March 23rd, 2017
Jordon, H., & Morris, J. (2017). Cyclic m-cycle systems of complete graphs minus a 1-factor. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, 67(2), 304–326.
Abstract: In this paper, we provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a cyclic m-cycle system of Kn − I when m and n are even and m | n.
March 15th, 2017
Streu, C. N., Reif, R. D., Neiles, K. Y., Schech, A. J., & Mertz, P. S. (2016). Drug Synthesis and Analysis on a Dime: A Capstone Medicinal Chemistry Experience for the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(12), 2084-2088.
Abstract: Integrative, research-based experiences have shown tremendous potential as effective pedagogical approaches. Pharmaceutical development is an exciting field that draws heavily on organic chemistry and biochemistry techniques. A capstone drug synthesis/analysis laboratory is described where biochemistry students synthesize azo-stilbenoid compounds and test the biological activity of those compounds as well as a known inhibitor on mushroom tyrosinase using UV/vis-based kinetic assays. In this paper, three such successful azo-stilbenoid inhibitors of tyrosinase, representative student generated data, technical aspects of the experiments, and an interpretation of student feedback on the project as a whole are presented.
March 9th, 2017
Lunsford, L. G., & Baker, V. L. (2016). Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A Quick Start Guide for Protégés. Washington, DC: Council of Graduate Schools.
Abstract: Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A quick start guide for protégés provides a practical, student-oriented perspective informed by the authors’ experience and research on mentoring. The guide includes helpful advice and tips on a range of topics such as identifying a mentor, engaging with mentors to develop a professional identify, cultivating networks, and serving as a mentor to others.
March 9th, 2017
Chase, B., Ajithprasad, P., & Rajesh, S. V. (2016). The Identification of Diversity: Material Culture and Social Practice in Harappan Gujarat. In V. Widorn, U. Franke & P. Latschenberger (Eds.), Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia in Pre-Modern Times (pp. 111-124). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.
March 9th, 2017
Chytilo, L. (Artist). (2016). Memory through the Senses. 100 Sculptors – 100 Sculptures Exhibit, Ella Sharp Museum of Art, Jackson, MI, November 12, 2016 – January 28, 2017.
March 9th, 2017
Deutsch, G. (2016). So Big Like That. Post Road Magazine, 30.
March 2nd, 2017
McCavit, K., & Zellner, N. E. B. (2016). Persistence of physics and engineering students via peer mentoring, active learning, and intentional advising. European Journal of Physics, 37(6), 065702.
Abstract: Albion College, a private, undergraduate-only, liberal arts college in Michigan, USA, has developed and implemented a low-cost peer-mentoring programme that blends personal and academic support to help students achieve academic success in the introductory courses required for the Physics Major or the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering. This enhanced mentoring programme provides much-needed assistance for undergraduate students to master introductory physics and mathematics coursework, to normalise the struggle of learning hard material, and to accept their identity as physics or engineering students (among other goals). Importantly, this programme has increased retention among entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics students at Albion College as they move through the introductory classes, as shown by a 20% increase in retention from first-semester to third-semester physics courses compared to years when this programme was not in place.
February 22nd, 2017
Roberts, J. (2016). Teaching Patsy Yaeger. South: a scholarly journal, 48(2), 184-191.
February 22nd, 2017
Mani, R. S., Amin, M. A., Li, X., Kalyana-Sundaram, S., Veeneman, B. A., Wang, L., Rabquer, B. L., et al. (2016). Inflammation-Induced Oxidative Stress Mediates Gene Fusion Formation in Prostate Cancer. Cell Reports, 17(10), 2620-2631.
Abstract: Approximately 50% of prostate cancers are associated with gene fusions of the androgen-regulated gene TMPRSS2 to the oncogenic erythroblast transformation-specific (ETS) transcription factor ERG. The three-dimensional proximity of TMPRSS2 and ERG genes, in combination with DNA breaks, facilitates the formation of TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusions. However, the origins of DNA breaks that underlie gene fusion formation in prostate cancers are far from clear. We demonstrate a role for inflammation-induced oxidative stress in the formation of DNA breaks leading to recurrent TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusions. The transcriptional status and epigenetic features of the target genes influence this effect. Importantly, inflammation-induced de novo genomic rearrangements are blocked by homologous recombination (HR) and promoted by non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) pathways. In conjunction with the association of proliferative inflammatory atrophy (PIA) with human prostate cancer, our results support a working model in which recurrent genomic rearrangements induced by inflammatory stimuli lead to the development of prostate cancer.
December 20th, 2016
Pifer, M. J., & Baker, V. L. (2016). Professional, Personal, and Relational: Exploring the Salience of Identity in Academic Careers. Identity, 16(3), 190-205.
Abstract: This article explores the role of identity in lived experiences within the professoriate. While scholarship has given some attention to professional identity and personal identity, little in the literature has attempted to present a holistic view of identity and the complex ways that it defines and influences academic careers. The authors present findings from their analysis of interview data from 50 participants across career stages, from doctoral students to full professors. These findings suggest that three distinct but related, and potentially synergistic, components of identity are salient in shaping perceptions of and experiences within academic careers. The authors offer future directions for research centered on a rich conceptualization of identity as critical for understanding faculty development, experiences, and needs.
December 19th, 2016
Mertz, P., & Streu, C. (2015). Writing Throughout the Biochemistry Curriculum: Synergistic Inquiry-Based Writing Projects for Biochemistry Students. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 43(6), 408-416.
Abstract: This article describes a synergistic two-semester writing sequence for biochemistry courses. In the first semester, students select a putative protein and are tasked with researching their protein largely through bioinformatics resources. In the second semester, students develop original ideas and present them in the form of a research grant proposal. Both projects involve multiple drafts and peer review. The complementarity of the projects increases student exposure to bioinformatics and literature resources, fosters higher-order thinking skills, and develops teamwork and communication skills. Student feedback and responses on perception surveys demonstrated that the students viewed both projects as favorable learning experiences.
December 19th, 2016
MacInnes, I. (2016). Response: Fabulous or Spectral? Early Modern Culture, 11.
November 22nd, 2016
Danovaro, R., Carugati, L., Berzano, M., Cahill, A. E., Carvalho, S., CHENUIL, A., et al. (2016). Implementing and innovating marine monitoring approaches for assessing marine environmental status. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3(213).
Abstract: Marine environmental monitoring has tended to focus on site-specific methods of investigation. These traditional methods have low spatial and temporal resolution and are relatively labour intensive per unit area/time that they cover. To implement the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), European Member States are required to improve marine monitoring and design monitoring networks. This can be achieved by developing and testing innovative and cost-effective monitoring systems, as well as indicators of environmental status. Here, we present several recently developed methodologies and technologies to improve marine biodiversity indicators and monitoring methods. The innovative tools are discussed concerning the technologies presently utilized as well as the advantages and disadvantages of their use in routine monitoring. In particular, the present analysis focuses on: (i) molecular approaches, including microarray, Real Time quantitative PCR (qPCR), and metagenetic (metabarcoding) tools; (ii) optical (remote) sensing and acoustic methods; and (iii) in situ monitoring instruments. We also discuss their applications in marine monitoring within the MSFD through the analysis of case studies in order to evaluate their potential utilization in future routine marine monitoring. We show that these recently-developed technologies can present clear advantages in accuracy, efficiency and cost.
November 17th, 2016
Pifer, M. J., Baker, V. L., & Lunsford, L. G. (2016). Local Cultures in Institutional Contexts: The Functions of Academic Departments in Liberal Arts Colleges. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 1, 233-252.
Abstract: The academic department remains understudied as a context of faculty work, particularly in institutional settings beyond the research university. In this article, we report findings from a study of faculty experiences within academic departments in liberal arts colleges, through analysis of interviews with 55 faculty members representing a 13-member consortium of liberal arts institutions in the mid-western U.S. Through inductive analysis and deductive coding from existing models, we identified five functions of departments in liberal arts colleges, including: (a) faculty hiring, retention, and promotion; (b) new faculty socialization; (c) informal interactions, mentoring, and network-building; (d) establishing and communicating institutional and departmental policies, practices, and procedures; and (e) the structuring of academic work. Findings suggest that departmental functions in liberal arts colleges are generally the same as those in other institution types, but play out differently and thus have different consequences for academic careers. Across functions, liberal arts colleges seem to be undergoing an evolution, or perhaps revolution, that has implications for academic work in such contexts.
November 15th, 2016
Michelangeli, F. A., Almeda, F., Alvear, M., Becquer, E. R., Burke, J., Caddah, M. K., Skean, J.D., et al. (2016). Proposal to conserve Miconia, nom. cons. against the additional names Maieta and Tococa (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Taxon, 65(4), 892-893.
November 10th, 2016
Gunnell, G. F., Zonneveld, J. P., & Bartels, W. S. (2016). Stratigraphy, mammalian paleontology, paleoecology, and age correlation of the Wasatch Formation, Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. Journal of Paleontology, 90(5), 981-1011.
Fieldwork conducted in the Wasatch Formation in and around Fossil Butte has yielded a diverse assemblage of early Eocene vertebrates. Fossil vertebrates are distributed through three discrete stratigraphic intervals within the uppermost 180 m of the main body of the Wasatch Formation underlying the Green River Formation. These assemblages were derived primarily from fluvial overbank mudstone units overprinted with variably well-developed paleosols. The lowest (20 m) and highest (60 m) sections are characterized by less mature and more hydromorphic paleosols, whereas the middle section (100 m) is typified by more mature paleosols and more abundant channel sandstones.
The combined assemblages contain at least 46 species of mammals. Faunal characteristics include high abundances of equid perissodactyls and a relatively high abundance and diversity of notharctines primates, an apparent absence of omomyid primates, relatively high rodent diversity, and relatively diverse and abundant artiodactyls. One new genus (Eoictops new genus) and three new species (Eoictops novaceki new species, Palaeosinopa lacus new species, and ?Notoparamys blochi new species) are included in the Fossil Butte assemblage. Also recorded are late occurrences of two hyopsodontid condylarths and an early occurrence of a rare phenacodontid condylarth. The relatively high abundances of equids and notharctines suggest that vertebrate samples were derived from relatively open paleohabitats that included forested areas along water courses.
All three assemblages contain characteristic Lysitean (Wasatchian biochron Wa-6) elements, but the occurrence of the palaeotheriid perissodactyl Lambdotherium in the uppermost horizon indicates a Lostcabinian (Wa-7) age for at least the top of the Wasatch Formation. The overlying predominantly fish-bearing Fossil Butte Member of the Green River Formation also contains Lambdotherium and is therefore Wa-7 in age as well.
November 8th, 2016
Roberts, J. (2016). Teaching with Historical Anthologies. In C. G. Boggs (Ed.), Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (pp. 233-242). New York, NY: Modern Language Association of America.
November 2nd, 2016
Olapade, O. (2016). Biogeography and Community Diversity of Epilithic Bacterial Assemblages on Monuments: Comparisons between Maya Sites. Journal of Pollution Effects & Control, 4(4).
Abstract: Surfaces of cultural monuments are covered with diverse surface-associated microbial assemblages as a result of the substrata such as limestone that the monuments are constructed with as well as the impacts of various environmental pressures on these perpetually exposed structures over a long period. The aim of this study was to examine and compare the epilithic microbial assemblages on two Maya (i.e. Altun Ha and Xunanthunich) sites located in Belize.
High-throughput 454 pyrosequencing approach was utilized to elucidate microbial community assemblages on two monuments. Overall, the taxonomic composition of the epilithic assemblages on both sites revealed the numerical dominance by members of the Proteobacteria at 43% and 36.9%, and the Cyanobacteria at 25.8% and 16.6% on Altun Ha and Xunanthunich, respectively. Comparatively, sequence diversity appeared more pronounced among the epilithic assemblages found on Xunanthunich than those on Altun Ha.
November 1st, 2016
Lunsford, L. G., Greer, J., Pifer, M., Ihas, D., & Baker, V. (2016). Characteristics of Faculty Who Mentor Undergraduates in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work. CUR Quarterly, 36(3), 34-40.
Abstract: In this article we report on a study that represents the first step in a multi-year, multi-institutional research project, “Faculty Across Career Stages: Building Capacity for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work,” which aims to develop a more comprehensive portrait of faculty mentors of undergraduate researchers. We analyze archival data from two liberal arts colleges and one public research institution. The dataset included demographic information on 198 faculty members who supervised undergraduate researchers in formal experiences between 2009 and 2014. The undergraduate research (UR) included supervised summer and academic-year experiences, but it was defined differently by different institutions, depending on their records. Discipline and faculty rank were important characteristics associated with faculty mentoring of undergraduate researchers, but gender was not. The study highlights a need for mixed-method research to understand better departmental and institutional influences on faculty members’ engagement in UR. We believe directors of undergraduate research programs should document faculty mentors’ participation according to at least three standard categories—faculty rank, discipline, and gender.
October 20th, 2016
Cocks, G. (2016). Illness in the State of Health. In L. Pine (Ed.), Life and times in Nazi Germany (pp. 75-98). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
October 19th, 2016
McCauley, A. M. (Artist). (2016). passage 22. 37th Annual Paper in Particular Exhibition, Columbia College, February 22 – April 1, 2016.
October 14th, 2016
Sievers, N. E., Menold, C. A., Grove, M., & Coble, M. A. (2016). White mica trace element and boron isotope evidence for distinctive infiltration events during exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust. International Geology Review, 1-18.
Abstract: Previous study of subducted continental crust within the Luliang Shan terrane in Northwest China has documented metasomatic formation of thick, hydrated phengite + garnet-rich selvages at the interface between mafic eclogite blocks and quartzofeldspathic host gneiss. Whole rock concentrations of Cs and Ba within the selvage are enriched by two orders of magnitude relative to the eclogite blocks and host gneiss. We performed in situ ion microprobe analyses of Li, Be, B, Rb, Sr, Cs and Ba and δ11B of phengite within the Luliang Shane terrane to better constrain the source(s) of the infiltrating fluid. The phengite within the selvage are enriched in Li, Cs and Ba and yield δ11B values between −30‰ and −9‰, values that are lower than mantle values. High Ba/Rb, Cs/Rb coupled with low B/Be, B/Li and highly negative δ11B values indicate that the high-pressure fluid that formed the selvage was derived from highly devolatilized rocks within the subduction channel. In contrast, muscovite, which crystallized in the adjacent host gneiss during a subsequent lower pressure phase of fluid infiltration at approximately 0.9 GPa depths, has much lower Li, Cs and Ba relative to the high-pressure phengite. These retrograde muscovite have very high concentrations of B (up to 5500 ppm) and Be (up to 50 ppm) and high (−2 to +8‰) δ11B values that are consistent with crystallization from a fluid derived from shallower and less devolatilized regions of the subduction zone. Additional host gneiss samples, regionally distributed and kilometres away from the studied area lack the B-rich signature and indicate that the late stage fluids were likely localized to the region near the studied traverse.
October 5th, 2016
Griggs, R. A., & Christopher, A. N. (2016). Who’s Who in Introductory Psychology Textbooks: A Citation Analysis Redux. Teaching of Psychology, 43(2), 108-119.
Abstract: It is important to assess periodically how introductory textbooks portray our discipline because introductory psychology is the most popular psychology course, almost all teachers use textbooks for it, and textbooks play a major role in defining the course for students. To do so, past studies have used textbook citation analyses. We analyzed current textbooks to update the citation findings of these studies for the most cited articles, books, and psychologists. Many highly cited articles and books have decreased in citation frequency, likely due to a currency bias and authors’ citation preferences. Freud had the highest citation page count, reinforcing students’ misconception of his importance in contemporary scientific psychology. Our findings should help teachers in making choices about course content and emphases.
October 3rd, 2016
Baker, V. L., Pifer, M. J., & Lunsford, L. G. (2016). Faculty Challenges Across Rank in Liberal Arts Colleges: A Human Resources Perspective. The Journal of Faculty Development, 30(1), 23-30.
Abstract: This article focuses on the challenges faced by faculty members in a consortium of 13 Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs). We present findings, by academic rank, from a mixed-methods study of faculty development needs and experiences within the consortium. Relying on human resource principles, we advocate a greater focus on the development of the person, rather than task-specific skill improvement, as a means of creating faculty development programming that is particularly tailored to the rank-based needs of faculty members. We offer recommendations to achieve this focus amidst the unique faculty development challenges and opportunities available at LACs.
September 27th, 2016
Boyan, A., Westerman, D., & Daniel, E. S. (2016). Rooting with your Rivals: Social Presence in Fantasy Sports. In N. D. Bowman, J. S. W. Spinda & J. Sanderson (Eds.), Fantasy Sports and the Changing Sports Media Industry : Media, Players, and Society (pp. 79-97). Lanham: Lexington Books.
September 21st, 2016
Russell, J.-e., Van Horne, S., Ward, A. S., Bettis, E. A., Sipola, M., Colombo, M., et al. (2016). Large Lecture Transformation: Adopting Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Student Engagement and Performance in an Introductory Science Course. Journal of Geoscience Education, 64(1), 37-51.
Abstract: This study investigated students’ attitudes, engagement, satisfaction, and performance in Introduction to Environmental Science after it was transformed from a typical large lecture to a student-centered learning environment. The instructors of the course collaborated with the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology and radically redesigned the course by adopting evidence-based pedagogical methods and instructional technology to offer a rich active learning environment. Students’ engagement, satisfaction, and performance in the transformed course were compared to the students in the same course that was traditionally taught in a previous semester in order to measure the effect of the transformed course on student learning. Four self-reported surveys and a focus group interview were administered during the semester, and performance scores, prior learning data, and demographic information were collected at the end of the semester. The assessment results indicate that the students in the transformed course prepared for the class significantly more, engaged in the course significantly better, and were significantly more satisfied with the course than were the students in the traditional lecture-format course. Most of all, multiple linear regression indicates that the students in the transformed course earned, on average, about three-fourths of a letter grade higher on their final grade after controlling for cumulative grade point average. The students in the transformed course reported that online learning materials and frequent formative assessments using online quizzes were helpful in their learning, and they perceived the course was relevant to real-world applications that matter to their daily life.
September 15th, 2016
Schoene, M. (2016). Urban Continent, Urban Activism? European Cities and Social Movement Activism. Global Society, 1-22.
Abstract: The European Union is currently experiencing a major protest wave. Citizens all over the continent are taking to the streets in droves to express their dissatisfaction with austerity policies, high unemployment, ineffective leadership and other issues. Many of these protests have been centred in large cities, but while some scholarly work notes the expressly urban nature of contemporary social movement activity, no studies test the effect of urban residential status on the likelihood of social movement participation in the presence of other factors. I hypothesise that cities positively influence the prevalence of social movement activity in the countries of the European Union. Using the multilevel 5th wave of the European Social Survey, I examine how urbanity, resources and grievances influence the likelihood of participation in four different forms of activism: wearing a protest badge, boycotting a product, signing a petition and participating in a demonstration. A series of multilevel mixed-effects regression models indicate that resources and urban status best predict the likelihood of participation in the four activities, indicating that cities offer better environments for social movement activity. I conclude with a discussion about European movement activity and urban society.
August 31st, 2016
Parr, C., & Linich, C. (2016). Supra! A Feast of Georgian Song. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard.
Publishers Description: Traditional choirs, folk ensembles or any other group of singers will enjoy this collection of songs from the Republic of Georgia selected, notated and recorded by Clayton Parr and Carl Linich. Like folk songs from the rest of the world, Georgian songs are traditionally connected with events of daily life – work songs, laments, lullabies, songs about historical events or figures, ritual songs, healing songs, traveling songs, comic songs, and dance songs. Table songs are a particularly important genre, and the tradition of the supra (ritual banquet), with elaborate toasts and songs, occupies a central position in Georgian traditional culture. Traditionally, these songs are in three polyphonic voice parts, and the authors have provided many pedagogical tools for learning: recordings, pronunciation guides, lyric sheets, song backgrounds and recordings.
August 25th, 2016
Guseman, E. H., Eisenmann, J. C., Betz, H. H., Pfeiffer, K. A., & Paek, H.-J. (2016). Screen time, sleep and overweight among low-income 8-12 year old youth. Journal of Behavioral Health, 5(2), 39-44.
Abstract: This paper describes a cross-sectional study of the combined influence of sleep and screen time behaviors on the odds of overweight and obesity among low-income youth. One of those most notable strengths of this study is the significant proportion of our sample who identify as members of an ethnic minority, most notably Hispanic and African American (approximately 84% of the total sample). This improves upon previous studies that often report data on almost entirely white samples, who often also do not qualify as low-income. Thus, we feel that this study makes a substantial contribution to the literature in spite of the null findings.