Faculty and staff sketches

February 21, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 12)

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

Larry Wyn, co-interim director for Code.org Michigan and program manager for the Regional Math and Science Center, was named the 2023 Innovative Leader of the Year for the Michigan Association of Computer Users and Learners. Wyn was recognized for his work statewide to elevate computer science, build networks of learners and educators, and bring together business, community and education.

Jennifer Moore, associate professor of biology and natural resources management, was interviewed by FOX 17 for a story about the university's partnership with John Ball Zoo and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to save Eastern box turtles.

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by MSNBC and Rolling Stone about the significance of two Black quarterbacks playing in the Super Bowl. Moore was also interviewed by Time for a story about the difficulty for Black football coach Eric Bieniemy to secure a head NFL job.

Roger Moiles, senior affiliate professor of political science, was interviewed by FOX 17 for a story reacting to President Biden's State of the Union address.

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

David VanderSloot, director of Conference Planning and Hospitality Services, was interviewed by Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine for a story about sustainability practices in meetings and events.

GVSU-authorized charter schools rank among state’s best
Two Grand Valley-authorized public charter high schools rank among the state’s best public high schools, according to recent rankings released by Niche.  West Michigan Aviation Academy ranks No. 24 on Niche’s list of Michigan’s best public high schools while Black River High School in Holland is at No. 30. West Michigan Aviation Academy also made Niche’s top-100 list of the best charter high schools in the country, coming in at No. 99.


Holly Miller, office coordinator for the Padnos International Center, gave presentations, "Study Abroad as a Neurodiverse Student," to GVSU Campus Links participants, and "Mentoring through the Lens of Neurodiversity," to University of Michigan neuroscience students. 

William J. Neal, emeritus professor of geology, was a co-author of an article, "The Plasticene: Time and Rocks," published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin; and a book, Vanishing Sands Losing Beaches to Mining, published by Duke University Press.

John Weber, professor of geology, and student Katy Reminga were among authors of an article, "Late Quaternary-Recent Intraplate Topographic Uplift of the Ste. Francois (Ozarks) Mountains, USA Driven by Differential Density and Erosion," published in Geology.

Peimin Ni, professor of philosophy, gave a keynote address, "The Grass will Bend as the Wind Blows Across: From the Banality of Evil to the Banality of Goodness" at the 2022 Songshan Forum.

Sarah Nechuta, assistant professor of public health, and student Danielle Uribe were among authors of an article, "Female Fertility Treatment and Adverse Birth Outcomes: a Multistate Analysis of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data," published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine.

Charles Hogg, senior affiliate faculty of philosophy, was a co-author of a book, Barlaam of Seminara on Stoic Ethics: Text, Translation, and Interpretative Essays, published by Mohr Siebeck. 

Charlyn Partridge, assistant professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “Microplastics and Microbiomes: Impacts of Weathered Microplastic Ingestion on Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas),” for the Northern Michigan University Department of Biology. 

Rick Rediske, professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water: How We Are Addressing Regulatory Challenges and Empowering Impacted Communities,” at the American Public Health Association Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Carl Ruetz, professor of water resources, gave a presentation, “Fish Assemblages in Drowned River Mouth Lakes,” at the Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop hosted by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant held in Whiting, Indiana.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on February 21, 2023 at 11:50 a.m.

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