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Carmen Lozar was invited to present and teach a workshop at a conference of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass, Oct. 22-24, and her work was featured on the cover of the conference booklet.

Kevin Strandberg sculpted a 200 lb., 13-foot-long squid displayed at the Anju Above restaurant in Bloomington.



Loralyn Cozy co-authored "The heterocyst regulatory protein HetP and its homologs modulate heterocyst commitment in Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120," in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Edgar Lehr gave an oral presentation entitled “Herpetological Inventory and Conservation Assessment of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in Central Peru” on Aug. 17 at the 8th World Congress of Herpetology in Hangzhou, China.

Additionally, Lehr:

  • Was elected into the Executive Committee (20 people in total) of the World Congress of Herpetology as Treasurer, one of four officer positions.
  • Published on a new species of frog from Peru, with Moravec J. (2017) "A new species of Pristimantis (Amphibia, Anura, Craugastoridae) from a montane forest of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in central Peru (Región Junín)." ZooKeys 645: 85-102.
  • Was reappointed as Research Affiliate for a five-year term by the staff of the Integrative Research Center of the Field Museum, in recognition of his productive association with the museum, in particular the amphibian and reptile collection.



James E. House was appointed to the Editorial Board of The Chemical Educator , a peer-reviewed journal that deals with all aspects of education in chemistry.

In addition, House, with students Rebekah M. Nulty '19 and Elise M. Ziegenhorn '19, published "Applications of Titrimetry to Systems Involving Job's Method and Conductance in Mixed Solvents" in The Chemical Educator, 2017, 22, 51-54.


Educational Studies

Irv Epstein delivered the invited lecture, “Revisiting Global Youth Protest: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects” for the Education and Youth Studies Symposium, held at Beloit College on Sept. 26.

In addition, Epstein spoke on Dec. 8 at a session in the Canadian Parliament on behalf of the Scholars At Risk Board of Directors.


Hispanic Studies

Christina Isabelli co-published "Language learners' characteristics, target language use, and linguistic development in a domestic immersion context," which appears in Foreign Language Annals volume 49, 544-556.



Tian-Xiao He published:

  • "Shift operators defined in the Riordan group and their applications.'' Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 496 (2016), 331-350.
  • "Application of Fa\'a Di Bruno's formula in the construction of combinatorial identities.'' (With Jeff H.-C. Liao and Peter J.-S. Shiue), Journal of Combinatorics and Number Theory, 7 (2016), No. 3, 213-230.
  • "Convexity of Spherical Bernstein-B\'ezier Patches and Circular Bernstein-B\'ezier Curves.'' (With Ram Mohapatra), Journal of Orissa Mathematical Society, 34 (2015), No. 1, 1-29.
  • "Applications of Riordan matrix functions to Bernoulli and Euler polynomials." Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 507 (2016), 208-228.
  • "Row sums and alternating sums of Riordan arrays." (With Louis W. Shapiro), Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 507 (2016), 77-95.
  • "Application of Polynomial Interpolation in the Chinese Remainder Problem." (With Scott Macdonald and Peter J.S. Shiue) Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 37 (2017), 90-96.
  • "Duals of the Bernoulli numbers and polynomials and the Euler numbers and polynomials." (With Jinze Zheng '17), Integers, 17 (2017), A1, 1-26.
  • "A Unified Approach to Construct a Class of Daubechies Orthogonal Scaling Functions." (With Tung Nguyen '15), Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 37 (2017), 29-39.

In addition, He delivered an invited talk, "Fuss-Catalan matrices and their weighted sums" (Joint work with Lou Shapiro), at the 2016 International Research Center for Tensor and Matrix Theory-Applied Algebra and Optimization Research Center (IRCTM-AORC) Conference on Matrix Theory and Related Topics, Dec. 28-31, 2016, Shanghai University, China.

Dan Roberts, co-authored an article with Richard M. Low, "Group-antimagic Labelings of Multi-cyclic Graphs," in Theory and Applications of Graphs, which was ranked among the journal's most popular papers, based on full-text daily downloads.



David Vayo's composition, Entelechy, for trombone, keyboards, bass and percussion, was featured on trombonist Mark Hetzler's new CD Dig, released by Summit Records. The composition was commissioned by Hetzler and the University of Wisconsin.

In addition, Vayo:

  • Visited the University of Wyoming on Jan. 28, where he gave a workshop in improvisation for music students and faculty, and performed an improvisation concert that evening with Wyoming faculty clarinetist Blake McGee.
  • Was in Tokyo on Feb. 20, where three of his compositions were on the program of a concert given by harpsichordist Michiyo Honma. One of these, Dream Cartoon for violin, cello and harpsichord, received its world premiere.



Linda French spoke at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Meeting on "Rotation Properties of Jovian Trojan Asteroids." Physics alum Derrick Rohl '12 was a co-author.

French also has been appointed to the DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee. This committee is charged with recommending actions that the DPS Committee can take to either remove or ameliorate factors in our professional culture that lead to anything other than scientific merit controlling members' ability to succeed as planetary scientists.

Gabriel Spalding was elected to leadership positions in national organizations:

  • Re-elected as vice president the Reichert Foundation, a non-profit foundation working to establish programs and grants for hands-on instructional laboratories in physics, beyond the first year of university.
  • Appointed vice-chair of the national Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Spalding also gave several invited talks:

  • At an international conference in Lisbon, Portugal (Ultrasonics 2016).
  • Lecture series at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Baja California.
  • At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, entitled, "A few considerations for faster-than-light and ghost imaging.” The talk was sponsored by LOCI, an advanced imaging center at UW-Madison.
  • A physics colloquium at Lawrence University, "Just Another Day at the Office: Faster-than-Light Imaging and Violations of Local Realism."
  • At the fall meeting of the New England section of the American Physical Society.
  • At the 2017 Optics Winter School & Workshop in Tucson, Ariz. – where Spalding also brought two seniors, Andy Ding and Toan Le, and Le presented research on driver-assisting technology for seeing through fog.
  • At the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, on his research on “extreme" imaging, kicking off a session of highlights from the American Journal of Physics.

In addition, Spalding published the following collaborative research:

  • "Real-time 3D video utilizing a compressed sensing time-of-flight single-pixel camera," M. P. Edgar, M. Sun, G. M. Gibson, N. Radwell, D. B. Phillips, G. C. Spalding, M. J. Padgett, Proceedings SPIE 9922 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
  • "Rotational dynamics and heating of trapped nanovaterite particles," Y. Arita, J. M. Richards, M. Mazilu, G. C. Spalding, S. E. Skelton Spesyvtseva, D. Craig, K. Dholakia, Proceedings SPIE 9922 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
  • Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII, Proceedings SPIE 9922 edited by K. Dholakia, G. C. Spalding (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2016).
  • "Quantitative micro-ultrasound characterization of gastrointestinal tissue for ultrasound capsule endoscopy," H. Lay, B.F. Cox, C.E. Demore, G. C. Spalding, S. Cochran, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2177 (2016).
  • "Sonic Screwdrivers and Tractor Beams: what the acoustics community often gets wrong about gradient forces versus radiation pressure," G. C. Spalding, P. Dahl, Z. Yang, P. Glynne-Jones, M. P. MacDonald, C. Demore, S. Cochran, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2041 (2016).
  • "Observation of image pair creation and annihilation from superluminal scattering sources," M. Clerici, G. C. Spalding, R. Warburton, A. Lyons, C. Aniculaesei, J.M. Richards, J. Leach, R. Henderson, D. Faccio, Science Advances 2, e1501691 (2016).
  • "Ghost Imaging," Optics & Photonics News 27 (10) 38-45 (2016).
  • "Video recording true single-photon double-slit interference," R.S. Aspden, M.J. Padgett, G. C. Spalding, American Journal of Physics 84, 671 (2016).

This last article was the most-read article in the American Journal of Physics for at least three consecutive months.


Political Science

Min-hyung Kim published, “South Korea’s Strategy towards a Rising China, Security Dynamics in East Asia, and International Relations Theory,” Asian Survey, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 707-730.



Robert Erlewine authored a post for the University of Alabama Department of Religious Studies blog, "Studying Religion in Culture," titled "Constructing Judaism and Claiming Christianity: Modern Jewish Philosophy in an Age of Theory."

In addition, Erlewine published, "At the Mind's Limits and German-Jewish Symbiosis: Or, Améry on Guilt and the Possibility of Redemption," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy , Vol. 24. No. 3 (2016): 140-156.

Kevin Sullivan published "Mysticism Socialized: Mystical Communities" pp. 331-346 in April D. DeConick, ed. Religion: Secret Religion. Part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion series. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016.



Teddy Amoloza was unanimously accepted to the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong-America Center, which works to advance cross-cultural understanding between Chinese and Americans over the bridge of Hong Kong.


Theatre Arts

Tom Quinn appeared as a guest star in an episode of Chicago PD that originally aired Jan. 4 on NBC. In the episode entitled, "Don't Read the News," he portrays Walter Vollman, a disgraced investigative journalist who is interviewed by two detectives about a case he was working on before being fired for inappropriate conduct.