Past First Thursday Honorees

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Published the article “When Terrorists Play Ball” in the journal Communication and Sport. This article examines how the media recuperates sports from terrorism discourse, focusing on Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was also an accomplished boxer.

Shannon Holland, Visiting Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Her invited chapter “Verifying Victory: The Militarized Politics of Sex Verification in International Sports” was published in Michael Butterworth’s (ed) book titled Sports and Militarism: Contemporary Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2017).

Thomas Noble Howe, Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History

Published an article on the recently published Roman Garden at Stabiae in the journal of the national garden club of Italy, “Un giardino romano a pasesaggio” (“A Roman Strolling Garden”) Garden Club, Organo uffficiale dell’ugai – Storia, Scienza, Arte e Mito delle piante e dei fiori, (47, novembre, 2017) 14-16.

Katy Ross, Professor of Spanish

Her most recent article came out in an edited volume called Gender in Urban Spaces: Literary and Visual Narratives of the New Millennium (Palgrave MacMillan 2017). She will share this work with the SU campus at the Representations Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 20.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science

Published a book titled “Japanese Politics and Government” with Routledge in March 2017. This book investigates Japanese politics in the postwar era from theoretical and comparative perspectives offering an in-depth exploration of postwar political institutions, political reform in the 1990s, the policymaking process, and the politics of economic growth and stagnation. It also draws attention to key policy issues including women and work, immigration, Japanese aging/low fertility society, security and trade.

Kathleen Juhl, Professor of Theatre

Co-edited book (with Cathy Madden), Galvanizing Performance: The Alexander Technique as a Catalyst for Excellence, was published on August 21, 2017. The Alexander Technique is practiced widely by performing artists. It encourages artists to make the choice to perform with ease and confidence. This book is the first of its kind because it focuses specifically on the ways performing artists and their teachers engage the Alexander Technique as they rehearse and perform. The book represents the first time Alexander Technique teachers have formally opened the doors to their teaching studios and classrooms to reveal specific pedagogies for working with the technique and performance.

Laura Hobgood, Professor of Religion

Published a chapter titled “Animals” in The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying, ed. Christopher Moreman. Routledge, 2017.

Valerie Renegar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Published a new article in Women’s Studies in Communication titled “‘Abusive Furniture:’ Visual Metonymy and the Hungarian Stop Violence Against Women Campaign” about a provocative set of anti-domestic violence images and will be available in the winter issue of the journal.

Emily Sydnor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Published the article “Platforms for Incivility: Examining Perceptions Across Different Media Formats,” in the journal Political Communication. The article demonstrates that our identification of language as civil or uncivil depends on the medium used to convey a political message and is available here.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Jethro Hernandez Berrones, Assistant Professor of History

Published an article titled “Homeopathy ‘for Mexicans’: Medical Popularisation, Commercial Endeavours, and Patients’ Choice in the Mexican Medical Marketplace, 1853–1872” in the journal Medical History, 61, 4.

Hazel Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Business

Published an article titled “Stock market liquidity: Financially constrained firms and share repurchase” in the journal Accounting and Finance Research, 2017, vol. 6 (4).

Michelle Reyes, Part-Time Assistant Professor of German

Authored a book chapter titled “On Women and Dwarves: Material Engagements in the Brothers Grimm’s Kinder- und Hausmärchen” in the book Tracing the Footsteps of Dwarfs: Images, Concepts and Representations in Popular Culture.

Chad Stolper, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Co-authored the article “ A Metadata Collection About IEEE Visualization (VIS) Publications” which has been published in the September 2017 issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE TVCG).

Kiyoshi Tamagawa, Professor of Music Kiyoshi

Article “Chopsticks, Golliwogs and Wigwams: The Need for Cultural Awareness in Piano Teaching Materials and Repertoire” appeared in the October/November 2017 issue of American Music Teacher, the journal of the Music Teachers National Association. The article explores how piano teaching materials and repertoire still in use today can convey attitudes toward ethnic and cultural groups that do not reflect the progress being made in daily life.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Barbara Anthony – Associate Professor of Computer Science

She and Kathryn M. Reagan (SU Class of 2016), “Community-Engaged Projects in Operations Research,” Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp. 5-12, Summer 2017.

Maha Zewail Foote, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Published the article “Alternative DNA structure formation in the mutagenic human c-MYC promoter” in the highly-ranked journal Nucleic Acids Research. This research is significant because it implicates the involvement of a three-stranded DNA structure in genome instability associated with the human c-MYC oncogene region and cancer. Chemistry alumni Sarah Coe ’17 and Olivia Drummond ’17 were involved in this research project.

Fumiko Futamura, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Robert Lehr ’15

Published “A New Perspective on Finding the Viewpoint” Mathematics Magazine 90, no. 4 (2017): 267-77 with SU alumni Robert Lehr.

Suzanne García-Mateus – Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Co-authored an article titled “Translanguaging Pedagogies for Positive Identities in Two-Way Dual Language Bilingual Education” in the Journal of Language, Identity & Education. This is a timely article considering the rise of two-way dual language programs in the local area(s).

Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art

Artwork from her “Crossed Paths” series was selected for the exhibition “Small Format 2017” in Dublin, Ireland. Organized by Black Church Print Studio, the exhibition is being held at Library Project, a “cultural hub at the heart of Temple Bar, multidisciplinary in approach. The space offers visitors an open door to discover local and international contemporary art practices through a collection of publications and a variety of exhibitions and events.” Earlier this year, she exhibited three large drawings in her “Centripetal Forces” series at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in “Drawing Perspectives,” an invitational exhibition of five artists curated by Professor Barbara Fontaine White, who described her curatorial intent in the catalogue as follows, “’Drawing Perspectives’ celebrates a variety of approaches to drawing and demonstrates the complexity of content and media utilized today.” Varner also exhibited five of her engravings at the VAM Gallery in Austin in “Eight from Texas,” curated by Professor Tim High, University of Texas. Lily Press in Washington, D.C., a fine art press, is currently publishing two editions of large prints, created by Varner at the press this summer with Master Printer Susan Goldman, owner and operator.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Michael Cooper, Professor of Music

Published a chapter titled “Faust’s Schubert: Schubert’s _Faust_” in Goethe’s “Faust” in Music: Music in Goethe’s “Faust,” ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley (New York: Boydell, 2017). The first study to discuss the complete corpus of Schubert’s settings from Faust as a group in their dramatic and historical context, the chapter argues that Schubert, treating Part I of Goethe’s tragedy just four years after its publication in Vienna, was the first composer not only to appreciate the significance of Goethe’s recasting the traditional Faust narrative as a wager rather than a pact (and hence a venture in which humanity could outsmart or otherwise overcome the cosmic forces of Good and Evil that operate in the foreground of the drama), but also to understand that the true driving force of the drama is not Faust himself, but Gretchen. In so doing Schubert musically iterated “the woman question” that was gaining increasing prominence in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European cultural spheres, grappled astutely with a theme of Goethe’s drama even as much of the literary world was viewing it with incomprehension or outright hostility, and pioneered interpretive trends that have since assumed almost dogmatic status.

He also published two Urtext editions of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s setting of Non nobis Domine (MWV A 9 / Op. 31), the original version for soloists, chorus, and full orchestra, and the composer’s own version for the same vocal forces with piano accompaniment. Composed in Latin on the text of Psalm 113: 9-26 from the Clementine Vulgate, this Psalm marked the arrival of Mendelssohn’s maturity as a composer of sacred music and was the first in the series of five great psalm-cantatas that, along with the oratorios St. Paul and Elijah, represent his most important contributions to the nineteenth-century choral/orchestral repertoire. Despite this auspicious status, it has never been presented in an Urtext edition. This edition also shows that Mendelssohn later provided his own free German prose paraphrase of the Latin text, loosely modeled on the Lutheran Bible but pointedly including elements of the Latin text that Luther chose to omit or downplay. The edition was published by Bärenreiter-Verlag (Kassel) as part of its series of Mendelssohn sacred works, of which Cooper is the chief editor.

Thomas Howe, Professor of Art and Art History

Published an article “Stabiae: A Draught Sustainability Master Plan after the Model of Aerospace” in Atti dei Convegni, no. 306 (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, 2017) 205-222. This article was first presented in Italian at the conference XXXIII Giornata dell’Ambiente: Resilienza delle città d’arte ai terremoti/Enhancing the Resilience of Historic Sites to Earthquakes, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Roma on November 3-4, 2015. The Lincei (“Lynxes”) is the oldest and possibly most prestigious scientific academy in Europe; Galileo was a co-founder in 1602. He also published Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2010 (Quaderni  di Studi Pompeiani, VII, [Associazione Internazionale di Amici di Pompei/Editrice Longobardi, Castellammare di Pompei/Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae, 2016 (2017)]. He is lead author/editor and excavation director of the project, 2007–13 and along with Kathryn Gleason (Cornell), Michele Palmer, and Ian Sutherland (Middlebury).

Allison Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History

Published a review of the book Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) in volume 137, issue 1 of the Journal of the American Oriental Society.

Michelle Reyes, Part-Time Assistant Professor of German

Authored a book chapter titled “On Women and Dwarves: Material Engagements in the Brothers Grimm’s Kinder- und Hausmärchen” in the book Tracing the Footsteps of Dwarfs: Images, Concepts and Representations in Popular Culture. 

Kendall Richards, Professor of Mathematics

Coauthored (with Horst Alzer) the article “Inequalities for the Ratio of Complete Elliptic Integrals,” which was recently published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.

Emily Sydnor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Published an article titled “Assessing Undergraduate Student Learning in Political Science: Development and Implementation of the ‘PACKS’ Survey” in PS: Political Science and Politics. She also published an article titled “Easing Political Digestion: The effects of news curation on citizens’ behavior” in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. The article is coauthored with Danielle Psimas, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Politics Honors Program.

 April 6, 2017

Melissa Byrnes, Associate Professor of History

Published an article titled “Ramadan in the Republic: Imperial necessity and local religious assistance to Muslim migrants” in a special issue of French Cultural Studies: “Religion in France: Belief, identity and laïcité.”

Fumiko Futamura, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Published an article titled “The Image of a Square” in the February edition of American Mathematical Monthly, with co-authors Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz.

Developed a TED-Ed video lesson on the Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions, animated by Jeremiah Dickey. She developed the idea for the lesson, wrote the script and developed discussion questions and a “dig deeper” section.

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science

Published a book titled “Japanese Politics and Government” with Routledge in March 2017. This book investigates Japanese politics in the postwar era from theoretical and comparative perspectives offering an in-depth exploration of postwar political institutions, political reform in the 1990s, the policymaking process, and the politics of economic growth and stagnation. It also draws attention to key policy issues including women and work, immigration, Japanese aging/low fertility society, security and trade.

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology

She and a number of her students recently published an article titled “An Acute, Non-Therapeutic Dose of Methylphenidate Disrupts Partner Preference in Female Rats” in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior describing the effects of a high dose of methylphenidate on sexual motivation in female rats. This research was supported by the HHMI program during the previous two years. Alexa Gomez, Class of 2017, and alumni Alex Petrucci ’16 and Jessica Morales Valenzuela ’15 are co-authors.

Kim Smith, Professor of Art History

Published an essay titled “Maria Marc’s Letters” in the anthology Marianne Werefkin and the Woman Artists in Her Circle (Brill Rodopi, 2017). The essay argues that the assemblage of texts by Maria Marc—letters, postcards, widow’s signatures, provenance notes, etc.—form the literary tissue against and within which Franz Marc’s art emerged, and thus should be recognized as a generative act central to the Expressionist aesthetic.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Danya Alrawi, Barbara M. Anthony, and Christine Chung. “How Well Do Doodle Polls Do?,” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo16), LNCS 10046, Volume 1, pp. 3-23, November 2016.

Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Published his essay “Teachable Space: When the Spaces Where We Teach Become the Spaces That We Teach” in Remaking the American College Campus: Essays, edited by Jonathan Silverman and Meghan Sweeney (McFarland, 2016).

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology

Co-authored a paper about developing oral communication skills in undergraduates in the July 2016 issue of The Journal of College Science Teaching with colleagues from the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and additional faculty from participating institutions. The paper titled “Think Before (and After) You Speak: Practice and Self-Reflection Bolster Oral Communication Skills” includes data collected from two years of student presentations and assessments conducted as part of a first year biology course in Biodiversity.

David Gaines, Professor of English

His chapter, “Teaching Dylan,” appeared in Professing Dylan (Phillips Memphis Publishing), a volume about Dylan pedagogy edited by Frances Downing Hunter.

Laura Senio Blair

Has a recent publication of the book Nomadias: El cine de Marilu Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vazquez, in which she wrote a chapter called “Atravesando continentes y océanos: La obra filmica de Angelina Vazquez.” She attended the book’s release while in Chile doing research this summer.



January 12, 2017

Shannon Mariotti, Associate Professor of Political Science

Published her book Adorno and Democracy: The American Years (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). Co-edited volume (with Joseph Lane) titled A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson, (University Press of Kentucky, fall 2016).

Alicia Moore, Associate Professor of Education

Co-authored a book titled, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Practical Guide to Mentor Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. The book is an account of mentorship with heartfelt stories from students, and provides a valuable roadmap on how to conduct research with undergraduates from diverse populations.

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology

Hurst, Allison L. and Sandi Kawecka Nenga.  (Eds.). 2016. Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work. Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield.

Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology

Genetics: A Conceptual Approach. 6th Edition. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, Associate Professor of Spanish

Edited a new book titled La ficción histórica en la televisión iberoamericana 2000–2012, and contributed the chapter “Memoria cultural y la construccion audiovisual del pasado.” The book focuses on historical fiction in television.


December 1, 2016

Carlos DeOro, Associate Professor of Spanish

Co-authored an article titled “Cine, pobreza y marginación en el Pacífico colombiano” in the journal Imagofagia, Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual with alumna Iris Klotz ’15. This article was the result of research that started during the 2015 Spanish Capstone. Klotz also presented a paper about this topic in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Thomas Howe, Professor of Art History

Publication in: Rendiconti Lincei (Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2016). 198-214; “Stabiae: A Draught Sustainability Master Plan after the Model of Aerospace,” at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, Villa Farnesina, XXXIII Giornata dell’Ambiente: Resilienza delle città d’arte ai terremoti/Enhancing the Resilience of Historic Sites to Earthquakes, 3-4 novembre, 2015.

Desi Roybal, Associate Professor of Theatre

Presenting stage designs for Clybourne Park produced by Penfold Theatre and presented at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and The Price, produced by David Jarrott Productions and presented at Trinity Street Theatre.  Both theatres are in Austin. The Price was nominated for a 2016-2017 B. Iden Payne award for best Stage Design of a play.

Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English

Published an article in Palgrave Communications, as part of a special issue marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The article, “’Do not call them bastards’: Shakespeare as an invasive species,” draws from the work of Banu Subramaniam, who was the keynote speaker at the 2016 ACS Gender conference, of which Saenger was co-coordinator. Saenger also published a review of a cross-dressed performance of Merry Wives of Windsor on the website, Reviewing Shakespeare.

November 3, 2016 

Lois Ferrari, Professor of Music

Conversation about last June’s Southwestern University Conductors’ Institute and the Austin Civic Orchestra concert from September 25, 2016.

Paul Gaffney, Professor of Theatre

Discussion of his work (lecture and performance) with the 2016 Georgetown Festival of the Arts, and recent production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which he directed at the Unity Theatre this fall.

Alison Kafer, Professor of Feminist Studies

Published her essay “Un/Safe Disclosures” in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (10.1, 2016). The essay uses the frame of the “trigger warning” to explore disability studies approaches to trauma and “safety” in academic spaces.

Valerie Renegar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Renegar, Valerie R., George N. Dionisopoulos and Matthew Yunker. “Idealizing Passive Docility in Uncertain Economic Times: The Comic Frame and Up in the Air.” Western Journal of Communication. 80:2 (2016): 185-203.

Cole, Kirsti and Valerie R. Renegar. “The Wicked Stepmother Online: Maternal Identity and Personal Narrative in Social Media”. Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media. Eds. Lorin Basden Arnold and BettyAnn Martin. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press. 2016. P. 26-41.

Brenda Sendejo, Associate Professor of Anthropology 

Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo and alumna Tori Vasquez ’15 co-authored an article titled “‘Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging’: Latina/o History, Decolonized Pedagogies and the Politics of Inclusion” for the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News Column. The article is about their work on the Latina History Project at Southwestern. Project contributors include current students Stephanie Garcia, Class of 2018, Denise Ovalle, Class of 2017, alumna Adriana Romero ’16, and project co-director Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer.

Maria Todd, Professor of Biology

With co-authors, Dr. Thomas Langan and Dr. Robert Sclafani (both of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center), published an article in The Journal of Cancer titled “Doxycycline-Regulated p16MTS1 Expression Suppresses the Anchorage-Independence and Tumorigenicity of Breast Cancer Cell Lines that Lack Endogenous p16.” Their study demonstrated the mechanisms by which the p16 gene is inactivated in breast cancer and how replacement of the functional gene results in the suppression of breast tumor growth.

October 6, 2016

Suzanne Garcia-Mateus, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Co-authored a Huffington Post article titled “Save CA Residents from a Language Drought: Vote ‘Yes’ This Fall,” which promotes California’s Proposition 58-LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now). If passed, the proposition will repeal the ban on bilingual education that began in 1998, and provide a multilingual education for all students.

Alison Marr, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr published an article titled “Coprime and prime labelings of graphs” in The Journal of Integer Sequences. This article was the result of work that started at the summer 2012 workshop, Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty.

Katy Ross, Professor of Spanish

“The Failed Quest-Romance: Lucía Etxebarria’s Nosotras que no somos como las demás” in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures Volume 70, Issue 2 (80-89): 2016.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science

Published an article “Queering Uncle Sam, the Caribbean, and the Academy: A Humanifesto for Us All” in Millennium: Journal of International Studies. The article was inspired and influenced in part by the excellent work of Southwestern alumna Dr. Meghana Nayak ’97 of Pace University.

Patrick Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Economics

Published an article titled “Bank Leverage and Regulatory Regimes: Evidence from the Great Depression and Great Recession” in the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings. This article was coauthored with Christoffer Koch and Gary Richardson.

September 1, 2016  

Kerry Bechtel

Kerry Bechtel worked with both Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas and Main Street Theatre in Houston, Texas this Spring. Kerry designed the costumes for a production of Unity Theatre’s The Miss Firecracker Contest in February and designed the costumes for Main Street’s TYA production of Harriet the Spy, which opens on April 12, 2016. Both productions were completed under professional contracts with United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Jason Hoogerhyde

Featured composer at the University of Southern Mississippi’s New Music Festival, in Hattiesburg, Miss., on April 8–9 where his work, Hollow, for clarinet was performed.  Jason also received two performances of his choral work, Generatio, by the Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble on April 30–May 1.

Joseph Hower

“‘The Sparrows and the Horses’: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Family Assistance Plan, and the Liberal Critique of Government Workers, 1955–1977,” was published in the Journal of Policy History 28, no. 2.

Maria Lowe

A co-authored article, “Who Looks Suspicious? Racialized Surveillance in a Predominantly White Neighborhood,” has been accepted for publication in the sociology journal, Social Currents. This paper is co-authored with Angela Stroud ’03, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Northland College, and Alice Nguyen ’14. It served as the foundation for Professor Lowe’s Paideia Connections lecture.

Allison Miller

Published the article, “Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi’s Xin Shu” in Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

Alicia Moore

Co-authored a book titled, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Practical Guide to Mentor Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. The book is an account of mentorship with heartfelt stories from students, and provides a valuable roadmap on how to conduct research with undergraduates from diverse populations.

Therese Shelton

Paper titled “Injecting Inquiry-Oriented Modules into Calculus” has been accepted for publication for a special issue in the journal PRIMUS-Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.


April 7, 2016

Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology

Byron, Reginald A. “Discriminatory Race and Gender Termination from Low Wage Work” American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Grant

Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology and Maria Lowe, Professor of Sociology

Byron, Reginald A., Maria R. Lowe, Brianna Billingsley (SU Student), and Nathan Tuttle (SU Student). “Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University.” Journal of Homosexuality

Jacob Schrum, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

“Constructing Game Agents Through Simulated Evolution” published in the Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, which is a living encyclopedia that can be maintained and updated to avoid becoming obsolete.  (

“Solving Multiple Isolated, Interleaved, and Blended Tasks through Modular Neuroevolution,” accepted to the Evolutionary Computation Journal ( Additionally, he has had a poster, “Automatic Evolution of Multimodal Behavior with Multi-Brain HyperNEAT,” accepted at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, to occur July 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, his previously accepted article, “Discovering Multimodal Behavior in Ms. Pac-Man through Evolution of Modular Neural Networks,” has finally appeared in print in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (

Josh Long – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Long, Byrne, Loren. (2016). “Helping Students Envision Environmental Justice in the Sustainable City.” Chapter 30 (p. 227-232) in Byrne, Loren (Ed.) Learner-centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. New York: Springer International Publishing.

 Jason W. Dean, Director of Special Collections and Archives

Published an invited reflection on his work in the position of Director of Special Collections and Archives for the most recent issue of “Archive Journal.”

Alisa Gaunder

“Women in the 2014 Lower House Election” published in Japan Decides 2014: The Japanese General Election (Palgrave 2016). This volume was edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, and Ethan Scheiner; and focused on the December 2014 election to the lower house of the Japanese Diet.


March 3, 2016

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and student Anna Hartmann

Hartmann, A. J., & Crockett, E. E. (in press). When Sex Isn’t the Answer:  Examining Sexual Compliance, Restraint, and Physiological Stress.  Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Mary Visser, Professor of Art

The work was exhibited in England in the 3D Glitch Exhibition in October of 2015, and at Florida State College at the South Gallery in Jan. 2016.



February 4, 2016

Sarah Brackmann, Director of Civic Engagement

Studying community engagement provides another lens for examining how neoliberal universities collaborate with external organizations to move closer to the market, often in the hope of promoting the public good. This study examined the tension between the public and private aspects of university–community partnerships by studying the impact of neoliberal policies and logic on the design and implementation of these partnerships at two land-grant universities. Findings suggest that community engagement scholars and practitioners need to be sensitive to pressures from declining resources and their influences on higher education, including their impacts on community partnerships. In response to pressures to generate revenue and capture external resources, scholars and practitioners must balance reproducing dominant paradigms, developing quasi-market partnerships, and promoting public good through engagement practices.

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Michael Cooper, Professor of Music

Published an article titled “Escape to — and from — Utopia: Fourierist Philosophy and Musical Life in the Colony of La Réunion, Texas” in the Summer 2015 issue of American Music (pp. 141-75). Cooper presented a related paper, titled “Music and Cultural Transfer in the Utopian Community of La Réunion, Texas (1855–58), with a Little-Known Songbook,” at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 14, 2015.

A still-unpublished concert aria composed in 1834 by Felix Mendelssohn and discovered by Michael Cooper was performed on Oct. 30 by one of the world’s oldest professional orchestras, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrates its 250th birthday in 2015. The work featured renowned soprano soloist Lisa Larsson and was conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend. Ms. Larsson will perform the same aria with one of Europe’s most sough-after new orchestras, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (which has released more than 50 CDs in its 21-year history), on March 18 and 19.

Two of Cooper’s recent scholarly editions published by the pre-eminent German publisher of classical music, Bärenreiter-Verlag, have been performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. The editions were of Mendelssohn’s secular cantata Die erste Walpurgisnacht and his setting of Psalm 42.

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology

Naugle, M.N., Lozano, S.A., Guarraci, F.A., Lindsey, L.F., Kim, J.E., Morrison, J.H., Janssen, W.G.M., Yin, W., Gore, A.C. (2016) Age and Long-Term Hormone Treatment Effects on the Ultrastructural Morphology of the Median Eminence of Female Rhesus Macaques. Neuroendocrinology.

Thomas Howe, Professor of Art History

“The Arrival of the Greek Monumental Orders and the Auto-didact Polymath Architect.”

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the Festschrift honoring the retirement of the current architect of the Parthenon in Athens, due in June 2016, and for this I was inspired to return to my original dissertation topic, “The Invention of the Doric Order” (Harvard Diss. 1985, Univ Michigan Microfilms). One of the great problems in architectural history is that the Doric order of column is very complex and very coherent, and yet it is almost complete in its very first appearance, although small stone temple with columns were built in earlier generations. I posited that it was created in a single project, by some type of “hero architect” who had traveled to Egypt and seen a certain type of very Egyptian column (not my idea, posited by Champolion in c. 1823), and that was created in conjunction with a huge leap in scale.  I was inspired to consider just what kind of person this hero-architect was by a book called “Anaximander and the Architects” which argues that one of the first Greek philosophers was inspired by watching architects work on huge new temples, and watching how they controlled the design and construction. From a few texts which describe the first philosophers and the first architects I concluded they were pretty much the same people: polymaths who could manage geometry (rule and compass) and large work forces. From this I arrived at the unexpected conclusion that the first “architects” did not arise from the building professions, but from what we would loosely called practical, self-taught polymaths, in other words, liberal arts. And therefore since they seem to have preceded the first philosophers by a generation, true architects may in fact be the first example of the liberals-arts-trained professional in antiquity, the term for which in Greek is enkyklios PAIDEIA—“encyclopedic studies [for young men].”

Alison Marr, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and students - Sarah (Stern) Ochel, and Bianca Perez

“In-Magic Total Labelings of Digraphs.” with S. Ochel (’09) and B. Perez (’16).  Journal of Graph Labeling. 1 Issue 2 (2015) 82–93.

Allison Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History

“Emperor Wen’s ‘Baling’ Mountain Tomb: Innovation in Political Rhetoric and Necropolis Design in Early China,” Asia Major (Third Series) 28.2 (2015): 1-37.

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology

Hurst, Allison L. and Sandi Kawecka Nenga.  (Eds.). 2016. Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work. Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield.


January 14, 2016

David Gaines, Associate Professor of English

IN DYLAN TOWN: A Fan’s Life (University of Iowa Press, August 2015)

Patrick Hajovsky, Associate Professor of Art History

On the Lips of Others: Moteuczoma’s Fame in Aztec Monuments and Rituals.

Phil Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy

Mass Moralizing: Marketing and Moral Storytelling. Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield): 2015.

Katy Ross, Associate Professor of Spanish

The Changing Face of Motherhood in Spain: The Social Construction of Maternity in the Works of Lucía Etxebarria. (Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg, PA)


November 5, 2015

Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology

Krivo, Laurie J., Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Ruth D. Peterson, Christopher R. Browning, Mei-Po Kwan, and Jae Yong Lee. 2015. “Patterns of Local Segregation: Do they Matter for Neighborhood Crime?” Social Science Research 58: 303-318.

Byron, Reginald A. 2015. “Teaching the Sociological Imagination with SAT Data.” Class Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC:  American Sociological Association.

David Gaines, Associate Professor of English

IN DYLAN TOWN: A FAN’S LIFE (University of Iowa Press, August 2015)

Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Bednar, Robert M. 2015.  “Placing Affect: Remembering Strangers at Roadside Crash Shrines,” in Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, and Robert Hudson (eds.), Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses (Farnham, UK: Ashgate), pp. 49-67.

Katie Grooms, Assistant Professor of Business

“Does water quality improve when a Safe Drinking Water Act violation is issued? A study of the effectiveness of the SDWA in California,” Forthcoming at The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), 2015

Emily Russell, Information Systems – Special Collections

The TexTreasure grant was a joint grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and was awarded in 2014 to end in 2015. The grant was for $20,000 and partially funded the purchase of an overhead scanner that was to be used to digitize unique Texana from Special Collections. The scanned images were to be put on the Portal to Texas History and also put on our own site, the Digital Texas Heritage Resource Center.

Erika Berroth, Associate Professor of German

Earned a grant from AATG and the German Government, published the foreword to a poetry collection, and is the recipient of the Bob Lilly Guest Coach Award.



October 1, 2015

Nenga, Sandi Kawecka, Guillermo A. Alvarado (’15) and Claire S. Blyth (’16).  2015. “‘I Kind of Found My People’:  Latino/a College Students’ Search for Social Integration on Campus.”  Pp. 29-45 in College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality: Sharing Spaces and Negotiating Differences, edited by E.M. Lee and C. LaDousa.  New York:  Routledge.


Paul Gaffney:   Directing a professional theater production of Chapter Two.


Katherine Grooms: The title of my paper is “Enforcing the Clean Water Act: The effect of state-level corruption on compliance.”


Patrick Hajovsky: On the Lips of Others: Moteuczoma’s Fame in Aztec Monuments and Rituals


September 3, 2015

Romi Burks, “Insights from an integrated view of the biology of apple snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae).” Malacologia 58(12): 245302

Maha Foote and Fay Guarraci, “Methamphetamine induces DNA damage in specific regions of the female rat brain,” in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology

Phil Hopkins, Mass Moralizing: Marketing and Moral Storytelling. Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield): 2015.

Charlotte Nunes, “Digital Archives in the Wired World Literature Classroom,” and report on a research fellowship during the month of June at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin.

Kendall Richards (with Eric Oden), “A note on the accuracy of a computable approximation for the period of a pendulum,” AIP Advances 5, 067114 (2015); and (with Horst Alzer) “On the modulus of the Grötzsch ring” Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 432 (2015) no.1, 134-141.

Desi Roybal, productions at the Austin Playhouse and Penfold Theater.


April 2, 2015

Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics and recent physics graduate Curran Johnson

W. A. Abuhani, W. A., N. Dasgupta-Schubert, L. M. Villaseñor, D. García Avila, L. Suárez, C. Johnston, S. E. Borjas, S. A. Alexander, S. Landsberger, M. C. Suárez.  2014.  “Naturally Occuring Heavy Radioactive Elements in the Geothermal Microcosm of the Los Azufres (Mexico) Volcanic Complex.” Journal of  Environmental Radioactivity 139C:  33-42.

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty

Gaunder, Alisa.  2015.  “Quota Nonadoption in Japan: The Role of the Women’s Movement and the Opposition.”  Politics and Gender,forthcoming.

Maha Zewail-Foote, Professor of Chemistry, and Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology

Kumar, V., Vasudevans, A., Soh, L.J.T., Le Min, C., Vyas, A., Zewail-Foote, M., & Guarraci, F. A. (in press).  2015. “Sexual Attractiveness in Male Rats is Associated with Greater Concentration of Major Urinary Proteins Biology of Reproduction xx: xxx-xxx

Melissa Johnson, Professor of Anthropology

Johnson, Melissa.  2015 “Creolized Conservation: A Belizean Creole Community Encounters a Wildlife Sanctuary” Anthropological Quarterly 88(1): 67-96.

Thomas McClendon, Professor of History

McClendon, Thomas and Pamela Scully.  2015.   “The South African Student Exchange Program: Anti-Apartheid Activism in the Era of Constructive Engagement,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 16, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 1-27.

Kendall Richards, Professor of Mathematics

Alzer, Horst and Richards, Kendall.  2015.  “Series Representations for Special Functions and Mathematical Constants.”    Forthcoming in The Ramanujan Journal (Springer, New York, DOI 10.1007/s11139-015-9679-7).

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science

Selbin, Eric.   2014. “If You’re Not Part of the Solution, You’re Part of the Problem.”  International Feminist Journal of Politics  16(3): 505-7.

Jacob Schrum, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Schrum, Jacob and Risto Miikkulainen.  2015.   “Discovering Multimodal Behavior in Ms. Pac-Man through Evolution of Modular Neural Networks,” To Appear in IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

Schrum, Jacob; Risto Miikkulainen.  2015.  “Solving Interleaved and Blended Sequential Decision-Making Problems through Modular Neuroevolution,” To Appear in The Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, to occur in July, 2015.


March 5, 2015

Traci Giuliano, Professor of Psychology

Hutzler, K. T., T. A. Giuliano, J. R. Herselman, and S. M. Johnson (in press).  2015.  “Three’s a Crowd: Public Awareness and (Mis)perceptions of Polyamory.  Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2015.1004102

Johnson, S. M., T. A. Giuliano, J. R. Herselman, and K. T. Hutzler, K. T. (in press). 2015.  “Development of a Brief Measure of Attitudes towards Polyamory.  Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2014.1001774 

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Castaneda, A.M., M. L. Wendel, and E. E. Crockett (in press).  2015.  “Facebook Official:  Using the Overlap in Facebook Profiles to Predict Relationship Outcomes.  Journal of Social Psychology.

Edward L. Kain, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar

Sweet, Stephen, Kevin McElrath, and Edward L. Kain.  2014.  “The Coordinated Curriculum:  How Institutional Theory Can Be Used to Catalyze Revision of the Sociology Major.”  Teaching Sociology 42(4):287-297.

Alison Marr, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Professor Marr will talk about two different invited talks in India: 

Invited 90-minute Professor S. Arumugam Endowment Lecture on Graph Theory:  “Cycles, Primes, and Some Magic: A Discussion of Three Interesting Graph Theory Questions.”

Invited 50-minute talk at the International Workshop on Graph Labeling : “Sparse Semi-magic Squares and Labelings of Directed Graphs.” Paper to appear in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

Francis Mathieu, Associate Professor of French

Mathieu, Francis.  2014.  “Madame de Clèves and Courtesy: Analyzing The Princess of Clèves in the Light of a Treatise on Civility.”  Pp. 42-58 in Women in French Studies. Select Essays from Women in French International Conference. Ed. Mark Cruse.

John Ore, Professor of Theatre

Professor Ore will talk about the ongoing Heather Hall Sustainable Theater project.

Davi Thornton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Thornton, Davi.  2014.  “Transformations of the Ideal Mother: The Story of Mommy Economicus and Her Amazing Brain,” Women’s Studies in Communication 37(3):271-291.

 February 12, 2015

(First Thursday is on the second Thursday this month to accommodate the Paideia Connections event on Feb 5th.)


Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science.

Anthony, Barbara M., and Christine Chung.  2014.  “The Power of Rejection in Online Bottleneck Matching.”  Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2014), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, December 2014: 395-411.

Maria R. Lowe, Professor of Sociology and Reginald A. Byron, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, and Susan Mennicke.  2014.  “The Racialized Impact of  Study Abroad on Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions.”  Education Research           International  vol. 2014, Article ID 232687

Joshua Long, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

2014.  “Constructing the Narrative of the Sustainability Fix: Sustainability, Social Justice, and  Representation in Austin, TX. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098014560501  

Laura Senior Blair, Associate Professor of Spanish

2015.  “Bordering Adolescence: Latin American Youth in Road Films La misma luna and Sin nombre.” Pp. 119-131 in Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema. Eds.  Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet. Rowman and Littlefield.

Dana Zenobi, Part-time Assistant Professor of Applied Music.

Dana Zenobi organized the first annual Sarofim Vocal Competition which took place at Southwestern in November 2014.  The event drew 27 high school aged singers and their families from across Texas to campus for a full day of fine music making, master classes, and workshops. You can watch a brief “trailer” video explaining and showing highlights from the Sarofim Vocal Competition.

January 15, 2015

Cleere, Eileen. The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns.Ohio State UP: 2014

Cooper, Michael. Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42, Bärenreiter-Verlag (Kassel), January 2014
Hobgood, Laura. A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans. Baylor UP: 2014

Saenger, Michael, ed. Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare. McGill-Queens UP.

Smith, Kim, ed. The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology. Ashgate, 2014.

Tahmahkera, DustinTribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms. U of North Carolina P, 2014.

October 2, 2014

Erika Berroth: Associate Professor of German
“Slow Violence and Vibrant Matter in Marica Bodrožić’ Novel Kirschholz und alte Gefühle

Eileen Cleere: Professor of English
“Chaste Polygamy: Mormon Marriage and the Fantasy of Sexual Privacy in Wood’s 1861 East Lynne and 1863 Verner’s Pride”

Laura Hobgood-Oster: Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster, Laura. “STANDING IN THE MIDST OF THE ANTHROPOCENE Ecofeminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible.” Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013. N. pag. Print.

Scott McLean: Professor of Kinesiology
Effect of Novel Block Designs on Swim Start Performance. Interview with the Georgetown View.

Kathryn Prater: Assistant Professor of Education
Pennington, J. L., & Prater, K. (March 11, 2014). The veil of professionalism: An autoethnographic critique of white positional identities in the figured worlds of white research performance. Race Ethnicity and Education, 1-26.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa: Professor of Music
Soloist performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra


September 4, 2014

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology 
Nicoletta K. Memos, Rebekah Vela, Courtney Tabone, Fay A. Guarraci, Endocannabinoid influence on partner preference in female rats, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, Volume 124, September 2014, Pages 380-388, ISSN 0091-3057,

Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, Associate Professor of Spanish
“El pasado nacional como narrativa de ficción o la Historia es una telenovela” (“The national past as fictional narrative or History is a soap opera”). Journal of Mexican Studies. The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States /Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Vol 30-1, Winter 2014, pp 180-211.

Translation. “Comunidad indígena Miskitu de Tuara en el proceso autonómico de la costa caribe de Nicaragua”. Otros Saberes: Collaborative Research on Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Cultural Politics, Charles R. Hale and Lynn Stephen (eds.) SAR (School for Social Research) Santa Fe, NM. 2013 pp 101-126.

Ellen Davis, Director of University Relations - News & Media Relations
Three “Insight” pieces by faculty members that have been published recently in the Austin American-Statesman.

Jessica Hower, Assistant Professor of History
“Under One (Inherited) Imperial Crown: The Tudor Origins of Britain and its Empire, 1603-1625”. Britain and the World Conference, Newcastle University; Tyne, England. June 19-21, 2014.

Katy Ross, Associate Professor of Spanish

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
“Dog eat dog world,” Crufts Magazine, July 2014.

Interview with BYU radio


April 3, 2014

Barbara Anthony, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Anthony, Barbara and Christine Chung. 2013. “Data Plan Throttling: A Simple Consumer Choice Mechanism.” Proceedings of the Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), 2013 IEEE pp. 3173-3178

Anthony, Barbara M. and Christine Chung. 2014. “Online bottleneck matching.” Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, 27(1): 100—114.

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Liebl, M., K. Roberts, A. Mohammed, M. Lowther, E. Navaira, A. Frankel, S. Pukys, and R. L. Burks. 2014. “Staying SMArT: Introduction, reflection, and assessment of an inquiry-based afterschool science program for elementary school students.” Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal 6(1): 32-44. Full PDF:

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kwang, T., E. E. Crockett, D. T. Sanchez, & W. B. Swann. 2013. “Men Seek Social
Standing, Women Seek Companionship: Sex Differences in Deriving Self-worth from Relationships.” Psychological Science, 24(7), 1142-1150. doi: 10.1177/0956797612467466

Fay Allison Guarraci, Professor of Psychology
Guarraci, Fay Allison and Jessica L. Bolton. 2014. “’Sexy stimulants’: The Interaction between Psychomotor Stimulants and Sexual Behavior in the Female Brain.” Forthcoming in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster, Laura. 2014. A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans. Baylor University Press.

Valerie Renegar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Lowrey, Lacy, Valerie R. Renegar, and Charles E. Goehring. 2014. “’When God Gives You AIDS…Make Lemon-AIDS’: Ironic Persona and Perspective by Incongruity in Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic.” Western Journal of Communication. 78(1): 58-77.

Eileen Meyer Russell, Associate Professor of Music and 
Delaine Leonard Fedson, Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music
Mercadante, Saverio.  Salve Maria (Hail to Thee, Mary). Arranged for harp and euphonium or trombone by Delaine Leonard Fedson and Eileen Meyer Russell.  Tuba-Euphonium Press, 2013. Score and 2 parts.

Nico Schüler, Visiting Faculty Member in Music, Professor of Music, Texas State University 
Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Grenzüberschreitungen im künstlerischen und wissenschaftlichen Schaffen von Otto Laske” [“Frontier Crossings in the artistic and scholarly work by Otto Laske”]. Pp. 235-246 in »Hebt man den Blick, so sieht man keine Grenzen«: Grenzüberschreitungen als Paradigma in Kunst und Wissenschaft, ed. by Oliver Krämer and Martin Schröder. Essen [Germany]: Die Blaue Eule. 

Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Technology as a Tool to Enhance Sight Singing Education.” Pp. 73-81 in Music and Technologies, ed. by Darius Kucinskas and Stephen Davismoon. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars. 

Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Computerunterstützte Mozartanalyse: Geschichte, Methoden, Kritik und Ausblick” [“Computer-Assisted Mozart Analysis: History, Methods, Critique, and Perspectives”] Pp. 69-100 in Mozartanalyse heute, ed. by Gernot Gruber. Laaber: Laaber Verlag.


March 6th, 2014:

Melissa K. Byrnes, Assistant Professor of History
Byrnes, Melissa K.  2013.  “Liberating the Land or Absorbing a Community: Managing North African Migration and the Bidonvilles in Paris’s Banlieues,” French Politics, Culture & Society [special issue: “Algerian Legacies in Metropolitan France”], 31(3):1-20.

Reginald A. Byron, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent Roscigno. 2014. “Relational Power, Legitimation, and Pregnancy Discrimination.” Forthcoming at Gender & Society    Online First: 

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Crockett, E. E., B. M. Holmes, D. A. Granger, & K. Lyons-Ruth.  2013.  “Maternal Disrupted Communication during Face-to-face Interaction at Four Months: Relation to Maternal and Infant Cortisol Among At-Risk Families. Infancy, 18(6), 1111-1134. doi: 10.1111t/infa.12015

Lois Ferrari, Professor of Music
Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a sold-out concert featuring Holst’s The Planets on February 1.  The concert included collaboration with Southwestern faculty and students.

Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology
Pierce, Benjamin A.  Research on the Ecology of the Georgetown Salamander, Eurycea naufragia, 2013-2014.  $25,927 grant from the Williamson County Conservation Foundation.  (Grant funding for this project over the past four years totals $104,069).



February 13, 2014:

Emily Niemeyer, Professor of Chemistry
Niemeyer, Emily D and Jennifer S. Brodbelt.  2013. “Regiospecificity of Human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase Isoforms in Chalcone and Flavanone Glucuronidation Determined by Metal Complexation and Tandem Mass Spectrometry” Journal of Natural Products 76: 1121-1132.     

Emily Northrop, Associate Professor of Economics
Northrop, Emily.  2013.  “The Accuracy, Market Ethic, and Individual Morality Surrounding the Profit Maximization Assumption.” The American Economist. 58:111-123.

Chapter: Northrop, Emily.  2014.  “Food, the Environment, and A Good Standard of Living” in A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation, edited by Richard P.F. Holt and Daphne T. Greenwood, M.E. Sharpe, July 2014, forthcoming.

 Book reviews: Northrop, Emily.  2014.  Prosperity Without Growth:  Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson, Earthscan; The End of Growth:  Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers:  Eastern Economics Journal, Spring 2014, forthcoming. 

Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English
Saenger, Michael.  2013.  “Interlinguicity and The Alchemist .” Multilingualism in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries.  Ed. Dirk Delabastita and Ton Hoenselaars. English Text Construction 6: 176-200.

Anwar Sounny-Slitine, Instructor in Environmental Studies and GIS Lab Mgr
Hudson, P. F., Sounny‐Slitine, M. A., & LaFevor, M.  2013.  “A new longitudinal approach to assess hydrologic connectivity: Embanked floodplain inundation along the lower Mississippi River.” Hydrological Processes. 27(15):2187–2196.  The link to it on Wiley:

Davi Thornton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Thornton, Davi.  2013. “The Rhetoric of Civil Rights Photographs: James Meredith’s March Against Fear.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 16(3):457-487.

Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art
Victoria Star Varner was selected to exhibit her work at the Awagami International Print Exhibition at the Hall of Awa Japanese Paper in Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima, Japan;  Marks: A National Juried Drawing Exhibition at Madelon Powers Art Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania; Printmaking 2013 at the Lockhart Gallery, at SUNY Geneseo in New York; and the “One Foot Show” at Lone Star Gallery at Kingswood College.



January 16, 2014:

Michael Cooper, Professor of Music
Cooper, John Michael. 2013. Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow.

Alison Kafer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies
Kafer, Alison. 2013. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Ed Kain, Professor of Sociology
Kain, Edward L., Kathleen Piker-King, Keith A. Roberts, Katherine Rowell, Mary Scheuer Senter and Gregory L. Weiss. 2013. Applying for a Faculty Position in a a Teaching-Oriented Institution (3rd Ed.) Washington, D.C.: ASA Teaching Resources Center.

Thom McClendon, Professor of History
Clifton Crais and Thomas V. McClendon, ed., The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014)

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology
Nenga, Sandi Kawecka and Jessica K. Taft (Eds.) 2013. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth: Youth Engagement: The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth, Vol. 16. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English
Saenger, Michael. 2013. Shakespeare and the French Borders of English. Palgrave Macmillan.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science
Selbin, Eric. 2013. Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story (Orig. English edition 2010.) London; New York: Zed. Arabic edition.


November 7, 2013

Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Bednar, Robert M. 2013. “Killing Memory: Roadside Memorials and the Necropolitics of Affect,” Cultural Politics 9(3):337-356.

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Kyle, Colin H., Alyson L. Plantz, Therese Shelton and Romi Burks. 2013. “Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea).” PLoS ONE 8(10): e77736. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077736

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science
Gaunder, Alisa. 2013. “The DPJ and Women: The Limited Impact of the 2009 Alternation of Power on Policy and Governance” published in Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Tranistion and Governance, ed. by Kenji E. Jushida and Phillip Y. Lipscy. Brookings Institution Press.

Walt Herbert, Professor Emeritus of English
Herbert, T. Walter, Jr. 2011. “Awakening a Global Spirituality: the Opera Moby-Dick as a Meditative Quest”. Leviathan 13(2)

Dana Hendrix, Director of Library Resources, A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center
Hendrix, Dana. 2013. “Emotional Intelligence and the Winds of Change in Academic Libraries.” Pp. 172-180 in Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: Proceedings of the ACRL 2013 Conference, edited by Dawn M. Mueller. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved October 22, 2013

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster. 2013. “And Say the Animal Really Responded: Speaking Animals in the History of Christianity.” Pp. in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, Stephen Moore, ed. . Fordham University Press.

Laura Senio Blair, Associate Professor of Spanish
Senio Blair, Laura, and Jose Miguel Palacios, Elizabeth Ramirez, Catalina Donoso, Contanza Vergara and Luis Horta, co-founders and hosts. “Directoras Chilenas en el Exilio”. Retrospective on Female Directors. International Film Festival at Valdivia (Chile). October 7-14, 2013.“ Angelina Vázquez y el lente circular del exilio: (re) fundar la
identidad chilena por el medio fílmico.” Aisthesis: Revista Chilena de
Investigaciones Estéticas; Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile.
Volume 54 (2013) 110-131.

Unrefereed Publication:
“Retrospectiva Chilena. Nomadías: Directoras Chilenas en el Exilio/
Chilean Retrospective. Nomads: Chilean Directors in Exile.” Catalog
for the 20th Festival International de Cine de Valdivia, Chile. pgs

International Conference:

“Directoras chilenas en el exilio: Retrospectiva” International Film
Festival of Valdivia, Chile (FICV) (October 2013) Research and
Organization: Catalina Donoso( U. Chile), Luis Horta (Cineteca de
Chile), Jose Miguel Palacios (NYU), Elizabeth Ramirez (U. Warwick),
Laura Senio Blair (Southwestern U.), Constanza Vergara (U. Alberto

Mary Visser, Professor of Art
Visser, Mary. 2013. “The Digital Sculpture: Materials and Processes, Creation and Circulation - Successes, Myths and Realities” Online journal of the European Forum on Rapid Prototyping for the AEFA sponsored by AFPR and the AEPR. Christian Lavigne et Mary Visser, Ars Mathematica - France & USA

Visser will talk about her artwork exhibited during the RAPID2013 Conference and Exposition that was held in Pittsburgh June 10-13. The show was organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which introduced the Contemporary Art Gallery in 2010 and dedicated it to creativity and design in 3D printing.


October 3, 2013:

Ellen Davis, Director of University Relations, News and Media Relations, will talk about “Inside the Flipped Classroom”, a Chronicle of Higher Education story featuring Southwestern University.

Laura Glass: Information Services
Glass, Laura. 2013. “Fear of Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Library Anxiety in Marginalized Populations.” International Journal of Diversity in Education.

Alison Kafer: Associate Professor of Feminist Studies
Kafer, Alison. 2013. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Michael Kamen: Associate Professor of Education and Deborah Shepherd, a local teacher
Kamen, Michael, and Deborah Shepherd. 2013. “Exploring Innovative Schools with Preservice Teachers.” In L. V. Shavinina (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Education. London, UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Josh Long: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Long, Joshua, Brack Hale and Alison Vogelaar. 2013. “Toward Sustainable Educational Travel.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Brack Hale, Alison Vogelaar, Joshua Long. 2013. “A Broad Spectrum: Sustainability in Educational Travel.” Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Vol. 14 (4).

Alison Marr: Associate Professor of Mathematics
J.C. George, A. Marr, and W.D. Wallis. “Minimal Pancyclic Graphs.” Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, vol. 86 (2013).

Valerie Renegar: Associate Professor of Communications Studies
Renegar, Valerie R. 2013. “Critical/Cultural Scholarship and the Responsibility for Building Theory: Enduring Criticism Revisited” Western Journal of Communication. 77: 5: 509-513.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa: Professor of Music
Recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement from the Texas Music Teachers Association at its annual convention in June. TMTA is a statewide organization affiliated with MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association, and has a membership of over 2,000 independent music teachers and university faculty members. The award is given to one university music faculty member annually and recognizes “outstanding success in teaching at the collegiate level in music performance, composition, theory, history or any combination.”


September 19, 2013:

Edward B. Burger, Professor of Mathematics
New Decompositions of Natural Numbers.  He will briefly introduce one of the most famous list of numbers in all mathematics and illustrate how those numbers can be used to express all other numbers. These results have been generalized in several interesting directions in two recently published articles coauthored with undergraduates. 

Bob Gardner
, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
“Technological Forests: Engineering Nature with Tree Planting on the Great Plains, 1870-1944” (PhD diss., Montana State University, 2013).

Edward L. Kain
, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar
Edward L. Kain, Kathleen Piker-King, Keith A. Roberts, Katherine Rowell, Mary Scheuer Senter and Gregory L. Weiss. 2013. Applying for a Faculty Position in a a Teaching-Oriented Institution (3rd Ed.)   Washington, D.C.:  ASA Teaching Resources Center. 

Kate Nelson, Studio Arts Technician 
Visions in Clay, Delta College, Juror Peter Held
Visions In Clay is the largest exhibition of ceramic works in the San Joaquin Valley. It is an exceptional show of craftsmanship and diversity of style through individual use of materials. In addition, the editor of Ceramics Monthly selected Visions In Clay as one of the top five ceramic exhibitions in the country. Juror Peter Held is the  Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center. The exhibition includes functional, decorative and sculptural works, and is dedicated to unique form, glazing and texture qualities. 

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology
Nenga, Sandi Kawecka and Jessica K. Taft (Eds.) 2013.  Sociological Studies of Children and Youth:  Youth Engagement:  The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth, Vol. 16.  Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Katy Ross,  Associate Professor of Spanish 
Violeta Gomez
Katy Ross and Violeta Gómez  “From Feminism to Post-Feminism:  Acts of Violence in Alicia Gime`nez Bartlett’s Ritos de muerte (1996)”.  Monographic Review/ Revista monogra`fica 28 (2012): 115-130.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science
Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance:  The Power of Story - was recently published in Arabic.