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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

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.


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.


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.


James E. House and Kathleen A. House published Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed., Academic Press, Amsterdam, 2016.

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). Surveying protest activities in Bahrain, Turkey, China, South Africa, Chile, Spain, the United States, Russia, Iran, and Cambodia, the authors of this collective work offer a comparative analysis involving the changing nature of globalized protest participation, its immediate and long-term consequences, and the ways in which protests have encouraged a re-evaluation of the nature of inequality and state authoritarianism as constructed within educational, social and political spheres. Read more.


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.


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.

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.

School of Music

Kent Cook performed as part of an American Liszt Society concert at The Ohio State University on Oct. 18.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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?'"


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."