Cathy Goebel (Art History) presented her Whistler criticism project for the Scholars' Round Table at the Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. She also renewed collaborations with the University of Glasgow and the Freer. The Centre for Whistler Criticism, directed by Cathy and managed by Megan MacCall, is the international research center for James McNeill Whistler's lifetime criticism. Whistler's critics include such notables as Charles Baudelaire, John Ruskin, Henry James and Oscar Wilde. Cathy's collaboration with Glasgow, ranked as the UK's leading research center for the history of art, incorporates archives from Whistler's own press cutting volumes. She plans to next research as a visiting Smithsonian scholar. She also accepted the OSCHOLARS' invitation to serve as editor for the international journal, Nocturne.
Cathy 's presentation on the new Liberal Arts through the Ages book was enthusiastically received at the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference. Noted author, Neil Baldwin, requested she write a broad, related essay which he titled/posted as a guest blog at the Creative Research Center: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?shva=1#apps/baldwinn%40mail.montclair.edu/13576c8682f2e588. Most recently, her presentation on the book was recognized as a "great project" by colleagues at the Midwest Art History Society conference. Rick Jaeschke designed his sabbatical to create a music CD with 23 tracks contributed by music faculty. This CD will parallel the art historical inquiry of the Liberal Arts through the AGES book in order to further enrich this collaborative pedagogical project.
Adam Kaul (Sociology, Anthropology & Social Welfare) brought three senior Anthropology students (Anden Drolet, Katie Grace Lundell, and Gaetano Iaccarino) and one contract major in Global Ethnography (Maggie Hayes) to the Central States Anthropological Society meetings in Toledo, OH, which took place between March 22-24. These four students presented the results from the ethnographies they have been conducting as part of their senior capstone research. The trip was generously funded by the Augustana Student Research Committee.
"Faculty Buy-In: Encouraging Student Use through Faculty Stipends," by Special Collections Librarians Jamie Nelson and Sarah Horowitz was recently published in Past or Portal? Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives(Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012). The book addresses how special collections can become a "laboratory" where students can experience learning though direct engagement with rare or unique items, and how courses from across the curriculum can be enriched through assignments, experiences, and activities that draw upon or incorporate local or unusual items, primary sources, or material culture. The Augustana chapter focuses on the summer stipend program which encourages faculty to familiarize themselves with Special Collections materials and incorporate these materials into their classes.
Kimberly Murphy (Biology) received thanks and praise from a former student (the 2012 Seaborg Award winner):
"I have been so fortunate to have many great mentors at Gustavus," [Dawn] Comstock said. "Dr. Kimberly Murphy was my primary research mentor during her time at Gustavus when I was an underclassman. Her guidance during my first year helped me to develop the foundation necessary to conduct research while also helping me develop a lifelong passion for scientific research...."
Those of us in Biology feel incredibly fortunate to have stolen Kimberly away from Gustavus. She is already having similar impacts on her Augie students!!
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At the May 2012 national meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Bob Tallitsch (Biology) was elected to serve as a "Faculty Mentor" for young faculty members of the American Association of Anatomists. The responsibilities of a mentor are outlined below.
Advisor: Offer mentee an avenue for social and emotional support during his/her transition into the field of anatomy; familiarize mentee with the numerous resources available to them.
Role model: Teach mentee how to succeed in the field by modeling how individuals in senior positions conduct themselves and interact with others.
Coach: Advise mentee on how to accomplish his/her goals and provide feedback. Help the mentee develop alternatives to address work-related problems or create learning opportunities. Teach the mentee organizational and professional skills; create an atmosphere where mentees can learn from their own and each other's experiences, mistakes, and successes as well as from their mentors' experiences.
Supporter: Enhance the mentee's self-esteem through supportive, nonjudgmental discussions and "pep talks." Help the mentee establish a professional network.
Bob Tallitsch (Biology) has been asked to address the graduate students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology as well as the Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology at the School of Medicine at Indiana University. His will inform the students about how to prepare themselves so that they would be well qualified to compete for a tenure-eligible position at a liberal arts college such as Augustana that emphasizes high quality teaching and professional development. The talk will be part of a one day visit with faculty and graduate students on 17 July.
Molly Todd (History) has accepted a fellowship at the University of Washington-Seattle. Next year, she will be the Mellon-Sawyer Post-doctoral Fellow at the Jackson Institute for International Studies. While there, she will focus on her second book project, which examines forced displacement in Cold War Central America. She will also participate in research circles and seminars relating to violence, borderlands, and indigeneity.
Molly's chapter "The Politics of Refuge" will appear in Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America, edited by Jessica Stites Mor (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).