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Faculty Notes

Jack Barlow, Charles A. Dana Professor of Politics, was an invited participant in a June seminar on "Cicero on Citizenship and His Medieval and Renaissance Interpreters" at the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of Dallas. He led the session "Cicero on Property and Citizenship." In July, he was named a Scientific Member of the Societe Internationale des Amis de Ciceron (International Society of Friends of Cicero) by the society's advisory board. Barlow made a presentation on "Cui Malo? Fraud and Politics in The Wizard of Oz," and chaired a panel, "The Language of Ancient Roman Politics: Cicero's Political Philosophy," at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. in September.

Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art, exhibited her ceramics at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colo., in an exhibition Steins, Pints, and Plates.

James Borgardt, professor of physics, was inductedinto the University of California-Santa Barbara Sports and Rec Hall of Fame as a member of the university's Ultimate Frisbee team. The team won three national championships from 1988 to 1990

Jerry Kruse, associate professor of information technology, was named a Teagle Teaching and Learning Scholar as part of the Council for Aid to Education's Collegiate Learning Assessment Project. Kruse is one of five scholars who will oversee Performance Task Academies at college and university campuses across the country. He also will participate in the association's Critical Think Tank, an interdisciplinary group asked to formulate new ways to use performance tasks to improve students' critical thinking skills.

So What?

Juniata magazine: What is a performance task?

Jerry Kruse A performance task is a problem or project based on a real-world scenario. Students are asked to consider an open-ended problem and use several different data sources. It's sort of like a sneaky word problem because the answers are not cut-and-dried. The students have to weigh the validity of the information they are given.

JM: Are these performance tasks supposed to be done in class?

JK: You can design them to be done in an hour or have teams of students work on one problem over several weeks. The whole idea is to root them in the real world so they will be engaging to students.

JM: How long will you serve as a Teaching and Learning Scholar?

JK: We will work through the 2012 academic year.

JM: How did you decide to apply for this project?

JK: Over the past few years I was involved in the college's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiative. I had been working on improving how I taught the Quantitative Methods course. I was particularly focused on using performance tasks to assess critical thinking skills.

JM: What is the ultimate goal of these Performance Task Academies?

JK: I think in the end they would like some kind of curriculum where we can improve critical thinking skills in a way that can be assessed.

Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology, presented a paper on the genetic identification of bocaccio rockfish at a meeting of the American Fisheries Society, in Pittsburgh, Pa., in October.

Marlene Burkhardt, professor of business and information technology, was named Conference Chair for the 2010 Northeast Association of Business Economics and Technology Conference. Burkhardt also serves on the association's board. She presented two papers: "Social Selling Methods," co-authored by Andrew Steffan '10 and Caleb Davis '10, and "OTC Market Research: Lessons for Viagra?" coauthored with Andrew Zipparo '10. Burkhardt also presented a workshop at the October conference in State College, Pa.

Kate Clarke, assistant professor of theatre, was certified to teach Open Source Forms movement technique for actors.

Celia Cook Huffman, Burkholder Professor of Conflict resolution, presented "Barbara Deming: Clinging to Truth," at the 2010 Peace and Justice Studies Association conference in Winnipeg, Canada in October.

Kati Csoman, acting dean of the center for international education, was invited to present at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region VIII conference in Richmond, Virginia in November. Her topic was "Sponsored Academic Exchange Program Alumni: Setting the Path for On-Going Engagement." She also was re-elected as treasurer for the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) and is a member of the PaCIE board.

Cynthia Merriwether-DeVries, associate professor of sociology, was named as a community facilitator for the Power of 32 Project. The project is designed to facilitate community development in 32 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. DeVries led community conversations at three regional events throughout 2010

Will Dickey, instructor in English, earned a doctorate in English, Literature and Criticism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in July.

Cynthia Merriwether-DeVries, associate professor of sociology, was named as a community facilitator for the Power of 32 Project. The project is designed to facilitate community development in 32 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.

So What?

Juniata magazine: How did you come to be involved in the Power of 32 project?

Cynthia Merriewether-DeVries: I volunteered--I keep looking at these things as a great opportunity to get Juniata's name recognized. I was interested in the project because statistically there is a brain drain--students don't want to stay in this area after they graduate--that affects (Juniata) as well as other institutions that are in this area.

JM: What was your job in all this?

CM: I was a conversation facilitator. The idea for these conversations is to find out what people think and believe about their region. We are looking at defining how they view the region; perceived strengths and challenges in the region; a sense of possibility within the area; and participants' view of the region's future. I held my event in Somerset, Pa. As the meeting goes on, we jot down things on sticky notes. At the end of these community meetings we will literally collect thousands of these sticky notes and collate those into summary that serves as a (policy guide) for the next phase of the project.

JM: Will you be involved in the next phase of the project?

CM: I will work as a group facilitator first for a series of focus groups and then the project will move into a series of town hall meetings, which I will also be involved in. Throughout this process, we hope to reach a regional agenda that help define community development in the area.

Richard Hark, professor of chemistry, published a paper on spectroscopic studies of a mural painting in the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy in November. He also made presentations, with students Katie Shughrue '11 and Alyssa Kress '11, on research projects on LIBS analysis of conflic minerals and silver coins, respectively, at LIBS 2010, the 6th International Conference on Plasma Spectroscopy and Applications in Memphis, Tenn., in September. Hark also made a presentation on using a raman microscope to analyze lapis lazuli at the 22nd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy in Boston, Mass. in August.

William Hunter, lecturer in geography, published "Brothers Valley: Landscape and Culture in Pennsylvania's Bruedersthal" in the Byways to the Past series put out by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. He also published the chapter "Space, Place and Landscape" in A Companion to Cultural Resource Management and presented The Archaeology of Innovation and Abandonment at Benner Commerce Park at a meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Washington, D.C.

Judy Katz, associate professor of English, was selected to participate in a Council of Independent Colleges seminar on Slave Narratives at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in June.

Jerry Kruse, associate professor of information technology, and Bill Thomas, associate professor of information technology, presented "A Capstone Course Sequence in Information Technology" at the Capstone Design Conference at the University of Colorado in June.

Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, exhibited her work in Memento Mori: Contemporary Vanitas Exhibition at The Ann Street Gallery, in Newburgh, N.Y. Her artwork Beautiful Decay was featured and reviewed in the online journal Food Art Part 2, in May.

Jessica Maxon '09, AmeriCorps representative at Juniata, received the Presidential Gold Award in Service for "a dedication and commitment to service" by logging nearly 2300 hours of service the College. She was the only AmeriCorps member in Juniata's region to earn the Gold Award.

Alexander "Sandy" McBride, professor emeritus of art, gave three lectures on "Abstraction and Expression of the Real: The Ideas Behind the Paintings of Alexander McBride" in Mexico at three institutions connected with the University of Guanajuato.

Mark McKellop, associate professor of psychology, and Kathy Westcott, associate professor of psychology and myself presented a paper on content analysis at the American Psychological Association in San Diego, Calif. in August. Sarah Slat '10 helped co-author the paper.

Jim Borgardt, professor of physics, is probably better known around campus as that tall guy who teaches physics and sledgehammers various faculty members during Physics Phun Night. In reality, he is a Hall of Fame athlete worthy of induction into the University of California-Santa Barbara Sports and Rec Hall of Fame as a member of the university's Ultimate Frisbee team. The team won three national championships from 1988 to 1990.

So What?

Juniata magazine: First things first, did you have to wear a tux at the induction ceremony?

Jim Borgardt: No, I think it was business casual, and in Santa Barbara, business casual means shorts and flip-flops. Actually I wasn't able to make it, because it was during the school year and it was busy. About half the team came to the ceremony.

JM: In as few words as you can, explain how to play Ultimate Frisbee.

JB: There are seven on a team, guarded by seven defenders. The disk is advanced by passing and play is stopped if there is a foul, if a tensecond possession time runs out or if the Frisbee hits the ground. If the disk is caught over the goal line, a point is scored and typically teams play to 15, with a 2-point margin. There are three handlers, some middles (they play in the middle of the field) and longs or strikers.

JM: What did you play?

JB: I was a long: I spent a lot of time sprinting up and down the field.

JM: How would you convince someone to give Ultimate a try?

JB: There is no referee, the culture of the game is be honorable and uphold the spirit of the game. It's strategic and you have to see the whole field to be good at it. Everyone on the field works as a holistic unit in very complex ways. It's a beautiful game.

JM: Leave us with the unconventional wisdom about Ultimate Frisbee.

JB: When a ball dreams, it dreams it's a Frisbee.

Andrew Murray, professor emeritus of peace and conflict studies, reviewed a paper on nuclear deterrence by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson at the Council on Christian Alternatives for Defense and Disarmament in the Netherlands in September. He also gave the Inauguration sermon for the new president at Bridgewater College, George Cornelius.

Norris Muth, assistant professor of biology, gave invited talks on weed control methods and how to prioritize and plan invasive species control efforts at a workshop sponsored by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Virginia Cooperative Extension in Front Royal, Va. in September.

Eiichiro Ochiai, professor emeritus of chemistry, published an article on "An Evolution of Bioinorganic Chemistry from Molecular to Geological Level: Daryle H.Busch's Contribution" in the 2010 Coordination Chemistry Review.

Neil Pelkey, associate professor of environmental science and information technology, published (with co-authors) a paper researching how Google is used as a tool in scientific research in the September 2010 issue of the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. Pelkey also was a co-author for a paper on mapping the fishing catch off India's east coast in ARCNews Online.

Uma Ramakrishnan, assistant professor of environmental science, was invited to speak on "The American Chestnut as a Service Learning Project at Juniata College," at a meeting of The American Chestnut Foundation at the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Mercer, Pa.

David Reingold, Foster Chair in Chemistry, presented an organic chemistry poster at the Reaction Mechanism Conference at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with two students, Katie Houston '12 and Sarah Border '12.

Russell Shelley, Elma Stine Heckler Professor of Music, conducted the State College Choral Society in a performance of Sing for the Cure in October.

Henry Thurston Griswold, professor of Spanish, presented a paper "La tortura del victimario en Ultimo silencio, de Ronald Flores" (The Torture of the Victimizer in Last Silence, a novel by Guatemalan author Ronald Flores) at the 38th Annual Conference of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in June.

James Tuten, associate professor of history at Juniata College, has just published a history of the rice industry in coastal South Carolina in the five decades after the Civil War, Lowcountry Time and Tide: The Fall of the South Carolina Rice Kingdom. The 200-page history is published by the University of South Carolina Press and was named a finalist for the George C. Rogers Prize for best book on South Carolina history awarded annually by the South Carolina Historical Society.

Sarah Worley, instructor in communication, gave an invited talk on communication technologies and ethics at Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen's Institute of Journalism and Public Relations.

Notes from the Summer '10 magazine