In the Spotlight: Mar. 04, 2009

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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Luis Fernandez, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, is an international editor for Contemporary Anarchist Studies, a book recently published by Routledge Press.

Richard A. “Tony” Parker, professor of speech communication in the School of Communication, presented a peer-reviewed scholarly paper, “Rhetorically Re-Visioning the Right of Free Expression: A Critical Analysis of Frazier vs. Boomsma,” at the annual convention of the Western States Communication Association recently held in Mesa.

Steven Barger and Heidi Wayment, professors of psychology, along with Carrie Donoho, a former graduate student, published a study in the March edition of Quality of Life Research examining racial and ethnic differences in psychological well-being among U.S. adults.

Kimberly Melhus, assistant professor of visual communication in the School of Communication, presented “Design for Aging Eyes: A Look at Fast-Food Outdoor Menu Displays” at the third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Berlin. The conference, held in February, brought together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design.

Karen Plager, professor and graduate program coordinator for the School of Nursing and Health and Human Services, co-wrote “Madagascar Nursing Needs assessment: Education and Development of the Profession,” published in International Nursing Review, March edition.

David Schlosberg, professor of politics and international affairs, presented “From Environmental Justice to Ecological Justice,” in a series organized by the Diversity and Social Justice Project at Hamilton College. He also presented “Indigenous Struggles, Environmental Justice, and Community Capabilities,” at the recent International Studies Association Conference. Schlosberg’s book Defining Environmental Justice, published in 2007, will soon be out in paperback from Oxford University Press.

Lori Poloni-Staudinger, assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs, wrote the chapter “We All Need Friends: Elite Alliances and the Activity Choices of Environmental Groups in the United Kingdom, France and Germany,” in Interest Groups and Lobbying: Volume Two-Europe published by Edwin Mellen Press.

Ana Caballero-Mengibar, part-time faculty and doctoral student in politics and international affairs, presented “Constructing Neo-Racialized Discourses and the Imagining of a Spanish National Identity,” at the International Studies Association Conference in February.

Sheila Nair, professor of politics and international affairs, participated in two roundtable discussions at the International Studies Association Conference in February: “Postcolonial Feminist IR: A Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Critical Scholarship Panel” and “Envisioning Trajectories of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies.” Nair also co-chaired a panel, “Margins, Peripheries and Excluded Bodies: International Relations and States of Exception,” at the International Studies Association Conference in February.

Roddy Brett, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, and Frederic I. Solop, chair of the department, wrote Decir Verdades Acalladasy Rebatir Invisibilidades Subalternas: Investigación Académica Encasos Legales (Uttering Silenced Truths and Contesting Subaltern Invisibilities: The Role of Academic Research within Legal Cases), in the October edition of Nómadas, published out of Universidad Central, Colombia.