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Chuck Springwood published "Gun Concealment, Display, and Other Magical Habits of the Body," Critique of Anthropology, December 2014.

School of Art

Miles Bair's painting, "The Stream," was selected for the Mayo Clinic Collection in Rochester, Minn.

In addition, Bair exhibited paintings:

  • At the Haen Gallery in Asheville, N.C.
  • In an ongoing exhibition entitled The Future of the Landscape at Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert, Calif. In this exhibition, artists will re-explore the subject of landscape and, in many cases, re-invent it.
  • At the Marshall Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • At the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis through July 3 as part of an exhibition, "Into the Woods." 

Kristine Nielsen presented "Medium Matters: Berlin's 750th Anniversary" as part of a panel on "Cultural Politics in East Germany" at the conference Reassessing East German Art: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Iowa State University, Sept. 15-17.


Edgar Lehr, with Catenazzi, A and Vargas, V. published "A new species of Telmatobius (Amphibia, Anura, Telmatobiidae) from the Pacific slopes of the Andes, Peru." ZooKeys 480: 81–95.

In addition, Lehr published, with Köhler, G. (2015): Two new species of lizards of the genus  Stenocercus  (Iguania, Tropiduridae) from central Peru.  Zootaxa  3956(3): 413–427.

Given Harper and Will Jaeckle, with three then-undergraduates, Abbey White '14, Alex Lang '14 and Lauren Podgorski '13, authored a paper that was accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, entitled "Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches."

Business Administration

Fred Hoyt  participated in the Faculty Development in International Business Program in South Africa, Zambia and Botswana in May.  Read his blog.  


James E. House published "Discussions of Chemistry in Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 269-274.

Ram Mohan , with current student Joshua S. Yoo '16 and recent alumni Thomas J. Laughlin '14 and Joseph J. Krob '14, published "Bismuth(III) bromide catalyzed synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives via the Hantzsch reaction,"  Tetrahedron Letters available online  11 May 2015.

Mohan also published, with Onsen, L. T., "Isolation of Thymol from Carom Seeds." The Chemical Educator 2015, 20, 72-73. 

Computer Science

Hans-Joerg Tiede, with Michael Theune (English), published "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers: The impact of search firms and confidentiality," in Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors. Tiede also summarized the article in a blog post.

In addition, Tiede:

  • Spoke on "To Make Collective Action Possible," during the American Association of University Professors Centennial Celebration, hosted by the Connecticut State Conference of the AAUP, on Feb. 14 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
  • Gave the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Centennial Address, "Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century," at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting on April 21 in Chicago.


Craig Broadbent presented "Water Leasing Markets Using Futures Contracts to Address Seasonal Uncertainty" at Illinois State University on March 20.

Educational Studies

Irv Epstein, with Carmela Ferradans (Hispanic Studies), collaborated with local teachers in planning a professional development workshop devoted to the study of the Spanish Civil War. Read more.

In addition, Epstein:

  • With Chuck Springwood (Anthropology), proposed and participated in a panel presentation on school violence at the 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, March 8-13 in Washington, D.C. Epstein also participated in several additional conference sessions.
  • Published a human rights column, "Youth Protest and Human Rights," in the March issue of The Volunteer, a magazine founded by the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
  • Delivered a talk related to his work on global youth protest, social and electronic media, and comparative education, hosted by the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program at Loyola University Chicago on April 1.

Robin Leavitt's Power and Emotion in Infant-Toddler Day Care was released bySUNY Press in a Korean language edition. First published in the U.S. in 1994 and still in press, the book applies interpretive, interactionist, critical, feminist and postmodern theories to produce a provocative ethnography of the lived experiences of our youngest children in day care.

Benjamin R. Wellenreiter serves as a member of the Illinois K-12 Social Studies Standards revision task force. Led by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, this task force will make recommendations to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).


Molly Robey presented “Domesticating Palestine: Biblical Geography and the American Woman’s Home” as part of the Geography/Geology/Geohydrology Explorations and Observations (GGGEO) series at Illinois State University.

Dan Terkla received a book contract, with Nick Millea, co-editor, for A Companion to English Mappaemundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer, January 2018. Millea is the head of Map Collections at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

In addition, Terkla:

  • Published “Hugh of St. Victor (1096-1141) and Anglo-French Cartography.” Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 65.1 (2013): 161-79.
  • Gave an invited lecture, "Medieval English Mappaemundi: Victorine Model and Idiosyncratic Copies." The Michaelmas Term Lecture in The Oxford Seminars in Cartography. Oxford, England (November 2013).
  • Co-organized conference sessions with Felicitas Schmieder of FernUniversität, Hagen, Germany for International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, England (July 2015). There have been four to five annual “Mappings” and a roundtable discussion since 2011. Sessions are tied to a biannual issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture that published peer-reviewed, extended versions of the session talks. Terkla edits the issue with Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, California State University, Chico.
  • Is on the editorial board for Maps, Spaces Cultures (Brill). This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures.
  • Gave a Lunch and Learn presentation at the McLean County Museum of History, viewable online: Furnishing the Soul: Medieval Maps, Meditation, and Metaphor.

Michael Theune, with Hans-Joerg Tiede (computer science), published "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers: The impact of search firms and confidentiality," in Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors.

German, Russian, and Asian Languages

Marina Balina received a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany, the world's largest library for international children's and youth literature. She will spend four months working and researching materials for her new book on the history of Russian children's literature.

Balina also:

  • Published "Overcoming the Past through Childhood Reminiscences in Contemporary Russian Autobiographical Prose" in AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture, v.3, Padova University Press, pp. 185-213.
  • Published "Narrating Love in Soviet Adolescent Literature of the 1930s: Ruvim Fraerman's The Wild Dog Dingo; or A Tale about First Love,"The Russian Review: 73 pp. 354-370.
  • Presented at the international symposium The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children, Princeton University, April 30 - May 3, 2015. Her talk was entitled "Stories of Little Brothers: Depicting Proletarian Internationalism in Soviet Children's Literature of the 1920s-1930s."

Sonja Fritzsche presented Dreams of 'Cosmic Culture' in the Silent Star on Feb. 20 at the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) Institute for German Cultural Studies Spring Colloquium in Ithaca, New York.

Hispanic Studies

Carmela Ferradans, with Irv Epstein, collaborated with local teachers in planning a professional development workshop devoted to the study of the Spanish Civil War. Read more.

Christina Isabelli coauthored a chapter "[Foreign Language] Program Articulation and Management" in The Routledge Handbook of Hispanic Applied Linguistics with G. Lord, edited by M. Lacorte with Routledge, 2014, pp. 150-167.

In addition, Isabelli:

  • Was invited by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to be trained as a national Foreign Language Education Program Reviewer. In this position, she will examine reports and data submitted by universities seeking ACTFL/CAEP recognition for their foreign language teacher education programs.
  • Co-presented a paper "Second Language Acquisition in the Domestic Immersion Context: An Ecolinguistic Approach" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference held at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2015.

César Valverde presented a paper on Mario Vargas Llosa's 2010 novel The Dream of the Celt titled "Colonization, exploitation and sexuality in The Dream of the Celt" at the IV International Conference Of Modern Languages. Costa Rica, December 15, 2014.


Crystal Boyce published "Practice Makes Perfect: Updating Borrowing Policies and Practices at a Small Academic Library" in the peer-reviewed Journal of Access Services. The article can be accessed on her Digital Commons Selected Works page.

In addition, Boyce:

  • Was selected to participate in the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders Program. Emerging Leaders is a selective and competitive program that taps newer members of the library and information science profession to develop leadership capacity and provide enriched service opportunities.
  • Won a scholarship for program-related travel to national conferences from the Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Had her research, "Secret Shopping as User Assessment Tool," accepted as a poster session for the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 2015. Fewer than half the submissions were accepted.
  • And her research article,  "Secret Shopping as User Experience Assessment Tool," was accepted for publication in the autumn 2015  Public Services Quarterly . Her research focuses on the use of a cost-effective in-house assessment tool that provides rich results about patron satisfaction. 

Stephanie Davis-Kahl co-authored two publications released by the Association of College and Research Libraries, "Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment" and "Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication."

In addition, Davis-Kahl:

  • Was the guest co-editor of the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), which focused on Library Publishing. JLSC is a quarterly peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies focused on library-led digital projects, online publishing, and scholarly communication initiatives.
  • Presented "Getting to Gobsmacked: Faculty, Students & Open Access" at the Association of College and Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (ACRL/NY) 2014 Symposium, The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future, on Dec. 5.
  • Presented the ACRL webinar, "Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives in Academic Libraries" on Oct. 23.
  • Was panelist on the May 5 webinar hosted by College & Research Libraries, "C&RL Online Forum: Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs."
  • Was the keynote speaker on April 24 for "ARLD Day," an annual gathering hosted by the Minnesota Library Association's Academic and Research Libraries Division.
  • Was a presenter with the Association of College & Research Libraries Scholarly Communications Roadshow Workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," hosted by Iowa State University in April and the University of South Carolina in March.
  • Presented "Who Benefits?: Preserving and Making Available an Institution's Digital Research and Creative and Scholarly Output" at the University of Northern Iowa on April 16.
  • Was the moderator for a presentation, "Collective Strengths: Institutional Repositories & Communities of Practice," and co-presented the poster, "Contributions to the Scholarly Record: Conferences & Symposia in the Repository" at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2015 Conference, March 25-28, Portland, Oregon.
  • Presented the Digital Commons community webinar, "Data Management and the IR [Institutional Repository] as a Teaching Tool at Illinois Wesleyan," along with Ellen Furlong (Psychology) and her student, Stephanie AuBuchon '16.

Meg Miner  published " Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College " in the Society of American Archivists Campus Case Studies. Her article addressed the challenge of digital preservation in smaller institutions and proposes ways to continue to provide good stewardship over our digital history. 

In addition, Miner participated in a joint project whose findings summary was selected to  receive the Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at its annual meeting in August. "From Theory to Action: 'Good Enough' Digital Preservation Solutions for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions" summarizes the findings of the Digital POWRR: Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources project, funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. Miner was the project leader for Illinois Wesleyan, which was one of five Illinois universities involved in the project.

Chris Sweet gave a Lunch and Learn presentation at the McLean County Museum of History, viewable online: History of Cycling in Illinois.


Tian-Xiao He published in the following journals:

  • "Polynomials that have golden ratio zeros.'" (With J. Maier and K. VanNess), Journal of Advanced Mathematical Studies, Vol. 7 (2014), No. 1, 151-175. His co-author Kurt VanNess is a 2013 IWU alumnus, now a graduate student at the University of Utah.
  • "Hyperbolic expressions of polynomial sequences and parametric number sequences defined by linear recurrence relations of order 2.'' (With Peter J.-S. Shiue and T.-W. Weng),Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 12 (2014), No. 1-2, 63-85.
  • "Enumeration problems for a linear congruence modulo m.'' (With W.-S. Chou and Peter J.-S. Shiue), Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics, 18 (2014), No.1, 265-275.
  • (With Leetsch C. Hsu and Xing Ron Ma) "On an extension of Riordan array and its application in the construction of convolution-type and Abel-type identities."European Journal of Combinatorics, 42 (2014), 112–134.

In addition, He presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 (Seoul ICM 2014) and served as Chairperson in the Short Communications of both Combinatorics and Analysis at the invitation of the Organizing Committee of Seoul ICM 2014.

He also gave the following talks at conferences:

  • Two Linear Operators Defined on Riordan Group and their Applications, an invited talk in the session of Riordan Arrays and Related Topics of the 19th International Conference of Linear Algebra Society, Sunkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 7.
  • Asymptotic Expansions and Computation of Generalized Stirling Numbers and Generalized Stirling Functions, International Congress of Mathematicians, Combinatorics, Coex, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 14.
  • Composite Dilation Wavelets with High Degrees, International Congress of Mathematicians, Analysis and Its Applications, Coex, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 18.


Emily Kelahan '05 presented "The Design Argument in Hume's Natural History of Religion" at the American Philosophy Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting, held Dec. 27-30 in Philadelphia.

School of Music

Joseph Plazak presented a seminar on Nov. 12 at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, on "The Size Code -­ Revisiting the Paralanguage of Music."

Plazak also presented "The size code: Affective interactions of musical pitch and timbre" on March 12 at BRAMS, the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research in Outremont, Quebec, Canada.

Adriana Ponce published "Form, Diversity, and Lack of Fulfillment in the First Movement of Schumann's Fantasie op. 17." Music Theory Online 20, vol. 3. She also presented "Form, Diversity, and Desire in Schumann's Fantasie Op. 17: An Interpretation in Terms of Formal Function and Expressive Gesture" at the Royal Music Association 50th Annual Conference, University of Leeds, U.K., Sept. 4-6.

In addition, Ponce delivered an invited talk entitled "Convergence, Digression, Circularity and Transformation as Elements of Romantic Form in Chopin" as part of the Carrigan Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Michigan on March 26.

David Vayo's composition, Growth Medium, was on the program of the percussion duo Undue's October tour of universities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Performances took place at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Illinois Wesleyan University, Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Danville Area Community College.

In addition:

  • On Oct. 4, Vayo's Morning Window for piano was premiered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during a concert presented by the Iowa Composers Forum.
  • Vayo attended the March 7 performance of Short Subject, his humorous musical-theatre piece for two tubas and two euphoniums, at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; the performance was on the program of the Society of Composers Region VI conference.
  • The program for the Iowa Composers Forum Spring Festival at the University of Northern Iowa on March 28 included Vayo's Three for Two for two clarinets.
  • The Concordance Ensemble played Vayo's Swarm Wind Speak at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa on April 1.
  • Vayo spent two weeks in May as an artist in residence at Madroño Ranch in Medina, Texas.

School of Nursing

Vickie Folse and International Office Director Stacey Shimizu presented at the Forum on Education Abroad's 2nd annual European conference (at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) on Oct. 24. Their session, offered with IWU alumnus Rich Kurtzman '98, who is director of the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (BSAE, the on-site partner for the IWU Spain Program), described how synchronous learning technology has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad and outlined how the IWU Spain Program can serve as a model to help other schools offer study abroad to students in highly structured disciplines.

The three also presented at the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange annual conference in Baltimore on Nov. 21. The session, "An Innovative Study Abroad Program: A Model for Professional Fields in Study Abroad," was an updated version of their presentation in Barcelona and detailed how synchronous learning technology has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad.

Donna Hartweg (Emeritus)  published "Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory in Nursing" in M. C. Smith & M. E. Parker (Eds.)  Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice  (4th Ed) (pp.105-132). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis (2015).

Wendy Kooken and School of Nursing alumna Jen Boll '14 presented "Development of a Measure of Nurse Vigilance from the Patient's Perspective" at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 2015 Annual Research Conference, April 16-19, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Brenda Lessen, with Clare A. Morello and Lori J. Williams, published "Establishing Intervention Fidelity of an Oral Motor Intervention for Preterm Infants" in the March/April 2015 edition of Neonatal Network. The original research study was done with IWU honors student Clare Goebel Morello '10.


Linda French and London Program students traveled to York, England in September to speak in connection with the 250th birthday of deaf astronomer John Goodricke, who was her sabbatical research subject.

In addition, French:

  • With students Kyle Connour '15 and Tyler Wright '16 as the first authors, published "Rotation Period of 584 Semiramis" in The Minor Planet Bulletin, the official publication of the Minor Planets section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO). It is the first piece of research concerning observations made at Illinois Wesleyan's Mark Evans Observatory.
  • With Jennifer Sieben '17, co-authored a paper on "Rotation Lightcurves of Small Jovian Trojan Asteroids" in the planetary astronomy journal Icarus.

Gabriel Spalding was named by the American Association of Physics Teachers to a national committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education.

In addition, Spalding was named as one of 10 members of the board of directors of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, Inc., which has a philanthropic mission of supporting "advanced physics laboratory education in the United States."

Raymond Wilson (emeritus) published Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace (AuthorHouse, 2014).

Political Science

Min-hyung Kim published "Theorizing National Preference Formation" in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, published online first, August 2014, accessible here.

In addition, Kim published:

  • "Integration Theory and ASEAN Integration," Pacific Focus, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December 2014), pp. 374-394.
  • "Still a Regulatory State? The European Union and the Financial Crisis" (with James A. Caporaso, Warren N. Durrett, and Richard B. Wesley), Journal of European Public Policy, published online first, 6 December 2014.
  • "Why Provoke? The Sino-U.S. Competition in East Asia and North Korea's Strategic Choice," in Journal of Strategic Studiespublished online first, 11 May 2015.

    Kim also gave invited talks at Seoul National University, South Korea on May 1 and Kyung Hee University, South Korea on May 7. His talk was entitled, "International Relations Theory and East Asia International Relations: What Should Be Done for a Better Fit?"

Kathleen Montgomery presented a series on "Eastern Europe: A Century of Unfinished Business" as part of the Academy of Seniors, a local adult enrichment program for community members.

Greg Shaw participated in a panel discussion on using public opinion data in the classroom, and spoke on ways to teach students public opinion research strategies and quantitative methods, during the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, themed "Politics after the Digital Revolution," in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-31.


Jason Themanson published "Measuring Neural and Behavioral Activity During Ongoing Computerized Social Interactions: An Examination of Event-Related Brain Potentials" in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), a PubMed-indexed video journal.


Robert Erlewine gave a talk on Sept. 29 at Rice University entitled, "Tolerant Muslims and Inquisitorial Christians: Franz Rosenzweig and the Terrors of Divine Love in Modern Jewish Thought" for the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. Learn more.

In addition, Erlewine presented "In Marcion's Shadow: Heschel, the God of Pathos, and the Prophets" at Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: A Conference in Honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles, May 3-4.


Meghan Burke discussed the future influence of the Tea Party on The Society Pages Roundtables.

In addition, Burke presented a paper at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting (March 25-29, 2015) called "The State of Research on Color-Blind Racism: Established Ground and New Frontiers," and her first book, Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities was featured on a book panel.

School of Theatre Arts

Jean Kerr and Paul Dennhardt presented a program on stage movement and fight choreography, including sword fights and weapon technique, hosted by the Atlanta Public Library in March.