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January 24, 2012
[i]Faculty, students and alumni have had a busy and successful fall and winter. Here are highlights from across the institution.[/i][br][br][h]College of Education and Allied Studies[/h][br][br]Longtime Wellesley resident, [b]Dr. Phyllis Gimbel[/b] (education leadership), was elected chairperson of the board of directors and president of the World of Wellesley (WOW), a non-profit organization dedicated to making the town a welcoming and diverse community. She has been a member of the board since 2004 and president of the organization for the past two years. During her tenure, Dr. Gimbel has chaired the storytelling subcommittee, the library subcommittee and served as liaison to the Wellesley public schools. Last April, Dr. Gimbel, who is also the assistant coordinator of Writing across the Curriculum, earned the V. James DiNardo Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from BSU. In addition, Dr. Gimbel had two letters to the editor published in separate magazines last semester. "Hurray for Teachers" was printed on page six of the Oct. 30 edition of the [i]Boston Globe Magazine[/i], and "Calling Attention to Unsung Heroes" was published on page 22 of the Nov. 2 issue of [i]Education Week[/i] magazine.[br][br][b]Katherine Getchell[/b], a graduate student in counselor education, had her article, "Friendship Soup," published in the November issue of [i]Counselor's Notebook[/i], the professional publication of the Massachusetts School Counselors Association. The article centers on her counseling internship, where she learned the value of developing good rapport with colleagues through social events, such as her school's Soup Day. The publication is available online in the [link]MASCA archives|[/link]. [br][br]In her presentation for the annual Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers conference (ALER), held in Virginia, [b]Dr. Nancy Witherell[/b] (elementary and early childhood education) reviewed programs organized by the International Reading Association (IRA)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Her session was designed to prepare participants for critically reviewing institutional reading programs submitted to NCATE for national accreditation. Dr. Witherell, along with her four co-panelists, discussed the review process, NCATE's online resources and the council's new options and new standards from IRA. Check out a program and slideshow of the conference on the [link]ALER website|[/link].[br][br][h]Ricciardi College of Business[/h][br][br]The Center for Entrepreneurship held two informative events for students seeking careers in international business. First, in the campus center, [b]Nancy Lowd[/b], senior international trade advisor at the Massachusetts Export Center, delivered her talk, "Introduction to International Marketing," offering tips on how to develop a successful career in global business. Then, in Hunt Hall, the talk, "A World Opportunity: How to Start an Import/Export Business," delivered by [b]Tobias Stapleton[/b], former CEO of International Trade Assistance Center, Inc., showed students how to combine their fondness for international travel, diverse cultures and language skills into a profitable enterprise. [br][br][h]College of Humanities and Social Sciences[/h][br][br][b]Dr. Dion Dennis[/b] (criminal justice) offers a provocative take on the use of religion in our current political discourse, in his article published in [i]CTheory[/i], an international peer-reviewed journal of theory, technology and culture. Read Dr. Dennis's article [link]here|[/link].[br][br]An article co-authored by [b]Dr. Kyung-Shick Choi[/b] (criminal justice) and published in the [i]British Journal of Community Justice[/i] will also appear in the Far East. The article, "The Police Crackdown in Red Light Districts in South Korea and the Crime Displacement Effect After the 2004 Act on Punishment of Intermediating in the Sex Trade," has been translated to Chinese and re-published in the [i]Journal of Crime and Criminal Justice International[/i], a prestigious Chinese journal. The article was o-authored by [b]Kyungseok Choo[/b] and [b]Yong-Eun Sung[/b].[br][br][b]Dr. Donald Running[/b] (music) published an article in [i]The Journal of Band Research[/i], titled, "Conductors, Charisma and the Affective Communication Test." The assistant professor also performed in a wind ensemble concert, hosted by the Department of Music, which included the world premieres of one of his works, and the works of four other musicians: [b]Marc Jenson[/b], [b]Seth Mulvihill[/b], [b]Alex Lubet[/b] and [b]James Bohn[/b]. Additionally, one week earlier, the music department presented a world premiere of "Robin Masters' Estate," by student composer [b]Scott Bissonnette[/b], '12, with the BSU Jazz Band.[br][br]Teaching music may be their full-time jobs, but two faculty members in the music department have proven well-versed in other art forms. [b]Dr. Carol Nicholeris[/b], who is director of the Alumni Chamber Choir, recently was chosen by WMUR TV in Manchester, NH, as their "ulocal user of the month" for her photos of fall foliage. They are in a collection, titled, "Signs of Autumn." Check out the photos here in the [link]ulocal archives|[/link]. Additionally, [b]Dr. Jean L. Kreiling[/b], the author of many published poems and scholarly articles, has continued to share her verse through various journals. Recent published poems include "Mezzo Soprano" ([i]Thema[/i] 23/3, Autumn 2011), "Dancing with Dvorak" ([i]The Lyric[/i] 91/3, Summer 2011), "Livingston Taylor Live" ([i]14 by 14[/i], August 2011) and "Libby Larsen's Parachute Dancing" ([i]Mezzo Cammin[/i], June 2011). Dr. Kreiling was a finalist for the 2010 Dogwood Poetry Prize and the 2009 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.[br][br]The Department of Music hosted a forum with [b]Kari O'Briant[/b], a music therapist for the Roman Music Therapy Services and a faculty member at South Shore Conservatory, centered on the fundamentals of and careers in music therapy. Ms. O'Briant trained at Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office working with adults with developmental disabilities and has worked with young children on the autism spectrum, adults with physical impairments and mental health needs, and older adults in a nursing and rehabilitation facility.[br][br]Several faculty and students took part in panel discussions at the 2011 New England Conference for Irish Studies that had the theme, "Who's Afraid of the Celtic Tiger?: Economics, Trade and the Undead in Irish Cultures." The regional conference covered Ireland's economy, touching on various literary and historical perspectives. Presenters and their papers were: [b]Dr. Patricia Fanning[/b] (sociology), "I have written true things, simply, about poor people': The Irish in Alvan Sanborn's Tenement Sketches"; [b]Dr. Kathleen Vejvoda[/b] (English), "Conor McPherson's Ghosts"; [b]Katy Whittingham[/b], "A Deadly Metaphor: the Aging and Wounded Celtic Tiger"; and [b]Katie Smith[/b], "Seams Heaney and the Power of Education." The conference was co-organized by [b]Dr. Ellen Scheible[/b] (English) and co-sponsored by the American Conference for Irish Studies and BSU's English department and Center for International Engagement.[br][br][b]Dr. Karen Fein[/b] (social work) co-authored an article titled, "A deadly mix? An international investigation of handgun availability, drinking culture, and homicide," published in the [i]International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice[/i]. Her research investigates the relationship between firearm availability and homicide rates in countries where alcohol consumption varies. Check out the article [link]here|[/link].[br][br][h]College of Science and Mathematics[/h][br][br]Last summer, [b]Dr. Boriana Marintcheva[/b] (biology) presented her research project at a conference for ASMCUE (American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators), which centered on developing teaching skills. The abstract of her presentation was subsequently published in the [i]Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education[/i].[br][br]Mathematics major [b]Thomas Howard[/b], '12, presented his research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston. The Easton resident's work was highlighted during the undergraduate poster session. His project was "A Mathematical Model for the Effects of Plaque Aggregation on the Neuronal Network." With more than 7,000 attendees, the JMM is one of the largest gatherings of mathematicians in the world. For his project, completed with mentor [b]Irina Seceleanu[/b], assistant professor of mathematics and computer sciences, Mr. Howard built a mathematical model to study the effects of plaque deposits in the human brain. The model may be used to study treatments that slow the degeneration of neuronal pathways due to plaque aggregation.[br][br][h]Administration[/h][br][br][b]Dr. Jenny Shanahan[/b], director of undergraduate research, co-edited the book, [i]Creative Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities: Models of Undergraduate Research[/i], which aims to assist faculty and administrators in creating undergraduate research opportunities across all disciplines. The other co-editors were [b]Naomi Yavneh Klos[/b] and [b]Gregory Young[/b]. Learn more [link]here|[/link].[br][br][b]Dr. Elizabeth Englander[/b] (psychology) and members of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which she directs, co-hosted StandUP2011 at Northeastern University, where thousands of middle and high school students and teachers from across New England gathered to take a stand against bullying. Other sponsors included Sport in Society at Northeastern University and The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. StandUP was created to educate, motivate and empower young people to actively promote social change in their schools and communities. Check out details at on the StandUP website at: [b][/b].[br][br][b]Dr. Shelia Campbell[/b], administrative director of the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic, and [b]Dr. Joseph Huber[/b], program director, and three undergraduate students recently presented information about the CPDC program at the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAPHERD) convention in Worcester. The two administrators and the students -- [b]Ryan Burr[/b], [b]Lindsey Dellorco[/b] and [b]Samantha Hutchins[/b] -- will be delivering the presentation again at MAPHERD's national convention, which will be held in March in Boston.[br][br][h]Alumni[/h][br][br]Alumna [b]Danielle Sarah Gelehrter[/b] created and hosts an award-winning horror TV show, "Shilling Shockers," which is syndicated on cable access channels in 150 cities and towns across New England. Ms. Gelehrter hosts the program as a witch known as Penny Dreadful XIII, and earned the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in 2007 for "Favorite Horror Host." She was the first-ever winner of the category. The program, which has developed a cult following since its premiere in 2006, will soon release its eighth season on DVD. As Penny Dreadful, Ms. Gelehrter is a regular guest at horror conventions, such as Rock & Shock in Worcester, HorrorHound in Indianapolis, Ind., and Monster Bash in Pittsburgh, Penn.. She has hosted several live fundraising events for children's organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has appeared in a number of horror-themed publications and films. For more information, check out the Shilling Shocker website at: [b][/b].