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Christy Thomas Adams

Christy Thomas Adams

School of Music

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Yale University

Specialty

Musicology

  • History and theory of 19th- and 20th-century Italian opera
  • History of media technologies, especially sound recording and silent cinema
  • Theoretical and conceptual issues of performance and mediation

From Operatic Stage to Silent Screen: Casa Ricordi and Film d’Arte Italiana’s 1911 “Aida” (The Opera Quarterly, Vol. 32/2-3, 2016): pp. 192-220

PhD granted with distinction

Fulbright Fellowship (Italy)

MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grant

Beinecke Summer Research Fellowship

Richard J. Franke Fellowship


Julie Bannerman

Julie Bannerman

School of Music

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Music Education, Northwestern University

Specialty

Sociocultural Issues in Music Education

  • Music Teacher Education
  • General Music Education
  • Early Childhood Music Education

Bannerman, J. K. (2019). Singing in school culture: Exploring access to choral participation in a rural secondary school. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 222, 44-62.

Bannerman, J. K. (Forthcoming: 2020, January). PreK? Ok! Practical ideas for bringing PreK general music to life. Session for the 2020 Alabama Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, Montgomery, AL.

Bannerman, J. K. & Barrett, J. R. (2019, May). Creating gender inclusive elementary general music classrooms. Session for the 2019 Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods, Pembroke, Virginia.

Bannerman, J. K. & O’Leary, E.J. (2019, May). Questioning assumptions and setting expectations: Understanding the technology experiences and competencies of preservice music teachers. Session for the 2019 Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods, Pembroke, Virginia.

Bannerman, J. K. (2018, November). Diversifying elementary repertoire with songs and singing games in Spanish. Best practices presentation at the National Association for Music Education National Conference, Dallas, TX.


Lisa Beck

Lisa Beck

Psychology

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Abnormal Psychology

  • Clinical Child Psychology

Nick Davis

Nicholas Davis

Political Science

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Louisiana State University

Specialty

American Politics


Megan Davis

Megan Davis

Psychology

Assistant Professor
Director, UA-ACTS Program

Education

PhD, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Developmental Psychology


Megan Gallagher

Gender and Race Studies

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, University of California–Los Angeles

Specialty

Sex and Gender

  • Political Theory
  • Citizenship and Race

Sergei Gleyzer

Sergei Gleyzer

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Florida State University

Specialty

Collider Physics

  • Physics
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science

Courtney Helfrecht

Courtney Helfrecht

Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Washington State University

Specialty

Biocultural Anthropology

  • Adrenarche in Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • Effects of Physical and Cultural Stressors on Child Development
  • Evolution of Human Childhood

Helfrecht C, Hagen EH, de Avila D, Bernstein RM, Dira SJ, Meehan CL. 2018. DHEAS Patterning across Childhood in Three Sub-Saharan Populations: Associations with Age, Sex, Ethnicity, and Cortisol. American Journal of Human Biology 30(2):e23090.

Meehan CL, Helfrecht C, Malcom C. 2016. Implications of Lengthy Development and Maternal Life History: Allomaternal Investment, Peer Relationships and Social Networks. In Childhood: Origins, Evolution, and Implications. C.L. Meehan and A.N. Crittenden, eds. Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research (SAR)/University of New Mexico Press.

Helfrecht C, Meehan CL. 2016. Sibling Effects on Nutritional Status: Intersections of Cooperation and Competition across Development. American Journal of Human Biology 28(2):159-170. Meehan CL,

Helfrecht C, Quinlan R. 2014. Allomaternal Networks and Children’s Nutritional Status: Is Flexibility Key to Cooperative Breeding? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(4):513-525. Hess N,

Helfrecht C, Hagen EH, Sell A, Hewlett BS. 2010. Interpersonal Aggression among Aka Hunter-Gatherers of the Central African Republic: Assessing the Effects of Sex, Strength, and Anger. Human Nature 21(3):330-354.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Effects of Stress on Onset of Middle Childhood among Aka Foragers, Ngandu Horticulturalists, and Sidama Agro-Pastoralists. The National Science Foundation (BCS #1260428). Funded by Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology Programs.


Kenneth Hoadley

Kenneth Hoadley

Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Marine Studies, University of Delaware

Specialty


Holly Horan

Holly Horan

Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Oregon State University

Specialty

Biocultural Anthropology

  • Maternal and Infant Health
  • Stress and Birth Outcomes
  • Health System Reform for Maternity Care

Contributions

Horan, H. with B. Ruder and C.L. Everson. 2018. “A Daya’s Omen: Chronicling Melissa Cheyney as a Scholar, Postmodern Midwife and Activist.” In Ways of Knowing About Birth, edits by Robbie Davis-Floyd, 249-254. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc.

Articles

Cheyney, M.J., Henning, M., Horan, H., Ferguson, M., & Bovbjerg, M. 2019. Forthcoming. “From Policy to Practice: Women’s Experiences of Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites, Part 1.” Clinical Lactation.

Cheyney, M.J., Henning, M., Horan, H., Ferguson, M., & Bovbjerg, M. 2019. “From Policy to Practice: Women’s Experiences of Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites, Part 2.” Clinical Lactation.  

2019 Oregon State University’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women “Breaking Barriers in Research” Award

Research Awards

2019 OSU Anthropology Program Sudy Storm Graduate Memorial Award $500

2019 OSU Presidents Commission on the Status of Women’s Breaking Barriers in Research Award

2018 OSU College of Liberal Arts Supplemental Research Award $500

2017 NSF Cultural Anthropology DDRG supplemental funding $4,220

2016 NSF Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) $21,405

2016 SYLFF Study Research Abroad Grant $5,000

2015 OSU Anthropology Kathryn Ross Award $1,500

2015 Oregon SYLFF Graduate Fellowships for International Research (2015-2016) $12,000

2015 OSU Presidents Commission on the Status of Women $500


Caitlin Hudac

Caitlin Hudac

Psychology

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, University of Nebraska

Specialty

Developmental Psychology

  • Functional Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Brain Development
  • Social Cognition
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Hudac, C.M.*, Beighley, J.S.*, Arnett, A.B., Peterson, J.L., Gerdts, J., Wallace, A.S., Mefford, H., Hoekzema, K., Turner, T.N., O’Roak, B.J., Eichler, E.E., & Bernier, R.A. (accepted). Clinical and behavioral phenotypes of carriers of mutations in CHD8 or its conserved target genes. Biological Psychiatry.

Hudac, C.M. (2018). Rapid dynamic modulation of ostracism neural responses following social priming. Social Neuroscience.

Hudac, C.M., DesChamps, T.D., Arnett, A.B., Cairney, B.E., Ma, R., Webb, S.J., & Bernier, R.A. (2018). Early enhanced processing and delayed habituation to deviance sounds in autism spectrum disorder. Brain and Cognition.

Kaiser, M. D., Hudac, C. M., Shultz, S., Lee, S., Cheung, C., Berken, A. M., Deen, B., Pitskel, N. B., Sugrue, D. R., Voos, A. C., Saulnier, C. A., Ventola, P., Wolf, J.M., Klin, A., Vander Wyk, B. C., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2010). Neural signatures of autism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 49, 21223-21228.


Nate Jones

Nathan Jones

Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Specialty

Ecohydrology

  • Hydrology
  • Water Quality
  • Watershed Management

Elif Kalaycioglu

Political Science

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, University of Minnesota

Specialty

International Relations


Rajesh Kana

Rajesh Kana

Psychology

Professor

Specialty

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Neuroscience
  • Social and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging

Bednarz, H.M., & Kana, R.K. (2018). Advances, Challenges, and Promises in Pediatric Neuroimaging of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Jul; 90:50-69.

Libero, L.E., DeRamus, T.P., Lahti, A.C., Deshpande, G., & Kana, R.K. (2015). Multimodal neuroimaging based classification of autism spectrum disorder using anatomical, neurochemical, and white matter correlates. Cortex. 66:46-59. PMC4782775.

Deshpande, G., Libero, L.E., Sreenivasan, K.R., Deshpande, H.D., & Kana, R.K. (2013). Identification of neural connectivity signatures of autism using machine learning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 670. PMC3798048.

Murdaugh, D.L., Maximo, J.O., Cordes, C.E., O’Kelley, S. E., & Kana, R.K. (2017). From word reading to multisentence comprehension: improvements in brain activity in children with autism after reading intervention. Neuroimage: Clinical, 16:303-312. PMC5565787.

Maximo, J.O., Murdaugh, D.L., O’Kelley, S., & Kana, R.K. (2017). Changes in intrinsic local connectivity after reading intervention in children with autism. Brain & Language, 175:11-17. PMID28869842.

2001 William Fulbright Pre-doctoral Fellowship

2005 Cure Autism Now Foundation Young Investigator Award

2008 Chesapeake Foundation McNulty-Civitan Scientist Award

2014 Distinguished Paper Award, Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Conference

2016 UAB Early Medical School Acceptance Program Outstanding Professor Award

2017 UAB Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship


Monica Kersch-Becker

Monica Kersch-Becker

Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Specialty

Chemical Ecology

  • My work identifies the underlying mechanisms by which plant chemical and physical traits shape multitrophic species interactions, population dynamics, and community structure of arthropods. My research aims to understand: (1) interactive effects between plants and predators, (2) community-wide responses to plant traits, and (3) conditional outcomes of mutualistic interactions.

Kersch-Becker MF and Thaler JS. 2019. Constitutive and herbivore-induced plant defenses regulate herbivore population processes. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:1079-1088. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12993

Kersch-Becker MF, Grisolia BB, Campos MJO and Romero GQ. 2018. The role of spider hunting mode on the strength of spider-plant mutualisms. Oecologia 188:213-222. doi: 10.1007/s00442-018-4170-y

Kersch-Becker MF, Kessler A and Thaler JS. 2017. Plant defenses drive herbivore population growth by changing predator-prey interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20171120. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1120

Kersch-Becker MF and Thaler JS. 2015. Plant resistance reduces the strength of consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators on aphids. Journal of Animal Ecology 84 (5): 1222-1232. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12371

Kersch-Becker MF and Thaler JS. 2014. Virus strains differentially induce plant susceptibility to aphid vectors and chewing herbivores. Oecologia 174:883-892. doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2812-7


Mina Kim

Mina Kim

Art and Art History

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, The Ohio State University

Specialty

Art History

  • Korean Art
  • East Asian Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Visual and Material Culture and Art

Jung Yeondoo’s Media Art: Quantum Deformation through Coincidence of the Real and the Virtual. Seoul: Arts Council Korea Arko Art Center, 2018.

“Across Time and Space: Historical Influence on Pan Tianshou (1897-1971),” Orientations 48, no. 4 (2017): 42-47.

“Beyond Representation: Reinscribing Museum’s Collection of Chinese Painting in the Contested History: A Case Study of Pan Tianshou Memorial Museum,” Bakmulgwan hakbo (Journal of Museum Studies) 32 (June 2017): 105-128.

“The Embodiment of Time and Space: Political Expression of Pan Tianshou,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 24, no. 2 (October 2017): 141-152.

 


Jihan Kim

Jihoon Kim

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Criminology, Law, and Society, University of Florida

Specialty

Criminology, Law, and Society


Kyungyong Lee

Kyungyong Lee

Mathematics

Associate Professor

Education

PhD, University of Michigan

Specialty

Algebraic and Commutative Algebra


Matthew Lockwood

Matthew Lockwood

History

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Yale University

Specialty

British Empirehi


Andrew Lynge

Andrew Lynge

School of Music

Assistant Professor
Director of Percussion Studies

Education

DMA, University of Texas at Austin

Specialty

Percussion

  • Solo Percussion Music
  • New Works For Percussion Quartet
  • 6-Mallet Keyboard Percussion

I have had the amazing opportunity to travel to many different countries to perform as a percussion soloist. These countries include Argentina, Italy, Brazil, and South Korea.


Wade McDonald

Wade MacDonald

Art and Art History

Assistant Professor

Education

MFA, Michigan State University

Specialty

Ceramics

  • Sculptural Ceramics
  • Contemporary Design
  • Contemporary Architecture

Second Place Award, Battleships Adrift on Indifferent Oceans, Workhouse Clay International, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

NCECA Emerging Artist Award, Jurors: Ayumi Horie, Arthur Gonzalez, and Julia Galloway, NCECA Conference, Pittsburg, PA 2016

Best of Show, Battleships Adrift on Indifferent Oceans, Art of the State, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, AL 2015

Honorable Mention: Workhouse Clay National, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art, Short-term Residency Award 3. Clay Arch Gimhae Museum/Ceramics Creative Center Ceramics Residency, Gimhae, South Korea 2014

Chris Clark Fellowship: Art Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI

John and Susan Berding Family Foundation Endowment Juried MFA Prize, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Varg-Sullivan Award: Distinguished National or International Exhibition or Publication, College of Arts and Letters with the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Publications: 2018

“A New Rhythm” by Magan Grueber. American Craft Magazine, Volume: 78, Issue: 4, p42-47 2018 “Nostalgia for the Grid” by Wade MacDonald, NCECA Journal 2018, Volume 39, p52-53 2016

“Resident artists return to Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village for ‘Reflections on Synthetic Action’” by Andrew Travers, Aspen Times, December 18, 2016


Jared Margulies

Jared Margulies

Geography

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Specialty

Political Ecology

  • Geography and Environmental Systems
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Biodiversity Conservation

Lyndell McDonald

Lyndell McDonald

Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor

Education

MFA, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Lighting/Technical Direction

  • Theatrical Lighting; LEDs
  • Revitalization of Historic Theatres and Performing Venues
  • History of Lighting for Dance

Moises Molina

Moisés Molina

School of Music

Assistant Professor

Education

DMA, Florida State University

Specialty

Cello


Brad Pierce

Brad Pierce

Biological Sciences

Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Specialty

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Non-Heme Mononuclear Iron Oxygenase Enzymes Involved in Biological Thiol Oxidation
  • Post-Transcriptional Modifications of Transfer RNA (tRNA) by Non-Heme Diiron Oxygenase Enzymes
  • Multifrequency and Multimodal Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy

2013 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Texas at Arlington 2005-2007

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship 2004-05

Chair, Graduate Research Seminar in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Gordon Research

Parham Asgari, Yuanda Hua, Apparao Bokka, Chanachon Thiamsiri, Watcharapon Prasitwatcharakorn, Ashif Karedath, Xin Chen, Sinjinee Sardar, Kyung Suk Yum, Gyu Leem, Brad S. Pierce, Kwangho Nam, Jiali Gao, and Junha Jeon*; “Catalytic Hydrogen Atom Transfer from Hydrosilanes to Vinylarenes by Alkali Metal Lewis Base Catalyst for Hydrosilylation and Polymerization” Nature-Catalysis. 2019 2, 164-173.

Manuel Quiroz, Shengda Ding, Pokhraj Ghosh, Nattamai Bhuvanesh, Chung-Hung Hsieh, Philip M. Palacios, Brad S. Pierce, Marcetta Y. Darensbourg*, and Michael B. Hall* “Structural and Electronic Responses to the Three Redox Levels of Fe(NO)N2S2-Fe(NO)2” Chem Eur J. 2018, 26:24(60), 16003-08.

Brad S. Pierce*; Bishnu P. Subedi; Sinjinee Sardar; Joshua K. Crowell; “The ‘Gln-type’ thiol dioxygenase from Azotobacter vinelandii is a 3-mercaptopropionic acid dioxygenase” Biochemistry 2015 54(51):7477-90.

Bishnu P. Subedi; Andra L. Corder; Siai Zhang; Frank W. Foss, Jr.; Brad S. Pierce* “Steady-state kinetics and spectroscopic characterization of enzyme-tRNA interactions for the non-heme diiron tRNA-monooxygenase, MiaE” Biochemistry 2015 54(2): 363-76.


Alvon Reed

Alvon Reed

Theatre and Dance

Assistant Professor

Education

MFA, University of Iowa

Specialty

Dance


Yuanzhen Shao

Yuanzhen Shao

Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Vanderbilt University

Specialty

Geometric Analysis and PDEs

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Physics

Sara Shirley

Sara Shirley

Communicative Disorders

Assistant Professor NTRC

Education

PhD, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Speech Language Pathology


Laura Stoppelbein

Laura Stoppelbein

Psychology

Professor

Education

PhD, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Clinical Child Psychology


Edith Szanto

Edith Szanto

Religious Studies

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Specialty

Social Theory of Islam

  • Islam
  • Middle East
  • Religion and Conflict

“Mourning Halabja on Screen: Or Reading Kurdish Politics Through Anfal Films,” Review of Middle East Studies 51 (1): 135-146.

“‘Zoroaster was a Kurd!’: Neo-Zoroastrianism among Iraqi Kurds,” Iran and the Caucasus 22 (1): 96-110.

“Challenging Transnational Shi‘i Authority in Ba‘th Syria,” British Journal of Middle East Studies 45 (1): 95-110.

“Depicting Victims, Heroines, and Pawns in the Syrian Uprising,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 12 (3): 306-322.


Roberto Toro-Rodriguez

Roberto Toro-Rodriguez

Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, University of Iowa

Specialty

Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis

  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics

Outstanding (Graduate) Teaching Assistant Award (Spring 2019)

Catharine Wegner Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award (Spring 2017)


Tyler Walker

School of Music

Assistant Professor
Co-Director of the Contemporary Ensemble
Director of Computer Music Studios

Education

DMA, Music Composition, University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music

Specialty

Composition


Laura Erin Whatley

Laura Erin Watley

Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, The University of Alabama

Specialty

Undergraduate Mathematics Education

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Improvement of Undergraduate Mathematics Education

2018 Innovation Scholar, College of Continuing Studies, The University of Alabama.

Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Candidate 2015-2016, Department of Mathematics, The University of Alabama.


Mengya Xia

Mengya Xia

Psychology

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Specialty

Developmental Psychology

  • Child Psychology
  • Family System Dynamics
  • Adolescent Competence
  • Advanced Methods for Intensive Longitudinal Data with Complex Structure