Alumni Outlook Magazine

CAS Faculty News and Notes

CAS Faculty News and Notes
Professor Lopamudra Basu’s review of Chiffon Saris by Feroza Jussawalla appeared in the journal Catamaran in 2005. After nine years of hard work and dedication, Eileen Zito stepped down as chair of the mathematics, statistics and computer science department. She is on sabbatical this semester, developing an online calculus course.

Chris Bendel, the new chair of the mathematics, statistics and computer science department, was recently named UW-Stout’s Outstanding Researcher. Chris utilizes students’ skills in both math and computer programming to involve undergraduates in math research.

Professors Krista James and Kitrina Carlson presented the results of their service learning projects to the City of Menomonie Planning Commission. James presented the results of the water quality monitoring that her BIO-111 students have been conducting on Galloway Creek since fall 2003. She also educated the commission members about other projects connected to protecting Galloway Creek, which include the adopt-a-stream section program, storm drain stenciling project, and stream restoration plan. Carlson presented examples of completed rain gardens that have been the result of the rain garden collaboration between UW-Stout and the city of Menomonie.

Professor Jean Marie Dauplaise has an article titled “From Diversion to Decadence: Zola, Manet, and the Brandy Plum,” forthcoming in the journal Excavatio.

Band director Stephanie Graber is recovering from back surgery and will be rejoining the band late in the fall semester. Ray Hayes has been appointed associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Philosophy professor Jerry Kapus’s article “Realism Absence Truth” appeared in Proceedings Metaphysics 2003 (2005). Kapus is currently in Scotland teaching philosophy in the Wisconsin in Scotland program, which includes students from UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior.

Michael Levy, English and philosophy department chair, recently published a scholarly edition of an early 20th century novel The Moon Pool by A. Merritt from Wesleyan University Press (2005). He will become general co-editor of the journal Extrapolation in 2007.

Kate Maury, art and design professor, has participated in an international residency program called the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China. For the last three summers she visited villages in China known for folk arts. She has designed and created large mosaics made from historic Ming Dynasty shards and combined them with more contemporary shards from ceramics currently being produced in the area. The mosaics are an interesting fusion of historic and contemporary ceramics only found in this part of China.
Bruce Maylath, technical communication program director, has published the chapter “Editing for Global Contexts” in the 2005 edition of Technical Editing.

Led by Dennis Mikkelson, students and faculty from the mathematics, statistics and computer science department are working on a project to develop software for visualizing and analyzing large data sets from neutron scattering experiments. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and has produced software that is in regular use at Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Maureen Mitton, art and design professor, has finished a new book titled Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces, which will be published by John Wiley and Sons later this fall. Written with co-author Courtney Nystuen (assistant professor emeritus) the book covers fundamental information required for planning spaces within homes, with information about ergonomics, accessibility, building codes and other factors incorporated into each chapter.

Ken Parejko, biology professor, visited the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The purpose of the trip was to familiarize UW-Stout faculty with a new study abroad program being offered through the Office of International Education in conjunction with UW-Platteville. With Parejko’s positive review, OIE began offering the program in fall 2006.

Kristin Risley, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant and is currently serving as a lecturer and researcher in American Literature and American Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway during the 2006–07 academic year.

Bryan Ritchie, art professor, is a printmaker who has his work in the current issue of American Painting.

Bob Schuler, English professor, has published 13 books of poetry and a critical study of the poet Gary Snyder. His most recent poetry collection is called Songs of Love (2006).

Tim Shiell’s paper, “Three Conceptions of Academic Freedom,” was published as chapter two in Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech at Home and Abroad, (Stanford University Press, 2006) Evan Gerstmann and Matthew Streb (eds.),. He also delivered the speech “Guarding Civility and Free Speech” at the Symposium on Civility and Free Speech at Winona State University.

Professor Holly Teuber will serve as the interim director of the multicultural student services office during the 2006–07 school year.

Paul Stauffacher, speech professor, has been awarded a sabbatical to work on technology based instruction.

Kim Zagorski presented “Measuring Media Frames” at the American Political Science Association conference held in Washington, D.C..