Faculty and staff sketches

May 16, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 17)

Human Resources staff members, many in blue, black or white, stand near or sit on the GVSU letters.

The Human Resources team received the HR Excellence Award for Transformative Change from CUPA-HR Midwest Region.

Photo Credit: Amanda Pitts

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. 

In the News

WGVU Public Media wins MAB Station Excellence Award
WGVU Public Media recently received the 2023 Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Station Excellence Award for Public Radio at the association’s annual awards ceremony. The award is among the most prestigious in the Michigan broadcasting industry, recognizing outstanding achievement in programming, community service and overall station operations.

In addition to the Station Excellence Award, WGVU Public Media also won seven other best-in-category awards, including Feature/Use of Medium, Best Musical Programming, Best Marketing Materials & Promos, Best Newscast and Best Special Interest & Cultural Programming.

Dan Giedeman, professor of economics, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about how the nation's debt ceiling standoff in Washington could impact state economies.

Wil Rankinen, associate professor of communications sciences and disorders, was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio for a story about the pronunciation of sauna.

Robert Talbert, professor of mathematics, was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for a story about student well-being in the classroom.

Jonathan Engelsma, professor of computer science and director of the Applied Computing Institute, Julie Goldstein, assistant professor of visual and media arts, and two students were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about Project Grand Path and the Reach Higher Showcase.

Rahat Rafiq, assistant professor of computer science, and student Aliah Lloyd were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the app they are researching that would detect signs of depression.

Amy Matthews, professor of psychology and director of the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project, was interviewed by the Manistee News Advocate for a story about the rise in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses in Michigan.

Al Steinman, AWRI Allen and Helen Hunting research professor, was interviewed by Bridge Michigan for a story about road commissions using a salt solution on unpaved roads and its effect on waterways.

Human Resources received the HR Excellence Award for Transformative Change from CUPA-HR Midwest Region.

Dan Graser, associate professor of music, wrote a new book, The Saxophone Manual: A Guide for Developing Fundamentals, published by Conway Publications.

Anthony Spencer, assistant professor of communications, wrote a chapter, "Pandemic Communication: International Communication," for a book, Pandemic Communication, published by Routledge.

Annis Water Resources Institute staff members Christina Catanese and Amanda Syers gave a presentation about the institute's water resources outreach and education program for Michigan Resources on Climate and Land Change Education participants. 

Sean Lancaster, professor of education and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs, gave a keynote presentation, "Developing the Art of Teaching Science: Science Teaching Practices," at the Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference.

Rick Rediske, professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water: How We Can Improve the Public Health Response to Impacted Communities?” for the American Public Health Association.

Tim Penning, professor of advertising and public relations, gave presentations, "PR Capacity on Corporate Boards" and "A Second Look at Public Relations Licensing: Privileged Communication as an Incentive," at the International Public Relations Research Conference. The second presentation won the conference award for "Top Paper on the Conference Theme."




Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on May 16, 2023 at 10:1 a.m.

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