Faculty Notes, Oct. 31, 2011

Brian Alters, Ph.D., professor, College of Educational Studies and Schmid College of Science and Technology, has been invited to be the plenary speaker to deliver the John A. Moore Lecture to conclude the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) 2012 annual meeting in Charleston, S.C.

Mark Axelrod, Ph.D., professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College, has a fourth book on screenwriting, Look Who’s Talking & Why, being finalized for publication by Continuum Publishing, NY, which is also interested in publishing his memoir, Posthumous Papers of a Living Writer.  His translation of Balzac’s play, Mercadet, is slated to be published by the University of Minnesota Press and his chapter “Kindle, Kindle Burning Bright” will be published in the anthology, Art in the 21st Century, by Farleigh Dickinson University Press.  Two of his works of fiction have been short-listed for translation and publication with Grupo Editora, Rio the largest publisher in Brazil and by Editura Polirom, Bucuresti, Romania.  He continues to write blogs on politics and cultural studies for the HuffingtonPost.com and he is a regular book reviewer for the American Book Review, the Review of Contemporary Fiction and the Times Literary Supplement and is a regular contributor to the magazine, Irish America.  His latest artwork has been published in the art magazine, Zinc, in Barcelona and he was invited by the Arena Theatre in Washington D.C. to submit five of his plays, including his trilogy of one-act plays, Taxing Tales, for possible production.  He is collaborating with two Chilean directors, Edgardo Viereck and Gustavo Letelier, on two scripts for possible production while working on three new novels and two new stage plays.

Stephen Berens, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, is among the artists with work in a new show on exhibit at Yale University’s Green Gallery titled “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original jokes about The Suburban and The Poor Farm by the artists who have exhibited here.”  Berens had exhibitions at The Suburban in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and was part of a group exhibition at The Poor Farm in 2010-11.

Wenshan Jia, was granted a summer fellowship from Freeman Foundation and attended 2011 Summer Asian Studies Development Institute on Infusing China and Korea into the Undergraduate Curriculum sponsored by East-West Center, Hawaii. In addition, through a joint effort between the Leatherby Libraries and Dr. Jia, the Leatherby Libraries and Asian Studies Program has received Read Japan Donation from the Nippon Foundation of Japan consisting of 60 classic books on Japan selected by an international committee of scholars and journalists. The Asian Studies Program has also received a Batik painting reflecting the culture of the Zhuang Ethnicity from Binlan Huang, Ph.D., 2010-2011 Fulbright Faculty Scholar hosted by Asian Studies and Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Huang is from Guangxi University, China.

Naveen Jonathan, Ph.D., LMFT, clinical assistant professor and director of the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy, and graduate student Anselma Longoria in the Marriage & Family Therapy program, represented Chapman University’s MFT program at the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Robin Kish, assistant professor, Department of Dance, mentored five students who attended the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in Washington, D.C. from October 12-15, 2011.  Dance majors Jordan Krinke ’12, Monica Mordaunt ’12, Elyse Frelinger ’12, Ben McDermit ’12 and athletic training major Bridget Thomson ’11 were five of only 12 undergraduate students accepted to the conference.  Jordan Krinke (recipient of an Undergraduate Research Award from Chapman) tied for the President’s Award for Poster Excellence with her study “Dance Teaching Certifications: Why Teachers Choose Specific Certification Programs or None at All”.  In addition to Jordan’s award, all of the students received praise from seasoned researchers for their work and created a great deal of conversation regarding their topics.

Liliana Leopardi, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, will present a paper titled “Beyond glittering adornment: the occult magical virtues of engraved gems in Sixteenth-century Italy” at the Annual Meeting of the Art Historians of Southern California Association to be held at USC on Nov. 5.

Alicia Okouchi-Guy, assistant professor, Department of Dance, College of Performing Arts, was invited to teach a master class in Honolulu, Hawaii. She taught a contemporary jazz master class that included a commercial jazz combination and a lecture on the benefits of continuing dance in higher education. She was also commissioned by So You Think You Can Dance finalist Caitlynn Lawson to choreograph her solo for the “Dance for Your Life” portion of the competition. It is during the “Dance for Your Life” segment of Fox’s hit television series that the contestants perform a solo routine to determine if they will be eliminated or continue forward in the competition. Caitlynn used the choreography to successfully dance her way into being one of the top six finalists for Season 8.

David Porter, Ph.D., Vernon Smith, Ph.D., Bart Wilson, Ph.D., and Jeff Kirchner, of the Economic Science Institute, traveled to the University of Turin Oct. 5-6 to give a Seminar on Experimental Economics. Lectures and experiments were given on “Impersonal Exchange”, “Personal Exchange”, “Discovering How Socioeconomic Orders Form in the Laboratory”, “Two Forms of Rationality”, “Asset Markets”, “Auctions” and “Using Experimental Economics to Inform Policy Decision Making”. Oct. 7-8  Drs. Porter and Smith also participated in the Mises Seminar in Sestri Levante, Italy.

Pilar Valenzuela, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Languages, Wilkinson College, recently participated in the presentation of the book Estudios sobre lenguas andinas y amazónicas. Homenaje a Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino, which she co-edited with colleagues from Leiden University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. The book, which contains 21 articles dealing with various topics on Andean and Amazonian linguistics, as well as Spanish in contact with the indigenous languages, is a Festschrift honoring Peruvian scholar Professor Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino for his outstanding contributions to the field of Andean linguistics. Dr. Valenzuela’s own article provides a systematic comparison of the basic lexicon and selected grammar features of Shiwilu and Shawi, the two languages that make up the Kawapanan family from north-eastern Peru. Based on this comparison, Dr. Valenzuela offers the first reconstruction of Proto-Kawapanan, the unattested common ancestor of Shiwilu and Shawi.

Dr. Valenzuela recently visited the Department of Linguistics at UCLA to deliver a talk at the colloquium on Amerindian languages led by Professor Pam Munro. The presentation discussed a series of verb-related mechanisms available in the grammar of Shiwilu, a critically endangered language of Peruvian Amazonia. Dr. Valenzuela’s research is based on the analysis of original data that she gathered from native speakers in the field, thanks to the support of NSF grant BCS-0853285.

Dawn Bonker

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