Faculty and staff sketches

November 9, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 6)

In the News

Jill Hinton Wolfe, military and veterans resource manager, was named Educational Veteran Advocate of the Year by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Wolfe was selected for her commitment and dedication to outstanding service for student veterans. She received the award at a November 6 ceremony held at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Wolfe will be featured in a display for the next year at the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth.

Wolfe was also named a 2022 Mira Fellow. Wolfe will use the Mira Fellowship to work on the Veterans Leadership Initiative, a program that aims to put more female veterans and veterans of color into executive leadership positions.

Kimberly McKee, associate professor of integrative, religious and intercultural studies, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for a story about the Netflix documentary, "Found," which follows American teens adopted from China.

Alan Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, was interviewed by WLNS Channel 6 in Lansing for a story about warmer water temperatures in the Great Lakes.



Faculty and staff members who have given presentations or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can self-submit a sketch online for future publication. 

Annis Water Resources Institute staff members Janet Vail and Amanda Syers gave a presentation, “Connecting the NAAEE K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines to Project WET,” at the Project WET USA conference.

Kevin Strychar, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Variation in Immune-related Gene Expression Provides Evidence of Local Adaptation in Porites Astreoides," published in Water.

Ben Walsh, associate professor of management, was a co-author of an article, "Willingness to Recommend: Does Workplace Incivility Actually Play a Role?," published in the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Communications faculty members Valerie V. Peterson and Corey Anton were co-authors of an article, "'Who Farted?' Politics: Old Scents in New Bottles," published in Explorations in Media Ecology.

Norma Ortiz-Robinson, associate professor of mathematics, and student Cyrus Foster-Bey were co-authors of an article, "Control Strategies to Contain SARS-CoV-2 in a Data Driven SIR Model for the State of Michigan, USA," published in Letters in Biomathematics.

Esther Billings, professor of mathematics, was a co-author of an article, "Supporting Preservice Teachers’ Growth in Eliciting and Using Evidence of Student Thinking: Show Me Narrative," published in Mathematics Teacher Educator.

Brandon Rushton, visiting professor of writing, wrote an essay, "Inarguably Au Sable," which was listed as notable by Best American Essays 2021.

Stephen Rowe, professor emeritus of philosophy, wrote a revised edition of a book, Overcoming America/America Overcoming: Reinventing Culture and Being at Home in the World in the Age of Pandemic, published by Lexington Books.

Amy Russell, professor of biology, was a co-author of an article, "Genetic Diversity and Relatedness among Captive African Painted Dogs in North America," published in the journal, Genes.

Eric Harvey, associate professor of multimedia journalism, is the author of a book, Who Got the Camera? A History of Rap and Reality, published by University of Texas Press.




Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on November 9, 2021 at 1:9 p.m.

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