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Meet the 2007 Faculty


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Meet the 2007 Faculty

  1. 1. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences New Faculty Members Fall 2007 Biology Todd Aschenbach, Assistant Professor of Biology (Natural Resources) Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2005 M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2000 B.S. in Wildlife and Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1994 Todd Aschenbach was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Kansas where he conducted longleaf pine savannah restoration research at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He was also an instructor and participated in both the College of Natural Resources Student Mentoring Network and the Kansas Field Station and Ecological Reserves Researchers and Educators Group through which he assisted in the development of policy and programs for research and education initiatives. He is a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Ecological Society of America, the Natural Areas Association, and served as chair of a community group in Lawrence, Kansas involved with sustainable land use planning. Michael Henshaw, Assistant Professor of Biology (Behavioral Ecology) Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2000 M.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1998 B.S. in Biology, Grand Valley State University, 1994 Michael Henshaw joins GVSU having most recently taught at McKendree College from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia where he studied the ecology and social structure of cooperative wasp societies. His research focuses on the basis for cooperative behavior, as well as the conflicts that regularly arise in cooperative societies. This balance between altruistic cooperation and selfish conflict provides a rich context for understanding why individuals pursue cooperative strategies in many contexts. Presently he is working with collaborators at several midwestern universities to understand the evolution of foraging behavior in the North American wasp, Polistes metricus. He's also very interested in continuing work on tropical Australian wasps, and in pursuing collaborative projects that combine molecular, behavioral and ecological methods to understand questions in ecology , behavior and evolution. At Grand Valley, he will contribute to introductory courses for majors and non-majors, as well as upper level courses in ecology and evolution. Paul Keenlance, Assistant Professor of Biology (Wildlife Management) Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2002 M.S. in Natural Resources, University of WI-Stevens Point, 1998 B.S. in Biology, University of WI-Stevens Point, 1992
  2. 2. Paul Keenlance was most recently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. While there, he taught a variety of courses ranging from South African Ecology and Culture to Geographic Information Systems. Paul’s research experience spans a wide range of wildlife topics, but focuses on wildlife resource selection. He has been involved in various projects including several investigating Black Bear, Lynx, and Gray Wolf ecology. He is a member of The Wildlife Society. Anita Stone, Assistant Professor of Biology (Behavioral Ecology) Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, 2004 B.A. in Biology, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH, 1996 Anita Stone was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of California, Davis. Her post- doctoral research was on the effects of alloparental care on future parental behaviors and reproductive success in the cooperative breeding prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster. She also conducts research on the life history, behavior and conservation of primates. A major site of Anita’s field research is Brazil, where she plans to maintain and expand research with her students. Her teaching experience includes instruction of courses such as Primate Behavioral Ecology. Anita was also the Co-chair of Brazil in Davis, an organization that promotes interactions among Brazilians at UC-Davis and among community members interested in Brazilian culture. Biomedical Sciences Daniel Bergman, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, 2004 B.S. in Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, 1999 Daniel Bergman was most recently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky where he performed research using an array of molecular techniques to investigate the sense of olfaction in mice by examining the role of select genes associated with sustentacular (supporting) cells in the olfactory epithelium, based on microarray and functional data. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology at Kentucky State University and served as an active reviewer of several ad hoc journals. He is currently a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, the Kentucky Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and Sigma Xi. Mary Craig, Instructor of Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) Ph.D. Interdepartmental, University of Sheffield, Expected 2007 B.A. in Comparative Religion, Michigan State University, 1996 Mary Craig was previously an Anatomical Demonstrator in the Departments of Medicine, Biomedical Science, and The Dental School as well as an interdepartmental MPhil/Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. Her topic of study was “Characterization of the Enthesis (osteotendon junction); the role of periosteum.” While at the University of Sheffield, Mary was also the Founder/Facilitator of the International and Mature Medical Student Study Group. She was also awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Scholarship Award through the Department of Education and a Fee Waiver Award through the School of Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral-Maxillary Facial Surgery.
  3. 3. James Christopher Reed, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2006 M.A. in Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1998 B.A. in Anthropology, Mississippi State University, 1994 Chris Reed previously acted as both an Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology in the Department of Biology and a Laboratory Instructor of the Human Anatomy in the Department of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University. He was also a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Chris has several research interests, some of which include: Anatomy; Evolutionary Theory; Human Skeletal Biology, and the analysis of human remains in the archaeological context. He is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Mississippi Archeological Association, and a Sigma Xi. Merritt Taylor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy/Physiology) Ph.D. in Neuroscience, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001 B.S. in Neuroscience, The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1993 B.A. in English, The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1993 Merritt Taylor was recently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology University of Michigan’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research determined that Notch signaling is necessary for formation of glial cells in the nervous system by neural stem cells using a gene knockout mouse model. Merritt also taught Neuroanatomy at Eastern Michigan University and Board Certification Preparation seminars for Neurology residents at the University of Michigan Medical School. His teaching interests include such areas as Neurochemistry and Biopsychology. During his postdoctoral fellowship Merritt was awarded the National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Association of Science Writers. Chemistry Nathan Barrows, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Chemistry Education) Ph.D. in Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2005 M.S. in Organic Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2003 B.S. in Chemistry – Teaching, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 1996 Nathan Barrows was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University where he conducted chemical education research in student cognition, misconceptions, and interview methodologies. His duties included such tasks as managing research studies, mentoring graduate/undergraduate researchers, writing grant applications, and maintaining the Cognition in Chemistry website. His teaching interests surround the areas of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Education. He is a member of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching and the American Chemical Society and a Reviewer for The Chemical Educator, International Journal of Science Education and the Journal of Chemical Education.
  4. 4. Cory DiCarlo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry) Ph.D. in Chemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2003 B.S. in Chemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1997 Cory DiCarlo was previously an Assistant Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he led a multidisciplinary analytical testing group in research to improve the environmental impact of a local manufacturing plant, Clarion-Fiberboard. He also established research collaboration to develop sol-gel enzyme protection schemes allowing retention of redox functionality in aggressive ionic liquid environments. Cory performed several other tasks such as evaluating grant proposals for the State Universities Faculty Professional Development Counsel, a multi-institution grant review committee in charge of distributing over $220,000 per year and conducting laboratory tours and performing chemical demonstrations for high school students. He was also appointed Chair of the Chemistry Department Safety Committee. Andrew Lantz, Instructor of Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry) Ph.D. in Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Expected 2007 B.A. in Chemistry, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2001 Andrew Lantz was previously a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Iowa State University where he taught courses such as General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, and Advanced Separation Science. His research interests include: separation and analysis of microorganisms by capillary electrophoresis; equilibrium and partitioning studies including binding constant and interaction parameter measurements; and enantioseparations of pharmaceuticals and other natural products of current interest. Andrew is an ad hoc Reviewer of Analytical Chemistry and Electophoresis. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, Analytical Division and Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemistry Society. English Lindsay Ellis, Assistant Professor of English (Secondary English & Director of Lake Michigan Writing Project) Ph.D. in English and Education, University of Michigan, 2006 M.A. in Humanities (English Concentration), University of Chicago, 1999 B.A. in English, Wheaton College, 1994 Lindsay Ellis was previously an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University as well as a National Writing Project Teaching Consultant for the Lake Michigan Writing Project of Muskegon Heights, Michigan. She has several research and teaching interests including: Composition Theory and Practice; Content Area Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Ethnographic Research in Multicultural Communities and Classrooms; Rhetorical Theory; Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies; and Early 20th Century American Literature. She is a member of the College Composition and Communication, the Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Rhetoric Society of America.
  5. 5. Geology Pablo Llerandi-Román, Geoscience Education and Geology Ph.D. in Geoscience Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, 2007 M.S. in Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 2004 B.S. in Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1997 Pablo Llerandi-Román gained experience at Purdue University while teaching courses in multiculturalism, education, and geology. He also acted as Instructor/Facilitator of geology, geoscience education, and science education workshops and courses in Puerto Rico. His geology research is focused on the volcanic and sedimentary rocks of southwest Puerto Rico and their relation to the Caribbean Plate. His geoscience education research is focused on field-based education, teacher education, curricular development, and the nature of science. His non-academic experience includes acting as a Spanish Language Instructor, a Geologist/Drilling Crew Supervisor, and a Global Positioning System Field Technician. In 2006, he was nominated for Purdue University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education Best Teaching Award. Pablo is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers, Geological Society of America, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. History Jeffrey Chamberlain, Professor of History and Director of Honors College (European History) Ph.D. in British History, University of Chicago, 1992 M.A. in Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1986 M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1985 B.A. in History, Bryan College, 1980 Jeffrey Chamberlain was a Professor of History at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois where he taught British, European, and Non-Western History. His teaching interests include Social, Political, Intellectual, and Ecclesiastical History of Tudor/Stuart and Georgian England. While at the University of St. Francis, Jeffrey served as Director of the Duns Scotus Fellows and Scholars Program as well as Chair of both the Department of History and Political Science and the Academic Assembly. Jeffrey was nominated Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in five separate years. His is a member of the North American Conference on British Studies, the American Society of Church History, Phi Alpha Theta, and the American Historical Association. Movement Science Colleen Lewis, Associate Professor of Movement Science (Physical Education K-12 Pedagogy) Ph.D. in Human Performance, Indiana University, 2002 M.S. in Anatomy, Wright State University, Fairborn, OH, 1993 B.S. in Biology, Denison University, Grandville, OH, 1991 Colleen Lewis was recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2006, she was a member of the Taskforce on Childhood Motor Disorders, supported by The National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the
  6. 6. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was also awarded a scholarship to the annual meeting of the American Academy Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Colleen is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Education, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Physics Kingshuk Majumdar, Assistant Professor of Physics (Generalist) Ph.D. in Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1999 M.S. in Physics, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India, 1992 B.S. in Physics, Presidency College, Calcutta, India, 1989 Kingshuk Majumdar most recently worked as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Berea College in Kentucky, where he taught courses across the curriculum, including General Physics, Modern Physics, Math Methods in Physics, Computational Physics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Solid State Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Gravity, Advanced Lab, and an interdisciplinary course called Introduction to Natural Science. He was awarded the Who's Who Among American Educators and Teachers in 2006-2007. Kingshuk's research interests are in the broad domain of condensed matter physics. Following his PhD work in magnetic nanostructures, he did postdoctoral research in magnetic spin systems and strongly correlated systems at University of Cincinnati, OH. He has published 13 articles with more than 75 citations, reviewed 11 books, and served as a referee for 4 international journals. He also has an established record of involving students in his research efforts. He supervised 10 students in research at Berea College, two of whom received first prizes for their summer research work at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences meeting. The majority of his research students are currently pursuing PhDs in physics or mathematics. Kingshuk received the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Scholar Award for the years 2005-2007. He is a member of the American Physical Society. Political Science Howard Kilburn, Assistant Professor of Political Science (American Politics) Ph.D. in American Politics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005 M.P.Aff., LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin B.A., Grinnell College Howard Kilburn was previously an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida International University where he also acted as University Library Committee Representative, Website Coordinator, and Webmaster for the department. His research interests and fields of specialization include: Public Opinion; Political Psychology; Political Culture; and Research Methods. He was a panel discussant for “The Politics of Special Populations”, the topic of discussion at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Howard has also acted as a manuscript reviewer for several publications including American Politics Research, Journal of Urban Affairs, Political Research Quarterly. Psychology
  7. 7. Mihaela Friedlmeier, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Developmental Psychology) Ph.D. in Social Sciences, University of Konstanz, Germany, 2006 Masters Degree in Psychology, Cuza University, Romania, 2001 Mihaela Friedlmeier is a developmental and cross-cultural psychologist. She is from Romania, where she earned a masters degree in Psychology and Education Sciences at Cuza University. She then completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Friedllmeier studies intergenerational relationships from a cross-cultural perspective, with focus on the transmission of cultural knowledge and the quality of intergenerational relations and intergenerational support in different cultural settings. Her work includes studies on the importance of fathers and mothers for the formation of general value orientations in adolescents, and also on the role of the parenting style. She is involved in an international, collaboration, with data being collected in a dozen countries around the globe. The purpose of this project to explore why some people want to have children and others do not, how people from different countries and cultures think about childrearing and family, and how the generations within one family support each other. For instance, in her American sample, a reciprocally balanced perception of the give-and-take between adult daughters and their mothers led to greater intimacy and fewer conflicts between them, though receiving support could be both beneficial and “negative” for the recipient—something that faculty mentors might want to keep in mind as they provide support for the new people you are meeting today. This year Friedlmeier is teaching Lifespan Development and Psychology’s Controversial Issues course. School of Communications James Bell, Assistant Professor of Communications (Theatre) Ph.D. in Theatre, Florida State University, 2006 B.A. in Theatre Arts, Brigham Young University, 1994 James Bell was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University where he taught a number of courses including Concepts of Communication and Modern Theatre. He was the Managing Director of Grand Valley’s Shakespeare Festival. He also supervised the GVSU box office manager and coordinated publicity and marketing for the University’s threatre productions and academic areas. James has had experience with a number of theatrical productions including Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Winter’s Tale, and Hedda Gabler. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the American Society for Theatre Research, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the National Association for Humanities Education. Sociology Jeffrey Rothstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005 M.S. in Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997 B.A. in Industrial Relations, University of London, 1990 Jeffrey Rothstein was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has also worked as an Instructor for the United Auto Workers-
  8. 8. General Motors National Paid Educational Leave Program in Detroit, Michigan and a Research Fellow at the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. Jeffrey was Project Assistant for the Administration for the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and Latin American Studies Association.