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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.


David Bollivar was the lead author of "Complete Genome Sequences of Five Bacteriophages That Infect Rhodobacter capsulatus," Genome Announcements, May/June 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 3.

Loralyn Cozy 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.

Educational Studies

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 Academic.
  • 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): 113-132.
  • 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.

Balina also:

  • 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, 2015.
  • 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 of Hawaii;
    • 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."

Hispanic Studies

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 conferences:

  • 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 "Manuel Enríquez."

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.

Vayo also:

  • Attended the Dec. 30 world premiere of his composition Weave by the Taipei Liuqin Ensemble, a Chinese plucked-string orchestra, at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Weave is the second composition of Vayo's that the group has premiered.
  • Spoke Jan. 21 at Illinois State University as part of the Academy of Seniors on “American Adventures in Sound.”
  • Was artist-in-residence at Hill House in Mancelona, Mich. from May 3-16. During his residency, Vayo composed the first movement of a collaboration with poet Amit Majmudar and vocalist James Martin '92. The work will be premiered in December 2017 in Jackson, Miss., as part of activities surrounding the opening of the nation's first federally funded civil rights museum.
  • Conducted the ConCorDance ensemble in a performance of his Swarm Wind Speak during the International Trumpet Festival in Anaheim, Calif., on June 2.

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 State University.


Linda French 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, Jan. 22.
  • 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 Washington D.C.
  • 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, May 23-27.

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.

Political Science

Min-hyung 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.


Robert Erlewine 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.

Burke also:

  • 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 and Shanghai."
  • 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.