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Dr. Gill Wright Miller, Associate Professor of Dance and Women's Studies, has been at Denison full-time since 1981. Dr. Miller earned her PhD from New York University in Dance and Women's Studies, her MA from Wesleyan University in Movement Studies, and her BFA in Performance from Denison University.
Dr. Miller's written research concerns public constructions of the pregnant body, healing from a developmental movement base, and body politics in general. She is highly involved in the world of experiential anatomy, most specifically Body-Mind Centering. She has received several grants for her work, including a major grant from the University of Minnesota, in "Embodied Research." She accepted the coveted Arnold Professorship at Whitman College in Washington for Spring 2009. Her most recent book, Exploring Body-Mind Centering: An Anthology in Experience and Method, was published in 2011, and she is the author of many essays, including the 2011 publications of "Women in Dance" in The Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World and "Creativity and Mothering" in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood." This past year, Dr. Miller published a chapter called “The Transmission of African-American Concert and American Jazz Dance” in Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches (Oliver and Guarino, 2013.) She is also compiling an anthology on African dance. Dr. Miller is currently working on an essay on research and methodology in dance studies and a second book on Somatics and the Body Movement in the United States, tentatively titled Pedagogies of the Body.
Dr. Miller teaches coursework in somatics, movement analysis, and cultural studies. Besides teaching somatics (including work from Ideokinesis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Basic Neurocellular Patterns from Body-Mind Centering) and movement analysis (including reconstructing sections of works by Humphrey, Weidman, Limon, Cunningham, and others) every year, her recent courses include topics in dance's cultural studies, such "Modernism ReComposed," "Postmodernism in Dance," and "African-American Concert Dance," and "The Body in Performance."
Jason Miller has been employed as the assistant sports information director since 2008. In his role he is involved in the daily operation of the Big Red's 23 varsity sports.
Miller serves as the Director of the Denison Sports Network, which includes hiring and evaluating on-air talent, and scheduling broadcast teams throughout the three athletic seasons. In addition to assisting in the hosting of varies North Coast Athletic Conference Championship events and three NCAA Championship events, he has helped promote numerous all-conference, all-region and All-American award winners.
Before his arrival in Granville, Miller served as a full-time sports journalist for The Daily Jeffersonian in his hometown of Cambridge, Ohio. While employed at the newspaper, he covered multiple sports spanning eight local high schools in addition to Muskingum University.
Prior to working at The Daily Jeffersonian, Miller was the Sports Information Assistant at Otterbein College. At Otterbein, Miller was directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the Cardinals' 16 Division III athletic programs. In 2006, Miller graduated from Muskingum University with a B.A. in speech communication.
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Econometrics, Consumer Economies, Mathematical Macroeconomics
A native of Toronto Canada, saxophonist and composer Pete Mills’ discography includes 4 solo titles, with his most recent, 2014’s Sweet Shadow. The CD is released on Vancouver based Cellar Live Records and features drummer Matt Wilson (who is also a part of Mills’ disc Art and Architecture), his long time collaborator, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and pianist Erik Augis. Mills 2007 release, Fresh Spin on the Summit Records label features B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann. It received enthusiastic reviews in both DownBeat (3 ½ Stars) and JazzTimes magazines and was on the Jazz Week top 50-radio chart for 8 weeks. His 2004’s release on Summit, Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide), features drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Dennis Irwin and Pete McCann. A top 50 Jazz Week radio release, it also received airplay on the MTV networks. His first solo release was the critically acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, guitarist Stan Smith, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada. In Columbus Ohio he performs as a featured soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling Musical Director). Educated at the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas, Mills has received Grants from the Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. In addition to his performing, Mills teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Critics have called saxophonist Pete Mills' playing "virtuosic" and "gorgeous" and "versatile tenor-kick-butt" (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and the Columbus Dispatch describes Mills' compositions as being "impressive with solos that are ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich". His discography includes 4 releases as a leader, 2014’s Sweet Shadow featuring Matt Wilson, Pete McCann, Martin Wind and Erik Augis, released on the Vancouver based, Cellar Live Records 2007’s Fresh Spin featuring B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann (3½ stars Downbeat magazine) and Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide) that also featured Matt Wilson, Pete McCann and the late bassist, Dennis Irwin. His first solo release was the acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). A native of Toronto Canada, Mills has received grants from The Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Mills performs regularly throughout the U.S and Canada and in Columbus Ohio he is a featured soloist with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling, Musical Director). Pete holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The University of North Texas and currently teaches saxophone and jazz studies at Denison University.
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The past decade has seen explosive discovery of non-coding and structural RNAs in biological systems. Full understanding of these RNA molecules requires detailed characterization of their structures and dynamics. Current efforts in the Mitton-Fry laboratory focus on study of structure-function relationships in a class of RNA elements known as RNA thermosensors. These elements, most commonly found in the 5´-untranslated region (UTR) of bacterial genes, adopt temperature-sensitive structures that affect gene expression levels in response to temperature variation. No protein cofactors have been found to be required for thermosensor function. Most known thermosensors regulate translation of proteins involved in heat or cold shock responses or in pathogenic virulence. My lab seeks to characterize RNA thermosensors using a variety of biochemical and biophysical means, with the goal of greater understanding of the determinants for thermosensor function in biological systems.
I have strong commitment to working with undergraduates on this research, both in the summer and throughout the academic year.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; DeGregorio, S. J.; Wang, J.; Steitz, T. A.; Steitz, J. A. 2010. Poly(A) tail recognition by a viral RNA element through assembly of a triple helix. Science, 330, 1244-1247.
- Steitz, J.; Borah, S.; Cazalla, D.; Fok, V.; Lytle, R.; Mitton-Fry, R.; Riley, K.; Samji, T. 2010. Noncoding RNPs of viral origin. Cold Spring Harb. Perspect. Biol,. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a005165.
- Fok, V.;‡ Mitton-Fry, R. M.; ‡ Grech, A.; Steitz, J. A. 2006. Multiple domains of EBER 1, an Epstein-Barr virus noncoding RNA, recruit ribosomal protein L22. RNA, 12, 872-882. ‡Equal authorship.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Anderson, E. M.; Theobald, D. L.; Glustrom, L. W.; Wuttke, D. S. 2004. Structural basis for telomeric single-stranded DNA recognition by yeast Cdc13. J. Mol. Biol., 338, 241-255.
- Theobald, D. L.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2003. Nucleic acid recognition by OB-fold proteins. Ann. Rev. Biophys. Biomol. Struct., 32, 115-133.
- Glustrom, L. W.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. Re: 1,1-Dichloro-2,2-bis-(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene and polychlorinated biphenyls and breast cancer: combined analysis of five U.S. studies. Reviewed letter. J. Natl. Cancer Inst., 94, 1337-1338.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Anderson, E. M.; Hughes, T. R.; Lundblad, V.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. Conservation of structure for recognition of single-stranded telomeric DNA. Science, 296, 145-147.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. 1H, 13C, and 15N resonance assignments of the DNA-binding domain of the essential protein Cdc13 complexed with single-stranded telomeric DNA. J. Biomol. NMR, 22, 379-380.
- Ojennus, D. D.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 1999. Induced alignment and measurement of dipolar couplings of an SH2 domain through direct binding with filamentous phage. J. Biomol. NMR, 14, 175-179.
- Norris, J. W.; Fry, R. M.; Tu, A. T. 1997. The nucleotide sequence of the translated and untranslated regions of a cDNA for myotoxin a from the venom of prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis). Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm., 230, 607-610.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M., *Cempre, C. B., *Cornell, H. K., *Frandsen, J. K., *Ulanowicz, K. U. 2013. Biochemical characterization of RNA thermosensor structure. Poster presentation at the American Chemical Society 246th National Meeting. Indianapolis, IN.
- *Cempre, C. B., *Ulanowicz, K. A., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. SHAPE analysis of a potential RNA thermosensor in Salmonella enterica. Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
- *Frandsen, J. K., *Cornell, J. K., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. Biochemical investigation of a potential RNA thermometer in Enterobacter cloacae. Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
- *Ulanowicz, K. A., *Cempre, C. B., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. Characterization of a hypothetical RNA thermometer in Enterobacter cloacae using SHAPE analysis.
- Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
* denotes Denison undergraduate.
My book reviews have appeared in Church History, The Journal of Religion, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and The Christian Century. I also assisted Martin Marty in writing two books which grew out of our work together at the Public Religion Project: Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life (Jossey-Bass, 2000), and Education, Religion, and the Common Good (Jossey-Bass, 2000).
My current research projects include a book-length examination of what happened when a merry band of Chicago Wiccans decided to move to Hoopeston, Illinois—a downstate town of six thousand dominated by evangelicals—about eight years ago. The story of this community's initial reaction, and the subsequent interaction between pagans and Christians, fascinates on many levels, and provides important lessons regarding the possibilities and limits for religious pluralism in contemporary America. I'm also researching representations of Muslims in American children's literature, which offers another window into the relationship between religion and national identity.
Kelly received her B.A. in education from Ohio Northern University. She spent more than twenty years as a software trainer for corporate employees and college students. Kelly joined Denison's Major and Planned Giving office in 2014 as the administrative assistant.
Michael Morris was the first Executive Director of The Newark Midland Theatre Association, Inc. following the historic Midland Theatre’s renovation. He served in that position from November 1, 2001 through their opening in September 2002, continuing until January 2010, when he opened pARTnership Consulting. Mr. Morris served on the Board of Directors of The Ohio Arts Presenters Network from 2003-2009 and was Treasurer from 2007-2009. He was the recipient of that organization’s Richard Lenhart Award of Excellence in 2008. Mr. Morris has been nominated for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts – Arts Administration on two separate occasions, in 2008 and 2010. He has served as a panelist at Arts Midwest conferences, and has moderated and served as panelist on numerous Ohio Arts Council and Ohio River Border Initiative grant panels. Mr. Morris served as Interim Executive Director for the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, New Albany, Ohio, from March until December 2012.
Dr. Muller received her A.B. from Harvard University (2000) and her Ph.D. from Princeton University (2010). She was a recipient of the ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2009-2010 and was a Golieb Fellow at the New York University School of Law in 2010-2011. Prior to coming to Dension in spring 2014, she taught as a Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University.
Since 1997 Gail Murphy has built Denison women's soccer into one of the premier programs in all of NCAA Division III. A two-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honoree, Murphy is one of the winningest active coaches in college soccer. Before Denison, Murphy spent four years at Southwestern University in Texas, where she took a first-year program to a top-10 regional ranking in just two seasons.
While at Southwestern, Murphy was selected as Coach of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Murphy then made the cross-country switch to Denison, leading the Big Red back to regional and national prominence. The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has twice named Murphy its Coach of the Year (1997, 1999).
From 1983 to 1991 she coached Los Alamos (N.M.) High School, where her teams played in the finals of the state tournament five times, winning three championships. She began her college coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant in Massachusetts.
Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Smith College (Mass.) in 1993. Along with her soccer coaching duties, Murphy is an assistant professor on the faculty of Denison's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.