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May 17, 2022 (Volume 45, Number 17)

In the News

Students earn award for documentary

A documentary created by students Tanner Hamilton, Brianna Fall and Abigail Bair in April won the Student Production Award for best long form nonfiction from the Michigan National Academy of Arts and Sciences. They created the documentary during a class taught by John Schmit, professor of film and video production. The documentary, titled "Fresnel," is described as a behind-the-scenes look at Grand Haven's historic lighthouses and the group of volunteers dedicated to saving them. The award was a first for GVSU students, Schmit said.

Elena Lioubimtseva, professor of geography and sustainable planning, was awarded the 2022-2023 Russell G. Mawby Faculty Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Lioubimtseva will conduct research on the best practices, challenges and trends in city-scale climate change adaptation initiatives, led and supported by private funders.

Annie Benefiel, university archivist and digital collections librarian, was appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Lola Coke, acting dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about National Nurses Day and the new BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program.

Jennifer Pope, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by WalletHub for a story about Geico car insurance


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

Annis Water Resources Institute faculty members Charlyn Partridge and Jim McNair, and Alexandra Locher, associate professor of biology, received funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program for a project, "Improving Monitoring Methods for Detection of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) across Michigan’s Hemlock Forests." 

Daisy Fredricks, assistant professor of teaching and learning, was a co-author of an article, "From Humanizing Principles to Humanizing Practices: Exploring Core Practices as a Bridge to Enacting Humanizing Pedagogy with Multilingual Students," published in Teaching and Teacher Education.

Stephen Mattox, professor of geology, was a co-author of an article, "Modeling the Melting of Permafrost," published in the Science Teacher.

Annis Water Resources Institute staff members Christina Catanese and Eric Hecox gave a presentation, "The 2021 Vessel Season and COVID-19 Adaptations," at the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships annual workshop.

Sean Woznicki, assistant professor of water resources, gave an invited presentation, “From Climate Change to Watershed Change: Impacts on Aquatic Communities, Wetlands and Water Scarcity,” for the Clean Water Science Network.

Amy Russell, professor of biology, was a co-author of an article,  "Are Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) Impacted by Dietary Exposure to Microcystin?" published in Harmful Algae.

Kristie Winslow, office coordinator for TRIO McNair/SSS Classic, gave a presentation, "How Fairy Tales Teach Us About Ourselves," at the annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference.

Annie Bélanger, dean of University Libraries, was appointed to the Holland Museum Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Committee. Bélanger was also appointed as the public services column editor for International Information & Library Review as well as to the journal's board of editors. She was the author of an article, "Accessibility and Public Services - Part 1: The Case for Access," published in the International Information & Library Review.


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This article was last edited on May 16, 2022 at 4:55 p.m.

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