CAAH Faculty Juncture: April 2023

April 27, 2023

ARCHITECTURE — Mina Ardekani, a doctoral student working with Anjali Joseph at the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, was recently selected as a finalist from CAAH in the iGRADS research competition showcasing the innovative and outstanding research being conducted by graduate students across all seven of Clemson’s colleges. Mina presented, “Designing for Inclusion: How Architects Can Tackle Emergency Room Hurdles for Autistic Children.” The competition was an opportunity for graduate students to present their research through a variety of formats. The conference-style research competition was organized by Clemson’s Graduate Student Government, in association with the Graduate School.

ARCHITECTURE – The architecture practice of Associate Professor Timothy Brown has been awarded a $2,000 AIA ACTIVATE grant by the American Institute of Architects North Carolina in support of the Project on Southern Appalachian Architecture, a new online journal documenting the region’s built environment.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE– Two faculty in the landscape architecture program won national awards through the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). Lecturer Lara Browning won the 2023 Junior Level Excellence in Service-Learning Award, which honors a faculty member’s accomplishments in outreach and service-learning education. Paul Russell won the 2023 Senior Level Excellence in Teaching award, recognizing excellence in creative, innovative and effective teaching methodologies and practices.

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton gave the second keynote at the Southern Intellectual History Circle meeting at Miami University as a response to the opening keynote, “Slavery and the Past and Future of Southern Intellectual History” by David Faust.  As part of his Creative Inquiry Veterans Project, Burton hosted representatives from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project March 7-9 to work with students on how to interview veterans and record their stories.  On March 12, as part of USC Press’s State of the Heart anthology series, Burton read from his essay, “Mystery and Contradiction: My Story of Ninety-Six” at the Laurens County Library.  On March 14, at the New York Historical Society, Burton was the Ann and Andrew Tisch Supreme Court Lecturer,and Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy moderated questions on Burton’s book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court. On March 21, Burton debated Devon Westhill of the Federalist Society on “Affirmative Action Cases at the Supreme Court this Term” at the Federalist Society in Raleigh, North Carolina.  On March 23, he spoke at the University of Tennessee Law School on Justice Deferred.

CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Associate Professor Joseph M. Burgett published “Status of Law Enforcement Drone Education at Two-Year Community College” in the February 25 issue of Journal of Criminal Justice Education. He also published “UAS Law Enforcement Technicians in South Carolina: An Exploration of Supply and Demand” in the Journal of Advanced Technological Education volume 2, issue 1.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Jody Cripps participated in the Martha’s Vineyard TV’s program “MV Signs Then & Now” as an interviewer. He interviewed Jill Taney, a deaf Islander who explained her experience living on the island. Also, Cripps published the new volume (5) and issue (2) of the Society of American Sign Language Journal, of which he is editor-in-chief. In this issue, he and his colleagues also published a signed music article titled, “Gaining Insights into Signed Music Through Performers

LANGUAGES – Together with Digital History doctoral student Jessica Foster, Professor Johannes Schmidt participated in a screening at Furman University of a 45-minute version of the six-and-a-half-hour documentary film, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” by Ken Burns, Lynn Novack and Sarah Botstein. They also participated in a panel discussing the film and answering audience questions.

HISTORY—Professor H. Roger Grant was interviewed on March 1 by Axios in Columbus, Ohio, about the background of the Norfolk Southern rail line through East Palestine, Ohio.  He focused on track conditions and wrecks when the line was operated by the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail Railroads.

ARCHITECTURE — Professor Anjali Joseph, Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, and doctoral student Monica Gripko recently presented, “Facilitating Engagement in Older Adults: Using Evidence to Support Health and Well-Being through Design,” at the Environments for Aging Conference in Charlotte. The presentation discussed practical applications of recent research, focusing on how design of communities, buildings, and interior spaces can promote older adults’ engagement and improve their well-being. Joseph and Gripko also coauthored an article published this March in the Journal of Environmental Psychology titled, “Effects of the physical environment on children and families in hospital-based emergency departments: A systematic literature review.” 

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor of Music Linda Li-Bleuel presented a session, “Too Fast, Too Legato, and Too Loud! A Guide to Stylistic Challenges in Classical-era Repertoire” at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference in Reno, Nevada on March 27.

ART – Sift Gallery, in partnership with Eighth State Brewing, held a reception on April 13 to celebrate the solo exhibition “Fuzzy Edges” by Todd McDonald, the Acting Art Department Chair and Associate Professor in Painting. The exhibition showcases McDonald’s complex and kinetic paintings and is on display until the end of May at Sift Gallery, situated inside McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture in the historic Claussen’s Bakery building in Greenville.

PERFORMING ARTS – Assistant Professor Lisa Sain Odom gave a sold-out solo vocal recital, Sehnsucht/Longing, with Clemson collaborative pianist Grace Berardo as part of the new Brooks Center Faculty Series on March 16 in the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel. She also presented two sessions on March 1 and 4 at the 74th Annual Convention of the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The session, “Musical Theatre and Agriculture: An Unlikely Collaboration,” was presented jointly with Clemson agriculture professor Kirby Player. Sain Odom was the solo presenter for the session, “Too much vibrato, or not enough?” She wrote an article for CSMusic,net, “Making the Most of Your College Experience as a Performing Artist,” and another article she wrote, “Sangeeta Kaur: Merging Genres to Center Herself”was published in the March/April edition of the Classical Singer bi-monthly print magazine. She was also selected to serve as a Master Clinician for the Mid-Atlantic Region National Association of Teachers of Singing annual workshop, where she worked with a singer in front of other students and faculty from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Professor Mary G. Padua and her team—Ron Henderson, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism; Jessica Fernandez, University of Georgia; Yang Song, Texas A & M; Jue Wu, University of Maryland; and Xiwei Shen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas­­—presented findings from their peer-reviewed research, “Junior Faculty in Landscape Architecture: Exploring the Future of Academic Pursuit and Professional Demand”, at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) annual conference held March 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. Padua was the second author for Xiwei Shen’s peer-reviewed research, “Interrogating the Meaning of Technology for Landscape Architecture in the 21st Century”, also presented at CELA’s annual conference.

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Elizabeth Rivlin’s article, “Shakespeare for Women: Middlebrow Feminism in Lady Macbeth and The Weird Sisters,” was published in the journal Arizona Quarterly (Volume 79, Number 1, Spring 2023, pp. 79-104). She also co-wrote “Remedial Uses of Shakespeare: An Afterword” with Alexa Alice Joubin, which was published in Shakespeare and Cultural Appropriation, edited by Vanessa I. Corredera, L. Monique Pittman and Geoffrey Way (Routledge, 2023). Rivlin was also an invited speaker at the 19th Annual Marco Symposium at the University of Tennessee, held March 24-25. This year’s symposium was titled “The Canon of Shakespeare at 400,” and her paper was titled “The Education of Everybody: Shakespeare and the Great Books Canon.”

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Michelle Smith published an article from her current research project in JSTOR Daily, titled, “Was She Really Rosie?”

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor Jae DiBello Takeuchi’s book Language Ideologies and L2 Speaker Legitimacy: Native Speaker Bias in Japan, was published by Multilingual Matters on March 27. She was also a featured speaker at SoSy 2023, the Sociolinguistics Symposium held on March 2-3 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she gave a talk titled “Linguistic microaggression: Native speaker bias and monolingual bias in Japanese-English code-switching.” On March 16, the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) held its Annual Spring Conference, for which Takeuchi is the do-director. This was the first in-person conference for AATJ since before the pandemic, and the more than 70 individual and panel presentations, as well as the keynote address, were highly attended and well-received.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Assistant Professor John Thames published an article, “International Politics and Local Change at Emar in the Late Bronze Age,” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History. Thames also began terms as co-chair of the Hebrew Bible section and co-chair of the American Society of Overseas Research member-sponsored section for the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion/American Academy of Religion southeastern region.

LANGUAGES – Professor Eric Touya gave a lecture titled, “Women’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Senegal: Narratives, Ethics, Empathy” at the Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium, Somerville College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, March 15-16.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Caitlin G. Watt was quoted in a New York Times article about the John Wick film franchise, “John Wick Sure Has a Lot of Friends for a Lone Assassin” by Robert Ito, published March 22. She also presented a paper titled “Space-Time Distortions and Narrow Lines of Communication in Historia Meriadoci” at the 48th Sewanee Medieval Colloquium in Sewanee, Tennessee, March 24-25.