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Fox Facts Fall 2005

UWFox Faculty and Staff Professional Activities and Accomplishments July-December 2005

[The individuals cited have provided the information compiled alphabetically by name, below. Please direct any questions or comments to Dave Hager, c/o UWFox University Relations.]

Malcolm Allen (Professor of English)

  • read a paper entitled, “The Idiocy of Barnaby Rudge” to the Madison, WI Chapter of the Dickens Fellowship, in October.

Carin Allhiser (Lecturer in Biology)

  • attended the "American Biological Laboratory Educators" (ABLE) conference for a week at Virginia Tech during June 2005; the workshops concentrated on teaching biology in the laboratory setting.

Judith Baker (Associate Professor of Art)

  • was named a UWFox "Kaplan Award Winner" by UW Colleges Interim Chancellor Margaret Cleek

Susan Benedict (Associate Lecturer in Mathematics)

  • is listed in the 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Jim Brey (Professor of Geography and Geology)

  • co-authored and presented with Kristin Runge (UWFox Lecturer in Communication Arts), “The Pinellas County Project: Project-Based, GIS Supported GeoScience,” at the 2005 ESRI Education User Conference, July 24, 2005 San Diego, CA;
  • co-authored with Kristin Runge, “The Pinellas County Project: Project-Based GeoScience & Public Speaking,” and presented at the 12th International Conference on Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Granada, July 11, 2005, Grenada, Spain;
  • participated in the American Meteorological Society’s annual summer teacher training at National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters in Silver Spring, MD in July;
  • was on the faculty of the American Meteorological Society / National Weather Service Diversity Training at the NWS Training Center in Kansas City, MO in June;
    participated in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, during the fall;
  • participated in the National Council for Geographic Education Annual Meeting in Birmingham (AL) this past fall;
  • served as Local Implementation Team Leader for the American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Atmosphere and Local Implementation Team Member for Water in the Earth System teacher enhancement courses for area K-12 teachers;
  • was elected Vice President of the Packerland Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and Chair of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs national committee.

Christina Dunn (Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy)

  • has an article in preparation, entitled, “Extremely Large Telescopes,” scheduled for publication in Astronomy, Spring 2006;
  • collaborated with A. Beaucomp, V. Doubroski, R. Freeman, G. Hobbs, G. McCavana, R. Morton, J. Simms, X. Wei, D. Riley, D. Walker, on the research project, “New results extending the Precessions process to smoothing ground aspheres and producing freeform parts,” Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, in August;
  • participated in a teleconference with Louis Bloomfield: “How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life – Teaching an Unconventional Physics Course,” in October;
  • attended the Society of Photonics and Instrumentation Engineers, International Symposium on Optical Science and Technology, San Diego, in August;
  • attended the Michelson Summer School: Discovering New Worlds Through Astrometry Michelson Science Center, California Institute of Technology in July;
  • participated in the “Teaching Excellence in Astronomy 101 Workshop,” at the Center for Astronomy Education, Montana State University, in July;
  • helped in the preparation of NASA Small Business Innovative Research Grant for Zeeko Ltd., for “optical polishing,” resulting in the award of more than one million dollars in research funds.

Scott Emmert (Associate Professor of English)

  • had his article, “Reversals in the Fortunes of War: Ambrose Bierce, Literary Naturalism,” and ‘One of the Missing’” published in The ABP Journal 1.1 (Fall 2005), an on-line, peer-reviewed journal featured by the Ambrose Bierce Project in conjunction with Penn State University.

Joanne Kluessendorf (Director of the Weis Earth Science Museum)

  • was named a UWFox “Kaplan Award Winner” by UW Colleges Interim Chancellor Margaret Cleek;
  • was inducted in July as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious academic, artistic and scientific organizations in the state;
  • was elected vice-chair of the Wisconsin Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee in Madison in August;
  • co-organized and co-chaired a symposium entitled, "From Rocks to Records: Geologic Preservation for the Profession and the Public Good," at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, in October, where she also presented two professional papers;
  • served on the board of Quarry Quest, a Fox Cities community fundraiser, and presented activities on the day of the event in September, helping to raise $15,000 for the Weis Earth Science Museum;
  • gave presentations for the Kaukauna Rotary Club, Vulcan Materials Co., and the Illinois State Geological Survey about the Weis Earth Science Museum and regional geology;
    was a guest on a WHBY-AM radio talk show in December;
  • is featured, with the Weis Earth Science Museum, on a DVD, explaining the importance of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Dubear Kroening (Assistant Professor of Biology)

  • was honored with the inclusion of his biography in the 9th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers;
  • received a 2005 Agricultural Development and Diversification Grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in the amount of $21,840 to develop a bio-product to preserve wetcake, or wet distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production;
  • offered a course through the UWFox Continuing Education Department for the Grandparents University program, entitled “Biotechnology,” in which grandparents and grandchildren (ages 7-14) learned about DNA and biotechnology through lecture, demonstrations, and experimentation in August.

Jeff Kuepper (Student Activities Coordinator)

  • received a grant from the University of Wisconsin Institute on Race and Ethnicity for a Campus Ethnic Reading Seminar to take place in the spring 2006 semester;
    co-chaired the organizing committee for the Fox Cities “Food of All Nations Celebration” held in Appleton in September;
  • chaired the Fox Cities Martin Luther King Day Celebration Planning Committee, with the Celebration held on January 16th at Lawrence University in Appleton;
  • is presently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of “Toward Community,” a group of volunteers that organize and promote diversity in and around the Fox Cities;
  • served on the Fox Cities IndUS planning committee.

Laurel Mills (Senior Lecturer in English)

  • has a poem in Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework, published by the University of Iowa Press;
  • in September, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” aired an interview with the editor of the anthology, Pamela Gemin, with Susan Stamberg reading a section of Mills’ poem, “The Days of My Mother,” during the interview.

Jim Perry (Campus Dean and Professor of Biological Sciences)

  • was elected, “Vice Chairman – Community Affairs,” an officer of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Board of Directors for 2005-2006;
  • has been elected Vice Chair of the Northeastern Educational Resource Alliance;
  • with UWFox colleagues Kimberly Dirlam Schatz (Associate Professor of Chemistry), Martin Rudd (Assistant Professor of Chemistry), George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science), Greg Peter (Assistant Professor of Sociology), John Beaver (Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy), and Teresa Weglarz (Lecturer in Biology), made up a team of campus representatives that attended and participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) summer institute held in August at Santa Clara University in CA; during the conference they began development of a new interdisciplinary course centered on sociological, political, and environmental issues associated with the element carbon (e.g. global warming, astrobiology, ground water and land use issues).

Gregory Peter (Assistant Professor of Sociology)

  • was named a UWFox “Kaplan Award Winner” by UW Colleges Interim Chancellor Margaret Cleek;
  • had his book chapter published in August, entitled “Farm Dads: Contemporary Challenges to Fatherhood in the Fields of the Midwest,” in the book, Situated Fatherhood: Negotiating Involvement in Physical and Social Context (by Rowman and Littlefield);
  • finished a book review in July of “Troubled Fields: Men, Emotions, and the Crisis in American Farming,” for the journal Rural Sociology;
  • is part of the team of researchers from UWFox and Lawrence University awarded a $20,000 grant to work on the Appleton West Food and Nutrition Project;
  • worked to organize the annual meeting of the WSA in October held at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, as President-Elect of the Wisconsin Sociological Association;
  • was elected President of the Wisconsin Sociological Association (WSA) for 2005-2007;
  • was a panelist on a Teaching Environmental Sociology Session at the WSA’s meetings in October;
  • attended the Science Engagement for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Conference in San Jose, CA with several other UWFox faculty in August;
  • attended the Renewable Energy Conference in October at Elkhart Lake, WI;
  • helped organize gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, helped make holiday cards for the troops, people in nursing homes, and children in local hospitals, and donated 50 “Build a Bears” to children in local hospitals over the 2005 holiday season as the adviser for the Sociology / Social Work Club and the Circle K Club at UWFox.

Tom Pleger (Associate Campus Dean and Associate Professor of Archeology and Anthropology)

  • presented a lecture in July titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Mental Technology in Eastern North America,” for the Winchester Academy in Waupaca, WI, in July, as a program was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council;
  • presented a lecture in August titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Mental Technology in Eastern North America,” for the Northern Wisconsin Heritage Connection in Ashland, WI, that was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Dan Putman (Professor of Philosophy)

  • had a paper accepted by the journal, Contemporary Philosophy, called "What's So Great about Good Taste?," described as a response to an article called, "What's So Bad about Bad Taste?," by the philosopher John Morreall, with the paper being about the relationship of aesthetic judgment and moral character, with Morreall arguing that really bad taste in the artistic area has some relationship to being a less than good human being, while Putman argues that there is no relationship.

Susan Rabideau (Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Theatrical Director)

  • was a 2005 KEEN Foundation nominee for an Excellence in Achievement Award;
    is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2005);
  • produced and directed the UWFox production of The Diviners (fall 2005);
  • was one of twelve Public Speaking Professors selected and invited to San Francisco for “Meeting of the Minds,” a two-day brainstorming session that included networking with leaders in the public speaking world and sharing “best teaching practices” while harnessing the teaching creativity of the instructors present for possible design of a new method to teach Public Speaking;
  • was selected as one of four for the Midwest Rotary Group Cultural Study Exchange team, which required four months of training prior to going to India for 31 days to explore the country and its people in January 2006;
  • attended the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education (AWTE) program in Madison, WI in September;
  • attended the training for “Stop the Ban,” a workshop that trains people willing to serve as public speakers against the proposal to change Wisconsin’s constitution so it would ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Martin Rudd (Assistant Professor of Chemistry)

  • published a paper in the international organic chemistry journal, Synthetic Communications, with the article describing the synthesis of a new class of potential non-linear optical materials that have been part of a collaborative study with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL), and is entitled, "Synthesis and Characterization of Alkyl and Aryl-(4-methyl-6-nitro-quinolin-2-yl)amines: X-Ray Structures of Ethyl and Cyclohexyl-(4-methyl-6-nitro-quinolin-2-yl)amine;" the paper was a collaborative research effort between UWFox, Baylor University and NASA's MSFC. (Synthetic. Communications, 2005, Vol. 35, p. 2067);
  • attended the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's Annual Space Conference in August 2005 and was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the WSGC;
  • served on the UW – Colleges / UW – Extension Chancellor’s Search and Screen Committee during the summer and fall.

Marc Sackman (Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Fox Valley Concert Band)

  • played baritone saxophone and flute on a second CD produced featuring the Fox Cities’ “Big Band Reunion,” where he also performs frequently on baritone saxophone with the “Big Band Reunion;” this included a performance in September at the Fox Cities Jazz Festival in Menasha;
  • played flute and guest conducted the Appleton City Band this past summer;
  • was a member of the faculty of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, held this year in August in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he taught flute, chamber music, and music theory, and performed on one of the faculty recitals;
  • spoke at the Breakfast Rotary Club in Appleton, reflecting his experiences as a street musician in Europe;
  • gave a band and flute clinic at New London HS in December.

Wendy Seegers (Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program Coordinator)

  • was confirmed for a second year to represent Wisconsin as a Regional Coordinator for The Network – Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse;
  • attended the organization’s Annual National Meeting in Indianapolis in October and begins her third term in January, 2006;
  • in July, was selected, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, to be one of twelve expert grant reviewers to evaluate completed grant projects in the field of college alcohol prevention; the feedback she offered to the DOE was included in a comprehensive document that will assist collegiate alcohol prevention practitioners around the country.

Steven T. Sheehan (Assistant Professor of History)

  • completed a review of “Beyond the Cleavers: Life in the 1950s,” an exhibit at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI, for the forthcoming December issue of the Journal of American History;
  • delivered a public lecture titled, “Fireside Politics: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Presidency,” at the Neenah Public Library in Neenah, WI in November;
  • participated in a weeklong, residential NEH Landmarks of American History Workshop, “Steel Making in Cleveland: A Case Study of Industrialization, Immigration, Labor, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender,” at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, OH, in July.

Janet Speth (Associate Lecturer in Archeology and Anthropology)

  • agreed to chair the City of Green Bay Historical Preservation Commission,
  • was appointed secretary for the editorial board of Voyageur magazine;
  • was re-elected secretary of the Wisconsin Archeological Survey (the professional organization of archeologists in Wisconsin) in October.

Abbas Taheri (Professor of Business and Economics)

  • presented a joint paper (with R. Stevenson of UW-Madison) entitled, “”Environmental Regulation and Industrial Productivity Growth,”at the 80th Annual Conference of Western Economic Association International, in San Francisco, CA, in July;
  • chaired a session and discussed a paper in another session in the same conference.

George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science),

  • participated in the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility) Summer Institute in San Jose, CA, in August, as part of a seven-member contingent from UWFox, where the Institute focused on the development of integrative courses in the natural and social sciences to foster civic engagement and collaborative learning;
  • in December, he gave a brief presentation/demonstration of classroom exercises in environmental policy to the Fox Cities Open World Russian delegation--a delegation of educators from Russia who are part of the Sister-Cities exchange program;
  • delivered a talk in December before the Kaukauna Rotary Club entitled, “Nurturing Citizenship.”

Angela Williamson (Associate Lecturer in English),

  • had four encyclopedia articles published in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature (Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson, Greenwood Press, 2005. Five Vol.), including,"José Montalvo," "Joe Navarro," "Luis Omar Salinas," and "Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo."