Faculty at the University of
Pittsburgh at Bradford spent its summer writing, researching, making
presentations, teaching abroad and publishing.
Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of
Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Titusville and professor of psychology, published an
article in the International Journal of Leadership and Change titled “What
Leadership Development Institutes can Never Teach College Presidents About
Leadership.” The article identifies areas of potential vulnerability for new
college presidents and suggests constructive ways to supplement insights gained
in professional development seminars in order to enable more successful
presidencies. Alexander is also a member of the journal’s Applied/Clinical
Dr. Vaughn Bicehouse, assistant
professor of education, had a manuscript, “The Portraiture of Nick: Scene two,
the Middle Years,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Case Studies in
Dr. Jessie Blackburn, assistant
professor of English, gave a workshop on multimodal rhetoric, community
development and rural literacies in Banwen, Wales.
Dr. Donna Dombek, associate professor
of education, and Marietta Frank,
interim director of Hanley Library, made a presentation on mythological beasts
that they aligned with the Pennsylvania and National Common Core standards at
the 17th Annual Children’s Literature Conference at the University
of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
Dr. Michaela Drignei, assistant
professor of mathematics, worked with Colin Poirier, an applied math major from
Turtlepoint, on a research project titled “Some Elementary Inverse Problems
Involving the Timing of Signals.”
Dr. Rick Frederick, professor of
history, gave a talk on “The Fabulous Field Family” at the Peabody Free Library
in Columbia City, Ind. He was also elected chairman of the board of the Eldred
World War II Museum in Eldred and worked on a chapter about the 1928 election
for publisher Blackwell-Wiley about the Harding-Coolidge-Hoover years.
Judy Hopkins had an essay, “School’s
Over; Lesson Learned,” published in the L.A. Affairs column of the Los Angeles
Dr. Tracee Howell, executive associate to
the president, presented “Monstrous (In)Tuition: Alan Moore’s ‘Promethea’as Comix Literacy Narrative” at the
Northeast Modern Language Association’s 2013 Convention at Tufts University.
The paper argued that Moore’s little-studied graphic novel “Promethea” may be
read as a philosophical exploration of narrative theory.
also served as an Advanced Placement reader for the AP English Language and
Composition Exam, as did composition instructor Ann Hultberg.
also presented, along with writing center consultants Catherine Kula, Dani Michel and Writing Center Director Dr. Dani Nier-Weber, an interactive
workshop at the East Central Writing Centers Association 2013 Conference at
Clarion University titled “Toeing the Line: Risking, Reconciling and Reflecting
in Writing Center Work.”
Kula, Michel, Nier-Weber and Mary Valvo presented the workshop at
the International Writing Centers Association Conference held in conjunction
with the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
K. Lemnitzer, assistant professor of art, took part
in a group exhibition, “The Story of the Creative,” in the See Exhibition Space
in Long Island City, N.Y. She also was commissioned and executed custom,
sculptural metal walls for a private residence in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ron Mattis, associate professor of engineering,
presented a paper titled “Incorporating Excel With VBA Into an Introductory
Chemical Separations Course” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences
Conference in Toronto.
Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing, taught a
fiction workshop in Ireland for Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of
Fine Arts in Writing program and served as the prose writer-in-residence for a
week at the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Institution.
Her essay “A Panda
Raised by a Goose” appeared in Natural Bridge, and she wrote about her dog,
Mollie, for the Ploughshares Writers and Their Pets blog series.
Newman’s poem “Birth Rite” will be soon be published in an
anthology about the Allegheny River called “Written on Water” edited by Linda
Underhill and Helen Ruggieri. She was also recognized by the Chautauqua
Literary Arts Contest with an honorable mention for a short story called “The
Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education, had
three articles published in scholarly journals. “Family Literacy Packs:
Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences with Family-School Connections” was published
in Reading Improvement; “The Effects of Genre on Student Learning From
Informational Text” was published in the International Journal of Humanities
and Social Science; and “The Work Sampling System: Pre-Service Teachers’
Experience With Assessment” was published in the National Teacher Education
In addition, Wilson,
along with Dr. William Schumann III,
assistant professor of anthropology; Jeremy
Callinan, adjunct faculty in the computer information systems and
technology program; and Gregory Mirth, a 2013 environmental studies graduate,
presented at a conference, “Innovations in Technical Education to Advance
Sustainability: Student Leadership” at Alfred (N.Y.) State University.
The team presented
“Mapping Campus-Community Partnership with GPS Tools” based on a project
conducted by Pitt-Bradford last fall. The project mapped trails in the
Smethport, Pa., area and created a mobile phone application and lesson plans
for teachers to use to enhance the trails.
David Soriano, associate professor of chemistry,
conducted research over the summer with Seth Habicht, a chemistry major from
Kane. The pair created a bioplastic by mixing sugar and whey protein and
heating. Soriano said once he finds out whether the substances are
biodegradable, he can find out more about what they might be used for.
Klaus Wuersig presented two papers. He presented “The
Evolution of Freshmen Project Experiences due to the Internet” at the
International Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Marrakesh,
Morocco, and “Using MatLab to Solve Problems in Electrical Engineering Courses
at the International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education
at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Ziaukas, professor of public relations, picked up an unusual
academic credential this summer in England when he received a certificate in
Egyptology from the University of Manchester. The three-year online program is
a survey of ancient Egyptian history, art and architecture with a focus on