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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.
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 name is Yvonne-Marie Mokam. I am Assistant professor of French and Francophone studies in the Department of Modern Languages at Denison University. What I bring to Denison University is not only my training in Cameroon, France and the United States but also my several years of teaching experience at the Université de Douala (Cameroon), the University of Arizona (Tucson AZ) and American University (Washington DC). This has provided me with a firm background in postcolonial theory and criticism that I use in my teaching and research.
Since joining the Modern Languages Department at Denison University in the fall of 2013, I have contributed to expand the offerings of the French program by including courses in postcolonial francophone Sub-Saharan African. I have developed and taught courses such as Women Voices and a senior seminar on global Africa. I have also taught existing language classes including Intermediate French, Introduction to literature reading and grammar, Conversation and phonetics.
While the most important part of what I do at Denison University is teaching, some of my in-class discussions have sparked interests that I have developed into research projects focusing on emerging literary voices in francophone postcolonial Africa. Of particular interest to me are issues of history, memory and identity in the current global era. Other accomplishments are papers presented at several conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
My first book, Suing for America's Soul: John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute, and Conservative Christianity in the Courts (Emory Studies in Law and Religion, Eerdmans, 2007), examines the rise of conservative Christian legal advocacy groups in recent decades, and their effects on both evangelical Protestantism and contemporary church-state conflicts.
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. Hannah Weiss Muller is a historian of Britain and the British Empire with particular interests in the long eighteenth century and the intersections of law, monarchy, identity, and subjecthood. She teaches survey courses on early modern and modern Britain, the British Empire, Modern Europe, and Britain and South Asia. Her upper level seminars focus on global wars and revolutions in the eighteenth century, literature of empire, and colonial and post-colonial studies.
Dr. Muller’s current book project, provisionally entitled Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the British Empire, argues that subject status served as an organizing and contested principle of the eighteenth century and that the bond between monarch and subject was integral to the coherence of the British Empire. She examines particular debates and struggles that surfaced in Grenada, Quebec, Minorca, Gibraltar, and Calcutta to document the range of peoples who shaped the contours of subjecthood and the array of rights that became associated with British subject status. Her recent article, “The Garrison Revisited: Gibraltar in the Eighteenth Century,” appeared in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2013) and focuses on the profound inter-dependencies between the garrison at Gibraltar and its surrounding environment. It revisits the anxieties said to haunt isolated garrison societies and explores the range of interactions between colonial and local populations. Dr. Muller regularly presents papers and serves as a commentator at national and international conferences.
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 Denison 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.