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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 2/3/16

In this issue we celebrate accomplishments by faculty/staff in the departments of art, biological sciences, English, foreign languages and literatures, political science, and sociology. We also share news from Colton English Club.

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on a study on the relationship between intelligence and racism. This story was also published on Yahoo.com. 

Associate Professor of Graphic Design Woody Holliman will deliver a talk, “What They Didn't Teach You in School (about Becoming a Professional Designer),” on March 22 to the Raleigh Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for graphic designers. Drawing on his years of experience as a studio owner in charge of mentoring young designers, as well as his earlier experience as a staff designer, Holliman will discuss an assortment of coping strategies to help students transition smoothly from design student to design professional, avoiding the rookie mistakes that can make them (or their boss) wonder if they picked the right career.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist presented a poster and co-authored a talk on January 15 at the Research Coordination Network Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) Summit. The workshop was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Lindquist and her colleague, Laurel Anderson from Ohio Wesleyan University, shared the successes and challenges in building the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN, http://www.erenweb.org) with NSF Program Officers and other RCN-UBE grantees. EREN now has more than 300 faculty members from over 200 Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) in the U.S. and abroad and has brought collaborative, ecological research projects into the classrooms of more than 4,000 students.

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Véronique Machelidon published an article on “Teaching Race, Class, and Slavery in Indiana” in Approaches to Teaching Sand’s Indiana, ed. David Powell and Pratima Prasad (NY: MLA, 2016). Machelidon’s article advocates for the teaching of Sand’s 1832 novel in French and world literature courses because it invites a critical rethinking of the ways in which race is constructed, deconstructed, and regulated in Western socio-symbolic systems. Set in metropolitan France and in the French colony of Bourbon Island (La Réunion), Sand’s novel questions conventional views of race as a stable, discrete and fixed category of identity and exposes race as a symbolic construction eluding stable corporeal markers.  As college students examine historical pictorial representations of racial and social classes in La Réunion  and relate them to Sand’s text, they learn to deconstruct colonial theories of race based on visible anatomical differences which denied the actual metissage and hybridity of nineteenth-century colonial society.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Kris Macomber’s article, "I’m not Putting any Man on a Pedestal: Male Privilege and Accountability in Domestic and Sexual Violence Work," was published in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Macomber also published a blog about ally activism for the teaching resource site Sociology in Focus.  

Macomber was quoted in an Associated Press story about Mattel’s introduction of new Barbie dolls with a variety of body types has been published by more than 100 outlets, including ABCNews.com, CNBC.com, The Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell’s short story, "Tunnels to China," appears in issue 14 of Cactus Heart.  

Visiting Professor of Political Science David McLennan was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about Donald Trump’s continued popularity in the polls. This story was also published on Yahoo.com. 

Colton English Club Children's Book Drive
The Colton English Club, in conjunction with Enloe High Teens with Special Needs Club will be collecting new and gently-used books to benefit the children of Wake County. The collection will take place through the month of February. Book donations should be appropriate for children birth-12 years of age. Used book donations should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean, and readable). The book drive supports WAKE Up and Read, a collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children. Drop books into the bin at 114 Lux, Kelly Roberts’ office. Email robertsk@meredith.edu with questions.

Melyssa Allen

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