FSC faculty pursue academic projects
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2006) — Florida Southern College faculty members pursue extracurricular academic activities year-round, giving presentations, publishing articles, and attending conferences. The following summarizes their recent activities and recognitions.
Dr. Peter V. Bias, professor of business administration and economics, has written the book “Meteors and Meteor Showers” to be published this month by Miracle Publishing (Cincinnati). The culmination of 10 years of work, the book studies shooting stars and includes the findings of some of the top meteoricists in the world.
Dr. Barbara A. Block, associate professor of education, helped plan and host the National Teachers Hall of Fame conference in Winter Haven, Fla. Oct. 7-8. She also was a featured teller at the Cracker Storytelling Festival in Homeland, Fla. Oct. 15-16.
Lynn H. Clements, associate professor of accounting, spoke on “Fraud Examination” at the Institute of Management Accountants’ Student Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. Nov. 12. Her paper, “Whistleblowing: Who, What, Why, Where, When & How,” was published in the December issue of the “Journal of Forensic Accounting.” Clements also was included in the 9th edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” published November 2005. Nominations may come only from students who themselves are listed in “Who’s Who Among America's High School Students” or “The National Dean’s List,” and students may nominate only one teacher from their entire academic experience.
Lisa Erdman, assistant professor of art, has received an invitation from the NY Gallery in Beijing, China to exhibit her multimedia art installation, “Annual Checkup.” The invitation includes a one-month artist residency June 2006 at the NY Art Gallery in Beijing, during which she will develop a new project involving graphic media. The invitation was awarded Dec. 15 by the World Art Media organization. An article about Erdman’s art, “Arte con Tecnologia Digital en Lakeland,” by Yesenia Mojarro, was published in the Nov. 24 issue of “Vision Latina,” a Spanish language edition of “The Lakeland Ledger.” The article describes the concepts behind “Annual Checkup,” a multimedia art installation Erdman recently exhibited in the Melvin Art Gallery.
Dr. Carmen Valdez Gauthier, associate professor of chemistry, presented on “A ‘Bag’ Full of Chemistry Resources for Teachers” at the Nov. 5 conference of the Florida Association of Science Teachers in Orlando, Fla. Her presentation discussed how to incorporate reading into chemistry instruction, the use of technology in chemistry investigations, how to develop and implement “inquiry labs” and how to access resources available to chemistry instructors. She also invited teachers to attend the high school teacher symposium, “Great Ideas in Chemistry: A Day of Sharing,” that she will co-host on the Florida Southern campus Jan. 14. Nobel Laureate Sir Harold W. Kroto, among others, will present at the symposium.
Dr. Luis A. Jimenez, professor of Spanish, is the editor of a critical volume, “Julian del Casal in the New Millenium” (Managua: PVSA, 2005). Casal was a modernist poet from Cuba. Jimenez’s article, “Postcolonial Vision, Third World Criticism and Globalization in the Novels of Gloria Elena Espinoza” was published in the journal “Lengua: Journal of the Nicaraguan Academy of Letters,” vol. 30. Espinoza is a postmodern novelist from Nicaragua.
Dr. Christopher H. Ramey, assistant professor of psychology, presented on “Is Presentation Order a Confound for Modifier-Noun Combinations?” at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Stresa, Italy in July. His paper, “’For the Sake of Others’: The ‘Personal Ethics of Human-Android Interaction,” was published in “Proceedings of CogSci-2005 Workshop: Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science” (Stresa, Italy). In August, Ramey presented on “A Piece of Psychopathological ‘Pi”: Using Film in Class” at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. He has been nominated for the Southeastern Psychological Association Outstanding Professional Paper Award for “High and Low Tones Bias Pleasantness Judgments of Neutral Words,” a paper he wrote with two students and will present at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Atlanta, Ga. in March. Ramey’s paper, “The Uncanny Valley of Similarities Concerning Abortion, Baldness, Heaps of Sand, and Humanlike Robots,” was published in “Proceedings of Views of the Uncanny Valley Workshop: IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots” (Tsukuba, Japan).
Dr. James G. Rogers Jr., professor of art history, presented his paper, “Encrypted Humanism: Reading Michelangelo’s Hidden Images in the Sistine Chapel,” at the Third International Conference on European History: From Ancient to Modern, in Athens, Greece Dec. 30. The paper discussed classical and anatomical influences in the work of Michelangelo. Rogers also chaired a conference session on “Athens in the 5th Century B.C.” The conference brought together scholars from around the world and was sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research.
Dr. Peter H. Schreffler, associate professor of English, presented his paper, “Dangling Modifiers, Misplaced Colons, and Other Things That Bother English Teachers” at the Nov. 3 conference of the Florida College English Association in Daytona, Fla. The paper asks, “If no one notices the dangling modifier, is it really dangling?” and argues that English instructors should focus less on finding errors and more on reading student papers as they would read any other piece of writing.
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