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- Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2006 - present
- Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2000 - 2006
- Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, 1997 - 2000
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Earlham College, Richmond, IN, 1996 - 1997
Fellowships and Honors
- National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
- Presidential Fellowship, University of Nebraska
Broadly speaking, my research lies within the realm of ecology. In particular, I am interested in how individuals, populations, and communities are affected by their interactions with their environment, both the living and physical components. Much of my research program focuses on these questions as they pertain to reptiles and amphibians, and so some would identify me as a herpetologist. My research program also has become increasingly concerned with understanding how anthropogenic, or human-induced, alterations of the environment influence amphibians and reptiles. I am especially interested in examining how the introduction of non-native species and chemical pollutants affect amphibian and reptile individuals and communities.
I also collaborate with a colleague at the Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico to study the ecology of Mexican reptiles and amphibians, and with a colleague at Earlham College (John Iverson) to study the ecology of turtles in Dewart Lake in northern Indiana and iguanas in Bahamas. I am very interested in including students in my research.
- Ballinger, R.E., J.D. Lynch, and G.R. Smith. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Nebraska. Rusty Lizard Press, Oro Valley, AZ.
- Lemos-Espinal, J.A., G.R. Smith, and G.A. Woolrich-Piña. 2012. The Family Xenosauridae in Mexico. ECO Herpetological Publishing, Rodeo, NM.
- Smith, G.R., and C.J. Dibble. 2012. Effects of an invasive fish (Gambusia affinis) and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment on American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) tadpoles. Journal of Herpetology. v. 46 p. 198-202
- Smith, G.R., and A.A. Burgett. 2012. Interaction between two species of tadpoles mediated by nutrient enrichment. Herpetolgica. v. 68 p. 174-183
- Li, Y., Z. Ke, S. Wang, G.R. Smith, and X. Liu. 2011. An exotic species is the favorite prey of a native enemy. PLoS ONE. v. 6 no. 9 p. e24299
- Krishnamurthy, S.V., and G.R. Smith, and X. Liu. 2010. Growth, abnormalities, and mortality of free feeding tadpoles of American toad Bufo americanus exposed to combinations of malathion and nitrate. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. v. 29 no. p. 2777-2782
- Smith, G.R., A. Boyd, C.B. Dayer, M.E. Ogle, A.J. Terlecky, and C.J. Dibble. 2010. Effects of sibship and the presence of multiple predators on the behavior of green frog (Rana clamitans) tadpoles. Ethology. v. 116 no. p. 217-225
- Iverson, J.B., S.J. Converse, G.R. Smith, and J.M. Valiulis. 2006. Long-term trends in the demography of the Allen Cays Rock Iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata): Human disturbance and density-dependent effects.. Biol. Conserv. . v. 132 no. p. 300-310
- Smith, G.R., H.A. Dingfelder, and D.A. Vaala. 2004. Asymmetric competition between Rana clamitans and Hyla versicolor tadpoles. Oikos. v. 105 no. p. 626-632
- Burger, A.C., G.R. Smith, and J.E. Rettig. . 2011. Competition between invasive mosquitofish and native bluegill sunfish. Ecological Society of America meeting. Austin, TX
- Rettig, J.E. and G.R. Smith. 2008. Double duty courses: Using an ecology course to fulfill a general education requirement for oral communication. Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Milwaukee, WI
- Smith, G.R.. 2008. Ecology's role in solving environmental problems: A module-based environmental science course for non-majors. Ecological Society of America meeting. Wilwaukee, WI
- Smith, G.R., C.J. Dibble, and J.E. Rettig. 2008. Small fish, big effects: The impacts of mosquitofish and ammonium nitrate on tadpoles, zooplankton, and phytoplankton. Ecological Society of America. Milwaukee, WI
- Dayer, C.B., C.J. Dibble, and G.R. Smith. 2007. Variation in American toad tadpole and metamorph performance among three ponds. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. St. Louis, MO
- American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
- British Herpetological Society
- Ecological Society of America
- Herpetologists’ League
- International Reptile Conservation Foundation
- Natural History Society of Maryland
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Sigma Xi
- Societas Europae Herpetologica
- Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
- Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Editor, Journal of Herpetology 2006 - 2008, 2010 (Associate Editor from 1998-2005, 2010-present)
Reviewer: Acta Oecologica, American Midland Naturalist, Amphibia-Reptilia, Animal Biology, Animal Conservation, Applied Herpetology, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biologia, Biological Conservation, Biological Invasions, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biopesticides International, BIOS, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Caribbean Journal of Science, Chemosphere, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiolog, Conservation Biology, Contemporary Herpetology, Copeia, Cuadernos de Herpetologia, Ecological Applications, Ecology, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Ethology, Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, Functional Ecology, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Global Change Biology, Hamadryad, Herpetologica, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Herpetological Journal, Herpetological Natural History, Herpetological Review, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Journal of Zoology, Marine & Freshwater Research, Northeastern Naturalist, Oecologia, Ohio Journal of Science, Oikos, Phyllomedusa, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Revista de Biologia Tropical, Southwestern Naturalist, Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Western North American Naturalist, Zoological Science
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Patrick came to Denison from Japan, where he has most recently been involved in several high-end film, video and photography projects. He is an honors graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and holds an Advanced Diploma of Film from the International Film School Sydney in Australia. Patrick is a former captain in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. Along with shooting and editing institutional video and still photography, he is responsible for developing multimedia strategies for the college’s online properties and social media channels.
Mitchell Snay teaches courses in American history from the colonial period through Reconstruction. These classes include the first half of the introductory survey course in U.S. History, historiographical seminars on Puritan New England and Southern history, and upper level courses on the Jeffersonian, Jacksonian, and Civil War eras.
A Chicago native, Snay was educated at the University of Michigan and Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D. in the History of American civilization. Before coming to Denison in 1986, Snay was a Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. His research and writing focuses on the political and intellectual history of the United States between 1815 and 1877. He is the author of three books: Gospel of Disunion: Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), Fenians, Freedmen, and Southern Whites: Race and Nationality in the Era of Reconstruction (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007), and forthcoming in August 2011 Horace Greeley and the Politics of Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (Rowman & Littlefield). He is also the co-editor of Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998). Dr. Snay has published numerous articles and reviews on nineteenth-century American history
- Enzyme and peptide microarray synthesis using electrostatic printing, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in combinatorial peptide array analysis, consultant and collaborator with Gary M. Nishioka, Ph.D., H & N Instruments Inc., Newark, Ohio
- Cloning, purification and characterization of Haloarcula marismortui methionine aminopeptidase
- Measurement of antibody/antigen binding strength using atomic force microscopy
- Nishioka, Gary M., Sokolik, Charles W., and Borikova, Asya. Electrospray Printing of Enzyme Microarrays. (in preparation).
- Sokolik, Charles W., Walker, Annie S., and Nishioka, Gary M. A Simple and Sensitive Assay for Microprinting Applications. (in preparation).
- Sokolik, Charles W. 1998. A Maple program that illustrates the affect of pH on peptide charge. J. Chem. Ed. v. 75 p. 1500-1502
- Sokolik, Charles W. 1995. Kinemages: make your own molecules for teaching. . Trends Biochem Sci. v. 20 p. 122-124
- Shao, Ming-Chuan, Sokolik, Charles W., and Wold, Finn. 1994. Noncovalent Neoglycoproteins,in Neoglycoconjugates: Preparation and Applications. (Lee, Y. C. and Lee, R. T., ed) Academic Press Inc .
- Sokolik, Charles W. 1994. Kinemage cookbook: a tutorial for kinemage authors. Protein Sci., 3, Number 2, Diskette Appendix.
- Sokolik, Charles W., Liang, Chyau, and Wold, Finn. 1994. Studies on the specificity of acetylaminoacyl-peptide hydrolase. Protein Sci. (supplementary material on diskette appendix). v. 3 p. 126-131
- Shao, Ming-Chuan, Sokolik, Charles W., and Wold, Finn. 1994. Specificity studies of the GDP-[L]-fucose: 2-acetamido-2-deoxy--[D]-glucoside (Fuc —> Asn-linked GlcNAc) 6--[L]-fucosyltransferase from rat-liver Golgi membranes . Carbohydr. Res. v. 251 p. 163-173
- Sokolik, Charles W., and Cohen, Robert E.. 1992. Ubiquitin conjugation to cytochromes c: structure of the yeast iso-1 conjugate and possible recognition determinants. Chem.. v. 267 p. 1067-1071.
- Norrod, E. Pinina, Mintz, Clifford S., and Sokolik, Charles W. 1985. Induction by growth medium of changes in gonococcal lipopolysaccharides. Pathogenic Neisseria, Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium. p. 395-399
- Nishioka, Gary M., Borikova, Asya L., and Sokolik, Charles W. 2006. High Resolution Microprinting with an Electrospray Printer. National Meeting of Experimental Biology. San Francisco, CA
- Walters, Shelby L., Miller, Clinton J., and Sokolik, Charles W. 2004. Assessment of adhesion forces between an antibody and its peptide-antigens immobilized on a silica surface using atomic force microscopy. Presented at the 227th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Anaheim, CA
- McCoy, Meredith and Sokolik, Charles W. 2003. Cloning Methionine Aminopeptidase from the ExtremeHalophile Haloarcula marismortui. National Meeting of Experimental Biology. San Diego, CA
- Sokolik, Charles W, Eschelbach, John W., and Nishioka, Gary M. 2001. Determination of the binding force of an antibody with its cognate antigen by atomic force microscopy. PITTCON. New Orleans, LA
P.J. Soteriades has been employed by Denison as its head field hockey coach since the fall of 2000. Since then she has gone on to become the program’s all-time winningest coach and the program’s longest tenured coach.
In 2011, Soteriades was named regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to an 18-2 record, its first North Coast Athletic Conference title since 2000, and its first-ever NCAC Tournament crown.
A 2000 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication, Soteriades has gained considerable field hockey experience at the college level. After competing for Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Ball State University as a first-year student, Soteriades completed her collegiate career as a three-year member of the Ohio University Bobcat varsity squad.
Included among her honors at Ohio University was being selected to serve as team captain during her senior season. A Dean's List student, Soteriades was also the recipient of OU's Scholar-Athlete Award, and she earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
In addition to her role as head field hockey coach, Soteriades also serves as the advisor to the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council.
My research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, spanning the traditional boundaries of synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. I am interested in the chemistry of biological surfaces, particularly those that contain sugars, and the role of the sugars at these surfaces.One project in my group looks to develop a model system for glycosylated surfaces. While cell surfaces are covered in carbohydrates, many of the details concerning interactions with carbohydrates are yet to be uncovered. In particular, we seek to develop a model system that contains sugars fixed in space and orientation to an extended sheet surface that will allow for the probing of sugar-sugar and sugar-conjugate interactions at defined spacings. My larger interest in surfaces containing sugars led me to an interest in bacterial cell walls. These cell walls contain a system of cross-linked sugars and peptides called peptidoglycan whose synthesis is the target of many commonly used antibiotics. A second on-going project studies the proteins that synthesize this peptidoglycan, called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), from the bacterial species Burkholderia cenocepacia. This bacterium is an opportunistic pathogen that is of clinical relevance to Cystic Fibrosis patients. It is of particular interest because it is largely resistant to antibiotics, and utilizes many resistance mechanisms. In my lab, we have identified, cloned, expressed, and isolated several PBPs from this bacterium. We have begun studies to characterize these proteins.
I have a strong interest in working with undergraduate students and many students who have worked in my lab have presented their work at national conferences. I am also interested in the research regarding the best pedagogies for teaching chemistry. This has translated into lab development and classroom strategies that explore techniques current in the literature.
- Specht, K.M.; *Sheetz, K.; *Alexander, C.A.; *Lamech, L.T.; *O'Connor, L.H.; *Walker, D.M.; and *Stevenson, H.P. 2010. Expression and Characterization of Penicillin-Binding Proteins in Burkholderia cenocepacia. Current Microbiology. v. 60 no. 4 p. 274-279
- Specht, K.M.; Jackson, M.; *Sunkel, B.; Boucher, M.A. 2010. Synthesis of a functionalized sheet silicate derived from apophyllite and further modification by hydrosilylation. Applied Clay Science. v. 47 p. 212-216
- Boucher, M.A.; Specht, K.M. 2009. A Forensic-Themed Case Study for the Organic Lab . Journal of Chemical Education. v. 86 no. 7 p. 847-848
- Fan, Q.-W.; Specht, K.M.; Zhang, C.; Goldenberg, D.D.; Shokat, K.M.; and Weiss, W.A. 2003. Combinatorial Efficacy Achieved Through Two-Point Blockade within a Signaling Pathway - A Chemical Genetic Approach. Cancer Research. v. 63 p. 8930-8938
- Specht, K.M. and Shokat, K.M. 2002. The Emerging Power of Chemical Genetics. Current Opinion in Cell Biology. v. 14 p. 155-159
- Specht, K.M.; Nam, J.; Ho, D.M.; Berova, N.; Kondru, R.K.; Beratan, D.N.; Wipf, P.; Pascal Jr., R.A. and Kahne, D.. 2001. Determining Absolute Configuration in Flexible Molecules: A Case Study. Journal of the American Chemical Society. v. 123 no. 37 p. 8961-8966
- Specht, K.M.; Harris, C.R.; Molander, G.A.; and Kahne, D. 1999. SmI2 Cleavage of Chromomycin A3 Sugars. Tetrahedron Letters. v. 121 p. 1237-1238
- Domagala, J.M.; Gogliotti, R.; Sanchez, J.P.; Stier, M.A,; Musa, K.; Song, Y.; Loo, J.; Reily, M.; Tummino, P.; Harvey, P.; Hupe, D.; Sharmeen, L.; Mack, D.; Scholten, J.; Saunders, J.; and McQuade, T. 1997. 2,2'-Dithiobisbenzamides and 2-Benzisothiazolones, Two New Classes of Antiretroviral Agents: SAR and Mechanistic Considerations. Drug Design and Discovery. v. 15 p. 49-61
- Toledo, L.M.; Musa, K.; Lauher, J.W.; Fowler, F.W. 1. Development of Strategies for the Preparation of Designed Solids - An Investigation of the 2-Amino-4(1H)-pyrimidone Ring-System for the Molecular Self-Assembly of Hydrogen-Bonded Alpha-Networks. Chemistry of Materials. v. 7 p. 1639-1647
- Specht, K.M. “Investigating the Cell Wall of Burkholderia cenocepacia” Invited seminar speaker at The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, January, 2012.
- Specht, K.M. “Antibiotics and Onion Rot: Investigating the Cell Wall of Burkholderia cenocepacia” Invited seminar speaker at John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, November 2011.
- Specht, K.M. “A Guided Research Project for the Organic Chemistry Lab.” Presented at the American Chemical Society 240th National Meeting in Boston, MA, August 2010.
- Boucher, M.A.; Specht, K.M. “Was it murder? Introducing FT-IR through a case study from organic chemistry.” Presented at the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Bloomington, IN, July 2008.
- Specht, K.M. “Exploring Antibiotic Resistance: Identification and Expression of Penicillin-Binding Proteins from Burkholderia cenocepacia” Invited seminar speaker at Colby College, Waterville, ME, April 2008.
- Boucher, M.A.; Specht, K.M. “Was it murder? A case study for an organic laboratory” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 234th National Meeting in Boston, MA, August 2007.
- Specht, K.M. “Adventures in Chemical Biology: Cloning and Expression of Penicillin-Binding Proteins” Invited seminar speaker at Utica College, Utica, NY, April 2007.
- *Miyawaki, T.Y.; Specht, K. “Increasing the Permeability of Burkholderia cenocepacia by Inserting Targeted Genomic Mutations” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 245th National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, April 2013.
- *Weber, L.; Specht, K. “Expression of BCAL0894 in the Outer Membrane of B. cenocepacia and its Linkage to Lipopolysaccharide Presence” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 245th National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, April 2013.
- *Malik, J.; Specht, K. “Elucidating the Role of BCAL2021 in Burkholderia cenocepacia through Suicide Vector-Induced Gene Knockout” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 241st National Meeting in Anaheim, CA, March 2011.
- *Alexander, C.M.; *Lamech, L.T.; Specht, K. “Cloning and overexpression of an E. coli PBP1a homolog from Burkholderia cenocepacia into E. coli” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 234th National Meeting in Boston, MA, August 2007.
- *O’Connor, L.H.; *Lamech, L.T.; Specht, K. “Cloning and overexpression of a putative penicillin-binding protein from Burkholderia cenocepacia in E. coli” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 234th National Meeting in Boston, MA, August 2007.
- *Stevenson, H.; *Hickey, D.; Specht, K. “Bocillin™ PBP Labeling and Detection Studies” Poster Presentation at the American Chemical Society 232nd National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, September 2006.
- *Cobb, K.B.; Specht, K.M. “In vivo Monitoring of PBP1b in E. coli” Poster Presentation at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration in San Francisco, CA, April 2006.
- *Stevenson, H.; Specht, K. “Plasmid design for the fusion of PBP1a with the fluorescent protein GFP” Poster Presentation at the Columbus Section American Chemical Society Meeting in Columbus, OH, November 2005.
* indicates Denison University undergraduate student co-authors
Modern Art and Visual Culture: 1750-1980 (ARTH-111), History of Photography (ARTH-211), America Art and Visual Culture-Colonial to 1939 (ARTH-212), New Art (Late 20th/21st Century) (ARTH-313), Methods of Art History and Visual Culture (ARTH-380), Art History Senior Seminar: Research (ARTH-408).
Research and Teaching
My research and teaching has pivoted around several interconnected themes: the interplay of dominant visualities and sites of resistance; the ways in which artistic ‘center’ and marginality are conceptualized and transgressed; the transactions between the institutions and systems of production and consumption in the dominant art world and those of popular or visual culture; and the ways in which the mass disseminations of images and ideas in the age of visual culture have enhanced, subverted, or redirected the canon in nineteenth to twenty-first century American and British art. I have explored these themes in two primary ways: one body of research addresses the broader questions posed by the relationship between high and popular art or art history and visual culture, while the other explores these connections with in-depth case studies. The thread that binds my research together is a sustained analysis of the ways in which artists, systems and even some institutions have transgressed, exploded, or reconstituted the artistic canon in the United States and Britain in the last two centuries.
My research has been most recently supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant (2004), Office of the State Historian of New Mexico Grant (2009, 2011), R.C. Good Fellowship (2010/11, 2003/04), Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Publication Grant (1999), Ohio Arts Council Grant (1999), Ohio Humanities Grant (1999), and the Denison University Research Fund.
My teaching has been honored by a Burlington Northern Foundation, Faculty Achievement Award and the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award, and my service has been honored by a President’s Award for Service to the PCA/ACA.
- The Visual Enchanting of the Land of Enchantment: Art, Tourism, and the Spectacle of the Southwest. Monograph.
- “Nineteenth Century Women Abroad as Travelers and Tourists: New Visions of Nature in the Old World.” Article.
- “From the Living Room to the Lecture Hall: Fine Art Reproductions in Nineteenth Century America.” Article.
- DURF Grant to support research on women artists in New Mexico (Aug. 2102)
- Mabel Dodge Luhan House writer’s residency (January 2012)
Selected Recent Publications:
Books and Monographs
- Art History by Marilyn Stokstad. 4e edition, revision of chapters 29-32/ Book 6: 18th to 21st Century, Upper saddle River NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010. Fragonard’s Shoe: The Art of Jude Tallichet. New York: Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, 2010.
- Special Issue: American Art and Visual Culture. The Journal of American Culture, Blackwell Press. Volume 31, 1 (March, 2008). Co-Editor (with David Sokol).
- Famous Works of Art in Popular Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.
- Out of Belfast (Three Women Artists from Belfast): Herbert, Kelly, and O’Baoill. Exhibition Catalogue. Columbus Ohio: The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Denison University, 1999.
- “Reframing the Study of American Visual Culture: From National Studies to Transnational Digital Networks.” The Journal of American Culture. Vol. 34, 1, March 2011.
- “scampa wulla wussa olobo’: Clumpism and the Crying Moon.” In Clumpism: Paul Rhoads and Matt Freedman, Long Island University Gallery, 2009.
- “From Magic Lantern Slide to Digital Image: Visual Communities and American Culture.” In “Special Issue: American Art and Visual Culture.” The Journal of American Culture. Vol. 31, 1, 1-5, March 2008.
- “Art Cheap and Good:“ The Art Union and the Middling classes in England and the United States, 1840-1860.” Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide. 1:1 (February 2002).
- “Imagined and Aesthetic Communities: The Art Union of London and the American Art Union.” In Coleccion y Circulacion de las Artes, Memorias del xxe Coloquio Internacional de Historia del Arte, Patricio (ed. Gustavo Curiel), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico (1997), pp. 409-438.
- ‘“Wot is to Be?” The Visual Construction of Empire at the Crystal palace Exhibition, London”. In Fear and Loathing in Victorian England, edited by Marlene Tromp, Marcia Bachman, and Heidi Kaufman. Columbus Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2011.
- “Sorry to leave so many weeds”: Jane Gilmor’ in I’ll be back for the cat: The Art of Jane Gilmor. New York, 2011.
- “Prints and Photographs in Nineteenth Century England: Visual Communities, Cultures and Class.” In A History of Visual Culture:Western Civilization from the 18th to the 21st Century. Jane Kromm and Susan Bakewell (eds). London: Berg Publishing, 2010. 296-308.
- “Artists Taking the High Road and the Low Road.” In Popular Culture Values and the Arts: Essays on Elitism versus Democratization. Ray Browne (ed) North Carolina and London: McFarland Press, 2009. 109-124
- “Popular Art in North America.” In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture: North America. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. Gary Hoppenstand (general editor), Michael Schoenecke (volume editor) 19-46.
- “Popular Art in Europe.” In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture: Europe, Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. Gary Hoppenstand (general editor), Gerd Bayer (volume editor) 27-57.
Selected Publications on Pedagogy
- “Function and Meaning in Georges Seurat’s La Grande Jatte.” In Methodologies of Art History. Pamela Trimpe and Jacob Molyneux (eds). Princeton NJ: The College Board, 2005, 1-6.
- “From the Trenches’, article and sample syllabus for undergraduate Art History Survey Course, in The AP Art History Handbook for Teachers. Cheryl Hughes (ed), Princeton, NJ: The College Board, 2003. 123-130.
Selected Recent Curatorial Projects/Exhibitions:
- The Tourist View: From Grand Tours to Tramps Abroad. Denison University Museum, 2006. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Denison University Internship Program, and The Denison University Provost’s Office. September 10-December 10, 2006.
- Out of Belfast (Three Women Artists from Belfast): Herbert, Kelly, O’Baoill. Denison University Art Gallery. Funded by the Ohio Humanities Council, NEH, and the Ohio Arts Council, the Firestone Foundation, and The Aer Lingus Artists’ Program. September 1999-November 1999.
Recent Professional Positions:
- President, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). 2011-2013.
- President Elect, PCA/ACA. 2010-2011.
- Vice-President of Area Chairs PCA/ACA. 2008-2010.
- Co-President, PCA/ACA, 2007-2008.
- Vice-President/President Elect, American Culture Association (ACA). 2005-2008.
- Chief Reader, AP Art History, College Board, Princeton, NJ. 2004-2007.
- Chief Reader Designate, AP Art History, College Board, Princeton, NJ. 2003-2004.
- Test Development Committee, AP Art History, ETS/College Board, Princeton, 2004-2007.
- Posse Mentor Boston Posse 2012
Dr. Doug Spieles (B.S. Biology, University of Dayton; M.S., Ph.D. Environmental Science, The Ohio State University) is an Ohio native who grew up near Toledo. As a graduate student, Doug worked first in environmental entomology and then in wetland ecology. His dissertation work was completed with advisor Dr. Bill Mitsch, the premier wetlands expert in the U.S.
From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Spieles was an assistant professor of environmental science at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN. While in this position, he helped guide the formation of a new environmental science program, which involved curriculum design, course development, recruitment, advising, and teaching.
In his scholarship, Dr. Spieles focuses on the ecological development of constructed wetlands, primarily from the point of view of community and ecosystem ecology. He also has interests in environmental education and environmental history. Doug is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Licking Land Trust.
Doug joined Denison's Environmental Studies Program in 2002 and has been instrumental to the program both in teaching (Science & the Environment, Environmental Assessment, Wetland Ecology and Ecosystems Management) and in developing an analytical laboratory facility in Barney, which is used for water, soil, and biotic analyses in both curricular lab exercises and scholarly research projects.
I study the ecological development of constructed wetlands. The number of constructed and restored wetlands in North America is growing through mitigation for legal compliance and conservation efforts, but we still know very little about ecosystem assembly. I study the communities that develop in newly created or restored wetlands and the nutrient and energy flow through those communities. My recent articles describe research at this level: nutrient flow through constructed wetlands (Ecological Engineering Vol. 14), invertebrate community development in constructed wetlands (Wetlands Vol. 20 No. 4), and energy flow through the primary and secondary production of developing wetlands (Ecological Modelling Vol. 161). Such community/ecosystem level research is valuable in that it contributes to our understanding of freshwater wetland structure and function and as it improves our ability to successfully restore or create wetlands.
My most recent research is on the succession and development of wetland mitigation banks. Mitigation banking is the process of restoring, creating, enhancing or preserving off-site wetland areas as legal compensation for impacted wetlands. There are currently about 220 mitigation banks in the United States, and most have been developed in the past ten years. By law, these systems are required to be monitored for five years, but very little is known about their long-term ecological status. I recently authored the first systematic analysis of the vegetative state of mitigation banks (Wetlands Vol. 25 No. 1). I am also studying the development of two mitigation banks in central Ohio—the Hebron Mitigation Bank and Big Island Mitigation Bank—by comparing vegetation development, macroinvertebrate diversity and trophic representation, and soil characteristics of these sites with reference wetlands in the same region (Environmental Management, Vol. 38).
- Spieles, D.J. and J. Horn. 2009. Macroinvertebrate community structure in created wetlands of different successional stage. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 12(3)320-329.
- Spieles, D.J. 2009. Book Review: David Orr, Earth in Mind. Journal of Environmental Psychology 29:168-170.
- Spieles, D.J. and J.W. Mora. 2007. Detrital sequestration and decomposition as measures of ecosystem function in created wetlands. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22(4):571-579.
- Spieles, D.J., M. Coneybeer, and J. Horn. 2006. Community structure and quality after ten years in two central Ohio mitigation bank wetlands. Environmental Management 38:837-852.
- Spieles, D.J. 2005.The role of biomanipulation in aquatic ecosystem restoration. In: Burk, A.R. (ed.)Progress in Aquatic Ecosystems Research.Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 59-82.
- Spieles, D. J. 2005. Vegetation development in created, restored, and enhanced mitigation banks of the United States.Wetlands 25(1):51-63.
- Spieles, D. J. and W. J. Mitsch. 2003. A model of secondary production and trophic structure in constructed wetlands. Ecological Modelling 161: 183-194.
- Spieles, D. J. and G. Cunfer. 2002. Collaborative integration of GIS in co-curricular undergraduate research. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly September 2002, pp.41-44.
- Spieles, D. J. 2001. Wetlands. In: Amato, A.J., J.T. Timmerman, and J.A. Amato (eds). Draining the Great Oasis: An Environmental History of Murray County, Minnesota. Crossings Press, Marshall,Minnesota. 282 pp.
- Spieles, D. J. and W. J. Mitsch. 2000. Macroinvertebrate community structure in high and low nutrient constructed wetlands. Wetlands 20 (4): 716-729.
- Spieles, D. J. and W. J. Mitsch. 2000. The effects of season and hydrologic and chemical loading on nitrate retention in constructed wetlands: A comparison of low and high nutrient riverine systems. Ecological Engineering 14: 77-91.
- Spieles, D. J. and D. Horn. 1998. The Importance of Prey for Fecundity and Behavior in the Gypsy Moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) Predator Calosoma sycophanta (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Environmental Entomology 27 (2): 458-462.
- The fate of planted stock in the vegetation and seed bank of a young mitigation wetland, presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Madison, WI 6/09
- More precious than oil: water and international crisis, presented at Sigma Xi Science Café, Denison University, Granville, OH 10/08
- Spatial analysis of Ohio wetland mitigation banks, presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA 6/07 and the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Biological Survey, Columbus, OH 11/06
- Organic Sequestration and Decomposition as Measures of Funciton in Created Wetlands, Presented at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN 8/06
- Indicators of Ecosystem Structure and Biotic Integrity in Mitigation Wetlands, Presented at the Environmental Bioindicators Conference, Baltimore, MD 4/06
- An Assessment of the Floristic and Macroinvertebrate Communities of Two Ten-Year-Old Mitigation Banks, Presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, 6/05
- Mitigation Banks: Compensatory Creation and Restoration of Wetlands, Presented at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 11/04
- Ecological Development of Mitigation Bank Wetlands, Presneted for the Denison Scientific Association, Denison University 11/04 and for the University of Dayton Department of Biology, 10/04
- Vegetation Development in Created, Restored, and Enhanced Mitigation Banks of the United States, Presented at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR 8/04 and at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA 7/04
- A Model of Macroinvertebrate Trophic Structure and Oxygen Demand in Freshwater Wetlands, Presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA 6/03
- The Black Swamp: A Case Study of Ecological Succession and Human Inhabitation, Presented at the American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Providence,RI, 3/03
- Spatial Analysis of Waterfowl Habitat in a Restored Prairie Wetland, Presented at the National Wetlands Symposium, Indianapolis, IN 10/02
- From Till to Tile: Environmental History of Murray County, Minnesota, Presented at PipestoneNational Monument, Pipestone, MN 5/02
- Fire on the Prairie: Inspiration and Innovation in Teaching Science, Presented at the Minnesota Science Teachers Annual Conference, Willmar, MN 4/02
- Macroinvertebrate Community Structure in High and Low Nutrient Constructed Wetlands, Presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Chicago,IL 6/01
- Active Learning in the Undergraduate Classroom: Co-curricular Undergraduate Research, Presented at the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, Minneapolis, MN 2/01
- The Effects of Season and Hydrologic Loading on Nitrate Retention in Constructed Wetlands, Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Norfolk, VA 6/99
- Regional River Monitoring: Student-led Analysis of the Redwood River, Lyon County, Minnesota, Presented at the Annual Conference of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Center for Teaching and Learning, Minneapolis, MN 5/99
Karen Spierling joined the Denison faculty in 2010. She teaches courses on early modern European topics, including the Renaissance and Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, riots and revolutions, the era of the great “witch hunts,” and European travelers in their increasingly global contexts. In her teaching, Dr. Spierling is especially interested in the transformation of religious ideas as they were put into practice, the development of discussions about authority and individual rights, and the complicated dynamics of European expansion and intercultural global exchanges in the early modern period.
Dr. Spierling’s research interests focus on the history of the Reformation, in particular the interplay among religious, social, and political concerns in the development and spread of Reformed (Calvinist) Protestantism. Her first book, Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536–1564 (Ashgate, 2005; paperback–Westminster John Knox, 2009) examined the ways that negotiations among reformers, civic leaders, and church members influenced the Reformed practice of baptism, a fundamental ritual in any Christian society. Her current work focuses on the perpetuation of Protestant-Catholic relations in sixteenth-century Geneva, which was reputed to be the most strictly reformed city in Europe, and on the daily workings of such a “Reformed” society. Her recent publications include: “Putting ‘God’s Honor First’: Truth, Lies, and Servants in Reformation Geneva,”Church History and Religious Culture 92 (2012); “Reformation Understandings of Women, Marriage, and Family,” in David M. Whitford, ed., The T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology (London: T&T Clark, 2012); “Putting Order to Disorder: Illegitimate Children, Their Parents and the Consistory in Reformation Geneva,” in Raymond A. Mentzer and Françoise Moreil, eds, Dire l’interdit: the vocabulary of censure and exclusion in the early modern Reformed tradition (Leiden: Brill, 2010); and Defining Community in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Michael Halvorson (Ashgate, 2008).
Dr. Spierling received her B.A. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Denison, Dr. Spierling was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisville and a Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University.
Charles St-Georges is a native of rural southern Arizona. He grew up doing theatre (participating in more than 40 plays) and began his academic career studying theatre before his intellectual curiosity led him to languages and cultures. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a major in Spanish and a minor in Russian, after which he found work as an interpreter in various fields including healthcare, law enforcement, and insurance.
Charles then went on to pursue two masters degrees: one in Spanish language and culture, and one in French linguistics. He taught grammar and literature courses at Arizona State University while completing his Ph.D. in Spanish cultural studies, for which he successfully defended a dissertation that analyzed the temporal trope of the ghost and the rhetorical figure of the family in horror films from Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.
Charles is currently the Production Editor for the academic journal Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana. His research mainly focuses on the intersections between normative discourse and representations of time in (usually filmic) narratives from the Hispanic world. He is particularly concerned with the relationship between Western historicism, the supposedly apolitical realm of chronological time, and the persistent use of ghosts and specters to represent historical injustice in Latin American and Peninsular film.
- “Zombies as Temporal Critique: Sudor frío (2010) and Generations of Youth in Post-Dictatorship Argentina.” Zombies in the Hispanic World. Ed. Mónica Ayala-Martínez. Accepted chapter.
- “The Literalization of Trauma’s Specter and the Problematization of Time in The Appeared (Aparecidos).” Ghostly Hauntings and the Talking Dead in Contemporary Latin American and Iberian Narratives. Ed. Amanda Peterson and Alberto Ribas. Book proposal under second review.
- “The Modernized Myth and Mythical Modernity: Kilómetro 31 as Bourgeois Horror.” Mexican Horror Films: Studies in the Horror Film. Ed. Gerardo Cummings. Accepted chapter.
- “El espectro de la realidad en dos novelas de Manuel Mujica Láinez.” Confluencia 29.2 (2014): 116-28.
- “Cosas de mujeres: La demarcación de lo líquido como espacio femenino en Kilómetro 31.” Polifonía 2 (2012): 57–67. Print.
- “La dualidad y la (in)mortalidad: las dimensiones fantasmales de Santuarios del corazón.” Puentes 8 (2010): 91–99. Print.
- “Reflexiones sobre la (in)dependencia puertorriqueña: intelectualismo vs. sabiduría colectiva en La guaracha del Macho Camacho.” Arenas Blancas 11 (2010): 7–11. Print.
- Rev. of Subero, Gustavo. Queer Masculinities in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Male Bodies and Narrative Representations. Imagofagia 10 (2014): n. pag. Web. (ISSN: 1852-9550)
- Rev. of Vázquez, David J. Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity. Chasqui 41.2 (2012): 255-57. Print.
- Rev. of Podalsky, Laura. The Politics of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico. Imagofagia 6 (2012): n. pag. Web. (ISSN: 1852-9550)
- Rev. of Elsaesser, Thomas and Malte Hagener. Film theory: an introduction through the senses. Imagofagia 4 (2011): n. pag. Web. (ISSN: 1852-9550)
- Rev. of Kilómetro 31. Chasqui 38.2 (2009): 236–38. Print.
- “La interrogación infantil del orden simbólico en El orfanato.” Actas del II Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual. Buenos Aires, 2010. Web.
Barbara earned a B.A. in American studies from Penn State’s Capital College Honors Program. She came to Denison in 2007, first as chief writer and senior associate director for media relations and then in her current role. She is a writer and editor, and she leads the talented team that creates editorial and art content for the college’s print and online publications, such as Denison.edu, TheDen, Denison Magazine, and advancement materials. Previously, she was associate director for publications, assistant editor of Dickinson Magazine, and capital campaign communications manager at Dickinson College for nearly 7 years. She also has been a magazine features writer and director of the Rappahannock Fiction Writers Workshop.
Anne received her B.S. in sociology from Susquehanna University. With nearly two decades in higher education administration and development, her professional experience includes serving as the Assistant Director for the South Asia Program at Cornell University and most recently as the Assistant Director of Grants at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In July 2010, Anne joined Denison as the Development Officer in charge of Foundation and Corporate Relations and she works closely with the Provost’s Office to support externally-sponsored research projects for the faculty.
Jen earned a B.A. in psychology from Denison in 2000. She started at the college shortly after graduation, working with summer conferences. She currently focuses on supporting the Alumni Clubs Program and Members Alumni Council.
- Jezerinac, R.F. & G.W. Stocker 1987 Fallicambarus (Creaserinus) fodiens (Cottle) (Decapoda:Cambaridae) in West Virginia: A new state record. Ohio J. Sci., 87(1):46-47
- Jezerinac, R.F. & G.W. Stocker 1993 A new species of crayfish (Decapoda:Cambaridae) belonging to the Genus Cambarus, Subgenus Hiaticambarus, from the upper Elk River drainage of West Virginia. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 106(2), 1993. pp. 346-352
- Jezerinac, R.F., G.W. Stocker, & D.C. Tarter 1995 The Crayfishes (Decapoda:Cambaridae) of West Virginia. Ohio Biological Survey Bull. X(1)NS
- Thoma, R.F. & G.W. Stocker 2009 Cambarus (Procericambarus) raymondi (Decapoda: Cambaridae), a new species of crayfish from southern Ohio. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 122(4), 2009. pp. 405-413
Chris Sullivan has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Denison since the fall of 2011. begins his third year at Denison as the assistant men's basketball coach in 2013-14.
Since coming to Denison the Big Red have made consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearances and in 2012 DU advanced to the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament championship game. Prior to his arrival in Granville, Sullivan capped a stellar career with Wittenberg University, leading the Tigers to back-to-back 20 win seasons and to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Sullivan joined the 1,000-point club at Wittenberg in a win over Wooster on February 12, 2011.
Sullivan started his collegiate basketball career at Franklin and Marshall University. After his freshman season, Sullivan transferred to Wittenberg University and as a junior was named second-team All-NCAC. In his third year, Sullivan tied the Wittenberg all-time season mark for three-point field-goals made in a season (90) and finished sixth in the nation with 3.2 three-point field-goals made per game.
During his senior campaign, Sullivan led the nation in three-pointers per game (4.1) and set the Wittenberg and NCAC record for three-pointers made in a season (120). He was named first-team All-NCAC, first-team All-Great Lakes Region, and was selected to the D3hoops.com All-America team. Sullivan graduated from Wittenberg in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management.
A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sullivan played his high school basketball at Upper Arlington High School. As a senior, Sullivan led Upper Arlington to its first district title in 60 years and was named first team All-Ohio Capital Conference. Sullivan’s 92 three-point field-goals made during his senior season currently ranks 18th all-time in the state of Ohio.
Cookie Sunkle is the Assistant to the Director of The Gilpatrick Center and can be found most days at her computer in her office in Gilpatrick House. With Denison since 1988, Cookie enjoys traveling in her spare time.
In addition to her Denison duties of facility scheduling, conferences and special events Vicki serves as the coordinator of the local West Licking Special Olympics and serves on the board of the Pataskala Public Library. She is a member of ACCED-I (Assoc. of Collegiate Conference & Event Directors - International) holding the offices of Region 8 Director Elect and Region 8 Director. She has served in various committees and organization at Denison including the Presidentail Search Committee, Dining, Campus Affairs Council, Residential Life Committees and President of DOWS. Vicki sings with the Vintage Voices, a local community choir and directs music at her church. Married to Mike Sussman, she has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Professor Suzuki is an Assistant Professor in International Studies. He earned a B.A. in International Stuides from Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. He has conducted field research in the Okinawan immigrant communities in eastern Bolivia and Okinawan-Bolivian immigrant communities in eastern Japan, and is currently interested in a transnational Okinawan peace and environmental activism. He teaches courses in introductory International Studies, globalization and diversification of Japanese society, trans-Pacific Asian communities and identities, race and class formations in a global perspective, and comparative Asian immigrant experiences in the Americas.