Helena Mesa

August 9th, 2019

Mesa, H. (2018). “609 Delicias, Vibora, La Habana, Cuba”, and: “Prayer for the Exhumation”, and: “Restoration”. Prairie Schooner, 92(2), 119-123.

Ashley Miller

August 9th, 2019

Miller, A. (2018). Christina Rossetti’s Radical Objectivity. Victorian Literature and Culture, 46(1), 143-156.

Michael Dixon

August 9th, 2019

Dixon, M. (2018). “The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same“. GoggleWorks 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, May 4-31, 2018.

Mark Bollman

August 9th, 2019

Bollman, M. (2018). Mathematics of Keno and Lotteries. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Nicolle Zellner

August 8th, 2019

Zellner, N. (2018). Video Killed the Writing Assignment. Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE), 5(2), 137-150.

Abstract: An introductory Astronomy survey course is often taken to satisfy a college graduation requirement for non-science majors at colleges around the United States. In this course, material that can be broadly categorized into topics related to “the sky”, “the Solar System”, “the Galaxy”, and “cosmology” is discussed. Even with the wide variety of topics in these categories, though, students may not be 100% interested in the course content, and it is almost certain that a specific topic about which a student wishes to learn is not covered. To at least partly address these issues, to appeal to all of the students in this class, and to allow students to explore topics of their choice, a video project has been assigned to students at Albion College as a class activity. In this assignment, students are asked to create a video of a famous (or not) astronomer, astronomical object or discovery, or telescope observatory to present to the class. Students work in pairs to create a video that is original and imaginative and includes accurate scientific content. For this project, then, students use a familiar technology and exercise their creativity while learning a little (or a lot of) science along the way. Herein data on types and topics of videos, examples of videos, assignment requirements and grading rubrics, lessons learned, and student comments will be discussed and shared.

Mareike Wieth, Andrea Francis, Drew Christopher

August 1st, 2019

Wieth, M. B., Francis, A. P., & Christopher, A. N. (2019). Use of a Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Approach in a Senior Thesis Course to Advance Undergraduate Publications. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

Abstract: We outline a creativity-based course model for supervising and promoting undergraduate research at a small liberal arts college of about 1,600 undergraduate students, with no graduate offerings. This approach could easily be modified and implemented at weekly brownbag or joint laboratory meetings at similar and larger types of schools. At our institution this course is required of all psychology research thesis students (on average 8 per year) and requires the cooperation of the students, their thesis supervisors, and the course instructor. In part because of this course, during the past 20 years, our department faculty have published a total of 47 publications with undergraduates in peer-reviewed outlets such as Personality and Individual Differences, Psychology of Music, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Sex Roles. Importantly, according to PsycINFO, these undergraduate-generated publications have garnered more than 500 citations, attesting to the impact that undergraduate research can have on the larger field in terms of knowledge generation. In addition to impactful peer-reviewed publications, our undergraduate students have presented 163 posters at national conferences such as the Association for Psychological Science, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for Neuroscience, and Psychonomic Society. Below we outline how our senior thesis course stimulates the creative dissemination of knowledge that is required during the publication process.

Abigail Cahill

July 16th, 2019

De Jode, A., David, R., Haguenauer, A., Cahill, A. E., Erga, Z., Guillemain, D., . . . Chenuil, A. (2019). From seascape ecology to population genomics and back. Spatial and ecological differentiation among cryptic species of the red algae Lithophyllum stictiforme/L. cabiochiae, main bioconstructors of coralligenous habitats. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 137, 104-113.

Abstract: Ecosystem engineering species alter the physical structure of their environment and can create or modify habitats, having a massive impact on local biodiversity. Coralligenous reefs are highly diverse habitats endemic to the Mediterranean Sea built by calcareous benthic organisms among which Crustose Coralline Algae are the main engineering species. We analyzed the diversity of Lithophyllum stictiforme or L. cabiochiae in coralligenous habitats combining a multiple barcode and a population genomics approach with seascape features. Population genomics allowed disentangling pure spatial effects from environmental effects. We found that these taxa form a complex of eight highly divergent cryptic species that are easily identifiable using classic barcode markers (psbA, LSU, COI). Three factors have a significant effect on the relative abundances of these cryptic species: the location along the French Mediterranean coast, depth and Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR). The analysis of around 5000 SNPs for the most abundant species revealed genetic differentiation among localities in the Bay of Marseille but no differentiation between depths within locality. Thus, the effect of depth and PAR on cryptic species communities is not a consequence of restricted connectivity but rather due to differential settlement or survival among cryptic species. This differential is more likely driven by irradiance levels rather than by pressure or temperature. Both the genetic and species diversity patterns are congruent with the main patterns of currents in the Bay. Ecological differentiation among these engineering cryptic species, sensitive to ocean warming and acidification, could have important consequences on the diversity and structure of the coralligenous communities.

Carrie Booth Walling

July 16th, 2019

Walling, C. B. (2018). Syria and the responsibility to prosecute: norm promotion in the UN Security Council. In K. Mills & M. Labonte (Eds.), Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice (pp. 39-64). New York: Routledge.

Vicki Baker

July 15th, 2019

Baker, V. L., Lunsford, L. G., & Pifer, M. J. (2018). Patching Up the “Leaking Leadership Pipeline”: Fostering Mid-career Faculty Succession Management. Research in Higher Education, 1-21.

Abstract: The research presented here contributes to research and practice focused on faculty leadership development by examining the leadership pipeline for mid-career faculty in a consortium of 13 liberal arts colleges. Research findings revealed that mid-career faculty members are in the leadership pipeline, with the department chair position serving as an entry point. However, leadership aspirations beyond the department chair position decline serving as a source of the leaking leadership pipeline. Differences were found by gender. Further, issues of lack of preparation for current and future leadership roles was connected to few mid-career faculty members aspiring to executive leadership positions. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

 

Buket Aydas

July 15th, 2019

Bahado-Singh, R. O., Sonek, J., McKenna, D., Cool, D., Aydas, B., Turkoglu, O., . . . Yilmaz, A. (2019). Artificial intelligence and amniotic fluid multiomics: prediction of perinatal outcome in asymptomatic women with short cervix. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 54(1), 110-118.

Objective: To evaluate the application of artificial intelligence (AI), i.e. deep learning and other machine-learning techniques, to amniotic fluid (AF) metabolomics and proteomics, alone and in combination with sonographic, clinical and demographic factors, in the prediction of perinatal outcome in asymptomatic pregnant women with short cervical length (CL).

Matthew Schoene

July 15th, 2019

Schoene, M. (2018). Protest Wave or Protest Spike? Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 6(2), 19-43.

Abstract: Recent scholarly attention has designated European protest activity from 2011 to 2013 a “protest wave,” a term with specific sociological meaning. While many European countries indeed experienced a period of unrest, I argue that for protest activity to be considered a wave, the protest in question must be significantly higher than normative levels of participation. To this end, I conceptualize national protest culture as an explanatory factor for recent protest activity. Using the European Social Survey, a series of multilevel mixed effects regression models for 22 countries demonstrates that the most powerful predictor of protest in 2012 is the protest rate for each country in 2008. I therefore question this period’s designation as a protest wave and instead choose to refer to it as a set of discrete protest spikes.

Sheila Lyons-Sobaski

July 15th, 2019

Crang, R. F. E., Lyons-Sobaski, S. A., & Wise, R. R. (2018). Plant anatomy: a concept-based approach to the structure of seed plants. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

 

Nels Christensen

July 15th, 2019

Christensen, N. (2018). Experimenting with “Circles”. In M. C. Long & S. R. Meehan (Eds.), Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (pp. 93-97). New York: The Modern Language Association of America.

 

Vicki Baker

July 15th, 2019

Baker, V. L., Lunsford, L. G., Neisler, G., Pifer, M. J., & Terosky, A. L. (Eds.). (2018). Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Abstract: This book brings together leading practitioners and scholars engaged in professional development programming for and research on mid-career faculty members. The chapters focus on key areas of career development and advancement that can enhance both individual growth and institutional change to better support mid-career faculties. (Publisher’s Description)

Drew Christopher

July 8th, 2019

Gurung, R. A. R., Richmond, A., Drouin, M., Landrum, R. E., & Christopher, A. N. (2019). The past, present, and future of scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 5(2), 97-120.

Abstract: We report data from a national survey of faculty (N = 482) that examined scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research across 7 dimensions of productivity, comparing current perceptions of SoTL with those of a previous study published 10 years ago, and differences across disciplines, institutions, and gender. Psychology faculty had more positive perceptions of SoTL in general than nonpsychology faculty and perceived more departmental support for SoTL work than they did in the past. Psychology faculty, relative to nonpsychology faculty, also believed that their departmental colleagues were more supportive of SoTL efforts and that their departments supported such work. However, we found that perceptions varied across institutions, with faculty at baccalaureate institutions having more positive perceptions of SoTL than faculty at community colleges and doctoral granting institutions. Although there were similarities in SoTL support across years and faculty type, there was a positive trend in perceptions of support over time. We found only 1 significant gender difference: Men reported higher engagement with SoTL than women. Overall, we conclude that SoTL is evolving into an accepted form of scholarship; however, this form of scholarship may currently be more accepted and valued in psychology than in other disciplines.

Holly Sheets

July 8th, 2019

Deming, D., Louie, D., & Sheets, H. (2019). How to Characterize the Atmosphere of a Transiting Exoplanet. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 131(995), 013001.

Abstract: This tutorial is an introduction to techniques used to characterize the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets. We intend it to be a useful guide for the undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar who wants to begin research in this field, but who has no prior experience with transiting exoplanets. We begin with a discussion of the properties of exoplanetary systems that allow us to measure exoplanetary spectra, and the principles that underlie transit techniques. Subsequently, we discuss the most favorable wavelengths for observing, and explain the specific techniques of secondary eclipses and eclipse mapping, phase curves, transit spectroscopy, and convolution with spectral templates. Our discussion includes factors that affect the data acquisition, and also a separate discussion of how the results are interpreted. Other important topics that we cover include statistical methods to characterize atmospheres such as stacking, and the effects of stellar activity. We conclude by projecting the future utility of large-aperture observatories such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the forthcoming generation of extremely large ground-based telescopes.

Abigail Cahill

July 8th, 2019

David, R., Uyarra, M., Carvalho, S., Anlauf, H., Borja, A., Cahill, A., . . . Chenuil, A. (2019). Lessons from photo analyses of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures as tools to detect (bio-)geographical, spatial, and environmental effects. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 141, 420-429.

Abstract: We investigated the validity of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) as monitoring tools for hard bottoms across a wide geographic and environmental range. We deployed 36 ARMS in the northeast Atlantic, northwest Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red Sea at 7–17 m depth. After 12–16 months, community composition was inferred from photographs, in six plate-faces for each ARMS. Overall, we found a highly significant effect of sea region, site (within seas), and plate-face on community composition. Plate-faces thus represent distinct micro-habitats and provide pseudo-replicates, increasing statistical power. Within each sea region taken individually, there was also a highly significant effect of site and plate-face. Because strong effects were obtained despite the fusion of taxonomic categories at high taxonomic ranks (to ensure comparability among biogeographic provinces), ARMS photo-analysis appears a promising monitoring tool for each sea region. We recommend keeping three ARMS per site and analyzing more numerous sites within a sea region to investigate environmental effects.

Jeffrey Cox

July 8th, 2019

Cox, J. G. (2019). Verbal Quantifiers and Communicating Painkiller Side Effect Risk. Health Communication.

Abstract: The two studies reported here explore the use of verbal quantifiers (e.g., “common”) as an alternative to the numerical presentation of risk information about prescription drugs. Guided by work on adverb-adjective pairs (Study 1) and research on fuzzy trace theory (Study 2), predictions are made about participants’ risk perceptions after reading verbal presentations of a medication’s side effects. Participants report their perceptions about the drug’s side effects’ occurrence among users. In Study 1, pairs of adverbs and adjectives (e.g., “very rare”) are used in contrast to adjectives alone to convey numerical risk information. In Study 2, severity and more general risk perception measures are added to better understand bottom-down schema processing. Findings show that individuals vastly overestimate the likelihood of side effects occurring, compared with the European Union’s CIOMS III recommendations (e.g., “rare” side effects affect .01-.1% of users), and demonstrate support for the differences between gist and verbatim processing of risk information.

Nancy Demerdash

July 3rd, 2019

Demerdash, N. (2019). Constructing Dignity: Primitivist Discourses and the Spatial Economies of Development in Postcolonial Tunisia. In K. Kılınç & M. Gharipour (Eds.), Social Housing in the Middle East: Architecture, Urban Development, and Transnational Modernity (pp. 117-141). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

 

Scott Melzer

July 3rd, 2019

Melzer, S. (2019). Fighting the Left and Leading the Right: NRA Politics and Power through the 2016 Elections. In J. Carlson, K. A. Goss, & H. Shapira (Eds.), Gun Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Policy, and Practice. New York: Routledge.

 

Dan Skean

July 3rd, 2019

Michelangeli, F. A., Goldenberg, R., Almeda, F., Judd, W. S., Becquer, E. R., Ocampo, G., Ionta,G.M., Skean, J.D., Majure, L.C., Penneys, D. S. (2019). Nomenclatural novelties in Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Brittonia, 71(1), 82-121.

Abstract: The Miconieae (Melastomaceae) are a strictly Neotropical group comprising over 1900 species. The tribe is characterized by inflorescences that are terminal or axillary, but not cauliflorous (except a few species of Charianthus, Clidemia, and Mecranium), flowers subtended by only one pair of bracteoles (or none at all), with anthers that lack a pedoconnective, leaves without long acicular raphides, and berry fruits. Generic delimitations within the Miconieae have been notoriously complex, and phylogenetic analyses have shown that Miconia is paraphyletic with many other genera embedded within it. These nested genera include Anaectocalyx, Calycogonium, Catocoryne, Charianthus, Clidemia, Conostegia, Killipia, Leandra, Maieta, Mecranium, Necramium, Ossaea, Pachyanthus, Pleiochiton, Sagraea, Tetrazygia, and Tococa. In the absence of a workable solution that allows the subdivision of the tribe into smaller, morphologically recognizable and monophyletic genera, it has been previously proposed that only one genus be recognized in the tribe. Here we present the necessary taxonomic and nomenclatural changes necessary to recognize Miconia as the sole genus within Miconieae.

Buket Aydas

July 3rd, 2019

Bahado-Singh, R. O., Vishweswaraiah, S., Aydas, B., Mishra, N. K., Guda, C., & Radhakrishna, U. (2019). Deep Learning/Artificial Intelligence and Blood-Based DNA Epigenomic Prediction of Cerebral Palsy. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(9), 2075.

Abstract: The etiology of cerebral palsy (CP) is complex and remains inadequately understood. Early detection of CP is an important clinical objective as this improves long term outcomes. We performed genome-wide DNA methylation analysis to identify epigenomic predictors of CP in newborns and to investigate disease pathogenesis. Methylation analysis of newborn blood DNA using an Illumina HumanMethylation450K array was performed in 23 CP cases and 21 unaffected controls. There were 230 significantly differentially-methylated CpG loci in 258 genes. Each locus had at least 2.0-fold change in methylation in CP versus controls with a FDR p-value ≤ 0.05. Methylation level for each CpG locus had an area under the receiver operating curve (AUC) ≥ 0.75 for CP detection. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms/Machine Learning (ML) analysis, CpG methylation levels in a combination of 230 significantly differentially-methylated CpG loci in 258 genes had a 95% sensitivity and 94.4% specificity for newborn prediction of CP. Using pathway analysis, multiple canonical pathways plausibly linked to neuronal function were over-represented. Altered biological processes and functions included: neuromotor damage, malformation of major brain structures, brain growth, neuroprotection, neuronal development and de-differentiation, and cranial sensory neuron development. In conclusion, blood leucocyte epigenetic changes analyzed using AI/ML techniques appeared to accurately predict CP and provided plausible mechanistic information on CP pathogenesis.

Jess Roberts

May 2nd, 2019

Roberts, J. (2018). The Living Child’s Place in Piatt’s Dead Child Poems. ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 64(2), 334-367.

Jeremy Kirby

May 2nd, 2019

Kirby, J. (2018). The gamma paradoxes : an analysis of the fourth book of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Description: In the fourth book, Book Gamma, of his Metaphysics, Aristotle treats the nature and range of science, outlines an approach to ontology, formulates and defends first principles, articulates an influential conception of truth, and defends his views against his relativist contemporaries. In The Gamma Paradoxes, Jeremy Kirby analyzes Book Gamma and introduces debates – or paradoxes – such as relativism versus the idea of a ready-made world, the possibility of true contradictions, the nature and possibility of metaphysics, and the limits of thought and logic. These paradoxes raise issues of contemporary interest: the which may be known a priori; the relationship between mind, language, and world; and, inter alia, the values of logic. Book Gamma is the mise-en-scène for Aristotle’s investigation into the perennial question, the nature of substance, and the denouement, as unmoved mover.

Michael Dixon

April 24th, 2019

Dixon, M. (Artist), (2018). Can You Hear Me Now? Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, August 20, 2018 – September 20, 2018.

Description: Artist Michael Dixon explores the personal, societal and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both “white” and “black” racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither in the exhibition, “Can You Hear Me, Now?”

Allison Harnish

April 24th, 2019

Harnish, A., Cliggett, L., & Scudder, T. (2019). Rivers and roads: A political ecology of displacement, development, and chronic liminality in Zambia’s Gwembe Valley. Economic Anthropology.

Abstract: The construction of Kariba Dam in 1958 ignited a legacy of livelihood insecurity and chronic liminality that reverberated through subsequent generations. A community under one chief was split into two marginal resettlement sites more than 200 km apart. Sixty years after the dam’s construction, and following a series of cyclical shifts between access to and alienation from international development programming, the World Bank has returned to initiate the new Bottom Road, which at last reconnects these two communities. It has also released funds for a new irrigation development and support program. Research presented here suggests that, while the Bottom Road is spurring economic growth, it is also delivering capitalized outsiders, eager to claim land and water resources from long-resident Gwembe Tonga farmers. Analysis of two commercial agriculture/irrigation schemes, at the road’s southern and northern terminuses, reveals that new infrastructure often leads to rapid natural resource alienation and livelihood upheaval. Integrating the lens of chronic liminality with the hydrosocial cycle, we situate these projects within a broader regional history of land and water privatization and reveal how water-linked development interventions produce vulnerabilities for particular segments of the local population.

Vicki Baker

April 24th, 2019

Pifer, M. J., Baker, V. L., & Lunsford, L. G. (2019). Culture, Colleagues, and Leadership: The Academic Department as a Location of Faculty Experiences in Liberal Arts Colleges. The Review of Higher Education, 42(2), 537-564.

Abstract: Learning more about the role of the academic department in LACs may improve faculty selection, development, support, and retention. Knowledge based on research about other institution types cannot be assumed to be generalizable to LACs. We know little about departmental contexts of faculty work in liberal arts colleges (LACs). The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to understand the department as an organizational context of faculty work in LACs, relying on the concept of positive organizational behavior. Findings from analysis of interview data from 55 liberal arts faculty members highlight the influence of three areas—culture, colleagues, and leadership.

 

Mick McRivette

April 3rd, 2019

McRivette, M. W., Yin, A., Chen, X. H., & Gehrels, G. E. (2019). Cenozoic basin evolution of the central Tibetan plateau as constrained by U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology, sandstone petrology, and fission-track thermochronology. Tectonophysics, 751, 150-179.

Abstract: We conduct sandstone-composition analysis, U-Pb detrital-zircon dating, and apatite fission-track thermochronology to determine how basin development was associated with the Cenozoic deformation across central Tibet. Our results are consistent with a two-stage basin development model: first a single fluvial-lacustrine system formed (i.e., Paleo-Qaidam basin) in between two thrust belts (i.e., the Fenghuoshan and Qilian Shan thrust belts) in the Paleogene, which was later partitioned into two sub-basins in the Neogene by the Kunlun transpressional system and its associated uplift. The southern sub-basin (i.e., Hoh Xil basin) strata have detritalzircon age populations at 210-300 Ma and 390-480 Ma for the Eocene strata and at 220-310 Ma and 400-500 Ma for the early Miocene strata; petrologic analysis indicates that the late Cretaceous-Eocene strata were recycled from the underlying Jurassic rocks. The northern sub-basin (i.e., Qaidam basin) strata yield detrital-zircon age clusters at 210-290 Ma and 370-480 Ma in the Eocene, 220-280 Ma and 350-500 Ma in the Oligocene, 250-290 Ma and 395-510 Ma in the Miocene, and 225-290 Ma and 375-480 Ma in the Pliocene. Proterozoic ages of the detrital zircon are most useful for determining provenance: the pre-Neogene Hoh Xil and Qaidam strata all contain the distinctive age peaks of similar to 1800 Ma and similar to 2500 Ma from the Songpan-Ganzi terrane south of the Kunlun fault, whereas detrital zircon of this age is absent in the Neogene Qaidam strata suggesting the emergence of a topographic barrier between the two basins. This inference is consistent with our fission-track thermochronological data from the Eastern Kunlun Range that suggest rapid cooling within the range did not start until after 30-20 Ma. Our new data support the Paleo-Qaidam hypothesis that requires the Hoh Xil and Qaidam basins were parts of a single Paleogene basin bounded by the Qilian Shan and Fenghuoshan thrust belts.

Nicolle Zellner

April 3rd, 2019

Nguyen, P., & Zellner, N. (2019). Using Size and Composition to Assess the Quality of Lunar Impact Glass Ages. Geosciences, 9(2).

Abstract: Determining the impact chronology of the Moon is an important yet challenging problem in planetary science even after decades of lunar samples and other analyses. In addition to crater counting statistics, orbital data, and dynamical models, well-constrained lunar sample ages are critical for proper interpretation of the Moon’s impact chronology. To understand which properties of lunar impact glasses yield well-constrained ages, we evaluated the compositions and sizes of 119 Apollo 14, 15, 16, and 17 impact glass samples whose compositions and 40Ar/39Ar ages have already been published, and we present new data on 43 others. These additional data support previous findings that the composition and size of the glass are good indicators of the quality of the age plateau derived for each sample. We have further constrained those findings: Glasses of ≥200 μm with a fraction of non-bridging oxygens (X(NBO)) of ≥0.23 and a K2O (wt%) of ≥0.07 are prime candidates for argon analyses and more likely to yield well-constrained 40Ar/39Ar ages. As a result, science resulting from impact glass analyses is maximized while analytical costs per glass are minimized. This has direct implications for future analyses of glass samples for both those in the current lunar collection and those that have yet to be collected.

Jeffrey Carrier

April 3rd, 2019

Carrier, J. C., Heithaus, M. R., & Simpfendorfer, C. A. (Eds.). (2019). Shark research: emerging technologies and applications for the field and laboratory. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.