Faculty and staff sketches

September 19, 2023 (Volume 47, Number 2)

students walked over the Little Mac bridge, which is covered with blue fencing

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

John Lipford, affiliate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was interviewed by National Geographic for a story about cannabis tourism.

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by the Washington Post for a story about the impact the late Gil Brandt had on promoting Black football players in the NFL.

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

Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean, Seidman College of Business, Jeffrey Rothstein, professor and chair of sociology, and Matthew Daley, professor of history, were interviewed by Crain's Grand Rapids, WOOD-TV and FOX 17 for stories about the UAW strike and its impact on West Michigan.

Eric Kunnen, senior director for IT Innovation and Research, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the new Apple Vision Pro, and also by WOOD-TV and WGVU about Grand Valley's participation in the Confluence Festival.

Shorouq Almallah, director of the DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Daniel "Michael" Hyacinthe, MVELab lead instructor, were interviewed by Second Wave Southwest Michigan for a story about the veteran entrepreneurer program launching in Battle Creek.


Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, associate professor of journalism, broadcasting and digital media, three students plus a USA Today national investigative team received a National Headliner Award for their reporting and stories about nursing homes.

Geology faculty members Caitlin Callahan, Steve Mattox, Ginny Peterson and Ian Winkelstern organized a session, "Fostering a Diverse, Equal, Inclusive and Anti-Racist Geoscience Community," and gave a presentation, "Reflecting on Lessons Learned from Participation in the Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (Urge) Program," at the North Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Robert Deaner, professor of psychology, was a co-author of an article,"Men and Women Differ in Their Interest and Willingness to Participate in Exercise and Sports Science Research," published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Danielle DeVasto, assistant professor of writing, wrote an article, "Toward Rhetorically Infused Methods for Relational Network Modeling: The Visualization of Agency in Seismic Risk Visuals," published in Technical Communication Quarterly.

Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, gave a presentation, "Moral We-Intentions as Individualistic We-Attitudes," at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association held in San Francisco, California.

Annis Water Resources faculty and staff Bopi Biddanda, Nathan Dugener, Ian Stone and Anthony Weinke were co-authors of articles, "Recurringly Hypoxic: Bottom Water Oxygen Depletion is Linked to Temperature and Precipitation in a Great Lakes Estuary," published in Hydrobiology, and "Out of Oxygen: Temperature and Loading Drove Hypoxia during a Warm, Wet, and Productive Year in a Great Lakes Estuary," published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Anthony Spencer, assistant professor of communications, was a co-author of an article, "COVID-19 and Government Trust: A Spiral of Silence Analysis in South America," published in the International Communication Gazette.

John Weber, professor of geology, was a co-author of an article, "Unveiling Underestimated Species Diversity within the Central American Coralsnake, a Medically Important Complex of Venomous Taxa," published in the journal Nature as a Scientific Report.

Patrick Colgan, professor of geology, was a co-author for a presentation, “Determining the Retreat Chronology of the Green Bay Lobe, Wisconsin, USA During the Last Deglaciation Using Cosmogenic Nuclides from Exposed Bedrock,” at the International Quaternary Association Congress in Rome, Italy.


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This article was last edited on September 19, 2023 at 1:7 p.m.

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