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June 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published “Public Sector Unions in the United States” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History (ed. Timothy Gilfoyle; Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 271–285). The essay is a (slightly) modified version of a piece that was originally included in the digital Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History  and was selected for traditional print publication based in part on heavy online traffic.





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony was participated in the 2019 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) workshops at Syracuse University, training faculty to use SEED labs to demonstrate cybersecurity exploits and countermeasures. She can be seen in the local video coverage here.





  • Ellie Crowley ’19, Todd Coachman ’20, and Andrea Hern ’20 are three of only 70 students who were selected from around the country for the Marketing EDGE Collegiate Summit, held in New York City, June 9–11. They met with leadership from companies including Plated, Facebook, NBC Universal, Ernst & Young, and more. Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi also attended.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton  is exhibiting his work in “Art of the South 2019,” which is presented by Number Magazine  at Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN. The exhibition features work produced in the last two years by artists residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, or West Virginia. The exhibition is curated by Bethany Springer and is on view June 7–July 14, 2019.





  • Shellsea Miller ’20 and Lauren Muskara ’20 presented their research on environmental DNA (eDNA), “A Snail out of Water: Hitting the Target on Primer Optimization for Apple Snails,” as a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Freshwater Science in Salt Lake City, UT. Their work uses a molecular ecology application to detect the presence of nonnative apple snails. The research started with SCOPE 2018 and continued through the 2018–2019 academic year, during which both Miller and Muskara completed a number of novel experiments using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction thermocycler in the Keck Molecular Biology Center. This work represents part of the ongoing collaboration between Professor of Biology Romi Burks and SU alumnus Dr. Matthew Barnes ’06 of Texas Tech University.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes published an article, “Diplomacy at the End of Empire: Evolving French Perspectives on Portuguese Colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s,” in Cold War History.





  • Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron gave a presentation titled “The Uneven Effects of Legal Representation on Employment Discrimination Charge Outcomes” on June 1 at the Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association in Washington, DC.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “The Union of the Future: The Politics of the Presidency in a Public Sector Union, 1958–1964” at the annual meeting of the Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, held May 30–June 1 at Duke University in Durham, NC.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to discuss the findings from her recent paper examining the use of virtual- and augmented-reality tools in the real-estate industry at the annual Austin Home Buyer Fair on June 1, 2019.





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s composition “The Rage and Reconciliation of King Lear” will enjoy its world première performance by Inversion Ensemble June 1–2, 2019, in Austin, TX. Commissioned by Jonathan Riemer in memory of his father, Rev. Dr. Milton H. Riemer, the work for mixed chorus, bassoon, and piano weaves passages from Shakespeare’s King Lear with the signature phrases of Rev. Dr. Riemer. Rev. Dr. Riemer’s words bring insight and reflection to the poignant narrative of a parent–child relationship and mental illness. Inversion Ensemble’s project “Heroes/Monsters: Songs of Legends and Beasts” features bassoonist Nathan Koch and pianist Austin Haller.





May 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux presented two posters with SU students at the 31st annual Human Behavior & Evolution Society conference on May 31, 2019:





  • Professor of English David Gaines  attended and participated in the World of Bob Dylan Symposium in Tulsa, OK. The conference, hosted by the Tulsa University Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the Bob Dylan Archive, was the largest international gathering of Dylan scholars and fans to date. More than 500 people registered for the four days devoted to the Nobel laureate’s work and life. On June 1, Gaines chaired a roundtable on teaching Dylan in various curricular contexts. On June 2, he presented “‘Why Dylan?’ in 157 Words/19 Lines/3 Stanzas,” a paper about the poem he contributed to Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Word of Bob Dylan  (New Rivers Press, 2018). On May 29, he and Norma Aguirre Gaines  ‘08 attended a reception with area alumni. They also heard a lot of music in the evenings.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to the Permanent Seminar on the History of Medicine and Public Health in Latin America at the School of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He presented the paper “Proletarian or Bourgeois? The Dilemma of the Mexican Medical Profession after the Revolution of 1910” on May 28, 2019. In the paper, Hernandez Berrones describes the tensions among different groups of physicians between their professional liberty and their limitations in the context of the postrevolutionary government´s efforts to provide health to all Mexicans.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti was invited to join the editorial board of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press.





  • Associate Professor of Chinese Carl Robertson presented a paper at the Association of Welsh Writers of English Annual Conference, at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Wales, titled “States of Mind: The Lyric Voice and the Poetry of Leslie Norris,” including the inaugural reading of a poem dedicated to Norris, “True Lark.”





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s work “Innocent Blood” was nominated by the Austin Critics Table for Best Original Composition/Score for 2018–19. Her work was part of the Inversion Ensemble’s concert I, Too, Sing America: Songs of Our Shared History, which was also nominated for Best Concert/Opera Performance.





  • Professor of English David Gaines  attended and participated in the Duluth Dylan Fest, the annual celebration of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s birthday in his hometowns of Duluth and Hibbing, MN. On May 22, Gaines read “Egyptian Rings and Spanish Boots,” his poem in Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Word of Bob Dylan  (New Rivers Press, 2018), at Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone with the editors of the volume, who also read their work. He did likewise on May 23 at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth. On May 25, he delivered “From the North Country to Stockholm and Back: A Tale of Two Journeys,” the invited keynote John Bushey Memorial Lecture. He also heard a lot of music in the evenings.





  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo collaborated with University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Mexican American Studies on the “Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era” panel presentation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin. Sendejo was among the contributors to the anthology who presented at that event, made possible by a recent grant from the Summerlee Foundation to the Latina History Project (LHP), which Sendejo directs. Sendejo was also invited to present on her research at the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley campuses in Brownsville and McAllen and at the The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, which was cosponsored by Trinity University and the University of Texas–San Antonio. The recent Summerlee grant will allow Sendejo to continue the work of the LHP, documenting Chicana/Latina activism and feminism in Texas since the movement era and incorporating this research into the development and implementation of  inclusive pedagogies and methodologies. Forthcoming activities include a collaboration between Sendejo’s classes and those of Dr. Norma Cantú at Trinity University and research with SU students on the history of Chicana feminism and activism in San Antonio and Central Texas since the 1960s.





  • Professor of Mathematics Kendall Richards  recently published an article titled “A Note on Inequalities for the Ratio of Zero-Balanced Hypergeometric Functions” in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society  (series B, vol. 6, May 2019).





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) on May 18, 2019, in its annual Paint to Music Spring Concert, which features artwork created by Austin ISD students in response to hearing and studying an iconic piece of classical music. This year’s selection was Pictures at an Exhibitionby Modest Moussorgsky (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel). Also featured on the program was “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich, the “Sleeping Beauty Waltz” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (conducted by Gus Sterneman ’06), and the “Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in B-Flat Major, Op. 91” by Reinhold Glière (performed by ACO member Chris Simpson).





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum attended the Summit of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), in Nashville, TN, May 14–16, as part of their ongoing work with NCWIT’s Extension Services Learning Circles. In keeping with the theme of the summit, “Where Conversations Lead to Change,” they met with change leaders at other schools, participated in interactive workshops designed to help interrupt bias, and heard from plenary speakers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds on improving diversity and inclusion in computing.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards helped lead a workshop held May 14–16, at St. Edward’s University, on conducting air-quality research using ozonesondes. Ozonesondes are lightweight instruments that are launched on weather balloons to measure the concentration of ozone in the atmosphere and to sample air pollutant from the ground’s surface to an altitude of 30 kilometers. SCOPE students Daniel Whitney ’21 and Jacob Fly ’21 participated in the workshop, along with several St. Edward’s students. In addition to an overview of the science of air quality, the participants learned two protocols for conditioning the instrument and then launched a balloon.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel  is one of 15 artists selected to participate in the exhibition Inspired: Contemporary Responses to a Legacy of Courage  at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA, May 10 through Aug. 18. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City—a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history.  The Susquehanna Art Museum partnered with the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania and Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to include artifacts from the History Project collection in the exhibition. The History Project documents the stories and history of LGBTQ+ life and activism in Central Pennsylvania. From there, the show travels to the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, PA, through Nov. 2019.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-Evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” on May 5 at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY. The lecture was sponsored by the Westchester Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the New York University Alumni Club of Westchester.





  • Director of Advising and Retention Jennifer Leach has been appointed as a member of the Administrators’ Institute Advisory Board of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Her appointment will run through 2021. She was invited to serve because her position at Southwestern includes both advising and retention responsibilities that are university-wide. Also, her membership will represent a type of institution that brings added diversity to the Advisory Board. Her perspective will be beneficial to evaluate and improve the Administrator’s Institute.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned funding for a competitive FL-A-CH Mini Grant administered by the American Association of Teachers of German. FL-A-CH stands for Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland, the countries providing funding for studying their languages and cultures at U.S. institutions. The grant enhances a student engagement project, planned for fall 2019, focused on nature education in Austria and Switzerland and emphasizing interdisciplinary connections between SU’s German and environmental studies programs.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth received a nomination for the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Outstanding German Educator Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. A nominee’s dossier documents five or more years of demonstrated excellence in German education; active membership in the local AATG chapter; creative leadership in German language education; impact in local, state, or national arenas; and continued growth as a German educator. Nella Spurlin, serving on AATG Executive Council and representing the membership of South Texas Chapter of AATG, is coordinating the nomination. Berroth currently serves as chapter president.





  • Associate Professor of Music Jason Hoogerhyde  has published a review of Prefab Sprout’s recording “I Trawl The Megahertz” in the College Music Symposium  (spring 2019, vol. 59, no.1).





  • Director of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Julie Sievers participated as an invited panelist in the May 9 webinar “Research on Annotation in English and Composition,” hosted by the Hypothesis Project. In it, she discussed research from her article “Writing between the Lines: Teaching Digital Reading with Social Annotation in an Introductory Literature Course,” forthcoming in the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture.





  • Head Softball Coach Angela Froboese received the honor of SCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. She is tied for second all time in softball league history in Coach of the Year honors, and her 136 conference wins represent the most by any coach since softball became a conference sport prior to 1999. Southwestern softball currently is ranked in the top 25 in the nation.





  • Computer science major Adina Friedman ’19 and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum have had a peer-reviewed publication accepted to the IEEE Conference on Games, to take place in London, U.K., August 20–23. The publication, “Desirable Behaviors for Companion Bots in First-Person Shooters,” describes research that began as part of SCOPE in summer 2018 and was followed up in fall 2018 with a human-subject study involving 30 members of the SU community. The videos, code, and other content associated with the study are available online.





  • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu  has just published a book review of Herrick Chapman’s France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic in the French Review  (vol. 92, no. 4, pp.217–218).





  • Head Research and Instruction Librarian Joan Parks was an invited speaker on a panel hosted by the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She spoke with graduate students about librarianship as a career and answered their questions about the profession.





  • Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr received a $6,000 Mathematical Association of America’s Tensor Program for Women and Mathematics grant that will fund the Hidden No More lecture series for the 2019–2020 academic year. This grant (and some support from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department) will bring six women from underrepresented groups with doctorates in mathematics and computer science to campus over the academic year for a lecture series in which each speaker will tell her journey to math or computer science and also share the type of research she does.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of History Iris Ma was invited to give a presentation titled “The Making of ‘Youth’ in Modern China: Reflections on the May Fourth Movement” for the panel commemorating the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution on May 2, 2019. The event was jointly organized by the Institute for Historical Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.





  • Computer science major Adanna Court  ’19 was selected and funded by Facebook to attend their 2019 Data Challenge on May 3–4, in Menlo Park, CA. Ten teams of three to four participants each were tasked with determining the optimal location and type of business for San Francisco based on the data set provided. Using and Python , they were able to manipulate the data and create graphs to support the recommendations they provided, which they presented to the judges. In addition, teams made recommendations to Facebook about how to use that data set to improve one of their products. Court’s team focused on WhatsApp.





April 2019

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe  published a review of the book Autour des Machines de Vitruv, l’Ingénierie Romaine: Textes, Archéologie. et Restitution, Actes du Colloque Organizé par ERLIS à Caen  (3–4 Jin 2015; eds. Sophie Madelaine and Philippe Fleury, Presses Universitaries de Caen, 2017) for the April 2019 issue of The American Journal of Archaeology  (vol. 123, no. 2).





  • The American Chemical Society student group received an award and plaque from the American Chemical Society for 2017–2018, which read, “In recognition for your commitment and achievement, this Honorable Mention award is presented to the Southwestern University Student Chapter 2017–2018.”  Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski are the faculty advisors for the group. The current officers of the group are Julianna Mouat ’20, president; Ethan Iverson ’20, vice president; Rachel Brasher ’21, treasurer; Abby Musyoka ’21, secretary and historian; and Ashley Chavana ’19, social outreach.





  • Sara Boyd ’20, Devon Fulcher ’19, and Daniel Maldonado ’19 received an honorable mention for their submission in the 35th annual COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling, advised by Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony. During the contest, they spent five days working on a problem that required them to elect, configure, optimally pack, geoposition, deploy and operate a set of midsize unmanned aerial vehicles that would supplement existing relief medical supply chains on Puerto Rico. Their honorable mention designation put them in the top quarter of the 14,108 teams that participated. Learn more .





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone  was profiled in the spring issue of Texas State University’s Hillviews  magazine for her innovative and creative uses of history.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently published a paper titled “The Writing Spiral: A Practical Tool for Teaching Undergraduates to Write Publication-Quality Manuscripts” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin published an article titled “Resistance and Revolution in the Age of Authoritarian Revanchism: The Power of Revolutionary Imaginaries in the Austerity–Security State Era” in Millennium, one of the U.K.’s top international relations journals.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone was part of the panel “Producing Oral History Projects at Smaller Institutions” at the Texas Oral History Association annual conference on April 27, 2019.  The panelists talked about ideas and suggestions for practitioners facing such challenges as planning and executing, infrastructure and equipment challenges, as well as archiving and preserving oral history projects in an academic setting.  





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson  was interviewed by Dr. Alejandra Bronfman about her new book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize  for the New Books Network’s podcast series. The interview was posted on April 26, 2019, in their Caribbean Studies section.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe presented an invitational lecture titled “What Were the First Greek Architects: Designers, Engineers, or Polymaths?” at the conference “Firmitas/Aedificatio”: Die Materiellen, “Körperlichen” Grundlagen der (Gebauten) Architektur, 8. Architekturtheoretisches Kolloquium der Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin in Zusammenarbeit with Dr. Christiane Salge, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Einsiedeln, Switzerland, April 26, 2019. The presentation was in English, with discussion and questions in German, French, Italian, and English. The lecture expands on several recent responses to his dissertation (Harvard, 1985) to propose that monumental Greek architecture was created not by craftsmen from the nascent building professions but rather by polymath intellectuals.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor presented her paper, “Uncivil Boundaries: The Effects of Online Civility Contests on Perceptions of Protest,” at a workshop on race, gender, and toxicity online at The University of Texas’ Moody School of Communication on April 25–26, 2019. The workshop was sponsored by the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Media and Democracy.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently published a paper titled  “Guiding Undergraduates Through the Process of First Authorship” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano, together with psychology alumni Sarah Butterworth ’18, Justin White ’18, Lizette Cantu ’17, and Kyle Fraser ’17, published the article “Sender Gender Influences Emoji Interpretation in Text Messages” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.





  • Economics majors Abbie Boatwright ’19, Stan Kannegieter ’19, and Diana Trevino ’20 presented their research at the Economics Scholars Undergraduate Research Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  Boatwright, under the direction of Professor of Economics Dirk Early and Dr. Paul Brenner, associate director of high-performance computing at the University of Notre Dame, presented her research on the link between intellectual-property protections and patenting, “Global Innovation and Intellectual-Property Rights.” Kannegieter presented his work on the effectiveness of solar incentives in solar adoption, “The Effect of Financial Incentive Policies on Residential Solar Panel Installation,” and Trevino presented her paper on discrimination in jury selection, “Discrimination in Peremptory Challenges.” Assistant Professor of Economics Katie Grooms supervised the projects produced by Kannegieter and Trevino.  Grooms was also the keynote speaker at the conference and presented her work “Water Pollution in the United States: Regulatory Enforcement, Firm Compliance, and Human Health.”





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala was an invited speaker on a panel hosted by the Communication Studies Graduate Council at the University of Texas at Austin. She addressed anxieties about academic precarity, the job market, and transitioning to faculty status.





  • Avery Beam  ’19 presented her honors thesis in political science, “Ideology in Russia’s Clash with the West,” at the Midwestern Political Science Association’s annual conference, in Chicago, IL,  April 7.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton has been elected as representative of the Texas Section of the Congress of the Mathematical Association of America. This three-year national leadership position will begin in July 2019.





  • A paper coauthored by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, and Emma Kathryn Groves ’17, titled “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water,” which was accepted for publication in November 2018, has been published in the CODEE Journal, vol. 12.  The article was downloaded across 15 countries in its first 25 days of online availability.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes served as discussant on a panel on “The Empire beyond the Ivory Tower: Non-Academics and the Legacies of Colonial History in Contemporary France” at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, IN. She also spoke at a round-table discussion on “Using Digital Tools to Do Public History.”





  • Lauren Gillespie  ’19 has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will finance three years’ worth of graduate school attendance. Gillespie will be using the funds to seek a Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti presented a paper, “Everyday Democracy and Meditative Practices: Tactics to Resist the Appropriation of the Attentional Commons,” at the Western Political Science Association conference on April 20, 2019. She also served as chair on a panel titled “Spatial and Social Imaginaries: Buddhism in Context” and a discussant on a panel titled “Buddhism, Feminism, and the Body Politic.” This was all part of a miniconference she coorganized titled “The Politics of the Mindful Revolution.” Thirty interdisciplinary academics met over the course of two days to attend eight panels that explored political problems and possibilities arising from the mainstreaming of meditation and mindfulness that is known as “Buddhist modernism.”   





  • Senior Director of Integrative and Community-Engaged Learning Director Sarah Brackmann gave an invited keynote at the University of Houston–Downtown’s High-Impact Practices Showcase on April 18. In her address, “Service-Learning as a High-Impact Practice: An Unusually Effective Way to Promote Student and Community Engagement,” Brackmann discussed the teaching and learning strategies that distinguish these practices, drawing on her experiences as a participant, administrator, and researcher.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin has been named an associate faculty member at the Observatorio de la Relación Binacional México–EE.UU. (Observatory of the Binational Relationship Mexico–USA) of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Read the full story here .





  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Sociology Luis Romero and  Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner were invited to be featured speakers at the University of Texas at Austin. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts under a grant provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Romero and Maner presented “Professional-Life Experiences and Postgrad Transitions” to underrepresented graduate students of color. They discussed a variety of aspects concerning the management of career and personal development in graduate school, including pedagogical approaches to studying race, gender, and class in the classroom; navigating microaggressions from students, colleagues, and administration; and juggling home and work lives. Romero and Maner also talked about how to prepare for the job market as an emerging scholar, how to maximize  professional conference opportunities, and how to position oneself for tenure-track positions.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone presented an all-day workshop, “Archiving for the Non-Archivist,” at the Texas Library Association annual conference on April 15, 2019. The 20 attendees were introduced to the basics of archiving, outreach, and developing digital projects for their institutions. She also chaired the Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Roundtable.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Voice Julia Taylor  performed the role of Mimi in the all-female production of Puccini’s La Boheme (La Femme Boheme)  with Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) at the Women’s Music, Diversity, and Leadership Conference at San Diego State University.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “Public Scholar, Beware” in Inside Higher Ed.





  • Professor of English David Gaines  reviewed T. C. Boyle’s Outside Looking In  in the April 12th edition of T he Austin Chronicle .





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long coorganized and chaired three sessions at the American Association of Geographers conference in April. While there, Long also served on a panel and presented the introductory paper “Theorizing the Just City in the Era of Climate Change.”





  • Sociology majors Samantha Pentecost ’19 and Veronica Ciotti ’19 were awarded Best Paper awards for their capstone projects by Alpha Kappa Delta, sociology’s national honors society. Pentecost’s paper, “Gendering the Boy Scouts: Examining Hegemonic Masculinity at a Coed Backpacking Camp,” was selected as the second-place winner, and Ciotti’s paper, “The Classroom Is Sacred: Academic Masculinity as a Response to the Campus Carry Law in Texas,” was selected as the third-place winner. Both capstone papers were written under the direction of Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe.





  • Sociology majors Zac White ’20 and Hannah Bills ’20 were selected as two of the eight students participating in the 2019 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program focusing on research in race, ethnicity, and the demography of U.S. families at the University of Texas at Austin’s Population Research Center. White and Bills were assisted by Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe and Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron.





  • Sociology majors Madeline Carrola ’19 and Molly McConnell ’20 were accepted into the 2019 American Sociological Association’s Honors Program. Carrola was admitted based on her capstone paper, “Performing the Handmaid’s Tale: The Use of Dystopian Literature at Political Protests,” which was written under the direction of Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe. McConnell was admitted based on her research methods paper, “Skin Tone, Colorism, and Colorblind Racism in the Age of Trump,” which was written under the direction of Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to join the editorial review board of Marketing Education Review. The journal is focused on innovative and rigorous research to advance marketing education.





  • German and education major Melina Boutris ’21 presented her research paper on inclusion in special-education classes in Germany at the Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies at Lafayette College, in Easton, PA, on April 13, 2019.  Her presentation, titled “Inklusion von Schülern mit Lernbehinderung im Deutschen Schulsystem: Meine Erfahrungen als Special Education Student in den USA und als Praktikantin in Einer Integrativen Klasse 4 Einer Deutschen Grundschule,” earned an honorable mention, and she was invited to submit the paper for publication on the conference website. Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth mentored the project.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower  attended the British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World conference in Kansas City, MO, April, 11–14, 2019. She served as chair on two panels, “Rethinking ‘Centers’ and ‘Peripheries’ in the Early Modern World” and “Commercial and Imperial Relationships in the Early Modern British World,” and took part in the editorial board meeting.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music and Concert Cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has been invited to be an adjudicator for strings and to give two cello master classes April 11–12 at the 2019 Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival in Austin, TX. This Festival has grown to be the nation’s premiere annual regional arts festival among independent schools. The festival is a collaborative enterprise with more than 40 participating schools. For more than 50 years, the ISAS Fine Arts Festival has been a celebration of the visual and performing arts, bringing together thousands of students who will share their talents and be inspired for their futures.





  • Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe, Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Luis Romero,and seven sociology majors attended the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta, GA, April 10–13.

    • Lowe and Madeline Carrola ’19 presented “Outsiders Within: The Effects of Online and in-Person Surveillance on Residents of Color in a Predominantly White Neighborhood.” This research is funded by a Southwestern  Faculty–Student Project Award and a Sam Taylor Award.
    • Romero presented “‘Paying the ‘Detention Bill’: The Economics and Hidden Costs of Immigrant Detention for Families.”
    • Carrola also presented “The Handmaid’s Tale and Performance Activism.”
    • Veronica Ciotti  ’19 presented “‘The Classroom is Sacred:’ The Perceived Effects of Campus Carry among Texas Male Faculty Members.”
    • Carmen Hernandez  ’19 presented “How a Piece of Paper Defines One’s Experience in the U.S.: The Experiences of Documented Siblings of DACA Recipients.”
    • Samantha Pentecost  ’19 presented “Girls in the Boy Scouts: Exploring Dilemmas of Gender-Integrated Spaces and Hybrid Masculinity at a Coed Backpacking Camp.”
    • Brielle Read  ’20 presented “Letting the Teachers Speak: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Special Education Identification Process in Public Texas Elementary Schools.”
    • Savannah Scott  ’19 presented “Medically Policing Black Female Bodies: Black Women’s Experiences with Birth Control.”
    • Marta Zuzeviciute  ’19 presented “‘Why Can’t I Be Both?’: Experiences of Having an Arabic Ethnic Identity in French Society.”




  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano, together with psychology alumni Sarah Butterworth ’18, Justin White ’18, Lizette Cantu ’17, and Kyle Fraser ’17, published the article “Sender Gender Influences Emoji Interpretation in Text Messages” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.





  • Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Maha Zewail-Foote was invited to give a research seminar at New England Biolabs, Inc., a recognized world leader in developing innovative products for the life-science industry, including genomic research.





  • Professor of Sociology Sandi Nenga delivered two presentations at the Pacific Sociological Association meetings in Oakland, CA. The first was “Doctor Who in the Gender Classroom” and was part of a panel titled  “What is this Lady Doctor Doing in MY TARDIS? Gender and the Regeneration of Doctor Who.” The second presentation was titled “Ten Respeto and Being Respectful: Shifting Meanings of Respect in a College Readiness Program for First-Generation Latinx Students.”





  • Associate Director of Admission Jamar Keaton recently presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling in Dallas, TX. In addition to his presentation “What’s the Point of It All,” he led the organization’s annual raffle effort producing donations totaling approximately $5,500. This total represents one of the largest amounts in raffle history and an increase in the organization’s scholarship fund balance by approximately 10%.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was awarded a prestigious 2019 Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH grants are highly competitive. Applicants go through a three-step review process that involves specialists, NEH staff, and the National Council of the Humanities. This year, the NEH offered grants to 11% of approximately 1,000 applications. Hernandez Berrones will use the grant to continue working on the manuscript of his book project, A Revolution in Small Doses: Homeopathy, the Profession, and the State in Mexico 1910–1943.





  • Senior Director of Integrative and Community-Engaged Learning Sarah Brackmann presented at the sixth annual Leadership Education and Progress Texas Conference. Her session, titled “Paideia: Integrating Learning through High-Impact Practices,” highlighted the three iterations of Southwestern’s Paideia program and the lessons learned in terms of access, assessing impact, and implementing reflection





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin served as one of the mentors to the 20 young Global South Scholars selected from several hundred globally to participate in the daylong International Studies Association’s First Emerging Global South Scholar Workshop sponsored by the International Studies Association’s (ISA’s) Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South (CSEGS) and the Global South Caucus (GSCIS). Among the activities, Selbin led a session on teaching experiences and challenges. Selbin also facilitated a panel at the ISA conference on publication strategies at an Intergenerational Café sponsored by the recently inaugurated Committee on the Status of the Global South with support from the ISA Global South Taskforce and the Global South Caucus. Finally, Selbin cochaired the final meeting of the 2014–2019 editorial team of International Studies Perspectives, one of the ISA’s journals.





  • Emma Cooper ’20 and Markell Henderson ’19 participated as panelists in a financial seminar titled GLAD (Greeks -and others- Learning to Avoid Debt). Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business Dirk Early and Assistant Professor of Business Hazel Nguyenalso participated as panelists and provided sage advice to student participants seeking knowledge about avoiding debt before and after graduation. The GLAD event was supervised by Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore and was cohosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the Kappa Sigma fraternity; and EMPIRE.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth was invited to give a presentation titled “Transnationale Erinnerungskulturen und Identitäten” about her research on transnational memory cultures in Germany and France surrounding the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I for a faculty development seminar sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, and “Landeskundliches Seminar für Ortslektorinnen und Ortslektoren Weltweit. Europäer? Deutscher? Saarländer? - Identitätsfragen in Grenzregionen,” April 7–12, 2019, in Saarbrücken, Germany. From a worldwide network of 800 professionals serving as mentors and advocates for the mission of DAAD, Berroth was one of 20 faculty members invited to participate in the seminar and one of 11 participants also invited to present. Berroth was the only representative from the U.S., networking with colleagues from Colombia, Italy, Great Britain, France, Spain, Brazil, Oman, China, Korea, Argentina, Israel, and Finland on researching and teaching European identities and futures.





  • Conner Joyce  ’19 presented his honors thesis in political science, “A Path-Dependent Explanation of Divergent Nuclear Trajectories,” at the Midwestern Political Science Association’s annual conference in Chicago, IL, April 7.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “Developing Critical Awareness: A Teacher’s Role in Engaging Students to Dialogue about Social Inequities” at the Establishing Sociopolitical Consciousness as the Fourth Goal of Dual-Language Education symposium at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 5–9, 2019.





  • Four students in the Spanish program presented papers at the XXVII Latin American Studies Symposium held at Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL, on April 5.

    • Alex Bell  ’20 presented “Poetas Principales del Modernismo Hispanoamericano en Canción de Otoño en Primavera y la Pregunta.”
    • Dominique Rosario  ’20 presented “Muerte y Nacionalismo en Dos Patrias, por José Martí.”
    • Valentina Olivieri-Puentes  ’19 presented “¿Y las Madres que opinan?”
    • Violeta Bueno  ’19 presented “Un Cambio de Vestuario: Un Análisis de El Delantal Blanco.”

    Their papers were produced in Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena’s class Introduction to Literary Studies in Fall 2018.





  • Southwestern had strong representation at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges South Central Conference at the University of Texas at Dallas on April 5. Students presented the following posters:

    • “Voluntunity: Building a Volunteer Opportunity Website with Django” by TaylorAxtell ’19, SaraBoyd ’20, LaurenGillespie ’19, Danielle Orbach ’19, and Colin Scruggs ’19, part of their computer-science capstone work with Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony.
    • “Creating a User-Friendly System to Facilitate Tracking and Entry of Internship Hours” by Adina Friedman ’19, William Price ’19, Elyssa Sliheet ’19, Isabel Tweraser ’19, and Jacob Yager ’20, also part of the computer-science capstone.
    • “Verification of Welfare Transactions on the Blockchain” by Adanna Court ’19, Devon Fulcher ‘19, Bobby Garza ‘19, Alexander Hoffman ‘20, and Daniel Maldonado ‘19, also part of the computer-science capstone.
    • “Project Pen and Paper: Operations Research for Prospective Students” by Katie Dyo ‘19, Devon Fulcher ‘19, Alexander Hoffman ‘20, Daniel Maldonado ‘19, and Greg O’Brien ‘19, work that originated in the Operations Research course in Fall 2018 taught by Anthony.
    • “Desirable Behaviors for Companion Bots in First-Person Shooters” by Adina Friedman ‘19, based on her SCOPE 2018 summer research with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum.
    • “Evolving Custom Convolutional Neural Network Architectures in SZ-Tetris” by Devon Fulcher ‘19, also based on SCOPE 2018 research with Schrum. This poster won fourth place in the undergraduate poster competition.
    • “Infinite  Art Gallery: A  Game World of Interactively  Evolved Artwork” by Bryan Hollingsworth ‘20, also based on SCOPE 2018 research with Schrum. This poster won third place in the undergraduate poster competition.

    Students Boyd, Court, Friedman, Fulcher, Garza, Hoffman, Hollingsworth, and Orbach, as well as Schrum, attended the conference.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had two sculptures selected for Clay Houston’s Biennial exhibition titled “Future Artifacts,” on view at Central Visual Arts Gallery at Houston Community College.  “Future Artifacts” features contemporary ceramic works by artists from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The exhibition runs March 4–April 6.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson  presented an overview of her book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize  at the Second Belize National Research Conference in Belmopan, Belize, on April 3.





  • Professor of Theatre John Ore was selected to serve as adjudicator for the Region 3 Area 1 AAAAA one-act play contest at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts on April 3, 2019.  Among performances that day were scenes from A Storm in the BarnMuch Ado about Nothing, and The Man Who Came to Dinner.





  • Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts and Professor of Music Michael Cooper gave a guest lecture titled “The Silence of Florence Price” at Trinity University on April 2. The talk featured recordings by award-winning pianists Lara Downes and Petronel Malan of five still-unpublished piano compositions by Florence Price (1887–1953). Cooper called for a more intersectional and sustained exploration of the composer’s life and works. Those interested may find the narcolepsy-inducing abstract here.





  • Martin Guillermo Lopez’18 earned an internationally competitive fellowship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). CBYX annually supports 75 U.S. and 75 German awardees. CBYX was created by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag as a public diplomacy program to promote understanding between the people of the U.S. and Germany. The year of academic, cultural, and professional exchange consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training, one semester of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, and a three-month internship in one’s career field. Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth served as adviser and mentor throughout the application and interview process.





  • Mellon Teaching Fellow Sequoia Maner presented original poetry and research at The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), which was organized around the topic of “Underground Histories.” As coeditor of the forthcoming volume Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, to be published by Routledge in October 2019, Maner previewed work that concerns the use of autopsy reports as material for poetic engagement, including her poem “Upon Reading the Autopsy of Sandra Bland,” a finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger delivered a paper titled “Partial Paternity in Terence and Jonson” at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. In addition, he chaired a panel on “Performances of Gender in Shakespearean England” at the same meeting.





  • Assistant Director of Admission Rebecca Rother was selected to serve as a faculty member for the Admission and College Counseling Institute (ACCI) program through the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors (TACAC). This event, held in July, helps new admission and college counseling colleagues build the skills needed to perform their daily jobs.





  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks coauthored a paper in the “Academic Practice in Ecology and Evolution” section of the open-access journal Ecology and Evolution. This collaborative peer-reviewed publication, titled “Students as Ecologists: Strategies for Successful Mentorship of Undergraduate Researchers,” developed from a special session at the 2018 Ecological Society of America meeting, where Burks gave a five-minute InspireTalk-style presentation on how to continue to work and publish with undergraduates after graduation.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long is the 2019 recipient of the Helen Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator Award in Geography. He will be receiving it in person while attending the American Association of Geographers annual conference in Washington, D.C., in early April.





March 2019

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes  published a review of Paul Silverstein’s Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic  in H-France Review  Vol. 19 (March 2019), No. 43.





  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock delivered a talk, “Tamil Thirunangais: Performing Divine Identities,” for the South Asian Religions Colloquium at Harvard University on March 28, 2019.





  • Southwestern University had a strong showing at the 2019 Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), held March 28–30 at Tarleton State University, in Stephenville, TX.

    • Katie Dyo ’20 presented “Women’s Golf: An NCAA Comparison Using Mathematical Modeling,” preliminary results from her signature work with Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton. Dyo is a mathematics major and data-science minor, and she is a member of the SU Women’s Golf Team.
    • Claire Harding ’19 and Madison Godleski ’19 presented “Rocket Projections,” supervised by Associate Professor of Physics Mark Bottorff. Harding is a physics major, and Godleski is a physics major with a mathematics minor.
    • Daniela Beckelhymer ’20, Charlie Ellison ’20, Hannah Freeman ’20, and Gerardo Gonzalez also attended the meeting.
    • President and Professor of Mathematics Edward Burger gave the invited address, “Making up Your Own Mind through Practices of (Mathematical) Effective Thinking.”
    • Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr co-led and participated in the Mathematics Learning by Inquiry organizational meetings, held in conjunction with the Texas MAA meeting.
    • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross attended the professional-development program of Texas New Experiences in Teaching (NExT), held in conjunction with the Texas MAA meeting. Ross also supported the student attendees.
    • Professor of Mathematics Kendall Richards and Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Osborne participated in the Texas MAA meeting.

    Student lodging, registration, and meals were provided by the Fleming Student Travel Fund and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Southwestern students accounted for five of the 57 presentations, along with 20 other colleges and universities.





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) on March 26, 2019, in its annual Texas Rising Stars (TRS) concert. The TRS performance is presented in collaboration with the Butler School of Music (BSOM) at the University of Texas at Austin and highlights winners of the BSOM string concerto competition. Also featured was the Amster String Quartet, an ensemble of high-school musicians nominated by their teachers and then auditioned by the ACO for the honor of being coached by a noted local music teacher (this year’s teacher was Dick Frazier at Anderson High School). Every year, a different ensemble is assembled and coached on a rotating basis (woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, etc.). The ACO was also honored to present the U.S. premiere of Roydon Tse’s Sinfonia Concertante, which won the ACO’s biannual composition contest.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor’s 2018 article “Platforms for Incivility: Examining Perceptions Across Different Media Formats” was reprinted as a chapter in the book Studying Politics Across Media.The book, which was published by Routledge, contains research that was originally included in a special issue of the journal Political Communication.





  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and Sarah Buchanan ’20 and Abigail Luna ‘20 presented their collaborative research “Block Play and a Pedagogic Model for Playful STEM Learning” at the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.





  • Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power  (University of Florida Press, 2018) has won the 2019 Best Book Award from the United Association of Labor Education. Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower  contributed a chapter titled “‘A Threshold Moment’: Public-Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South.”





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Becca Northwas interviewed about her recent book on the podcast “Something You Should Know.” The episode aired on March 24.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented a research paper titled “Plants and Heimat: Representations of Eco-Identities in the Work of Marica Bodrožić” at the 50th annual conference of the Northeast Modern Languages Association, March 21–24, in Washington, DC.  Her paper contributed to a panel series on concepts of memory, understandings of home, and nostalgia for the former Yugoslavia. Berroth’s argument for including critical plant studies in the discourse on place-based identity formations connected to the conference theme “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples,” which called attention to the important role of the humanities in the discourse on migrations.





  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere  delivered a paper at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS) in Dallas, March 21–24. Her presentation, “Future Perfect: Jane Eyre and the Traumatic Mode in Walley-Beckett’s Anne with an E,” was part of a panel on psychological and mathematical models of development in old and new media.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller presented the paper “Sculpting an All-Inclusive Empire: The Hybrid Style of Han Dynasty Luxury Bronzes” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, March 24. Her paper was presented as part of a panel titled “Empire Rediscovered: The Concept of Empire in Late Pre-Imperial and Early Imperial Archaeological and Transmitted Sources.”





  • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu presented a paper titled “Seduction or Harassment? The Case of Lafayette’s Princess de Cleves” at the 50th Northeast Modern Language Association in Washington, DC, on March 23. His paper was presented as part of a panel titled “Confronting Sexual Assault in French and Francophone Literature.”





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson  gave an invited talk titled “Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize” at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on Friday, March 22.





  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross presented a paper titled “Narrating Crossings: Mother/Daughter, Morocco/Spain” at the 50th Northeast Modern Language Association in Washington, DC, on March 21. Her paper was part of a panel she organized called “Transnational Spain: Porous Borders and New Nationalist Tendencies.”





  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross was invited to speak at Trinity University’s mathematics seminar on March 19, 2019. His talk, “Isoperimetry and Geometric Optimization,” discussed recent research as well as general strategies for solving geometric optimization problems using the calculus of variations.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited his artwork in the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Member’s Traveling Exhibition during the SGCI conference in Dallas, TX. His work will travel with this exhibition for two years across the country to various venues. Daulton’s work was also accepted and is currently on view in the 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at the Bradley University Gallery in Peoria, IL.





  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum has had two peer-reviewed publications accepted to appear in the 2019 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, each with student coauthors. Will Price ’19 is the primary author on “Neuroevolution of Multimodal Ms. Pac-Man Controllers Under Partially Observable Conditions,” which describes his first place entry in the international Ms. Pac-Man vs. Ghost Team Competition in 2018. Bryan Hollingsworth ’20 is the primary author on “Infinite Art Gallery: A Game World of Interactively Evolved Artwork,” which describes a game that was part of a human-subject study at Southwestern last fall.





  • Head Men’s Basketball Coach Janson Hightower was voted the SCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. In his fifth season at the helm of the Southwestern program, Hightower led the Pirates to an 11-5 conference mark—which ties the program high for conference wins in a single season in the SCAC era—and a share of the league’s regular season title, the first for the program since 2004–05. Among head coaches with five or more years’ experience in the SCAC, Hightower’s .597 in-conference winning percentage is the sixth best in league history. A former SCAC student-athlete at Hendrix College, Hightower is just the second person to both play in the league and win SCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year (COTY). The COTY honor is Hightower’s first, and he is just the second Southwestern men’s coach to earn the recognition.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton served as a visiting artist at Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA) in the School of Design on March 18. Daulton conducted lithography printing demonstrations and shared his artwork with individual students and with a lithography class. He also presented an artist lecture in the evening to School of Design students and faculty, and the general public.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper on Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519) at the 2019 Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, March 16–19. His paper was presented as part of a session titled “Women at Home in the Courts of Renaissance Italy.”





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes chaired a panel on “Survival in the French Empire: Health, ‘Heathens,’ and Heritage” at the 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Oklahoma City, OK, March 14.





  • Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center Jennifer Marciniak presented her original research “But My Clipboard Says You Are Doing It Wrong’: Memes, Performance-Rhetoric, and Academic Resistance in Online Oil and Gas Worker Communities” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Pittsburgh, PA, March 14–16. She also chaired the professional and technical writing panel “Situating Performance: From Local to Global” that explored how subject position, workplace communication, and globalization inform discursive practices.





  • Visiting Professor of Environmental Engineering Rebecca Edwards  was invited to visit the office of the state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon at Texas A&M University on March 12 to discuss her research on the climatology of extreme precipitation in Texas over the past 100 years. The invitation was extended following a presentation of her work at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in January.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne Garcia-Mateus presented a paper titled “One White Student’s Journey Through Six Years of Elementary Schooling: Uncovering Whiteness and Privilege in Two-Way Bilingual Education” which was part of a panel titled “Translanguaging in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL):  Perspectives and Possibilities” at the TESOL International Convention in Atlanta, GA, March 12–15, 2019.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long and senior capstone students had their 2013 coauthored paper, “Toward an Informative and Applied Methodology for Price Comparison Studies of Farmers’ Markets and Competing Retailers at the Local Scale,” republished by The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development as a policy brief calling for renewed research on the topic.





  • Southwestern University had a strong showing at the 2019 Western States Communication Association Conference in Seattle, WA, at the end of February. Sarah Beard ’19 presented “The Rhetorical Strategies of Humor in John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight,” her signature work from Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar’s fall capstone class.  Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala presented a paper titled “Shitholes: Infrastructure and Anatomy” as part of the environmental communication division, and Renegar responded to a panel titled “Gender and Health in the Workplace” on behalf of the Organization for Women and Communication.





  • Associate Professor of Chinese Carl Robertson published a translation of the short story “Tharlo” by the Tibetan writer Pema Tseden in a collection of Tseden’s work titled Enticement  (Duke UP, 2018), edited by former part-time faculty Patricia Schiaffini. This book has been adopted to promote understanding of Tibetan culture by the independent organization Machik, which is hosting discussions in 24 cities worldwide.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long published an article titled “Contradictions in the Climate-Friendly City: New Perspectives on Eco‐Gentrification and Housing Justice” in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. This article was coauthored with researchers Jennifer L. Rice (University of Georgia), Daniel Aldana Cohen (University of Pennsylvania), and Jason Jurjevich (Portland State University).





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers reviewed Deborah Lipstadt’s Antisemitism: Here and Now for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Read the review here.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor published the chapter “Signaling Incivility: The Role of Speaker, Substance, and Tone” in the edited volume A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and Its Discontents. The book was developed with the support of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona and published by Routledge.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings and Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented about their ongoing research project titled “Language Ideologies in a University Classroom: Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Latinx Students as Language Learners.” The panel about dual-language education took place at the 6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language (NSSHL) hosted by University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen, TX.





  • Music Literature major Katiebeth Brandt ’19 prepared a critical edition and arranged for the posthumous premiere of Florence B. Price’s choral composition titled “Bluebell.” Based on a text by Mary Rolofson Gamble, the work was performed on March 3 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brandt prepared her edition under the supervision of  Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper. The autograph was obtained from the University of Arkansas Special Collections Library and has a professional recording and video made from the premiere. This piece was written by a woman, with a woman poet, edited by a woman, with a treble section of eight women voices, conducted by a woman with a woman accompanist.





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s composition “Asleep in a Blanket Spun of Energy” enjoyed its world premiere performance by Inversion Ensemble on March 2 and 3, 2019, in Austin, TX. Honoring Inglis’s Ojibwe ancestors, the work for mixed chorus and Trevor Shaw’s electronic track evokes the vivid imagery of Margaret Noodin’s poem “We Are Returning Always.” The piece sets all of the English text and a few key words of the Anishinaabemowin text from the bilingual poem, which beautifully captures a glimpse into the natural and celestial wonders of the Ojibwe world. The music reflects a taste of the syncopated embellished singing, pentatonic melodies, and steady drumbeat characteristic of Ojibwe music. The electronic track provides both a compelling rhythmic foundation and fantastical sonic representations of the moon, nebulae, supernovae, the aurora borealis, and the forests of the Ojibwe lands.





  • Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair Ben Pierce presented a talk at the Texas Academy of Science, March 1–2, titled “Body Condition in Natural Populations of the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia).”





  • Eight members of Professor of Biology Romi Burks’s molecular ecology lab attended the Texas Academy of Science meeting at Howard Payne University, March 1–2.

    • Hannah Winkler ’19 presented a talk titled “Unraveling the Mystery: Genetic Identification of Nonnative Asian Mysterysnails, Cipangopaludina chinensis and C. japonica,” coauthored by Nicole Kelly ’21 and Shannon Odell ’21, alumna Shannon Walsh ’18, and collaborator Dr. Russell Minton of Gannon University.  
    • Kelly and Odell also presented the poster “Highway to Shell: Troubleshooting Methods of Genetic Detection and Identification in two invasive species, Cipangopaludina chinensis and C. japonica,” coauthored by the same research team. Kelly and Odell’s work highlighted their results from their participation in the 2018 SCOPE Program.
    • Lauren Muskara ’20 presented a talk titled “A Snail out of Water: Apple Snail Detection along Oyster Creek (Missouri City/Sugarland, TX),” coauthored with Shellsea Miller ’20 and collaborator and SU alumnus Dr. Matthew Barnes ’06 from Texas Tech University.  
    • Miller also participated in the Freshwater Science poster session with work titled “Bullseye! Hitting the Target on Primer Optimization,” which illustrated the process of arriving at species-specific targets for environmental DNA.
    • Madison Granier  ’19 also attended the meeting and worked with Dr. Barnes on data analysis for her capstone manuscript.  
    • Esther Nyaberi  ’21 and Kaitlin Galassini  ’21 (future 2019 SCOPErs with Dr. Burks) also attended and discussed eDNA with Dr. Barnes.  




February 2019

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony Christine Harbour  ‘16, and Jordan King  ‘15 published an article in the February 2019 issue of Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing  titled “Greedy Is Good: An Empirical Evaluation of Three Algorithms for Online Bottleneck Matching.” This paper is a culmination of work that was begun in 2014–15 with support from the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates program of CRA-W, the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony and Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Barbara Owens attended the 50th SIGCSE, the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, in Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 27–March 2, 2019. Anthony was a discussion leader for a birds-of-a-feather session on “Modernizing the Mathematics Taught in Computer Science,” an associate program chair, and the chair of a session on physical computing. Owens presented “The SIGCSE Story: Getting the Scoop,” about the ACM History Committee, as well as the Computing Educators Oral History Project.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Edward Merritt received the Macknight Innovative Educator Award from the American Physiological Society and will be recognized at the 2019 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. The award also includes an institutional grant for an education-related laboratory equipment.





  • Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center Jennifer Marciniak presented original research and hosted a roundtable titled “Cross-Institutional Tutor Training: Creating and Revising Frameworks”  at the South Central Writing Center Association Conference at the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor (UMHB), in Belton, TX, Feb. 21–22. At the conference, she also began phase two of a curated visual art project titled Art and Migration: A Collective Memory of Writing Center Conference Work, which will be completed in the coming months and presented as part of the International Writing Center Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference “The Art of It All” in Columbus, OH, in October 2019. Four SU students from her Teaching and Tutoring Writing across the Curriculum class, Aydan Urias ‘22, Connor Moland ‘22, Gabrielle Cano ‘22, and Erin Flessner ‘21, also attended the conference at UMHB.





  • Danyale Kellogg ’19 and Melina Boutris ’21 will present their research at the Ninth Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies (co-organized by Lafayette College and Moravian College), in Easton, PA. Kellogg will speak on German national security policies. Boutris will present on the inclusion of special-needs learners in the German school system, research related to her summer internship at a school in Heidelberg, Germany. Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth mentored both research projects as independent studies.





  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux presented a poster with collaborators at the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, OR, on Feb. 7, 2019. The poster, “Does Humility Breed Likability? Perceptions of Compliment Givers and Receivers by Status and Modesty,” presented results from her study of how we perceive others who respond modestly or boastfully to compliments, depending on the relative status of the compliment-giver.





  • Professor of Biology and Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair Ben Pierce published a paper in the Journal of Herpetology titled “Frequency and Ecology of Tail Loss in Populations of the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia).” The paper was coauthored with former Southwestern University student Daniel Gonzalez ’17.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently participated in Cultural Day at Austin’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, giving three interactive classroom presentations on the psychology of sex, gender, and sexual orientation.





  • Sphinx Organization Laureate Lara Downes gave the world premieres of two major compositions by Florence Price discovered and edited by Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooperin a major concert on Feb. 23. The concert, part of the Washington (DC) Performing Arts series, previewed Downes’s new project,  Holes in the Sky (Sony Masterworks, March 1). The album, a genre-fluid collaboration with Judy Collins, Rhiannon Giddens, and others, is devoted exclusively to music by women, performed exclusively by women. Along with other pieces, Downes performed Price’s “Fantasie Nègre no. 2,” long believed lost before Cooper recovered it, as well as her more compact “Sketches in Sepia” and “Memory Mist.” All three compositions typify Price’s creative synthesis of African-American stylistic traits with the genres and techniques of concert music.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi participated in an invited panel on teaching digital marketing at the American Marketing Association Winter Educators’ Conference, in Austin, TX, Feb. 22–24, 2019. In addition, her coauthored project “The Challenge of Engagement and Co-Creation” was featured in the conference poster session.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano presented a poster titled “Guiding Undergraduates through the Process of First Authorship” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, Feb. 7–9.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala earned a national grant to support the Muslims in Academia Symposium at Southwestern University. The symposium will take place 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2018.





  • A concert aria by Felix Mendelssohn, discovered by Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper,received its Puerto Rican premiere in performances by the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico with soprano Sara Garcia under the direction of Emilio Colón on February 8–10 in Mayagüez and San Juan. The 14-minute aria, “Infelice! / Ah, ritorna, età dell’ oro, MWV H 4” (1834), was long assumed to be a draft for a different piece written nine years later, but Cooper’s research into the manuscripts, text, and music revealed it to be an autonomous composition—resulting in the addition of a major “new” composition to the catalog of Mendelssohn’s works and the repertoire of nineteenth-century vocal music.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel was a visiting artist in the Ceramics Department at the University of North Texas on Feb. 13 and 14 as part of their 2019 Dual Visiting Artist Workshop Series. He worked alongside potter Chris Pickett, an assistant professor of art at Idaho State University. The dual visiting series pairs one potter and one sculptor for a two-day workshop that includes demonstrations, critiques, and a public artist talk.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, on Feb. 12, 2019. Her talk was titled “The Archaeology of Colors: Polychromy and Classical Chinese Bronze Art.”





  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder coauthored an article with Sarah Wiliarty titled “Conservative Women in Germany and Japan: Chancellors versus Madonnas,” which was accepted for publication in Politics and Gender. It is currently available as a featured online article and is forthcoming in hard copy.





  • Professor of Art Mary Visser’s artwork Mandala was selected—along with the work of five other artists—to represent the organization Ars Mathematica in the journal Tangente. Tangente is a French bimonthly scientific journal devoted to mathematics and its relationship to the arts.  The works were all created using 3-D printing processes from digital files created by the artists.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton coauthored a paper, “Pharmacokinetic Models for Active Learning of Differential Equations,” which was published online by the journal PRIMUS. Shelton’s coauthors are Beulah Agyemang-Barimah ’17, currently a graduate student in computational biology at Cornell University, and Theresa Laurent, of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. This peer-reviewed paper will appear in a print version of a special issue on modeling in differential-equations courses. Some of the work that led to this paper was funded by Southwestern’s grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe was invited to give a lecture on Feb. 15 at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Howe lectured on new interpretations of the recent excavations of the Roman villas of Stabiae near Pompeii. Howe is coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation excavations. The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee will provide one of the field teams for this upcoming season.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel recently designed the costumes for Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roofat Unity Theatre, in Brenham, TX. This production marks the 10th collaboration between Bechtel and the professional theater company.





  • An interview with Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long will be featured in the documentary Becoming Leslie,which will debut at SXSW in March 2019.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a grant to participate in a faculty development seminar sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD. The seminar is scheduled for April 2019 and convenes teachers of German from all over the world for a week of study, site visits, and discussions in Saarbrücken, a city located in the border region between Germany and France. The seminar topic, “Identities and Border Regions in Germany and Europe,” is part of Berroth’s ongoing research and writing project on transnational identity narratives.





  • Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper uncovered and edited a composition by Florence B. Price titled “Memory Mist,” which was performed on Feb. 1 by Grammy-nominated pianist and Sphinx Organization Laureate Lara Downes as part of Detroit Public Radio’s celebration of the first day of African-American history month. The piece is part of Cooper’s large-scale project exploring the hundreds of unknown compositions by Price, who, despite her sex and race, was acclaimed as the mid-20th century’s leading African-American composer of concert music. The performance will be rebroadcast by Detroit Public Radio after Feb. 23 and will be one of the featured tracks on Downes’s new genre-fluid CD Holes in the Sky, devoted exclusively to music by women composers and performers (due for release on March 1).





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower‘s chapter “‘… And Greedily Devoured Them’: The Cannibalism Discourse and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1536–1612” was published in the book To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic (ed. Rachel B. Herrmann, University of Arkansas Press, 2019, pp. 97–114.)





  • Professors of Mathematics Alison Marr and Fumiko Futamura coauthored and published a paper titled “Taking Mathematics Abroad: A How-to Guide” in the journal PRIMUS. This paper fills a gap in the literature on developing and teaching mathematics abroad, with examples and advice from the authors’ experiences teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses in the SU London semester program.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano gave a presentation at the annual Austin AVID College Readiness Symposium held at St. Edward’s University, Feb. 2. Her talk was titled “Things I Wish My Students Knew before Coming to College: A Professor’s Guide to Success.”





January 2019

  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock published the article “Recalibrating (Field)work” in the peer-reviewed journal QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (vol. 5, no. 3, fall 2018) as part of the Queer Forum on Navigating Normativity between Field and Academe in India.





  • Computer science and chemistry double major Lauren Gillespie ’19 has been awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher award from the Computing Research Association. Only students in North American universities may compete for the award, and only four such awards were given, with other awardees coming from such prestigious universities as Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. Gillespie’s award recognizes work she has done in the field of evolutionary computation since 2016, first as a SCOPE student under Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum and most recently as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Michigan State University under Dr. Charles Ofria. In addition to the recognition, this award will provide Gillespie with $1,500 to attend a research conference of her choice.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Beth Everett presented a session at the National Opera Association national conference titled “Female Conductors and Directors and Their Paths to Careers in Opera.” The conference took place on Jan. 3–5, 2019, in Salt Lake City, UT.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth published an invited review of “Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture,” a special issue of Colloquia Germanica, an international journal for German studies, in Feminist German Studies, a refereed interdisciplinary publication presenting a wide range of feminist approaches to all aspects of German literature, culture, and language, including pedagogy. The review is guest edited by Heidi Denzel de Tirado and Faye Stewart. It is available in print and online at Project Muse.





  • The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was active at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, with national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), and more. It is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world. The meetings were held in Baltimore, MD, Jan. 16–19, 2019.

    • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton copresented “Building Community through Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE)” in the MAA Poster Session on Projects Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education. The coauthors were the coprincipal investigators of their National Science Foundation (NSF) grant: Brian Winkel, SIMIODE and emeritus professor from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Richard C. Harwood, Newberg University; Audrey Malagon, Virginia Wesleyan University; and Patrice Tiffany, Manhattan College. The NSF grant partly funded Shelton’s attendance.
    • Shelton participated in the meeting of the MAA Committee on Sessions of Contributed Papers.
    • Shelton served on the SIMIODE Board of Contributing Advisors and participated in a meeting of her NSF grant coprincipal investigators.
    • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura presented “Factoring Homographies to Analyze Perspective Distortions” based on a recent paper coauthored with Marc Frantz of Indiana University Bloomington and Annalisa Crannell of Franklin and Marshall College in the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Mathematics and the Arts.
    • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross presented “Exploring Big Ideas in Calculus 1 through Bite-Sized IBL Lessons” in the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching.
    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Osborn presented “Peaks and Valleys of First-Time Implementation of IBL Methods in Calculus III and Intro to Statistics Classes” in the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching.
    • Mercedes Gonzalez  ’21 presented “Restrictions on Homflypt and Kauffman Polynomials Arising from Local Moves” in the AMS Special Session on Not KNerds: A Community for Knot Theory. The talk was based on a 2018 NSF REU and coauthored by Sandy Ganzell, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Chloe Marcum, Marshall University; Nina Ryalls, University of Dallas; and Mariel Santos, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Gonzalez  received partial funding from the REU, the Fleming Student Travel Fund, and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
    • Elyssa Sliheet  ’19 presented “Mathematical Models Linking within-Host to between-Host HIV Dynamics” in the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory. The talk was based on a 2018 NSF REU. Sliheet received partial funding from the REU, the Fleming Student Travel Fund, and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
    • Our students each presented in a faculty session rather than a session for undergraduate presentations.




  • Studio Art Technical Assistant Thomas Cornell had a work accepted in the show Roze Hokjes / Pink Pigeonholing, an exhibition taking place at Galerie Tuur in the Netherlands. This show features art by more than 100 international artists and runs Feb. 3 through June 2, 2019.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Becca North’s book Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our Lives  as published by Severn River Publishing in December 2018.





  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, Jan. 23–26. While there, she led three consecutive roundtable sessions for the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) on “Guiding Change in the Curriculum.” She also participated on an AAC&U panel with deans from Macalester College and Denison University. Her presentation focused on curricular innovations in the humanities and interdisciplinary programs at Southwestern.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a materials grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, and the German government. The $1,300 grant provides the German Program with a curated collection of titles in German literature published in 2018 and a collection of German graphic novels, which will enrich teaching and learning at all levels in the program.





  • History major Danyale Kellogg ’19 was selected to receive the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) 2018 Internship Student Achievement Award. CEIA recognizes distinguished achievement and excellence by annually recognizing outstanding students who have excelled in or made significant impact in work-integrated learning. Kellogg will receive a plaque and scholarship, which will be presented to her at the Awards Banquet during the annual CEIA conference in Chicago, IL.





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra on Dec. 2, 2018, in a concert titled Bohemian Rhapsodies. The concert featured guest violist Roger Myers and music by Czech composers Dvorak, Stamitz, Husa, and Smetana.





  • Associate Professor of Art History PatrickHajovsky published “Shifting Panoramas: Contested Visions of Cuzco’s 1650 Earthquake” in The Art Bulletin (vol. 100, no. 4, December 2018, 34–61), the premier journal in the field of art history and one that is also read widely by specialists in other disciplines. The article takes a novel approach to understanding colonial-period religious activism and modern interpretations of an icon of the city of Cuzco, Peru: a large panorama of the devastating 1650 earthquake that has been on view in the city’s cathedral since the seismic event took place. One senior colleague and expert on the painting responded in an email, “Just read your wonderful and so insightful article on the Cuzco earthquake painting in Cuzco. Congratulations. Wonderful research! You have really cracked the  puzzle surrounding the painting and put in its proper context. I learned so much. I am most grateful.”





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnorpresented a project titled “Accountability or Audacity? Protest and the Boundaries of (In)Civility” at the Southern Political Science Association, in Austin, Jan. 17–19. Current political science student Camille Martin’19 also participated in the conference, presenting her honors thesis, “Surveying Neoliberal Feminism.”





  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long and Professor of Economics Emily Northrop were signatories on a letter to Governor Abbott from Texas climate scientists and other experts urging his understanding of climate science and his action to address it. As reported in the Austin American Statesman, Northrop spoke at the Jan. 8 press conference held prior to delivering the letter to the Governor’s office.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel participated in Pentaculum, a one-week artist residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Jan. 612. The invitational residency brings together nearly 50 artists working in various media, including fibers or textiles, ceramics, metals, 2D arts, wood or sculpture, and writing. The opportunity provides an intimate atmosphere for meaningful dialogue and offers space for individual artistic growth alongside the opportunity to strengthen and build meaningful relationships within the arts-and-crafts field.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards attended the 99th Annual American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Jan. 69.  While there, she delivered two presentations: “Changes in Heavy and Extreme Precipitation in Texas 19002015,” a statistical analysis of heavy precipitation events in Texas over the past century, and “The Central Texas Collaborative Air Quality Monitoring Experiment,” which described a course-based research experience that involved launching weather balloons from the Southwestern campus during the spring of 2018 as part of the Energy and the Environment course. She also presented a poster titled “Influences on Air Quality in Georgetown, Texas,” a preliminary study of the data collected as part of the weather-balloon project described above





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Descended of Bastard Blood’: The Creation of Monarchy, Nation, and Empire in the Early Modern British Atlantic World, ca. 1485–1510” at the Monarchy and Modernity since 1500 Conference at the University of Cambridge, Jan. 79, 2019.





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s composition “Innocent Blood” was part of the Inversion Ensemble’s “I, Too, Sing America” performance, which was just selected by The Austin Chronicle as one of  Robert Faires’s Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018. Faires  describes the performance as “a history lesson through choral music, speaking to struggles present and past (e.g., witch trials in Adrienne Inglis’s forceful “Innocent Blood”), with the choir’s united voices ever a symbol of e pluribus unum.”





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth’s article “Brücken zwischen Mathematik und Deutsch: MINT im Sprachsensiblen Fachunterricht“ has been published in the online open-access and print versions of IDT 2019 Brücken Gestalten:Mit Deutsch Verbinden(MenschenLebenswelten–Kulturen: Beiträge der XVI. Internationalen Tagung der Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer,Fribourg/Freiburg, 31 July–4 Aug. 2017). IDT, the International Convention of Teachers of German, meets every fourth year and is the largest convention of German teachers worldwide. Berroth’s article was selected for publication to represent Section B3 of the convention, in which 12 scholars selected from an international pool of applicants presented on the topic of integrating STEM with the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language. Berroth’s participation was sponsored by a fellowship from the Goethe Institut, in Washington, DC.





  • Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron had a peer-reviewed article titled “Bureaucracy, Discrimination, and the Racialized Character of Organizational Life” accepted for publication in Research in the Sociology of Organizations with Vincent Roscigno at The Ohio State University. The paper will appear in the forthcoming volume on Race, Organizations, and the Organizing Process.





  • Director of Retention and Advising Jennifer Leach spoke on a panel at the 35 under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute during the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) convention in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 6. She discussed best practices in advising and retention and how coaches can collaborate with their campus partners to promote success for student-athletes.





  • Visiting Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work from his “Lick” ice cream series, currently on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, is being published in the January 2019 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine to highlight the 2018 CraftTexas exhibition. The biennial juried exhibition showcases the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson’s article “Gender, Race and Ecotourism Assemblages in Rural Creole Belize” has been published as part of a special section (“Gendered Environments: Ecotourism, Space and Politics in Latin America,” eds. Eveline Durr and Saskia Walther) of the Bulletin of Latin American Research in the Journal of the Society for Latin American Studies.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti published an article in the journal New Political Science. The piece, titled “The New Progressive Federalism: Common Benefits, State Constitutional Rights, and Democratic Political Action,” explores the history and contemporary relevance of the “common benefits clause,” an overlooked but robustly democratic provision that dates back to 1776 but is still on the books in many state constitutions. The article shows how these “common benefits clauses” can inform the broad “new progressive federalist” movement, where democratic political action is rising up from city, state, and local governments to interrupt and counteract the oligarchic tendencies of the national government under the Trump administration.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky will present his current research at the annual Mesoamerica Meetings (formerly Maya Meetings) at the University of Texas-Austin on Saturday, Jan. 13. This year’s theme, “Mesoamerican Philosophies: Animate Matter, Metaphysics, and the Natural Environment,” includes workshops on Maya hieroglyphs and a symposium of top scholars in Aztec studies across disciplines.





  • Professor of Theatre John Ore designed the dance lighting for Georgetown Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Ore also mentored Matt Murphy, class of 2019, Sam Bruno, class of 2020, and Andrew Snyder, class of 2021, who served as support technicians on this holiday classic performed in Alma Thomas Theater.





December 2018

  • Ten Southwestern students participated in the 2018 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics competition—the most prestigious undergraduate mathematics competition in North America—on Dec. 1, 2018. The competition consists of a six-hour exam, and partial credit is hard to come by (students commonly score a zero or one out of 120 possible points). This year, more than 4,600 students from 568 institutions took the Putnam exam. Charles Ellison ’20 and Jacob Jimerson ’19 tied for this year’s high score of three points, with Lauren Fantz ’21, Aleksandr Nazaruk ’20, and Gerardo Gonzalez ’21 also scoring points. Hannah Freeman ’19, Mercedes Gonzalez ’19, Katherine Nguyen ’21, William Price ’19 , and Aiden Steinle ’19  also participated.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers participated in a roundtable titled “Reaching beyond the Academy” at the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston, MA, Dec. 16–18.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018” in Lilith Magazine’s blog.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long published a scholarly article with Environmental Studies alumna Peri Kincaid ’18 titled “A Red City Goes Green: The Renewable Energy Partnership of Georgetown, Texas, and Southwestern University” in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The article is about Georgetown and Southwestern’s path to 100% renewable energy.





  • Art generated by the interactive evolution system AnimationBreeder was featured on the cover of SIGEVOlution (volume 11, issue 4) , the newsletter of the Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation. AnimationBreeder is a system developed by Southwestern University students Isabel Tweraser ’19 and Lauren Gillespie ’19 as part of SCOPE summer research supervised by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum. Also in the newsletter is a short description of the art, as well as a reference to the publication describing this research , which was cowritten by Tweraser, Gillespie, and Schrum.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was featured in an interview conducted by the U.K.-based agency Giraffe Social Media, sharing her insights about marketing and social media strategy. The interview can be found here .





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented a paper on the “Inefficiency of Equilibria in Doodle Polls,” coauthored with Christine Chung of Connecticut College, at the 12th Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications. She also chaired a session on combinatorial optimization at the conference.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala facilitated a panel titled “Talking about Race with your Child” through the Parent Advisory Committee at Child’s Day Child Development Center on Dec. 5, 2017. The panel featured experts from education, social work, and policy to provide specific strategies for parents to talk about race and racism with preschool-aged children.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger posted a blog story with the Times of Israel titled “Does BDS have anything to do with Israel?”





  • Professor of Economics Dirk Early’s article on housing discrimination, “Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets: Evidence from the Housing Voucher Program,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Regional Science. The article is coauthored with Edgar Olsen at the University of Virginia and Paul Carrillo at George Washington University.





  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal is the scenic designer for A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast, produced by Penfold Theatre of Austin. The setting is the fictional KPNF radio station, where dozens of characters bring to life the Dickens masterpiece A Christmas Carol. A small company of virtuosic voice actors and live foley sound effects reminiscent of A Prairie Home Companion recreate the images and sounds of this Christmas classic.





  • Six music majors have prepared source-critical editions of unknown, unpublished, or little-known works by African American composer Florence B. Price (1887–1953) for the Music in the United States course offered by Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper. The editions were prepared from autographs held at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and include a scholarly preface, a source-critical score of the work, and a critical report. The students have gone through the entire process of preparing scholarly editions, including finding the sources, requesting reproductions and agreeing to the holding library’s terms, researching the poets and texts (where applicable), inputting the music using professional music-editing software, and assembling the final product. They hold the copyright on their editions. The students, works, and work-statuses are

    • Emily Barham ’20, Fantasy in Purple (new edition; text by Langston Hughes)
    • Katie Beth Brandt ’19, Bluebell (premiere edition; text by Mary Rolofson Gamble; recorded by the University of Texas at San Antonio choir and set for posthumous premiere in spring 2019)
    • Myles Kellerman ’20, Monologue for the Working Class (premiere edition; text by Langston Hughes)
    • Alex Slaid ’20, The Retort (new edition; text by Paul Dunbar)
    • Tabitha Thiemens ’19, God Gives Me You (new edition; text by unidentified author)
    • Ti Xin ’20, Presto (premiere edition; for piano solo)




  • Eleven Southwestern University faculty members have won Sam Taylor Fellowship grants to support their research, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,600. Sam Taylor Fellowships are selected through a competitive application process and are provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This year’s recipients are

    • Professor of Physics Steven Alexander, “Generating Energy from Hot Sidewalks” (awarded $1,200)
    • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, “The Politics of Stealth Halal: Re-Presenting the Islamic Origins of U.S. Meat Products” (awarded $1,600)
    • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth , “Nature Education in the German Classroom: Possibilities for Integration and Inclusion?” (awarded $1,400)
    • Professor of Biology Romi Burks, “Unravelling the Mystery: Genetic Differentiation of Chinese and Japanese Mysterysnails Using 16S” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones, “With Indigenist Spirit: Doctors on Spiritual Practices in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” (awarded $1,500)
    • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, “Human–Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” (awarded $1,000)
    • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu, “Research on Claire de Duras’s Avant-Garde Novella, Ourika” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Gestures toward the Sacred: Guillevic, Vargaftig, Tellermann, Michel” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture” (awarded $1,500)
    • Associate Professor of Spanish Maria De Los Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, “Researching Attachments to American Political Institutions” (awarded $1,600)




  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux was interviewed on the YouTube channel The Dissenter (Portugal) about her research on sexual-interest perception, physical attractiveness, and more. You can watch the interview here.





  • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu chaired a special session titled “Married Female Characters of French Women Authors” at the 2018 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association annual conference, in Bellingham, WA. Until just a few decades ago, French women were expected to marry, be submissive, and not strive for much more. French women authors have reflected a range of responses to such social expectations through their married heroines by imagining alternative life choices, subverting oppressive societal norms, and disrupting paradigms. In the wake of the Me Too movement, Mathieu successfully proposed this special session to the conference organizers in order to allow fellow French literature scholars to share their recent research on this topic.





  • Meili Criezis ’17 published an article titled “Islam, Gender, and the Algerian Revolution for Independence” in Visions & Revisions: New Scholars, New Interpretations, vol. 11 (2018). Visions and Revisionsis an interdisciplinary journal for outstanding graduate and undergraduate essays, published annually by the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department at Edinboro University. The article was based on Criezis’s history capstone project and drew from her original archival work as part of a faculty–student research project with Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes in Paris during the summer of 2016.





November 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala facilitated a panel titled “How to Talk to Your Kids about Race”  on Nov. 28, 2018, at Russell Lee Elementary School in Austin. The panel brought together experts in child development and education, including licensed clinical social worker Katie Malinski, University of Texas Associate Professor Richard Reddick, and Head of Headwaters Middle School Roberto Germán. The panel was well attended by parents, and Bahrainwala envisions turning this into a workshop series for the future. View the transcript from the panel here.





  • Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs Terri Johnson served as a moderator for two separate panel presentations, “Struggles over Food and Water” and “Literary Approaches to Environmental Justice,” at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 811.





  • President Edward Burgerand Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented an invited joint lecture in the Bridges Lecture Series at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on the connections between their original research in math and art on Nov. 21. The Bridges Lecture Series “aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines…and to bring them back into productive dialogue; to raise questions that are essential to scholars in Arts, Science, and Mathematics; and to provide specialists and non-specialists alike with compelling and enriching information that uncovers the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the bridge between disciplines. Our guiding goal is to coax audiences out of their intellectual comfort zones, and to transcend narrow discipline-specific avenues of academic inquiry.”





  • Artworks by 12 Southwestern students were selected by juror Mark Anderson, chair of the Art Department at Baylor University, for inclusion in the 39th annual Central Texas Art Competition at Temple College.

    • Ana Olvera , class of 2021, received an award of excellence ribbon and a cash prize for her painting.
    • The other artists were Miriam Arzoumanian, class of 2021, painting; Julia Canfield, class of 2020, painting; Ila Dannelley, class of 2022, drawing; Summer Elliott, class of 2021, painting; Lauren Muskara, class of 2020, painting; Dani Oskam, class of 2020, painting; Aiden Steinle, class of 2020, ceramics; Lauren Valentine, class of 2019, painting; Hal Webster, class of 2021, paintings (3); Aris Wells, class of 2020, ceramics; and Mattie Wesoloski, class of 2021, painting.
    • Of the 581 works submitted for the competition, 205 were selected and will be on display in the gallery of the Temple College Visual Arts Complex at 2105 South 5th St. in Temple, TX, through Dec. 3. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday–Thursday.




  • Professor of Economics Emily Northrop’s op-ed titled “Grasping Climate as a Bridge Issue Can Lead to Bipartisan Solutions” was published in the Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 24. The op-ed describes the impacts of climate change on US House District #31.





  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal was scenic designer for John Patrick Shanley’s play Doubt: A Parable, produced by City Theatre of Austin. The play was directed by Professor Emeritus Rick Roemer. Set in 1964, the play depicts a strict nun challenging the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and her faith when she accuses a popular priest of doing something inappropriate with a student in their school.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a paper, “Teaching the Linguistic Landscape,” at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New Orleans, LA, on Nov. 18.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala attended the 2018 National Communication Association in Salt Lake City, UT. She presented three papers that examined veiled discourses about halal meat, menstruation, and the Nike Pro Hijab.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation Thomas Nobel Howe has been invited to give a seminar lecture titled “Les Villas Panoramique de Stabies, Découvertes et Interpretations Récentes” in the seminar series “Décor et Architecture Antiques d’Orient et d’Occident” at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, Nov. 29, 2018. The session synthesizes his interpretations of his recent and ongoing excavations at Stabiae with his forthcoming chapter on Hellenistic architecture for the 21st edition of SirBanister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects). The lecture will be in French.





  • The student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at Southwestern was selected to receive an Honorable Mention award for its activities conducted during the 2017–2018 academic year. This award recognizes the students and faculty advisors for being exemplary chemistry ambassadors through their work in service and outreach to the community. Special congratulations go to ACS President Austin Baker, class of 2019, Vice President Saarah Cantu, class of 2019, Treasurer Lauren Gillespie, class of 2019, Secretary Renee Walker ’18, and Historian Jillian Bradley ’18. Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski serve as the faculty advisor and coadvisor, respectively.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “A Case Study of One Latinx and Bilingual Student: (Re)envisioning Bilingualism for Immigrant Children in a Gentrifying Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Program” on a panel she organized titled “Possibilities for Resistance and Change: Constructing Identities as Learners, Educators, Transfronterizos, and Intercultural Nations in Public Education” at the 117th American Anthropological Association conference in San Jose, CA, Nov. 1418, 2018.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently had two papers published in the Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. The “Attitudes toward Polyamory Scale” was coauthored with alums Sarah Johnson ’13, Jordan Herselman ’13, and Kevin Hutzler ’13. The “Sexual Novelty Scale” was coauthored with alums Sarah Matthews ’17, Marissa Rosa ’18, Kayleigh Thomas ’18, and Brooke Swift ’18.





  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal received a nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Drama 2018 by Broadway World-Austin. His scenic design of Florian Zeller’s Molière Award-winning play The Father questioned the truth and the nature of reality as dementia disrupts the child-parent relationship.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel has a sculpture included in the 2018 CraftTexas exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX. The exhibition was curated by Jennifer Scanlan, the curatorial and exhibitions director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. The show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes a wide range of sculpture, jewelry, and furniture, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge works. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 6, 2019.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Edward Merritt gave an invited talk titled “Traumatic Injury to Skeletal Muscle and Subsequent Regeneration” at the University of Florida Myology Institute, Nov. 15, 2018.





  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology and University Scholar Edward L. Kain is the lead editor of Conducting Effective Program Reviews: A Training Manual for the ASA Department Resources Group.This manual, published in November by the American Sociology Association (ASA) in Washington, DC, is used by members of the ASA’s Department Resources Group, a national group of consultants who serve as external program reviewers across the country. Kain served as the external program reviewer for the Anthropology and Sociology Program at Governors State University in Chicago, Nov. 67, 2018.





  • Facilities Management hosted the APPA Facilities Supervisors Toolkit the week of Nov. 5. The course hosted 38 individuals from 13 universities around the country. The course covered a host of topics to help participants further hone their skills as supervisors. Five Facilities Management team members, Supervisor of Maintenance Services Tom Williams, Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance Services Brandon Quintanilla, Central Plant Mechanic and Lead James Garcia, Supervisor of Custodial Services Anita Drake, and Supervisor of Logistical Services Juan Garza, completed the course.





  • Computer science majors Bobby Garza, class of 2019, and Sabin Oza and Matt Sanford, both class of 2020, competed in the 2018 ACM ICPC South Central USA Regional Programming Contest at Baylor University. In this competition, students work together in teams of three to solve challenging programming puzzles for five hours. Though the team did not advance to the World Finals, they are proud of their performance. Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony was the coach for the team.





  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks presented a talk titled “The future of Genetic Engineering in the Chocolate Industry” on the Pro Series Stage of the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA, Nov. 10. The Festival represents one of the largest gatherings of professionals involved in fine chocolate. Burks sought to translate the latest research using CRISPR-Cas9 (a gene editing tool) that sought to increase disease resistance in Theobroma cacao (the tree from which chocolate comes). The talk developed from a case study that Burks taught in her First Year Seminar “Does Chocolate Have a Dark Side?”





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones organized and moderated a panel titled “Contending Positions: Science, Medicine, and Religion in 19th- and 20th-century Mexico” for the 2018 History of Science Society annual meeting in Seattle, WA, Nov. 14. Gathering a diverse set of panelists at different career stages, the panel was one of three at the meeting discussing the history of science and medicine in Latin America. Dr. Hernández Berrones also presented a paper titled “Medicine in Revolution: Mapping Homeopathy in the Landscape of Mexican Medical Science, 18611934.” This paper argues that Mexican homeopaths used vitalism, a natural philosophy in tension with mechanicism, to promote an approach to medicine centered on the human being. In opposition to the model proposed by the National University, the homeopaths’ approach adapted to the economic and social needs of the rural and working-class population they served.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper, “Using ‘Rights’ to Enshrine Discrimination and Disadvantage: Local Policymakers and North African Migrants in the French Suburbs after 1945,” at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 10.





  • Psychology alumnae Sarah Matthews ’17 and Marissa Rosa ’18 had an article accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Their paper, “Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs: Research and Publishing from the Undergraduate Perspective,” was based on their work in the research lab of Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano.





  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a paper titled “Broken Things: The Material Temporalities of Objects Placed at Roadside Crash Shrines” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, in San Jose, CA, on Nov. 18, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth  presented two papers a the American Association of Teachers of German/American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (AATG/ACTFL) conference, in New Orleans, LA, Nov. 16 –1 8. “German and the Environmental Humanities: Projects, Engagement, and Approaches” showcased the interdisciplinary connections of SU’s small German program. “Literacy through Performance: Poetry Slams, Song Contests, and Cabarets” shared best practices on planning, implementation, and assessment of project-based learning with public performances. Berroth served on the AATG Program Committee for this conference. As an appointed member, she contributed to the annual meetings of Alle lernen Deutsch–AATG’s committee for diversity and inclusion and to the special-interest group on small undergraduate German programs.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson presented a paper, “Becoming Creole: Racial Capitalism and Human Being Otherwise,” for the panel “In and Against Racial Capitalism” and served as a discussant for the panel “The Plantation and the Planet, Part 1” at the American Anthropological Association 118th Meeting, in San Jose, CA, Nov. 1518, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo presented a paper titled “Spaces of Resistance: Chicana and Chicano Activism and Feminism in Austin since the Movement Era” in a special session organized by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long at the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference, Oct. 23–26, in Austin. Sendejo also presented at the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 4 on her essay “The Space in Between: Exploring the Development of Chicana Feminist Thought in Central Texas,” which was recently published in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Feminism and Activism in the Movement Era (UT Press). Sendejo and fellow contributor Martha P. Cotera spoke about their essays, putting them into historical and contemporary contexts.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Lila Glaser attended the University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Institute, Nov. 12.  She talked with local patent attorneys about her Southwestern course The Economics of Patent Law.





  • Professor Emeritus and Holder of the Cullen Chair in Economics from 1996 until his 2013 retirement Ken Roberts was honored as a featured author at the Texas Book Festival. His book The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing explores a legendary Texas subculture that migrated from Appalachia to the Texas Hill Country and carved out a livelihood in the cedar hills, subsisting by hunting, trapping, moonshining, and, by the early 20th century, chopping cedar for fence posts and charcoal. The emergence of Austin as a major metropolitan area brought the cedar choppers and their hillbilly lifestyle into direct confrontation with the gentrified urban population east of the Balcones Fault. This clash of cultures propels this first book-length treatment of the cedar choppers, their clans, their culture, and their longing for a way of life that was rapidly disappearing. In the last few months, Roberts has also made presentations at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Austin History Center, and in towns across the Hill Country.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History  Joseph Hower  traveled to Phoenix, AZ, for the 43rd annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Nov. 8 10. He participated in a roundtable discussion of Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Riechert’s new work-in-progress,  The 9-to-5 Project , which explores the struggles of working women in the 1970s and 1980s. While in Phoenix, he also chaired and commented on a panel titled “Race, Inequality, and the Struggle for Workers’ Rights in Brazil, South Korea, and the United States.”





  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross participated in the professional-development program of the Texas New Experiences in Teaching (NExT) project, held at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, TX, Nov. 23, 2018. Texas NExT is sponsored by the Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor was interviewed by KXAN to discuss the changing political landscape in Williamson County.





  • Dean of Enrollment Services Christine Bowman  presented twice at the Independent Educational Consultant Association conference in Los Angeles, CA. She led a preconference case study titled “How a University’s Financial Aid Committee Works: A Trek in Their Shoes” and served on a panel session titled “Generation Z Is Coming: Are We Ready.”





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Katherine Altobello was the guest mezzo-soprano soloist in Austin Chamber Ensemble’s production A Haunted Evening,featuring works by Brahms, Strauss, Verdi, Britten, Wildhorn, Schwartz, and Sondheim. Altobello performed alongside soprano June Julian, tenor Dr. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, and pianists Dr. Stephen Burnaman and Martha Mortensen Ahern. Performances were on Oct. 19 at Huston–Tillotson University’s King Seabrook Chapel (celebrating their second season as an “all-Steinway” music school) and on Oct. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Austin. Performances included solos, duets, trios, and piano movements that fit the Halloween spirit.





  • Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center Jennifer Marciniak presented original research titled  “Migratory Patterns of Cross-Institutional Tutor Training” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, hosted by the University of of TexasRio Grande Valley, at South Padre Island, Nov. 14. Here, she also began a curated visual art project titled “Art and Migration: A Collective Memory of Writing Center Conference Work,” which will be completed over the next year and presented as part of the International Writing Center Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference The Art of It All in Columbus, OH, in October 2019.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala published the paper “Bad Archives, Bad Workers” in Flow Journal: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture. The theme of the issue was Media(ted) Archives: The Politics of Saving and Making Media Histories.





  • Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper  uncovered, edited, and arranged for the posthumous premiere of two unpublished songs by African-American composer and civil-rights activist Margaret A. Bonds (1913–1972). The songs are based on Edna St. Vincent Millay’s (1892–1950) sonnets “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed” and “I Know My Mind and I Have Made My Choice.” Millay’s poems, considered among the finest sonnets of the 20th century, are important for their use of feminist themes, which Bonds in turn engages in the works’ musical style. The works received their modern premiere at a recital by former Southwestwestern Instructor of Music Dana Long Zenobi at Butler University, Nov. 6, 2018.





  • Five math majors presented at the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (TUMC), held at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, TX, Nov. 2 3, 2018.

    • Aiden Steinle, class of 2020, presented “Staying in Shape with Real-World Mappings.” Steinle’s work was supervised by Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Fumiko Futamura.
    • Gillian Glover , class of 2019, presented “Make Money with Linear Algebra: A Model of Portfolio Analysis.” Glover’s math capstone is an extension of work supervised by Dr. Futamura.
    • Stan Kannegieter , class of 2019, presented “The Kissing Disease and Differential Equations.”
    • Will Price, class of 2019, presented “Ms. Pac-Man Eats AI for Breakfast.” Price’s math capstone is an extension of his SCOPE 2018 research under Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum.
    • Mercedes Gonzalez, class of 2021, presented “Restrictions on HOMFLYPT and Kauffman Polynomials Arising from Local Moves.” Gonzalez presented work from a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program, supervised by Dr. Sandy Ganzell from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
    • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton supervised the math capstone work of Glover, Kannegieter, and Price, and she moderated a session of presentations at the TUMC.  
    • Other attendees included Zariah Whyte, class of 2021, and Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross.
    • Student lodging, registration, and meals was provided by National Science Foundation award no. DMS-1834888 for 2018. Additional funding was provided by a Faculty–Student Project award, the Fleming Student Travel Fund, and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Southwestern students accounted for five of the 57 presentations given by students representing 21 colleges and universities.




  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo presented a paper, “Towards a Mujerista Ethnographic Approach: Embodied Knowledge and Feminist Anthropology in the Borderlands,” for the panel “Critical Chicana and Latinx Ethnography: Reflections from the Field,” which she cochaired at the American Anthropological Association’s 118th Meeting, in San Jose, CA, Nov. 15–18, 2018. Sendejo also served as an invited panelist at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, on Nov. 8, 2018, where she presented “The Space in Between: Exploring the Development of Chicana Feminist Thought in Central Texas.”





  • Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr presented a talk titled “Envisioning a New Calculus Sequence”  in the “Innovation/Ideation” session at the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, held Nov. 810, in Atlanta, GA. This talk was based on work that has taken place over the last year as part of an ACS grant titled “Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Mathematics and the STEM Disciplines,” which is a joint project with Joel Kilty and Alex McAllister at Centre College.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Philosophy Linda Cox presented the paper “How to Begin to Begin Again: Ricoeurian Innovation and Sedimentation in William Carlos Williams’s Paterson” at the Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, on Nov. 3, 2018.





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s artwork was selected for the 7e Internationale Exposition Estampes Bisannuelle Miniature (the 7th International Miniature Print Biennial Exhibition) organized by the Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, Canada. The exhibition brought together 260 works by over 100 artists from 20 countries. In addition, she and Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton were invited to participate in Our Indiana: M.F.A. Selections, curated by Professor Gail Panske, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Professor Ellen Price, Miami University, Ohio, for the Mid-America Print Council’s biennial conference held at the University of Wyoming.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson’s book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize was published by Rutgers University Press on Nov. 1 in their Critical Caribbean Studiesseries. Use code 02AAAA17 for a 30% discount here. You can also find it on Amazon.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano, together with psychology alums Sarah Matthews ’17, Marissa Rosa ’18, Kayleigh Thomas ’18, Brooke Swift ’18, Nicki Ahearn ’16, Aaron Garcia ’17, Skylar Smith ’16, Casey Niblett ’16, and Maddie Mills ’17, published an article titled “The Battle against Bedroom Boredom: Development and Validation of a Brief Measure of Sexual Novelty in Relationships” in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.





  • Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper discovered and edited an unpublished choral work by Florence B. Price (1887–1953) that will be performed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Beth Everett and the Southwestern University Chorale at their concert on Nov. 3, 2018. The composition, titled “Night,” is based on a poem first published in 1930 in the NAACP journal The Crisis by Harlem Renaissance author Bessie Mayle. Price, generally acclaimed as the doyenne of African-American concert music of the mid-20th century, set Mayle’s poem to music in 1945. After her setting was premiered in Chicago, the autograph was filed among Price’s other manuscripts. Cooper discovered it during his research in the summer of 2018.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Edward Merritt attended the Education Committee meeting of the American Physiological Society and was appointed chair of the Medical Physiology Refresher Course for the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Edward Merritt coauthored a publication titled “Human Neuromuscular Aging: Sex Differences Revealed at the Myocellular Level” in the journal Experimental Gerontology.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor was interviewed by Spectrum News’s In Focus program about civility in the midterm elections.





October 2018

  • Meili Criezis’17 was a panelist for a showing and discussion of Gillo Pontecorvos’s 1966 film The Battle of Algiersat the Southwestern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL, in October.





  • Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron gave an invited presentation of his research in a graduate-level course titled “Educational Research and Design” at the University of Texas at Austin in October. In addition, on Oct. 24, he presented a paper titled “Colorblindness, Race, and Public Accommodations Discrimination” at the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference in Austin.





  • Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe presented a paper titled “Do They Belong Here? Race and Contested Public Spaces in an East Austin Neighborhood” in a special session organized by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long at the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference, Oct. 23–26. Her paper’s coauthors include sociology and feminist studies major Madeline Carrola, class of 2019; anthropology major Dakota Cortez, class of 2019; and sociology major Mary Jalufka ’18.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin was selected to present at the London School of Economics’s (LSE) inaugural 201819 International Relations Notable Scholar Colloquium. Selbin was also an invited guest at the 2018 Millennium Conference hosted annually by the LSE; this year’s theme was Revolution and Resistance in World Politics. Selbin was asked to be the final speaker on the conference’s concluding panel, “Revolution and Resistance in the 21st Century,” and served on an author-meets-critic panel discussing Alpha Shah’s Nightmarch about India’s Naxalite revolutionaries, the world’s longest revolutionary struggle.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson presented a paper titled “Human–Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” at the Race, Ethnicity, and Place IX Engaged Scholarship: Fostering Human and Civil Rights, in Austin, TX, Oct. 2326.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long coorganized three special sessions on Austin with Eliot Tretter (University of Calgary) for the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference. Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron, Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe, Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo, and Simone Yoxall, class of 2019, presented in these sessions. Long also presented a paper in this session titled “Austin in the Era of Climate Urbanism.”





  • Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs Terri Johnson presented “Sharing Stories without Feeling Vulnerable: Breaking Barriers and Building Strength and Courage” at the 2018 Biennial Conference in Hyattsville, MD, Oct. 18.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti coorganized a mini-conference on “The Politics of the Mindful Revolution” for the upcoming Western Political Science Association conference. Some panels explore how mindfulness and meditation can be coopted by neoliberal capitalism while other panels emphasize how Buddhist modernism contains countercultural strategies for progressive social change. Some panels assess the dangers of Buddhist modernism becoming a white-washed form of cultural appropriation while other panels analyze how meditation and mindfulness practices play vital roles in sustaining social movements generally and racial justice and abolitionist movements in particular. Some panels explore how mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist modernism can be a valuable part of feminist theory and practice while other panels see these practices as less accessible and more exclusionary. The conference draws together over 30 scholars from interdisciplinary fields in the U.S. and internationally to consider these questions at the intersection of meditation, mindfulness, and politics.





  • Computer Science and Chemistry double major Lauren Gillespie, class of 2019, received a Student Presentation Award for her poster “Comparing Direct and Indirect Encodings Using Both Raw and Hand-Designed Features in Tetris” at the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference organized by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. The poster was based on SCOPE research with Gabriela Gonzalez ’16 and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton led two sessions at the Student Contest Using Differential Equations Modeling (SCUDEM) on Oct. 27, 2018, at the local host site for this international competition, the Highland Campus of Austin Community College. Shelton supervised all participants in inquiry-oriented learning with a modeling scenario that she recently had published in the repository at Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE). She gave a faculty development session for the coaches, sharing two more of her published modules.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, and Emma Kathryn Groves’s ’17 coauthored paper, “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water,” has been accepted for publication in the special issue Linking Differential Equations to Social Justice and Environmental Concernsof the Journal of the Community of Differential Equations Educators(CODEE). Groves and Shelton worked on the mathematical model in SCOPE 2015. Adrian and Shelton worked on the connections with social justice.





  • Faculty members from the Department of Music were well represented at the annual meeting of the College Music Society, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oct. 10 13.

    • Professor of Music Kiyoshi Tamagawa presented his paper “Ragtime, Gamelan, and the Music of Claude Debussy: Exoticism vs. Cultural Appropriation.”
    • Associate Professors of Music David Asbury and Bruce Cain performed three songs composed by Associate Professor of Music Jason Hoogerhyde from the River of Words Project. The River of Wordsis a collection of songs the duo has commissioned from multiple composers, setting texts written by children on the topic of the environment.




  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones presented a paper titled “Teaching Medicine to the Working Class: Private Medical Schools in Revolutionary Mexico, 1910–1940” at the 15th International Reunion of Historians of Mexico in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 1821. In this paper, he argues that “free schools” proposed a transitional model of medical training between the Porfiriato and the revolution. This model proposed to socialize the medical profession, keeping it free from state regulation before the revolutionary state decided to implement policies and programs aimed at regulating medical certification, geographic distribution, and labor.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth organized a panel at the 43rd Annual Coalition of Women in German conference at Sewanee University of the South, in Sewanne, Tennessee, Oct. 1821. The panel, titled “The Forest Unseen: Feminism and Visibility of Connections in Bodies, Nature, Science, and Violence,” was inspired by Sewanee biology professor David G. Haskell’s book The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Work in Nature  (2012). Panelists shared their feminist work in the environmental humanities in the field of German studies.





  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks participated in the first-ever Chocolate Conservatory, sponsored by the Fine Chocolate and Cacao Institute, held at Harvard University, Oct. 1112. The conference sought to link those academically interested in chocolate with industry professionals and producers from regions where they harvest cacao. Following the Conservatory, Burks gave an invited talk titled “Delicious Science” at the first New England Chocolate Festival. The First-Year Seminar Program provided support for these experiences, which Burks hopes will develop into case-study resources for teaching about chocolate across the liberal arts.





  • Professor of English David Gaines delivered the keynote address at the 14th annual National Symposium of Theater and Performing Arts at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 26. The topic of the symposium was Race and Gender in Theater, Poetry, and Rock ‘n Roll, and the title of Gaines’s address was “‘I Felt Like I Was One of Them or All of Them Put Together’: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Bob Dylan’s Multitudes.” His presentation was greatly enhanced by the expertise of Audiovisual Services Coordinator Luke Allen and Research and Instruction Librarian Katherine Hooker.





  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a paper titled “Colliding Authorities: The Cultural Politics of Roadside Memorialization in the Contemporary American Southwest” at the Western History Association’s annual national conference in San Antonio, Oct. 20, 2018.





  • The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized Southwestern University with an Honor Award in the Society’s 2018 Green Star Awards® competition. The award was given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2018 Awards Dinner held Oct. 18 in conjunction with the School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY, Oct. 1519. Manager of Facilities Services Randy Erben accepted the award on behalf of the University.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin helped lead a workshop “Writing and Reviewing for US-Based Peer-Reviewed Journals” at the Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Internacionales and was also part of a roundtable titled “Collaborations between Global North Journals and Global South Scholars and Teachers.”





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin was interviewed on KUT-FM’s Texas Standard about the Honduran caravan. You can listen to the interview here.





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented a paper coauthored with Valentin Cantu Jr. ’18 at the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges held Oct. 12–13, 2018, in Socorro, NM. The paper, “Modernizing the Mythical Man-Month,” provides an alternative way of presenting concepts from a classical reading in the field: while the software engineering ideas are still relevant, the authors suggest using language that is more inclusive and examples that are more relatable to students in the 21st century. It will be published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena published the chapter “Heroínas de la Revolución Mexicana y la Construcción de la Memoria Cultural en el Cuento Histórico Contemporáneo” in the book Representaciones en la Cultura Visual y las Letras Acerca de la Revolución Mexicana y la Guerra Cristera, edited by Ute Seydel and published by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/Bonilla Artigas.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented two papers at the 40th Annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. The first, “Forty Years after Prop 13: The Past, Present, and Future of Public Sector Anti-Unionism,” explored the connection between antitax conservative politics in the 1970s and the recent wave of legal and legislative challenges to government employee unions. The second, “The Memory of Memphis and the (Un)Making of the Modern Public Sector Labor Movement,” examined the way that union activists have used instrumental commemorations of a strike by 1,300 sanitation workers that culminated with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. over the past half century. Both papers drew on portions of his current book project about public-sector unions in the postwar United States.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Rebecca Edwards attended the 2018 Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB workshop at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, Oct. 14–16. While there, she served on a committee who peer-reviewed a collection of curricular activities featuring MATLAB.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented an invited lecture and led a workshop at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oct. 16–17. The lecture, “Looking Daring–Daring to Look: Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s Journeys of Discovery,” connected to an interdisciplinary exhibit at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, titled “Mapping ‘Knoxville’ across Time, Media, and Cultures: Tracing Unexplored Connections between the Wok or Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle.” The workshop, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence–Exploring Connections: Making Meaning of Foreign and Familiar Matters, contributed to the University of Tennessee’s Ready for the World program. Audiences and participants explored connections between their own personal and cultural identities and identity narratives emerging from the biographies, literary works, photographs, and travel journal articles of Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908–1942).





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari celebrated her 16th consecutive appointment as music director of the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) by opening the 2018–19 season on Oct. 6 with a concert titled Bella Italia! Guest trumpeter and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Applied Music Kyle Koronka joined the ACO in a concert that featured music by Italian composers Vivaldi, Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, and Respighi.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited his work in a group exhibition titled “Our Indiana: M.F.A. Selections” during the Mid-America Printmaking Conference in Laramie, WY, Oct. 3–6. “Our Indiana, M.F.A. Selections” showcases recent work by Indiana University M.F.A. Printmaking alumni. The exhibition features prints and print-related artwork by graduates of the program spanning multiple years from the 1970s to the present.





  • Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian was invited by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to present a nationally sponsored webinar, “Diversity Is Nature’s Greatest Asset: Including All Children in Project WILD.” Adrian’s presentation addressed how educators can enhance Project WILD learning experiences by differentiating instructional content and procedures that foster more successful inclusion of all students.  Project WILD Coordinators and Facilitators from universities and organizations throughout the U.S. participated in the webinar.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently coauthored a paper with Alan Swinkels (St. Edwards University) titled “An Effective Project for Teaching Repeated-Measures Designs” in the journal Teaching of Psychology.





  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock  presented the paper “Caste, Class, and Religion among Tamil Thirunangais” for the Queer Symposium at the annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wis., Oct. 11.





  • Computer Science major Adina Friedman, class of 2019, attended the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCSTER) at the Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas, Sept 20–21. TACC is home to four supercomputer clusters, including Stampede2m, the most powerful supercomputer at any U.S. university. TACC collaborates with thousands of researchers across the country using applied high-performance computing to enable scientific discovery. Friedman was exposed to talks, panels, and posters from researchers currently using TACC resources in the areas of machine learning, cloud computing, and others.





  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere delivered a paper and chaired a panel at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 1114. Her paper “Sacrificing Iphigenia: Recognizing Sexual Assault in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s 1856 The Daisy Chain was part of a panel about the re-evaluation of rape in Victorian fiction in the contemporary context of #MeToo.





  • Amiel Padayhag, class of 2019; Grace Gnasigamany, class of 2020; Administrative Assistant to Faculty Kelly Lessard; and Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Feminist Studies Program Sequoia Manerparticipated in Riding the Freedom Trail, a tour of Civil Rights memorials and monuments in Selma and Montgomery, Ala. They experienced a profound weekend of reckoning with the nation’s racial past. They accompanied a group that included local residents of Georgetown, Austin, and greater Williamson County. A member of the group was the daughter of a man lynched in nearby Taylor, Texas. Some of the highlights of their trip included walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and talking with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member and civil rights leader Annie Pearl Avery in Selma. In Montgomery, they participated in a special reflection session with the staff of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) following the tour of the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to the memory of lynching victims. The group also toured sites such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Legacy Museum, the Freedom Riders Museum, and the Rosa Parks Museum. Memorably, the group attended a special Sunday service at Dexter King Memorial Church, where, from the church’s basement, pastor Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A documentary is being made about this experience in conjunction with film students from The University of Texas at Austin.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger delivered a talk titled “Shakespeare in a Moment of Madness” at the Dallas Shakespeare Conference at the University of Dallas on Oct. 6.





  • Institutional Research Analyst Grace Mineta presented “Make Your Data Tell a Story: The Dos and Don’ts of Creating Graphics and Increasing Readability without Sacrificing Information” at the Southern Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference in Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 8.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was the commentator for a panel titled “For Now We See through a Glass, Darkly: European Tropes through a Native Lens” at the American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2018 annual meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico, Oct. 1113.





  • Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment Tom Delahunt served as a college essay writing reviewer at Fort Worth Country Day School helping seniors craft and refine their college essays.





  • Professor of Art and Art History, Chair of Art History, and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation Thomas Noble Howe recently published a book chapter titled “The Social Status of the Villas of Stabiae” in Roman Villas in the Mediterranean Basin: Late Republic to Late Antiquity (eds. G. Métraux and A. Marzano; Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp. 97–119). Howe and Uri Dromi, director general of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Convention Center in Jerusalem and spokesman of the Rabin and Peres governments (1992–1996), were co-organizers. The publication and conference are the first comprehensive Mediterranean-wide study on the topic involving all national scholarly communities in the Mediterranean. The paper lays out the broad questions of the history of the Stabiae villas in order to guide the research questions at the time of the outset of excavation in 2007.





  • President Edward Burger was invited to spend a day at Fordham University to consult with faculty, staff, and students as well as share curricular and pedagogical ideas with colleagues from a number of their schools on Oct. 3. That evening, he delivered a public address, sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Graduate School of Education, the Fordham College, and the Mathematics Department, in which he introduced the aspects of effective thinking highlighted in his forthcoming book. Read more about his public address.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented a research paper titled “Ecocide and Genocide in Marica Bodrožić’s Short Story ‘Der Lilienliebhaber: Lover of Lilies’” at the 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE) Sept. 2629 at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Scholars from 32 countries presented and discussed their ecocritical work on the conference theme The Garden: Ecological Paradigms of Space, History, and Community. Berroth’s paper integrates summer research completed at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, Germany, and is part of the introductory chapter of her current monograph on Marica Bodrožić’s work.





  • Associate Dean of Enrollment Services James Gaeta and Dean of Enrollment Services Christine Bowman were featured speakers at the Georgetown ISD senior parent workshop on financial aid and selecting a college.





  • Professors of Biology Maria Cuevas and Maria Todd received a $12,000 grant from the Joe and Jessie Crump Foundation for Medical Research. The funds will support their current research project titled “Simultaneous Analysis of 84 Tight Junction Genes Involved in Uterine Cancer Progression.” This grant will enable them to expand the scope of their studies and increase the clinical relevance of their research endeavors.





  • Dean of Enrollment Services Christine Bowman was a part of a panel focusing on athletics in the college search process at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas.  She addressed questions on the role that athletics plays in admission and how students can collaborate with coaches and admission officers to create a smooth college search process.





  • Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner published the article “The Ethics of Interiority in the Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Beyoncé” in volume 17.1 of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.





  • Director of Transfer Recruitment Scott Sandoval presented at the Austin Community College All Things College workshop hosted by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Sept. 28, 2018. The presentation covered Paideia, admission requirements, essay writing, scholarships, and financial aid.





  • Assistant Director of Admission Rebecca Rother presented a workshop for teachers at Anderson High School on writing letters of recommendation. Over 20 teachers attended the workshop to learn how to make their letters the best possible for incoming students.





  • Professor of English David Gaines presented “Dylan’s Literary Fans, The Economy of Prestige, and Reading With One Hand Waving Free” at the New Approaches to Bob Dylan conference in Odense, Denmark, on Oct. 4, 2018. The presentation not only extended aspects of Gaines’s book In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life but also grew out of the Spring 2018 English capstone course on literary prizes and canon formation.





  • Professor of Art History Kimberly Smith  gave a conference talk titled “Invisible Labor: German Modernist Art and Women’s Work” at the Feminist Art History Conference held at American University in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28 30, 2018.





  • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair presented her current research, “Defining Silence and Silence Defining: Nona Fernández’s Literature of Resistance,” on Aug. 26, 2018, at the Asociación de Género y Sexualidades conference in Chicago, Ill.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published a review of the novel Not Our Kindin the Washington Independent Review of Books.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller published the chapter “The Han Hybrid Style: Sculpting an Imperial Utopia” in Dialogue with the Ancients: 100 Bronzes of the Shang, Zhou, and Han Dynasties: The Shen Zhai Collection, edited by Patrick K.M. Kwok. Other contributors to the catalogue include Tianlong Jiao (Denver Art Museum), Wang Tao (Art Institute of Chicago), Eugene Y. Wang (Harvard University), Li Feng (Columbia University), and Sarah Wong (Eskenazi Limited).





  • Professor of Philosophy Phil Hopkins’ chapter, “…As He Says in His Poetical Way: Empedocles and Anaxagoras on the Motive Forces of the Kosmos,” appears in the newly published Companion to Ancient Philosophy, by Northwestern University Press, edited by Sean Kirkland and Eric Sanday. This volume is a major new guide to the field of ancient Greek philosophy from internationally known contributors who are the top experts in their fields. Hopkins’ chapter argues that early thinkers did not view the kosmos as a machine, but rather as motivated by the same psychic forces at work in humans and human societies.





  • Part-time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’ composition “Innocent Blood” will soon enjoy its world première performance by Inversion Ensemble. Mary Esty, the composer’s eighth-great-grandmother, was falsely accused of witchcraft and hanged September 22, 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Using poetry, court records, Mary’s petition from prison, and Puritan hymns, “Innocent Blood” tells her tragic story in this work for mezzo-soprano soloist, chorus, flute and bass flute, and organ. The performance will be hosted Oct. 6, 2018, at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, and Oct. 7, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas.





  • Part-time Instructor of Applied Music Katherine Altobello was the featured mezzo-soprano vocalist for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Texas, led by Dr. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona of Saint Mary Cathedral and accompanied by Dr. Maimy Fong, an independent music director.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy Thomas Noble Howe gave an invitational plenary session keynote lecture, “The Development of Panoramic Sensibilities in Art, Literature, Architecture and Gardens in the Villas in the Bay of Naples in the Late Republic and Early Empire: the Perspective from Stabiae,” at the conference Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art (Актуальные проблемы теории и истории искусства), organized by the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, State Tretyakov Gallery, and State Hermitage Museum, at the Moscow State University, Moscow on Oct. 2, 2018. The lecture points out that a coincidence of innovations in developing a “panoramic” sensibility and cross-axial views uniting architecture to nature in Roman painting, architecture, landscape design, and poetry all occurred simultaneously between c. 30 B.C and A.D. 30 at the end of the Civil Wars and beginning of the Empire.





  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen along with Southwestern students Sarah Buchanan, class of 2020, Abby Earle, class of 2019, Abigail Luna, class of 2020, alumna Kelli Mclaughlin ’18, and NYC-based playwright Adaire Kamen and Dr. Alys Mendus of the University of Hull, United Kingdom, performed and discussed their collaboratively written original play “They Call Teachers by Their First Names!”: An Ethno-Drama of Pre-Service Teachers Visiting Schools at the Performing the World 2018 conference in New York City. The conference brings together professionals, artists, and scholars who share an interest in the role of performance and play for activism, education, and healthcare.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus was interviewed by Austin’s Community Impactnewspaper. The article “Austin ISD’s Bilingual Program Aims to Narrow Achievement Gap” provides a brief history of bilingual education in the U.S. and offers multiple perspectives focused on becoming bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural in Austin public schools.





  • Associate Vice President for Information Technology Todd Watson was recently appointed to serve on the board of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC). Per their bylaws, CLAC is a not-for-profit organization of duly accredited private liberal arts colleges which explores and promotes the use of information technology and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among its members. CLAC membership consists of 70 of the most prestigious and recognizable private liberal arts colleges in the United States. Watson will serve a three-year appointment that will require his attending a Fall and Spring board meeting in addition to an annual summer meeting. Watson’s board service will be in the role as Webmaster, adding the Southwestern University name to CLAC board leadership hailing from institutions such as Allegheny College, Bryn Mawr College, Colgate University,Denison University, Franklin & Marshall College, and Wheaton College (Ill.).





September 2018

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented four works from her Crossed Paths series in the 38th Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques in Spain, which exhibited selected artists from 53 countries June 30Sept. 30 at Taller Galleria Fort in Cadaques. The exhibition is traveling to Galeri L’Etange d’Art in Bages, France, next.





  • Elyssa Sliheet, class of 2019, and Sara Boyd, class of 2020, attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2628. The Grace Hopper Conference is the largest meeting of women technologists in the world. The program included inspiring talks by female leaders in industry as well as talks by academic researchers and educators. There was also a massive Career Fair allowing women to seek jobs with tech companies, including some of the biggest names in industry (e.g., Google, Microsoft, and Amazon). Both students had all travel expenses funded by competitive travel scholarships. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum also attended the conference, as did alumna Kathryn Reagan ’16.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala gave a talk on precarity, preservation, and praxis in academia at the Flow Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 27, 2018. Her talk was titled “Media(ted) Archives: The Politics of Saving and Making Media Histories.”





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s engraving from her Crossed Paths series was selected for the 2018 International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak exhibition at the Kazanlak Art Gallery in Bulgaria, Europe. There were 450 works from 152 artists representing 40 countries. The international jury comprised Kouki Tsuritani (Japan), Renee Chevalier (Canada), and Peter Boyadjieff (Bulgaria).





  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross presented a paper titled “Left Behind: Cultural Assimilation and the Mother/Daughter Relationship in Najat El Hachmi’s La Hija Extranjera” at the Women in Transition Conference at Oxford University, Sept. 2022.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation Thomas Noble Howe just published an invitational lecture “Прогулка с властью: новый свет на контроль движения и просмотра в элитных римских вилл Стабии” (“Strolling with Power: New Light on Movement and Viewing in the Elite Villas of Stabiae”), originally delivered at the Gasparow Readings: Literature and Politics in Classical Antiquity conference, organized jointly by the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) and by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), at the RSUH in Moscow, April 1922, 2017, in volume 3, issue 4 of Shagi/Steps(2018; pp. 234–250; in Russian). Howe has been working with a team from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, since 2010 at Stabiae. The article presents interpretations on how guests actually moved around the garden of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, based on results of recent excavations and publications from 2007 to 2017.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena presented a research paper titled “Cultural Memory and the Optical Unconscious: Women of the Past in Historical Audiovisual Texts by Women Directors in Latin America” at the 42nd International Academic Conference in Rome, Italy, Sept. 1013. She also chaired the panel on Humanities and the Law.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to participate in a workshop of precirculated papers titled The Gray Zones of Medicine(s): Towards a History of Healers and Healing in Colonial and Modern Latin America and the Caribbeanat the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He presented the article “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Improvised Doctor’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin’s book series, New Millennium Books in International Studies,published by Rowman & Littlefield, released the fourth edition of Laura Neack’s Studying Foreign Policy Comparatively: Cases and Analysisand the second edition of Sheila Croucher’s Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World. Mary Durfee and Rachael Lorna Johnstone’s forthcoming volume, Arctic Governance in a Changing World, will be the 20th book published in the series.





  • President Edward Burger delivered the keynote address at 3M’s Austin Tech Forum, on Sept. 24, honoring all those individuals whose work led to patentable ideas over the past year.





  • Current Math and Computer Science double-major Elyssa Sliheet, class of 2019, attended the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 1922. Sliheet attended several sessions on topics such as the importance of diversity and inclusion in the field of computer science and ethics in the applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Sliheet’s travel was funded by a competitive travel scholarship.





  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo published “‘The Space in Between’: Exploring the Development of Chicana Feminist Thought in Central Texas” in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era (UT Press 2018).





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy Thomas Howe just published an invitational lecture titled “A Most Fragile Art Object: Interpreting and Presenting the Strolling Garden of the Villa Arianna, Stabia,” which he gave at the 7th Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art (Актуальные проблемы теории и истории искусства) international research conference, organized by Saint Petersburg State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the State Hermitage Museum, at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, October 11–15, 2016. The article appears on pages 691–700 of volume 8 of the conference proceedings.





  • Computer Science and Chemistry major Lauren Gillespie,  class of 2019, was awarded a $2500 Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Executive Council Award. UPE is a computer-science honor society. Applications are considered based on the member’s long-term plans in the computing profession, their contributions to their respective UPE chapters, and related student activities at their college.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long published an article titled “From Sustainable Urbanism to Climate Urbanism” in the journal Urban Studies with Dr. Jennifer L. Rice at the University of Georgia.





  • Professor of Economics Emily Northrop, who also serves on the Environmental Studies Program Committee, authored a lengthy commentary, “University Faculty Passes Resolution to Urge Climate Legislation,” that was published in the June issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sustainability: The Journal of Record.​





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music Katherine Altobello was a featured mezzo-soprano soloist and ensemble member with the Texas Bach Festival under the direction of Barry Williamson and collaborative pianists Rick Rowley and Andrew Brownell. Featured works included J. S. Bach’s motets, “Jesu, Meine Freude” (BWV 227), “Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied” (BWV 225), Brahms’s “Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52,” and Vaughan Williams’s “Serenade to Music.”





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi had a project titled “Home Sweet Virtual Home: The Use of Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies in High Involvement Purchase Decisions” recently accepted in the Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing. This research explores the various ways digital technologies, specifically virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) features, impact different stages of consumer decision-making in a high-involvement purchase decision context (i.e., the purchase of a home). In addition, the use of such technologies is examined as a competitive advantage for sales agents.





  • Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer and Maxime Boneza ’16 published an article titled “Cultivar Affects the Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Commercially Available Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalisL.) Varieties” in the journal Industrial Crops and Products. The article is based on Boneza’s chemistry capstone project. The research was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Welch Foundation, and Southwestern’s Faculty–Student Projects Fund.





  • Professor of Biology Romi Burksgave an invited presentation at the Dallas Chocolate Festival titled “The Scientific Future of Chocolate: Genetics” as part of the educational lineup associated with the event that took place on Sept. 8, 2018. The presentation builds on her development of a First-Year Seminar focused on chocolate.





  • Associate Professor of Chinese Carl Robertson was featured in Avant Assessment, which provides “the world’s first online proficiency test.” The article is titled “Carl Robertson, The Mad Scientist of Texas.” The “madness” refers to Robertson’s combination of scientific data-driven assessment (from the test) with his humanist teaching approaches (as a PhD in comparative literature). Avantsolicited Robertson as an early adopter of the test, and the article showcases the Chinese Program as an example of how the STAMP test can be used to guide regular curricular change.  





  • Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Maha Zewail-Foote was invited to give two oral presentations at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston. One presentation focused on using a computer simulation to teach chemical kinetics to undergraduate students. The other presentation highlighted her research on unique DNA structures and their biological functions.





  • Professor of Biology and Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair Ben Pierce published an article titled “Within-Spring Movement of the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia)” in the August 2018 issue of Herpetological Conservation and Biology. The article was coauthored with former Southwestern students Areli Gutierrez ’15 and Samuel Guess ’17.





  • Associate Professor of Music Jason Hoogerhyde’s work “Ebullient Echoes” was chosen as part of the 52 Weeks of Flute Project, spearheaded by Chicago-based flutist Robin Meiksins. Meiksins prepared the composition in consultation with Hoogerhyde and presented it on the Project’s YouTube channel. The performance may be viewed here.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Environment titled “Evaluation of El Niño–Southern Oscillation Influence on 30 years of Tropospheric Ozone Concentrations in Houston.” This work began as the SCOPE project of physics student Oliver Sale ’16 and is also coauthored by Dr. Gary Morris of St. Edward’s University. This work describes the impact of the El Nino–Southern Oscillation phenomenon on tropospheric ozone, an air pollutant and respiratory irritant, in Houston.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth, serving as President of the South Texas Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, hosted the Association’s annual convention at Southwestern University on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Collaborating with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum, she taught hands-on workshops on integrating STEM and German. Welcoming high school and college German teachers from the region to SU’s campus is a community outreach initiative that supports articulated curricular development, mentoring, and resource sharing while increasing the visibility of our campus and our programs in Modern Languages and Literatures. Recognized for her outreach initiatives and appointed as an Ortslektorin (local lecturer) for Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service), a professional network of 850 members worldwide, Berroth recently received a $600 resource grant from the DAAD and the German government to build a collection of contemporary German literature.





  • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Feminist Studies Program Sequoia Maner performed poetry at the Six Square District Cultural Arts Festival, an event that celebrates art and brings awareness to Austin’s historically black Eastside, on Sept. 1, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton published three peer-reviewed classroom modules with coauthors Theresa Laurent of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Beulah Agyemang-Barimah ’17. The modeling scenarios are differential equations models of absorption and elimination of aspirin, caffeine, and digoxin in the human body. Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) published teacher and student versions for each of the three models.





  • Professor of Kinesiology Scott McLean presented a keynote address titled “Effectively Performing Competitive Swim Starts: Managing Body Rotation (and Some Other Things)” at the International Swim Coaches Association’s 9th Annual Hall of Fame Coaches Summit in Clearwater, Fla. This talk focused on recent SCOPE work completed with kinesiology major Peter Robinson, class of 2019, who attended the meeting, and kinesiology majors Alek Argueta and Dylan Neumann, both class of 2021.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin’s book Modern Latin American Revolutions (first edition 1993; second edition 1999) was recently purchased by Routledge and had a Kindle edition added. This fall marks 25 years in print.





  • Sara Boyd, class of 2020, Bobby Garza, class of 2019, Alexander Hoffman, class of 2020, Stan Kannegieter, class of 2019, Daniel Merritt, class of 2020, and faculty sponsor Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony participated in the Binance Dexathon decentralized exchange coding competition to improve on Binance’s current blockchain implementation this summer. Along with learning more about the blockchain and practicing their software skills, the students also gained valuable experience in project management and working with teammates in remote locations. For their submission, Binance awarded the team a 10,000 BNB grant.





August 2018

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser and Studio Art majors Marissa Shipp, class of 2019, and Angelina Palacio, class of 2019, created animated artworks that were selected for an international art exhibition that opened the 19th convention of the Salon Culture et Jeux Mathématiques (Culture and Math Games Exposition), which took place at the Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris the week of May 24, 2018. The exhibition was sponsored by the International Committee of Mathematical Games, and the theme was “Mathematics and Movement.” Shipp’s Sneak Peakand Palacios’s Radarwere selected to be shown along with Professor Visser’s animated film A Different Way to Be. Also selected for this exhibition was the animated artwork Enter, Engage, and Eject, created by Alex Essex-Carmona’12.





  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar published a book chapter titled “Feminist Transgressions: Vulnerability, Bravery, and the Need for a More Imperfect Feminism” in Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse: Advancing Conversations Across Disciplines.The chapter is coauthored by Stacey K. Sowards.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Carlos de Oro published a chapter titled “Between Armed Conflict, Social Awareness and the Neoliberal Market: The Case of Alias María” in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Resisting Neoliberalism?, eds. Claudia Sandberg and Carolina Rocha (Palgrave Macmillan). He also presented a paper about the same topic at the 2018 annual Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) conference at Vanderbilt University.





  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mike Gesinski published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Synletttitled “Synthesis of 1,4-Diketones via Titanium-Mediated Reductive Homocoupling of a-Haloketones.” This work describes research conducted in collaboration with three undergraduate students: Nathan Le, class of 2019, who is listed as the first author; Aimee Rodriguez, class of 2019; and James Alleyn ’15. In this publication, they describe a novel method to synthesize chemical compounds that serve as building blocks in the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work is featured in the summer issue of ArtMaze Magazine. Based in London, ArtMaze Magazine is an international artist-run publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art. Sara Maria Salamone and Tyler Lafreniere, founders and head curators of Mrs. Gallery in New York City, curated issue no. 8/





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne Garcia-Mateus has been selected to be one of the 20182019 Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE) Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows. As a Fellow, she will participate in a professional learning community with the new cohort and previous presidential fellows and mentors. She will also be paired with a senior CAE mentor, who will meet with her in person at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference in San Jose, Cali., Nov. 1418, 2019.





  • Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards presented a talk titled “El Nino-Southern Oscillation Influence on Tropospheric Ozone Concentrations in Houston” to the Engineering Group at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Aug. 15. The talk was about her research with alumna Oliver Sale ’17 in which the warm phase of the El Nino Southern Oscillation was found to influence tropospheric ozone concentrations in the Houston metropolitan area. This research began as part of the SCOPE summer research program.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe coordinated about fifty people from several teams on the site of the ancient Roman villas of Stabiae near Pompeii in June and July 2018. They included conservators and excavators from the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München; conservators from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts; architects from the University of Maryland and other schools (including four from Southwestern: Jake Stagner ’20, Haley Druart ’21, Kyle Leon ’20, and Abigail Jendrusch ’19); LiDAR from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and coordination with a team of garden archaeologists from Cornell working in Pompeii. This was Howe’s tenth field season, and November will mark the twentieth year since the start of the project and Howe’s initiation of the Master Plan 2001. Howe is scientific director of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation.





  • Though not in attendance, Southwestern faculty and students won two awards at the 2018 Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games held August 14 17 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

    • Computer Science and Math double-major Will Price, class of 2019, won 1st place in the Ms. Pac-Man track of the Ms. Pac-Man Vs. Ghost Team Competition. This competition allows individuals to program controllers for both Ms. Pac-Man and the Ghosts in a challenging, partially observable version of the classic video game. Price’s winning Ms. Pac-Man entry was developed as part of SCOPE 2018 under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum, and is an extension of Dr. Schrum’s own dissertation research on Ms. Pac-Man.
    • Schrum and collaborators from around the world won 1st place in the Short Video Competition for their video describing work on their recent paper, “Evolving Mario Levels in the Latent Space of a Deep Convolutional Generative Adversarial Network.” The purpose of the competition is to describe interesting research relevant to the conference in an informative and watchable manner.




  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “When an Accused Sexual Harasser is an Academic Superstar” in Lilith Magazine’s Blog.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music Alisha Gabriel is celebrating the release of two more nonfiction children’s books titled The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Triggers Reform and Escaping an Animal Attack, both published by The Child’s World.





  • Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron presented a paper titled “Race and Public Accommodations Discrimination in an Era of Colorblindness” at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association (ASA) on Aug. 11. He also presided over undergraduate student presentations for the ASA Honors Program, served on an ASA panel for first generation faculty of color, and served as a faculty member on a focus group for Pearson Textbooks.





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s engraving from the “Crossed Paths” series of prints was selected for the Awagami Prize in the Footprint International Competition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, by juror Susan Tallman from 319 prints by 166 artists representing 22 states and 18 countries. Tallman has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction and multiplicity. Her books include The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson) and The Collections of Barbara Bloom(Steidl). Most recently she coauthored the catalogue for the British Museum exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal and website Art in Print. Tallman’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine and numerous books and museum catalogues. She currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.





  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology and University Scholar Edward L. Kain received the Carla B. Howery Award for Developing Teacher-Scholars at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 2018. This national mentoring award recognized his publications on training graduate students and TA’s, a series of publications and national workshops on getting a job at a teaching-oriented institution, and nearly 25 years of organizing and leading the New Faculty Orientation program at Southwestern. Along with former SU faculty Jan Dawson (History) and Suzanne Chamier (French), he expanded this orientation program from a half-day workshop to a year-long program. He and his colleagues in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology developed an undergraduate program that became nationally recognized for training students in research and sending them to top graduate programs in multiple fields. Kain also inaugurated the monthly First Thursday receptions that recognize professional achievements on the Southwestern campus.





  • Professor and Chair of Biology Romi Burks presented a five-minute “INSPIRE” talk (20 slides timed for 15 seconds each) at a special session titled “Students as Ecologists: Collaborating With Undergraduates From Scientific Question to Publication” at the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans, LA. The talk, “’Wait, You Can’t Leave Me!?’ How to Maintain Writing Productivity With Undergraduate Students Post-Graduation,” drew on her experience publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers with many Southwestern students. The text and slides have been archived (doi:10.7490/f1000research.1115925.1) on the F1000 Research site.





  • Associate Director of Grants Niki Bertrand won first place for best poster at the 2018 American Society of Primatologists Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Her poster, titled “Effects of Crop Guarding on the Behavior of Wild, Habituated Groups of Macaca Nigra,” discussed one aspect of her dissertation research.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to participate as a judge for the Marketing EDGE Collegiate ECHO Marketing Challenge, cosponsored by Fossil Group, Inc. Public and private universities from around the U.S. participated in the competition





  • The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was active at MathFest, a national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Denver, Colo., Aug. 1 4, 2018.

    • President and Professor of Mathematics Edward Burger gave the invited plenary talk, “Think. Create. Connect: To Make Meaning and Make a Difference” to Project NExT, New Experiences in Teaching, a professional-development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences.
    • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura and Robert Lehr ’15 received the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for expository excellence for their article “A New Perspective on Finding the Viewpoint,” published in the October 2017 issue of Mathematics Magazine.
    • Lehr won an award for his presentation “Perspective Drawing: How to Find the Immersion Point,” in the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) student session.  He will begin his first year at the University of Texas School of Architecture this August. PME funded his attendance at the meeting.
    • Futamura copresented an expert class, the MAA Minicourse “Visualizing Projective Geometry Through Photographs and Perspective Drawings,” with Annalisa Crannell of Franklin & Marshall College.
    • Futamura was a panelist for the Project NExT panel discussion on “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Mathematics Major.” She discussed the EQUIP program and shared her experiences in cobuilding and coteaching in the program.
    • Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr presented “Hidden No More Lecture Series,” based on her minigrant from the National Science Foundation.
    • Marr coauthored “Re-Envisioning the Calculus Sequence,” based on her grant from the Associated Colleges of the South with Alex M. McAllister, of Centre College, and Joel Kilty, of Centre College.
    • Marr served as a moderator for the Town Hall “Shaping and Fostering an Equitable Community in Our Departments.” The results of this Town Hall discussion will be published in the Association for Women in Mathematics NewsletterMAA FOCUS, and Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
    • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton and Emma Kathryn Groves ’17  copresented “Incorporating Biology Topics Into Mathematics Undergraduate Experiences.” Groves just completed her first year in the Mathematics graduate program at North Carolina State University. She began work on mathematical models of cholera during her HHMI-funded SCOPE in 2016 with Yinlin Dai ’16, supervised by Shelton. Shelton also shared some of her work funded under the W. M. Keck grant at Southwestern.
    • Shelton participated in a Data Science Workshop and joined a focus group of the MAA Committee on Faculty and Departments by invitation.
    • Shelton participated in events for SIMIODE, including a meeting of the coprincipal investigators of their grant from the National Science Foundation, which partly funded Shelton’s attendance.
    • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross presented “Implementing Mastery-Based Quizzes and Tests in a Calculus Course.”




  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published a review of the documentary film 93Queenin the Jewish Women’s Archive Blog.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work was selected to be part of a group exhibition titled “Defining Form” at The Untitled Space in New York, N.Y. The exhibition explores how sculpture has evolved with the impact of contemporary culture: The art form has transcended from the conventional portrait to works that challenge the status quo; that address gender identity, racial stereotypes, LGBTQ ideologies, and queer constructs; and that explore themes of the resistance movement as well as progressive feminist narratives and activism. The exhibition was on view July 11 through Aug. 8, 2018.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin was invited to speak to a small, international workshop on “Doing IR Differently,” hosted by the Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencia Política in the Colegio de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito on San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. He was specifically asked to address how he identifies himself and engages with life, how he got to the point of wanting to engage his academic work differently, what he experienced or observed that made him question the discipline, his focus now in contrast to what previous knowledge and where he thinks that will take him, and what other kind(s) of “knowing” he might be able to share. Following that, Selbin was on a roundtable titled “Collaborations between Global North Journals and Global South Scholars and Teachers” at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)International Studies Association Joint International Conference in Quito, Ecuador.





July 2018

  • Eight faculty members in the natural sciences published a letter to the editor in the Williamson County Sunin the July 29th edition. “SU Scientists Refute ‘Hoax’ Climate Claim” was in reference to the Sun’s July 22 account of a community forum on the science of climate change. The letter was written by Professor of Biology Max Taub and co-signed by Professor of Chemistry Kerry Bruns, Professor of Biology Romi Burks, Professor of Biology Maria Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski, Associate Professor of Biology Martín Gonzalez, Professor of Kinesiology Scott McLean, and Professor of Biology Ben Pierce.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel is featured in the 2018 Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group Exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin. The exhibition features the work of eight local artists selected to participate in The Contemporary Austin’s nine-month program, which aims to build a network for artists and their practice. The opening reception is Saturday, August 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at grayDUCK Gallery located on East Cesar Chavez in Austin. Artist talks will be on Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton was active in two workshops under the grant through the National Science Foundation for which she is a co-principal investigator. The workshops were held at Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y., July 1528, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton presented “An Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Capstone” at the SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education (ED18), July 911, 2018, in Portland, Ore.





  • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura gave an invited talk titled “Perspectives of a Mathematician Artist” to around 90 high school students at the Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University on July 13, 2018.





  • Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, Professor of Education Michael Kamen, and Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore, together with staff from Texas Parks & Wildlife, hosted the Texas WILD Forum over three days for 40+ participants in Mood-Bridwell. The Forum was an opportunity to demonstrate how to share conservation with young children with the intent to build a child’s sense of wonder with arts and crafts, music, reading, math, and conservation activities. Presenters demonstrated the importance of enhanced learning and development in all areas within the social, emotional, physical, linguistic, and cognitive domains,correlated with TEKS, Head Start, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

    • Dr. Adrian spoke of differentiating instructional content and procedures to foster more successful inclusion of all students in her presentation “Diversity Is Nature’s Greatest Asset: Including All Children in Project WILD.”
    • Professor of Biology Romi Burks presented the “ABCs of Apple Snails and eDNA.” She spoke about the basic ecology, diversity, and distribution of apple snails and how future monitoring efforts may incorporate environmental DNA.
    • Dr. Kamen delivered a session titled “WILD Play and the International Play Crisis.” His session touched on the importance of play in development and learning for children and animals.
    • Dr. Moore presented “The WILD Ones: Working to Identify Learning Pathways through Diversity,” which provided opportunities for participants to examine personal and cultural identities to enhance their teaching and learning.




  • Professor of Theatre John Ore served as director of the 10th annual Tal Lostracco Theatre Camp at Southwestern. This year, 83 campers and 29 staff participated in the two-week residential summer camp from July 8 to 22, culminating in one-act productions of Diramuid and GrainneThe Miracle WorkerGrub-Street OperaMr. Burns: A Post-Electric Playand Equus.





  • Heather Rice ’17, Roanne Schoubaki ’17, Paige Womble ’18, Chantal Gonzalez, class of 2019, Devon Lucero, class of 2019, and Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci published a manuscript titled “Recreational Dose of Methylphenidate, but Not Methamphetamine, Decreases Anxiety-Like Behavior in Female Rats” in Neuroscience Lettersthis July.





  • Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Emily Northrop joined Dr. Kerry Cook of UT’s Department of Geological Sciences to make the case for climate science and for legislation to incentivize CO2 reductions in a Georgetown Community Forum titled “Climate Science: Fact or Fiction.” Speaking against the science were Henry Savage, a retired chemical engineer, and Bob Parmelee, a retired computer and business executive. Approximately 160 attended and witnessed the fact-based arguments prevail. The forum was held on July 17 in the Georgetown Public Library. Learn more about the debate through this Williamson County Sun article





  • Isabel Tweraser (Computer Science and Music double major) and Lauren Gillespie (Computer Science and Chemistry double major), both class 2019, travelled to Kyoto, Japan, with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum to attend the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. Several notable events occurred at the conference:

    • Dr. Schrum and coauthors from other institutions won the best paper award in the Digital Entertainment Technologies and Arts track for their paper “Evolving Mario Levels in the Latent Space of a Deep Convolutional Generative Adversarial Network.” This paper has also garnered much attention from several media outlets, such as The Register, Science Magazine, and Fast Company.
    • Tweraser presented the paper “Querying Across Time to Interactively Evolve Animations,” co-authored with Gillespie and Dr. Schrum.
    • Dr. Schrum presented the paper “Evolving Indirectly Encoded Convolutional Neural Networks to Play Tetris with Low-Level Features.”
    • Dr. Schrum addressed the entire conference as a representative of SparkCognition, Inc., in a short talk titled “AI Is Not Just Evolution; It’s Revolution.”
    • Tweraser was recognized at a recipient of an ACM-W scholarship, which provided her with free registration and paid for a portion of her travel costs to the conference.




  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony had a publication accepted for the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, which was presented in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 2018. The extended abstract on “How Bad is Selfish Doodle Voting?” was co-authored with Christine Chung of Connecticut College.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller presented the paper “Purple Pigments and Dyes in Han China” at the Eighth Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, on Sunday, June 10. Her paper was presented on a panel that she organized and chaired titled “New Research on Technology and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Han China.”





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards gave an invited talk titled “Where Does Our Wind Come From?” to a group of campers at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center in East Boothbay, Maine. The talk covered influences on the wind along the southern Maine seacoast, from the global to the local scale, and emphasized how regional and global wind patterns have historically influenced trade and sailing ship design and how improved sail technology allowed ships more flexibility in their routes. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center is a nonprofit science education center where experts teach sailing, rowing, and marine science to K–12 students.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper titled “‘Lucrezia Borgia’s Performances at the Este Court” at the seventh Kings and Queens Conference, “Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Crown,” at the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, July 913, 2018.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published a chapter titled “‘A Threshold Moment’: Public-Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South” in Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power, eds. Matthew Hild and Keri Leigh Merritt (Gainesville: University of Florida Press).





  • President Edward Burger delivered the keynote address “Helping Students Make Up Their Own Minds” at the 2018 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching in the General Assembly of the George Brown Convention Center in Houston on July 17. He also was invited to write an op-ed for the Williamson County Sun. His piece, titled “A Playful Paideia Moment for July 4,” was published in their July 8 edition.





  • Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty Alisa Gaunder presented a paper titled “Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Japan: The Constraints of Party Strength and Organization” at the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference July 35, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. She also was one of four scholars invited to participate in a featured roundtable on “Asia’s Democracies” at the same conference.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Partners Both’ in Gender and Empire: Mary I, Elizabeth I, and the Construction of Female Imperial Kingship, ca. 1550-1570” at the seventh Kings and Queens conference, “Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender and the Crown,” at the University of Winchester and Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom, July 913, 2018. Her attendance was funded by a grant from the conference, which was sponsored by the Royal Studies Journal, Royal Studies Network, University of Winchester, Society for Renaissance Studies, and Historic Royal Palaces.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth is co-authoring Grenzenlos Deutschan Inclusive Curriculum for the German Classroom with colleagues in Vienna, Austria, during the month of July. This project is sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to advance the Digital Humanities. Earlier this summer Berroth completed research at Deutsches Literatur Archiv Marbach, Germany, as well as a project supported by a Sam Taylor Fellowship at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower delivered a paper titled “The Politics of Work and the Work of Politics: Public Sector Labor and the Tax Revolt at Forty” on July 4 at a special one-day conference on “The American Moment: Past, Present, and Future” at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola was an NEH Summer Scholar, having participated in the 2018 Summer Seminars and Institutes Program: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Georgia in Athens, June 1729.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published an op-ed column titled “With Janus, the Supreme Court Guts the Modern Labor Movement” in the Washington Post’s Made by History digital feature.





  • Latin American and Border Studies senior and Mellon Undergraduate Fellow Esther Ramos ’19 presented “The Shadow Beast Within: La Quinceañera as a Means of Cultural Resistance” on a panel titled “Cultural Expressions, Cultural Resistance” at the 2018 meeting of “El Mundo Zurdo,” hosted by the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa at Trinity University on May 18, 2018. Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo served as moderator for the panel and presented a paper on her own research at the conference as well. Her paper was titled “Cultural Politics in the Borderlands: Exploring the Embodiment of Religion and Spiritual Activism as Resistance.”





  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo published “The Space In Between: Exploring the Emergence of Chicana Feminist Thought in Central Texas” in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era (UT Press 2018). Through archival and ethnographic research, Sendejo traced the emergence of Chicana feminism to the Chicana Research and Learning Center, The University of Texas at Austin, and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, uncovering a previously unknown feminist intellectual legacy.





  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony was a panelist at the Google Faculty Institute held at Google’s Sunnyvale, Calif., campus in June 2018. The institute brought together approximately 200 faculty members and numerous Googlers to learn about changing cloud technology and discuss its incorporation into the classroom. This year’s institute had a particular focus on Machine Learning, including considerations about fairness in machine learning.





  • Dean of Enrollment Christine Bowman, with colleagues from the University of Houston and Texas State University, presented on Navigating the Texas Enrollment Process at the annual conference of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) in Dallas. HECA counselors from around the country also visited the Southwestern campus, meeting with students, faculty and staff.  HECA is a group of independent counselors providing guidance to high school students in the college search process.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published a review of Booth’s Richard III, a historical production of Shakespeare’s play as staged by John Wilkes Booth.