Penn State University Leaves of Absence 2006-07

March 16, 2006

Leaves of absence are granted for purposes of intensive study or research that will increase the quality of the individual's future contribution to the University. The following leaves have been approved for 2006-07:

PENN STATE ABINGTON

Pierre F. Cintas, associate professor of French, to generate interactive teaching material on the World Wide Web; and to evaluate French verbs as lexical items and to develop an article for Le Francais dans le Monde or The French Review.

Karen Bettez Halnon, associate professor of sociology and women's studies, to complete a book, "Poor Chic: Poverty Fads and Fashions in Popular Culture."

Eric P. Ingersoll, associate professor of biology, to conduct collaborative research on the role of cell communication in bone formation and patterning in the zebrafish fin, the results of which may reveal mechanisms for making craniofacial bones in humans, at Lehigh University.

Bonnie Levinthal, associate professor of art, to continue work in painting with oil on birch plywood with beeswax, or gouache on old anatomical or botanical texts to incorporate digitally manipulated images of the landscape with these painted images in Italy and the Arctic.

Ann Schmiedekamp, associate professor of physics, to conduct collaborative research on combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics methods as applied to metallo enzyme systems at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Michael G. Jacobson, associate professor of forest resources, to conduct collaborative research on the efficient and equitable commercialization of non-timber forest products to address the issues of poverty and environmental degradation in rural areas of southern Africa at Rhodes University and the University of Stellenbosch.

Albert R. Jarrett, professor of agricultural engineering, to conduct collaborative research on stream restoration, green roofs and bioretention areas as stormwater best management practices at North Carolina State University.

Heather D. Karsten, associate professor of crop production/ecology, to study the scientific research on ecological crop production and organic crop production, and to develop improved ecological cropping systems, educational materials and approaches through library research and by visiting a number of universities where ecological and organic cropping systems are researched and taught via experiential learning on student farms.

Sharon L. McDonald, extension educator (Blair County), to complete requirements for a master of science degree in adult education.

Carolyn E. Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women's studies, to conduct collaborative research on women and agriculture with a specific focus on international policies related to the Food and Agriculture organization in Rome and at Charles Stuart University in Australia.

Jan F. Scholl, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, to complete a book about Martha Van Rensselaer, a pioneer in the field of family and consumer sciences.

Eileen Fabian Wheeler, associate professor of agricultural engineering, to conduct collaborative research on animal behavior in relation to welfare in commercial housing design at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

PENN STATE ALTOONA

Brian B. Tormey, associate professor of environmental sciences, to conduct research and compile photos of the Bering Glacier into a geo-referenced and geometrically corrected image map.

L.A. Wilson II, associate professor of political science and interim associate dean of Academic Affairs, to conduct collaborative research on a time-series analysis of climate change at York University in Canada and the Instituto de Ecologia in Mexico.

J. Jerome Zolten, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, and American studies, to develop a book-length manuscript on the history of African-American musical genres as seen from the perspective of the African-American Press from 1920-60.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE

Maureen A. Carr, professor of music, to write her fourth book on the music of Igor Stravinsky, "Stravinsky in Transition: 1917," at the Stravinsky archive in Basel and the British Library.

Charlotte M. Houghton, associate professor of art history, to complete a book, "Eros and Erasure in Michelangelo's Early Sacred Art" and to submit it for publication.

Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music/music education, to conduct research about South African gospel traditions and to organize a choir and teach African-American choral music at the Cape Peninsula University in Cape Town, South Africa.

Eliza Pennypacker, professor of landscape architecture, to study with a Penn State colleague what existing measurement tools will effectively evaluate critical thinking in landscape architecture and architecture as a means to assessing gains in critical thinking across the landscape architecture curriculum.

Mary Saunders-Barton, associate professor of music, to produce a set of pedagogical aids for national distribution in the musical theatre style known as "belting."

Elizabeth Bradford Smith, associate professor of art history, to study the design and construction of the 14th-century church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy.

Thomas G. Yahner, associate professor of landscape architecture, to study with a Penn State colleague what existing measurement tools will effectively evaluate critical thinking in landscape architecture and architecture as a means to assessing gains in critical thinking across the landscape architecture curriculum.

PENN STATE BEAVER

Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre and women's studies, to investigate theatre, literature and art from Islamicate countries to expand on the study of playwriting and the performance of heroism on the postmodern stage.

PENN STATE BERKS

Bertrand D. Eardly, professor of biology, to conduct collaborative research on population genetics and molecular systematics of Rhizobium bacteria at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Md.

Jennifer L. Hillman, associate professor of psychology, to assess the effectiveness of a newly-designed educational intervention upon older adults' knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Daniel B. Litvin, distinguished professor of physics, to write a book on the symmetry properties of three-dimensional magnetic materials.

Thomas J. Lynn, associate professor of English, to complete a book, "Resistance and Revision: The Trickster in West African Literature."

Belen Rodriguez-Mourelo, associate professor of Spanish, to work on a book project on the Cuban writer in exile, Daniel Iglesias Kennedy, which traces the literary evolution of the writer from "immigrant" to "ethnic," in Toledo, Spain.

SMEAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Gary E. Bolton, professor of management science, to conduct collaborative research on trust based on direct vs. indirect reciprocity for online and traditional markets at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Quanwei Cao, professor of finance, to conduct collaborative research on the performance of hedge funds and the liquidity timing by hedge fund managers at Singapore management University.

Elena Katok, associate professor of management information science, to conduct collaborative research on procurement in supply chains, focusing on settings with multiple attribute in which negotiations sometimes follow a formal bidding event at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Bin Ke, associate professor of accounting, to conduct collaborative research on the evolution of executive compensation of mainland Chinese firms that are listed on either a domestic or foreign stock exchange at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Martin J. Kilduff, professor of organizational behavior, to co-author a social networks book with a colleague from Carnegie Mellon University; and to conduct collaborative research at Cambridge University on social networks and the philosophy of science and to publish a paper from that work.

Arvind Rangaswamy, Jonas H. Anchel professor of marketing, to complete an updated edition of a marketing engineering textbook that is used in leading business schools worldwide; and also initiate research projects in important emerging areas of marketing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gerald I. Susman, The Robert and Judith Klein professor of management and associate dean for research, to conduct collaborative research on how firms design/develop products with bundled or embedded services at the University of Southern California.

Wenpin Tsai, associate professor of management, to conduct collaborative research and to produce a series of papers on competitive interactions among firms at the University of Virginia and National Taiwan University.

Abdullah Yavas, professor of business administration, to conduct collaborative research on the impact of the mortgage industry on the housing markets and the overall economy at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Krishna P. Jayakar, associate professor of communications, to conduct collaborative research on the impact of deregulation on telecommunications network deployment in India at the Indian Institute of Information Technology and management in Thiruvananthapuram.

Robert M. Frieden, professor and Pioneers chair of telecommunications, to continue the ongoing project of decoding, simplifying and explaining the complex nature of telecommunications and information policy through publication in academic journals, and to develop a book on digital literacy targeted to serve lay readers.

PENN STATE DELAWARE COUNTY

John Baffoe-Bonnie, professor of economics, to develop and estimate a dynamic model to evaluate the effectiveness of government wage policies on key macroeconomics variables in a development economy.

Cynthia Dell Clark, associate professor of human development and family studies, to complete a book on child-centered research methodology, which will describe how research can better give voice to children's perspectives, experiences and concerns.

Paul D. Greene, associate professor of ethnomusicology and integrative arts, to write a book-length monograph, "Sounding Pathways in the Himalayas: Music and Buddhist Pilgrimage in the Kathmandu Valley," on the music, traditions and culture of the Buddhist musical pilgrimage of the Newar people, based on field research already completed.

Cynthia Lightfoot, professor of human development and family studies, to co-author a book, "Making Sense of Adolescent Risk-Taking."

THE DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW

Lance Cole, associate professor of law, to co-author a legal treatise on the law of congressional investigations and legislative oversight.

Louis F. Del Duca, professor of law and director of the Center for International and Comparative Law, to evaluate procedures for developing harmonized transnational norms at Maastricht University in The Netherlands.

Stephanie Farrior, professor of law, to conduct research and write several chapters for a book tentatively titled "Combating Racial Discrimination Through International Human Rights Treaties."

John H. Knox, professor of law, to write a treatise on international environmental litigation at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, D.C.

Francis J. Mootz III, professor of law and associate dean for Academic Affairs, to research and write updated sections of his book, "Commercial Contracting: Sales, Leases and Computer Information," and to finalize the text of a book, "Psychotherapeutic Practice as a Model for Critical Legal Theory: Extending the Gadamer-Habermas Debate."

PENN STATE DUBOIS

Larry F. Forthun, associate professor of human development and family studies, to work with colleagues and develop and implement an innovative research study on adolescents in a therapeutic setting at Auburn University and Florida International University.

John A. Johnson, professor of psychology, to work on a project, "Three Theoretical Intersections Between Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy" and develop three manuscripts for publication.

John E. Spillan, associate professor of business administration, to conduct collaborative research on international business, emphasizing managers' approaches to problem-solving and strategy development at Talca University in Chile.

COLLEGE OF EARTH AND MINERAL SCIENCES

James H. Adair, professor of materials science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research in bio-nano-medical-engineering interfaces and to secure funding through the National Institutes of Health at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Kenneth J. Davis, associate professor of meteorology, to conduct collaborative research in carbon cycle science, integrating state-of-the-art observations and numerical models to study regional to continental terrestrial carbon dynamics at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement in Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

Venkatraman Gopalan, associate professor of materials science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research with leading research groups working on multiferroic materials, crystal growth, magnetic measurements, nonlinear optical probing and X-ray synchritron studies, at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies; the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University; and Stanford University.

David J. Green, professor of ceramic science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research aimed at mechanical behavior of materials during processing at the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany.

James P. Runt, professor of ceramic science and engineering and associate head for graduate studies for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, to conduct collaborative research on advanced dielectric techniques for the understanding of molecular motion of polymeric materials at the University of Ioannina in Greece and the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia in Madrid.

Melissa W. Wright, associate professor of geography and women's studies, to conduct collaborative research on a project, "Risks and Resources: The Social geography of Used Tire Contamination in Ciudad Juarez," that investigates the cultural and spatial characteristics of this human-environmental problem at The Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Liza M. Conyers, associate professor of education, to consolidate and advance research related to HIV/AIDS and employment; co-edit a book; and publish two papers.

James E. Johnson, professor of education, to conduct collaborative research on teachers' and parents' attitudes and beliefs about play and learning in Taiwanese kindergartens at Ming Hsin University in Taiwan; and to work on an introductory textbook, "Reinventing Early Childhood Education."

Suet-Ling Pong, professor of education, demography and sociology, to accept a visiting scholar appointment and study postsecondary school attainment of children from immigrant families by analyzing individual, family and school factors in children's access and persistence in postsecondary school at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City.

Ladislaus M. Semali, associate professor of education, to explore issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and the education sector in Botswana, Kenya and South Africa to understand the impact of the pandemic on education, schooling, teaching and knowledge construction.

Peggy N. Van Meter, associate professor of education, to conduct collaborative research and acquire knowledge of technological and methodological tools to measure eye movement tracking and the related efforts to incorporate graphics into multimedia uses at the University of Texas, El Paso.

J. Fredericks Volkwein, professor of education and senior scientist, to upgrade knowledge and skills in the area of institutional research.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Guohong Cao, associate professor of computer science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research on resource management in wireless networks, specifically to design and evaluate efficient protocols to manage bandwidth and power for cellular, ad hoc and sensor network, at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies.

Marc Carpino, professor of mechanical engineering, to develop a new textbook in electronic form on machine design that will address the failure, performance and design of typical machine components and materials.

Wayne R. Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, to conduct collaborative research on the feasibility of implementing transient gene expression in algae for protein production and to gain expertise in gene silencing technologies at GreenFuel Technologies Corp. in Cambridge, Mass.

Chitaranjan R. Das, professor of computer science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research in the area of System-on-Chip (SoC) architecture, which is a recent research thrust aimed at implementing application specific systems in a single silicon at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro, Ore.; and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.

Christopher J. Duffy, professor of civil engineering, to conduct collaborative research on measuring and modeling the flux of soil moisture and integrating this component into larger hydrologic models; and to complete a monograph and users manual for a related hydrologic computer model, at the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Gennady Gildenblat, professor of electrical engineering, to work toward the establishment of the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Center of Excellence in Compact Modeling at Penn State; and to write a book chapter a create a new version of electrical engineering 546, "Field Effect Transistors," at Freescale Semiconductor in Tempe, Ariz.

Linda Morley Hanagan, associate professor of architectural engineering, to further expertise in the area of sensitive equipment vibrations and to collaborate with industry colleagues at Colin Gordon & Associates in San Bruno, California; and Acentech Incorporated in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and to compile and write a literature review on the topic and incorporate findings into an existing class, architectural engineering 439.

Heath F. Hofmann, associate professor of electrical engineering, to write a textbook based on lecture notes created for an undergraduate course, "Electrical Machinery and Drives."

Ali R. Hurson, professor of computer science and engineering, to develop an educational proposal for a new prototype that will revolutionize the traditional lecture-based discrete course structure format; and to conduct collaborative research in global information processing, mobile data bases, pervasive computing and sensor networks.

Kostadin N. Ivanov, professor of nuclear engineering, to conduct collaborative research on reactor core transient calculations and to write a textbook on reactor core analysis methods at the University of Munich.

Anil K. Kulkarni, professor of mechanical engineering, to conduct collaborative research in the field of professional ethics, intercultural issues and technical topics including oil spills and laser welding at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and the University of Pune in India.

Andrew S. Lau, associate professor of engineering, to further enhance and develop expertise and research opportunities in the area of sustainable engineering education by visiting a number of institutions that have made significant progress in this innovative curricula: Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Oberlin College, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan.

Daniel G. Linzell, associate professor of civil engineering, to conduct collaborative research related to structural response during construction through interaction at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Michael M. Micci, professor of aerospace engineering, to conduct collaborative research developing a molecular dynamics simulation of electrospray droplet formation at Queen Mary, University of London.

Panagiotis Michaleris, associate professor of mechanical engineering, to conduct collaborative research on an optimal design of very high temperature reactors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Victor P. Pasko, associate professor of electrical engineering, to conduct collaborative research on physics and chemistry of streamer and spark discharges in air at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Toulouse, France, and at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Padma Raghavan, professor of computer science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research on the development of techniques and tools for hardware-software co-design to enable energy-aware, high-performance computing that can scale future generation multiprocessors at the Ernest Orlando lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California.

Andrew Scanlon, professor of civil engineering, to conduct collaborative research on seismic behavior and design of precast concrete building structures at The University of Arizona.

Barbara A. Shaw, professor of engineering science and mechanics, to conduct a comparison of several accelerated corrosion test results with those of outdoor field testing at the LaQue Center in Kure Beach, N.C.

Timothy W. Simpson, associate professor of mechanical engineering and industrial engineering, to work on a new textbook on product dissection; to examine platform development projects at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro, Ore.; and to visit several companies and partner universities to lay the foundation for a new Center for Platform Design and Customization.

Darrell Velegol, associate professor of chemical engineering, to conduct collaborative research to develop new skills and techniques required for work on colloidal molecules at The University of Sydney in Australia, and the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.

PENN STATE ERIE

Michael S. Christofferson, associate professor of history, to conduct research for a biography of Francois Furet (1927-97), a historian of the French Revolution who was one of the most important French intellectuals of the late 20th century, with some archival and library research conducted in France.

Juan Fernandez-Jimenez, professor of Spanish, to study the latest production by Alfonso Grosso, Giralda, and examine common characteristics as well as differences of each of his works, tracing his evolution as a writer, with some of the research being conducted in Seville, Spain.

Colleen E. Kelley, associate professor of rhetoric and communication, to complete a book-length analysis of the presidency of George W. Bush.

George Looney, associate professor of English and creative writing, to write a collection of poems related to his youth in southwestern Ohio and his ancestry in Ireland in County Cork, Ireland.

Jeffrey K. Pinto, professor of management, to write a book that is under contract and to develop new cases and project profiles for the second edition of his textbook.

Joseph P. Previte, associate professor of mathematics, to extend work on several lines of research including moduli spaces, mathematical biology and financial mathematics.

John P. Rossi, associate professor of history, to complete a textbook, "American Popular Culture: An Introduction and History"; and to complete a research monograph, "Purely a Question of Business? Americans and the China Market, 1911-1933."

Darren M. Williams, associate professor of physics and astronomy, to conduct collaborative research with a team from Penn State, the University of Colorado and the Southwest Research Institute on research related to starlight reflection from planetary surfaces.

PENN STATE FAYETTE

Ivko M. Dimitric, associate professor of mathematics, to study Riemannan geometry of submanifolds in Grassmannians and projective spaces, and its teaching component which explores variety and testing in mathematics courses for science and engineering students at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Rodger C. Henderson, associate professor of history, to complete research and continue writing a book, "Blackfoot Intertribal Warfare and Resistance to Euro-American Encroachment in the 19th Century," at the Glenbow Museum and Archives in Alberta, Canada.

PENN STATE GREAT VALLEY

Ellen Foster Curtis, associate professor of management and organization, to develop a new research focus and teaching skills and materials related to negotiation and conflict resolution; and to enhance knowledge in the field of supply chain management by undertaking a thorough review of the literature.

Daniel C. Indro, associate professor of finance, to conduct research on closed-end country fund discounts and their cultural and legal origins.

Yi Jen Lee, associate professor of instructional systems, to conduct research and complete writing for a book on feedback and its effects in technology-based learning environments.

PENN STATE HARRISBURG

Michael Barton, associate professor of American studies and social sciences, to complete a book-length monograph on the American national character.

Refik Culpan, professor of management, to conduct research and write a textbook on global business management which will include motives, forms and activities of multinational companies.

Shaun L. Gabbidon, associate professor of criminal justice, to study the scholarly efforts of international researchers to explain the over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities in justice systems around the globe.

Erdener Kaynak, professor of marketing, to conduct a research study on the conceptualization and measurement of brand equity in multi-national corporate governance at The University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom; the City University of Hong Kong; the University of Messina in Italy; and the University of Botswana.

Denise G. Meister, associate professor of education, to complete a qualitative study of experienced high-school educators who have remained motivated and highly effective in their teaching at select high schools in four states.

Jeremy F. Plant, professor of public policy and administration, to conduct research on transportation security policy in the United States and selected developed nations; to work on a book on transportation security; and to work on articles and general-interest material on transportation security.

Troy M. Thomas, associate professor of humanities and art history, to study the meaning and symbolism of paintings by the French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), with the aim of producing two scholarly articles to be published in refereed art history journals.

John M. Trussel, associate professor of accounting, to conduct research in the area of financial statement analysis of nonprofit organizations.

PENN STATE HAZLETON

Mamoun M. Bader, associate professor of chemistry, to study separation technologies on the molecular level using crystalline materials as host materials at Kuyng Hee University in South Korea and protective materials technologies for molecules used in solar cells at Qatar University.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Leann L. Birch, distinguished professor of human development, to conduct collaborative research on the design and implementation of childhood obesity prevention programs at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Kathryn E. Hood, associate professor of human development, to conduct collaborative research on alcohol abuse and aggressive behavior at Temple University.

W. Larry Kenney, professor of physiology and kinesiology, to conduct research and write the fourth edition of a textbook in exercise physiology with colleagues at the University of Arizona.

Eva S. Lefkowitz, associate professor of human development and family studies, to analyze data and write manuscripts from the Emerging Adulthood Project and the Adulthood Family Study, and to submit a new grant proposal to examine sexuality in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Duarte B. Morais, assistant professor of recreation and park management, and leisure studies, to conduct collaborative research on heritage tourism to Europe at the Universidade de Minho in Portugal; and to write a grant proposal for subsequent collaborative work.

Karl M. Newell, professor of biobehavioral health and kinesiology and associate dean for research and graduate education, to conduct collaborative research and develop new ideas on the role of energy, work and efficiency in motor skill learning at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Elizabeth J. Susman, Jean Phillips Shibley professor of biobehavioral health, to conduct collaborative research on the psycho- and neurobiology of stress reactivity in humans at the University of Southern California.

Arun Upneja, associate professor of hospitality management, to develop a theoretical model for the valuation of hospitality firms, resulting in a series of four manuscripts, two each in lodging and food service, which will illustrate and apply the proposed model.

Sherry L. Willis, professor of human development, to conduct research examining whether cognitive change in midlife is predictive of cognitive impairment in later adulthood, in Seattle, Wash.

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

C. Lee Giles, David Reese professor of information sciences and technology, to explore new research opportunities in a federated large-scale for heterogeneous information and data resources by working with colleagues at the University of Trento in Italy, Cornell University and the Naval Research Laboratory.

Michael D. McNeese, associate professor of information sciences and technology, to pursue an integrated reflection on research, technology and fieldwork within the area of team decision-making.

Steven B. Sawyer, associate professor of information sciences and technology, to pursue theoretical and empirical work regarding a social analysis of computing.

PENN STATE LEHIGH VALLEY

Margaret R. Christian, associate professor of English, to travel and conduct interview and take photographs for a book, "My Share," which will document the living situation of two different families in 18 different countries.

COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS

Paul R. Amato, professor of sociology and demography and interim head of the Department of Sociology, to write a book in union instability and child well-being in the United States.

Herman J. Bierens, professor of economics, to conduct research on semi-nonparametric methods in econometrics, including modeling and empirical work using Brazilian unemployment data at the Federal University of Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Jeanette N. Cleveland, professor of psychology, to collaboratively design and implement an Irish government-funded research project on work and family at National University of Ireland, Galway.

Alexander J. S. Colvin, associate professor of labor studies and industrial relations, to complete research and write a book on the transformation of workplace dispute resolution.

Greg A. Eghigian, associate professor of history, to complete research on a monograph exploring the politics and science of criminal deviance in Nazi, East and West Germany.

Karen Gasper, associate professor of psychology, to study and write on two different assumptions about human motivation, leading to multiple publications and the submission of a grant proposal.

Lori D. Ginzberg, associate professor of history and women's studies, to conduct research and write a biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902).

Alicia A. Grandey, associate professor of psychology, to conduct research and write a review summarizing and integrating the current state of emotional labor research, proposing critical future directions for scholars in this area of study, at Portland State University.

Baruch Halpern, Chaiken family chair in Jewish studies; professor of ancient history, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, and religious studies; and Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, to explore the social and intellectual history of the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE in the Levant in terms of an overarching theory about renaissances and reformations.

Clement C. Hawes, associate professor of English, to conduct research for a monograph-in-progress, "Swift and the Politics of Scale" at the Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat in Munster, Germany.

Karen E. Johnson, professor of applied linguistics and head of the Department of linguistics and Applied Language Studies, to write a book, "Theory and Research in Second Language Teacher Education," to be published in the Cambridge Language education series of scholarly books by Cambridge University Press.

Nicholas A. Joukovsky, professor of English, to continue work on an authoritative biography of the English novelist, poet and essayist Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866).

Jane A. Juffer, associate professor of English and women's studies, to write a book on key Latin American charismatic figures and their marketing in the United States.

Djelal Kadir, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of comparative literature, to complete a book, "American Counterpoint," which is a comparative study of the literary cultures of the American hemisphere.

Julia M. Kasdorf, associate professor of English and women's studies, to work on a book-length manuscript, "Sacrificial Figures," which brings poetic imagination to bear on the constructed memory of martyrdom among American Mennonites.

Claire E. Katz, associate professor of philosophy, Jewish studies and women's studies, to complete a book-length manuscript on the philosophy of education.

Kala M. Krishna, professor of economics, to explore several issues in international trade and political economy.

Vijay Krishna, professor of economics, to continue research on game and auction theory and their application to economics.

Judith F. Kroll, liberal arts research professor of psychology, linguistics and women's studies, to gain expertise in cognitive neuroscience, to pursue ongoing research projects and to write a series of scientific articles on the cognitive and neural basis of bilingualism at the Max Plank Institute in Leipzig, Germany; and the University of Granada, Spain.

John M. Lipski, professor of Spanish and linguistics, to write a monograph on a unique speech community in Bolivia, apparently the oldest surviving Afro-American variety of any language.

Kidane Mengisteab, professor of African studies and political science, to study the relevance of traditional institutions in building a coherent and unified system of institutions of African governance that would facilitate democracy and development.

Michael M. Naydan, professor of Slavic languages, to collect and prepare two translation anthologies of noted Ukranian poets and writers with critical introductions and notes.

Joan T. Richtsmeier, professor of anthropology, to complete research and to initiate new studies on craniosynostosis and Down Syndrome.

David A. Rosenbaum, distinguished professor of psychology, to write a monograph on the theory of motor planning, and to complete and continue work on other ongoing and developing projects pertaining to the cognitive control of human motor performance at the Max Plank Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

Sherry L. Roush, associate professor of Italian, to complete work on her second book, "Ghosts of Poets Past."

Sanford Schwartz, associate professor of English, to complete a book on the science fiction of the distinguished literary scholar and religious apologist C.S. Lewis (1898-1963).

Mrinalini Sinha, associate professor of history and women's studies, to work on a book on anti-colonial internationalism in India in the period between the world wars.

Sandra K. Spanier, professor of English and women's studies, to complete and submit the manuscript for Volume I (1908-25) of the Hemingway Letters Project.

Susan G. Strauss, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and applied linguistics, to study the intersections between language, interaction and culture; and to continue research on linguistic practices of television advertising; to initiate new research on school bullying; and to compile currently used instructional materials into an English reference grammar.

Theresa K. Vescio, associate professor of psychology and women's studies, to pursue research that examines how powerful peoples' emotions influence their perception of situations, perception of their subordinates and behavior.

David L. Webster, professor of anthropology, to write a monograph on two field seasons of archaeological research in Honduras.

Nan E. Woodruff, professor of modern U. S. history, to begin research for a book, "Terror and Violence in African-American Memory in the Twentieth Century South."

PENN STATE MCKEESPORT

Zhibo Chen, professor of mathematics, to conduct collaborative research in graph theory at Xiamen University in China.

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

David J. Spector, associate professor of microbiology, to use genetic analysis to investigate the role of micro RNA genes in the life cycle of human cytomegalovirus at Princeton University.

Philip K. Wilson, associate professor of humanities, to conduct collaborative research on Erasmus Darwin and Charles Darwin's views of human reproduction, heredity and disease at Erasmus Darwin House in Lichfield, England, and the Centre for the history of Medicine at the University of Birmingham in England.

PENN STATE NEW KENSINGTON

K. Robert Bridges, associate professor of psychology, to conduct a collaborative study on fear and assertiveness; to conduct a collaborative study with a colleague at Penn State in the area of social intelligence; and to conduct a pedagogical study that will assess findings from a three-year survey of Penn State New Kensington students and the surrounding campus community.

Jennifer K. Wood, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, to co-author a book-length feminist critique of restorative justice theory and practice as it is represented in training manuals for victim/offender mediators.

PENN STATE SCHUYLKILL

Charles Cantalupo, professor of English, comparative literature and African studies, to complete a book, "Joining Africa: Decolonizing a Western Mind," that recounts a 20-year experience in Africa of scholarly and creative work, relating developments over the same period in postcolonial literary theory.

Ping Wang, professor of mathematics, to study the system of differential equations related to phosphorus concentration in shallow lakes and to write a proposal to support his research on how the environment affects the concentration.

EBERLY COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

Sarah M. Assmann, Waller professor of biology, to conduct collaborative research on how extra-large G-proteins regulate root growth in the model plant, Arabidopsis, and in rice plants, at the University of California, Davis.

W. Dale Brownawell, professor of mathematics, to conduct collaborative research on transcendence over function fields at the French National research Center in Paris; Texas A&M University; and Academica Sinica in Taiwan.

Michael Eracleous, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics, to develop a computer code to carry out simulations of the evolution of populations of interacting binary stars at Northwestern University and the American Museum of Natural History.

Murat Gunaydin, professor of physics, to conduct collaborative research in string theory at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J.

Mark Levi, professor of mathematics, to complete a text on differential equations and advance a second book project on physical approaches to mathematical problems in Barcelona, Spain; and the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Wen-Ching Winnie Li, professor of mathematics, to conduct collaborative research in number theory and coding theory, to teach a graduate course and to organize an international conference at Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

Webb C. Miller, professor of computer science and engineering, to conduct collaborative research and develop new techniques and tools for comparison of vertebrate genome sequences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Steinn Sigurdsson, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics, to conduct collaborative research on physics of compact objects including planet formation at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Stephen G. Simpson, professor of mathematics, to organize a multi-university research project in the foundations of mathematics with colleagues at the University of Chicago, the University of Connecticut and the University of Florida.

Howard Weiss, professor of mathematics, to expand several research projects in dynamical systems and applied dynamical systems at the University of Maryland, Georgia Tech and the Math Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, Calif.

Yuri Zarhin, professor of mathematics, to conduct collaborative research in the field of arithmetic and geometry of abelian varieties and algebraic surfaces at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.

PENN STATE SHENANGO

Wendy Middlemiss, associate professor of human development and family studies, to conduct several studies on an assessment of infant and mother stress responses during bedtime routines; sleep training; an assessment of health-care providers' views of how infant sleep impacts development; and teaching and training activities at the Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS

Rebecca S. Albitz, associate librarian, electronic resources/copyright librarian, Serials and Acquisitions Services, to explore the relationships among electronic reserve services, textbooks, course management software and copyright, and what role they all play in determining course material selection.

Glenn S. McGuigan, associate librarian, business and public affairs reference librarian at Penn State Harrisburg, to explore links between academic libraries and the larger business environment, focusing on the academic journal publishing industry and its impact upon academic libraries and the scholarly communities that these libraries serve.

Mark W. Podvia, associate law librarian and archivist, Sheely-Lee Law Library at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, to research John Dickinson's legal practice and the corporate history of the Union Canal Co., and annotate Judge Reed's 1837 Constitutional Law Lecture in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, Harrisburg and the state of Delaware.

John S. Riddle, associate librarian and head librarian at Fayette Library, to conduct research and write paper for masters program in English with a focus on film studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Diane Zabel, Louis and Virginia Benzak business librarian, Schreyer Business Library, to examine the role of professional associations in facilitating mentoring of librarians and the importance of mentoring as a tool for succession planning in associations.

PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE

Christyne Berzsenyi, associate professor of English and women's studies, to work on projects dealing with the rhetoric and composition of Internet socializing, creative writing pedagogy and spectator reactions to gendered constructions of monstrosity in horror films.

Lynda R. Goldstein, associate professor of English and women's studies and interim chancellor of Penn State Wilkes-Barre, to write a monograph-length collection of essays examining the cultural constructions of "home" in American television programs featuring gay and lesbian characters in primary roles.

PENN STATE YORK

Thomas H. Getz, associate professor of English, to expand and revise six papers dealing with the work of several American poets and to complete research and writing about the Irish Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney, in Ireland.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009