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Faculty Scholarship Celebration


Wednesday October 18, 2023

The Faculty Scholarship Celebration is a daylong event in the style of an academic conference featuring the research of the Westminster College Faculty. Presentations occur in a panel format featuring two faculty members per session, with the entire day representing one third of our faculty scholars. This event is intended to not only introduce the students in the Inquiry course of the First Year Program to the wide variety of faculty scholarship, but also serves as an opportunity for all Westminster Undergraduates to discover and explore the research and creative works happening across all departments at the college. Academic panels are meant to foster intellectual exchanges and all members of the campus community benefit from the advancement of knowledge that will occur at this event. The academic engagement occurring at the 2023 Faculty Scholarship Celebration will culminate with an evening Keynote Session featuring the 2023 Henderson Lecturer Jamie Kohler.


Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m.

Keeping the Wonder in Teaching and Learning: Writing an Instructional Methods Book

Jenna Copper, Assistant Professor of Education

The negativity bias and the positivity effect: Changes in the processing of emotional information as we age

Eric Fields, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience/Psychology

Witherspoon Lakeview
9:20 a.m.

Being Invisible: Scholarship and Translation in the 21st Century

Jeffrey Bersett, Professor of Spanish

Adventures in Playwriting

Andrew Ade, Professor of English

Witherspoon Maple
9:20 a.m.

Accountants: An Endangered Species?

Keith B. Bittel, Assistant Professor of Business

Artist Residencies

Summer Zickefoose, Associate Professor of Art

Witherspoon Lakeview
10:30 a.m.

Studying RNA/protein interactions in the lab and on the computer

Patrick Lackey, Associate Professor of Biochemistry/Chemistry

Can salamanders provide us with clues for enhancing wound healing and tissue regeneration in humans?

Joshua Corrette-Bennett, Associate Professor of Biology

Witherspoon Maple
10:30 a.m.

Glacier Erasure: Stories, Speculation, Surveys, and Soil Science in Potawatomi Homelands

David Horst Lehman, Assisstant Professor of History

The Obama Legacy: Some Early Perspectives

James C. Rhoads, Professor of Political Science

Witherspoon Lakeview
11:40 a.m.

Extreme Makeover: Learning Experiences and Extreme Deadline Projects

Bradley Weaver and Kandice Hartner, Lecturers of Communication

The Westminster College Apiary - Research, rewards, and a persistent rash

Patrick D Krantz: Associate Professor, Center for the Environment

Witherspoon Maple
11:40 a.m.

Morphology - On a Musical Plane

John Robertson, Associate Professor of Biology

This is the brain on stress: what systems affect how vaping, diet, and exercise affect animal stress?

Deanne Buffalari, Associate Professor Neuroscience/Psychology

Witherspoon Lakeview
12:50 p.m.

Mysterious radio sources in our Galaxy

Matteo Luisi, Assistant Professor Physics

A Small Fib: Exploring the Fibonacci Sequence

John Bonomo, Professor of Computer Science

Witherspoon Maple
12:50 p.m.

Translation and Meaning--Insights from the Trenches of an Ongoing Research Project

Russell Martin, Professor of History

Bringing Horror Back: Researching Monstrous Literature

Trisha Cowen, Associate Professor of English

Witherspoon Lakeview
2:00 p.m.

Deconstructing the American narrative of race

Rene A. Pico, Associate Professor of Education

“Think it with a man’s brain”: Narration and Gender Identity in Charlotte Brontë’s Fiction

Kristianne Kalata, Associate Professor of English

Witherspoon Maple
2:00 p.m.

Experiential Learning through the Westminster Bee Company

Helen Boylan, Professor, Center for the Environment

How did climate change affect religious belief in the 17th century?

Timothy Grieve-Carlson, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Witherspoon Lakeview
3:10 p.m.

Assessment of Water Quality at Westminster College: Results from a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Project

Ann Throckmorton, Professor of Biology

Recovering critical minerals from waste streams.

Pete Smith, Professor of Chemistry

Witherspoon Maple
6:30 p.m.

Henderson Lecture: Faculty Scholarship Celebration Keynote Speaker

Open Educational Resources: What's in it for us?

Jamie Kohler, Associate Professor/Director of McGill Library