Faculty and staff sketches

February 7, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 11)

portrait of Feryal Alayont, professor of mathematics, who is wearing a white turtleneck and black jacket

Feryal Alayont is a native of Turkey and discussed the aftermath of earthquakes in that country during an interview on FOX 17.

Photo Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills

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

Feryal Alayont, professor of mathematics, was interviewed by FOX 17 for a story about the impact of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Roger Moiles, senior affiliate faculty of political science, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address.


Joel Wendland-Liu, associate professor of integrative studies, wrote a book, Mythologies: A Political Economy of U.S. Literature in the Long Nineteenth-Century, published by International Publishers.

Josh Veazey, assistant professor of physics, and four undergraduate students were authors of an article, “A Z-axis Tunneling Microscope for Undergraduate Labs,” published in the American Journal of Physics. Veazey also gave a presentation on the device at the regional Advanced Lab Physics Association workshop in Southfield.

Kyle Brink, associate professor of management, was a co-author of an article, "Jujutsu Persuasion: Learning How to Co-opt with Another's Values," and author of an article, "Examining Self-efficacy Change as a Mediator between Goal-performance Discrepancy and Self-set Goal Change," published in the Business Education Innovation Journal. Brink was the author of an article, "Cybervetting is the Latest Symptom of a Deeper Problem," published in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Adrienne Wallace, associate professor of advertising and public relations, was elected to the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America board of directors as president-elect. She had served as WMPRSA's secretary, treasurer and director. Wallace was re-elected to the PRSA's Educators Academy section as membership chair. She gave four presentations at the National Communication Association Convention; "SPARK A 'Diversity First" IDEA: An Approach to Equitable PR Campaigns" earned first place in the teaching competition.

Natalie Laudicina, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, was a co-author of an article, "Bony Birth-canal Dimensions and Obstetric Constraints in Hominoids," published in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology.

Patrick Colgan, professor of geology, was a co-author of an article, "Provenance of Middle to Late Pleistocene tills in Illinois, USA: Evidence for Long Distance (~2000 km) Ice Transport During Two Successive Glaciations," published in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.

Adeline Borti, assistant professor of English, and student Jessie Webb gave a presentation, "Reawakening Purpose & Motivation: Exploring How to Use Computer Assisted Language Learning Tools Instead of Why," at the Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference. They are also authors of an article, "The Road Less Taken — The Ph.D. Road," published in MITESOL Messages.


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This article was last edited on February 7, 2023 at 12:19 p.m.

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