Faculty Notes, Feb. 29, 2012

Brian Alters, Ph.D., professor, College of Educational Studies and Schmid College of Science and Technology, was elected by his peers as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Founded in 1848, the AAAS bestows this prestigious designation as Fellow to worthy recipients who are dedicated to advancing science around the world through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and more.

In particular, Dr. Alters was honored for “distinguished contributions to the teaching and defense of biological evolution.” The honor was accepted by Dr. Alters at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on Feb. 18, 2012. Dr. Alters joins Chapman’s Dr. Virginia Carson, who was elected a Fellow in 1998.

James J. Coyle, Ph.D., Director of Global Education, spoke on Feb. 22 at the University of San Diego, on the importance of the energy resources in the Caspian Sea basin.  Coyle touched on the importance of an independent energy supply for Europe’s ability to support US National Security interests, and of Russia’s use of energy supplies as a foreign policy tool.  He is scheduled to give a similar talk in April in Moscow, at the Gubkin Russian University of Oil and Gas.

Fran C. Dickson, Ph.D., Chair, Communication Studies Department, Wilkinson College, was recently recognized at the Western States Communication Association annual convention in Albuquerque, N.M., in a panel titled “Marriage as a Social Issue:  An Interview with Communication Theorist Fran Dickson”.  This panel highlighted the theoretical work of Professor Dickson that contributed to an understanding of the communicative dynamics of marriage, and the evolution since the initial theoretical statement in 1999, where Whitchurch and Dickson surveyed the literature on family communication and advocated for defining marriages and families in communication rather than societal terms.  In the interview, Bill Eadie, editor of the Western Journal of Communication,   led Prof. Dickson through the evolution of her theoretical position, as supported by both qualitative and quantitative data and explored how her scholarship has led theoretical understanding of communication in marriage and families.

Grace Fong, D.M.A., Director of Keyboard Studies, Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts, has been invited to join the faculty of the prestigious 2012 Schlern International Music Festival. During the three-week festival in Völs am Schlern, South Tyrol, Italy, Dr. Fong will give performances, private lessons and master classes. Dr. Fong joins some of the Classical world’s most distinguished musicians on the faculty, including Abbey Simon, Zakhar Bron, Alexander Treger, Andre Emelianoff, Vladimir Landsman,Tamas Ungar, Anatoly Zatin, Eduard Kunz, Sergey Khachatryan, Zvi Carmeli, among others.

Donald Guy, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts, was recently commissioned to serve as the lighting designer/director for the Masters of Illusion – Live! World Tour. The production is currently the largest touring magic show in the world. He designed sold-out performances at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT; New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ; McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ; and the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY. The production featured master magicians including Joaquin Ayala and Tanya, Kalin and Jinger, Aaron Radatz, Farrell Dillon, Arthur Trace and Daren Romeo. This summer the tour will be making stops in Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Judy Montgomery, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will co-present with and BJ Gallagher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, at Hamilton Relay’s Speech-to-Speech (STS) offering on Friday, March 2 at a major speech technology conference being held in San Diego. Hamilton Relay’s STS service is an advanced solution which enables individuals who have difficulty speaking to communicate over the telephone. Hamilton Relay is a participant in the California State University Northridge (CSUN), Center on Disabilities’ 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference which began Feb. 27 and continues through March 3, 2012 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Brennan Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, Crean School of Health and Life Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, was the lead author on an interdisciplinary paper titled “An Introduction to Infertility Counseling: a Guide for Mental Health and Medical Professionals”.  The paper, published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, was co-authored by a Chapman University graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program (MFT) as well as by colleagues from Germany, Belgium, and the UK.  The paper promotes basic education for mental health and medical professionals in the hopes of building stronger bridges of connection between these groups when serving the needs of couples experiencing infertility.  If you would like to receive a PDF version of the paper, please email Dr. Peterson at bpeterson@chapman.edu.

Nick Terry, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, was a featured soloist at the 2011-2012 Forte Awards, presented by Jacaranda Music.  Dr. Terry’s performance of Veronika Krausas’ solo percussion composition Five Intermezzi received ovations from the audience, just prior to the presentation of the Forte Award to Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Executive Director Deborah Borda.  The award was presented by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.  The Forte Award honors those in the greater Los Angeles area who work to promote new and modern music.  

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