Faculty Achievements, 2008-09

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Nils Lou, professor of art, was included in an exhibit with three other potters at gallery 114 in Portland in December. His exhibit POTS!, featuring ceramic pots and paintings, was on display in February in the Fine Art Gallery of the James F. Miller Fine Art Center.
Ron Mills, professor of art, had a large two-part painting donated to the Museo La Casona in Cuernavaca, Mexico, by the Tonaltzintli Institute of anthropology and psychology, part of the Autonomous State University of Morelos, Mexico. The diptych painting, “El Doble Doblado,” was created in 2006. He also had an exhibit of paintings at the NW Wine Bar in McMinnville. It featured selected work from the last five years and four recent collaborative pieces he created with Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of art.
Cris Moss, gallery director and adjunct professor of art, is part of a group exhibition at the Ace Gallery in New York, N.Y., through June. He has a solo exhibition at Mile Post Five in Portland in July.
Liz Obert, associate professor of art and visual culture, has a one-month residency at the Centre d’art, Marnay Art Center in Manay-sur-Seine in France this summer. She discussed the process and inspiration for her art work at the Portland Community College Art Beat Artists Talks in May.
Brian Winkenweder, assistant professor of art history, recently publishedThe Homometrics of eInterviews” in the online journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. He alsohad a paper, “Paragraphs Turned on Their Side Can Function as Pictures,” accepted for publication in Investigations: Writing in the Work of Robert Morris, Papers from the Proceedings of the Robert Morris Colloquium. Lyon: Center for Poetic Studies-Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, 2009.
John Syring, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a $25,000 grant through a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award that establishes research connections between primarily undergraduate institutions and larger research counterparts. He and two Linfield students will join colleagues at Oregon State University on an existing project working to solve the question of how flowering plants are related to conifers and their relatives. He also received a grant of $15,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust- Partners in Science Program (pairing a college and a high school faculty member for two summers of research) to study Genetic Diversity of Whitebark Pine.
Chad V. Tillberg, assistant professor of biology, and colleagues published a critically received article in The Natural Scientist on “Caste determination in a polymorphic social insect: nutritional, social, and genetic factors in October” reporting findings that support the combined impact of nature and nurture. It was covered both in the science press and MSNBC–Science.
Malcolm Greenlees, Glenn L. and Helen S. Jackson professor of business, has revised Casino Accounting and Financial Management, published by the University of Nevada Press. The original book, first published in 1988, has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive books on casino accounting and an essential guide to the financial operations of the casino gaming industry.
Brian Gilbert, associate professor of chemistry, received special commendation from the American Chemical Society for representing the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring. The ACS announced that the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates chapter at Linfield was selected to receive a “Commendable Award” for their activities during 2007-08. Gilbert also received $3,400 from The POGIL Project for the Brian Gilbert SuperLabWorkshop: Lab Workshop and Facilitators Training.
Randy Grant, professor of economics, has been selected to be content coordinator for three textbooks about to be published through McGraw-Hill, Essentials of Economics 2e, Macroeconomics, Brief Edition 1e, and Microeconomics, Brief Edition 1e, all by McConnell, Brue, & Flynn. He was also quoted in an L.A. Times article by Kurt Streeter concerning the economics of the March Madness competitions and the meaning of amateurism.
Eric Schuck, associate professor of economics, received a grant under the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program to spend several weeks teaching agricultural economics and development at the American University of Beirut this summer.
Steven Bernhisel, associate professor of education, and Barbara Valentine, professor and reference and service librarian, published “Teens and Their Technologies in High School and College: Implications for Teaching and Learning” in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, November 2008, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p 502-512.
Nancy Drickey, associate professor of education, was accepted into the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program. She will spend three weeks in Japan this summer with Marissa Davis ’09 and Amy Shoemaker ’09 for a  research project, “Lessons Learned from Looking Inside the Classroom: A Study of Middle School Mathematics Education in Japan.” She also presented “Research on Professional Development Practices Outside of the U.S.: What can We Learn from Others?” at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in April. She was spotlighted in the spring issue of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) newsletter for leadership in mathematics education and was selected to serve as a leadership team leader to represent the state of Oregon for the NCSM board.
Ken Ericksen, professor of English, presented the paper, “The Changing Wit of Jane Austen,” at the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Anna Keesey, assistant professor of English, gave a reading from her novel in progress, Little Century, at the University of Portland. She has an essay, “Making A Scene,” scheduled for publication in the anthology, The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House, published by Tin House Magazine. She also had a personal essay called “Let’s Go, My Love” in the anthology, Woof!: Writers on Dogs, which came out in November from Viking Books.
Lex Runciman, professor of English, had “Why Do That?” published in Poetry: Reading It, Writing It, Publishing It, edited by Jessie Lendennie, Salmon Poetry Ltd.
Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health education, participated in the American Cancer Society/Center for Disease Control School Health Education – Higher Education Academy in May in Atlanta, Ga. The purpose of the program was to strengthen school health education in the nation’s schools by providing a unique professional development opportunity for lead school health education faculty members in institutions of higher education that have teacher preparation programs for school health education.
Greg Hill, athletic training clinical assistant professor,wasaccepted as a volunteer trainer for the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., this summer working with the sprint kayak, field hockey, archery, BMX cycling and softball teams as well as miscellaneous athletes and Paralympics athletes who are training there.
Garry Killgore, professor of health and human performance, was selected as the Oregon Association of Physical Education College and University Teacher of the Year for 2008.
Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, has been elected by the American College of Sport Medicine Northwest Association to serve as its next president-elect. She has been selected for the 2009 International Canadian Studies Institute in Alberta, Canada, July 14-26. She was also selected as the nutrition and exercise section editor for the Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal.
At the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposium in March, Greg Hill, athletic training clinical assistant professor, helped coordinated a symposium program; Garry Kilgore, professor of health and human performance, presented “The Art and Science of Aquatic Training” and a workshop titled “Aquatic Conditioning”; and Laura Kenow, associate professor of health and human performance, presented “Psychosocial Aspects of Athletes’ Responses to Sports Injury.” Hill passed the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Peter Buckingham, professor of history, presented the paper, “World War I and American Identity: The View from Texas,” at the “War and American Identity” conference at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, in March.
Peter Buckingham, professor of history, was selected to participate in a seminar on “Slave Narratives,” sponsored by the Council on Independent Colleges and the Gilda Lehrman Institute of American History at Yale University this summer. He was one of only 30 faculty members selected for this seminar.
Debbie Olsen, instructor in history, whose article “Fair Connections: Women’s Separatism and the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905,” was published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly in summer 2008, was selected by the Editorial Advisory Board as the winner of the 2009 Palmer Award. One board member described the article: “Olsen teaches readers, effortlessly, about the competing interests and objectives inside the women’s rights movement and, in the process, broadens our general understanding of the significance of the Exposition.”
Lissa Wadewitz, assistant professor of history, will have the article, “The Scales of Salmon: Diplomacy and Conservation in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands,” published in the anthology Bridging National Borders in North America, edited by Benjamin Johnson and Andrew Graybill (Duke University Press). She also gave two presentations in October, at the Western History Association annual meeting and on a panel at Utah State University, about new scholarship in western American history.
Barbara A. May, professor of nursing, Peggy L. Wros, professor of nursing, and two Washington State University colleagues, received a program grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for $19,940.
Jana Taylor, simulation program director and professor of nursing, and Aaron De Clerck, simulation operation manager, presented a poster at the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare, Jan. 12, in Orlando, Fla.  The title of the poster is “Improving Nursing Students’ Reflection and Goal Setting Using DVD Recordings of Patient Care in Simulation.”
Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, will present a paper, “HD Radio in the United States: Lost in Transition,” at the Radio Conference 2009 held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in July.
Chuck Dunn, associate professor of mathematics, presented collaborative student research, “Game Coloring with Trees and Forests,” at the International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms in Nagoya, Japan, and gave an invited address, “Complete Multipartite Graphs and the Relaxed Coloring Game,” at the annual Combinatorial Potlatch at the University of Puget Sound.
Martha VanCleave, associate professor of mathematics, had a paper she co-authored with Julie Fredericks on “Student Discourse and Team Teaching” accepted for publication in a monograph by the Montana Mathematics Enthusiast on student mathematical discourse.
Thierry Durand, associate professor of French, presented on “violence immanence and new world order” in the representation of the Bosnian war in the extreme contemporary (French lit.) this March at the 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International colloquium; and presented on the relationship between communism and prophetism in Blanchot’s work at the Third International Conference on Maurice Blanchot « Maurice Blanchot, Communauté, Politique et Histoire,1931-2003.
Christopher T. Keaveney, associate professor of Japanese,had his book, Beyond Brushtalk: Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period, about the dynamic of cultural interaction between Japan and China in the 1920s and 1930s, published by Hong Kong University Press.
Violeta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish,presented “The Nature of Language and the Foreign Language Textbook” at the International Conference on the Book, Washington DC, October 25, 2008. The paper was published in the International Journal of the Book, winter 2009.
Cheikh Thiam, assistant professor of French and francophone studies,had two papers make the presses. One addresses black culture and universal culture while the second examines black epistemology. “Métissages: De la culture nègre aux cultures de l’universel” was in La Revue Africaine, no 3, September 2008 and “La negritude est une épistémologie nègre, Orphée noire ou Jean-Paul Sartre et la Négritude”  was published in Babacar Mbaye DIOP, ed., Paris : Seuil, January 2009.
Professors Gudrun Hommel, Christopher Keaveney, Sonia Ticas and Cheikh Thiam from the Department of Modern Languages presented “Program Review in Study Abroad,” focused on the Department of Modern Languages’ assessment of study abroad programs attended by language majors.
Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, served as adjudicator for the Del Milne Memorial Scholarship Program for the Salem Pops Orchestra auditions at Western Oregon University. The Halcyon Trio Oregon, made up of Paddock, along with Jackie van Papaghem and Deborah Huddleston, adjunct professors of music, performed music of composer John Ranney including “Fantasy in Blue,” and several songs based on texts by Hildegard von Bingen.
Steve Kravitz, jazz band director, performed at the Portland Jazz Festival on Feb. 13 with Terence Blanchard in a performance of his “Requiem For Katrina” written and recorded in 2007.
Gwen Leonard, professor of music, and students Melissa Davaz ’10 and Andrew Pohl ’09 sang in a master class at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria, during Leonard’s sabbatical there in the fall. The topic of the lecture/master class was “Current American Art Song as Influenced by Musical Theater.” Leonard alsopresented a lecture and master class at the Austro-American Institute for Education in Vienna, at Birbeck College, at the University of London and at the University of Chichester, Chichester.
Dana Libonati, vocal jazz director, and the jazz choir Double Vision recorded station identification spots for KSLC, the college radio station.
Sherill Roberts, cello instructor, performed as solo cellist with the Portland Opera for “The Turn of the Screw” and with the Portland Cello Project. She also published an article about body mapping and its use in preventing musicians’ injuries in the national publication of the Regional Orchestra Players Association.
Anna Song, choir director, and her professional choir In Mulieribus performed at the University of San Diego Angelus Concert Series of Sacred Early Music.
Faun Tiedge, professor of music, is serving as national program chair of the College Music Society National Program Committee.
Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist in residence, and Judith Cohen, performed Gershwin’s original version of “An American in Paris” for two pianos at the Washington Governor’s Mansion in Olympia in January. She and Sylvain Frémaux (Alliance Française) received a grant from the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for her project translating the biography of Ernst Bloch. Timmonswas awarded a $3,100 grant by the Conseil général of Loir-et-Cherin France to fund a concert this summer in the Chateau de Talcy, a Renaissance castle in this département. She was also invited to present a week-long residency on chamber music, career development and concert performances at Colgate University.
Susan Barnes Whyte, associate professor and library director, was recognized at the biennial Association of College and Research Libraries Conference (ACRL) in Seattle, Wash., where she received a Special Presidential Recognition award for serving as a faculty member in the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program.
Jesus Ilundain, assistant professor of philosophy, was selected co-editor of one book in a new Wiley-Blackwell series Philosophy for Everyone. Each book will include a mixture of philosophers, other academics, and people from the “industry.” Ilundain was also published in a special edition of Proteus magazine on “Sport, Exercise and Recreation.”
Nick Buccolla, visiting assistant professor of political science, has had two papers accepted/published: “Each for All and All for Each: The Liberal Statesmanship of Frederick Douglass” in the Review of Politics and “The Tyranny of the Least and the Dumbest: Nietzsche’s Critique of Socialism” in the Quarterly Journal of Ideology.
Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, will publish “Legitimacy and Institutional Replacement: The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the Emergence of the Mine Ban Treaty” in International Organization in Spring 2009.
Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science, published a chapter with David Gutterman, “Shielding America: Missile Defense and the Reification of America” in the new book, Discipline and Punishment in Global Politics: Illusions of Control, edited by Janie Leatherman.
Jennifer Heath, associate professor of physics, received a $33,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund to support a 2009-10 sabbatical at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. Her studies will lead to a better understanding of grain boundaries in polycrystalline semiconductors, which are the active materials in many low-cost solar cell technologies.
Tianbao Xie, professor of physics, presented a speech on Chinese history and progress during the past 50 years, on China Central Television (CCTV), the government-owned and largest TV station in China.
Eugene Gilden, professor of psychology, received a research grant through CIPERT and the Defense Intelligence Agency. The grant will support three Linfield student research assistants.
Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, published a paper with Jody Witt ’08, “The Short-Term Effectiveness of a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program in a College Setting with Residence Life Advisers,” in the Journal of Primary Prevention. Tompkins was a guest speaker at the Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference in March.
Bill Apel, professor of religion, spoke on his book Signs of Peace: The Interfaith Letters of Thomas Merton at an international peace conference in Rome, Italy. He also spoke to an ecumenical church group made up primarily of Anglican and Catholic church leaders in Sacramento, Calif., March 28-29 about his book Interfaith Dialog and Understanding. Apel led a mini-conference as part of the public programs sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Sacramento and several Catholic parishes in the city. The meeting was designed to find common ground to help create a more just and peaceful world among local religious groups and within the lives of individual participants at the conference.
Rob Gardner, assistant professor of sociology, was selected co-editor of a special issue of the book series “Studies in Symbolic Interaction” on the topic of music. He has also completed a recent research report with the Natural Hazards Center and the entries for the Encyclopedia of Disaster Research. In addition, he presented a paper on Hurricane Katrina relief groups at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting in April.
Tom Love, professor of anthropology, presented “EROEI [Energy Return on Energy Invested] Constraints on Paths out of the Fossil Fuel Era” for a panel at the annual joint meetings of the Political Ecology Society/Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, N.M., in March.
Amy Orr, associate professor of sociology, presented “Gender & Achievement: An Examination of Early Educational Experiences” at the Pacific Sociological Association meeting in April. She was also recognized at the association for her work with the undergraduate program at the annual conference over the past several years. In addition, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Pi Gamma Mu, international interdisciplinary social science honor society.
Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, received a Faculty Excellence Certificate of Recognition for Achievement in Scene Design from the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the body of his design work at Linfield and in the region. The Linfield production of Crave, directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, with scenic design by Marshall, received high praise from the festival respondents and audience members.
Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts,was selected as one of the top 24 adjudicators at the 2009 U.S. Universities National British-Parliamentary Debate Tournament hosted by University of Vermont. He also organized and adjudicated an international forensic competition in Botswana.
Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts was a panelist in a Presidential Spotlight Session, “Spotlight on Current Northwest Scholarship: Telling Political Lives” with co-author Molly A.Mayhead, Northwest Communication Association Annual Convention, Coeur d¹Alene, ID, April 2009. She also participated in an Author Talk and Reading, focused on her book, Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States with Molly A. Mayhead for the Nicholson Library Celebrating the Reading Life Series, March 2009.