Focus on faculty: Published works, new hires

Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011

Humanities faculty news

University of Alaska Southeast English faculty and poet Emily Wall’s poem, “This is not a poem about dogs,” was published in the collection, “Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology” from Salmon Poetry. The collection brings together poems that highlight, examine and celebrate the canine world and humans’ place in it. Wall joins a prestigious group of international writers. Also included in the anthology is a former U.S. Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a National Book Award winner.

UAS history faculty member Robin Walz joined a discussion panel at a celebration of the 100th birthday of the French film villain Fant┐mas on Jan. 13 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Also on the panel was Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio film critic Kenneth Turan. Walz is a cultural historian of French popular fiction, the author of “Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century France” (University of California Press, 2000), translator of “Death of Nick Carter” by Philippe Soupaut (McSweeney’s 24), and a card-carrying member of La Soci┐t┐ des Amis de Fant┐mas.

English faculty member Sarah J. Ray has been invited to give a talk to the freshman class of Occidental College on Feb. 7 in California. The talk is on Mark Haddon’s novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which is the class’ “one-book, one-campus” text this year. This invitation was inspired by a talk Ray gave there two years ago on disability studies and the environment. She’ll do a reading of “The Curious Incident” using insights from disability studies, which is very new to literary and cultural studies.

Science faculty news

Professor of Biology Sherry Tamone and her graduate student Marilyn Fox-Zaleski attended the annual Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Jan. 3-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They presented their work on the reproductive physiology of male snow crabs (Fox-Zaleski) and metabolic effects on Tanner crabs hosting the parasitic dinoflagellate (Tamone).

Tamone also attended the 2011 Marine Science Symposium Jan. 17-19 in Anchorage with Kristin Brown, an undergraduate in the UAS Marine Biology program. Tamone presented a poster entitled “Metabolic consequences for Tanner crab infected with Hematodinium sp.: Circulating glucose and histological changes.” This work was funded by the North Pacific Research Board.

Brown presented a poster concerning an independent study she completed in collaboration with Alaska Department of Fish and Game researchers Gail Blundell and Shawna Karpovich. Her presentation was entitled “Blood parameters on live captured harbor seals in Endicott Arm, Alaska.”

Professor of chemistry and biochemistry Michael Stekoll recently spent a few weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, in on-going collaboration with John Bolton and Rob Anderson and graduate student Mark Rothman of the University of Cape Town. They are working on several algal projects, one of which is the biology and ecology of the large, canopy-forming South African kelp, Ecklonia.

Stekoll spent part of the summer of 2010 in the labs of Carl Carrano, Professor of Chemistry, and Matt Edwards, Professor of Biology, at San Diego State University. Carrano has been studying iron uptake and metabolism in bacteria for several years. Stekoll was visiting in the lab, learning to apply the iron uptake studies to macroscopic algae, especially the kelps. A critical aspect of the kelp life cycle is controlled by iron, and the kinetics of iron uptake is a key to understanding this process. Stekoll is continuing this research at UAS with the help of undergraduate Ashleigh Stephens.

Environmental science professor Cathy Connor authored the article, “School in the Cool: Backyard ‘Lab’ Gives Students Firsthand Look at Effects of Climate Change,” in the January issue of “In the Trenches,” a news magazine of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. The article describes the types of measurements students make and how they use those data to investigate climate change. The project involves secondary school students, teachers, undergraduates and graduate students with hands-on experience.

Welcome new faculty

John H. Blanchard has joined the UAS School of Management faculty to teach accounting.

Blanchard taught as an associate professor in the College of Business and Public Administration for the University of Guam, as an associate professor of business for the School of Professional Studies at Eastern Oregon University, and as an assistant professor of accounting for Adrian College. He holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Toledo and a bachelor of science from the University of Dayton. He is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.

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