Faculty & Staff Notes ~ Summer 2022

Kushal Adhikari, assistant professor of environmental engineering, co-authored, “Alternative Wastewater Pond Design for Land Applying the Effluent” published as a proceeding in the 2022 ASABE Annual International Meeting. He presented, “Water Sustainability using Pond-In-Pond (PIP) wastewater treatment system for reuse” and “Environmental sustainability: An integrated approach for green and economical cement production,” at the 2022 ASCE-EWRI Congress meeting (American Society of Civil Engineers- Environmental & Water Institute). Adhikarisubmitted and received Professional Development Funds ($3000) from CSU to support scholarly works targeted toward increasing retention of BIPOC faculty in HigherEd. He received recognition and The Platinum Medal from GSFN (Global Sustainable Futures Progress through Partnerships Network) for continued contribution and service to the organization. Adhikari currently serves as guest editor for a special issue in Springer Nature “Discovery” journal, “The Role of Education in the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals — How Sustainability Education Influences Consumption and Production Systems and Contributes to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals.”

Hannah Bellwoar, associate professor of English, director of general education & writing, was elected as member-at-large to the Board for the Small Liberal Arts Colleges-Writing Program Administrators.

Provost Lauren Bowen and Associate Provost Dominick Peruso, presented “Engaging Trustees in the Academic Program Development Process” at the annual meeting of the American Council of Academic Deans annual meeting, Tampa, FL, February 2023.

Kristin Camenga, associate professor of mathematics, presented a talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, “Welcoming Students to the Mathematical Community,” in a Transition to Proof course.

Dan Dries, associate professor of chemistry, and his colleague, Rou-Jia Sung (Carleton College), wrote an editorial for a special edition of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBED) focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access (DEIJA) in molecular life sciences education. The editorial was accompanied by an essay also co-written by Dries and Sung for an inaugural feature on international conversations on DEIJA in the molecular life sciences.

Douglas Glazier, professor of biology, published three research articles, “Variable metabolic scaling breaks the law: from ‘Newtonian’ to ‘Darwinian’ approaches,” in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, “How metabolic rate relates to cell size,” in Biology, and “Ontogenetic changes in body shape and scaling of metabolic rate in the American eel (Anguilla rostrata),” in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. The third article was coauthored by Alex Forlenza ’22 and Heather Galbraith ’01. Since May 2022, Glazier also presented two talks on biological scaling sponsored by the Society of Experimental Biologists in France, and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico.

Jay Hosler, David K Goodman ‘74 Professor of Biology, and his son, Max Hosler, spoke about “Adventures in Mathemalchemy: Exploring Math and Art through a Comic Book Narrative,” in the invited AMS Special Session on the Math and Art of Mathemalchemy at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston in January 2022.

Dave Hsiung, professor of history, is spending the academic year working on a book about environmental history and the American Revolution, and has given talks about his research at the Massachusetts Historical Society; Cardiff University in Wales, UK; the College of William and Mary; and the University of Pennsylvania. Videos of two different presentations can be found on the homepages of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA, and at the American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati.

Tricia Hunt, director of health professions program, presented two sessions at the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) in June 2022 titled, “Alumni Engagement: Money and Time,” and “Preserving Institutional Knowledge through Office Turnover,” collaborating with other advisers from Dartmouth University, University of Maryland, and University of Cincinnati. Hunt Created two new partnerships for Juniata health professions students with Duquesne University School of Pharmacy for a 3+4 Bachelor of Science-Doctor of Pharmacy program and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for a 4+4 Bachelor of Science-Doctor of Veterinary Medicine partnership. These were finalized in October 2022.

Jana Jaffa, director of international student and scholar services, published a chapter, “NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising,” in the book, Comprehensive Advisor Training & Development, 3rd Edition. Jaffa co-presented at the NAFSA Regional Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, and the PACIE Annual Conference at Haverford College, PA. She presented at the Diversity Abroad Conference in San Francisco, CA (partially funded by the World Learning grant) and was selected from 25 nationally to participate in the NAFSA Executive Internationalization e-institute. Jaffa was also selected to participate in the Florida International University Collaborative Online International Learning Leadership Institute. She served on NAFSA Teaching, Learning, and Service Research & Scholarship Committee and on the NACADA International Conference Advisory Board. Jaffa was selected as an AERA proposal reviewer.

Jill Keeney, Charles A Dana Professor of Biology, directed a workshop at Ohlone College in Newark, California, June 13–18, 2022. At the workshop, students and faculty developed course plans for a laboratory exploring genes of unknown function in yeast. The workshop was attended by 18 faculty and students from across the United States. She attended, with two students, the Yeast Genetics Meeting at UCLA, August 17–21, 2022. The students presented a poster on their work with yeast genetics. Keeney presented two posters and co-organized a workshop at the meeting “Bridging Research and Education.” She helped plan and moderate a one-day online workshop on July 25, 2022, on best practices for integrating research experiences into undergraduate laboratory courses.

Sara Kern, student success and outreach librarian, presented a poster, “The Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Using the Encyclopedia as a Teaching Tool for Writing and Research,” at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference in October 2022, with Josh Cohen, librarian at Elizabethtown College. She presented, “Using R Statistical Software for Library Assessment: Do More with Your Data, for Free!,” as part of the Connect and Communicate Webinar Series, Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division, Sept. 21, 2022. Kern presented a Lightning Talk, “Maintaining Services and Building Excitement Before and During a Total Building Renovation,” at Access Services in Libraries, Inc. Annual Conference, November 2022, with Jacob Gordon, former Juniata librarian.

George Merovich, associate professor of environmental science, along with Stephanie S. Coster, Megan N. Dillon, and William More, published, “The update and optimization of an eDNA assay to detect the invasive rusty crayfish (Faxonius rusticus),” in PLOS ONE, 16. With co-authors Madison Hearn ’19, Nicholas A. Smith ’21, and the late Vincent Buonaccorsi, professor of biology, Merovich published, “Hybridization between two introduced, invasive crayfish species in the upper Juniata River system, Pennsylvania, USA, in the Journal of Crustacean Biology: DOI 10.1093/jcbiol/ruab084. Merovich, with co-authors, Mack W. Frantz and Petra B. Wood, published, “Patterns in benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in an active region of shale-gas development in the western Appalachian Plateaus of West Virginia, USA,” in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 194: 368 DOI 10.1007/s10661-022-10015-w. With Isabelle Croteau ’22, Benjamin Haussman ’22, and Christopher Grant, assistant professor of biology, Merovich presented, “Culverts are associated with disjunct aquatic assemblages,” at the Joint meeting of the Keystone Coldwater Conference & the PA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Feb. 25–26, 2002. With Stephanie Coster and C. Unger, Merovich presented, “Testing the Sensitivity of Rusty Crayfish Detection Using Edna Sampling,” at the 28th Annual The Wildlife Society Conference, Nov. 1–5, 2021. Merovich secured two grants, $16,900 from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission to research, “Walleye use of rock rubble created for spawning habitat,” and $5,500 from the Foundation for Pa. Watersheds to research an unassessed waters initiative.

Ryan Kough, assistant professor of integrated media arts, served as a judge for the GLITCH 2023 National Student Design Competition hosted by AIGA Student Chapter at Mississippi State University February 2023. She co-authored “Collective Dialogues on Motherhood for Feminist Futures,” for the Design Research Society (DRS), in Bilbao, Spain, Conference Proceedings, in December 2022. Kough was a panelist in collaboration with Kay Leigh Farley, Meena Khalili, and Erica Holeman at “Put Grind Culture to Bed: Pedagogical Strategies for Happier, Healthier Design Students,” at the AIGA National Conference, Design Educators Community SURFACE, in October 2022. Kough was named one of the “Top 50 Women Leaders of Pennsylvania for 2022,” by The Women We Admire, in the summer of 2022. She also presented, “Contracts & Freelancer Tips,” at Fresno State, College of Arts & Humanities in May 2022. Kough was Printer in Residence at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in May 2022 and was accepted to visit for research, printing, workshops with master printers, and training on repairing equipment and running various presses in preparation for setting up a studio, continuing personal research, and teaching letterpress curriculum.

Jim Latten, professor of music, served as guest conductor of the Franklin-Fulton County Middle School All-County Band.

Monika Malewska, professor of art, exhibited artwork in the following exhibitions: Color, in a juried group art exhibition at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL; Surreal Salon 15, in a juried group art exhibition at Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA; Food for Thought, which won first place, in a juried group online exhibition through the Federation of Art at Circle Gallery in Annapolis MD; and New Masters, in a group exhibition and auction at Piękna Gallery, Warsaw Poland. Her artwork was published in the following journals: Pigeon Skeletons Composition with Orange Lilies, Ribbon, and Safety Fence, oil on board, and Tree of Life with Chickens, oil on canvas, were published in Artisan Square volume 2; pp 84–85 — an independent artist-run print and online publication dedicated to showing emerging artists and mid-career creatives from around the world based in Toronto, Canada. Tree of Life with Octopi and Tulips, watercolors on paper, was published in Studio Visit Volume Fifty; p. 115. Open Studios Press, in Juried Selection of International Visual Artists, juried by Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI.

George Merovich, associate professor of environmental science, presented the results of research at the 17th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., Nov. 4–5, 2022. These included, “Linking in-stream and landscape-level conditions to macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Little Juniata River watershed,” with Brendan Nauman ’23; “Evaluating walleye (Sander vitreus) spawning effort on constructed rock rubble reefs in Raystown Lake,” with Nauman, Andrew Garman ’23, and Autumn Holdsworth ’24; “Quantifying ecological conditions of the Little Juniata mainstem,” with Ryan Meyer ’24, Sophia Parlati ’24, and Samuel Zercher ’24; and “Occurrence and movement of a non-indigenous crayfish in the Raystown Lake region,” with Abbigail Fields ’25, Lily Moore ’25, and Nauman.

Emil Nagengast, professor of politics and international studies, presented the paper, “Decolonizing COIL: Lessons from Octavio Paz,” with co-author Alejandro Herran at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

Cheng-Han Pan, assistant professor of mathematics, presented, “On Set of Monstrous Shift,’’ at the 50th Winter School in Abstract Analysis in the Czech Republic.

Naomi Radio, director of student accessibility services, completed the first two courses in Landmark College’s online Certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity program with a specialization in postsecondary disability services. She anticipates completion of the entire five-course program in the Summer of 2023.

Loren Rhodes, emeritus professor of information technology and computer science, taught, “Music and Computing,” at Münster UAS Steinfurt in June 2022. Six Steinfurt students and three visiting students from the United States spent two weeks experimenting with music creation through computer programming.

Kim Roth, professor of statistics and mathematics, spoke in invited sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA, in early January 2022. Her first talk was, “A Mathematician Knits an Afghan: How Many Hue Shifts,” at the AMS Special Session on Mathematics and the Fiber Arts. The second talk was “Fractals of Mathemalchemy,” at the AMS Special Session on the Math and Art of Mathemalchemy.

Li Shen, assistant professor of marketing, was the track chair of International Marketing at the Academy of International Business, US Northeast, and presented a paper, “Does Country of Origin Matter? A Study on the Influence of Cognitive, Affective, and Normative on Sustainable Fashion Shopping?.” She received the SoTL Summer Grant and presented research, “Challenges and Takeaways of Hy/Flex Teaching and Learning During The Covid-19 Pandemic,” at the SoTL Brown Bag on October 27, 2022.

Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, organized and led two volunteer groups to a Guatemalan partner school, the Asturias Academy, from July 11–31, 2022. The 18-member educational delegation offered five days of enrichment activities in the areas of English, music, art, creative writing, civics, and science while also completing maintenance projects that included the renovation of bathrooms on the two lower floors and the purchase and installation of a new water pump to provide water for the bathrooms and workshop on the upper floor. The medical delegation, which included 21 international members and 15 Guatemalans, held three days of health clinics at the school and a one-day clinic in a nearby rural community. The health team saw a total of 511 patients, and in addition to wellness checkups and the treatment of various illnesses, patients were offered vision screenings and dental extractions. In addition to the service provided, the delegations were able to contribute nearly $11,000 to the school’s operating budget.

Belle Tuten, Charles A. Dana Professor of History, published Daily Life of Women in Medieval Europe, through Greenwood Press in 2022.

Jim Tuten, Charles R. and Shirley A. Knox Professor of History, was named NACADA Advisor of the Year (faculty division) for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Tuten published a book review of Hayden R. Smith’s Carolina’s Golden Fields: Inland Rice Cultivation in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670–1860, published by Cambridge University Press in The American Historical Review, Volume 127, Issue 3, September 2022, Pages 1546–1547.

Jamie Weaver, director of study abroad, was awarded The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad.

David Widman, professor of psychology, published “The point of nipple erection 3: Sexual and social expectations of women with nipple erection,” with Rebecca L.  Burch in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences on Sept. 29, 2022. With Maryanne L. Fisher, Rebecca L. Burch, Rosemarie Sokel-Chang, and T. Joel Wade, Widman published the chapter, “Sexuality and Gender in Prehistory,” in Psychology and Cognitive Archaeology, edited by Tracey B. Henley and Matt J. Rossano. He published “Shifts in Partner Attractiveness: Evolutionary and Social Factors,” with Rebecca L. Burch, Maryanne L. Fisher, James B. Moran, Catherine A. Salmon, and T. Joel Wade.