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Faculty Accomplishments — July 2018

Teaching Faculty

Neal BakerLibrary Director Neal Baker (M.A., University of Iowa) made a conference presentation, “Mission Critical: Information Literacy Reframed as a University Equality and Diversity Initiative,” at LILAC 2018, University of Liverpool, in April.

Patrick BarberAssistant Professor of Chemistry Patrick Barber (Ph.D, University of Nevada, Reno) co-presented “Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of a Lanthanide Ion Coordination Complex for Arsenic Detection” with Khai Nguyen ’19 and Suyee Win at the 30th Annual Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in April in Indianapolis.

Walt BistlineAssociate Professor of Art Walt Bistline (J.D., Boston University; M.F.A., University of Houston) was a juror for the Richmond Boys & Girls Club Art Exhibition in January. Also in January, he participated with colleagues Katie Kameen, Lyn Koehnline, Nancy Taylor, Annie Ronan, Mark VanBuskirk, and Judy Wojcik in the first Art Faculty Exhibition in Leeds Gallery in more than 15 years. In March, his photographs were included in the Richmond Columbian Properties Photography Exhibit. Bistline also completed a manuscript review for Bloomsbury Publishing of London for the proposed college text, Photography, by Chen and Shannon.

Jennifer CardinalPostdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Sociology/Anthropology Jennifer Cardinal (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) presented a paper titled “Local Cosmopolitanism and Imaginaries of Sustainable Development in La Manzanilla del Mar, Mexico” at the Annual Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Philadelphia this April.

Eric CunninghamAssistant Professor of Japanese Studies Eric Cunningham (Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa) published “Gambling on Bodies: Assembling Sport and Gaming in Japan’s Keirin Bicycle Racing” in Japanese Studies and Nature Interrupted and “Affect and Ecology in the Wake of Volcanic Eruption in Japan” in Conservation and Society. He gave invited lectures “Political ecology of precarity and hope in a Japanese upland environment” at the International Conference: Community Maintenance in Asian Periphery, International Institute for Okinawan Studies Joint Usage and Research Project 2016-2017, Community Maintenance of Islands and settlements in Periphery: Asian Dialogues for Comparative Studies, in December, and “(Re)creating forest natures: assemblage and political ecologies of eco-tourism in Japan’s central highlands” at Environmental Learning Through Partnerships at Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College in April. Cunningham also organized a conference session titled “Forests, agriculture, fisheries: The nature of commodities and labor in contemporary Japan” for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in March, where he also presented “Minna no Mori: Water resource development and the making of national forests in Japan.”

Tom HammProfessor of History Tom Hamm (Ph.D., Indiana University) had three recent publications: “American Young Friends Organizations” in An early assessment: papers from the Quaker History Roundtable in June 2017; entries on subjects like Quakerism, Lucretia Mott and Benjamin F. Trueblood in Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of U.S. Peace and Antiwar Movements, published by ABC-Clio; and, with Isaac Barnes May as coauthor, “Conflict and Transformation, 1808-1920,” in The Cambridge Companion to Quaker Studies, just published by Cambridge University Press. Also, Hamm was part of a panel on William Penn and His Legacy at the Early American Society annual meeting in St. Louis in March. Finally, he was a keynote speaker at the 75th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Friends Committee on National Legislation at Earlham in May.

Steve HeinyResearch Professor of Classics Steve Heiny (Ph.D., Indiana University) published an article titled “’Puny in My Predicaments’: Seamus Heaney’s Readings of Virgil’s Ninth Eclogue” in Vergilius.


Scott HessProfessor of English Scott Hess (Ph.D., Harvard University) presented “Walden as a Landscape of Genius” at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in July 2017 in Concord, Massachusetts, and “Genius and the Anthropocene” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference in June 2017 at Wayne State University. Hess also participated in a weeklong seminar on “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States” at the Yale Center for British Art, sponsored by Council of Independent Colleges at Yale University. More recently, he delivered an invited public lecture at Allegheny College in February on “Walden Pond in the Anthropocene: Relational Theory, Climate Change, and the Role of the Environmental Humanities.”

Thor HoganAssociate Professor of Politics and Environmental Studies Thor Hogan (Ph.D., George Washington University) authored a book, Hydrocarbon Nation: How Energy Security Made our Nation Great and Climate Security Will Save Us, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


John IversonProfessor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson (Ph.D., University of Florida) co-edited or co-published the following in recent months: “Turtles” in Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, published by Herpetological Review’s Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles; “Podocnemis sextuberculata” in Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles; “Kinosternon subrubrum (Bonnaterre 1789) — Eastern Mud Turtle” in Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises, A Chelonian Research Monograph; and journal articles in Chelonian Conservation and Biology, the Canadian Journal of Zoology, Herpetological Review, Conservation Physiology, Molecular Ecology, Bioscience, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Behaviour and PlosOne. The Turtle Taxonomy Working Group, of which Iverson is a member and editor, published the eighth edition of “Turtles of the World: Annotated checklist and atlas of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status” in Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises, a Chelonian Research Monograph.

Becky JesticeAssociate Professor of Global Management Rebecca Jestice ’97 (Ph.D., SUNY, Binghamton) completed a collaborative research course last semester on using virtual worlds and avatars as a tool to develop empathy and reduce bias. Brittany Timmerman ’20, Aleksa Topalovic ’19, Sydney Ojeikere ’18 and Maite Turlings ’19 helped conduct an experiment comparing meditation to virtual embodiment in elderly avatars to see effects on bias toward older people. They presented the research in progress at the iLRN conference in June in Montana.

Karen MagerAssistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability Karen Mager (Ph.D., University of Alaska at Fairbanks) was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to give the Tiger Burch Memorial Lecture at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., in April. Her talk was titled “Ghost of caribou herd past: evaluating historical herd crashes using genetics and indigenous knowledge.”

Assistant Professor of Global Management Terence Motsi (D.B.A., Cleveland State University) presented “In-Group Love or Out-Group Hate: Investigating the Impact of National Identity and Consumer Ethnocentrism on COO Judgment” at the Academy of International Business in June. He co-presented “A Social Identity Perspective on Stereotype Effects on COO Judgment” at Academy of International Business in June in Minneapolis. He presented “Stereotypes and country image attitude model: A study of the perception of China and India among American consumers” at the Winter American Marketing Association in February in New Orleans, Louisiana, and “Are all Foreign Products the Same? Variability in Behavioral Outcome of Consumer Ethnocentrism” at the Academy of International Business Southeast in October in Washington, D.C. Also, Motsi presented “The Influence of Threat Perception on Home Country Bias” at the Marketing and Public Policy conference in June 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Cassio MunizVisiting Assistant Professor of Politics Cássio Muniz (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) helped lead a group of students to Friends Committee on National Legislation Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, D.C. He also traveled to Brazil on a Professional Development Fund grant from Earlham to study the advancement of Afro-Brazilians.

Charlie PeckProfessor of Computer Science Charlie Peck (Ph.D., Union Institute & University), Assistant Professor of Biology E. Smith (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School), and Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education Andy Clifford (M.Sc., University of Otago, New Zealand) were invited to present at the first Skálanes Symposium in May. Skálanes is a field research center on the eastern fjords of Iceland. They worked with colleagues from Iceland, Britain and North America to develop multidisciplinary collaborations based on Earlham’s existing projects at Skálanes and the surrounding area. Two students, Dan Stoffregen ’19 and Eli Ramthun ’19, also attended and gave presentations on their related work. While driving across the country the group scouted locations for the upcoming EPIC program they are leading there and practiced their adventure-travel skills.

Vince PunzoProfessor of Psychology Vince Punzo (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) had his review of “Catholic Witness in Health Care” accepted for publication in the summer issue of the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.

Rachael ReavisAssistant Professor of Psychology Rachael Reavis (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro) published an article in March in the Journal of Genetic Psychology titled “Effort as person-focused praise: ‘Hard worker’ praise has negative effects for adults after a failure” along with Jordyn Grimes ’16 and Abou-Nika Fomukong ’17. Reavis also co-authored a chapter in Promoting psychological science: A compendium of laboratory exercises for teachers of high school psychology. Her students Seung Hyo Ki ’18, Lara Khalifeh ’18, Leticia Maganga ’19, Montana Ross ’17, Ro Vieira ’18 and Annalee Wilson ’18 presented “Person-focused praise (‘hard worker’) does not influence growth mindset” at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago in April.

Jay RobertsAssociate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Education Jay Roberts (Ph.D., Miami University, Oxford) gave several invited talks on his most recent book, Experiential Education in the College Context, at the University of Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana State University in February and March. He also served as the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Experiential Education with a focus on higher education published in March.

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Jim Rogers (Ph.D., University of Delaware) gave an invited talk in March to the Linguistics Department and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University.

Betsy SchlabachAssociate Professor of History and African & African American Studies Betsy Schlabach (Ph.D., Saint Louis University) was featured in a forum on Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on American cities hosted by the African American Intellectual History Society. She contributed “’Our Emancipation Day’: Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago.” The forum, also featured on PublicBooks.org, commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Schlabach presented “Policy Gambling as Black Women’s Work and Black Women’s Space” at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Sacramento, California. Her panel “Taking Control of Capitalism in 20th-Century Chicago” was endorsed by the Midwestern History Association, Urban History Association, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. She gave a guest lecture titled “Civil Disobedience and Modern Day Parallels of the Underground Railroad” for the Richmond Tourist Group.

Lynne Perkins SoceyAssociate Professor of Theatre Arts Lynne Perkins Socey (M.F.A., Florida State University) participated in a variety of theatre projects during her spring sabbatical. She appeared in a reading of James Still’s The Long Bridge Over Deep Waters for Indiana Repertory Theatre in February. In March she appeared in a new 10-minute play called To Steal from Thieves and directed a reading of the play at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In April, she appeared as Lady Bracknell (courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association) in a student-directed production of The Importance of Being Earnest in Earlham’s Wilkinson Theatre.

Chris SmithAssociate Professor of Biology Chris Smith (Ph.D., University of Illinois) and two students published a paper on molecular evolution of the enigmatic Osiris genes in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology in March 2018. Current research includes work with eight students during the academic year and two students in summer 2018 on ant nutritional dynamics. So far these students have presented four talks, two at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and two at Earlham’s Epic Expo. In May, Smith presented on the Osiris genes at a social insect genomics meeting at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and on the ecological genetics of ant division of labor at the International Union of Social Insect meeting in Guarujá, Brazil. Smith continues as associate editor at two academic journals, including Ecology and Evolution, and chairs the awards committee of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects.

Emi SmithAssistant Professor of Biology E. Smith (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School) had her students present two posters that involve student-faculty collaborative research at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in April. The poster “Growth of Human Cancer Cell Lines in Two Different Conditions” was authored by Shahed Sbeta ’19, Jacob Harris ’18, Sarah Bean ’17 and Smith and the poster “Mapping the Three-dimensional Structure of the Tyrosine Hydroxylase Locus in Undifferentiated and Differentiated SH-SY5Y cells” was authored by Natalie Blatz ’19, Mirza Dzanan ’19, Kelsi Miller ’18, Zoe Wallis ’19 and Smith.

Maggie ThomasAssociate Professor of Psychology Maggie Thomas (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) traveled to Atlanta in March for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual conference, with Selina Hardt ‘18, Kathleen Nesbitt-Daly ‘18, Oliver Salustri ‘19 and Annalee Wilson ‘18. Thomas presented the group’s research on the impact of gendered pronouns on person perception.

Hong-Hong TinnAssistant Professor of History Hong-Hong Tinn (Ph.D., Cornell University) is serving as an advisory editor for Engineering Studies.

Forrest TobeyProfessor of Music Forrest Tobey (D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music) spent the month of April in Dharamsala, India, as part of his spring sabbatical, where he studied Lhamo, classical Tibetan Opera, and attended the weeklong Shoden Opera Festival at the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts. He began composing an opera based on a Tibetan story (as told by the explorer Alexandra David-Neel) incorporating elements of traditional Tibetan opera into a modern compositional idiom. He also translated short Tibetan Buddhist texts through a beginning study of classical Tibetan.

Michelle TongAssistant Professor of Psychology Michelle Tong (Ph.D., Cornell University) was awarded a Senior Research Grant through the Indiana Academy of Science for a faculty-student collaborative project titled “The Role of Perineuronal Nets in the Reduction of Interference between Long-term Olfactory Memories.” Tong co-published “Kinase activity in the olfactory bulb is required for odor memory consolidation” in Learning & Memory.

Mickey WhiteProfessor Emeritus of Theatre Arts Mickey White (M.F.A., Humboldt State University) worked over the summer in his fourth season with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival as set designer for Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale. Last year he served as set designer for The Merry Wives of Winsor and Cymbeline as well as technical director for the festival.

Mingzhe ZhengPostdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Mingzhe Zheng (Ph.D., Michigan State University) co-published “Language attitude and linguistic practice of northeastern migrants in Beijing, China” in Proceedings of the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. Zheng co-presented a “Reconsidering Mandarin Tone Sandhi Teaching: Evidence from Production” at the 26th Princeton Conference on Chinese Language Instruction at Princeton University in April; co-presented “Why the Fluctuation: Understanding the Complex Process of L2 Acquisition” at The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, in November; presented “Ethnic Identity Construction: The Interlocutor Effect on TOOTH in Chinese American English” at New Ways of Analyzing Variation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in November; and co-presented “Language Attitude and Linguistic Practice of Northeastern Migrants in Beijing, China” at The North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics at Rutgers University in June.

Kwadwo Antwi-FordjourFormer Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Kwadwo Antwi-Fordjour (Ph.D., University of Alabama, Birmingham) co-published “Global Existence of Solutions of the Gierer-Meinhardt System with Mixed Boundary Conditions” in Applied Mathematics. Antwi-Fordjour presented at the Fall Indiana Mathematical Association of America Section Meeting at Manchester University in Indiana and the Spring 2017 Indiana MAA Section Meeting at Earlham. He gave a talk in March at Franklin College in the Mathematics and Computing Department Colloquium series. In addition, he was accepted to the 2017-2018 cohort of the MAA’s Project Next Fellow.

Former Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Manuel Montes (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati) presented “I Confess That I Have Tried to Write. Poetics of Guilty in Josefina Vicens’ Novel El libro vacío” in March at the XXIII Conference of Mexican Literature at The University of Texas at El Paso. Montes was awarded an Earlham mini-grant for implementing new approaches in critical reading during his current course, Introduction to Text Analysis, which he adapted to be an overview of short fiction written by female authors from 16 different Hispanic countries. In June, he also gave a lecture titled “Reading Literature as a Tool for Developing Critical Thinking in Learning Processes” at the School for Professors of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Guanajuato campus.


Administrative Faculty

Polly AlbrightDirector of Institutional Research and Assessment Polly Albright (B.A., University of Northern Iowa) presented “First Generation and All Generations: Improving Support for Endurance and Student Success” to the Indiana Association of Institutional Researchers in Indianapolis in March. In April she co-presented “Assessing Summer Bridge and First-Year Student Success Programs” at the Higher Learning Commission Conference in Chicago. Also in April, Albright completed a research project titled “Factors Related to Student Achievement” for Applied Regression Analysis coursework at Ball State.

Andy CliffordDirector of Outdoor and Environmental Education Andy Clifford (M.Sc., University of Otago, New Zealand) was recently recognized as Earlham Faculty Collaborator of the Year by the Center for Career and Community Engagement. The award recognized his work to set up EC Bike Share and to develop an associated academic and wellness course, “Cycling for Sustainability,” in collaboration with former Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Isaac Hunter (Ph.D., Colorado State University) and various stakeholders in Richmond cycling initiatives.

Jonathan GrahamAssociate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Jonathan Graham (M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) premiered a new play, The Secret of the Soap and Spin, at Pollyanna Theatre in Austin, Texas, in May. Another of his plays, Equinox, received its 18th production in April at Theatre of Western Springs, outside Chicago.

Lynn KnightDirector of Events and Operations Lynn Knight was awarded two grants through Oral History in the Liberal Arts. The grants are funded through the Great Lakes Colleges Association Expanding Collaboration Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The first grant is for “The International Journey,” a project focusing on international alumni, their journey to Earlham, working in Events at Earlham, and their journey since Earlham. The second is a mentorship grant for the same project with student Annika Hirmke ’19, who will interview students from the Middle East. Knight hopes to interview 96 international Earlhamites who have worked with her in the Events office.

Jennifer LewisAssociate Director for the Center for Global Education Jennifer Lewis (M.A., University of Montana) helped lead a day-long, pre-conference training workshop called “Education Abroad: Critical Skills for the Adviser” at the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia in late May.

Candice MarshallInternational Student Adviser and English Language Learner Instructor Candice Marshall (M.A., Inter American University of Puerto Rico) presented twice at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo in Chicago in March. Her presentation titles were “‘Emazing’ Presentations, Blogs, and Portfolios” and “Pre-Arrival Assessment and Placement of ELLs using Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Tools.”

Alexandra PflugAssociate Director of Alumni Relations Alexandra Pflug graduated with a Master of Education degree in educational psychology in May from Miami University, Oxford.


Earlham School of Religion

Julie Dishman, receptionist and secretary to admissions and faculty at the Earlham School of Religion, had a photo, “Dandelion Field at Sunset,” selected by the Indiana Arts Commission to hang at the Indiana State House, where Dishman was recognized at a reception. The photo was also honored in 2016 by the iPhone Photography School as one of the top iPhotos of the year.

Mandy Ford, director of external relations at Earlham School of Religion, recently signed with Pink Light Studio, an artist agency. Ford creates hand-drawn illustrations, lettering and pattern designs. She is also teaching lettering and illustration classes online with Big Picture Classes.

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