Deborah Bracke's (Education) article, "A New Way to Assess Student Learning" is included in the book, Grading Strategies for the College Classroom. The text is edited by Rob Kelly and MaryEllen Weimer- and provides insights into managing the supremely complicated task of assigning a simple letter to a semester's work. Amazon describes their book as "...a must-read for any faculty member seeking to understand how to use assessment - not just to measure performance, but also to enhance it......... delivering some of the most current, innovative ideas for meeting that challenge." http://www.amazon.com/Grading-Strategies-College-Classroom-ebook/dp/B00CDZEXNU
Tim Muir (Biology) and colleagues had their paper, "Energy use and management of energy reserves in hatchling turtles (Chrysemys picta) exposed to variable winter conditions", published this week in the Journal of Thermal Biology.
Dr. Marsha Smith (Sociology, Anthropology & Social Welfare) will travel to China this summer at the invitation of a Chinese university to collaborate on a manuscript and talk about the integration of Chinese minority groups in the United States. She will be a guest and visiting scholar at South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China, where she met her colleague, Professor He Hong Yi. They will be working together on a manuscript about the emigration of many Yao people to the U.S. and their assimilation into American culture. The Yao are recognized as one of 56 ethnic nationalities in China. Current plans call for the work to be published both in Chinese and English.
Vicki Sommer (Sociology, Anthropology & Social Welfare) was re-elected as Recorder to the Board of the American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) at their April annual meeting, this year held on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also had an essay published in The Journal of Men's Studies (Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 2013, 34-46) entitled: "AMSA at Twenty: A Woman's Journey," that reflected on her work within AMSA and her commitment to the critical study of masculinities.
Dara Wegman-Geedey (Biology) recently reviewed infectious disease and cancer screening research abstracts for the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association for their 141st Annual Meeting (to be held October 2013). Dara has been a reviewer for the epidemiology section of APHA each year since 2003. Dara was also an invited judge for graduate and undergraduate presentations and posters at the 2nd Annual Great Plains and Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, held April 19-20 in Iowa City. Funding from the Biology Department allowed students Alyssa Anderson '13, Olivia Hicks '13, Katie Pittman '14, and Elaina Analitis '14 to attend the conference which is sponsored by the U Iowa Department of Epidemiology and the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.