The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority has occupied the house since 1904 and added a recreation wing in 1958.
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Susie Kalinoski is the Associate Director of Service-Learning and is advisor for DCA groups and community partnerships.
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?
The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority has occupied the house since 1904 and added a recreation wing in 1958.
The House is a home away from home for the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In addition to weekly chapter, house board and council meetings, and sisterhood events, the house is used by all sisters throughout the week.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Denison University, 1964 -
Acting Director of the Computer Center at Denison University, 1975-1976
Visiting Lecturer, Computer and Information Science Department at The Ohio State University, 1979
Visiting Professor, Department of Statistics at The Ohio State University, 1980
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Denison University, 1985-1990
Benjamin Barney Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Denison University, 1990-2002
Emeritus Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Denison University, 2003- present
Exact Heteroscedastic Discriminant Analysis,
with Tables: Case k = 2 Univariate Populations (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in J. of Combinatorics, Information & Systems, 31(1–4), 255–265. (2006).
The Completeness and Uniqueness of Johnson’s System in Skewness-Kurtosis Space (with E. J. Dudewicz and C. X. Zhang)
in Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods, 33(9), 2097–2116. (2004).
Comparison of GLD Fitting Methods: Superiority of Percentile Fits to Moments in L2 Norm (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in Journal of the Iranian Statistical Society, 2(2), 171–187. (2003).
A New Approach to Probability and Statistics Instruction
in Proceedings of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. (2003).
Chapter on “Simulation Languages” in Encyclopedia of Information Systems (with E. J. Dudewicz)
(Hossein Bidgoli, Ed.), Academinc Press, San Diego, CA. (2002).
Fitting Statistical Distributions: The Generalized Lambda Distribution and Generalized Bootstrap Methods (with E. J. Dudewicz)
CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (2000).
Modern Statistical, Systems, GPSS Simulation, Second Edition (with E. J. Dudewicz)
CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (Initial edition (1991): Computer Science (1999).
Arabic Edition to be published in 1999 by King Saud University Press, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.)
Fitting the Generalized Lambda Distribution to Data: A Method Based on Percentiles (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation, 28(3), 793–819. (1999).
The Role of Statistics in IS/IT: Practical Gains from Mined Data (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in Information Systems Frontiers, 1(3), 259–266. (1999).
Fitting the Generalized Lambda Distribution (GLD) System by a Method of Percentiles, II: Tables (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences, 19(1 & 2), 1–73. (1999).
Probability and Statistics Explorations with Maple, Second Edition (with E. A. Tanis)
Prentice Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ. (Initial edition (1995): Prentice
Hall Inc.) (1999).
Computational Issues in Fitting Statistical Distributions to Data (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences.
DNASEQ: A Simulation of the Sanger Method of DNA Sequencing (with C. Holthaus and K. Klatt)
in MapleTech, 5(1), 58–61. (1998).
Use of Symbolic Computation in Statistics
in Proceedings of the 51st Biennial Session of the International Statistical Institute, 1997.
Technology in Teaching Statistics: Symbolic Computation
in Proceedings of the 51st Biennial Session of the International Statistical Institute, 1997.
The Extended Generalized Lambda Distribution System for Fitting Distributions to Data: History, Completion of Theory, Tables, Applications, the ‘Final Word’ on Moment Fits (with E. J. Dudewicz and P. McDonald)
in Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation, 25(3), 611–642. (1996).
The Extended Generalized Lambda Distribution System for Fitting Distributions to Data with Moments II: Tables (with E. J. Dudewicz)
in American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences, Special Volume on Advances in Modern Simulation, 16(3 & 4), 271–332. (1996).
Teaching Mathematics Through Symbolic Computation
in Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Technology in Mathematics (paper was presented as an invited Plenary Lecture at the Conference). (1995).
Proceedings of the Denison Conference on the Use of Symbolic Computation in Undergraduate Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C. (1992).
Symbolic Computation in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
MAA Notes No. 24, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C. (1992).
For All Practical Purposes: An Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics, Second Edition (S. Garfunkel – Project Director)
W. H. Freeman and Company (author of chapters on Computer Algorithms, Codes, Computer Data Storage, and Computer Graphics), New York. (1991).
Modern Design and Analysis of Discrete-Event Computer Simulations (with E. J. Dudewicz)
IEEE Computer Society Press, Washington D. C. B. Papers: (1985).
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.
Professor Barry Keenan taught East Asian history for 38 years at Denison, retiring in June of 2014. Soon after arriving at Denison in 1976 he traveled to Shanghai to interpret and negotiate a contract for regular study abroad programs for small liberal arts colleges that were thereafter run by The Council on International Educational Exchange. After tenure he received a grant from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington to spend a year researching his second book while attached to the Department of History of the University of Nanjing. For twenty years he taught an advanced course at Denison on The Confucian Classics in which the pedagogical techniques of classical Confucian academies informed the course design. He also taught a research course on The Cold War in East Asia.
He is a specialist on Chinese cultural and social history. His first book was The Dewey Experiment in China: Educational Reform and Political Power in the Early Republic. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University East Asian Research Center, 1977. His second book was Imperial China's Last Classical Academies: Social Change in the Lower Yangzi, 1864-1911. Berkeley: University of California East Asian Institute, 1994. And his third book was Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2011. His twenty articles and encyclopedia entries include, "Academies (shuyuan) [1800-present]. The Encyclopedia of Modern China. David Pong, Editor in Chief. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009; and “Economic Markets and Higher Education: Ethical Issues in the United States and China,” Frontiers of Education in China, 9(1) March, 2014: 63–88.
Dr. Kennedy earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. in from Ohio University’s School of Telecommunication. She worked for National Public Radio in Washington, DC for several years before returning to graduate school. She received a Fulbright to conduct her dissertation research on telecommunications policy in Southeast Asia, completing the PhD from Ohio University in 1990. Dr. Kennedy taught courses on the US and international communication industries, as well as service-learning courses related to US social issues. She was tenured in Denison’s Communication Department, which she then chaired for six years. From 2002-2007, Dr. Kennedy served as Dean of First-Year Students and from 2007-2010 as Director of the Alford Center for Service Learning. She became Vice President for the Division of Student Development in 2010 and serves as a member of the president's senior staff.
Professional publications in Student Affairs:
Since arriving at Denison 2009, Professor Kennedy has taught a wide range of courses on the ancient world including both Greek and Latin language courses from the beginning to advanced levels as well as courses in Greek and Roman history, Greek tragedy, Greek and Roman art, women and gender, and ethnicity 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 identity formation and immigration in the ancient world. She is the author of “Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City” (Routledge, 2014), “Athena’s Justice: Athena, Athens, and the Concept of Justice in Greek Tragedy” (Lang, 2009), and numerous articles on Greek tragedy and history. She is a translator and editor (with S. Roy and M. Goldman) of “Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: And Anthology of Primary Sources” (Hackett, 2013) and editor of the forthcoming “Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds” (with M. Jones-Lewis; Routledge) and “The Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus” (Brill). She has two current research projects: The first explores immigration and citizenship law i n classical Athens within the context of ancient theories of environmental determinism, indigenous status, and human generation. The second examines the reception of ancient theories of ethnicity in 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American race science.
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.
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.
* The Diversity Advisory Committee Members are: Dosinda Alvite, Warren Hauk, Ching-Chu Hu, John Jackson, Toni King, Christine Pae
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.
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.
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).
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:
Dale Thomas Knobel was 19th president of Denison University. Knobel ended his 15-year tenure as the second-longest serving president of the college. He departed with two new Denison titles, President Emeritus and Professor of History Emeritus. He also served as former associate provost for undergraduate programs and executive director of honors programs at Texas A&M University.
“Denison experienced extraordinary progress under Dale Knobel’s leadership,” said Thomas Hoaglin, a member of the class of 1971 and chair of Denison’s Board of Trustees. Since 1998, when Knobel came to Denison, the college’s endowment has grown from $314 million to $663 million. Under his leadership, annual applications for enrollment soared from 2,400 to some 5,000; students of color and international students increased from 16 percent to nearly 30 percent of the first-year class; and average SAT scores increased from the mid-1100s to approximately 1300. In addition, Denison embarked on its largest and most environmentally aware capital building program in the college’s history, with the construction of Samson Talbot Hall, the Burton D. Morgan Center, the Reese~Shackelford Common, and the Hayes-Wright-Elm-Sunset residence complex, and the major renovation of the Bryant Arts Center, Higley Hall and the Mitchell Athletics and Recreation Center. Knobel and his wife Tina retired to Georgetown, Texas.
Marcia Koester is a graduate of Grinnell College, where she worked for more than 20 years in the alumni and development offices—including assignments as Director of the Annual Fund, Director of Planned Giving, and Director of Development—and participated in two major fundraising campaigns. She then served for more than eight years as Vice President at Marietta College, completing a major comprehensive fundraising campaign there. She came to Denison in 2005 to assist with the Higher Ground Campaign, and since 2009 has been responsible for the Planned Giving programs.
Susan Kosling joined the Provost's Office in January 2014. She came from the Denison University Department of Dance which she joined in March 2007. Susan comes from a background in public relations and marketing. She holds a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University where she attended a semester at the University of Exeter, U.K. studying English literature. She has done graduate work in publishing at the University of Denver. She has received many awards in her past employment including “Employee of the Year” from Wendy's International, Inc.
Susan currently serves as Vice President for DOWS (Denison Operating Working Staff), Academic Support representative for the Human Resources Advisory Group and is a co-advisor for the DCGA Yoga and Wellness Club.
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.
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.
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 Student Research Projects:
Trained in electrical engineering and computer networking, Aaron joined the University Communications team to serve as its primary technical resource for managing the college’s public website servers, seating new sites, administering vendor access, monitoring performance, and coordinating software updates. He provides expertise in identifying and fixing issues related to website availability, and works to configure, customize, and extend the college’s public website content management systems and content delivery networks. Aaron also creates code to support new website development and to enhance the functionality of Denison’s existing web properties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
[* denotes an undergraduate student working under my guidance]
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:
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.
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