MAY 2017

Dosinda Alvite, Associate Professor of Spanish, published an article, “Feminización e invisibilidad de ecuatorianos en España: Rabia de Cordero” in Hispanic Journal 38.1 (2017): 45-62She was also invited to give a presentation at the SOL conference (Summit of Latinix Students) at Ohio Wesleyan University, April  22, 2017, which she titled “Latinix in College Spaces: Advocating for Yourself.”

Lauren Araiza, Associate Professor of History, gave a lecture on her book, To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), at the Ohio State University on March 31 to commemorate the Latina/o Studies department’s annual celebration of the Cesar Chavez holiday. She also discussed her book as part of a panel on “New Books on the History of California’s Farm Labor Movement,” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, held in April in New Orleans. Also at the OAH meeting, Dr. Araiza presented a paper on her new research project, “‘The Mills Girls Do Their Thing’: Gender and Black Power at a Women’s College.”

David Baker, Professor of English, was a featured poet at the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book, where he gave a reading from his poetry collection, Scavenger Loop, followed by a book signing; he also served with Tyehimba Jess, James Galvin, and Ishion Hutchinson on a panel discussion, “A Thousand Faces: Public and Private Aspects of Contemporary Poetry.”  He gave a poetry reading/concert, with composer-guitarist Gregory Uhlmann at Kenyon College in honor of National Poetry Month and Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day.  He was a featured speaker at the centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks at the University of Chicago, where he presented “On Rioting and Riot.”

Katy Crossley-Frolick, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented “Still a Reluctant Power? Brexit and Narratives of Responsibility in German Foreign Policy” at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Gabriele Dillmann, Associate Professor of German in the Modern Languages, presented “Innovative Small Language Program Development: Denison’s and Hope’s Collaboration in German,” with Prof. Lee Forester, Hope College, Teagle Hybrid Learning Plenary Conference, Oak Brook, IL, April 28-30, 2017. She gave at talk on “Lessons from Institutional Collaboration and the Virtually Interactive Language Classroom: Sustainable Course Sharing and GLCA’s Global Crossroads Shared Languages Program,” Course Sharing for Sustainable Programs Symposium at Columbia University in Collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 14-15, 2017. And Gabriele was part of the organizing collaborative AALAC grant team for the AALAC Inter-institutional Faculty Workshop Program 2017, “Digital Language Learning: A Liberal Arts Exploration of New Modes of Teaching and Learning Languages,” (collaboration grant received August 2016), which took place at Middlebury College, Vermont, April 7-8, 2017.

Jordan Fantini, Associate Professor of Chemistry, made a poster presentation entitled “NMR spectroscopic study of the identity and interconversion of conformers of 2-oxo-p-tert-butyltetramethoxycalix[4]arene” at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco held in April 2017. His student Jack Sundburg (’17) also made a poster presentation on their work, entitled “Synthesis of water-soluble tetrasulfonated calix[4]arenes with a reactive methylene-bridge substituent”

David Goldblatt, Emeritus Professor Philosophy, published his essay, “Elegance and the Sublime: The Tall Building in Pudong,” in Elegant Transformations:  The Tall Building in Shanghai, China, Hina Jamelle, editor, The University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture, Ann Arbor, Winter 2016.

Joanna Grabski, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, presented a paper at the Institut National d’histoire de l’art, Paris.

Harry Heft, Professor of Psychology, published the article ‘Perceptual information of “an entirely different order”: The “cultural environment” in The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems,’ in the journal Ecological Psychology.

Erin Henshaw, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented three research posters at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference in Chicago, IL:  “Student expectations of counseling” with Emily Wall (’17) and Andrea Lourie, Assistant Professor of Psychology;  “A randomized pilot comparison of two approaches to postpartum depression education” with Vanessa Ramirez (’17) Megan Puritz(’17) and Karen Osborne (’16); and “Information and support needs during the first six weeks postpartum: focus groups with mothers and fathers” with Manuela Jaramillo (’17).

Fadhel Kaboub, Associate Professor of Economics, presented “The Untold Story of the Arab Uprisings: Climate Stress” at the Dayton International Peace Museum in Dayton, OH (April 2, 2017). A video recording of his talk is available here. He was also interviewed by Steven Grumbine on the Real Progressives show (watch video here) where he discussed his work on inequality, financial innovation, and financial instability(April 4, 2017).

Stephanie Kays, Fine Arts Librarian, chaired and presented on the panel, “More alike than different: a reconvergence of knowledge and skills across LAMs,” at the Midwest Archives Conference in Omaha, NE, April 6-8, 2017.

Diana Mafe, Associate Professor of English, published a review of Andre Carrington’s book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction, in African American Review, vol. 50, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 81-82.

Jonathan Maskit, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, published the chapter “Lifeworld Transit Difference” in Place and Phenomenology (Rowman & Littlefield International).

Sandra Mathern-Smith, Professor and Chair of Dance, was an invited panel member and presenter at the UW-Madison 90th Anniversary Celebration of the dance major, created in 1926 by Margaret H’Doubler. An alumna of UW-Madison, where she received her MFA, Professor Mathern-Smith was a panelist for “Dance in Higher Education.” She presented her work, performed by three Denison students (Emily Farrow, ’18, Hayley LeBlanc, ’21, and Bridget Ryan, ’20), NONET, Trio#3 – On Time, in the Alumni Concert V, on Sunday, April 30th.

David McLaughlin, Visiting Assistant Professor – Mellon Postdoctorate Fellow, Modern Languages, presented at the SECOLAS (Southeastern Conference on Latin American Studies) in late March. He’ll be participating in the Mellon Arts Across the Curriculum Workshop on campus in May.

Nausica Marcos Miguel, Assistant Professor of Spanish, held a half-day workshop for foreign language teachers titled Corpus tools for the classroom: How to create materials with authentic language at the Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference. She also collaborated with a Anna Balch (’17) and presented a paper titled Un análisis del efecto de edad de exposición en el conocimiento léxico de estudiantes universitarios at the 2016-2017 OSU Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Michael J. Morris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, performed an new performance artwork entitled 40 Kisses (31 Kisses): Meeting Place/Stop Killing Us with 31 collaborators as part of Performance Art Exploratorium at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, OH, on April 7, 2017. Morris also gave a presentation entitled “Opening Possibilities for Bodies and Worlds” as part of the Movement Matters: Two Years in Process Symposium at Middlebury College on April 20, where they also taught classes in Butoh and ecosexuality. As part of the Ninth Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium on April 28-30, Morris gave a presentation entitled “Transgender History, Transgender Stories,” describing key developments in transgender history that shaped the dominant rhetoric used to account for transgender experiences.

Anna Nekola, Assistant Professor in Communication, Music, and Queer Studies, presented a talk entitled “World Music and Dance on 1950s U.S. Television: Broadcasting Cultural Capital in the Postwar Era” on March 9 as part of the Colloquia in the Musicologies 2016-2017 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Emily Nemeth, Assistant Professor of Education and Queer Studies, presented a paper on “Mediating factors in doing social justice work in a rural CDF Freedom Schools site” at the American Education Research Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Steven Olmschenk, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, presented “Ions and Photons for Quantum Information” at two invited seminars in Massachusetts, the first at Amherst College on April 18, and the second at Smith College on April 19.

K Christine Pae, Associate Professor of Religion and Women’s and Gender Studies presented a paper in April, “U.S. Militarism in Asia-Pacific and Asian Immigration to the U.S.” at the Asian Pacific Islander conference at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She also published a chapter on “Faith-Based Popular Resistance of the Naval Base in Gangjeong of Jeju: Transforming Militarized U.S.–Korea Relations for Peace and Justice,” in Critical Theology against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization, edited by Nami Kim and Wonhee Anne Joh (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Joe Reczek, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, published a book chapter on “Naphthalenediimide in Modular Columnar Liquid Crystals: Key Component of Donor-Acceptor Columnar Liquid Crystals” in Naphthalenediimide and its Congeners: From Molecules to Materials, edited by Dan Pantos (Royal Society of Chemistry, Bath, UK, 2017).  He also presented his work “Efficient synthesis of highly-substituted anthraquinones” at the 253rd National ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  Students Jarrett Dillenburger (’17), Michelle Hill (’17), Peter Rudd (17’), Andrew Delahunty (’18), and Maddy Stern (’18) each also presented their work with Dr. Reczek and the National ACS meeting.

Jessica Rettig, Associate Professor of Biology, and four senior biology majors attended the 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 7Connor O’Neill-Dee (’17) gave an oral presentation on his research with Andy McCall, Associate Professor of Biology, titled, “Phenotypic selection in Linderia benzoin over two years.”  Andrew Baird (’17) presented a research poster based on work with Jessica Rettig titled, “Can a native species replace an exotic species? Evidence from a small Ohio pond.”  Allison Murphy (’17) presented a research poster of her work with Eric Liebl, Professor of Biology, titled, “Nocicption via Class IV da sensory neurons in Drosophila larvae.”  Archit Agarwal (’17) gave a research poster based on his senior research project (mentored by Jessica Rettig) titled, “Student involvement in a small liberal arts college: How does social engagement relate to indicators of stress & success?”

Laura Romano, Associate Professor of Biology, gave an invited talk in a plenary session at the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin Conference that was held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods, Hole MA during the first week of April. She was asked to speak on “Using art as an interactive approach to encourage four-dimensional thinking and facilitate visualization of biological processes.” She was also invited to the Duke Marine Lab in mid-March to learn more about exciting course and research opportunities for students from Denison.

Jack Shuler, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Narrative Nonfiction Writing Concentration, published  “Small Town Progressives Pick Up the Pieces of Ohio’s Democratic Party,” Bill Moyers and Company (March 29, 2017) and “Sundown Towns: Midwest Confronts Its Complicated Racial Legacy, The Christian Science Monitor (March 27, 2017).

Margot Singer, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, published a new novel, Underground Fugue (Melville House)  released on April 18. She also published an essay, “A Political Conversion on the Way to a Novel,” in Literary Hub.

Geoff Smith, Professor of Biology, and colleagues from the Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Zacapoaxtl and the Universidad Nacional Autonomy de México, recently published a paper entitled “Resource use by adults of four species of anurans along the Río Salado, Puebla, Mexico” in Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Kimberly Specht, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Claire Barcelo (’17) presented their research, “Expression of a membrane protein mutant in Burkholderia cenocepacia”, and Linnea Wethekam (’17) and Kimberly Specht presented their research, “Investigating B. fungorum antibiotic resistance with transposon mutagenesis” at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, CA, April 2017.

Joanna Tague, Assistant Professor of African History, published an article titled “Displaced Agents of Development: Mozambican Refugees and Tanzanian Nation-Building Projects, 1964-1975” in the International Journal of African Historical Studies Vol. 50, No. 1 (2017). Much of the research for the article was made possible through the Denison University Research Foundation (DURF), which supported research at the United Nations in Geneva in the summer of 2014.

Michael Tangeman, Associate Professor of Modern Languages/East Asian Studies, presented at the 28th International Japanese-English Translation Annual Conference at Ohio State University on April 8, 2017.  His talk, “Poetry + Prose + Mathematics = EnJoe Toh: On Translating EnJoe’s ‘Shuffle Drive'” delved into the process of reading, decoding, and translating EnJoe’s 2015 experimental prose poem about a journey on a spaceship powered by the mathematics of combinatorics (card shuffling).

Luis Villanueva, Assistant Professor of Economics, published an article titled “Are manufacturing workers benefiting from trade? The case of Mexico’s manufacturing sector” in International Journal of Development Issues, Volume 16, Issue 1 (April 2017).

David White, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented a talk titled “Rezk’s Theta-n spaces and the Baez-Dolan Stabilization Hypothesis” at OSU.

Sheilah Wilson, Associate Professor Studio Art, was juror for the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio (April 2017). Wilson and collaborator Leventhal screened work during the festival, followed by a discussion.  Wilson screened SOTD (Strangely Ordinary This Devotion) with collaborator Dani Leventhal at the Whitney Biennial on April 22 and 23. The screening was followed by discussion with Whitney curator, Aily Nash.

Shao-yun Yang, Assistant Professor of History, published two articles: “‘Stubbornly Chinese?’ Clothing Styles and the Question of Tang Loyalism in Ninth-Century Dunhuang,” in the International Journal of Eurasian Studies; and “Letting the Troops Loose: Pillage, Massacres, and Enslavement in Early Tang Warfare,” in the Journal of Chinese Military History. “Letting the Troops Loose” was awarded the journal’s 2016 Edward L. Dreyer Prize for best article in Chinese military history by an early-career scholar. The prize includes a cash award and free open-access publication on the journal website.

Jane Dougan