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In May, Dr. Deb Bracke (Education) accompanied six teacher candidates to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida for a 5-day "Augie-Choice" immersion experience. During their placements in special education classrooms, these students explored how the methods used to teach children who are deaf and/or blind impacted their own understanding of 'best practices' with regard to teaching and learning. The culmination of this experience occurred in August when the participating students presented their findings in a paper session at the National Association of Teacher Educators Conference in Washington D.C. Contributing teacher candidates were Amelia Beveroth, Sara Fitzgerald, Jaime Perpich, Sheila Ahuja, Mike Mertel, and Amy Knourek!
Scott Gehler (Biology) had an article published this summer in Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression. 2013; 23(2) 139-57: "Bi-directional signaling: extracellular matrix and integrin regulation of breast tumor progression", Gehler S, Ponik SM, Riching KM, Keeley PJ.
In August, Peter Lang published War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis, a co-edited volume by Wendy Hilton-Morrow (Communication Studies) -- with Joy Hayes (University of Iowa) and Kathleen Battles (Oakland University). In the collection, contributors revisit the War of the Worlds broadcast event in order to reconsider its place as a milestone in media history, and to explore its role as a formative event for understanding citizens' media use in times of crisis. Uniquely focused on the continuities between radio's "new" media moment and our contemporary era of social media, the collection takes War of the Worlds as a starting point for investigating key issues in 21st century communication. The book's publication coincides with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the original War of the Worlds broadcast in October. Included in the anthology is Wendy's chapter, "Network Radio's Greatest Test: CBS News' Coverage of the D-Day Invasion," in which she examines CBS's coverage of the 1944 D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France and shows the careful attention to potential audience responses that went into planning the broadcast. She ultimately argues that CBS used its D-Day coverage as a way to improve both is public image and its relations with federal regulators in the wake of the War of the Worlds broadcasting fiasco.
Sarah Horowitz (Library) presented "Hands-On Time With Materials: Assessing Student Learning in Special Collections" at the Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Librarians annual meeting in Minneapolis in June.
Brian Katz (Mathematics) is highlighted in an article in the August/September 2013 issue of MAA Focus, pp. 22-24, "Math, Medics, and Metaphor". The magazine is put out by the Mathematics Association of America. The article discusses metaphors for the role of a teacher, one of which Brian got from Katie Hanson (who is also mentioned in the article). Brian also is featured in recent communication from the MAA in regards to the recent release of the book he co-authored, Distilling Ideas: An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking.
Daniel Morris (Religion) had an article published this summer: "Unnoticed Consensus: Dewey, Niebuhr, and the Politics of Sovereignty" in The Journal of Religion, 93, no. 3 (July 2013): 319-340; doi: 10.1086/670275. Daniel also had an article accepted for publication in the winter: "Improvisation as Democratic Virtue: A Deweyan Possibility for African-American Religion and Ethics" forthcoming in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 96, no. 4 (Winter 2013).
Robert Tallitsch (Biology) accepted the nomination from the president of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for a three- year presidential appointment as a member of the AACA Educational Affairs Committee. More information on this organization can be found HERE.