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Department of ANTHROPOLOGY

Professor Julie Holt in the Department of Anthropology has been awarded a grant from NSF for Project Title MRI-R 2 Acquisition of Raman and Infrared Microscopes for Interdisciplinary Research. This award of $572,417 will allow the purchase of two microscopes, one Raman and one infrared microscope along with published spectral libraries (data bases of fingerprint spectra for a variety of materials). Raman and infrared microscopy allow you to look at a sample and see its unique molecular fingerprint. This allows us to compare multiple samples and see what they are made of, what's in them, if they come from the same source, or if they have the same origin. Other collaborators are Luci Kohn in Biology, and Judy Zhang and Mike Shaw in Chemistry. Writing this grant was absolutely a collaborative process, and our research will continue to be collaborative. Congratulations to all for receiving this award.

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Department of ART and DESIGN

Professor Glussie Klorer, from the Department of Art & Design, has been invited to do a keynote address in New York the week of October 12, 2009. Professsor Klorer's Presentation Expressive Therapy Moments: Arts and Play with Severely Maltreated Children will focus on how and why expressive therapies are successful for children with severe maltreatment and attachment disorders. Trauma, the brain and examples of treatment will be addressed. Gussie Klorer is the director of the Graduate Art Therapy Counseling program at SIUE. She maintains a private practice in art therapy, specializing in work with children with severe abuse and neglect histories living in foster care. Klorer is widely published, the author of Expressive Therapy with Troubled Children as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has served on the editorial boards of Trauma and Loss Journal, the American Journal of Art Therapy, and Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

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Jacoby Arts Center Art Exhibit, Songs of Presence is a solo exhibition by fiber artist Laura Strand, director of Textile Arts at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Professor Strand has exhibited throughout the U.S. and was a 2006 Artist Fellowship recipient from the Illinois Arts Council. Laura has been profiled in FIBERARTS and Surface Design Journal. Songs of Presence is part of Innovations in Textiles 8, a biennial collaborative event in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts. Opening reception was Friday, August 28, 2009 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois. The exhibit continues through October 4, 2009. For more information call 618-462-5222.

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Lauren Kirchner (BFA Printmaking, 2008) was recently accepted at the University of Dallas into their MFA Printmaking Program - Lauren was awarded a full scholarship. Kristen Bartel (MFA Printmaking, 2010 - expected) has accepted an invitation for two weeks of apprenticing as well as having a print or two published at Hole Editions in Newcastle-Upon-Gyne, United Kingdom. Hole Editions is a fine art lithography publishing company. Kristen will be traveling out to England in May of 2009. This is a rare and distinguished honor. Congratulations to both of you.

Department of BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BLACK STUDIES Program

Under the leadership of Howard Rambsy the Black Studies Program is working hard to figure out new ways of *modifying* the program to address contemporary challenges and opportunities. That has meant increasing the interactions between black studies and technology. Along those lines the Black Studies Blog has become very active. If you get a chance, check the blog out. You can, for example, read about the " Poetry Correspondence Program," a letter-writing initiative between SIUE college students and more than 200 students at three different local high schools and an area middle school.

We've also written about " Black Studies Now," " Black Studies, Organizing in the Digital Age," and Roland Fryer's incentive programs designed to " Motivate Higher Achievement" among African American students from low-income areas. In coming weeks, we'll report on our "African American Health Initiative" and our "Interactive Reading Group," an online reading and composition program for about 40 black male college students.

New posts for the blog appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Department of CHEMISTRY

2010 Annette and Henry Baich Award

Dr. Huichun (Judy) Zhang has been named the 2010 Annette and Henry Baich Award Winner for her STEP proposal titled "Veterinary Pharmaceuticals: Reductive Transformation and QSARs Development." The Baich Award is given annually to the most outstanding STEP grant proposal for basic research conducted within the parameters of the Sigma Xi Society. Disciplines include such fields as the physical sciences, life and medical sciences, earth science, engineering, psychology or mathematics. Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, and has been at SIUE since 2008. Her profile includes expertise in environmental organic chemistry, redox chemistry, kinetics and mechanisms, contaminants, and wastewater treatment. Her winning STEP proposal explores the contamination caused by veterinary pharmaceuticals exposed to acquatic environments. Dr. Zhang and her team propose new ways to investigate the ultimate fate of these pharmaceuticals in water. Dr. Zhang hopes that this research will develop models that will open up research to better understand the ultimate impact certain chemical compounds have upon the environment. Congratulations Dr. Zhang.

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Sadaegh Khazaeli, Department of Chemistry has been awarded a grant, titled Hands-on Science: Improving Science Teacher Quality, from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The objective of this project is to provide hands-on professional development for high school chemistry, high school physics, high school biology, and middle school science teachers with an emphasis on science subject matter related to the Illinois State board of Education's Illinois Learning Standards (Science) and Illinois Professional Education Standards (Science Core). Khazaeli's plan is to work with regional school teachers to help them improve their science knowledge, gain insight into applications of science, become aware of available high quality science educational resources, and participate in a sustained science teacher network. These tools and knowledge should assist teachers in preparing their students to meet the standards expected in high school and middle school science courses. It is anticipated that these activities will eventually lead to improved student learning and students who are better prepared for high school and college science courses. Khazaeli also plans to introduce the philosophy of science to all participating teachers. During each chemistry and physics workshop, we will dedicate one day to the mathematical skills needed for successful student learning. Time will be built into the schedule for teachers to share their experiences, expertise, and pedagogy.

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Leah O'Brien of the Department of Chemistry has received a grant award from the National Science Foundation. The project title is Isothermal Calorimetry in Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratories. Isothermal titration calorimetry is a relatively new technique that is used to determine thermodynamic parameters for small scale reactions. The interdisciplinary nature of isothermal calorimetry makes it a powerful tool to demonstrate the link between discovery and societal benefits such as drug development. Modern ultrasensitive ITC has found many applications in Biochemistry and Parmaceutical research: protein-protein, protein-drug, protein-DNA, protein-ligand and metal-ligand interactions are examples of intermolecular interactions that can be studied. Education materials resulting from these efforts will be nationally disseminated at chemistry education conferences and via manuscripts to be submitted to the Journal of Chemical Education and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

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Here is an article about a significant achievement. Mike Shaw of the Chemistry Department has written instrument programming and supporting documentation that has become quite popular to download and is rated highly by users. Mike has provided information and links below. http://decibel.ni.com/content/people/roadchem?view=overview, http://decibel.ni.com/content/people/roadchem?view=documents If you click on any of these documents, you can see the documentation, download the file as a pdf, and see how many times the actual program (very bottom) has been downloaded. As mentioned, the programs for the PAR potentiostats will be in use in the fall in the instrumental labortories at Virginia Commonwealth University...basically for their version of our Chem 435 class.

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Department of ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Dr. Catherine Seltzer of the Department of English Language and Literature, has been selected by the University Teaching Excellence Award Committee as the 2009-2010 recipient of the Teaching Distinction Award. Dr. Seltzer was found to be extremely articulate, enthusiastic, and engaging. The committee was impressed by the tremendous amount of evidence that she encourages her students to be critical thinkers and writers. She has a high expectation that students participate in the class discussion and to think 'outside of the box.' Dr. Seltzer is believed to be a gifted and passionate faculty member committed to providing her students an effective classroom environment. The award is well deserved and the committee would like to thank her for providing students at SIUE with an excellent education. Congratulations Dr. Seltzer.

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Allison Funk, Department of English Language and Literature, was recently featured in Verse Daily. The poem featured was taken from her recently released fourth collection, The Tumbling Box, and may be found at http://www.versedaily.org/2009/

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Eileen Joy from the Department of English Language and Literature has delivered many papers and presentations during the last year. The following are included in her work: "The Light of Her Face was the Index of a Voluptuous Multiplicity of Guthlacs: Desire and Incest in the Lives of Saint Guthlac" (44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI 2009);Panel Discussant: "Getting the Medieval Studies We Want: Institutional Perspective," sponsored by the George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2009); Featured Speaker: "The Faded, Silvery Imprints of the Bare Feet of Angels: Historical Poethics," Inaugural Symposium: "Touching the Past," Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington University (November 2008);

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Valerie Vogrin from the Department of English Language and Literature was recently awarded a one-month residency at the Anderson Center in Redwing, Minnesota. The Anderson Center serves the artistic community through artistic leadership, program development, and support.

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Professor Adrian Matejka, English professor at SIUE, is among three area writers who continue St. Louis' longtime association with fine poetry. Two of the other up-and-coming poets to watch - and, more importantly, to read are: Professor Devin Johnston a professor at St. Louis University whose book "Sources" was published by Turtle Point Press and Sally VanDoren's book "Sex at Noon Taxes" was published by Louisiana State University Press. Professor Matejka and his wife Stacey Lynn Brown, write poetry and teach creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Adrian's most recent collection of work "Mixology" is to be published in May by Penguin. It won a National Poetry Series award last year. In "Mixology", Matejka contemplates life's combinations, at times mashing formal poetic structures with pop culture, slang or hip-hop. Another of his works, "Affirmative Action", is now on local buses and light rail trains and online at artsintransit.org.

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Dr. Eileen Joy has been asked to serve as a keynote speaker for a conference being organized by Blackwell publishers. It is their first-ever virtual conference and is called "Breaking Down Barriers". It will be a global conference, with presenters and registrants from different countries around the world. The conference will be held online and also in Second Life from Oct. 19th through 30th, 2009

Dr. Joy suggests that others in the humanities and social sciences will be interested to learn that they may submit papers, or register for this conference. Registration is free and there will be no travel costs involved. All accepted papers will receive formal comments and peer review and be published in one of Blackwell's several Compass journals [Literature Compass, History Compass, Philosophy Compass, etc]. This is a great opportunity for SIUE faculty to participate in a global, cross-disciplinary dialogues on subjects such as the environment, justice and human rights, new modes of communication, etc. See more Details.

Stacey Lynn Brown's poetry manuscript, Cradle Song , has just won the 2007 Cider Press Review Book Award and will be published in January 2009. Here's the link to Cider Press Review

Department of FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE

Olga Bezhanova is a new faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. She is originally from the Ukraine and emigrated to Canada. She got her PhD at Yale and most recently taught at Cornell. Bezhanova, Olga. " Temblor de Rosa Montero: un Bildungsroman neobarroco." Ogigia 6(2009):5-14. Issn 1887-3731 More detail here.... Olga also recently had another article accepted for publication. This is her first article published in English and not in Spanish. Here is the publishing information: " La casa de enfrente: Ernestina de Chapmourcin's Contribution to the Genre of Female Bildungsroman in Spain." Letras hispanas. 6.1 (2009)

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Doug Simms, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, announces the publication of his article, " Metrical Foregrounding in the Old Saxon Heliand and Genesis Poems" in the journal "The Heroic Age" 12. The publication is available on-line at: http://www.mun.ca/mst/heroicage/issues/12/simms.php

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Elizabeth Killingbeck received the 2009-2010 Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarship to study French for 3 months in Senegal in the fall 2009. As recipient of this award she will be acting as goodwill ambassador from the Edwardsville Rotary Club and Rotary District 6460.

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Elizabeth will be enrolled in a French language immersion program and accepts the challenge of Rotary International's motto "Service Above Self" and looks forward to working with the people of the community through the local Rotary Club in Senegal. As Ambassador Elizabeth will be responsible for increasing awareness and promoting international understanding for both the host company and her homeland.

Department of GEOGRAPHY

Dr. Shunfu Hu, chair and associate professor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Geography Department, is traveling more than 7,000 miles to present his research focusing on the Metropolitan St. Louis area. Dr. Hu will be a guest speaker at Nanjing University, Nanjing Normal University and Janjing University of Information Science and Technology later in June. Dr. Hu focuses his teachings and studies in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), multimedia, remote sensing, hydrology, meteorology, cartography and physical geography. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and has conducted 50 scholarly presentations about his findings. In 2000, Dr. Hu won the ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information System by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Nanjing University is also Dr. Hu's alma mater. he earned a bachelor's degree there in 1985 and a master's degree in 1990. Dr.Hu has been with SIUE's Geography Department since 2002.

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At a recent Association of American Geographers West Lakes Meeting several Geography students presented papers and Jen Glaubius was awarded second place in the Master's student paper competition. Participants from left to right are: Chuck Yeager, Kusumaker Bhusal, Dr.Susan Hume, Jen Glaubius, Dory Matthews, Dr. Mark Hildebrandt and Kevin Rohling.

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Department of HISTORICAL STUDIES

On July 20, 2010, Jeff Manuel, assistant professor of History at Southern Illinois University presented his research into mining communities and their response to economic challenges in the second half of the twentieth century at the Chemical Science building at Michigan Tech. The presentation was part of the "Archival Speakers Series" and was free to the public. The economic fate Lake Superior iron mining has long been tied to volatile global markets in the iron and steel industry and residents in the region have experienced a roller coaster of booms and busts during the last 60 years. At the same time, politicians, community leaders, and economists have pushed various plans to develop local economies and ensure a stable economic base for the region. A review of different approaches to development in past decades reveals the good (and bad) of economic development efforts throughout the region. Manuel's research is supported by a Michigan Tech Archives travel grant, with funding provided by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. Since 1998, the Michigan Tech Archives Travel Grant has assisted more than 25 scholars advance their work through research in the department's varied historical collections.

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On February 26th and 27th, Buddy Paulett (History), Amy Wilkinson, (Education) and Jason Stacy (History) facilitated the spring seminar for the St. Clair County Teaching American History Grant. Nearly 40 elementary school teachers participated in the seminar, which concentrated on the colonial Atlantic world of the 17th and 18th centuries. As part of the seminar, teachers created lessons on the colonial Atlantic world that incorporated documents from the Library of Congress digital archives. Southern Illinois University is the partner university on the grant.

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Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Edition, which was edited by Professor Jason Stacy, Department of Historical Studies for the University of Iowa Press was published this month. Following is a link to the book's description http://amazon.com/Leaves-Grass-1860-Anniversary-Facsimile/dp/1587298252. Also Professor Stacy has an article forthcoming in the October issue of Social Education, which is the flagship journal for the National Council for the Social Studies. The article is called: " The Guide on the Stage: In Defense of Good Lecturing in the History Classroom." Social Education goes to over 10,000 social science educators nationwide and is housed in over 1200 libraries.

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Jason Stacy, the historian for the Teaching American History Grant, " People and Places: Our Story of Freedom, Liberty and Equality", will serve as the content and university liaison between St. Clair County Schools and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In this capacity, he will organize history courses for St. Clair County teachers, schedule lectures by quest historians, assist with field trips to historical sites, and serve as a historical pedagogy consultant. Jason is very excited about this opportunity to help bring together our resources at SIUE and our region's teachers!

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Robert (Buddy) Paulett, Professor in History, has an article forthcoming in the near future. The article is titled "The Bewildering World of William DeBrahm: An Eighteenth-Century Map Maker surveys the End of Time." The journal is Eighteenth-Century Studies, a national, interdisciplinary journal run by the American Society for Eithteenth-Century Studies.

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Department of MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS

Urszula Ledzewicz from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics received an NSF research grant "RUI: Collaborative Research: Optimal Control of Multi-input Mathematical Models for Tumor Dynamics under Combination Therapies," in the amount of $175,078.00 for the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013. the grant is awarded by the Division of Applied Mathematics of the NSF as a part of a joint collaborative grant with Heinz Schaettler from Washington University who also received his collaborative grant of a similar amount on the same topic. The purpose of their research under this grant is to analyze mathematical models which combine traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy with novel approaches such as anti-angiogenic treatment or immunotherapy in the hope of achieving synergistic effects. The goal of this analysis is to use mathematical methods to design optimal protocols for these therapies, a task which is very difficult to be realized experimentally, particularly if there is more than one drug involved. The project is expected to be of interest to both the mathematical and biomedical community and to generate topics for graduate students' research.

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Marilyn Hasty and Tammy Voepel, both of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, have been awarded a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education: Mathematics and Science Partnership for Project Title: Mathematics and Science Leadership Initiative 2 - Secondary Mathematics (MASLI2-SM). The long term goal of the program is to improve student achievement in Illinois' highest need schools. As a step toward this goal, SIUE revised the existing Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics by, a )creating mathematics related content courses for teachers that align with National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, b) creating and revising education courses to align with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education goals, and c) weaving opportunities for members of the design team involved faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Other members included secondary mathematics teachers from East Alton Wood River High School, a National Board Certified teacher from Roxana, and faculty members from the School of Nursing and School of Engineering.

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Urszula Ledzewicz of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has received two grants: one from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $49,830 and one from the Society of Mathematical Biology in the amount of $4,800 for the project " US-Israel Workshp: Mathematical Methods in Systems Biology, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 4-7, 2010." The goal of the workshop is to bring together applied mathematicians and researchers working in various fields of systems biology in order to exchange ideas and initiate collaborations motivated by problems arising in fields such as cancer modeling, detection and treatment, epidemiology and infectious diseases, computer-assisted diagnosis, medical imaging and others. The grants are expected to cover travel expenses of mostly US participants, including graduate students and postdocs. More information about the workshop can be found at http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~mmsb Congratulation Professor Ledzewicz.

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Steve Rigdon, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has received a grant award from the National Science Foundation for his project title "Collaborative Research: Efficient Experimentation for Product and Reliability Improvement". This project will explore optimal strategies for designing life testing experiments. Experiments are often run in industry to compare the quality of various product or process designs. When the quality of interest is the life time, the experiments are called life tests. While most experiments assume a normal distribution for the response variable, life tests usually assume a different distribution (since lifetimes are not normally distributed). Congratulations Dr. Rigdon on receiving this award!

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Department of MUSIC

Professor Marc Schapman of the Department of Music, Southern Illinois University will be making his debut at Carnegia Hall on February 22nd, 2010. He will be singing the tenor soloist in a world-premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's An American Requiem. It is a great piece dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Marc is very excited about this wonderful opportunity.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is proud to announce the acceptance of Suzuki students into the IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) All District Orchestra Festival. Auditions were held October 12, 2009 and the Festival will be at Edwardsville High School on November 7, 2009. 52 students were accepted from Southern Illinois in the Senior Orchestra, 14 of them are our SIUE Suzuki students and one is in a leadership position (2nd chair, next to the concertmistress) in the first violin section. 72 students were accepted from Southern IL in the Junior Orchestra, 21 students are from our SIUE Suzuki Program and 5 of them are in leadership positions including concertmistress and first chair of the second violin section. The first chair viola and first chair cello went to SIUE Suzuki students as well. Congratulations to all.

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Kim Archer, Department of Music, has been chosen as an ASCAPLUS Award recipient this year. These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect the continuing commitment ASCAP has made to assist and encourage composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions., as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

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Cellist Marta Simidtchieva enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She is currently the assistant professor of cello at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where she is also a member of the LeClaire Piano Trio and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She was on the faculty of the prestigious Eastern Music Festival this summer and also performed in the Carnegie Chamber Series. A native of Bourgas, Bulgaria and graduate of the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia, she earned her doctorate of music from Florida State University. Marta has presented a series of lectures and recitals at various universities and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes

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The Music department has announced that in June 2009 Brett Stamps and Jason Swagler were asked to perform with Frankie Valli in Chicago. Franki Valli has a show that is touring the country.. Because of our reputation, Brett Stamps has been asked to furnish four out of the five horn players. The Musical Director of the show, Robbie Robinson attended SIUE in the 60's.

Professor Rick Haydon Professor of music at SIUE was the first ever to graduate with a degree in jazz performance at the university. He plays a seven-string guitar, he says, because it is the best for playing jazz standards. Standard Time, a group of jazz musicians, has released a new compact disc, "Eastern Central Pacific," deriving the names from the members of the quintet who come from different parts of the country to join their time together to release what guitarist Rick Haydon said is "a really hard-swinging jazz record." As far as Prof. Haydon is concerned, he could not have had better company on the new CD than the members of the group Standard Time. Haydon also manages the SIUE recording studio and is head of the guitar program. Professor Haydon has studied with many of jazz guitar masters, such as Johnny Smith, Howard Roberts and Bucky Pizzarelli, with whom he performed at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. Rick Haydon has performed in New York and many other places around the country. He also performs locally at a variety of venues, sometimes solo, sometimes joined with other musicians.

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The SIUE Trumpet Ensemble has been selected to perform at this year's International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The group, under the direction of Dr. John Korak, professor of music, is comprised of ten students and performs music written for both modern and natural trumpets. Possessing ten Naumann natural trumpets, the SIUE Trumpet Ensemble is one of only a handful of ensembles in the Midwestern United States where performance opportunities on natural trumpet are offered on such a large scale. This past October the ensemble hosted noted trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins who worked with the members on Baroque performance techniques. At the ITG Conference, the SIUE Trumpet Ensemble will feature selections on both natural and modern trumpets

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Professor Michael Mishra was voted onto the National Board of Directors of the Conductors' Guild. The Guild is a national and international service organization for conductors that organizes training workshops and conferences, publishes a journal, and provides mentoring. Visit the website.

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Department of PHILOSOPHY

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY

Matt Schunke's peer-reviewed article entitled "Apophatic Abuse: Misreading Heidegger's Critique of Ontotheology" was published this fall in the journal, Philosophy Today, SPEP Supplement 35

(2009).

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone and Lucian Stone's book, "The Revelance of the Radical -- Simone Weil 100 Years later", was published by Continuum Press in November 2009. This collection of essays, which includes chapters by both editors, also includes a chapter translated by Bryan Lueck (from Portuguese).

Bryan Lueck's article, "Kant's Fact of Reason as Source of Normativity" was published in the December 2009 issue of the philosophy journal, " Inquiry".

Dr. Robert Ware has an invited article forthcoming in the Brown Journal of International Affairs entitled "Chechenization: Ironies and Intricacies". He also has a monograph titled "Dagestan: Russian Hegemony and Islamic Resistance", forthcoming from M. E. Sharpe. Publishers, and has been invited by the Russian Academy of Science to convene a panel discussion of "Hierarchy and Power in the Caucasus" on June 26, 2009 Additionally, five of his short analyses of events in the Caucasus were included in recent Oxford Analytica.

Professor Suzanne Cataldi has accepted an invitation to present the keynote lecture for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle. The conference will be held at Mississipi State University's School of Architecture and the conference topic is "The Experience and Expression of Space." In May of 2008, Dr. Cataldi was an invited participant in a three-day Feminist Phenomenology Institute and a conference which followed it at the University of Oregon, where she presented a paper entitled "Feminist Phenomenology and the Problem of Empathic Understanding: The Example of Edith Stein." Publication:

Department of PHYSICS

Dr. Abdullatif Hamad of the Department of Physics has received a grant acceptance from Metastable Instruments, INC/DoD. The title of the grant is " STTR: Blue Laser for Oceanographic LIDAR."

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Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Sabby on receiving the award from University of Illinois/NASA for his project " SIUE Automated Observatory". The award is significant recognition of his work and effort to enhance SIUE by garnering support from from non-University sources. His dedication to SIUE is appreciated and we wish him continued success in securing external funding for future projects.

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Dr. David Kaplan signed a contract with Pearson Education, Inc. to write a book entitled "Physics of Waves". The book is expected to be completed by early January 2012 and will be approximately 480 pages.

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Department of POLITICAL SCIENCE

Professor Andrew Theising, of the Department of Political Sience, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, contributed to a four-part Emmy winning PBS documentary about unemployment that included a segment about East St. Louis and featured Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Andrew Theising head of SIUE's Institute for Urban Research arranged interviews, made production suggestions and appeared on camera as an East St. Louis expert. The documentary was part of what was then known as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, now known as The PBS Newshour. Theisings' research about industrial suburbs and their economic plight has been featured in The Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times. He is author of the award-winning book, "Made in USA: East St. Louis" called the first comprehensive scholarly account of East St. Louis and companion book to the PBS documentary of the same name

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Izak Post, a senior in Political Science at SIUE, was able to attend a wonderful internship program at Georgetown University in Washington DC. The Fund for American Studies based out of Georgetown University provided him with a series of phenomenal opportunities this summer. Through the TFAS Institute of Business and Government, he was able to ":Live, Learn, and Intern" in the Nation's Capitol by interning during the day, taking classes at Georgetown at night, and taking advantage of all that DC has to offer. Through his internship and experience with The Fund for America Studies, Izak feels he was truly given the best opportunity as a political science major; the chance to delve into life in the capitol during the first few months of a new administration.

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John Hanson, Political Science major, attended the Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health in July to deliver new research findings. The Adfvisory Board is appointed by the President of the United States and is charged with advising the Department of Health Services in regard to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation program Act of 2000. John, who has acted as a research assistant to Dr. Denise DeGarmo of the Department of Political Sciences for the past two years, attended this meeting to present newly uncovered research related to the former atomic weapons workers at the former Dow facility in Madison, Illinois

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Dr. Laurie Rice, from the Department of Political Science has been chosen by the University Teaching Excellence Award Committee as the recipient of the Teaching Recognition Award. The committee noted that Dr. Rice is a clear and organized communicator who uses various methods of instruction. Committee members also observed that she encourages students to ask critical and engaging questions in class. We would like to join the committee in congratulating Dr. Rice on receiving this award. The committee expresses its appreciation for the time and effort she has spent in preparing her dossier for the Teaching Excellence Award.

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Department of PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION and POLICY ANALYSIS

Department of SOCIOLOGY and CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

EXPLAINING CRIME: A PRIMER IN CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY

By Hugh D. Barlow and David Kauzlarich

Hugh D. Barlow a professor emeritus of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and David Kauzlarich a professor and chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have produced a text that will make students enjoy taking theory classes and help them fully engage with classical and contemporary perspectives on crime, law, and social control. "E xplaining Crime is essential reading for anyone seeking an in-depth, highly intelligible overview of major criminological theories" - Walter S. DeKeseredy, Ph.D., University of Ontario Institute of Technology. This book provides a concise but comprehensive review of the full range of classic and contemporary theories of crime. With separate chapters on the nature and use of criminological theory as well as theoretical application, the authors render the difficult task of explaining crime more understandable to the introductory student. All of the main theories in criminology are reviewed including classical and rational choice, biological, psychological, and evolutionary, social structural, social process, critical, general, and integrated approaches. copious examples of the spirit of the theories are supplied, many with a popular culture (e.g., film and music) connection. The highly original final chapter, titled putting criminological theory to work, provides readers with an integrated theorectical model that students can apply to virtually any type of crime. The book is well suited for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, criminal justice, and deviance. Key terms, discussion questions, and suggested activities at the end of each chapter give faculty and students a jumping off point in their exploration of the book's central themes.

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Congratulations to Dave Kauzlarich of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice on his new book " Introduction to Criminology".

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Dr. David Kauzlarich, Professor and Chair of SIUE's Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, presented the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship Public Lecture on Friday, April 10, 2009 in the Mississippi/Illinois Room of Morris University Center. Dr. Kauzlarich's talk will be "The Other Side of Crime:White-Collar Crime at Home and Abroad". Professor Kauzlarich has authored four books, and written nearly three dozen articles or book chapters. He was named the Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Critical Criminology Division in 2005. Additionally, he received the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award at SIUE in 2009 and the Great Teacher Award from SIUE's Alumni Association in 2005. The William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship Public Lecture is free and open to the public.

Department of SOCIAL WORK

Professor Gerald O'Brien has several recent and forthcoming articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the following: "Important elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with diabetes." Co-written by Graduate Assistant Melinda Brown. Published in Summer 2008 by the Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation.

"The 'act' of social work and ADA's essential functions provision: Challenges and Recommendations." Co-written by Graduate Assistant Jana Leneave. Published last month in Administration in Social Work.

"Metaphors and the pejorative framing of marginalized groups: Implications for Social Work Education." To be published soon by the Journal of Social Work Education.

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Department of THEATER and DANCE

Professor Laura Hanson of the Department of Theater & Dance wrote a chapter for a new book on American designers that came out recently at the annual conference of the US Institute for Theatre Technology. The chapter is on scene designer Oliver Smith who during a 50 year career designed close to 400 productions for Broadway, off-Broadway, dance, opera, and film. The chapter was a result of research supported by two SIUE Summer Research Fellowships. Professor Hanson's interest in Smith's work began when she worked in the Design Department at NYU, where Smith was on the faculty. Congratulations Laura!

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Gerard Rancourt Tsonakwa, Abenaki Indian storyteller and artist will be on campus next week from Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 14, 2009. His coming to SIUE to the Department of Theater and Dance as a guest artist was through the support of an EUE grant which was received by Professor Diane Sol with the help of the College or Arts and Sciences. Tsonakwa will be in Dunham Hall Theater for all of his presentation, including a lecture on archaeoastronomy, another on shamanism and magic in native America, as well as stories that are humorous and moving. Tsonakwa, who is an Abenaki Indian who grew up in Quebec, Canda, is a former Executive Director for the United American Indians and the Administration for Native Americans (Philadelphia, PA). He is noted for his 2001 book, Seven Eyes, Seven Legs: Supernatural Stories of the Abenaki, co-written with his wife Yolaikia Wapitaska. The book is divided into three sections, spiritual stories, children's stories, and spooky tales. Each story is accompanied by a paragraph of the original Abenaki verse and illustrated with his and Yolaikia's art works created from stone, bone, and wood.

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The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to host two guest speakers in November. Senior Assessment students in Theatre Design and Technology will have the opportunity to hear about a career in theatre from two working professionals. On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 James Wolk will visit the class. Mr. Wolk is a New York-based scene designer, who has worked throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He will be in St. Louis designing a production of The 39 Steps at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The following Wednesday, November 18, 2009, students in Senior Assessment and the Stage Management Seminar will talk with Champe Leary, an Equity stage Manager on staff at the Rep. Both classes begin at 4:00 p.m.

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