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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. 

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.


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

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.

Educational Studies

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

Robin Leavitt's Power and Emotion in Infant-Toddler Day Care was released by SUNY 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). 


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.

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. 

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.

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.  
  • As a scholarship recipient for program-related travel to national conferences by the Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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:


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. 
  • (With Peter J. -S. Shiue) "Algorithms for enumeration problem of linear congruence modulo m as sum of restricted partition numbers."  Frontiers of Mathematics in China , 10 (2015), no. 1, 69–89.

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."

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 was invited to deliver a guest lecture as part of the Carrigan Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Michigan.

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.

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. 


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. 

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

In addition, Spalding has been 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."

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.

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.