September 15, 2022

Faculty Activities

Executive Director of Global Education and Director of Border Studies Program Roger Adkins led a workshop in late 2021 at the virtual Global Student Leadership Summit, an annual event for student leaders in the areas of global engagement and DEI. The workshop was titled “Living in Intersectionality: Navigating Multiple Minoritized Identities in Higher Ed.” Adkins also consulted with counterparts at a few other colleges to discuss how Earlham has been maximizing synergies between Career Education, Community Engagement, and Global Learning and Engagement. 

Professor of biology and Director of Center for Global Health Peter Blair presented “Malaria Vaccine Discovery in the Post-Genomics Era: A Sporozoites Journey” as an invited speaker at Butler University as part of their Biology Seminary Series. 

Professor Emeritus F. Walter Bistline, Jr. received a “Top 5” award in the Richmond Columbian Properties juried photography exhibit for his photo “Third Melody.” His photo “Cornfield” was accepted for the Annual Juried Art Exhibit at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Indiana. 

Border Studies Program Instructor Geoffrey Alan Boyce co-edited a special issue of the journal ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies focused on the topics of police and carceral geographies. He also published the following single or co-authored articles: “Climate Impact or Policy Change? The Spatiotemporality of Thermoregulation and Border Crosser Mortality in Southern Arizona” in The Geographical Journal and “Home, Interrupted: Crises of Social Reproduction, Mutual Aid, and the Transformation of Place in the Aftermath of an Immigration Arrest” in ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 

Assistant professor of biology and environmental sustainability Jaime Coon and Professor of biology and Martha Sykes Hansen endowed chair in biology for ornithology Wendy Tori were recently featured in The Earlhamite for their fieldwork with students in the Grand River Grasslands in southern Iowa. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between Earlham and the Iowa Department of National Resources, private landowners and researchers from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Visiting Assistant Professor of chemistry Mahesh Dawadi co-authored a paper with the following students: Garris Radloff, Feven Naba, Dorothy Ocran-Sarsah, Makenzie Bennett, Kathryn (Katie) Sterzinger, Abigail Armstrong, and Olivia Layne. The paper entitled “Fabrication and characterization of highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells with composited dyes” was published in Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures. 

Professor of history Thomas Hamm published a piece with the Palladium-Item responding to a column that blamed Quakers for Indiana’s educational problems. He also participated in an online Friends Association for Higher Education discussion entitled, “Toward a Quaker Testimony of Labor.” Other participants included EC/ESR Alumni Trayce Peterson and Windy Cooler. 

Geology curator Shannon Hayes and professor of Earth and environmental science Andy Moore presented “Legacy Dam Pool Sediments Less Risky than Assumed in a Low-head Dam in Richmond, IN” at the Geological Society of America conference in Cincinnati in April. They presented alongside students Katherine Liu ’23, Garris Radloff ’22, and Amelia Richardson ’22. Cade Orchard ’22 also attended the conference and presented paleontological research he conducted in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History last summer. 

Professor of English Scott Hess was elected for a three-year term starting this past January on the Executive Council of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in the role of Conference Chair, with the responsibility to coordinate conference planning. He has also been giving a public lecture through the Indiana Humanities “Unearthed” Environmental Speaker Series on the topic of “How We Imagine Climate Change and Why It Matters.” He gave the lecture three times in April: at the Indianapolis Public Library, the Cope Environmental Center in Centerville, and for the Elkhart County Parks Department in northeast Indiana. 

Professor Emeritus of biology and biology research John Iverson has published five papers so far in 2022, in the following journals: Megataxa, Conservation Physiology, Chelonian Research Monographs, Herpetology Notes, and Herpetological Review

In October 2021, Professor Emeritus of sociology/anthropology Michael Jackson published his article “Interesting findings, questionable interpretation: Comment on Thornewill et al. (2020)” in the American Psychologist. The published piece critiqued a number of errors in a paper suggesting support by psychologists for interrogations that included torture and demonstrated the data in that paper actually showed that psychologists strongly repudiated such interrogations. 

In May 2022, sociology/anthropology research professor Deborah Jackson presented a paper entitled “Recognizing the Swan Creek Black River Ojibwa, 1830-1930: A ‘Borderlands’ Approach” as part of the session The Indigenous Midwest at the Midwestern History Association’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Director of Global Management Program and associate professor of global management Becky Jestice ’97 co-authored the paper “Gender Effects in Directed vs Incidental Learning in a 3D Virtual World Simulation,” which was accepted for publication in the AIS journal Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. The paper will be published in January 2023.

Visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy Basu Lamichhane co-published “Fully differential investigation of two-center interference in dissociative capture in + H2 collisions” in Physical Review A. He also presented his collaborative work done with Dr. Michael Schulz’s group at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. 

Assistant Professor of computer science Sofia Lemons co-authored “Trading Monotonicity for Cost in Beam Search,” Proceedings of the ICAPS-22 Workshop on Heuristics and Search for Domain-independent Planning (HSDIP-22), 2022. They also co-authored a piece entitled “Beam Search: Faster and Monotonic.” This will appear in the proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2022). 

Collections Manager of Joseph Moore Museum Ann-Eliza Lewis served as a panelist for a memorial event at Boston University honoring her mentor who passed away. The event was titled “Pots and Pans, Bodkins and Trowels: Reflections on Mary Beaudry” and was sponsored by the Boston University Program in Gastronomy and Program in Archaeology on April 30, 2022. 

Director of the Center for Environmental Leadership Jamey Pavey was appointed to the College & University Recycling Council (CURC) Board of Directors, with a term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. This is a 12-member board with representation from colleges and universities across North America. CURC supports collegiate recycling and waste management programs through technical assistance, education, and training. 

Professor of psychology Vince Punzo submitted an article on the topic of “COVID-19 and Collective Grief” which will be published in the summer issue of the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.

Professor of French and Francophone Studies Karim Sagna gave the Keynote Address at the Annual Kenya Oral Literature Association Conference, held in Moana, Diani, Southcoast Kenya on May 12, 2022. The theme of the conference was Shifting Paradigms: From Traditional Ethnic Oralities to National Oralities in Oral Literature Performance. Sagna’s speech was titled “Rupture and Continuity in Jaliba Kuyateh’s Griot Art.” In his research,  Sagna investigates the scope of Jaliba’s music narrated from the dual angle of an acclaimed master kora player and a respected traditional oral historian, and to discuss the social role and power that Jaliba Kuyateh plays in Senegambia (Senegal and The Gambia). 

Shannon Hayes and Andy Moore collaborate with students and the City of Richmond in assessing risks associated with the removal of Weir Dam.

Assistant professor of biology and biochemistry Emmett Smith gave two talks on their research on environmental DNA changes in the forefield of the Icelandic glacier Solheimajokull at the Indiana Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting in March, and at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting in April. Both talks were entitled “Changes in Icelandic soil microbiomes from the forefield of retreating glaciers revealed by Illumina and MinION sequencing.” They also presented a Social Justice Forum in March in conjunction with the Morrison-Reeves library and the Center for Social Justice at Earlham. The presentation was entitled “The Return of Eugenics? The Ethics of Human Genome Editing.” Smith is also a member of the planning committee that organizes the Undergraduate Genetics Education Network Workshop. They gave their second free workshop in January 2022, where they brought in Angela Saini, author of “Superior: The Return of Race Science” as the keynote speaker. 

Museum Research Fellow David Walton published “Stone Tool Functions, Household Activities, and Formative Lithic Economics in Northern Tlaxcala, Mexico” in Cambridge Core’s Ancient Mesoamerica. He also did an interview on the subject of the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico for The UnXplained with William Shatner on the History Channel. 

In March 2022, Professor of chemistry Lori Watson presented a poster at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, California, entitled “Interactive online network of inorganic chemists: A community of transformation.” 

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Emmett Smith (left) researches soil microbiomes in Iceland, Summer 2022.
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