Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.
College of Arts and Humanities
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, professor of art, presented her book “Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin” (Vehicule Press, 2015), which deals with creativity and mental illness, at the Center for Environmental Studies conference. Additionally, on April 30 she will be doing a book signing and discussion at the Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, Calif., from 2 to 4 p.m.
Joumana Silyan-Saba, adjunct assistant professor in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, served on a panel with democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Muslim community leaders in Los Angeles on March 24. Silyan-Saba, who is also a senior political analyst for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, discussed the need for engagement in U.S. communities regarding civil rights for Muslims, and for finding the courage to engage and address difficult conversations. She also touched on the need to develop strong partnerships, and the need for intervention and prevention within faith, social services and other programs to help curb ignorance and violence, particularly ideologically-motivated violence.
Frank Stricker, professor emeritus of history, wrote an editorial for OpEdNews.com, “Five Things You Should Know about Social Security,” in which he dispels the notion—held by millennials and baby boomers alike—that social security benefits will not be available for the next generation of retirees.
“’I am the 99 Percent’: Identification and Division in the Rhetorics of the Occupy Wall Street Movement,” a piece written by Randolph Cauthen, professor of English, has been published in the book “Crossing Boundaries, Drawing Boundaries: The Rhetoric of Lines across America” (Utah State University Press, 2016). The book is a collection of work by contemporary writers who provide a timely “rhetorical exploration” of the boundaries that “divide an Us from a Them.”
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Associate professor of information systems Xuefei (Nancy) Deng’s introduction to her and her colleagues’ published research on crowdsourcing was published in the London School of Economics and Political Science’s LSU Business Review. Titled “Microtask Crowdsourcing can both Empower and Marginalize Workers: Crowd Workers’ Voices must be Heard,” the article discusses the debate and concerns for new regulations for workers who engage in work on or through Internet-based platforms and how their voices could be “drowned out.” The writers’ work gives voice to crowd workers by conducting deep analysis of their value in a type of crowdsourcing known as microtask CS. The article is based on the authors’ paper “The Duality of Empowerment and Marginalization in Microtask Crowdsourcing: Giving Voice to the Less Powerful through Value Sensitive Design.”
Orie Berezan, assistant professor of management and marketing, and four of his colleagues received the “Best Paper Award” for United States authors from the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) during the GIKA Conference in Valencia, Spain, in March 2016. The paper, titled “The Generation of Virtual Needs: Recipes for Satisfaction in Social Media Networks,” has also been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research.
Kirti Sawhney Celly, associate professor of marketing, was awarded the “Outstanding Paper” award at the Innovation International Conference at The India Habitat Center in New Delhi for “Partnering for Purpose: Cross-Cultural Model to Encourage Participation, Exploration, Appreciation, Reflection, and Learning in Undergraduate Education & Beyond.” Celly co-wrote the paper with Charles Thomas, assistant professor of business law, for the book “Cross Cultural Leadership and Collaboration in Modern Organizations (IGI Global, May 2015), which was edited by Anthony Normore, professor of graduate education, and Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She also served as a panelist at the conference that addressed social entrepreneurship.
Celly also presented “Design, Implementation, and Learning: Integrated Business Ethics Role Play” at the Asia-Pacific International Conference in Mumbai, India. Her talk addressed the need for the inclusion of ethics education in India’s business curriculum, and the recent statutory adoption of a paper on ethics as part of the degree requirement.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
John Price, professor of physics, presented recent progress on his latest research at the American Physical Society’s April Meeting 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Price’s talk “Elastic “Lambda-proton Scattering in CLAS” covered “Λ-proton scattering motivation,” a survey of previous data and its limitations, using a photoproduction for an Λ beam, data-mining, statistics for a pilot program, and future research plans.
Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology, was invited to give the Mulloy Lecture on April 28, which is hosted annually by the University of Wyoming’s Department of Anthropology. Titled “Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America,” Moore’s lecture will argue that although archaeological literature that originates with travel narratives is “largely absent today in the articles, reports, and monographs we archaeologists produce,” there remains an opportunity for reincorporation of narrative to engage broader audiences. He will also highlight his trip to the Fiesta of Qollyur R’iti in the southern Peruvian Andes in 2015, and its implications for understanding “sacred space” in archaeological sites.
As part of its Mulloy Lecture, some of the UW Department of Anthropology’s grad students took part in a special seminar dedicated to the Moore’s research and writings.
Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology, has published the book “Sex: Understanding What You Know, What You Want to Know, and What You Have Not Even Thought About: Knowing about Sex.” This book provides a better understanding of what is already known about sex, and new information that is not commonly known about sex. It also touches on how teaching sex in society is often lacking critical information, or in some cases, fraught with misinformation. The book also provides “valuable information” for all generations to help individuals have fulfilling sex lives, as well as to enable them to “educate their children in meaningful ways.”
Terry McGlynn, professor of biology, was interviewed by National Geographic for the article “It’s Almost Tax Day: Here’s how Nature Files its Taxes.” McGlynn provided information about how new species are named, particularly “tautonym,” a name that is typically applied to animals that are distinctive or well known before they are officially described.