Academics

Notable Achievements

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June 2022

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira was interviewed and quoted as an expert source for an Los Angeles Timesprofile featuring Brazilian pop star Anitta, who is set to perform at LA Pride 2022. 





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Jeffrey Easton was appointed to the Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award Subcommittee of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Each year the subcommittee selects the recipient of the award, which recognizes a distinguished new book on classroom instruction in classical languages and culture. 





  • Associate Professor of Business Debika Sihi was featured in a column about the use of virtual reality technology in education on the technology news and information website Lifewire. 





  • Associate Professor of Business Debika Sihi published an article titled “What Adventure Will You Choose: New or Nostalgic?” in Adweek.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller published the article “Painting Bronze in Early China: Uncovering Polychromy in China’s Classical Sculptural Tradition” in the spring 2022 issue of Archives of Asian Art.





  • Dean of Enrollment Services Christine Bowman presented on test-optional admission policies with colleagues from Rhodes College, the College of Wooster, and Colleges That Change Lives at the Independent Educational Consultants Association 2022 Spring Conference, held May 16–18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin published the chapter “All Around the World: Revolutionary Potential in the Age of Authoritarian Revanchism” in Handbook of Revolutions in the 21st Century: The New Waves of Revolutions, and the Causes and Effects of Disruptive Political Change, edited by Jack A. Goldstone, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev (Springer). Selbin was also an invited participant in a roundtable titled “Ideology and Authoritarian Resilience in the Global South” at the 2022 Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, held virtually May 30–June 3.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair Kerry Bechtel designed the costumes for a production of The Sweet Delilah Swim Clubat Unity Theater in Brenham, Texas. Unity Theater is a professional theater located midway between Austin and Houston that brings together professional actors, directors, and designers from both cities. The production runs from June 2–19. 





May 2022

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala supervised four student projects presented at the Communicating Diversity Student Conference 2022 hosted by Texas A&M University. Congratulations to the following scholars:

    • Mary Smith  ’23: “Hegemonic Masculinity and Duke Cannon Supply Co.”
    • Preston Willis  ’23: “‘Taylor Swift Doesn’t Write Her Own Music’: Discourse On Women’s Ownership, Androcentrism in the Music Industry, and the Emergence of Swiftian Feminism”
    • Katie Love  ’23: “Play it Again: The Story Behind Taylor Swift’s Re-recordings and Professional Heartbreak”
    • Jessica Bettis  ’23: “Tragedy at Astroworld: How Unintentional Loss Makes an Impact”




  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and Tugce Arda Tuncdemir of Lock Haven University presented a workshop titled “Performance, Play, and Script Writing in College Classes for Preservice Teachers” at the Association for the Study of Play Online Conference.





  • Southwestern alumna Natalie DeCesare ’19 received the St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean’s Award. The award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in academics, a commitment to fellow students and the community, and great potential in the professional trajectory.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center Alexia Riggs has been appointed to represent academic libraries in Texas on the Texas Library Association Conference Planning Committee. This committee creates and prepares professional development opportunities for Texas librarians. Riggs was appointed due to her work researching library roles on campus and leadership development.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center Alexia Riggs has been invited to join the Association of College and Research Libraries College Library Director Mentoring Program Board. In this role, Riggs will serve with national library leaders to prepare new library directors for leadership. This international program provides a year of guidance to new library directors serving at private and public four-year institutions with a full-time enrollment of under 5,000. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper gave a virtual presentation titled “Freedom, Justice, and Jazz: An American Odyssey” for the New Horizons International Music Association. The presentation began with a cursory review of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs and proposed that the creative urges that resulted in the musical revolutions of jazz were able to achieve extraordinary prominence not only as an art form, but also as a sonorous expression of the forces that underlay and are embodied in the fifth level (self-actualization) of Maslow’s hierarchy. Using guided questions and assigned listening, the presentation applied this thesis to Langston Hughes’s iconic poem “The Weary Blues” (both in its original 1925 literary guise and in his own televised reading with a jazz ensemble in 1958), the televised performance of Max Roach’s and Abbey Lincoln’s “Triptych” from the Freedom Now Suite, and Bob Kaufman’s poem “Walking Parker Home.” The presentation was adapted from a class assignment in Cooper’s fall 2021 course, Music and Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to #BlackLivesMatter. 





  • Theatre students Dane Parker ’22, Campbell Duffy ’22, Jaime Hotaling ’23, Harrison Jones ’23, Oskar Brian ’22, Jessica Workman ’22, Ash Zunker ’25, and Lilly Percifield ’22 performed G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Event on February 26 and advanced from the Region 6 Festival (where they received three Meritorious Achievement Awards for Innovative Theatre Practices, Outstanding Ensemble, and Support of New Work) to the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Cast and crew received the Innovative Theatrical Experience Special Achievement Award. G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventis part of Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola’s 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 faculty-student projects.





  • Associate Professor of History Jess Hower published Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction, the second book in a two-volume edited collection. The companion to Mary I in Writing: Letters, Literature, and Representation, which was published earlier this spring, the book is part of Palgrave Macmillan’s internationally renowned “Queenship and Power” series and features 10 original, peer-reviewed scholarly articles. Hower wrote the introduction with her coeditor, Valerie Schutte. The archival research, writing, and (especially) editing processes were supported by a Jones Competitive Course Release Sabbatical across the 2020–2021 academic year. The book may be ordered online.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti gave an invited lecture at Texas Christian University on April 13. Her talk drew from her recently completed book manuscript titled Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Ordinary Political Theory, currently under review with Oxford University Press.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper taught a class and delivered a public preconcert lecture at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory on the occasion of a performance of the Margaret Bonds/Du Bois Credo by the conservatory’s combined choirs (150 voices) and orchestra in the world-renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Titled “FLEX: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Margaret Bonds and Her Credo,” the class and lecture adduced unpublished correspondence between Bonds and Shirley Graham Du Bois to illustrate how the political economy of classical music and music publishing works to erase, tacitly but potently, the presence of women, Black folk, and their art in musical life and narratives of music’s history. 





  • Part-time Instructor of Theatre Yesenia Garcia Herrington ’03 was selected to join the second annual tuition-free program “Commercial Theatre Producing 101” sponsored by Theatre Producers of Color, based out of New York City. The competitive 10-week program provides education, training, and mentorship to aspiring BIPOC producers. She also was invited to participate in a “Women in Theatre” panel at Texas State University on April 30.





  • Allison Hewett ’22, Vy Nguyen ’22, and Associate Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux presented a poster at the Western Psychological Association 102nd Annual Convention, held April 27–May 1 in Portland, Oregon. This poster, titled “Who Gets the Tingles? Modeling ASMR Predictors,” represents their work during SCOPE 2021.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented an invited webinar for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Special Interest Group on Small Undergraduate German Programs on May 4. The webinar, titled “Pragmatic Program-Building Blocks for Small German Programs,” addressed a national audience and offered examples of the what, why, and how of program building, such as developing a signature “best” (e.g., the German program best at producing Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award recipients), building connections across disciplines and programs, developing a focus on justice issues, and intensifying outreach strategies.





  • History major Saúl Zúñiga ’22 presented a poster titled “To Live and Birth On: Mexican Midwives’ Prosperity into Modernity” at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, held April 21–24 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The poster is the culmination of a faculty-student research project carried out in the summer of 2021 with Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones and a King Creativity Fund award Zúñiga used to further his archival research in Mexico City in the winter of the same year.





  • Part-time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky was invited to give a live music performance and talk as the guest speaker at the May 19 installment of the Full Circle: Speaker Series for Creatives in Georgetown, Texas. She was also interviewed for a feature article in Georgetown View magazine. 





  • Assistant Professor of Biology Jennie DeMarcowas awarded $14,580 from the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservation District for her grant proposal titled “From Transect to Landscape: Investigating the Role of Remote Sensing Tools to Monitor Soil Moisture with Wet Meadow Restoration in the Gunnison Valley.”





  • Assistant Professor of Biology Jennie DeMarco presented her research titled “Evaluating the Carbon Sequestration Potential and Drought Resilience with Wet Meadow Restoration under a Changing Climate” at the High Altitude Revegetation Committee and Society for Ecological Restoration–Rocky Mountains Chapter 2022 Conference held April 13–14, in Fort Collins, Colorado.





  • Assistant Professor of Education Raquel Sáenz Ortiz presented a paper titled “Reimagining Spaces of Learning for Youth of Color: A Model of Emancipatory Pedagogy” at the 2022 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, held April 21–26 in San Diego, California. The paper is a case study of an alternative school in the Northeast that roots itself in culturally sustaining models of teaching.





  • Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones published the chapter “An Undesirable Past: Free Medical Schools and the First Doctors of the Mexican Revolution, 1910–1945” in the book Transforming Medical Education: Historical Case Studies of Teaching, Learning, and Belonging in Medicine, edited by Delia Gavrus and Susan Lamb. The chapter examines the tensions between proprietary medical schools and post-revolutionary governments. It argues that free schools offered a space between popular and state medicine for the training of working-class Mexicans who reached communities with little access to medicine decades before government-sponsored medical schools and public health institutions implemented programs to do so. Sanitation as a cultural policy to modernize the nation led government institutions to treat free schools and their graduates as germs subject to eradication. Although unsuccessful, these institutions aimed to erase the schools’ history and ban their graduates from practice. The chapter demonstrates the central role of popular actors in the regulation of medical training and practice in Mexico after the revolution. 





  • Associate Professor of History Jessica Hower published Mary I in Writing: Letters, Literature, and Representation, the first book in a two-volume edited collection. The book is part of Palgrave Macmillan’s internationally renowned “Queenship and Power” series and features 12 original, peer-reviewed scholarly articles. Hower wrote the introduction with her coeditor, Valerie Schutte, and also wrote a stand-alone chapter, “‘Horrible and Bloudye’ or ‘Most Serene and Potent’: Mary I and Empire.” The archival research, writing, and (especially) editing processes were supported by a Jones Competitive Course Release Sabbatical across the 2020–2021 academic year. The first volume is available here; volume two should be out later this summer.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center Alexia Riggs was invited to present at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, held April 25–28 in Fort Worth, Texas. Her first session, “A Roadmap for Your Library’s Future,” discussed institutional knowledge and assessment for long-range strategic planning. Riggs also participated in a panel of key state leaders titled “Lessons Learned: Planning for the Future” that presented information for both public and academic library leaders on preparing for an institutional mission in a post-pandemic world.





  • Part-time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s composition “El Mar” (2020) for mixed chorus and piano will enjoy its live premiere performance by the San Francisco State University Chamber Singers on May 6. The piece expresses the angst and tragedy in Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni’s “Frente al Mar.”





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans took part in the symposium The Aesthetics of Infrastructure/The Infrastructure of Aesthetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which was held April 21–22. An interdisciplinary group of scholars shared their work on infrastructure and the environmental humanities at the event.





  • Jonathan Smart ’23 presented his work with Assistant Professor of Physics Cody Crosby titled “Quantifying the Printability of Biomaterial Inks” on April 23 at the Heart of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference sponsored by Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology. 





April 2022

  • Professor of Art History Thomas Noble Howe was recently invited by Academiato conduct a review of an article about St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv, Ukraine: An Appreciation by Myroslava Hartmond (Halushka).

     

    Howe also was invited by the office of Rep. John Carter to be a judge for the Congressional Art Competition on April 27. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies Jordan Johnson ’11 will receive a stipend to participate in the Bucknell Summer Institute this June.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self was invited to deliver the prestigious LSU Geaux Rhetoric Speaker Series keynote, which commands a national audience, on March 10. Self followed in the illustrious footsteps of renowned communication studies scholars Ersula Ore, Steven Salaita, and Jo Hsu. His keynote discussed black womanist and feminist rhetoric of the J-Settes, a collegiate women’s dance line.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented research from her sabbatical project at the virtual conference of the Association for Intercultural German Studies at the University of Zadar in Croatia, held April 19–22. Her paper titled “Ausgewählte Texte aus Lyrik, Essays, und Romanen von Marica Bodrožić mit Kritischen Perspektiven aus den Umweltgeisteswissenschaften” provided an environmental humanities perspective on the literature of migration to the conference theme of intercultural spaces in the Mediterranean.





  • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura  gave a talk titled “Curious Invariants in Projective Geometry, and Where to Find them in Art and Music” at the Rice University Undergraduate Colloquium in Houston, Texas, on April 5. 





  • Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar was one of the central people interviewed for The Taking, a feature-length documentary film by Alexandre O. Phillipe about Monument Valley.  The film explores how Monument Valley, located on the border of Arizona and Utah but also within the Navajo Nation, has repeatedly been made into a symbol of the white settler myth of the American West by filmmakers and other media producers while denying Navajo sovereignty and subjectivity. The Taking has appeared at multiple film festivals in the last several months, including the BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest in Austin, and the New Zealand International Film Festival.





  • ​​On April 13, Southwestern University’s Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), hosted its AKA Spirit of Giving Virtual Awards Ceremony. The awards were presented to faculty members and a deserving student leader for their commitment to supporting students of color on the Southwestern University campus. The awards are given in honor of the philanthropic deeds of Vice President for University Relations and Strategic Initiatives Paul Secord and his family. This year’s recipients were Eugenia Gabrielle Agobe ’22, psychologist and Assistant Director of the Counseling and Health Center Rachel McNally, Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Professor of Spanish and Chair of Latin American and Border Studies Carlos De Oro, Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Erika Grajeda. For more details, see the event program.





  • Spanish majors Evelyn Eason ’22 and Danielle Perales ’23 presented papers at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium at Rollins College on April 8. Eason presented “Poesia Indígena y Ecofeminismo en la Obra de Irma Pineda Santiago (Indigenous Poetry and Ecofeminism in the Work of Irma Pineda Santiago).” This presentation is based on her Spanish honor thesis. Perales presented “La Importancia de Conocer: El Humanismo Lúdico en Diarios de Motocicleta(The Power of Knowledge: Ludic Humanism in The Motorcycle Diaries).” Both presentations were delivered in Spanish and stemmed from upper-level courses taught by Associate Professor of Spanish María de los Ángeles Rodriguez Cadena.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone has been accepted into the doctor of education in learning and organizational change program at Baylor University. 





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center Alexia Riggs has been named to the TexShare Advisory Board and will serve as the state representative for private academic libraries. This is a high honor for Southwestern University. The TexShare Advisory Board is charged by statute to advise the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on matters relating to the TexShare consortium. In addition to the state librarian of Texas, the advisory board includes representatives from community colleges, private universities, publicly funded academic institutions, medical libraries, public libraries, and the general public.





  • Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar  traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, to represent Southwestern University at the Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention in April. She presented a paper titled “Jill Biden, Resistance, and Stepmothering: Resilience in the Neoliberal Landscape” and was an invited guest on a panel focused on student accessibility and increasing diversity in online teaching.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, Rachel Berger ’23, and Alaina Dixon ’24 presented their faculty-student project “Destructive or Democratic? Perceptions of Civility and Protest Attitudes” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, held April 7–10 in Chicago. They were joined at the conference by Antonio Esparza ‘22, who presented his research “Climate-Fueled Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Case Study of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.” Esparza’s work, which he developed under the supervision of Professor of Political Science Bob Snyder, was part of the undergraduate poster session titled “Politics in a Time of Crisis: COVID-19 and Climate Change.”





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari led the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) in the fourth concert of its “Reunited” season on April 2. The performance was the 8th Texas Rising Stars concert and featured the three winners of the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition as soloists. The program included music by Tchaikovsky, Chausson, and Brahms, along with a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem. Ferrari is currently in her 20th consecutive season with the ACO.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center Alexia Riggs  successfully defended her dissertation, “Collaborative Relationships: Effective Partnerships Between Librarians, Student Affairs, and Faculty,” which was accepted with no revisions needed. Her multisite case study reviewed the collaborative work of librarians at three private institutions in North Carolina through Yamagata-Lynch’s modified activity theory. Riggs will graduate with a doctor of education degree from Texas A&M University–Commerce.  





  • Demi Tomasides ’22 presented her paper “Othered: The Black and White Portrayal of Neurodiversity in Grey’s Anatomy” at the 2022 Alpha Chi National Convention, held March 24–26 in Austin, Texas. Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala supervised her project.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala  recently delivered two guest lectures: “Potty Politics” was delivered to honors undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, and “Feminist Collaboration” was delivered to a feminist organizing graduate seminar at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper was guest musicologist for a two-day Florence Price Festival at Bowling Green State University. In addition to meeting with musicology and other music students, Cooper delivered two lectures as part of his visit: “Hear Her Voice: On Knowing Florence Price, Pianist, Today” and “’With Love, Devotion to the Negro Race and Humanity …’: Margaret Bonds and the Social Work of The Montgomery Variations.” Both talks were updated versions of lectures previously given virtually, now incorporating new information and issues raised by archival sources. In addition to aspiring to keep his audiences only minimally vegetative through 45 minutes’ worth of musicological droning, Cooper strove above all in these two talks (which were addressed to audiences comprised primarily of younger individuals beginning careers that may enable them to make the world a better place) to convey a sense of the courage and hope that motivated both Price and Bonds in their work as they challenged an unjust system and used art not as entertainment, but as an agent of social change.





  • Professor of Sociology Sandi Nenga presented her paper “When Six Feet Feels Like Six Miles: Children’s Images of Their Lives During the Pandemic” at the Southern Sociological Society 85th Annual Meeting, held April 6–9 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hannah Mitchell ’22 also presented her capstone paper “Praise on the Stage and Criticism in Class: Understanding Relationships Between Students and Their Instructors in Competitive Irish Dance Studios.”





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere has had an article accepted for publication by Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.The essay, “Going Downtown: ‘Right Reading,’ Mental Hygiene, and the Adolescent Sublimation of Victorian Sensation,” was first presented as a Paideia Connections Lecture in 2015.





  • At the 2022 Experimental Biology conference, held April 1–5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jennifer Stokes presented two research abstracts at the poster sessions hosted by the American Physiological Society (APS). The first project abstract, titled “Daily E-cigarette Vapor Exposure Does Not Modify Response to 10% Normobaric Hypoxia in Long-Evans Rats,” presented data from the StokesLab summer 2021 faculty-student project conducted by kinesiology student Alicia Peters ’23. The second abstract presented additional data from an ongoing pedagogical project titled “Using Google Tools to Increase Student Learning, Engagement, and Collaboration in Remote, Hybrid, and In-person Courses.” Stokes was also awarded the 2022 Early Career Award in Education Research at the APS Teaching Section Banquet.





  • Southwestern University was well represented at the American Chemical Society Spring 2022 meeting in San Diego, California. Eight students presented a total of six posters at the meeting: Yusuf Buhari ’23, Sean Calvert ’22, Gabrielle Cano ’22, Natalie Gierat ’22, Rhoda Hijazi ’22, Jared McCormack ’22, Neha Momin ’22, and Ethan Shilgalis ’22. This work was done collaboratively with Associate Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sara Massey, and Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer.





  • Members of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science attended the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America (Texas MAA), held March 31–April 2 at the University of North Texas, the first in-person Texas MAA meeting since 2019. 

    • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross presented “An n-bubble Result on a Dense Number Line.” Ross also participated in the professional development program of the Texas New Experiences in Teaching (NExT), held in conjunction with the Texas MAA meeting. 
    • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton presented “From Cars to Competition to Cholera: Math Models in Differential Equations.” As section representative to the national governing body, the MAA Congress, Shelton also led events at the executive committee meeting, the business meeting, and more.
    • Emily Thompson  ’22 presented “Using Neural Ordinary Differential Equations (NODEs) to Create Models of Complex Curves,” which was the result of her mathematics capstone from fall 2022, supervised by Shelton. 
    • Mel Richey ’23 and Kevan Kennedy ’24 attended the conference. 




  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper  gave a presentation titled “The Prophecies Fulfilled: Margaret Bonds and the Sacred Social Work of The Montgomery Variations and the Du Bois Credo ” at Georgetown University. The presentation explored how Margaret Bonds’s work in celebrating Black vernacular music in genres traditionally reserved for Euro-American classical repertoires was a 20th-century enactment of ideas first proposed in the 19th and early 20th centuries by Frederick Douglass, James Monroe Trotter, Frédéric Louis Ritter, Antonin Dvořák, and W. E. B. Du Bois. The presentation was followed the next day by a preconcert lecture (also at Georgetown University) for the first performance since 1973 of the orchestral version of the Bonds/Du Bois Credo and Bonds’s orchestral magnum opus, The Montgomery Variations (both recently discovered and published by Cooper), along with excerpts from her recently published cantata Simon Bore the Cross. 





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano’s article “High Impact: Examining Predictors of Faculty-Undergraduate Coauthored Publication and Presentation in Psychology” was published in the journal PLOS ONE. All three coauthors, Isham Kimbell ’21, Emily Olsen ’20, and Jennifer Howell ’09, were current or former undergraduates at the time the research was conducted.





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere presented a paper at the 2022 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Annual Conference, held March 24–27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her paper, “The Stratified Family Story: Dinah Mulock Craik’s The Head of the Family (1852) and the Problem of Pedophilia,” is part of a larger project about the discourses of rape, grooming, and sexual assault within the genre of fiction known as the Victorian family story. Cleere also chaired a panel titled “Queer Studies, Performance, and Desire.”





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere has been promoted to first vice president of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), an international group of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and research.





  • Assistant Professor of Biology Kim McArthur gave an invited virtual presentation on equity in grading to the Union College (Schenectady, New York) faculty on March 22. The presentation, titled “Rethinking Traditional Grading, Working Towards Equity,” provided a framework for considering the impact of traditional grading practices on student equity, with suggestions for reconsidering and fully aligning assessment practices with course learning objectives.





  • Lurlyn and Durwood Fleming Professor of Philosophy Phil Hopkins has completed a second 10-month contract with the Austin Police Department (APD), this time to develop guidelines and formal procedures for selecting and reviewing video training material for the Cadet Academy that focus on recognizing and addressing the ways video material can have unintended consequences and harms and may reinforce rather than disrupt larger cultural narratives and stereotypes. Hopkins has written and submitted a final report to APD and the Austin City Council. He remains under contract for the remainder of this year on the larger curriculum review committee whose task is to review and develop improved training curricula and content across the several training regimes for APD. This work was recently featured in a 60 Minutesepisode that noted its innovative (and largely unprecedented) approach but not the many and various difficulties it faces among entrenched institutional histories and competing political agendas. 





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Jeffrey Easton presented a paper in a panel on the permutations of Roman political power at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, held March 23–26 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His paper reexamined the use of the office of dictator in the early centuries of the Roman Republic. Easton also presided over a panel at the conference that dealt with Roman law and politics.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper was interviewed on historian Pamela Toler’s blog, “History in the Margins,” about his work in excavating and bringing back into public life the music of Florence B. Price and Margaret Bonds, including his motives, hopes, and trepidations. As is customary on the blog, Cooper asked a question of Toler after answering her questions to him. Read the complete interview





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper helped organize the world premiere of Florence B. Price’s choral/orchestral work “Song of Hope” (1930) at Ithaca College and participated in a pre-concert panel discussion on the piece and its significance. Learn more about the event and the work on the Ithaca College website.





March 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Education Raquel Sáenz Ortiz presented the paper “Culture and Schooling: Supporting Academic Identities through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies for Immigrant-origin Youth” at the 2022 International Conference on Education and Migration, held virtually and in person in Porto, Portugal, on March 10.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth increased the German program’s community outreach by serving as a judge for regional and statewide competitions for students of German in secondary education. The regional Sprachfest 2022 and the Texas State German Contest brought together German educators and students across institutions. To increase outreach and networking among German programs, Berroth has accepted invitations to present her work in program leadership and curricular innovation. She will lead an invited webinar for the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages Small Undergraduate German Programs Special Interest Group in April. She also will deliver the keynote address at the Tennessee World Language Teaching Association Annual Conference later this year. The theme of the conference is “The Future of Languages Is You: Learn and Share.” As a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) local representative, Berroth earned a materials grant (700  Euro) from the German foreign office, and students of German will benefit from a curated collection of literary works published in 2021.





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere’s article “Rape in Public: Overlooking Child Sexual Assault in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s The Daisy Chain was published in Victorian Literature and Culture. Morgan Mosby ’20, Cleere’s former undergraduate research assistant, helped frame the initial ideas for the essay around issues of rape’s historic invisibility within literary and feminist criticism.





  • Alumna Alyssa Sucrese ’21, Associate Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux, and current student Erica Burley ’22 presented a poster titled “Just Friends? Jealousy Attributions for Extramarital Friendships” at the 2022 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, held virtually and in person February 16–19.





  • Associate Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux, along with collaborator Jaime Cloud of Western Oregon University, published two articles in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences: “This Old Thing? Responding to Compliments Depends on Sex and Relative Status” and “The Relationship between Mating Context and Women’s Appearance Enhancement Strategies.”





  • Staff Instructor in Spanish Noelia Cigarroa-Cooke and Professor of Spanish Carlos de Oro copresented the paper “En el Umbral de la Pubertad: Viaje al Interior Femenino en Niña Errantede Rubén Mendoza” at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies 69th Annual Meeting, held March 10–12 in Charlotte, North Carolina.





  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen presented a roundtable session titled “Slide Rules—to the Moon and Back” at the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education 2022 Virtual Conference held March 12.





  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross, visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Katie Aha, and Catherine Hiebel ’22 presented a panel titled “Populism and Surrogacy in Spain” at the XXIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos, held March 8–10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ross presented “Surrogacy in Spain: the Bioethical and Feminist concerns”; Aha presented “Populism and Surrogacy”; and Hiebel presented “Spanish Populist Parties and Their Positions on Surrogacy.” The three were told that their presentation was the most coherent and organized panel the audience heard.





  • During the last weekend of February, Professor of Biology Romi Burks and Professor of Biology Ben Pierce took eight biologists to the Texas Academy of Sciences (TAS) Annual Meeting in Clear Lake, Texas. Southwestern student contributions included two posters and two oral presentations as well as an exciting second-place team finish in “Science Jeopardy.”

      • Two of Pierce’s research students, Sydney Cole ’23 and Claire Bason ’23, won second place for best undergraduate poster in the terrestrial ecology and management section for their work on chirping frogs and mites titled “Chigger Mite Prevalence in Texas Chirping Frogs Based on Citizen Science.” Additional student coauthors included Emma Kesterson ’23 and Gina Rameriz ’23. 
      • In the freshwater science section, Lillian Dolapchiev ’23 gave a talk titled “Filter Me … If You Can: Using Size Fractionation to Separate, Measure, and Determine the Size of Pomacea maculataeDNA.” Her coauthors included Cynthia Bashara ’23, Matthew Barnes ’06, and Burks. Dolapchiev earned first place for best undergraduate oral presentation within the freshwater science section.
      • In the same section, Bashara gave an oral presentation titled “Snail ( Pomacea maculata ) Days of Summer: Associations Between Reproductive Output, Snail Removal Efforts, and Environmental DNA (eDNA) Concentration,” which included Dolapchiev, Barnes, Burks, and Chris Vaughn from the San Antonio River Authority as coauthors. Bashara took the second place award in the category.
      • Together, Bashara and Dolapchiev presented their specific research objectives completed over the summer during SCOPE as a poster presentation titled “Stop Escargo in San Antonio: Developing Best Methodology for Detecting Pomacea maculataUsing Environmental DNA (eDNA).” This poster won second place for best undergraduate poster in the freshwater science section.
      • Two more research students of Burks, Kate Henderson ’25 and Abby White ’25, also presented a poster in the freshwater science section titled “Keep Austin Snail-Free: Ongoing Removal of Pomacea maculataand Evaluation by eDNA.” The poster was coauthored by Bashara, Dolapchiev, and Dave Christie, who owns a home in Austin that has been invaded by apple snails. Henderson and White put together this poster based on just a semester of lab involvement.
      • In addition to collaborating with Burks and coauthoring presentations with Bashara and Dolapchiev, Barnes, an associate professor at Texas Tech University, served as vice president of the academy and transitioned into his 2022–2023 role as president-elect. He will oversee the program at next year’s TAS meeting at San Angelo State University. His own undergraduate and graduate students from Texas Tech also won a poster presentation and a research grant award, respectively. 
      • Photos from the Awards Banquet can be seen on the TAS website




  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti co-organized a fourth annual mini-conference as part of her work cochairing the Western Political Science Association’s Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice virtual community. This year, the mini-conference took place virtually on March 11 and featured roundtables and author-meets-respondents panels for three books: Farah Godrej’s Freedom Inside? Yoga and Meditation in the Carceral State, Rima Vesely-Flad’s Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation, and Sokthan Yeng’s Buddhist Feminism: Transforming Anger Against Patriarchy. Mariotti also cochaired the final roundtable where an interdisciplinary community of academics and practitioners discussed connections between these three recent books. 





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a talk titled “Heritage Spanish Speakers’ Reflections on Their Unique Study Abroad Experiences” with coauthor Tammy Jandrey Hertel of the University of Lynchburg at the 9th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, held February 24–26 in Tallahassee, Florida.





  • Professor of Sociology Sandi Nenga published a chapter titled “When Six Feet Feels Like Six Miles: Children’s Images of Their Lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the book COVID-19 and Childhood Inequalityedited by Nazneen Kane (Routledge). Students in Nenga’s fall 2020 Childhood & Youth class collected the data for this chapter as part of a community-engaged learning project.





  • Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony was a coauthor on a poster titled “Unplugged Parallelism for First-Year CS Majors” at the 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’22). Anthony also participated in the affiliated event Dream Big: Addressing Computing for the Social Good in the CS Curricula.





  • Associate Professor of History Jess Hower presented the paper “‘Verye True and Undoubted Heire and Inheritrix’: Mary I, Lady Jane Grey, and History” at the 2022 South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC), which was held virtually March 3–5. The conference was sponsored by the University of Alabama and included the Queen Elizabeth I Society. The paper stemmed from a chapter Hower wrote for an edited collection of 12 essays on mid-Tudor queenship that she is coediting for Palgrave Macmillan’s “Queenship and Power” series. She has been invited to present the keynote address at the 2023 SCRC at the University of California, Berkeley.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans was featured in conversation with American Book Award-winning and Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Ruth Ozeki on an episode of the podcast Novel Dialogues.The episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere online.





  • Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones discussed his chapter “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” from The Gray Zones of Medicine: Healers and History in Latin America,edited by Diego Armus and Pablo F. Gomez, during the undergraduate seminar Cultures and Media of Environmental Health taught by Rebecca Earles at Rice University.





  • Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones published the article “Plural Medicine, Medical Expertise, and Public Health in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexico” [十九世纪和二十世纪墨西哥的多元医学、医学专业知识和公共卫生] in the collective volume “Disease and Health in Latin American History” edited by Diego Armus and published by the University of Shanghai’s Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Health. The collection brought together both U.S. and Latin American historians who offered an overview of thematic interests and methodological approaches in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the southern cone of South America. Originally written in English and translated into Mandarin, Hernández Berrones’s article examines the persistent tension between traditional and biomedical healing approaches in modern Mexico and offers the kaleidoscopic landscape of healing traditions in Mexico, including indigenous medicine, homeopathy, and spiritual healing.





  • Director of the Office of Advising and Retention Jennifer Leach and all six professional academic advisors Scott BrevardJennifer FriasHayley HarnedNatalie KingIsaac Pressnelland Jenny Terry Roberts ’95 attended the 2022 Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) Annual Conference on February 24–26 in Austin, Texas. This year’s conference tagline—“Helping Our Students ‘Ease on Down the Road’ to Success”—was inspired by the film The Wizand highlighted the same themes: heart (How do we help students who face personal challenges such as housing and food insecurity or abuse? How can we inspire and engage with students who have been in isolation for more than a year?); brain (How do we teach our students to make informed decisions, navigate the nuances of college, and discover their passion?); and courage (How do we empower our students to succeed despite challenges and setbacks?).





  • The following kinesiology students presented their research at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) Annual Meeting held February 24–25 in Waco, Texas:

    • Alicia Peters ’23 presented her faculty-student project research (mentor: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jennifer Stokes). 
    • Sam Anderson ’23, Riley Barlage ’23, and C. P. Shaulis ’22 presented their SCOPE research (mentor: Professor of Kinesiology Scott McLean), winning third place (of 66 posters) in the undergraduate research competition. 
    • Lukas Karrett ’22 and Corban Ruiz ’22 presented their SCOPE research (mentor: Associate Professor of Kinesiology Edward Merritt). Karrett also presented his capstone research project, and Ruiz entered his independent research study write-up in the manuscript competition.
    • Taylor Baccus ’22, Chase Hinojosa ’22, Sara Le ’22, Tessa Lewis ’22, Kathryn Rorer ’22, Ella Ruehr ’22, Wren Seabolt ’22, Mimi Shethia ’22, Kathryn Smith ’21, and Bri Urukal ’22 presented their capstone research projects (mentors: McLean, Merritt, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Kinesiology Vanessa Mikan). 
    • McLean received the TACSM Service Award, one of the meeting’s top awards, which recognizes a TACSM member who has distinguished himself or herself through significant service to the chapter. His image was placed on a giant poster at the entrance to the main hall of the convention center for all to see.




  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and education alumna Morelia Hernandez ’21 presented the poster “Scriptwriting and Performance as Reflective Process” at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons Conference held February 23–25 in Savannah, Georgia. The poster’s third author, Alys Mendus of the University of Melbourne, was able to join virtually for part of the session.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center Alexia Riggs completed a series of virtual guest lectures to library science students studying libraries and social justice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Riggs presented the following three lectures:

    • “Assessment Results: Implementation and Development of Cultural Awareness Training” 
    • “Developing Inclusive, Focused Culture: Policy Shift in Academic Libraries”
    • “Censorship and Book Banning: Librarian Professionalism and Response” 




  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala steered several student projects that were accepted, presented, and recognized at a highly selective regional conference. The following Southwestern students traveled to Portland, Oregon, to present their research at the 2022 Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference hosted by the Western States Communication Association:

    • Maddie Brent  22 presented her paper “An Investigation into the Netflix Original Show ‘Love Is Blind’ and the Subversive Racism and Homophobia Perpetuated through the Production of Carlton Morton’s public ‘Coming Out’ Storyline.”
    • Emily Funk  23 presented her paper “Women and the Stars: Antifeminism in Critiques of Pop Astrology.”
    • Amanda Smith  23 presented her paper “The Invisible Labor of Fake Happy.”
    • Demi Tomasides  22 presented her paper “Othered: The Black and White Portrayal of Neurodiversity in ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’”
    • Caden Cox  23 won the Top Paper Award for his paper “Call Me by Your Name: Lil Nas X and Queerness in Rap and Pop.” 

    Southwestern students Nina Mitrofanova 23, Alli Ziehm 23, and Bri McCalla 22 also were invited to present. Congratulations to these outstanding students!





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long was the featured speaker in the Urban Climate Finance Network international workshop titled “Financialization and Climate Governance.”





  • Mosaic Ambassadors Anna Franklin ’22 and Ev Alexander ’22 presented at the annual Leading & Learning: Student Educator Forum at the University of Texas at Austin, which was held virtually on February 20. Their presentation, “Mental Health Tool Kit: Caring for the Mental Health of Our Communities Using Bystander Intervention,” explored the connections between mental health and systemic and cultural forms of harm. Franklin and Alexander also provided tools and resources to help participants actively intervene in harmful situations. 





February 2022

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala steered several student projects that were accepted, presented, and recognized at a highly selective regional conference. The following Southwestern students traveled to Portland, Oregon, to present their research at the 2022 Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference hosted by the Western States Communication Association:

    • Maddie Brent  22 presented her paper “An Investigation into the Netflix Original Show ‘Love Is Blind’ and the Subversive Racism and Homophobia Perpetuated through the Production of Carlton Morton’s public ‘Coming Out’ Storyline.”
    • Emily Funk  23 presented her paper “Women and the Stars: Antifeminism in Critiques of Pop Astrology.”
    • Amanda Smith  23 presented her paper “The Invisible Labor of Fake Happy.”
    • Demi Tomasides  22 presented her paper “Othered: The Black and White Portrayal of Neurodiversity in ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’”
    • Caden Cox  23 won the Top Paper Award for his paper “Call Me by Your Name: Lil Nas X and Queerness in Rap and Pop.” 

    Southwestern students Nina Mitrofanova 23, Alli Ziehm 23, and Bri McCalla 22 also were invited to present. Congratulations to these outstanding students!





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long was the featured speaker in the Urban Climate Finance Network international workshop titled “Financialization and Climate Governance.”





  • Mosaic Ambassadors Anna Franklin ’22 and Ev Alexander ’22 presented at the annual Leading & Learning: Student Educator Forum at the University of Texas at Austin, which was held virtually on February 20. Their presentation, “Mental Health Tool Kit: Caring for the Mental Health of Our Communities Using Bystander Intervention,” explored the connections between mental health and systemic and cultural forms of harm. Franklin and Alexander also provided tools and resources to help participants actively intervene in harmful situations. 





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson’s review of Rajeshwari Dutt’s book Empire on Edge: The British Struggle for Order in Belize during Yucatán’s Caste War, 1847–1901 was recently published in The American Historical Review.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Jr. Library Center Alexia Riggs presented alongside library leaders from Biola University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and East Texas Baptist University at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) 2022 International Forum on February 12. The panel, titled “Your Innovative Friend: The Library,” presented study findings and examples to presidents, provosts, and other academic leaders from CCCU institutions regarding the value of libraries and the benefits of collaboration across academic campuses. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper delivered a virtual guest lecture for the John Bird lecture series at Cardiff University (Wales). Titled “‘… and God and Everything Noble’: Margaret Bonds and the Montgomery Variations,” the lecture was an updated version of a lecture given for the University of Iowa in December 2021.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre and Paideia Director Sergio Costola and Jaime Hotaling ’23 presented a paper titled “Theatre Education at the Crossroads: Lessons Learned during the Pandemic” at the 2022 American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment, held February 10–12 in San Diego, California.





  • Associate Director of Intramural and Recreation Activities Anna Castillo will receive the Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 29. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional performance in leadership and development of NIRSA programs, policies, events, special projects, or committees. A full description of the award and criteria appears on the NIRSA website.





  • Recently retired Professor of English and holder of the McManis University Chair Helene Meyers recently published two reviews of films that focus on reproductive justice. Her review of Aftershock, a documentary on the epidemic of Black maternal mortality, appeared on the Lilithblog, and her review of My So-Called Selfish Life, a documentary on childfree women, was published by the Jewish Women’s Archive blog.





  • Recently retired Professor of English and holder of the McManis University Chair Helene Meyers talked about her new book Movie-Made Jewson the Revealerpodcast, hosted by New York University’s Center for Media and Religion. An excerpt from her book was also published in the February issue of the Revealer online magazine.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Raji Kunapuli received a $4,000 grant through PREDOC to employ student research assistants in her scholarship. Kunapuli was selected during a nationwide application process for social science researchers in December 2021.





  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks recently participated in a podcast called Conversations About Cocoa where she discussed her educational journey to becoming a “chocolate expert.” Host Lauren Heineck, a chocolate educator and moderator of the Facebook group for chocolate professionals Well Tempered, spoke with Burks about her mission in education, the chocolate industry, and how studying apple snails translates into understanding more about the genetics of cacao (the plant from which chocolate comes) and vice versa. You can access the podcast on Heineck’s website.





  • Associate Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski was awarded a grant from Organic Syntheses Inc. for summer research at a principally undergraduate institution. This award is sponsored by a nonprofit that specializes in publishing extremely scalable and reproducible scientific results. It will provide Gesinski with $16,000 over two years to fund student research on his project involving gold-catalysis.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper gave the keynote lecture (virtually) for the two-day Florence Price Celebration jointly hosted by the University of the Incarnate Word and Texas Lutheran University. Titled “Hear Her Voice: On the Challenges of ‘Rediscovering’ Florence B. Price,” Cooper’s talk included recordings of two of his recently published editions of previously unknown music by Price. It also included a recording of the posthumous premiere of another song that remains unpublished, “Brown Arms (To Mother),” an otherwise utterly unknown composition that contemplates what must have been one of the most painful episodes in Price’s entire life: her mixed-race mother’s abandonment of her entire Arkansas family (including Price) to live a life passing as white in Indianapolis—forever. 





  • Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer published a chapter titled “Semester-long Projects in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum” in a new edited volume, Active Learning in the Analytical Chemistry Curriculum. The book was published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as part of the ACS Symposium Series. The peer-reviewed pedagogical chapter discusses the implementation and assessment of semester-long projects in undergraduate analytical chemistry lab courses. The chapter was coauthored with Angela González-Mederos of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico–San Germán and Tom Wenzel of Bates College and stems from the group’s collaboration during national active-learning workshops for analytical chemistry faculty. 





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson was invited to join the editorial board of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, the leading journal for political and legal anthropology. She will serve a three-year term.





  • Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer, Eunice Bajomo ’19, Melanie Aing ’18, and Luke Ford ’19 published an article titled “Chemotyping of Commercially Available Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) Varieties: Cultivar and Morphotype Influence Phenolic Acid Composition and Antioxidant properties” in Elsevier’s NFS Journal. The peer-reviewed article discusses a collaborative project that involved growing 22 basil varieties from seed (~100 plants), harvesting the basil leaves, and analyzing their chemical composition. The research was supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation and Southwestern’s Herbert and Kate Dishman endowment.





  • Part-time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has been teaching and coaching young talents in the greater Austin area. Two of her students won the final round of auditions as the first cellist and eighth cellist in the 2021–2022 All-State Symphony Orchestra (highest-level orchestra) sponsored by the Texas Music Educator Association, and three of her students from St. Stephen’s School won their auditions for the Texas Private School Music Educator Association (TPSMEA) 2021–2022 All-State Orchestra. 





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated virtually in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2022 Annual Meeting, which took place January 19–24 in Washington, D.C. Berroth is a member of the Southwestern team of faculty and staff participating in the 2022–2023 Institute on ePortfolios, which offers strategies to broaden student engagement. AAC&U, in collaboration with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), is leading the Institute on ePortfolios, utilizing a year-of-engagement model. 





January 2022

  • Under the direction of founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson and with the assistance of renowned pianist Anton Nel, six-time Grammy-winning chorus Conspirare will perform a concert on February 15 featuring pieces from Margaret Bonds that Professor of Music Michael Cooper has unearthed, edited, and published. The program was designed in consultation with Cooper and consists entirely of compositions he edited. The finale will be Bonds’s inspiring and magisterial setting of the W. E. B. Du Bois’s prose poem “Credo”—a musical social-justice manifesto the likes of which the world had never seen before and has never seen since. For more information, visit the Conspirare website.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Katharine AhaCatherine Hiebel ’22, and Linsey Jensen ’23 presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, held January 12–15 in San Antonio, Texas. Their paper, “Radical Right Success in East Central Europe,” was part of a panel titled “Right-Wing Populism, Nationalism, and Democracy.” Their research started as part of the 2021 SCOPE program. 





  • Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones organized a panel titled “Reproducing the Nation: Midwives, Mothers, and Citizenship across the Americas” for the American Historical Association 135th Annual Meeting, held January 6–9 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to Hernández Berrones, the panel included scholars studying the medicalization of motherhood in 20th century Colombia and the practice and regulation of midwifery in New Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Hernández Berrones presented a paper titled “Birthing the Children of the Revolution: The Practice of Midwifery in Mexico City, 1920–1940” where, using clinical histories written by midwives, he shows the role that gender, class, new medical knowledge, space, and patient-doctor-midwife relationships played in the birthing room during the construction of a national public health system in Mexico. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper published two short choruses by Margaret Bonds with Hildegard Publishing Company. Titled “No Man Has Seen His Face” and “Touch the Hem of His Garment,” the two works were written in the spring of 1968 and exemplify Bonds’s commitment to providing high-quality music for both amateur and professional choruses.





  • Five Southwestern students had the opportunity to extend their coursework and research experience beyond the classroom with poster presentations at the Texas Conservation Symposium, which was cosponsored by Southwestern and the Williamson County Conservation Foundation. The students all had the opportunity to interact with keynote speaker Kelly Ramirez, assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and cofounder of 500 Women Scientists. Three of the presentations built on work the students did during the fall 2021 Conservation Biology course taught by Professor of Biology Romi Burks. These presentations, each of which delved into analyzing a particular Texas ecoregion, included the following:

    • Katherine Montgomery  ’23: “The Blackland Prairies in 2050: Never Lost, Just Too Often Forgotten”
    • Lauren Wheat  ’23: “Edwards Plateau 2050: Need for Increased Conservation of Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo Nesting Habitat”
    • Nicole Ratjak  ’22: “2050 at the Beach? Conservation Concerns for the Future of the Texas Gulf Coast and Prairies Ecosystem”

    In addition, two students mentored by Burks in the Molecular Aquatic Ecology Lab, Lillian Dolapchiev ’23 and Cynthia Bashara ’23, presented their research from the 2021 SCOPE program titled “Escar-go to San Antonio: Using Environmental DNA to Detect the Non-native Invasive Species Pomacea maculata.” 

    Both Montgomery and Dolapchiev received recognition for outstanding presentations. Michael Gervasi ’23 also had his poster, “Trans Pecos 2050,” on display. You can view the ecoregions posters on Burks’s website.

    Professor of Biology Ben Pierce and Assistant Professor of Biology Jennie DeMarco also gave presentations on their research, “Relative Tail Width as an Indication of Body Condition in Central Texas Euryceasalamanders” and “Invasive Species Litter Quality Alters Ecosystem Function through Enhanced Litter Decomposition Independent of Drought Conditions,” respectively. Pierce works each year to organize this symposium on behalf of Southwestern.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans delivered two papers at the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, held virtually and in person January 6–9 in Washington, D.C.. The first was part of an environmental humanities roundtable titled “Apocalyptic Realisms”; the second was part of a panel titled “The Unforeseeable,” sponsored by the Prose Fiction Forum.





  • Professor of Religion Laura Hobgood was invited to appear for a second interview on the NPR broadcast “Dog Talk (and Kitties Too).” The focus of the interview was her book Holy Dogs and Asses: Animals in the Christian Tradition. It will air in February.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans published a review of Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Termination Shock,in the Los Angeles Review of Books





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere delivered a paper at the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, held January 6–9 in Washington, D.C. Her paper, “Pivotingand Other Words I’ll Never Use Again,” was delivered remotely when infection rates and travel conditions shifted most of the conference online. The paper was part of a panel commemorating the forthcoming publication of “Unprecedented Disruptions: Nineteenth-Century Scholars Reflect on 2020,” an issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts Cleere coedited.





December 2021

  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2021” in Lilith Magazine’s blog.





  • A profile of Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers appeared in The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s online publication.





  • Professor and Garey Chair of Mathematics Alison Marr coauthored an article titled “D-Magic Oriented Graphs” that was published in a special edition of the journal Symmetry, Graph Labelings and Their Applications.” The paper was written with Rino Simanjuntak from the Bandung Institute of Technology.





  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal designed a 1930s scenic setting of a fictional KPNF radio station for Penfold Theatre in Austin. The audience experiences the arrival of a small company of virtuosic voice actors who perform multiple roles in the radiocast of A Miracle on 34th Streetusing live Foley sound effects. The load-in and installation was assisted by Southwestern student Dusty Cutler ’25. The production runs December 9–19.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre and Paideia Director Sergio Costola collaborated with Olly Crick on a book to be published by Routledge in December 2021. The book, titled The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell’Arte, examines commedia dell’arte as a performative genre and one that should be analyzed through the framework of dramaturgy and dramaturgical practice. 





  • Professor of Music Kiyoshi Tamagawa was the piano soloist in a December 2 performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, by the Westwood High School Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Joshua Thompson. The orchestra’s past honors include being selected as an Honor Orchestra by the Texas Music Educators Association and being invited to perform at the national Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Last month, 12 of the group’s string players were selected for the Texas All-State Orchestra. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper wrote the program note for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Digital Stage performance of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, airing December 8–15. Composed in 1938–1939, the work marks the beginning of a new period in Price’s creative life. She was obviously aware of its originality, trying for several years after its premiere to secure a second performance. Despite her previous successful track record as symphonist, these efforts were in vain, and her correspondence makes the reason plain: “To begin with I have two handicaps—those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins.” The Philadelphia rendition marks this important composition’s first complete performance by a top five U.S. orchestra. 





  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sara Massey coauthored an article titled “Redox Conditions Correlated with Vibronic Coupling Modulate Quantum Beats in Photosynthetic Pigment-Protein Complexes” that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The paper was coauthored with scientists at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.





  • Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe and former students Madeline Carrola ’19, Dakota Cortez ’19, and Mary Jalufka ’18 published a peer-reviewed article titled “‘I Live Here’: How Residents of Color Experience Racialized Surveillance and Diversity Ideology in a Liberal Predominantly White Neighborhood” in the journal Social Currents. In the article, they identify digital and in-person racialized surveillance as a key mechanism that enforces racialized boundaries in publicly accessible neighborhood spaces and highlight how Black and Latinx residents in particular navigate these practices.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper consulted with the Boston-based Convergence Ensemble on a program titled “American Voice in Poetry in Song II,” writing the program note and offering a short virtual lecture for a virtual concert that aired on December 4. The program included works by John Wesley Work III on poems by Maria Howard Weeden and Myrtle Vorst Sheppard, works by Florence Price and Margaret Bonds on poems by Langston Hughes, and a selection of spirituals.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper gave a virtual lecture for the Musicology, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology Colloquium of the University of Iowa titled “‘With Love, Devotion to the Negro Race and Humanity …’: Margaret Bonds and the Social Work of The Montgomery Variations.” The Montgomery Variations, a 23-minute set of programmatic variations on the spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” for large orchestra, is a work that Cooper discovered during archival research in 2018, edited that same year, and published with Hildegard Publishing Company in 2020. In October 2021, it was recorded by the award-winning Minnesota Orchestra. Margaret Bonds’s lifelong work as an advocate for racial justice and gender justice is well known, and Cooper’s paper situates The Montgomery Variationsin the context of the composer’s increasingly ambitious projects that she mounted in the service of those goals, portraying it as a series of snapshots of major events of the civil rights movement, including the Montgomery bus boycott (1955), the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing (1963), and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to participate in the 17th International Convention of German Teachers, which will convene in Vienna, Austria, August 15–20. Berroth will be part of an international group of 30 Ortslektoren, or teachers of German collaborating with DAAD worldwide to promote the study of German language, literature, and culture. 





  • The Department of Communication Studies took the National Communication Association (NCA) 107th Annual Convention by storm the weekend before Thanksgiving in Seattle. Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self, and Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar all presented research and participated in roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, including queer motherhood (Self), surveillance during transformative moments (Bahrainwala), comedy and social change (Renegar), and Cardi B (Moreira). In total, they participated in 12 different research presentations or discussions. 

     

    The faculty members also formed the cheering section when Moreira won the 2021 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award from NCA’s Feminist and Gender Studies Division and Self won the 2021 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Because NCA is the largest professional organization for communication scholars, these presentations and awards designate an especially high level of achievement.

     





November 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira engaged in a number of activities at the 2021 National Communication Association Annual Convention in Seattle. She presented the following papers:

    • “‘Didn’t She Used to Sell that WAP?’: Cardi B, Clashing Femininities, and Political Discourse on Twitter” in a paper session sponsored by the Feminist and Gender Studies Division
    • “Leaving the Precarious Liberal Arts” in a paper session sponsored by the Economics, Communication, and Society Division

    Additionally, Moreira participated as a panelist in the following:

    • “Pandemic Parenthood: On Academia, Latina Motherhood, Exhaustion, and the Future,” a panel she cowrote with Raisa Alvarado that was cosponsored by the La Raza and Women’s caucuses
    • “Renewing a Commitment to Mentorship in La Raza Caucus,” an annual mentorship panel dedicated to Latina/o/x scholars in all stages of their careers

    Finally, Moreira completed her third and final year as the parliamentarian of the joint business meeting of the Latino/a Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus.





  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson  organized and participated in a roundtable session cosponsored by the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the American Ethnology Society titled “Embodying Praxis: Everyday Work Toward a Liberatory Anthropology” at the 2021 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 20. One of the other roundtable participants was Cristina Alcalde, formerly of Southwestern, who now is vice president for institutional diversity and inclusion and professor of global and intercultural studies at Miami University in Ohio.





  • An excerpt from Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition, a recent book by Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers, was published in the fall issue of Lilith Magazine.





  • Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center Alexia Riggs published a review of the book Let’s Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education in Choice Library Journal(vol. 59, issue 7).





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a recorded talk titled “The Unique Experiences of Heritage Spanish Speakers Studying Abroad” with her collaborator Tammy Jandrey Hertel (University of Lynchburg) at the 2021 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, which was held virtually November 19–21.





  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen wrote the foreword in Searching for the Ideal School around the World: School Tourism and Performative Autoethnographic-Weby Alys Mendus (Brill).





  • Assistant Professor of Physics Cody Crosby gave a poster presentation titled “Phototunable Interpenetrating Polymer Network Hydrogels Stimulate iPSC-EP Vasculogenesis” at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society 6th World Congress, held virtually November 15–19. 





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has been teaching and coaching Austin-area young talents. Her students have won auditions as the first cellist for both middle school and high school all-region orchestras in 2021. It was announced this week that two of her students won cello auditions for the 2022 All-State Symphony Orchestra (highest-level orchestra) sponsored by the Texas Music Educator Association. She is also the cello teacher for a top high school cellist, Yochen Zhong, who recently won second place for cello (age group D) in the 2021 King’s Peak International Music Competition.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth was invited by the Goethe-Institut Washington, D.C., to participate in a two-day conference held November 11–12 in Berlin, Germany. The conference brought together representatives from current and potential partner programs to explore participation in a digital transnational education network currently active in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Austria. Topics included education on sustainable development, peace and conflict studies, and transcultural communication. Through this network, the Goethe-Institut provides a structure for promoting transcultural learning, exchange, and the exploration of shared values. Berroth looks forward to exploring collaborations with Associate Professor of German Liesl Allingham at the University of the South, who was also invited to the conference.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper gave an invited lecture for the Juilliard School titled “‘And I must go farther …’: Margaret Bonds and the Credo of W.E.B. Du Bois.” The paper was a thoroughly overhauled version of a talk that Cooper gave earlier this year for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the University of California, Irvine, now revised to foreground documents that reveal Bonds’s thinking about her inheritance from her family—especially her mother—and her responsibility to her heritage as an African American, an artist, and a woman.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper completed the first installment of his work as a member of the Leadership Council of the three-part festival titled “The Souls of Black Folk: Rediscovering Black Classical Music,” a historic event offered in Washington, D.C., by the PostClassical Ensemble. In addition to designing most of the program, which included three posthumous premieres of music by Margaret Bonds and Florence Price and performances of other important marginalized works by Black classical composers, Cooper helped select the performers, wrote a characteristically windy, obtuse, and vaguely sanctimonious program note, gave an on-air live interview with host David Rabin on WPFW-FM, and participated in an after-concert roundtable moderated by Jenn White, permanent host of the national 1A radio program. 





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari led the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) in the second concert of its “Reunited” season on October 30. The costumed orchestra presented a Halloween-themed program titled “ACO Spooktacular!” and featured music by Moussorgsky, Berlioz, Holst, Grieg, and John Williams.





  • On November 1 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, part-time Assistant Professor of Applied Music Katherine Altobello ’99 was the mezzo-soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 79 alongside soprano Jenny Ohrstrom, bass-baritone Gil Zilkha, oboist Rebecca Fairweather-Haskins, cellist Matthew Arbruster, organist Austin Haller, and the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church choir (conducted by Tim O’Brien). 





  • Associate Professor of Business Debika Sihi published her coauthored paper “Implementing Big Data Analytics in Marketing Departments: Mixing Organic and Administered Approaches to Increase Data-Driven Decision Making” in Informatics. The paper examines different strategies utilized by marketing departments to become more data-driven in their decision making.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala’s article titled “Shithole Rhetorics” was the lead article in the August 2021 issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.





  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology Naomi Reed recently participated in WAIL, a community grief ritual performance commemorating the Sugar Land 95. She also presented on an invited panel discussion hosted by Diverse Works and the African American Library at the Gregory School titled “Unshackling History: Convict Leasing Camps in Sugar Land, TX.” Reed presented her research on the white redemptive ways in which the local school district, city, and county are responding to the discovery of the Sugar Land 95.





  • Part-time Assistant Professor of Applied Music and Opera Julia Taylor will be the soprano soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Austin on December 7 at Riverbend Centre and December 11 at St. Matthew’s Episopal Church.





  • Internship and Employment Developer Austin Painchaud  ’13 was selected as a member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class 15. The Emerge program brings together community-minded, high-potential rising leaders dedicated to building meaningful relationships and developing leadership skills to make a difference in the Greater Austin community. Emerge provides an exceptional opportunity to connect with leaders from across the region while strengthening the critical skills necessary for community leadership roles.





  • Professor and Austin Term Chair in English Eileen Cleere reviewed My Victorian Novel: Critical Essays in the Personal Voice,edited by Annette R. Federico, for the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts. The review appeared in volume 43, issue 4.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor and Senior Director of Integrative and Community-Engaged Learning Sarah Brackmann are thrilled to share that the 2020 National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement reports, which present national voter turnout data for students at colleges and universities as well as specific data for member schools, have been released.

     

    The 2020 voting rate on SU’s campus was 70.8%–higher than the national average (66%) and a 20% increase over our voting rate in the 2016 presidential election (50%). These successes wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of several SU students. Eugenia Agobe ’23, alex bell 21, Erica Burley ’22, Antonio Esparza’22, Anna Franklin 22, Emily Gilby ’21, Alesha Lewis ’21, Juan Mojica ’22, Maureen Rendon ’21, Rachel Thompson ’23, and Josh Tenorio ’23 worked to register and turn out their classmates in spite of the pandemic and ever-changing Texas voting laws. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper has been chosen as a recipient of the Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music from the Music Library Association. The award will go toward supporting Cooper’s archival research for the first book-length biography of composer Margaret Bonds.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated in the 46th Annual Coalition of Women in German (WiG) Conference, which convened virtually November 4–7. As chair of the WiG Dissertation Prize Committee, Berroth presented the 2020 award to Melissa Elliot for her nuanced work on the narratives of film music in East German DEFA movies. Berroth presented a poster on her collaboration with Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone in mentoring research assistants to create an open educational resource with documents and artifacts from Uta Merzbach’s estate. Berroth highlighted research on how humanities-based faculty-student research projects, digital-humanities projects, and research assistantships increase opportunities for high impact experiences particularly for students of languages, literatures, and cultures.





  • Professor of Music Kiyoshi Tamagawa performed on November 7 with Suzanne Jacobson and Cory Blais, concertmaster and principal cellist, respectively, of the Temple Symphony Orchestra, as part of the symphony’s 2021–2022 season. The fall performances feature members of the orchestra and guests in chamber music concerts, with full orchestra performances set to resume in the spring. The program included trios by Mozart, Beethoven, and award-winning contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon.





  • Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar  presented a paper titled “Figuring the Cost of Automobility: Roadside Car Crash Shrines as the Materialization of Collective Trauma” at the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility (T2M) 19th Annual Conference. The conference was hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, but conducted virtually from November 3–5. 





  • At the 2021 Lt Brain Trust held virtually November 2–3, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jennifer Stokes presented “Using Google Tools to Enhance Student Engagement and Collaboration in Remote, Hybrid, or In-person Courses.” Stokes discussed how Google tools (e.g., Docs, Slides, Forms, and Jamboard) can be used in remote, hybrid, and in-person classes to engage students both during and outside of scheduled class time. She shared examples of how these tools were formatted for use as formative and summative assessments as well as interactive, collaborative activities, in addition to student feedback and data on learning and retention. The Lt Brain Trust is an annual international conference for science educators, who are invited to showcase innovative educational practices.





  • Professor and Joanne Powers Austin Term Chair in English Eileen Cleere coedited a volume of Nineteenth-Century Contextsdevoted to the unprecedented disruptions of 2020. Her introduction to the special issue, cowritten with Professors George Robb (William Paterson University) and Narin Hassan (Georgia Tech), is titled “Zooming In: Epidemic, Pandemic, Endemic.”





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans and Southwestern students Coleen Roche ’22 and Elena Welsh ’23 presented a paper titled “Public Humanities Pedagogy for the Present” on the panel “Social Media and the Public Sphere” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. The paper detailed the methods and findings of the team’s summer 2021 faculty-student research project and reflected on how the project changed their perspectives on collaborative humanities research and public-facing literary scholarship.





  • Michael Martinez  ’15 recently earned his doctorate in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and was awarded the principal trombone position at the Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra.





  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel was invited to review the recently published book Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film for The Journal of Dress History, published by the Association of Dress Historians. The review appeared in the winter 2021 issue.





  • Music alumnus Jason Schayot ’97 has been nominated for the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum’s 2022 Music Educator Award.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published an article titled “Shakespeare and Linguistic Change” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare. Saenger also presented a talk titled “Addressing Challenges in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Toward a Better Understanding and Use of Key Terms in Combating BDS and Israel Delegitimization”





October 2021

  • Senior computational mathematics major Emily Thompson’22 presented “Using Neural Ordinary Differential Equations (NODEs) to Create Models of Complex Curves” at the 16th Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held virtually October 30. The work is from her ongoing mathematics capstone project supervised by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton.





  • Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented a paper titled “Questions of Sincerity in Cooperative Polls” at the 18th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering held virtually October 24–27. The paper was coauthored with Miryam Galvez ’23 and Chris Ojonta ’23, who were research assistants with Anthony during fall 2020. Using Python to analyze the responses of simulated polls, the authors demonstrated that there are reasons to question how the idea of sincerity from voting theory transfers to the approval voting that takes place in cooperative polls. The paper was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series.





  • Associate Professor of Business Debika Sihi participated on a panel about innovations to connect students with industry practice at the Marketing Management Association Conference, held virtually October 13–15. Sihi also presented her research project titled “Remaining Relevant and Renewing Perceptions: The Use of Interactive Marketing by Small Businesses during Operational Disruptions” at the Interactive Marketing Research Conference, held virtually October 20–22 and 25–26 and hosted by the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala gave a guest talk at a graduate-level seminar in communication theory at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bahrainwala talked about the role of disability in anti-Muslim sentiment and anti-Blackness. Students read and responded to her “Blind Submission” article, which looks at bizarre videos of blindfolded Muslim men offering hugs to passersby.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a residency at the Deutsches Literatur Archiv and Collegienhaus in Marbach, Germany. The residency is cosponsored by the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft and the Max Kade Foundation. Berroth is completing research on contemporary German-Croatian author Marica Bodrožić, whose recent publication, Pantherzeit, offers poetic reflections on the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in Germany and around the world.





  • Two songs from part-time Instructor of Applied Music Adrienne Inglis’s recently commissioned song cycle “Most Importantly, Loves” were premiered October 16–17 by soprano Maureen Broy Papovich and pianist Joseph Choi during Inversion Ensemble’s Through the Prismconcert. The Concordia Singers performed the live in-person premiere of her piece “La Ciudad Sumergida” on October 24 at the Concordia University Texas Chapel. Chaski will perform her pieces “Newt” and “A Noiseless Patient Spider” on November 21 at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library.





  • Southwestern University was well represented at the 11th Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference, held October 20–23 in Baltimore, Maryland. The SU Racial History Project presented a panel featuring research from both 2020 and 2021 SCOPE projects. The panel included:

      • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson: “The Southwestern Racial History Project: An Overview”
      • Kristine Velez ’22 (Anthropology): “McKenzie College: A Plantation on the Edge of Indigenous Territory”
      • Saul Zuniga ’22 (History): “Soule University, Slavery, and the Confederacy”
      • Juan Mojica ’22 (Anthropology): “Hispanics, Methodism, and the Reproduction of Whiteness”
      • Rini Mannankara ’22 (Political Science and Anthropology): “The Presence and Representation of Blackness in the 1960s and 1970s at Southwestern University”

    In addition, SU alumna Esther S. Ramos-Garcia ’19 (Latin American and Border Studies), who is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas in the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies program, presented “Accompanando Ninos Migrantes ‘No Accompanados’: A Feminist Geopolitical Perspective on Central American Unaccompanied Minors in U.S. Long-Term Foster Care (LTFC)” as part of a panel titled “Asylum in Crisis.”





  • Associate Professor of History Jessica S. Hower co-organized two panels for the Northeast Conference on British Studies Annual Conference, which took place virtually October 22–23. For the first panel, “Queen Mary I and Lady Jane Grey: Contemporary Perspectives and Representations,” she presented a paper titled, “‘Most Rightful Enheritoure of the Crowne Imperial of England’: Mary I, Lady Jane Grey, and the Power of Historical Precedent.” For the second, “Queen Mary I and Lady Jane Grey: Posthumous Perspectives and Representations,” she served as chair. Both panels came out of a new collection of 10 original essays Hower is coediting with Valerie Schutte on mid-Tudor queenship, currently under contract with Palgrave Macmillan and slated for publication in late 2022 or early 2023.





  • At the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans presided over the Environment and Culture Caucus’s professional development panel, “Teaching for Justice: A Pedagogy Working Session,” and chaired and presented on a session titled “Extinction Rebellion: A Roundtable on the Performative Politics of Revolt,” where she discussed both the disruptive and the theatrical elements of Extinction Rebellion and other environmental justice movements and the popular and media attention paid to each.





  • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair presented a paper at the International Conference of Hispanic Women Filmmakers titled “Burying Ashes and Making Dust: Memorial Acts in the Latin American Road Movie.” The paper analyzed how Ecuadorian film director Tania Hermida subverts and decenters the traditional (Hollywood) characteristics of road films to represent a Latin American and feminist perspective. 





  • Professor of Religion Laura Hobgood was interviewed for the NPR show “Dog Talk” (Radio Pet Lady Network, Long Island). The show will air in 4–6 weeks and features information from Hobgood’s book A Dog’s History of the World





  • Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented a paper titled “Using the UCSC Genome Browser in a Database Course” at the 30th Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Rocky Mountain Conference, held virtually October 15–16. This work was based on a lab activity Anthony designed and piloted in the spring 2018 database management course and has used in every subsequent offering. The peer-reviewed article will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira  has won the 2021 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award from the National Communication Association’s (NCA’s) Feminist and Gender Studies Division for her book Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk  (Peter Lang, 2021). The annual award honors a recently published scholarly book in the field of communication that interrogates questions related to feminism, women studies, and gender. Moreira will be presented with the award in November at the NCA 107th Annual Convention in Seattle.





  • Professor of Sociology and Morenz Endowed Professor Maria Lowe has been invited to serve a three-year term on the American Sociological Association’s Honors Program Advisory Panel (2022–2024) and a one-year term on the Southern Sociological Society’s Program Committee (2022). 





  • Professor of Spanish and Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Endowed Professor Katy Ross presented a talk titled “Faculty-Student Research in Spanish” at the virtual 2021 Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, held October 7–9.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth was invited to give a lecture and lead a workshop at Sewanee University of the South, contributing to a series of events for German Campus Week on October 8.  Berroth’s talk, “Cultures of Environmentalism in Germany: Learning to Care,” addressed the larger Sewanee community, while the workshop on environmental activism engaged students of German specifically. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington D.C., and the Department of German and German Studies at Sewanee.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper is serving as musicological consultant for season two of the ONEcomposer initiative, focusing on Margaret Bonds (with cameos from Florence Price). The official launch features a series of scholarly commentary videos by Cooper, together with stunning performances of works by Bonds and Price given by award-winning soprano Karen Slack and pianist Michelle Cann, as well as bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers. Cooper’s recently published and soon-to-be-published editions of these works by Bonds and Price are the source of most of the performances. Cooper’s narcolepsy-inducing commentaries can be viewed along with those beautiful performances at the ONEcomposer website.





  • Associate Professor of History Jessica S. Hower was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of her contribution to historical scholarship. Fellowships are awarded to those who have made an original contribution to the discipline of history, normally through the authorship of a book.





  • Professor of Political Science Bob Snyder’s paper titled “Ideology and Global Conflicts: Revolutionary Actors and Their Opposition to Liberalism” was published in the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.





  • Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer and Associate Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski  published a chapter in the book Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching  (University of Cincinnati Press, 2021). In their chapter, titled “Active Learning Pedagogies in the Introductory and Organic Chemistry Curriculum: Increasing Student Persistence and Success,” Niemeyer and Gesinski chronicle the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s move to active learning pedagogies and the effect these changes have had on improving retention of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields. More information about the book can be found on the University of Cincinnati Libraries website .





  • Assistant Professor of Business Raji Kunapuli’s co-authored paper titled “Seeking Input When the Train Has Left the Station: The Decoupling of Participative Strategic Decision-Making Processes and the Role of New Technology in Symbolic Management” was published in the journal Strategic Organization.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth was invited to be a featured speaker at the Belmont University 20th Annual Humanities Symposium: Reading as a Radical Act, which convened in Nashville, Tennessee, from September 27 to October 4. Berroth’s presentation, “Read to Me! Read with Me! Increasing Awareness of Diversity and Inclusion for Readers and Listeners of All Ages,” addressed the power of reading as a social activity in contemporary German cultures, featuring examples from children’s books, poetry slams, the 20th anniversary of Vienna’s One City–One Book project, and the importance of overcoming the one-inch barrier (i.e., the reluctance to read subtitles of films telling stories from other languages and cultures). Berroth also designed a related quiz that Belmont students took to earn their Wellcore Cultural Well-Being credits.





September 2021

  • Students Dane Parker ’22, Campbell Duffy ’22, Jaime Hotaling ’23, Harrison Jones ’23, Oskar Brian ’22, and Jessica Workman ’22 performed G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventon September 29 for the two respondents of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and received three Meritorious Achievements for Innovative Theatre Practices, Outstanding Ensemble, and Support of New Work. Hotaling and Duffy were also nominated for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Award. G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventwas directed by part-time Assistant Professor of Theatre CB Goodman and is part of Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola’s 2022–2023 faculty-student project.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long were interviewed for a story for the online magazine Grist. The story, “Can Climate Fiction Deliver Climate Justice?” by Maddie Stone, was published on September 28. Among other subjects, the article discusses a Southwestern summer 2021 faculty–student research project, “Climate Literature and Climate Literacy,” led by Evans with two current Southwestern English students, Coleen Roche ’23 and Elena Welsh ’23.





  • Assistant Professor Sociology Erika Grajeda published an article titled “Worker Centres and Coming Out Politics in Migrant Struggles” in the journal Citizenship Studies.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers was interviewed by Alma, a Jewish culture website that prides itself on being “feminist and full of chutzpah,” about her new book Movie-Made Jews: An American TraditionRead the interview.





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari led the Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) in its first live concert since February 2020 on September 26, 2021. The ACO presented its program, titled “Come for the Music, Stay for the Flowers,” in a performance at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The concert featured the different, separate sections of the orchestra and included the music of Piazzolla, Newbold, Vivaldi, Balmages, Reich, R. Strauss, and Di Lorenzo.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooperwrote the program note for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of Florence B. Price’s Symphony No. 4 in D minor, to be released on the orchestra’s Digital Stage on October 13. The symphony was composed in 1945 but only recently discovered and published; it represents a substantially different approach to the genre of the symphony compared to Price’s previous symphonies and tenders perhaps her most overt musical commentary on the war. 





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper  made his first (and probably last) foray into phrenological musicology, or perhaps musicological phrenology, with a virtual guest lecture for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro music program. Titled “Disorderly Inspiration: Hector Berlioz’s Idée Fixe, the Clash of Tradition and Modernity, and the Episode in the Life of an Artist,” the lecture showed how Berlioz, who studied medicine before his descent into music, appropriated the technique of using a specific musical theme to represent an extramusical fixation or monomania from the pseudoscientific phrenological research of F. J. Gall and J. G. Spuzheim, specifically the first two volumes of their Anatomie et Physiologie Système Nerveux en Général, et du Cerveau en Particulier.  Of this pseudopsychiatry was born great art: Berlioz used Gall’s and Spurzheim’s concept to invent the technique of the (musical) idée fixe in his Symphonie Fantastique  and other works, a technique that became foundational to later Romantic music. 





  • The lab of Assistant Professor of Physics Cody Crosby was recently featured in a KXAN News story, which was picked up by NBC affiliates in Denver, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. 





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans  published an article in the journal American Literature titled “ Geomemory and Genre Friction: Infrastructural Violence and Plantation Afterlives in Contemporary African American Novels .” The article is drawn from the fourth chapter of her current book project and is part of a joint special issue of American Literature and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities  titled “The Infrastructure of Emergency.”





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth hosted the 4th Biannual Joint Conference of the North Texas, Houston, and South Texas Chapters of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) September 17–18. The virtual conference brought together over 60 German educators at the high school and college levels, promoting the sharing of scholarship, outreach, mentoring, and networking. Berroth presented a research paper titled “Lies Mir Vor! Lies Mit Mir! Anregungen Zur Inklusion in Kinder- und Bilderbüchern” on current publications for ages three and up that promote empathy around themes of diversity and inclusion for young audiences as well as adult readers through complex connections of images and text and “Mehrfachadressierung”—strategies engaging multiple audiences across generations. Berroth mentored Melina Boutirs ’22, a German and education double major, who presented research completed for her German capstone, “German-language Hip Hop in Modern Language Teaching and Learning: Increasing Social Justice and Diversity in the Curriculum,” that was well-received by teachers seeking to integrate contemporary German music topics into their curricula. 





  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci was recently awarded the American Psychological Foundations 2021 Division 1–Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins Grant. The grant will support research on the development of an animal model of puberty delay and gender-affirming hormone treatment to better understand the long-term outcomes of puberty suppression and adult hormone treatment in the context of gender transition. Mary Whiton Calkins was the first woman to preside as president of the American Psychological Association in 1905.





  • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu recently published a peer-reviewed article titled “An All-Divine Love: Conjugal Love Versus Romantic Love in Lafayette’s Princesse de Clèves” in the interdisciplinary French literature journal Cahiers du Dix-septième.





  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology Naomi Reed was invited to present her research findings on the Sugar Land 95 at the virtual Sugar Land and African American History: Convict Leasing and its Legacies in Current Scholarship, Education, and Activism Conference held September 10–11. Reed presented on the relationship between white racial identity formation in Fort Bend County and the ways in which the city and local school district have made invisible the historical injuries suffered by the 94 Black men and one woman who worked the sugar plantations that provided the economic foundation of what is today Sugar Land, Texas.





  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci recently published an article that was a collaboration across three countries investigating the patterning of male sexual behavior in two strains of rats. The article, “Male Rat Sexual Behavior: Insights from Inter-Copulatory Intervals,” was published in Behavioral Processesthis month.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes published an article titled “Anti-Salazarism and Transnational Solidarity: Franco-Portuguese Student Activism in the 1960s” in French History and Civilization (vol. 10). Byrnes considers the role of migrants in the 1968 protests, early networks of transnational activism, connections between campus life and broader social inequities, and students’ shared strategies for opposing authoritarianism, fascism, and imperialism.





  • Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones published the chapter “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Médico Improvisado’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the 20th Century” in the volume The Gray Zones of Medicine: Healers and History in Latin America, edited by Diego Armus and Pablo F. Gómez. Through biographies of marginalized historical actors, the volume demonstrates the power of challenging traditional analytical dichotomies in the history of health and disease to illuminate the nuances and intricacies of Latin America’s medical past. In his chapter, Hernández Berrones describes the health and healing cultures in which one of the future leaders of the Mexican Revolution operated. Madero adopted spiritism and homeopathy, two innovative European practices, to find meaning in the world that surrounded him and to act upon it, inadvertently aligning with local popular health beliefs and practices and challenging the modern medical institutions that the regime he would overturn a decade later shaped.





August 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor published “Empowering and Engaging Students through Civically Engaged Research” in the journal PS: Political Science and Politics. The article, in which Sydnor argues that students gain valuable democratic skills from conducting research in conjunction with community partners, was coauthored with colleagues at Houston Community College and Queens College of Charlotte who have implemented civically engaged research projects in their classes. It is also part of a symposium in PSthat is the result of the American Political Science Association’s newly launched Institute for Civically Engaged Research. 





  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology Ed Merritt’s recent manuscript “Why Is It So Hard to Lose Fat? Because It Has to Get out through Your Nose! An Exercise Physiology Laboratory on Oxygen Consumption, Metabolism, and Weight Loss” will be published in the September issue of the journal Advances in Physiology Education.





  • Professor of Religion Laura Hobgood was interviewed and featured in an article in the September 2021 issue of The Atlantic. The article, “Why Millennials Are Obsessed With Dogs,” includes a reference to Hobgood’s book A Dog’s History of the World.





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira has won the 2021 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Anita Taylor Outstanding Award for her article “De-Whitening Intersectionality through Transfeminismo.”





  • Assistant Professor Rico Self has earned the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award for his work “Ties that Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions.” This brings Self’s awards for his dissertation up to four, and that’s not including the 2021 RSA Dissertation Award Honorable Mention he just received.





  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer  was one of four mathematicians quoted in a Scientific American  article about the mathematics community titled “ Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past .”





  • Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment Tom Delahunt  has been named to the National Association for College Admission Counseling committee on affiliate relations. He will be collaborating with leaders in college admissions and among high-school counselors from around the country to reexamine the association and its strategic plan as we enter into a demographic decline.





  • Professor of Music Lois Ferrari  conducted and presided over the Austin Civic Orchestra’s (ACO’s) three-part summer concert series, the final installment of its The Beat Goes On  virtual season. These concert programs were designed to provide the orchestra’s musicians with a safe environment in which to rehearse and perform during the current pandemic. ACO members were assigned to small chamber groups or chose to form their own groups, all with social distancing and aerosol management at the forefront of consideration. The members rehearsed for four to five weeks and then recorded their performances as virtual compilations or in person at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. The streamed events drew large appreciative virtual audiences on both the ACO Facebook page and YouTube channel. Ferrari and the ACO plan to return to the live stage for their 2021–2022 season, titled Reunited .





  • Katherine Holcomb  ’23 participated in the American Sociological Association’s 2021 Undergraduate Honors Program (held online) on August 7. She presented the paper “Fear of Crime as a Gendered Experience: Gender and Risk Perception in Public Spaces,” which was originally written for the fall 2020 sociology research methods class.





  • Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron served on a “Teaching in the Liberal Arts” remote panel for the sociology department at the Ohio State University on July 28, 2021. He also presented a paper remotely at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association on August 7, 2021. The paper, titled “‘Get Rid of That Ghetto Element’: Race, Gender, Work Sector, and Employers’ Ideal Worker Pursuits” reflected key findings from chapter 2 of his forthcoming Rose Series in Sociologybook on employment discrimination across the U.S.





  • Christopher Adams ’16, a second-year pediatric dentistry resident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, was selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee to receive a $10,000 scholarship. Adams was a varsity lacrosse player and captain of his team at Southwestern University prior to him receiving his DDS from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center–San Antonio.





  • Associate Professor of Business Debika Sihi helps different organizations develop marketing campaigns to highlight the importance of budgeting and financial literacy, stemming from her days as a volunteer with Junior Achievement. Recently, she shared insights about budgeting for college students in U.S. News & World Report.





  • Associate Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux  has accepted a position on the editorial board of the new Journal of Social Psychology Research ( JSPR ) . JSPR  is a fully open-access journal that functions as an outlet for pioneering integrative frameworks toward existing social psychology theories and concepts. This journal aims to deliver theoretical and empirical papers based on interpersonal relationships at the level of individuals and social groups. The editors encourage submissions on substantial interdisciplinary research on the theory, content, models, directions and problems of social psychology developments.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone presented a talk on making the case for digital preservation during the Society of American Archivist virtual annual meeting.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone presented a webinar titled “Bridging the Gap between Oral Historian and Archivist” with Jena Heath, associate dean of arts and humanities at St. Edward’s University, for the Texas Digital Library and Texas Oral History Association. 





July 2021

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented a research paper and coorganized and comoderated a section of four panels for the XIV Congress of the International Association for German Studies (IVG), which met in hybrid form July 26–31, 2021, in Palermo, Italy. The IVG meets every five years with the aim of promoting international cooperation in the field of German studies. This year’s motto was “Wege der Germanistik in Transkulturellen Perspektiven.“ Berroth’s contribution addresses inclusion and diversity in representations of disabilities in contemporary German cinema. Her paper opened the section “B14: Behinderungen und Herausforderungen: Disability Studies in der Germanistik.”





  • Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a paper titled “Communicating with the Dead: Roadside Car Crash Shrines as Platforms for Bridging Time, Distance, and Mortality” at the Distant Communications Virtual Conference, hosted by Midlands4Cities and the Royal Historical Society, on July 21, 2021. This interdisciplinary conference based in the U.K. brought together international scholars interested in contextualizing the remote communication practices necessitated by the pandemic through historical antecedents and material-culture analogues for communicating across spatial, temporal, and cultural distance.





  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe  was invited to be a reviewer for the Oxford Classical Dictionary  (Oxford University Press) and to be a member of the advisory board of Architectural History , the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Architectural History has been published annually by Cambridge University Press since the journal’s founding in 1958.





  • Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented an article titled “Serving Rides of Equal Importance for Time-Limited Dial-a-Ride” at the July 2021 International Conference on Mathematical Optimization Theory and Operations Research in Irkutsk-Baikal, Russia. The work, coauthored with Ananya Christman, Christine Chung, and David Yuen, shows that in certain situations such as paratransit services, no polynomial-time algorithm can be guaranteed to serve the optimal number of requests; however, the paper then provides approximation algorithms with reasonable guarantees for many practical settings. 





  • Professor of Religion Laura Hobgood  will participate as an invited international panelist to discuss the recently released book Enter the Animal  (Sydney University Press) on Tuesday, July 13. For more information or to attend the panel, see the official website .





  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux and her capstone students, Zack Bencal ’21, Erica Burley ’22, Alyssa Sucrese ’21, Sarah Woods ’21, and Michael Vitullo ’20, presented a poster titled “Just Friends? An Evolutionary Perspective on Jealousy and Extramarital Friendships” at the (virtual) annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society on June 25, 2021. Their poster was selected as one of the 12 finalists in the conference poster competition. You can watch Perilloux’s three-minute poster talk here. A copy of the poster is available here.





  • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura cotaught a virtual minicourse for instructors along with her colleagues Annalisa Crannell (Franklin & Marshall College) and Marc Frantz (Indiana University). The minicourse, titled Gaining Perspective on Geometry: IBL Activities That Use Art in Projective Geometry, ran June 8, 15, 22, and 29 through the Mathematical Association of America virtual programming and covered perspective drawing, Desargues’s Theorem, the cross ratio, and perspective collineations.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton led a week-long virtual workshop, Model Instructors in Differential Equations (MINDE), with coleaders Rosemary Farley and Patrice Tiffany (Manhattan College) and Brian Winkel (SIMIODE). This work was supported by a grant (#1940532) from the National Science Foundation.





  • An article cowritten by Professor of Spanish Katy Ross and Lizzeth Cepeda Lozano ’20, “La Adopción China en El Alfabeto de los Pájarosde Nuria Barrios,” was recently published by ConSecuencias.





  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Karen Lara had an article titled “This Is Not What I Expected: The Impact of Prior Expectations on Children’s and Adults’ Preferences and Emotions” recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology.





  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross presented a paper titled “La Ovodonación Dentro del Marco Neoliberal” at the ALCE SXXI virtual conference during the week of July 12–16.





  • Assistant Professor of Biology Kim McArthur presented her research at the annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology on July 14, 2021. In her virtual poster, titled “Behavioral Analysis of Respiratory Circuit Development in Larval Zebrafish,” McArthur presented evidence that neural circuits in the brainstem that drive breathing behaviors become functional very early in development, well before they are strictly necessary for oxygen uptake. The larval zebrafish provides a unique opportunity to study the earliest stages in neural circuit development as zebrafish develop outside of their mothers where brain cells can be observed under the microscope using noninvasive methods.





June 2021

  • Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron has been invited to serve on the board of directors of the Pease Park Conservancy in Austin, where he will work with the Vision Plan Implementation Committee as they strive to make the 84-acre park a more inclusive public space. Byron is hopeful that this service will open up opportunities for student-involved community engagement. Byron has also recently started diversity consulting work with a national finance firm and is hopeful that this will eventually open up the possibility for student internships. Finally, Byron has been invited to serve a three-year term (2021–2024) on the editorial board of the American Sociological Association’s peer-reviewed journal Socius.





  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics Noelle Sawyer published a post on the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS’s) inclusion/exclusion blog titled “Who Will Celebrate You?” In it, she calls for change in how the AMS chooses plenary speakers at its national conference and explains why it matters who is chosen to celebrate your career.





  • Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services Christine Bowman served on the faculty for the first Rural Opportunities for College Access New Mexico (ROCA NM) college camp. Drawing from high schools across the state, ROCA NM brings together a select group of rising high-school seniors and committed college counselors from around the country for four days of residential workshops at Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito campus. Whether writing essays, workshopping college lists, building camaraderie, or exploring their identity as rural students, participants in ROCA NM leave prepared to pursue their college dreams wherever they lead.





  • Associate Professor of History Jess Hower presented a paper, “The Lives and Afterlives of the Tudor Empire: Henry VII, the Cabot Voyages, and the Memory of England’s First Trans-Atlantic Encounters, 1496–1685,” at the British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World Conference, held virtually June 16–18, 2021. She also served as chair on two panels, “Global Networks of Goods and Knowledge, 1580–1700” and “Early Modern Royalty and Diplomacy.”





  • Southwestern University alumni Jose Melendez ’20 and Mikayla Miller ’19 graduated from the Rice University master of accounting program this May.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, Senior Director of Integrative & Community-Engaged Learning Sarah Brackmann, and students Antonio Esparza  ’22 and Eugenia Gabrielle Agobe  ’23 presented at the 2021 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. During their session, titled “Developing Skills and Breaking Down Barriers to Voter Engagement: Lessons Learned from the 2020 Election,” the group offered insights into their experiences encouraging student engagement through SU Votes in the lead-up to the 2020 election as well their goals for keeping the momentum going in 2021 and 2022.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented the paper “Opening Language Learning to Social Justice: Designing an OER German Curriculum” at the virtual Language Education for Social Justice conference and the 37th Summer School of Applied Language Studies hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 1–3, 2021. An international group of scholars, educators, and artists answered central questions: What does social justice have to do with language education? Why do we need to talk about social justice as language teachers, teacher educators, and researchers? How can research look at and beyond language in education with the goal of being a catalyst for critical thinking, democracy, equity, and peace? Berroth’s contribution focused on the collaborative authoring and editing of an open educational resource, Grenzenlos Deutsch , an introductory German curriculum.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jennifer Stokes presented a pedagogical research poster titled “Case-Based Critical-Thinking Exercises to Improve Student Learning and Engagement in a Hybrid A&P Course” at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s annual conference on May 23–26, 2021 (virtual). This presentation shared data collected during the spring 2021 semester on student learning, course interaction and engagement, and collaborative learning through the use of case-based critical-thinking activities and assessments. Overall, the addition of these activities and assessments increased both in-person and remote student engagement in and out of the classroom, increased instances of peer-to-peer teaching, and increased the students’ ability to apply course material to a medical case study.





  • Professor of Art History Thomas Howe  and his collaborator Professor Ingrid Rowland (Notre Dame) have just published a monograph translation into Chinese of their Vitruvius: Ten Books on Architecture  (originally published by Cambridge  University Press, 1999), 维特鲁维亚 波利奥, 关于建筑的十本书 (Beijing University Press; first edition, November 1, 2017/released 2021).





  • Professor Emeritus of English David Gaines read his poem “Changing Course” at the Poets of the Northland reading on May 26, 2021. It received the grand prize in the Duluth Dylan Festival Poetry Contest, a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday hosted by the Nobel laureate’s fans and scholars in his hometown.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger gave two invited talks recently. On April 15, he delivered the keynote, titled “Shakespeare’s Fathers,” at the distinguished lecture series Unravelling the Bard: Through Global Perspectives hosted by Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, in Chandigarh, India. On May 25, he was an invited discussant responding to Alexa Alice Joubin, professor of English, theatre, international affairs, and East Asian languages and cultures at George Washington University. This event was hosted by Haun Saussy, university professor of comparative literature at the University of Chicago. The topic was Joubin’s recent book, Shakespeare and East Asia(Oxford University Press).





  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self had a new essay published in the most recent version of Women’s Studies in Communication. “‘If You Cared about the People, You Would Have Cared about Me’: Constructing Black Trans Allyship in Chasing: Atlanta” draws on Self’s ongoing commitment to coalition building and trans communities.





May 2021

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rico Self won the Louisiana State University Department of Women and Gender Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2020–2021. His dissertation, “Ties That Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions,” explores a range of Black coalitions from rhetorical, queer, and gender dimensions. 





  • Senior Manager of Facilities Operations William “Shorty” Schwartz was inducted by Texas Association of Physical Plant Administrators (TAPPA) board members and officers as the 2021 president. TAPPA represents more than 175 Texas education organizations, including universities, community colleges, and four-year colleges, and its 400+ members are actively involved in the administration and operation of facilities at institutions whose main emphasis is education.





  • Head of Research and Instruction Services Theresa Zelasko and Research and Instruction Librarian Katherine Hooker presented a Lightning Talk titled “Turning to Video during COVID-19: Asynchronous Library Instruction” on May 7, 2021, at the Greater Austin Area Information Literacy Symposium. Zelasko and Hooker described how when they were no longer able to meet first-year students in the library because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the librarians created three videos to cover library instruction basics and set up Google Meet sessions to follow up with students about specific library tools and resources.





  • Double major in Spanish and environmental studies Jasmine Herrera ’21 and history major Saul Zuñiga ’22 presented “Mapping the Past” at the ninth Phi Alpha Theta History Conference, held at Texas State University (TSU) on April 24, 2021. Their poster was awarded first place for undergraduate virtual presentations. The poster was selected from 19 submissions by students from TSU, Baylor, and UT Dallas, and the award included an honorarium and a certificate.





  • Associate Professor of History Jessica S. Hower presented the paper “Drawing an Empire: Elizabeth I, The Armada Portrait, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World” at the Dressing a Picture: Reimagining the Court Portrait 1500–1800 conference, held virtually May 6–7, 2021. The conference was organized, sponsored, and run by the University of Cambridge, where it was originally scheduled to take place.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Economics Mohammad Khan had an article titled “Household Evacuation Planning and Preparation for Future Hurricanes: Role of Utility Service Disruptions” accepted for publication in the journal Transportation Research Record.





  • Emily Brown ’21 had two entries, “Robert Stone” and “N.M. Wilcox,” published in the Handbook of Texas. The two entries were part of her work as an I-CORPS student her junior year, when she worked on a grant-funded project to process the collections of the two local Georgetown photographers held in Southwestern’s Special Collections.





  • Head of Special Collections and Archives Megan Firestone was interviewed for a case study about developing a digital preservation layer for digital content using Preservica Starter. The case study can be found here. Firestone also delivered a presentation on getting started in digital preservation for the Starter User Community Workshop, the first in a new series of community workshops hosted by Preservica Starter.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin was invited to write a blog post for a forum inspired by George Lawson’s recent book, Anatomies of Revolution (2020). The Progress in Political Economy blog is hosted by the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Political economy is a rather storied field, perhaps most commonly associated with Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, and Max Weber in an era before the social sciences fragmented into fields such as politics, sociology, and economics. Selbin’s first attempt at a professional blogpost went predictably awry, with a grammatical error and his usual mishmash of words. C’est la vie or la guerre or somesuch; Mary Tyler Moore has a cameo. Those inclined may consider themselves warned and find it here





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Religion Andrea Gutiérrez  won the 2021 DK Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis on Sanskrit, an international prize given by the International Association of Sanskrit Studies once every three years to one candidate globally, for her 2020 Ph.D. dissertation “A Genre of Its Own: A History of Pākaśāstra and Other Culinary Writing of Early India.” Gutiérrez will also have a book chapter titled “Medieval Food as Deity Worship: The Elaboration of Food Offerings in Chola-Era Ritual Practice” in an upcoming volume, The Hindu Temple: Materiality, Social History, and Practice  (Routledge, forthcoming). She will also be presenting research virtually at this year’s Oxford Food Symposium at Oxford University in July 2021.





  • Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the following awards:

    • 2021 Teaching Awards
      • Tenured: Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore
      • Tenure-track: Assistant Professor of Business Gabriela Flores
      • Visiting, part-time, and staff with faculty rank: Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand
    • 2021 Jesse E. Purdy Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works Award
      • Tenured: Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar
      • Tenure-track: Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower
    • 2021 Excellence in Advising Award
      • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair




  • Chemistry major Ethan Iverson ’21 presented his research project titled “Synthesis and Characterization of Three Schiff Base Constitutional Isomers and Their Respective Copper (II) Complexes” at the Spring 2021 American Chemical Society Virtual Convention. The poster presentation resulted from research that Iverson completed with Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand. Iverson was also awarded the Outstanding Senior Award by the American Chemical Society, which was presented at a virtual awards ceremony by the local Central Texas chapter.





  • Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Political Science Alisa Gaunder published an essay titled “Potential Positive Legacies of the Global Pandemic” in the April 2021 issue of the ACAD Leader, a publication produced by the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD). The idea for the essay was sparked by a discussion in Gaunder’s Women and Politics class in fall 2020 and further informed by a roundtable discussion Gaunder led at the ACAD conference in January 2021.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin, a faculty associate at Observatorio de la Relación Binacional México–Estados Unidos, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, was part of a roundtable discussion “Entre las Promesas y las Acciones: Los 100 Días de Joseph Biden en la Casa Blanca.” Selbin was specifically asked to address the topic “America’s Society: Fall and Revindication.” This event was organized by La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, La UNAM-Los Ángeles, and La Programa de Estudios de América del Norte de la Universidad Veracruzana.





April 2021

  • Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs Terri Johnson received a certificate of completion for participating in the professional development program Women in Education Leadership offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and held April 21–27, 2021.





  • Are antibias diversity trainings effective? Associate Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron and others weigh in on the efficacy of these widely used trainings and some of their limitations in this recent Acorns–CNBC Grownews article.





  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jennifer Stokes  is the first author on a publication in Advances in Physiology Education  titled “ Updating Anatomy and Physiology Lab Delivery: Shifting from a Paper-Based to an Online Lab Instruction Platform, Just in Time for a Global Pandemic .” Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a yearlong Anatomy and Physiology course was transitioning from paper-based lab activities to an online learning platform that included more small-group collaborative activities and peer teaching. The paper presents data on student perception, learning, and assessment performance during the transition.





  • Business and biology major Andrew Vergote ’21 gave a talk titled “Novel Bioinks: The Gateway to Bioprinting Complex Biological Tissues” at the 2021 BBB South Central Virtual Regional Convention. The talk resulted from research that Vergote completed with Assistant Professor of Physics Cody Crosby in spring 2021. They plan to continue this research as a funded Faculty–Student Project this summer.





  • Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett ’05, Tyler Norman ’20, and Monique Pollmann (Tilburg University) published the article “Reading between the Lines: The Effects of Texting on Relationship Satisfaction and Understanding in Romantic Couples” in Computers in Human Behavior Reports.





  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor was a panelist, presenter, chair, and discussant for several sessions at the (virtual) Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. The highlights included presenting her work on students’ physiological reactions to controversial speech on campus, a collaborative project with Emily Tesmer ’20 and Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett ’05, and participating in a roundtable on “Polarization, Animosity, and Violence in American Politics.” Senior political science major Emily Gilby ’21 also presented her honors thesis, “Institutional Barriers to Youth Voter Turnout,” at the conference.





  • Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin has been reappointed to the scientific advisory board for a major international initiative on revolutionary mass mobilizations. The initiative is based in Sweden (University of Gothenburg) and the U.S. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) under the auspices of the Resistance Studies Network, the Nonviolence and Peace Movements Commission of the International Peace Research Association, and the Nordic Nonviolence Study Group.





  • Double major in Spanish and environmental studies Jasmine Herrera ’21 and history major Saul Zuñiga ’22 presented a paper titled “Mapping the Past: A Look into the Distribution of Midwives from Escuela Libre de Obstetricia y Enfermeria in Mexico City during the 1920s and 30s” at the 9th Phi Alpha Theta History Conference organized by Texas State University and held virtually on April 24, 2021. Herrera and Zuñiga undertook their research, wrote the paper, and prepared the presentation under the mentorship of Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones during the 2020–2021 academic year. You can see their presentation here.





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented a paper at the 74th KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 22–24, 2021. Her paper “STEM, German, and Dürrenmatt: Interdisciplinary Connections” contributed to the panel “Friedrich Dürrenmatt at 100,” commemorating the Swiss author and public intellectual.





  • Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music and flute instructor Adrienne Inglis’s composition “Santo” for treble chorus and folk percussion from her Latin American folk mass “Misa Trinitaria” was featured in Chorus Austin’s Southwest Voices: She Sings concert on April 24, 2021 (the recording is streaming until May 8, 2021). The world premiere of a commission by Inglis, “Shelter in Place” with poetry by Kim Stafford and a nature soundtrack, will be featured during the Lewis & Clark College Choirs spring concert on April 28, 2021. The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York will present Inglis’s “How Dare You” for mixed chorus, flute, and nature soundtrack with text by Greta Thunberg as part of its concert on May 13, 2021;  Inglis will perform with the QC Vocal Ensemble during the livestreamed event.





  • Assistant Professor of Physics Cody Crosby presented “Phototunable Interpenetrating Polymer Network Hydrogels Stimulate iPSC-EP Vasculogenesis” during two Rapid-Fire Sessions, which feature 10-minute talks, at the Rock Stars of Regenerative Engineering Conference and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials, which were held virtually April 19–23, 2021.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long served as a presenter, panelist, moderator, and chair for several sessions at the (virtual) Annual Association of American Geographers Conference this month. Most notably, he served as moderator and discussant for the “Urban Climate Justice Futures” panel and also presented a paper titled “Crisis Capitalism and Coloniality: Funding Climate Action Projects in the 21st Century.”





  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a materials grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD. The German program curriculum and interdisciplinary programs will be enriched through a curated collection of diverse materials on German myths and legends. Berroth is eligible to compete for those grants as she serves as a DAAD Ortslektorin, connecting and coordinating outreach to educators at all levels of instruction.





  • Physics and mathematics major Gerardo Gonzalez ’22 gave a talk at the 2021 spring meeting of the American Physical Society (Texas Section) titled “Transition Probabilities for a Relativistic One-Electron Atom.” Most of the research presented during this talk resulted from a 2019 SCOPE project that Gonzalez completed with Professor of Physics Steven Alexander. They are currently working on a paper that will describe their calculations.





  • Shawn Pipkin-West ’94 was first assistant director for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote. She was part of the team that won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports—Specials for 2020. This is Pipkin-West’s second DGA win.





  • Katelyn Watkins ’13 is director of operations at TELEPHONE, which was mentioned in the New York Times: “Explore a grand-scale game of telephone in the form of an interactive art exhibit. Each artist involved received a work in the form of poetry, music, film or a visual from another artist and translated that piece into one of their own before continuing the chain. Created with contributions from 950 artists from 479 cities in 70 countries, this game began on March 23 of last year, and after running for more than a year, will be on display as a web of interconnected artworks.”





  • Nereida Zarco ’16 and Associate Professor of Economics and Business Debika Sihi were selected as members of the inaugural Marketing EDGE Ambassador program, a select group of corporate professionals, students, and academics that help connect students to opportunities in the field of marketing.





  • Associate Professor of Economics and Business Debika Sihi  was invited to join the editorial review board for the Journal of Business Research  under the Big Data and Analytics track.





  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton has a peer-reviewed paper, “Mathematical Modeling Projects: Success For All Students,” published in the journal PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2016.124932. The paper appeared online in February 2017 and will appear in the April 2018 print issue (Volume 28, Number 4).





  • Southwestern Psychologist Kylin Lee was featured on episode 14 of the podcast The Art of Groups, in which she was interviewed regarding her expertise facilitating interpersonal process groups as well as training graduate students in this type of group.





  • Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services Monya Lemery conducted an external review of the Office of International Education at Texas Lutheran University in March 2021.





  • At last week’s annual meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA), Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin served as chair and discussant for the panel “The Evolution of Revolution,” was a panelist on a roundtable on “Anatomies of Revolution,” and, at the request of the ISA’s Committee on Professional Development, was honored to cochair a roundtable for young scholars on encountering and countering privilege (in an array of senses) in academia titled “(En)countering Privilege in Academia.”





  • Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “Solidarity for Some, Solidarity for Later? Prison Guards, Police, and the (Labor) Politics of Mass Incarceration in the United States, 1960s–1990s” at “While There Is a Soul in Prison, I Am Not Free”: The History of Solidarity in Social and Economic Justice, a special conference jointly convened by the Eugene V. Debs Foundation, the Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University (ISU), and ISU’s Department of History on April 10, 2021.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Ángeles Rodriguez Cadena moderated the panel “Music and Social Movements” at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium, an annual undergraduate event organized by Rollins College, which was held virtually on April 9 this year.





  • Jasmine Herrera  ’21, double major in Spanish and environmental studies, presented a paper in Spanish titled “La Revolución de Testimonios en el Gran Abismo de Chile” as part of the panel “Reexamining Historical Events” at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium, an annual undergraduate event organized by Rollins College, which was held virtually on April 9 this year. Herrera wrote that paper for Associate Professor of Spanish Ángeles Rodriguez Cadena’s class Cultural Memory in Latin America.





  • Megan Piel  ’20 presented her sociology capstone paper titled “Watching Horror Films: A Qualitative Sociological Study of Fear” at the Southern Sociological Society on April 8.  The conference was held online.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper participated in a virtual panel discussion titled “The Mastery of Florence Price.” Hosted by the Heritage Signature Chorale (Washington, DC) founder and director Stanley Thurston, the panel also featured pianist Karen Walwyn (Howard University), who made the world-premiere recording of Price’s First Piano Concerto  in 2011 and is known as a foremost interpreter of Price’s music.





  • Professor of Music Michael Cooper presented a virtual lecture for the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin) titled “Black Feminism, Margaret Bonds, and the Credo of W. E. B. Du Bois.” The lecture included the first performances (via Zoom) since 1972 of three excerpts from the “Credo,” featuring Washington National Opera Cafritz fellow soprano Katerina Burton and the Grand Chorus of Georgetown University, conducted by Frederick Binkholder. Cooper published the piano/vocal and orchestral/choral versions of the “Credo” with Hildegard Publishing Company in 2020. Music-loving readers of this notable can hear Burton’s stunning rendition of “Especially Do I Believe in the Negro Race” (No. 2 of the “Credo”) here and the opening and closing choruses here.





  • Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti was invited to present a paper at a roundtable at the recent virtual meeting of the Western Political Science Association conference. The panel was titled “WPSA’s Experiment with Virtual Communities: Successes, Failings, and Future Prospects,” and the participants spoke about their experiences chairing virtual communities over the past year. Mariotti cochairs the virtual community on Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice. Other panelists spoke about their work with virtual communities in other areas of study that have tended to be marginalized in mainstream political science, such as planetary justice, critical disability studies, critical whiteness studies, decolonizing political science, and inclusive teaching and pedagogy. You can read more about all the virtual communities here, and you can read about the Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice community here. The good news: at this meeting, we also learned that the WPSA executive council decided to make the virtual communities a permanent, staffed, and funded part of the association.





  • Madeline Yu Carrola (’19) had a peer-reviewed article titled “Activists in Red Capes: Women’s Use of The Handmaid’s Taleto Fight for Reproductive Justice” published in The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography. The article is based on her 2018 sociology capstone project.





  • Ethan Iverson  ’21, a research student of Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand , has been invited to present his poster, “Synthesis and Characterization of Three Schiff Base Constitutional Isomers and Their Respective Copper (II) Complexes,” at the Spring American Chemical Society National Meeting. He was selected to present his poster during a live, online Inorganic Technical Division session on April 21, 2021.





  • Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Political Science Alisa Gaunder received a book contract for the second edition of Japanese Politics and Government  (Routledge, 2017). The second edition will address recent developments in Japanese politics, especially related to the global pandemic, domestic political party realignment, the legacies of Prime Minister Abe’s long tenure in office, and the changing dynamics of Japan’s foreign relations. The manuscript is scheduled for delivery to the press in summer 2022.





  • Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science Jacob Schrum has had two peer-reviewed submissions accepted to the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, which will be held virtually in July 2021. Both submissions were written by undergraduate coauthors who participated in SCOPE during the summer of 2020: Benjamin Capps ’23 had a full paper, titled “Using Multiple Generative Adversarial Networks to Build Better-Connected Levels for Mega Man,” accepted for publication in the proceedings and will present the paper orally at the conference. Kirby Steckel ’21 had a poster paper accepted to the conference. A two-page extended abstract of his paper, “Illuminating the Space of Beatable Lode Runner Levels Produced by Various Generative Adversarial Networks,” will appear in the companion to the proceedings and will be presented at the conference’s virtual poster session.