Tony Askew (art) was invited to join the Print Arts Northwest as an artist member and is represented in their Portland, Ore., gallery. He had a print selected for the permanent collection of the special collections at the University of Colorado at Boulder and for the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art Collection in Pont Aven, France. His print at the Grossman Gallery in Lompoc for the 18th Annual Santa Barbara County-wide Art Exhibition Best of the Best won the $500 first prize.
Grey Brothers (music), Michael Shasberger ( Adams professor of music and worship) and Rebecca Hodson (music) sang principal roles in the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” which Hodson directed in Santa Barbara in December. Student Bryan Lane ’10 also had a small role.
Steve Cook (English) attended the Steinbeck Conference at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif., in August. He is editing a book for a member of the Cannery Row Foundation, “The Real People and Places of Cannery Row,” and a mystery novel by Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schafer, “The Rabbi Wore Moccasins.” He is also editing a book by anthropologist Brian Fagan on the role of the climate in shaping civilizations.
Philip Ficsor (music) presented a concert in Ann Arbor, Mich., in October as the violinist for the American Double, a violin-piano ensemble. Featured in concert series in the United States and Europe, the duo performed all the works for violin and piano by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.
Tremper Longman III (Robert Gundry professor of biblical studies) has contributed to “The Men’s Devotional Bible” (Zondervan, 2006). With R. B. Dillard, he has updated “Introduction to the Old Testament” (2nd edition, Zondervan, 2006); this work has been translated into Korean, Dutch and Chinese. The fourth edition of his “Old Testament Commentary Survey” appeared in 2006. He contributed an article, “Reading Wisdom Canonically,” to “Canon and Biblical Interpretation” (Zondervan, 2006).
Marilyn McEntyre (English) gave the Caulkins Lectures at Corban College in Oregon in November; her plenary lecture was “The Beholding Eye.” She was a judge in the annual Santa Barbara Foundation scholarship competition. “The Steinbeck Encyclopedia” (Greenwood Press, 2006) includes two articles by her. “An Invitation to Insecurity” is her most recent contribution to Weavings. Her third book in a trilogy of poems on Dutch painters, “The Color of Light,” focuses on Van Gogh and will be published in 2007. She will speak at Brigham Young University in January on art and spirituality and read from her poetry.
David Newton has expanded the SEED National Collegiate Venture Forum, which he founded in 2003. Westmont is one of the co-sponsors. In 2007, SEED (Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development) will include the Fourth Annual SEED Santa Barbara Venture Forum (March 2-3), the SEED Boston Venture Forum (June 1-2) and the SEED New York Venture Forum (Sept. 21-22). The Santa Barbara forum will be one of the national events capping off the First Annual National Entrepreneurship Education Week (Feb. 26-March 3, 2007) sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation and INC magazine. All three 2007 SEED forums will appear on iVEEA’s national video programming schedule next year and will contribute to a series of interactive video teaching modules for national corporate entrepreneur-ship training.
Susan Penksa (political science) was an invited speaker at the Austrian Presidency of the European Union International Workshop in January 2006 in Vienna. She spoke on “Lessons from EU Security Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.” In March 2006 she presented a paper, “Beyond Regional Security to International Peace-building: The Case of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” at the 47th Annual International Studies Association Convention in San Diego. In June and July she consulted for the United States and European Union on the rule of law and security sector reform policies and continued her field research in Bosnia. She was an invited participant at an international conference on gender-inclusive decision-making for peace with justice co-convened by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in October in San Diego. In November she completed a three-year assessment, “Implementing ESDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003-2005: Problems of Mandates, Decision-Making Structures and Individuals,” for the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium, where she served as a visiting research fellow.
Rick Pointer (history) presented “The Silent and the Silenced: Quakers and the Meaning of Indian Death in Early America” at the annual conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the Universite Laval in Quebec City. In September, he served as chair and commentator for a panel, “History, Material Culture, and Textbooks,” at the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History at Oklahoma Baptist University. In November, he participated in a panel at a Westmont Downtown event, “The Immigration Debate.”
Steve Rogers (psychology) has written three articles for journals: “Cognitive sequelae of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease: A meta-analysis” in Lancet Neurology; “Motor-Based Assessment of Neurocognitive Functioning in Resource-Limited Interna-tional Settings” in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; and “Assessing health-related quality of life in NeuroAIDS: Some psychometric properties of the neurological quality of life questionnaire (NeuroQOL)” in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. He contributed two chapters to books: “Schizophrenia, Neurology, and Religion: What Can Psychosis Teach Us about the Evolutionary Role of Religion?” for a three-volume series, “Where God and Science Meet: How Brain and Evolutionary Studies Alter Our Understanding of Religion”; and “Global Cognitive Impairment: The Dementias” for “Guide to Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics.”
Warren Rogers (physics) organized the ninth annual Conference Experience for Undergraduates in Nashville, Tenn., concurrent with the October meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society. The National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy awarded grants to some participants, including Westmont student Shea Mosby, who presented a research poster, “Neutron Multiplicity Determination in the Modular Neutron Array.” Rogers delivered a paper, “Cosmic Muon Detection using the NSCL Modular Neutron Array.” He did research with four students during the summer, traveling twice to Michigan State University to work on the MoNA detector that former Westmont students helped construct. He co-authored an article, “Nuclear Magnetic Moment of the 57Cu Ground State” in Physical Review Letters with colleagues from Michigan State University.
Greg Spencer (communication studies) appeared on a panel at the National Communication Association convention in November, “Fiction with Religious Themes: What Communication Scholars Say About Writing and Interpreting Their Own Work (an Interview).”
Niva Tro (chemistry) has written a general chemistry textbook that Prentice Hall will publish in January 2007.
Randy VanderMey (English) has published a book of poems, “Charm School: Five Women of the Odyssey” (Artamo Press, 2006). He wrote the poetic drama in five parts for the Westmont theater arts department to use in a production of “The Mariner.” He gave a public reading from the book in December and attended a book signing, appearing with two well-known Santa Barbara poets, Perie Longo and David Starkey.