Faculty and staff sketches

November 14, 2023 (Volume 47, Number 6)

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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
Al Steinman,
Allen and Helen Hunting professor of water resources, was interviewed by Crain's Grand Rapids Business for a story about redevelopment of the former of the Sappi paper mill site on Muskegon Lake.

Tricia Thomas, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing; and Simulation Center staff members Douglas Ayers, Matthew Collver and Kelly Kerk were interviewed by MITech News for a story about the federal grant GVSU received to improve nursing workforce readiness.

Amber Dierking, liaison librarian, was interviewed by Lonestar Live for a story about a nonprofit, LGBTQIA+, digital library that is accessible to patrons around the country. Dierking serves as a founding steering committee member of the Queer Liberation Library.

Edward Jones, director of Student Health Services; Katie Jourdan, assistant director of Recreation Wellness; and student Dena Harb were interviewed by WGVU Public Media for a story about the Skin Smart Campus initiative.

Jennifer Pope, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by WalletHub for a story about exclusive credit cards.

Ed Garner, director of the MSBDC-West Michigan Region; President Philomena V. Mantella; and 19 alumni were among the people recognized as 200 Most Influential Leaders by Crain's Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Adrienne Wallace,
associate professor of advertising and public relations, gave three presentations at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Washington, D.C. Wallace also was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Relations Education at the conference.

Rob Franciosi, professor of English, gave a presentation, "What Did They Know? When Did They Know It?: Grand Rapidians and the Holocaust," for the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan during an event at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Protecting the Mountain Water Towers of Spain's Sierra Nevada," published in Eos, American Geophysical Union. Biddanda and student Kyle McKee were authors of an article, "To Solve the World's Water Crisis, Revalue Water as a Global Commons," published in the Lakes Letter.

Patrick M. Colgan, professor of geology, was a co-author of an article, “Surficial Geology of Allegan County, Michigan, Michigan Geological Survey Surficial Geologic Map Series SGM-23-01," published by the Michigan Geological Survey.

Al Steinman, Allen and Helen Hunting professor of water resources, and graduate student Ellen Foley wrote an article, "Urban Lake Water Quality Responses to Elevated Road Salt," published in the Science of the Total Environment.

Annis Water Resources Institute staff members Carl Ruetz, Sean Woznicki and Al Steinman, and graduate student Megan Mader were authors of an article, "Land Cover and Water Quality in Drowned River Mouths: Evidence of a Latitudinal Gradient in Eastern Lake Michigan," published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on November 13, 2023 at 11:40 a.m.

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