Faculty Footnotes

John Blondell (theater arts) took his Lit Moon Theatre Company to Finland in November to co-present “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” by Selma Lagerlof with Tampereen Teatteri on the Frenckell Stage in Tampere. The Global Spotlight section of American Theatre Magazine highlighted the production.

Deborah Dunn (communication studies) presented “Sacrifice: Bridge to Reconciliation or Labryinth of Retribution?” with Omedi Ochieng (communication studies) at the National Communication Association Conference in November. She delivered a lecture at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, “Dehumanizing Discourse: Language Choices and Implications,” in October. She continued ongoing research on grassroots peacemaking organizations in Northern Ireland during a fall sabbatical.

Lisa DeBoer (art) made a presentation, “Form, Function and Formation,” at Loop Christian Ministries in Chicago in October as one of three consultants for a project to develop their sanctuary. The topic comes from material she’s developing for a book-length study, “Whose Art? Which Church?”

Mary Docter (Spanish) and Laura Montgomery (anthropology) presented a paper, “Using IDI-Guided Development to Maximize the Study-Abroad Experience: A Case Study,” in Minneapolis in October at the Intercultural Development Inventory Conference. In January, they’ll present a paper with President Gayle D. Beebe, “Achieving Global Learning Through Study Abroad: Rethinking the Model,” in San Francisco at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting.

Michelle Hughes (education) and Jane Wilson (education) took 19 student-teacher candidates to the Association of Christian Schools International Convention in Anaheim, Calif., in November. Hughes discussed, “How to Pray for Students with Passion and Purpose” and Wilson spoke on “Igniting Intrinsic Motivation to Learn.”

Judy L. Larson (art) wrote “An Architecture of Art and Community” for “Randall Stout” (Design Peak Publishers, 2010).

Tremper Longman (Robert Gundry professor of bibilical studies) has co-authored a new book with Richard Carlson, “Science, Creation and the Bible” (IVP, 2010). He contributed “Isaiah” to the HCSB Study Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2010) and published “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? A Biblical-Theological Approach” in “Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves” (P&R Publishing Co., 2010). His article “Wisdom as Paradigmatic in Scripture” appears in “Preaching Character: Reclaiming Wisdom’s Paradigmatic Imagination for Transformation” (Abilene Christian University Press, 2010). He gave eight lectures as the keynote speaker at the Theofil Conference in Lund, Sweden, in October. Other lectures include: “Show Them No Mercy: A New Testament Perspective on Old Testament Holy War” for the Deere Lectures at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in September, and at Johannelund Theological Seminary, Uppsala, and Orebro Theological Seminary in Sweden in October; “Reading the Song of Songs as Ancient Love Lyrics and as Word of God” for the Deere Lectures at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in September, and at Johannelund Theological Seminary, Uppsala, and for the Lutheran Faculty of Gothenburg in Sweden in October; and “Challenging the Idols: The Message of the Book of Ecclesiastes” at Uppsala University in Sweden in October.

David Newton (economics and business) is on a year-long sabbatical. He has published an eBook, “Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It” (www.JobCreationUSA.com), with Andrew Puzder, the president and CEO of CKE Inc. The co-authors have been speaking about the book with: CNN’s “Your Money” with Ali Velshi; Fox Business with Neil Cavuto; at King’s College, New York City, for the Fall Business Speakers Series; for Young America’s Foundation West Coast Leadership Conference; at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Santa Barbara; at the 16th Annual Restoration Weekend sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Palm Beach, Fla.; on the Dennis Miller Show on radio; and for the Lakewood, Calif., Chamber of Commerce. For the eighth consecutive year Newton was a master teacher of entrepreneurship at the EC-11 Conference at Oklahoma State University in September, where he spoke on “Developing Effective Business Models.”

Chandra Mallampalli (history) published “Escaping the Grip of Personal Law in Colonial India” in Law and History Review. He presented a paper at the 39th Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Contesting the Hindu Joint Family in Madras Courts.”

Laura Montgomery (anthropology) presented “Learning to Listen, Learning to See, Learning to Know: The Anthropological Perspective and the Development of World Christians,” at the Ivan J. Fahs Memorial Symposium at Wheaton College in October and gave a chapel talk at Wheaton, “A Mark of a Global Christian: Serving in Love with Knowledge.”

Allan Nishimura (chemistry) wrote two papers, a two-part series, co-authored with Samantha Gardner ’13 and Laura Selby ’11, for the winter issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, “Observation of Resonance Energy Transfer in Naphthalene-Phenanthrene Molecular Bilayers on Al2O3(0001)” and “Observation of Resonance Energy Transfer in Dichlorobenzene-Fluorenone Molecular Bilayers on Al2O3(0001).” He co-authored three articles for the journal’s next issue: “Energy Transfer in Mixed Excimer and Exciplexes on a Dielectric Surface”; “Perturbation in the Formation of Excimers in Methylnaphthalenes on Al2O3”; and “1-Methylnaphthalene Excimers on a Dielectric Surface.” Co-authors include Melissa Gross ’09, Wendi Hale ’09, Christine Binkley ’10, Taylor Judkins ’10 and Laura Selby ’11.

Warren Rogers (physics) will serve a three-year term on the executive committee of the California-Nevada section of the American Physical Society (APS). He chaired a session in applied physics at the California APS Conference at Caltech. He organized the 13th Annual Conference Experience for Undergraduates for 125 nuclear science research students from 70 colleges and universities who presented work at the fall conference of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics in Santa Fe, N.M. A collaborator on the MoNA project at Michigan State University, he co-authored “Disappearance of the N=14 Shell” for Physical Review C with Michael Strongman ’06, a physics doctoral student at MSU.

Jeff Schloss (biology) spoke at the Veritas Apologetics Forum on Science and Christian Worldview at Washington University, at Oxford University Centre for Anthropology of Mind, and at Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge University. He gave a lecture series on science and faith for pastors and lay leaders at Princeton Seminary. His recent articles (co-authored with philosopher Michael Murray) include: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Evolution and True Beliefs” in Behavioral and Brain Science;“Evolution, Design and Genomic Suboptimality.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and “Science, Religion, and the Sciences of Religion” in Theology and Science.

Michael Shasberger (Adams professor of music and worship) performed the bass solos in performances of W.A. Mozart’s “Requiem Mass” with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale conducted by Steve Hodson (music) in November and of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in December. He sings the bass solos for J.S. Bach’s Cantata 131, “Aus der tiefen” (Out of the depths I cry to you Oh, Lord) in January at the Mission in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with Thomas Davies’ professional early music ensemble.

Caryn Reeder (religious studies) has published a chapter, “Vindicating Womankind: Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum,” in “Breaking Boundaries: Female Biblical Interpreters Who Challenged the Status Quo” (T & T Clark International, 2010).

Lisa Stern (communication studies) presented a roadmap at Providence Hall High School in Santa Barbara helping parents of adolescents navigate the challenges of technology, including text and instant messaging, social networks and the Internet.

Jim Taylor (philosophy) taught adult education classes on “The New Atheists” at two Santa Barbara churches this fall.

Paul Willis (english) gave poetry readings at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, Concordia University in California, and George Fox University in Oregon this fall.

Randy VanderMey (english) led a conversation on composition pedagogy for 16 writing instructors and curriculum designers from career-track colleges in the Los Angeles area. His poem “A Christian Strikes a Zen Chime” will appear in the winter 2010/11 issue of Ruminate magazine.

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