Kyle Bishop, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
I presented an original paper at the annual convention for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My essay, titled “The Paratext of Hugo Cabret: Multimodality and the Future of Adolescent Literature,” proposed the need for a new pedagogical approach to the instruction of young adult literature, one that more openly and overtly embraces Gerard Genette’s conception of paratextual elements, particularly those present digitally and on the internet (such as companion websites). During my presentation, I argued the following thesis:
“We scholars and instructors of children’s and young adult literature have no choice but to address, rather than ignore, the myriad layers of paratextual elements that increasingly surround new and award-winning works. Furthermore, we need to not only teach these works in terms of their transtextual and paratextual identities, but also instruct our students in how to teach them to their future students in the public school system.”
My paper was well received; I presented in a session with about 10 attendees (not bad for an 8:30 a.m. session on the last day of the conference), and many of those in the audience asked helpful and probing questions after my reading. I am now emboldened to revise the paper, and I will be submitting it to an appropriate journal over the summer.
As in the past, I was impressed with the quality of research presented at this regional conference. My own panel inspired on a number of grounds, both academically and pedagogically, primarily in regards to ENGL 3280: Young Adult Literature, which I teach every odd spring semester. In addition, I attended a good panel on composition pedagogy, giving me a couple of good ideas for my teaching of ENGL 1010, and I went to a session on the pedagogy of film adaptation, which will directly influence my course design for my spring 2011 course, ENGL 3110: Literature and Film. I chaired two sessions on science fiction and fantasy literature and film, and the six presenters I worked with gave me insights that will be valuable the next time I teach ENGL 2130: Intro to Imaginative Literature.
Of course, I was also able to meet scholars and educators from around our region. We shared ideas, contact information, and research, and I have hopefully laid the groundwork for future conference attendance and scholarly collaboration.
This was my third trip to an RMMLA convention, and I find the time and money to be well invested. I will continue to frequent this conference on a semi-regular basis.
Danielle Dubransky, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
I attended the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Oct. 15, to be part of the RMMLA Poets Reading. The reading took place in the Hotel Albuquerque Chapel at 4:00. I read a new sequence of poems entitled "The Sand Man" with the RMMLA poets. Three of us were selected to read our poems. After the reading, I was asked to be the chair of the next RMMLA Poets Reading for the 2011 Convention, which I agreed to do.
Wayne Roberts, Allied Academies’ International Conference
On September 16, 2010, I was awarded a Provost Faculty Scholarly Support Fund Grant to attend a conference to present a paper.
I attended the Allied Academies' Fall 2010 International Conference, chaired a session, and presented the paper, entitled "Developing a Plan of Action for Marketing Search and Rescue (SAR) and Fire Boats." The abstract was published in the conference proceedings.
Nozemi Irei, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
On 14-16 October 2010, I attended the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I presented a paper on the panel for Current Research in Literary Theory (14 Oct.); and also chaired a “Special Topics Session” (15 Oct.) that I had proposed. I also attended other scholars’ presentations on topics ranging from, e.g., object-oriented philosophy; science and literature; and trauma, memory, and witnessing.
My paper, “"Kafka's Amerika [Der Vershollene]: Camus' 'Absurd' Deterritorialized," was received well. The lively discussion was useful, since the paper shares part of a project that takes up Kafka, Camus, and Deleuze and Guattari. Our panel had good attendance. I was pleased to be on a panel with an attentive audience that was engaged with the issues and problems. The discussion on the paper carried over into the evening gathering planned by the Convention. Due to the comparative nature of my work, I appreciated the opportunity to engage in discussion with scholars from German studies, French studies, cinema studies, and philosophy.
The panel that I proposed, “The Event and the Space of Literature,” was a special topics session on Maurice Blanchot and his notion of the “space of Literature.” It was the first year for this session to be proposed. I was pleased that the panel received strong submissions. The presenters included professors and a Ph.D. candidate from overseas. The attendance was noteworthy, especially considering that it was an 8:30am Friday session. The papers generated rigorous discussion among the audience, so much so that we moved the discussion to the lounge area afterwards. I received favorable comments from presenters and attendees, expressing the wish to see the Blanchot panel again at next year’s convention. I am currently in the process of submitting a request for next year.
Thank you for the opportunity to attend this Convention and engage in the intellectual dialogues taking place nationally and internationally.
Bryce Christensen, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
This is to report the successful completion of the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund Project submitted and approved in September of this year. As proposed, I presented a paper “Darwin vs. Wallace: When Poetry Dies and When Poetry Survives in the Not-So-Natural Selection of Memetic Evolution.” A photocopy of the program identifying the session in which I delivered my paper is attached.
My paper, I am pleased to report, was not only well received but sparked considerable discussion during the Q & A at the conclusion of the session. I would also note that because Dr. John Slater was unable to attend the session, I was pressed into service as the substitute chair for the session, giving me better opportunity to talk with the other two presenters in the session—Prof. Walker from UTEP and Prof Bindel from the University of Oregon. Ten people attended the session at which I presented, and a number of them commented on the thesis of my Wallace vs. Darwin paper: the idea that poetry only survives in a worldview that sets limits on the competence of science seemed to arouse interest.
Attendance at the conference gave me good opportunities to attend sessions dealing with topics relevant to the teaching and research going on the English department. For instance, the session I attended Thursday afternoon gave me a better understanding of how neo-Freudian theoreticians are developing new perspectives on Object-Oriented Philosophy. And the session I attended Friday morning on Science Fiction and fantasy literature gave me new understanding of questions that my own students may engage in my class on Science and Values.
Gerald Calvasina, 2010 Fall Allied Academies International Conference
I requested funding to support participation in the 2010 Fall Allied Academies International Conference held in Las Vegas, NV October 13-15, 2010. I was the lead author on one paper, “Use of Credit Checks in Employee Selection”. I also served as a Session Chair for one Interdisciplinary Session at the conference. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers were published in the proceedings. The paper I presented is related to courses I teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Work on the paper required extensive review of current literature, court cases, and management practices. The review and research activity and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in my undergraduate classes, MGMT 3240 and 3243, and my graduate HR Law class, MGMT 6400.
Kevin Stein, National Communication Association
Let me begin by thanking the committee for providing the funding needed to present a paper at the National Communication Association conference in November. This has allowed me to continue my program of research in Antapologia (responses to public apology) and to network with colleagues nationally as I seek to gain recognition for myself and the Department of Communication at SUU. I recognize that budgets are tight these days, which makes this support even more appreciated.
Second, I would like to provide some sense of how these funds have benefited my scholarly activities. The paper I presented was titled “In the Dark at Texas Tech: News Coverage Involving the Image Repair Discourse of Mike Leach and Adam James.” The conference was held in San Francisco and included a variety of different kinds of panels and presentations. Each of the panels I attended as well as my own were very well attended and generated lively discussion following the formal presentations. This research further extends my theory of antapologia discourse into new contexts. It will be included this year as a chapter in an edited book on Athletes and Image Repair (edited by Joseph Blaney) and will be my fifth publication applying this theory.
I believe I am building my program of research in a way that is very typical of scholars in academia today. I would like to convey to the Provost and the committee that I am grateful for the funding that was given to me and appreciate any future consideration I may receive as I continue to seek assistance for travel to reputable communication conventions.
Kholoud Al-Quabbaj, Third GeoPalestine 2010 Regional Conference
I would like to thank the Southern Utah University, particularly the Faculty Development Committee, for providing the funds to travel and present my paper at “The Third GeoPalestine 2010 Regional Conference: Towards Better Future for Our Planet and People”. The conference took place in Nablus, Palestine, July 12-16, 2010. The conference is among the biggest international conferences and the main theme of the conference is gathering experts from all around the world to discuss urgent problems that our planet and people face.
The title of my presentation was “Palestinian-Isreali Conflict: Two Different Perspectives”. This conference is amongst the biggest international conferences and with many different topics in: Applied Geography, Arid Lands, Biodiversity, Climatology, Demography, Geographical Education, Geographical Information Science, Geography of Tourism, Global Change, Hazard & Risk, Environment, History of Geography, Geomorophology, Land Degradation & Desertification, Middle East Conflict, Palestine Israeli Conflict, Political Geography, Population Geography, Regional Development, Urban Geography, Water, and others.
My participation in the Third GeoPalestine 2010 Regional Conference at An-Jajah National University afforded me the opportunity to meet with scholars from all over the world who conduct research in the same area as my own. Having the chance of a multiple understanding from an international gathering of scholars surely expanded my horizons and future research agenda. The conference, debates, questions, discussions, and round table discussions with international scholars enabled me to re-evaluate my research and develop new ideas for future concerns. I was able to attend all sessions on topics relating to the conference program and a presentation, noting that each session was well-attended and received. My paper was one of the best to receive a “Plaque” as an award at the last session of the conference. I take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Provost’s Faculty Development Fund for sponsoring my attendance and participation at: “The Third GeoPalestine 2010 Regional Conference: Towards Better Future for Our Planet and People”. Your support for my professional development means a lot, and makes a world of difference for my future.
David Admire, 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
I attended the 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Cambridge University, presenting my paper entitled “Brain Abnormalities in the Criminal Justice System: Uniting Public Policy and Scientific Knowledge.” This paper was peer reviewed and has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
Wynne Summers, Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations
It was an honor to be a participant in such a diverse conference, composed of so many professionals in all fields as they pertain to diversity in our communities leading towards widening the scope of cultural understanding. Some of the participating countries were: Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Ghana, Sweden, Turkey, Hong Kong, Tunisia, Nigeria, Singapore, and the United States. Queen’s University lent itself well to this gathering of cross-cultural nations. The search for intellectual considerations that might lead to a more peaceful and tolerant world was primary. Beyond the intellectual scope, those attending the conference were more than willing to share personal opinions and ideas about what it will take to truly be a global community.
As I presented the lecture on Native American women elders’ life stories, I was impressed by the number of women in the room who were open to ideas of what life stories entail and by their questions after the presentation. Many were eager to know what it is about life stories, in all cultures, that bring us together, emphasizing commonalities rather than differences. Some of the women, who lived in Belfast, told me of a time when women in Northern Ireland were repressed for stepping outside of perceived cultural and religious boundaries—women who wished to express themselves in individual ways that went against prescribed roles. To circumvent this, there was an organization that isolated these women and enclosed them behind walls, hoping to keep their stories repressed. At some point, I would like to return to Ireland and research these “life” stories. I would like to open the doors to the repression of their stories.
I was limited on time, even though the presentation was thirty minutes. This was due to a presentation prior to mine that went over the time restriction, so I felt I had to rush things to open a dialogic conversation. I wanted to present my findings and research, but more than anything I wanted to see what others felt about our cultural life stories—how they inform our “being in the world,” and how they inform our self-identities. How do these self-identities shape conceptions of otherness? How does otherness shape the way we interact in world communities? I felt like the discussion after the reading only began to open a conversation about all these things and regret that I did not have longer to continue the discussion.
I met many fascinating people at the conference and even at dinner one night when two presenters ate across from me at another table. I got to know these women in a short period of time and share their work at their respective universities. One of these women was Dr. Pamela V. Morris from Purdue. She was the Director of Multicultural Programs in the College or Agriculture. Many areas of expertise were exhibited at the conference overall, so it was a pleasure to be a part of this.
Next summer, the Diversity Conference will be in South Africa. It will be an exciting time. I would like to write a paper as it pertains to global acceptance and peace. This begins at a small level, but can spread to so many nations.
Florin Balasa, 17th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS 2010)
This is a brief report summarizing my attendance at the 17th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS 2010). ICECS is the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society in region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa). It presents design methodologies, techniques and experimental results in emerging electronics, circuits and systems topics.
This year, the venue of the ICECS conference was in Athens, Greece, during December 12-15, at the Divani Caravel Hotel conference center.
I presented a research work on the problem of memory allocation for embedded multidimensional signal processing systems. This work was co-authored by a representative from industry, Doru V. Nasui, who has a high managerial position at American Int. Radio, Inc., a midsize telecommunication company from the Chicago area.
The conference was attended by more than 300 researchers. The delegates were able to attend lecture and poster sessions from 13th to 15th December 2010. The conference also offered high quality tutorials on the 12th December 2010. Each day started with a plenary talk, that was broadcast over Internet, allowing all IEEE CAS members to feel as they were participating. The social events took place in well known Greek museums, offering an opportunity to become acquainted with Greek culture, as it was shaped during the last 2600 years.
Besides presenting our research work to such a prestigious conference, I had the opportunity to attend many technical sessions on physical design automation, on high-level synthesis, memory-related topics, and also keynote presentations. I did also some networking with colleagues from my research area, especially from the Greek universities (e.g., University of Patras, University of Athens).
Charles Cuthbertson, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
I presented an original paper at the annual convention for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association held last October in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My essay, titled “Why Weren’t the Heroes There to Save Us?’: The Impotence of Superheroes in a Post-9/11 World,” examined the narrative strategies used by the authors of popular fiction (specifically, superhero narratives) to incorporate the events of 9/11 into their respective literary settings, and how those narratives attempted (and failed) to contain the cultural anxieties of their readers. I contrasted these narratives with other fantastic narratives, such as the 1978 film, The Medusa Touch, and the 2001 television series, The Lone Gunmen, that also attempted to contain the cultural anxieties of their respective audiences. I concluded that:
“. . . the increasing sophistication of an aging audience is less significant than the audience’s impatience with infallible characters and implausible narratives disconnected from our wounded world. Superheroes, if they are to remain a powerful cultural force, must learn to walk in the cultural rubble of Ground Zero before they can fly above it.”
My paper was quite well received; I presented in a session with a nearly full room (including academic scholars and specialists in popular culture), and I fielded several questions after my reading that allowed me to both expand on my ideas in the paper and consider ways to continue my argument with other narratives. I plan to submit a revised version of my paper for publication in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
This was the second consecutive year that I have attended the RMMLA conference. It continues to serve as a useful forum for my interests in popular culture, film studies, and literature. Next year, I will serve as the chair of the session I attended at this year’s conference. The RMMLA conference also allows me to catch up with my colleagues at other Utah and western universities, and gain new inspiration and ideas for my own teaching at Southern Utah University. I have taught ENGL 3110: Literature & Film (which focuses on film adaptation) and I am currently teaching ENGL 2130: Imaginative Literature. My presentation at this conference will contribute to my teaching of both these courses. Additionally, the revised version of my paper will serve as a chapter in my Ph.D. dissertation.
I was also able to meet scholars, educators, and authors from around the western United States. We shared ideas, contact information, and research, and I have laid the groundwork for future conference attendance and scholarly collaboration. Furthermore, I was able to present myself as a representative of Southern Utah University.
I plan to continue attending this conference in the future, for the many scholarly opportunities and insights it provides.
James Gustafson, Latin American Studies Association Conference
I would very much like to thank the Provost’s office and the committee for approving funds that allowed me to attend the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Toronto, Canada in October, 2010. As a specialist in Spanish American literature and culture here at SUU, the LASA conference is among the most important in my field and was attended by approximately five thousand scholars.
I presented a paper on a panel with two other colleagues. It was a project we had been working on for more than two years and it was very gratifying to see it come to fruition in a setting such as LASA. Our topic was issues of identity in contemporary Mexican narrative. To be able to discuss our finished papers amongst ourselves, and with several enthusiastic members of the audience, was indeed very productive and rewarding. The feedback I received on my paper and the discussions among the other participants sharpens my expertise in this area and directly enhances my knowledge of the content of three classes I regularly teach: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature (Span 3300) and Survey of Spanish American Literature I and II (Span 4310 and 4312).
During the four day event, I attended numerous sessions on a wide variety of topics such as political activism in Brazil, issues of race and identity in the Dominican Republic, “soccer novels” of Argentina and Chile, and recent trends in Latin American cinema. It is important for me to stay up to date on cultural aspects of Latin America as one of my regular course assignments is Culture and History of Latin America (Span 3510). No other conference could have given me so many opportunities to hear the latest research on such a wide range of topics and to exchange ideas with fellow researchers. My students will benefit from the knowledge I gained in that environment.
Upon returning to SUU, I discussed my experiences at LASA and shared some of the latest research topics with my students, particularly in Spanish 3610 (Conversation and Special Topics: Latin America). The students were receptive and curious about the conference. They engaged me in discussion on some of the sessions I was able to attend. As Spanish majors and minors, I think it is very important for the students to realize the many different types of research being carried out in Latin American studies. I look forward to sharing these experiences and ideas with other classes in the coming semesters.
Thank you once again for the chance to attend this event. LASA is held every two years and I hope to be able to participate again in 2012.
Katy Herbold, Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, February 2-4, 2011, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Thank you for making this opportunity possible. This support for faculty is one of the most important benefits provided to the faculty, and I appreciate it very much.
Because this conference was inclusive of all disciplines, it was interesting to attend. Usually, I attend conferences in which the participants are all educators. This was refreshing as it broadened my perspective on design and how universal design is. The conference began with a presentation by an Italian architect and faculty at Sapienza University. He spoke in Italian, but the first part of his presentation was translated into English, and when he began his slide presentation, the slides included his Italian narrative translated into English. The slides themselves were amazingly beautiful, as his presentation was on the impact of beauty in design.
The participants at this conference were friendly, and from all over the world. Most spoke English quite well. Ironically, among those attending the presentations of me and my colleagues were a couple of people from other Utah universities! I was proud that SUU had a presence as well.
Attending this conference provided me a couple of revelations. First, I gained an appreciation of what some students will choose to endure so that they can learn. Please understand that this anecdote is not a complaint in any way. The conference was held in two buildings of the University, one old and one new. We presented in the older building, which was several centuries old, of stone and several stories high. Being early February, it was fairly cold, but the doors to the building were wide open. Going inside, it was evident that there was no heat in the building. I presented on the first floor of the building, which had large windows at street level. There was major construction with heavy equipment on the street right on the other side of the windows. Students of the University were facilitators for the sessions. As I spent the first day in that very cold and noisy building, I began to appreciate how those students were willing to spend their days in such a setting to gain an education. I have to admit that as the day went on and the chill settled in, I began to seek out sessions on the higher floors where there was a little more warmth and a little less noise! I believe that in a similar situation our American students would be complaining and leaving.
I left with a new appreciation for those Italian and other students around the world who make sacrifices to become educated, and for our wonderful facilities in America. We are truly spoiled.
The second thing that had a significant impact on me came from just being in Rome, where antiquities of many kinds are preserved so carefully and shared with the world. It struck me that in our age of accountability in education, with testing holding such predominance in what we are required to do, that we (across the nation) do not require testing in Social Studies and History. As a result, when time is needed for tested subjects, it is taken from these areas.
The contrast between a country that cherishes History and the Social Studies with our own culture where we allow it to be minimized was startling to me. I hope that we don’t lose some of our own short history because we don’t place enough importance on those areas.
Most of all, I appreciated being at that conference, as it caused me to think about things in a new way, and to see myself and American education in a new light. That would not have happened without this opportunity. Thank you kindly!
James Gustafson, Southwest Council on Latin American Studies (SCOLAS), March 10-12, 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico
I would very much like to thank the Provost’s office and the committee for approving funds that allowed me to attend the Southwest Council on Latin American Studies (SCOLAS) conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 10-12, 2011. This is the second year I have presented at SCOLAS and I find it to be a great place to network with other scholars in my field.
I presented a paper comparing the representation of live-in servants in a Chilean film (The Maid) and an Argentine film (Live-in Maid). Live-in maids are still relatively common in Latin America, but they have rarely been the focus of films or literature. I received positive interest in my paper from the other participants in my session. Discussions among the other participants helped me to flush out some issues involved in this topic, as well as the treatment of them in my paper. It is my hope that this conference presentation will be the first step towards a published article on these two films. Investigation into this field directly helps me in preparing and delivering my Spanish 3510 course (History and Culture of Latin America).
SCOLAS also afforded me the chance to hear other presentations on Latin American film and literature, including a presentation on contemporary Puerto Rican cinema, and another on the 20th century Argentine novel. These areas directly enhance my knowledge of the content of classes I regularly teach such as Spanish 4312 (Spanish American Literature II-20th and 21st Century).
I was also grateful to be able to visit and learn more about Puerto Rico. As a Latin American specialist, I continually strive to increase my knowledge of different cultures in Latin America. Puerto Rico has a particularly unique history and culture among Latin American countries due to its status as an American territory. Firsthand knowledge gained through visiting a country greatly informs any lessons that I prepare for future classes. I am sure my students will appreciate my direct knowledge of the food, language, and customs that are unique to Puerto Rico.
Artis Grady, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Annual Symposium, March 10-13, 2011
Thanks in part to funding from the Provost’s grant committee, I was able to travel to Chicago, IL, March 10-13, 2011, for the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Annual Symposium. Research I presented at that conference was entitled “Fat phobia of middle school-aged adolescents in rural southern Utah”. The research had been completed in conjunction with Associate Professor Matt Schmidt and students Sarah Horrocks and Natalie Stefanoff. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our research on a national scene.
Additionally, the conference sessions were excellent with updates on topics that can be utilized in the courses that I teach here at SUU. In fact, I can hardly wait to share some of the new guidelines and research with my sports nutrition class when we return next week from spring break. Sports nutrition is a very dynamic discipline with much new being learned all the time. Speakers at this conference were from Australia and Canada as well as the U.S. I felt like I learned far more than I could contribute. It was an excellent conference!
Thank you for the financial support that enabled me to attend this very informative symposium and present research from the Department of Nutrition & Food Science.
Derek Hein, Collaborative Research in Mathematics, College of Charleston, South Carolina, March 2011
With funding from the Provost's Faculty Scholarly Support Fund, I visited Charleston, South Carolina, to engage in collaborative research in mathematics. The collaboration was with Professor Dinesh G. Sarvate at the College of Charleston, and the visit took place on March 14-19, 2011.
We already had a paper in a final state of preparation that we wanted to finish. Also, we had an idea (for a new paper) that we wanted to examine. Time permitting, we also thought it possible to begin work on a third paper (that directly followed from the ideas in the second paper).
We worked very hard during the week (9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day). Unfortunately, we found a fatal flaw in the first paper that will prevent its publication (unless we can resolve the flaw). Hence, we have enlisted the help of a third author on this paper to help us out. The second paper, however, was an absolute success. We developed the ideas, stated and proved several results and were able to type a draft of the paper containing the results during the week. We didn't have time to get to the third paper (but will soon!).
By engaging in this collaborative research, I improved my value as a scholar. This improves my teaching in the classroom, and therefore benefits SUU students. I plan to incorporate ideas similar to those in our papers in Math 1630 (Discrete Mathematics) the next time I teach it. This will stimulate students' intellectual curiosity and promote retention of concepts.
I know that the collaboration was a valuable professional development opportunity for me. The seminal ideas described in the papers we worked on will be a fruitful source of future research accomplishments. I would like to again thank the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund Committee for funding my visit.
Shobha H. Gurung, XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Sweden, July 2010
In July 2010, I attended the XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden. During my conference participation, I presented two papers: “Transnational Nepali Women Workers: Shifting Gender Roles and Shifting Power Relations” and “Globalization of Sex Workers: Cases from Nepal, India, and Turkey.” The papers were well-received and sparked a productive discussion. Both of the papers that I presented are under review for publication.
The conference was extremely productive in terms of my scholarly activities and global engagement. It allowed me to interact with scholars from around the globe with whom I was able to share my research and engage in intellectual debate. The conference also provided me opportunities for collaborative research and publication work with national and international scholars.
Jim Harrison, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 2010
I attended the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Albuquerque, N. M. on October 14-16, 2010 in order to read my paper, “Music and World in Gottfried’s Tristan and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: The Final Cause of the Opera and the Romance.” This is one of the finest conferences of its type I have attended for a long time. The quality of the papers was extremely high; the desire to share information across disciplines and schools was as welcome as it was well done. I got a chance to speak with others who share my interest in music and medieval German literature and build some relationships which will help not only me but, by extension, my students in the future.
In addition to the session in which I presented, I attended several other sessions which were both enlightening and challenging. One of the primary advantages these types of conferences is the opportunity to see what current research interests are both regionally and nationally and visit with other scholars about source materials, editions of primary texts, and strategies for teaching in the classroom. I found the technical aspects of the presentations especially enlightening. They will inform my teaching during the coming school year.
I was able to attend some excellent presentations of fellow faculty members from SUU such as Bryce Christensen’s presentation on poetic memetic evolution. I was also able to meet with other German teachers in Utah like Jeff Packer who teaches at UVU and inquire as to the status of their programs. These types of conversations are instructive concerning the possibilities for the future of our German program at SUU.
I had the opportunity of being the alternate chair for a second session of German Literature before 1900, a position which culminated in my being the chair for that session in this fall’s RMMLA conference. This, again, is a great networking tool which in turn will lead to higher visibility of SUU in the intermountain west.
Michiko Kobayashi, SITE International Conference, March 2011
I presented my paper: Group communication in an online environment: Grouping students based on cognitive flexibility at the SITE 2011 international conference held in Nashville, Tennessee from March 7, 2011 to March 11, 2011.
In my poster presentation, I explained the research design and the instrument used, as well as the results of the study. My poster presentation was successful and I shared my study with other professionals from different universities who have the same interests. I was pleased to meet with them and some of them even asked me to send further information about the study via email.
The conference also gave me an opportunity to develop a relationship with a Japanese university. We discussed collaboration in next school year and my students and their students can work on a joint class project over the Internet. This is still at the planning stage, but I am very excited about this new possibility.
During the SITE conference, I also attended a variety of sessions. Particularly, I enjoyed attending sessions related to online learning because they are closely related to my study field. I intend to incorporate the ideas that I learned from those sessions and continuously make efforts on improving my online teaching.
Shalini Kesar, 5th International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law, November 2010
I presented my paper on “Cybercrime: The Weakest Link in Electronic Government” at The Fifth International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law (LSPI), on November 3-5, 2010, Barcelona, Spain. My paper provided insight to the increasing problem of cybercrime in the context of electronic government. I was also invited to participate in a workshop on Cybercrime hosted by the Criminology and Criminal Law department, International University of Catalonia (UIC) in Barcelona.
Tony Pellegrini, 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, February 2-4, 2011
I wanted to take a moment to outline benefits of the my recent presentation “Backwards by Design: Assessment for Online Learners” that I presented recently at the 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices at La Sapienza University, in Rome, Italy on 2/2-4/2011.
Conference attendance benefitted me through my being able to experience and develop greater networks of associates and professionals with whom I may collaborate in my research and investigation into standards-based, online instruction. My students in my distance courses will benefit through my improved design of my online courses and delivery of content. Through the formative and summative assessments of student perceptions of quality of content and delivery of these components of my classes, I will be better able to meet the individual needs of my students. As an institution, SUU benefits initially through having its name associated with these international curricular movements and participation in conferences such as these. At a deeper level, it benefits by having its student’s feedback and perceptions addressed in an ongoing, continual improvement of its courses and content available for all students.
Gerald Calvasina, 2011 Spring Allied Academies International Conference, April 6-8, 2011
I requested funding to support participation in the 2011 Spring Allied Academies International Conference held in Orlando, FL April 6-8, 2011. I was the lead author on one paper “Are Men Entitled to Title VII Protection from a Sexually Hostile Work Environment”. I also served as a Session Chair for one Interdisciplinary Session at the conference. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at the graduate and undergraduate level – MGMT 3340 Employment Law and MGMT 6300 Human Resource Law. Work on the paper required extensive review of current literature and management practices. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in my graduate and undergraduate classes.
Nichole Wangsgard, 34th Annual Teaching Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference, October 2010
I would like to thank the Provost Office for the Provost’s Faculty Development Grant which funded the opportunity to attend and present at the 34th annual Teaching Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference held October 28th, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona. I presented “The Before, During, and After Reading Scale (BDARS)” which is an informal evaluation scale designed to help teachers enhance their strategy instruction in reading comprehension to students with E/BD, who are struggling readers. The scale provides an informal evaluation of before, during, and after reading strategies utilized by students when they read a text. The questions emphasize essential reading strategy use students with E/BD often neglect due to a reading ability, limited attention span, confidence, and interest. Overall, the results of the scale will support instructional planning for teaching reading to student with E/BD by providing teachers valuable data as they monitor and teach effective strategy use.
Approximately 35 people attended my fifty minute session. Attendees asked several questions and were interested in using or sharing the assessment to better serve the needs of struggling readers. At the conference, I attended several presentations in a variety of topics which will help keep me current in special education topics and continue to conduct research in a variety of areas.
Since I’ve been attending this conference yearly, the organizers asked me to be a strand leader for the Response To Intervention (RTI) strand. Before the conference, I reviewed proposals and notified presenters of their acceptance status. I also helped the organizers schedule day/time of their session. At the conference, I welcomed presenters, made sure room was setup and ready, and was available to answer any questions. After the conference, I elicited feedback and communicated results to conference organizers. Overall, I had a wonderful experience as stand leader. I created new relationships with colleagues and experts in areas that I would like to research now and in the future. In summary, the Teaching Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference provided me with a host of information and opportunities that will enrich my growth as an educator.
Emily Dean, Society for American Archaeology Meetings, March 31-April 2, 2011
Last week I attended the 76th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Sacramento, California, the largest annual meeting of archaeologists in the world. The SAAs (as they are colloquially known) are a great opportunity to renew old acquaintances, keep up to date on developments in the profession, and present new ideas. While at the meetings, I chaired a session on “Culture Heritage and Community Engagement in North America” in which I also presented a paper, written with Barbara Frank, titled, “A Public Private Partnership: Community Archaeology at the Little Rabbit Site in Kanab, Utah” (see paper abstract at the end of this report). Although I have been participating at these meetings since the mid 1990s, this was my first time presenting a paper on southwestern Archaeology (I primarily work in South America) and I was a bit nervous. A sample of my internal dialogue prior to getting up at the podium: “Gads! What if someone asks me about St. George black on gray ware? Surely, they’ll sense that I’m not a real southwestern archaeologist!”
Fortunately, all went swimmingly and there were no arcane questions about southwestern Utah regional ceramic typologies. Our session landed a good time slot, Friday afternoon, and was well attended – with anywhere between 40 to 70 people in the audience at any one time. I enjoyed the other papers in my session, particularly Paul White’s (U. of Alaska) paper on “Timbisha Shoshone Historic Landscapes Project: A Negotiation of Tribal and National Park ‘Scapes,’” and Christopher Bolfing’s (U. of Texas, San Marcos) and S. Margaret Spivey’s (Washington University) paper on “The Practice of Archaeology and Identity Formation among Disenfranchised Native Americans.” This last paper was especially interesting to me, because the authors are academic archaeologists as well as enrolled members of the Cherokee and PeeDee tribes. I found their discussion on the challenges of being Native American archaeologists thought provoking.
My presentation (see abstract below) was well received. At least people laughed where they were supposed to, and people came up at the end of the session to chat with me and ask for copies of the paper. I was particularly delighted to finally meet Utah’s state archaeologist, Kevin Jones. I had quoted him in my presentation and was pleased that he had no issues with this. In fact, we had a nice conversation about the challenges of archaeological education and preservation and he invited Barbara and me to present our paper up in Salt Lake City in the near future. I also received an invitation to present a version our paper at the 2011 Pecos Conference on Southwestern Archaeology this coming August. The Pecos is a cool conference/camp-out that I have wanted to attend for several years. As most non-archaeologists have never heard of this particular conference, let me quote from the Pecos Conference website (http://www.swanet.org/2011_pecos_conference/):
The Pecos Conference is an annual conference of archaeologists which is held in the southwestern United States or northwestern Mexico. [….] Each August, archaeologists gather under open skies somewhere in the southwestern United States or northwestern Mexico. They set up a large tent for shade, and then spend three or more days together discussing recent research and the problems of the field and challenges of the profession. In recent years, Native Americans, avocational archaeologists, the general public and media organizations have come to speak with the archaeologists. These individuals and groups play an increasingly important role, as participants and as audience, helping professional archaeologists celebrate archaeological research and to mark cultural continuity.
I also attended several interesting sessions ranging from “Research in Archaeological Literacy” to “The Chaco to Post-Chaco Transition in the Northern San Juan Region” to “Human Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru.” Last, but certainly not least, I also reconnected with 25 or so friends from my graduate school days at the University of California. All in all, it was a great conference experience – renewing my intellectual energies, re-establishing old ties, and fostering new connections.
In 2008 a developer in Kanab, UT contacted Southern Utah University about studying and protecting the Ancestral Pueblo sites on his land. We subsequently collaborated with the landowner and an array of other parties, including the Kanab chamber of commerce, local schools, a center for rural economic development, a nonprofit foundation, area Native American tribes, and federal and state agencies in order to run an archaeological field school. The resulting project contributed to our understanding of the Virgin Anasazi as well as fostering cooperation between public and private agencies in a region where local distrust of ‘government’ is not uncommon.
Kevin Stein, Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2011
Let me begin by thanking the committee for providing the funding needed to present a paper at the Western States Communication Association Conference in February. This has allowed me to continue my program of research in political campaign communication and to network with colleagues in the Western United States as I seek to gain recognition for myself and the Department of Communication at SUU. I recognize that budgets are tight these days, which makes this support even more appreciated.
Second, I would like to provide some sense of how these funds have benefited my scholarly activities. The paper I presented was titled “The Road to the Blue House: Korean Newspaper Coverage of the 2007 South Korean Presidential Election.” The conference was held in Monterey, California and included a variety of different kinds of panels and presentations. Each of the panels I attended as well as my own were very well attended and generated lively discussion following the formal presentations. I am currently preparing this manuscript for submission to an academic journal and the feedback I received at the conference will be invaluable to me as I make adjustments.
I believe I am building my program of research in a way that is very typical of scholars in academia today. I would like to convey to the Provost and the committee that I am grateful for the funding that was given to me and appreciate any future consideration I may receive as I continue to seek assistance for travel to reputable communication conventions.
John Eye, Mountain Plains Library Association, April 2011
On April 6-9 I traveled to Billings, Montana to attend the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) – Montana Library Association joint conference. I presented on how to complete a fair use analysis and why libraries should model and teach the ethical and legal use of information.
In addition to my 90 minute presentation, I attended several valuable sessions:
A MPLA professional forum contained a presentation of how the University of Montana is using Wikipedia in journalism classes to teach about copyright, attribution, and finding, evaluating, and using information efficiently. Students are challenged to make high quality Wikipedia entries on topics they choose under the direction of their journalism professor and a university librarian.
A session on professional development provided ideas for online places to expand your knowledge and receive training in library science and technology.
A vice president of Innovative Interfaces took the audience through some basic marketing practices and provided suggestions targeted toward libraries.
Three technology sessions let the attendees look at emerging mobile and portable technologies such as phones and e-readers.
A librarian with a law degree discussed the challenges and some suggestions in dealing with bullies in the workplace. She highlighted methods to avoid and how to manage productivity issues associated with intimidating performances in the workplace.
In short, for a relatively small conference, I thought the quality of the content was high and well presented.
Michael McGarvey, 22nd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 2011
McGarvey, M. (2011). Use of Brain Based Research in the 21st Century Classroom. A Presentation at the 22nd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
I presented an original presentation at the 22nd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
My presentation entitled “Use of Brain Based Research in the 21st Century Classroom” explored brain-based research as it affects the 21st Century classroom. Student’s use their brain to learn in different ways. As teachers we must use the newest brain function information to make the student’s learning most efficient. The presentation addressed the conference theme of innovative teaching/learning strategies. As a result of this session, the attendees understood the use of brain-based techniques to better address current student academic needs through the use of brain-based teaching techniques.
I was really impressed with the other presentations I attended. For example, I attended the session titled “Formative Assessment in the Classroom Using Remote Response Devices”. This was an interesting presentation on the use of clickers in the classroom. This was just one of the presentations I attended. Overall, I brought back several ideas for use in my classroom.In closing, I would like to thank the committee and the Provost for their support in this endeavor.
Cynthia Wright, Experimental Biology, April 2011
Thanks in part to funding from a Faculty Scholarly Support Grant, I was able to travel to Washington, DC for the EB conference to present original research titled, “Bone health survey results.” This project was conducted with an undergraduate research student, Cynthia Torgerson. This international conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet other researcher in the field of nutrition from around the globe and to visit with others who share in interest in my areas of research. Many of the conference sessions were enlightening and I was able to return to Cedar with new ideas for research, insights that will allow me to enhancing teaching, and personal contact with additional colleagues in my field. I was also able to visit with potential candidates for our new position in nutrition and encourage them to apply for the job.Thank you for your support in my attendance at this conference.
Rob Robertson, ISOneWorld 2011, May 2011
The paper that was presented was derived from the USTAR-funded Technology Commercialization grant for the TouchMD, local Cedar City Company and the CSIS Department. Presentation at this conference culminated the efforts of faculty, students and TouchMD (the Team) in developing an application for mobile devices that will benefit the healthcare industry.
Benefits to the Team from this conference includes exposure to international professionals in the field of Information Security, and Information Sciences, and feedback from these professionals that will help improve the product that ultimately will go to market. This presentation and project will also benefit teaching efforts by providing a case study to the Network Security class on securing a web application, and what measures must be taken in order to meet regulatory legislation, industry standards, and business goals.
Networking with other Information System professionals also provided opportunities to collaborate with others in our field of expertise. The Institution (SUU) also received exposure through this presentation for the support given to this project and research.Our Team would also like to thank the generous support from the Provost fund, the College of Computing, Integrated Engineering & Technology at Southern Utah University in the Summer of 2010 and from the Utah Science Technology and Research Grant (USTAR Grant#: 100650). Without this support the research and commercialization of our final product would not have been possible.
Mark Miller, American Society for Environmental History, April 2011
Funding from the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund allowed me to attend the annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History (April 13-16, 2011) in Phoenix, Arizona, and to present a paper entitled, “The Death Valley Shoshone and the National Park Idea.” My work was part of a larger panel, “Indigenous Communities in North America: Confrontations with Euro-American Institutions,” with panelists from Colorado State University, the University of Victoria, and the Oconto Archaic Copper Museum. My work deals with the small Timbisha Shoshone Tribe (Death Valley Shoshone) and their dealings with the National Park Service. Through archival research and oral interviews, I examined the landmark Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act of 2000, a law that I argue represents a major change in public consciousness about the “National Park Idea.” With this law, for the first time, the National Park Service relinquished lands held by the agency to an Indian tribe; it also allowed native subsistence practices on national parklands. I argue this law portends a new emphasis in federal-Indian relations: the federal agency is moving from a primarily conflictual relationship with native peoples to new relationships based upon acknowledgment of aboriginal rights; the park service is recognizing that indigenous presence is compatible with park mandates to preserve and sustainably manage the nation’s crown jewels.The panel was well-attended. My paper elicited stimulating comments from the panel chair as well as several questions from the audience. Funding from the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund also enabled me to attend many panels that week and make professional contacts with other scholars working in environmental fields. I gained insights on diverse topics such as the Back to Nature Movement, Stewart Udall as Secretary of the Interior, and native land use practices in the American West that I can share with classes such as HIST 1700, HIST 3810, and HIST 3870 in the future. I attended a panel where scholars discussed the works of Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and her lasting legacy for the environmental movement; insights gained here will add material to my Westward Movement course. I left reinvigorated and more excited than ever about pursuing research in environmental history aside from my major research emphasis in Native American history.
Katy Herbold, International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society, March 2011
This conference remains at the top of my list as the best conference I have attended. Because this conference was so beneficial last year, I applied to return this year, and am very grateful to have been given the opportunity.
At this conference, I was able to reconnect with attendees from other countries who also returned, as well as establish new connections with others from around the world. The reason this occurs more readily than in other conferences is that the conference is designed with activities called “Talking Circles” in which conference participants gather without a formal agenda just to share ideas. These informal conversations are almost as valuable as the presentations and breakout sessions themselves.
Many of the presentations included topics related to online learning, and I was able to attend several of these sessions. Joyce Johnston of George Mason University presented on “Power and Persona: Constructing an Online Voice for Professionals.” I also attended “The Learning and Support Preference of Older Adults with Information and Communication Technologies” presented by Adam Jones from the Nottingham Trent University. As most of my students are older adults, this information will help me design better online experiences for them. Dr. Yvonne Fish-Kalland and others of the Onondaga Community College provided many insights on grading in their presentation “The Instructor’s Role in a Community College Virtual Classroom: Diversity Motivation, Presence and Affective Connection.” One of the most beneficial sessions was presented by a nursing instructor, who shared their practices at Purdue University – Fort Wayne. In “Technological Ubiquity: Educating Educators for the Dynamic Digital Landscape,” Dr. Carol Sternberger presented on the nursing programs methods for embracing the most advanced technologies. From these presentations, I gained several ideas for improving my own practice.From my very positive experience at this conference for the past two years, I would recommend the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society to any online educator. Thank you for the opportunity to learn ways to improve my teaching.
Eric Brown, Exhibit at Renmin University of China,, May 2011
I would like to express my gratitude for the experiences that this funding supported. I believe that all of the goals of the project were met. The project in China was extended when Renmin University of China asked Ben Sowards and I to come six days earlier than previously proposed in order to have time to get the work framed. We ended up leaving Cedar on May 4 and returning on May 15, 2011, instead of 7-14, 2011. All additional costs of our stay were born by Renmin University of China. We were only able to add 4 additional days however, because of our responsibilities at Southern Utah University.
The experience gave us the opportunity to study Chinese art and architecture first hand in China with Chinese art faculty and art students. We were taken to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, the National Museum, and three contemporary exhibitions. One of the contemporary exhibitions was by an established and highly respected faculty member of Renmin University, Yan Ping. The exhibition was very high end. It was held at the Times Art Museum, CITC Plaza and included oeuvres, drinks, film crews, speeches by the President of Renmin, Mayor, women’s club leaders, and the artist. The second was by students at Renmin, and the third was by a very fine sculptor, also a faculty member of Renmin, Ma Bu Ting.
The opening of Ben’s and my exhibition coincided with the opening of their graduating seniors exhibition in traditional Chinese painting and Western painting. This also was a big event with many attendees and speeches by leaders of their art department, refreshments and live music. There was great interest in our work and many questions asked and explanations given.
We were able to present the exchange agreement, signed by President Michael Benson and Dean Shauna Mendini to their Deans and Chairs in a ceremonial meeting. It will be signed by their Dean Xu Weixin (who is currently having an exhibition at Harvard University) and their President (who could not be present, but whom we had met earlier) and mailed to us.
The lectures were presented on separate days with lively discussion afterward. One enthusiastic faculty member described my presentation as “astonishing”. The students requested to meet with us for additional time. This was agreed to and facilitated by our host, Professor Ma Linfei. We spent a few hours with students talking shop and giving advice about their work.
In between all of these activities we met with many of Renmin’s art and design faculty and several of them expressed interest in coming to Southern Utah University in October or November to be part of our Art Insights program. I feel that the benefit to faculty and students at Renmin will be deeply felt here because of the reciprocity of the agreement.