At a World Bank summit on the future of microfinance in New York City last week, Lendol Calder gave the keynote address to leaders from 40 countries in the developing world. As the microfinance industry wrestles with how to balance commercial interests with its humanitarian mission to the poor, Lendol’s work on the early years of consumer lending in the U.S. offers microfinance leaders some cautionary lessons for how to proceed.
Kelly Daniels recently brought two students—Nicole Gillette and Joshua Schipp—to the 12 th annual Illinois Philological Association Conference, where they each presented work. Nicole (Nikki) read a selection, called “The Black Book” from her novel in progress, while Josh read a selection of poetry. Their creative work was quite well received, and perhaps more importantly, their first academic conference experience was as positive as can be.
In addition, Kelly read a personal essay: “They Called Me Jesus.”
David Davies was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. Committee members serve for three years and are elected by the membership of this national organization, representing them in dealings with the Board of Directors.
Bill Hammer, Jeff Strasser and Mike Wolf traveled to the Geological Society of America, North-Central section conference in Evansville, Indiana April 24-25. Mike Wolf gave an invited presentation on his experimental work on igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California and eight senior geology majors presented posters on their senior inquiry research. Seniors presenting include: Allison Bormet, Dan Hadley, Liz Ford, Katie Giambeluca, Lindsey Koper, Kristi Lyles, Nicolo Casarta, Rebecca Saunders. You can read their abstracts by clicking here. In addition, Mike Wolf was asked to serve as treasurer of the North-Central Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Carrie Hough presented her paper, "Absence as Protection: The Case of Out-Fostering Among Gambian Women with Few Children" at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Memphis, TN last month. The paper was part of a panel on child circulation, which also included discussion of international adoption, street children, and the movement of immigrant children through social service agencies in the US. Her review of Alma Gottlieb's The Afterlife is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa (U. of Chicago Press) appears in the February 2008 issue of American Ethnologist and can be accessed by clicking here.
Adam Kaul presented a paper entitled “Negotiating the Spaces between the ‘Local’ and the ‘Other’ in a Western Irish Village” at the American Conference for Irish Studies which was held right here in the Quad Cities between April 16-19.
Jason Mahn's paper, "Deconstructing Sin: The Inextricability of Theology and Rhetoric in Kierkegaard" was accepted for delivery at the American Academy of Religion national convention in Chicago, November 2008. Last month, Jason traveled to Duke University to give two presentations: one with an undergraduate student about their shared research and writing, and the second about how Jason incorporates student writing and revision into his courses at Augustana. The invitations to speak were occasioned by Jason having received the 2007 Duke University Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing. See information about this award and Jason's teaching materials by clicking here.
Pramod Mishra (English), John Tawiah-Boateng (English), Rowen Schussheim-Anderson (Art) and Kim Tunnicliff (International Programs/Political Science) attended the Africa Network Conference held at Colorado College on April 18-20. Schussheim-Anderson delivered a presentation on a panel, “Africa for Undergraduates through Art and Music” in which she related the experiences of Augustana students participating in the Ghana Term in the spring of 2006. Tunnicliff chaired a panel on Internal and External Resources for Strengthening the Study of Africa on Our Campuses.
Norm Moline presented a paper "Evaluations of the Illinois Prairies: A Commemoration of Douglas McManis' Research (1964)" at the meeting of the Illinois Geographical Society in Springfield on April 25-26. As chair of that organization's Outstanding Senior Awards committee, he also presented awards to seven outstanding seniors from the different universities and colleges around Illinois , including Eric Wilke from Augustana
On March 27th, Marsha Smith organized a panel of Midwest Endowment Committee Scholar winners of which she was the past Committee Chair at the Midwest Sociological Association Conference in St. Louis, MO.
Marsha Smith's entry on China has just been published (March 2008) in the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, a 1500 page, 4 volume set edited by Richard Schaefer. Her entry on Chinese National minorities can be found on pages 278-281.
Allison Beck and Bob Tallitsch submitted a Curriculum, Course and Laboratory Improvement grant to the National Science Foundation this week. The grant proposal, entitled " The effects of computer-assisted instruction in teaching human anatomy: An experimental study." This proposal was submitted in conjunction with two faculty members in the Biology Department at St. Ambrose University and the Director for the Center of Computer-Assisted Design at the University of Iowa. Learning the required information in a college-level human anatomy or a combined anatomy and physiology (A & P) course requires students to utilize at least two different learning techniques: (1) the acquisition of a large and complex technical vocabulary, and (2) the development of an ability to interpret and understand three-dimensional structural relationships within the human body. This is typically accomplished using available textbooks with well-defined atlases and cadaver dissection experiences. This grant proposes the comparison and evaluation of this typical teaching pedagogical method against learning and retention through computer-assisted (CAI) instruction.
If funded, this proposal aims to accomplish this by following these specific objectives: Objective 1: Develop laboratory modules, utilizing the newly developed Cyber-Anatomy™ program, which will be utilized in college-level anatomy and A & P courses to enhance and augment "typical" human anatomy laboratory exercises. Objective 2: Test students' ability to understand and interpret 3D structural relationships upon entering a college-level human anatomy or A & P course. Objective 3: Determine the improvement, if any, in the students' understanding and interpretation of 3D structural relationships following the completion of a standard college-level anatomy or A & P course with or without CAI. Objective 4: Determine how much, if at all, the utilization of laboratory modules involving Cyber-Anatomy™ enhances the students' interest in the course overall. Objective 5: Determine how much, if at all, the utilization of laboratory modules involving Cyber-Anatomy™ enhances the students' ability to retain anatomical information.