Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors
Telford Work (theology), Allan Nishimura (chemistry) and Andrew Mullen (education) won the Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher awards, which recognize an outstanding professor from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences and the social sciences.
Charles Farhadian (religious studies) accepted the Faculty Research Award for his work on world religions.
Kathryn Artuso (English) presented a paper in April at the Conference on Christianity and Literature, “From Pentecost to Purgatory: Journeys with John Donne and George Herbert in T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.”
Ronald Enroth (sociology) presented a paper, “Something Old, Something New: A Comparative Analysis of 19th Century Utopian Groups with Contemporary New Religious Movements,” at the annual meeting of the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology at St. Olaf College in June.
Bruce Fisk (religious studies) published a book, “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground” (Baker Academic, May 2011).
Jamie Friedman (English) co-edited a book, “Grief, Guilt, and Performance:The Inner Lives of Women in Medieval Romance Literature” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), and wrote one of the articles for the volume, “Between Boccaccio and Chaucer: The Limits of Female Interiority in the Knight’s Tale.” She published a book review, “Masculinities and Femininities in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” in the Medieval Review, April 2011. She gave a lecture, “Identity Flows in the Siege of Jerusalem,” for the Medieval Studies Speaker Series at UC Santa Barbara in May.
Robert Gundry, professor emeritus of New Testament and scholar in residence, contributed “The Hopelessness of the Unevangelized” to the Pastoral Pensees column of the April 2011 issue of Themelios.
Steve Hodson (music) was elected president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is responsible for planning a conference in spring 2014.
Cheri Larsen Hoeckley (English) published a chapter on Anna Jameson in “Great Shakespeareans: Jameson, Cowden Clark, Kemble and Cushman,” edited by Gail Marshall for the Great Shakespearean Series. She will present a paper, “Loving Justice and Doing Mercy: The Dynamics of Poetics and Forgiveness in Adelaide Procter’s ‘Homeless,’” in July at the Hospitable Text Conference in London. Karen Andrews (urban studies) is also making a presentation at this conference.
Michelle C. Hughes (education) published “Views Through My Office Windows” in the April issue of Christian School Education from the Association of Christian Schools International.
Steve Julio (biology) contributed a paper, “A Novel Sensor Kinase is Required for Bordetella Bronchiseptica to Colonize the Lower Respiratory Tract,” to the journal Infection and Immunity. Westmont students Callan Kaut ’08, Mark Duncan ’10, Josh Maclaren ’10, Ji Yei Kim ’11 and Keith Cochran ’11 co-authored this report of the discovery of a new bacterial gene the bacteria need to successfully infect mammalian respiratory tracts. Julio presented the results of this work at the annual conference of the American Society for Microbiology in May in New Orleans.
Tremper Longman (religious studies) wrote a chapter, “‘Holy War’ and the Universal God: Reading the Old Testament Holy War Texts in a Biblical Theological and Post-Colonial Setting,” for the book “After Imperialism: Christian Identify in China and the Global Evangelical Movement” (Pickwick Publications, 2011). Three foreign editions of his work have been published: “How to Read Genesis” (Indonesian); “A Biblical History of Israel” (Chinese); and “Intimate Allies” (Romanian).
Chandra Mallampalli (history) participated in a workshop at Stanford Law School, Comparative Legal Histories: Colonial/Postcolonial India and Mandatory Palestine/Israel, where he delivered a paper, “Escaping the Grip of Personal Law in Colonial India.” In April, he lectured at the University of Utah on “The Confusion Called Conversion: An Overview of India’s Christian Traditions.”
John Moore, head men’s basketball coach, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus of Cypress College in June.
Allan Nishimura (chemistry) published “Evidence of resonance energy transfer in molecular bilayers on Al2O3 (0001)” in the Journal of Luminescence with assistance from Samantha Gardner ’13 and collaborators from Point Loma Nazarene University. They also contributed to “Resonance energy transfer in methyl- and ethylnaphthalene–phenanthrene bilayers on Al2O3,” which will appear in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.
Gregory Orfalea (English) lectured on Arab American literature in June at Eichstaett University in Germany. He travels through Spain and Mexico this summer researching the biographer of Father Junipero Serra. A piece, “Rose and the Four Sisters of Fate,” will appear in an anthology on Arab American Women published by Syracuse University Press. Orfalea will speak on Serra at Cal Lutheran University and on Arab American Literature at UCLA. He is co-editing an anthology of Middle Eastern American Literature, “In Thyme,” for Syracuse University Press. It’s the first of its kind.
Christopher Rupp (art) contributed a sculpture to an exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, California Sculpture SLAM, which runs Aug. 12-Sept. 30, 2011.
Curtis Simpson (kinesiology) published an article, “Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest,” in the Marine Life section of the June 2011 edition of California Diving News. He helps teach the Science Diving Certification course at UC Santa Barbara and performs volunteer marine life surveys with Reef Check California.
Jim Taylor (philosophy) commented on a paper, “A Paradox-Free Anselmianism” presented by philosopher Michael Almeida from the University of Texas at San Antonio at the Pacific Regional Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in April.
Randy VanderMey (English) published a poem, “Jalama Beach,” in the June 2011 issue of Rock & Sling, a Whitworth College literary journal. In March, he presented “Writing Through Seeing, Seeing through Writing” at Connecting Through Composition, a national professional development conference on the teaching of composition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sponsored by Wadsworth Publishing, a part of Cengage Learning. During his sabbatical in the fall, he’ll work on a novel, a play and a book of poetry.
Paul Willis (English) presented a paper, “‘He Hath Builded the Mountains’: John Muir’s God of Glaciers,” at the Christian Scholars Conference at Pepperdine in June.