Faculty and staff sketches

September 27, 2022 (Volume 46, Number 3)

two rows of students standing in front of US Capitol building

Students studying political science and international relations spent a week in Washington, D.C., learning about national security issues.

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Students tour D.C., learn about national security issues

Political science professor Polly Diven and 11 Grand Valley students spent a week in May visiting Washington, D.C., studying national security issues.

The students, political science and international relations majors, learned more about national security, cybersecurity and global climate security.

Students attended lectures from experts across public, private and nonprofit sectors in the morning, followed by site visits to Lockheed Martin, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Students also toured the U.S. Supreme Court and attended an alumni networking event. 

Paul Isely, associate dean of undergraduate programs, Seidman College of Business, and Heather Tafel, associate professor of political science, were interviewed by WXMI-TV for a story about the global economic and political effects stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Whit Kilburn, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by MLive for a story about political action committee funding by former President Trump to proposed Michigan ballot initiatives. 

Chris Hinsch, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by WalletHub for a story about cell phone costs and plans.

Retired faculty member Deanna Morse and former adjunct faculty member Maggie Annerino were interviewed by WOOD-TV about their ArtPrize entry done in conjunction with Suzanne Zack, affiliate professor of film and video production, and retired faculty member Joseph McCargar. The entry, "Broken Angels," is a short video playing on a loop in the theater at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Oceana's Herald-Journal also wrote about the entry.


Faculty and staff members who have given presentations, were recognized for outstanding contributions or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can submit a sketch online for future publication. 

Scarlet Galvan, collection strategist librarian, gave a presentation, "Ethical Considerations for Data Visualization and Platform Governance," for the Association of College and Research Libraries' sections on Digital Scholarship, Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Alan Steinman, professor of water resources, and Ellen Foley, graduate student, gave a presentation, "Rubbing Salt in the Wound: Chloride Impacts on Phosphorus in an Urban Eutrophic Lake," at the Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference held in Champaign, Illinois.

Sean Woznicki, assistant professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “Water Scarcity in the Serbian Danube: Agricultural Land Use and Irrigation,” at the South-Central European Regional International Network annual meeting. SCERIN is a NASA-affiliated collaborative organization focusing on remote sensing/ecosystem change.

Carl Ruetz, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Influences of Seasonality and Habitat Quality on Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Fish Community Composition and Diets," published in Wetland Ecology & Management.

Adrienne Wallace, associate professor of communications, was a co-author of two chapters, "When AI Meets IoT: AIoT" and "Artificial Intelligence: The Dark Side, Ethics, and Implications," for the book The Emerald Handbook of Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media, published by Emerald Publishing Limited.


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This article was last edited on September 27, 2022 at 1:44 p.m.

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