Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – November 2022

December 13, 2022

ENGLISH – Professor Susanna Ashton’s essay, “Ablaze: The 1849 Attack on the Pendleton Post Office” appeared in the journal, Southern Spaces. This essay explores the context of an attack on the US Post Office in Pendleton, SC by a mob of white supremacists looking to seize anti-slavery mailings, and it explores the events in the context of an initial spate of mailings that happened in 1835.

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton presented a Clemson OLLI lecture on South Carolina and the Supreme Court at the Gignilliat Community Center in Seneca. At the Southern Historical Association annual meeting on November 11 in Baltimore, he received the John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement award. He gave a short acceptance speech on the importance and power of history and evidence in an age of alternative facts. On November 17, at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago, he was part of a presidential Roundtable Session titled, “The Rise and Decline of the Voting Rights Act: Perspectives from History, Political Science, Demography and Civil Rights Lawyers.” Burton’s review of James L. Leloudis and Robert R. Korstad’s, Fragile Democracy: The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) appeared in the November 2022 edition of the Journal of Southern History.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Jody Cripps and his colleagues provided a presentation session on “Collaborative Research in Community-Engaged Music: Perspectives on Signed Music from the Deaf Community” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology held jointly with the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory in New Orleans. Cripps was also invited to present a presentation titled, “The Question of Assessment for Motor Pathology in Signed Language”  at the Language First Conference at Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge, LA on November 14. Cripps also traveled to Ottawa, Canada on November 18th and 19th, 2022, to work with Ellen Waterman, a distinguished Canadian music scholar from Carleton University, in her research project titled Resonance: Towards a Community-Engaged Model of Research-Creation. This research project includes conducting community engagement research (e.g., observing exhibitions, interviews, and group discussions) on signed music with local deaf performers from the Ottawa and Montreal areas. Cripps and his colleagues also published a paper focusing on deaf performers’ ownership and engagement in signed music in The Black Drum, the signed musical performance, in Canadian Theatre Review. The title of their paper is “Ownership and Engagement in Performance Art: The Black Drum Signed Musical Theatre Case Study.” 

ARCHITECTURE – Assistant Professor Lyndsey Deaton and her research team have been awarded four grants for the public exhibition of their research, “The Distance between Girls and Boys: An exhibit revealing gender effects on teenagers’ access to public space in displaced communities.” The experiential exhibit will be based on the findings from five years of living and working with 50 adolescents in India and the Philippines to reveal the “real” places teenager’s hang out when public space is scarce. This work will be shown at four locations across South Carolina: Clemson’s Cooper Library, the Monaghan Plant Gallery of Greenville, the Columbia Architecture Center, and Redux Gallery in Charleston. Deaton’s team was also approved to leverage this opportunity as a Creative Inquiry Course through 2023. Registration is open for all undergraduates regardless of degree.

LANGUAGES – BMW Senior Lecturer of German Lee Ferrell and Professor Johannes Schmidt hosted Thomas Schratzenstaller of the OTH Regensburg, a partner university in Bavaria, Germany. The visit was to further our partnership to restart study abroad for our students and to discuss international virtual and hybrid experimental learning opportunities as well as faculty exchanges. Schratzenstaller also met with faculty and study-abroad advisors in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering.

CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE – Assistant Professor Dhaval Gajjar was honored with the Roofing Alliance’s Bennett Award. The Bennett Award is presented annually and recognizes individuals who volunteer and offer notable positive accomplishments on behalf of the Roofing Alliance and the industry.

ARCHITECTURE — Professor Anjali Joseph and graduate student Swati Goel, along with other Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing research team members, coauthored an article that was published in the proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. The study suggests that icons in anesthesia medication have not yet been explored with anesthesia providers and need more attention. While icons were not uniformly well-received among the providers, the study allowed anesthesia providers to consider the idea of icons on medication delivery drugs and their role in increasing the visibility of medications and decreasing medication errors.

ARCHITECTURE – Lecturer Kyle Kiser was part of the LMN Architects design team winning Honorable Mention under the Higher Education Category of the 2022 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards for the design of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business building. The design was a collaboration of LMN Architects of Seattle and LS3P of Greenville. Grand Avenue Park Bridge, designed by Kiser’s team at LMN Architects in partnership with KPFF Consulting Engineers received the Silver 2022 World Architecture News Award in the bridges category this month. This year, the program received entries from over 30 countries, and three entries from China, Belgium, and the United States were shortlisted in the bridges category. In addition to serving on the design team, Kiser oversaw the bridge’s construction, which features a unique direct-to-fabrication parametric cladding design and stormwater infrastructure for climate resiliency.

HISTORY – Associate Professor Pam Mack gave a virtual talk on “Beyond the Technological Fix – Involving Students in Ethical Issues in Information Technology” at the NASA Data Science Summit, a hybrid meeting held at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia on November 16.

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING – Professor Emeritus Barry Nocks was honored with the Leading from the Heart Award from Congregation Beth Israel in Greenville. As part of the honor, numerous current city and state leaders spoke about Nocks’ tireless efforts to improve the Greenville community over the past 40 years, and December 4, 2022, was proclaimed “Barry C. Nocks Day” in the City of Greenville. Nocks has served as a professor of city and regional planning at Clemson for more than 40 years, focusing on improving cities and enhancing the quality of life for people and encouraging students to make a difference in their communities.

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING – Assistant Professor Luis Ramos Santiago’s most recent research paper was accepted and presented at the recent Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference in Toronto, CA). The paper is titled “The Independent and Combined Influence of Local-Accessibility, Metropolitan-Accessibility, and Bus-Connectivity on Station Boardings: Implications for Lower-Income and Immigrant Patrons in Los Angeles.”

ENGLISH – Professor and Chair Will Stockton’s book, An Introduction to Queer Studies: Reading Queerly was published by Routledge. Stockton’s work is the first introduction to queer theory written especially for students of literature. Tracking the emergence of queer theory out of gay and lesbian studies, his book pays unique attention to how queer scholars have read some of the most well-known works in the English language.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Graciela Tissera published a book chapter, “Reflejos del poder del inconsciente en las técnicas cinematográficas” in Visiones de la enfermedad. Estudios Interdisciplinares (Peter Lang), edited by Ricardo de la Fuente Ballesteros, Blanca García Gómez, and Elena Jiménez García.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Associate Professor Ben White delivered a paper entitled “Paul, Apostle to the Romans first, and also to the Hebrews: Reading Paul in Papyrus 46” at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Denver on November 20.  White was also elected as co-chair of the Historical Paul section of the Society of Biblical Literature.