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  • Prof. Aixa Said-Mohand, Modern Languages Department, published an article entitled "El diseño inverso en la adquisición de una segunda lengua: su aplicación en el desarrollo de unidades temáticas" in the journal Revista electrónica de didáctica del español lengua extranjera.  The article provides a step-by-step guide to designing a course based on student-centered learning. 

    Prof. Edvidge Giunta, English Department, was interviewed by www.suditaliavideo.it, discussing the importance of memoir writing in her life and career.



    Proff. Karen Morgan Ivy, Mathematics Department, delivered the David Blackwell Lecture sponsored by the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) at the 2013 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest . The talk was entitled Bridging a Gap Between Creative Literacy and Quantitative Literacy:  Using Poetry to Improve Quantitative Reasoning .


    Prof. Fran Moran, Political Science Department, presented a paper at the 2013 meeting of the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference held in Long Beach, California (February 8-10).  His presentation, entitled "Fascist Pizza and the Lyceum Bakery"  focused on using student generated movies and music to teach introductory political theory.   


    Prof. Aixa Said-Mohand, Modern Languages, published “El español como lengua de herencia en los EEUU: retos para su didáctica” in Marco el E (February 12, 2013).

    Prof. Ethan Shaskan Bumas, English Department, co-translated Carlos Fuentes' Vlad (Dalkey Archive).


    Ella Rue, Assistant to the Dean, was named a winner in the 49th Annual Art Directors Club of New Jersey Awards Competition in the Magazine/Newspaper, Sales Promotion, Posters, Direct Mail, etc. category for her work, 'What's in Your Backyard?'

    Prof. Ethan Shaskan Bumas, English Department, edited and wrote the introduction to 4:56, Poems by Carlos Fuentes Lemus (Dalkey Archive).

    Prof. Audrey A. Fisch, English Department, and Prof. Deborah J. Bennett, Mathematics Department, published "Independence and interdependence: An analysis of pre-service candidates’ use of focused assignments on an electronic discussion forum during the initial field experience" in the inaugural issue of Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning (Summer 2011)

    Prof. Bennett also contributed "Defining Randomness," a chapter in the Philosophy of Statistics: Vol. 7 Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Prasanta Bandyopadhyay and Malcolm Forster (eds.), Oxford: Elsevier, 2011.

    Prof. Billy Baker, Music, Dance & Theatre Department, was appointed as Music Director of the New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, an organization dedicated to the love and appreciation of choral music among young people including over 150 students from nearly 40 townships in the state. 

    Prof. Baker has also published An Analysis of Vocal Jazz Repertoire by Three Selected Publishing Companies in the November, 2011 issue of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, a peer reviewed online journal of the National Association for Music Education.

    Prof. Mark Dalio, Music, Dance, and Theatre Department, and Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies just finished starring in a production of the Tony Nominated Musical "Romance, Romance" with the Women's Theatre Company in Parsippany.  This musical takes the audience from 1800's Vienna, to the Hamptons of the 1980's.  The opening night included a discussion with the actors and Tony Nominated Composer Keith Herrmann and lyricist Barry Harman.

    Prof. Vera Dika, Media Arts Department, has a new book, The (Moving) Pictures Generation: The Cinematic Impulse in Downtown New York Art and Film slated to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in April, 2012. The book is a discussion of work by well-known artists and filmmakers, including Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Eric Bogosian, and Kathryn Bigelow.  


    Prof. Ellen Garvey, English Department, presented her paper “Mark Twain’s Self-Pasting Scrap-Book, the Authorship of Blank Books, and Developing Concepts of Authorship,” at the “Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1880-1940” conference, at the University of Delaware, in September 2011. She spoke on “Newspaper into Databases,” on the panel, “Material Information: Pulling Apart and Reconfiguring Texts in the Digital Environment and the Proto-Digital Environment,” at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, in Washington, DC, in July 2011. She also gave a Workshop in Archival Practice entitled “What We Can Learn with Practice” at New York University in May 2011.  


    Prof. James Broderick, English Departmentpublished his fifth and latest book,  Now A Terrifying Motion Picture: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted from Book to Film (McFarland Publishing).   

    Prof. Broderick also been writing reviews and conducting author interviews for  BookPleasures.com, an international community of 40 reviewers that has been in existence since 2002.  

    Prof. Rosamond Hooper-Hammersley, History Department, has published The Hunt After Jeanne-Antoinette de Pompadour (2011, Lexington Books, ISBN: 978-0739149638), a study of the import of Mme de Pompadour as a political and artistic patron at the court of Versailles in mid-eighteenth centery France.   


    Prof. Mary-Ellen Campbell, Art Department. received two one-month International Artist Residencies in 2011. She spent June-July in Cappadocia, Turkey at Babayan Culture House making artist books about the region and culture. In December-January she will be working at New Pacific Studio near Wellington, New Zealand also making artist books. She is currently in the "Visual Journals" Exhibition at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Co.until the end of October. Her artist book of poetry and photographs "Grassroots" was purchased for the Special Collections of the libraries at Denison University, Ohio and the University of New Mexico in Santa Fe. Along with Ella Rue, Asst. to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, she curated the current exhibition, "Excellence" from members of the Print Council of New Jersey that traveled from their galleries in Sommerville to Lemmerman Gallery, NJCU in September-October.   


    Prof. E.S. Bumas, English Department, was awarded a faculty research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on a project entitled "Colonial Appropriations."  This project focuses on the Spanish influence on the formation of the Anglo-American colonies.  

    Prof. Bumas also has experimental essays built from fragments in Hotel Amerika (The Aphorism Issue) and Fugue (The Play Issue).

    Prof. Debbie BennettMathematics Department, and Prof. Audrey Fisch, English Department, held their annual NJCU alumni teachers' panel for their undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates on September 29, 2011.