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March 2015

  • At the recent International Studies Association meeting, Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin served as discussant for a panel titled “When Peace Meets Resistance: An Exploration Of Theoretical And Empirical Intersections” and chaired another panel titled “Pedagogies Of The ‘International’: Displacement, Emancipation, Reification?” In addition, he co-chaired the annual editorial meeting of the book series he co-edits, “New Millennium Books in International Relations,” and co-chaired the annual meeting of the journal “International Studies Perspectives,” where he is one of two associate editors.

  • Assistant Professor of History Melissa K Byrnes has published an op-ed titled “Racism, not religion, is at the root of European attacks” in the “Austin American Statesman.”  

  • A proposal written by Chinese minors Adrienne Dodd and Hunter Jurgens, along with Assistant Professor of Chinese Patricia Schiaffini, has been accepted by the AsiaNetwork/Freeman Foundation collaborative research program. This proposal is to conduct summer field work and research on environmental issues in Tibetan populated areas in China. As part of the grant, Schiaffini will present at the Asia Network conference in April in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Associate Professor of Physics Mark Bottorff has had published the observation work he did three years ago on a large international ground and space satellite monitoring project in the “Astrophysical Journal.” Vince Estrada-Carpenter ’13 and Botorff are listed as co-authors on the paper.

  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin had his article, “If You’re Not Part of the Solution, You’re Part of the Problem,” published in the “International Feminist Journal of Politics.”

  • Professor of History Thomas McClendon co-authored “The South African Student Exchange Program: Anti-Apartheid Activism in the Era of Constructive Engagement,” published in “The Journal of South African and American Studies, (Jan. 2015).”

  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson’s article, “Creolized Conservation: A Belizean Creole Community Encounters a Wildlife Sanctuary,” has been published in “Anthropological Quarterly.”

  • Professor of Chemistry Maha Zewail-Foote and Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci have an article currently in press called “Sexual Attractiveness in Male Rats is Associated with Greater Concentration of Major Urinary Proteins Biology of Reproduction.”

  • Alisa Gaunder, professor of political science and dean of the faculty, will have her article, “Quota Nonadoption in Japan: The Role of the Women’s Movement and the Opposition,” published in an upcoming issue of “Politics and Gender.”

  • Professor of Physics Steve Alexander and Curran Johnston ’14 had their article “Naturally Occuring Heavy Radioactive Elements in the Geothermal Microcosm of the Los Azufres (Mexico) Volcanic Complex” published in the “Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.”

  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari was interviewed by KMFA radio in regard to Women’s History Month. The classical music station’s focus was on Austin women musicians, and Ferrari spoke about her experiences as a female conductor in what is generally regarded as a “man’s profession.”

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum’s dissertation research on the discovery of multimodal behavior in complex computer simulations using neuroevolution will be published in two upcoming articles that deal with automatic discovery of intelligent behavior in the classic video game of Ms. Pac-Man. The first, titled “Discovering Multimodal Behavior in Ms. Pac-Man through Evolution of Modular Neural Networks,” is slated to appear in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Games later this year. The second, titled “Solving Interleaved and Blended Sequential Decision-Making Problems through Modular Neuroevolution,” will appear in the Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference after being presented at the conference this July in Madrid, Spain. 

  • At the March meeting of the American Physical Society in San Antonio, Professor of Physics Steven Alexander gave a talk titled “Calculating Properties of Finite Mass Atoms.”

  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock received a Fulbright grant to fund her research on transgender communities and Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, India, during her spring 2016 sabbatical.

  • Ben Pierce, professor of biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, was recently awarded a $27,691 grant from the Williamson County Conservation Foundation to carry out research on the ecology of the Georgetown salamander. In the past five years, Pierce has received a total of $131,557 for his research on the Georgetown salamander.

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, was invited to give a reading from her book “Feminist Queer Crip” at New York University on February 25, 2015. While on the campus, she met with graduate students to discuss their work.

  • Phil Hopkins, professor of philosophy, published a book, “Mass Moralizing: Marketing and Moral Storytelling,” with Lexington Books (an academic imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) in March.

  • The Southwestern women’s basketball team won the 2015 SCAC Championship; they will now go on to play in the 64 team Division III National Tournament beginning March 6. Head Coach Kerri Brinkoeter also was named SCAC Coach of the Year. 

February 2015

  • Dr. Patrick Hajovsky co-hosted a panel with Dr. Kimberly Jones, Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas, at the College Art Association in New York on February 13. The title of the panel was “Divine Impersonators: Substance and Presence of Pre-Columbian Embodiment.” Read more.

  • Therese Shelton, associate professor of math, will be presented with The Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award by the Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at their April 2015 Meeting. The award represents both a teacher’s commitment to students and the respect from the teacher’s peers. For more than 20 years, Shelton has been preparing students to give math presentations, including seven recent national presentations, one of which won a national award. 

  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari and the Austin Civic Orchestra performed a concert of Russian music in the Alma Thomas Theater on February 7. Featured were Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng on cello and ACO’s new assistant conductor Gus Sterneman ’06. Professors Emeriti Ellsworth Peterson and Bob Horick gave a pre-concert talk on the program’s main work, Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

  • On January 26, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum presented his research at an event held in conjunction with the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His interactive demo, “BotPrize 2012 Champion: A Human-like Bot for Unreal Tournament,” allowed participants to play the game Unreal Tournament 2004 while trying to determine which opponent was human-controlled, and which was Schrum’s software bot that had previously won an international competition by fooling human judges into thinking it was human. 

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, delivered the annual School of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Lecture at the University of Toledo on February 19. She was invited to speak about her book Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana University Press, 2013). 

  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano co-authored two articles (with alumni Kevin Hutzler, Sarah Johnson and Jordan Herselman) that were recently accepted for publication in the journal Psychology & Sexuality: “Three’s a crowd: Public awareness and (mis)perceptions of polyamory” and “Development of a brief measure of attitudes towards polyamory.”

  • Joshua Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, authored an article titled “Constructing the narrative of the sustainability fix: Sustainability, social justice and representation in Austin, TX,” that appeared in the journal Urban Studies. He was also was interviewed Computerworld for a story about the changing landscape of Information Technology employment in Austin and the Southwest, and by the European News magazine Der Spiegel for an article that explores Austin’s commitment to green energy and electric cars.

  • Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence Hai Zheng-Olefsky has been invited to perform her 5th Asia concert tour. She will bring her long time pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa, associate dean of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and professor of music, to celebrate their 20th season performing together. They will give one master class and two concerts in Bangkok at Siam Ratchada Music School Auditorium on March 12, and at Hua Hin’s Hyatt Regency in Thailand on March 13; one master class and one concert at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at National University of Singapore on March 17 and 18. They will finish their concert tour with one master class and one recital at the China Conservatory in Beijing on March 19 and 20.

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Davi Thornton’s article “Transformations of the Ideal Mother: The Story of Mommy Economicus and Her Amazing Brain” was published in Women’s Studies in Communication 37(3) 2014. In addition, this article was awarded the Top Article Award of 2014 by the Organization for Research on Women and Communication. 

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was selected to be on the editorial board for the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture, which will be part of the Oxford Art Online project and will appear as finished print 3-volume printed set with approximately 1350 entries.

  • Professor of Sociology and University Scholar Edward L. Kain co-authored an article titled, “The Coordinated Curriculum: How Institutional Theory Can Be Used to Catalyze Revision of the Sociology Major,” with Stephen Sweet and Kevin McElrath of Ithaca College, which was published in the October 2014 issue of “Teaching Sociology.”

  • In January, 2015, the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings were held in San Antonio. At the conference, Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony gave a talk titled “Complete r-partite graphs determined by their domination polynomial” in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Graph Theory.

    Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura gave a talk titled “Harmonic ratios: music and art in an inquiry-based Geometry course” in the MAA Session on Mathematics and the Arts.

    Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr gave a talk titled “Some recent results on magic-type labelings of directed graphs” in the Pure and Applied Talks by Women Math Warriors presented by EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) session. Professor of Mathematics Kendall Richards gave a talk titled “On the Modulus of the Grotzsch Ring” in the AMS Special Session on Inequalities and Quantitative Approximation.

    Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton gave a talk titled “POGIL Flu for Calculus: Influenza Data to Help Students Investigate Antiderivatives, Accumulations, and FTC” in the MAA Session on Inquiry-Based Learning in First-Year and Second-Year Courses. Marr and Shelton also gave a talk titled “Working to Improve Student Success in Calculus I Through Pre-calculus Support” in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Teaching or Learning Calculus.

    Southwestern student, Matthew Miller, presented a poster titled “Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease” in the undergraduate poster session. Southwestern student Robert Lehr and President Edward Burger also attended the meeting.

January 2015

  • Michael Seanger, professor of English, was interviewed by McGill-Queens University Press about his new collection of essays that explore the hybridity of languages that Shakespeare embraced in his writing.

  • Allison R. Miller, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited lecture on January 8 at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The talk titled, “A Retreat from Naturalism: Re-thinking the Terracotta Warriors of the Han” was financed with funds from the European Social Fund and the Czech Ministry of Education.

  • Assistant Professor of Religion Molly Hadley Jensen wrote an article, “Cultivating a Sense of Place in Religious Studies,” for the January issue of “Teaching Theology and Religion.”   

  • Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, published “Keeping the Sabbath Post-Hyper Cacher” in Lilith Blog. 

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett co-authored “Facebook official: Using the Overlap in Facebook Profiles to Predict Relationship Outcomes,” which has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Social Psychology.” 

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci presented at the Williamson Museum Salon monthly meeting in January 2015, “Let’s Talk about Sex.”

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci, Professor of Chemistry Maha Zewail-Foote, and a group of scientists in Singapore have a new manuscript accepted for publication in the journal, “Biology of Reproduction.” 

  • Michael Cooper, professor of music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts, published a chapter titled “Music History as Sermon: Style, Form, and Narrative in Mendelssohn’s ‘Dürer’ Cantata (1828)” in the book “Mendelssohn, the Organ, and the Music of the Past: Constructing Historical Legacies”

  • Instructor of Environmental Studies M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine presented at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco about current research on remote sensing and GIS database development in defining Alluvial Megafan, or large fan-shaped bodies of sediment that form from lateral migrations of a river as it exits a topographic front. He has also co-authored an article published in the Journal of Geography titled “The Use of Web-Based Video for Instruction of GIS and Other Digital Geographic Methods,” in which he highlights the benefits and limitations of Web-based video in GIS labs, and how these teaching tools can be used to “flip” classrooms.

    He also presented a current faculty-student research project at the 2014 Williamson County GIS Day, an event about the practice of GIS, where users and vendors open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications and research. The talk, co-authored with Southwestern students Brandee Knight, Dakota McDurham, and Jen O’Neal, was titled “The Effects of Virtual Environments on Spatial Thinking,” and outlined virtual environments, or reconstructions of reality in 3D GIS platforms like Google Maps Streetview. They presented results of a experiment with grade school children who explored Southwestern campus virtually and physical and then tested for understanding of place and navigation of campus. Results were also presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of American Geographer in Albuquerque, NM.

  • Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, edited a critical anthology titled, “The Expressionist Turn in Art History,” published by Ashgate in December 2014. Smith’s anthology includes a cross-section of art history texts from the early 20th century that have been described as expressionist, along with critical commentaries by an international group of scholars. Translated here from the German for the first time, these examples of an expressionist turn in art history, along with their secondary analyses and Smith’s substantial introduction, offer a productive lens through which to re-examine the practice and theory of art history in the early 20th century.

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr was recently invited to deliver two talks in India. The first, delivered on Dec. 2 at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli, India, was part of the 10th Annual Professor S. Arumugam Endowment Seminar on Graph Theory, and was titled “Three of my favorite graph theory questions.” The second was given on Dec. 4 at Kalasalingam University as part of the 8th International Workshop on Graph Labeling. It was titled “Sparse semi-magic squares and labelings of directed graphs.”  

December 2014

  • Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, published a paper on “The Power of Rejection in Online Bottleneck Matching,” co-authored with Christine Chung (Connecticut College), in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The paper was presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2014). 

  • Charlotte Nunes, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship in the Department of Research and Digital Scholarship, spoke on a panel discussing “Archives and Digital Humanities” at the Coalition for Networked Information in Washington, D.C. December 8-10. Nunes discussed her role as an intermediary between the library and academic departments for the Latina History Project, co-directed by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo and Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer.

  • Assistant Professor of Economics Patrick Van Horn had a research article titled, “Did the Reserve Requirement Increases of 1936-1937 Reduce Bank Lending? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment” (coauthored with Haelim Park) accepted for publication at Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Applied Music Jessica Gilliam-Valls was invited to perform at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Convention, at the University of Colorado at Ft. Collins, June 1-6. She will also be presenting at the Vivo el Bajo! South Texas Bass Symposium, Feburary 27-March 1, 2015.

  • Flute instructor Adrienne Inglis toured with Chaski to Hot Springs, Ark., November 20-23, to perform Latin American folk music as well as two of Inglis’ compositions. Chaski and the Hot Springs Music Festival Chorus, under the direction of Lynn Payette, presented the Arkansas premiere performances of Inglis’ “Misa trinitaria” and “In Heaven and on Earth” and received a standing ovation.

  • Part-time Assistant Professor of Chinese Patricia Schiaffini presented a paper on filmmaker and writer from Tibet, Pema Taeden, from Hong Kong Baptist University.

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura celebrated Albrecht Dürer’s mathematical and artistic prowess for the 500th anniversary of his etching, St. Jerome in his Study, in the November issue of “Math Horizons.” Her article, titled “Dürer: Disguise, Distance, Disagreements, and Diagonals!” was co-written with Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz and mathematically analyzes Dürer’s perspective drawing.

  • Assistant Professor of History Melissa Byrnes served as discussant for a panel titled “Contested Visions of Metropole and Colony: From France to French West Africa in the 20th Century” at the Western Society for French History’s Annual Conference in San Antonio this November. She also chaired a panel, “Conquering Science and the Science of Conquest.”

  • Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe, Assistant Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron and Sue Mennicke, associate dean for international programs at Franklin and Marshall College published an article titled, “The Racialized Impact of Study Abroad on U.S. Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions,” in “Education Research International,” (Dec. 2014), doi:10.1155/2014/232687. This project was carried out with funds from Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Mellon Grant awarded to Lowe, Byron and Mennicke.

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented her research on eco-pedagogy as feminist praxis at the annual convention of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages / American Association of Teachers of German in San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23. Berroth mentored Lauren Brooks, Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University in co-organizing the conference panel, which was sponsored by the Coalition of women in German, and invited her to present her dissertation research on connections of Kafka and Seinfeld to students of German at Southwestern University.

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music Dana Zenobi presented a lecture titled “Funding Strategies for Performers” at the 2014 Texoma regional conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Zenobi was one of nine artists selected from the Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico region this year. 


  • Associate Professor of Biology Maria Cuevas and Tracey Lindeman ’09 published an article in the January 2015 issue of the journal “Oncology Reports.” The article, titled “In vitro cytotoxicity of 4’OH-tamoxifen and estradiol in human endometrial adenocarcinoma cells HEC-1A and HEC-1B.

  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere has published a review essay titled “Relations” in “Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies.” The essay reviews three new books in Victorian family studies in the context of ongoing scholarly conversations in the field.

  • Receiving Sam Taylor Fellowship awards from the Division of Higher Education of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church this year were Associate Professor of Music David Asbury, Professor of English Eileen Cleere, Professor of Biology Maria Cuevas and Instructor of Environmental Studies Anwar Sounny-Slitine

  • Professor of Music Kiyoshi Tamagawa performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in two subscription concerts at the Long Center in Austin on Nov. 21 and 22. He played the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503, by Mozart as part of “A Night with Mozart and Schubert,” and participated in pre-concert lectures on KMFA before each performance.

  • Southwestern Jazz Band Director David Guidi was recently selected to serve as the director for the TMEA Region 26 Honors Jazz Band. The ensemble made up of public school students selected through an intensive audition process, performed at East View High School in Georgetown on December 13.

November 2014

  • Associate Professor of English David Gaines had his article “Tangled Up in Bob,” published in “The Chronicle of Higher Ed” on Nov. 24, 2014. 

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger had a short article accepted in “Notes and Queries” (published by Oxford University Press) on the connection between Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” and one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Thomas Nashe. The piece is a condensed version of Saenger’s keynote lecture at a conference held at the University of London last summer. In addition, Saenger wrote a review of an Austin production of “Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Joseph Falocco, that was accepted for publication in “Texas Theatre Journal.”

  • Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer and Patrick Flanigan ’13 published an article in the December 2014 issue of the journal “Food Chemistry.” The article, titled “Effect of cultivar on phenolic levels, anthocyanin composition, and antioxidant properties in purple basil (Ocimum basilicum L.)”, was based on Flanigan’s chemistry honors project research.

  • Professor of Religion Laura Hobgood-Oster was one of the guests on HuffPost Live on Nov. 13. 2014

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented five prints at the “Midwest Matrix Continuum,” conference and exhibition celebrating some of the most influential printmakers since mid-century in the field of fine art printmaking and their influence on programs around the nation. The exhibit was held at the Grunwald Gallery in the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was on view August 29 – October 1. 

  • Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish, had an article published in the fall 2014 edition of “Modern Language Journal.” The article, “Interactional Competence and the Development of Alignment Activity,” draws from research conducted on second language learners in the study abroad setting. Dings also had an article published in the fall 2014 edition of “Foreign Language Annals.” The article, co-authored with Tammy Jandrey Hertel of Lynchburg College, is titled “The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Realities and Faculty Perceptions” and presents quantitative and qualitative results of a nationwide survey of Spanish department faculty on the undergraduate Spanish major curriculum. 

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo was invited to do a reading of her recent publication, “Methodologies of the Spirit: Reclaiming Our Lady of Guadalupe and Discovering Tonantzin Within and Beyond the Nepantla of Academia” published in the anthology, “Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives.” The reading took place on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change in Austin.

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, published “Tribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms.“ 

October 2014

  • Associate Professors of Biology Maria Todd and Maria Cuevas were awarded $10,000 from the JP Morgan Crump Foundation to support their collaborative cancer research project with Associate Professor of Biology Rebecca Sheller. The aim of the project is to study the deregulation of tight junction proteins in female reproductive cancers. 

  • On Nov. 14, President Edward Burger will speak and participate in a panel discussion at a Texas STEM summit, “Harnessing Human Energy for STEM Success,” sponsored by Chevron. Only President Burger and two other academics - from Rice University and the Rochester Institute of Technology - were chosen to speak to this important topic.

  • Professor of Art History Thomas Howe spoke on Oct. 31 in St. Petersburg, Russia, on master planning a major archaeological park. He was a principal speaker at an international conference hosted by and at the Hermitage State Museums and the University of St. Petersburg. His talk is titled, “Actual Problems of Art History and Theory” and presented the approach which he developed in shaping and executing the Master Plan of the large Stabiae archaeological site near Pompeii, one of the largest planned archaeological projects of modern Europe. His presentation of this active project will be the principle topic of discussion at this conference on the theories of planning and presenting archaeological sites. 

  • Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, presented “Post-Holocaust Jewish Geography: Enemies, A Love Story” at the 2014 Film and History conference, held in Madison, WI.

  • Stephen Marble, associate professor of education and Michael Kamen, professor of education, presented at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 30. 

  • On Oct. 23 and 24 Professor of Art History Thomas Howe gave lectures for the third consecutive year on the Archaeological Institute of America National Lecture Tour to the AIA Societies of Eugene and Portland Oregon. He will again be presenting the results of recent excavations and studies on his site of the large Roman villas of Stabiae near Pompeii. 

  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, delivered a talk titled, “The Linguistic Materiality of Perspective in The Spanish Tragedy,” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in New Orleans, October 19, 2014. He was also an invited chair of the panel, “Dramatic Tragedy in 16th-century England,” and the organizer of “Theater of Perspective in the Renaissance” at the same conference.

  • In May, Thomas Howe, professor of art history and coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy, delivered a book-length manuscript of the publication of one of the most important ancient Roman gardens ever found - the Villa Arianna of Stabiae.

    Howe assumed personal direction of the excavation from 2007 to 2010 and study afterward, and worked with more than a dozen authors and specialists to produce a model interdisciplinary study of the first garden to provide archaeological proof of the kind of “fictive thicket” garden, long known through the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta outside Rome (pictured). The volume will be published as a monograph in the Quaderni of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, both in Italian and English. 

  • Thomas Howe, professor of art history, recently delivered the manuscript of an article he contributed to the “Festschrift” (honorary volume) to be delivered upon the retirement of the long-serving restoration architect of the Parthenon in Athens Greece, Monolis Korres, who retired in June 2016.

    In the article, Howe makes the bold argument that the first real architects did not rise from the building professions, but were imposed on it from a class of men just like the first philosophers: self-taught “gentlemen” polymaths, who traveled to Egypt and were experienced in politics, war, applied geometry and work-crew management. This was the beginning of the first true “liberal arts” training (called “paideia”) for creative professionals. 

  • The Austin Civic Orchestra and its Music Director, Lois Ferrari, both finished as finalists in the 2014 American Prize national competition. Both orchestra and conductor competed on a national scale in the civic orchestra division by submitting both video and audio recordings of recent performances. The ACO has within its ranks nine members with SU connections, either as alumni, current students or faculty.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, presented research on transnational and multicultural European film at the 71st Annual South Central Modern Languages Association Conference in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 20, 2014. Showcasing her curricular innovations in the German program at the 39th conference of the Coalition of Women in German in Shawnee on Delaware, PA, Oct. 23-26, 2014, she spoke on “Teaching German in the Anthropocene” on the Pedagogy Panel titled Sustainability as Feminist Practice.

    Her poster presentation “Innovations in a Small German Program” highlighted the impact of an ACS Blended Learning Grant in the development of our new short-term embedded study abroad program for student-athletes: Global Players: Leadership, Football, Intercultural Learning, first implemented this summer. Berroth also organized and chaired the session “Feminist Embodiment and Empowerment,” and, as Chair of the 2014 WIG Dissertation Prize Committee, introduced and honored this year’s winner.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and Lucy King Brown Chair, published (2014) “If You’re Not Part of the Solution, You’re Part of the Problem,” in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 16(3).

  • Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, and Natalia Rodriguez, senior computer science major, attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix, Arizona. Both were awarded funding to attend (an Anita Borg Institute Faculty scholarship, and a GHC Scholarship grant). At the conference, Anthony was a judge in the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition.

  • Flutist and flute instructor Adrienne Inglis, with mezzo-soprano Shaunna Shandro and harpist Shana Norton, performed the American premiere of three works by British composer Rosemary Duxbury on May 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas: The Nightingale, Songs of the Mysterious, and The Dawn Princess. The world premiere of Inglis’ composition, In Heaven and on Earth for SATB chorus, flute, and lever harp, was presented September 28, 2014, by the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir with director Rick Colvin, flutist Adrienne Inglis, and harpist Norton, in Austin, Texas.

  • Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, contributed the essays on Henry David Thoreau as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson for The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, published by Wiley Blackwell Press. The essays provide the political significance of each thinker’s writings, scholarly approaches and current research, as well as biographical information. The Encyclopedia of Political Thought assembles experts in the field to analyze key topics, themes, and theorists in the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and political philosophy. 

  • Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, published “Jewish Calendar Talk” in Lilith Blog.

  • In the summer of 2014 Professor of Art History Thomas Howe, for the fourth year, lead a team of architecture students in developing a system of high-precision 3D recording of upstanding ancient architecture using reflectorless theodolite and CAD. The CAD processing was done by advanced students and alumni of the School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning of the University of Maryland; students from SU participated in 2012 and 2013 (Katy Nave ’15 and Chandler Johnson ’15). 

September 2014

  • Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, gave a talk entitled “Maria Marc’s Letters” at the conference “Crossing Borders: Marianne Werefkin and the Cosmopolitan Women Artists in Her Circle.” This international conference took place on September 11-12, 2014 at the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen, Germany, and was held in cooperation with Jacobs University, Bremen. Maria Marc is little known even in German art history, and even less so in Anglo-American scholarship. Smith’s talk addressed Maria Marc’s writing, from letters to provenance notes, as a generative act that should be considered crucial to our understanding of Blaue Reiter Expressionism. 

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, had an article titled “Dog Eat Dog World” published in the July issue of Crufts magazine.

  • Eileen Cleere, professor of English, has published her second book. The book, titled The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns, was released by Ohio State University Press in late July. Read more here.

  • Reginald Byron, assistant professor of sociology, and Maria Lowe, professor of sociology, presented a paper titled “Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University” at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco Aug. 16-19. Recent graduates Brianna Billingsley and Nathan Tuttle were co-authors of the paper. Lowe and Angela Stroud, a 2003 graduate who is now an assistant professor of sociology and social justice at Northland College, also presented a paper titled “‘Suspicious Person or Neighbor?’: Heightened Surveillance of Black Men on a Predominantly White Neighborhood Listserv.” Recent graduate Alice Nguyen was a co-author of the paper. Billingsley participated in the ASA Honors Program and presented a paper from her 2013 sociology capstone research that won first place in the undergraduate paper competition sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society. Billingsley received a $500 cash award for winning the national paper prize, along with $1,000 in travel funds to present her research at the meeting, and an opportunity to submit her research for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Sociological Inquiry.

  • An article by Fred Sellers, associate professor emeritus of business, has been published in volume 14(2) of theJournal of Accounting and Finance. The article is titled “Dynegy Corporation: Inflating Operating Cash Flow.”

  • Rick Roemer, professor of theatre, has been hired as a guest artist actor for the regional premiere of “Love and Information,” which will be performed at St. Edward’s University Sept. 25-Oct. 5. The play, which was written by Caryl Churchill, just had a smash hit run at the highly acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop. Read more here.

  • Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, published an article titled “The Unmarked Chains of Paper Clips” in the spring issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. The essay discusses the 2004 documentary made about the Children’s Holocaust Memorial in Whitwell, Tenn., and, more broadly, Holocaust education in the 21st century. Read the article here.

  • Fay Guaracci, professor of psychology, has an article in the September issue of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. The article, titled “Endocannabinoid influence on partner preference in female rats,” was co-authored by 2014 graduates Nicoletta MemosRebekah Vela and Courtney Tabone.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, has been selected to participate in a faculty seminar on Meeting Student Needs in College German Programs that will be held at Georgetown University Oct. 10-12. The seminar is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German and made possible through funding from Netzwerk Deutsch of the Sonderprogramm zur Förderung von Deutsch in USA und Kanada. Only 28 participants were selected to attend the seminar. Read more here.

September 2014

  • Jessica Hower, assistant professor of history, won the 2014 Wm. Roger Louis Prize, which is awarded annually to the author of the best paper delivered at the annual international Britain and the World Conference. This year’s conference was held June 19-21 at Newcastle University in England and Hower presented a paper titled “Under One (Inherited) Imperial Crown: The Tudor Origins of Britain and its Empire, 1603-1625.” The prize is worth $1,000 and entitles the winners to publication of their articles in a future issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, which is published by Edinburgh University Press. 

  • Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored an article titled “LifeWorks Resolution Counseling Program: The effectiveness of a non-punitive violence rehabilitation program” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Violence.

  • Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, attended the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) Southwest Regional 3-Day Workshop in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July. As part of the workshop, she presented a poster on “Community-Engaged Projects in Operations Research,” which was based on the four projects done by students in her Spring 2014 class.

  • Four faculty members have been selected to be Community-Engaged Learning Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year and will receive special mentoring from the Office of Civic Engagement on how to integrate community-engaged learning into their classes. The new fellows are Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology; Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish; Katherine Prater, assistant professor of education; and Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese. Read more about the program here.

  • Mary Visser, professor of art and holder of the Herman Brown Chair, had two new sculptural works 3-D printed by The University of Texas for the 2014 International Digital Sculpture Exhibition, which was held at UT-Austin in August. Read more about the exhibition here

  • Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music, presented a session titled “Playing Together: Chamber Music for Beginning and Intermediate-Level Pianists” at the annual convention of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association, which was held in Houston June 16-19.

  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, was the first keynote speaker at a conference on Adapting, Performing and Reviewing Shakespearean Comedy in a European Context that was held at Kings College, London, June 12-13. Listen to a podcast of his talk here. Saenger also published two reviews on the Reviewing Shakespeare website, which is maintained by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the University of Warwick. Read his review of  Twelfth Night as performed by The City Theatre in Austin here. Read his review of All’s Well That Ends Well as performed by the 7 Towers Theater Company of Austin here. Saenger also has been given a blog by The Times of Israel. His first published piece, “The Shylock Lens: Shakespeare and the Myth of Jewish Brutality,” was published on July 21. Read the piece here.

  • Gulnar Rawji, associate professor of chemistry, published an article earlier this year that was co-authored by two former Southwestern students and a colleague at UT-Austin. The paper is titled “An acetonitrile solvatomorph of dichlorido(1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-d​ione)platinum(II) and was published in the journal Acta Crystallographic. The Southwestern graduates who were co-authors on the paper are Amanda H​amala and Carissa Fritz.

  • Ben Pierce, professor of biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, published an article in Herpetological Conservation and Biology titled “Population size, movement, and reproduction of the Georgetown salamander,Eurycea naufragia.” The paper was co-authored with 2013 graduate Kira McEntire and 2012 graduate Ashley Wall.

  • President Edward Burger was the guest speaker for the Texas Leadership Forum in May. In July, President Burger spoke to high school students attending the Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University and to students attending the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Honors Institute, which was held at Southwestern. He also delivered the keynote address at a July 29 event honoring teachers who participated in the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and spoke to groups of educators in Michigan and Florida.

  • Five faculty members from Southwestern participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences that was held at Pace University in New York June 11-14. The theme for the conference was “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” Faculty members Erika BerrothLaura Hobgood-OsterMelissa Johnson and Emily Northrop participated in a panel titled “Collaboration in Teaching the Anthropocene Across Disciplines.” Berroth presented a paper titled “Shades of Green: Reflection on the Role of Modern Languages and Literature Programs within Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene Studies.” Hobgood-Oster presented a paper titled “How Does the Anthropocene Fit into a Religion Classroom?” Johnson presented a paper titled  “Reframing an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Course around the Anthropocene.” Northrop presented a paper titled “The Competing Goals of Economic Growth and Climate Stability in the Introductory Economics Course.” Molly Jensen, assistant professor of religion, introduced conference participants to Southwestern’s new Paideia Cluster on The Anthropocene and presented a paper at the meeting titled “Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Religious Studies Course: Teaching for Ecological Care.”

  • Three faculty members from Southwestern attended the 17th annual Mediterranean Studies Congress held May 28-31 at the University of Malaga in Marbella, Spain. Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “Ramadan on the Rhone: Muslims and Christians in Secular France.” Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, presented a paper titled “London’s Venice and Shylock’s Rialto” and Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, presented a paper titled “Mediterranean Mishpocha: The 2010-14 Uprising(s) of the Mediterranean Peoples.”

  • Lois Ferrari, professor of music, is a finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Community Orchestra Conductingand the Austin Civic Orchestra, which she conducts, is a finalist in the Community Orchestra Performance category. Dana Zenobi, assistant professor of applied music, is a finalist in the Professional Art Song division, and senior Melissa Krueger is a finalist in the College/University Opera division.

May 2014

  • Eileen Meyer Russell, associate professor of music, presented two recitals with Don McManus, organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. The recitals were in Lufkin, Texas, at St. Cyprian’s Church, and in Georgetown at Grace Episcopal Church. Both recitals featured Meyer Russell on alto and tenor trombones and euphonium. The repertoire included several original arrangements created by Meyer Russell and McManus. In addition, Meyer Russell presented two recitals by invitation from the Georgetown Symphony Society as part of the GISD Music Enrichment Program. More than 1,600 students attended the recitals, which were presented at the Klett Center for the Performing Arts. Meyer Russell collaborated with Southwestern faculty members Kiyoshi Tamagawa and Kyle Koronka on these recitals, as well as Round Rock Symphony member Reese Farnell. 

  • Ben Pierce, professor of biology, served as the scientific advisor for an Eagle Scout project that earned a Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Pierce advised high school student Connor Crowe on how he could help restore Georgetown Salamander habitat around Twin Springs Preserve, which was damaged by a storm in September 2010. A video about the project can be seen here. The research that Pierce and Southwestern students and have been doing on the Georgetown Salamander was mentioned at the May 7 award presentation.

  • The Austin Civic Orchestra premiered a new composition by Jason Hoogerhyde, associate professor of music, during an April 26 concert on The University of Texas campus. The piece is titled “A Quiet Constellation.” Lois Ferrari, professor of music, conducted the orchestra and students Mattie Kotzur and Michael Martinezperformed with the orchestra on this program.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, published an invited article titled “Revolution: a Source of Insecurity and a Thing of the Past?” on the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) website. The article, which can be read here, is part of an analysis of whether revolutions are a thing of the past and today represent sources of insecurity and disorder. The ISN is a project of the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) jointly funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and ETH Zurich. (Note: “The views expressed in this piece are his own. The ISN does not endorse the opinions of any individual or institution, other than those expressed by an ISN staff member acting in an official capacity.”)

  • Alisa Gaunder, professor of political science, presented a paper titled “Quota Non-Adoption in Japan: The Role of Party Competition and the Women’s Movement” at the Associated Colleges of the South Gender Studies Conference at Furman University April 4. Gaunder also was the chair and discussant of a panel titled “Populism, Leadership, and Institutions” at the Western Political Science Association Meeting in Seattle, Wash., April 17-20. 

  • Omar Rivera, assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the Race and Ethnicity Studies Minor, presented a paper titled “Cataclysmic Potency in Inka Stonework” as part of the Mike Ryan Lecture Series in Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Ga., April 24.

April 2014

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, has been invited by the National Endowment for the Humanities to serve as a reviewer in its Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program in Washington, D.C. Tahmahkera will review proposals for the use of innovative technologies in indigenous communities and sound studies.

  • Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers conference that was held in Tampa, Fla., April 8-12. His paper was titled “Smart Growth and the Neoliberal Sustainability Narrative: The Case of Austin.”

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, co-edited a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly with Michelle Jarman from the University of Wyoming. The issue, titled “Growing Disability Studies: Politics of Access, Politics of Collaboration,” features 12 essays on the future of the field from undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and independent scholars. The table of contents is available here and Jarman and Kafer’s introduction is available here.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, was an invited participant on a “Race and the Cold War” State of the Field round table session at the Organization of American Historians conference in Atlanta April 11. The session was one of only seven State of the Field panels at the conference, which was attended by thousands of historians.

  • Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, gave an invited lecture titled “Reel and Novel Jews: A Feminist and Queer Renaissance” at Vassar April 3. Read more here.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, spoke to the United States Embassies in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine about “The Power of Story and Social Change” as part of the U.S. State Department Virtual Lecture Series. 

  • Emily Northrop, associate professor of economics, presented a paper titled “Promoting Economic Growth and Climate Change in ECON 100” at a meeting of the Association for Institutionalist Thought, which met under the auspices of the Western Social Science Association Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 2-5.

  • Thomas Howe, professor of art history, was the lead presenter at a lecture titled “The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at The Seaside Villas at Stabia”that was held at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia April 8. The lecture was held in conjunction with the institute’s exhibit titled “One Day in Pompeii,” which runs through April 27. Read more here.

  • Mary Visser, professor of art and holder of the Herman Brown Chair, has work in the exhibition “Momentum: Women/Art/Technology,” which will be on display at Arizona State University’s Night Gallery April 4-27. The exhibit features the work of 20 contemporary women artists and is being held in conjunction with Momentum: Women/Art/Technology, a global community of women who embrace technology as their mode of expression.

  • Bob Snyder, professor of political science, presented two papers, “The Arab Uprising and the Persistence of Monarchy” and “Ideology and International Conflict” at the International Studies Association’s annual conference in Toronto last week. He also participated on a roundtable that discussed the book Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process, in which he has a chapter.

  • Laura Senio Blair, associate professor of Spanish, has earned a place in the 2014 NEH Summer Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires, to be held in Buenos Aires between July 7-24. The seminar will focus on major texts in 20th century Jewish culture as it has played out in the context of immigration and assimilation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the major center of Jewish culture in Latin America. Through a detailed examination of these works as literary texts that interpret the Jewish experience in Buenos Aires, the seminar will provide participants with an important grounding in this important dimension of ethnic culture in Argentina and, by implication, in other Latin American societies.

  • Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology, had an essay titled “Methodologies of the Spirit: Reclaiming Guadalupe and Discovering Tonantzin Within and Beyond the Walls of Academia” published by the University of Arizona Press this month in the anthology, Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality in Chicana/Latina/Indigeous Women’s Lives.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science & University Scholar, participated in a roundtable at the International Studies Association titled “Resistance as a Strategy for Peace and Justice?” He also co-chaired the annual Editorial Board meeting of the book series he co-edits for Rowman & Littlefield, New Millennium Books in International Relations.

  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, has been invited to deliver the first keynote address at an international Shakespeare conference hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London. The conference, titled “Adapting, Performing & Reviewing Shakespearean Comedy in a European Context,” will draw attendees from across Europe and beyond. His talk will concern the role of language and genre in mediating Shakespeare in the modern world.

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, was one of the spotlight scholars at Texas State University’s 26th Annual Communication Week March 24-28. Renegar gave a talk on March 24 titled “Rhetoric and Social Criticism: Imagining the Future.”

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, is giving a talk at Ohio State University April 3. The talk, titled “Un/Safe Disclosures,” offers a disability studies reading of safe space, “trigger warnings,” and trauma. While at OSU, she will lead a workshop on incorporating disability and disability studies into course syllabi and developing accessible pedagogy. 

  • Eileen Cleere, professor of English, chaired two panels and delivered a paper at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference in Houston March 27-30. Her talk, “Resuscitating Ruskin: Race Culture as Aesthetic Culture at the fin de siècle,” was drawn from the final chapter of her forthcoming book, The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns. Cleere also served on the Program Committee for the conference.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, was invited to write the introduction to Gernot Blume’s new volume of poetry, Redewendungen, Gedichte aus den Jahren 2012/13. Blume,a contemporary German poet, ethnomusicologist, composer, singer, musician, multicultural improviser and multi-instrumentalist has gained international recognition for his complex body of work. Germanists are particularly delighted with his Dichterlieder compositions that breathe new life into German classics like Friedrich Hölderlin, Heinrich Heine, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hermann Hesse and Hildegard von Bingen. The volume is scheduled for publication in fall 2014.

March 2014

  • Melissa Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, has had her article titled “Creolized Conservation: A Belizean Creole Community Encounters a Wildlife Sanctuary” accepted for publication in Anthropological Quarterly. It will appear in an issue in late 2014 or early 2015.

  • A paper written by Romi Burks, professor of biology, and seven others who have been involved with the SMArT program was published in Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. The paper is titled “Staying SMArT: Introduction, Reflection, and Assessment of an Inquiry-based Afterschool Science Program for Elementary School Students.” Other authors of the paper were Anna Frankel, Meredith Liebl, Megan Lowther, Amanda Mohammed, Erica Navaira, Kate Roberts and former staff member Suzy Pukys. The paper is available here.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, presented a paper on March 15 at the American Society of Environmental History conference in San Francisco. The paper is titled “The Garbage Ladies of the Settlements: Environmental Health in Progressive-Era Chicago.” 

  • Eric Selbin, University Scholar and professor of political science, was one of three scholars interviewed by the Iranian journal Andisheh Pouya (Dynamic Thought) for their March year-end review. The article is titled “Protest, it’s my business: To which direction are social movements rising from the new middle class going?” 

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, delivered the inaugural Longmore Lecture at San Francisco State University March 11. Kafer’s talk, “Crip Relations: Critical Disability Studies Now,” marked the opening of the Paul K. Longmore Papers at the SFSU library and was sponsored by the Longmore Institute for Disability Studies. While in the Bay Area, she also gave a reading from her book, Feminist, Queer, Crip at the University of California-Berkeley. On March 13, Kafer delivered the keynote address at the University of Redlands’ undergraduate women’s and gender studies conference. Her talk, “Future Coalitions,” was based on findings from her book.  

  • Alisa Gaunder, professor of political science, participated in a Feb. 25 webinar titled “Connected Classrooms: Bringing Students Together Through Small Group Videoconferencing” that was organized by the Associated Colleges of the South. The webinar and a written summary of it can be found here.

  • Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a paper that was published in a recent issue of the journal Infancy. The paper is titled “Maternal Disrupted Communication during Face-to-face Interaction at Four Months: Relation to Maternal and Infant Cortisol Among At-Risk Families.

  • Michael Bray, associate professor of philosophy, had an article titled “El Estado Somos Todos, El Pueblo Soy Yo? − On Chavismo and the Necessity of the Leader,” published in the new issue of Theory & Event.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, is the recipient of the 2014 Coalition of Women in German (WIG) Faculty Research Award. The award recognizes and supports projects that address a significant topic with demonstrated relevance to German Studies informed by a feminist perspective. Preference is given to projects that engage the intersections of gender with other categories such as sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, religion and citizenship. Berroth is working on a book about the contemporary German author Marica Bodrožić, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013. Hester Baer, president of WIG, notes the relevance of Berroth’s research project to feminist work in the context of transnational aesthetics, representations of economic transformations in East-Central Europe, and environmental implications in the literature of migration.

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, co-authored a piece titled “‘When God Give you AIDS…Make Lemon-AIDS’: Ironic Persona and Perspective by Incongruity in Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic’” that was published in the January/February issue of the Western Journal of Communication.

  • Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology, and three of her students are presenting a paper titled “Three’s a Crowd…Or is it? Examining Public Perceptions of Polyamorous Relationships” at the 2014 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston March 13-16. The current and former students who worked with Giuliano on the paper are Kevin Hutzler, Jordan Herselman and Sarah M. Johnson.

February 2014

  • Eric Selbin, University Scholar and professor of political science, was on the Steering Committee for the 2014 Lozano Long Conference titled “Archiving the Central American Revolutions” that was held Feb. 19-21 at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin. The conference brought together scholars, activists, filmmakers, photographers and graduate students interested in Central America’s “revolutionary decades” (1970 through 1990). Selbin also moderated the conference’s closing panel on “Human Rights and Revolution in El Salvador.”

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a co-authored paper at the Western States Communication Association’s annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 14-18. The paper, titled “Transferring Visual Ideographs of Abuse: A Critical Examination of Representations of Domestic Violence,” was named the Top Paper of the conference by the Organization for Research on Women and Communication. Senior communication studies major Danielle Ezzell presented a paper titled “New Masculinity, New Girl” at the Western States Undergraduate Research Conference that was held in conjunction with the convention. The paper was based on research conducted for her Communication Studies capstone project.

  • President Edward Burger is participating in a “polylogue” on digital dementia that will be held at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in Round Rock on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Other participants in the event include Dr. Manfred Spitzer, who is giving a March 6 talk at Southwestern on the same topic. Read more here.

  • Kerry Bechtel, professor of theatre, designed the costumes for Unity Theatre’s production of “Almost Maine,” which runs through March 2.

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, has been contracted to be the educational curriculum writer for the forthcoming PBS documentary “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” which will directed by Julianna Brannum. The documentary will focus on the life and work of Comanche elder and activist LaDonna Harris.

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, Skyped with graduate students in Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s seminar in feminist disability studies at Emory University Feb. 19. Students in the seminar read her book Feminist, Queer, Crip as one of their course texts. 2011 graduates Siobhan Cooke and Jordan Johnson are among the students in the class. On Feb. 26, the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster at UT-Austin will host a reading and discussion of Kafer’s book with her. 

  • Alisa Gaunder, professor of political science, had a comparative book review of The Evolution of Japan’s Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change edited by Leonard J. Schoppa (Toronto University Press, 2011) and Welfare Through Work: Conservative Ideas, Partisan Dynamics, and Social Protection in Japan by Mari Miura  (Cornell University Press, 2012) published in the December 2013 issue of Perspectives on Politics. Gaunder and Sarah Wiliarty, associated professor of government at Wesleyan University, are putting on a Feb. 25 webinar to discuss their successful collaboration on a course called “Germany and Japan: Losers of World War II?” The webinar is sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the South as part of its ongoing initiative to help faculty members develop “blended learning” courses that combine the best of classroom and online experiences. The course included a co-authored syllabus and lectures, paired with a series of class discussions and activities supported via Google Hangouts.

  • Lois Ferrari, professor of music, conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a sold-out performance of “The Planets” in the Alma Thomas Theater Feb. 1. Mark Bottorf, associate professor of physics, gave a pre-concert lecture on the planets in our solar system. Dana Zenobi, part-time assistant professor of applied music, and Nicholas Simpson, part-time instructor of applied music, sang operatic arias with the orchestra. Ferrari also supports an ongoing collaboration with music majors Mattie Kotzur and Lai Na Wang, who are both members of the ACO.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, presented a poster titled “Global Players: Leadership – Football – Intercultural Perspectives” at the 15th Annual Texas Foreign Language Education Conference held Feb. 14-15 at The University of Texas at Austin. The poster outlined the process and components of an upcoming summer experience in Germany that integrates athletic competition with intercultural learning. The conference topic, “Shaping the Future of Foreign/Second Language Education to Cross Cultural Boundaries: Integrating Theory and Practice,” provided opportunities for engaging discussions of the innovative collaboration between the football and German programs at Southwestern. At the conference, Berroth also contributed to discussions on addressing foreign language anxiety, best practices on using technologies in second language culture learning, and  teaching writing for international students.

  • Willis Weigand, associate professor and director of general chemistry labs, was profiled by the American Chemical Society as part of its series on “Chemists in the Real World.” Read the profile here.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, moderated a panel on “Pedagogy of Revolution” that was part of a conference on “Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution: Mexican Legacies of Global Change” sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Students Carly Dennis, Annie Emswiler and Kevin Lentz attended parts of the conference.

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, gave a talk at UC San Diego Feb 5 titled “Un/Safe Disclosures: On Trauma, Tragedy, and Other Taboos.” The talk was sponsored by the English and Communication Studies departments as well as the LGBT Center. While at UCSD, she also met with Michael Davidson’s graduate seminar in cultural studies, which was reading her book Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana University Press, 2013) as one of their course texts. 

  • Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology, recently presented a poster titled “Strategies for writing effectively in a first-year seminar” at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology in Tampa, Fla.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus Feb. 5 titled “Spaces and Places of (Im)Possibility and Desire: Transversal Revolutionary Imaginaries” as part of the school’s series on revolution.

  • Barbara Owens, professor emeritus of computer science, has been invited to speak at the ACM Women’s Day program that is being held as part of the ACM India conference Feb. 13-15. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society for the computer science/IT community. ACM India was started in 2010 to increase the focus on the country. 

  • Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, has an article in the edited volume A Political Companion to Herman Melville, which was recently published by the University Press of Kentucky. Her essay is titled “Melville and the Cadaverous Triumphs of Transcendentalism” and examines how Thoreau and Emerson influenced Melville’s writings, including his enigmatic short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”

January 2014

  • Michael Cooper, professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts, published the first source-critical edition of Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42 (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2014). The Psalm is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular choral works, but Cooper’s is the first edition to attribute the English translation (which was prepared by the composer and a close friend) and to draw on the latest editorial techniques and findings of performance-practice research. The edition includes both the full choral/orchestral score and Mendelssohn’s own version for chorus with piano accompaniment. 

  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, published an article titled “Liberating the Land or Absorbing a Community: Managing North African Migration and the Bidonvilles in Paris’s Banlieues” in the Winter 2013 special issue of French Politics, Culture & Society, “Algerian Legacies in Metropolitan France.”

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a public lecture titled “Remembering Strangers: Roadside Shrines and Public Memory” on Jan.  29 as part of the Community Lifestyles Lecture Series at Querencia Barton Creek in Austin.

  • Edward Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar, is leading a Jan. 24 webinar for the American Sociological Association on “MCAT Changes as Department Opportunity.” Representatives from more than 50 sociology departments from across the country are expected to participate in the webinar.

  • Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, is giving at talk at the University of California at Berkeley Jan. 30 on “Tremors and Remedies: Images, Intercessions and Ritual Efficacy in Colonial Cuzco.” Read more here.

  • Fay Guarraci, professor of psychology, has had an article titled ““Sexy stimulants”: The interaction between psychomotor stimulants and sexual behavior in the female brain” accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. The article was co-authored by 2010 graduate Jessica Bolton, who is now pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience at Duke University.

  • Reggie Byron, assistant professor of sociology, is the lead author on a co-authored article that was recently accepted for publication at Gender & Society, the leading scholarly journal in women’s studies. The article is titled “Relational Power, Legitimation, and Pregnancy Discrimination” and should appear in a 2014 volume of the journal.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, had an article titled “Killing Memory: Roadside Memorial Removals and the Necropolitics of Affect” published in the winter 2013 issue of the journal Cultural Politics. The article is available here.

  • Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, had a paper on “Online bottleneck matching” published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. The paper was co-authored with Christine Chung from Connecticut College. 

  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, assisted in the translation of program notes from Russian to English to accompany Igor Kazakov’s ongoing production of “Hamlet” at the Mogilev Regional Puppet Theater in Belarus. The production has been a popular success, and won praise from critics

  • Reggie Byron, assistant professor of sociology, had a teaching exercise he developed titled “Teaching Tokenism with Occupational Sex Segregation Data” published in the American Sociological Association’s Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. The exercise can be found here. Byron also has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Sociological Association’s Honors Program Advisory Panel. Serving on this panel will allow Byron to mentor some of the most exceptional undergraduate sociology majors from across the country.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, chaired a panel on “Catholics, Racial Justice, and Reassessing Religion in the Long Civil Rights Movement,” at the American Historical Association conference in Washington, D.C., in early January.

  • In December, Tuba-Euphonium Press published an arrangement of “Salve Maria” created by Delaine Leonard, part-time instructor of applied music, and Eileen Meyer Russell, associate professor of music. The arrangement of Saverio Mercadante’s composition is set for harp and low brass (trombone or euphonium).  Fedson and Meyer Russell first performed the arrangement in recital at Southwestern, and the arrangement is recorded on their 2011 CD, Unique Conversations.

  • Lois Ferrari, professor of music, conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a Nov. 9 concert that featured a work by American composer Anthony Iannaccone called “Dancing on Vesuvius.” Iannaccone attended the concert and gave a pre-concert talk with Ferrari. Southwestern students Mattie Kotzur and Lena Wong are current members of the orchestra, along with Southwestern graduates Bob Brockett, Laura Gorman and Jennifer Coyle.

  • Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish, presented two talks at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference that was held in Orlando, Fla., in November. In “Learning about Spanish Oral Proficiency Evaluation: An Online Resource,” a joint presentation with colleagues from The University of Texas, the University of Iowa and Purdue University, she presented a project piloting a series of Open Badges for the Spanish Corpus Proficiency Level Training website. Her talk on “The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni, and Student Perspectives,” which was co-presented with Tammy Jandrey Hertel of Lynchburg College, focused on the results of a nationwide survey of Spanish faculty members, current students and alumni.

  • Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, and Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, co-authored an essay titled “Shylock’s Venice and the Grammar of the Modern City,” that was accepted in a forthcoming collection of essays, Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition, edited by Michele Marrapodi, to be published by Ashgate in late 2014 or early 2015. Their essay suggests that Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice shows how Jews and other foreigners − such as John Florio, a contemporary of Shakespeare − were alienated in London, as well as in Venice.    

  • Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Communications Conference in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 12. The paper, titled “Data Plan Throttling: A Simple Consumer Choice Mechanism,” was co-authored with Christine Chung, assistant professor of computer science at Connecticut College, and published in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore.

December 2013

  • Thomas McClendon, professor of history, attended the annual meeting of the African Studies Association Nov. 21-24 in Baltimore. He presented a paper, co-authored with Professor Pamela Scully of Emory University,  on “South African Students and the U.S. Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s: Activism and Opportunity,” as part of a panel on “Apartheid Migration and Anti-Apartheid Activism in Southern Africa.” He also served as discussant for a panel on “Scholars, Photographers and Chiefs: The Uses and Constructions of Zuluness.”

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a co-authored paper at the National Communication Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., in November. The paper, which was titled “Unmasking the Football Fraternity: A Burkean Analysis of the Penn State Sex Crimes,” was named one of the Top Four papers by the Kenneth Burke Society division of the conference.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Bielefeld University in Germany titled “Spaces and Places of (Im)Possibility and Desire: Transversal Revolutionary Imaginaries in the 20th Century Americas” and led a faculty/graduate student workshop on his work, “Local Stories−Global Impact? The Role of Stories and Imaginaries in Revolutions since the 19th Century.”

November 2013

  • Ben Pierce, professor of biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, recently received a $25,927 grant from the Williamson County Conservation Foundation for research on the ecology of the Georgetown salamander. Over the past four years, Pierce has received a total of $104,069 for his research on the Georgetown salamander.

  • Anwar Sounny-Slitine, instructor of environmental studies and GIS lab manager, co-authored an article titled “A new longitudinal approach to assess hydrologic connectivity: Embanked floodplain inundation along the lower Mississippi River” that was published in a recent issue of the journal Hydrological Processes. The article looked at hydrologic connectivity in the lower Mississippi floodplain. Sounny-Slitine and his colleagues utilized GIS and LiDAR to create hydrological models which estimated the longitudinal channel bank profile, enabling a detailed examination of embanked floodplain hydrologic connectivity. The results of the investigation shed new light on the topic of hydrologic connectivity for an important embanked fluvial system that has previously received little attention concerning its physical floodplain processes. Read more here.

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, reviewed Hal Brands’ book, Latin America’s Cold War, for the Bulletin of Latin American Research. Read the review here.

  • Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, gave a lecture on “Moteuczoma’s Fame in Three Dimensions: Sign, Speech and Portrait in Tenochtitlan” at UT-Austin Nov. 13. Hajovsky is giving the same lecture at Southwestern Nov. 18 at noon in the Merzbach Room. Read more here. Hajovsky is the author of an upcoming book tentatively titled Moteuczoma, On the Lips of Others: Sculpture, Ritual and Fame in Tenochtitlan that will be published by UT Press.

  • Romi Burks, professor of biology, and Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, had an article titled “Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea)” published in the online journal PLOS ONE. Former students Allyson Plantz and Colin Kylewere co-authors on the paper. Read the article here.

  • Shana Bernstein, associate professor of history, participated as an invited reviewer at the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Collections and References Resources Grant Program in Washington, D.C.

  • Feminist, Queer, Crip, the new book by Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, will be highlighted during this weekend’s National Women’s Studies Association conference in Cincinnati. Kafer’s work will be the focus of an “Authors Meet Critics” session, which is designed to bring authors of recent cutting-edge books deemed to be important contributions to the field of women’s studies together with discussants chosen to provide a variety of viewpoints. Read more here. Earlier this week, Kafer spoke about the book with Professor Matt Richardson’s graduate seminar on queer theory at UT-Austin. 

  • Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, presented a paper titled “Moteuczoma-Tezcatlipoca-Xiuhtecuhtli: Invisibility and Visibility in Aztec Sculpture and Ritual,” at the 4th Annual South Central Conference on Mesoamerica, which was held at the University of Houston Nov. 1-3.

  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, participated in the 38th annual conference of the Coalition of Women in German (WIG) in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., Oct. 24-27. Berroth led three professional development workshops, organized and moderated a panel on “Erlkönigs Töchter: Witches and Ghosts in German Literature and Film,” and collaborated in selecting the 2013 winner of the Women in German Dissertation Prize. She was appointed to chair the Dissertation Prize Committee in the coming year. The WIG membership also voted to sponsor Berroth’s proposal to organize and moderate a panel on “Eco-Pedagogy and Feminist Praxis in Modern Languages and Literatures” at the 2014 conference of the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages  (ACTFL) and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) that will be held in San Antonio next November.

  • Three Music Department faculty members were featured at the College Music Society National Conference held in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Jason Hoogerhyde, associate professor of music, had his piano trio, Canopy of Night, performed by the Trio Florida on one of the CMS New Music Concerts. Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music, presented a paper titled “The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah: A Particular Kind of Community Engagement,” and Eileen Meyer Russell, associate professor of music, presented a paper titled “Civic Engagement and the Applied Music Studio.” 

October 2013

  • Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, has been named a Research Fellow at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communications studies, authored an article titled “Critical/Cultural Scholarship and the Responsibility for Building Theory: Enduring Criticism Revisited” that appeared in a recent special issue of the Western Journal of Communication.

  • Alison Marr, associate professor of mathematics, co-authored an article titled “Minimal Pancyclic Graphs” that appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.

  • Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, co-authored an article titled “Toward Sustainable Educational Travel” that appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He also co-authored an article titled “A Broad Spectrum: Sustainability in Educational Travel” that appeared in a recent issue of theJournal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

  • Michael Kamen, associate professor of education, co-authored a chapter titled “Exploring Innovative Schools with Preservice Teachers,” which appears in The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Education. Kamen wrote the chapter with Debbie Shepherd from the Meridian School in Round Rock.

  • Michael Cooper, professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts, published hisHistorical Dictionary of Romantic Music with The Scarecrow Press.

  • Davi Thornton, associate professor of communication studies, had an essay titled “The Rhetoric of Civil Rights Photographs: James Meredith’s March Against Fear” published in the fall 2013 issue of the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs.