Faculty: Fall 2012


Assistant Professor Tyler Starr had a solo exhibition with an accompanying catalog at York College of Pennsylvania. For the closing, he gave an artist’s talk and demonstrated traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques. Two of his pieces were purchased for York’s permanent collection. In addition, the University of Iowa Museum of Art accepted one of his works into its permanent collection.

Associate Professor Karen Bernd was named chair of the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination, a committee on which she has served for five years. As chair, she will coordinate writing and revising the GRE subject tests used for admittance to graduate programs in the biological sciences.

Professor and Martin Program Director of Genomics Malcolm Campbell was the keynote speaker at a workshop for new undergraduate faculty at California State University- Fullerton. In addition, he led a workshop to overhaul the STEM curriculum at Asheville School, and he coauthored a synthetic biology research paper with Associate Professor of Mathematics Laurie Heyer and 18 students in the journal Interdisciplinary Bio Central.

Associate Professor and Department Chair Keyne Cheshire recently delivered two invited lectures that married his experience as a beekeeper and his interest in classical literature. “Beekeeping: Old and New,” delivered at the annual convention of the National Junior Classical League at Wake Forest University, focused on fundamental differences in the philosophy and practice behind ancient and modern beekeeping. The Yiasou Greek Festival in Charlotte was the venue for his second talk, “The Symbology of the Honeybee in Ancient Greek Culture.” That talk traced how the ancient Greeks’ changing relationship with the honeybee corresponded with the insect’s development as a moral, political, and poetic symbol.

W.R. Grey Professor of Classics and History Peter Krentz spent the summer on a ship with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. Krentz taught one course on ethics in archaeology and another on Homer and the Trojan War while sailing across the Atlantic, around the Mediterranean, and back. His students read The Iliad on the way to Troy and The Odyssey on the way home.

Professor Jeanne Neumann participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities research collaboration on “Roman Comedy in Performance.” The results of that scholarly and performative enterprise can be viewed on YouTube. She later participated in a panel at UNC discussing the NEH project. Neumann also led a workshop at the National Junior Classical League convention about integrating oral Latin into class instruction, and collaborated at the convention with a Wake Forest University colleague to present a workshop on Roman comedy.

Assistant Professor Darian Totten has published an edited volume, “Making Roman Places, Past and Present,” as part of the Journal of Roman Archaeology supplement series. Totten also organized at Davidson a digital humanities event, bringing two colleagues from Stanford University to campus to present their research on the 18th century Italian Grand Tour.

Professor Michael Toumazou led his ongoing archaeological project in Athienou, Cyprus. The project was featured in the Cyprus Weekly, and Toumazou presented preliminary results of the latest excavations at a workshop sponsored by the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia. Other Davidsonians participating included Professor Derek Counts ’92, staffers Kyo Koo and Diane Stirling, Clay Cofer ’99, Daniel Coslett ’05, Mackenzie Heglar ’12, Elissa Hagans ’13, and Wills Cooper ’13.

Communication Studies
Professor and Director of Oral Communication Kathie Turner spoke on “Rhetorical History for Civic Learning” at the 13th Biennial Public Address Conference at the University of Memphis. She also served as an external reviewer for the Department of Communication at Carroll University and for the Mass Communication program at Benedict College.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Education and Sociology Amanda Martinez was elected to office in the Latino/ Latina Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus at the annual conference of the National Communication Association. Martinez will serve as secretary for one year, and move up to further leadership positions over the next four years. The division promotes the study of communication issues as they concern Latina/o communities throughout the Americas, including the ways in which racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, national, and sexual identities shape Latina/o experiences.

Johnston Professor of Economics and Dean of Faculty Clark Ross continued his active involvement with Advanced Placement (AP) Economics. He led two one-week workshops for AP economics teachers, one at Davidson College and one at Millsaps College. He also gave a presentation on “Money and Monetary Policy” at the 2012 AP Annual Conference in Orlando.

Assistant Professor Hilton Kelly presented a paper titled “On Gender, Remembering & Jim Crow’s Teachers: The Hidden Transcript Within The Hidden Transcript,” at the Society for Educating Women: Fifth International Conference 2012. It concerned matters covered in his 2010 book about the silenced, omitted, and hidden aspects of gender and sexuality. In addition, Kelly co-edited a special issue on “Black Teachers Theorizing” in the journal Educational Studies.

Professor Suzanne Churchill delivered a lecture entitled “Pas de deux: Mina Loy and Alfred Stieglitz Dance Dada,” for the Dada Festival at Western Carolina University. Her lecture concerned the surprising convergence of the English poet Loy and the American photographer Stieglitz in the proto-Dada little magazine, Blind Man, which was published in New York in 1917 in association with the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists.

Associate Professor Ann Fox attended the XIX International AIDS Conference, and has made presentations at multiple conferences. These include papers at the Society for Disability Studies conference about disability in art and her experience team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on HIV/AIDS with Professor of Biology David Wessner, as well as a paper for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers on disability in Harlem Renaissance plays. Fox and Wessner jointly presented a talk on their collaboration at Appalachian State University, and Fox presented invited talks on disability in theatre and art at College of Charleston and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has published an art review of “The Joe Bonham Project” in Disability Studies Quarterly, and also contributed an essay titled “For Ill is for Good: Harriet Sanderson’s Feminist Disability Aesthetic,” to the catalog of a 25th anniversary retrospective of the work of that Seattle artist. Dana Professor Cynthia Lewis’ essay “Crazy in Love (Women and Shoes)” has been named a Notable Essay for 2010 by the editor of The Best American Essays series. This is the third of her creative nonfiction essays that has been included in this annual list since 2005.

Environmental Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies Graham Bullock delivered a presentation on “Environmental Evaluations of Companies and Products: The Role of Academia” at the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). The presentation discussed survey data showing that while consumers identify academic institutions as their most preferred source of product eco-labels and sustainability ratings, academia is one of the least likely sources of such labels and ratings. Assistant Professor Brad Johnson and a colleague from The College of St. Rose received a Purdue University PRIME Lab Seed Grant for cosmogenic exposure dating. The grant will provide funding for an ongoing project to determine the timing and cause of historic landsliding in the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

David Perry, professor of applied ethics and Director of the Vann Center for Ethics, published an op-ed essay in the Charlotte Observer on August 26. Originally titled “Beyond Akin’s Gaffe,” it was printed under the headline, “Which Party Is Extreme on Abortion? The Republicans.”

German Studies
Wall Professor and Department Chair Burkhard Henke directed the ninth annual German Summer Institute at Davidson College. Thirteen secondary school teachers from across the country attended the weeklong immersion program. Henke offered a course on communicative language teaching while his colleague, Dana Professor Scott Denham, taught a seminar on German terrorism in the 1970s. The institute was made possible by the German Federal Government.

Professor Robin Barnes was one of 30 American college and university professors who took part in a College Board Advance Placement European history research study. The program was designed to assess new curriculum guidelines for introductory college-level courses on early modern and modern European history (c. 1450–present). In a series of online meetings Barnes and fellow scholars from around the country provided feedback, suggestions, and discussion regarding proposed curricular updates.

Babcock Professor Sally McMillen and her spouse, Bruce, have made a gift to the college to establish a fund for the new Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. The fund will provide programming support and establish an annual award for a deserving student. In recognition of the couple’s generosity, the fund will be named in honor of Professor McMillen.

Associate Professor Tim Chartier has been selected by uDemy.com as one of its expert online teachers from the world’s leading universities. His nine contributions, titled “Math is Everywhere: Applications of Finite Math,” have enrolled more than 3,000 people. In addition, his coauthored textbook, Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms, was published by Princeton University Press and translated into Chinese this summer. He is also writing for the science blog of the Huffington Post.

Professor Stephen Davis and Professor Emeritus Ben Klein spent two weeks at the AP Calculus Reading, where more than 900 high school and college readers graded 360,000 AP Calculus tests. As chief reader associate, Davis coordinated the grading of 16,000 international and alternate calculus exams. Klein served as a question leader, directing the grading of a problem on the main form of the exam.

Visiting Assistant Professor Ross Fenimore presented a paper titled “Contesting the Love Song in the 1980s: Madonna Sings ‘Like a Virgin’” at the American Musicological Society’s Allegheny chapter conference. Associate Professor Tara Villa conducted three world premieres and other chamber works by living composers at the 2012 Atlantic Music Festival in Maine. She was also awarded second place for The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming.

Thatcher Professor and Director of Medical Humanities Lance Stell has been appointed to a three-year term as a regional representative to the ethics committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/ United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Professor Mario Belloni and physics major Leah Ruckle ’12 published a paper with a colleague from Pennsylvania State University in the European Journal of Physics. It described the group’s theoretical studies of the correlations between singular behaviors in quantum wells and their resulting quantum states. Ruckle, now a Ph.D. student in aeronautical engineering at Georgia Tech, was supported in the project by a Davidson Research Initiative grant.

Brown Professor Wolfgang Christian and collaborator Francisco Esquembre from the Universidad de Murcia, Spain, organized a symposium on multimedia teaching and learning of physics at the World Conference on Physics Education in Istanbul. Christian also presented a plenary lecture at the conference titled “Motivating Computational Physics Education Using Angry Birds, Rockets, and Colliding Galaxies.” It described his computational physics research at Davidson and his work for the ComPADRE National Science Digital Library.

Political Science
Associate Professor Russell Crandall gave a lecture at Gettysburg College on U.S. counterinsurgency in Central America during the 1980s. Crandall also published an essay on illegal gold mining in Peru in the foreign policy and culture magazine The American Interest.

Professor Ken Menkhaus published an article for Foreign Policy entitled “The Somali Spring” about the new government in Somalia.

Assistant Professor Jessica Good published an article in collaboration with colleagues titled “The Language of Acceptance: Spanish Proficiency and Perceived Intragroup Rejection Among Latinos” in the Journal of Cross- Cultural Psychology. The article summarizes experimental results demonstrating that inducing non-Spanish speaking Latinos to disclose their language inability results in lower likelihood of self-categorization as Latino, and less feeling of connectedness to the Latino community.

An article coauthored by Professor Kristi Multhaup, Blaire Weidler ’10, and a UNC Charlotte colleague was covered in a Wall Street Journal blog. The study presented participants with a puzzle to solve with a computer partner. The data showed that simply telling people they would later review their solutions with a researcher reduced the rate of plagiarized solutions.

An interview with R. Stuart Dickson Professor Julio Ramirez appeared on the BrainFacts.org Web site published by the Society for Neuroscience. Visit brainfacts.org/about-neuroscience/meet-the-researcher/ articles/2012/julio-ramirez/ .

An article coauthored by Associate Professor Scott Tonidandel titled “Is There Method to the Madness? Examining How Racioethnic Matching Influences Retail Store Productivity” was published in the journal Personnel Psychology. The study demonstrated that employee diversity could affect an organization’s bottom line, especially when the racio-ethnic diversity of employees more closely matches the customer base.

Professor Greg Snyder has won a Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Fellowship will support a yearlong sabbatical dedicated to a book-length study of Christianity in Rome during the second century. Snyder was also a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome this summer.

King Associate Professor and Acting Department Chair Gerardo Marti published an article in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion titled “Warrior Chicks: Youthful Aging in a Post-feminist Prosperity Discourse.” The article described how a Hollywood, Calif., church’s women’s ministry provided a particularly energizing evangelical post-feminist orientation that applied prosperity theology to the contemporary challenges of changing women’s roles.

Professor Ann Marie Costa directed a production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Associate Professor and Department Chair Sharon Green interviewed theatre professionals whose companies are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. Her findings were published in an article titled “The Defenders: Theatres Are Shedding Light on Bullying’s Devastating Effects and Giving Kids Tools for Coping,” which appeared in the journal The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.


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