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Business and Economics

Hoyt, Fred attended the Fall Conference of the Marketing Management Association in St. Louis. A former president of the organization, Hoyt chaired a session on technology, and presented a paper as part of a panel dealing with teaching tips.

Hoyt also traveled to India for a Faculty Development in International Business program. Read his blog from the trip.



Bray, Robert was the featured speaker at a National Park Service program in the Abraham Lincoln Hall of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Ind. Read more.

Bray authored, with Jared Brown, a play about Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, which was staged in July 2011 at the McLean County Museum of History and again in May 2012 by the McHenry County Bar Association.

Plath, James has authored:

- "Shaping Graces: John Updike, Middleness, and the American Experience" in Critical Insights: John Updike, edited by Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr. (Salem Press, 2011)
- "Barking at Death: Hemingway, Africa, and the Stages of Dying" in Hemingway and Africa, edited by Miriam Mandel (Camden House, 2011).
- "Photos and Portraits" will be published in Ernest Hemingway in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- "Plattdeutsch," a poem published in City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, edited by Ryan G. Van Cleave (University of Iowa Press, 2012).

Theune, Michael published:

- "Raising the Net" (Spoon River Poetry Review 36.2 (Summer / Fall 2011): 101- 22)

- "The Shadow of Sirius: A Critical Conversation," coauthored with Mark Halliday, in Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin (edited by Jonathan Weinert and Kevin Prufer; Seattle, WA: WordFarm, 2012).

Theune participated in the book release reading for Until Everything Is Continuous Again at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. He also participated on a panel called "Beyond the Workshop," presenting a paper, "Other Arrangements: The Vital Turn in Poetry Writing Pedagogy."

Greek and Roman Studies

Sultan, Nancy was named the 2011-12 Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Honors Memorial Lecturer by Ball State University, and delivered the keynote address at the Indiana Classical Conference at Ball State in April. Sultan also joined Associate Professor of Classics Patrice Rankine of Purdue University on a panel to discuss the NEH-Funded Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives Project.

Sultan also participated in a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on Roman Comedy in Performance, June 24-July 20, 2012, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Hispanic Studies

Courtad, James published "¿Quién soy? ¿Quiénes somos?: el prisma de la identidad en los cuentos de Lourdes Vázquez." La escritura de mujeres en Puerto Rico a finales del Siglo XX y principios del Siglo XXI: Essays on Contemporary Puerto Rican Writers. Hidalgo de Jesus, Amarilis, editor and compiler. London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.

Isabelli, Christina was invited to Middlebury College's summer Spanish Language School Graduate Program in Middlebury, Vt. She will teach two courses: Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Assessment.

In addition, Isabelli presented her research, "Observing census enumeration of Spanish-speaking households in the 2010 Census," at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington DC in August 2011.

Nadeau, Carolyn published an article, "Contributions of Medieval Food Manuals to Spain’s Culinary Heritage," in a monographic issue of Cincinnati Romance Review, "Writing About Food: Culinary Literature in the Hispanic World." Ed. María Paz Moreno. (Win 2012). 59-77.

Valverde, César published "Modelos masculinos y violencia en Sanctuary y Crónica de una muerte anunciada" Káñina: Revista de Artes y Letras de la Universidad de Costa Rica 35.2 (2011): 89-100.

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Balina, Marina led a multi-disciplinary delegation of faculty members from Illinois Wesleyan, Illinois State and the University of Illinois to Russia for a weeklong conference on global children's issues. It is the second international colloquium with prominent Russian scholars that Balina has organized; the first was conducted in 2010 at Illinois Wesleyan. Read more.

Fritzsche, Sonja:

- Presented a paper at the annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association in Lublin, Poland.  The paper, "Dreaming of Homeland in SF Film From Behind the Iron Curtain," discussed films by Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky, Gottfried Kollditz, and Hermann Zschoche.
- Authored a chapter in a book published with Marina Balina and Scott Sheridan, entitled "Once Upon a Heimat: Fairy Tale Film as East German Homeland." This is part of a publication series from a Special Seminar on "Culture of Childhood: Norms, Values, and Practices." Moscow/Tver': Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Gumanitarnyi Universitet (Russian State University for the Humanities), 2011.
- Served as Program Coordinator for the annual conference of the Society of Utopian Studies, held in State College, Pa. from Oct 20-23, 2011.
- Is on the editorial board of Extrapolation, a long-established, peer-reviewed journal of speculative fiction based at the University of Texas, Brownsville, and also the new journal Zanzalá, an online academic science fiction journal, based at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, 2011.


Erlewine, Robert was named Managing Editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (Brill).

Erlewine also published an article titled "The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel," in the Fall 2011 issue of Tikkun Magazine.


Davis-Kahl, Stephanie had a research poster accepted for the 2012 NITLE Symposium: Inventing the Future in Arlington, Va. Her proposal, "Publishing & Pedagogy: Extending the Capstone Course Experience," was selected from among many submissions from faculty, technologists, librarians, and administrators across the country through a peer-review process.

In addition, Davis-Kahl:

- With Robert Leekley and Michael Seeborg, Economics, presented "Promoting Active Learning through Undergraduate Economics Journal" at the poster session on active learning strategies at the annual American Economics Association conference in Chicago on Jan. 7, 2012. The poster can be found on the Selected Works section of Digital Commons.

- Presented at the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) Open Access Forum Innovation Fair in Kansas City, March 12-13.  For this peer-reviewed forum, she focused on student publishing and intellectual entrepreneurship, and showcased the IWU student journal, Undergraduate Economic Review.

- Was invited to serve as a presenter for the Association of College & Research Libraries Scholarly Communications Roadshows for 2012. The Roadshows are offered in various locations across the nation to develop scholarly communications programming competencies. Presenters are selected for their expertise in scholarly communications, along with experience in developing creative approaches to addressing issues related to scholarly communications.

- Published an article in the Scholarly Communication feature section of  College & Research Libraries News , April 2012 (pp.212.215, 22).  "Engaging undergraduates in scholarly communication: outreach, education, and advocacy" highlights the work of our institutional repository and our student peer-reviewed journals.

Duke, Lynda co-edited, with Andrew D. Asher, the book College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know (published by ALA Editions), based on Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries: The ERIAL Project, which was conducted at Illinois Wesleyan and four other Illinois university libraries through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant.

Miner, Meg is a joint partner in a newly announced $575,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant program. Based at Northern Illinois University Libraries, NIU and partner libraries at Chicago State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Western Illinois University will simultaneously test multiple collaborative digital preservation solutions and evaluate the suitability of each option for small and medium-sized college and university libraries. Miner will serve as Illinois Wesleyan's project coordinator, overseeing repository testing for IWU's digital collections.

Moore, Monica was invited to speak at the upcoming U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) conference "Soil, Water, Food and Energy: Agriculture in an Era of Global Climate Change" in Minneapolis on April 29. Her presentation highlights her work in the development of techniques for collections analysis in libraries. USAIN is an organization of information professionals who take leadership roles on national information policies relating to agriculture. USAIN advises the National Agriculture Library on information matters and promotes collaboration among agricultural research centers.

Sweet, Chris authored a paper, "The Role of Information Literacy in Service Learning Courses: A Case Study and Best Practices," that was accepted for the highly competitive LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) conference in May 2012. Sweet has also been invited to speak to a graduate independent study seminar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on information literacy this spring.

Thomas, Marcia published an invited article, "Disruption and Disintermediation," in Library Resources & Technical Services, July 2012, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Library Association. 

Natural Sciences


Lehr, Edgar is leading a team of U.S. and Peruvian biologists who were awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society's Global Exploration Fund to conduct research in 2012 on amphibian and reptile diversity. They will analyze specimens gathered from the Pui Pui Protected Forest in Peru for a type of fungal infection that is impacting worldwide amphibian populations. Read more.

Lehr also coauthored a paper selected by the Editorial Board of Systematics and Biodiversity as the outstanding paper for 2011. The paper was coauthored with Stefan Lötters, Arie Van Der Meijden, Luis A. Coloma, Renaud Boistel, Peter Cloetens, Rafael Ernst & Michael Veith, "Assessing the molecular phylogeny of a near extinct group of vertebrates: the Neotropical harlequin frogs (Bufonidae, Atelopus)." Systematics and Biodiversity 9, 45-57.

In addition, Lehr published:
- With A. Catenazzi (2011): "A new species of marsupial frog (Anura: Hemiphractidae: Gastrotheca) from the Río Abiseo National Park in Peru." Herpetologica 67(4): 449-459.
- With Sinsch, U., E. Greenbaum, and C. Kusamba (2011): Rapid assessment of montane anuran communities in the Albertine Rift: Hyperolius castaneus Ahl, 1931 as an umbrella species for conservation. African Zoology 46(2): 320-333.


House, James, with Michelle A. Ponschke '11, published an article, "Kinetic Studies on the Loss of Water from (alpha)-D-Glucose Monohydrate" in Carbohydrate Research, 346, 2285-2289 (2011).

Also, a Japanese translation of the first edition of House's textbook, Inorganic Chemistry (Academic Press), has been produced.

Mohan, Ram published:

- "A Mild Method for the Deprotection of Tetrahydropyranyl Ethers (THP) Catalyzed by Iron(III) Tosylate" in the international chemistry journal, Tetrahedron Letters. This article is coauthored by undergraduates Veronica Angeles '11, Matt Bockman '12, Julia Martino '12, and Purav Vagadia '12.

- An invited chapter, "Environmentally Friendly Organic Synthesis Using Bismuth(III) Compounds," in the book, Bismuth Mediated Organic Reactions (Springer, 2012), which is part of the well-respected series, Topics in Current Chemistry. This chapter is coauthored with Scott Krabbe '10, now in the Ph.D. program in chemistry at University of North Carolina.

- A major invited review article in Chemical Society Reviews (2011), "Applications of Bismuth(III) Compounds in Organic Synthesis," coauthored with Krabbe and Jason Bothwell '10, now in the Ph.D. program at Emory University.

Mathematics and Computer Science

He, Tian-Xiao published the following:

- "Generalized exponential Euler polynomials and exponential splines." Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics, 1 (2011), 35-42.
- "Some Dense Subsets of Real Numbers and their Applications. (With P. J.-S. Shiue and X. Zha), Journal of Advanced Mathematical Studies, 4(2011), No. 2, 25-32.
- "Sequences of Numbers Meet the Generalized Gegenbauer-Humbert Polynomials.'' (With P. J.-S. Shiue and T.-W. Weng), ISRN Discrete Mathematics, Volume 2011, Article ID 674167, 16 pages, doi:10.5402/2011/674167.
- "Riordan arrays associated with Laurent series and generalized Sheffer-type groups."Linear Algebra and its Applications, 435 (2011), 1241-1256.

Stout, Lawrence was named the second recipient of the James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance. Read more.

Tiede, Joerg gave the keynote address at the meeting of the Texas State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at Corpus Christi, Texas.


French, Linda authored a paper, "John Goodricke, Edward Pigott, and Their Study of Variable Stars," published in volume 40 of the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers

French also:

- Presented "A Preliminary Survey of Trojan Asteroid Rotation" at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Nantes, France.

- Visited the University of Toronto, where she led a discussion on astronomy education and presented talks to the Astronomy Department and the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science.

- Gave an invited talk on 18th century astronomer John Goodricke to the staff and volunteer guides of the Treasurer's House in York, England. Goodricke lived in the house while carrying out his research on variable stars. Treasurer's House is now owned and maintained by the National Trust, and is a major historic attraction in the city of York.

Jaggi, Narendra was named the 2013 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan's Honors Convocation. Read more.

Spalding, Gabe is the principal investigator on a project aimed toward improving laboratory instruction in physics for undergraduate college students, which was awarded a grant of more than $451,000 from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Spalding's article, "Fast localized wavefront correction using area-mapped phase-shift interferometry," was selected for publication in the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics (VJBO). Every month, the editors review articles in the biomedical field that have been published in other journals and select articles for inclusion in VJBO.

Working with an international research team, Spalding successfully conducted experiments that may lead advances in focused ultrasound technology combined with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), for use by surgeons to non-invasively destroy tumors. The research findings, reported in international physics journals and by the BBC, for the first time validated theories related to the momentum currents of acoustic and optical waves. Read more.

Spalding also:
- With Kishan Dholakia, taught a four-hour course on imaging through turbulence and other applications of beam shaping at SPIE's annual meeting on Optics & Photonics in San Diego Aug. 21-25. Attendees ranged from representatives of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Warfare Systems Command, and several defense contractors, to professionals interested in biomedical applications.
- Also with Dholakia, chaired the Conference on Optical Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation (OTOM '11), where Spalding presented his research on "The Sonic Screwdriver -- a working prototype."
- Gave an invited talk, "Optical Momentum and Angular Momentum: Thinking about mechanical effects of light (and other wave/particle bombardments)," for the Department of Physics Colloquium at Amherst College.
- Served on a review panel for the National Science Foundation and gave an invited research talk at the University of Maryland about his collaborative work accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, the top-ranked journal in the field.
- With a colleague from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), taught a short course for professionals, to enable them to assess a variety of approaches to beam shaping and wavefront correction, explain simple protocols for optimizing some beam types of broad interest, describe various aspects of data analysis for some wavefront correction algorithms, and identify key options for enhanced degrees of beam control, resolution, and sensitivity. 


Themanson, Jason, with co-investigator Joe Williams, is leading a study that received a three-year National Science Foundation grant to study social exclusion. Read more.

Professional Schools

School of Art

Bair, Miles had two paintings acquired by the Neville Museum Foundation of Green Bay, Wis., for the museum's permanent collection. Two of Bair's paintings were also recently acquired for the First Western Trust Bank Corporation Collection in Denver, Colo.

In addition, an exhibit of Bair's paintings were displayed at the William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colo.

School of Music

Vayo, David was a resident artist for two weeks at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minn.

Vayo was invested with the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professorship in Music at Illinois Wesleyan's Commencement ceremony on April 29. Read more.

In addition:
- Vayo's composition Welsh Incident, on a poem by Robert Graves, was premiered at the Grand Teton Music Festival by the musicians who commissioned the work, hornist William Caballero of the Pittsburgh Symphony and trombonist Roger Oyster of the Kansas City Symphony.
- Vayo was in residence for three days in August at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he spoke to music composition students and attended a rehearsal and performance of his composition Poem by the ensemble Grupo Nova Música da UNIRIO.
- Vayo's composition Wellspring received its world premiere performances by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Spain), which played the work in Santiago de Compostela on Nov. 10 and A Coruña on Nov. 11. Leading the orchestra was Polish conductor Michal Nesterowicz. These performances resulted from Vayo's composition winning the 2009 Andrés Gaos Composition Competition, sponsored by the municipal government of A Coruña.
- Vayo performed with the Sonic Exploration Society at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts of the University of Illinois on Oct. 29, as part of the Krannert Center's Afterglow series, and attended the world premiere of his Aperçu for 10 performers at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay on Sept. 29.
- On Feb. 4 in Decorah, Iowa, the Oneota Valley Youth Choir under the direction of Linda Martin performed two compositions by Vayo, We're Rolling a Snowball and That Book. The performances were part of the Music in the Shape of a Pear festival, presented by Luther College and the Iowa Composers' Forum.

School of Nursing

Jarvis, Carolyn's textbook Physical Examination and Health Assessment was nominated by the website LVN to RN for its list of Top 50 Must-Read Books for Nurses in 2012. 


Social Sciences

Educational Studies

Epstein, Irv published, "Sports as a Metaphor for Comparative Inquiry," a chapter that appears in the volume, Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and its Application to Practice, edited by John Weidman and W. James Jacob. (Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2011): 93-112.

In addition, Epstein participated in an international academic freedom workshop sponsored by the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Jan. 15-16. On Jan.18, he and Scholars at Risk Legal Advocacy Officer Jesse Levine spoke before a group of faculty interested in creating their own SAR section in Croatia at the University of Zagreb.

Political Science

Kim, Min-hyung published the article "Theorizing ASEAN Integration," Asian Perspective, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. pp.407-435 (July-September 2011).

In addition, Kim:
- With James A. Caporaso, was invited to be a contributor for a special issue of Journal of European Integration for next year: The European Union after twenty years of the Maastricht Treaty.
- Published "State Preferences and Institutional Feedback: CAP and European Integration," International Political Science Review, Vol. 31, No. 3 (June 2010), pp. 323-345.
- With James A. Caporaso, published "The Dual Nature of European Identity: Subjective Awareness and Coherence," Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 1 , pp. 19-42 (January 2009).
- Was invited by Oxford University Press, at the recommendation of its editorial board, to contribute to a pioneering new online publication by authoring the article "The Crisis of European Integration in Historical Perspective," Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO).

Munro, William participated in an IES Faculty Development Seminar in Rome and Bosnia, "Conflict Transformation in the 21st Century: Meeting the Other."


Erlewine, Robert published "Rediscovering Heschel: The Ocentrism, Secularism, and Porous Thinking" in the journal Modern Judaism (2012).


Burke, Meghan was appointed to the Editorial Board for the journal Teaching Sociology. Her term began Jan. 1, 2012 and continues through Dec. 31, 2014.

Burke also:

- Co-authored, with Kira Hudson Banks, "Sociology by Any Other Name: Teaching the Sociological Perspective in Campus Diversity Programs," Teaching Sociology, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp.21-33 (January 2012).

- Presented her paper, "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Tea Party Organizers' Continuum of Knowledge in a Racialized Social System," at the Race, Gender, and Class Conference held in New Orleans March 1-3.

- Participated in an IES Faculty Development Seminar in London and Milan, "The King's Speech: Power and the Transformation of Media in the 21st Century."