Faculty and staff sketches

January 10, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 9)

drone photo of downtown Battle Creek with a high rise on the left and WKKF building on the right

Downtown Battle Creek is pictured, with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the right and the GVSU Battle Creek Regional Center one block to the left.

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

The GVSU Battle Creek Regional Center was highlighted in a regional publication for celebrating 60 seniors at Battle Creek Central High School who have been admitted to GVSU. One profiled senior, Asianique McDonald, enrolled in GVSU's dual enrollment courses at the high school.

Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean of undergraduate programs, Seidman College of Business, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates and by WGVU for a story about the impact of raising the minimum wage in Michigan.

Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, was interviewed by the Chronicle for Philanthropy for a story about the future for nonprofit organizations, based on a Johnson Center report. 

Paul Stansbie, associate dean of the College of Education and Community Innovation, was interviewed by MoneyGeek for a story about teaching children money management skills.

Robert Talbert, professor of mathematics, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed for a story about grading students for class participation.

Michelle Rhodes, associate vice president for Financial Aid, was interviewed by Bridge Michigan for a story about the Michigan Achievement Scholarship.

"The Dream Builders," a novel by Oindrila Mukherjee, associate professor of writing, was named to "The top 15 books coming out in January" by GMA.

The 2023 Animation School Rankings named Grand Valley to several lists, including the top 25 nationally among schools offering both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees related to the field.


Danielle DeVasto, assistant professor of writing, was a co-author of an article, "Any Chance You Want to Work on This Together? I Mean, Taking on More Seems Like a Poor Choice, but This Looks Cool," published in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetoric. 

George McBane, professor of chemistry, was a co-author of an article, "Ozone Photodissociation in the Singlet Channel at 226 nm," published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Michael Webster, professor of English, gave a presentation, "Impersonality and Violation in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot and Mina Loy," at the annual meeting of the International T. S. Eliot Society.

Annis Water Resources Institute staff members Richard Rediske and Molly Lane were among authors of an article, "Interlaboratory Performance and Quantitative PCR Data Acceptance Metrics for NIST SRM 2917," published in Water Research. AWRI was one of 14 labs selected to be on the validation team.

Charles Pazdernik, professor of Classics, wrote a chapter, "Chosroes as Spectator in Procopius' Wars," for a book, "Paris: Association des Amis du Centre d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance."

Shabbir Choudhuri, professor of engineering, gave a presentation, "Understanding and Measurement of Impostor Phenomenon and Self Efficacy," at the S-STEM Symposium organized by NSF.

Matthew Missias, school support specialist, Charter Schools Office, gave a presentation, "Examining the Continued Impact of the Pandemic on Student Achievement in Michigan Charter Schools," at the Midwestern Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Valerie Peterson, professor of communication studies, gave a presentation, "General Semantics and Sex," at the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and the Ecologies of Mind, Media, and Meaning Symposium.




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This article was last edited on January 10, 2023 at 9:24 a.m.

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