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University ScholarsFrom performances in orchestral recordings captured in St. Petersburg, Russia, to contributions to textbooks updating students on the global AIDS epidemic to designs crafted for one side of the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor in the United States – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty continue to demonstrate their incredible research and creative power.

A spectrum of scholarly and creative activity was spotlighted in the 2013 University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Oct. 15 in Reeve Memorial Union’s ballroom.

UW Oshkosh Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lane Earns and Bob Roberts, the new director of the Office of Grants and Faculty Development, welcomed faculty members and academic leaders gathered to hear presentations by faculty speakers Scott Beyer (Finance, College of Business), Yoshiro Hanai (Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Letters and Science), Judith Hankes (Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Services) and Druscilla Scribner (Political Science, College of Letters and Science).

Here is the rundown of faculty members, their research and writing and their creative activities recognized and awarded at the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon:




Bruce Atwell, musician-horn (Music)

Baroque Music for Horn and Strings

Centaur Records, Inc., 2012

Baroque Music for Horn and Strings, a CD by Bruce Atwell (horn) with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and Jeffery Meyer (conductor) was released on the Centaur label. The disc contains works for horn and orchestra and for horn in chamber music settings. Orchestral works were recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia. The chamber music pieces were recorded at Ithaca College. Pieces from the standard repertoire as well as some lesser-known works are included. The recording has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide and The Horn Call, journal of the International Horn Society. Bruce Atwell has a continuing interest in works for horn written in the Baroque period.




Emmanuel Jean Francois, editor (COEHS)

Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education

IGI Global, 2013

Schedule constraints and other complicating factors can make face-to-face educational methods inadequate to the needs of learners. Thus, blended learning has emerged as a compromise that reconciles the need for high-tech and high-touch learning and teaching interactions. Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education educates readers across nations and cultures and strengthens their understanding of theories, models, research, applications, best practices and emerging issues related to blended learning and teaching through a holistic and transcultural perspective. This research volume serves as a valued resource for faculty, administrators and leaders in postsecondary institutions to plan, develop, implement and evaluate blended learning programs and courses. It also provides researchers with the latest research in transcultural blended learning and teaching theories, findings, best practices and emerging trends.




Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, musician-piano (Music)

Here (and There): Music for Piano and Electronics

Innova Recordings, 2013

Here (and There): Music for Piano and Electronics is a collection of compositions written for Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi (and for this recording project) by American composers Brian Belet, Jim Fox, Jeff Herriott, Tom Lopez, Ed Martin and Phillip Schroeder. Although stylistically diverse, the works on this disc are unified by their incorporation of electronic and acoustic sounds, demonstrating the wonderful synergies available when combining the beauty of unadulterated piano timbres with the expressive possibilities of their enhancement by electronic means.




Jodi Eichler-Levine, author (Religious Studies and Women’s Studies)

Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature

New York University Press, 2013

This work examines classic and contemporary Jewish and African American children’s literature. Through close readings of selected titles published since 1945, Jodi Eichler-Levine analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. In the wake of the Holocaust and lynchings, of the Middle Passage and flight from Eastern Europe’s pogroms, children’s literature provides diverse and complicated responses to the challenge of representing difficult collective pasts.

In reading the work of various prominent authors, including Maurice Sendak, Julius Lester, Jane Yolen, Sydney Taylor and Virginia Hamilton, Eichler-Levine changes our understanding of North American religions. She illuminates how narratives of both suffering and nostalgia graft future citizens into ideals of American liberal democracy.

If children are the idealized recipients of the past, what does it mean to tell tales of suffering to young people, and can we imagine modes of memory that move past utopian notions of children as our future? Suffer the Little Children asks readers to alter their worldviews about children’s literature as an “innocent” enterprise, revisiting the genre in a darker and more unsettled light.




Heike Alberts (Geography and Urban Planning) and Helen Hazen, co-editors

International Students and Scholars in the United States Coming from Abroad

Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Written by an international team of academics and experienced practitioners, this volume brings together scholarship on international academic migrants to the United States—the world’s top recipient of academic talent. Topics considered include migration patterns, adaptation challenges and the role that international students and faculty play in broader internationalization and diversity agendas within U.S. higher education. The book shows that the notion of “brain drain” is insufficient to understand the transnational and often multidirectional flows of academic migrants today. Instead, a more nuanced understanding of their migration patterns and decision making is essential if the opportunities presented by these cross-border flows are to be realized.




Kimberly Rivers (History) and Lucie Doležalová, co-editors

Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use

Krems, 2013

Medieval miscellanies are the most common kind of manuscript found in modern manuscript collections, but until recently they have been little studied. The oversight stems from the difficulty scholars have found in defining them, with some seeing miscellanies as a group of “leftovers” within medieval lists of library holdings and others seeking to find a more precise definition, such as “a manuscript into which many things of diverse content have been copied.” As modern scholars have recently turned their attention to medieval manuscripts as historical artifacts in their own right and as part of the flourishing fields of the history of the book and of reading, they have begun to re-examine the ways that medieval manuscripts were created and the purposes that they could serve for their owners and their communities. The papers in this volume explore the tension between randomness and order and the question of recoverability of intention in the creation of miscellanies. The volume also stresses the necessity to study medieval texts in their material context; that is, in the immediate context in which they were transmitted.




Thomas Rowland, author (History)

Millard Fillmore: The Limits of Compromise

Nova Science Publishers, 2013

Arguably our most obscure president, and generally judged mediocre at best, Millard Fillmore came to the presidency in July 1850 when his predecessor, Zachary Taylor, unexpectedly died. Despite his relative anonymity, Fillmore was thrust into the nation’s greatest historical argument—the great debate concerning the future of slavery in the republic. With considerable political aplomb, he helped guide the passage of the measures collectively known as the Compromise of 1850, including the sensitive and controversial Fugitive Slave Act. Rather than resolve the agitation, these measures gave way to a decade of rancorous conflict that brought about the Civil War. This interpretive study seeks to understand why this president remained anchored to a past that was no longer effective in his own time. The author wishes to thank the Office of Grants and Faculty Development for the Research Award he received that enabled him to spend research time in western New York.




Teri Shors (Biology and Microbiology) and Robert I. Krasner, co-authors

The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Third Edition

Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013

Microbes play a highly significant role in our daily lives as agents of infectious disease and are a major public health concern. The third edition of The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective addresses this topic and has been extensively revised and updated with the latest data in a fast-paced field. It focuses on human-microbe interactions and considers bacterial, viral, prion, protozoan, fungal and helminthic (worm) diseases. A chapter on beneficial aspects of microbes makes it clear that not all microbes are disease producers and that microbes are necessary for the sustenance of life on Earth. The response of the immune system, concepts of epidemiology, and measures of control from the individual to the international level to thwart potentially life-threatening epidemics are described. Sections on fungi and fungal diseases are new. The third edition includes new and contemporary information about vaccinations, antibiotic resistant microbes, practical disinfection information, virotherapy and emerging diseases. New boxes throughout the text feature items of human interest such as big and bizarre viruses, probiotics, rats and synthetic biology.


Teri Shors (Biology and Microbiology) and Benjamin S. Weeks, co-authors

AIDS: The Biological Basis, Sixth Edition

Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014

Completely updated with the latest findings and statistical information available, the new sixth edition of this award-winning text continues to educate students about effectively controlling the spread of HIV and AIDS. Designed for non-science majors taking a special topics and/or general education course, AIDS: The Biological Basis is a comprehensive and accessible text that explores the history of AIDS, includes the latest information on HIV testing, and provides background material to help students understand the biological basis of this continuing pandemic.

The fully updated and revised sixth edition includes an all-new focus on immunology, providing more background information for students so they can fully appreciate the mechanisms used by HIV to overcome the body’s defenses. The text also includes new material on the pharmacology used to treat HIV/AIDS and the latest available epidemiological data. The sixth edition incorporates key pedagogical features of previous editions, as well as updated study materials, global facts about HIV, and question-and-answer sections that reinforce main concepts. Ideally suited for both undergraduate and graduate students in biology, microbiology, nursing and public health programs, AIDS: The Biological Basis provides readers with an extensive breadth of basic knowledge in AIDS immunopathology, epidemiology, the design and function of AIDS drugs, and the ongoing search for a vaccine.




Richard Masters, artist (Art)

Professor Muhammad Yunus Congressional Gold Medal Coin Design

United States Mint, 2013

The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the U.S. Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Professor Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was awarded the medal in recognition of his contributions to the fight against global poverty.

The reverse side was designed by U.S. Mint Master Designer Richard Masters. It depicts a lotus open in full bloom, rising above the water and cradling the world in its petals, symbolizing Professor Yunus’ dream to end world poverty.


 Awards (Awarded During Fiscal Year 2012–2013)

 Faculty Development – Teaching Awards


Michael Beeth (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

Jessica Calderwood (Art), Art Metals Curriculum

Donna Charley-Johnson (Biology and Microbiology), Animal Conservation Quotient

Quin Chrobak (Psychology), Study Abroad Program to Salvador, Brazil

Jennifer Considine (Communications), Teaching the Senior Capstone in Communication

Andrzej Dziedzic (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Advanced French Grammar Textbook

Gerald Fast (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

Yoshiro Hanai (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Creating Instructional Rich Media Contents for Oshkosh Taiko Initiative

Kathryn Henn-Reinke (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

Edwin Jager (Art), Computer Art-Interactive (Art 444)

Nari Kim (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

Ava McCall (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

Stacey Skoning (COEHS), Preparing Inclusive Practitioners

April Spivack (COB), Design Thinking in Business: A Toolkit for Innovative Thinking

Nathan Stuart (COB), Conversion of BUS 303 to Flipped Classroom Format


 Faculty Development – Research Awards


Gary Adams (COB), The Role of Aging in the Occupational Stress and Health Process

Benjamin Artz (COB), Unemployment Duration and Job Quality: A Job Satisfaction Approach

Jaehan Bae (Art), Metaphorical Concepts in the Meaningful Art Teaching Experience of Four Novice Art Teachers

Catherine Bryan (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Neo-noir Novel in Mexico

Melissa Bublitz (COB), Positive Marketing to Promote Healthy Foods

Tammy Chapin (Nursing), A Pilot Study to Explore Clinical Nurse Educator Workforce Issues

Julia Chybowski (Music), Frances Elliott Clark and the Business of “Music Appreciation”

Stephanie May de Montigny (Anthropology), The Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Princess

James Feldman (Environmental Studies), Project Salt Vault and the First Failed Attempt at Radioactive Waste Management

Kathleen Foley Winkler (Anthropology), Analysis of Karow Site Human Remains

Fredi Giesler (Social Work), Parent-child Relationships in a Homeless Shelter: Promoting Play

Joan Hart (Mathematics), Nice Functions on Complex Products

Orlee Hauser (Sociology), Entering Feminine Domain: Paternal Identity and How Men Musculinize Parenting

Marguerite Helmers (English), War and Words: Rhetorics of Domesticity

Julie Henderson (Journalism), Perception Versus Reality: A Comparison of the Professional and Popular Definitions of Public Relations

Eric Hiatt (Geology), South American Sedimentary Basin Study

Phan Hong-Lishner (Psychology), Trauma, Invalidation, and Psychopathology

Margaret Hostetler (English), The Language of Evaluation in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy

Marianne Johnson (COB), Public Economics, Market Failure and Voluntary Exchange

Christopher Jones (COB), You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits: Religion’s Impact on Business Ethics

Richard Kalinoski (Theatre), Myth in the Realm of Character

Toivo Kallas (Biology and Microbiology), Isoprene Bio-production in Cyanobacteria

Nadejda Kaltcheva (Physics and Astronomy), Multi-wavelength Study of Star-forming Fields

Raj Kamalapur (COB), Impact of Inventory Holding Cost in CPFR

Erik Krohn (Computer Science), Algorithms to Deter Thieves

Courtney Kurtz (Biology and Microbiology), Nanoparticle Effects on Immune System

Jeff Lipschutz (Art), Fragments

Nadia Louar (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Beckett’s Return to English as a Language of Literary Composition

Miles Maguire (Journalism), Methodology as a Predictor of Journalistic Impact

Miles Maguire (Journalism), Down and Out in London, Up and Coming in Toronto: The Early Years of Thomas Whiteside

Suzanne Marnocha (Nursing), A Pilot Study to Explore Clinical Nurse Educator Workforce Issues

Edward Martin (Music), Composition for Piano Duo Exploring Timbre Alteration

Richard Masters (Art), Melancholy Hwangmuji

Eric Matson (Biology and Microbiology), Expression and Function of Lignocellulose-degrading Enzymes

Edward Miller (Geography), St. Charles Journey-to-Work, 1912–1936

Anca Miron (Psychology), Estimated Injustice Standards

William Mode (Geology), Quaternary Geologic Map, Fond du Lac County

Linda Pereksta (Music), Johann Joachim Quantz’s Double-tongue Technique in Historical Flute Performance

Joseph Peterson (Geology), Correlating Behaviors in Living Mammals and Dinosaurs

Robert Pillsbury (Biology and Microbiology), A Diatom-based Assessment of Long-term Human Impact to Lake Superior

Susan Ridgely (Religious Studies), How Conservative Christians of All Ages Use Focus on the Family Child-rearing Material

Kimberly Rivers (History), Learning and Remembering Canon Law

Thomas Rowland (History), Millard Fillmore: A Study in Character

Juyeon Son (Sociology), Strangers, Families, or All by Oneself: Technology and Seeking Help During Postpartum among Korean Women in the U.S.

Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology), Survey Methods for the Bornean Orangutan

April Spivack (COB), Design and Operational Effectiveness of Today’s Animal Shelters

Robert Stelzer (Biology and Microbiology), Long-term Effects of POC on N Processing

Nenad Stojilovic (Physics and Astronomy), Fabrication of ZnO Nanofibers

Wendy Strauch-Nelson (Art), Art, Nature, and the Child

Angela Gray Subulwa (Geography), Negotiating Refugee Integration in Mongu Zambia

Yijun Tang (Chemistry), Measuring Methanol Concentration with Chemical Sensors in Ionic Liquids

Robert Wagoner (Philosophy), Philosophy and Therapy: Seneca on the Theory and Practice of Philosophy

Judith Westphal (Nursing), A Pilot Study to Explore Clinical Nurse Educator Workforce Issues

Lenore Wineberg (COEHS), Parent-child Relationships in a Homeless Shelter: Promoting Play


Sabbatical Awards


Jeri-Mae Astolfi (Music), Pianistic Innovations

Richard Kalinoski (Theatre), Heartriver

Jeffrey Kaplan (Religious Studies), Nizwa University – Oman

Jeff Lipschutz (Art), Holbein and Friends

External Grant Awards – Major Grants

(Research and Instructional Grants – $25,000 or More)

Catherine Arentsen (Head Start), Federal Head Start Continuation Grant (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): $4,060,086

Catherine Arentsen (Head Start), Wisconsin Head Start State Supplement (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $98,175

Eric Brunsell (COEHS), K–5 STEM (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $300,924

Chad Deering (Geology), Probing Caldera-Forming Magmatism: Crystal Accumulation in Large, Upper Crustal Silicic Magma Chambers (National Science Foundation): $108,976

Judith Hankes (COEHS), Closing the Math Achievement Gap of Native American Students Identified as Learning Disabled (UW System-WEITQ): $112,066

Nancy Harrison (Student Support Services), Wisconsin Postsecondary Persistence Program (Great Lakes Community Education Corp.): $169,420

Nancy Harrison (Student Support Services), Student Support Services Program (U.S. Department of Education): $385,635

Kathryn Henn-Reinke (COEHS), ESTRELLA II: Excellent Schools, Teaching and Research for English Language Learner Achievement (U.S. Department of Education): $369,894

Toivo Kallas (Biology and Microbiology), Isoprene and Pinene Production in Cyanobacteria (WiSys Technology Foundation): $26,000

Gregory Kleinheinz (Biology and Microbiology):

  • Implementation of Beach Redesigns at Southern Wisconsin Beaches (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency): $500,000
  • Implementation of Beach Redesigns at Northern Wisconsin Beaches (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency): $500,000
  • Vilas County Well Testing (Vilas County Public Health Department): $46,670
  • Vilas County Limited Agent (Vilas County Public Health Department): $225,000
  • Assessment of Remediation Efforts at Lake Michigan Beaches (U.S. Department of Commerce): $94,296
  • Door County Beach Testing (Door County Health Department): $39,000
  • Iron County Public Health (Iron County Public Health Department): $52,000
  • Beach Sanitary Survey (U.S. Department of the Interior): $45,500


Colleen Merrill (Small Business Development Center), Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (Small Business Administration/UW Extension): $88,014

Maureen Muldoon (Geology), Development of a Groundwater Flow Model for the Mink River Estuary (Wisconsin Department of Administration/Coastal Management Program): $47,511

Renee Rickert (CCDET), Workforce Development/W2 Training (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families): $544,497

Renee Rickert (CCDET), Caregiver Fee for Service  (Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance): $46,815

Mary Seaman (Biology and Microbiology), UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars – Year 1 of 5 (U.S. Department of Education): $220,000

Katherine Short-Meyerson (COEHS), How Parents and Their Elementary School-age Children Solve Science Problems Together (National Science Foundation): $99,101

Stacey Skoning (COEHS), Science Teaching Through Universal Design and Inquiry (UW System-WEITQ): $104,369

Kim Stuyvenberg (CCDET), Learning Management System Services – PATHLORE (Wisconsin Department of Health Services): $104,160

Kim Stuyvenberg (CCDET), Truancy Intervention Program (Winnebago County Department of Health Services): $63,000

Kim Stuyvenberg (CCDET), CESA 5/Captivate Project (Cooperative Educational Service Agency 5): $25,000

Leona Whitman (Nursing), Living Healthy Clinic (Winnebago County): $126,900