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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 30-JULY 26

BRIAN CONNERY
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION/STUDY ABROAD/CAS

Dr. Brian Connery led a group of 14 students on a British Studies at Oxford study abroad program at Brasenose College in England. The program immersed students in the historical, artistic, political and cultural center where many of the course’s theories have roots. While abroad, Dr. Connery taught ENG 306 – Drama: Plays and Performances.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 10-JULY 20

COURTNEY BRANNON DONOHUE
ASST. PROFESSOR OF CINEMA STUDIES

Dr. Courtney Brannon Donohue traveled across Europe for a book project on Hollywood companies and modern localization practices. Specializing in global cinema, Dr. Donohue conducted interviews in Madrid, Brussels, Berlin and London. She spoke with major personnel from companies, including Warner Brothers, Disney and Fox, to explore the creation and sale of films for audiences outside of English language markets. She also attended the Cannes Film Festival as a faculty mentor.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 10-JULY 20

COURTNEY BRANNON DONOHUE
ASST. PROFESSOR OF CINEMA STUDIES

Dr. Courtney Brannon Donohue traveled across Europe for a book project on Hollywood companies and modern localization practices. Specializing in global cinema, Dr. Donohue conducted interviews in Madrid, Brussels, Berlin and London. She spoke with major personnel from companies, including Warner Brothers, Disney and Fox, to explore the creation and sale of films for audiences outside of English language markets. She also attended the Cannes Film Festival as a faculty mentor.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 9-14/JUNE 23-28

DANA DRISCOLL
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC

Dr. Dana Driscoll continued work on a multi-institutional research project called “The Writing Transfer Project.” The project examines the ability of students to transfer knowledge from one context to another. The assistant professor of rhetoric traveled to George Washington University in Washington, D.C to obtain and analyze data with researchers from four other universities. She also presented at the “Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer” conference at Elon University in North Carolina.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 18 - 19/JUNE 2 - 4

AMI HARBIN
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Ami Harbin’s research took her to both coasts this summer. The assistant professor of philosophy, who also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies program, attended a meeting of The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry in San Francisco. While there, she presented research and met with other scholars to discuss work on crime and mental disorder. She also presented work at The Mentorship Project for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JULY 7-20

ANDREA KNUTSON
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH

The recipient of a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, Dr. Andrea Knutson spent two weeks in Concord, Mass. attending lectures and workshops around the theme,“Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau and Fuller.” The assistant professor of English specializes in American studies, and while in Concord visited Walden Pond, authors’ homes, the African American Heritage Trial and the utopian communities at Brook Farm and Fruitlands.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 12-14

FRITZ MCDONALD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Fritz McDonald presented at the European Conference on the Theory of Action in Poznan, Poland. His paper, entitled “Beyond Objectivism and Subjectivism,” explores ways in which desires do and do not provide reasons for action. The international conference brought together a variety of theorists and practical philosophers to exchange ideas. Dr. McDonald specializes in the philosophy of language, metaethics, moral psychology, metaphysics and the philosophy of action.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 27-JUNE 4

LIBIN RONG
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

Dr. Libin Rong traveled to Taiyuan China to share research at a population dynamics conference. The conference brought together experts in a variety of fields, including mathematics, biology, computer science, ecology and public health. Dr. Rong presented a lecture examining how the immune system controls the influenza virus infection. He presented mathematical models that may provide more information for future research.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE

ADINA SCHNEEWEIS
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM

Dr. Adina Schneeweis traveled to her native Romania for research on the communication practices of non-governmental organizations advocating the rights of the Roma, an at-risk population commonly known as Gypsies. Dr. Schneeweis worked with Roma women who serve as mediators in the public health system. She also visited her alma mater, Babes-Bolyai University, to speak with students. This was her second research trip to the country.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 17-22

ADINA SCHNEEWEIS 
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM

Dr. Adina Schneeweis presented her work domestically and internationally this summer. She presented her paper “Just Another Gypsy Dancer, Just Another Refugee: Constructions of Gypsies in Musical and Real World Publications” at the International Communication Association conference in London. She also presented two papers, “We Are Rom. We Are Gypsies: Constructions of Gypsies in American Reality Television” and “To Be Romanian in Post-Communist Romania: Entertainment Television and Patriotism in Popular Discourse,” at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications conference in Washington, D.C.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
AUGUST 7-10

ADINA SCHNEEWEIS 
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM

Dr. Adina Schneeweis presented her work domestically and internationally this summer. She presented her paper “Just Another Gypsy Dancer, Just Another Refugee: Constructions of Gypsies in Musical and Real World Publications” at the International Communication Association conference in London. She also presented two papers, “We Are Rom. We Are Gypsies: Constructions of Gypsies in American Reality Television” and “To Be Romanian in Post-Communist Romania: Entertainment Television and Patriotism in Popular Discourse,” at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications conference in Washington, D.C.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
AUGUST

DICK GOODY
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART & ART HISTORY/ACTING CHAIR, ART & ART HISTORY/DIRECTOR

Dick Goody conducted curatorial research this August. He met with approximately 60 art dealers and curators in London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Cologne to select artists for a January 2015 OUAG exhibition. Goody will ultimately select 15-20 artists for the exhibition, which will focus on Metamodernist production approaches.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE

ANTHONY GUEST
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF THEATRE

Anthony Guest traveled to Boston to make final edits and outline a publishing and marketing plan to premiere a production he directed in 2007. In Boston, Guest collaborated with the playwright Jack Neary, his co-author. Guest plans on implementing some rewrites and adding his own original staging to the text. He also visited New York City to research his winter directing project, “Chicago.”


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 22-25

MARK NAVIN
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Mark Navin presented at the Values in Medicine, Science and Technology workshop at the University of Texas at Dallas. His paper, entitled “Purity, Pollution, and Vaccine Refusal,” examined how ideas about contamination motivate some parents to refuse routine childhood vaccines. Dr. Navin argued that increasing science education is not likely to diminish the rate of vaccine refusal because parents are generally unresponsive to facts about harms and benefits.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 27-JULY 2

THAYER JONUTZ
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE

ALI WOERNER
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE

Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner were invited to perform at the National Theatre of Costa Rica. The pair, who recently merged individual dance companies to form Take Root, performed choreography by Sandra Torijano entitled “Teatro al Mediodia.” Jonutz and Woerner also taught classes at the National Dance Company of Costa Rica and at the professional company Danza Universitaria.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 1-JULY 15

CRAIG MARTIN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

Dr. Craig Martin traveled to Italy for a book project. He visited Rome, Bologna and Venice to consult sixteenth-century manuscripts for his upcoming book, Subverting Aristotle: Religion, Philosophy, and History in Early Modern Science. Dr. Martin examined how historical analyses of Aristotle changed attitudes about reconciling ancient science and Christianity, focusing on Renaissance Humanism, the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 21-AUGUST 14

FRED LOVE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEATRE

Fred Love served as music director for the junior musical theatre program at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Students from all art disciplines come to Interlochen to perform with leading artists and instructors. Love worked with young actors in grades three through six to develop and explore their singing, dancing and acting skills. After six weeks of rehearsal, the students presented a musical production, “Dear Edwina,” at the end of the summer.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 25-JULY 18

KAREN SHERIDAN
PROFESSOR OF THEATRE

KERRO KNOX
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEATRE

Karen Sheridan and Kerro Knox of the theatre department traveled with students to the Greek island of Hydra as part of the Classical Theatre Study Abroad program. The students studied acting, history and design in addition to visits to archeological sites. They performed a new adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” on the islands of Hydra and Spetses and in Delphi.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
JUNE 7-21

MEIR SHILLOR
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

Dr. Meir Shillor had speaking engagements in France and Bulgaria to discuss his latest research. He was the keynote speaker at the French-Polish Seminar of Mechanics at the University of Perpignan in France. His talk considered the mathematics of engineering systems that have friction. Dr. Shillor was also invited to speak at the BIOMATH 2013 conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, he presented research about mathematical models for Chagas disease.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
APRIL

FRANK GIBLIN
PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND DIRECTOR OF THE EYE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Dr. Frank Giblin was invited to speak at the University of Catania in Sicily and the University of Pisa, two of the oldest universities in the world. He presented research on ocular antioxidants at the School of Medicine at Catania University, which will be the plenary lecture for the European Frontiers in Ocular Pharmacology. While visiting the University of Pisa, Dr. Giblin also spoke about nuclear cataract formation.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 16-27

SCOTT SMITH
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, SOCIOLOGY

Dr. Scott Smith traveled with 46 students to Paris, Geneva and Amsterdam to explore and compare global health care systems as part of a social work study abroad program. Students studied the relationships between global health issues and economic and social development and then made comparisons to U.S. health policies and practices. The group visited the World Health Organization, the United Nations offices and the Louvre, among other locations.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 20-JUNE 13

KANAKO TAKU
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Dr. Kanako Taku co-hosted a Post-traumatic Growth Resilience workshop at the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop covered post-traumatic growth, resilience, perceived benefit and problem solving. Dr. Taku presented a lecture, which focused on the future directions of studies using post-traumatic growth inventory. While abroad, Dr. Taku also collected data from the Japanese population for a continuing study.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 13-28

SUSAN WOOD
PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY

Dr. Susan Wood studied sculpture in the museums of Rome, Ostia and Sessa Aurunca. She also visited the archaeological site of the Sessa Aurunca Theater, which was damaged by an earthquake and rebuilt with an extravagantly unique sculptural display. Her research will support a forthcoming article and an ongoing book project on sculptures and portraits of imperial Roman women from 70 to ca. 138 C.E.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MAY 1-7

MARK STONE
SPECIAL INSTRUCTOR OF MUSIC

Mark Stone traveled to Berlin, Germany with the Bernard Woma Ensemble to play two concertos with the Berliner Symphonike. Under the direction of Maetro Lior Shambadal, the performance took place at Berlin’s renowned Philharmonie, one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. The concertos featured the gyil, a traditional African instrument similar to the marimba. The ensemble played the Gyil Jumbie Concerto and the Gyil Yeru Concerto, which Stone co-composed.


SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
MAY 29-JUNE 13

FRANK CARDIMEN
SPECIAL LECTURER

JOY RUIHUA JIANG
ASSISTANT PROF. OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Frank Cardimen and Dr. Joy Ruihua Jiang took students to Europe as a part of their Globalization Impact course. They visited Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and France and met with executives and corporate representatives from major industries, including consulting, manufacturing, technology, automotive, healthcare and banking.


SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
JULY 3-6

JOY RUIHUA JIANG
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT & MARKETING

Dr. Joy Ruihua Jiang attended the Academy of International Business (AIB) annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey. While there, she presented a paper entitled “Internationalize to Escape? Evidence from Family Firms in China.” The AIB conference is the most prestigious meeting within the field and brought together scholars from leading global academic institutions, consultants, researchers, government and nonprofit organization representatives.


SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
AUGUST 24-30

MOHAN TANNIRU
DEAN OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MARK SIMON
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Dr. Mohan Tanniru and Dr. Mark Simon traveled to Panama with Oakland’s Global Business Brigade. They worked with student volunteers on an economic development project, which focused on family businesses in rural areas that have limited access to resources and capital. Students gained experience in business consulting and sustainable development.


SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
MAY 12-EARLY JULY

LAILA GUESSOUS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING

Dr. Guessous taught a core engineering course to undergraduate students at the Changchun University of Technology in China’s Jilin province. The course, EGR 250, was an introduction to thermal engineering. Oakland formed an educational agreement with the university to create a joint undergraduate program in mechanical engineering in 2012.


SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
MAY 18-JUNE 8

BRIAN SANGEORZAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING

Dr. Sangeorzan taught an undergraduate engineering course in heat transfer at Beijing Jiaotong University. The course had a compressed schedule and ran five days a week for three weeks. Oakland has a two-by-two agreement with the university, which is one of the oldest in mainland China.


SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
MAY 18-22

ROBERT VAN TIL
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OR INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

MEGAN CONRAD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Drs. Van Til and Conrad attended the Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with students from the department who were invited to present their research. The conference brought together educators, students and industry experts to discuss their latest research, share ideas, attend panel discussions and network with their peers.


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
JULY 11-13

MARY LOSE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, DIRECTOR OF READING RECOVERY

BOB SCHWARTZ
PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION

Dr. Mary Lose and Dr. Bob Schwartz attended sessions and networked with industry professionals at the eighth annual International Reading Recovery Institute in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Lose also presented research and attended meetings at the International Reading Recovery Trainers Organization. The Reading Recovery program is an international, short-term early literacy intervention for first-grade children having extreme difficulty learning to read and write.


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
AUGUST 17-23 / AUGUST 27-30

LINDA PAVONETTI
PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AND CHAIR OF THE READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT

Dr. Linda Pavonetti traveled to Singapore to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress, where she delivered a paper about early childhood literacy. Afterward, Dr. Pavonetti traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to attend meetings and board sessions for the International Board on Books for Young People, an organization that she serves as vice president of the board.