Faculty Notes: Summer 2012


Three faculty members received awards at the 2012 Spring Awards Convocation. The late Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Robert Whitton received the Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award posthumously. Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Maurya Boyd received the SGA Faculty Award. Professor of Chemistry Ruth Beeston received the SGA Faculty Advisor Award.

A sculpture titled “Canons” by Professor and Department Chair Cort Savage has won the Joyce Wilkins Pope Grand Prize in the Raleigh Fine Arts Society 2012 North Carolina Artists Exhibition.

Professor Shaw Smith led this year’s Senior Art History Capstone Seminar, on Orientalism, on a spring break trip to Paris. As the culmination of their major studies, the nine students presented their theses at sites associated with their research. Also during the trip, Smith directed a graduate seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales. His presentation was titled “Le Voyage de Delacroix au Maroc du Nouveau: Juifs et Arabes Ensemble.” Smith proposed that, unlike many French Orientalist artists, Delacroix found a world of religious and cultural tolerance in North Africa, where Arabs and Jews cohabitated peacefully to a surprising degree, in contrast to most colonialist interpretations.

Associate Professor Karen Bernd and Alexis Valauri-Orton ’12 presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists about their research into effects of the water purification byproduct DCA on lung cell health. In addition, Bernd offered a hands-on exercise she created called “SPLAT !” to 300 sixth-grade students at Mooresville Intermediate School. “SPLAT !” uses biology and mathematics to analyze simulated blood spatter and solve a crime.

Professor and Martin Program Director of Genomics Malcolm Campbell presented his students’ research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and gave a keynote address at North Georgia College and State University for an all-campus celebration emphasizing the value of research in undergraduate education.

Associate Professor Karen Hales has received a three-year National Science Foundation award to fund a research project with undergraduates. The team will investigate the genetics and cell biology of how energyharnessing mitochondria in cells are moved and shaped properly in specialized cell types in fruit flies. Hales also attended the annual Drosophila Research Conference with Yihharn Hwang ’12 and Bethany Wagner ’14. Each presented a research poster, and Yihharn gave a slide presentation at an undergraduate workshop.

Associate Professor Chris Paradise published an article in Trends in Entomology about factors that determine the structure of insect communities in treeholes with two former student coauthors—Jarrod Blue ’08 and Justin Goldberg ’07. Paradise and students also attended the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, where Meagan Madden ’12, Lucy Hedley ’12, Romina Clemente ’12, and Jackie Kim ’11 presented research on the effects of grazing practices and land use patterns on beetle and bug biodiversity on grass-fed cattle farms. Paradise also presented a separate paper coauthored with faculty members Malcolm Campbell, Laurie Heyer, Mark Barsoum, and Pat Sellers about the department’s new approach to teaching introductory biology.

The Board of Trustees granted tenure and promotion to associate professor to Sophia Sarafova. In addition, she received a travel award from the American Association of Immunologists to attend its annual meeting with student Gregory Swan ’13. Sarafova also received a North Carolina Biotechnology Undergraduate Summer Fellowship grant that supports summer research for a Davidson student at Duke University through the Duke- Davidson Immunology Partnership.

Professor Dave Wessner was invited to speak at the Society for General Microbiology meeting in Dublin, Ireland. His talk, “Extending the Classroom Walls: Using Twitter in the Classroom,” described how he is using Twitter in his class to help students engage with outside experts in biology.

Associate Professor Cindy DeForest Hauser attended the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences with students Juliana Porter ’12, Joe Cline ’12, and Alex Buckley (JCSU ’13) to present research on regional air quality and characterization of hookah tobacco and smoke.

Assistant Professor Jeff Myers coauthored with a colleague from Houston Baptist University an article titled “Increasing Globular Protein Stability” that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Chimica Oggi (Chemistry Today).

Associate Professor Keyne Cheshire presided at a session on “Archaic Greek Poetry” at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Papers on the poetry of Hesiod, Pindar, Semonides, Solon, and the “Homeric Hymn to Apollo” prompted discussion of such topics as ritual identity, intertextuality, cultural misogyny, and the relationship between music and athletics.

Professor and Department Chair Jeanne Neumann has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend a workshop this summer on “Roman Comedy in Performance.” The four-week residential experience in Chapel Hill will give participants the opportunity to interact with leading scholars in the field, and to practice scholarship through performance by producing their own performances of scenes from the plays of Plautus and Terence.

Professor Michael Toumazou has coedited a new book based on his 22 years of archeological research in Athienou, Cyprus. Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, is published by American Schools of Oriental Research in Boston. Another coeditor is Derek Counts ’92, a former student and advisee of Toumazou now on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The volume also includes Davidson contributors Joseph Parvis ’92, Clay Cofer ’99, Nicholas Blackwell ’02 and Professor of Chemistry Ruth Beeston. The Athienou Archaeological Project (AA P) recently received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates fund for its work. This is the sixth such NSF grant to the project since 1995.

Communication Studies
Professor Kathie Turner took Speaking Center tutors Andrew Evans ’12, Aria Halliday ’12, Krista Jackson ’12, and Gabi Wallace ’12 to the conference of the National Association of Communication Centers. The students presented a panel on Davidson’s Speaking Center becoming part of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and led a workshop on handling difficult tutorial situations. Turner also traveled to Hamilton College for the second year in a row to offer a workshop for faculty on group presentations.

Professor of Economics Dave Martin has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship to spend the 2012–13 academic year at the Institute of Economic Growth at Delhi University in India. He will examine the effects of impounding the Gambhir River in Rajasthan behind the Panchana Dam, resulting in water flowing only when the monsoon rains are very good to downstream farmers and to the Keoladeo National Park, a World Heritage site and a Ramsar wetland. Martin will compile and analyze a village-level agricultural data set to learn the resulting share of benefits and costs between the upstream and the downstream farmers, and to conduct a travel-cost study to learn the value visitors place on the park’s ecology with and without the water flows.

Associate Professor Ann Fox delivered a lecture on “The Modern Body: Matisse and Disability” at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, and presented a paper titled “Loving the Mother Monsters: Performing Feminist Disability Studies” at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference. She also served on a panel at the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte with local bioethicists and breast cancer activists responding to the film Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Kenan Professor Gail Gibson has received a second consecutive Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship for fall 2012.

Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of English Annie Ingram gave a paper on “Thoreau: A Botanist Among Botanists” for a panel on “Interdisciplinary Thoreau” at the annual American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco. The paper is part of her larger research project on botany in 19th-century American literature and material culture. This interdisciplinary study explores the work of amateur botanists, particularly women, from the critical perspectives of environmental studies, environmental literature, and histories of science and the early conservation movement in the United States.

A poem by Professor Alan Michael Parker titled “A Fable for Our Anniversary” has been awarded a 2012 Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart anthology is a “best of” volume judged annually. The poem first appeared in Subtropics, a literary magazine published by the University of Florida.

Professor David Perry, director of the Vann Center for Ethics, served as a panelist for a symposium at the University of Richmond on “The Ethics of Assassination.” Panelists primarily focused on ethical and legal disputes regarding targeted killings of suspected terrorists by CIA drone aircraft in places like Pakistan and Yemen.

Studies Dana Professor Scott Denham was named cochair of the German Studies Association’s new Interdisciplinary Network on War and Violence. The network of scholars from various fields will consider how disciplinary scholarship on war and violence in the German context can fit under a broad interdisciplinary theoretical framework to produce new ways of understanding war and violence. The group will work toward unveiling some of its results at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Mo., during the association’s 2014 fall meeting, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War.

Wall Professor and Department Chair Burkhard Henke has joined the College Board test development committee for A.P. German Language and Culture.

Professor Robin Barnes has contributed to a new volume of the American Edition of Luther’s Works, editing and writing an introduction to Martin Luther’s 1527 preface to The Prophecy of Johannes Lichtenberger. A famous astrologer of the era around 1500, Lichtenberger had predicted a crisis for the Roman clergy, but then a return to peace under a renewed Papacy and Holy Roman Empire. Luther sanctioned a new, revised edition of the prophecy with a preface countering the notion that the Church of Rome could ever be truly reformed. Barnes’s editorial introduction situates this work within the dizzying religious and political propaganda battles of the early Reformation.

Associate Professor Tim Chartier presented “March MAT Hness” as a Distinguished Lecture at the national headquarters for the Mathematics Association of America in Washington.

Professors Stephen Davis and Irl Bivens, along with their colleague Howard Anton, have published the 10th edition of their textbook, Calculus.

Artist Associate and soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper taught and performed in Bangkok for YES (Youth Excellence on Stage) Academy, a workshop sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and American Voices, a non-profit organization. The objective was forming a bridge between American and Thai cultures through the power of art and music. Culpepper worked with students from many different countries of Southeast Asia, providing training in American musical theatre such as West Side Story, South Pacific, and even Lady Gaga! Culpepper has worked with American Voices since its establishment in 1993.

A composition for solo marimba titles “Six Elegies Dancing” by Professor and Department Chair Jennifer Stasack was performed by Garrett Lanzet at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Professor Neil Lerner was elected to a second term as secretary of the Society for American Music. He also presented a lecture on early video game music at Duke University titled “Listening to Mario: Exploring the Early Cinema Hypothesis in Donkey Kong (1981) and Super Mario Bros. (1985)” for the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Audiovisualities Working Group. Lerner argued for the significance of these game scores in the development of a modular musical structure that would become normative in future games.

Thatcher Professor Lance Stell has been appointed to a three-year term on the ethics committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing.

Political Science
Associate Professor Russell Crandall has been elected by the Council on Foreign Relations to a lifetime membership. He has also recently published an essay, presented a lecture, and served as a panelist. “Irreconcilable Differences,” a review of the 1961 Bay of Pigs episode, appeared in the journal Survival: Global Politics & Strategy. Crandall also gave a lecture titled “Obama y las Americas” at the Universidad Católica San Pablo in Arequipa, Peru, and served as a panelist at the University of Miami’s annual conference on Latin America.

Assistant Professor Jessica Good published two articles with colleagues from Rutgers University and Yale. “The Gender Role Motivation Model of Women’s Sexually Submissive Behavior and Satisfaction in Heterosexual Couples” appeared in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The article concerns research demonstrating that women’s externally motivated submissive behavior predicts lower sexual satisfaction for both women and their male partners. “When Do We Confront? Perceptions of Costs and Benefits Predict Confronting Discrimination on Behalf of the Self and Others” appeared in Psychology of Women Quarterly. This article fits into larger scholarship on the psychological determinants of confrontation by directly comparing confrontations of sexism both when it is experienced and when it is observed.

Professor Kristi Multhaup and colleague Mark Faust from UNC Charlotte have received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of specialized video games on older adults’ cognitive performance. The pilot data for the grant was part of the senior thesis projects of Kelly Giles Balz ’09 and Zehra Jaffri ’11. The project will provide two or three recent graduates with one or two years of full-time research experience, and provide numerous Davidson students with hands-on work in data collection and scoring. On a second line of research Multhaup and Faust also copresented a poster with Nadia Brasher ’12 at the Cognitive Aging Conference that explores older and younger adults’ abilities to ignore distracting information.

Professor Mark Smith and Associate Professor Scott Tonidandel received a fiveyear, $1.38-million award from the National Institutes of Health. The project, titled “Social Influences on Drug-Seeking Behavior” and funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will study how individuals select peers on the basis of shared drug use histories, and examine how modeling and imitation influence drug consumption. In addition, Smith published an article titled “Peer Influences on Drug Self-Administration: Social Facilitation and Social Inhibition of Cocaine Intake” in the journal Psychopharmacology. The paper describes how social factors such as modeling and imitation influence drug use within peer groups.

Professor Trent Foley presented a paper titled “God’s Friend or Enemy: King Edwin the Foot Dragger” at the International Medieval Congress. The paper concerns findings of Foley’s sabbatical project on the Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People. This eighth-century work tells most of what is known about the origins of the English people and its church. In the preface to this work, Bede advises readers to imitate the good deeds of History’s good characters and to shun the wicked deeds of evil characters. Foley’s paper addresses the problem of how Bede meant readers to follow this advice when considering King Edwin, who is portrayed sometimes as good and sometimes as not good.

At the meeting of the Scriptural Reasoning Group during the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) Mid-Atlantic Conference, Visiting Assistant Professor Rizwan Zamir was a panelist and a presenter on the theme of idolatry, multiculturalism and pluralism within the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures. At the southeast regional meeting of the academy, Zamir presented a paper on the proper Islamic etiquette for a robust communal life according to the 20thcentury Indian Sufi-Scholar Maulana Thanvi. Zamir now co-chairs the Study of Islam section of the AAR Southeast.

The British Sociological Association has presented its 2012 Sage Prize for Innovation/ Excellence to an article coauthored by Associate Professor and Department Chair Gayle Kaufman. Titled “‘We Both Need to Work’: Maternal Employment, Childcare, and Health Care in Britain and the U.S.A.,” the article highlights the higher rates of maternal part-time work among women in the U.K., and American women’s greater need to work full-time in order to acquire health insurance. Kaufman has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for work in the U.K. for her upcoming 2012–13 sabbatical.

King Associate Professor Gerardo Marti spoke about contemporary race relations at a symposium on “The New Evangelical Social Engagement” hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University. He also presented research on music and worship in racially diverse congregations as the invited plenary speaker at the annual meetings of the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature and American School of Oriental Research in Portland, Ore.

Assistant Professor Jessica Taft has been awarded a research grant from the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. The grant is titled “Social Movements and the Meaning of Childhood: Intergenerational Collaboration in the Peruvian Working Children’s Movement.” Spanish Associate Professor Kyra Kietrys and Kristen Eshleman, director of instructional technology and media production, co-organized
“THATCamp Piedmont” at Davidson. This one-day “un-conference” in The Humanities And Technology was an opportunity for area professors, librarians, and instructional technologists to discuss digital studies and digital pedagogy. Because of the success of the event, it is likely that THATC amp Piedmont will become an annual event.

Associate Professor Sharon Green published an article titled “The Defenders: Theatres Are Shedding Light on Bullying’s Devastating Effects—and Giving Kids Tools for Coping” in the journal American Theatre. The article chronicles theatre productions and educational programs around the country that address issues of bullying.


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