Faculty/Academic Staff Forums
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present Faculty/Academic Staff Forums this semester. The programs will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the Presidents Room of Davies Center unless otherwise noted. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or tray.
• Nov. 8: Kris Retherford, communication sciences and disorders, "Comprehension of Kinship Terms for Blended Families."
• Nov. 15: Karen O'Day, art & design, "Native Art in Central America, circa 800-1900." This presentation will be held in the Ojibwa Room, Davies Center.
A list of all Fall 2006 Faculty/Academic Staff Forums can be viewed online.
Art & Design
Karen O'Day presented a paper titled "More than Pliny, More than Gardner's: Endangered Sites Can Transform Student Notions of Early Monuments" at the Southeastern College Art Conference/Mid-America College Art Association Conference Oct. 25-28 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The paper was part of a session titled "All Art History Survey Courses Are Contemporary."
Stephen Drucker gave an invited talk titled "Jet-Cooled Spectroscopy of Triplet-State Molecules" Oct. 26 as part of the Physics and Chemistry Colloquium Series at Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn.
Thomas Kemp organized and gave a presentation on a panel at the Wisconsin Economics Association meeting Oct. 20-21 in Stevens Point. He discussed the contributions of the popular economist John Galbraith. Kemp's presentation focused on economic methodology and the role of rhetoric in economics and economics education. The papers that follow were completed under Kemp’s supervision. UW-Eau Claire student Aaron Olson presented a paper titled "An Analysis of Institution Building and Institution Enhancing Spending at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire." His work used instrumental reasoning to rank UW-Eau Claire’s expenditures by category. UW- Eau Claire student Sarah Fisher presented a paper titled "Beliefs and Development of the Third World.” Her work originally was completed for Economics 491: "American Economic Ideas." The paper considered the role that customary institutions have played in African economic development. UW-Eau Claire alumnus David Carpenter presented a paper titled "Choice and Habit: Testing Decision Making Using Experimentation.” Carpenter’s paper, completed in collaboration with Kemp, used an experimental method to test human decision making. Specifically, Carpenter and Kemp tested whether human decision making could be explained with marginal analysis. The work was funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Max Garland will lead a discussion titled "Traveling Through the Dark: Discussion of the Poems and Writings of William Stafford" Nov. 8 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. A discussion on the same topic also was held Nov. 1 at the library.
Tess Osonye Onwueme was a keynote speaker for the Fourth International Conference of the United States Association of Commonwealth Literature/Postcolonial and Language Studies Oct. 28 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. She was accompanied by the World Percussion Ensemble and members of the Chamber Singers of Santa Clara University. Renowned writers and scholars who also delivered keynote addresses at the forum were Bill Ashcroft and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
J. Brian Mahoney and T.H. Anderson had their paper titled "Late Jurassic Basins: The Tracks of a Continental-Scale Transform from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska" published in "Paleogeography of the North American Cordillera: Evidence For and Against Large-Scale Displacements," edited by J.W. Haggart, R.J. Enkin and J.W.H. Monger, Geological Association of Canada, special paper 46, pages 369-375.
Janice Bogstad had ten articles, each averaging 1000 words, published in the "Encyclopedia of Chinese American Relations," edited by Yuwu Song, McFarland, September 2006. Bogstad wrote on the following subjects: Hua Guofeng, Lin Yutang, Clare Booth Luce,
Ida Pruitt, Karl Lott Rankin, Agnes Smedley, Anna Louise Strong,
Barbara Tuchman, Harry Wu and Missionaries (American) in China.
Music and Theatre Arts
Bob Baca worked with top high school musicians from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan during the Tri-State Honor Bands Festival Oct. 19 at UW-Superior. See the Oct. 30 Ironwood (Mich.) Daily Globe article about the festival.
Network for Excellence in Teaching
Donna Raleigh gave a presentation titled "Faculty Support Staff Remote Office Study: From Pilot to Program" at the Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference Oct. 25-29 in Portland, Ore.
Dan Holt, Kevin Klatt and 17 UW-Eau Claire students from the undergraduate emphasis in behavior analysis attended the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis convention Oct. 19-21 in Carbondale, Ill. Klatt and students Regina Carroll, Sara Weinkauf, Kelli Capocasa, Nick Vanselow and Jennifer Bechtold presented a poster titled “Using Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing and Direct Reinforcement to Teach Vocal-Verbal Behavior to Young Children with Autism.” In addition, Klatt and students Nicholas Vanselow, Jennifer Bechtold, Claire Anderson and Corey Stocco presented a poster titled “Using the Constant Prompt Delay Procedure to Teach an Interverbal Skill to Young Children with Autism.” Klatt also presented an invited talk titled “Comparing Prompting Procedures for Teaching New Skills to Children with Autism.” Holt was named program chair for the 2007 convention, and Klatt was named to the MABA board of directors.
Student Support Services
Bruce Ouderkirk was one of the contributors to "A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia," recently published by Greenwood Press. Ouderkirk wrote all of the material on Steinbeck's "Sweet Thursday," including a critical overview of the novel, analyses of the major characters and explanations of key terms.
Condolences to Jan Washburn (emerita), University Recreation and Sport Facilities, whose husband, Adolph "Ade" Washburn, died Nov. 4 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.