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Business and Economics

Business Administration

Hoyt, Fred participated in a Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Program in Indonesia from Jan. 2-13, 2013, visiting Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali. Read his blog.

Hoyt also kept a blog while accompanying Elisabeta Pana and students in a travel course focused on the 27-member European Union. 



Plath, James edited a volume of essays on short story writer Raymond Carver. Critical Insights: Raymond Carver is part of the Critical Insights series published by Salem Press. Plath also contributed two essays, "On Raymond Carver," on Carver's career and influence, and a contextual essay, "The Carver Triangle: Lost in an Edward Hopper World." Read more.

Terkla, Dan has been asked to deliver the Michaelmas term lecture for The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA) at Oxford University's Bodleian Library in November, 2013.

Theune, Michael collaborated in the creation of Voltage Poetry, an online anthology and discussion of poetic turns, which is a concept explored in his 2007 book. Read more.

Hispanic Studies

Isabelli, Christina co-authored a government report on the Census 2010 efforts enumerating linguistically isolated households in Hispanic communities, with Pan, Y., & Lubkemann, S. (2012). Observing census enumeration of non-English-speaking households in 2010 Census: Spanish report. Research and Methodology Directorate, Center for Survey Measurement Research Report Series (Survey Methodology #2012-06). U.S. Census Bureau.

Isabelli also:

- With alumna Rachel Slough '07, published "Acquisition of the non-generic definite article by Spanish learners of English as a foreign language," in Onomázein, volume 25, pp. 95-105.

- With Professor of Nursing Emeritus Donna Hartweg, published "Being physically active: Perceptions of recent Mexican immigrant women on the Arizona-Mexico border," with M. McEwen and R. Piper, in the journal Hispanic Health Care International(2012), 10(3), 127-136.

- Presented a conference workshop entitled "Spanish heritage language learners in Spanish as a second language class" at the 2013 Middlebury College Conference on Pedagogy for Spanish as a Second Language in Middlebury, Vt., July 15-18.

Nadeau, Carolyn published:

- "Transformation and Transgression at the Banquet Scene in La Celestina." Objects of Culture in Imperial Spain. Ed. Frederick de Armas and Mary Barnard. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 205-27.

- "What Else Happened in the Early Modern Kitchen? Reading Celestina's Kitchen through the Manual de mugeres." Comida y bebida en la lengua española, cultura y literaturas hispánicas Ed. Andjelka Pejovic, Vladimir Karanovic y Mirjana Sekulic. Kragujevac, Serbia: FILUM, 2012: 289-303.

- "Contributions of Medieval Food Manuals to Spain's Culinary Heritage," Monographic Issue of Cincinnati Romance Review, "Writing About Food: Culinary Literature in the Hispanic World." Ed. María Paz Moreno. (Win 2012). 59-77.

- "Moscatel morisco: The Role of Wine in the Formation of Morisco Identity," Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90 (2013): 153-65. 

Valverde, César published two articles:

- "Modelos masculinos y violencia en Sanctuary y Crónica de una muerte anunciada." Káñina: Revista de Artes y Letras de la Universidad de Costa Rica 35.2 (2011): 89-100.

- "Sacrificio, violencia y nación en Lituma en los Andes." Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 17 (2012): 88-98.

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Balina, Marina coedited a book, in Russian, To Kill Charskaia: Paradoxes of Soviet Literature for Children (1920s-1930s) with Valery Viugin. St. Petersburg: Aleteiia, 2012. Balina authored the chapter on "Soviet Children's Literature as State Institution: Beyond Politics and Ideology." Read more.

Balina also:

- Published, in English: "Ideology, Statecraft, and Subversion" inMarvelous Transformation. An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Christine A. Jones and Jennifer Schacker, eds. Broadview Press, 2012.

- Published, in German: "Die sowjetische Kinderliteratur zwischen ästhetischem Experiment und ideologischen Normierung" in Schrift und Macht: Zur sowjetischen Literatur der  1920er und 30er Jahre, Tomas Liptak and Jurij Murasov, eds. Böhlau Verlag: Wien,  Köln, Weimar, 2012.

- Gave a presentation, "Carving a Model Citizen: Screen Adventures of Soviet Pinocchio," at a conference organized by the British Association of Slavic and East European Studies/ICCEES European Congress 2013: "Europe: Crisis and Renewal," April 5-8, 2013, at Cambridge, UK. 

- Was elected to the International Committee of the Children's Literature Association.

- Was elected to the Editorial Board of two international journals:

1)  AutobiografiR: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture, Padova University Press, Italy 
2) Children's Readings, an international journal on children's literature and culture, Ekaterinburg University Press, Russia.

- Was an invited speaker at the conference "Space of Memory: Auto/biographical Genres in Russian Culture and the European Context" at the University of Padova, Italy. She gave a talk on post-Soviet childhood memoirs.

- On May 14, gave a lecture at the University of Hamburg, Germany, entitled "Zwischen Identität und Selbstdarstellung: Jüdische Kindheit in der post-sowjetischen Literatur."

- On June 14, presented a paper entitled "Playing History with Post-Soviet Children: Russia's National History as a Game of Image and Text" at the 40th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Callahan, Chris presented a paper at the 14th Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he was re-elected secretary/treasurer of the North American Branch of the ICLS. 

Callahan also has been named to the Study in France Committee of the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee for a three-year term.

Fritzsche, Sonja was elected in December to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) for the term of January 2013 to January 2016. Read more.

Fritzsche also  published "Keep the Home Fires Burning: Fairy Tale Heroes and Heroines in an East German Heimat" in the Winter 2013 issue of the journal German, Politics, and Society(pp. 45-72).


Sullivan, Kevin presented two papers at the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion National Annual Meeting:
- "What's in a Name? Demons, Exorcisms and Esoteric Knowledge of Names" was presented in the meeting's Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity section.
- "Jacob's Ladder: Angelic Locomotion in Second Temple Jewish Literature and the New Testament" was presented in the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity section.


Davis-Kahl, Stephanie co-edited Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy & Scholarly Communication, with Merinda Hensley, published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). 

In addition to her work as co-editor, Davis-Kahl contributed a chapter entitled "Scholarship & Advocacy at the UVa Scholars Lab."

Davis-Kahl also:

- Co-presented an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Roadshow in May, which was reported in the North American Serials Interest Group newsletter.

- Was named a 2013 Institutional Repository (IR) All-Star by bepress, "because of her early vision and compelling advocacy for the value of student research in the IR, and specifically for student-edited journals." 

Miner, Meg, with Stephanie Davis-Kahl, published "Collecting Campus Culture: Collaborations and Collisions," in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, an open-access, blind peer-reviewed journal. Their article explores the confluence of how our institutional repository, Digital Commons, can and should reflect our campus culture.

Miner also had a proposal accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in New Orleans in August 2013. Miner will be joined by Lynne Thomas of Northern Illinois University, who serves as principal investigator on an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant focused on digital curation strategies for small and medium-sized institutions. They will share results of their survey that looks at the current landscape of strategies that campuses use to manage the proliferating content found on hard drives, CDs, etc.

Thomas, Marcia authored research in Proceedings of The Charleston Conference, published by Purdue University. Her work, "Getting to the Heart of the Matter: What Faculty Tell Us about How our Collections Support Student Learning," was selected for presentation at the Charleston Library Conference in November 2011 through a blind peer-review process.

Natural Sciences


Jaeckle, William, with Richard Strathmann, published "The anus as a second mouth: anal suspension feeding by an oral deposit-feeding sea cucumber" in Invertebrate Biology, Volume 132, Issue 1, pages 62–68, March 2013. 

Lehr, Edgar co-authored two papers describing new species of frogs, which have been cataloged by AmphibiaWeb:

- With Edgar Padial, J. M., J. C. Chaparro, S. Castroviejo-Fisher, J. M. Guayasamin, A. J. Delgado, M. Vaira, M. Teixeira, Jr., R. Aguayo & I. De la Riva (2012). "A revision of species diversity in the Neotropical genus Oreobates (Anura: Strabomantidae), with the description of three new species from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes and the proposal of candidate species." American Museum Novitates 3752: 1-55.

- With Catenazzi, A., R. Von May, G. Gagliardi-Urrutia &J. M. Guayasamin (2012). "A new, high-elevation glassfrog (Anura: Centrolenidae) from Manu National Park, southern Peru." Zootaxa 3388: 56-68.

Lehr also published:

- With Anahí Oróz. "Two New Species of Phrynopus (Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Cordillera de Carpish in Central Peru (Departamento de Huánuco)." Zootaxa 3512: 53-63.

- With E. Moravec, J & J. C. Cusi (2012). "Two new species of Phrynopus (Anura, Strabomantidae) from high elevations in the Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park in Peru (Departamento de Pasco)." ZooKeys 235: 51-71.


Brennan, Brian received a $285,189 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study possible treatments for sickle cell disease. Read more.

House, James published the second edition of Inorganic Chemistry (Academic Press), his eighth college science textbook. Read more.

House also published:

- With Kristen M. Roberts '12, Morgan A. Flahive '13, "Thermodynamics of Dissolution of Ferrocene in n-Octane, Methanol, and Acetonitrile" in Polyhedron, 2013, Vol. 53, p. 240-242.

- With Sara M. Costello '10 and Thomas B Sobyra '14, "Iodine as a Probe for Demonstrating Solvatochromism" in The Chemical Educator, 2013, Vol. 18, p. 54-56.

- With Andrew L. Sonnenberger '13, "A Kinetic Study of the Dehydration of Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate" in The Chemical Educator, 2013, Vol. 18, pp. 147-151.

Mohan, Ram, principal investigator, with Brian Brennan and Rebecca Roesner, co-principal investigators, were awarded a $248,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer for use in synthetic chemistry research. Read more.

Mohan also gave the keynote address at a two-day international conference hosted by Coastal Chemical Research Society (CCRS) in collaboration with Sanketika Vidya Parishad Engineering College in July.

Roesner, Rebecca and James House, with undergraduates Kristen M. Roberts '12, Sarah E. Cotner '11 and Thomas C. Schultz '11, published "The Solubility of Ferrocene: An Experiment Involving Synthesis, Instrumental Analysis, and Physical Properties" in The Chemical Educator, 2013, Vol. 18, p. 18-20. 

Computer Science

Liffiton, Mark received a grant from Google, Inc. as part of the Google App Engine Education Awards program for developing TeacherTap, a free, simple-to-use classroom-response system. Read more

Tiede, Hans-Joerg co-authored the report "Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of Northern Iowa," released by the American Association of University Professors (January 2013).


He, Tian-Xiao has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including this year:

- "Eulerian polynomials and B-splines." Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 236 (2012), 3763-3773.

- "A note on Horner's method.'' (with P. J.-S. Shiue), Journal Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 10 (2012), no. 1-2, 53-64.

- "The Characterization of Riordan Arrays and Sheffer-Type Polynomial Sequences." 24th MCCCC. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 82 (2012), 249-268. 

- "A Unified Approach to Generalized Stirling Functions," Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 32 (2012), No. 6,  631-646. 

- "Parametric Catalan numbers and Catalan triangles." Linear Algebra and Its Applications,   438 (2013), No. 3, 1467-1484. 


French, Linda will lead a will lead a study of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit around the sun, for which the National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $256,451. Read more.

French also has been elected to a two-year term on the Committee of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society.

Spalding, Gabe co-chaired the SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference on Optical Trapping and Manipulation in August.

Spalding also:

- Chaired the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association's Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College in July.

- Gave an invited talk at a meeting of the Optical Society of America on the big island in Hawaii. His talk was entitled, "Tailoring Acoustic Beam Momentum and Angular Momentum."

- Was an invited panelist at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers for a session entitled "Fighting over Lab Goals." He also organized and chaired a session on "Quantum & Condensed Matter Labs Beyond the First Year."

Professional Schools

School of Art

Bair, Miles displayed an exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery in the Saint Louis Central West End Gallery District.

Also, Bair and two other faculty members have artwork displayed in the new Uptown Station in Normal:

- Paintings by Bair, "Spring" and "Water Garden I and II."

- Two giclée print pieces by Professor of Art Sherri McElroy, "This Ain't My First Time at the Rodeo" and "I Like Who I Am, Mirror Broken."

- A fused glass and wooden window sculpture by Kevin Strandberg entitled "Gust."

School of Music

Pelusi, Mario was appointed to the nominating committee of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Vayo, David's composition "Climb," was released on the Summit label. The CD recording features trombonist Mark Hetzler and percussionist Anthony DiSanza, both of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


- Vayo was a guest composer on Sept. 23-24 at the University of Wisconsin/Whitewater. He performed his composition, We Will for voice and piano, violist Michael Hall played Vayo's Flower Thought, and Vayo joined Hall onstage for an improvisation. Vayo also took part in a panel discussion on artistic collaboration.

- On Sept. 28, the Wisconsin-based ensemble Sinister Resonance performed Vayo's Entelechy as part of the New Music Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The group is recording this composition for commercial release.

- Vayo's composition for piano and percussion, Orion, was performed on Nov. 15 by Duo Matre at the College Music Society's national conference in San Diego, Calif.

- While on sabbatical, Vayo spent the month of February at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyo., as an artist in residence. While there, he composed Winter Into Spring, a composition for a small orchestra of primarily Chinese instruments. The piece was premiered on Sept. 1, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan, by pipa soloist Yang Wei with the Taipei Liuqin Orchestra.

- Vayo composed several other pieces during his sabbatical, performed two concerts of jazz and improvisational music with bassist Bill Koehler, and gave presentations on his music to the composition seminars at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois.

- On May 14, Ensemble GNU performed Vayo's Poem during two concerts of the Admiraval Música Nova Festival en Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

School of Nursing

Lessen, Brenda was awarded a State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Read more.

Lessen also received the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society's Research Grant Award for 2012-13 for her project, "Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI): Translating Interventional Neonatal Research into Interdisciplinary Practice."

The grant will allow the continued production of training materials and a site visit to train Speech Language Pathologists how to use the intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Lessen has provided training for the PIOMI in 10 states and 7 countries since early 2012.

School of Theatre Arts

Snyder-Young, Dani has been selected to be a theatre critic by the HowlRound journal as part of its NewCrit initiative. Read more.

Social Sciences


Gearhart, Rebecca, with Erick Henderson '12, published "Observations on Eye Care in Lamu, Kenya: Overlooked Needs and Proposed Interventions" in the Journal of Global Health (Spring 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1), page 36.

Educational Studies

Epstein, Irv was awarded a grant by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) to sponsor a workshop for undergraduate students who are pursuing independent research involving food security and conflict, post-conflict reconciliation and peace building.

Epstein also:

- Published the book chapter, "Childhood, Youth, and Globalization: Some Theoretical Perspectives with Reflections on China," in Education and Cultural Dialogue: A Tribute to Ruth Hayhoe, Karen Mundy and Qiang Zha, eds. New York: Palgrave: Macmillan, 2012, pp. 205-225.

- Was awarded a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to sponsor a seminar entitled, "Reimagining our Commitment to Human Rights and Social Justice." This seminar will engage faculty, staff, students and administrators in purposeful dialogue about ways that a Center for Human Rights and Social Justice would be most effective in serving the University's mission to prepare students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.

- Coauthored, with IWU Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Evaluation Michael Thompson, "Examining Student Character Development within the Liberal Arts" in Education, V. 3 (January 2013).

- Published the chapter, "2011 Social Movements and Global Youth Protest: The Chilean and Spanish Cases," in Conversaciones Con Un Maestro (Liber Amicorum): Estudio interdiciplinar de disciples y colegas en homenaje al professor Dr. D. José Luis Garrido, Catedrático Emérito de Universidad. Ediciones Académicas, 2013, pp. 193-216.

- Presented "The Whole World Is Watching Volume II: 2011 Student Protests in Chile, Spain, and the United States" at the XVth Comparative Education World Congress sponsored by the World Council of Comparative Education Societies in Buenos Aires on June 25.


Schultz, Robert published the book Soured on the System: Disaffected Men in 20th Century American Film (McFarland, 2012). Read more.

Political Science

Kim, Min-hyung published "Maastricht Treaty at Twenty: A Greco-European Tragedy?" (with James A. Caporaso) in Journal of European Integration, Vol. 34, No. 7, pp.769-789 (2012). This article was reprinted in a book entitled The Maastricht Treaty: Second Thoughts after 20 Years (March 2013), edited by Thomas Christiansen and Simon Duke.


- Kim published "Why Does A Small Power Lead? ASEAN Leadership in Asia-Pacific Regionalism," Pacific Focus, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 111-134 (2012).

- His coauthored article, "Revenge of the State or Functionalism Fulfilled? What Can the European Financial Crisis Tell Us about the Great Debates?" (with James A. Caporaso) was presented at an international conference on "The Dynamics of the Euro-Area Financial Crisis," the Center for the Study of Europe and the World, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Oct. 26-27, 2012.

Shaw, Greg, with Laura Gaffey '12, published "The Polls -- Trends: American Public Opinion on Economic Inequality, Taxes, and Mobility: 1990-2011," in the September 2012 Public Opinion Quarterly.


Burke, Meghan published the book, Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind Ideologies (Lexington Books, 2012). Read more.

Burke also:

- Published "Discursive Fault Lines: Reproducing White Habitus in a Racially Diverse Community" in Critical Sociology Vol. 38(5): September 2012.

- Was nominated to the Editorial Board of The Sociological Quarterly, one of the top peer-reviewed journals in the field, for a term beginning January 2013.

- Gave a research talk titled "Racing Left and Right: How Color-Blind Narratives Impact Activists Across the Political Spectrum" at Augustana College on Dec. 5. Her talk was sponsored by the Augustana Center for Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere.

- Published "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Tea Party Organizers' Continuum of Knowledge in a Racialized Social System" in Race, Gender, Class 20(1-2): 93-109.

- Published "Colorblindness vs. Race-Consciousness—An American Ambivalence" in The Society Pages.