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Faculty

At SVSU, we believe faculty can have the best of both worlds: being able to teach, have meaningful interaction with students, and the support to conduct and present research. Each month faculty work is published in the internal faculty/staff newsletter, the "Interior". See what's new:

January 2011

  • Mohammad Saad Alam, assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering,delivered a keynote lecture on “Technical Challenges in the Integration of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles with the Smart Grid” at the Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Aligarh, India, Nov. 27-28.

  • Cyrus Aryana, associate professor of mathematical sciences, presented a paper titled “A Direct Calculation of the Vector of Riemann Constants Delta Corresponding to the Marked Doubles of Genus Greater than or Equal to One” at the National Joint Mathematics Meetings, American Mathematical Society Sessions, New Orleans, La., Jan. 9.

  • Monika Dix, assistant professor of modern foreign languages, attended and presented at the Modern Language Association annual conference, titled “Motherhood Real and Imagined: Narrating Women’s Lives, Identities, and Images in Heian Japan,” in Los Angeles, Jan. 6-9.

  • Myra Fall, assistant professor of teacher education – elementary/special education, published an article titled “Childhood Obesity What We Can Do” in the Fall 2010 Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Journal.

  • Eric Gardner, professor of English, had his book, Unexpected Places: Relocating African American Literature, recognized as one of 2010’s Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice magazine, which is published by The American Library Association. Gardner’s book is one of only 36 titles focusing on American and/or English literature that is included in Choice magazine’s compilation of the year’s best books in more than 50 different academic fields.

  • Elaine Hunyadi, assistant director of the Saginaw Bay Writing Project, and Helen Raica-Klotz, lecturer of English/Writing Center coordinator, presented “Transitional Conversations: Connecting Writing in High School and College” at the National Writing Project annual conference, Nov. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla. Also, Raica-Klotz presented “Harboring No Doubts: Cross Collaboration and Creation of a Developmental Writing Tutoring Program” at the International Writing Centers Association Conference, Nov. 4-6 in Baltimore, Md.

  • Tai-Chi Lee, professor of computer science, had a paper titled “An Implementation of Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems” accepted for publication by the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics & Computing, Academic Publications.

  • Stephen Taber, associate professor of biology, was selected by The San Antonio Conservation Society to receive an award for his 2009 book, Plants of Central Texas Wetlands, which illustrates and describes several hundred species of plants that Taber and his coauthor Scott B. Fleenor (The University of Texas at Austin) encountered during their study of a relict swamp in central Texas.

  • Richard Trdan, professor of biology, and Sally Shepardson, assistant professor of biology, are co-authors of a paper titled “Novel Protein Genes in Animal mtDNA: A New Sex Determination System in Freshwater Mussels (Bivalvia:Unionoida),” which appeared in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Other contributors included Sophie Breton, Andrew Ruminas, Helen Piontkivska, and SVSU biology alumnus Walter Hoeh (Kent State University); Donald Stewart (Acadia University); Arthur Bogan (North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences); and Eric Chapman, (University of Kentucky).

  • Matthew Zivich, professor of art, had a painting titled “The Martinique Inn” (1985, oil on canvas) accepted for showing at the University of Michigan’s Work.Detroit gallery in Detroit. The show, titled “Trains of Thought,” was concerned with the portrayal of railroads, locomotives and all the implications of this form of transportation. Artists from the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas were invited to submit works.

Those Who Changed Us

Throughout our lives, we recall those teachers who had an impact on us. Here, alumni and students share thoughts on SVSU faculty who changed their lives.

Faculty Member
Nameeta Mathur

Nameeta Mathur

"Living up to high expectations is infectious once you start meeting them. Her teaching fundamentally transformed the way I analyzed the world."

-- described Aaron Crossen, 2008, B.A., history/communication. He is a marketing and sales coordinator for Cech Corp. in Saginaw.

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