Faculty/Staff Notes

Pedro Del Corral

Pedro Del Corrall (Clinical Exercise Physiology) had a paper accepted titled “11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type-II activity is affected by grapefruit juice and intense muscular work” in the Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Tim Marin

Tim Marin (Chemistry) published an article, “Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy of the lowest-lying electronic state in subcritical and supercritical water,” in the May 17 issue of Nature Communications, an online-only journal that publishes high-quality research in biology, physics, chemistry, Earth sciences and all related areas.

Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) had a paper accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences titled “Hierarchical complexity and the size limits of life.” The paper was the result of research he conducted with researchers from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Florida and others as part of a spring 2015 working group at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC.

James Payne

James Payne (Academic Affairs) was invited to serve on the editorial boards of two well-respected academic journals, the Review of Financial Economics and Tourism Economics based on his record of established research and ongoing scholarship throughout his career.

James Pelech (Education) attended and co-presented at the Lilly Conference in Bethesda, Md., from June 1-4. The conference theme, “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning,” brought together university instructors from across the country. Pelech’s topic, “Motivating Students to Want What You Want Them to Learn,” focused on the implementation of learner-centered activities in the classroom.

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) was invited as a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Examinations Institute’s 2018 First Term General Chemistry Committee. The committee wrote and evaluated new assessment materials and reviewed essential content for a General Chemistry I course. These ACS exams are used as assessment tools and as final exams by private and public universities nationwide. The year-long appointment began at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, Calif., in April.

William Scarlato (Fine Arts) will display his life’s work at the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, La. The title of the exhibit is “Never the Same Moment” Retrospective Exhibition: William Scarlato, Paintings, Printmaking, and Drawings. The exhibition runs from October 28, 2017 until January 14, 2018. Scarlato grew up in Shreveport and credits his early experiences there for his primarily romantic nature, including his proclivity to paint nature.

Peter Sorensen

Peter Sorensen (Organization Development) was honored with the Organization Development Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on October 16 in recognition of his lasting impact and practice in the field. The award is given to those who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintaining a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners.  

Kari L. Stone

Kari L. Stone (Chemistry) was an invited speaker at the Dr. Leonard Weisenthal Colloquium Series at Lewis University on April 21. The colloquium series was run jointly by the departments of Chemistry and Physics at Lewis. Stone’s presentation, titled “Enzyme Mechanism from an Inorganic Perspective,” discussed spectroscopic tools to elucidate enzyme mechanisms with a particular focus on the role of metal ions in biological processes.

Jan Writer

Jan Writer (Education) was selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation on augmentative and alternative communication at the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Fall Convention. Her session highlighted research-based strategies that can be used to enhance the meaningful communication and interpersonal interactions of students with severe and low incidence disabilities, including autism and intellectual and multiple disabilities, in ways that enable them to be more active and full participating members of their classroom and school communities. Writer is also sponsoring a convention poster session on strategies for building communication and collaboration between teachers and parents of students with diverse abilities that will be presented by School of Education students.


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