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Business and Economics

Hoyt, Fred was one of 24 business faculty from 18 universities selected to participate in the Vietnam Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) program Jan. 3-15, 2009, hosted by the Centers for International Business Education and Research at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Hawaii. The 12-day program focused on the unique aspects of doing business in Vietnam, comparing and contrasting the business environments of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Read Hoyt's blog posts from the trip.
— Published “The Paper Trail of Imperialism: A Survey of the Foreign Post Offices in China,” in the China Clipper, which also published his "Americans in China," a philatelic record of the U.S. Post Offices in Shanghai, in North China during the Boxer Uprising, and on gunboats in Chinese waters.

Seeborg, Michael published “Achieving Proficiencies in Economics Capstone Courses,” Journal of College Teaching and Learning. Vol 5 No. 2 (February 2008): 61-73.

Trimble, Carrie co-authored, with Lynda Duke (The Ames Library) and Jean MacDonald (The Ames Library), a research manuscript titled "Collaboration between Marketing Students and the Library: An Experiential Learning Project to Promote Reference Service," which was accepted for publication in the College & Research Libraries journal.
— Was awarded a competitive internship by the Advertising Educational Foundation, and will spend two weeks working with advertisers at the Leo Burnett Agency in Chicago.



Diaz, Joanne received a Creative Writing Fellowship for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Plath, James published “In an Odd Light: Kipling's Maisie and Fitzgerald's Daisy,” The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review. Vol. 6 (2007-08): 95-104.
— Wrote a biography in captions for Historic Photos of Hemingway, published in March 2009 as part of Turner Publishing’s Historic Photos Series

Terkla, Dan co-edited books:
— With Foys, Martin K., and Karen Eileen Overbey, edited The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2009. Read more.
— Published "From Hastingus to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitability on the Bayeux Tapestry." The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations. Ed. Martin K. Foys, Karen Overbey and Dan Terkla.  Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2009. 141-57.
— "The Bayeux Tapestry: A Selective Bibliography, 1478-2009." The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations. Ed. Martin K. Foys, Karen Overbey and Dan Terkla.  Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2009. 176-210.
— With Michael J. Lewis and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, edited New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museum. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010.

Theune, Michael received the 2008 Elaine W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor Award from Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, for his work with Illinois Wesleyan’s Alpha Eta Pi chapter.
— Elected by Illinois Wesleyan students as the 2008 Professor of the Year in the annual election run by Student Senate.
Launched a blog supplemental to his 2007 book, Structure & Surprise.

Hispanic Studies

Isabelli-Garcia, Christina published:
— “Language Development: At Home and Abroad,” (Conference talk at the Midwest Modern Language Association in Cleveland, Ohio: November, 2007).
— “Acquisition of Romance Gender Agreement in Two Learning Contexts,” (Conference talk at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium in San Antonio, Texas: November, 2007).
— A review of the book by Byram, M. & A. Feng. (eds.). “Living and Studying Abroad: Research and Practice,” Modern Language Journal. Vol. 92 (2008) 474-475.
— With Kastner, Clarissa, “Estudiar en el extranjero: La influencia del contacto con hablantes nativos en el desarrollo de la habilidad de producir actos de habla,” Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Social Communication, edited by L. Ruiz Miyares. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba: Centro de Linguistica Aplicada, 2007.

Nadeau, Carolyn published Maritornes: algo más que la prostitute de la venta,” [Maritornes: more than just the inn prostitute].  Actas I Congeso Internacional El Quijote en clave de Mujer/es, Valdepeñas, Spain, 2005.  Ed.  Fanny Rubio.  Toledo: Empresa Pública Don Quijote de la Mancha, 2007.  2005-13.
— Was chosen among applicants from across the nation to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar. She will travel to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for five weeks to study one of the most famous books in Spanish culture in a seminar titled “Celestina and the Threshold of Modernity.”

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Balina, Marina published:
— "Wounded Narratives: Jewish Childhood Recollections in Post-Soviet Autobiographical Discourse" in The Poetics of Memory, Johanna Lindbach, ed. (Lund: Lund University Press, Sweden, 2008,) p.15-27.
— "Rasmyshleniia o shkol'noi forme (Reflections on School Uniform)," with Larissa Rudova in Teoriia mody: Odezhda Telo Kul'tura, Moscow: New Literary Review, Fall (#9) 2008, p.25-45.
— "Vospitanie chuvstv a la sovietigue: povesti o pervoi lubvi (Sentimental Education Soviet Style: Stories About First Love)" in a special issue on Soviet childhood, Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, Moscow: New Literary Review, 2 [058] 2008, p. 154-166.
— "At the Crossroad: Autobiography and Memory in Contemporary Russian Travelogue" in Routes et Chemins Slaves, special issue, LaureTroubetzkoy and Francis Conte, eds., (Paris: Institute D'Etudes Slaves, Sorbonne, 2008,) 269-287.
— "V nachale zhisni: sovetskaia detskaia literatura i ee institutsii, 1920-1930. (At the Life's Beginning: Soviet Children's Literature and Its Institutions, 1920-1930)" in V izmerenii detstva. Russkaia detskaia literatura:natsional'noe i regional'noe. Sbornik statei. Marina Abasheva, ed. Perm': Permskii pedagogicheskii universitet, 2008, p.11-25.
— “Big Literature for the Little Ones: Soviet Literature for Children,” (Invited to speak at the University of Venice: April 7-10, 2008, Venice, Italy).
— “Whose Literature was it: Fact and Fiction in the Reevaluation of Soviet Children’s Literature,” (Invited to speak at the University of Bolgna, Forli, April 3-6, 2008).
— “In Search of Dr. Seuss: Children’s Literature and Contemporary Critical Discourse in Russia,” (International Symposium on Contemporary Russian Children’s Literature, Perm’ Russia, February 2008).

Fritzsche, Sonja received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support work in Berlin, researching East German fairy tale films made in the early 1950s. Fritzsche will work with Humboldt University's Rudiger Steinlein, an expert in German children's literature. The grant is part of a re-invitation program for former DAAD grant holders. Fritzsche previously received a DAAD grant supporting her dissertation research in Berlin.

Prandi, Julie published The Poetry of the Self-Taught: An Eighteenth-Century Phenomenon. New York: Oxford, 2008.

Sultan, Nancy received one of three “Excellence in Teaching” awards given by The American Philological Society (APA) for 2008.  Sultan was honored with a certificate, cash prize and public recognition at the Plenary Session of the APA’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in January 2009.
Wrote a play, "No Goodbyes," that was one of three winners in the "New Plays from the Heartland" one-act play competition, sponsored by Heartland Theatre Company in Normal. Sultan will attend a master class with the featured playwright, Ken Weitzman.


Brown, Robert presented a paper titled "'Custome is a Second Nature': Cultural Anthropology and Biblical Interpretation in Early America" at an international conference at the University of Tubingen (Germany): Cotton Mather's 'Biblia Americana': Historical and Intellectual Contexts in Transatlantic Perspective (Oct. 23-25). Brown is part of a team of editors producing the first published edition of Mather's Biblia Americana.


Davis-Kahl, Stephanie has been selected for the 2009 Frye Leadership Institute, a highly selective program designed to develop the next generation of higher education leaders emerging from information technology and library backgrounds. The Institute includes an on-site residency at Emory University May 31-June 11, 2009. Davis-Kahl also was selected to receive a full scholarship that covers all costs for attending the institute.
— Elected vice-chair/chair elect of the Association of College & Research Libraries Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS). As the incoming chair, Davis-Kahl will lead the 1,000-member organization that focuses on the professional interests of education and behavioral science librarians, including work with collection development, technology, and research.

Duke, Lynda co-authored, with Carrie Trimble (Business Administration) and Jean MacDonald (The Ames Library), a research manuscript titled "Collaboration between Marketing Students and the Library: An Experiential Learning Project to Promote Reference Service," which was accepted for publication in the College & Research Libraries journal.
— With Jean MacDonald (The Ames Library), created a poster presentation, "Collaboration between Marketing Students and the Library: An Experiential Learning Project to Promote Reference Services," which was selected through peer review to be part of the Association of College and Research Libraries national conference in Seattle on March 12-15, 2009.

Miner, Meg designed and compiled "Archives and Native American Genealogy: A Researcher's Perspective," an extensive interview with Native American research and genealogy consultant Barbara Madison, published in October 2008 and January 2009 in the Midwest Archives Conference Newsletter.
— Presented "Perspectives on Archivists and Ethics," at the Midwest Archivists Conference annual meeting in May 2009. Proposals for this conference of archival specialists are juried. Miner's presentation addressed issues such as understanding the roles of nostalgia and memory, making selections for digital projects, engaging minority communities, and identifying hidden histories in archival and library collections.
— Published an article, "Working within the Spectrum: Employees with Asperger Syndrome in Our Library," in the ILA Reporter for August 2009. The ILA Reporter is a publication of the Illinois Library Association. The article showcases the work that The Ames Library has done in successfully employing individuals with Asperger Syndrome. The article can be accessed on the Web version (pdf) of the journal, pages 16-21.

Schmidt, Karen was elected as vice-chair/chair-elect of the CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Board of Directors (September 2008). Based in Champaign, CARLI is one of the leading library consortiums in the U.S., representing 106 academic and research libraries in Illinois.
— Received two separate awards from the American Library Association's Association of Library Collections & Technical Services Division (ALCTS) for her 2008 research article, "Approaches to Selection, Access, and Collection Development in the Web World." Schmidt's article, co-authored with librarian Wendy Shelburne and graduate student David Vess of the University of Illinois, received the ALCTS-Blackwell Scholarship Award, which provides a $2,000 scholarship to the library school of the recipients' choice. The article also received the Best of LRTS Award, denoting its selection as the best article to appear in the refereed ALA journal Library Resources & Technical Services in 2008.

Stroyan, Sue was installed as president of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society, in July 2009 at the American Library Association annual conference. Stroyan will serve as president for two years.

Natural Sciences


Bollivar, David received a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation to support summer 2009 research in Copenhagen, Denmark in collaboration with Mats Hansson of the Carlsberg Laboratories, located at the Carlsberg Brewery. Ultimately, their work will lead to a publication that advances understanding of chlorophyll biosynthesis.

Harper, Given, et al, published “Why Are Incubation Periods Longer in the Tropics? A Common-Garden Experiment with House Wrens Reveals it is All in the Egg,” American Naturalist. Vol. 171 (2008):532-535.


Mohan, Ram received a research grant for his work in environmentally friendly chemistry from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc.
— Was selected for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Program on the basis of his distinguished research on environmentally friendly processes for chemists to use at pharmaceutical and other companies. As the recipient of this honor, Mohan will be a special guest at the summer 2009 IUPAC meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
— Was named to the editorial board of The Open Catalysis Journal, an open access online journal, which publishes peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and letters in all areas of catalysis science.
— For the second time, an article Mohan co-authored was named one of the “Top 50 Most Cited Articles” in the international journal Tetrahedron. The article, “Reactivity of ionic liquids,” was originally published in 2007. Mohan was honored for the article in Washington, D.C. at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national conference.

Wishart, DeBonne N. (Chemistry and Environmental Studies) published "Hydraulic Anisotropy Characterization of Pneumatic-Fractured Sediments Using Azimuthal Self Potential Gradient" in the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, (January 2009). The results of this work were presented as an invited talk in the Near Surface Geophysics Program at the 2008 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif. (December 2008) and at the 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Fractured Rock CFR-2: Characterization and Remediation (September 2008).

Computer Science

Tiede, Hans-Jorg published “Inessential Features, Ineliminable Features, and Modal Logics for Model Theoretic Syntax,” Springer Science + Business Media.


Drici, Zahia published:
— "Fixed-Point Theorems for Mixed-Monotone Operators with PPF Dependence," Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Vol. 69 No.2 (2008): 632-636.
— "Variation of Parameters for Differential Equations with Causal Maps," accepted for publication in Mathematical Inequalities and Applications.
— "Quasilinearization for Functional Differential Equation with Retardation and Anticipation," accepted for publication in Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods, and Applications.
— With F.A. Mcrae, and J. Vasundhara Devi, "Fixed-Point Theorems in Partially Ordered Metric Spaces for Operators with PPF Dependence and Applications," Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Vol. 67 No.2 (2007): 641-647.

He, Tian-Xiao published:
— “The Characterization of Riordan Arrays and Its Applications,” (Invited to speak at Middle Tennessee University, Department of Mathematics: March 19, 2008).
— “Wavelets with Composite Dilations,” (Invited to speak at Jilin University, Institution of Mathematics: May 12, 2008, Changchun, China).
— “Curvelets, Shearlets, and Spline Wavelets,” (Invited to speak at the University of Technology, Department of Applied Mathematics: May 16, 2008, Dalian, China).
— “The Applied Harmonic Analysis and Applications,” (Co-organizer of the NSF Workshop: April 19, 2008, Bloomington, Illinois).
— "Pad e Spline Functions," Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications, 10(2008), No. 4, 495-508.
— "A Symbolic Operator Approach to Power Series Transformation-Expansion Formulas," Journal of Integer Sequences, 11(2008), No. 2, 1-19.
— "A Symbolic Operator Approach to Several Summation Formulas for Power Series II," (With L. C. Hsu and P. J.-S. Shiue), Discrete Mathematics, 308(2008), 3427-3440.

Lee, Seung-Hwan published, with B. Omolo, “Using Integrated Weighted Survival Difference for the Two-Sample Censored Data Problem,” Computational Statistics and Data Analysis Vol. 52 (2008): 4410-4416.
— With M. Sheehan, “Asymptotic- and Simulation-Based Estimator Selection for a Normal Distribution Standard Deviation,” Mathematics and Computer Education. Vol. 42 (2008) 145-152.
– “On the Versatility of the Combination of the Weighted Log-rank Statistics,” Computational Statistics & Data Analysis. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007.
– “Statistical Inferences for the Censored Two-Sample Accelerated Life Model,” Journal of Statistics and Applications. Vol. 1, No. 2-4 (2007): 201-210.
– “Checking the censored two-sample accelerated life model using integrated cumulative hazard difference,” (With Yang, Song), Lifetime Data Analysis. (2007), 13:371-380.


French, Linda presented a paper titled "Algol: An Early Candidate for a Transiting Exoplanet" to the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. She also chaired a scientific session on "Main Belt Asteroids and Trojans." She continues to serve on the Education Subcommittee of the DPS.
— Presented "An Early Astronomical Observation by John Goodricke" to the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society at their annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif., in January 2009.
— Was awarded two weeks of telescope time at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in La Serena, Chile in May and July of 2009.
— Was named a Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of York, England, for her sabbatical in 2009-10. She will be doing research into the life of York astronomer John Goodricke (1764-1786), and began her collaboration with York scientists by giving an invited Goodricke Lecture at the University in May.
— Will co-edit a book, along with Paul Kalas of the University of California, Berkeley, on "Solar and Extra-Solar Planetary Systems." The book is part of a series updating the historic "Stars and Stellar Systems" volumes published in the 1960s.
— Received $5,000 from the Small Research Grant Program of the American Astronomical Society for her sabbatical project, "Hearing With The Eye: The Astronomical Education of John Goodricke."

Perera, Thushara co-authored "Spatial correlation between submillimetre and Lyman-galaxies in the SSA 22 protocluster," published in the journal Nature , 459, 61-63 (7 May 2009).

Spalding, Gabriel was recommended to receive $44,500 in funding by the Advisory Board of the Petroleum Research Fund for his proposed work on "Optical Landscapes for Studies of Droplets and Emulsions Filled or Decorated with Tailored Particles."
— Appointed to the American Association of Physics Teachers Committee on Laboratories. The appointment will begin at the end of the 2009 AAPT Winter Meeting in Chicago, and will conclude at the 2012 AAPT Winter Meeting.


Pretz, Jean with Link, John A., published “The Creative Task Creator: A Tool for the Generation of Customized, Web-Based Creativity Tasks,” Behavior Research Methods.
— With B. Brookings, and Lauren A. Carlson presented a poster: "Development of the Types of Intuition Scale (TIntS),” at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany: July 20-25, 2008.
— With Zimmerman, Corinne presented a poster: “When a Bad Strategy is Worse than No Strategy at All: The Interaction of Implicit vs. Explicit Processing With Problem Complexity,” at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany: July 20-25, 2008.

Themanson, Jason, with M.B. Pontifex and C.H. Hillman, published "Fitness and action monitoring: Evidence for improved cognitive flexibility in young adults" in Neuroscience, Volume 157, Issue 2, 19 November 2008, Pages 319-328. This research was also referenced in the June 2009 Men's Health magazine.

Professional Schools

School of Art

Bair, Miles artwork included in an exhibition, The Color of Nature, at Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee. His work also was featured in the Peninsula State Park Centennial Exhibition at the Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Fish Creek, (Door County) Wisconsin.

School of Music

Budelier, Patrick was an invited scholar and recitalist at the Wright State University Elliott Carter Colloquium in Dayton, Ohio, in October, 2008. Budelier presented his paper, "Maximizing the Miniature: Signature Chords and Covert Means in Elliott Carter's Latest Music," and performed the piano piece "Retrouvailles" in an all-Carter recital in celebration of the composer's 100th birthday.

Ferguson, Scott, directed the IWU Collegiate Choir as an auditioned featured choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division Convention (Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2008).

Vayo, David performed contemporary jazz, including one of his own compositions, during bassist William Koehler's faculty recital at Illinois State University on Oct. 28, 2008.
— On Nov. 1, 2008, trombonist Mark Hetzler performed Vayo's "Eight Poems of William Carlos Williams" at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
— On Dec. 7, 2008, the University of Iowa Center for New Music performed his "Awakening of the Heart."
— On March 1, 2009, his composition "Poem" was performed by the Third Millennium Ensemble in Bethesda, Md.
— On March 17, 2009, Vayo attended the premiere of his composition "Orion" at Williams College (Massachusetts), performed by the Paris-based duo of Thierry Miroglio, percussion, and Ancuza Aprodu, piano.
— His composition, "Music for Violin," was included in the program at the national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., in Santa Fe, N.M. on April 3-5, 2009.
— Spent two weeks in June as a resident artist at the Lillian E. Smith Center for the Creative Arts in Clayton, Ga.
— His composition "Awakening of the Heart" was performed during the Utah Arts Festival on June 27, 2009.

School of Nursing

Folse, Victoria, was awarded a 2009 Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Center for Nursing.

Lessen, Brenda presented her research, "Effect of Oral Stimulation on Feeding Progression in Preterm Infants" at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) 4th Annual Research Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 31-April 2, 2009.
— With senior nursing students in her Epidemiology and Community Health Science course — who were involved in an Academic-Community Partnership with Ridgeview Elementary School in Colfax, Ill. — recognized for their contribution to Ridgeview being the first school in the state to earn the USDA Healthier U.S. Challenge Award

Jesek-Hale, Sheila published, with Kathryn A. Scherck (Nursing) and Susan Swanlund (Nursing), "Keys to Successful Self-Management of Medications" in Nursing Science Quarterly, 21(3) 238-246. Read more.

Scherck, Kathryn A. published, with Susan Swanlund (Nursing) and Sheila Jesek-Hale (Nursing), "Keys to Successful Self-Management of Medications" in Nursing Science Quarterly, 21(3) 238-246. Read more.

Swanlund, Susan published, with Kathryn A. Scherck (Nursing) and Sheila Jesek-Hale (Nursing), "Keys to Successful Self-Management of Medications" in Nursing Science Quarterly, 21(3) 238-246. Read more.
— Was selected to attend a Faculty Development Institute in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 14-16, 2008, presented by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC). This is a AACN Hartford-sponsored Faculty Development Project: Enhancing Gerontology in Senior-level Undergraduate Courses.
— Published "Successful cardiovascular medication management processes as perceived by community-dwelling adults over age 74." Applied Nursing Research.
— Co-authored, with Steele, A., "On vs. off: Perceptions of four patients' experiences of coronary artery bypass surgery." Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, 23(4), 178-183.

School of Theatre Arts

Lindberg, Sanda performed in "Speech and Debate" at Station Theatre in Urbana.

Quinn, Tom starred the Gothic mystery parody, "The Mystery of Irma Vep," in Summer Studio Theatre at the Krannert Center in Urbana.

Susong, Scott directed the musical "Triumph of Love" for Oregon's Tin Pan Alley Theatre Co.

Social Sciences

Educational Studies

Epstein, Irv was invited to serve on the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Spanish Journal of Comparative Education (Revista Espanola de Educacion Camparada).


Lutze, Thomas was invited by the East Asia Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to present a guest lecture in February 2009 on his recent book, China's Inevitable Revolution: Rethinking America's Loss to the Communists, 1946-1949. Last November, Lutze gave a similar invited lecture for the China-Japan Program at Valparaiso University.


Amoloza, Teodora O. published "In the Service of Globalization: Filipino and Indonesian Women in Hong Kong -- A Preliminary Exploration," Sociological Imagination 43 (2): 5-12.

Prendergast, Christopher published:
— “Why Do African-Americans Pay More for New Cars? A Structural Explanation,” in Illuminating Social Life:  Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited, 4th edition, edited by Peter Kivisto. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Pine Forge Press, 2007.
— “Austrian Economics,” The International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirovski. London, UK: Routledge, 2006.
— “Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology,” The International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirovski. London, UK: Routledge, 2006.
— “Rationality,”  The International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirovski. London, UK: Routledge, 2006.


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