversity & Education Conference in Vancouver, Wash, Feb. 20-22.
  • “Bullying and the schoolgirl” at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., May 15-18.


Department of English

Daniel Pollack-PelznerDaniel 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.


Environmental Studies

Nancy Broshot, associate professor of environmental studies, presented a poster, “Where have all the young trees gone? A big picture look at the lack of seedlings and saplings in urban forests” with Wes Hanson ‘15 and Leigh Hanson ‘15 at the Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium in February. In August, she attended the Ecological Society of America conference and presented:

  •  “A decade of change in avian abundance and richness in an urban forest”
  • A poster, “Seedling growth and survival of western red cedar (Thuja plicata), six years later” with Conor Colahan ‘12 and Eric Weinbender ‘12.
  • A poster, “Anthropogenic influences on epiphytic biodiversity across the Portland urban airshed” with Hannah Prather, PSU doctoral student, and Todd Rosenstiel, PSU professor.


Department of Health, Human Performance and Athletics

Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health, human performance and athletics, is project director and curriculum director for HealthTeacher.com and developed a new online delivery system for K-5 health education lesson modules.

Laura Kenow, associate professor of health and human performance, published a peer-reviewed article, “Injury rehabilitation overadherence: Preliminary scale validation and relationships with athletic identity and self-presentation concerns,” in the Journal of Athletic Training, the premier journal in the field of athletic training.

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. He also presented “Aquatic Training Options for the Collegiate, Professional and Elite Athlete,” a workshop in April in Roscoe, Ill. He published a scientific review of the literature on deep-water running, “Deep-water running: a practical review of the literature with an emphasis on biomechanics,” in Physician and Sports Medicine.

Tara M. Lepp, professor of health and human performance, earned The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. One of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s highest honors, the award recognizes exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities.

Rhianna Wallace ’13 worked as an Americorp VISTA intern with Oregon Health Authority in Yamhill County in June.

Kadin Hashimoto ’14, Rhiannon Ludwig ’13 and Jeff McNamee, associate professor of health, human performance and athletics, presented an invited oral presentation, “The economic impact of mountain bicycle events in Oregon,” at the 2013 Oregon Transportation Summit in April.


Department of History

John SagersJohn Sagers, associate professor 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).

Chuck Dunn, associate professor of mathematics, presented “The relaxed edge-coloring game on k-degenerate graphs” at 18th Annual Coast Combinatorics Conference in February in Kona, Hawaii. He also presented “Introduction to competitive graph coloring” at the Pacific Northwest MAA Section Meeting in April at Willamette University.

John Portin ’13 presented  “The 1-Relaxed Game Chromatic Number of Complete Multipartite Semi-Hamiltonian Graphs” at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, an international mathematics conference, in January 2013 in San Diego, Calif. He presented in the general research paper session. He also presented “Competitive Graph Coloring on Complete Multipartite Graphs” at the Pacific Northwest MAA Section Meeting in April at Willamette University.

Kyle Evitts ’14 presented “A Computer A.I. for Go” based on research completed during a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) experience at the regional professional conference in April at Willamette University. He was as a member in the NSF-funded Willamette Valley REU-RET Consortium for Mathematics Research program at Lewis & Clark College in 2012.


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 BelovAnton 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. He has also taught and participated in masterclasses at the University of Louisville, Clark College, Atlantic Music Festival (co-director of the vocal program) and Seagle Music Colony (Russian diction coach and voice teacher). See a full list at www.antonbelov.com.

Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, performed with the North Coast Symphonic Band, the Britt Festival Orchestra, Halcyon Trio Oregon, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, the Salem Concert Band, at the Norsk Høstfest, and with John Harbaugh at Linfield College, Oregon State University and Central Washington University. She performed with Halcyon Trio Oregon a number of times including a showcase recital for Regional American Guild of Organists (AGO) conference and three recitals for the Astoria Scandinavian Folk Festival. She also provided master classes for the brass at Costa Rica’s Sistema Nacional de Educacion Musical (SiNEM) in Costa Rica. She was awarded a Memorial Scholarship from American Federation of Musicians Local No. 99.

Faun Tiedge, professor of music, presented a Lightning Talk, “Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn, or: Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice,” for the national meeting of the College Music Society in San Diego, Calif., in November.

Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director, was awarded a 2013 Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant for the study “The Impact of Cooperative and Peer Learning and Reflective Writing in Aural Skills.” In an effort to update and improve the Ear Training and Sight Singing (ETSS) curriculum at Linfield, cooperative and peer-learning activities and reflective writing were integrated into the course for the 2012-13 academic year. This study will examine the efficacy of these new approaches by comparing students’ experiences, progress and assessments to those of previous years. Results from the study will then be used to further improve the ETSS curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year. She presented “Music Improvisation in Higher Education” at a poster session at the Regional Conference of the National Association for Music Educators Feb. 13 in Portland.

Anton Belov’s voice students Delaney Bullinger ‘15 and Yucheng Zhang ‘14 won first place prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Bullinger and Kayla Wilkens ‘12 participated in the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine in the summer.

Kelsey Garrett ’15 facilitated the move of the Noll Chinese Musical Instrument Collection from storage to permanent exhibition in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center in June 2013. The faculty-student collaborative research project will continue into the next academic year. She worked with Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music.

Tabitha Gholi ‘15, Kelsey Garrett ’15, Christian Santangelo ’15, Jaimie McDonald ‘14 and Zach Gulaboff Davis ’14 were winners of the Linfield Department of Music concerto competition and performed an eclectic set of works with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

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

Henny Breen, visiting assistant professor of nursing, attended the Oregon Nursing Research and Quality Consortium, “Clinical Inquiry: Tools for Success,” April 22 in Tualatin.

Nancy Breen, adjunct professor of nursing, attended three conferences: Oregon Diabetes Educator Conference April 20-21 in Beaverton; Pesi Healthcare — Med/Surg Review May 29-30; and Stress, Anxiety, Nutrition and Health Issues June 12.

Sue ButellAn 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.

Bev Epeneter, interim associate dean of nursing and professor of nursing, attended two conferences, Infusing Learner-Centered Strategies Into Your Course, Jan. 11-12 in Austin, Texas, and The Teaching Professor Conference May 31 – June 2 in New Orleans, La.

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. She presented “Learning Resources Network” at the North American Faculty Development Conference on Distance Education – LERN in March in Savannah, Ga.

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.

Cheryl Langford, associate professor of nursing, attended two conferences: Advances in Preventing Cognitive Decline May 3 and Trust-Based Relational Intervention Training May 17.

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.” He also serves on two local boards, chairing Happy Trails Riding Center, a special needs program in West Linn, and serving on the Clackamas County Health Center board, where he chairs the Quality Improvement Committee.

Mary Lee Nitschke, professor of psychology, attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference Oct. 15-19 in Cleveland, Ohio, where she judged scientific posters submissions and sessions and participated as a member of the conference planning committee session. She serves as a behavior advisor to the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, and as a behavior practice committee member of the Animal Behavior Society.

Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, presented “Psychological Culture in Modern Education” at an international conference in Khabarovsk, Russia, in October. She presented “Psychiatric-mental health care as a nurse practitioner” at the Oregon Student Nurses Association annual convention at Portland Community College. She also attended the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute in Reston, Va., June 20-23. In addition, she wrote a book chapter, “Family mental health nursing,” for the upcoming 5th edition of “Family Health Care Nursing” edited by Joanna (Rowe) Kaakinen and published by F. A. Davis.

Mirim Volpin, visiting assistant professor of nursing, attended the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting Nov. 14-18 in San Diego, Calif. She also attended the Western Institute of Nursing 46th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference April 11-13 in Anaheim, Calif., presenting a poster, “The Experiences of Family Caregivers of Assisted Living Residents Enrolled in Hospice.”

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.

A group of Linfield nursing students immunized low-income and uninsured individuals and families in Portland. Students include Kristen Watts ‘13, Jayna Braden ‘13, Jennifer Rosales ’13, Liza Matsumoto ’13, Jessica Blume ‘13, Christian Dan ‘13, Eli Falk ‘13, Kieu Ho ‘13, Valerie Jaeger ‘13, Megan Johnson ‘13, Jenna Lindstrom ‘13, Rosie Ocampo ‘13, Cori Young‘13 and Rebecca Weaver ‘13. The service project, led by Linfield Professors Vivian Tong and Karen Maxwell along with administrator Deb Henry, was part of the Care Connection Health Fair, sponsored by the Oregon Medical Association.


Nicholson Library

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).



Lee Bakner, professor of psychology, presented a poster co-authored by Lily Helpenstell, “Time-dependent effects of stress on cocaine conditioned place preference using a rat model of posttraumatic stress disorder,” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November 2012 in New Orleans, La.

Eureka Foong Chen Yew ‘15 participated in an APA Summer Science Fellowship in Washington, D.C., working with Dr. Robert Yousman in Human Factors Psychology.

Jennifer Linder, associate professor of psychology:

  • Presented a poster, “Here I Come to Save the Day!” Does Parental Mediation Moderate Associations Between Superhero Exposure and Behavior in Young Boys?” at the biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, Wash., in April. She worked with Cynthia Morales ’13, Helena Freuh ’13 and Sarah Coyne.
  • Preseneted a paper, “Pretty as a Princess”: Associations between Exposure to Disney Princess Media and Gender Stereotyping in Preschool Girls, at the biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, Wash., in April. She worked with Cynthia Morales ’13, Helena Freuh ’13 and Sarah Coyne.
  • Published “Effects of media violence on relational aggression” in the Encyclopedia of Media Violence.

Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, presented two posters with student co-authors at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. in May. She presented “A Cross-Cultural Look at Co-rumination, Self-Disclosure, Friendship, Relational Concerns and Emotional Adjustment – awarded honorable mention for RISE award by APS” with Moni Brown ‘13. She also presented “Force of Beauty or Object of Desire? The Priming Effects of Makeup Video Advertisements for Self-Objectification in College-Aged Women” with Jenna Johnson ‘12, Jessica C. Lucas ‘13, Zachary E. Brandon ‘14, Adrianna M. Mendoza ’13 and Kadi M. White ‘13, awarded first prize and best student poster by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Both posters were also presented at the Linfield Symposium. Tompkins was awarded the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.

Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology:

  • Presented the paper, “Trust across relationship contexts: When the high trust of one can (and cannot) buffer the low trust of the other,” co-authored with Kim, J., and Simpson, J.A., at the International Association for Relationship Research Conference, Chicago, IL. July 2012.
  • Presented the talk, “Changing me, changing us: Personality development and romantic relationships,” with DeYoung, C.G., & Simpson, J.A., at the 3rd biennial conference of the Association for Research in Personality, Charlotte, N.C., June 2013.
  • Presented the poster, “Trait affiliation, aspects of the Big Five, and the interpersonal circumplex ,” with DeYoung, C.G, Quilty, L.C., and Peterson, J. B., at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, La., January 2013.
  • Presented the paper, “The influence of ideal personality and significant others on personality change” with DeYoung, C.G., and Simpson, J.A., at the 16th European Conference on Personality, Trieste, Italy, July 2012.
  • Published the article, “Is it my overactive imagination? The effects of contextually activated attachment insecurity on sexual fantasies,” with Birnbaum, G. E., Simpson, J. A., Barnea, E., and Assulin-Simohon, Z. in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 1131-1152, 2012. Blog coverage.

Moni Brown ‘13 presented a poster and was awarded honorable mention for RISE award by the Association for Psychological Science at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in May. She also received the Ploog-Tieleman Linfield departmental research award for the project.


Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Hillary Crane, left, talks with Gabi Leif '14Hillary 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.