Helen Housley, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance, received the 2015 Lessac Leadership Award on Jan. 10, 2015. The award, which is presented by the Lessac Training and Research Institute, honors a member ‘for years of service toward the growth and direction of the Lessac Institute.’ Housley has served as the Institute’s Treasurer since 2009.
Jim Groom, executive director of teaching and learning technologies, presented the keynote at the University of Oklahoma’s 2015 Academic Technology Expo discussing the vision undergirding the Domain of One’s Own initiative that originated at UMW. The presentation, “Domain of One’s Own: Digital Agency in the 21st Century,” explored the importance of providing students, faculty, and staff with an innovative, web-based platform for owning, managing and migrating the digital work they create over the course of their academic careers.
Paul D. Fallon, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held in Portland, Oregon, from Jan. 8-11, 2015. His poster, “The Qualitative Lexicostatistics of Central Cushitic (Agaw)” applied a new method to analyze the layers of vocabulary and EthioSemitic borrowings in this language family of Eritrea and Ethiopia. As a member of the American Dialect Society, whose meeting was held concurrently, Fallon also participated in the voting of the ADS “Words of the Year” for 2014. The overwhelming winner of 2014 Word of the Year was #blacklivesmatter.
Ben Odhiambo Kisila, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and his former UMW research students Elyse Clark, Sunnan Yoon and Laura Pilati had their research paper, “Hydroacoustic and spatial analysis of sediment fluxes and accumulation rates in two Virginia reservoirs, USA” published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has appeared in a number of media outlets discussing the sentencing of former Governor Bob McDonnell over his federal corruption conviction as well as the start of the 2015 Virginia legislative session, including the Washington Post, National Public Radio, WUSA-TV, WJLA-TV, the Richmond-Times Dispatch, and Reuters.
Jason James, Associate Professor of Anthropology, contributed a chapter entitled “Restoration and Redemption: Defending Kultur and Heimat in Eisenach’s Cityscape” to a new collected volume on East German cities. Entitled Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East Since Unification and published by Berghahn books, the volume focuses on the transformation of East German cities and their place in the cultural landscape of unified Germany.
Shelley Keith, director of digital communications, gave a presentation at Confab Higher Ed 2014 in November entitled “Non-Invasive Governance: Meeting People Where They Are.” The presentation discussed (1) how to establish a web governance structure that meets users where they are (2) how to focus on users’ own goals to sell them on the importance of content strategy and governance (3) tactics and strategies for turning other-duties-as-assigned content contributors into quality stewards.
Here’s a storify of the attendees:
Helen Housley, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance, presented her paper, “Shakespeare’s Buzz: Lessac’s Tonal NRG and the Shakespearean Actor,” at the Annual Conference of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, Jan. 8-10, 2015, at the University of Memphis.