New Faculty Projects - Faculty Vitality Projects - Collaborative Vitality Projects

New Faculty Projects

Establishing a Heat Budget-Water Clarity Relationship for the Great Salt Lake
Dr. Daniel Bedford, Geography

From Hinterland to Bellwether: A Century of Demographic and Economic Change in the Pacific Northwest
Dr. Eric C. Ewert, Geography

An Investigation of Ethnic Group Differences in Perceptions and Reactions to Multi Cultural and Assimilation Strategies of Prejudice Reduction
Dr. Azenett A. Garza-Caballero, Psychology

Visual Cues in the English Text of the Ancrene Wisse
Dr. Shelley Thomas, English

Temporal and Spacial Localization of Elastic Matrix Proteins in Zebrafish
Dr. Barbara C. Trask, Zoology

Faculty Vitality Projects

D-Day: The 60th Anniversary, A Seminar Presented by Christ Church, Oxford, in Collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, September 5-10, 2004
William Thomas Allison, History
Dr. Allison, a military historian who teaches American military history, requests support to attend the Christ Church, Oxford Conference Series Seminar “D-Day: The 60th Anniversary” to augment his expertise in military history, incorporate what he learns into his HIST 3290 American Military History Since 1917 course (and other courses), gather research material for an American Military History manuscript, and meet and share with leading military historians who will be presenting at attending this prestigious seminar. 

Native Americans and Spanish Missions: Archival and Archaeological Collections Research in Northern California, Fall 2004
Brooke Arkush,  Sociology & Anthropology
Dr. Arkush requests funding to examine available archival documents regarding Native American residents (i.e., Catholic converts) at five Spanish missions in northern California, as well as artifacts recovered from Native residential contexts at these sites.  This is a related follow-up study to his doctoral dissertation that examined patterns of early historical cultural continuity in eastern California.  Dr. Arkush will share the results of his research with his students, present a paper, and submit a manuscript for publication.

Framing, Shipping and Travel for Upcoming Exhibitions, Spring and Fall 2004
Scott Betz,  Visual Arts
Professor Betz requests funding to frame and ship some of his art work for solo exhibitions/installations at Troy State University’s Malone Gallery in April 2004, the John Erickson Museum of Art in Tallahassee, Florida in October 2004, and at the Robert A. Peck Gallery at Central Wyoming College in fall 2004.  Professor Betz will document these shows in slide and digital format and incorporate these materials into his Design 4D classes.

Ethnobotanical Studies in Costa Rica, June 24 - July 12, 2004, and Papua New Guinea, July 22 - August 17, 2004
Stephen Clark, Botany
Dr. Clark has been invited by the owners of the Guaria de Osa Ethnobotanical Gardens in Costa Rica to visit with elders and traditional healers.  He has also made arrangements to study indigenous people in remote regions of the high mountains adjacent to the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.  The information acquired from these trips will lead to a textbook on Ethnobotany.

Cuban Women, Business and Religion, May 18 - 25, 2004
Alicia Giralt, Foreign Languages
Dr. Giralt requests funds to visit Cuba, as part of a study abroad program conducted by the WSU MBA Program, to acquire material on Cuban women in business and their position on religion.  This visit is a follow-up to a 2001 trip to Cuba where Dr. Giralt presented a paper at an international conference and gathered preliminary data on this area of research.  As a result of this trip, Dr. Giralt will submit an article for publication.

Fifteen Broadsides: A Confluence of Artists and Writers, Spring 2004 Through Summer 2006
Susan Makov, Visual Arts
Professor Makov requests funding to design, illustrate and letterpress a broadside in collaboration with 12 writers and artists (Margaret Atwood, Ciaran Carson, Brian Aldiss, Charles Simic, Marge Piercy, Joy Harjo, Ray Bradbury, Greg Keeler, Gaylen Hansen, Peter Sis, William Wiley, Marshall Arisman).  A letterpress broadside is a literary work designed as a one-sided visual piece.  During this project, Professor Makov will attend an Advanced Letterpress class at the U of Utah’s Book Arts Program.  As a result of this project, there will be one set of broadsides framed and on permanent display at the WSU Stewart Library.

Microbial Diversity Summer Course, June 15 - July 31, 2004
Craig Oberg, Microbiology
Dr. Oberg requests funds to attend a six and a half week intensive Microbial Diversity Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  In this course, he will acquire the knowledge, laboratory skills, and strategies for the conversion of my research emphasis from the genetics and physiology of lactic acid bacteria to investigations into the microbial diversity and interactions of unique environments in Utah.  As a result of this course, Dr. Oberg will create undergraduate research experiences for his students in the WSU Center of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Social Capital as an Intervention to Address Issues Affecting Women, August 6 - 14, 2004
Judith Pratt, Nursing
Professor Pratt has been invited to attend the Oxford Round Table at St. Antony’s College in the University of Oxford, England to participate in a discussion of issues affecting women.  Professor Pratt’s presentation abstract is on social capital defined as communities coming together for the mutual support of their members, and how social capital can be used as an intervention to address issues affecting women.  Professor Pratt will incorporate this material into her courses and submit a paper for publication.

The Unpublished Journals of Sir Christian Bonington CBE, April 22 - 29, 2004
Mikel Vause, English
Dr. Vause requests funds to travel to England to complete the editing of the unpublished journals of the explorer and mountaineer Sir Christian Bonington CBE. Dr. Vause has already transcribed journals from 1950 to 1991, but there is missing information that will be obtained in a week-long visit with Sir Bonington and his office staff. As a result of this project, Dr. Vause will submit a book for publication.

Collaborative Vitality Projects

Research at Computer Museums for History of Computing Book and Lampros Museum, Spring and Summer 2004
David Ferro, Computer Science
Eric Swedin, Information Systems & Technologies
Drs. Ferro and Swedin request funds to visit the Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California, and the computer display at the National History Museum in Washington, D.C.  These visits will allow the professors to acquire content for the history of computer book they have contracted with Greenwood Press.  In addition, these visits will help create an information technology display in the renovated Lampros Hall.

Coordinate Measuring Machine Workshop, Spring and Summer 2004
Kerry Tobin, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Four Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Faculty
Professor Tobin is requesting funds to teach a 20-hour, hands-on workshop for four of his faculty colleagues on the use of the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and its new software.  As a result of this workshop, the faculty will integrate the use of this machine into a variety of classes.

Presentations at the OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education) World Congress in Melbourne Australia, July 21-24, 2004
Chloe Merrill, Child & Family Studies
Dilek Bucholz, Child & Family Studies
Rosalind Charlesworth, Child & Family Studies
Drs. Merrill, Bucholz, and Charlesworth request funds to present a collaborative paper entitled, Childhood Stress and its Effects on Child Development, at the OMEP meeting in Australia.  Dr. Bucholz will also present an individual paper entitled, Science Concept Learning, Birds, and Kindergarten Children.  These papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and may be submitted for publication in early childhood journals.