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Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2007 to present
Chair, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2002 to 2007
Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2000 to 2007
Grant Reviewer, Developmental Neurobiology at National Science Foundation, 2001 and 2004
External Reviewer for faculty promotions, ex. Department of Political Science at Pomona College (2007), Kalamazoo College (2001)
Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer, ex. Department of Political Science at Genetics, Oncogene
Student-Teacher Referee, Department of Education at Denison University, 2001
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 1994 - 2000
Teaching Assistant, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at University of CA-Berkeley
- Richard Lucier Endowed Professorship in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarship. August 2007 - present
- National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant, “Understanding Trio and Abl in Drosophila Axon Guidance Through Genetic Modifiers” (PI; 1R15HD059924-01); $196,312; 8/2009 to 8/2012.
- Denison University Research Foundation Award, “A Systematic Search for Genetic Interactions Affecting Nervous System Development Involving the Abl Kinase and the Trio Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor”, $10,967, 2008-2009
- Participant in the Faculty Summer Institute on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genonome Project sponsored by the Dartmouth College Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics. June, 2004 at Howard University, Washington D.C.
- National Science Foundation Grant, “Investigation of the integrated roles of Abl, Trio, and Neurotactin in axon outgrowth” (co-PI; NSF 0344053); $240,000; 2004-2007
- R. C. Good Fellowship, Denison University, 2001
- National Science Foundation Grant, “Genetic and Cell Biological Characterization of Trio and Amalgam: Two New Enhancers of Abl” (co-PI); $341,752; 2001-2004
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Collaboration with Technology Grant (PI); $21,216 2000-2001
- Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 2000
- Denison University Research Foundation Award, “Fine Mapping and Cloning of the Fruit Fly M109 Gene”, $3,534, 1999-2000
- Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 1999
- Junior Faculty Fellowship, Denison University, 1998
- National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant, “Probing Drosophila Abelson Tyrosine Kinase with Genetics” (PI); $98,182; 1996-2000.
- Faculty Professional Development Award, Denison University, 1995
- Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1991-1994
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, 1988
- National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention, 1987
- Regents Fellowship, University of California, 1986
- Honors Degree in Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, 1985
- Trewartha Honors Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Wisconsin, 1984
- Smith, JA and Liebl, EC. 2006. Identification of the Molecular Lesions in Alleles of the Drosophila Abelson Tyrosine Kinase. Drosophila Information Service. v. 88 p. 20-23
- Forsthoefel, DJ, Liebl, EC, Kolodziej, PA, Seeger, MA. 2005. The Abelson tyrosine kinase, the Trio GEF, and Enabled interact with the Netrin receptor Frazzled in Drosophila. Development. v. 132 p. 1983-1994
- Liebl EC, Rowe RG, Forsthoefel DJ, Stammler AL, Schmidt ER, Turski M, Seeger MA. 2003. Interactions between the secreted protein Amalgam, Amalgam's transmembrane receptor Neurotactin and the Abelson tyrosine kinase affect axon pathfinding. Development. v. 130 no. 14 p. 3217-3226
- Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, LS Franco, SH Sample, JE Hess, JA Cowger, MP Chandler, AM Shupert and MA Seeger. 2000. Dosage-sensitive, reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and the putative GEF trio reveal trio's role in axon pathfinding. Neuron. v. 26 p. 107-118
- Liebl EC. 1999. Molecular Characterization of the Insertion Site in Eight P-Insertion Lines from the Kiss Collection. Drosophila Information Service. v. 82 p. 79-81
- Liebl, EC, DJ Forsthofel, ER Schmidt, M Turski, KB Markham and MA Seeger. Mutational analysis of amalgam provides insights into Abl-dependent, Neurotactin-mediated adhesion and axon pathfinding in Drosophila. Genetics.
- Hu, W-L, G Minihan, GR Buckles, H Hayter, EC Liebl, M-C Ramel and FN Katz. 2002. Dachs encodes an unconventional myosin that is required for segmentation and morphogenesis during limb development in Drosophila. Developmental Biology.
- Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, LS Franco, SH Sample, JE Hess, JA Cowger, MP Chandler, AM Shupert and MA Seeger. 2000. Dosage-sensitive, reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and the putative GEF trio reveal trio's role in axon pathfinding. Neuron. v. 26 p. 107-118
- Liebl EC. 1999. Molecular Characterization of the Insertion Site in Eight P-Insertion Lines from the Kiss Collection. Drosophila Information Service. v. 82 p. 79-81
- Liebl EC. 1998. Testing for mutagens using fruit flies. The American Biology Teacher. v. 60 p. 1-5
- Comer AR, EC Liebl and FM Hoffmann. 1995. Can clues to the molecular defects in chronic myelogenous leukemia come from genetic studies on the Abelson tyrosine kinase in fruit flies?. The Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine. v. 125 p. 686-691
- Gertler FB, AR Comer, JL Juang, SM Ahern, MJ Clark, EC Liebl and FM Hoffmann. 1995. enabled, a dosage-sensitive suppresser of mutations in the Drosophila Abl tyrosine kinase, encodes an Abl substrate with SH3-domain binding properties. Genes and Development. v. 9 p. 521-533
- Liebl EC and FM Hoffmann. 1994. Growth factors and signal transduction in Drosophila. M. Nilsen-Hamilton, ed., Growth Factors and Signal Transduction in Development. p. 165-174
- Liebl EC, LJ England and GS Martin. 1993. Reactivation of host-dependent src kinase activity by coexpression with a heterologous tyrosine kinase. Virology. v. 195 p. 265-267
- Liebl EC, LJ England, JE DeClue and GS Martin. 1992. Host range mutants of v-src: Alterations in kinase activity and substrate interactions. J. Virol. v. 66 p. 4315-4324
- Liebl EC and GS Martin. 1992. Intracellular targeting of pp60src expression: Localization to adhesion plaques is sufficient to transform chicken embryo fibroblasts. Oncogene. v. 7 p. 2417-2428
- Young JC, EC Liebl and GS Martin. 1998. A host-dependent temperature sensitive mutant of Rous sarcoma virus: Evidence for host factors affecting transformation. Virology. v. 166 p. 561-572
- Pai JK, EC Liebl, CS Tettenborn, FI Ikegwuonu and GC Mueller. 1987. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate activates the synthesis of phosphatidylethanol in animal cells exposed to ethanol. Carcinogenesis. v. 8 p. 173-178
- Liebl EC, CL Baldyga, LL Bickle, A Bishop, KE Dean, M Kopeke, RR Manohar, JR McCall, J McCroskey, JA Smith, MA Seeger. 2007. A screen for dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype. 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, PA
- Liebl EC, CL Baldyga, LL Bickle, M Kopeke, RR Manohar, JR McCall, JA Smith, MA Seeger. 2005. A screen for dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype. Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
- Liebl, EC, RG Roew, DJ Forsthoefel, AM Stammler, MA Seeger. 2003. Identification of neurotactin as a dominant enchancer of the Abelson tyrosine kinase mutant phenotype. 44th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Chicago, IL
- Liebl, EC. 2003. Amalgam functions as a dominant enhancer of the Abl mutant phenotype . Science Lecture Series. Ohio Wesleyan University, OH
- Liebl, EC., ER Schmidt, DJ Forsthoefel, SC Howard, MA Seeger. 2001. Identification of amalgam as a dominant enhancer of the Abelson tyrosine kinase phenotype. 42nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Washington, DC
- Liebl EC. 2001. Gaining insights into axonal pathfinding: combining genetics and cell biology nto an interesting amalgam. Kenyon College Biology Lecture Series. Gambier, OH
- Forsthoefel DJ, ER Schmidt, S Howard, MA Seeger, EC Liebl. 2000. Trio, a cytoplasmic GEF, and Amalgam, a secreted member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, exhibit dosage-sensitive genetic interactions with the Abelson tyrosine kinase and function in Drosophila axon guidance pathways. Axon Guidance & Neural Plasticity Meeting. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
- Liebl EC. 1999. Signal transduction in the developing CNS: Reciprocal genetic interactions between the Abl tyrosine kinase and a guanine-nucleotide-exchange factor. Ohio State Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Seminar Series. Columbus, OH
- Korn JM* and EC Liebl. 1999. Isolating Dominant Enhancers of the two-thirds-trio Mutant Phenotype. Genetics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
- Schmidt E, SC Howard R Perala, EC Liebl. 1999. Fine Mapping of the M109 Gene. Genetics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
- Liebl EC, DJ Forsthoefel, SH Sample, LS Franco, JE Hess, MP Chandler, JA Cowger, AM Jackson, MA Seeger. 1999. Dosage-Sensitive Interactions Between two-thirds-trio, a Putative Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor, the Abl Tyrosine Kinase, enabled and failed-axon-connections. Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
- Liebl EC, SH Sample, LS Franco, JE Hess, JA Cowger, AM Jackson, DJ Forsthoefel, MA Seeger. 1999. Dosage-Sensitive, Reciprocal Genetic Interactions Between a Putative Guanine-Nucleotide-Exchange Factor and the Abl Tyrosine Kinase. Fifteenth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes and Tumor Supressors: Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation in Cancer. Fredrick, MD
- Liebl EC. 1998. These Nobels Were Dynamite: Using the Genius of Morgan, McClintock and Mullis to Clone a Gene. Biology Symposium. The College of Wooster, OH
- Liebl EC. 1998. The Last of the Positional Cloners. I-71 Cellular and Molecular. Kenyon College, OH
- Liebl EC, JE Hess, FM Hoffmann. 1997. haracterization of M89: A Gene Redundant to the Abl Tyrosine Kinase. netics Society of America's Midwest Drosophila Conference. Allerton Park, IL
- Liebl EC and T Schuh. 1996. Using Xenopus and Drosophila in Your Developmental Biology Lab - A Practical Guide. 55th Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. Nashville, TN
- Liebl EC. Tubby Flies. 1995. CNS Axons and Leukemia: Using Genetics to Unravel a Biological Problem. Denison Scientific Association. Granville, OH
- FB, AR Comer, J-L Juang, SM Ahern, MJ Clark, EC Liebl, FM Hoffmann. 1995. enabled, a Suppresser of Mutations in the Drosophila Abl Tyrosine Kinase, Encodes an Abl Substrate with SH3-domain Binding Properties. 54th Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. San Diego, CA
- Liebl EC, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1994. Interactions with dachs May Link Abl Tyrosine Kinase-Mediated Signal Transduction with Cellular Adhesion. 53rd Annual Society for Developmental Biology Symposium. Madison, WI
- Liebl EC, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1994. Genetic Interactions with dachs May Serve to Link Abl Tyrosine Kinase-Mediated Signal Transduction with Cellular Adhesion. 35th Annual Drosphila Research Conference. Chicago, IL
- Liebl EC, FB Gertler, KK Hill, FM Hoffmann. 1993. Genetic Modifiers of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 9th Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
- Liebl EC, KK Hill, FB Gertler, FM Hoffmann. 1993. Second Site Suppressors of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 34th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. San Diego, CA
- Liebl EC, KK Hill, FB Gertler, MJ Clark, M Visalli, FM Hoffmann. 1992. Identification of Second Site Modifiers of the abl Mutant Phenotype. 33rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, PA
- Liebl EC, LJ England, GS Martin. 1990. Insertion/Deletion Mutagenesis of v-src: Effects on Intracellular Location and Protein-Tyrosine Phosphorylation. Sixth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
- Liebl EC, LJ England, JE DeClue, GS Martin. 1989. Intracellular Localization of v-src: Effects on Fibroblast Transformation.. Fifth Annual Meeting on Oncogenes. Fredrick, MD
- Liebl EC and J Pai. 1986. Phorbol Esters Induce the Synthesis of Phosphatidyl Alcohols, a Unique Class of Phospholipids. McArdle Chemical Carcinogenesis Seminar. Madison, WI
- Liebl EC, K.E. Dean, A.R. Fields, M. J Geer, E.C. King, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola, E.M. Steenkiste, Y. Zhang. 2012. Characterizing M9.17, a strong dominant enhancer of the trio mutant phenotype. . Given at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology. Montreal, Canada,
- Liebl EC, A.R. Fields, M. J Geer, L.J. Korbel, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola. 2011. Characterizing M9.17, a strong dominant enhancer of the trio and abl mutant phenotypes.. Given at the 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. San Diego , CA
- Liebl EC, M. J Geer, B. T. Lynch, K.C. Palozola. 2010. Characterizing dominant enhancers of a trio mutant phenotype.. Given at the 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Washington , DC
- Palozola KC, O. Uguru, K.E. Dean, R.R. Manohar, J.R. McCall, J.A. Smith and E.C. Liebl . 2008. Dissecting signal transduction networks involving the Abl tyrosine kinase and the Trio guanine nucleotide exchange factor.. Given at the first annual McArdle Laboratory Research Symposium. Madison , WI
- Liebl EC. 2008. Dosage-sensitive genetic interaction affecting axon guidance.. Given to the University of Toledo Biology Department. Toledo , OH
Senior Thesis Advised
- Localizing dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype and structure/function assays of Neurotactin. Kathryn Elizabeth Dean, 2007*
- Tyrosine phosphorylation of Trio by Abelson tyrosine kinase. Andrew Justin Bishop, 2007*
- An investigation of axon pathfinding in the central nervous system of Drosophila through the molecular and genetic characterization of dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Jenna Susanne McCroskey, 2007*
- Investigating Neurotactin and localizing the dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Rohan Raoul Manohar, 2006*
- Study on Neurotactin and dominant enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Lindsay Lee Bickel, 2006*
- Identification of protein:protein interactions of the intracellular domain of Neurotactin by biopanning of a phage display cDNA library. Timothy Ryan Heacock, 2004*
- Axon pathfinding in the central nervous system of D. melanogaster: Determining enhancers of the trio mutantphenotype from a random mutagenesis screen. Morgan Rebecca Koepke, 2004*
- Interactions with Nrt: A yeast two-hybrid assay. Brant Lloyd Eutzy, 2003*
- Amalgam and neurotactin are dosage-sensitive genetic modifiers of the Abl tyrosine kinase mutant phenotype. R. Grant Rowe, 2003*
- The development of the central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster: Potential interactions with Trio and Neurotactin. Kara Beth Markham, 2001*
- Localization and characterization of the M109 mutation: A new allele of the Drosophila amalgam gene. Erica R. Schmidt, 2000*
- Isolation of enhancers of the trio mutant phenotype. Jay Korn, 2000
- Testing the effectiveness of two cryoprotectants (glycerol and ethylene glycol) and two freezing methods (dry ice block freezing and controlled rate freezing) in the cryopreservation of domestic felid spermatozoa. Katherine A. Beltaire, 1999*
- M89: Transposon mutagenesis and recombination with fax. Lara S. Franco, 1999
- Mycobacteriophage L5: Investigation of the integration complex and further characterization of the mIHF binding site. J. Michelle Kahlenberg, 1998*
- Generation and characterization of gamma-ray generated M89 alleles. Matthew P. Chandler, 1998
- Fine localization and characterization of the M89 gene in Drosophila melanogaster. Jon E. Hess, 1998*
- Deficiency and meiotic recombinant mapping of the Drosophila Abl interacting gene M109. N. Reid Perala, 1998*
- Genetic experiments exploring the Abl:Disabled genetic interaction. James Pavelka, 1997.
- The search for a suppressor of the enabled mutant phenotype. Jason A. Hoppe, 1997.
- The mapping and characterization of the M89 mutation in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. Jennifer A. Cowger, 1997*
- Using Drosophila genetics to study signal transduction by the Abl tyrosine kinase. Susan C. Howard, 1996*
- The mapping and characterization of the M89 mutation in Drosophila. Angela M. Jackson, 1996*
- Detection of a polymorphic microsatellite in the 21-hydroxylase gene region of the horse. Jennifer J. Carlisle, 1995*
* Denotes an honors thesis
Jeehyun Lim received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2010). Her areas of research include U.S. ethnic literature, comparative race/ethnicity studies, and theories of race and ethnicity. She is currently working on a book manuscript which examines post-WW II changes to U.S. race relations and literary productions through Asian American and Latino writers' engagements with bilingualism. Her scholarly work has appeared in Biography, Women's Studies Quarterly, and MELUS.
Dr Lisbeth A. Lipari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Denison University. She joined the faculty at Denison in 1998. and her research and teaching focus on the relationship between language, politics, and ethics. Central to her work are questions involving the role of public communication in the creation of equitable and just democratic political practices.
As a scholar, Dr Lipari's work on listening draws on both European phenomenological and dialogic philosophies and Indian Buddhist and language philosophies in order to develop a theoretical perspective on listening as an ethico-political communicative praxis. Among other things, her work centers of the interplay of alterity and ethics and the ways in which listening acts as a form of communicative conjuring that is nascent to the ethical relation. Much of her work is involved in developing new concepts and a theoretical vocabulary for understanding listening from humanistic perspectives. She has also published scholarship involving rhetorical history, which concerns the work of civil rights playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, as well as critical political communication, which concerns the ideologies of public opinion polling.
As a teacher, Dr Lipari approaches the classroom as a student-centered interactive learning community where students and professor work collaboratively to apply, analyze, create, critique, and extend knowledge. Her teaching is embedded in interdisciplinary perspectives that help students draw distinctions and make connections across a variety of epistemic frameworks. Because of the centrality of communication to all aspects of our shared social world, students are encouraged to develop the habits of mind needed to fulfill their many life goals. In short, Dr. Lipari's courses invite students to recognize and cultivate their own intellectual abilities, values, and goals so that they may contribute meaningfully to the communities they inhabit.
Dr Lipari's work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Theory, Discourse Studies, International Journal of Listening, Journal of Communication, Journal of Popular Culture, Media Culture and Society, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Political Communication, and The Quarterly Journal of Speech, as well as in several edited volumes including 'After You,' Human Sciences on Ethics in Dialogical Counseling; Black Writers of the Chicago Renaissance; Encyclopedia of Identity; Encyclopedia of Communication Theory; Queering Public Address: Sexuality and American Historical Discourse; and Politics, Discourse, and American Society. Her work has also been presented at a range of scholarly conferences including the International Association for Dialogic Studies; at an Interdisciplinary Expert Seminar held in the Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit; A Critical Symposium on Race, Communication, Media, and Counter-Racist Scholarship; at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation; at the New Agendas in Political Communication; the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research; the National Communication Association; and the International Communication Association.
I was educated at Providence College, graduating in 1963 with an AB degree (Cum Laude) in Philosophy. I continued my work in Philosophy, receiving my MA from St. Stephen’s College and my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In addition, I have a Certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. I presently hold an endowed professorship in the Department on Philosophy, and earlier I was awarded the Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair.
My most important graduate school mentor—although we didn’t use that term in the late 1960s—was Robert G. Turnbull, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State and himself a most distinguished scholar/teacher. It was Bob Turnbull who forced me to re-think the scholastic philosophy from my earlier academic work with the insights and rigor of contemporary analytic philosophy. That combination indeed made my scholarly life. I have published nearly sixty philosophical articles, essays in books, and book reviews in The American Journal of Jurisprudence, Teaching Philosophy, The Thomist, New Blackfriars (Oxford), The Heythrop Journal (London), International Philosophical Quarterly, Cross Currents, Speculum, Philosophy in Review and The Psychological Record. I have also read philosophy papers, nearly ninety in all, at all three divisional meetings of the American Philosophical Association, several regional Philosophy associations, and Institutes for Medieval Philosophy, among other conferences. My scholarly work has been directed towards the texts of Thomas Aquinas, the great thirteenth century Aristotelian. Recent work centered on constructing an analytic explicatio textus of Aquinas’s work on ethical naturalism, which culminated in Aquinas Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction; this book appeared in 1996 from the Clarendon Press of Oxford University Press. A paperback edition was published in 1997 and reprinted in 2001. A more recent book-length manuscript has focused on Aquinas’s account of perception in his philosophy of mind and how this contrasts radically from the Cartesian model so prevalent in Modern Philosophy. Recent lectures were given at Northwestern University, Iona College, The University of Notre Dame, The University of North Florida, Kenyon College, Marquette University, Villanova University, Oklahoma State University, Luther College, The University of Scranton, the national meetings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Central and Pacific Divisions of the American Philosophical Association, The International Thomas Aquinas Society, the Thomas More Society, and the Smithsonian Institute. I gave the 2002 Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on recent scholarly work on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, the 2004 Suarez Lecture at Fordham University on “recta ratio” in Aquinas and Ockham, presented the 2006 Aquinas Lecture on Aquinas and Natural Law at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick and gave the Larwill Lecture at Kenyon College in 2013 on Natural Law Issues in Classical and Contemporary philosophy. An essay on natural law appeared in Contemporary Legal Problems: 1998 (OUP) and another in Virtue’s End: God in the Moral Philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas (St. Augustine Press, 2008). Two chapters, one on Aquinas and natural law and the other on later medieval philosophy of law, recently appeared in an international series on jurisprudence: Volume Six of A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence: A History of the Philosophy of Law from the Ancient Greeks to the Scholastics (Springer, 2007). A chapter on Aquinas’s Theory of Mind appeared in a monograph entitled Analytical Thomism (Ashgate: 2006). In 2006, I served as the elected national President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association; I delivered the presidential address at the annual meetings held in Granville on issues in inner sense in Aquinas.
Teaching at an undergraduate college like Denison was always an aspiration. Working with students and helping them become connected with philosophy is an activity I treasure immensely. In my early teaching days, I was concerned that materials in philosophy either talked down to beginning students or were too difficult for them. With this problem in mind, I wrote Philosophy Matters (Charles Merrill: 1978), which combined what I took to be the best of an anthology and the best of an analytic commentary. This book went through five printings and has been re-printed privately for the 2013-14 academic year. In 1990, I received the Sears Teaching Award at Denison and in 1994 received the Carnegie Foundation United States Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year Award. My listing appears in the Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Mid-west, and Who’s Who in American Education.
My intellectual avocation is regional history. I served on the Board of Management of the Granville Historical Society for fifteen years; there another member and I began a quarterly, The Historical Times, which in 1991 won a state historical award. I still serve as an editor of this quarterly. I have published over forty articles on local history, the most widely read treating an early 19th century Roman Catholic Bishop who worked with Native Americans appeared in Oxford’s New Blackfriars (1993). In addition, I have given over thirty presentations on topics in regional history. In 1985, I published A History of Aquinas College High School and am presently completing A Short History of East Columbus, Ohio. I am the author of An Illustrated History of the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, which was published in 2007. I am an editor of Volume One of the 2005 Bicentennial History of Granville, which appeared in late 2004. This book contains a chapter that I co-authored; Volume Two contains two of my historical essays. This three-volume set recently received a national award from the National Association of State and Local Historians.
I served Denison University as Dean of the College for a five-year period, chaired the Philosophy Department twice—and once again for 2008-2009—and served as the founding Director of the Honors Program for fifteen years. I have been an evaluator for curriculum projects on four occasions for The National Endowment for the Humanities and have served as an external consultant for Honors Program development and philosophy department evaluation. I am a founding member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. Recent Honors Program narratives have been presented to the American Council of Academic Deans and at the National Meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council. I was the central author for Denison’s North Central accreditation project in 1980. In 2004 and again in 2008, I served as President of The Granville Foundation.
Born in Hollywood, California, of English and Honduran parentage, Richard Lopez spent his early years traveling between England, Central America and the United States. He has appeared as a soloist and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Bexley and Westerville Community Orchestras, and as a guest artist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has performed in Mexico under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and presents frequent solo recitals of traditional classical repertoire in addition to his schedule of jazz performances. He has worked with Lili Kraus, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Edith Oppens, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild and Sergei Polusmiak.
Currently a faculty member at Denison University and Otterbein College, Lopez has also taught at the University of Akron, The Ohio State University and at Capital University. Lopez recently spent a year living and performing in Los Angeles, where he appeared in jazz venues at several clubs in Los Angeles. He has produced two CD's “The Richard Lopez Trio: Live at Rigsby's,” “Too Far North,” a jazz quartet, which performs Lopez's original compositions in clubs and jazz festivals. He has performed with Jazz greats Ernie Watts, Eddie Daniels, Walt Weiskopf, Percy Heath and Gene Bertoncini and is currently quite active on the jazz scene in central Ohio.
Lopez has composed soundtracks for a variety of commercial, educational, corporate and children's video projects. His original composition, “Blues and Variations” for piano, was commissioned for Capital University's “Grand Piano Series,” where it received its premiere.
Francisco Javier Lopez-MartÍn teaches Spanish literature and language, critical theory and writing at Denison University. His specialty area is 16th and 17th Hispanic Transatlantic Literature and History with emphasis in the representation of time, space and the dynamics of power between America and Spain. He is also interested in European Humanism during the 16th century and in Spanish Golden Age Theatre.
He teaches middle and upper level classes of Hispanic literature, with a Transatlantic approach, focusing on representation, aesthetics and critical thinking. He also teaches upper level courses on Transatlantic Studies, exposing the struggles of power during American Conquest and analyzing the complexity of the encounter between Europeans and Americans in the 16th century. In addition to these courses, Francisco teaches language courses and a writing workshop in Spanish.
Francisco has recently published –Violencia, neoplatonismo y aristotelismo en La Aurora en Copacabana” and –Complejidad e hipertextualidad en el teatro barroco: Calderon y sor Juana”. His book entitled Representaciones del tiempo y construccon de la identidad entre Espaea y America (1580-1700) will be published by Universidad de Huelva in September, 2011.
I enjoy teaching courses across the spectrum of the physics curriculum including introductory physics, mechanics, electronics, modern physics, and the advanced experimental laboratory. In addition to working with students in the classroom setting, I enjoy involving students in my research lab.
I am a biomechanist who works on the whole body level, using principles of classical mechanics to better understand how the human body moves. I am particularly interested in dance biomechanics, which is a relatively new field. My research is interdisciplinary in nature, combining physics, anatomy, and the art of dance. In general I am interested in connections between science and the arts and enjoy finding ways for the two seemingly disconnected worlds to intermingle.
Currently my research group investigates how dancers regain balance while spinning in a multiple-turn pirouette. We collect motion capture data of dancers with a multi-camera system to track the positions and orientations of the dancers’ body segments and center of mass throughout the pirouette. We also create a model of the dancer to simulate the pirouette based on theoretical mechanics. Our model can also be used to compute the musculoskeletal forces involved in executing the movement. One of the main goals of our research is to determine if expert dancers utilize a particular adjustment strategy to successfully regain balance while rotating on one foot.
In the past I have also done projects on biomechanics of athletics and even non-human movement (horse jumping). I enjoy collaborating with people across many disciplines.
- K. Laws and M. Lott, “Resource Letter PoD-1: The Physics of Dance,” American Journal of Physics 81, 7 (2013).
- M. Lott and K. Laws, “The Physics of Toppling and Regaining Balance during a Pirouette,” Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 16, 167 (2012).
- M. Cluss, K. Laws, N. Martin, T.S. Nowicki, and A. Mira, The Indirect Measurement of Biomechanical Forces in the Moving Human Body,” American Journal of Physics 74, 102 (2006).
Lew Ludwig joined the Denison faculty in 2002. Prior to this, he had visiting positions at Miami University and Kenyon College. He earned his doctorate at Ohio University under his advisor A. V. Arhangelskii, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics at Miami University and a Master’s in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Dr. Ludwig has taught a variety of classes at Denison including FYS 102, Math 121, Math 122, Math 123, Math 124, Math 231, Math 210, Math 321/322 and Math 400 Knot Theory. He also teaches Math 215 Technically Speaking. In recent years, Dr. Ludwig has adopted the “flip classroom” format where students engage in the material before coming to class. In 2013, he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
Dr. Ludwig was trained as a point-set topologist and continues work in this field looking at separation and convergence-type problems. In order to include undergraduates in his work, Dr. Ludwig expanded his research to include knot theory, a branch of topology. Since 2005, Dr. Ludwig has worked with nine undergraduate students on seven different research projects. Combined, his students have won 11 national awards with cash prizes totaling over $1000, for the quality of their work and presentations. Dr. Ludwig is happy to advise summer research students in any area of knot theory. He and his students have been very successful with the two hands-on topics of stick knots and knot mosaics, producing four peer-reviewed publications.
- An infinite family of knots whose mosaic number is realized in non-reduced projections (with Erica Evans (’11) and Joe Paat (’11)), Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 22:7, 2013
- Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K7 (with Pameila Arbisi (’07)), Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 19:11, pp. 1431-1447, 2010.
- Dowker Spaces Revisited (with Nyikos and Porter), Tsukuba Journal of Mathematics 34:1, pp. 1-11. 2010
- When graph theory meets knot theory (with Foisy), Contemporary Mathematics 479, pp. 67–85, 2009
Selected student research projects:
- Joseph Paat (’11) and Erica Evans (’11), An infinite family of knots whose mosaic number is realized in non-reduced projections, won best presentation at MathFest 2010.
- Joseph Paat (’11) and Jacob Shapiro (’10), Tabulating knot mosaics, won best presentation at JMM 2010 Poster Session.
- Sam Behrend (’09), Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K9, won best presentation at MathFest 2008 and JMM 2009 Poster Session.
- Rachel Grotheer (’08) Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K8, won best presentation at MathFest 2007 and JMM 2008 Poster Session.
- Colleen Hughes (’06) Linking in straight-edge embeddings of K6, won best presentation at MathFest 2004 and JMM 2005 Poster Session.
Leslie Goldman Maaser, D.M.A. is the Affiliate Studio Instructor of Flute at Denison University as well as the Director of the Denison University Flute Ensemble. She is the Principal Flutist of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, where she also serves as Chairperson of the Orchestra Committee and Education Director. In January 2008, she was a featured soloist with the orchestra.
Dr. Maaser is a founding member of the Columbus Camerata Woodwind Quintet, and flutist/piccoloist with Ohio Capital Winds. In 2007, the Columbus Camerata was featured at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention for their clinic/performance on new woodwind quintet literature, and as guest artists at a featured recital at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
Leslie has been a member of the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Opera Columbus’ Light Opera Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. She has also performed with the Opera Theatre of Rochester (NY), Madison (WI) Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Rome Festival Orchestra, and the East Lansing Opera Company. She has performed as a soloist and served as a clinician throughout the midwest, including as a featured soloist with the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wright State University Wind Ensemble, Greece Symphony Orchestra (NY), as well as at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Chamber Music Connection, Denison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Central Ohio’s Contemporary Music Festival, the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Schoolcraft College, State University of New York at Brockport, and Indiana State University.
As a research competition winner of the National Flute Association, Dr. Maaser was selected to present and perform excerpts of her doctoral thesis at the 2002 National Flute Convention in Washington, D.C., and was selected for publication in the 2002 summer issue of the Flutist Quarterly. She performed the U.S. premiers of Elizabeth Raum’s Aegean Perspective at the 2000 National Flute Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Leslie also performed as a competition winner with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Convention
Leslie’s major teachers are Katherine Borst Jones, Ervin Monroe, Robert Cole, and Israel Borouchoff. In addition, she has studied with prominent artists such as Peter Lloyd, former Principal Flutist of the London Symphony, and Walfrid Kujala, Professor of Flute at Northwestern University and Piccolo Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Leslie has performed in master classes of flute icons such as Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jeanne Baxtresser. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from The Ohio State University. As a fellowship recipient, she earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Leslie Maaser was formerly on the music faculties of Wright State University, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, Valparaiso University, Luther College, and has taught at The Ohio State University both as a graduate assistant as well as a sabbatical replacement for Professor Katherine Borst Jones.
Robert Mack is currently concluding his PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Language at the University of Texas at Austin. He is generally interested in studying the text-audience interface in U.S. American popular culture, and he draws widely on rhetorical, reception, critical, and psychoanalytic approaches in order to analyze this relationship. His research and teaching in communication contemplate the role of audience subjectivity and agency in an increasingly mediated social landscape.
Robert's research focuses on topics like authorship, fandom, scandal, and the relationship between the individual and the cultural imaginary. His dissertation sketches the contours of a "rhetoric of projective identification" and considers how this rhetorical mode operates within the context of television reception. Other recent projects have analyzed peculiar patterns in contemporary media (including images of maternal torment and narratives of terminally ill artistic geniuses) for the ways in which these patterns crystalize widespread social anxieties. A special subset of his work revisits notable media phenomena from the past (the original broadcast of The Twilight Zone, the 1992 premiere of The Crying Game, the break of the 1950s quiz show scandals) in order to reevaluate related texts from new perspectives.
Robert is also co-author of Critical Media Studies (2nd ed). At Denison he teaches Public Address and Argumentation.
Diana Adesola Mafe teaches postcolonial literatures with an emphasis on contemporary Anglophone African literatures. She also teaches African American literatures and courses in Women’s Studies. Her work tracks the literary and cinematic roles of and for women of color in African and American discourses. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy Review, Frontiers, Safundi, Camera Obscura, and African Women Writing Resistance. Her book, Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), examines the literary stereotype of the “tragic mulatto” from a transnational perspective.
Regina Martin is an assistant professor of English at Denison university. She teaches and researches 19th- and 20th-century British literature and literary and cultural theory. Her research interests in British literature have focused primarily on modernism, contemporary literature, and the history and theory of the novel. She has published articles on the novels of E. M. Forster, Charlotte Lennox, Jean Rhys, Samuel Richardson, H. G. Wells, and Edith Wharton, and she has an article forthcoming in PMLA on the imperial novels of Joseph Conrad. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Modernism and Finance Capital: British Literature, 1870-1940,” which interprets British modernism as a historical moment of financial crisis very much like our own. She has also begun work on her next book project, tentatively entitled “Literature and Professional Society,” which promises to be a study of the rise of the professional classes in Britain during the twentieth century and their influence on that century’s literature. Regina earned a B. A. and an M. A. from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph. D. from the University of Florida. After completing a post-doc at The Georgia Institute of Technology, she joined the English department at Denison in the fall of 2012.
Assistant Professor Jonathan Maskit joined the faculty at Denison in 1996. He earned an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Jonathan Maskit teaches courses in aesthetics, continental philosophy, environmental philosophy, the history of philosophy, and others. His research focuses on the relationship between culture, nature, and art drawing particularly on the work of Kant, Heidegger, and Deleuze and Guattari. He is currently working on a book on this theme and has published articles and reviews in Research in Philosophy and Technology, Philosophy & Geography, Ethics, and Canadian Philosophical Reviews. He has also contributed to a number of edited volumes and has seen some of his work anthologized. He has been a visiting scholar at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Potsdam (Germany) and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Belgian-American Educational Foundation, and The Global Partners Project. He serves as the Reviews Editor for Ethics, Place, & Environment.
Sandra Mathern-Smith has been dancing and choreographing for thirty-years and is committed to working collaboratively with improvisation as a performance form. She has had the pleasure of performing and collaborating with veteran improvisers such as Peter Bingham, Karen Nelson, K. J. Holmes, Chris Aiken, and David Beadle, as well as Butoh artist Katsura Kan. Her study of improvisation, including the forms Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, and Ensemble Thinking, has been with artist/teachers Danny Lepkoff, Nancy Stark Smith, Julyen Hamilton, Andrew Harwood, Nina Martin, Deborah Hay, and Barbara Dilley. Her work, focusing on collaboration, improvisation, and interdisciplinary projects, has incorporated video-projected backdrops, live music, poetic text, set designs, while working with artists of many disciplines. Contained, an installation piece created for solo performer involving 4 large moving screens with projected imagery and a voice activated environment, was presented at Dartington College, England (2006).
Artist Residencies at the Camac Centre D’Art, France (2012), and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts under Wally Cardona (2010), contributed to the development of her recent works Swimming in Green and I am Relative to You. She was awarded an artist Fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Arts (GA) and was a semi-finalist for the Headlands Center for the Arts residency program (CA). Recently, her work was presented at the Conduit Dance Guest Series (OR), the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, the RAD Festival (MI), and at the Nomad Express International Multi-Arts Festival in Burkina Faso, West Africa (2014), where she was featured as a Guest Artist, Teacher, and Mentor.
Sandra received an Individual Excellence Award in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council (2010), has twice received an Ohio Individual Artist Fellowship in Choreography (1993, 1996), and has been awarded over 25-grants for her work from the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Target Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council (OH), Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Portland Metropolitan Arts Commission (OR), among others. She is a Professor at Denison University, Department of Dance, Granville, OH, where since 1988 she has taught courses in modern/postmodern technique, improvisation, performance, choreography, production, and collaborative art courses employing technology (Isadora, video, and sound). She received her BA from Portland State University and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Matthews joined the faculty at Denison in 2001 after completing a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Neurobiology & Behavior at Columbia University. He teaches Sensation & Perception, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Research Methods, and Introduction to Psychology. Seminars he has offered include “Perceptual Learning and Brain Plasticity”, “The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music”, “Ruining Humor with Science”, “Neuroscience and the Liberal Arts”, and “NERDs Without Borders”. His research addresses issues in human vision and audition, with an emphasis on how these sensory systems improve with training.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles With Denison Student Co-Authors
9. Matthews N, Welch, L., Festa, E.K., & Clement, A. (2013). Remapping Time Across Space. Journal of Vision. 13(8):2, 1-15. [PubMed]
8. Matthews N, Vawter, M, & Kelly, J, 2012. Right Hemifield Deficits in Judging Simultaneity: A Perceptual Learning Study. Journal of Vision. 12(2):1, 1-14. [PubMed]
7. Kelly J, & Matthews N, 2011. Attentional Oblique Effect When Judging Simultaneity. Journal of Vision. 11(6):10, 1-15. [PubMed]
6. Reardon K, Kelly J, & Matthews N, 2009. Bilateral Attentional Advantage on Elementary Visual Tasks. Vision Research. 49(7), 692-702. [PubMed]
5. Strong K, Kurosawa K, & Matthews N, 2006. Hastening Orientation Sensitivity. Journal of Vision. 6(5), 661-670. [PubMed]
4. Matthews N, Rojewski A, & Cox J, 2006. The time course of the oblique effect in orientation judgments. Journal of Vision. 5(3), 202-214. [PubMed]
3. Matthews N, & Allen J, 2005. The role of speed lines in subtle direction judgments. Vision Research. 45(12), 1629-1640. [PubMed]
2. Saffell T, & Matthews N, 2003. Task-specific perceptual learning on speed and direction discrimination. Vision Research. 43(12), 1365-1374. [PubMed]
1. Stanley R, & Matthews N, 2003. Invalid cues impair auditory motion sensitivity. Perception. 32(6), 731-740. [PubMed]
I'm a plant evolutionary ecologist with special interests in pollination biology and plant-herbivore interactions. I also am interested in how insect phenology is affected by climate change. I am a big fan of field work and have study sites in Ohio, Arizona, and California. During the Ohio winters, I use manipulative experiments in the greenhouse to answer some of my questions (especially # 2 below).
My current research questions are:
- Does variability in herbivore pressure over time affect the evolution of induced resistance in wild radish?
- How and why do florivores (things that eat flowers) choose what flowers to eat?
- How does florivory affect pollination and fitness in sacred Datura, Datura wrightii, in Arizona?
- What factors are affecting butterfly species richness and diversity in Northern California?
- McCall, A.C., J.A. Fordyce. 2010. Can optimal defense theory be used to predict the distribution of plant chemical defenses? Journal of Ecology 98: 985-992.
- McCall, A.C. 2010. Does dose-dependent petal damage affect pollen limitation in a California annual plant? Botany 88: 601-606.
- Forister, M.L., A.C. McCall, N. J. Sanders, J. A. Fordyce, J.H. Thorne, J. O’Brien, D.P. Waetjen, and A.M. Shapiro. 2010. Thirty years of climate change and habitat alteration shift patterns of butterfly diversity. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, USA 107: 2088-2092.
- McCall, A.C. 2008. Florivory affects pollinator visitation and female fitness in Nemophila menziesii. Oecologia 155: 729-737.
- Past and current lab members (Senior theses titles are given when appropriate):
- Monique Brown, 2009, worked on how and if past herbivory affects resistance in wild radish
- Josh Drizin, 2009, worked on pollination biology in Echinacea angustifolia
- Stephen Murphy, 2009, Thesis: “The effects of induction on petal palatability in radish”
- Jameson Pfeil, 2009, worked on pollination and seed predation in Echinacea angustifolia
- Colin Venner, 2009, Thesis: “How does pollinator activity affect fitness in Echinacea angustifolia?
- Heather Robertson, 2010, Thesis: “Does petal color affect florivores in wild radish?”
- Caitlin Splawski, 2010, Thesis: “Plant recruitment in a restored prairie in Ohio”
- Luke Avery, 2011, working on why butterfly communities change over time in California
- Grant Adams, 2011, Thesis: “Does variation in herbivore pressure affect the evolution of inducible resistance in wild radish?”
- Kelsy Espy, 2011, Thesis: “Does leaf damage induce resistance in wild radish flowers?”
- Brian Jackson, 2011, Thesis: “How do abiotic factors affect succession on Mt. St. Helens?”
- Eric Thomson, 2011, Thesis: “Floral visitors and florivory in Datura wrightii”
Lisa McDonnell teaches courses in Renaissance literature (especially Shakespeare and Renaissance drama) and modern and contemporary drama. Her publications and conference presentations have been primarily in these fields and in feminist pedagogy; her current research focuses on shrew taming in Early Modern England. She is also completing work on interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, and noted British and American playwrights, Arnold Wesker and Jeffrey Hatcher. Recently, she has served as Denison University's Exchange Fellow with Advanced Studies in England, affiliated with University College, Oxford.
While in England, she conducted research on shrew taming and taught a seminar on the drama of Shakespeare and Webster in three interesting venues: Hall's Croft (Shakespeare's daughter's house), Stratford-upon-Avon; Lord Nelson's house, Bath; and University College, Oxford. She has won a number of awards, including the Folger Institute Fellowship (she was one of five scholars chosen from the United States to study with members of England's Royal Shakespeare Company), a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, a Mellon Foundation Grant for Teaching with Technology, and the Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. McFarren holds an M.F.A. in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in the teaching of acting, with an emphasis on teaching the performance of heightened language. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, and has worked professionally since the age of 18. Recent years have seen her perform with the Berkeley and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Germinal Stage (Denver), the Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro, MN), the Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO), and the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble (Ripton, VT).
She lives in Granville with her husband, artist Mathew McFarren, son, and two impudent dogs.
Outside Interests: Controller for the Energy Cooperative
Courses normally taught: Accounting Survey
Sonya L. McKay, a biophysical organic chemist, is interested in research using NMR and nonnatural amino acids to understand how the molecular level interactions dictated by the primary structure of peptides and proteins influence secondary and tertiary structures and protein folding. She is also investigating the synthesis of a chemically acylated collagen protein for its use as a drug delivery vehicle.
Field of Interest: Investigation of biologically important molecules including peptides and collagen using solid phase peptide synthesis and NMR.
May Mei joined the Denison faculty in 2013 after completing her PhD in mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses, Dr. Mei is the faculty advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon, the math honor society. Also, Dr. Mei relishes conversations with aspiring young mathematicians and encourages her students and other math majors to visit her office.
My research interests involve the application of dynamical systems (uniformly hyperbolic, partially hyperbolic, symbolic) to mathematical physics. Specifically, I use dynamical techniques to investigate spectral properties of operators involved in the study of quasicrystals.
I'm also interested in conducting numerical experiments related to mathematical models that describe how an electron passes through quasicrystalline material. This is an area with many possibilities for undergraduate research.
- Tridiagonal substitution Hamiltonians, I. Spectral analysis (with W. Yessen), submitted.
- Spectra of Discrete Schrödinger Operators with Primitive Invertible Substitution Potentials, submitted.
Selected student research projects:
- Asymptotic Spectral Properties of the Schrodinger Operator with Thue-Morse Potential, William Clark (Ohio University), Rachael Kline (St. John Fisher College), Michaela Stone (Louisiana State University), Summer 2013
- On the Spectrum of the Penrose Laplacian, Michael Dairyko (Iowa State University), Christine Hoffman (Smith College), Julie Pattyson (University of St Joseph), Hailee Peck (Millikin University), Summer 2013
- Asymptotic Analysis of the Spectrum of the Discrete Hamiltonian with Period Doubling Potential, Meg Fields (University of North Carolina at Asheville), Tara Hudson (University at Buffalo), Maria Markovich (Shippensburg University), Summer 2013
- Using the Ammann-Beenker Tiling to Model Quasicrystals, Brittany Livsey (Georgetown College), Jason Mifsud (Binghamton University), Francesca Romano (Siena College), Summer 2013
Instructor Alan D. Miller joined the faculty at Denison in 1999. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Ohio University and teaches courses in journalism. He also advises the student newspaper, The Denisonian. Outside Denison, Miller is Managing Editor for News for The Columbus Dispatch, president-elect of the Associated Press Society of Ohio and a member of the professional advisory board at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Dr. Gill Wright Miller, Associate Professor of Dance and Women's Studies, has been at Denison full-time since 1981. Dr. Miller earned her PhD from New York University in Dance and Women's Studies, her MA from Wesleyan University in Movement Studies, and her BFA in Performance from Denison University.
Dr. Miller's written research concerns public constructions of the pregnant body, healing from a developmental movement base, and body politics in general. She is highly involved in the world of experiential anatomy, most specifically Body-Mind Centering. She has received several grants for her work, including a major grant from the University of Minnesota, in “Embodied Research.” She accepted the coveted Arnold Professorship at Whitman College in Washington for Spring 2009. Her most recent book, Exploring Body-Mind Centering: An Anthology in Experience and Method, was published in 2011, and she is the author of many essays, including the 2011 publications of “Women in Dance” in The Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World and “Creativity and Mothering” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood.” This past year, Dr. Miller published a chapter called “The Transmission of African-American Concert and American Jazz Dance” in Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches (Oliver and Guarino, 2013.) She is also compiling an anthology on African dance. Dr. Miller is currently working on an essay on research and methodology in dance studies and a second book on Somatics and the Body Movement in the United States, tentatively titled Pedagogies of the Body.
Dr. Miller teaches coursework in somatics, movement analysis, and cultural studies. Besides teaching somatics (including work from Ideokinesis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Basic Neurocellular Patterns from Body-Mind Centering) and movement analysis (including reconstructing sections of works by Humphrey, Weidman, Limon, Cunningham, and others) every year, her recent courses include topics in dance's cultural studies, such “Modernism ReComposed,” “Postmodernism in Dance,” and “African-American Concert Dance,” and “The Body in Performance.”
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Econometrics, Consumer Economies, Mathematical Macroeconomics
A native of Toronto Canada, saxophonist and composer Pete Mills’ discography includes 4 solo titles, with his most recent, 2014’s Sweet Shadow. The CD is released on Vancouver based Cellar Live Records and features drummer Matt Wilson (who is also a part of Mills’ disc Art and Architecture), his long time collaborator, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and pianist Erik Augis. Mills 2007 release, Fresh Spin on the Summit Records label features B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann. It received enthusiastic reviews in both DownBeat (3 ½ Stars) and JazzTimes magazines and was on the Jazz Week top 50-radio chart for 8 weeks. His 2004’s release on Summit, Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide), features drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Dennis Irwin and Pete McCann. A top 50 Jazz Week radio release, it also received airplay on the MTV networks. His first solo release was the critically acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, guitarist Stan Smith, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada. In Columbus Ohio he performs as a featured soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling Musical Director). Educated at the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas, Mills has received Grants from the Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. In addition to his performing, Mills teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Critics have called saxophonist Pete Mills' playing “virtuosic” and “gorgeous” and “versatile tenor-kick-butt” (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and the Columbus Dispatch describes Mills' compositions as being “impressive with solos that are ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich”. His discography includes 4 releases as a leader, 2014’s Sweet Shadow featuring Matt Wilson, Pete McCann, Martin Wind and Erik Augis, released on the Vancouver based, Cellar Live Records 2007’s Fresh Spin featuring B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann (3½ stars Downbeat magazine) and Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide) that also featured Matt Wilson, Pete McCann and the late bassist, Dennis Irwin. His first solo release was the acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). A native of Toronto Canada, Mills has received grants from The Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Mills performs regularly throughout the U.S and Canada and in Columbus Ohio he is a featured soloist with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling, Musical Director). Pete holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The University of North Texas and currently teaches saxophone and jazz studies at Denison University.
The past decade has seen explosive discovery of non-coding and structural RNAs in biological systems. Full understanding of these RNA molecules requires detailed characterization of their structures and dynamics. Current efforts in the Mitton-Fry laboratory focus on study of structure-function relationships in a class of RNA elements known as RNA thermosensors. These elements, most commonly found in the 5´-untranslated region (UTR) of bacterial genes, adopt temperature-sensitive structures that affect gene expression levels in response to temperature variation. No protein cofactors have been found to be required for thermosensor function. Most known thermosensors regulate translation of proteins involved in heat or cold shock responses or in pathogenic virulence. My lab seeks to characterize RNA thermosensors using a variety of biochemical and biophysical means, with the goal of greater understanding of the determinants for thermosensor function in biological systems.
I have strong commitment to working with undergraduates on this research, both in the summer and throughout the academic year.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; DeGregorio, S. J.; Wang, J.; Steitz, T. A.; Steitz, J. A. 2010. Poly(A) tail recognition by a viral RNA element through assembly of a triple helix. Science, 330, 1244-1247.
- Steitz, J.; Borah, S.; Cazalla, D.; Fok, V.; Lytle, R.; Mitton-Fry, R.; Riley, K.; Samji, T. 2010. Noncoding RNPs of viral origin. Cold Spring Harb. Perspect. Biol,. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a005165.
- Fok, V.;‡ Mitton-Fry, R. M.; ‡ Grech, A.; Steitz, J. A. 2006. Multiple domains of EBER 1, an Epstein-Barr virus noncoding RNA, recruit ribosomal protein L22. RNA, 12, 872-882. ‡Equal authorship.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Anderson, E. M.; Theobald, D. L.; Glustrom, L. W.; Wuttke, D. S. 2004. Structural basis for telomeric single-stranded DNA recognition by yeast Cdc13. J. Mol. Biol., 338, 241-255.
- Theobald, D. L.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2003. Nucleic acid recognition by OB-fold proteins. Ann. Rev. Biophys. Biomol. Struct., 32, 115-133.
- Glustrom, L. W.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. Re: 1,1-Dichloro-2,2-bis-(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene and polychlorinated biphenyls and breast cancer: combined analysis of five U.S. studies. Reviewed letter. J. Natl. Cancer Inst., 94, 1337-1338.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Anderson, E. M.; Hughes, T. R.; Lundblad, V.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. Conservation of structure for recognition of single-stranded telomeric DNA. Science, 296, 145-147.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 2002. 1H, 13C, and 15N resonance assignments of the DNA-binding domain of the essential protein Cdc13 complexed with single-stranded telomeric DNA. J. Biomol. NMR, 22, 379-380.
- Ojennus, D. D.; Mitton-Fry, R. M.; Wuttke, D. S. 1999. Induced alignment and measurement of dipolar couplings of an SH2 domain through direct binding with filamentous phage. J. Biomol. NMR, 14, 175-179.
- Norris, J. W.; Fry, R. M.; Tu, A. T. 1997. The nucleotide sequence of the translated and untranslated regions of a cDNA for myotoxin a from the venom of prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis). Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm., 230, 607-610.
- Mitton-Fry, R. M., *Cempre, C. B., *Cornell, H. K., *Frandsen, J. K., *Ulanowicz, K. U. 2013. Biochemical characterization of RNA thermosensor structure. Poster presentation at the American Chemical Society 246th National Meeting. Indianapolis, IN.
- *Cempre, C. B., *Ulanowicz, K. A., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. SHAPE analysis of a potential RNA thermosensor in Salmonella enterica. Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
- *Frandsen, J. K., *Cornell, J. K., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. Biochemical investigation of a potential RNA thermometer in Enterobacter cloacae. Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
- *Ulanowicz, K. A., *Cempre, C. B., Mitton-Fry, R. M. 2013. Characterization of a hypothetical RNA thermometer in Enterobacter cloacae using SHAPE analysis.
- Poster presentation at the 2013 Rustbelt RNA Meeting. Cleveland, OH.
* denotes Denison undergraduate.
My name is Yvonne-Marie Mokam. I am Assistant professor of French and Francophone studies in the Department of Modern Languages at Denison University. What I bring to Denison University is not only my training in Cameroon, France and the United States but also my several years of teaching experience at the Université de Douala (Cameroon), the University of Arizona (Tucson AZ) and American University (Washington DC). This has provided me with a firm background in postcolonial theory and criticism that I use in my teaching and research.
Since joining the Modern Languages Department at Denison University in the fall of 2013, I have contributed to expand the offerings of the French program by including courses in postcolonial francophone Sub-Saharan African. I have developed and taught courses such as Women Voices and a senior seminar on global Africa. I have also taught existing language classes including Intermediate French, Introduction to literature reading and grammar, Conversation and phonetics.
While the most important part of what I do at Denison University is teaching, some of my in-class discussions have sparked interests that I have developed into research projects focusing on emerging literary voices in francophone postcolonial Africa. Of particular interest to me are issues of history, memory and identity in the current global era. Other accomplishments are papers presented at several conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
My first book, Suing for America's Soul: John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute, and Conservative Christianity in the Courts (Emory Studies in Law and Religion, Eerdmans, 2007), examines the rise of conservative Christian legal advocacy groups in recent decades, and their effects on both evangelical Protestantism and contemporary church-state conflicts.
My book reviews have appeared in Church History, The Journal of Religion, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and The Christian Century. I also assisted Martin Marty in writing two books which grew out of our work together at the Public Religion Project: Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life (Jossey-Bass, 2000), and Education, Religion, and the Common Good (Jossey-Bass, 2000).
My current research projects include a book-length examination of what happened when a merry band of Chicago Wiccans decided to move to Hoopeston, Illinois—a downstate town of six thousand dominated by evangelicals—about eight years ago. The story of this community's initial reaction, and the subsequent interaction between pagans and Christians, fascinates on many levels, and provides important lessons regarding the possibilities and limits for religious pluralism in contemporary America. I'm also researching representations of Muslims in American children's literature, which offers another window into the relationship between religion and national identity.
Dr. Hannah Weiss Muller is a historian of Britain and the British Empire with particular interests in the long eighteenth century and the intersections of law, monarchy, identity, and subjecthood. She teaches survey courses on early modern and modern Britain, the British Empire, Modern Europe, and Britain and South Asia. Her upper level seminars focus on global wars and revolutions in the eighteenth century, literature of empire, and colonial and post-colonial studies.
Dr. Muller’s current book project, provisionally entitled Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the British Empire, argues that subject status served as an organizing and contested principle of the eighteenth century and that the bond between monarch and subject was integral to the coherence of the British Empire. She examines particular debates and struggles that surfaced in Grenada, Quebec, Minorca, Gibraltar, and Calcutta to document the range of peoples who shaped the contours of subjecthood and the array of rights that became associated with British subject status. Her recent article, “The Garrison Revisited: Gibraltar in the Eighteenth Century,” appeared in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2013) and focuses on the profound inter-dependencies between the garrison at Gibraltar and its surrounding environment. It revisits the anxieties said to haunt isolated garrison societies and explores the range of interactions between colonial and local populations. Dr. Muller regularly presents papers and serves as a commentator at national and international conferences.
Dr. Muller received her A.B. from Harvard University (2000) and her Ph.D. from Princeton University (2010). She was a recipient of the ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2009-2010 and was a Golieb Fellow at the New York University School of Law in 2010-2011. Prior to coming to Denison in spring 2014, she taught as a Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University.
Since 1997 Gail Murphy has built Denison women's soccer into one of the premier programs in all of NCAA Division III. A two-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honoree, Murphy is one of the winningest active coaches in college soccer. Before Denison, Murphy spent four years at Southwestern University in Texas, where she took a first-year program to a top-10 regional ranking in just two seasons.
While at Southwestern, Murphy was selected as Coach of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Murphy then made the cross-country switch to Denison, leading the Big Red back to regional and national prominence. The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has twice named Murphy its Coach of the Year (1997, 1999).
From 1983 to 1991 she coached Los Alamos (N.M.) High School, where her teams played in the finals of the state tournament five times, winning three championships. She began her college coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant in Massachusetts.
Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Smith College (Mass.) in 1993. Along with her soccer coaching duties, Murphy is an assistant professor on the faculty of Denison's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
I grew up in Virginia in a small town and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After completing my Ph. D. work at Oxford and teaching for two years at The University of California at Irvine, I came to Denison where I have spent the last 12 years. I have a wife, Nancy, and two kids, Joseph (14) and Emily (11). Mathematically, I am interested in operator theory, probability, and statistics. Outside of mathematics, I am interested in Jesus Christ first and foremost. I am also interested in games, history, sports statistics, indie rock, and showing mercy to the poor, lonely, and marginalized.
Recently, I have done research with students in NBA basketball analytics. I try to determine what players are worth, which five man-units play well together, and which coaching strategies are most successful. To do this, I use statistical modeling methods that are commonly used in most real world industries. Hence, research in NBA analytics is an excellent preparation for any career that involves analyzing data to solve problems.
Much of my research is in Functional Analysis and Algebra. More specifically, I study the algebra, geometry and topology of spaces of operators. Operators represent the basic observables of the universe, like energy and momentum. Although my work is theoretical, the problems I solve are motivated by probabilistic questions in Quantum Mechanics. I have had success working with students on such problems. Unlike my basketball analytics projects discussed above, operator theory requires students to be somewhat advanced in their mathematical education. Students who want to pursue a Ph. D. in Mathematics will benefit most from this kind of work.
- A holomorphic characterization of operator algebras (with B. Russo) to appear in Mathematica Scandinavica, 2013
- Metric characterizations II (with D. Blecher) to appear in the Illinois Journal of Mathematics, 2013
- Open projections in operator algebras II: compact projections (with D. Blecher), Studia Mathematica 208, pp. 203-224, 2012
- Open projections in operator algebras I: comparison theory (with D. Blecher). Studia Mathematica 209, pp. 117-150, 2012
- Metric characterizations of isometries and of unital operator spaces and systems (with D. Blecher). Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 139, pp. 985-998, 2011
Selected student research projects:
- Modeling player value in the NBA, Danny Persia, Summer 2013 (awarded a Pi Mu Epsilon Research Presentation Award, Math Fest 2013)
- Metric-linear characterizations of operator algebra structures, Matt Gibson, 2012-2013 (presented at Joint AMS/MAA meetings, 2013)
- Toward a metric-linear characterizations of operator algebras, Nathan Zakhari, 2010-2011 (awarded a research presentation award, Math Fest 2010)
- Toward a classification of n-uniform frames in linear coding theory, Glen Sutula, 2011 (presented at Math Fest 2010)
Anna earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her ongoing research centers on disputes over ideas of music's moral and cultural value; religious practice and musical meaning; and music and media. She is co-editing a collection of essays, Singing a New Song: Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age, which is slated for publication by Ashgate in 2015. She has contributed several entries to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, as well as The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.
Her chapter “Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, and she is currently authoring several entries on music for the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States.
She was recently invited to join the Editorial Board for the new Congregational Music Studies Series with Ashgate Press.
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.
Anna teaches courses in Music, Communication, and Queer Studies.
- 20th-Century Music (MUS 229-329)
- History of Rock: “Investigating Rock's Storied Past, 1960-1995” (MUS 239-339, crosslisted with BLST 239)
- History of Gospel Music (MUS 234-334, crosslisted with BLST 234)
- Introduction to World Music
- Why Does Music Communicate? Musical Meaning as Cultural Experience (COMM 115)
- Intro to Queer Studies (QS 101)
- Queer Theory (QS201, crosslisted with WMST 379)
First Year Seminars
- Music and Transcendence
- From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America
- Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory
- 20th-Century Images of Women (in connection with WMST)
Additional recent publications include:
- “'More than just a music': Conservative Christian Anti-Rock Discourse and the U.S. Culture Wars.” Popular Music 32:3 (October 2013): 407-426.
- “'I'll Take You There': The Promise of Transformation in the Marketing of Worship Media,” Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity and Experience. Ed. Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau, and Thomas Wagner. Farnham, Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, 2013.
- “U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music.” Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture. Ed. Michael Bailey, Anthony McNicholas, and Guy Redden. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2011
- (with Bill Kirkpatrick) “Cultural Policy In American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr. vs. Juvenile Delinquency.” Journal of the Society for American Music 4:1 (February 2010): 33-58.
Emily Nemeth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Denison University. She holds a B.A. in Educational Studies and Spanish from Denison University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education, Service Learning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies from The Ohio State University. She began her career in education as a corps member for City Year, AmeriCorps. Nemeth teaches courses in literacy, community engagement, and equity pedagogies. Her research explores the literacy lives of adolescent youth in community contexts and the learning opportunities afforded by expanding space and literacy resources through service-learning.
David Nesmith had his first Alexander Technique lesson on April Fools’ Day, 1995. He immediately experienced the benefits of practicing The Alexander Technique and decided to immerse himself in what would become a tremendous transformation. “I can change” became the mantra that propelled David from a realm of harmful habit and discomfort to one of discovery and expansiveness.
David’s musical career has developed in leaps and bounds along with his focus on applying The Alexander Technique for performance enhancement and injury prevention. He served for 10 years as Principal horn of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and has performed with numerous other symphonies. He has been a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (Columbus) since 1990, the West Virginia Symphony since 1985, and has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival each summer since 1996.
In 2003, after years assimilating wisdom from some of the greatest teachers of The Alexander Technique, David experienced a fundamental shift, feeling free more often than tense. His breath has slowed and deepened and he stands taller. Now a certified Alexander Technique instructor since 2001, he teaches at Denison University and enjoys a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. David continues to explore deeper layers of emotional and intellectual intuition, reassessing the nature and impact of our habitual gestural repertoires.
A licensed member of Andover Educators, he teaches the course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body to musicians around the country. He has presented at many conferences and written several articles on The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping. David is also a practitioner member of the All Life Center for Integrative Well Being (Delaware, Ohio).
David is the author of The Breathing Book for Horn and creator of Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series, a carefully prepared collection of mp3 downloads, apps, and CD’s incorporating The Eight Primary Intentions of Constructive Rest. These audio guides are available on iTunes®, CDBaby™, the App Store℠, Google Play™, and ConstructiveRest.com.
David considers becoming at ease with himself to be his greatest accomplishment. Whether he is teaching, creating, exploring or at rest, David is engaged in the moment. He is an enthusiastic musician, hiker, and salsa dancer, and truly appreciates getting to know people. His passion for sharing The Alexander Technique takes him all over the world, teaching and participating in workshops.
David’s students thrive in the honest and supportive atmosphere he creates. Being at ease with himself translates as a gentle, confident invitation to rest in authenticity. It becomes clear he trusts that each student, in whatever state they arrive, is capable of achieving great things.
ECON 101, sections 7&8, Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON 240, section 1, Economies in Transition
Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies at Denison University. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Tel-Aviv University, a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Clark University. She teaches courses on transnational feminism; gendered migration, feminism in the Middle East and North Africa; and gender, war and conflict.
Isis previously served as a researcher on women’s human rights in the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch and at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. She is currently working on two book projects. The first focuses on the impact of war and displacement on Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and the USA, and the other on gendering the narratives of four generations of Palestinian women in Israel from 1948 until the present. She is the co-editor with Rhoda Kanaaneh of Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel. She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. She serves on the editorial committee of the Middle East Report and is a member of Jadaliyya’s DARS team.
Talking to the Media about Veiling in the Middle East
By: Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of International Studies & Women’s Studies, Denison University
At a time when Arabs and Muslims are becoming the ultimate “enemy others,” how are we to talk about Islam and particularly Muslim women to the media? What happens if our quotes are misrepresented or taken out of context, and what if they are used to reinforce the same biases we aim to counter? How are we to deal with online media when racist websites can, with a click of a mouse, draw on our “quotes” to reinforce their own hateful agendas? It is part of our role as academics and educators to engage in public discourse. Yet, is talking to the media becoming too risky?
I have had unfortunate reason to consider these questions. I was contacted early in the fall semester of 2009 by Theodore May, an American journalist who writes for the Global Post, about veiling in Egypt. In the past, I have usually avoided talking about these issues to the media because of its historic sensationalist representations of Arab and Muslim women. However, May asked intelligent questions and seemed serious about studying the subject from all its angles. I suggested the names of people he could contact and naively expected him to share the final draft of his article with me. I emphasized during our phone conversation that writing about the veil is very complex and laden with colonial, Orientalist, and stereotypical representations of both Islam and Arabs. I also said that Muslim women veil for a variety of reasons. These could be religious as well as economic or to protect themselves from sexual harassment in the public sphere. When talking about economic reasons, I emphasized the issue of class and how some young women cannot afford designer clothes when attending college. Therefore, wearing the veil could also be about income levels in addition to a variety of other factors.
The resultant story had little to do with the words I provided to the writer. The only quote attributed to me in May's article, published online in the Global Post on September 14, 2009, (“Some Women Find Egypt a Colder Place”) was: ” 'Some women can’t afford 2 million dresses,' said Isis Nusair, a professor of women’s studies at Denison University in Ohio, 'and wearing the hijab is cheap.'
“ Not only is May’s quote sensationalist, selective, and misrepresentative of what I said and the nuances in which I presented my argument, it also is now featured on the Islamophobic website “Bare Naked Islam - It isn’t Islamophobia when they really are trying to kill you.
“ In my attempt to contact the Post and complain about the quote attributed to me, I received the following response from the editor, Barbara Martinez: “What Theo did was not cherry-picking, but choosing the most interesting and lively quote for an 800-word overview of the topic, the only thing Dr. Nusair said that he hadn't heard from other sources. Had she not said anything original, he would not have quoted her at all. The story itself puts the quote into context and presents the veil issue as complex.” The editor's implication was that I should feel grateful to have been quoted. “Grateful” hardly describes my reaction.
I am hesitant to conclude that the right solution is to avoid talking to the media. There is abundant misinformation in my field of study, concerning women in the Middle East and North Africa, and I'm sure the same is true for those who concentrate on areas all across the academic curriculum. I'd like to think that if we, as academics, spoke out more frequently in public arenas on issues of importance, then perhaps the charade of misinformation could be lifted. But how are we to feel comfortable speaking out when digital proliferation practically guarantees that an irresponsible use of our words will live forever online and might even be used to bolster ignorance? Is there a tyranny of silence brought about by the threat of misrepresented ideas? How many dedicated scholars refuse to share their expertise in the public media because it's just not worth it? These are the questions that I’ll be thinking about next time the phone rings and it's a reporter calling.
- “Negotiating Identity, Space and Place among Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan.” Doing Research in Conflict Zones: Experiences from the Field. Eds. Dyan Mazurana, Karen Jacobsen, and Lacey A. Gale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 56-77.
- “The Cultural Costs of the 2003 US-led Invasion of Iraq: A Conversation with Art Historian Nada Shabout.” Feminist Studies, 39 (1), 2013: 119-148. full text
- “Permanent Transients: Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan.” Middle East Report 266, 2013: 20-25. full text
- “Gendering the Narratives of Three Generations of Palestinian Women in Israel.” Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel. Eds. Rhoda Kanaaneh and Isis Nusair. New York: SUNY Press, 2010. 75-92. full text [pdf]
- “Introduction” (with Rhoda Kanaaneh) Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel. Eds. Rhoda Kanaaneh and Isis Nusair. New York: SUNY Press, 2010. 1-18. full text [pdf]
- “Gender Mainstreaming and Feminist Organizing in the Middle East and North Africa.” Women and war in the Middle East. Eds. Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt. London: Zed Books, 2009. 131-157. full text [pdf]
- “Gendered, Racialized and Sexualized Torture at Abu-Ghraib.” Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism. Eds. Robin Riley, Chandra Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt. London: Zed Books, 2008. 179-193. full text [pdf]
- “The Integration of the Human Rights of Women from the Middle East and North Africa in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership” (with Rabea Naciri). Denmark: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, 2003.
- “Gendered Politics of Location: Generational Intersections.” Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation. Eds. Nahla Abdo and Ronit Lentin. London: Berghahn Books, 2002. 89-99. full text [pdf]
- “Women and Militarization in Israel: Forgotten Letters in the Midst of Conflict.” Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance. Eds. Marguerite Waller and Jennifer Rycenga. London: Routledge, 2001. 113-128. full text [pdf]
I arrived at Denison University in 2012, following postdoctoral research in the Laser Cooling group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Currently, I am doing experimental research in atomic physics and quantum information. Over the last several years, advances in laser cooling, trapping, and optical/rf manipulation of atoms has given us unprecedented control over the quantum states of these systems. One of the most intriguing applications of this work is in quantum information, where we want to utilize quantum physics to tackle otherwise intractable computational problems. This is being pursued at Denison using cold, trapped atomic ions, which have been recognized as a promising candidate for quantum bit (qubit) implementation due to their long trapping times, excellent coherence properties, and the exquisite control that can be achieved over both internal and external degrees of freedom.
Here at Denison I am teaching a variety of courses on all aspects of physics. Some of the things I am particularly excited about is adding versatile microcontrollers and FPGAs to the curriculum of the electronics course, and having the opportunity to introduce additional contemporary topics in physics to the classroom.
- S. Olmschenk, R. Chicireanu, K. D. Nelson, and J. V. Porto, “Randomized benchmarking of atomic qubits in an optical lattice,” New J. Phys. 12, 113007 (2010)
- S. Olmschenk, D. N. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, D. Hayes, L.-M. Duan, and C. Monroe, “Quantum Teleportation Between Distant Matter Qubits,” Science 323, 486 (2009)
- S. Olmschenk, K. C. Younge, D. L. Moehring, D. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, and C. Monroe, “Manipulation and Detection of a Trapped Yb+ Hyperfine Qubit,” Phys. Rev. A 76, 052314 (2007)
Professor Olson arrived at Denison in the Fall of 2004. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her research and teaching interests include ceramic history, ornament, installation and particularly, material culture and its role in the construction of collective identity and individual persona.
Tiffany Ozbun has served as the head softball coach at Denison since the fall of 2007. Already a multi-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first six seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program.
Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.
Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).
As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.
Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).