Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Sept. 2, 2014

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Campus News

Library hosts arts events Thursday, Sept. 4
This Thursday Collins Memorial Library will host the panel discussion "Artists Books as Catalysts for Social Change," with Laura Russel, MalPina Chan, Amy Ryken, Deborah Greenwood, and Lucia Harrison, discussing the power of artists books to invite social change. The panel will begin at 4 p.m. in Library 020. Following the panel will be the opening reception for the library's exhibit, Book Power Reux, in the LINK, at 5 p.m.

LogJam! 2014 promises something for everyone, Sept. 5
The campus and community are invited to LogJam!, an annual celebration welcoming the entire Puget Sound community back to campus. The family-friendly event is free and this year includes an activities fair, outdoor movie, and fireworks show! Festivities begin at 5 p.m., on Todd Field. See you there!

Puget Pacer 2014 benefits community outreach programs, Sept. 6
Each year dozens of students, faculty, staff, and community members participate in the Puget Pacer to support youth programs and enjoy the beautiful campus as they run, jog, walk, or roll around the course. All proceeds from registration go to support community outreach programs at the university. This year there's a new component to the day: If 5Ks aren't your thing, come on out and help set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Hop-Scotch Course! Hop more than 3.5 miles on this chalky course that winds its way around campus and make it into the record books! Registration $10 ($5 for Puget Sound students). For more information contact Assistant Director of Civic Engagement Skylar Bihl ’08 at sbihl@pugetsound.

New shows in Kittredge Gallery feature local artists
The exhibitions on display in Kittredge Gallery showcase mixed-media sculpture and glass. The Large Gallery features work by artist Marita Dingus, an exhibition being held in conjunction with the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference later this month. The Small Gallery is host to a new body of work by local glass artist Sarah Gilbert, supported by funding from the Tacoma Arts Initiative. Both exhibits run through Sept. 27.

Project MUSE provides faculty/staff with art museum benefits
Puget Sound renewed its “Project MUSE” membership with Tacoma Art Museum. Faculty and staff members are able to benefit from this program, now in its eighth year, in several ways:

  • Free student, staff, and faculty admission to the museum
  • Discounted individual student ($5) and faculty/staff access (at Member rate) to fee-based education programs
  • 20 percent membership discounts (at the $50 to $500 level) for faculty, staff, and student families
  • Internship opportunities for students
  • Access for students and faculty to the Art Resource Center

MUSE benefits are available by presenting your current Puget Sound faculty, staff, or student ID (student ID needed for student family discount also). Last year alone Tacoma Art Museum provided more than 350 free and discounted admissions to Puget Sound students and colleagues. Project MUSE is supported through the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanites and Arts.

Professor Brendan Lanctot will deliver first Daedalus Dinner of the fall, Sept. 17
The first Daedalus Dinner of the year will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. In this talk Brendan Lanctot, professor of Hispanic studies, will discuss how, in 1850, Charles DeForest Fredricks took a portrait of the Governor of Corrientes (Argentina) and, by way of payment, received a tiger. The episode, retold in numerous histories of early photography in the Americas, seems at first glance little more than a colorful anecdote set amid a rather dull litany of firsts: the first daguerreotype taken in this or that city, the first portrait studio, the first “native” photographer, etc. Yet a close reading of the few primary sources about this unlikely encounter suggests that the oft-repeated vignette articulates in condensed form the unique power that photography possessed in mid-19th-century Latin America.

Established in the 1970s, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Four times each year, the Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors an evening of scholarship, debate, and dinner. The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Sept. 10. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Campus to host Race and Pedagogy National Conference Sept. 25–27
Later this month Puget Sound will host the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference. Focused on the theme "What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience," the conference features keynote speakers Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Winona LaDuke, as well as poster presentations, panels, performances, and more. Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Learn more at

Before the conference Black Student Union is holding a BSU scholarship fundraiser, silent auction, and raffle in Rasmussen Rotunda. Money raised will help provide scholarships for students dedicated to influencing positive change on campus for social justice and diversity. For details visit the event website.

Welcome new faculty and staff members!

Hanna Aird

Mytoan Akbar

Jennifer Allen-Ayres

Skylar Bihl

Jonathan Blum

Alfredo Barnaby

Mary Boer

Suria Ceja-Vazquez

Christopher Chase

Christina Chea

David Chiu

Teresa Dean

Brian Ernst

Lea Fortmann

Betty Foster

Megan Gessel

Blake Gonder

Debra Grady

Julie Greene

Starre Helm

Seungwon Jeon

Chris Johnson

Laura Krughoff

Jennifer Kulby

Kariann Lee

Leslie Levenson

Janece Levien

Lee Anne Lim

Timothy Lulofs

Caitlin McCown

Colleen Mitchell

Claudia Moser

James Miller

Lynn Miller

Shelly Nicol

Vikram Nilakantan

JooEun Pak

Rachel Pepper

Paul Rizzo

Devparna Roy

Sarah Samuelson

Lindsay Secrist

Amira Siegel

Peter Sullivan

Courtney Thatcher

Gregor Walz

Sandra Warn

Meta Weiss

Caitlin Wilpone-Jordan

Andrew Wolf 


Professor of Math and Computer Science Rob Beezer published the article "Extended Echelon Form and Four Subspaces" in American Mathematical Monthly's August/September issue.

The article "A Novel Rater Agreement Methodology for Language Transcriptions: Evidence From a Nonhuman Speaker," by Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Colbert-White, was published in the journal Quality & Quantity.

Sue Doyle, clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, published the article "Upper Limb Post-stroke Sensory Impairments: The Survivor's Experience" in the journal Disability & Rehabilitation.

The poem "Apology to Raymond Carver" by Andrew Gardner, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was included in the 50th anniversary double edition of Tidepools Magazine, a literary journal at Peninsula College. Gardner wrote the poem in 1990, while a junior at George Washington University. 

Assistant Professor of Religion Matthew Ingalls completed a summer fellowship at Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg.

Janet Marcavage, associate professor of art and art history, has work included in the show Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest, on display at Tacoma Art Museum.

Elise Richman, associate professor of art and art history, won the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation of Art Award. She will be commissioned to create an artwork that will be unveiled this fall.

Congratulations to Lori Ricigliano, associate director of information and access services for Collins Memorial Library, who was part of a team awarded the ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence, recognizing individuals or groups who significantly improve Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.

David Sousa, professor of politics and government, was invited to join the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization that seeks to “improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America's colleges and universities, and connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.” His first policy brief, co-authored with Christopher McGrory Klyza, is available at

Associate Professor of Art and Art History Linda K. Williams reviewed the book Maya Ideologies of the Sacred: The Transfiguration of Space in Colonial Yucatan in Colonial Latin American Review.

In the News

A $300,000 gift from the Ben. B. Cheney Foundation toward a modernized and expanded Athletics and Aquatics Center at Puget Sound attracted a blog story and a link to the One [of a Kind] campaign in Business Examiner, as well as a Tacoma Daily Index photo story.

An front-page News Tribune photo story and KPLU public radio story covered the adventures of students enrolled in the Northwest Five Consortium’s food systems course. Academic Vice President Kris Bartanen, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy Emelie Peine, and students were quoted.

New research on remedies for shoulder pain, co-written by Bob Boyles, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, received coverage in Today in PT online.

Nicholas Brody, assistant professor of communication studies, co-authored a study covered in Medical Press, an online health news network. The study showed that women, but not men, get some emotional relief from the pain-reliever Ibuprofen. The study was originally published in Personal Relationships.

The student production of In the Next Room, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, associate professor of theatre arts, was named one of the year’s best entertainment events in Weekly Volcano’s “Best of Tacoma 2014” issue. The theater critic described the show as “the play of 2013–14.”

Dexter Gordon, professor of communication and African American studies, was interviewed in a front-page Q&A photo story in Tacoma Weekly about Ferguson, race relations in schools, and the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference (Sept. 25–27).

The current exhibit by Marita Dingus in Kittredge Gallery and a discussion on art books at the Book Power Redux exhibit in Collins Memorial Library—both of which are part of the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference—were included among the Critic’s Picks, with a photo, in The News Tribune “Go” arts section

David Latimer, assistant professor of physics, was quoted in an article in the online Miami Herald; News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.; McClatchy Washington DC news service; Sacramento Bee; and News Tribune about Virginia Tech research on how neutrinos (near massless subatomic particles) could provide an early warning if uranium or plutonium in a nuclear reactor were being used for purposes other than energy production.

Pierre Ly, associate professor of international political economy, co-wrote an article for Alternative Emerging Investor magazine about the tourism industry China is trying to build around its vineyards and wineries. 

Tiffany A. MacBain, associate professor of English, wrote an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education about the need for the academic community to advocate for flexible campus work-life policies for faculty members who have children with disabilities.

William Morse, chief technology officer, was quoted several times in a story in College Planning & Management magazine about sustainability within information technology departments. 

The inclusion of Puget Sound in The Princeton Review’s 2015 “The Best 379 Colleges” was reported by the Business Examiner.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Sept. 27: Exhibits: They Still Hold Us, Marita Dingus; 3,000 Miles From Home, Sarah Gilbert. Kittredge Gallery

Through Oct. 15: Exhibit: Book Power Redux. Collins Memorial Library

Through Nov. 28: Exhibit: Brandywine Workshop: Prints From Six Contemporary Artists. Collins Memorial Library

Thursday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m.: "Artist Books as Catalysts for Change," panel presentation. Library 020

Thursday, Sept. 4, 5 p.m.: Book Power Redux Opening Reception. Collins Memorial Library

Friday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz

Friday, Sept. 5, 5 p.m.: LogJam! Todd Field

Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m.: Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.: Puget Pacer 2014. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Saturday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m.: Football vs. Claremont-M-S, Baker Stadium