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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:

November 2010

  • Mohammad Saad Alam, assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering, led students on a field trip to the Solar Discovery Center at Dow Corning Corporation, Oct. 23. The class will demonstrate the concepts learned during the trip in poster presentations on alternative energy that will be on display Thursday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Hall.

  • Geoffrey V. Carter, assistant professor of rhetoric & professional writing, had an article published in the Fall 2010 issue of PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory. He also joined the advisory board for The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects and the editorial board for Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

  • Monika Dix, assistant professor of modern foreign languages ( Japanese), presented a paper titled “Japanese Language and Culture: What Is Culture and How Can it be Used to Enrich Communicative Competence?” Oct. 30 at the Teaching Japan Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. In addition, Dix received a Japanese Language Education Grant from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC) Foundation to support her participation in the Teaching Japan Conference.

  • Jesse Donahue and Erik Trump, professors of political science,published a book titled American Zoos During the Depression: A New Deal for Animals.

  • Julie Foss, assistant professor of modern foreign languages (French), presented “Refueling Your Textbook: Authentic Materials as Contextualized Language Input” at the 2010 Michigan World Language Association Conference in Lansing.

  • Eric Gardner, professor of English, had his book, Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (University Press of Mississippi 2009), named “Honorable Mention” in the competition for the 2010 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award. The award is presented each year to the best single-author scholarly book on the literature and culture of the American West; Gardner’s status as the first runner-up was announced at this year’s Western Literature Association annual meeting.

  • Poonam Kumar, professor of advanced educational studies, published an article titled “Managing User Privacy in a Web 2.0 World” in the Journal of Information Privacy and Security.

  • Tai-Chi Lee, professor of computer science, had an article titled “An Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem with Custom Computing Machine” presented and published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications at the 2010 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing, July 12-14, in Las Vegas

  • Marsha Millikin, lecturer of rhetoric & professional writing, presented a paper titled “(Dis)Lodging Basic Writers’ Paralysis: Contested Space and Contested Knowledge in Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’” at the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) Autumn Assembly, Oct. 29 in Lansing.

  • Hong Y. Park, professor of economics, had a paper titled “Ideation as a Practice for Knowledge Creation and Protection” accepted for publication by the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management. Hyejung Chang (Kyung Hee University) and Sang Kyu Lee (University of Suwon, SVSU MBA graduate) are co-authors.

  • Kathleen Pelkki, biology laboratory technician, and Sally Shepardson, assistant professor of biology, are co-authors with Jason Scott and Peter Hodson (Queens University) and John Incardona (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on a paper titled, “AhR2- mediated, CYP1A-independent Cardiovascular Toxicity in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos Exposed to Retene.” The paper was accepted for publication in Aquatic Toxicology. Jason Scott is a graduate of the Biology Department at SVSU and earned his doctorate at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He has completed post doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico and is now at the University of Iowa.

  • Marcia Shannon, assistant professor of nursing, was the featured speaker at the Midland Public School Retirees group, Oct. 13. About 60 people learned about a Spring 2010 study abroad trip to India.

  • Danilo Sirias, professor of management, conducted a workshop titled “Using Problem-Solving Maps to Improve Math Education” at the 12th Theory of Constraints for Education International Conference, Nov. 11-13 in Lima, Peru.

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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