Steve Hager delivered three presentations in April at two conferences, the Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Champaign, IL, and 2008 joint meeting of The Wilson Ornithological Society and the Association of Field Ornithologists in Mobile, Alabama. One presentation summarized the results of intensive field studies aimed at understanding the breeding birds of Green Wing Environmental Laboratory, an Augustana Field Station. Two undergraduates were co-authors on this paper. Chris Bertram ('08)--who was awarded Lilly summer research funds last year--examined nest productivity in several bird species. Katie Derner ('05), a geography major, contributed valuable information about land use and habitat changes at this site. The breeding bird work contributed to a broader project, the second presentation, titled "The Birds of Green Wing Environmental Laboratory, northcentral, Illinois." In this paper, we report 188 species observed at this site since 2001 and roughly 25% of these are species of conservation concern. The last paper, "Bird Density and Mortality at Windows", was co-authored by Lance Mayer ('04), among other colleagues, and summarized the results of monitoring research of bird mortality at Augustana and Principia Colleges. We are the first to show that bird mortality at commercial buildings--such as the Science Building--is significant and disproportionately affects short- and long-distance migrants, many of which are declining in the region and across the country.
A poem written by Dan Lee entitled “Who Wept for Jimmy B.?” has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 edition of In Other Words, a poetry anthology published by Denver-based Western Reading Services.
Rachel Magdalene’s monograph, On the Scales of Righteousness: Neo-Babylonian Trial Law and the Book of Job, which was released last September, has been reviewed most favorably by Markus Witte, Professur für Altes Testament at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in the Review of Biblical Literature. Witte states that Rachel has produced the most complete and helpful analysis to date of the legal materials of the book of Job and argues that Rachel’s method should be applied to texts across the Hebrew Bible. Follow this link to read the review, which is in German: http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=6109&CodePage=6109.
Rachel has also taught several adult education classes in the community and church this year. They include: “The Books of Ruth and Esther,” a 2-week lecture series for Trinity Lutheran Church Moline, Moline, IL, May 11, 18, 2008; “The Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount,” a 2-week lecture series for Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA, April 27 and May 4, 2008; “An Introduction to Islam,” a 4-week lecture series for CommUniversity, Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2008 (with the assistance of Bob Haak); “Jewish Messianic Expectations in the Old Testament and Early Christian Understandings of Jesus,” a 4-week lecture series for Trinity Lutheran Church Moline, Moline, IL, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2007; “Understanding Islam in Light of Christianity and Judaism,” a 4-week lecture series for Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA, September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2007; and “Let’s Talk About It! Jewish Literature,” a 5-week book discussion series on Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel, funded through a grant by Notebook and the American Library Association, for the Bettendorf Public Library, Bettendorf, IA, August 28, September, 11, 25, October 9, and November 6 2007.
Finally, Rachel has accepted a two-year Visiting Research Scholar position with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Leipzig in Germany , to continue her work on Neo-Babylonian trial law, as well as to explore further the relationship between biblical and Mesopotamian law and wisdom literature. She will join in Germany , her two co-authors on the grant, Bruce Wells ( Munich ) and Cornelia Wunsch ( Dresden ). The University of Leipzig is the oldest university north of the Alps , established in 1402. It became the first Lutheran university during the Protestant Reformation. It is also the founding institution for the study of comparative biblical and Mesopotamian law. Rachel wishes all her friends and colleagues a warm good bye!
Nirmala Salgado's article "The Eight Revered Conditions: Ideological Complicity, Contemporary Reflections and Practical Realities" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Nirmala is a recipient of a 2007 Presidential Fellowship Award. Nirmala has also organized a panel "Women's Leadership and Monastic Organization in Theravada Buddhist Lineages," that has been accepted at the national annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, where she will be presenting a paper.
Marsha Smith has had a paper accepted at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) conference, June 13-15 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada titled: "Transforming Naxi Culture: Implications of the 1997 designation of Lijiang, China as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."
The most recent issue of Sociological Imagination, Vol. 43 (2) 2007 was guest-edited by Marsha Smith. In it you can find her article "Transcending NaiNai and WaiPo: The Expanding Role of Grandmothers in the People's Republic of China, pp. 36-45.
Mukesh Sud, Craig VanSandt, and Amanda Baugous have had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics. The paper, “Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of Institutions,” was previously presented at the Fourteenth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics held at DePaul University in October 2007. The paper calls into question the ability of social entrepreneurship, by itself, to provide solutions on a scope necessary to address large-scale social issues. The authors also explore ways in which social entrepreneurship, in concert with other social institutions, can effectively address social ills, and present two examples of successful ventures in which social entrepreneurs partnered with governments and other institutions. The Journal of Business Ethics is widely recognized as one of the top journals in the management field.
John Tawiah-Boateng participated in the Annual Conference of the Illinois Philological Association held at Millikin University in Decatur on April 11 and 12. John presented a paper titled: “Why I am Not A Feminist: Womanism and African Literature.” Basing his arguments on the novels of Flora Nwapa, Mariama Ba, Buchi Emechetta, and Ama Ata Aidoo, John examined how recent novels by female African writers have highlighted the peculiar problems faced by African women in contemporary society. The paper explored the various theoretical concepts that have been evolved to express these specific experiences as well as the intersections of race, ethnicity, postcoloniality, and gender in these propositions. On April 18 to 21, John was at Colorado College with other Augie colleagues to attend the annual conference of the Africa Network. Among other things, he discussed with various artistes, the possibility of their participation in the first-ever African Arts Festival at Augustana College, tentatively scheduled for spring term of 2009.
Jim van Howe co-authored a review paper that will appear in the June issue of Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. The title is "Soliton Self-frequency Shift: Demonstrations and Applications". Jim co-authored this with Jennifer H. Lee and Chris Xu from Cornell University, and Xiang Liu from Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent.
Michael Zemek presented a paper called "Perceptions of Music Educators on their Preparation to Serve as Cooperating Teachers" at the national conference for MENC: The National Association for Music Education in Milwaukee on April 10th. Another article describing the development of student inquiry (i.e. senior inquiry) for music students at Augustana was presented in the spring issue of the Illinois Music Educator.
On April 20th the Collegiate Chorale collaborated with the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra in a concert celebrating the orchestra's 50th anniversary at the Adler Theatre. Area high school students joined forces with the choir in preparation of two opera choruses and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.
On April 29 Michael Zemek was guest conductor for the Tri-County Music Festival Concert in Port Byron.