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Faculty and Staff Successes November 2013

November 04, 2013

Bradley S. Ambrose, Professor of Physics in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, gave a presentation, “Using Research to Investigate and Enhance Learning in Upper-Division Mechanics,” at a Physics Education Research Seminar hosted by Purdue University.

Craig Benjamin, Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, is a featured specialist in a new 17-episode History Channel series on Big History, currently airing on Saturday nights on the H2 network.  He also wrote an article, "The Great Deliverer, the Righteous, the Just, the Autocrat, the God, Worthy of Worship," published in Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia.

Craig Benjamin, Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, recorded a 48-lecture course, “The Foundations of Eastern Civilizations,” released as part of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series.

Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Associate Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies, received the AIM High West Michigan Endurance Challenge Award on November 7. Wendy receives this award after completing the 25k 5/3 River Bank Run, the Michigan Titanium ½ Iron distance race, and the Grand Rapids Marathon in a single year.

Milt Ford, Professor of Liberal Studies and founding director of the LGBT Resource Center, and Colette Seguin Beighley, director of the LGBT Resource Center, wrote a chapter, "Student Development: Theory to Practice in LGBT Campus Work," which will be published in Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies, published by SUNY Press.

Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy and Chinese Studies, wrote a chapter, "The Philosophy of Confucius," published in a book, Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy.

Charles Pazdernik, Professor of Classics, gave a presentation, "Procopius on empire: Paths Untaken," at the First Biennial Conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literacy Studies at Brown University.

Ellen Schendel, Associate Dean of the Brooks College, was chosen as the speaker for the GVSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society’s induction ceremony, held on November 10.

Brent A. Smith, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, gave a presentation, "The Hub and the Hole: Interdisciplinarity and the Study of Religion," at the Annual Conference of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies, hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kathleen Underwood, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, was chosen as this year's Last Lecture speaker. Underwood's lecture will be given on Thursday, November 21.

Maureen Wolverton, Affiliate Faculty in Liberal Studies, was invited to speak on “The Hero’s Journey” at Ferris State University on November 7 in conjunction with the “Beyond Mythology” partnership between Ferris State and Kendall College.

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