Faculty and Staff Sketches

April 20, 2015


In the News

Talbert is nominee for state award

Robert Talbert, associate professor of mathematics, was Grand Valley’s nominee for Distinguished Professor of the Year, awarded by the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan.

In her nomination letter, Provost Gayle R. Davis said Talbert has worked tirelessly to change the notion that mathematics is a difficult, tedious subject to learn.

“He has done so by being a professor who models his belief that learning is about relationships between ideas, between people, and between people and ideas,” Davis wrote.

In February, Talbert earned the Pew Teaching with Technology Award from the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

Robert Talbert

Robert Talbert




David Linn, associate professor of biomedical sciences, gave a presentation, “Looking at Nicotine Receptors to Treat Glaucoma,” at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

Amorak Huey, assistant professor of writing; Ellen Schendel, associate dean of Brooks College and professor of writing; and Christopher Toth, assistant professor of writing, gave a presentation, “Beyond the Humanities: Offering a Bachelor of Science in Writing,” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida.

Michael Webster, professor of English, gave a presentation, “Archetypal Individuals in Cummings’ The Enormous Room,” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Matthew Reidsma, web services librarian, gave a presentation, “More than Usable: Library Services for Humans,” at UXLib: User Experience in Libraries Conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Pablo Llerandi-Román, associate professor of geology, and William Neal, emeritus professor of geology, were contributing authors of a presentation, “50- and 100-Year Shoreline Change Predictions for Select Small Islands of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands,” at the Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Judy Whipps, professor of liberal studies and philosophy, wrote an article, “A Pragmatist Reading of Mary Parker Follett’s Integrative Process,” published in Transactions of the Charles Pierce Society Journal.

Erik Nordman, associate professor of biology, wrote an article, “An Integrated Assessment for Wind Energy in Lake Michigan Coastal Counties,” published in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. He also gave the keynote address, “Birds on the Wire: Bird Conservation and the Electricity System,” at the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative Meeting.

Amy Russell, associate professor of biology, wrote an article, “From the Field to the Lab: Best Practices for Field Preservation of Bat Specimens for Molecular Analyses,” published in PLOS ONE.

Gamal Gasim, assistant professor of political science and Middle East Studies, gave a presentation about the rise of political tensions in the Middle East at the Grand Haven Public Policy Series.

Courtney Karasinski, assistant professor and undergraduate coordinator for Communication Sciences and Disorders, wrote an article, “Language Ability, Executive Functioning and Behaviour in School-Age Children,” published in the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.

Alisha Davis, assistant professor of allied health sciences, gave a presentation, “Level the Playing Field: Using Social Capital to Advance Equitable Academic Achievement,” at the AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in San Diego, California.

Terry L. Pahl, facilities engineer, was elected to the Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative Board of Directors for a third three-year term.

Library faculty members Valeria Long and Lynn Sheehan gave a presentation, “Sustaining Library Faculty: The Elephant is Big and Gray and is in the Library,” at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Luanne Brown, payroll manager, wrote an article, “Use the Five-Why Method to Find a Problem’s Root Cause”, published in Paytech by the American Payroll Association.

Stephen Rowe, professor of philosophy, wrote an article, “Liberal Education as Adulthood,” published in the Journal of General Education.