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Posted on June 17, 2013

Faculty and staff members who have given presentations or had articles published are listed below.


News and Information Services received Hermes Creative Awards for the following videos: December 2012 Commencement (platinum), Laker for a Lifetime: I’m on a Boat (platinum), Convocation 2012 (gold), Around Grand Valley Tour 2012-2013 (honorable mention), and Scholarship (honorable mention).

Rick Albrecht, professor of movement science, wrote a book, Coaching Myths: 15 Wrong Ideas in Youth Sports, published by McFarland.

George McBane, professor of chemistry, wrote articles, “BASECOL2012: A Collisional Database Repository and Web Service within the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre,” published in Astronomy & Astrophysics; and “Ultraviolet Photodissociation of OCS: Product Energy and Angular Distributions,” published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Richard Lord, assistant professor of chemistry, wrote articles, “Ab Initio QM/MM Calculations Show an Intersystem Crossing in the Hydrogen Abstraction Step in Dealkylation Catalyzed by AlkB,” published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B; and “Steric and Electronic Effects in the Formation and Carbon Disulfide Reactivity of Dinuclear Nickel Complexes Supported by Bis(iminopyridine) Ligands,” published in Organometallics.

Andrew Lantz, assistant professor of chemistry, wrote an article, “Cyclodextrins as Complexation and Extraction Agents for Pesticides from Contaminated Soil,” published in Chemosphere.

Christopher Lawrence, professor of chemistry, wrote an article, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Condensation Coefficient of Water,” published in Fluid Phase Equilibria.

Thomas Pentecost, assistant professor of chemistry, wrote an article, “Measuring Learning Gains in Chemical Education: A Comparison of Two Methods,” published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, gave a presentation, “Still Happening, Yet Still Problematic: Du Bois and Washington’s Debate in the 21st Century.” at the annual HBCU General Education Alliance in Raleigh, North Carolina. He gave another presentation, “Advancing Grounded Theory: Using Theoretical Frameworks With Grounded Theory Studies,” at the annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Cedarville, Ohio.

Elyse Sterenberg, police records coordinator, received a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Investigations Program. The certificate was presented at the Michigan Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators conference.


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