Research updates January 2011

Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Siavash Pourkamali has received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant—one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards. It supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Nancy Wadsworth, assistant professor in the political science department, presented a special guest lecture for the Hennebach Program for the Humanities at Colorado School of Mines called “Connecting Faith and Race in American Political Life.” She also presented to Mines professors on the topic of “Facilitating Transformative Learning in—and out of—the Classroom.” Her article, “Bridging Racial Change: Political Orientations in the United States Evangelical Multiracial Church Movement,” appeared in the journal Politics and Religion.

Joseph Kerski, instructor in the geographic information systems program at University College, co-authored the book International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Geographic Information Systems in Secondary Schools, which will be published by Springer in 2011.

Jeremy Dehn, an adjunct in media, film and journalism studies, published a guest op-ed in The New York Times in October called “Degrees of Debt.” His latest short film, “Miracle Investigators,” recently completed its film festival run, appearing in over 30 film festivals and garnering six awards.

Sandy Johnson, director of the BA program in international studies at the Korbel School, just had a book published, Challenges in Health and Development: From Global to Community Perspectives (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011).

Viva Moffat, assistant professor in the law school, moderated a panel called “Unmasking Online” at a conference held at the University of Colorado Law School, “Privacy and the Press: Snoops, Secrets, and Ethics in the New Media Landscape.”

Joseph Labrecque, senior multimedia application developer, presented the session “AIR for Higher Education” at the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group November meeting. He contributed to “HTML5, Flash and RIAs: 18 Industry Experts Have Their Say” ActiveTuts+ Experts article, gave a webinar on the Adobe Education Community “Winter Fun with with Adobe CS5 Tools” and recorded an interview with “The Flex Show” on Flex Development in Higher Education. Additionally, Labrecque went under contract with Packt Publishing to write a book on the Adobe Flash Platform and mobile Android operating system to be published later in 2011.

Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work Eugene Walls won the 2010 Ernest G. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, an organization promoting community engagement on college campuses.

Frank Ascione, the executive director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, won the George T. Angell Humanitarian Award for 2010 from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals—Angell Animal Medical Center.

Hale Martin, assistant clinical professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, wrote a book with Steve Finn, a professor at the University of Texas, entitled Masculinity and Femininity in the MMPI-2 and the MMPI-A (University of Minnesota).

Law Professor Robert Anderson wrote Anderson on Colorado Civil Litigation Forms. The book provides writing instruction, best practice recommendations and more than 170 sample motions and pleadings to guide lawyers in the practice of civil litigation.

In November, assistant law professor Christopher Lasch submitted a short piece for inclusion in the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy’s Death Penalty Manual titled “Using International and Foreign Law in your Capital Case.”

Law Associate Professor Laura Rovner presented “Litigation Strategies to Limit the Use of Isolated Confinement” at the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington D.C.

Jing Sun, assistant professor in the political science department, has a book under contract with the University of Michigan Press. It is called Wooing Neighbors: China and Japan’s Charm Game in Asia.

Law Professor Nancy Ehrenreich presented “Battered Women in Prison: the Flawed Criminal Justice System That Lands Them There” at a workshop in Denver in January.


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