college to establish two taskforces
The College of Arts and Sciences is forming two new taskforces–one to look at fund-raising options, the other to promote math skills across campus.
At the college meeting of the faculty institute Dr. John Doucet said that his vision of the fund-raising taskforce was to develop ways to generate funds to support student research.
Dr. James Stewart said at that same meeting that the purpose of the math-across-curriculum taskforce was to develop ideas for stressing the need for math skills in all academic disciplines, much as the Writing Across the Curriculum. He explained that perhaps if students had a better understanding of math’s broad application, they may better retain the material they learn in their math courses.
So far, Rya Butterfield, assistant professor of speech, and Andrea “Andie” Chiasson, instructor of Mathematics, have agreed to serve on the fund-raising taskforce.
Chiasson, Dr. Heather Gamel, instructor of mathematics and Dr. Brian Heck, associate professor of mathematics have all agreed to serve on the math taskforce.
Stewart said he would like a number of non-math faculty to join the math taskforce.
Those interested can contact either the dean or Stewart.
writing across the curriculum: some thoughts on writing
By Dr. Scott D. Banville, Department of Languages & Literature
Writing is a complex art and skill that requires regular practice. We need to remember the kind of academic and professional writing we ask our students to do requires our students to act and think in ways that are not ordinary. That is, the kinds of writing our classes in Arts & Sciences require isn’t the same of writing our students practices in high school or in their everyday lives—texting, emailing a friend or family member, etc.
Over the past three to four years, the Department of Languages & Literature has revamped its first-year writing curriculum to introduce students to different genres of academic and professional writing including narratives, profiles, proposals, abstracts, and research-based arguments. We introduce students to the complex tasks of encountering a genre, mimicking a genre, and then mastering the genre. We do this so that when students are confronted with a new genre or iteration of genre they are capable of reading and responding to what we in Rhetoric & Composition call the rhetorical situation. Such an art and skill is highly complex and it is easy to get out of practice, especially since our students don’t have the years of practice and repetition that we have. In many ways, our students are like new drivers—it’s easy for them to fall into bad habits or see a rapid erosion of skill if they don’t receive regular practice and guidance.
Many of us are incorporating sustained writing into our courses, but many of us could do more given the importance our partners in industry and in graduate/professional schools place on writing. While teaching writing is as a daunting and complex task as writing itself, here are a few things we know about writing and the teaching of writing:
- When writers engage with a new genre or kind of writing, proficiency with the “basics” such as grammar, syntax, and even organization falls.
- Good writing doesn’t just happen; it’s the result of conscious choices, careful thinking, and revision on the part of the writer and her mentors.
- Planning and revision are essential to good writing.
- Good writing reflects the complexity of the topic, of the thought process, and is the result of flexibility on the writer’s part—not writing to a foregone conclusion but seeing writing as inquiring into what we know and don’t know about a topic as well as how we know it.
- Good writing is contextual—it needs an audience, a discipline, and purpose. In short, good writing needs to be part of a community. Writers write for readers and in response to other writers.
- Talking about and sharing your own writing helps students see writing as something people in the students’ major do and value.
If you’d like to know more about incorporating writing into your courses or how to improve the feedback you provide to your students and their writing, don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or x4445.
Six members of the Arts and Sciences faculty received promotions for the academic year:
Lance Arnold to Assistant Professor of Mass Communication.
Farren Clark to Assistant Professor of Speech Communication.
Felicia Harry to Assistant Professor of Mass Communication.
Dr. Michael Jeffress (who completed his doctorate this summer) to Assistant Professor of Speech Communication.
Dr. DesLey V. Plaisance to Associate Professor of Mathematics and Appointment as University Director of Graduate Studies
James “Jay” Udall to Assistant Professor of English.
Thirteen people joined the full-time Arts and Sciences faculty for this academic year:
Adam Beyer, Instructor of Geology; M.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Instructor of Biology; Louisiana State University.
Jeremy Borne, Instructor of Mathematics; M.S. Nicholls State University.
Maggie Bruce, Visiting Instructor of Biology; B.S. Nicholls State University.
Dr. Rya Butterfield, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication; Louisiana State University.
Dr. Jill Chancey, Assistant Professor of Art History; University of Kansas.
Louie Charpentier, Instructor of English; M.A. University of New Orleans.
Andrea Chiasson, Instructor of Mathematics; MBA Nicholls State University.
Dr. Mallory Cortez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Tulane University; Post-doctoral University of Minnesota.
Dr. Michael Zack Darnell–Assistant Professor of Biology; Duke University.
Stephen Flynn–Instructor of Applied Sciences; B.S. University of New Orleans.
Matt Jefferson, Instructor of Music; B.A. and Master’s of Music Performance; University of North Texas
Dr. Jill Krzycki, Assistant Professor of Biology; D.V.M. Kansas State University.
Sabrina Malik, Visiting Instructor of English; M.A. University of New Orleans.
The Arts and Sciences faculty produced an outstanding volume of scholarly work since Jan. 1 of this year. They amassed more than 130 exhibitions, performances, presentations or publications over an eight-month period.
Those works are as follows:
Dr. Scott D. Banville (Languages and Literature)–Publication: Review of The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker, ed. John Edgar Browning in Victorian Periodicals Review; July.
Dr. Scott D. Banville with Ellen Barker and Louie Charpentier (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Piloting the Brave New World of Developmental Writing: Co-requisite Enrollment at a Regional State University” at the Council of Writing Program Administrators in Savannah, GA; July 18-21.
Dr. Scott D. Banville (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: Panel Chair “Composition in/for Virtual ‘Public’ Spaces: Digital(ly Mediated) Divides” at the 64th Annual Convention Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV; March 13-16.
Dr. E. Ellen Barker (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Mothering the Mind: Shug’s Relationship with Celie in The Color Purple” at the Georgia Women’s Conference in Atlanta, GA; March 21-23.
Dr. E. Ellen Barker (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Blogging Away the BP Oil Spill Blues” at the Conference on College Composition and Communications in Las Vegas, NV; March 13-16.
Dr. E. Ellen Barker (Languages and Literature)–Presentation (forthcoming): “The Career: Running the Tenure Track, Managing and Shaping the Academic Career” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta, GA; Nov. 8-10.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Presentation: “Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment of Shrimp Aquaculture Wastewater” at the International Conference on Solid Waste 2013 in Hong Kong; May 5-9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Presentation: “Anaerobic Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon in the Sediments of Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary” at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans; Jan. 21-23.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Presentation: “Biological and Chemical Pretreatment Method for Lignocellulosic Ethanol Production from Energy Cane” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, CO; May 18-21.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Presentation: “Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass from Sugarcane for Ethanol Production” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology in San Diego, CA: Aug. 11-15.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with A. Aubin and D. Samaha (Biology)–Presentation: “A Survey of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Sewage and Sewage Treatment Plant” at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with T. Everage (Biology)–Presentation: “A survey of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Sewage Treatment Plant” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, CO; May 18-21.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with T. Everage. (Biology)–Presentation: “A Survey of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Sewage and Sewage Treatment Plant” at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with C. Kern. (Biology)–Publication: “Use of Microbes in Biological Treatment of Shrimp Wastewater in the United States” in Advances in Industrial Biotechnology. Sing, R.S., Pandey, A, and Larroche, C. (Eds). AsiaTech Publishers, New Delhi, India; 2013.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with C. Kernand (Biology)–Presentation: “Sustainability of Water in Shrimp Aquaculture System though Wastewater Treatment and Reuse” at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with Dr. Marilyn Kilgen and Dr. Quenton Fontenot (Biology)–Presentation: “Sequencing Batch Reactor Processing in the Reduction of Nutrient Rich Recirculating Raceway Wastewater” at the Aquaculture 2013 Conference in Nashville, TN. Feb. 21-25.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with A. Naquin and D. Samaha (Biology)–Presentation: “Antimicrobial Property of Curcumin” at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with D. Samaha (Biology)–Presentation: “Combined Biological and Chemical Pretreatment Methods for Lignocellulosic Ethanol Production from Energy Cane” at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with V.S.H. Suhardi, B. Prasai and D. Samaha–Publication: “Combined biological and chemical pretreatment method for lignocellulosic ethanol production from energy cane. “ Renewable Bioresources. 1: 1-5; 2013.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with V.S.H. Suhardi, B. Prasai and D. Samaha–Publication: “Evaluation of Pretreatment methods for lignocellulosic ethanol production from energy cane Variety L 79-1002.” International Journal of Biodeterioration & Biodegradation; 2013.
Dr. Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Organist/choir director for Episcopal Diocesan Convention Eucharist in New Orleans; March 1.
Dr. Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Accompanist for voice major Ivanna Brooks at The University of Louisiana System Academic Summit; April 12.
Dr. Carol Britt (Music)–Performance: Recitalist for Organ Historical Society Annual Convention in Montpelier, VT, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, built in 1865; June 16.
Jeff Brown (Art)–Exhibition “Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center for Southern Craft and Design; Sept. 5 – Dec. 16.
Dr. Rya Butterfield (Mass Communication)–Presentation: “The Confucian Rhetorical Tradition” at the Second International Forum on Communication Studies of Language and Rhetoric at the School of Foreign Languages, Qufu Normal University, Shandong Province, P.R. China; Oct. 18-20, 2013
Dr. Rya Butterfield (Mass Communication) with Nathan Crick –Presentation: Publication: “From Edicts to Human Flesh Searches: Legal Communication and Practice in China’s New Media Environment” in Communication Law Review, Fall 2013.
Dr. Rya Butterfield (Mass Communication)–Presentation: “The Neo-Confucian Community Compact and Isocrates’s Evagoras: Practices in Epideictic Rhetoric,” “Revolutionary Shockwaves,” and “Confucius Institutes in America: The Academy’s Response to Centers for Strategic Cultural Acquaintance” at the 2013 National Communication Association Convention in Washington D.C.; Nov. 21-24.
Dr. Jane Carlson with K.E. Holsinger (Biology)–Publication: “Direct and indirect selection on floral pigmentation by pollinators and seed predators in a color polymorphic South African shrub.” Oecologia 171: 905-919; 2013.
Dr. Jane Carlson with K.E. Holsinger (Biology)–Presentation: “Evolutionary transitions between color monomorphism and polymorphism in Protea: the role of local ecological processes” at the Botanical Society of America annual meeting, New Orleans.
Louie Charpentier (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “English 100 – A Discussion of Developmental Education Pedagogies” at the Conference of Writing Program Administrators in Savannah, GA; July 17-20.
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Presentation: Co-keynote speaker at the Louisiana Folklife Center of Northwestern State University in Nachitoches on Sept. 21.
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)– Publications: Essays “Hendrick van den Broeck,” “Jan Gossart,” and “The Netherlandish School, Madonna with Angel,” in Sixteenth-Century Northern European Drawings (New York and Belgium: Brepols and Harvey Miller, 2012).
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Presentation: Chaired a session on Symbolist Dualities at the 101st College Art Association in New York on Feb. 16.
Jean Donegan (Art)–Ceramic sculpture in the National Juried Exhibition “The Peep Show” at the National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Houston; March.
Jean Donegan (Art)–National juried exhibition “Mug Shots” at LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Neb.; April.
Dr. John Doucet (Biology)–Publication: “On the Design of Mental Organisms.” In (Hendry, M. and Page, J., Eds.) Media, Technology, and the Imagination. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd.; 2013.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “’Life Without Principle’ and the Birth of the Wild Pastoral” at the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics inAthens, GA: April.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Taking it Outside: Reading and Walking in Pursuit of Thoreau” at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Boston, MA; March 2013.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Performance: “The Dangers of Don Quixote” at the Sociedad Espanola Cervantes Day Proceedings in New Orleans, April.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Publication: Review of Dieter Schulz’s essay collection: Emerson and Thoreau, or Steps Beyond Ourselves in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Taking it Outside: Reading and Walking in Pursuit of Thoreau” from the Thoreau Society Bulletin; forthcoming.
Richmond Eustis (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Buying the Wilderness Experience: The Commodification of the Sublime” in Perspectives / UC, Dublin, Fall 2013.
Dr. Quenton Fontenot with A. M. Ferrara (Biology)–Presentation: “Introduction to Electrofishing at the Universidad Juárez de Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Soloist with Opera Creole; Jan. 7.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest artist, “A Celebration of Music Dedicated to Venerable Henriette Delille” at Saint Mary’s Academy at the Motherhouse; Feb. 3.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Recitalist for “African Americans in the Arts” at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; Feb. 7.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Artist at “Music after Hours” at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans; Feb. 14.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist at the Verdi Bicentennial Celebration as part of the Trinity Artist Series; Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans; Feb. 17.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Originator and Artistic Director: Third Annual “A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual;” Feb. 21.
Dr. Valerie Francis in collaboration with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (Music)–Performance: Guest artist with Historic New Orleans Collection presentation of “Camille Nickerson Creole Songs”; Feb. 23.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist at the swearing in of Chief Justice Bernette Johnson; Feb. 28.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: of roles of Leonie, Georgia Davenport in “Freedom Ride Opera;” March 22 – 23.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest artist “Bach Around the Clock” at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans; April 6.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest artist with Opera Creole – Children’s Tent – Jazz Fest; April 26.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest artist with Opera Creole – Historic New Orleans Collection; April 11.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans; May 7.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist at the 50th Anniversary, “Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law”; New York City; May 22–24.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Artist with Opera Creole “Positive Vibrations Summer Camp” Lusher Charter School; June 21.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest Soloist/Opera Creole “Tribute to Moses Hogan” with New Orleans Symphony Chorus; June 23 and June 27.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest artist for “I Feel Your Pain” concert for Child Abuse Awareness; June 30.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist for the “42nd Annual Rainbow Coalition – Operation PUSH” Convention, International Women’s Luncheon Chicago; July 8.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Guest soloist for the Opera Creole’s Jewish Community Center Summer Music Series; Aug. 11.
Dr. Valerie Francis (Music)–Performance: Vocal Music Director for “Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 (Present)” in New Orleans.
Dr. Valerie Francis with the Music Liberation Orchestra (Music)–Performance: Featured Artist and Director of Voices of Purpose Choir at the World Premiere of “Water Too High…Bones Too Low” at the Trinity Episcopal Church New Orleans; Aug. 24.
Dr. Valerie Francis with Wilfred Delphin and Ivan Griffin (Music)–Performance: Guest artist at the U. S. Mint in New Orleans; Aug. 30.
Joseph Holsapple (Art)–National juried exhibitions at exhibitions at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Mo.; the Batesville Area Arts Center in Batesville, Ark.; and the Fine Arts Center in Hot Springs, Ark.
David Horton (Art)–Exhibition: 12 new paintings at the Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art: April.
Ross Jahnke (Art)– Solo painting Exhibition “Fast Food” at the River Oaks Square Art Center Main Gallery in Alexandria; Feb. 19 – April 6.
Ross Jahnke (Art)–Woodcut and intaglio print exhibition “Chocolaty” at the Baton Rouge Gallery; August.
Ross Jahnke (Art)–Woodcut and serigraph print “Gas Station Poboy” as part of the national “East/West Contemporary American Prints” traveling exhibition featuring 97 artists and prints from around the nation (Jahnke was one of two representing Louisiana); Spring-Summer 2013.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at the University of North Texas; Jan. 25.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at Missouri State University; Feb. 4.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at Arkansas State University; Feb 6.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at Pittsburg’s State University; Feb. 7.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at University of Arkansas at Monticello; Feb. 9.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at Missouri City “Friends of the Arts” Concert Series; Feb. 23.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at Slide Factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; March 29-31.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at the San Jacinto College Central Brass Symposium; April 5-6.
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at the Blast of Brass 2013, University of Texas A&M Commerce; July 9
Matt Jefferson (Music)–Performance: Recital at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Little Rock; July 31-Aug. 3.
Dr. Michael Jeffress (Mass Communication)–Presentation: “Finally a sport for us!” Participant experiences in power soccer–the first competitive team sport for electric wheelchair users” at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences in Grambling; March 9.
Dr. Michael Jeffress (Mass Communication)–Presentation: “Fred B. Craddock’s Contribution to Preaching: The Revolution of the Inductive Method” at the Religious Communication Association in Washington, D.C.; Nov. 21-24, 2013.
Dr. Kenneth Klaus (Music)–Performance: As part of The Sinfonia Singers took part in the Regional World War II Museum’s Memorial Day ceremony in Houma at by the Louisiana Department of Veterans in May.
Kelly Landry (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Road to Rawalpindi” in www.overnightbuses.com; Aug.14.
Nick Mainieri (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Old Woman in the Window” in Midwestern Gothic; Summer 2013.
Nick Mainieri (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Flint” in Southern Humanities Review; Fall 2013.
Dr. Aaron Pierce with B. Furfey and T. Risch (Biology)–Presentation: “Foraging Movements of Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger, in Coastal Louisiana Following the BP Oil Spill” at the Association of Field Ornithologists Annual Meeting in Venus, FLA.
Dr. Aaron Pierce with T. Owen(Biology)–Publication: “Hatching Success and Nest Site Characteristics of Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) on the Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, Louisiana.” Waterbirds 36(3):342-327; 2013.
Dr. Aaron Pierce with E.J., Raynor, T. Owen, C. Leumas and F.C. Rohwer (Biology)–Publication: “Short-term Demographic Responses of a Coastal Waterbird Community after Two Major Hurricanes. Waterbirds 36(1):88-93; 2013.
Dr. DesLey V. Plaisance (Mathematics)–Presentation: “Developing Good Questions for Reasoning and Proof” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Denver, CO; April 18.
Dr. DesLey V. Plaisance with Dr. Cong-Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “Toward Improving MyMathLab” in the Research Council of Mathematics Learning Annual Conference Proceedings, Tulsa, OK; Spring 2013.
Gaither Pope (Art)– Publication: Work by and a biography of has been included in A Unique Slant of Light: A Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana; A publication of The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and the University Press of Mississippi.
Trisha Rabalais (Art)– National Juried Exhibition “Beneath the Covers” at the Foundry Art Center, St. Louis, MO; June-September 2013
Dr. Vincent Sichula (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “3-Cyano-1-ethylpyrazinium Salt, a Potential Water Oxidation Catalyst?” at the Southwest Regional Meeting, American Chemical Society, Baton Rouge; Nov. 4-7.
Dr. Luciana Soares (Music)–Performance: Recital at the 42nd conference of the International Double Reeds Society in Redlands, CA., in collaboration with oboist Johanna Cox and bassoonist Gabriel Beavers from the LSU music faculty; June 2013.
J. Bryant Smith (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Changing Attitudes Toward Cajun French” at the Louisiana Studies Conference in Natchitoches, Sept. 21.
J. Bryant Smith (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Hag Horror: The Psycho Biddy Film and its Effect on Modern Horror” at the SCMLA Conference in New Orleans, Oct. 4.
J. Bryant Smith (Languages and Literature)-Publication:“El papel de la venganza en las comedias de Lope de Vega,”in Hipertexto, forthcoming.
Dr. James Stewart (Mass Communication)–Publication: Served as editor of “Insights,” a national publication of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dr. James Stewart (Mass Communication)–Publication: Producer and host of “Nicholls and You,” a weekly radio program aired on Donaldsonville’s KKAY-AM radio station.
Dr. Kurt Stiegler (History)–Presentation: “The Origins of World War II in Asia” at The Military Roundtable, Houma; June 18.
J. Jay Udall (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Before Leaving” (poem) in Cumberland River Review; Spring 2013.
J. Jay Udall (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “Fledgling,” “Showing Forth” and “Reading Blind” (poems) in Red Earth Review; Spring 2013.
J. Jay Udall (Languages and Literature)–Publication: “To an Armadillo” and “Louisiana 1 South in Winter” (poems) in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast; Summer 2013.
J. Jay Udall (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: Poetry Reading and Panel Presentation (“Where Poems Come From and What to Do With Them When They Get Here”) at the Jambalaya Writers Conference in Houma.
Shana Walton (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “I Only Go To Church Once A Year:” Transformation and transcendence in Jazz Fest Narratives in the Southern Journal of Linguistics; 2012.
Shana Walton with Helen Regis (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Hunted, Harvested and Home Grown: Methods of Subsistence Research in South Louisiana” at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver, CO; March 24.
Dr. Paul Watts (Geography)–Presentation: “Photographs and sharing meanings of place Outlet/Location” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, NY, New York; April.
Dr. Paul Watts (Geography)–Publication: “Walking as a Mobile Practice: Landscape and Public Protests in Washington, DC.,” in Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method, E. Brown and T. Shortell, eds. Forthcoming.
Robin White with William Riehm (Languages and Literature)–Presentation: “Resistance and Agency at Laurel Valley Plantation,” an interdisciplinary photo essay at the Humanities Education and Research Association Conference in Houston, TX; March.
David Whitney (Government)–Presentation: “Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics: Revisited” the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago; Aug 29.
David Whitney (Government)–Publication: Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of the Political. St. Augustine Press; Spring 2014.
Michael Williams (Art)–Presentation at the 2013 National Conference on Cast Iron Art Juried Exhibition at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site; April 10 – 13.
Michael Williams (Art)– National Invitational Exhibition: “2013 National Iron Tribe Exhibit” at the 2013 National Iron Tribe Exhibit group invitational in the Burris Hall Art Gallery of New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, N.M; Feb. 15 – March 9.
Dr. Paul Wilson (History)–Presentation: “Adjusting to the ‘New Normal:’ Higher Education Budget Cuts and History Programs in Louisiana’s Public Universities, a Roundtable, (Panelist) at the Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting; March 21.
Dr. Paul Wilson (History)–Presentation: “The Origins of World War II in Europe” at The Military Roundtable, Houma; June 18.
Dr. Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Presentation: “Traffic Measurement between Peers in BitTorrent-Like Networks” at the International Conference on Systems Control, Simulation and Modeling in Beijing, China; April 2013.
Dr. Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “The struggle with syntactic sugar, what it denotes, and the meaning of programs” in Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges; April 2013.
Dr. Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “On the Dovetailing Counting Method” in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges; April 2013.
Dr. Cong Xing (Mathematics)–Publication: “Traffic Modeling and Analysis on BitTorrent-Like Peer-to-Peer Networks” in the International Journal of Convergence Information Technology; Feb. 2013.
Dr. Elaine Yodi with Craig Colten (Geography)–Publication: Geography of Louisiana, 6th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “Distances to Low-Mass Star-Forming Cores” at the Stars to Life Conference at the University of Florida; April 2013.
Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “The Physics of Movies” at NealFest: Observing the Universe from Molecules to Galaxies held at The University of Texas at Austin; April 24-27
Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “Screencasting in College Physics” at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in New Orleans; January.
Dr. Kaisa Young (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Star Formation in Perseus” at the Stars to Life Conference at the University of Florida; April 2013.
Dr. Kaisa Young (Physical Sciences)–Presentation: “Star Formation Then & Now” at NealFest: Observing the Universe from Molecules to Galaxies
held at The University of Texas at Austin; April 24-27.
Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Presentation: “Crustacean endocrinology, past, present and future” at the School of Life Sciences, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China; June 24.
Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Presentation: “Mechanisms for disruption of crustacean molting” at Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory for Coastal Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng, China; July 8.
Dr. Enmin Zou with K. Hotard (Biology)–Presentation: “Crustacean ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity varies during the molting cycle” at the Annual Meeting of Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, CA; Jan. 3-7.
Dr. Enmin Zou with K. Hotard (Biology)–Publication: “Does crustacean ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity vary during the molting cycle? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry;” 2013.
Within the last year, Arts and Sciences faculty were involved with grants totaling more than $1,652,448. The following faculty members were part of successful grant-writing teams:
Art Department Houma-Terrebonne Regional Arts Council grant for $5,000 to provide art workshops for 100 area high school students in photography, graphic design, sculpture, watercolor and printmaking.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $ 41,242 ITS grant to upgrade microscopes in the microbiology lab.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received $ 90,858 BOR grant for enhancement of environmental science instrumentation core Facility.
Dr. Raj Boopathy with Dr. Earl Melancon (Biology)–Received a $ 105,272 BOR grant for Application of a Dual-Capillary Ion Chromatography System in marine and environmental science research and education.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $ 15,000 BOR grant for enhancement of graduate fellow program in marine environmental biology.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $ 50,000 BP grant for research experience for undergraduates.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Received a $ 6,000 Nicholls State University Research Council Grant to conduct a survey of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a sewage treatment plant.
Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)– Received a $4,500 BOR grant to study “The effects of altered soil chemistry on Hibiscus species: which species or ecotypes are most able to cope with human-induced change?”
Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)– Received a $5,200 Nicholls State University Research Council grant. 2013 to study “Unraveling plant color polymorphisms at the landscape scale: can local ecological processes be extrapolated to explain genus-wide patterns?”
Dr. Jane Carlson (Biology)– Received a $10,000 BOR grant to study “Ecotypic variation in two widespread Hibiscus species and its implications for species resilience to environmental change.”
Dr. Deborah Cibelli (Art)–Nicholls Research Council grant of $3,584 to present Dr. Cibelli’s research paper titled, “Pictures of Anatomy in Vesalius: On the Fabric of the Human Body” and for two students from the Honors Forum to present their research on anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences Conference held at Grambling University, March 19 (Student Tyler Dufrene received the award for the best undergraduate presentation.)
Angela Corbin (Biology)–Received a $4,500 BOR to study biocontrol of Vibrio with bacteriophage.
Michael Gautreaux, Henry Foust, John Griffin and Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences)–BOR two-year grant of $184,894 to set up Drilling Fluids, Reservoir Fluids and Environmental Assessment labs.
Ross Jahnke (Art)-BoRSF grant for more than $36,000 for improvement of the print shop.
Dr. Gary LaFleur (Biology)–Received a $15,000 BTNEP grant to create an Invasive Species Task Force.
Dr. Gary LaFleur (Biology)–Received a $1,000 Fourchon Oilmen’s Association Environmental Education Grant..
Dr. Gary LaFleur (Biology)–Received a $700 Houma Regional Arts Council grant for an Organizational Award.
Dr. Gary LaFleur (Biology)–Received a $700 Houma Regional Arts Council project grant.
Dr. Aaron Pierce (Biology)–Received a $8,050 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries grant to study food habits and food resource availability for wintering waterfowl at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
Dr. Aaron Pierce (Biology)–Received a $46,463 grant from the City of Thibodaux fior the Thibodaux Wetland Assimilation Project.
Dr. Aaron Pierce with T. Risch and A.R. Pierce (Biology)–Received a . $26,600 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to study the short-term impacts of a major oil spill on Black Skimmers in the Gulf of Mexico
Dr. DesLey V. Plaisance (Mathematics)– Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program Grant of $165,017.48 for professional development of Fourth through Eighth grade math teachers.
Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences)– Lafourche Parish Government one-year grant of $100,000 to help promote and adoption of Geospatial Technologies and GIS applications throughout Lafourche Parish.
Dr. Balaji Ramachandran and Dr. Sudhagar Nagarajan (Applied Sciences)– LEQSF two-year grant of $172,428 to set up the state of the art Geospatial Technology lab for Geomatics.
Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences)–SHELL Global Solutions US Inc. three-year grant of: $240,000 to study the use of UAV for accessing operating environments and inspect safely rig flares, sub decks, pipes, tanks and other vessels in upstream and downstream operating facilities.
Dr. Balaji Ramachandran (Applied Sciences)–Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government one-year grant of $30,000 to help standardize Geospatial Data for Terrebonne parish.
Dr. Vincent Sichula and Mi Chen (Physical Sciences)–BOR/National Science Foundation grant of $4,500 to study the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol.
Dr. Paul Watts (Geography)–NSU Student Technology Fee grant of $16,284.02 to add new projectors and computers to four classrooms.
Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences), Dr. Glenn Lo (Physical Sciences) and Dr. Earl Melancon (Biology)–BOR grant of $48,996 to improve Physical and Biological sciences classrooms.
Dr. Chad Young, Kaisa Young and Jim Baker (Physical Sciences)–NSU ITS grant of $4,000 to purchase binoculars, iPods, and other materials to create star and solar viewing opportunities for the Nicholls community.
Dr. Kaisa Young (Physical Sciences)–Professional Development Award of $1,400 from the Association for Women in Science to provide travel funding for early career scientists to attend a conference or training.
Dr. Kaisa Young and Dr. Chad Young (Physical Sciences)–NASA LaSpace grant of $25,000 to provide for infrared observations of the Perseus molecular cloud to study the process by which low-mass stars form.
Enmin Zou (Biology)–Received a $4,820 Nicholls State University Research Council grant for identification of PAH-responsive Cytochrome P450 Genes in the Fiddler Crab Uca pugilator, a Potential Sentinel Species for Beach Cleanliness.
Enmin Zou and Shiena Normand (Biology)–Received a $2,500 Louisiana Seagram Program for a comparison of sensitivity of EROD activity to PAHs between two beach burrowers.
Dr. Raj Boopathy (Biology)–Appointed as editor of the following international journals: Bioresource Technology, Journal of Solid Waste Management and Journal of Renewable Bioresources.
Dr. John P. Doucet (Biology)–Elected president of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Quenton Fontenot (Biology)–Appointed to the Program Committee for the American Fisheries Society Annual International Meeting to be held in September.
Dr. Stephen Michot (History)–Honorary inductee of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Academic Honor Society for Freshmen in 2013.
Dr. DesLey V. Plaisance (Math)–Received the Marie Fletcher Distinguished Service Award along with a $500 prize from the Alumni Federation.
Dr. Enmin Zou (Biology)–Appointed to the editorial board of Environmental Toxicology, one of the mainstream journals in environmental sciences.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Geomatics will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Oct. 10 and11.
Geomatics will host GIS celebrations from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20.
Trisha Rabalais and her Art 370 class will partner with the St. John’s Historic Cemetery to conduct a Service Learning Project during the Fall 2013 semester. This project will require students enrolled in Art 370 to create a brand campaign, site signage and print materials for the historical site.
Michael G. Williams and his students ran the NSU Cupolette furnace at the National Conference on Cast Iron Art 2013, located at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site in Birmingham, AL. Williams and students poured over 750 lbs. of molten iron. The conference was attended by students from Nicholls State University, University of Minnesota, West Virginia University, University of Southern Mississippi and Florida State University.
government and social sciences
Dr. James A. Butler Jr. and Tina Grange along with a student are conducting a needs-assessment survey of the Smithridge area.
The Sociology Club, led by Taylor Allen (President), is collecting school supplies for the local CASA organizations. Donations of school supplies (paper, notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc.) can be dropped off in the office of the Government and Social Sciences Dept. at Peltier 207 or suite 236 A. For more information contact Tina Granger at ext. 4622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spring students in Sociology 204, Cultural Diversity, presented six Sweet Tooth
Awards. The award is presented to “university individuals, organizations, departments, in recognition of their creative and meaningful strategies utilized to promote and advance the concept and spirit of diversity and inclusion.” Recipients were: Dr. Paul Wilson (History and Geography), the NSU Chapter of Chia Alpha, Marilyn Gonzales (Nicholls International Community), Sue Adams (Government and Social Sciences) and Dr. Raoult Ratard (Louisiana Public Health).
Tina Granger’s Sociology 406 class is working on a joint service-learning project with the departments of Art and Biology that will track the viability and continued NSU support of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden.
history and geography
Dr. J. Paul Leslie (retired professor of history and adjunct professor) served on the regional arts council that awards grants in a five-parish area. He also nominated and wrote the application for Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church’s (Vacherie) inclusion on the National Register of Historical Places. In addition, he took all the photos for this successful application. At Laurel Valley, he produced a 20-minute documentary (on DVD) on the history of the plantation that is sold in the store and portions of this have appeared on LPB.
The department is working with the United States National World War II Museum in New Orleans to develop courses designed to enable participants in the museum’s study-abroad programs to earn college credit.
The department is sponsoring a faculty panel discussion on “Race and Ethnicity in America,” some time this fall semester.
languages and literature
Creative Writing Reading Series sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. Students are invited to attend “open mike” nights for poetry readings, short stories, and “battle of the mike” nights. Look for the department’s “Creative Writing Reading Series” flyers to be posted shortly for dates and times.
Call for Mosaic submissions will be sought from Nicholls artists and writers alike and will be due fall 2013. Flyers to be posted with specific deadlines soon.
This year’s Fletcher Series speaker will be Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild. He will provide a question and answer session for students at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 in Le Bijou Theater. Dr. Todd Kennedy, assistant professor of literature and film, will interview Zeitlin at 6 p.m., in Peltier Auditorium, he will be interviewed by. Prior to Zeitlin’s visit, a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Peltier Auditorium.
Dr. Brian Heck was appointed Graduate Coordinator of Mathematics.
Dr. Ianna West was appointed MATE Undergraduate Coordinator.
Department recognized by Project CAN for department collection of 1,330 cans.
MATH 101 is to be offered by Ms. Sherill Dupree for Nicholls Online (first offering of college algebra for Nicholls Online; Term 5).
The Nicholls Players will present “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” Oct. 10-13 in Talbot Hall.
The speech faculty will host the open-mic program “Relate to Roots” featuring poet Andrian Bourgeois at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, and “Relate to Dream” featuring poet Altina Sims at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Both perfomances will be in the Plantations Suite of the Bollinger Student Union.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, proceeded by a lecture at 6:45 p.m. in 215 Talbot Hall. The performance program will be Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca by Revueltas, Symphony No. 39 by Mozart, and Piano Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven. The conductor is Carlos Miguel Prieto, and the pianist is Benedetto Lupo. General admission is $20 and free for all students. Tickets are available at the LPO website, http://www.lpomusic.com/?q=Nicholls-Beethoven-Piano. Students must call the Department of Music for the get the password for their tickets.