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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Sept. 1-30, 2018

October 8, 2018

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph, David Allison, Deborah Wingler, doctoral student Herminia Machry and other researchers at the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing published three new manuscripts. “Minor Flow Disruptions, Traffic-Related Factors and Their Effect on Major Flow Disruptions in the Operating Room” was published as an EPUB in BMJ Quality & Safety. “An Observational Study of Door Motion in Operating Rooms” was published in Building and Environment, 144: pp. 502-507. “Comparing the Effectiveness of Four Different Design Media in Communicating Desired Performance Outcomes with Clinical End Users” was published in the Health Environments Research & Design Journal. The Center’s researchers are also working on the development of an operating room design toolkit that would help architects and clinicians better understand safety requirements in the OR and how design affects health-care outcomes.

HISTORY – Amit Bein presented at the conference “Middle Eastern and Balkan Mobilities in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)” at the University of Cambridge, England. His topic was “Strolling Through Istanbul: Egyptian Travellers in 1930s Turkey.”

ENGLISH – David Blakesley was accepted into the 2018-19 Adobe Partners by Design Program for art and design faculty. The program brings faculty members together to share best practices in the fields of art and design, lead local student design events, judge Adobe Design Achievement Awards, test new Adobe products and connect with the Society of Digital Agencies (SoDa) for professional and student opportunities.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton’s essay, “Mystery and Contradiction: My Story of Ninety Six,” appeared in “State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love,” vol. 3 (University of South Carolina Press), edited by Aida Rogers, pp. 18-27. The series was begun by the late novelist Pat Conroy, and this volume contains a foreword by Nikky Finney and an afterword by Cassandra King. Burton and other authors appeared at an Oct. 5 reading at the Anderson County Arts Center.

HISTORY – Joshua Catalano’s article “Digitally Analyzing the Uneven Ground: Language Borrowing Among Indian Treaties” was published in the inaugural issue of Current Research in Digital History.

ENGLISH – Luke Chwala’s essay, “Emerging TransGothic Ecologies in H. Rider Haggard’s ‘She,’” was published in the special issue Trans Victorians of the Victorian Review, vol. 44, no. 1, Fall 2018.

ARCHITECTURE – Maria Counts has been elected a regional director for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). Region 6 includes Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico. As regional director, she will provide service to the board through outreach, coordination with other universities and will serve on an executive committee.

ENGLISH – Walt Hunter gave a keynote address for the conference “The Precariat in Art and Culture” on Sept. 21 at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.

ENGLISH – Steven Katz was a noted speaker at the first Symposium on Sound, Rhetoric, and Writing Sept. 7-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. At the symposium, Katz was interviewed by Mari Ramler, a graduate of Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID). He also performed classical guitar with current RCID student Michael David Measel, who played mandolin and guitar, to demonstrate “Temporalities in Transition: ‘The Epistemic Music of Rhetoric’ by Steven Katz – 22 Years Later.” Current RCID online student Amy Patterson photographed, streamed, recorded and ran the boards for the panel.

PERFORMING ARTS – Linda Li-Bleuel has been selected to participate in The Trailblazers: Provost’s Mentoring Initiative for Faculty. This Clemson program provides experiential leadership training focused on the unique challenges of leadership in higher education.

HISTORY – Edwin Moise gave a talk, “Myths of the Tet Offensive,” on Sept. 12 at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred Elysse Newman presented a paper at the Academy for Neuroscience for Architecture 2018 conference held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Her paper “Home as Health Intervention” outlined research in a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) in Atlanta, where physical models of inhabitants’ homes and the mental constructs derived from them were tested to explain the degree to which home environments support or augment mobility and health. This research has the potential to increase physical and social activities of older Americans, and make a significant impact on their health.

ENGLISH – Barton Palmer’s volume “Adaptation in Visual Culture: Images, Texts, and Their Multiple Worlds,” co-edited with Julie Grossman of LeMoyne College, received the 2018 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Studies Book Award for edited collection. This was Palmer’s second time winning the award. Palmer has also published “Rule, Britannia! The Biopic and British National Identity” (SUNY Press), co-edited with Homer B. Pettey of the University of Arizona. The volume focuses on how screen biographies of prominent figures in British history and culture shaped and promoted a protean national identity. The contributors engage with the concept of British nationality, especially as the sense of collective belonging is challenged by the ethnically oriented alternatives of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish nations.

PERFORMING ARTS – Shannon Robert’s set design for the Aurora Theatre’s smash hit “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award, which is Atlanta’s version of the Tonys.

LANGUAGES – Daniel J. Smith has been listed as an advisory board member on a European Research Council Advanced Grant application, “Cross-Community Bilingual Usage Patterns and Their Acquisition by Children.” His research on Spanish-English bilingualism in northeast Georgia is cited in the proposal for a potential project at the University of Cambridge. This will be the first major study of its kind to conduct a cross-community investigation of geographically separated groups of people who are nevertheless speakers of the same pair of languages, Spanish and English, in various locations in Europe and the Americas.

LANGUAGES – Graciela Tissera published “‘The Appeared’ (2007) by Paco Cabezas: Redefining the Book of Hidden Memories and Cyclical Time” in “Terrifying Texts. Essays on Good and Evil in Horror Cinema,” edited by Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (McFarland & Company).

LANGUAGES – Eric Touya read a paper titled “Claudel dans/pour l’avenir: diplomatie, économie, éco-critique” at the Colloque International Paul Claudel Résolument Contemporain, sponsored by Sorbonne University, the National Library and the Comédie Française at the Université de Paris IV Sorbonne in Paris.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise’s essay, “Common Cyborg,” appears in GrantaThe essay discusses Donna Haraway’s erasure of disabled women, Google’s romance with futurism and, as Weise writes, “how much we cyborgs sell our body parts for on eBay.”



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