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September 13, 2013

Faculty Highlights for September 2013

Read the latest news on faculty research, publications and other honors.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Allen coauthored several publications:

Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson conducted a study with primary and secondary school students in Western Uganda on sex differences in social structure. She spent three weeks living there, getting to know the children and the culture.

Professor of History Lisa Krissoff Boehm presented the following:

  • "Leaving the Employer's Kitchen for the Drive-Thru Window: African American Women's Transition from Domestic Laborer to Low-Wage Corporate Employee, 1960-1990" at the International Conference of Labour and Social History in Linz, Austria, on September 13th.
  • "Building New Lives: The Movement of Peoples to and within the United States, 1840-1970" at Framingham State University on August 5th.

Boehm also published a book chapter, "Lucy Mary Russo Palermo," in Italian Women of Chicag,o edited by Dominic Candeloro (Chicago: CasaItalia, 2013).

Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair Catherine Simpson Bueker was interviewed by Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press for an article on immigration to California. Bueker also had her article, "What Wakes the Sleeping Giant?" a piece on Latino political participation in the 2004 election, published in the Journal of Latino Studies.

Associate Professor of Management Patricia Clarke represented Emmanuel College at the Inauguration of Kumble Subbaswamy as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 27th. Clarke was one of approximately 80 delegates from colleges and universities across the United States who processed in the order in which their academic institutions were founded.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Yulia Dementieva's distinction advisee Daniel Helkey '13 gave a presentation on his research, "Efficiently Boarding an Airplane: A Modeling Based Approach," during the National Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Math Festival, July 31st-August 3rd in Hartford, Conn.

Associate Professor of Art Cynthia Fowler's book, Hooked Rugs: Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft, and Design is now in print. Fowler was also mentioned in a blog entry by Big, Red & Shiny, a Boston-based art journal, for her organization of the first Boston Area Undergraduate Art History Symposium in 2009.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Janese Free reviewed a textbook this summer for the Oxford University Press on race and ethnicity in a global context. She also completed a weeklong course at the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the grounded theory method for qualitative research. Janese is also serving as a peer reviewer for Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aren Gerdon and co-authors Kayla Vasconcellos '12, Sean McHugh '11, Katie Dapsis '13 and Alex Petty '12 published the article "Biomimetic nanoparticles with polynucleotide and PEG mixed-monolayers enhance calcium phosphate mineralization" in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research in August 2013.

Assistant Professor of Theology + Religious Studies Laurie Johnston's new travel course to Rome and Namur, titled "Contemplation and Action: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality" was approved and will run in Spring 2014 with travel in May 2014.  Johnston's recent publications include:

  • "The 'Signs of the Times' and Their Readers in Wartime and in Peace," in the Journal of Catholic Moral Theology, 2.2, (June 2013): 21-39.
  • "The Community of Sant'Egidio: A Lay Movement for Peace and Reconciliation," with Claudio Betti, in Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, edited by Robert Schreiter, Tormod Engelsviken, and Knud Jørgensen, Oxford: Regnum International, 2013.

Associate Professor of Sociology Katrin Križ had an article entitled "Risk Assessment in England, Norway and the United States (California): A Comparative Case Vignette Study" accepted by Children and Youth Services Review (co-author Marit Skivenes). In June 2013, Križ spent a week in the Netherlands reviewing the dissertations of mid-career Ph.D. candidates at the United Nations University UNU-Merit in Maastricht. At UNU, she was invited to serve as a member of the Ph.D. assessment committee for a dissertation on "Assessing Governance Assessments: The Case of Mozambique Governance Assessments in the Context of Aid Effectiveness Discourse" by Laura Torvinen. In August 2013, Križ gave a guest lecture on "The Intersections of Immigrant Children and Families and the U.S. Welfare State" at Bergen University College in Norway.

Bueker's and Križ's article on "How Domestic Public Policy Goes Global: Immigrants' Transnational Allocations of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)" was also published by the Journal of International Migration and Integration in August 2013.

Associate Professor of Theology +Religious Studies and Department Chair Fr. Thomas Leclerc's review of The Desert Will Bloom: Poetic Visions of Isaiah, eds. A. Joseph Everson and Hyun Chuk Paul Kim was published in The Journal of Semitic Studies (Sheffield, England) in fall 2013.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair Michelle Maiese was invited to present her paper, "How Can Emotions be Both Cognitive and Bodily?" at a conference workshop on "Situated Affectivity" at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany, from June 20th-June 22nd. Maiese's article, "Embodied Social Cognition, Participatory Sense-Making, and Online Learning," was published in Social Philosophy Today, volume 29, 2013.

Associate Professor of Management Sharon McKechnie presented her paper, "Using Real Group Experiences as Group Process Analysis Cases," at the annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference in Asheville, N.C., in June.

Assistant Professor of Economics and Department Chair Rebecca Moryl presented a paper coauthored with Senior Instructional Strategies Specialist Sara Foy titled "A Graphic is Worth A Thousand Words...Developing a Graphic Syllabus for Your Course" at the American Economic Association Conference on Teaching & Research on Economic Education, May 29th-31st in Chicago, Ill.

Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair Megumi Naitoh's works are currently on exhibit at the following venues:

  • "Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design," National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). This is a national juried Exhibition at Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Colorado. The exhibition is on view from September 12th-November 10th.
  • "Clay Prints: Image, Surface, Narrative in Contemporary Ceramics" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. This exhibition is a survey of artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of image transfer/printmaking techniques on ceramics. The exhibition is on view from August 31st-October 27th.
  • "Art of Mosaics: Piecing It Together" is currently on view at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. The artists in this exhibit represent a spectrum of what has been an explosion of interest in mosaics from the late 20th century to today.

Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope's short story, "Moulting," appears in the current issue of Evening Street Review.

Professor of Philosophy Thomas Wall presented his paper titled "Good Stories: Using Metaphors to Teach Philosophy" on June 25th in Rome, Italy, at the INTE 2013 International Conference on New Horizons in Education. The paper will be published in 2013 in the Journal Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences.