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Ashwin Lall Lall, Ashwin Lall

Ashwin Lall
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.A., Colgate University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Ashwin Lall joined the Denison faculty in 2010. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Tech, a Ph.D. student and Sproull fellow at the University of Rochester, and a math/computer science double major at Colgate University. Dr. Lall has taught several introductory courses, such as CS110, CS109, FYS102, as well as advanced topics such as Theory of Computation and Design/Analysis of Algorithms. Dr. Lall created a Game Design elective for the CS major in 2012. In 2013, he designed a new version of the introductory computer science course with an emphasis on applications in the social sciences. Dr. Lall was named a Bayley-Bowen faculty fellow in 2013.

Selected student research projects:

  • Yuting Chen, Edward Takahashi. Sketch-guided sampling for measuring network traffic statistics. In proceedings of MCURCSM 2012.
  • Edward Takahashi, Yuting Chen. Divergence in network traffic. In proceedings of MCURCSM 2012.

My research focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms for very large data sets. Much of my work has to do with applications in computer networks, though I have also done work in the areas of databases, social networks, distributed computing, and natural language processing (AI). I am interested in doing summer research with students on analysis of networking data, query optimization, or social networks. Interested students should drop by my office to discuss possible projects.

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Ross M. LaRoe dr. LaRoe, Ross M. M. LaRoe

Ross M. LaRoe
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Economics
Higley Hall
B.A., University of Missouri; M.S., Wright State University; Ph.D., American University

My current research is on the political economy of Social Security reform. The Social Security Amendments of 1939 put the program on its modern trajectory. A pay-as-you-go approach to financing the program was firmly established and benefits were granted to spouses of retired workers and to dependents of deceased workers. These changes were made based on the recommendations of an Advisory Council on Social Security that was composed of members representing employers, employees, and the public. Two prominent economists of the period, Paul Douglas and Alvin Hansen, were among those members of the council chosen to represent the public.

I am currently involved in investigating their role in shaping the council's recommendations. I am particularly interested in how their views of the economic issues of the day shaped their analysis of the council's work.

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Susan Larson Larson, Susan E. Larson

Susan Larson
Suzuki Instructor
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall

Susan Larson is the founder and artistic director of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony. From 2006 to 2010 Ms. Larson was Director of Orchestras for the Newark City Schools in Newark, Ohio. In 2009 her string orchestra, the Newark High School Sinfonia, was awarded first runner up for the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center. This honor earned her orchestra a front page story in the New York Times and an invitation to the White House. The Newark-Granville Youth Symphony was chosen to perform at the John F Kennedy Center in 2011 and for the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 2009. Susan previously taught for 15 years as Director of Orchestras for the Bexley City School District, during which time her orchestras also won national recognition and invitations to perform at the White House, London, England, and at international orchestra festivals. The Bexley Elementary Honors Orchestra and Middle School Orchestras, under the direction of Ms. Larson, were also chosen to perform for the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 1994 and 1998.

Ms. Larson has been a clinician and conductor for school ensembles throughout Ohio. She is on the board of the Ohio String Teachers Association and is a member of the National Conductors Guild, the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Susan currently is a violin, viola and chamber music instructor for the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has also served as conductor of Women in Music Symphony Orchestra and as music director for productions at Otterbein College.

As an active professional violinist, Susan has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, Westerville Civic Symphony, the Blossom Music Festival, and the Si Yo Chamber Music Society. She has also performed on stage with Barry Manilow, Barry White, the Electric Light Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Moody Blues, and Gene Bertoncini. Ms. Larson is currently a member of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.

Susan Larson earned her BS in Music Education and violin performance at Kent State University, with violin studies under Ma Si-Hon and Stephanie Sant’Ambrosio. Her graduate work has been at The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin.

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Justine Law Law, Justine Law

Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Environmental Studies
B.S., Allegheny College; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
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HyeKyung Lee dr. Lee, HyeKyung Lee

HyeKyung Lee
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Music  |  Composition & Music Theory
Burton Hall
B.M., YonSei University, Seoul; M.M., D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin

HyeKyung Lee (born in Seoul, Korea) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied composition with Karl Korte, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Stephen Montague, electronic music with Russell Pinkston, and piano with Danielle Martin and HeaSook Rhee. She also studied with Bernard Rands at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Ladislav Kubik at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague.

Her awards include the Harvey Gaul Composition Competition Award (honorable mention), Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composers Competition, ASCAP Standard Awards, Composers Guild Award, Delius Composition Contest Prize,  Nancy Van de Vate Prize for Orchestral Music, Search for New Music Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission and SCI/ASCAP Student Competition Award (honorable mention).  Her music has been supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Djerassi Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and MacDowell Colony.

An accomplished pianist, HyeKyung recorded a CD, “Blue” with saxophonist Todd Yukumoto (released on Equilibrium),  featuring her own Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone and Piano and Musique Légère for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Her Suite for Solo Piano is available on New Ariel Recordings (performed by Jeffrey Jacob), Opposed Directions for Disklavier and Live-electronics (performed by herself) on Volume 8 of the SEAMUS CD Series,  Quickly Casual for Violin, Cello, and two percussions on Robin Cox ensemble Vol. 7,  Saxophone Concerto on Mark Custom Recordings (performed by Havery Pittel with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble), conFUsion/comBUstion for piano and tape on Capstone Records (performed by herself). One of her commissioned work, “Dreaming in Colours” for Bassoon and Piano was written for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2005 for young women bassoonists under the age of 24.

She has been a Composer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Houston, University of Florida, University of Akron, University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Music at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

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Sara Lee Lee, Sara Lee

Sara Lee
Professor, Associate Director of Athletics, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Faculty, Staff  |  Women’s Studies, Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.S., Moorhead State University; M.A., Kent State University

Sara Lee has been at Denison University as a head coach since 1989. During her time she has served as both head women’s basketball coach and head volleyball coach. She is currently the head women’s basketball coach and Associate Director of Athletics.

Lee is Denison’s all-time wins leader in both volleyball and women’s basketball.  She is a multiple time winner of the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award and her teams have been recognized on a national level on many occasions. In 2011, the Big Red completed the conference's first undefeated regular season (25-0) and went on to capture the 2011 NCAC Tournament for the sixth time out of the last seven seasons.  On Jan. 13, 2010 Lee recorded victory No. 300 of her career against Oberlin College.

In 1989 Lee came to Denison from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she was the head coach of women's volleyball, basketball and softball for two years. While at Lake Erie, she also served as the coordinator of women's athletics, an instructor of physical education, a residence hall director and an academic advisor.

A native of Moorhead, Minn., Lee enrolled at Moorhead State University after graduating from high school in 1982. She earned her B.S. in physical education from Moorhead State in 1986. Lee went on to earn an M.A. in athletic administration from Kent State in 1987. In 1995 Lee was inducted into the Moorhead State University Athletic Hall of Fame for her distinguished accomplishments and career both on and off the playing field.

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Veerendra Lele Lele, Veerendra Prabodh Lele

Associate Professor
Faculty  |  International Studies, Sociology / Anthropology
Blair Knapp Hall
A.B., Cornell University; M.A., Georgetown University; M.A., University of Michigan; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

I am a broadly-trained cultural anthropologist with primary research interests in semiotic anthropology, material culture and archeology, racial, ethnic, and linguistic identity. I have secondary interests in kinship, demography, anthropology and philosophy, and the history of anthropology. Most of my fieldwork has been conducted in Ireland, in Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) communities. My recently completed projects include an analysis and critique of the logic of racial profiling, using C.S. Peirce's arguments about the various forms of logical inference including retroduction/abduction, and his theories about iconicity. The other project is a long-term investigation of the phenomenological and semiosic manifestation of material objects from the past in the present, focusing specifically on archaeological artefacts. I have recently begun a new project on the semiotic aspects of ‘vintage fashion’. I teach courses on semiotic anthropology, social theory (classical and contemporary), race and ethnicity, as well as courses in International Studies. I also teach our introductory course as well as our senior seminar.

Book review of Olaf Zenker’s Irish/ness Is All around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland. American Ethnologist, v. 41, issue 4, November 2014

“Response to Sluis and Edwards, ‘Rethinking Combined Departments’” in Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences (LATISS) v.7, n.2 Summer 2014

“Semiotic Ideologies of Race: Racial Profiling and Retroduction” in Recherches sémiotiques/ Semiotic Inquiry (RS/SI) v. 32, 2012


Selected Publications:

  • 2010, “Lessons in Racial Identity and Kinship” Anthropology News May 2010 See full article
  • 2009, ” 'It's not really a nickname, it's a method': Local Names, State Intimates, and Kinship Register in the Irish Gaeltacht”. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology v. 19:1 See full article
  • 2008, “Demographic Modernity” in Ireland: a cultural analysis of citizenship, migration, and fertility”. Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (JSAE). v.8:1 See full article
  • 2007, “Reading Dialogic Correspondence: Synge's The Aran Islands”. New Hibernia Review. Geimhreadh/Winter 11:4 See full article
  • 2006, “Material Habits, Identity, Semeiotic”. Journal of Social Archaeology. 6:1 See full article
  • 2005, Book Review of S. Muthu's “Enlightenment Against Empire”. American Anthropologist. v.107:2

American Anthropological Association

*RTE/Raidio na Gaeltachta/ (Irish-language radio on the internet)*

Semiotic Anthropology

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Xinda Lian Lian, Xinda Lian

Lian, Xinda Lian
Professor & Chair (Modern Languages)
Faculty  |  Chinese, Modern Languages, East Asian Studies
Fellows Hall
M.A., Fujian Teachers University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Eric C. Liebl dr. Liebl, Eric Christopher C. Liebl

Eric C. Liebl
Faculty  |  Biology, Neuroscience
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
415/ lab 424
B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Academic Positions Professor

Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2007 to present

Chair, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2002 to 2007

Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2000 to 2007

Grant Reviewer, Developmental Neurobiology at National Science Foundation, 2001 and 2004

External Reviewer for faculty promotions, ex. Department of Political Science at Pomona College (2007), Kalamazoo College (2001)

Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer, ex. Department of Political Science at Genetics, Oncogene

Student-Teacher Referee, Department of Education at Denison University, 2001

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 1994 - 2000

Teaching Assistant, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at University of CA-Berkeley



  • Smith, JA and Liebl, EC. 2006. Identification of the Molecular Lesions in Alleles of the Drosophila Abelson Tyrosine Kinase. Drosophila Information Service. v. 88 p. 20-23
  • Forsthoefel, DJ, Liebl, EC, Kolodziej, PA, Seeger, MA. 2005. The Abelson tyrosine kinase, the Trio GEF, and Enabled interact with the Netrin receptor Frazzled in Drosophila. Development. v. 132 p. 1983-1994
  • Liebl EC, Rowe RG, Forsthoefel DJ, Stammler AL, Schmidt ER, Turski M, Seeger MA. 2003. Interactions between the secreted protein Amalgam, Amalgam's transmembrane receptor Neurotactin and the Abelson tyrosine kinase affect axon pathfinding. Development. v. 130 no. 14 p. 3217-3226
  • Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, LS Franco, SH Sample, JE Hess, JA Cowger, MP Chandler, AM Shupert and MA Seeger. 2000. Dosage-sensitive, reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and the putative GEF trio reveal trio's role in axon pathfinding. Neuron. v. 26 p. 107-118
  • Liebl EC. 1999. Molecular Characterization of the Insertion Site in Eight P-Insertion Lines from the Kiss Collection. Drosophila Information Service. v. 82 p. 79-81
  • Liebl, EC, DJ Forsthofel, ER Schmidt, M Turski, KB Markham and MA Seeger. Mutational analysis of amalgam provides insights into Abl-dependent, Neurotactin-mediated adhesion and axon pathfinding in Drosophila. Genetics.
  • Hu, W-L, G Minihan, GR Buckles, H Hayter, EC Liebl, M-C Ramel and FN Katz. 2002. Dachs encodes an unconventional myosin that is required for segmentation and morphogenesis during limb development in Drosophila. Developmental Biology.
  • Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, LS Franco, SH Sample, JE Hess, JA Cowger, MP Chandler, AM Shupert and MA Seeger. 2000. Dosage-sensitive, reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and the putative GEF trio reveal trio's role in axon pathfinding. Neuron. v. 26 p. 107-118
  • Liebl EC. 1999. Molecular Characterization of the Insertion Site in Eight P-Insertion Lines from the Kiss Collection. Drosophila Information Service. v. 82 p. 79-81
  • Liebl EC. 1998. Testing for mutagens using fruit flies. The American Biology Teacher. v. 60 p. 1-5
  • Comer AR, EC Liebl and FM Hoffmann. 1995. Can clues to the molecular defects in chronic myelogenous leukemia come from genetic studies on the Abelson tyrosine kinase in fruit flies?. The Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine. v. 125 p. 686-691
  • Gertler FB, AR Comer, JL Juang, SM Ahern, MJ Clark, EC Liebl and FM Hoffmann. 1995. enabled, a dosage-sensitive suppresser of mutations in the Drosophila Abl tyrosine kinase, encodes an Abl substrate with SH3-domain binding properties. Genes and Development. v. 9 p. 521-533
  • Liebl EC and FM Hoffmann. 1994. Growth factors and signal transduction in Drosophila. M. Nilsen-Hamilton, ed., Growth Factors and Signal Transduction in Development. p. 165-174
  • Liebl EC, LJ England and GS Martin. 1993. Reactivation of host-dependent src kinase activity by coexpression with a heterologous tyrosine kinase. Virology. v. 195 p. 265-267
  • Liebl EC, LJ England, JE DeClue and GS Martin. 1992. Host range mutants of v-src: Alterations in kinase activity and substrate interactions. J. Virol. v. 66 p. 4315-4324
  • Liebl EC and GS Martin. 1992. Intracellular targeting of pp60src expression: Localization to adhesion plaques is sufficient to transform chicken embryo fibroblasts. Oncogene. v. 7 p. 2417-2428
  • Young JC, EC Liebl and GS Martin. 1998. A host-dependent temperature sensitive mutant of Rous sarcoma virus: Evidence for host factors affecting transformation. Virology. v. 166 p. 561-572
  • Pai JK, EC Liebl, CS Tettenborn, FI Ikegwuonu and GC Mueller. 1987. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate activates the synthesis of phosphatidylethanol in animal cells exposed to ethanol. Carcinogenesis. v. 8 p. 173-178


  • Liebl EC, CL Baldyga, LL Bickle, A Bishop, KE Dean, M Kopeke, RR Manohar, JR McCall, J McCroskey, JA Smith, MA Seeger. 2007. A screen for dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype. 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, PA
  • Liebl EC, CL Baldyga, LL Bickle, M Kopeke, RR Manohar, JR McCall, JA Smith, MA Seeger. 2005. A screen for dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype. Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Liebl, EC, RG Roew, DJ Forsthoefel, AM Stammler, MA Seeger. 2003. Identification of neurotactin as a dominant enchancer of the Abelson tyrosine kinase mutant phenotype. 44th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Chicago, IL
  • Liebl, EC. 2003. Amalgam functions as a dominant enhancer of the Abl mutant phenotype . Science Lecture Series. Ohio Wesleyan University, OH
  • Liebl, EC., ER Schmidt, DJ Forsthoefel, SC Howard, MA Seeger. 2001. Identification of amalgam as a dominant enhancer of the Abelson tyrosine kinase phenotype. 42nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Washington, DC
  • Liebl EC. 2001. Gaining insights into axonal pathfinding: combining genetics and cell biology nto an interesting amalgam. Kenyon College Biology Lecture Series. Gambier, OH
  • Forsthoefel DJ, ER Schmidt, S Howard, MA Seeger, EC Liebl. 2000. Trio, a cytoplasmic GEF, and Amalgam, a secreted member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, exhibit dosage-sensitive genetic interactions with the Abelson tyrosine kinase and function in Drosophila axon guidance pathways. Axon Guidance & Neural Plasticity Meeting. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Liebl EC. 1999. Signal transduction in the developing CNS: Reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and a guanine-nucleotide-exchange factor. Ohio State Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Seminar Series. Columbus, OH
  • Korn JM* and EC Liebl. 1999. Isolating Dominant Enhancers of the two-thirds-trio Mutant Phenotype. Genetics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
  • Schmidt E, SC Howard R Perala, EC Liebl. 1999. Fine Mapping of the M109 Gene. Genetics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
  • Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, SH Sample, LS Franco, JE Hess, MP Chandler, JA Cowger, AM Jackson, MA Seeger. 1999. Dosage-Sensitive Interactions Between two-thirds-trio, a Putative Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor, the Abl Tyrosine Kinase, enabled and failed-axon-connections. Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Liebl EC, SH Sample, LS Franco, JE Hess, JA Cowger, AM Jackson, DJ Forsthoefel, MA Seeger. 1999. Dosage-Sensitive, Reciprocal Genetic Interactions Between a Putative Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor and the Abl Tyrosine Kinase. Fifteenth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes and Tumor Supressors: Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation in Cancer. Fredrick, MD
  • Liebl EC. 1998. These Nobels Were Dynamite: Using the Genius of Morgan, McClintock and Mullis to Clone a Gene. Biology Symposium. The College of Wooster, OH
  • Liebl EC. 1998. The Last of the Positional Cloners. I-71 Cellular and Molecular. Kenyon College, OH
  • Liebl EC, JE Hess, FM Hoffmann. 1997. haracterization of M89: A Gene Redundant to the Abl Tyrosine Kinase. netics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
  • Liebl EC and T Schuh. 1996. Using Xenopus and Drosophila in Your Developmental Biology Lab - A Practical Guide. 55th Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. Nashville, TN
  • Liebl EC. Tubby Flies. 1995. CNS Axons and Leukemia: Using Genetics to Unravel a Biological Problem. Denison Scientific Association. Granville, OH
  • FB, AR Comer, J-L Juang, SM Ahern, MJ Clark, EC Liebl, FM Hoffmann. 1995. enabled, a Suppresser of Mutations in the Drosophila Abl Tyrosine Kinase, Encodes an Abl Substrate with SH3-domain Binding Properties. 54th Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. San Diego, CA
  • Liebl EC, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1994. Interactions with dachs May Link Abl Tyrosine Kinase-Mediated Signal Transduction with Cellular Adhesion. 53rd Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. Madison, WI
  • Liebl EC, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1994. Genetic Interactions with dachs May Serve to Link Abl Tyrosine Kinase-Mediated Signal Transduction with Cellular Adhesion. 35th Annual Drosphila Research Conference. Chicago, IL
  • Liebl EC, FB Gertler, KK Hill, FM Hoffmann. 1993. Genetic Modifiers of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 9th Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
  • Liebl EC, KK Hill, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1993. Second Site Suppressors of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 34th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. San Diego, CA
  • Liebl EC, KK Hill, FB Gertler, MJ Clark, M Visalli, FM Hoffmann. 1992. Identification of Second Site Modifiers of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 33rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, PA
  • Liebl EC, LJ England, GS Martin. 1990. Insertion/Deletion Mutagenesis of v-src: Effects on Intracellular Location and Protein-Tyrosine Phosphorylation. Sixth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
  • Liebl EC, LJ England, JE DeClue, GS Martin. 1989. Intracellular Localization of v-src: Effects on Fibroblast Transformation.. Fifth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
  • Liebl EC and J Pai. 1986. Phorbol Esters Induce the Synthesis of Phosphatidyl Alcohols, a Unique Class of Phospholipids. McArdle Chemical Carcinogenesis Seminar. Madison, WI
  • Liebl EC, K.E. Dean, A.R. Fields, M. J Geer, E.C. King, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola, E.M. Steenkiste, Y. Zhang. 2012. Characterizing M9.17, a strong dominant enhancer of the trio mutant phenotype. . Given at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology. Montreal, Canada,
  • Liebl EC, A.R. Fields, M. J Geer, L.J. Korbel, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola. 2011. Characterizing M9.17, a strong dominant enhancer of the trio and abl mutant phenotypes.. Given at the 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. San Diego , CA
  • Liebl EC, M. J Geer, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola. 2010. Characterizing dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype.. Given at the 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Washington , DC
  • Palozola KC, O. Uguru, K.E. Dean, R.R. Manohar, J.R. McCall, J.A. Smith and E.C. Liebl . 2008. Dissecting signal transduction networks involving the Abl tyrosine kinase and the Trio guanine nucleotide exchange factor.. Given at the first annual McArdle Laboratory Research Symposium. Madison , WI
  • Liebl EC. 2008. Dosage-sensitive genetic interaction affecting axon guidance.. Given to the University of Toledo Biology Department. Toledo , OH

Honors and Awards

  • Richard Lucier Endowed Professorship in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarship. August 2007 - present
  • National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant, "Understanding Trio and Abl in Drosophila Axon Guidance Through Genetic Modifiers" (PI; 1R15HD059924-01); $196,312; 8/2009 to 8/2012.
  • Denison University Research Foundation Award, “A Systematic Search for Genetic Interactions Affecting Nervous System Development Involving the Abl Kinase and the Trio Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor”, $10,967, 2008-2009
  • Participant in the Faculty Summer Institute on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genonome Project sponsored by the Dartmouth College Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics. June, 2004 at Howard University, Washington D.C.
  • National Science Foundation Grant, "Investigation of the integrated roles of Abl, Trio, and Neurotactin in axon outgrowth" (co-PI; NSF 0344053); $240,000; 2004-2007
  • R. C. Good Fellowship, Denison University, 2001
  • National Science Foundation Grant, "Genetic and Cell Biological Characterization of Trio and Amalgam: Two New Enhancers of Abl" (co-PI); $341,752; 2001-2004
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Collaboration with Technology Grant (PI); $21,216 2000-2001
  • Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 2000
  • Denison University Research Foundation Award, "Fine Mapping and Cloning of the Fruit Fly M109 Gene", $3,534, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 1999
  • Junior Faculty Fellowship, Denison University, 1998
  • National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant, "Probing Drosophila Abelson Tyrosine Kinase with Genetics" (PI); $98,182; 1996-2000.
  • Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 1995
  • Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1991-1994
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, 1988
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention, 1987
  • Regents Fellowship, University of California, 1986
  • Honors Degree in Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, 1985
  • Trewartha Honors Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Wisconsin, 1984

Senior Thesis Advised

  • Localizing dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype and structure/function assays of Neurotactin. Kathryn Elizabeth Dean, 2007*
  • Tyrosine phosphorylation of Trio by Abelson tyrosine kinase. Andrew Justin Bishop, 2007*
  • An investigation of axon pathfinding in the central nervous system of Drosophila through the molecular and genetic characterization of dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Jenna Susanne McCroskey, 2007*
  • Investigating Neurotactin and localizing the dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Rohan Raoul Manohar, 2006*
  • Study on Neurotactin and dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Lindsay Lee Bickel, 2006*
  • Identification of protein:protein interactions of the intracellular domain of Neurotactin by biopanning of a phage display cDNA library. Timothy Ryan Heacock, 2004*
  • Axon pathfinding in the central nervous system of D. melanogaster: Determining enhancers of the trio mutantphenotype from a random mutagenesis screen. Morgan Rebecca Koepke, 2004*
  • Interactions with Nrt: A yeast two-hybrid assay. Brant Lloyd Eutzy, 2003*
  • Amalgam and neurotactin are dosage-sensitive genetic modifiers of the Abl tyrosine kinase mutant phenotype. R. Grant Rowe, 2003*
  • The development of the central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster: Potential interactions with Trio and Neurotactin. Kara Beth Markham, 2001*
  • Localization and characterization of the M109 mutation: A new allele of the Drosophila amalgam gene. Erica R. Schmidt, 2000*
  • Isolation of enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Jay Korn, 2000
  • Testing the effectiveness of two cryoprotectants (glycerol and ethylene glycol) and two freezing methods (dry ice block freezing and controlled rate freezing) in the cryopreservation of domestic felid spermatozoa. Katherine A. Beltaire, 1999*
  • M89: Transposon mutagenesis and recombination with fax. Lara S. Franco, 1999
  • Mycobacteriophage L5: Investigation of the integration complex and further characterization of the mIHF binding site. J. Michelle Kahlenberg, 1998*
  • Generation and characterization of gamma-ray generated M89 alleles. Matthew P. Chandler, 1998
  • Fine localization and characterization of the M89 gene in Drosophila melanogaster. Jon E. Hess, 1998*
  • Deficiency and meiotic recombinant mapping of the Drosophila Abl interacting gene M109. N. Reid Perala, 1998*
  • Genetic experiments exploring the Abl:Disabled genetic interaction. James Pavelka, 1997.
  • The search for a suppressor of the enabled mutant phenotype. Jason A. Hoppe, 1997.
  • The mapping and characterization of the M89 mutation in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. Jennifer A. Cowger, 1997*
  • Using Drosophila genetics to study signal transduction by the Abl tyrosine kinase. Susan C. Howard, 1996*
  • The mapping and characterization of the M89 mutation in Drosophila. Angela M. Jackson, 1996*
  • Detection of a polymorphic microsatellite in the 21-hydroxylase gene region of the horse. Jennifer J. Carlisle, 1995*

* Denotes an honors thesis

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Jeehyun Lim Lim, Jeehyun Lim

Lim, Jeehyun Lim
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  English, International Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A., Seoul National University; M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Jeehyun Lim received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2010). Her areas of research include U.S. ethnic literature, comparative race/ethnicity studies, and theories of race and ethnicity. She is currently working on a book manuscript which examines post-WW II changes to U.S. race relations and literary productions through Asian American and Latino writers' engagements with bilingualism. Her scholarly work has appeared in Biography, Women's Studies Quarterly, and MELUS.

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Lisbeth Lipari dr. Lipari, Lisbeth A. Lipari

Lisbeth Lipari
Associate Professor & Chair (Communication)
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., University of Minnesota Twin Cities; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Stanford University

Dr Lisbeth A. Lipari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Denison University. She joined the faculty at Denison in 1998. and her research and teaching focus on the relationship between language, politics, and ethics. Central to her work are questions involving the role of public communication in the creation of equitable and just democratic political practices.

As a scholar, Dr Lipari's work on listening draws on both European phenomenological and dialogic philosophies and Indian Buddhist and language philosophies in order to develop a theoretical perspective on listening as an ethico-political communicative praxis. Among other things, her work centers of the interplay of alterity and ethics and the ways in which listening acts as a form of communicative conjuring that is nascent to the ethical relation. Much of her work is involved in developing new concepts and a theoretical vocabulary for understanding listening from humanistic perspectives. She has also published scholarship involving rhetorical history, which concerns the work of civil rights playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, as well as critical political communication, which concerns the ideologies of public opinion polling.

As a teacher, Dr Lipari approaches the classroom as a student-centered interactive learning community where students and professor work collaboratively to apply, analyze, create, critique, and extend knowledge. Her teaching is embedded in interdisciplinary perspectives that help students draw distinctions and make connections across a variety of epistemic frameworks. Because of the centrality of communication to all aspects of our shared social world, students are encouraged to develop the habits of mind needed to fulfill their many life goals. In short, Dr. Lipari's courses invite students to recognize and cultivate their own intellectual abilities, values, and goals so that they may contribute meaningfully to the communities they inhabit.


Dr Lipari's work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Theory, Discourse Studies, International Journal of Listening, Journal of Communication, Journal of Popular Culture, Media Culture and Society, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Political Communication, and The Quarterly Journal of Speech, as well as in several edited volumes including 'After You,' Human Sciences on Ethics in Dialogical Counseling; Black Writers of the Chicago Renaissance; Encyclopedia of Identity; Encyclopedia of Communication Theory; Queering Public Address: Sexuality and American Historical Discourse; and Politics, Discourse, and American Society. Her work has also been presented at a range of scholarly conferences including the International Association for Dialogic Studies; at an Interdisciplinary Expert Seminar held in the Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit; A Critical Symposium on Race, Communication, Media, and Counter-Racist Scholarship; at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation; at the New Agendas in Political Communication; the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research; the National Communication Association; and the International Communication Association.

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Tony J. Lisska Lisska, Anthony J. J. Lisska

Tony J. Lisska
Maria Theresa Barney Professor
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Providence College; M.A., St. Stephen's College; Ph.D., Ohio State University

I was educated at Providence College, graduating in 1963 with an AB degree (Cum Laude) in Philosophy. I continued my work in Philosophy, receiving my MA from St. Stephen’s College and my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In addition, I have a Certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. I presently hold an endowed professorship in the Department on Philosophy, and earlier I was awarded the Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair.

My most important graduate school mentor—although we didn’t use that term in the late 1960s—was Robert G. Turnbull, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State and himself a most distinguished scholar/teacher. It was Bob Turnbull who forced me to re-think the scholastic philosophy from my earlier academic work with the insights and rigor of contemporary analytic philosophy. That combination indeed made my scholarly life. I have published nearly sixty philosophical articles, essays in books, and book reviews in The American Journal of Jurisprudence, Teaching Philosophy, The Thomist, New Blackfriars (Oxford), The Heythrop Journal (London), International Philosophical Quarterly, Cross Currents, Speculum, Philosophy in Review and The Psychological Record. I have also read philosophy papers, nearly ninety in all, at all three divisional meetings of the American Philosophical Association, several regional Philosophy associations, and Institutes for Medieval Philosophy, among other conferences. My scholarly work has been directed towards the texts of Thomas Aquinas, the great thirteenth century Aristotelian. Recent work centered on constructing an analytic explicatio textus of Aquinas’s work on ethical naturalism, which culminated in Aquinas Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction; this book appeared in 1996 from the Clarendon Press of Oxford University Press. A paperback edition was published in 1997 and reprinted in 2001. A more recent book-length manuscript has focused on Aquinas’s account of perception in his philosophy of mind and how this contrasts radically from the Cartesian model so prevalent in Modern Philosophy. Recent lectures were given at Northwestern University, Iona College, The University of Notre Dame, The University of North Florida, Kenyon College, Marquette University, Villanova University, Oklahoma State University, Luther College, The University of Scranton, the national meetings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Central and Pacific Divisions of the American Philosophical Association, The International Thomas Aquinas Society, the Thomas More Society, and the Smithsonian Institute. I gave the 2002 Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on recent scholarly work on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, the 2004 Suarez Lecture at Fordham University on “recta ratio” in Aquinas and Ockham, presented the 2006 Aquinas Lecture on Aquinas and Natural Law at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick and gave the Larwill Lecture at Kenyon College in 2013 on Natural Law Issues in Classical and Contemporary philosophy. An essay on natural law appeared in Contemporary Legal Problems: 1998 (OUP) and another in Virtue’s End: God in the Moral Philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas (St. Augustine Press, 2008). Two chapters, one on Aquinas and natural law and the other on later medieval philosophy of law, recently appeared in an international series on jurisprudence: Volume Six of A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence: A History of the Philosophy of Law from the Ancient Greeks to the Scholastics (Springer, 2007). A chapter on Aquinas’s Theory of Mind appeared in a monograph entitled Analytical Thomism (Ashgate: 2006). In 2006, I served as the elected national President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association; I delivered the presidential address at the annual meetings held in Granville on issues in inner sense in Aquinas.

Teaching at an undergraduate college like Denison was always an aspiration. Working with students and helping them become connected with philosophy is an activity I treasure immensely. In my early teaching days, I was concerned that materials in philosophy either talked down to beginning students or were too difficult for them. With this problem in mind, I wrote Philosophy Matters (Charles Merrill: 1978), which combined what I took to be the best of an anthology and the best of an analytic commentary. This book went through five printings and has been re-printed privately for the 2013-14 academic year. In 1990, I received the Sears Teaching Award at Denison and in 1994 received the Carnegie Foundation United States Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year Award. My listing appears in the Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Mid-west, and Who’s Who in American Education.

My intellectual avocation is regional history. I served on the Board of Management of the Granville Historical Society for fifteen years; there another member and I began a quarterly, The Historical Times, which in 1991 won a state historical award. I still serve as an editor of this quarterly. I have published over forty articles on local history, the most widely read treating an early 19th century Roman Catholic Bishop who worked with Native Americans appeared in Oxford’s New Blackfriars (1993). In addition, I have given over thirty presentations on topics in regional history. In 1985, I published A History of Aquinas College High School and am presently completing A Short History of East Columbus, Ohio. I am the author of An Illustrated History of the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, which was published in 2007. I am an editor of Volume One of the 2005 Bicentennial History of Granville, which appeared in late 2004. This book contains a chapter that I co-authored; Volume Two contains two of my historical essays. This three-volume set recently received a national award from the National Association of State and Local Historians.

I served Denison University as Dean of the College for a five-year period, chaired the Philosophy Department twice—and once again for 2008-2009—and served as the founding Director of the Honors Program for fifteen years. I have been an evaluator for curriculum projects on four occasions for The National Endowment for the Humanities and have served as an external consultant for Honors Program development and philosophy department evaluation. I am a founding member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. Recent Honors Program narratives have been presented to the American Council of Academic Deans and at the National Meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council. I was the central author for Denison’s North Central accreditation project in 1980. In 2004 and again in 2008, I served as President of The Granville Foundation.

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Yu Liu Liu, Yu Liu

Yu Liu
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry
Ebaugh Laboratories
B.S., Peking University, Beijing; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
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Richard Lopez dr. Lopez, Richard C. Lopez

Richard Lopez
Studio Instructor (part-time)
Faculty  |  Music  |  Jazz - Piano | Keyboard Studies
Burton Hall
B.A., M.Mus., D.M.A., Ohio State University

Born in Hollywood, California, of English and Honduran parentage, Richard Lopez spent his early years traveling between England, Central America and the United States.  He has appeared as a soloist and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Bexley and Westerville Community Orchestras, and as a guest artist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has performed in Mexico under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and presents frequent solo recitals of traditional classical repertoire in addition to his schedule of jazz performances.  He has worked with Lili Kraus, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Edith Oppens, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild and Sergei Polusmiak. 

Currently a faculty member at Denison University and Otterbein College, Lopez has also taught at the University of Akron, The Ohio State University and at Capital University.  Lopez recently spent a year living and performing in Los Angeles, where he appeared in jazz venues at several clubs in Los Angeles. He has produced two CD's “The Richard Lopez Trio: Live at Rigsby's,” “Too Far North,” a jazz quartet, which performs Lopez's original compositions in clubs and jazz festivals. He has performed with Jazz greats Ernie Watts, Eddie Daniels, Walt Weiskopf, Percy Heath and Gene Bertoncini and is currently quite active on the jazz scene in central Ohio. 

Lopez has composed soundtracks for a variety of commercial, educational, corporate and children's video projects. His original composition, “Blues and Variations” for piano, was commissioned for Capital University's “Grand Piano Series,” where it received its premiere.

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Fran Lopez-Martin dr. Lopez-Martin, Francisco J. Lopez-Martin

Fran Lopez-Martin
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Modern Languages, Spanish, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Fellows Hall
B.A., Universidad de Huelva; M.A., University of Western Ontario; Ph.D., Duke University

Francisco Javier Lopez-MartÍn teaches Spanish literature and language, critical theory and writing at Denison University. His specialty area is 16th and 17th Hispanic Transatlantic Literature and History with emphasis in the representation of time, space and the dynamics of power between America and Spain. He is also interested in European Humanism during the 16th century and in Spanish Golden Age Theatre.

He teaches middle and upper level classes of Hispanic literature, with a Transatlantic approach, focusing on representation, aesthetics and critical thinking. He also teaches upper level courses on Transatlantic Studies, exposing the struggles of power during American Conquest and analyzing the complexity of the encounter between Europeans and Americans in the 16th century. In addition to these courses, Francisco teaches language courses and a writing workshop in Spanish.

Francisco has recently published –Violencia, neoplatonismo y aristotelismo en La Aurora en Copacabana” and –Complejidad e hipertextualidad en el teatro barroco: Calderon y sor Juana”. His book entitled Representaciones del tiempo y construccon de la identidad entre Espaea y America (1580-1700) will be published by Universidad de Huelva in September, 2011.

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Melanie Lott ’04 Lott, Melanie Lott ’4

Melanie Lott '04
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Astronomy, Physics
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.S., Denison University; M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

I enjoy teaching courses across the spectrum of the physics curriculum including introductory physics, mechanics, electronics, modern physics, and the advanced experimental laboratory. In addition to working with students in the classroom setting, I enjoy involving students in my research lab.

I am a biomechanist who works on the whole body level, using principles of classical mechanics to better understand how the human body moves. I am particularly interested in dance biomechanics, which is a relatively new field. My research is interdisciplinary in nature, combining physics, anatomy, and the art of dance. In general I am interested in connections between science and the arts and enjoy finding ways for the two seemingly disconnected worlds to intermingle.


Currently my research group investigates how dancers regain balance while spinning in a multiple-turn pirouette. We collect motion capture data of dancers with a multi-camera system to track the positions and orientations of the dancers’ body segments and center of mass throughout the pirouette. We also create a model of the dancer to simulate the pirouette based on theoretical mechanics. Our model can also be used to compute the musculoskeletal forces involved in executing the movement. One of the main goals of our research is to determine if expert dancers utilize a particular adjustment strategy to successfully regain balance while rotating on one foot.

In the past I have also done projects on biomechanics of athletics and even non-human movement (horse jumping). I enjoy collaborating with people across many disciplines.

Selected publications:

  • K. Laws and M. Lott, “Resource Letter PoD-1: The Physics of Dance,” American Journal of Physics 81, 7 (2013).
  • M. Lott and K. Laws, “The Physics of Toppling and Regaining Balance during a Pirouette,” Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 16, 167 (2012).
  • M. Cluss, K. Laws, N. Martin, T.S. Nowicki, and A. Mira, The Indirect Measurement of Biomechanical Forces in the Moving Human Body,” American Journal of Physics 74, 102 (2006).
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Andrea Lourie Lourie, Lourie

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Psychology
Blair Knapp Hall
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Lew Ludwig dr. Ludwig, Lewis D. Ludwig

Lew Ludwig
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Computational Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.S., B.A., M.E., College of Mount St. Joseph; M.S., Miami University; Ph.D., Ohio University

Lew Ludwig joined the Denison faculty in 2002.  Prior to this, he had visiting positions at Miami University and Kenyon College.  He earned his doctorate at Ohio University under his advisor A. V. Arhangelskii, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics at Miami University and a Master’s in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph.  Dr. Ludwig has taught a variety of classes at Denison including FYS 102, Math 121, Math 122, Math 123, Math 124, Math 231, Math 210, Math 321/322 and Math 400 Knot Theory.  He also teaches Math 215 Technically Speaking.  In recent years, Dr. Ludwig has adopted the “flip classroom” format where students engage in the material before coming to class.  In 2013, he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Selected student research projects:

  • Joseph Paat (’11) and Erica Evans (’11), An infinite family of knots whose mosaic number is realized in non-reduced projections, won best presentation at MathFest 2010.
  • Joseph Paat (’11) and Jacob Shapiro (’10), Tabulating knot mosaics, won best presentation at JMM 2010 Poster Session.
  • Sam Behrend (’09), Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K9, won best presentation at MathFest 2008 and JMM 2009 Poster Session.
  • Rachel Grotheer (’08) Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K8, won best presentation at MathFest 2007 and JMM 2008 Poster Session.
  • Colleen Hughes (’06) Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K6, won best presentation at MathFest 2004 and JMM 2005 Poster Session.

Dr. Ludwig was trained as a point-set topologist and continues work in this field looking at separation and convergence-type problems.  In order to include undergraduates in his work, Dr. Ludwig expanded his research to include knot theory, a branch of topology.  Since 2005, Dr. Ludwig has worked with nine undergraduate students on seven different research projects.  Combined, his students have won 11 national awards with cash prizes totaling over $1000, for the quality of their work and presentations.  Dr. Ludwig is happy to advise summer research students in any area of knot theory.  He and his students have been very successful with the two hands-on topics of stick knots and knot mosaics, producing four peer-reviewed publications.

Selected publications:

  • An infinite family of knots whose mosaic number is realized in non-reduced projections (with Erica Evans (’11) and Joe Paat (’11)), Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 22:7, 2013
  • Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K7 (with Pameila Arbisi (’07)), Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 19:11, pp. 1431-1447, 2010.
  • Dowker Spaces Revisited (with Nyikos and Porter), Tsukuba Journal of Mathematics 34:1, pp. 1-11. 2010
  • When graph theory meets knot theory (with Foisy), Contemporary Mathematics 479, pp. 67–85, 2009
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