Frank Percival, Steve Julio and Eileen McMahon (biology) accompanied three students presenting posters at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research at CSU Los Angeles in November: Iris Adipue ’08, “Characterizing the immune response in a new mouse model of rheumatoid arthritis using flow cytometry”; Callan Kaut ’08, “Analysis of Bordetella bronchi-septica two-component regulators in respiratory tract infection”; and Emmet Haggard ’08, “Leaf-associated microbial communities of coastal canyon trees.”
Omedi Ochieng, Lesa Stern and Deborah Dunn (communication studies) attended the 93rd annual convention of the National Communication Association in Chicago in November. Dunn presented “Good Work in a Sectarian Society: Articulating Experience and Virtue,” and responded to four papers on church and parachurch organizations. Lesa Stern spoke on “Establishing Institutional Credibility Through Accrediting Agencies: Investigating the Feasibility of Developing an Accrediting Agency for the Communication Discipline.” Ochieng presented “The Rhetoric of African Philosophy: Episteme, Doxa, and the Politics of Intellectual Capital in African Knowledge.”
John Blondell (theater arts) directed two productions at three European theatre festivals in September: “The Wedding,” inspired by a play by Nikolai Gogol, at Festiwal Teatralny Miasto in Legnica, Poland, and “The Tempest” by Shakespeare at the Festival of International Alternative Theatre in Podgorica and Kotor, Montenegro, and the Young Open Theatre Festival in Skopje, Macedonia. His production of Hamlet, which has been presented in Santa Barbara, Montreal, Prague and Gdansk, has been invited to participate in the Shakespeare Forever Festival, sponsored by the National Theatre Company of China, for the Cultural Olympiad associated with the 2008 Olympics.
A research proposal by Stephen Contakes (chemistry), “Bio-Inspired Two-Site Bimetallic Hydrocarbon Activation Catalysts,” was recommended for funding ($50,000) by the ACS PRF Advisory Board.
Jesse Covington (political science) contributed to a chapter, “John Locke: Toward a Politics of Liberty,” in “Freedom and the Human Person” (Catholic University of America Press).
Ron Enroth (sociology) appeared on an A&E television program,“Mind Control,” in December as an expert on cults and new religious movements.
Robert H. Gundry (scholar in residence) contributed “New Wine in Old Wineskins: Bursting Traditional Interpretations in John’s Gospel (Parts 1 and 2),” to Bulletin for Biblical Research (Vol. 17, No. 1-2, 2007).
Cheri Larsen Hoeckley (English) presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in December, “Ora et Labora in Adelaide Procter’s ‘Homeless’” as part of a panel on Victorian women’s devotional poetry.
Kim Kihlstrom (computer science) and three students (Joel Stewart ’08, Adrian Rogers ’09 and Toby Lounsbury ’10) presented a paper (which will be published), “Implementation and Performance Testing of a Gossip-Based Communication System,” at the 19th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems in November in Cambridge, Mass. The computer science department selected the first three recipients of scholarships provided by a National Science Foundation grant, Sarah Coburn ’10, Jonathan Tropper ’10 and Michael Gardner ’09.
Tremper Longman III, Robert Gundry professor of biblical studies, taught a course on Old Testament theology at City Seminary in Harlem, N.Y., and a class on hermeneutics at Reformed Theological Seminary extension in Washington, D.C. He appeared as a panelist at the National Geographic live discussion, “From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible,” in Washington, D.C., in September.
Marilyn McEntyre (English) has written two books, “Christ, My Companion: Reflections on the Prayer of St. Patrick” (Baker Books, July 2008), and “Care of the Word: Stewardship of Language in a Culture of Lies” (Eerdmans, fall 2008). She gave two public readings in Santa Barbara in November from her book, “The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh’s Late Paintings” (Eerdmans, 2007). She will teach a week-long course at a Presbyterian retreat center in New Mexico, “Poetry and Prayer,” and another at Regent College in Vancouver in the summer, “The Poet and the Painter.” In Santa Barbara, she will teach a six-week course at Samarkand and a four-week series at First Presbyterian; she also participated in a series on Vocation and Faith at All Saints by the Sea.Weavings has published several of her articles: “The Encompassing Embrace” (March/April); “Learning Not to Share” (May/June); and “One Body” (September/ October).
Laura Montgomery (anthropology) was invited to speak at a conference, “Twenty-Five Years of Anthropological Dialogue,” at the Autonomous University of Querétaro in México on “La construcción de un proyecto en Antropología Cultural” (Constructing Research Proposals in Cultural Anthropology). She was the resident director for the fall Westmont in Mexico program.
David Newton (economics and business) chaired the session, “The Transition to Venture Capital Funding for Collegiate Entrepreneur Business Plans,” at the 23rd Annual U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. For the 12th straight year he served on the editorial review board screening manuscripts for the meeting.
Frank Percival (biology) led the depart-mental team that secured an invitation from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to apply for an Undergraduate Science Education Grant of up to $1.6 million. The institute selected schools based on their Carnegie ranking and 10-year record of medical and graduate school placements.
Rick Pointer (history) has published “Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion” with Indiana University Press. The book explores religious interactions between Indians and Euro-Americans from the 16th through the 18th centuries.
Susan Savage (art) had a piece juried into the Small Images Exhibition at Santa Barbara City College.
Jeff Schloss (biology) contributed “He Who Laughs Best: Religious Affect as a Solution to Recursive Cooperative Defection” to “Evolutionary Explanations of Religion.” He serves on the International Advisory Council of the Metanexus Global Initiative on Science and Religion and on the advisory board for the Society of Christian Philosophers’ Science and Religion in China Library Project. He presented “Evolutionary Theories of Religion: Science Set Free or Naturalism Run Wild?” at a workshop on Social, Political, and Religious Transformations of Biology at Cambridge University and responded to “Simone Weil on Love and Happiness Amid the Holocaust,” at Emory University. He gave the plenary address, “Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining and Explaining Away,” at the joint meetings of the American Scientific Affiliation and Christians in Science at the University of Edinburgh. He spoke on “Evolution and the Problem of Evil” at the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion, on “Evolutionary History and the Question of Divine Purpose” at Eastern Nazarene University, and on “Biological Nature, Human Purpose, and the Transhuman Future?” at the Metanexus Conference on Transdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elena Yee, director of intercultural programs, presented a workshop, “A Collective Conscience: The Racial Equality and Justice Group (REJ),” at the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference at Anderson University in Indiana in November. REJ is a student-led effort at Westmont that addresses the challenges and realities of historical and current race relations and racial prejudice in the United States.