Faculty News

Jerry Adams (Science and Mathematics)


Jennifer Ailles (English)


Stephen Asma’s (HHSS)


Rojhat Avsar (HHSS)


George Bailey (English)


Anne Becker (Education)


Suzanne Blum Malley (English)


Susan Budde’s (Education)


CM Burroughs (English)


Marcelo Caplan (Science and Mathematics)


Andrew Causey (HHSS)


Madhurima Chakraborty (English)


Peter S. Cook (ASL)


Wilfredo Cruz (HHSS)


Ken Daley (English)


D. Denenge Akpem (HHSS)


Jim DeRogatis (English)


Lisa DiFranza (First-Year Seminar)


Dave Dolak (Science and Mathematics)


James Falzone (First-Year Seminar)


Jill Forshee (HHSS)


Angela Fowler (Education)


Stephanie Frank (HHSS)


Rami Gabriel (HHSS)


Ann Hetzel Gunkel (HHSS)


Karen Haigh (Education)


Robert Hanserd (HHSS)


Ann Hanson (Science and Mathematics)


Ames Hawkins (English)


Deborah H. Holdstein (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)


Allan Johnston (English)


Aviya Kushner (English)


David Lazar (English)


Weihua Li (Science and Mathematics)


Timothy McCaskey (Science and Mathematics)


Matthew Kilian McCurrie (English)


Adam McOmber (English)


Nita Meola (English)


Heather Minges Wols (Science and Mathematics)


RoseAnna Mueller (HHSS)


Tanya Mushinsky (HHSS)


Luis Nasser (Science and Mathematics)


Carol Ng-He (HHSS)


Sarah Odishoo (English)


Karen Lee Osborne (English)


Dominic Pacyga (HHSS)


Neil Pagano (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)


Samuel Park (English)


Mary Pat Garr (Education)


Teresa Prados-Torreira (HHSS)


Constantin Rasinariu (Science and Mathematics)


Brendan Riley (English)


Michael Robbins (English)


Carol Lloyd Rozansky (Education)


K. Crom Saunders (ASL-English Interpretation)


Suzanne Scanlon (English)


Christopher Shaw (Science and Mathematics)


Louis Silverstein (HHSS)


Fereshteh Toosi (First-Year Seminar)


Tony Trigilio (English)


David Trinidad (English)


James Van Manen (ASL-English Interpretation)


Stan West (English, First-Year Seminar)


Michelle Yates (HHSS)


Miranda Zent (First-Year Seminar)

Jerry Adams (Science and Mathematics)

Jerry Adams (Science and Mathematics) co-presented “Why Do Students Fail? A Students’ Perspective” at the Pearson Cite 2013 Conference, held in April in Chicago. He also co-presented the paper at the 2013 North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, also held in Chicago in April, and at the annual meeting of the American Association of University Administrators, held in May at Delaware Valley College.


Jennifer Ailles (English)

Jennifer Ailles (English) presented her paper, “‘Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love’: Sovereign Affect in Romeo and Juliet,” as part of a seminar on Sexuality and Sovereignty in Early Modern Drama at the annual Shakespeare Association of America meeting, held in Toronto in March. Ailles also wrote “Is there an app for that?”: Mobile Shakespeare on the Phone and in the Cloud,” a chapter in OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation.


Stephen Asma’s (HHSS)

Stephen Asma’s (HHSS) latest book, Against Fairness, his seventh, was released by the University of Chicago Press in November. Days after the release of the book, Dr. Asma published an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “In Defense of Favoritism,” which was adapted from his book. Reviews of Against Fairness appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal. In January, Dr. Asma wrote an article, “The Myth of Universal Love,” for The New York Times “Opinionator,” the paper’s online commentary blog section. In February, his long-form essay, “Animal Spirits,” was published in Aeon Magazine.


Rojhat Avsar (HHSS)

Rojhat Avsar (HHSS) presented his paper, “Rawlsian defense of the Individual Mandate: ‘Collective asset’ approach,” at the Eastern Economic Association Conference, held in New York City in May. The paper focused on the debate over the constitutionality of the new health care law, The Affordable Care Act.


George Bailey (English)

George Bailey (English) led numerous, well-attended discussions during the academic year on music documentaries as part of a series titled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” at the Oak Park Public Library.


Anne Becker (Education)

Anne Becker (Education), the current president of the Illinois Art Education Association, was quoted in a story in Medill Reports, a publication of Northwestern University, about Chicago Public Schools’ Arts Education Plan. The plan will integrate arts training into the CPS curriculum.


Suzanne Blum Malley (English)

Suzanne Blum Malley (English) presented her paper, “Negotiating Multiple Languages and Literacies in a Globally-Networked Learning Environment,” at the 2012 Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. The conference, “Economies of Writing,” was held in Louisville, Kentucky, in October. In March, she presented “Translanguaging in a Globally-networked Learning Environment” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held in Las Vegas. Additionally, Blum Malley coauthored a book chapter, “Multilingual Literacy Landscapes,” which appeared in Stories that Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.


Susan Budde’s (Education)

Susan Budde’s (Education) article, “Parents’Rights from a Former Head Start Parent’s Perspective,” was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Exchange.


CM Burroughs (English)

CM Burroughs (English) attended the Virginia Festival of the Book, held in Charlottesville, Virgina, in March, where she read from her first book, The Vital System (Tupelo Press, October, 2012).


Marcelo Caplan (Science and Mathematics)

Marcelo Caplan (Science and Mathematics) attended the 8th Annual Illinois Community Schools Forum, Creating a Community Vision for Our Children’s Success, in October, where he was named a Community School Leadership Award Winner by the Federation for Community Schools. In March, Caplan presented the abstracts “Junior Research Scientists—Preparing the STEM Workforce” and  Scientists for Tomorrow—An informal STEM initiative,” as well as a workshop,  STEM Family Day for Parents and Children,” at the 75th International Technology and Engineering Education Association conference, held in Columbus, Ohio.


Andrew Causey (HHSS)

Andrew Causey (HHSS) presented his paper “Painting What I See, in Order to See” at the 111th Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, California, in November. Causey also coedited a special issue of Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies (Volume 26, Issue 3) about researchers as tourists and travelers. His article, “Travel to a Place both Sad and Cute,” appeared in that issue of the journal.


Madhurima Chakraborty (English)

Madhurima Chakraborty (English) presented “Where is the Diaspora? The Search for Fixity in Transnational Indian Fiction” at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting, held in Toronto in April.


Peter S. Cook (ASL)

Peter S. Cook (ASL) was mentioned in an entry in the fourth edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, a comprehensive reference book for poets, scholars, and students that provides information about all aspects of poetry. Cook is cited in the section defining “American Sign Language Poetry,” and his work with the Flying Words Project is referenced as an example of the genre. Cook’s lecture and performance, “Performance Narrative in Storytelling,” delivered as part of the Fall 2012 LAS Dean’s Lecture, aired in November on Chicago Access Network Television.


Wilfredo Cruz (HHSS)

Wilfredo Cruz (HHSS) was awarded a Fall 2012 Columbia College Chicago Faculty Development Committee Award. He used the award during his Spring 2013 sabbatical to work on a photographic history of Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. In January, he was quoted in “Charges of disorderly conduct—against the policy,” in The Chicago Reporter.


Ken Daley (English)

Ken Daley’s (English) essay, “Pater’s Books and the Collected Works Digital Archive,” was published in Issue 61/62 (Spring/Fall 2012) of The Pater Newsletter.


D. Denenge Akpem (HHSS)

D. Denenge Akpem (HHSS) was interviewed in November for the blog  KenyaBenyaGurl” about afro-futurism and her class “Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation.”


Jim DeRogatis (English)

Jim DeRogatis (English) wrote an entry on his WBEZ.org blog, “Pop N Stuff,” paying tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, who died in April. In his piece, “Roger Ebert: Intellectual Hero, Critical Inspiration, Colleague, and Friend,” DeRogatis writes that “my teaching ‘Reviewing the Arts’ at Columbia College was in part an effort to pass along the things I’d learned from him about writing insightfully but accessibly about art.”


Lisa DiFranza (First-Year Seminar)

Lisa DiFranza (First-Year Seminar) presented as part of a seminar at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning. Her talk, “The Living News: Fusing Theater and Journalism to Examine Homelessness in Chicago,” examined her project, THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER. In July, DiFranza was awarded a 2013 Individual Artists Program grant from Chicago’s Cultural Grants Program, which is administered by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The $2,000 award will go toward a spring, 2014 THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER event.


Dave Dolak (Science and Mathematics)

Dave Dolak (Science and Mathematics) led the Mazon Creek Fossil Tour in the summer of 2012 for the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. In March, Dolak was the subject of a story in the Chicago Sun-Times. In the story, “‘Luthier’ is Region’s Renaissance Man,” Dolak talks about his work as a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments).


James Falzone (First-Year Seminar)

James Falzone’s (First-Year Seminar) choral piece, “How Can Barren Be So Beautiful,” premiered in January at Cornell College in Iowa. Falzone toured the east coast in March with his jazz quartet KLANG, receiving critical acclaim from the Boston Phoenix, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. In April, Falzone was featured in an article published in the Chicago Tribune. The story, “Can six clarinets make beautiful jazz together?” profiles Falzone’s most recent musical project Renga Ensemble. During the months of May and June, Falzone served as a visiting professor/artist at Deep Springs College.


Jill Forshee (HHSS)

Jill Forshee (HHSS) began a three-year position with the Fulbright Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she will serve on selection committees and advisory panels for international scholarships. Forshee is also working on a collaborative project with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, which will culminate in an exhibition in 2014 about the cultures and arts of Timor Island, Indonesia.


Angela Fowler (Education)

Angela Fowler (Education) coauthored an article, “Valuing Children’s Right to Time,” that appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Exchange.


Stephanie Frank (HHSS)

Stephanie Frank (HHSS) presented her paper, “Debt as Guilt: Blumenberg and Schmitt’s Shared Horizon of Historical Inquiry,” at a conference titled, “Radical Secularization?” The conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium, in September.


Rami Gabriel (HHSS)

Rami Gabriel ’s (HHSS) band, Swing Hakim, which blends traditional jazz, delta blues, and classical Middle Eastern music, had its self-titled, debut record reviewed in the fall on ChicagoJazz.com. Dr. Gabriel plays the oud and lead guitar in Swing Hakim, while Stephen Asma (HHSS) plays rhythm and slide guitar. Dr. Gabriel’s book, Why I Buy: Self, Taste, and Consumer Society in America, was published in April by Intellect Ltd.


Ann Hetzel Gunkel (HHSS)

Ann Hetzel Gunkel’s (HHSS) article, “Global Gorale and Postmodern Polskosc: Polish Roots Music and the Post-Communist Recovery of Folk,” appeared in The Polish Diaspora in America and the Wider World, as well as in The Polish Review (Vol. 57. No. 4). In the fall, Dr. Gunkel was part of an international team of academics awarded the Harmonia Research Grant from Polish National Science Center. The team’s research project was titled, “Negocjowanie rożnic kulturowych werze komunikacji cyfrowej” (“Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era”). In the spring, Dr. Gunkel was named to the Editorial Board of Ad Americam: Journal of American Studies.


Karen Haigh (Education)

Karen Haigh (Education) presented in October at the International Step by Step Association and Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training Conference, held in Opatia, Croatia. Haigh co-presented “Project RELAY (Reflective Learning in Action),” which is an innovative professional development initiative for educational leaders in Chicago Head Start programs. In March, she presented on a panel, “Ingredients of High-Quality School Readiness Programs,” at the Early Childhood Education for the Future symposium, held at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


Robert Hanserd (HHSS)

Robert Hanserd (HHSS) was interviewed in November by Chicago Talks for an article titled, “African American and Male: Issues and Opinions.” Chicago Talks is a nonprofit news Web site that publishes content created primarily by citizen journalists.


Ann Hanson (Science and Mathematics)

Ann Hanson (Science and Mathematics) represented the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, of which she is the executive director, at the Regional Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, held in Chicago in November. In January, she gave two presentations at the Joint Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, held in San Diego, California. Her presentation, “Learn by Doing,” demonstrated how activities can be used in a math classroom to increase student comprehension, while “Math/Art Course” focused on finding the connections between mathematics and art in the classroom.


Ames Hawkins (English)

Ames Hawkins (English) co-presented “Beauty(ful) Changes: Art Activism and the Making of Beauty as Democratic Power” at the annual Foundations in Art: Theory and Education conference, held in Savannah, Georgia, in April. The collaborative presentation, which she delivered with Joan Giroux (Art and Design), introduced the co-taught, interdisciplinary, and co-developed course “Art and Activism Studio Project.” Dr. Hawkins was also the curator and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Collection.


Deborah H. Holdstein (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Deborah H. Holdstein (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences) was appointed in the fall to the editorial board of Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, the prestigious monograph series in rhetoric and composition studies. Dean Holdstein also coedited The WPA Outcomes Statement—A Decade Later (Parlor Press, September, 2012). In November, she was a panelist in a session titled “The Institutional Self-Evaluation Process and the Dean” and also participated in a meeting as a member of the Committee on Private Colleges at the annual conference of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. In January, the Dean attended the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, held in Boston, where she moderated a session on  Rhetoric and the Virtues” and was a panelist in a session titled “How I Have Changed My Mind as a Scholar-Teacher of Writing.” In March, she presented her paper, “The Greatest Generation: The Example of David Bleich,” at the annual meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Her new book, coauthored with Danielle Aquiline (MFA’06), is titled Who Says? and is in press with Oxford University Press.


Allan Johnston (English)

Allan Johnston's (English) new book of poems, Departures, was published in March by Finishing Line Press. In April, he was interviewed about his book on KDVS radio, based in Davis, California, and he presented a poster session, “Poetics, Performance, and Politics,” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference, held in Chicago. Two of his poems, “Matilde” and “Wild Solo,” were published in The Bacon Review in May.


Aviya Kushner (English)

Aviya Kushner (English) moderated two panels at the American Literary Translators Association Conference, held in Rochester, New York, in October. The panels were, “The Translator’s Preface: Why It Matters and How to Make It Count,” and “Editors Discuss The Latest in Positioning and Promoting Translation,” which included the editors of The Iowa Review, A Public Space, Anomalous Press, and the “InTranslation” column of The Brooklyn Rail. Kushner’s poem, “Eighties Music,” also appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of The Crab Orchard Review.


David Lazar (English)

David Lazar (English) was selected to judge the 2012 Guild Literary Complex Prose Awards in nonfiction and fiction. Lazar edited the anthology Essaying the Essay, which was published this spring by Welcome Table Press. His new book of essays, Occasional Desire, will be published this fall by the University of Nebraska Press. At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, held in March in Boston, he organized and moderated a panel, “Essaying the Essay.”


Weihua Li (Science and Mathematics)

Weihua Li (Science and Mathematics) coauthored two papers that were accepted for publication in two peer-reviewed journals. The first paper, “MF-traces and a Lower Bound for the Topological Free Entropy Dimension in Unital C*-algebras,” will be published in the Journal of Operator Theory. The second paper, “Topological Free Entropy Dimension for Approximately Divisible C*-algebras,” will be published in the Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.


Timothy McCaskey (Science and Mathematics)

Timothy McCaskey (Science and Mathematics) presented “Using Student Notecards as an Epistemological Lens” in August of 2012 at the Physics Education Research Conference, held in Philadelphia and in conjunction with the meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.


Matthew Kilian McCurrie (English)

Matthew Kilian McCurrie (English) presented “Using Dialogical Theory to Imagine Possibilities for Practice” at the 2012 meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English meeting, held in November in Las Vegas. Dr. McCurrie chaired the panel, “Transactional Theory and the Arts: Igniting Aesthetic Writing Experiences,” at the same event. At the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s annual meeting in March, Dr. McCurrie co-presented on a panel titled “Expanding Our Definitions of 21st Century Writing Instruction: Online Conferencing, Academic Service Learning, and Writing/Education." His article, “Determining the Limits of the Rhetoric of Apology: The Sexual Abuse Crisis in Ireland’s Catholic Church,” was published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.


Adam McOmber (English)

Adam McOmber’s (English) book, The White Forest, was published in September by Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster. His book was selected by Simon & Schuster as the September pick for Same Page, the publisher’s employee book club. A few days before his book was published, McOmber was featured in a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.


Nita Meola (English)

Nita Meola (English) co-chaired the 2012 Great Lakes Region College Reading and Learning Association Regional Conference, “Forward Thinking in College Reading and Learning: Transcending the Past.” The conference was held at Columbia College Chicago in October.


Heather Minges Wols (Science and Mathematics)

Heather Minges Wols (Science and Mathematics) was selected as a recipient of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grant, allowing her to attend IMMUNOLOGY 2013, the AAI annual meeting, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in May. While there she presented her poster, “Metabolic strategies used by long-lived bone marrow plasma cells.”


RoseAnna Mueller (HHSS)

RoseAnna Mueller (HHSS) published book reviews of Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives and Migrating Words: Italian Writers in the United States in the 2012 issue of the journal Annali d’Italianistica. Dr. Mueller traveled to Ankara, Turkey, in April, where she delivered a talk at Bilkent University: “Women Narrating Latin American Women’s Lives.”


Tanya Mushinsky (HHSS)

Tanya Mushinsky (HHSS) presented a paper in March at the University of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Annual Conference of the French and Italian Graduate Society. Her presentation, “La Fonction morale du silence lie au traumatismepercu par le narrateur et par les victimes dans La Reprise de Robbe-Grillet,” was part of the panel “Silent Crimes,” which discussed a novel by French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet.


Luis Nasser (Science and Mathematics)

Luis Nasser (Science and Mathematics) participated in the Noyce Science Seminar Lectures, held at Chicago State University in April, and lectured on “Physics for Filmmakers: Physics as a Powerful Tool for Visual Storytelling.” Dr. Nasser also spoke at the Evanston Public Library in April through a program called Playing with Science. “The Massive Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4649 From the Perspective of Extended Gravity,” a paper Dr. Nasser coauthored, was published in The Astrophysical Journal (Volume 768, Number 2). Another coauthored paper, "An Alternative Formulation of the Magnetostatic Boundary Value Problem," was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physics.


Carol Ng-He (HHSS)

Carol Ng-He (HHSS) was named the 2012 Illinois Museum Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). In a press release distributed by the IAEA, Ng-He was praised for her commitment to visual art education, as well as for her wider contributions to the Northeastern Illinois region.


Sarah Odishoo (English)

Sarah Odishoo's (English) nonfiction article, “Eating Angels,” appeared in the December 2012 issue of The Montreal Review. Odishoo won the Zone 3 Nonfiction Award for her essay “Eat Me: Instructions from the Unseen,” which was published in the Spring 2012 issue of Zone 3.


Karen Lee Osborne (English)

Karen Lee Osborne’s (English) story, “Brute Force,” appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Bloom, a nonprofit publication that supports the work of LGBT writers.


Dominic Pacyga (HHSS)

Dominic Pacyga (HHSS) was interviewed in August of 2012 by Richard Steele of Chicago’s WBEZ radio station for its “Race: Out Loud” series. In December, Dr. Pacyga was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune for a story, “Small- Town Church Built with Pieces from Chicago Parishes.” In March, Dr. Pacyga was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholar Grant for 2013-14. He will spend the academic year teaching in Krakow, Poland, at Jagiellonian University.


Neil Pagano (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Neil Pagano (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences) served as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in October. He was part of a team that visited a university in south-eastern Ohio as part of that institution’s comprehensive, ten-year reaccreditation with the HLC. In November, Dr. Pagano attended the annual conference of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, where he was a panelist discussing the Columbia College Chicago Honors Program: “Implementing an Honors Program: Rationales, Logistics, and Challenges.”


Samuel Park (English)

Samuel Park (English) read from his novel, This Burns My Heart (Simon & Schuster, July, 2011) in the fall at New York University and at the Brooklyn Book Festival. In March, Dr. Park participated in a panel titled “Master of None: Surviving and Thriving without an MFA” at the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Boston. In the summer of 2012, he was the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference.


Mary Pat Garr (Education)

Mary Pat Garr (Education) returned to Columbia from a recent sabbatical. During the first half, Garr traveled to South America to expand her background in Spanish and Latin America studies. The second phase of her sabbatical was spent laying the groundwork for writing her memoirs: She read several books on the genre and participated in the Bear River Writers’ Conference in Petoskey, Michigan, hosted by the University of Michigan’s Department of English. Professor Garr retired in 2012.


Teresa Prados-Torreira (HHSS)

Teresa Prados-Torreira (HHSS) was part of the panel, “Cartooning, Caricature, and the Imperial Grotesque” at the American Studies Association meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November. Her review of Michele Reid-Vazquez’s The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World was published in the December 2012 issue of The American Historical Review.


Constantin Rasinariu (Science and Mathematics)

Constantin Rasinariu’s (Science and Mathematics) paper was accepted for publication in Progress in Physics. The paper, “Shape Invariance in Phase Space,” appeared online last summer. Dr. Rasinariu also co-wrote a paper on supersymmetric quantum mechanics that was published in Symmetry (Volume 4, issue 3). Titled “Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Solvable Models,” it reviews several important results Dr. Rasinariu and his coauthors discovered in the field of supersymmetric quantum mechanics. In March, Dr. Rasinariu delivered a talk, “Shape Invariance in Deformation Quantization,” at the American Physical Society Meeting, held in Baltimore.


Brendan Riley (English)

Brendan Riley (English) gave a lecture in October at Southwestern Michigan College. In his lecture, “Zombies and You: Why You Should Care about the Living Dead,” he discussed the history of zombies and the role they fill in popular media. In November, Dr. Riley performed in “Meeting of the Minds XVIII” at Centuries & Sleuths, a bookstore in Forest Park, Illinois. In it, he portrayed Dashiell Hammett, writer of hardboiled detective novels, short stories, and screenplays.


Michael Robbins (English)

Michael Robbins’ (English) book, Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, March, 2012) was chosen by The New York Times (Holiday Gift Guide), Slate, Commonweal, Complex, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn for each of their best of 2012 lists. Alien vs. Predator was reviewed in January in The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review section. His book was also named an Editor’s Choice in The Times. Greil Marcus, a prominent author, music journalist, and cultural critic, wrote about Alien vs. Predator in the February issue of The Believer. In April, Robbins’ poem, “Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globen,” appeared in The New Yorker.


Carol Lloyd Rozansky (Education)

Carol Lloyd Rozansky (Education) was quoted in a story that appeared in Medill Reports, a publication of Northwestern University, about Chicago Public Schools’ Arts Education Plan. The story, “CPS Arts Education Plan moves forward for December debut,” was published in November. In January, Dr. Rozansky presented “From Reading to Writing: Helping Students Comprehend Challenging Texts,” as part of the Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


K. Crom Saunders (ASL-English Interpretation)

K. Crom Saunders ’ (ASL-English Interpretation) performed his comedy show Cromania! in September at Kalamazoo Community College. In April, Saunders’ paper, “The De-Globalization of World Sign Languages,” was accepted for the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, which will take place in January of 2014 in Chicago.


Suzanne Scanlon (English)

Suzanne Scanlon’s (English) first book, Promising Young Women, was published in October by Dorothy, “a publishing project that is dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women,” according to its Web site. In December, an excerpt of Scanlon’s novel was featured on thenervousbreakdown.com.


Christopher Shaw (Science and Mathematics)

Christopher Shaw (Science and Mathematics) presented preliminary work at the annual joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, held in San Diego in January. His paper, “Voting Alliances: Using Politics to Motivate Combinatorial Counting,” was discussed in the session “Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students.”


Louis Silverstein (HHSS)

Louis Silverstein (HHSS) presented his paper, “Encountering Life’s Endings,” at the Association for Development of Philosophy Teaching’s Fall 2012 Conference, “Wisdom for the Final Stages of Life,” held in Chicago in October. In January, Dr. Silverstein presented an interactive lecture on “Ethical Spirituality” and led a workshop on “Experiential Consciousness Transformation” at a gathering of spiritual and social activists in Escondido, California.


Fereshteh Toosi (First-Year Seminar)

Fereshteh Toosi (First-Year Seminar) presented her paper, “Students explore the role of culture and dialogue as an agent for change,” at the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education conference in April in Savannah, Georgia. In May, Toosi was mentioned in the Chicago Reader’s weekly “Zoom in: the Loop,” section. The story is about a temporary art installation in the Papermaker’s Garden, located at 8th and Wabash, which Toosi and a group of students created during a weekend workshop in April.


Tony Trigilio (English)

Tony Trigilio (English) was quoted in a story titled “Chicago X-files: Center studies UFOs” that appeared in RedEye, a free daily newspaper in Chicago. Published in March, the story is about the Chicago-based Center for UFO Studies. Trigilio traveled in March to Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where he read excerpts from his newest books, White Noise (Apostrophe Books, June, 2013) and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX Books, December, 2010). Trigilio also spoke to a Carlow University poetry class about Historic Diary and the genre of the documentary/historical poem.


David Trinidad (English)

David Trinidad’s (English) poem, “from Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera, Season Two, 1965-1966,” was selected to appear in the 2013 edition of The Best American Poetry. The poem is from his new book, Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera. Both are due out this fall. In October, Trinidad was a featured speaker at the Sylvia Plath Symposium, held at Indiana University. The symposium commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Plath’s Ariel collection and its “October Poems” of 1962 that brought her fame. Trinidad gave a talk, “Biographical References in Sylvia Plath’s October Poems,” and also participated on two panels, one on archival research, and the other on poetic influence.


James Van Manen (ASL-English Interpretation)

James Van Manen’s (ASL-English Interpretation) book, Ann Silver: One Way, Deaf Way, was published during the summer of 2012 by Empyreal Press. Dr. Van Manen’s book is a biography of Ann Silver, a pioneer in the Deaf Art Movement, told through her art, which fuses Deaf Studies scholarship and sociopolitical philosophy into works of art ranging from poster art and drawings to graphics and logos. In October, Dr. Van Manen gave a lecture and hosted a discussion on Silver’s life and art at the Seattle Public Library.


Stan West (English, First-Year Seminar)

Stan West (English, First-Year Seminar) was a panelist on “Teaching Race, Gender and the Media” for the Commission on the Status of Minorities at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, held in August of 2012 in Chicago. In March, West facilitated a Scholastic Press Association of Chicago panel at Roosevelt University, “The Teen Journalist: Investigating Chicago’s Violence Epidemic.” West’s tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, “Ebert was an ally for African American filmmakers,” was published in April in the Wednesday Journal.


Michelle Yates (HHSS)

Michelle Yates (HHSS) participated in a poster session called “Best Course Ever” at the American Studies Association conference, held in November in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her presentation was titled, “Objects and Everyday Life: Garbage, Junk, and Refuse.” Dr. Yates also presented her paper, “’Stay the Course’: Consumerism, Environmentalism, and WALL-E’s Edenic Recovery Narrative,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, held in Chicago in March.


Miranda Zent (First-Year Seminar)

Miranda Zent (First-Year Seminar), a guitarist and folk singer, performed in April at the annual Fay Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology, hosted by Texas A&M University. The conference focuses on therapeutic applications of the arts.