Faculty Research and Creative Activity
Rebecca Gearhart presented “Employing Intellectual Empathy: Overcoming Forces that Separate Us” on
Oct. 21 as part of the International Studies Seminar Series at Illinois State University.
Gearhart also contributed the chapter, "Forming and Performing Swahili Manhood: Wedding
Rituals of a Lamu Town Groom" in Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the
Swahili Coast, published by Ohio University Press.
School of Art
Ian Carey had artwork featured in the Evanston Art Center's Evanston and Vicinity Biennial,
July 15 - Aug. 28.
Kristine Nielsen presented the lecture “Confronting Inglorious Monuments: Postwar German Memorial
Sculpture” on Oct. 8, the first of seven lectures in the Fine Arts Society 2015-16
season, held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
was the lead author of "Complete Genome Sequences of Five Bacteriophages That Infect
Rhodobacter capsulatus," Genome Announcements, May/June 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 3.
co-authored the article, "Mutation of the murC and murB Genes Impairs Heterocyst
Differentiation in Anabaena sp. Strain PCC 7120," in the April edition of the Journal of Bacteriology.
Edgar Lehr was invited to present seminars entitled "Herping in the Mist: In search of Amphibians
and Reptiles in Cloud Forests and Andean Grasslands in Central Peru."
- July 25 at the University of Science, Department of Biology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- July 3 at the University of Hong Kong, Department of Biology, Hong Kong.
- At the Department of Zoology, Charles University, and at the National Museum, Prague,
Czech Republic, on Oct. 13 and 15, respectively.
In addition, Lehr:
- Published, with Jarvis, L.E., Angulo, A., Catenazzi, A., von May, R., Brown, J.L.
& J. Lewis (2015): "A re-assessment of priority amphibian species of Peru." Tropical Conservation Science 8(3): 623–645. Open access online.
- Co-authored, with Chávez, G., Santa-Cruz, R. & Rodriguez, D. (2015): "Two new species
of frogs of the genus Phrynopus (Anura: Terrarana: Craugastoridae) from the Peruvian Andes." Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(1) [Special Section]: 15–25 (e105). Open access online.
- Published the article, with Dehling, M., Greenbaum, E. and Sinsch, U. (2015): Embryogenesis
and tadpole description ofHyperolius castaneus Ahl, 1931 and H. jackie Dehling, 2012 (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from montane bog pools ZooKeys 546:125–152.
- Published a photographic field guide of amphibians of the Yanachaga Chemillén National
Park in Peru:
Angulo, A., von May, R., Icochea, J., Chaparro, J. C., Hedges, B., Lehr, E., López,
D. G., Lundberg, M. & Moravec. J. (2016). Anfibios del bosque de nubes del Parque
Nacional Yanachaga Chemillén y su zona de amortiguamiento, Peru. Field guides 738: 1–4. The Field Museum, Chicago, USA. Open access online.
Fred Hoyt contributed the chapter, “You Should Have Been Here Last Week; the Fishing Was Great,"
to Reflections on Life in Higher Education, published by Palgrave-MacMillan.
Hoyt also participated in the 10th Annual Faculty Development in International Business-Africa
program in South Africa and Namibia. Read his blog .
James E. House and Kathleen A. House published
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed., Academic Press, Amsterdam, 2016.
In addition, James E. House was selected to be the Series Editor for a new series
of volumes, Developments in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, to be published by Elsevier/Academic Press.
Ram Mohan is a Fulbright Specialist, spending three weeks lecturing and providing expertise
in green chemistry at Pondicherry University in India. Read more.
Manori Perera presented "A New Instrument to Study Space Chemistry" on Nov. 16 at the Iowa Advanced
Technology Laboratories at the University of Iowa.
Irv Epstein published the volume, The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age (Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education, Sense Publishers,
2015). Read more.
In addition, Epstein:
- Was named co-editor, along with Stephen Carney of Roskilde University, Denmark, and
Daniel Friedrich, Teachers College Columbia, of the newly created book series, New
Directions in Comparative and International Education, to be published by Bloomsbury
- Published the book chapter, “Comparative Education at the Undergraduate Level: Affirming
Liberal Inquiry as an Alternative to the Professional Teacher Education Model,” which
appeared in Teaching Comparative Education: Trends and Issues Informing Practice, edited by Patricia K. Kubow and Allison H. Blosser (Oxford: Symposium Books, 2016):
- Co-authored the piece, “The Unintended Consequences of edTPA” on the Phi Delta Kappa
International "Learning on the Edge” blog.
Joanne Diaz gave a talk and presented readings at Illinois State University on Friday, Nov. 6,
together with author Ian Morris, her co-editor of the collection The Little Magazine in Contemporary America.
In addition, Diaz was a featured poet in the fourth annual Lucia Getsi Reading Series
event on April 21, hosted by the Spoon River Poetry Review, which is published through
the Illinois State University Publications Unit.
James Plath published the book, John Updike's Pennsylvania Interviews (Lehigh University Press). Read more.
Molly Robey chaired a panel on "Unearthing Remains: Recovering American Histories" at The Society
of Nineteenth Century Americanists Fourth Biennial Conference at Penn State University
on March 17.
German, Russian, and Asian Languages
Marina Balina was the recipient of a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich,
Germany, where she spent three months working on her new research project, a comparative
study of German and Russian children’s literature of the 1920s-1930s.
During her stay in Europe, Balina gave invited guest lectures and conducted seminars
on Russian children’s literature at the University of Strasbourg, France; University
of Glasgow, Scotland; University of Padova, Italy; University of Hamburg, and University
of Passau, Germany.
- Presented the keynote address entitled “Soviet Children’s Literature as Illusio in Practice: Struggle for Autonomy and Strategies of Survival” at the International
conference “Literary Field under the Communist Regime: Structure, Functions, Illusio,” organized by the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius, Lithuania,
Oct. 7-9, 2015.
- Published the book chapter, “To Catch Up and Overtake Disney? – Soviet and Post-Soviet
Fairy Tale Films” (with Birgit Beumers) in Fairy Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspective, eds. Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnson, New York: Routledge,
2015, pp. 229 – 287.
- Published the book chapter, “(Auto) Biographical Prose” in Russian Literature Since 1991, eds. Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015, pp. 188-206,
- Served as guest editor and author of the introduction to the special issue on Childhood
as Device: Strategies and Practices of Auto/biographical Writing, AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian
Culture, v.4, Fall 2015, Padova University, pp. 20 -31.
- Gave the following invited talks:
- Feb. 17 - at the Russian Studies Workshop on Russian Childhood and WWII at the University
- March 4 - as distinguished speaker at the International Conference at Texas Tech University,
gave an address on the legacy of Soviet childhood narratives in contemporary Russia;
- March 16 - for the special faculty-graduate students seminar on Yiddish childhood
at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Balina spoke on "Samuil Marshak and Leyb Kvitko:
Texts and Contexts of Soviet Children's Literature."
Daynali Flores-Rodriguez presented a lecture, "Trans-Caribbean Narratives of Dictatorship and the Latin American
Imaginary," on Feb. 19 at Illinois State University as part of the Latin American
and Latino Studies Program "Conversando entre nosotros" Brown Bag Series.
Christina Isabelli was a panelist on the topic "Fostering Advanced Oral Proficiency: Initiatives in
the Undergraduate Foreign Language Curriculum" at the Modern Language Association
annual convention, Jan. 7 in Austin, Texas.
In addition, Isabelli:
- Presented "Institutional Assessment of Second Language Learning Outcomes" and, with
C. Quagliarello, "Best Practices for Incorporating Google Apps in the Language Classroom"
at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual conference, November
2015 in San Diego, California.
- Gave an invited lecture titled "Researching social language in study abroad contexts:
Using mixed methods" at the Linguistics Seminar series sponsored by the Department
of French and Italian and the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education program
at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on Feb. 8.
- Gave an invited lecture titled "Origins of Spanish in/of the United States" as part
of the Middlebury College Round Table panel, "Spanish in the U.S.: Myths and Realities,"
on Aug. 9.
Carolyn Nadeau wrote the book, Food Matters: Alonso Quijano's Diet and the Discourse of Food in Early Modern Spain, (University of Toronto Press). Read more.
In addition, Nadeau published, “A Gastronomic Map of Don Quixote Part 2” in eHumanista/Cervantes, 4 (2015): 140-158 and gave the keynote address “Treating Sensory Ailments in the
Age of Andreas Vesalius,” for the Altman Symposium at Miami University, 2016.
Michael Weis spoke Jan. 14 at Illinois State University as part of the Academy of Seniors on “Revolution:
Rock Music and the Birth of the New Era,” focusing on the connection between rock
music and the social revolutions of the second half of the twentieth century.
Weis also spoke at Illinois State's Academy of Seniors on Thursday, May 12, on "Banana
Republics? The Importance of the Americas."
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and professor, was invited to take a class at
her alma mater, Oberlin College, in a new online venture. " The Past and Future of
Higher Education " includes students, faculty and a handful of select alumni, including
Stephanie. The semester-long course traces the past experiences of higher education
and looks to understand our future.
In addition, Davis-Kahl published "A Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate
Research Programs" in the top-tiered journal College & Research Libraries (C&RL).
Meg Miner serves on the leadership team for Preserving (Digital) Objects With Restricted Resources
(POWRR), which received the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award in the
category of Organizations.
Chris Sweet co-authored an invited article in the journal Communications in Information Literacy, "Seeking Social Justice in the ACRL Framework."
Tian-Xiao He published in the following math journals:
- "Matrix characterizations of Riordan arrays." Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 465 (2015), 15-42.
- "The Pascal Matrix Function and Its Applications to Bernoulli Numbers and Bernoulli
Polynomials and Euler Numbers and Euler Polynomials." (with J. H.-C. Liao and P. J.-S.
Shiue), Journal of Combinatorics and Number Theory, 6 (2015), No. 3, 189-207.
- "Construction of spline type orthogonal scaling functions and wavelets" (with Tung
Nguyen), Journal of Applied Functional Analysis, 10 (2015), No. 3-4, 189-203.
- "Construction of nonlinear expression for recursive number sequences.'' Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 35 (2015), No. 5, 473-483.
- "Stirling numbers and the Pascal matrix function.'' (with J. H.-C. Liao and P. J.-S.
Shiue), Science China Mathematics, 45 (2015), No. 9, 1563-1572.
- "Wavelet analysis and applications in economics and finance.'' (with Tung Nguyen '15), Journal of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences, 1 (2015), No. 1, 1-16.
- "Algorithms for enumeration problem of linear congruence modulo m as sum of restricted
partition numbers." (With Peter J. -S. Shiue) Frontiers of Mathematics in China, 10 (2015), no. 1, 69–89.
He also served on organizing committees for conferences:
- Scientific Committee of the Second International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related
Topics, Campus Lecco, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, July 14-16, 2015.
- Organizing Committee of 2015 International Conference on Functional Analysis (ICFA
2015), Shanghai, China, July 19-21, 2015.
- Program Committee of the second International Conference on Mathematics and Computing
(ICMC 2015), Haldia Institute of Technology, India, Jan. 5-10, 2015.
Third International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, held at Illinois Wesleyan, June 20-23, 2016.
- The Second International Conference on Functional Analysis (ICFA 2016), Suzhou China,
July 25-27, 2016.
School of Music
Kent Cook performed as part of an American Liszt Society concert at The Ohio State University
on Oct. 18.
Lisa Nelson presented research on pedagogical viola music by Bulgarian composers at two national
- June 2016 at the American Viola Society Festival, Oberlin, Ohio
- Spring 2015 at the American String Teachers Association National Conference, Salt
Lake City, Utah.
Tim Pitchford performed Concerto for Trombone, by Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer James Beckel Jr., with the Rock Valley College
Concert Band on Nov. 19.
David Vayo's composition Wings was performed by cellist Edgardo Espinoza and pianist Edith Ruiz on June 5 in Mexico
City, during a concert presented as part of the International Festival of New Music
Wings also was performed at the University of Seoul, Korea on Oct. 30. The concert was
part of an exchange program between the Suwon Music Society and Access Contemporary
Music, a Chicago-based organization.
In addition, Vayo's composition Scuttlings and Scramblings was performed on March 19 in Tokyo, Japan.
School of Nursing
Amanda Hopkins was selected among 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders in Illinois, and will be recognized
at an award event on Sept. 17. The award is sponsored by the Illinois Nurses Foundation
and the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition. Read more.
Andrew Engen spoke on “Punishing the Oppressed and Valid Objections To Blame” on Dec. 4 at Illinois
was featured in a blog on Women in Planetary Science.
In addition, French has published:
- L. M. French, R. D. Stephens, L. H. Wasserman, D. R. Coley, and J. Sieben. 2015. "Rotation Lightcurves of Small Jovian Trojan Asteroids: A First Look."Icarus, 254, 1-17.
- R. D. Stephens, L. M. French, B. D. Warner, and K. Connour. 2015. "Lightcurve Analysis
of Two Near-Earth Asteroids. Minor Planet Bulletin, 42-4, 276-277.
- J. P. Chatelain, T. J. Henry, L. M. French, J. G. Winters, and D. E. Trilling "Photometric
Colors of the Brightest Members of the Jovian L5 Cloud." Icarus, 271, 158-169.
- J. Emery, F. Marzari, A. Morbidelli, L. M. French, and T. Grav. The Complex History
of Trojan Asteroids. Book Chapter for Asteroids IV, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, in press. 2015aeXiv150601658E.
Gabe Spalding presented a laboratory instructor mentoring program established and funded by the
Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA) at the conference on Optical Trapping
and Optical Micromanipulation. Spalding co-chaired the conference committee as part
of SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015 in San Diego, Aug. 9-13, San Diego.
Also at the conference, Spalding chaired sessions on "Near-Field Micromanipulation,
Plasmonic, and Nanoparticle Trapping" and "Outreach and Education: International Year
of Light," where he presented "Initiating optics immersions." With colleagues from
the University of Dundee (Scotland), he co-presented "Low-cost optical manipulation
using hanging droplets of PDMS."
In addition, Spalding:
- Gave the invited talk, "Spreading Information of the ‘Third Age’ of Ultra-fast Imaging,"
Electronic Engineering & Physics Colloquium, University of Dundee, United Kingdom,
- Gave the invited talk, "Sonic Screwdrivers and Tractor Beams: what the acoustics community
often gets wrong about radiation pressure vs. gradient forces," Acoustical Society
of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City – May 23-27. Session on Vortex Beams and
Radiation Torque Physics, May 26.
- Spoke about his national study of instructional lab offerings at 500 physics degree-granting
institutions, and also co-led a panel discussion about supporting authentic undergraduate
research, as part of a symposium organized by the National Science Foundation and
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, entitled “Envisioning the
Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice," on Capitol Hill in
- Gave an invited talk, was part of a panel discussion, and was co-author on a contributed
talk at the national meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Salt Lake City,
Spalding also co-authored a paper with Joe Richards ’16, published in Science Advances, showing how time reversals can arise in simple kinds of measurements.
Kim was a panelist on the topic "The Republic of Korea’s National Strategy in the Global
Era," as part of discussions on the 70th anniversary of the Korean Liberation: Achievements,
Challenges and the Future, hosted by the Northeast Asian History Foundation & The
Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington,
D.C., on Oct. 30.
In addition, Kim published:
- A book chapter, “States Choose but not Under Circumstances of Their Own Making: A
New Interpretation of the Integration Debate in Light of the European Financial Crisis"
(with James A. Caporaso) in James A. Caporaso and Martin Rhodes eds., The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 15-47.
- An article, "South Korea's China Policy Evolving Sino-ROK Relations, and Their Implications
for East Asian Security," in Pacific Focus, Vol. 31, No. 1 (April 2016), pp. 56-78.
- An article, “Theorizing National Preference Formation,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2006), pp. 290-308.
Kathleen Montgomery published:
- "Women's resistance to the radical right: lessons from post-Communist Hungary," Patterns of Prejudice, 49:3, 225-248, available online.
- With Ryan Winter '14, "Explaining the Religion Gap in Support for Radical Right Parties in Europe," Politics and Religion Volume 8, Issue 02, June 2015, pp 379-403.
In addition, a book review by Montgomery will be published in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies (Volume 28, Issue 3) on Revolution With a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia,
1989–1992, by Krapfl, James.
William Munro contributed the chapter, “Adjusting the Margins: Poor People’s Mobilization in Post-Apartheid
South Africa,” and Epstein contributed three chapters to the volume in addition to
serving as its editor.
Ellen E. Furlong, with John Furlong of Transylvania University and IWU seniors Stephanie AuBuchon,
Jessica Kraut, Netherland Joiner, Jennifer Knowles, Kali Lewis and Megan Win, published
about their comparative cognition research in
Frontiers in Psychology
. Their article was entitled, "If you build it they will come: Fostering comparative
psychology at small liberal arts institutions. Commentary: 'A crisis in comparative
psychology: where have all the undergraduates gone?'"
Furlong also presented a talk, “Comparative Cognition: What Animals Can Teach Us About
our Minds,” on Feb. 12 at Illinois State University.
Amanda Vicary, along with alumni Yuliana Zaikman '12 and Erin Vogel '12, published the article "The Influence of Early Experiences and Adult Attachment on
the Exhibition of the Sexual Double Standard" in
Sexuality and Culture.
Also, Vicary and assistant professors of psychology Ellen Furlong and Abbie Kerr presented "Departmental Writing Rubrics: Pros & Cons" on Jan. 4 at the National Institute
on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Florida.
published a book,
Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik
(Indiana University Press, 2016).
In addition, Erlewine wrote an essay,"Isolation and the Law: Germanism and Judaism
in Hermann Cohen's Reading of Moses Mendelssohn," published in Moses Mendelssohn: Enlightenment, Religion, Politics, Nationalism, eds. Michah Gottlieb and Charles H. Manekin (Bethesda, MD: University of Maryland
Press) 2015, pp. 295-319.
Kevin Sullivan presented a paper entitled, "Angelic Bodies and the Body of Christ," in the Mysticism,
Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity Group at the Society of Biblical Literature/American
Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 23.
Meghan Burke was awarded a National Science Foundation-backed Fund for the Advancement of the
Discipline (FAD) grant from the American Sociological Association for her project
titled "New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism." This grant will support
a summit this coming May for scholars around the country to stimulate new research
in this area of study. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money" for innovative
research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines
of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration.
- Accepted a 15-day visiting scholar position at East China Normal University in Shanghai,
China, where she gave two talks titled “The Spectre of a Global Society in American
Political and Racial Discourse" and "Scrutinizing the Cosmopolitan Canopy in Chicago
- Gave a keynote address, "Fostering Empathy in the Classroom: Teaching a Critical Race
Perspective in a Climate of Anxiety" at the American Sociological Association Alpha
Kappa Delta Workshop on Teaching and Learning at the Midwest Sociological Society
meeting in Chicago on March 23.
- Gave a talk, "Racing Left and Right: Colorblind Racism’s Dominance Across the U.S.
Political Spectrum," for the Illinois State University sociology research colloquium
"brown bag" series on Feb. 19.
School of Theatre Arts
Curtis Trout was the scenic and property designer for a stage adaptation of the classic children’s
book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, presented by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance in partnership with
the Weidner Center for Performing Arts in Green Bay, Wis.