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Business and Economics


Ghosh, Amit published “Exchange rate flexibility in Latin America,” Journal of Financial Economic Policy. Vol 5(2), 2013. pp. 238-250.

Hoyt, Fred traveled to Argentina, Brazil and Chile this month as part of a Faculty and Professional Development in International Business Program to raise U.S. business professional and faculty awareness of the social, political, economic and business environments that exist in South America. The Mercosur program is offered by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Florida International University. Read Hoyt's blog.



Diaz, Joanne won the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for best book-length manuscript of original poetry for her collection, My Favorite Tyrants. Read more.

O’Gorman, Kathleen had a project, “Ulysses: The Exam (Word and Image),” accepted for presentation at the symposium of the International James Joyce Foundation in Utrecht, in The Netherlands.

German, Russian and East Asian Languages

Fritzsche, Sonja is editor of the new book series, World Science Fiction Studies, being launched by Peter Lang Oxford.

Hispanic Studies

Courtad, James published "Nota preliminar" Adagio con fugas y ciertos afectos: Mis mejores cuentos. Lourdes Vázquez. Editorial Verbum, 2013.

Flores-Rodríguez, Daynalí presented "Growing Up in Little Pieces: Trans-Caribbean Childhood Stories of Survival and the Politics of Age" at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting held in New York City on March 20-23, 2014. 

Ferradans, Carmela edited and translated Incessant Beauty: A Bilingual Anthology of Ana Rossetti's Poetry, published by 2LeafPress (April, 2014). Ana Rossetti's poetics translation into English was done by R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature Robert Bray. Read more.

Isabelli, Christina was invited to present in a panel colloquia on language learning in an immersion environment at the 32nd annual Second Language Research Forum, held Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 at Brigham Young University. She presented "Study abroad: Measuring the correlation between second language acquisition and social networks."

Isabelli also presented "Language Learning in the Study Abroad Context: Variables that Affect Development" to the Language in Context Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 7, 2014.

Nadeau, Carolyn was awarded a Franklin Research grant from the American Philosophical Society for her project, a critical edition and translation of Martínez Montiño's 1611 cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving]. Read more.

Nadeau also:

– Presented "From Kitāb al-tabīj to the Sent Soví: Continuities and Shifts in the Earliest Iberian Cooking Manuals" at the First International Symposium of Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages "Foods and Communities in the Later Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE)." The Symposium was held Oct. 24-25 at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona, Spain.

– Participated in a panel, "Food and Early Modern Women," at the Modern Language Association Convention, held Jan. 9-12 in Chicago.

Valverde, Cesar presented his paper, "Gothic Doom and the Latin American Boom: Industrialization and its Discontent," at the first International Conference on Literature and Gothic Studies, Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums, held at the University of Costa Rica Dec. 10-11.


Erlewine, Robert wrote an essay, "Reason within the Bounds of Religion: Assmann, Cohen, and the Possibilities of Monotheism," which was published as a chapter in Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology eds. Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka (Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 2013).

Erlewine also published the article, "Hermann Cohen and the Jewish Jesus" in Modern Judaism.

Myscofski, Carole published the book, Amazons, Wives, Nuns & Witches (University of Texas Press, 2013). Read more.

Sullivan, Kevin published "The Watchers Traditions in 1 Enoch 6-16: The Fall of the Angels and the Rise of Demons," pages 91-103 inThe Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Edited by Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch and John C. Endres.  (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014).



Boyce, Crystal was accepted into the Association of College and Research Libraries' Immersion Program, Teacher Track, July 20-25 in Burlington, Vt. This competitive program draws librarians from across the United States to focus on effective teaching of information literacy in colleges and universities.

Boyce also had a poster presentation accepted for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in June 2014. Boyce's poster, entitled "Practice Makes Perfect: Updating Borrowing Policies and Practices at a Small Academic Library," represents part of her research that she launched while at William & Mary.

Davis-Kahl, Stephanie was among the first graduating class of a Scholarly Publishing Certification Course: A Training Program for Library-Led Publishing Initiatives offered by bepress (formerly Berkeley Electronic Press).

In addition, Davis-Kahl:

– Will co-edit the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives.

– Collaborated on two research projects accepted for presentation at national conferences: "Enriching How We Create, Teach and Learn: the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy" at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) annual conference in April; and "Perceptions of library value from undergraduate research coordinators" at the Council on Undergraduate Research conference in July.

– Received the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

– Was among "Movers and Shakers" featured in the Library Journal.

Had a poster accepted for presentation at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in June 2014. Entitled "Library Support of Undergraduate Research Programs: Perceptions, Value and Opportunity," the poster reflects her work with institutional repositories and undergraduate research.

– Will co-present an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," on May 2 at Baylor University.

Was invited to address the annual symposium of the Greater New York Metropolitan branch of the Association of College and Research Libraries, on the topic of "The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future," in December 2014.

Miner, Meg and collaborators will give a workshop, "From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies," at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting 2014 in Kansas City, Mo., April 24-26. 

This workshop was created as a result of an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded study on identifying practical digital preservation solutions for small and mid-sized libraries: Digital POWRR (Preserving Digital Objects with Restricted Resources)

In addition, Miner had a poster presentation  accepted by the 2014 Society of American Archivists' Research Forum Committee. This poster is one of a series of formal presentations and workshops being undertaken this year by members of DigitalPOWRR, or Preserving (digital) Objects with Restricted Resources, a three-year federally funded project of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Miner's other activities this year to disseminate the outcome from this grant include a presentation to the National Archives Conference for Fraternities and Sororities, as well as sessions with Chicago-area theological archivists, members of the Midwest Archives Conference, and participants at Digital Frontiers 2014.

Sweet, Chris published a chapter entitled, "Information Literacy and Service Learning: Creating Powerful Synergies" in Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, edited by Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins (Library Juice Press).

In addition, Sweet presented "Starting From Scratch: Meaningful Integration of Information Literacy Through Collaborative Course and Assignment Design" with Meghan Burke at the annual LOEX conference in May 2014. This presentation represents their collaborative work that was supported through funding from the Mellon Grant for Writing Across the Disciplines and Information Literacy.


Natural Sciences


Evans, Bethany published, with Borowicz, V., "Verbesina alternifolia Tolerance to the Holoparasite Cuscuta gronovii and the Impact of Drought." Plants 2013, 2, 635-649.

Lehr, Edgar published, with C. & A. Catenazzi (2013): A new species of Pristimantis (Amphibia: Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Río Abiseo National Park, Peru. Zootaxa 3731(2): 201–2011.

This new frog species (Pristimantis deyi) was dedicated to the late Jonathan Dey, former Miner Linnaeus Sherff Professor of Botany at Illinois Wesleyan University, "for his scientific contributions, commitment to teaching and collegiality."

Lehr also published:

– With Greenbaum, E., Sinsch, U., Valdez, F. & KUSAMBA, C. (2013): Phylogeography of the reed frog Hyperolius castaneus (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from the Albertine Rift of Central Africa: Implications for taxonomy, biogeography and conservation. Zootaxa 3731(4): 473-494.

– With Alessandro Catenazzi and Vance T. Vredenburg, published "Thermal Physiology, Disease, and Amphibian Declines on the Eastern Slopes of the Andes," in Conservation Biology . Read coverage by Phys.org.

– With Moravec, J., Cusi, J. C., Córdova, J. H. and V. Gvoždík (2014): A new species of the Rhinella margaritifera species group (Anura, Bufonidae) from the montane forest of the Selva Central, Peru. ZooKeys 371: 35-56. Read the publication.

– With Catenazzi, A., and R. von May (2014): The amphibians and reptiles of Manu National Park and its buffer zone, Amazon basin and eastern slopes of the Andes, Peru. Biota Neotropica.

– With Catenazzi, A. & R. von May (2014), "Peru's national park protects 156 species of amphibians from the Andes to the Amazo," FrogLog 22(2):43–47. The current journal is freely accessible at www.amphibians.org/froglog/fl110

Additionally, Lehr was invited to a workshop in Quito, Ecuador, to assess the conservation status of Andean reptiles from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia: "Red List Workshop for Reptiles of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia," February 23-28, Universidad San Francisco Quito, Ecuador, financed by NSF, IUCN/SSC, NatureServe.

Participants surveyed 300 Andean lizard and snake species, summarized knowledge, actualized distribution maps, identified threats, and assessed the conservation status following the red list categories and criteria of IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature). The 21 workshop participants came from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, England and the U.S.A.


House, James E., with Thomas B. Sobyra '14 published "An Experiment Utilizing Corrosion of Aluminum to Illustrate a Contracting Volume Rate Law" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 45-49. 

Computer Science

Liffiton, Mark was awarded an "AWS in Education Research Grant" for $5,000 in credit on the Amazon Web Services platform. The grant can be used to effectively "rent" computing resources from Amazon to run Liffiton's computational experiments.

Tiede , Hans-Joerg was elected to the national council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Tiede also:

– Is serving as editor of the centennial edition of the Redbook, or AAUP Policy Documents and Reports.

Was named Illinois Wesleyan's 2014 Dougan Award winner for meritorious service in faculty governance.


He, Tian-Xiao published:

– "Expression and computation of generalized Stirling numbers." Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 86 (2013), 239-268.
– "On the construction of number sequence identities." (with W.-S. Chou) Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 11 (2013), No. 4, 277-291.
– "Q--analogues of symbolic operators" (with Michael J. Dancs), Journal of Discrete Mathematics, 2013 (2013), Article ID 487546, 1-6.
– "Impulse response sequences and construction of number sequence identities." Journal of Integer Sequences, 16 (2013), Article 13.8.2, 1-23.
– "Characterization of (c)-Riordan arrays, Gegenbauer-Humbert-Type polynomial sequences, and (c)-Bell polynomials.'' (With Henry W. Gould), Journal Mathematical Research and Applications 33 (2013), No.5, 505-527.
– "Schröder matrix as inverse of Delannoy matrix.'' (With S.-L. Yang, S.-N. Zheng, and S.-P. Yuan), Linear Algebra and Its Applcations, 439 (2013), 3605-3614.

He also:

– Accepted an invitation to deliver a talk in a mini symposium of the 19th International Linear Algebra Society Conference, which is also a satellite conference of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014), the largest world-wide math conference, held every four years.
– Will give a talk on analysis at the ICM 2014. Both conferences will be held in Seoul, Korea, in August 2014.


French, Linda published:

– "A Troop of Trojans: Photometry of 24 Jovian Trojan Asteroids," with Daniel La Rocca '13, R. D. Stephens, D. R. Coley, L. H. Wasserman, and F. Vilas, in the Minor Planet Bulletin, volume 40, #4, 198-203.

– "Lightcurve for (152756) 1999JV3," by R.D. Stephens and L. M. French, Minor Planet Bulletin, 40, #4, 196.

In addition, French:

– Attended the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 5-9, where she gave a talk on "Observing Asteroids for fun and (Astronomical) Profit." She also chaired a panel on the History of Astronomy and co-authored a poster presentation, "A Troop of Trojans: Photometry of 24 Jovian Trojan Asteroids."

– Traveled with physics major Jennifer Sieben '17 in May to observe Jovian Trojan asteroids at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile.

Perera, Thushara received a $178,261 National Science Foundation grant to study the properties of cosmic dust. Read more.

Spalding, Gabe was named the winner of the 2014 Jonathan Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction from the American Physical Society. Read more.

Spalding also:

– Received a 2013 Homer L. Dodge citation for Distinguished Service to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Read more.

– Gave the Invited Talk at the Fall Meeting of the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers on Nov. 16. Spalding's talk was titled, "Updating Lab Curricula."

– Was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society, recognizing his contributions to physics laboratory instruction. Read more.

– Was elected as a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Read more.

– With physics major Patrick Dahl '12 and collaborators at the University of Dundee, had a paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters, the flagship journal of the American Physical Society. The paper is entitled, "An acoustic tractor beam."

– Co-chaired the  SPIE Optics + Photonics  conference, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI, in San Diego, Aug. 17-21. At the conference, r esearch with his Scottish collaborators about hybrid acoustic-laser devices was presented.  

Professional Schools

School of Art

Bair, Miles had a one-person exhibition of paintings on display at the Beard Art Center Gallery at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.

Strandberg, Kevin had an exhibit, "The Franken-Camera Project: from the sublime to the ridiculous" displayed at the McLean County Arts Center.

School of Music

Green, Jonathan published his seventh book, A Conductor's Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works, which is the sixth in his series of critically acclaimed Conductor’s Guides. Read more.

Plazak, Joseph published a book chapter entitled "Listener-senders, musical irony, and the most 'disliked' YouTube videos" in K.L. Turner's This is the Sound of Irony (Ashgate Publishing).

Plazak also:

– Presented two papers on "transforming sound into sight" via MAX/MSP and DMX lighting at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction Conference, Boston, Mass., and the National Association of Music Merchants: CMS Next Generation Program, Anaheim, Calif.

– Delivered two alumni talks at William Rainey Harper College and at Elmhurst College.

– Presented two papers at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, one on  
electro-acoustic music perception and another on extra-musical information.

– Co-presented two poster presentations at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, one with Caitlyn Trevor '14 on multi-modal music perception, and another with Akash Bhatia '14 on irregular meter preferences.

– Was elected as co-chair and faculty advisor for the College Music Society's National Student Advisory committee.

Ponce, Adriana gave the following presentations:

– "Musicology: Redrawing Research Boundaries, Widening Teaching Gaps" at the 2014 Teaching Music History Conference (Roosevelt University, June 13-14). 

– "A History of (Dis)encounters: Musicology and Nineteenth-Century Form" at the conference "History Theory and Analysis: Interactions, Conflicts, Resolutions." This is a joint conference of the Dutch-Flemish Society of Music Theory, the Royal Society of Music History of the Netherlands, and the Royal Society of Music History of Belgium - Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Feb. 28 - March 1).

– "Memory, Trace and Expressiveness in Chopin's Nocturnes" at the spring meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society at Boston Conservatory (March 8).

Vayo, David saw his composition Winter Into Spring performed in its premiere by the Taipei Liuqin Orchestra in Taiwan. Read more.

In addition, his compositions:

Wellspring was performed in Chicago's St. James Cathedral on Oct. 12 by the Chicago Composers Orchestra, as the headlining composition for its season opening concert. Read more.

The opera Fertile Ground was selected for the Frontiers new works showcase at the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival.

Growth Medium was premiered at Northern Illinois University on On Dec. 1. Performers were glockenspiel soloist Trevor Saint and percussionist Nick Fox.

– Orion, for percussion, piano and voices, was performed by the University of Iowa's Center for New Music on Feb. 15  as part of the Iowa Composers Forum's Spring Festival in Iowa City.

– Dark Energy received its premiere performance on April 13 at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, Conn. The performers were contrabassoonist Steven Braunstein of the San Francisco Symphony and the Hartt Bass Band conducted by Robert Black.

– Swarm Wind Speak for oboe, trumpet, violin and piano premiered April 2 in a performance by the Concordance Ensemble during the Red Note Music Festival at Illinois State University.

– At the Sound Symposium festival in St. John's, Newfoundland, Vayo's Small Change, written for the festival's Harbour Symphony project, was performed on the horns of ships in St. John's Harbour. His Stations for violin, piano and electronics was premiered by the Poltergeist Trio. Vayo also improvised on two performances with Sound Symposium participants.

– Vayo conducted the world premiere of his Sandlot for two trumpets and percussion during the conference of the International Trumpet Society in Valley Forge, Pa. on May 23. 

School of Nursing

Kerr, Noel was selected to receive a Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) grant from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, the NIWI program is held for three days each year in Washington, D.C., and strives to identify how nurses can be involved and influence policy at the local and national level. Read more.

Kerr also, along with Lisabeth M. Searing, was awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Read more.

Lessen, Brenda was a "Celebrity Bartender" at a Kangaroo Brunch at downtown Bloomington's Reality Bites. The event raised funds for the Children's Hospital of Illinois' Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Lessen launched her research career. The unit will purchase special chairs designed for kangaroo care, which involves putting a hospitalized preterm infant skin to skin with the mother or father for several consecutive hours to improve thermoregulation (temperature stability), oxygenation, and improve growth.

In addition:

– A poster presentation on Lessen's current research project in a Neonatal intensive care unit in Pennsylvania has been accepted to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in November. This is her first presentation accepted in a national non-nursing association, and represents her work as an interdisciplinary program involving both nursing and speech language pathologists in the oral motor development of preterm infants to improve feeding. 

– Lessen has been appointed to the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Community Board, starting her tenure in July. Lessen has worked closely with the hospital staff for several years as a nursing instructor for IWU students in clinical experiences and internships. She has close professional ties to OSF both in Peoria and Bloomington, and is a long-term member of the community.

School of Theatre Arts

Snyder-Young, Dani published the book, Theatre of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Read more.

Social Sciences


Gearhart, Rebecca and Linda Giles published Contesting Identities: The Mijikenda and their Neighbors in Kenyan Coastal Society (Africa World Press). The volume's production was facilitated by a symposium hosted for contributors at Illinois Wesleyan in March 2008, with funds from the Provost's Office. Read more.

Gearhart also:

– Was awarded a fellowship from the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association to help fund the building of a malaria-screening lab under the leadership of her organization, the Lamu Center of Preventative Health (LCPH).

– Published "Seeing life through the eyes of Swahili children of Lamu, Kenya: A visual anthropology approach" in AnthropoChildren. 

Educational Studies

Epstein, Irv participated in the first annual meeting of the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and the 2014 SAR Network Global Congress in Amsterdam, from April 7-11. In addition to meeting with Academic Freedom Monitors and chairing a workshop on Protecting Scholars at Risk, he helped to present the 2014 SAR Courage to Think Award to Dean Habib Kazdaghli of Manouba University in Tunisia.

A report of congress activities appeared in the April 15 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Academic Values Often Give Way as Universities Expand Overseas Programs."

Gray, Pennie presented, "It's Just a Suggestion: An Analysis of Peer Review Politeness Strategies in a Composition Classroom," at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 8.


Amoloza, Teddy completed her third 3-year term as executive director of ASIANetwork. The organization recognized her leadership and achievements with the Van J. Symons Distinguished Service Award, and named a new program after her: The Teddy Amoloza Junior Faculty ASIANetwork Conference Travel Award.

Burke, Meghan presented "Starting From Scratch: Meaningful Integration of Information Literacy Through Collaborative Course and Assignment Design" with Chris Sweet  at the annual LOEX conference in May 2014. This presentation represents their collaborative work that was supported through funding from the Mellon Grant for Writing Across the Disciplines and Information Literacy.

Political Science

Kim, Min-hyung published a book chapter entitled "Globalization: Trends, Limits, and Controversies" (with James A. Caporaso) in Mario Telo and Vivien Schmidt eds.,Globalization, Europe, Multilateralism: Towards a Better Global Governance? (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 15-31.