2015–2016

Publications (Books & Book Chapters):

Summer & Fall 2016

Joy Ochs, Professor of English: Lacey, Lauren J. and Joy E. Ochs. “Gendering Place and Possibility in Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence and Kavery Nambisan’s A Town Like Ours.”  Postcolonial Urban Outcasts: City Margins in South Asian Literature, edited by Madhurima Chakraborty and Umme Al-wazedi, Routledge, 2016, pp. 187-203.

Winter & Spring 2016

Behan, D. (in press). Taking sides: Clashing views in special education (8th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill (text editor).

Summer & Fall 2015

Joy Ochs, Professor of English published a book chapter entitled “Honors space: what to do when there isn’t any,” In L. Frost, L.W. Kay, and R. Poe (Eds), Housing Honors (pp. 153-160). Lincoln, NE: National Collegiate Honors Council.

Publications (Journal Articles):

Summer & Fall 2016:

Matthew Bejar, Assistant Professor of Psychology: Bejar, M. P., & Butryn, T. M. (2016). Experiences of athletes from low-to-middle socioeconomic status backgrounds coping with injury. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39, 345-371.

Robert Todd, Associate Professor of Mathematics: Matteo Barberis, Robert G. Todd, Lucas van der Zee (2016). “Advances and challenges in logical modeling of cell cycle regulation: perspective for multi-scale, integrative yeast cell models.” FEMS Yeast Research,; DOI: 10.1093/femsyr/fow103.

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology: Irish, J.D., Lillios, K.T., A.J. Waterman and A.M. Silva. Other” possibilities? Assessing regional and extra-regional dental affinities of populations in the Portuguese Estremadura to explore the roots of Iberia’s Late Neolithic-Copper Age. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.11:224-236

Winter & Spring 2016

Jacob Christenson, Assistant Professor and Director of MFT has published the following articles:

  • Miller, A. L., Christenson, J. D., Glunz, A., & Cobb, K. (2016). Readiness for change: Involving the family with adolescents in residential settings. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38(1), 86-96. doi:10.1007/s10591-016-9376-8
  • Christenson, J. D., & Gutierrez, D. (2016). Using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research to promote family therapy with adolescents in residential settings. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38(1), 52-61. doi:10.1007/s10591-016-9374-x
  • Christenson, J. D., & Miller, A. L. (2016). Slowing down the conversation: The use of letter writing with adolescents in residential settings. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38(1), 23-31. doi:10.1007/s10591-015-9368-0

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies published:

  • Martin, Charlotte. (2015).  University Education as Trojan Horse for the Common Good.  International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, 3(2), pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.15640/ijpt.v3n2a1

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry published the following article:

  • Lacy, A. J.*; Cross, C.; Nguyen, J. G. “The Purification of River Water: An Open-Inquiry Experiment for the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory.” Chem. Educator 2016, 21, 5-9.

Anna Waterman, Assistant professor of Biology published the following article:

  • Waterman, Anna. (2016). Practices Between the Third and Second Millennia BC Using Isotope Analyses of  Ovicaprid Remains from the Archaeological Site of Zambujal (Torres Vedras), Portugal. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Summer & Fall 2015

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology published the article “How do predators locate nests of ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata) in Iowa? A field experiment” in Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 10:44-53 (with McCollum, S.A., and R. W. Black). 

Mary Ducey, Professor of Philosophy published an article, “Principles of Ultimate Reality and Meaning in the Legendarium of J. R. R. Tolkien:  Pity and Mercy” In Ultimate Reality and Meaning:  Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding, Volume 34 (Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2015).

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology published an article entitled “Incremental validity of the subscales of the Emotional Regulation Related to Testing Scale for predicting test anxiety” in the Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 30, 193-208 (with Lindley, K., Louison, R., Roe, A., Timm, M., &  Utinkova, N., (2015, print version).

Randall Lyle, Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy published an article titled “The Microbiome, Gut-Brain-Axis, and Implications for Brain Health” in Neuro Regulation, 2(4), 158–161. (with  S. Prinsloo, 2015). 

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education published an article entitled “Flipping My University Classroom” in theJournal of the World Universities Forum (CG Publishers).

Publications (Newspaper Editorials):

Summer & Fall 2016

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology published:“A Wall Won’t Stop Migration,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 28. <Read Here>

Dennis Dew, Associate Professor of Psychology published;“Fear of immigrants and sharks: from stories to statistics,” Cedar Rapids gazette, September 13. <Read Here>

David Klope, Associate Professor of Communication published:“The neighboring work of Cedar Rapids' Mother Mosque,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 28. <Read Here>

Joe Sheller, Associate Professor of Communication published:‘Join Mount Mercy for immigration series, “ Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 18. <Read Here>

Mary Vermillion, Professor of English has published the following editorial:

  • “Teaching English in War Time” poem in How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching. (2016). Edited by Kathleen M. Quinlan. Boston: Sense Publishers.

Winter & Spring 2016

Jacob Christenson, Assistant Professor and Director of MFT has published the following editorial:

  • Christenson, J. D. (2016). Introduction to the special issue on family therapy with adolescents in residential treatment. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38(1), 1-2.

Publications (Poetry):

Winter & Spring 2016

Carol Tyx, Professor of English published the following poems:

  • “No Men Today” and “Poem in the Fire”  Rockhurst Review Summer 2015
  • “Grief” Connecticut River Review  August 2015
  • “Into the Dark” and “Passing 504 Wayne Avenue” Earth’s Daughters   Issue #86 Fall 2015
  • “Desire for Other Things”  Minerva Rising:  special issues on Charleston Shooting  Fall 2015
  • “Amber”  Imitation Fruit Literary Journal  Spring 2016
  • “Still Life with Books”  Iowa City Poetry in Public Spring 2016
  • “Craving”  Conch River Review Spring 2016
  • Honorable Mention Split this Rock poetry contest “Lookout Point”  Spring 2016

Paper Presentations (National Conferences):

Summer & Fall 2016

Matthew Bejar, Assistant Professor of Psychology presented the following papers:

  • Bejar, M. P., Fisher, L. A., & Morrow, J. A. (2016). Development of the Running Identity Scale. Paper presentation at the 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Fisher, L. A., Bejar, M. P., Shigeno, T. C., & Larsen, L. K. (2016). The Care-performance relationship: What U.S. NCAA DI male assistant coaches tell us about caring for student-athletes. Paper presentation at the 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Fisher, L. A., Shigeno, T. C., Bejar, M. P., & Larsen, L. K. (2016). The Care-performance relationship: What U.S. NCAA DI female assistant coaches tell us about caring for student-athletes. Paper presentation at the 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology presented “Ornate Box Turtle Research and Conservation in Iowa” at the Meeting of Iowa Herpetologists at Mount Mercy University (September); as well as at the Midwest Turtle Conservation Meeting,  Siren, Wisconsin (October).

April Dirks, Associate Professor of Social Work presented “Human Trafficking at the U.S./Mexico Border: Our Responsibility as Social Workers” workshop presented June 9, 2016 at the Cambio de Colores 2016 annual conference called Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialog and Opportunity in Columbia, Missouri.

Carol Heim, Associate Professor of Nursing and Julie McIntosh, Lecturer of Nursing co-presented the poster “Team-Based Learning (TBL): Beginning Perspective” at the annual NurseTim Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 5-6.

Carol Tyx, Professor of English: “Visible Man:  Un-ghosting as Resistance in the Poetry of Frank X Walker” at the Penn State Celebrating African American Literature and Language: Race and Resistance conference Oct. 28-29.

Eden Wales-Freedman, Assistant Professor of English: ‘This woman is dying and this man must suffer for it’: Modern Male Treatment of Fetal and Maternal Death in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and William Faulkner's ‘The Wild Palms,’” Faulkner and Hemingway, Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, October 2016

Winter & Spring 2016

Behan, Dawn. “Applying the Growth Mindset: Transition to College for Students with Disabilities.” Iowa Dyslexia Association conference, April 9, 2016. Mount Mercy University.

Jacob Christenson, Assistant Professor and Director of MFT has presented the following papers:

  • Treatment Outcomes in a University Based MFT Training Clinic A research poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s World Family Therapy Congress, April 1, 2016 with D. Russell Crane and Julia Jones.
  • The Cost Effectiveness of Individual and Family Therapy for Schizophrenia in Managed Care A research poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s World Family Therapy Congress, April 1, 2016 with Fu Fan Chiang and D. Russell Crane.
  • The Relationship between MFT in a University Training Clinic and Health Care Use A research poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s World Family Therapy Congress, April 1, 2016 with Emilie Inglebright, D. Russell Crane and Meghan Story.
  • Undocumented Hispanic Families and Their Perceptions of Marriage and Family Therapy A research poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s World Family Therapy Congress, April 1, 2016 with Maria Ramos and Armeda Stevenson Wojciak.

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry presented the following papers:

  • Dolley, A. L.*; Fritz, Z. M.*; Stenzel, H. H.*; Jarosinki, K. W.; Nguyen, J. G. “Optimizing Preparation conditions of Live MDV Infected Samples for Transmission Electron Microscopy.” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2016. (Poster)
  • Lacy, A. J.*; Cross, C.; Nguyen, J. G. “Purification of river water: An open-inquiry experiment for the undergraduate teaching laboratory.” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2016. (Poster)

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of biology presented the following:

  • 2016 Lillios, K.T., J.D Irish, A.J. Waterman and A.M. Silva. Regional and extra-regional dental affinities of populations between the Late Neolithic and Copper Age in the Portuguese Estremadura. Paper presented at the 85nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Atlanta, Ga. April 12-16, 2016.
  • 2016 Lillios, K.T., J.D Irish, A.J. Waterman and A.M. Silva. Demographic and cultural dynamics of the Portuguese Estremadura in the 4th-3rd millennia BC: a multi-proxy approach. Poster presented at the 81nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. April 6-10, 2016.
  • 2016 Waterman, A.J., P. Díaz-del-Río, and R.H. Tykot. Evidence of C4 plant intake and dietary heterogeneity in Late Prehistoric burial populations of Spain and Portugal. Poster presented at the 85nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Atlanta, Ga. April 12-16, 2016.

Summer & Fall 2015

Dawn Behan, Professor of Education presented her paper, “The Flipped Classroom: From Knowledge to Application in College Courses” at the National Social Science Association conference, New Orleans, LA (October 2015).

Deb Brydon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice presented her paper, “Case Studies as Pedagogy in Criminal Justice” at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Il (September 2015).

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology presented a paper entitled “A Walled Academic Urban Fortress: Using Neoliberal Urban Policies to Re-design and Maintain Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood” at the 6th International Conference on Urban and Extra-Urban Studies—Spaces and Flows, Chicago, IL (October 2015).

Randall Lyle, Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy presented a paper titled “Case Studies and EEG Analyses in the Treatment of Misophonia with Neurofeedback Training” at the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research annual conference (ISNR), in Denver, CO (October 2015). 

Randall Lyle, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy presented a paper titled “Neuro feedback as Treatment for Chronic Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)” at the  Society for Integrative Oncology, Boston, MA (November 2015).

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education presented a paper titled “Creating/Maintaining a Quality Teacher Preparation Program” at the Joint conference for Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa and the Iowa Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in Des Moines, IA (October 2015).

Paper Presentations (International Conferences):

Summer & Fall 2016

Eden Wales-Freedman, Assistant Professor of English:“Women and the Job Market: Strategies for Success,” National Women’s Studies Association, November 11 2016, Montre’al, Canada (Invited Talk).

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education presented “Universally Designing Classroom Success” at the Twenty-third International Conference on Learning. Vancouver, Canada. July 2016.

Winter & Spring 2016

Belkis Suarez, Assitant Professor of Spanish presented a paper in the South Eastern Conference for Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) entitled: Cuerpo y género reflejo de la vulnerabilidad en el cine venezolano del siglo XXI ( Body and Gender: Reflections of Vulnerability in Venezuelan Cinema of the 21st Century).

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of biology presented the following paper:

  • 2016 Irish, J.D., Lillios, K.T., A.J. Waterman and A.M. Silva. Regional and extra-regional dental affinities of populations between the Late Neolithic and Copper Age in the Portuguese Estremadura.  Paper presented at the 6th Annual meeting of European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Madrid, Spain. 2016.

Summer & Fall 2015

April Dirks-Bihun, Associate professor of Social Work Presented her paper, “Relationship problems and drug use related to depressed mood and suicidal thoughts among maltreated early adolescents: Implications for practice” at the international human rights conference the 14th Annual ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Bucharest, Romania (September 2015). 

Guest Lectures:

Summer & Fall 2016

Deb Brydon, Associate Professor of Criminal justice: “The First Americans: U.S. Policy in Indian Country,” as part of Fall Faculty Series on Immigration: “Building Walls, Building Bridges: The U.S. As An Immigrant Nation” (September 2016).

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology: “The Intrinsic Logic and Architecture of Border Walls and Barriers: A Comparative Analysis.” The lecture was part of the Fall Faculty Series on Immigration, Mount Mercy University (September 2016).

Philip Drey, Special Appointment Faculty in Religious Studies :-Guest speaker on Biblical Archaeology for two Theology classes at Xavier High School (October, 2016).-Guest speaker on the topic of Saints for the Alive in Christ program at All Saints Church (November, 2016).-Guest speaker on the Eucharist for two Theology classes at Xavier High School (November, 2016).

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies: "When Deportation Means Death: The New Sanctuary Movement and the Church." The lecture was part of the Fall Faculty Series on Immigration, Mount Mercy University (October 2016).

Malinda Poduska, Assistant Professor of Nursing: “Work-Place Bullying” at St. Mary’s Parish Nurse Program, Solon, IA (November 2016).

Winter & Spring 2016

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology gave a talk on Iowa Preserves System to Adult Environmental Education class for Linn County Conservation Department (March).

Summer & Fall 2015

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology participated in four activities:

  • Served as Panelist for Climate Change discussion for UNA-UN Linn County Chapter (September 2015)
  • Guest Speaker at the First Presbyterian Church on environmental responsibility adult forum (November 2015).
  • Guest lecturer at the Faculty Forum, and gave a talk about the Cultural and Biological History of the Sand Prairie in Iowa (November 2015).
  • Served as Panelist on water quality issues in a forum sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters (December 2015).

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology gave a talk, “Down the Memory Lane: My 1992 Personal Journey in Post-War Vietnam.” As part of  “Legacies of the Vietnam War” fall faculty series, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of Vietnam conflict, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA (October 2015).

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology provided introductory comments at the open house ceremony on the occasion of displaying the traveling replica of the memorial wall on campus, Mount Mercy University. His talk was in conjunction with a brochure he prepared for this occasion titled “The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (the “Wall”): a Profound American Landscape of Collective Memory” (September 2015).

Mary Tarbox, Professor of Nursing gave a talk titled “RN to BSN task force work” at the Iowa Regional Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing (November 2015).

Charlotte Martin, Professor of Religious Studies delivered a talk entitled “Faith and Science,” at the Catholic Parishes Adult Education Program in Waterloo, Iowa.

Session Chairs/Workshop Facilitators:

Summer & Fall 2016

Matthew Bejar, Assistant Professor of Psychology facilitated the following workshops/sessions:

  • Lee, S., Bejar, M. P., & Goodson, A. T. (2016). It IS our Problem: How to advocate for social change in applied sport psychology. Workshop at the 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Phoenix, AZ.         
  • Bass, A. D., Raabe, J. J., Lauer, E. E., Erdner, S. M., Bejar, M. P., & Zakrajsek, R. A. (2016). Teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn: Peer mentoring in graduate education. Panel discussion at the 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Eden Wales-Freedman Assistant Professor of English served as discussant for the following sessions:

  • “Gender and Sexuality,” Faulkner and Hemingway, Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, October 2016.
  •  -“Animals and the Natural World,” Faulkner and Hemingway, Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, October 2016.
  • “Mavericks Exposed! The Colonial Legacies of Contemporary Anti-Prostitution Discourse,” National Women’s Studies Association, Montréal, Québec, November 10-13 2016

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education co-facilitated "Assessing Education Outcomes of Flipped Classrooms at MMU," a Faculty Development event (with Kathryn Hagy), November 2016.

Winter & Spring 2016

Belkis Suarez Assistant Professor of Spanish facilitated the following workshops:

  • Chicha and limonada Gender Conversations and Representations in Film and Literature of Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Venezuela.  This panel was organized to present in the South Eastern Conference for Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) celebrated in Cartagena Colombia in March 9-13, 2016.
  • co-facilitated a workshop with Dr. Mohammad Chaichian: Banking vs. problem-solving education: Liberation Theology and the “pedagogy of the Oppressed” in April 26, at Mount Mercy University.

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry chaired a session:

  • Iowa Academy of Sciences Symposium B: Biomedicine Scientists – Educators Network for the Future in Iowa; April 22, 2016.

Summer & Fall 2015

April Dirks-Bihun, Associate Professor of social Work facilitated the workshop, “Child Abuse and Neglect: Immigration and Sexual Abuse” via web-cam for the Midwest Regional Child Advocacy Center at the Children’s Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. This was a CEU event to train helping professionals who work with abused and neglected children in a hospital setting (September 2015)

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing had a Grand Rounds presentation for Genesis Health System Nursing Practice Council, titled “Turning Nurse APATHY into ACTION” in silvis, Illinois (November 2015).

Art Exhibits, Performances & Creative Endeavors:

Summer & Fall 2016

Carol Tyx, Professor of English published four poems:

  • “Summer Arts Fest”, Two Hawks Quarterly, Fall 2016
  • “Bowing to the Morning”, The Aurorean, Fall/Winter 2016
  • “Mending”, Imitation Fruit Fall 2016, (chosen as poem of the issue)
  • “Grandmother to Grandmother,” Iowa Lyrical Poetry 2016, first time submission award   

Faculty Awards: & Spring 2016

Summer & Fall 2016:

Eden Wales Freedman, Assistant Professor of English was a finalist for The United State of Women’s White House Summit Award for those who “strive to make the world a more gender equitable place.”

Summer 2016 Faculty Scholarship Awardees: The following is a list of faculty who were awarded summer Scholarship to work on various projects, followed by their stated goals of respective projects:

Neil Bernstein, Professor of biology: to capture and track 10-20 hatchling and juvenile ornate box turtles from the third week of May to mid-September 2016. Data were processed by students and prepared for computer analysis.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology: to complete a manuscript by conducting a literature review in order to explore and examine theories that can inform me about a simple question: Can architectural practice and designing the built environment advance the cause of social justice?

Jacob Christenson, Assistant Professor of Marriage & Family therapy: to produce an edited book with 25 chapters covering several topics related to family therapy in residential settings. He will be the first author on    the edited book, and execute agreements with numerous experts and academics in related fields to produce chapters for the book. Also, He will be the first author on at least three chapters, and a contributing author on at least two more. I will be heavily involved in the editing process as well.

Jose Clemente, Assistant Professor of Art: to create an online, interactive application which introduces young children to the rich Latino culture of the El Paso, and Juarez area; and to create illustrations that tell the story of the area’s unique religion, folklore, Food /fashion/entertainment, people, and existing social conflicts.

April Dirks, Associate Professor of social Work: To research, present, and submit a publication on the topic ofhuman trafficking among Latino children. This would be accomplished by completing a manuscript; developing a workshop; and presenting at a national conference.

Jen Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology: to Improve Mood and Cognition Function in People with Multiple Sclerosis by working on the following:
To process all of the data already collected for this study; to become an expert on neuropsychological assessment; to learn new statistical techniques to analyze the data; to write a manuscript on this study;to train an MMU student and/or recent graduate on data processing & analysis; and interpretation); and to submit the manuscript for publication.

Marc McCoy, Associate Professor of Education: review the current Standard-Base d Grading (SBG) research, in higher education; revise the current grading practices in ED 234, Implement the SBG process during the Fall of 2016; compare SBG grading results to prior “traditional” grading in ED 234; and prepare results for presentation/publication.

Joe Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry: to utilize transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to characterize herpesvirus-infected feather follicle epithelial cells of live hosts. Marek’s disease virus (MDV) is a highly contagious herpesvirus, which induces T-cell lymphoma in chickens.

Joy Ochs, Professor of English: to explicate human-environment relationships in three novels of  Kavery Nambisan’s novels: The Scent of Pepper, A Town Like Ours, and The Story That Must Not Be Told. The goal of this work is to research, write, and revise a paper that can be submitted for publication by the end of the summer.

Carol Tyx, Professor of English: Conduct an exhaustive newspaper search of several LA newspapers; review all her notes from last summer; write at least another 20 poems; and research publication venues for chapbooks.

Edy Parsons, Professor of History: to complete a manuscript on China’s expansion in the last few decades, and prepare it for conference presentation.

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology: build on research she has completed over the last decade looking at health, diet and mobility in Late Prehistoric populations (3500-2000 BC) in the Estremadura region of Portugal. The objectives of this project are to obtain ratios of 87Sr/86Sr from the prepared faunal samples which will allow us to identify animals that were traded into the region.

Research Funding, Scholarships & Fellowships:

Summer & Fall 2016

Robert Todd, Associate Professor of Mathematics: McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program Award (w/ Meleah Baloch and Neil Bernstein), 2016-2017 academic year.

Winter & Spring 2016

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry received the following grant:

  • Alliant Energy Foundation Grant – CheMMUsical Show - $3,000

Summer & Fall 2015

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology was recipient of a Pathways to Scholarship Award to work with two students, Jess Hiney and Virginia Brust.

Professor Bernstein also received a grant from MidAmerican Energy and Monsanto, Inc. for the  10th regular big sand mound drift fence installation and monitoring of endangered and threatened turtles and small mammals for the year 2015 ($20,000). 

Neil Bernstein also received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to continue his research on monitoring habitat use, movement patterns, growth, behavior, and survivorship in hatchling, juvenile, and adult ornate box turtles.

Ryan Bezy, Assistant Professor of Biology received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to continue his research as part of the FUTURE program at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. Working in collaboration with Dr. David Weiss at the University of Iowa, he initiated a project to find novel genes and proteins involved in the cell division of Escherichia coli.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to conduct archival research and write the manuscript, “A Walled Academic Urban Fortress: Using Neoliberal Urban Policies to Re-design and Maintain Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood.”

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to conduct a literature review for a journal article about the factors that may affect how people make attributions (determining the causes) for their life outcomes and more specifically for academic outcomes.

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing received a grant from the Iowa League for Nursing Professional Development to attend the 2015 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP). She was selected as one of 48 participants to attend a 5-day training specifically designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. In conjunction with the conference, Professor Guthrie also received a Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from MMU to complete her literature search to identify variables and methods to teach and evaluate in block format courses (taught in less than a semester). 

Nate Klein, Assistant Professor of Business received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to partner with colleagues from Creighton University and conduct a review of his dissertation work on the impact that servant leaders have on employee engagement via the mediating role of trust and fit.

Jennifer Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to examine the efficacy and feasibility of a patient-centered, home exercise program on fatigue, function, pain, and quality of life (QoL) in lung cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to continue his viral microscopy project with Professor Keith Jarosinki from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Carol Tyx, Professor of English received the Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to conduct research in Louisiana for her current project, a series of poems around an historical event that took place at Angola prison in 1951.  She worked in the archives at the Angola Museum in Louisiana and toured Angola to have a better understanding of the setting for her poems.  

Mary Vermillion, Professor of English received a Summer Faculty Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University to complete a manuscript for a dual memoir (with Benjamin Thiel) tentatively titled “All the Changes: A Marriage Transitions,” and submit it for publication.

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology received a Summer Faculty Scholarship Award to work working on a collaborative project with Dr. Hannah Marsh from the University of Central Missouri and Dr. Robert Tykot from the University of South Florida. The project involved the stable isotope analysis of human and faunal remains from the Monkey Mountain archaeological site in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Mount Mercy University’s Endowed Feld Chairs:

Fall & Summer 2016

Deb Brydon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice was appointed as Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence, 2016-2018.

Other:

Fall & Summer 2016

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology Led a five week-long book reading and discussion sessions for faculty and staff, reading his latest book “Empires and Walls” (2015), fall 2016.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology serves on the Advisory Board and the Scientific Community for Silk Cities, a research platform focusing on Silk Road cities in the Middle East and Central Asia headquartered at the University College of London (UCL), UK.

Philip Drey, Special Appointment Faculty in Religious Studies facilitated an “adult education lecture on the Eucharist” for a cluster of six parishes in Lawler, Iowa (October, 2016). He also conducted an all-day in-service on Catholic identity for Storm Lake St. Mary’s school system (September, 2016).

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology Reviewed manuscripts for the following peer-reviewed journals: Canadian Journal of School Psychology (resubmitted manuscript); International Journal of Human Resource Management; and The Career Development Quarterly.

Mary Tarbox, Professor of Nursing maintained membership on Linn County Board of Health, and continued as chair of Iowa Action Coalition for Nursing task force on Nursing Education.

2014–2015

Publications (Books & Book Chapters):

Winter & Spring 2015

Dawn Behan, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Education Program was editor of the book, Taking sides: Clashing views in special education (2015, 7th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology and Director of Faculty Development published the paperback edition of his new book “Empires and Walls: Globalization, Migration, and Colonial Domination” (2015). Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books. 

Mary Vermillion, professor of English published her article, “Literature goes to prison: A reciprocal service-learning project” in a book edited by Grobman, L. and Rosenberg, R., Service Learning and Literary Studies in English (pp. 203-212). New York, NY: MLA (with Carol Tyx).

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology has published a book entitled “In Praise of Small Things: Death and Life at the Late Neolithic-Bronze Age Burial of Bolores, Torres Vedras, Portugal” (co-authored with Lillios KT, J. Mack J.A.Artz, and L. Nilsson-Stutz, 2015). BAR International Series: Oxford.

Summer & Fall 2014

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology was the contributing author (with Kunst, M, and J. L. Cardoso) of a book chapter entitled “Human Bones from Chalcolithic Walled Enclosures of Portuguese Estremadura: examples of Zambujal and Leceia,” In Valera, A. (Editor), “Recent Pre-historic Enclosures and Funerary Practices Recent Prehistoric Enclosures and Funerary Practices in Europe: Proceedings of the International Meeting Held at the Gulbenkian Foundation,” 83-98 (2014, BAR International Series 2627).

James Grove, Professor of English published a book chapter entitled “The Opening Quick Draws of True Grit: The Pleasures of the Coen Brothers Meeting Mattie Ross and John Wayne,“ in L’Adaptation Cinematographique: Premieres Pages, Premiers Plans, 197-213. Paris: Mare & Martin.

Publications (Journal Articles):

Winter & Spring 2015

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Chair published an article entitled “Incremental validity of the subscales of the emotional regulation related to testing scale for predicting test anxiety.” Canadian Journal of School Psychology, first published online on January 21, 2015 as doi:10.1177/0829573514565626 (with Lindley, K., Louison, R., Roe, A., Timm, M., & Utinkova, N., 2015). <Read Here>

Randy Lyle, Marriage & Family Therapy Program Director published an article entitled “Neurofeedback for Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathic Symptoms: A Case Study. 165.” NeuroRegulation, Vol. 1(2):165-172 2014 doi:10.15540/nr.1.2.165

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology has published two articles: “Applying Zooarchaeological Methods to Interpret Mortuary Behavior and Taphonomy in Commingled Burials: The Case Study of the Late Neolithic Site of Bolores, Portugal.” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (with Mack, J., A-M Racila, J.A. Artz and K.T. Lillios, 2015). Early View. and “Stable Isotope Analysis of Diet-based Social Differentiation at Late Prehistoric Collective Burials in Southwestern Portugal.” Archaeometry (with R.H. Tykot and A.M. Silva, 2015). Early View.

Fall 2014

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology, and Jen Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology published an article entitled “Criterion Validity of Facets versus Domains  of the Big Five Inventory,” in Individual Differences Research (2014, Vol. 12, No. 2, (pp. 59-68).

Kristopher Keuseman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry published an article entitled “A ‘Green’ Approach to Synthesis of trans-4-Methoxycinnamic acid in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory,” The Chemical Educator, 19, 347-350 (2014, with N.C. Morrow).

Summer 2014

Jacob Christenson, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy co-authored an article entitled “Integrating flow theory and the serious leisure perspective into mental health counseling,” in Counselling Psychology Quarterly. doi:10.1080/09515070.2014.944883 (with Dieser, R. B., & Davis-Gage, D., 2014).

Ronald Feldt, Professor of Psychology published an article entitled “Gender Invariance of Item-Cluster Subcomponents of the NEO-FFI: A Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis” in  Individual Differences Research, 12(2), 59-68 (2014).

Mary Vermillion, Professor of English published the article entitled “The Uses of Tragedy: A Thousand Acres and American Exceptionalism” in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, 25(2), 151-173 (2014). doi:10.1080/10436928.2014.904712

Paper Presentations (National Conferences):

Winter & Spring 2015

Dawn Behan, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Education Program presented a paper entitled “Does teacher training prepare all teachers to teach students with disabilities?,” National Social Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (March 2015).

Kathryn Hagy, Professor of Art presented a paper entitled “Workshopping the contemporary in Nepal” at the College Art Association Conference, New York, NY. (February 2015).

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education presented a paper entitled “Flipping My University Classroom" at the World Universities Forum, Atlanta, GA. (February 2015).

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology presented a paper entitled “El poblado de El Acequión: nuevos datos sobre la paleodieta y la movilidad humana durante la Edad del Bronce” at the Reunion científica de Arqueología de Albacete. Albacete, Spain (January 2015, with Balsera, V., P. Díaz-del-Río, M. Díaz-Zorita, H. Bocherens, J. Thomas, D. Peate, I. Martínez Navarrete, A. Gilman, & C. Martín).

Fall 2014

Jacob Christenson, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family therapy presented the following papers:

  • Impact of Father Involvement on African American Women. A research poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI (October 2014, with Ashley Frazier and Ashley Merritts).
  • Patterns in Eating Disorder Treatment Across the Life Span. A research poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI (October 2014, with Jaime Ballard and D. Russell Crane).
  • Cost Effectiveness of Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults. A research poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI (October 2014, with Micah Ingalls, D. Russell Crane, and Holly Pack).
  • Barriers to MFT for Undocumented Hispanic Families. A research poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI (October 2014, with Maria Isabel Ramos and Ashley N. Merritts).

Christopher DeVault, Assistant Professor of English Presented a paper entitled “The Fairy Tale of the ‘Here and Now’: The Mournful History of Waterland,” at the 2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Detroit, MI (November 2014).

Nathan Klein, Assistant Professor of Business presented a paper entitled “The Positive Impact Servant Leaders Have on Employee Engagement” at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. 

Belkis Suárez, Assistant Professor of Spanish presented a paper entitled “Defining Mexican Culture While Teaching the Differences between the Simple Past and the Imperfect” at the  American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), San Antonio, Texas (November 2014).

Summer 2014

James Grove, Professor of English presented a paper entitled “The Unique Multiplicity of the Two Women Adaptation Story: Sophia Loren, Motherhood, and Memories of War” at the 9th Annual International Association of Adaptation Conference, Flegler College, St. Augustine, Florida (September 2014).

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing presented a paper entitled “Developing an Elevator Speech: An Essential School Nurse Communication Method,” at the National Association of School Nurses Conference (June 2014).

Paper Presentations (International Conferences):

Winter & Spring 2015

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics presented a paper entitled “Re-examining the US Unemployment Gender Gap” at the 4th Global Business and Finance Conference, Melbourne, Australia (May 2015).

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Development Director presented a paper entitled “The Intrinsic logic and architecture of offensive imperial border walls and barriers: A comparative analysis“ at the 9thInternational Conference on Sociology, Athens, Greece (May 2015).

Belkis Suarez, Assistant Professor of Spanish presented a paper entitled “La inclusión de los excluidos y las voces emergentes del cine y la literatura en la Venezuela de hoy” (“The inclusion of excluded and emerging voices in film and literature in contemporary Venezuelan society”) at the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 2015).

Fall 2014

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology co-presented two papers:

  • “Biographies, Practices, and Social Change: Multiscalar Research at the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Collective Burial of Bolores.” presented at 20th Annual Meeting of European Association of Archaeologists, Istanbul, Turkey (with Lillios, K.T., J. Mack, J.A. Artz, and L. Nilsson Stutz, September 2014).
  • “The collective burial cave of El Rebollosillo (Torrelaguna, Madrid) and the role of dead bodies in Late Copper Age Iberia,” at the 17th congress of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP), Burgos, Spain (with Díaz-del-Río, P., S Consuegra, J. Audije, S. Zapata, Ó. Cambra, A. González, and  J.T. Thomas, D. Peate, September 2014).

Summer 2014

Belkis Suárez, Assistant Professor of Spanish Presented a paper entitled “Arráncame la vida en la cultura machista en México: un problema pedagógico de un pasado simple e imperfecto” at the  Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español (FIAPE), Cuenca, Spain (June 2014).

Poster Presentations:

Winter & Spring 2015

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology presented the poster “Academic performance attributions: Do class grade distributions influence academic attributions?” at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. (with R. Louison, May 2015).

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology presented the poster “Criterion validity of metacognitive self-regulation for predicting testing-efficacy” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL (with R. Louison, April 30, 2015).

Anna Waterman, Assistant Professor of Biology presented two posters: “Mapping Migration: Tracing Ancient Human Mobility via Local Bioavailable Strontium Isotope (87Sr/86Sr) Signatures in the Iberian Peninsula” at the 84nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, MO (with J.T. Thomas, and D.W. Peate, March 2015). and “The influence of prey availability on ice age hunting strategies: Tracing Magdalenian reindeer migratory patterns using strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) analysis of reindeer teeth from Verberie (Oise, France)” at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, CA (with J.T. Thomas, J.G. Enloe, and D.W. Peate, April 2015).

Fall 2014

Ashley Merritts, Associate Professor in the Marriage and Therapy Program co-presented two papers: 

  • The impact of father involvement on African American women. Poster session presented at American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (with Christensen, J., and Frazier, A.; 2014).
  • Barriers to MFT for undocumented Hispanic families. Poster session presented at American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (with Christensen, J., and Ramos, M. I.; 2014).

Guest Lectures:

Winter & Spring 2015

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing gave a talk at the 2015 Iowa Nurses Association meeting titled “INA Legislative Day–Turning Nurse Apathy into Action” (February 2015). She was also the keynote speaker for 100 Great Iowa Nurses, (May 2015). 

Nate Klein, Assistant Professor of Business gave a talk on "Servent Leadership” at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids (April 2015).

Carol Tyx, Professor of English and Feld Chair gave a talk at Methwick Retirement Center titled “African American History Through Poetry” (April 2015).

Fall 2014

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing was the guest speaker at Kappa Xi Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony, Mount Mercy University. Her talk was entitled “Leadership, Scholarship, Service – What Will You Do?” (Decemebr 2014).

Session Chairs/Workshop Facilitators:

Winter & Spring 2015

Belkis Suarez, Assistant Professor of Spanish chaired a session entitled “¿Patrones emergentes en la cultura venezolana de hoy?” (“Emerging patterns in the Venezuelan culture today”) at the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 2015).

Fall 2014

April Dirks-Bihun, Associate Professor of Social Work facilitated the workshop “Crossing the border: Implications for social workers” at the NASW Iowa Chapter Branch Meeting at Grandview University, Des Moines, IA (October 2014).

Ashley Merritts, Associate Professor in the Marriage and Therapy Program facilitated the workshop ”Working with children affected by abuse and trauma: A trauma-focused cognitive behavioral approach” at the Continuing Education Workshop in Marriage and Family Therapy, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Joy Ochs, Professor of English helped lead two workshops on the pedagogy of experiential and place-based learning: “City-as-Text Workshop,” Committee Chair (facilitator), and “Partners in the Parks mini-excursion to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge” (Lead Facilitator) at the Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Denver, Colorado.

Art Exhibits, Performances & Creative Endeavors:

Carol Tyx, Professor of English and 2014-2015 Feld Chair for Teaching Excellence published the following:

Winter & Spring 2015

  • Poetry East “Like Asparagus” 
  • Storm Cellar “Lake Swimming” 
  • Iowa City Poetry in Public “Change of Venue”  

Fall 2014

  • Poem “Notes” in Earth’s Daughters (Fall 2014)
  • Creative nonfiction essay “Byrdie Draws Birds” in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing
  • Creative short “Danger” in The Sun Magazine (2014)

Summer 2014

  • Poem entitled “Vasectomy”  in Hunger Mountain (July 2014 online issue)
  • Prose poem “Seventeen” in Hot Tin Roof Series, Little Village Magazine, Volume 16 Issue 160  (August-September 2014) 

Faculty Awards:

Winter & Spring 2015

Nate Klein, Assistant Professor of Business was the recipient of the inaugural Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award for the Best Interdisciplinary Leadership Dissertation by Creighton University. He was also selected by the Mount Mercy University students and awarded as the 2014-15 “Faculty of the Year for Student Advocacy.”

Fall 2014

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology was awarded Pathways funding to work on his research with the help of a student research assistant.

Kristopher Keuseman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective 2015-16 academic year.

Nathan Klein, Assistant Professor of Business was the 2014 Greenleaf Scholar Award by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. More information on the award/scholarship can be found here:

Research Funding, Scholarships & Fellowships:

Winter & Spring 2015

Ayman Amer, Associate Professor of Economics was awarded a “Pathways to Scholarship” fund for 2014-15 to work on his research on Labor Market changes. 

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry was the recipient of three grants: 

  • Roy J Carver Charitable Trust ($137,500) for Chemistry lab renovations/improvements
  • Alliant Energy Foundation ($2,500) for Science Fun Night/CheMMUsical
  • Better Future For Iowans Grant ($700) in support of his Research (Optimizing Sample Preparation Procedures of Live Samples for Electron Microscopy)

Fall 2014

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics was awarded Transamerica STEM Grant to fund the ExploreU program. This was awarded to both  Dr. Stehnova and Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation. For more information click here.

Summer 2014

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology received a grant to study movements and habitat selection of hatchling and juvenile ornate box turtles (summer 2014). This was the second year of his US Fish and Wildlife Grant administered through the Iowa DNR. Prairie Biotic Network also funded a high school student to work on Dr. Bernstein’s “sand prairie plant succession” project ($1000); and he received another grant from the Iowa DNR to purchase equipment for the project ($3500).

Ryan Bezy, Assistant Professor of Biology was a Senior Fellow in the FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent; Uniting Research and Education) program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. This program brings faculty from smaller colleges and universities in Iowa to do research over the summer at the University of Iowa and comes with research funds. It also allowed him to take an undergraduate student from Mount Mercy with him to work over the summer on a research project. Dr. Bezy was also the recipient of an R.J. McElory Grant to fund his research on bacterial cell division in Escherichia coli; as well as the MMU Summer Scholarship Fund (summer 2014).

Jose Clemente, Assistant Professor of Art (Graphic Design) received a Summer Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University in 2014 to continue his research and interests in the Latino culture from the El Paso, TX area. His historical research focuses on Latino communities and community development, economic and social structures, and issues of immigration and population. Clemente also has filmed and photographed local art from the region that work within the same or similar themes to that of the Latino voice in America. Time was dedicated on researching and studying bodies of Mexican art created during the 16th-19th century period and that focused on thematic issues, as well as techniques and process. During Clemente’s research, his findings also led him to explore gentrification and the possibility of developing or illustrating a children’s storybook that highlights the history of the El Paso region.

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology was awarded Summer Scholarship funding to work with an undergraduate student on a research project that resulted in the student presenting at an undergraduate research conference.

Kristopher Keuseman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry was one of the recipient of the 2014 Summer Scholarship Award at Mount Mercy University.

Joy Ochs, Professor of English was recipient of the Mellon Fellowship for ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program “India: Religion, Globalization, and the Environment in the 21st Century.”

Mount Mercy University’s Endowed Feld Chairs:

Winter & Spring 2016

Carol Tyx, the 20114-2016 Feld chair for Teaching Excellence has successfully completed her term offering numerous workshops and sessions.

Deb Brydon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice was nNominated & awarded Feld Chair for Teaching Excellence for 2016-2018

Winter & Spring 2015

Carol Tyx, Professor of English and Feld Chair for Excellence in Teaching facilitated the faculty workshop, “Engaging Ideas.” 

Fall 2014

Carol Tyx, The 2014 Feld Chair for Teaching Excellence Led a faculty workshop entitled “Rethinking Writing Assignments” in November, with a follow-up small-group discussion in December 2014.  

Departments & Faculty in the News:

Winter & Spring 2015

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology was Interviewed on WMT morning radio show about communication and social media (April 2015).

Ashley Merritts, Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program was interviewed on a local radio station about the impact of divorce on children’s health (May 2015).

Joseph Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry was featured by the following media outlets:

  • About the Lunar New Year Festival – KCAN (February 22, 2015); The Gazette (February 2015)
  • About MMU’s Chemistry and Science Marketing Major – Mediacom (March 2015)
  • About CheMMUsical – The Gazette (May 2015)

Summer 2014

James Grove, Professor of English gave an interview on a local radio station about the premiere of the film adaptation of the novel The Fault is in the Stars.  

Additional Faculty Achievements:

Winter & Spring 2016

Dawn Behan was Appointed to Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) Teacher Prep Advisory Group.

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology attended the 2016 annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science at Graceland University in which he mentored  three student presenters. He also volunteered at Indian Creek Nature Center Maple  Syrup Festival (20  Feb), was a finalist judge at Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (19 Mar), and presented testimony at Iowa DNR hearing in Des Moines on turtle harvest regulations (12 May)

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing served as a panelist at the National Association of School Nurses Webinar 4: School Nurses and Motivational Interviewing: Painting a Picture of What School Nurses Can Do (March).. She also Took 52 students & faculty to Iowa Nurse Legislative Day in Des Moines (February).

Ashley Merritts, Assistant Professor of MFT received funding from Mount Mercy University (Pathways Program) to hire an undergraduate MMU student as a research assistant in order to assist with analyses and writing for two manuscripts titled, “The influence of negative affectivity on depressive symptoms, perceived social support, and marital satisfaction among African American women;” and “The association between supportive behavior and changes in relationship quality among married and cohabitating African American couples”.

Winter & Spring 2015

Dawn Behan, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Education Program was promoted to the rank of Professor.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Development director was a reviewer for the Journal Critical Sociology. 

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology was a peer reviewer for the Society of Teaching Psychology poster presentations at the 2015 Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual meeting.

Ron Feldt, Professor of Psychology served as an ad hoc peer reviewer for Learning and Individual Differences (May 2015).

Steve Gilmour, Associate Professor of Accounting supervised a group of MMU accounting students to complete a “mini-audit” of the accounting records for the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

Mary Tarbox, Professor and chair of the Nursing Department was named to Linn County Board of Health.

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education Reviewed two articles for CG Publisher; one in The Learner and one in The Early Childhood International Journal.

Fall 2014

Neil Bernstein, Professor of Biology served as Associate Editor for Journal of Herpetology.

Mohammad Chaichian, Professor of Sociology reviewed three book manuscripts for Brill, Lexington Books & Sage Publishers, respectively.

Dennis Dew, Assistant Professor of Psychology was co-author on a poster presentation with his undergraduate research assistant at the 24th Annual Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The poster title was “Student Attributions for Test Grades: Do Class Grade Distributions Influence Academic Attributions.

Ronald Feldt, Professor of Psychology served as Peer reviewer for Career Development Quarterly (November 2014).

Joy Ochs, Professor of English was a Panelist at a session entitled “Best Honors Administrative Practices: Creating and Using Honors Spaces,” and Poster Judge for an Undergraduate Student Poster Session at the Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics  and John Robeson, Associate Professor of Mathematics successfully ran the 17th annual High School Math Contest bringing over 100 high school students from southeastern Iowa to compete at the math competitions.

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education Presented two sessions entitled, “Reading and Writing into Adulthood” at the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Conference (October 2014).  Sessions included presentation and discussion of reading and writing skills needed for successful transition to adulthood beyond high school for students with disabilities.

Summer 2014

Sharon Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Nursing served as an item writer for the National Board Certification for School Nurses during June 2014.

Carol Heim, Associate Professor of Nursing served as an item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Learning Extension.

Dr. Joy Ochs, Professor of English and member of the Honors Semesters Committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council, took part in the Committee’s business meeting in Atlanta to help plan “Health Without Borders: A Winterim in Peru,” an NCHC student program, and “Food Politics: The Iowa State Fair and the World Food Prize,” an NCHC Faculty Institute that will take place in Des Moines next summer. For more information visit click here.

Jitka Stehnova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Elizabeth Kleiman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science successfully ran third year of summer STEM program for middle school girls (ExploreU )in June 2014. The program was funded by the Mathematical Association of America Tensor Grant for Women in Mathematics granted to Dr. Stehnovaas well as other donations from local companies. ExploreU was featured on the local TV station KGAN: KGAN-TV OR click here for more information. Visit the ExploreU website.

*Represents undergraduate student researcher.