Shawn Beattie, Mike Green and Carla Tracy attended the NITLE Summit in San Francisco, April 3-5. NITLE (pronounced "nightly") is a community-based, non-profit initiative that provides professional development programs, managed information services, and peer networking opportunities to independent, undergraduate-centered institutions of higher education. Faculty members, librarians, instructional and information technologists and other college administrators were in attendance for the summit. At the conference, Beattie and Green presented a poster titled “Moodle as a Resource for Faculty Development Programs.”
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Jennifer (Horwath) Burnham recently had her article “Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Soil Organic Carbon in Non-sorted Striped Patterned Ground of the High Arctic” accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.
David Crowe helped to plan and launch the national Lutheran Writers Book Club. The first three books that groups are encouraged to discuss are Walt Wangerin’s The Book of the Dun Cow, Robert Schultz’s The Madhouse Nudes, and Gloria Sawai’s A Song for Nettie Johnson. David also wrote the introduction and study guide to Schultz’s novel.
David also conducted a departmental review last month for the English Department of Culver-Stockton College.
Last week Bill Hammer gave the keynote address at a public conference on dinosaur biology titled: The Present as a Key to the Past: The Road to Understanding Dinosaurs, sponsored by the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences and Augustana College. The conference was held at Western Illinois University. Augustana seniors Allison Bormet and Lindsey Koper presented the results of their senior inquiry projects on the stratigraphy and taphonomy of the White River Badlands during the student session of the conference. Hammer's research assistant, ReBecca Hunt, also presented a paper on her recent research on ceratopsian bonebeds.
Rachel Magdalene has been selected to participate in the Lutheran Academy of Scholars Summer Seminar at Harvard University, July 6-19, 2008. The Seminar will focus on "Re-Imagining Ourselves and Others: Art, Religion, and Responsibility. Rachel's research project is entitled, “From the World of Interpretation: A Lutheran Understanding of the Use of Biblical Musical Drama in the Formation of the Self and Vocational Recognition.” It explores the use of Luther's theology of music and his aesthetical biblical interpretations in teaching the Bible in music. This research arises out of the John Pfautz and Rachel's Learning Community, "The Bible in Story and Song."
Rachel's dictionary entries," Deceit,” “Deceive,” in The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (ed. K. D. Sakenfeld; vol. 2; Nashville: Abingdon, 2008): 323-324, appeared this year, as did her article, “Retelling the Bible in Song: A Brief Study of the Libretto of Eve’s Odds,” in The National Opera Association: The Sacred in Opera Newsletter (Feb. 2008): 4-5. Furthermore she has two more articles/dictionary entries that should appear very shortly. They are: “Pre-Trial Negotiations: The Case of the Run-Away Slave in Dar. 53,” Iraq 70 (co-authored with Bruce Wells [ St. Joseph's University] and Cornelia Wunsch [ University of London]; and “Law,” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, andWritings (ed. D. Reid; Downer’s Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, (co-authored with B. Wells).
Pramod Mishra has two of his papers accepted for presentation at the MLA Convention in San Francisco in December 2008. Their titles are "The Writer as Teacher in Nepal's struggle for Democracy and Justice" and "Whose Diaspora? The Politics of Diaspora Home and Abroad in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss."
Norm Moline, Hamming Professor of Geography, was one of the judges for a preliminary round, the final championship round of the Illinois State Geography Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Illinois Geography Alliance, at the Field Museum in Chicago on April 5. This competition involved 100 students from grades 5 through 8 from around the state. The winner goes on the national competition in early May.
Bob Tallitsch has the first edition of his textbook entitled Histology: An Identification Manual, released on April 1st. This book, published by Mosby/Elsevier Publishing, was illustrated by one of Bob's former students Ron Guastaferri. The textbook will be marketed to first-year medical students, dental students, veterinary medicine students, and upper division college-level Biology classes. This is the second book Bob has had published thus far in 2008.
On April 5, Stephen Warren delivered a paper entitled “Borderland Cultures: Transience and Ethnogenesis in Woodland Indian History.” In the paper, Warren argued that stereotypical correlations between place and identity among American Indians have complicated our understanding of American Indian identities in the Eastern Woodlands. Woodland communities, most of whom endured a series of voluntary and forced removals from successive homelands, challenge the paradigm of place. For most Woodland Alonquians, movement became a colonial-era survival strategy.
This coming June, the University of Illinois Press will publish an article by Warren entitled “Tribal Identity and the Ohio Shawnees’ Struggle against Removal: 1815-1830" in R. David Edmunds, ed., Enduring Nations: Native Americans in the Midwest.