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

December 2, 2018

ARCHITECTURE – The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing team members delivered eight presentations, a poster presentation and a preconference workshop at the Healthcare Design Conference held Nov. 10-13 in Phoenix. They also staffed a booth where they continued a research study using virtual reality. Presentations included “Testing and Implementing Human-Centered Design Ideas Throughout the Design Process,” by David Allison, Anjali Joseph, Deborah Wingler and, from Kent State, Sara Bayramzadeh; “How Simulation-Based Evaluations Are Improving Healthcare Design Decisions,” by Joseph and the University of Florida’s Shabboo Valipoor and Sheila Bosch; and “Portraits of a Nurse: Understanding the Role of the Built Environment on Nurse Fatigue,” by Wingler and industry consultant Kathy Oakland.

ENGLISH – Kristen Aldebol-Hazle was the CAAH recipient of the Open Educational Resources Faculty Stipend offered by Clemson Online and the Clemson Libraries. This stipend encourages faculty to adopt open source educational resources to reduce textbook costs for students and increase equity in educational access.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, published “Introducing Law and Religion,” the preface to a jointly edited series of essays on the field, in the journal Religious Studies Review 44:3. Amesbury also co-chaired the Law, Religion, and Culture Unit of the American Academy of Religion at its annual meeting in Denver Nov. 17-20.

ENGLISH – David Blakesley published “Composing the Un/Real” in the journal Computers and Composition, vol. 50 (Dec. 2018), pp. 8-20. The essay elaborates the rhetorical and philosophical foundations of composition as an act of creating or inventing the un/real and the role wearable and immersive technologies can play in expanding composition’s range as a creative, productive art.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton appeared on the South Carolina Public Radio program “Walter Edgar’s Journal” on Nov. 16 along with three guest presenters from the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference, which he organized and hosted at Clemson University Nov. 28-Dec. 1. He also spoke about his major academic summit on SC Radio Network. As chair of the Tom Watson Brown prize committee, Burton presented its $50,000 award for the best book on the Civil War era at the annual Society of Civil War Historians banquet Nov. 9 in Birmingham, Alabama. On Nov. 11, he participated in a session about Little Rock Central High at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. On Nov. 16, Burton spoke as part of a panel at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina on the 120th anniversary of The Phoenix Election Riot. Burton also served as the historical consultant on “While I Breathe, I Hope,” a documentary film about attorney, politician and commentator Bakari Sellers, which premiered last month in Columbia, South Carolina.

HISTORY – Joshua Catalano presented his paper “From Ken Burns’ ‘The Civil War’ to History’s ‘Ancient Aliens’: Lincoln’s Unfinished Work on Cable Television” on Nov. 29 at the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference at Clemson University.

ENGLISH – Luke Chwala presented “The Transgothic Ecologies of H. Rider Haggard’s ‘She’” at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States conference, “Victorian Futures,” held Nov. 8-10 in Palm Springs, California. The presentation was part of a roundtable, “Trans Studies and the Future of Victorian Studies,” which provided an overview of four articles appearing next month in Vol. 44 of the Victorian Review on Trans Victorians.

LANGUAGES – Stephen Fitzmaurice was elected to a four-year term as secretary on the board of directors for the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. He was also an invited presenter at the Southeastern Regional Symposium for College Educators of Teachers of the Deaf, and Educational Interpreters, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he presented new empirical evidence regarding “Predicting Interpreter Performance.”

ARCHITECTURE – Roxana Jafarifiroozabadi, a doctoral student, recently received second place in the Three Minute Thesis competition at Clemson. The competition developed by The University of Queensland challenges students to present a brief and compelling oration about their thesis and its significance while using language appropriate for a general audience.

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph published “The Architecture of Safety: An Emerging Priority for Improving Patient Safety” in Health Affairs 37(11), pp. 1884-1891 along with her co-authors Kerm Henriksen and Eileen Malone. Joseph presented the paper Nov. 6 at an event the journal organized in Washington D.C.

PERFORMING ARTS – Eric J. Lapin presented as a part of a panel titled “Effecting Social Change Through the Humanities” at the National Humanities Conference held Nov. 8-11 in New Orleans.

ARCHITECTURE – Amalia Leifeste has been selected to serve a two-year term as chair of the executive committee for the National Council for Preservation Education. The council raises awareness about historic preservation; helps develop and improve educational programs in preservation; and aids students considering study in the discipline.

CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Jason Lucas received a $75,233 grant from the Job-Site Safety Institute, which is titled “Advancing Best Practices for Construction Safety.” The grant will fund the creation of a guide that can be implemented to reduce risk and minimize total claims.

LANGUAGES – Joseph Mai published an extensive review of the Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s most recent film, “Graves Without a Name,” in The Mekong Review. This poetic documentary is an autobiographical exploration of mourning and reconciliation, 40 years after genocide during the Pol Pot regime.

ENGLISH – Angela Naimou participated in an international, multidisciplinary workshop on Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin. She was also among the Clemson faculty who presented papers at the American Studies Association’s annual meeting held Nov. 7-10 in Atlanta.

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred E. Newman was an invited panelist and speaker at the third annual higher education Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization (CAAV) Conference Nov. 5-7 at Villanova University in Philadelphia. Newman also had her drawing “The Ground on Which We Stand: M-001” selected for the juried exhibition “A New Birth of Freedom…” being held Nov. 27-Dec. 12 at the Clemson University R.M. Cooper Library in conjunction with the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference.

ARCHITECTURE – Mary G. Padua co-authored a book chapter with Stanley Lung in the recently released book “Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning,” edited by Elizabeth Mossop (CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group). Their chapter “Adaptive Landscapes for Coastal Restoration and Resilience in Contemporary China” presents a discursive narrative for two case studies on low-impact development, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, community development and China’s “sponge city” pilot project.

PERFORMING ARTS –  Shannon Robert won Atlanta Theatre’s Suzi Bass Award for Best Scene Design (for the third time) for the Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She designed the set for the acclaimed production of “Newsies” at Atlanta’s Lyric Theatre, which ran Oct. 19-Nov. 4. Robert also presented on “creating space for devised theatre” for The Alliance for Arts in Research Universities Conference at University of Georgia in Athens.

ARCHITECTURE – Thomas Schurch made a presentation titled “Soft Cities” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in Philadelphia. His presentation addressed landscape architecture’s role in shaping urban form relative to natural processes associated with water, “wild” landscapes, urban forests and carbon sequestration, in addition to urban agriculture. Schurch is co-director of the ASLA Professional Practice Network.

ARCHITECTURE – Robert Silance has exhibited photographs in an internationally juried exhibition titled “One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough” at the Rhode Island Center of Photographic Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition addresses the impact of gun violence in America and is the third show in a series designed to provide opportunities to support positive change in communities. The exhibition was juried by Boris Bally, a nationally recognized artist, author and activist.

LANGUAGES – Daniel J. Smith presented “The Order of Morpheme Acquisition: Spanish and English in Contact” at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

LANGUAGES – Graciela Tissera explored the historical memory of the civic-military dictatorship of Argentina (1976-1983) in her paper “Argentina ante la memoria de la última dictadura: percepciones fílmicas de la intrahistoria.” She presented her research at the conference “III Congreso Internacional Art-Kiné: estéticas de la memoria. Prácticas sociales del recuerdo: el cine, los medios de comunicación y la cultura,” which was held Nov. 6-9 at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise presented at NonfictioNOW in Phoenix as part of the panel “Just Be Yourself and Teach Us: Disabled Writers and the Imaginary Nondisabled Audience.” The panel was profiled by Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction StudiesThe magazine Bellingham Review interviewed  Weise and her satirical alter ego Tipsy Tullivan for their current issue.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin White presented two papers at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, held Nov. 17-20 in Denver: “Paul Within Judaism: Notes From the Second Century” and “Timothy as Collaborator: Rolling Delta and its Utility in Multi-Authored Pauline Epistles.”

ART – Valerie Zimany presented “Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: Accepting Fallibility as an Educator” on the panel “Bring Out Your Dead: Failed Attempts & Spectacular Disasters” at the annual meeting of SECAC (formerly known as the Southeastern College Art Conference) in Birmingham, Alabama. Artwork by Zimany and Todd Anderson is featured in “Radiate,” the 10-year anniversary exhibition of the Kai Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta. Zimany and Anderson Wrangle had artwork chosen for the 30th anniversary juried exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum out of a field of more than 1,000 entries. Work by Samuel Wang, an emeritus faculty member, was also included, along with pieces by Clemson MFAs Carly Drew (’13), Elizabeth Keller (’92), Jo Carol Mitchell Rodgers (’87), Alyssa Reiser Prince (’13) and Winston Wingo (’80). BFA alumna Katelyn Chapman (’14) was awarded third prize for her painting.