Assistant Professor of Nursing Sharon Yearous has been invited to be part of the Health and Wellness Advisory Council for the Midwest Dairy Council, an affiliate of National Dairy Council and the nutrition education arm of Midwest Dairy Association. The Advisory Council includes nine education, nutrition and health professionals representing diverse areas of expertise from six Midwestern states. The Advisory Council's purpose is to provide knowledge and guidance on health and wellness trends and issues and to support the role of dairy's nutrient-rich value as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Yearous will provide leadership related to youth and school health on behalf of the committee. It is a two-year commitment.
In September, Professor of English Mary Vermillion participated in a Career Placement Panel at the University of Iowa, advising English Ph.D. students who want to teach at small liberal arts colleges. In October, Vermillion also served on a mystery author panel at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The event, "Unlocking the Mystery of Mysteries," was sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The Iowa Chapter of "Sisters in Crime" is an international organization dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction.
Director of Major and Planned Gifts Hilery Livengood led a panel discussion for the October 17 All aBoard event, held on Mount Mercy's campus and aimed at encouraging and strengthening board participation. Livengood's topic: "Mind Your Board Manners" addressed the rules of order, bylaws and other expert advice regarding the P's and Q's of board membership. The event was sponsored by ImpactCR, a program under the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Professor of Biology Neil Bernstein served as senior author on a paper published in the October 2011 Natural Areas Journal entitled "Response of a yellow mud turtle (Kinosternon flavescens Agassiz) community to habitat change: management implications for a nature preserve."
Associate Professors of Criminal Justice Deb Brydon and Amanda Humphrey presented initial findings of their research to the 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections Victims Advisory Committee on September 12. Brydon and Humphrey worked with three students, Mike Miroux, Taylor Feltes, and Dan Clouse through the Pathways to Scholarship Project to determine the processing time for criminal cases in Linn County for 2007-2009. They will now expand their research to Johnson County to get a broader look at processing times for the 6th Judicial District.
Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian recently had his paper, "The New Phase of Globalization and Brain Drain: Migration of Educated and Skilled Iranians to the United States" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Social Economics (forthcoming, Volume 38, No.1, 2012). Chaichian also presented a paper, "Continuing Significance of Diversity: Globalization and the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Teaching Ethnic Studies" at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference as part of their 'Diversity Forum' in Phoenix, Arizona on October 21.
In October, Professor of English Joy Ochs attended the conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Phoenix, Ariz., where she headed a roundtable on "Forming an Honors Community at Small Colleges." She also served as a lead facilitator for the all-day City-as-Text: Phoenix workshop.