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Faculty Members Receive $114,004 to Support Research and Travel in 2011-2012

  • Bob Bednar, one of forty professors receiving funding
    Bob Bednar, one of forty professors receiving funding

Projects funded included research in France, Germany, India, Italy and South America

Southwestern has awarded $114,004 in funds for 2011-2012 that will enable faculty members to travel to conferences or conduct research that will enhance their teaching and further their academic careers. A total of 44 faculty members received funding for their proposals.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, received $1,865 to write the last chapter of his book titled Road Scars: Trauma, Memory and Automobility.
  • Athletic trainers Miguel Benavides, Shawna Loberg and Abigail Petrecca each received $1,200 to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in New Orleans in June.
  • Shana Bernstein, assistant professor of history, received $3,000 for a research project on racial and ethnic policies in California and Texas from 1910-1975.
  • Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, received $3,500 to attend a conference in England and conduct research in Germany.
  • Laura Senio-Blair, associate professor of Spanish, received $1,129 to attend conferences in Barcelona and Seattle. 
  • Romi Burks, associate professor of biology, received $4,300 to accompany three Southwestern students on a research trip to Brazil or Uruguay over Winter Break in 2011.
  • Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, received $4,653 to spend six weeks in France conducting research for a book on the integration of North African migrants.
  • Reggie Byron, assistant professor of sociology, received $2,097 for a research project on the relationship between pregnancy and job discrimination.
  • Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, assistant professor of Spanish, received $510 for membership fees for three professional organizations.
  • Music Professors Bruce Cain and David Asbury received $7,800 to create and record eight new works for guitar and voice.
  • Eileen Cleere, professor of English, received $2,302 to attend the 2011 North American Victorian Studies Association Conference.
  • Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, received $1,080 to produce an original full-length opera about Hypatia of Alexandria. The opera will premiere in Bulgaria in spring 2012.
  • Elaine Craddock, professor of religion, received $6,077 for a six-week research trip to India.   
  • Steven Davidson, professor of history, received $1,377 to support research on the changing nature of kingship in China following the fall of the Han dynasty.
  • Carlos De Oro, assistant professor of Spanish, received $2,000 to present a paper at a conference in Colombia in August.
  • Abigail Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, received $1,200 to give a presentation at the 2012 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Boston.
  • Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, received $3,715 to conduct research on the different roles of conservative women in Japan and Germany.
  • Fay Guarraci, assistant professor of psychology, received $2,865 to continue her research on how drugs of abuse interact with sexual motivation and to attend the 2011 meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston.   
  • Jason Hoogerhyde, assistant professor of music, received $4,500 to attend the College Music Society’s international conference in South Korea this summer at which a new piano trio he wrote will be premiered. Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music, received $4,000 to travel to Korea to perform the piece.
  • Thomas Howe, professor of art history, received $2,500 for travel to the Stabiae archaeological site in Italy.
  • Julia Johnson, assistant professor of communication studies, received $1,200 to attend the National Leadership Forum sponsored by the Office of Women in Higher Education this summer.
  • Alison Kafer, assistant professor of feminist studies, received $1,500 to attend the Society for Disability Studies Conference in San Jose, Calif., this summer.
  • Michael Kamen, associate professor of education, received $2,500 to give a presentation at the International Society for Cultural Activity Research’s 2011 meeting in Rome.
  • Shannon Mariotti, assistant professor of political science, received $3,353 to support her research on the politics of 19th century transcendentalism and to give a presentation at the American Political Science Association conference in September.
  • Francis Mathieu, assistant professor of French, received $2,000 to travel to France to conduct research at the French National Library in Paris. 
  • Thom McClendon, professor of history, received $1,077 to work on a book he is compiling titled The South Africa Reader.
  • Aaron Prevots, associate professor of French, received $4,115 to travel to Paris to conduct research for a book on French writer Jacques Reda.
  • Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese, received $2,815 to travel to North Carolina to conduct research for a book on criticism of the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West.
  • Katy Ross, assistant professor of Spanish, received $2,025 to attend the Asociacion de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica Conference in Spain in October.
  • Eileen Meyer Russell, associate professor of music, received $2,250 for a CD project.
  • Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, received $1,615 to help produce a collection of essays on interlinguicity and internationality in the English Renaissance.
  • Glenn Schwab, head athletic trainer, received $1,070 to attend the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Clinical Symposium in Houston in July.
  • Rebecca Sheller, associate professor of biology, received $3,615 to continue her research on breast cancer. 
  • Bob Snyder, professor of political science, received $550 to attend a conference at George Washington University in June on how faculty members can make their academic work relevant to policymakers.
  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, received $3,228 to attend the American Studies Association Conference in Baltimore in October and to support research for his book titled Tribal Televisions: Decolonized Viewing, Sitcoms and Indigeneity.
  • Max Taub, associate professor of biology, received $1,615 for research on the effects of global change on plant chemistry.
  • Davi Thornton, assistant professor of communication studies, received $3,703 to to attend two conferences and conduct research on James Meredith’s 1966-1967 March Across Mississippi.
  • Maria Todd, associate professor of biology, received $2,000 for research on breast cancer cells that express abnormally high levels of claudin-3 protein.
  • Star Varner, professor of art, received $2,200 to create two new prints and to attend a workshop in San Francisco.
  • Mary Visser, professor of art, received $7,500 to conduct research in Paris on the new field of cybersculpture.