November Faculty Activity


Dr. Jeremy Alm, assistant professor of mathematics, organized a special session at a meeting of the American Mathematical Society in St. Paul, Minn. He also gave a talk, “Embedding Ml as a 0-1 Sublattice of Sub(Zn x Zn).”

Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine, assistant professor of history, spoke on a panel, “Exploring the Middle Land: Dorothy Schwieder’s Contributions to Iowa and Women’s History” at the Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest Annual Conference.

Dr. Jan Buhrmann, associate professor of sociology, served as reviewer for a manuscript focusing on the development of interdisciplinary service-learning courses for the peer-reviewed journal, Teaching Sociology. The name of the article was “Learning Interdisciplinarity: Service Learning and the Promise of Interdisciplinary Teaching.”

Dr. Beth Widmaier Capo, associate professor of English, gave several lectures while teaching in Japan. On June 18, 2010, at the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission Pre-Departure Orientation in Osaka, Japan, she gave the lecture, “Academic Life and Environment in the United States.” In February at the Tohoku Association for American Studies 2010 Lecture Series in Sendai, Japan, she lectured on, “How Shall We Change the Law?: The Struggle for Legal Birth Control in Modern America and Japan” and on November 11, 2009, at the Kyoto-Shiga Fulbright Alumni Association she talked about “9/11 and Fiction.”

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, associate professor of physics, gave a talk, “Lab Reports as Learning through Writing,” at the fall 2010 meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He was elected to the executive council of ISAAPT as a four-year college representative. Additionally, Chamberlain published an article in “The Physics Teacher” last spring entitled “Determination of the Specific Heat Ratio of a Gas in a Plastic Syringe.”

Dr. Cynthia Cochran, associate professor of English, co-presented at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Bloomington, Ind., in May. Additionally, she was named to the editorial board of the Open-Access Textbook Project. Cochran, along with Sarah McCandless ’10 and Emily Welch ’03, had a paper and poster accepted at the International Writing Center Association conference to be held in November. At the conference, Cochran will also be a table leader at the Writing Center Assessment Special Interest Group meeting.

Jeff Garland, associate professor of art, was a featured artist September-October 2010 at the H.G. Smith Gallery in Springfield. Additionally in 2010, Garland has approximately 20 new works throughout the Washington Park Botanical Gardens, 15 works featured in the Illinois State University “Sculpture in the Garden” show, was part of the Illinois State University alumni show, participated in the Old State Capital Art Fair and held a one man show, “Garlands,” –Social Commentary at Gallery II.

Dr. C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, assistant professor of history and political science, was nominated for the James Madison Prize from the Society for History of the Federal Government for his article, “Ely Parker and the Contentious Peace Policy,” which was published in the Western Historical Quarterly in the summer of 2010.

Betsy Hall, instructor in English/Writing, presented “Food for Thought: Integrated Pedagogy and Sustainability Ethics” at the Association of Integration Studies conference in San Diego. She also presented “Resistance is the Secret of Joy!: The Power of Voice (lessness) in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy” at the College English Association’s national conference in San Antonio.

Dr. Steve Hochstadt, professor of history, presented the paper, “The Shanghai Jewish Youth Association,” at the conference, “Children and War: Past and Present,” in Salzburg, Austria. The research is part of Hochstadt’s larger project about the Jewish refugees to Shanghai during World War II.

Nausser Jamali, associate professor of accounting, co-presented a paper with Dr. Kevin Klein, professor of economics “Teaching Accounting Principles as a Multidisciplinary Course” at the Midwest Business Administration Association-North American Accounting Society in Chicago.

Dr. Timothy Kramer, professor of music, attended a performance of his works, “Lux Aeterna,” by Magnum Chorum and “True Tango” by pianist Chindarat Charoenwongse-Shaw at the College Music Society National Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in September. He also gave a pre-concert lecture and participated in a discussion on the analysis of his work by musicologist Kristin Wendland from Emory University. Additionally, last July, the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio premiered Kramer’s “Three Pairs Suite,” a seventeen minute chamber work commissioned by the artistic director of the festival, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio.

Dr. Patricia Kiihne, associate professor of mathematics, presented the talk, “Differentiated Instruction and Gender: The Illinois College Science and Math Learning Collaborative,” at Mathfest in Pittsburgh, Pa. In September she gave a joint presentation, “Differentiated Instruction and Gender: Student Choices in Math and Science” at the Arts and Sciences Colloquium in Romeoville.

Dr. Kevin Klein, professor of economics, co-presented a paper with Nausser Jamali, associate professor of accounting, titled “Teaching Accounting Principles as a Multidisciplinary Course” at the Midwest Business Administration Association-North American Accounting Society in Chicago.

Dr. Robert Kunath, professor of history, reviewed the book, Hitler’s Central European Empire, by Jean W. Sedlar in the Phi Alpha Theta journal, The Historian. He also moderated a panel of papers on the subject of early to mid-20th century America at the Phi Alpha Theta conference held at Western Illinois University and worked with senior Scott Kramer who presented a paper on the Native American leader, Elias Boudinot, at the conference. At the Association for the Study of Nationalities conference at Columbia University, Kunath delivered one of several papers devoted to a new textbook on the Holocaust, David Crowe’s The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath.

Robin Manker, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, was a speaker at the annual conference of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Springfield. He gave the presentation, “I See Graph: An Overview” and set up a booth in the technology lounge on the same topic.

Dr. Margaret Marek, associate professor of Spanish, presented the paper, “El libro en que se qϋentan los amores de Viraldo y Florindo, aunque en diferente estilo: ‘Lemur” de pastores’ at the Early Modern Image and Text (EMIT) Society conference at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. She also chaired the Pastoral Collections panel.

Dr. Richard Maye, assistant professor of sociology, gave a presentation during the roundtable discussion he organized, “The Criminal Justice System and African Americans,” at the Midwestern Sociological Society meeting in April 2010.

Dr. Todd Oberg, associate professor of mathematics, gave a joint presentation with the Illinois College Math and Science Learning Collaborative members on the paper, “Differentiated Instruction and Gender: Students’ Choices in Math and Science,” at the ACI sixth annual Arts and Science Colloquium in Romeoville. Oberg, along with current Illinois College students, attended the 61st annual meeting of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Springfield. He presented an information session on future accreditation plans/direction of Illinois State Board of Education at the annual business meeting of the Illinois Mathematics Teacher Educators group.

Dr. Adam Porter, associate professor of religion, reviewed “The Ituraeans and the Roman Near East” for Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

James Proffitt, assistant professor of management and organizational leadership, presented the paper, “Management and Organizational Leadership: Blending Pre-professional Education with the Liberal Arts,” at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler, professor of psychology, recently was an anonymous reviewer for a research article for the journal, Social Development, and attended a Lilly Workshop for mid-career faculty at Wittenburg University. Over the summer, Rellinger-Zettler had a paper presented as part of an organized panel at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Bloomington, Ind.; co-authored a project entitled “First-generation college students: Self-theories, self-handicapping, and subjective omnipotence” with Clarissa Edge ’10 and Alex Spalding ’10 at the annual convention of the Association of Psychological Science in Boston; and presented a poster, “Theories of mind: Using undergraduate research to engage students in restructuring their learning,” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ogden, Utah.

Dr. Caryn Riswold, associate professor of religion, served on the planning committee for the Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference and attended said conference at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. in July 2010. Additionally, she had two articles published this year. “Annoying the Student with Her Rights: Human Life Coram Hominibus; Reflections on Vocation, Hope, and Politics” appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of Intersections, and “Coram Meipso: Presence, Privilege, and Vocations in Lutheran and Feminist Languages” appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Dialog: a Journal of Theology. Riswold recently attended a Reunion Conference along with the Lilly Fellows Program National Network Conference in Valparaiso, Ind., October 13-16, 2010. Illinois College is a member of the LFP National Network, and Riswold was a Lilly Fellow Program postdoctoral fellow from 2000-2002.

Amy Schwiderski, instructor in education, created a design team to complete an application to Jacksonville District 117 for a charter proposal. She also secured five governing board members for the charter.

Dr. Paul Spalding, professor of religion, gave the keynote address, “Prisoner #2,” at the American Friends of Layfayette annual meeting in Wilmington, Del. on June 4, 2010. Additionally, he served as commentator for the panel, “Pious Fundraising,” at the German Studies Association annual meeting in Oakland, Calif., on October 8, 2010 and he reviewed a book on Prussian censorship for German Studies Review.

Dr. Almut Spalding, associate professor modern languages, serves as the German material editor for the online bibliography complementing The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series published by the University of Chicago Press and the University of Toronto Press. She presented the paper, “Money Tree: Living in the Shadow of a Patrician Family,” on October 8, 2010, at the German Studies Association annual meeting in Oakland, Calif.

Craig Steenerson, assistant professor of theatre, was hired as lighting designer for SIU-Carbondale’s summer productions of “Drowsy Chaperone” and “Spelling Bee.”

Kindra Steenerson, assistant professor of theatre, worked as the director for musical theatre at the Northwest Children’s Theatre in Portland, Ore. over the summer months.

Dr. Takako Soma, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper, “Ternary Multiway and its Implementation by Neuron-Like Element,” at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in conjunction with the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Jeremy Turner, associate professor of psychology, gave a talk, “Functional Evaluation of Hearing in Toxicology (ototoxicity and early safety assessment) and Pharmacology,” at Sanofi-Aventis in Paris, France. He also gave a talk at Merz Pharmaceuticals in Frankfurt, Germany, titled “Effects of Neramexane on a Mouse Model of Tinnitus.” Turner also published two studies with collaborators: “Processing of Broadband Stimuli Across A1 Layers in Young and Aged Rats,” Hearing Research 2010; 264(1-2), 79-85 and “Lack of Association of Spontaneous Mutation of the CHrm2 gene with Behavioral and Physiologic Phenotypic Differences in Inbred Mice,” Comparative Medicine 2010; 60(4), 272-81.

Amy Wilson, instructor in education, presented on Title IX at the NCAA/NACWAA institute for Administration Advancement East (Atlanta) and West (Denver). She also served on an expert panel on Title IX and college athletics at both events.

Dr. Brent Yoder, assistant professor of chemistry, presented two papers: “Nose, Body, Legs: Studying the Chemistry of Wine in France” and “Incorporating Supplemental Instruction into the Organic Chemistry Classroom” at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Denton, Texas.

Dr. Lawrence Zettler, professor of biology, was an anonymous reviewer for an international, peer-reviewed journal on horticulture. He also co-authored two scientific papers that were accepted for publication in Nature and Science Journal, and North American Native Orchid Journal. Zettler also secured a $2,000 grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for research on Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchids and submitted a grant to the San Diego County Orchid Society to study the endangered Hawaiian orchid.


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