Faculty Authors, Artists Honored for Achievements
In May 2013, Augustana faculty and staff gathered at the Mikkelsen Library to celebrate more than 50 recent works, including book chapters, journal articles, and artworks published by Augustana faculty members.
Among those honored were Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Stephen Minister, and Associate Professor of History Dr. Peg Preston, all of whom had books published in 2012-2013.
Below is a list of the works recognized:
Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner served as co-editor of the book “Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry” with Dr. Kimberly Pacheco, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado.
Published in 2012, “Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry” is based on a symposium held at the 242nd American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Denver, Colo., in August 2011. The book “seeks to illuminate the latest trends as well as some tried-and-true methods for teaching organic chemistry at both large and small institutions.”
An organic methodologist by training, Duffy-Matzner received a presidential appointment to United States Military Academy (West Point) and was discharged as a disabled veteran due to injury. Before and after earning her B.S. from Boise State, she worked for the Boise Forensic Laboratory on arson, rape, drug and homicide cases. Her Ph.D. research centered on novel antibiotics, and today her research is still focused on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with some biological applications.
Dr. Stephen Minister served as co-editor of the book, “Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion: Toward a Religion with Religion,” with J. Aaron Simmons, assistant professor of philosophy at Furman University. The book was published by Duquesne University Press in October 2012.
Also in October 2012, another book by Minister, “De-facing the Other: Reason, Ethics, and Politics after Difference,” was published by Marquette University Press.
Minister received his bachelor degrees in philosophy and mathematics from Seattle Pacific University and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University. He teaches courses in ethics, continental philosophy, modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion, as well as study-abroad courses on global poverty and the ethics of development. His research engages the continental tradition, especially the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, and focuses on the relationship between reason and responsibility, the role of commitment in ethics and religion, and practical issues such as human rights and global poverty.
Dr. Margaret “Peg” Preston co-authored the book, “Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1950,” with Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, professor of global histories at Harvard University. The book was published by Syracuse University Press in October 2012.
Preston received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 1999. She is a social and economic historian who also focuses on issues of gender in modern Ireland, Britain and India. Published in 2004, her book, “Charitable Words: Gentlewomen, Social Control and the Language of Charity in Nineteenth-Century Dublin,” focuses upon the intersections of race, gender, class and social control within the language of charity. She has also published her research in The Historian, Eire-Ireland and New Hibernia Review. A recipient of a 2005 grant from the University of Notre Dame, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Preston has also looked at the role of Irish women in the Dakotas. Preston teaches courses on Modern Europe, Ireland, World War I and Western Civilization. She has lived and traveled extensively in Ireland and England and regularly co-teaches a course that takes students to Ireland and England during Augustana's January term. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Preston received the ASA Faculty Recognition Award.
Dr. Pilar Cabrera, assistant professor of Spanish, contributed the chapter Moldes Melodramáticos y Salidas Teatrales : la Cultura Mediática en Textos Dramáticos de Virgilio Piñera to the book “Virgilio Piñera: el Artificio Del Miedo” by Humberto López Cruz. The book was published by Editorial Hispano Cubana in 2012 to mark the 100th birthday of Virgilio Piñera, a Cuban author.
Dr. Mitchell Harris, assistant professor of English, wrote the chapter titled John Milton's Paradise Lost and The Problem of Evil in Margaret Sönser Breen’s book “Good and Evil.” The book was published in 2013 by Salem Press.
In November 2012, Harris also contributed a chapter titled The Expense of Ink and Wastes of Shame: Poetic Generation, Black Ink, and Material Waste in Shakespeare’s Sonnets to the book “The Materiality of Color: the Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800” by Andrea Feeser, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Beth Fowkes Tobin. This book was published by Ashgate Publishing Company.
Dr. David O’Hara, associate professor of philosophy and classics, contributed the chapter Rorty's Religion in the book “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher” by Jacob Goodson and Brad Elliott Stone. The book was published in August 2012.
In September 2012, O’Hara wrote the chapter Community in the book “The Routledge Companion to Theism” by Charles Taliaferro, Victoria S. Harrison, and Stewart Goetz.
O’Hara also wrote the chapter Hobbitus Ludens: Why Hobbits Like to Play and Why We Should, Too in Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson’s book “The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way.” The book was published in October 2012.
Dr. Duffy-Matzner and Dr. Jared Mays, associate professor of biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, co-authored the chapter Revamping a Second Semester Organic Course to Meet the New ACS Biochemistry Requirements in Duffy-Matzner and Pacheco’s book “Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry,” published in 2012.
- Nef Family Chair of Political Economy Dr. Robert Wright wrote the chapter Government Bailouts in “Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History” by Randall Parker and Robert Whaples. The book was published by Routledge in March 2013.
A floor mosaic designed by Augustana's Scott Parsons, associate professor of art, was unveiled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The 1,800-square-foot floor mosaic features colors and a design that Parsons says reflects Minnesota’s landscape, history and the movement of people through time and space as part of the larger human journey.
- Designed by Augustana Art Instructor John Peters, class of 1976, the light fixtures inside the new $1.25 million Sioux Falls Environmental Center are proof that art can transform an object we use every day and raise awareness about significant global issues like the importance of recycling.
Dr. Sherry Barkley, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department, co-authored the article “Diabetes Medications: Guidelines for Exercise Safety” with Mary Lobb Oyos, diabetes program manager at Avera McKennan hospital. The article was published in the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM)’s Certified News, volume 22, issue 3 in 2012.
Also in 2012, /academics/health-physical-ed-rec/facultyBarkley’s article “Behavioral Theory and Counseling Techniques for Increasing Physical Activity Participation” was published in ACSM’s Certified News, volume 22, issue 4.
- Dr. Cabrera’s article “Imágenes de Carne: Ausencia y Modernidad en ‘La Carne de René’ y ‘Raining Backwards’” was published in Revolucion y Cultura in 2012.
- Dr. Chris Croghan, assistant professor of religion, published his article “A Theological 'Who', Not a Philosophical 'What:' Luther's Exposition of Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac” in Neue Zeitschrift fur Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, volume 54, issue 4 in November 2012.
- Dr. Barrett Eichler, associate professor of inorganic chemistry, co-authored the article “Synthesis of 1,2-Bis(8'-quinolinyl)ethyne and X-ray Characterization of Its Rearranged Oxidation Product 2-Quinoline-8-yl-pyrrolo[3,2,1-ij]quinoline-4-one.” The article was published in Journal of Chemical Crystallography, volume 42, issue 10, in 2012.
- In 2012, Dr. Mitchell Harris co-authored the article “Milton and Poetry, 1603-1660,” published in The Year’s Work in English Studies, volume 91, issue 1. Also in 2012, Harris had two book reviews published: “Donne’s Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation” and “The Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius Loyola” in Seventeenth Century News, volume 70, issue 1 & 2.
- Dr. Patrick Hicks, writer-in-residence and associate professor of English, published “Shamrocks on the Prairie” in Midwest Quarterly, volume 53, issue 3; “How to Fit Poems into a Collection” in Writer, volume 125, issue 6; and “Writing toward the Big Picture” in Writer, volume 125, issue 11, in 2012. Cold Mountain Review, Spring 2012, featured three of Hicks’s articles: “Umbilical Cord,” “Mother’s Day,” and “When He is an Old Man.” He also authored “Apology to my Former Students” on Salon.com, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, and “Brian Turner Interviewed by Patrick Hicks” in War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities, volume 24. Hicks also published “The Commandant of Lubizec” in the 2013 Winter/Spring issue of Epiphany and "Burning the Guy" in South Dakota Review, volume 50, issue 2.
- Dr. Landon Karr, assistant professor of anthropology, published two articles in 2012: “Actualistic Research into Dynamic Impact and Its Implications for Understanding Differential Bone Fragmentation and Survivorship” in Journal of Archaeological Science, volume 39, issue 11 and “Bone Degradation and Environment: Understanding, Assessing and Conducting Archeological Experiments Using Modern Animal Bones” in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
- Dr. Mark Larson, associate professor of biology, published the article “Exogenous Modification of Platelet Membranes with the Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA Reduces Platelet Procoagulant Activity and Thrombus Formation” in American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology, Volume 304, issue 2.
- In 2012, Associate Professor of Biology Stephen Matzner co-authored the article “Water Deficiency Induces Evolutionary Tradeoff between Stress Tolerance and Chemical Defense Allocation that May Help Explain Range Limits in Plants” in Oikos, volume 121, issue 5.
- Dr. Stephen Minister published the article “Emotion, Ethical Norms, and Pluralism” in The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, volume 11, issue 2 in 2012.
- In 2012, Dr. Reynold Nesiba, associate professor of economics, published “What do Undergraduates Study in Heterodox Economic Programs? An Examination of the Curricula Structure at 36 Self-Identified Programs” in On the Horizon, volume 20, issue 3.
- In 2012, Nesiba also worked with Dr. David Sorenson, associate professor of economics, to publish two articles: “An Analysis of Home Mortgage Foreclosures in Sioux Falls, S.D.” in 2012 Conference Proceeding for the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association and “Who is Foreclosing on Whom? Home Mortgage Lending and Foreclosures in Sioux Falls, S.D., 2004 – 2010” in Journal of Economic Issues, volume 46, issue 2.
- In 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education published two of David O’Hara’s articles: “Armed in Anxiety” and “In the Shadow of Drones.” In April 2013, O’Hara also wrote the article “Don’t Worship the Monsters” in Sojourners God’s Politics Blog.
- Scott Parsons, associate professor of art, published “Gloria Dei at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D.” in Stained Glass: Quarterly of the Stained Glass Association of America, volume 107, issue 2 in 2012.
- Dr. Ann Pederson, professor of religion, wrote “A Traveler’s Manifesto for Navigating the Creation,” published in 2012 in Intersection, volume 36.
- Dr. Matthew Pehl, assistant professor of history, published the article “’Apostles of Fascism,’ ‘Communist Clergy,’ and the UAW: Political Ideology and Working-Class Religion in Detroit, 1919–1945.” In Journal of American History, volume 99, issue 2 in 2012.
- Dr. Susan Schrader, professor of sociology, and Pamela Schroeder, assistant professor of nursing, co-authored “Interdisciplinary Education in Palliative Care: Impact on Attitudes of Students in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Chaplaincy.” The article was published in 2012 in South Dakota Medicine, volume 65, issue 10.
- In 2012, Dr. Lindsay Twa, assistant professor of art, published “Artists’ Statement at Work; Visual Artists and the Julius Rosenwald Fund” in Forum for Modern Language Studies (Special Issue), volume 48, issue 4.
- Dr. Leigh Vicens, assistant professor of philosophy, published “On the Possibility of Special Divine Action in a Deterministic World” in Religious Studies, volume 48 in 2012.
- In August 2011, Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs Dr. Emily Wanless co-authored the article “Constituency Congruency and Candidate Competition in U.S. House Elections.” In 2012, the article was selected for inclusion in the “Congressional Elections” virtual issue of Legislative Studies Quarterly.
- Dr. Edward Welch, assistant professor of history, published “Oscar Howe's Wounded Knee Massacre and the Politics and Popular Culture of an American Art Masterpiece" in the Spring 2012 issue of Weber – The Contemporary West.
- Dr. Rocki Wentzel, assistant professor of classics, published “The Myth of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades in Marion Mainwaring’s Completed Edition of Edith Wharton’s Buccaneers” in New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, issue 7, in 2012.
- Dr. Robert Wright co-authored two articles: “Corporate Insurers in Antebellum America,” published in Business History Review, volume 86, issue 3 in 2012; and “Corporation Formation in the Antebellum United States in Comparative Context,” published in Business History, Winter 2013 issue.
- Dr. Anne Zell, assistant professor of social psychology, published “Who Doesn’t Want to be Envied? Personality Correlates of Emotional Responses to Outperformance Scenarios” in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, volume 34, issue 3 in 2012.
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