Faculty and Student News

A History Professor will offer a lecture as a Visiting Scholar; another History professor and student attended a conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Dr. Hardin was selected to attend a workshop; Math Professor Yahdi gives a presentation; Environmental Studies Professor anticipates publication of his research; and Mellon Director Professor Goldsmith presents a poster on the Teaching and Learning Initiative.

Associate Professor of History and American Studies Walter David Greason was selected as one of the Visiting Scholars at James Madison University (http://www.jmu.edu/cal/visitingscholars.shtml). His public lecture, “Discourses & Narratives: Race, Reform, & Civil Rights Activism in NJ, 1920-50,” will be delivered Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Greason will also coordinate the design of both the United States History and Civics curricula for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in the final year of its Teaching American History grant.

Lindsay Hogan 2012, a history major, and Assistant Professor of History Susanna Throop attended the 6th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College in December. Hogan presented work from her Distinguished Honors research, “God’s Cartography: Religious Morality and Mercantile Forces in Medieval Islamic Maps and Texts.” Throop chaired a session titled “Kingly Knights.”

Assistant Dean for International Studies and Assistant Professor of Spanish Melissa Hardin has been accepted in the Women in the Women’s Leadership in Education Abroad Fireside Dialogue, March 23-25. The dialogue will take place at the University of Denver.

Mohammed Yahdi, Associate Professor of Mathematics, gave a presentation at the International Conference on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: Mathematical Modeling, Transmission Dynamics and Control. The conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, was held at the University of Miami in December. Yahdi presented a talk titled, “Parameter Analysis and Optimal Control of a VRE Model,” on research that involved Ursinus students.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Patrick Hurley shares news of a forthcoming edited volume, which includes a chapter on his research on Gullah basket-making in South Carolina. “African Ethnobotany” is expected to be published in May. The chapter, which takes advantage of the extensive field work completed in 2008 and analyzed thereafter, includes scholars from diverse fields and is the first comprehensive examination of ethnobotanical knowledge and skills among the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Meredith Goldsmith, Associate Professor of English and Director, Mellon Teaching and Learning Initiative, presented a poster at the Temple University 10th Annual Conference for Teaching Excellence on Jan. 11. The poster, titled, “’That Won’t Work for Us!’: Deepening Faculty-Student Interaction through a Student Consultant Program,” outlined the growth of the student consultant program at Ursinus, in which faculty partner with trained students to observe one of their courses for an entire semester and thus revisit their teaching. The poster showed how Goldsmith adapted the program from the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Bryn Mawr/Haverford, discussed initial resistance and gradual success. It concluded by considering what qualities are necessary among students and faculty for such a program to be successful at other institutions.