During the first semester of the academic year, faculty members shared their work through publishing and presenting. Works included translations, new book chapters, papers and a patent.
Dr. Carys Evans-Corrales, professor of Spanish, had two new titles published. Both were translations of books written in Galician into English. They were “Soundcheck: Tales of the Balkan Conflict” by Miguel-Anxo Murado and “Vicious” by Xurxo Borrazas. Both were published by Small Stations Press.
“Soundcheck” is the work of a journalist for The New York Times and The Guardian who is known for his fiction based on his experience in the war-torn regions of the world, from the former Yugoslavia to the Middle East.
“Vicious,” which is about a man accused of murder on the run, earned Borrazas the Spanish Critics' Prize.
Dr. Rick Frederick, professor of history, published a chapter, “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Inauguration of the New Deal,” in a new book edited by Jeffrey S. Ashley and Marla J. Jarmer, “The Bully Pulpit: Presidential Speeches and the Shaping of Public Policy.”
Frederick also published a review in Presidential Studies Quarterly of “Chief Executive to Chief Justice: Taft betwixt the White House and the Supreme Court” by Lewis Gould.
Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology, co-authored a chapter with Saleem Gul of the Institute of Management Science in Pakistan about organizational conflict and its management in the book “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Conflict Resolution.”
Dr. Om Singh, associate professor of biology, published a chapter with Matthew S. Muroski '13 on the “Role of Enzymatic Envelopment in Energy Unconventionality” in the book “Advances in Enzymatic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels.”
Dr. Matt Kropf, assistant professor of energy science and technology, received a patent for a process and system for ultrasonically cleaning titanium particles contaminated with cutting oils and lubricants. The new process is more environmentally friendly than the traditional method, which requires high temperatures and a lot of water mixed with highly concentrated industrial soaps and a long period of agitation. The new method, which Kropf worked on with Dr. Murray Small, cleans the chips with mildly warm water and a low concentration of biodegradable soap in a short amount of time.
Dr. Donna Dombeck, associate professor of education, made a presentation at the 44th Teacher Education Assembly in Harrisburg.
Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice, made several presentations. He made a presentation called “Creating Relevant Education Spaces for Incarcerated Students” at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and again at the University of Pittsburgh.
Gaskew made two presentations at the American Society of Criminology Conference in Washington, D.C.: “Black Community Policing: The Only Real Hope for Building a Positive Relationship Between Black American Communities and Policing Agencies” and “Lifting the DuBosian Veil of Black American Police Officers.”
Jeff Guterman, associate professor of broadcast communications, published an article, “A Case for Ultra-High Definition 4K Television's Place in the Future of Electronic Media Higher Education,” in the Journal of Media Education.
The article touts the viability of Ultra-High Definition TV since broadcasters are increasingly moving to the new format.
Dr. Tracee Howell, assistant professor of English, made a presentation called “Autobiography Passing as Pure Fiction: Author as Protagonist in Vera Caspary's 1929 'The White Girl'” at the 2015 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference in Portland, Ore.
Howell also published an essay, “The Monstrous Alchemy of Alan Moore: 'Promethea' as Literary Narrative” in Studies in the Novel, a peer-reviewed journal published by Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Shelly Klinek, assistant professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation at the Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Valley Forge.
Tim Ziaukas, professor of public relations, spoke to the Pennsylvania Historical Association's Annual Meeting in a presentation titled “Troubled with Desire in 19th Century Pittsburgh: Romantic Friendship or Same-Sex Love in the Journals of Wilson Howell Carpenter, 1867-1919.”