This week in brief

Monday, October 1

4:30 p.m. – Special Faculty Meeting

Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, October 2

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.- Deans' Walk In Hours

Office of Academic Affairs

11:30 a.m. – Reflections

Ascension Chapel

11:30 a.m.- Explore Lunch

College Center Loft

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m- Workshop for "From Parchment to Pixels"

Art Museum, Centennial Hall

7:00 p.m. – Explore

Olin Auditorium

Wednesday, October 3

7:00 p.m. – "Poetics of Peace"

Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, October 4

10:30 a.m. - Convocation

Olin Auditorium

10:30 a.m. -Grad School Fair


7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – An Evening for Augustana Male Students

Ascension Chapel

Friday, October 5

3:30 p.m. – Conversations on Scholarship

Tredway Library, south end near the Katz-Harris Room

Saturday, October 6

8:00 p.m. – CUBOM Special Event

Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 7

2:00 p.m. – QC Symphony

Centennial Hall














Volume 5, Issue 4 • October 1, 2007

Faculty News

Kristin Douglas attended the 16th International C.elegans Meeting in Los Angeles from June 27-July 1. At the conference she presented a poster entitled, “Identification of dominant suppressors of the fog-1(q253 ts ) allele.” Augustana students Ryan Spengler ('07), Meaghan Bychowski ('06), and Kevin Nelson ('06) were co-authors on this poster. She was a co-author on a second poster at the meeting entitled, “Suppressors of fog-1 ,” along with Sara Andux and Ron Ellis from UMDNJ.

The National Communication Association recently published the third edition of Large Scale Assessment in Oral Communication. The section on assessing oral communication in higher education was written and edited by Ellen Hay.

An article by Adam Kaul entitled “The limits of commodification in traditional Irish music sessions” was just published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Issue 13:3, September 2007).

Jason Koontz recently had a book review published in Systematic Botany. Jason reviewed Flowers: How They Changed the World by William C. Burger of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.  This book offers a concise and very easy to read and understand explanation of the role that flowers play in our lives (in addition to that of table centerpieces or yard decorations). Burger offers tidbits of information that will really get the reader thinking about flowering plants.

Jason also co-authored the following paper that was just published:

Scott, L., B. Molano-Flores, and J. A. Koontz.  2007.  Genetic Variation and Cross Pollination Potential in the USFS Regional Forester's Sensitive Species Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii (Asteraceae) and its cultivar. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 100(2): 129-144. An abstract is here.

Peter Kivisto has published an edited book with his Bielefeld University colleague Thomas Faist, Dual Citizenship in Global Perspective: From Unitary to Multiple Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan 2007). The book is based on selected contributions to a conference held at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto . Among the contributors to the volume are Rainer Bauböck, Professor of Political Theory at the European University in Florence; Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale; and Peter J. Spiro, Rusk Professor of International Law at the University of Georgia Law School and former law clerk to David Souter. Faist wrote the introductory chapter, “The Shifting Boundaries of the Political,” while Kivisto wrote the conclusion, “The Boundaries of Citizenship in a Transitional Age.”

Rachel Magdalene is pleased to announce that her monograph, On the Scales of Righteousness: Neo-Babylonian Law and the Book of Job ( Providence , R.I. : Brown Judaic Studies) has been released. In it, Rachel analyses 340 trial transcripts from the Neo-Babylonian Empire (modern day southern Iraq ) dating from 650-400 BCE to determine the legal procedure of the period. She then uses this material to analyze the trial of Job in the biblical book of Job, a document that was most likely written or completed when Israel's legal system was under Neo-Babylonian and Persian influence. Her goal is to attempt to solve several literary and theological problems of the book by understanding more fully the legal metaphors of the book. She is the first legal or Near Eastern scholar to do a systematic study of this ancient legal system. Moreover, the use of comparative legal historical analysis, as well as the methods of the modern legal hermeneutics movement, to read Job is a new contribution to biblical scholarship.

Bob Tallitsch has been given a verbal commitment from Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Publishing Company to publish a new Anatomy and Physiology textbook. Although still in the very early stages of development and writing, this text will be the first college-level A & P textbook written for students for whom English is a second language. This text will be written in conjunction with Ric Martini, a co-author on Bob's Human Anatomy textbook, also published by Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Publishing. When completed this will be Bob's third textbook currently in publication, and his ninth book overall.