CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | December 1, 2016
- MH/MSS Students Take Top Honors at AGLSP
The 2016 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) annual conference in Oklahoma City gave Student Presentation Awards to:
Lindsay Miller: Seen But Not Heard: Foucault, Freire and the Constructionof the Self in The Rules Dating Manual
Rodrick Schubert: Tradition and Transformation in Jane Addams’s New Federalism: Creating Community Sphere by Empowering Municipalities
- Greene publishes with Bubak and Swallow
Andrew Bubak (PhD student and winner of the Best Scientific Talk category at the recent 2016 Neuroscience Retreat), John Swallow (Professor and Chair of Integrative Biology), Michael Greene (Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Integrative Biology), and two colleagues at the University of South Dakota, recently published a paper in PLOS One describing how brain levels of neurotransmitters affect the decisions of pavement ants to fight each other during wars with neighboring colonies.
- Alcott on Emmelie Prophete
Associate Professor of French, Clinical Teaching Track, Linda Alcott presented a paper at the 73rd Annual South Central Modern Language Association Conference. Alcott’s paper, titled “Voiceless Dialog and Inaccessibility in Emmelie Prophète’s Le boût du monde est une fenêtre,” was presented as part of two Women in French panels focusing on Pre-Twentieth Century and Contemporary Writers. The SCMLA fall conference was held in Dallas, TX, November 3-5, 2016.
- Hartmann on Virtual Reality Tours
Geography and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor C/T Rudi Hartmann presented a paper at an International Geographical Union Symposium in Nanjing, China on “Virtual Reality Tours: New Directions for a Changing Tourism Landscape”. The presentation showed examples of tourist destinations with more frequent uses of virtual reality tours available on their web sites including sites such as the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Berlin Wall in Europe. Hartmann discussed some of the implications for heritage tourism and how these virtual reality tours may affect visits to ‘brick and mortar’ sites.
- Horton on Immigrant Worker Vulnerability
In addition to giving talks on her book at the University of Illinois Chicago, Loyola University, the University of Denver, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Horton published, “From ‘Deportability’ to ‘Denounce-ability’: New Forms of Workplace Vulnerability in an Era of Governing Immigration Through Crime” in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review this month. This article presents her research on employers’ role in circulating work authorization documents in a farm working community in California’s Central Valley to illustrate how the trend towards merging criminal and immigration law deepens immigrant workers’ vulnerabilities at work.
- Jones Publishes Prize Winning Novel
Jeff P. Jones, Creative Writing BA alum, just published the novel, Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days (Texas Review Press), and is the winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize.
- Phiel on CRISPR at FRCC
In October, Christopher Phiel, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, was invited by the Science Club at Front Range Community College to speak about CRISPR genome editing. Phiel teaches about CRISPR and similar techniques in his Introduction to Molecular Biology class, and has students perform their own CRISPR experiments in his Molecular Biology Lab class. The response was quite impressive, with over 60 FRCC students, faculty and staff attending the standing room only talk, demonstrating the interest that CRISPR is generating in our community.
- Tomback and Students Speak at Yellowstone Conference
Diana F. Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair in Integrative Biology and Director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, and her graduate students presented four oral presentations and a poster paper based on recent research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at The 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, held at Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, WY, October 4 – 6, 2016:
Elizabeth Pansing (PhD Student) Use of direct seeding to restore subalpine and treeline whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: planting site influences germination and survival.
Andres Andrade (PhD Student) Understory recovery following the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: nearly three decades of succession.
Aaron Wagner (MS Student) The ecosystem function of whitebark pine ... Read More »
- Stith Speaks in Spain
Brad Stith, Professor of Integrative Biology, gave two invited talks in Spain in late September-early October. The first was at the at the European Calcium Society (one platform and one poster) meeting which was hosted by the University of Valladolid. Stith's talk was on the discovery of a new step in fertilization and how a lipid leads to the major event of fertilization -the release of intracellular calcium. Stith's second talk was at the University of Barcelona and concerned a lipid that binds and activates an enzyme associated with cancer (Src tyrosine kinase). This work suggests a new pathway to cancer.