Accomplishments - January, 2017

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Two researchers – a professor and a student – recently published a study on a little-known amphibian living the Great Lakes region. Matt Whiles, Zoology, and former graduate student Alicia Beattie, published their work on the biology and ecology of “mudpuppies” in the Journal of Great Lakes Research in January. The work was funded by the Shedd Aquarium, the state’s premier public aquarium located in Chicago. The published study can be found here.

Rolando Gonzalez-Torres, School of Architecture, will present his paper titled “Decentralization as an Alternative: The case of Rockford Illinois” at the “International Conference ARQUITECTONICS NETWORK: Mind, Land and Society,” in Barcelona, Spain. The conference is May 31 to June 2.

Sam Chung, director of the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies, presented his research of “Re-engineering Approach for Secure IoT” at the Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students (BK21-PLUS 2016) Conference, Jan. 12-15, at CUNY-Lehman College, Bronx, New York. The conference is hosted by the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University.

Jan Thompson, Radio, Television, and Digital Media, was an invited guest of the White House when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor Dec. 27 to offer condolences to those killed in the attack that started the United States’ involvement in World War II 75 years earlier.  The invitation was a result of Thompson’s work sending former POWs to Japan. Thompson just finished another documentary, “Survival Through Art,” about a POW who started to draw in prison camps to keep his sanity.

Shu-Ling Wu, Languages, Cultures, and International Trade, was awarded a Research Priorities Project grant from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Her proposal, “The Implementation and Assessment of an International Internship Program: An Action Research Case Study,” was selected for ACTFL’s Research Priority Area 5, “Language Use in the Community.” Wu’s research focuses on Second Language Acquisition, the process by which people learn a non-native language.

A book by Nicholas Guardiano, Morris Library’s Special Collections Research Center, “Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting,” was published in December 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Sandy Collins and Marcea Walker, Health Care Management, and Savanah Hopkins, a senior in the health care management program, have a paper titled, “LDM: Exploring the Effectiveness in Reducing Product Returns and Overnight Shipment Occurrences in a Materials Management Department” accepted for publication in “The Health Care Manager” journal.

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