CAS Highlights

Here is a list of some professional achievements of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty.

Betsy Anderson (Communication and Journalism) presented “The Logic of Argument Quality: Rethinking How Strong and Weak Arguments are Operationalized in Experimental Research,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago last August.

Tonia Bock (Psychology) and J. Lies have written a chapter,“What Does it Take to Give? Moral Identity, Moral Reasoning, and Religiosity as Predictors of Civic Engagement,” published in F.K. Oser and W. Veugelers, editors, book, Getting Involved: Global Citizenship Development and Sources of Moral Values (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2008).

Carol Bruess, Debra Petersen and Kevin Sauter (Communication and Journalism) are the authors of “Service-Learning in the Study Abroad/Away-From-Campus Communication Context: Lessons, Experiences and Practical Wisdoms from the Hawaiian Ke Kula Ni ‘ihau O Kekaha School Projects” published in Best Practices in Experiential and Service-Learning in Communication (Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2009).

Kris Bunton (Communication and Journalism) presented “From ‘Supernanny’ to ‘The Baby Borrowers’: Reality Television as Family Teacher” at the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum annual meeting in Baltimore in November.

Daniel Carey (Health and Human Performance), Courtney Tofte ’08, German Pliego (Computer and Information Sciences) and Robert Raymond (emeritus, Computer and Information Sciences) are the authors of “Transferability of Running and Cycling Training Zones in Triathletes: Implications for Steady-State Exercise” published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in January 2009.

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada (Music) presented “Which Side Are You On?: Folk Tune Quotation and the Power of Protest in the American South” at the Centre for the Study of International Governance at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England, in November.

John Cragan (Communication and Journalism) is the author of Communication in Small Groups (Seventh edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2008).

Joseph Fitzharris (History) has an article, “Author’s Perspective,” published in World War II Quarterly last summer.

Monica Hartmann (Economics), Maxim Engers and Steven Stern are the authors of “Annual Miles Drive Used Car Prices,” which appears in the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2009).

Father Jan Michael Joncas (Catholic Studies) has an article, “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, New Guidelines for Liturgical Music in the USA,” published last summer in Music and Liturgy, Vol. 34, No. 2.

Matthew Kim (Economics) and Sarah Hamersma, presented “Job Lock and the Role of Public Health Insurance During Employment Transitions“ at the Southern Economic Association in Washington, D.C., in November.

Elizabeth Kindall (Art History) presented “The Filial Campaign of Huang Xiangjian” at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs in Northfield, Minn., in October.

Mark Neuzil (Communication and Journalism) and Ron Way won second prize for online journalism from the Society of Environmental Journalists for the four-part series, “Ethanol in Minnesota,” published on in January 2008.

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson (Art History) presented “Shape-Shifting in the Early Christian North: The Animal Skin as Costume or Disguise” at the Leeds International Medieval Conference, Leeds, England, in July.

William Ojala (Chemistry) and St. Thomas students Kendra Lystad, Jill Spude and Brianna MacQueen presented “Nitrile-Halogen Contacts in Benzylideneanilines Revisited: The Influence of the Substitution Pattern” at the American Crystallographic Association in Knoxville, Tenn., in June.

Lon Otto (English) is the author of “Crawl Space,” a short story published in the Colorado Review last summer.

Agapitos Papagapitos (Economics) and Robert Riley (Economics) are the authors of “Social Trust and Human CapitalFormation,” which was published in Economics Letters in February.

Derrin Pinto and Richard Raschio (Modern and ClassicalLanguages) are co-authors of “Oye, qué onda con mi dinero? An Analysis of Heritage Speaker Complaints” in Sociolinguistic Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2009).

Mary Reichardt (Catholic Studies) is critical editions series editor of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published by Ignatius Press in 2009.

Andrew Scheiber (English) presented “‘Singing with My Thighs’: Blues Ambivalence and the Female Body in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora” at the Modern Language Association in San Francisco in December.

Gerald Schlabach (Theology and Justice and Peace Studies) is the author of “Catholic and Mennonite: A Journey of Healing“ published in One in Christ, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Winter 2008).

Ivancica Schrunk (History) presented “The Brioni Islands:Functional Identity of a Historical Landscape” at the 23rd session of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape in Lisbon, Portugal, in September.

Britain Scott, Christie Manning and Elise Amel (Psychology) presented “Dangerous Boys and Daring Girls: Participating in Nature vs. Protecting it” at the Symposium for Society for Human Ecology, Bellingham, Wash., in September.

Heather Shirey (Art History) is the author of “On the precarious and mutable concepts of beauty and ugliness,” a review of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics by Sarah Nuttall, editor.(Durham, N.C., and London: Duke University Press, 2006) for H-Net in November 2008.

Erik Smith (Geology), Jennifer McGuire (Geology), M. Voytek, I. Cozzarelli, T. Kneeshaw and S. Baez-Cazull presented “A Novel Field Apparatus for Conducting Linked Geochemical-Microbiological Experiments in Shallow Sediments” at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco in December.

Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell (Art History) had his review of F. Stilp, Die Jacobsthal-Reliefs. Konturierte Tonreliefs aus dem Griechenland der Frühklassik, RdA Supplementi Alli 29 (Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider, 2006), published in the Journal of Hellenic Studies last December.

Kevin Theissen (Geology) is the author of “The Earth’s Record of Climate: A focused-topic introductory course“ in the Journal of Geoscience Education, September 2008.

Daniel Tight (Modern and Classical Languages) presented “Perceptual Learning Style Matching and L2 Spanish Vocabulary Acquisition” at AILA 2008 – the 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics in Essen, Germany, in August.

Scott Wright (History) is the author of three chapters, “John G. Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada (1957-1963),” “Robert W.Service, British Poet and Novelist” and “Fulton J. Sheen, American Religious Leader“ in Great Lives From History: The Twentieth Century (Salem Press, 2008).

Wendy Wyatt (Communication and Journalism) is the author of “Being Aristotelian: Using Virtue Ethics in an Applied Media Ethics Course” in the October-December 2008 Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 23, No. 4.

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