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Warren D. Hauk dr. Hauk, Warren Douglas D. Hauk

Warren D. Hauk
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Biology, Queer Studies
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
517
740-587-5758
Service: 
1998-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Baylor University; M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research: 

Molecular Systematics of the Ophioglossaceae (Adder's Tongue Fern Family)

  • Phylogeny of Ophioglossaceae based on morphological and molecular data
  • Phylogenetic relationships in Botrychium s.s., the moonworts
  • ISSR variation within and among North American species of Sceptridium, the grapeferns, using ISSR markers and DNA sequences
  • Phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s., the adder's tongue ferns
  • ISSR variation within Florida populations of Cheiroglossa palmata, the hand fern
  • ISSR variation within and between Australian and Hawaiian populations of Ophioglossum (Ophioderma) pendulum, the ribbon fern
  • ISSR variation within populations of Helmithostachys zeylanica

As a plant systematist my main research focus is the fern family Ophioglossaceae, commonly called the adder's tongue ferns. I use both molecular and morphological evidence to infer evolutionary patterns and processes within the family and to establish classifications that reflect evolutionary history. Currently my research focuses mainly on projects in the adder’s tongue half of the family, although I am still involved with research on Sceptridium (the grapeferns) and Botrychium s.s. (the moonworts). I use DNA sequences to examine phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s. (the adder’s tongue ferns) and to explore within-species variation in Ophioderma pendula (the ribbon fern). Central to nearly all of my research projects is the difficult to define interface between species and populations.

Academic Positions

Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2004 to present

Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Denison University, 1998 - 2004

Postdoctoral Researcher, ex. Department of Political Science at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, 1996 - 1998

Teaching

QS 100 - Introduction to Queer Studies

BIOL 150 - Introduction to the Science of Biology

BIOL 202 - Ecology & Evolution

BIOL 320 - Plant Systematics

BIOL 380 - Evolutionary Biology

Publications

  • Hauk, W. D., L. Kennedy, and H. M. Hawke. 2012. A phylogenetic analysis of Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae): evidence from three plastid DNA sequence datasets. Systematic Botany 37: 320-330.
  • Small, R.B., E.B. Lickey, J. Shaw, and W.D. Hauk. 2005. Amplification of non-coding chloroplast DNA for phylogenetic studies in Lycophytes and Pteridophytes with a comparative example of relative phylogenetic utility from Ophioglossaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. no. 36 p. 509-522
  • Hauk, W. D., C. R. Parks, and M.W. Chase. 2003. Phylogenetic studies of Ophioglossaceae: Evidence from rbcL and trnL-F plastid DNA sequences and morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. v. 28 no. 1 p. 131-151
  • Hauk, W. D. and M. S. Barker. 2003. Botrychium lanceolatum subsp. angustisegmentum in Ohio. American Fern Journal. v. 93 no. 2 p. 93-94
  • Harker, M. S. and W. D. Hauk. 2003. An evaluation of Sceptridium dissectum (Ophioglossaceae) with ISSR markers: implications for Sceptridium systematics. American Fern Journal. v. 93 no. 1 p. 1-19
  • Hauk, W.D. A review of the genus Memora (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Hauk, W.D. 2002. Revisions of the genera Potamoganos and Roentgenia (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 89 p. 77-87
  • Hauk, W.D. and M.S. Barker. 2000. Larch Mountain, 2000 AFS Foray. Fiddlehead Forum: Bulletin of the American Fern Society. v. 27 no. 5 p. 26-27
  • Hauk, W.D. and C.H. Haufler. 1999. Isozyme variation and species relationships within the moonworts (Botrychium subgenus Botrychium). American Journal of Botany. v. 86 no. 5 p. 614-633
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1999. Four new species of Memora (Bignoniaceae) from South America. Novon. v. 9 no. 1 p. 48-54
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1998. A review of the genus Paragonia (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 85 p. 460-474
  • Hauk, W.D. . 1998. A review of the genus Cydista (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 85 p. 815-840
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1995. A molecular assessment of species relationships among cryptic species of Botrychium subgenus Botrychium (Ophioglossaceae). American Fern Journal. v. 85 no. 4 p. 375-394
  • Hasebe, M., P.G. Wolf, K.M. Pryer, K. Ueda, M. Ito, R. Sano, G.J. Gastony, J. Yokoyama, J.R. Manhart, N. Murakami, E.R. Crane, C.H. Haufler, and W.D. Hauk. 1995. Fern phylogeny based on rbcL nucleotide sequences. American Fern Journal. v. 85 no. 4 p. 134-181

Abstracts

  • Lee, N., A. Fults-Ganey, and W.D. Hauk. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s. (Ophioglossaceae). Botany 2013, New Orleans, LA. July 28-31, 2013.
  • Cao, D., and W.D. Hauk. 2011. An ISSR investigation of North American grapefern species (Sceptridium; Ophioglossaceae). International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia. July 23-20, 2011.
  • Coneybeer, M.M., and W.D. Hauk. 2007. An Assessment of Genetic Variation within Cheiroglossa palmata (Ophioglossaceae) Using ISSR-PCR: Implications for Conservation. Botany 2007, Chicago, IL.
  • Hauk, W. D.. 2005. Phylogenetic studies of Ophioglossaceae based on analyses of three plastid DNA data sets and morphology. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2005>.
  • Hauk, W. D., K.B. Gibson, and T.C. Masters. 2004. An evaluation of genetic variation in Sceptridium biternatum and S. lunarioides using ISSR markers. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2004.
  • Hauk, W. D., L. F. Kennedy and H.M. Hawke. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships among species of Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) based on three plastid DNA sequence data sets. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2003.
  • Kennedy, L. F., H. M. Hawke, and W. D. Hauk. 2003. A Phylogenetic Analysis of Cryptic Moonwort Species (Botrychium s.s.: Ophioglossaceae) Using rbcL and trnL-F cpDNA Sequences. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference of University of Akron.
  • Hauk, W. D. and H. M. Hawke. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships in Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) based on rbcL and trnL-F cpDNA sequences. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2002.
  • Hawke, H.M. (W.D. Hauk). 2001. A phylogenetic analysis of cryptic moonwort species (Botrychium s.s.: Ophioglossacae) using rbcL and trnL-F DNA sequences. Ohio Academy of Sciences.
  • Barker, M.S. and W.D. Hauk. 2001. An evaluation of Sceptridium dissectum and S. oneidense (Ophioglossacae) using ISSR markers: implications for Sceptridium species circumscriptions. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2001.
  • Barker, M.S., and W.D. Hauk. 2001. Genetic variation of Sceptridium dissectum (Ophioglossaceae) assessed by ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 101 no. 1 p. 43
  • Hauk, W.D.. 2000. Phylogeny of the Ophioglossaceae based on molecular and morphological characters. American Journal of Botany. v. 87 no. 6 p. 90
  • Farrar, D.R., C.L. Johnson-Groh, and W.D. Hauk. 2000. Biology and conservation of the Ophioglossaceae: A tribute to Warren "Herb" Wagner. American Journal of Botany. v. 87 no. 6 p. 89
  • Barker, M.S. (W.D. Hauk). 2000. Genetic Variation in Botrychium dissectum Sprengel (Ophioglossaceae) Assessed by ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) Markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 100 no. 1 p. A8
  • Barker, M.S. (W.D. Hauk) . 2000. A molecular assessment of infraspecific genetic variation in Draba verna L. using ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) Markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 100 no. 1 p. A37
  • Robie, A.C. and W.D. Hauk. 1999. Evolutionary relationships among species of tropical lianas: assembling a molecular phylogeny of the tribe Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae). The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 99 no. 1 p. A8
  • Hauk, W.D., and S.S. Renner. 1999. Phylogenetic relationships among genera of the liana tribe Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae). Published by the XVI International Botanical Congress, Missouri Botanical Garden Press.
  • Hauk, W.D., L.G. Lohmann, and S.S. Renner. 1997. Indels of the trnL-F intergenic spacer as generic markers in woody tropical lianas (Bignoniaceae tribe Bignonieae). American Journal of Botany. v. 84 no. 6 p. 201
  • Hauk, W.D., C.R. Parks, and M. W. Chase. 1996. A comparison between trnL-F intergenic spacer and rbcL DNA sequence data: an example from Ophioglossaceae. American Journal of Botany. v. 83 no. 6 p. 126
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1994. A molecular assessment of cryptic speciation in Botrychium subgenus Botrychium. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 81 no. 6 p. 121
  • Hauk, W.D. and M.W. Chase. 1993. Molecular systematics of the Ophioglossaceae. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 80 no. 6 p. 109
  • Hauk, W.D. and M. W. Chase. 1991. Gene sequence systematics of the Ophioglossaceae. American Journal Botany (supplement). v. 78 no. 6 p. 153
  • Hauk, W.D., C.H. Haufler, and P. G. Gegenheimer. 1989. Systematics of the genus Botrychium: the molecular story. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 76 no. 6 p. 204
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Jessen T. Havill dr. Havill, Jessen Tait T. Havill

Jessen T. Havill
Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Computational Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
225A
740-587-6582
Service: 
1998-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Bucknell University; M.S., Ph.D., College of William and Mary
Biography: 

Jessen Havill joined the Denison faculty in 1998, having spent the six prior years studying at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Havill teaches courses across the computer science curriculum, in both theory and systems, although his specialty is in theory-related courses like Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures, and Algorithm Design and Analysis. He is also very interested in developing courses that explore connections between computer science and other disciplines. In 2009, he developed and started teaching a new introductory computer science course (CS 111: Foundations of Computing for Scientific Discovery) that introduces the principles of computer science in the context of scientific modeling and simulation. In 2012, he and Jeff Thompson, a colleague in the Biology Department, began teaching an interdisciplinary computational biology course (CS/BIOL 309: Computational Biology). In 2013, Dr. Havill was awarded Denison’s Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award.

Selected student research projects:

  • Bringing Extinct Sponges to Life: Modeling Stromatoporoid Growth with OpenGL, Trevor Masters, Summer 2013 (co-advised with David Goodwin, Geosciences)
  • Improved Upper Bounds for Online Malleable Job Scheduling, Nathaniel Kell, 2012–2013
  • A Web Tool for Detecting Riboswitches in Genomic Sequences, Steven Johnson, Summer 2012
  • Towards a More Realistic Metric for Online Ring Routing, Andrew Quinn, Summer 2012
  • Using Computational Algorithms to Further Examine and Visualize Riboswitch Domains, Joseph Sheets, Summer 2011 (co-advised with Jeff Thompson, Biology)
Research: 

My research largely focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms for online network routing and machine scheduling problems. An online algorithm is one that processes its input one element at a time instead of all at once like a traditional algorithm. For example, an online room scheduling algorithm would have to assign a room to each event as it “arrives” without knowing what events might need to be scheduled later. Online algorithms usually cannot come up with optimal solutions due to their lack of knowledge about the future. Instead, we try to design algorithms that find solutions that are provably within some factor of optimal. I have also recently developed an interest in problems in computational biology.

Selected publications:

Curriculum Vitae: 
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Harry Heft dr. Heft, Harry Heft

Harry Heft
Professor & Chair (Psychology)
Faculty  |  Psychology, Environmental Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
410D
740-587-6674
Service: 
1976-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., University of Maryland; M.S., University of Bridgeport; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Biography: 

Prof. Heft has been on the Denison faculty since 1976. His graduate training was in an interdisciplinary program concerning the relationship between psychological processes and the environment. At Denison, he has been a recipient of the Charles A. Brickman Award for Teaching Excellence. He has also been elected as a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Heft serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals "Environment & Behavior" and "William James Studies," and he is the Book Review Editor for the "Journal of Environmental Psychology." He teaches courses in environmental psychology, history and systems of psychology, and cultural psychology.

Research: 

Prof. Heft's scholarly interests primarily concern topics in the related areas of environmental and ecological psychology. His book "Ecological Psychology in Context" (LEA, 2001) elucidates the theoretical and philosophical foundations of ecological psychology and some of its connections to current work in cultural psychology.

Much of his research has examined the process by which humans find their way through the environment, with its focus on identifying the environmental information that is utilized in learning a path or route. On-going research in this vein is attempting to understand how this route knowledge can be employed to promote understanding of the overall configuration of a place. He has also conducted research in the past on the perception of affordances (i.e., the perceived functional meaning of objects and environmental features), the development of children's navigational skills, environmental aesthetics, and the effects of noise in the home on cognitive development.

Selected Student Research Collaborations

  • Heft, H., & Poe, G. (2005). Pragmatism, environmental aesthetics, and the spectator approach to visual perception. Paper presented at the meetings of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August, 2005.
  • Heft, H., & McFarland, D. (1999). Children's and adult's assessments of a step affordance for self and others. Poster presented at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Gress, J.E., & Heft, H. (1998). Do territorial actions attenuate the effects of high density? A field study. In J. Sanford & B.R. Connell (Eds.). People, places, and public policy, Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Association, St. Louis, MO.
  • Heft, H., & Kent, M. (1993). Way-Finding as event perception: The structure of route information. In H. Heft (Chair) "Navigation and environmental cognition: Ecological considerations". A paper presented at the meetings of the International Conference on Event Perception and Action, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Heft, H., & Blondal, R. (1987). The influence of cutting rate on the evaluation of the affective content of film. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 5, 1-14.

Publications

  • Heft, H., & Marsh, K.L. (Eds., 2005). Studies in Perception Action VIII. Lawrence Erlbaum, Publishers.
  • Heft, H. & Chawla, L. (2005). Children as agents in sustainable development: Conditions for competence. In M. Blades & C. Spencer (Eds.), Children and Their Environments. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Heft, H. (2003). Affordances, dynamic experience, and the challenge of reification. Ecological Psychology, 15, 149-180.
  • Heft, H. (2002). Restoring naturalism to James’s epistemology: A belated reply to Miller & Bode. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 38, 557-580.
  • Heft, H. (2001). Ecological psychology in context: James Gibson, Roger Baker, and the legacy of William James's radical empiricism. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
  • Heft, H., & Nasar, J. L. (2000). Evaluating environmental scenes using dynamic versus static displays. Environment & Behavior, 32, 301-322.
  • Heft, H. (1998). The elusive environment in environmental psychology, British Journal of Psychology, 89, 519-523. Heft, H. (1998). Why primary experience is necessary. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 450-451.
  • Heft, H. (1998). Towards a functional ecology of behavior and development: The legacy of Joachim F. Wohlwill. In D. Gorlitz, H. J. Harloff, G. Mey & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Children, cities, and psychological theories: Developing relationships. (pp. 85-110). Berlin: Walter De Gruyter.
  • Heft, H. (1997). The relevance of Gibson's ecological approach for environment-behavior studies. In G.T. Moore & R.W. Marans (Eds.), Advances in environment, behavior, and design Vol. 4. (pp. 71-108) New York: Plenum.
  • Heft, H. (1996). The ecological approach to navigation: A Gibsonian perspective. In J. Portugali (Ed.), The construction of cognitive maps (pp. 105-132). Dordrect: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Heft, H. (1993). A methodological note on overestimates of reaching distance: Distinguishing between perceptual and analytical judgments. Ecological Psychology, 5, 255-271.
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Stephanie Henkle Henkle, Stephanie Rachelle Henkle

Stephanie Henkle
Studio Instructor (part-time)
Faculty  |  Music  |  Vocal Studies
Burton Hall
106
740-587-6365
Service: 
2003-Present
Degree(s): 
B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.M., Indiana University
Biography: 

Ms. Henkle has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, First Place in the Opera/Columbus Competition, the NATSAA State Artist Award and the Eleanor Steber Foundation Award.  Awarded the Theodore Presser Prize for 4 years, she also received the Margaret Speaks Scholarship at The Ohio State University and performed with the OSU Symphony, as winner of the Doctoral Concerto Competition.  A soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and concert halls throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, she has sung under Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Helmuth Rilling and Antal Dorati.  Summer programs include The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Tanglewood Festival, Chautauqua Institute and the Eastman School of Music Vocal Jazz Symposium.

She is an oratorio soloist, recitalist and jazz singer, and presents her cabaret, A Salute to the Divas of Broadway, in a variety of venues.

At Denison, she teaches Applied and Class Voice and has held similar positions at Otterbein University, Capital University, the University of Findlay and Kenyon College, where served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. She maintains a large private studio in Westerville, Ohio.

Ms. Henkle is the Immediate Past President of the Buckeye Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Research: 

  

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Erin Henshaw dr. Henshaw, Erin J. Henshaw

Erin Henshaw
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Psychology, Environmental Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
410E
740-587-5890
Service: 
2009-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Wittenberg University; M.S., Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University
Biography: 

Educational Background, Teaching, and Research:

Dr.  Henshaw is a clinical psychologist trained in interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral approaches to treating adult psychopathology.  She completed her Ph.D. at Eastern Michigan University, including a clinical internship at University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Henshaw teaches courses in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, introductory psychology, and health psychology. Her research interests include mental health treatment utilization, treatment of depression in pregnancy, and mental health stigma.

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Ayana Hinton Hinton, Ayana M. Hinton

Ayana Hinton
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Biology
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
515/lab520
740-587-6327
Service: 
2010-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S.E., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine
Biography: 

Dr. Hinton teaches Eukaryotic Cell Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, and other advanced courses in the Biology department.

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University , 2010-present

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Science - Biological Science Program at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, 2009

Research: 

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Post-doctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Michael Forgac, 2004-2010

Wayne State University

Pre-doctoral student, Laboratory of Dr. Sharon Ackerman, 1999-2004

University of Michigan

Undergraduate Independent Study Research, Laboratory of Dr. Levi Thompson, 1994-1996

Research Focus

Many proteins in the cell are large structures composed of several smaller polypeptides called subunits. These subunits must be properly assembled together to produce a functional protein. A better understanding of how large protein complexes are assembled could lead to new therapeutic targets for the treatment of many diseases including cancer. My research focuses on the assembly and targeting of the Vascuolar H+-ATPase. V-ATPases are essential for acidifying intracellular compartments. Several proteins have been identified that act as assembly factors for the V-ATPase and I am interested in determining how these factors interact with each other and with the V-ATPase to produce a functionally assembled protein. In addition, I am interested in determining what factors are necessary for targeting the V-ATPase to different cellular locations. The V-ATPase is normally found in the membranes of lysosomes, the Golgi Apparatus and vesicles. However, in certain cell types including kidney cells, neurons, and cancer cells, the V-ATPase is found in different cellular locations, including the plasma membrane, and this has functional significance for each type of cell. I am interested in identifying the proteins that interact with V-ATpases to determine their cellular localization.

Publications

  • Hinton A, Sennoune SR, Bond S, Fang M, Reuveni M, Sahagian GG, Jay D, Martinez-Zaguilan R, Forgac M. . 2009. Function of a subunit isoforms of the V-ATPase in pH homeostasis and in vitro invasion of MB231 cells.. J Biol Chem. v. 284 no. 24 p. 16400-8
  • Hinton A, Bond S, and Forgac M.. 2009. V-ATPase functions in normal and disease processes.. Pflugers Arch Eur J Physiol.. v. 457 no. 3 p. 589-98
  • Cipriano DJ, Wang Y, Bond S, Hinton A, Jefferies K, and Forgac M.. 2008. Structure and regulation of the vacuolar ATPases.. Biochem Biohpys Acta.. v. 1777 no. 7-8 p. 599-604
  • Hinton A, Zuiderweg E.R.P, and Ackerman S.H.. 2003. A Purified Subfragment of Yeast Atp11p Retains Full Molecular Chaperone Activity. . J Biol Chem.. v. 278 no. 36 p. 34110-34113
  • Hinton A, Gatti D.L., and Ackerman S.H. . 2004. The Molecular Chaperone, Atp12p, from Homo Sapiens: In Vitro Studies with Purified Wild Type and Mutant (E240K) Proteins.. J Biol Chem.. v. 279 no. 10 p. 9016-9022

Presentations

  • Hinton A. 2009. Role of V-ATPases in Tumor Cell Invasiveness. Colgate University. Hamilton, NY
  • Hinton A. 2008. Role of V-ATPase subunit a isoforms in Tumor Cell Invasion. Tufts University. Boston, MA
  • Hinton A, Sennoune S, Bond S, Martinez-Zaguilan R, and Forgac M . 2009. of V-ATPase a Subunit Isoforms in pH Homeostasis and In Vitro Invasion of Human Breast Cancer Cells. Gordon Conference Session on Molecular and Cellular Bioenergetics. Andover, NH
  • Hinton A, Bond S, and Forgac M. 2008. Role of V-ATPase a Subunit Isoforms in In Vitro Invasion of Human Breast Cancer Cells. IRACDA Conference. Chapel Hill, NC
  • Hinton A, Gatti D, and Ackerman S. 2003. In vitro studies with the molecular chaperones, Atp11p and Atp12p. Gordon Conference Session on Molecular and Cellular Bioenergetics. Meriden, NH

Fellowships

  • Training in Education and Critical Research Skills Fellowship, 2007 – 2010
  • National Research Service Award Minority Fellowship, 2001 – 2004
  • Initiative for Minority Student Development Fellowship, 1999 – 2001
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Sonia Hirschauer Hirschauer, Sonia Hirschauer

Sonia Hirschauer
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry
Ebaugh Laboratories
Degree(s): 
B.S., University of Arizona; Ph. D., The Ohio State University
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Timothy Hofmeister Hofmeister, Timothy P. Hofmeister

Timothy Hofmeister
Professor
Faculty  |  Classics, Greek, Latin
Fellows Hall
415
740-587-6335
Service: 
1986-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Biography: 

Professor Timothy Hofmeister, currently department Chair, joined the faculty at Denison in 1986. He earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Hofmeister's research centers on Homer and epic poetry, and he has written on ancient Greek comedy as well. He has also published essays on the relation between ancient and modern poetry, especially how that relation figures in the works of the St. Lucian poet and Nobel Prize-winner, Derek Walco

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Dan Homan dr. Homan, Daniel Carroll Homan

Dan Homan
Associate Professor & Chair (Physics)
Faculty  |  Astronomy, Physics, Computational Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
110
740-587-6742
Service: 
2003-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., University of Maine; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University
Biography: 

One of the things that excites me most about Physics is our continuing struggle to develop a better understanding of how the world works at a fundamental level. We Physicists also work to apply that understanding to complex, real world problems. For me, one of the great pleasures of Physics is finding creative ways to address these challenges. I enjoy teaching Physics and Astronomy at all levels in our curriculum.

Research: 

Black Holes and Cosmic Jets

I study distant active galaxies. Active galaxies are extremely energetic galaxies, giving off so much energy that they can be viewed from billions of light years away. All of the unusual, energetic behavior in an active galaxy can ultimately be traced to its galactic center or nucleus, a region only a few light years across. These objects are therefore often called "Active Galactic Nuclei" or "AGN" for short. It is now believed that all AGN have, at their center, a super-massive black hole that is millions or even billions of times the mass of our Sun. Matter falling inward toward the black hole dramatically releases energy to generate the phenomena we observe.

There is a sub-class of AGN that have strong jets of plasma which stream outward from the galactic nucleus and are visible at radio wavelengths. These radio jets come in a number of morphologies with the most spectacular maintaining collimated flows for tens or even hundreds of thousands of light-years before terminating at hotspots in large, inflated radio lobes. I study these jets to understand their physical properties and how they are created by the super-massive black hole and accretion disk of in-falling matter at the center of the galaxy.

Selected publications:

  • “Inverse Depolarization: A Potential Probe of Internal Faraday Rotation and Helical Magnetic Fields in Extragalactic Radio Jets”, by Homan, D. C. (2012) The Astrophysical Journal Letters vol. 747, p. L24
  • “Relativistic Beaming and Gamma-Ray Brightness of Blazars”, by Savolainen, T., Homan, D. C., Hovatta, T., Kadler, M., Kovalev, Y. Y.;,Lister, M. L., Ros, E., & Zensus, J. A. (2010)Astronomy & Astrophysics vol. 512, id.A24
  • “MOJAVE: Monitoring of Jets in Active Galactic Nuclei with VLBA Experiments. VII. Blazar Jet Acceleration”, by Homan, D. C., Kadler, M., Kellermann, K. I., Kovalev, Y. Y., Lister, M. L. Ros, E., Savolainen, T., & Zensus, J. A. (2009) The Astrophysical Journal vol. 706, p. 1253
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Rebecca Homan dr. Homan, Rebecca Newcomb Homan

Rebecca Homan
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Biology, Environmental Studies
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
217/lab 226
740-587-5577
Service: 
2003-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Tufts University
Biography: 

Teaching
BIOL 150 - Introduction to the Science of Biology
BIOL 202 - Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 312 - Herpetology
BIOL 370 - Conservation Biology

Research: 

I study the habitat requirements and long-term population trends of pond-breeding amphibians. I am currently working on projects designed to improve our understanding how both adults and juveniles choose among different suitable upland habitats. I also study long-term demographic patterns of several species with the goal of improving our ability to distinguish between natural and human-caused population fluctuations.

Research Papers

  • Homan, R.N., M.A. Atwood, A.J. Dunkle, and S.B. Karr. 2010. Movement orientation by adult and juvenile wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) and American toads (Bufo americanus) over multiple years.. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. v. 5 no. 1 p. 64-72
  • Homan, R.N., C.D. Wright*, G.L. White*, L.F. Michael*, B.S. Slaby*, and S.E. Edwards*. 2008. Multiyear study of the migration orientation of Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamanders) among varying terrestrial habitat. Journal of Herpetology. v. 42 p. 600-607
  • Windmiller, B., R.N. Homan, J. V. Regosin, L. A. Willitts, D. L. Wells and J. M. Reed. 2008. Two Case Studies of Declines in Vernal Pool Breeding Amphibian Populations Following Loss of Adjacent Upland Forest Habitat. Herpetological Conservation: Urban Herpetology . v. 3 p. 41-51
  • Homan, R.N., B. S. Windmiller, and J. M. Reed. 2007. Comparative life histories of two sympatric Ambystoma species at a breeding pond in Massachusetts. Journal of Herpetology. v. 41 p. 401-409
  • Regosin, J.V., B.S. Windmiller, R.N. Homan, and J.M. Reed. 2005. Variation in terrestrial habitat use among four pool-breeding amphibian species and its conservation implications. Journal of Wildlife Management. v. 69 p. 1481-1493
  • Homan, R.N., J.M. Reed, and B.S. Windmiller. 2004. Critical thresholds associated with habitat loss for two vernal pool-breeding amphibians. Ecological Applications. v. 14 p. 1547-1553
  • Homan, R.N., J.M. Reed, and L.M. Romero. 2003. Corticosterone concentrations in free-living spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum). General and Comparative Endocrinology. v. 130 p. 165-171 View [pdf]
  • Homan, R.N., J.V. Regosin, D.M. Rodrigues*, J.M. Reed, B.S. Windmiller, and L.M. Romero. 2003. Impacts of varying habitat quality on the physiological stress of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum). Animal Conservation. v. 6 p. 11-18
  • Homan, R.N., J.M. Reed, and B.S. Windmiller. 2003. Analysis of spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) growth rates based on long-bone growth rings. Journal of Herpetology. v. 37 p. 617-621 View [pdf]

Conference Presentations

  • Homan, R.N. 2012. Fluctuation and Stability: A seven year study of spotted salamander demography and migratory orientations. Ohio Amphibian Research and Conservation Conference.
  • Homan, R.N. 2011. Multiyear demographic study of three co-occurring pond-breeding amphibian species. 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
  • Rumschlag, S.L*, T. Lan*, and R.N. Homan.  2010.  A pilot study examining the role of conspecific chemical cues affecting juvenile American toad (Bufo americanus) orientation behavior.  95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
  • Homan, R.N., M.A. Atwood*, A. Dunkle*, and S.Karr.*  2009.  Multi-year study of adult and juvenile Wood Frog and American Toad migration orientations.  94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
  • Homan, R.N., C.D. Wright*, L.F. Michael*, and S.A. Edwards*. 2007. Distribution of Ambystoma maculatum among different habitat types surrounding a single breeding pond.  92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
  • Homan, R.N., C. D. Wright*, and D. Walker*, 2006. Correlates of location and movement of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in the breeding pond. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
  • Wright, C. D.* and R.N. Homan, 2006. Demographic correlates between upland and wetland usage in Ambystoma maculatum. 115th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of Sciences.
  • Homan, R.N., B.S. Windmiller, and J.M. Reed, 2004. Demographic clues about differences in relative vulnerabilities of two sympatric Ambystoma species. 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology.
  • Homan, R.N., B.S. Windmiller, and J.M. Reed, 2003. Critical Thresholds Associated with Habitat Loss for Two Vernal Pool-Breeding Amphibians. 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology.
  • Newcomb Homan, R., B.S. Windmiller, and J.M. Reed, 2001.  Demographic Consequences of Upland Habitat Loss on Two Ambystoma Species in Eastern Massachusetts. 86th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

* indicates student coauthor

Senior Research Projects Supervised

  • Robert Stenger ('13) - Spatiotemporal variation in microhabitat characteristics of spotted salamander habitat.
  • Justina Bartling ('13) - First detection of ranavirus in Taylor-Ochs Pond and American toad tadpole susceptibility.
  • Mark Mangus ('12) - Investigating the factors influencing migration orientations of the wood frog.
  • Eric Stachura ('12) - Habitat distributions of four life stages of the spotted salamander in and around a temporary ponds.
  • Tian Lan ('11) -  American toad and spotted salamander juveniles' ability to detect and orient toward conspecific chemical cues.
  • Joe Freundlich ('11) -  Multiyear study of three pond-breeding amphibians in Taylor-Ochs. 
  • Samantha Rumschlag ('10) - Amphibian habitat use: demography at an undisturbed pond and a pilot study for juvenile orientation behavior.
  • Meredith Atwood ('09) - A multiyear survey of amphibian demography and habitat distribution at a vernal pool.
  • Kyle Renaldo ('09) - Continued exploration of local small ponds: Examining amphibian populations and habitat type. 
  • Brian Slaby ('08) - Upland habitat use by a breeding population of Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamanders).
  • Sarah Karr ('08) - An Exploration of the Larval Stage of the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).
  • Ashley Dunkle ('08) - Ecological factors influencing dispersal in Rana sylvatica (Wood Frog)
  • Gretchen White ('07) - Third year survey of a breeding population of spotted salamanders and their habitat.
  • Sarah Edwards ('06) - A survey of the migrating breeding population of spotted salamanders at the Taylor-Ochs pond in the Denison University Biological Reserve.
  • Dawn Walker ('06) -  Correlates of upland and wetland habitat use by spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
  • Christian Wright ('06) - Demographic correlates between upland and wetland habitat characteristics for a breeding population of Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander). 
  • Lindsay Michael ('05) - A survey of a breeding population of spotted salamanders and their habitat.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Sigma Xi
  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Curriculum Vitae: 
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Brian Hortz '94
Associate Professor, Assistant Athletic Director
Faculty, Staff  |  Athletic Training, Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
206
740-587-6441
Service: 
1995-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Denison University; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Biography: 

Dr. Brian Hortz has been a part of the athletic training staff since 1995. He has been in the role of head athletic trainer since 1997. In addition to his on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz also serves as an Associate Professor in the university's Physical Education department and athletic training major.
In 2008-09, Hortz was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year which was awarded by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is the second Denison athletic trainer to receive the coveted award from the OATA.  His mentor, Dale Googins, was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986.  Hortz was selected for the award thanks to his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training at the state and national level. He has also excelled in the classroom through authored publications, presentations and in his preparation of future athletic trainers.

A native of nearby Heath, Ohio, Hortz graduated from Heath High School in 1990. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation form DU, Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Hortz then continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in health education.

Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison include the supervision and instruction of student athletic trainers, both in and out of the classroom, as a professor in Denison's department of athletics, physical education and recreation, as well as administrating the athletic training program at Denison.

Included among Hortz's professional affiliations are membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is also an active member in several Denison University committees.
  

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Ching-chu Hu dr. Hu, Ching-chu Hu

Ching-chu Hu
Richard Lucier Endowed Professor, Professor of Music
Faculty  |  Music, East Asian Studies, Queer Studies  |  Composition & Music Theory
Burton Hall
104
740-587-5761
Service: 
2000-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Yale University; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa; D.M.A., University of Michigan
Biography: 

Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia, and reviews have described his music as “incredible” and “deeply moving.” Recent honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hu has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow.

Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu studied at Yale University, Freiburg Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, The University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. His composition teachers included William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and David Gompper. His conducting teachers included Alastair Neale, David Stern, and James Dixon. He also studied piano with Donald Currier, Stéphane Lemelin, and Logan Skelton and bass with Diana Gannett and Eldon Oberecht. He is active as a pianist and conductor, and wrote the scores for several short award-winning films. Recent commissions include works for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Chamber Music Connection, string duo Low and Lower, Western Springs Suzuki Talent Education Program’s 30th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall as well as Newark Granville Youth Symphony’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance. Upcoming premieres include commissioned work by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, West Texas A&M orchestra, marimbist Mayumi Hama and pianist Minju Choi.

Conductor Donald Portnoy and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performed In Frozen Distance and violinist Wolfgang David premiered Passions at Wigmore Hall in London, England. Other notable performers include flutist Betty Bang Mather, bassists Robert Black and Anthony Stoops, violinists Scott Conklin and Gabe Bolkosky, Moscow Conservatory’s Studio New Music Ensemble, Brave New Works New Music Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, the National Dance and Opera Orchestra of China, and the Kiev Philharmonic. His music can be heard on the ERM Media’s “Masterworks of the New Era” CD series (vol. 4), Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” (Troy 680), “Star of the County Down” (Troy 937), “Spirals: American Music in Moscow” (Troy 1095), “Vive Concertante” (Troy 1110-11), “Violinguistics” (Troy 1138) “Insights: New Music for Double Bass” (Troy 1457) and Capstone Records’ “Journeys” (CPS-8809), with an upcoming CD release from Scott Conklin.

He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member and it is a three-year fellowship for 2004-07. Ching-chu Hu is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and is the Richard Luicer Distinguished Professor. More information can be found at: www.chingchuhu.com

Research: 

My goal as a composer is to create music that is lyrical and driven by narrative. My music tends to be tonal centric, yet filtered through a contemporary lens. I write both instrumental and vocal music in many different genres for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Currently, most of my work tends to be commissioned for specific performers or ensembles. I write for young musicians and professional artists for a variety of occasions, including solo recitals, centennial/bicentennial celebrations, festivals, and international tours. Each composition clearly expresses my “voice,” reveals my “fingerprint.” Being raised in an artistic Chinese family in the middle of the United States has influenced my music, just as my formal training has refined my compositional skills.

Publications:

  • Insights (contrabass and piano) and Beyond (contrabass) on Albany Records Insights: New American Music for Double Bass, recorded by bassist Anthony Stoops (Albany Records Troy 1457)
  • In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on Journeys, Capstone’s Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, recorded by the National Chinese Dance and Opera Orchestra (Volume 23)
  • The Swash of Water and Red (string) on Albany Records Spirals: American Music in Moscow, recorded by Moscow Conservatory Studio of New Music (Albany Records Troy 1095)
  • Snow Ash (violin and piano) on Albany Records Violinguistics, recorded by Scott Conklin and Alan Huckleberry (Albany Records Troy 1138)
  • A Tempered Wish (violin and chamber orchestra) on Albany Records Viva Concertante, recorded The University of Iowa Center for New Music (Troy 1110-11)
  • Glaciers Red: Vistas Veiled (violin and piano) on Albany Records Star of the County Down, recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 937)
  • In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era CD Series, vol. 4, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic
  • Passions (violin and piano) on Albany Records Finnegan’s Wak,e recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 680)
  • Performed on accompanying CD for Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War, by Glenn Watkins (UC Berkeley Press). Ravel, "Frontispice" (Gompper, Lecuona, Hu)
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Melissa Huerta Huerta, Melissa Huerta

Melissa Huerta
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Modern Languages
Fellows Hall
Degree(s): 
B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago
Curriculum Vitae: 
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Joan Hunstiger Hunstiger Hunstiger

Visiting Instructor
Faculty  |  English, First-Year Program
Fellows Hall
417
740-587-5891
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Sarah L. Hutson-Comeaux ’91 dr. Hutson-Comeaux, Sarah Louise L. Hutson-Comeaux ’91

Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Psychology
Blair Knapp Hall
405D
740-587-6675
Service: 
1997-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Denison University; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University
Research: 

My current research interests include (1) gender differences in social behavior, (2) the social influence processes used to change others' attitudes and behavior, and (3) the personalities of attorneys.

Gender Differences

First, I am interested in gender differences in a variety of social behaviors, as well as differences in the social evaluation of women's and men's behavior.  My research in this area has examined the content of attitudes toward men and women, gender differences in interaction patterns, and the appropriateness of women's and men's emotional reaction to life events.  My current research projects focus on the social consequences of women's and men's emotional expressions during job interviews and political campaign speeches.

  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (2005, August). Perceptions of political candidates: The consequences of emotional expression. Paper presented in the Division 9 Symposium, Gender and the Politics of Emotion, at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Kelly, J. R. (2002). Gender stereotypes of emotional reactions: How we judge an emotion as valid. Sex Roles, 47, 1-10.
  • Kelly, J. R., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (2000). The appropriateness of emotional expression in women and men: The double-bind of emotion. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15, 515-528.
  • Kelly, J. R., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1999). Gender-emotion stereotypes are context specific. Sex Roles, 40, 107-120.
  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Kelly, J. R. (1996). Sex differences in interaction style and group performance: The process-performance relationship. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality [Special Issue: Handbook of Gender Research], 11, 255-275.

Social Influence Processes

My second line of research addresses the social influence processes that individuals and groups use to change others' opinions and behavior.  I am particularly interested in the conditions under which a minority opinion holder can influence the opinion of a majority, and the social influence processes by which a minority and majority opinion holders exert their influences.  My recent work on these issues has been in the context of psychology and law.

  • Eagly, A. H., Kulesa, P., Brannon, L. A., Shaw, K., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. (2000). Why counterattitudinal messages are as memorable as proattitudinal messages: The importance of active defense against attack. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1392-1408.
  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1999). Majority and minority influence: Use and effectiveness of social influence processes. The Group Psychologist, 9, 11-12.
  • Kelly, J. R., Jackson, J. W., & Hutson-Comeaux, S. L. (1997). The effects of time pressure and task differences on influence modes and accuracy in decision-making groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 10-22.

Personalities of Attorneys

The third line of research examines the personality characteristics of attorneys.  In particular, I am interested in individual differences between trial and non-trial attorneys as well as gender differences.  To examine some of this research click here. We have developed a webpage that summarizes the research we have conducted on this topic and contains a Psychology and Law Research Guide to articles about various topics in the field of psychology and law .

  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., Bluestein, B. M., & Wagner, B. C. (2004, May). Gender differences in the personality characteristics of law students and attorneys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., & Pukay-Martin, N. D. (2003, May). Personality characteristics of trial and non-trial attorneys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hutson-Comeaux, S. L., Westerhaus, E. K., & Snyder, R. (2002, June). Personality characteristics of women in male- and female-dominated occupations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Dr. Hutson-Comeaux, a 1991 graduate of Denison, returned to join the psychology faculty in 1997.  She teaches courses in introductory psychology, personality theory, social psychology, research methods and statistics, and a seminar on the psychology of law.
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Dane Imerman Imerman, Dane Imerman

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Political Science
740-587-6503
Service: 
2013-Present
Degree(s): 
B.G.S., University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University
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John L. Jackson Jackson, John Lindsey L. Jackson

Jackson, John Lindsey L. Jackson
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Religion, Black Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
209B
740-587-6560
Service: 
1974-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Miles College; M.Div, Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Biography: 

John L. Jackson: Director and Associate Professor of Black Studies ( B.S. degree from Miles College; M. Div. Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D. from Ohio State University).Teaches: Introduction to Black Studies; and Black Religion and Black Theology, Rebellion, Resistance and Black Religion.

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Garrett A. Jacobsen Jacobsen, Garrett A. A. Jacobsen

Garrett A. Jacobsen
Associate Professor & Chair (Classics)
Faculty  |  Classics, Greek, Latin
Fellows Hall
416
740-587-6214
Service: 
1982-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University
Biography: 

Professor Jacobsen has been teaching full-time at Denison since 1984. He received the A.B. in Latin from Frankln and Marshall College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from The Ohio State University. Professor Jacobsen teaches Latin and Greek, and a wide variety of courses on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. As a scholar interested Roman poetry, specifically in the work and the reception of the poet Ovid, Professor Jacobsen's most recent work includes an essay in the book Ted Hughes and the Classics, published last year by Oxford University Press, and an article on Ovid's influence on the contemporary Irish poet, Ciaran Carson, published in the journal Classical Outlook.

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Clare C. Jen Jen, Clare C. C. Jen

Clare C. Jen
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Women’s Studies, Biology
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
319
740-587-8596
Service: 
2010-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Duke University; Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Research: 

Specifically, my interest is in the discursive production of "public health anxieties" and the ways systems of race, nation, and gender frame "risky bodies" and "at-risk bodies." In analyzing the 2002-03 multi-country outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), I trace a genealogy of SARS scientific progress at primarily cellular and genetic levels which serves as a backdrop for political, regulatory, and popular science discourses. In addition, I am currently interested in "nail salons" as discursively produced sites of "public health anxiety," fear, and contagion.

Broadly, my area of scholarship aims to make connections across terrains of “natures” and “cultures.” Much of the public perceives the biological sciences as wholly residing in the natural world. In other words, the scientific study of the living natural world operates with an objectivity that produces value-free knowledge that is untouched by “culture,” that is without historical, political and economic contexts; scientific knowledge is an unblemished reflection of the natural world. On the hand, there is an analogous and equally troublesome misconception of “women’s studies” as wholly residing in culture, that is operating within a social constructionism that problematically annihilates subjects, objects, and “facts.” While neither of these caricatures does justice to these (inter)disciplines’ intents, they allow us to trace needed connections between feminist critiques and biological inquiries. Feminist science studies aims to examine and embrace dimensions of reality between the social and the material.

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Xiao Jiang Jiang, Xiao Jiang

Jiang, Xiao Jiang
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Economics
740-587-6245
Degree(s): 
B.S., Bucknell University; M.A. University of Denver; Ph.D. The New School for Social Research.
Research: 

International Trade and Development, Classical Political Economy, NonlInear Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Methodology.

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Andy Johns Johns, Andrew S. Johns

Technical Director
Faculty  |  Theatre
Theatre Arts Building - Ace Morgan Theatre
Scene Shop
740-587-6233
Degree(s): 
M.F.A., University of Delaware
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Christa Johnson Johnson, Christa Johnson

Christa Johnson
Visiting Instructor
Faculty  |  Philosophy
Blair Knapp Hall
205B
740-587-6430
Degree(s): 
B.A., Ursinus College; Ph.D. candidate The Ohio State University
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Fadhel Kaboub dr. Kaboub, Fadhel Kaboub

Fadhel Kaboub
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  International Studies, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Economics
Higley Hall
228
740-587-6315
Service: 
2008-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Tunis University of Economics and Management, Tunisia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City
Biography: 

Teaching

  • Econ 101 - Intro Macroeconomics
  • Econ 301 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 411 - Monetary Theory
  • Econ 440 - The Political Economy of Globalization
  • Econ 441 - The Political Economy of the Middle East
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Dima Kaedbey Kaedbey, Dima Kaedbey

Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Women’s Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
Service: 
2014-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., M.A., American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
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April Kale Kale, April Kale

Kale, April Kale
Visiting Instructor (part-time)
Faculty  |  Physical Education
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
740-587-6242
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Abram Kaplan Kaplan, Abram Kaplan

Abram Kaplan
Associate Professor & Chair (Environmental Studies)
Faculty  |  Environmental Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
108
740-587-6736
Service: 
1994-Present
Degree(s): 
A.B., Oberlin College; M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Biography: 

Dr. Kaplan started his environmental career at Oberlin College, where he was one of the very first ES majors, and he also majored in Poli Sci. After college, he went off to Northern Virginia to work for a quirky company as a computer systems analyst. After two years there, he moved on to the Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, where he earned his M.S. in Land Resources and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Planning. He was the computer techie guy for IES during that time as well. Then he was off to Chapel Hill for his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UNC. His dissertation was about how to get electric utilities interested in solar (photovoltaic) technologies, relying on a national survey of managers. Dr. Kaplan was hired as the founding director of Denison's ENVS program in 1993, and finished his Ph.D. requirements just weeks before moving to Granville on New Year's Eve that year.

Kaplan's courses include Environmental Politics & Decision Making, Environmental Planning and Design, Environmental Dispute Resolution, the Practicum and Senior Project classes, and his new love, Farmscape: Artistic Perspectives on Farmland Preservation. His research spans a variety of areas that are all connected by the question, "How can we best relate to our environment?" In working with the U.S. Geological Survey, his efforts focus on creating an organizational culture that places this agency at the forefront of environmental science. In working with photography, his work deals with views of the environment that might make us think differently about who we are and where we fit in. In working with the spatial patterns of homeless people in Newark, Ohio, his interests are about designing urban communities to tolerate and encourage different peoples who perceive the environment differently.

Dr. Kaplan has two boys who love to explore and who care a great deal about the planet they're inheriting as they grow up. What can be more inspiring than that?

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Andrew Z. Katz Katz, Andrew Z. Z. Katz

Andrew Z. Katz
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Political Science, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Blair Knapp Hall
305A
740-587-6405
Service: 
1993-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Research: 

Research Interests
International Politics

International Relations Theory
Liberalism and Peace

Foreign Policy

Domestic sources of U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War, especially the role of public opinion and Congress

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Jordan Katz dr. Katz, Jordan E. Katz

Jordan Katz
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental Studies
Ebaugh Laboratories
740-587-5613
Service: 
2010-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Reed College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Biography: 

Field of Interest:

The threat of climate change has made supplying energy cleanly and sustainably one of the most important challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. This area of research is not only of critical importance, but also provides a framework for a host of fascinating fundamental scientific questions. My research is focused on finding new, low-cost designs and materials for solar energy conversion devices that can meet the growing global demand for energy. This work draws from many different disciplines of chemistry, including physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, as well as nanotechnology. In my research I use a wide range of instruments and experimental methods, such as photo-electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, and diffraction.

Specifically, I am interested in finding ways to use materials such as iron oxide (Fe2O3, a.k.a. rust) for solar energy collection and conversion. Iron oxide is a semiconductor that is abundant, stable and environmentally friendly but in particular its properties are optimal for absorption of sunlight. Another promising material is pyrite, FeS2, which is also cheap and abundant and absorbs light strongly. When used in conventional designs, both of these materials suffer from poor transport and collection of charge carriers, resulting in low overall conversion efficiencies. However, by growing crystals in novel nano-structured geometries, thereby separating the axes for light absorption and charge collection, we hope to overcome these limitations while keeping the material's cost low. Simultaneously, we will explore other approaches to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of these and other related materials with the use of dopants (incorporating a low concentration of another element into the crystal structure). In our research we hope not only to find promising new materials, but also expand our understanding of the fundamental principles that determine the photoelectrochemical and physical properties of semiconducting materials in general.

Teaching

  • General Chemistry II (Chem 122)
  • Principles of Chemistry: Atoms and Molecules (Chem 131)
  • Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules (Chem 132)
  • Analytical Chemistry (Chem 231)
  • Intermediate Analytical Chemistry (Chem 331)
  • Instrumental Analysis (Chem 431)
Research: 

Publications

  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Huse, N.; Zhang, X.; Frandsen, C.; Falcone, R. W.; Waychunas, G. A. Ultrafast Electron and Energy Transfer in Dye-Sensitized Iron Oxide and Oxyhydroxide Nanoparticles.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics  2013, 15, 17303-17313.
  • Katz, J. E.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Chapman, K.; Frandsen, C.; Zarzycki, P.; Rosso, K.; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A.; Gilbert, B. Electron Small Polarons and Their Mobility in Iron (Oxyhydr)oxide Nanoparticles.  Science  2012, 337, 1200-1203.
  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Rude, B.; Glover, T.; Hertlein, M.; Kurtz, C.; Zhang, X.  Thin Water Film Formation on Metal Oxide Crystal Surfaces, Langmuir  2012, 28, 14308-14312.
  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Denlinger, J. D.; Yin, Y; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A. Soft X-ray Spectroscopy Study of the Electronic Structure of Oxidized and Partially Oxidized Magnetite Nanoparticles. Journal of Physical Chemistry C  2010, 114, 21994-22001.
  • Katz, J. E.; Gilbert, B.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A. Observation of Transient Iron(II) Formation in Dye-Sensitized Iron Oxide Nanoparticles by Time-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters  2010, 1, 1372-1376.
  • Paulauskas, I. E.; Katz, J. E.; Jellison, G. E. Jr.; Lewis, N. S.; Boatner, L.; Brown, G. Growth, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Doped n-type KTaO3 Photoanodes. Journal of the Electrochemical Society  2009, 156, B580-B587.
  • Katz, J. E.; Gingrich, T. R.; Santori, E. A.; Lewis, N. S. Combinatorial Synthesis and High-Throughput Photovoltage and Photocurrent Screening of Mixed-Metal Oxides for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting. Energy & Environmental Science  2009, 2, 103-112.

Presentations

  • Inter-American Photochemical Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, 1/2013
  • Global Studies Seminar, Denison University, Granville, OH, 9/2012
  • Denison Scientific Association, Denison University, Granville, OH, 11/2010
  • Invited Speaker, Geological Society of America Meeting, Portland, OR, 10/2010
  • Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 3/2010
  • Invited Speaker, Reed College, Chemistry Department, Portland, OR, 9/2008
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 7/2007
  • Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 4/2007
  • NanoX Conference, Global School for Advanced Studies, Taipei, Taiwan, 9/2006
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Rebecca Futo Kennedy dr. Kennedy, Rebecca F. Futo Kennedy

Rebecca Futo Kennedy
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Classics, Greek, Latin, Environmental Studies
Fellows Hall
414
740-587-8675
Service: 
2009-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A. in Classical Studies from Thurgood Marshall College at the University of California at San Diego, 1997 M.A. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University, 1999 Ph.D. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University, 2003
Biography: 
Since arriving at Denison 2009, Professor Kennedy has taught a wide range of course on the ancient world including both Greek and Latin language course from the beginning to advanced levels as well as courses in Greek history, Athenian tragedy, Greek and Roman art, and ethnicity and the environment in the classical world. Professor Kennedy enjoys teaching courses that allow her to bring her research into the classroom. She is also currently experimenting with role playing pedagogies. 
 
Professor Kennedy's research interests include the intellectual, political, and social history of Classical Athens, Athenian tragedy, and ethnicity and identity in the ancient world. Her current research projects include a monograph Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City (Routledge) and essays on the interactions between geography, ethnography and medicine in the Classical world and its modern reception. She is a co-author and translator of Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Hackett, 2013) and is editor of Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus (Brill Academic Publishers) and The Handbook on identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds (Routledge). Other publications include articles on Aeschylus' tragedies and Athena’s Justice: Athena, Athens and the Concept of Justice in Greek Tragedy (Lang, 2009). 
Curriculum Vitae: 
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Susan Kennedy Kennedy, Susan Kennedy

Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Neuroscience, Psychology
Blair Knapp Hall
404D
740-587-6676
Service: 
1992-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., M.A., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Biography: 

Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty at Denison in 1992 following completion of a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral immunology at Ohio State's College of Medicine.  Dr. Kennedy teaches Physiological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, and Introductory Psychology, and is co-advisor to Denison's newly-formed Neuroscience Concentration.

Research: 

Research Interests

My research interests are focused in two general areas of behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology.  The first area is concerned with how animals' behavioral responses to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine might abe modified by previous drug experience.  This work has implications for models of “addiction,” which maintain that early experiences (such as stress) may make an organism “at risk” for later stimulant addiction.  Secondly, I am interested in the historical and cultural contributions to current drug policy, and the role of science versus popular culture in defining public policy regarding licit and illicit drugs.

Student Research and Collaborations

  • Perlman, J. & Kennedy, S. Sensitization to amphetamine in the developing rat pup. (submitted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, April, 1999)
  • Hersman, M.N., Freeman, J.E. & Kennedy, S. (May, 1997) Short-term chronic fluoxetine treatment increases wheel-running of rats in the activity-stress paradigm.  Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Perry, L. & Kennedy, S. (November, 1996) Endocrine responses to a metabolic stressor in the developing rat: Role of litter and maternal influences.  International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation, Bethesda, MD.
  • Kennedy, S., Collier, A.C., Bilio, D. & Perry, L. (April, 1996) Comparative effects of social and metabolic stressors during development: Role of age and maternal influences following reunion.  Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Meeting, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Kennedy, S. Williams, J., Geiman, E. & Leccese, A.P. ( November, 1995).  Modulation of amphetamine-induced stereotypy in preweanling rat pups by 2-deoxy-D-glucose.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Molnar, S.A. & Kennedy, S. 2-deoxy-D-glucose modulation of hypothalamic norepinephrine in the developing rat pup.  (November, 1994).  Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Key Biscayne, FL.

Publications

  • Agha, S., Brooks, D. C., & Kennedy, S. (in preparation). College students' perceptions (and misperceptions) about alcohol and marijuana.
  • Kennedy, S. (in preparation). Psychopharmacology: An introduction to drugs and behavior. Wadsworth, Thomson Learning.
  • Kennedy, S. (in press).  The psychoneuroimmunology of AIDS:  Stress, personality factors and coping, interpersonal relationships and health outcomes.  In The Management of Stress and Anxiety in Medical Disorders (Mostovsky, D. & Barlow, D., Eds).
  • Kennedy, S. (1996).  Herpesvirus infections and psychoneuroimmunology.  In H. Friedman, et. al (Eds).  Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress and Infection.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Kennedy, S. & Collier, A.C. (1994).  Stress-induced modulation of the immune response in the developing rat pup.  Physiology and Behavior, 56, 825-828.
  • Glaser, R., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Bonneau, R.H., Malarkey, W., Kennedy, S. & Hughes, J. (1992). Stress-induced modulation of the immune response to recombinant hepatitis B vaccine.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 54, 22-29.
  • Glaser, R., Pearson, G.R., Jones, J.F., Hillhouse, J., Kennedy, S., Mao, H. & Kiecolt-glaser, J.K. (1991).  Stress-related activation of Epstein-Barr Virus.  Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 5, 219-232.
  • Kennedy, S., Glaser, R. &Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (1990).  Human psychoneuroimmunology.  In J.T. Caccioppo & R.E. Petty (Eds).  Principles of Psychophysiology:  Physical, social and Inferential Elements.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1990).  Social Support, stress, and the immune system.  In B.R. Sarason, I.G. Sarason & G.R. Pierce (Eds).  Social Support:  An Interactional View.  New York: Wiley.
  • Tomei, L.D., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Kennedy, S. & Glaser, R. (1990).  Psychological-stress and phorbol ester inhibition of radiation-induced apoptosis in human peripheral blood leukocytes.  Psychiatry Research, 33, 59-71.
  • Glaser, R., Kennedy, S., Lafuse, W.P., Bonneau, R.H., Speicher, C.E. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (1990).  Psychological stress-induced modulation of IL-2 receptor gene expression and IL-2 production in peripheral blood leukocytes.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 47, 707-712.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1989).  Neuroimmunology of normal human behavior.  In E.J. Goetzl (Ed). Neuroimmune Networks: Physiology and  Diseases.  New York:  Alan Liss.
  • Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Kennedy, S., Malkoff, S., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (1988) Marital discord and immunity in males.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 50, 213-229.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1988).  Immunological consequences of acute and chronic stressors:  Mediating role of interpersonal relationships.  British Journal of Medical Psychology, 61, 77-85.
  • Pellis, S.M., O?Brien, D.P., Pellis, V.C., Teitelbaum, P., Wolgin, D.L. & Kennedy, S. (1988).  Escalation of feline predation along a gradient from avoidance through “play” to “killing.”  Behavioral Neuroscience, 102, 760-777.
  • Alander, D.H., Servidio, S., Schallert, T. & Teitelbaum, P. (1983).  Possible vestibular involvement in behaviors induced by d-amphetamine.  Federation Proceedings, 1159.

Presentations

  • Kennedy, S. Teaching brain-behavior relationships to undergraduates.  (March, 1994).  Midwest Institute for Teaching of Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Collier, A.C., Kennedy, S., Glaser, R. & Hennessy, M.B. (July, 1990).  Developmental effects of mother-infant separation on immune functioning in rats.   International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting, London, England.
  • Glaser, R., Griffin, A., Bucci, D., Hillhouse, J., Kennedy, S., Kotur, M. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (November, 1989).  Psychological stress down-regulates IL-1 production in human macrophage/monocytes.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Dura, J.R., Kennedy, S., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (April, 1989).  Stress and immunity: Alzheimer family caregivers.  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Kennedy, S., Malarkey, W.B., Shaut, D. & Glaser, R. (November, 1988). Enhanced blasteogenesis of human lymphocytes by prolactin.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • Glaser, R., Tomei L.D., Kennedy, S. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (April 1988).  Cellular and molecular consequences of psychological stress.  Molecular Biology of Stress, Keystone, CO.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Malkoff, S., Fisher, L., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (November, 1987).  Changes in herpesvirus latency in a stressed population: Implications for psychological mediation of immune responses.  Society for Neuroscience and Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
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Toni King King, Toni C. King

Toni King
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Black Studies, Women’s Studies
Doane Administration
201
740-587-8660
Service: 
1997-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Biography: 

Human Subjects Review (Denison University Institutional Review Board)

* Diversity Advisory Committee

Posse Liaison to the National Posse Foundation

Faculty Diversity (Recruitment, Hiring, Program Development)

Workshops and Trainings

Personnel Committee

Academic Awards Convocation

Commencement Committee

Working with faculty groups pertaining to diversity ( FOCIF: Faculty of Color/International Faculty Group,
the Black Caucus, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Orientation Committee, Queer Studies Concentration.)

* The Diversity Advisory Committee Members are: Dosinda Alvite, Warren Hauk, Ching-Chu Hu, John Jackson, Toni King, Christine Pae

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Bill Kirkpatrick Kirkpatrick, Bill Kirkpatrick

Bill Kirkpatrick
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
327
740-587-8512
Service: 
2007-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., New York University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Biography: 

Bill Kirkpatrick earned his B.A. in Journalism and Cinema Studies at New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently working on a book about localism in American thought and media to 1934, exploring how regulators, the radio industry, and the public used discourses and structures of localism in a range of struggles to shape the media system. His publications include articles in Radio Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Community Media Review, and several forthcoming anthologies. His ongoing research and teaching interests include media history and cultural policy; impacts of popular culture on American public life; theories, practices, and future of citizen-produced media; and media and disability. More about his work, including links to his publications, can be found at http://www.billkirkpatrick.net.

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Maryfrances Kirsh Kirsh, Maryfrances F. Kirsh

Suzuki Instructor
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall
301
740-587-5607
Service: 
2001-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., West Chester University; M.A., Ohio State University
Biography: 

Maryfrances Kirsh, piano and violin, accompanist,  Publicity Support Coordinator, attended Agnes Scott College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in piano and voice from West Chester University, PA, and a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from The Ohio State University.  She received the bulk of her Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell.  She has been on the piano faculty of the Columbus Suzuki Institute and is co-founder of “Suzuki Piano Friends,” a frequent gathering of Suzuki piano teachers in the Columbus area.  Maryfrances has been the parent/practice partner of three Suzuki violinists and has a passion for supporting other parent/practice partners.

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Erik Klemetti dr. Klemetti, Erik W. Klemetti

Erik Klemetti
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Geosciences, Environmental Studies
F.W. Olin Science Hall
309
740-587-5788
Service: 
2009-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Oregon State University
Biography: 

I'm a volcanologist/petrologist and I teach classes on the rocks and minerals that make up the planet, along with the magmatic processes that lead to volcanic eruptions. I’ve been fascinated by geology since I was young, either with the vast mineral collection my grandmother in Massachusetts had collected or with the vistas of Nevado del Ruiz from my grandparents home in Colombia. Every rock (or crystal) does tell its own story, and that is what geologist do: unlock the history recorded in the rocks. That is how I like to teach geology – by looking at the process the created the rock and then how we see the record of that process imparted on the physical and chemical characteristics of the rocks and crystals. In that way, geology tells us about the dynamic events that have created the Earth and will change the planet far into the future. I am also interested in how humans interact with geology, specifically how we alter the su rface environment when exploiting the multitude of resources within the Earth. If you’re interested in any of these topics, contact me via email or on Twitter (@eruptionsblog).

Research: 

My research focuses on volcanism and magmatism, both modern and ancient. I examine these processes by looking at the information recorded in crystals erupted in lavas and ash. By measuring the ratios of radioactive isotopes in these minerals, you can answer questions about the timescales of magmatic processes at volcanoes, such as how long does it take to generate a body of magma, how long can you store magma in the crust and what are the rates of eruptions during the lifetime of a volcano. All of these question lead us to a greater understanding of what happens under a volcano before an eruption.

Currently, I have active research projects at Lassen Peak in northern California, Mineral King in the central Sierra Nevada, and the Okataina Caldera in New Zealand. I have had students work with me on these research projects, leading to presentations at major geology meetings and co-authorships on research papers. If you’re interested in working with me, send me an email.

I also strong believe in making science accessible to the general public. To that end, I write a blog on volcanism called Eruptions. I distill the sometimes-disparate information out there about current eruptions, discuss volcanic process and features and break down current volcano research so that anyone can understand why its so exciting. The blog is visited by thousands of readers a day that vary from casual readers to seasoned volcano researchers.

Here are a selection of recent research publications if you’re interested in my research:

Klemetti EW, Lackey JS, Starnes JK*, accepted, Magmatic lulls in the Sierra Nevada captured in zircon from rhyolite of the Mineral King pendant, California: Geosphere.

Walker BJ, Klemetti EW, Grunder AL, Dilles JH, Tepley III F, Giles D, 2013, Crystal reaming during the assembly, maturation, and waning of an eleven-million-year crustal magma cycle: thermobarometry of the Aucanquilcha Volcanic Cluster: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, doi 10.1007/s00410-012-0829-2.

Klemetti EW, Deering CD, Cooper KM and Roeske SM, 2011, Magmatic perturbations in the Okataina Caldera Complex at thousand-year timescales recorded in single zircon crystals from the Mt. Tarawera region, New Zealand: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.305, p. 184-194.

Klemetti EW and Grunder AL, 2008. Volcanic evolution of Volcán Aucanquilcha: a long lived dacite volcano in the Central Andes of northern Chile: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 70, no. 5, p. 633-650.

Curriculum Vitae: 
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Susan Klemetti Klemetti, Susan Klemetti

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Environmental Studies, First-Year Program
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Felice Knight Knight, Felice Knight

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Black Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
Degree(s): 
B.A., Furman University; B.A., Rhodes University; M.A., The University of Charleston and The Citadel; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
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Maia Kotrosits Kotrosits, Maia Kotrosits

Maia Kotrosits
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Religion, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
310B
740-587-6303
Service: 
2014-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Binghamton University; M.Div., M.Phil., Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary
Biography: 

Maia Kotrosits' research finds points of contact between ancient Christian/diaspora Jewish literature and contemporary cultural studies, queer and feminist theories. Surfacing themes of violence, belonging, and collective experiences of pain and loss, she finds connections and disjoints between the ancient world and some worlds of the present. She has co-written books on the ancient Coptic poem The Thunder: Perfect Mind, as well as on the Gospel of Mark. Her forthcoming book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging (Fortress Press, 2015) is a re-examination of the centrality of the designation "Christian" in the doing of what is called early Christian history, and a set of proposals for how to understand some New Testament and affiliated literature without it.

Dr. Kotrosits edits the Bible and Cultural Studies series with Palgrave Macmillan.

Research: 

Monographs:

Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging. Fortress Press (forthcoming in Spring 2015).

Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Pain and Trauma (co-authored with Hal Taussig). Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

The Thunder: Perfect Mind: A New Translation and Introduction (co-authored with Hal Taussig, Jared Calaway, Justin Lasser and Celene Lillie). Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Articles/Essays:

“Seeing is Feeling: Revelation’s Enthroned Lamb and Ancient Visual Affects,” Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming, 2014).

“The Queer Life of Christian Exceptionalism,” Culture and Religion 15.2 (June 2014): 156-185.

“Institutional Brokenness and Other Quandaries of Feminist Belonging,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29.2 (Fall 2013).

"The Ekklesia and the Politics of the Meal: Re-thinking 'Christian Identity' in and through Acts," in Mahl und religiöse Identität im frühen Christentum eds. Matthias Klinghardtand Hal Taussig, 241-278. Tanz Verlag (2012).

"Romance and Danger at Nag Hammadi" The Bible and Critical Theory 8.1 (March 2012): 39-52.

"The Rhetoric of Intimate Spaces: Affect and Performance in the Corinthian Correspondence" Union Seminary Quarterly Review Vol. 62, no. 3-4: 134-151.

"The Thunder: Perfect Mind and Early Christian Conflicts About Gender" The Fourth R Vol. 24, no.1. (January/February 2011): 7-12.

"Re-reading Canonical Identity: A Sexual Ethics of Bible Interpretation" Studies in Gender and Sexuality vol. 11, issue 2 (April 2010): 89-100.

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Matt Kretchmar dr. Kretchmar, Robert Matthew Kretchmar

Matt Kretchmar
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Computational Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
207
740-587-6721
Service: 
1999-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Penn State University; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Colorado State University
Biography: 

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Philosophy, Dr. Kretchmar worked as a software engineer at IBM to develop their first data warehousing project. In his graduate programs at Rensselaer and Colorado State, Dr. Kretchmar focused on a variety of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques. His Ph.D. dissertation analyzed a robust (fault tolerant) reinforcement learning controller for a large HVAC system. Dr. Kretchmar teaches a wide range of courses across the computer science curriculum as well as introductory liberal arts mathematics courses. Dr. Kretchmar's classes often experiment with non-traditional pedagogies including a portfolio based system in his Sophomore Data Structures class, and a research paper based Artificial Intelligence seminar. He is also very interested in writing pedagogy and in first year student experiences; he served as Denison's Dean of First Year Students from 2007 to 2012.

Selected Student Research Projects:

  • Text Message Authorship Classification Using Support Vector Machines, Yifu Zhou, 2013.
  • A Reinforcement Learning Robotic Arm Controller, Taylor Kessler Faulkner, 2013.
  • An Analysis of Ballot Ordering for Final Tribal Councils in the Television Series Survivor, Nat Kell. 2010.
  • Kernel Methods for Image Processing, Dan Bucatanschi, 2006.
Research: 

My research area is machine learning techniques. I concentrate in Reinforcement Learning, especially in building controllers for various dynamic systems. Additionally I work in the area of classification techniques including Kernel Machines and Support Vector Machines. I also dabble in games and game theory, and in discrete and combinatorial mathematics. 

Selected Publications:

  • Suspense at the Ballot Box. (with Nat Kell) The College Mathematics Journal, Vol 44, No 1. 2013.
  • Tree Traversals and Permutations. (with Todd Feil and Kevin Hutson) Congressus Numerantium, Vol 172. 2005.
  • Improved Automatic Discovery of Subgoals for Options in Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning. (with Todd Feil and Rohit Bansal) Journal of Computer Science and Technology.  October, 2003.
  • A Neighborhood Search Technique for the Freeze Tag Problem. (with Dan Bucatanschi, Blaine Hoffman and Kevin Hutson) Extending the Gap: Advances in Computing, Optimization, and Decision Technologies. 2007.
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Joan Krone dr. Krone, Joan Krone

Joan Krone
Director of the Gilpatrick Center
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Gilpatrick Center for Student Research & Fellowships
Gilpatrick House
740-587-6426
Service: 
1990-Present
Degree(s): 
Degrees: B.S. Mathematics, West Liberty State College, M.S. Mathematics, M.S. Computer Science, Ph.D. Computer Science, the Ohio State University
Biography: 

Joan Krone joined the Denison faculty in 1990, having taught mathematics at Ohio Dominican College before earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Ohio State University, where she taught Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis before coming to Denison.

Her research is in the mathematical foundations of computer science, emphasizing mathematical reasoning about the formal specification and verification of software in the context of software engineering principles. Krone is a strong advocate of undergraduate research and has served as mentor to more than 30 undergraduate research students, many of whom have presented their work at professional conferences. She developed a discrete math course that introduced computer science applications of mathematical concepts and co-authored the textbook “Essential Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science” with Todd Feil. In addition to teaching computer science Krone is the Director of the Gilpatrick Center, which oversees the summer research program at Denison, as well as serving to advise students applying for a variety of prestigious scholarships such as Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, and others.

Research: 

Selected Student Research Projects

Welch, D. 2011, 2012 “Modular Design and Verification in RESOLVE,”  NSF student.
Presentation at MCURCSM, November 2012.

Behrend, S. 2007. “Logic for Program Verification.” DURF student. Presentation at SIGCSE,
March, 2007. Presentation at MCURCSM, November, 2007.

Fressola, A. 2004. “Integers by Induction.” Anderson student. Presentation at the National American Mathematical Society Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

Tawney,  M. 2003 Anderson student. “Algorithm Analysis for the Object Oriented Paradigm.”
2002. Invited talk at The Ohio State University, March 13, 2003. Posters on the Hill, April 1, 2003.

Dimitrov, V. summer 2001. “Zero-Divisor Graphs.” Presented at the ACM-SIGCSE Conference, February, 2002.

Research

My research lies in the field of formal methods for software engineering. The focus is on the formal specification of software in the context of software engineering principles developed by experts in the field over decades of research and practice. Recent NSF funding has supported the design and development of a new language, RESOLVE (REusable SOftware Language with VErification), that includes constructs for formal mathematical specifications to promote mathematical reasoning and proofs of program correctness. Krone’s work has included both the development of logic for reasoning about program correctness and the development of material needed in the computer science curriculum to support mathematical reasoning about programs.

Selected Publications

1. Gregory Kulczycki, Murali Sitaraman, Joan Krone, Joseph E. Hollingsworth, William F. Ogden, Bruce W. Weide, Paolo Bucci, Charles T. Cook, Svetlana Drachova, Blair Durkee, Heather Harton, Wayne Heym, Dustin Hoffman, Hampton Smith, Yu-Shan Sun, Aditi Tagore, Nighat Yasmin, and Diego Zaccai, A Language for Building Verified Software Components, Proceedings of ICSR, Pisa, Italy, July 2013.

2. Joan Krone, Jason Hallstrom, Murali Sitaraman, CCSC 2011 Proceedings, “Mathematics throughout the CS Curriculum.”

3. Murali Sitaraman, Bruce Adcock, Jeremy Avigad, Derek Bronish, Paolo Bucci, David Frazier, Harvey M. Friedman, Heather Harton, Wayne Heym, Jason Kirschenbaum, Joan Krone, Hampton Smith, and Bruce W. Weide, “Building a Push-Button RESOLVE Verifier: Progress and Challenges,” Formal Aspects of Computing, 2010, 34 pages.

4. J. Krone, J.E. Hollingsworth, M. Sitaraman, and J.O. Hallstrom, “A Reasoning Concept Inventory for Computer Science,” Technical Report RSRG-10-01, School of Computing, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0974, September, 2010, 6 pages.

5. Sitaraman, Hallstrom, White, Drachova-Strang, harton, Leonard, Krone, Pak, “Engaging Students in Specification and Reasoning: Hands on Experimentation and Evaluation,” Proceedings of ITiCSE, July 5-8, 2009.

6. Keown, H., Krone, J., & Sitaraman, M. , “Formal Program Verification.” The Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. Wiley, 2008.

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Linda Krumholz dr. Krumholz, Linda J. Krumholz

Linda Krumholz
Associate Professor & Chair (Black Studies)
Faculty  |  English, Black Studies, Women’s Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
207
740-587-5740
Service: 
1992-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Biography: 

Linda Krumholz is Associate Professor of English and Director of Black Studies. She teaches Twentieth and Twenty-first Century African American, Native American, and Ethnic American literature as well as literary theory and composition. She currently holds the Lorena Woodrow Burke Chair of English.

Krumholz is interested in the ways fiction can transform social representations and beliefs about race, history, economics, power, and cultural identities. Her research focuses on novels by contemporary African American and Native American authors such as Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, and Paule Marshall. In her recent work, she also considers how teaching can transform U.S. discourses and contemporary conversations about race. Her essays have appeared in Ariel, Contemporary Literature, African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and various anthologies.

Courses Taught:

FYS 101: Autobiography and Identity; FYS 101: Contemporary Identities: Autobiography and Comics (with Ron Abram); FYS 101: Toni Morrison’s Novels
HONORS 167: Twentieth-Century Literary and Performing Arts: Roots in Blues and Jazz (with April Berry)
ENGLISH 202: Introduction to Literary Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Methods
ENGLISH/WOMEN’S STUDIES/QUEER STUDIES 225: Women in Literature
ENGLISH 237: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 255: Ethnic Literature
BLACK STUDIES 235: Introduction to Black Studies
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES/WOMEN’S STUDIES 325: African American Women’s Novels
ENGLISH 326: Contemporary Native American Literature
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 355: The Harlem Renaissance
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 356: Narratives of Slavery
ENGLISH 400: Toni Morrison and Black Feminist Theory; ENGLISH 400: Literary Criticism; ENGLISH 400: Race and the American Literary Imagination; ENGLISH 400: From Theory to Fiction: Literary Theory and the Novels of Louise Erdrich and Toni Morrison; ENGLISH 400: Rewriting America: Race, Gender, History, and Power in Toni Morrison’s Novels

Positions Held:

Director of Black Studies (2013-present)
Lorena Woodrow Burke Chair of English (2010-2015)
Co-Chair of the Homestead Advisory Board (2013-present)
Chair of Homestead Advisory Board (2000-2005, 2008-2013)
Chair of the Faculty (2011-2012)
Chair of English (2007-2010)
Co-Chair of MLK Day of Learning Committee (2002-2004)

Research: 

Selected Publications:

  • From Mysteries to Manidoos: Language and Transformation in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.” Western American Literature, forthcoming.
  • Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby.” Contemporary Literature 49.2 (Summer 2008): 262-291.
  • Tar is Art: Blackness and the Power of Fiction in Tar Baby.” The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Teaching and Writing on Race, Identity, and Culture. Ed. Jami L. Carlacio. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2007. 77-84.
  • Reading and Insight in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” African American Review 36 (2002): 21-34.
  • Native Designs: Silko’s Storyteller and the Reader’s Initiation.” Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Louise K. Barnett and James L. Thorson. Albuquerque NM: U of NM Press, 1999. 63-86.
  • Reading in the Dark: Knowledge and Vision in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison. Ed. Nellie Y. McKay and Kathryn Earle. New York: MLA, 1997. 106-112.
  • ‘To Understand This World Differently’: Reading and Subversion in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller.” Critical Visions: Contemporary North American Native Writing. Ed. Jeanne Perreault and Joseph Bruchac. Ariel 25 (1994): 89-113.
  • Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of Solomon.” Toni Morrison. Ed. Nancy J. Peterson. Modern Fiction Studies 39 (1993): 551-574.
  • The Ghosts of Slavery: Historical Recovery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” African American Review 26 (1992): 395-408.
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Peter Kuhlman Kuhlman, Peter L. Kuhlman

Peter Kuhlman
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry, Neuroscience
740-587-6698
Service: 
1998-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Biography: 

Field of Interest:

I think of myself as something of an intellectual vampire -- I feed off of the different aspects of my job. My research feeds my intellectual curiosity and helps keep my scientific knowledge current and well grounded in experience. Teaching is my passion, a real source of emotional energy. On this page, I've tried to give you an overview of both my teaching and research interests. I encourage you to look elsewhere on my web pages to find out more, and to email me or stop by to talk about anything here that intrigues you.

Broadly, my research interests lie in the area of Molecular Evolution. Specifically, I'm interested in the rates at which biological macromolecules evolve and the forces, both at the level of molecule and of organism, which constrain the rate of evolution of individual molecules.

The past decade has seen a true revolution in the technology of biomolecular sequence determination, and a corresponding explosion in the magnitude of sequence information available for analysis. This wealth of information has given us an increasingly clear picture of how and why biological macromolecules change over time. But it also highlights our ignorance. For example, virtually every large scale molecular evolutionary tree shows one or more groups of organisms with aberrant rates of evolution -- which shows up as unusually long or short branches. Yet no one is able to predict these rate hiccups, or even to explain them post-facto, and that intrigues me. But rather than simply looking for these cases of bizarre evolutionary rate, my interest is with the forces involved; I seek to explicitly test hypotheses about causal events that can drive rate abnormalities.

The goal of my research program is therefore to explore cases of altered evolutionary rate and to generate biochemical systems for testing hypotheses about the consequences of the rate acceleration. My focus for the last several years has been on one such case study: describing and exploring the accelerated evolution of the genes encoding the subunits of the RNA polymerase in chloroplasts of plants in the genus Pelargonium. To learn more about my research interests, and the projects that students have pursued in my lab, please see my research page.

Research: 

Publications

  • P. Kuhlman, H.L. Duff*, and A. Galant*. 2004. A fluorescence-based assay for multi-subunit DNA-dependent RNA polymerases. Analytical Biochemistry. v. 324 p. 183-190
  • C. K. Brown, P. L. Kuhlman, S. Mattingly, K. Slates, P. J. Calie, and W. W. Farrar. 1998. A model of the quaternary structure of enolases, based on structural and evolutionary analysis of the octameric enolase from Bacillus subtilis. J. Prot. Chem.. v. 17 p. 855-866
  • Y. Cho, Y.-L. Qiu, P. Kuhlman, and J. D. Palmer . 1998. Explosive invasion of plant mitochondria by a group I intron.. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA. v. 95 p. 14244-14249
  • J.C. Vaughn, M. T. Mason, G. L. Sper-Whitis, P. Kuhlman, and J. D. Palmer. 1995. Fungal origin by horizontal transfer of a plant mitochondrial group I intron in the chimeric coxI gene of Peperomia. J. Mol. Evol.. v. 41 p. 563-572
  • P. Kuhlman and J. D. Palmer. 1995. Isolation, expression, and evolution of the gene encoding mitochondrial elongation factor Tu in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Mol. Biol.. v. 29 p. 1057-1070
  • P. Kuhlman, V. T. Moy, B. A. Lollo, and A. A. Brian. 1991. The accessory function of murine ICAM-1 in T lymphocyte activation: Contributions of adhesion and activation. J. Immunol. v. 146 p. 1773-1782

[* denotes an undergraduate student working under my guidance]

Presentations

  • S. Stefanović, P. Kuhlman, P. Calie, and J. Palmer. 2007. Rapid evolution of plastid RNA polymerases in three unrelated flowering plant lineages. Platform talk at the joint annual meetings of the Botanical Society of America and the American Society for Plant Biologists.
  • P. Kuhlman and P. Calie. 2006. Accelerated sequence evolution of the four proteins comprising the core complex of the bacterial-derived DNA-dependant RNA polymerase in the plant family Geraniaceae. Poster presentation at the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence.
  • S. Hoskins, J. Hogan, D. Bautista, P. Kuhlman and P. Calie. 2004. Modeling studies suggest that the accelerated sequence evolution in the a-subunit of the Geraniaceae DNA-dependant RNA polymerase is accompanied by a high level of conservation of secondary structure. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
  • P. Kuhlman and H.L. Duff*. 2003. A fluorescence-based assay for RNA Polymerase activity. Poster presentation at Experimental Biology 2003, the combined annual meeting of several national societies for experimental biologists, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • C. N. Gorman*, H. L. Duff*, and P. Kuhlman . 2000. Investigations into the function of the rapidly evolving RNA Polymerase in Pelargonium chloroplasts. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the (international) Protein Society.
  • H. Duff*, T. Wine*, and P. Kuhlman . 1999. Investigation of the rapidly evolving plastid RNA polymerase in Pelargonium. Poster presentation at the International Botanical Congress.
  • P. Kuhlman, P. J. Calie, J. M. Logsdon, A. Z. Wang*, G. Vora*, B. Thomason*, and J. D. Palmer . 1998. Accelerated evolution of the chloroplast-encoded RNA polymerase driven by positive Darwinian selection. Talk given at the 1998 international meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.
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Sangeet Kumar dr. Kumar, Sangeet Kumar

Sangeet Kumar
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  International Studies, Communication
Higley Hall
302
740-587-8528
Service: 
2010-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Delhi University, India; M.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Ph.D., University of Iowa
Biography: 

Sangeet Kumar earned his PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa where his dissertation studied the construction of postcolonial identities through the consumption and production of western popular culture in India. His current research interests are focused on two distinct but connected dimensions of the globalization of media and culture. The first interrogates power and resistance within global digital media networks from the perspective of postcoloniality, critical theories of technology and parody/satire. The second uses theories of human desire to reimagine power and identity within global popular cultural texts and practices. In addition to the Communication Department, he also serves on the International Studies committee at Denison. He has a background as a newspaper journalist with a daily in New Delhi prior to his academic career.

His research has appeared in journals including Popular Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Global Media and Communication and Journal of South Asian History and Culture among others as well as in anthologies such as News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe and Television at Large in South Asia among others.

At Denison his courses explore media, technology and popular culture from critical, theoretical and global perspectives. The courses he teaches are:

  • Media and Modernity
  • Global Digital Networks
  • Cultural Globalization and Identity
  • Democracy, Liberalism and the Mass Media
  • Critical Cultural Approaches to Advertising
  • The Politics of Popular Culture
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Jeff Kurtz dr. Kurtz, Jeffrey Brian Kurtz

Jeff Kurtz
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
301
740-587-6699
Service: 
2001-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Mount Union College; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Research: 

Dr. Kurtz's teaching and research interests circle around issues of textual interpretation and rhetorics of reform and advocacy, particularly from the antebellum era, the African-American civil rights movement, and the intersection of religious and civic discourse in American public life. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, The Review of Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs and the Journal of Communication and Religion.

Dr. Kurtz teaches classes across the Department's spectrum of offerings, including Rhetoric and the American Experience; The Rhetoric of Citizenship; Public Address; and Research Methods.

Jeff lives in Granville with his wife, Laura, and their daughters Eliza and Emerson. He enjoys sports, movies, and chasing after his kids.

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Cora Kuyvenhoven dr. Kuyvenhoven, Cora Ena Kuyvenhoven

Cora Kuyvenhoven
String Chamber Music Instructor
Faculty  |  Music  |  Cello
Burton Hall
304
740-587-5609
Service: 
2000-Present
Degree(s): 
A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto); M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; D.M.A., University of Iowa
Biography: 

Cora Kuyvenhoven is assistant principal cellist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and adjunct cello professor and co-director of chamber music at Denison University.

She recently taught at Otterbein University for five years and is a founding member of QUBE, the university's artist-in residence string quartet. Cora has been soloist with Kalistos, Welsh Hills Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony. She will be performing Haydn’s D Major Cello concerto with the Denison University Orchestra on May 2nd. The Windsor Star heralded her last performance of this piece as expressing a great “joie de vivre.” As a member of the Toronto Symphony (1990-1997) she recorded and broadcast extensively, and toured in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

Cora obtained her A.R.C.T. licentiate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with first class honours, studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where she performed in the Advendo String Trio, under the tutelage of the Fine Arts Quartet. Cora received a post master’s degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her DMA is from the University of Iowa (2000) where she was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship, and the Peltzer Award.

Cora’s new passions are dancing Zumba and learning Yoga. For upcoming concerts and events please go to: http://ckuyvenhoven.blogspot.com

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Ashwin Lall Lall, Ashwin Lall

Ashwin Lall
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics
F.W. Olin Science Hall
205
740-587-8602
Service: 
2010-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Colgate University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester
Biography: 

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.
Research: 

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.

Selected publications:

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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
208
740-587-6473
Service: 
1985-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., University of Missouri; M.S., Wright State University; Ph.D., American University
Research: 

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.

Curriculum Vitae: 
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Susan Larson Larson, Susan E. Larson

Susan Larson
Suzuki Instructor
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall
308
740-587-6220
Service: 
2004-Present
Biography: 

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
Service: 
2014-Present
Degree(s): 
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
208
740-587-6653
Service: 
2006-Present
Degree(s): 
B.M., YonSei University, Seoul; M.M., D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Biography: 

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
228
740-587-6290
Service: 
1989-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., Moorhead State University; M.A., Kent State University
Biography: 

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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