New Faculty Projects - Faculty Vitality Projects - Collaborative Vitality Projects

New Faculty Projects

Development of an X-ray Fluorescence Research Laboratory
Michelle Arnold, Physics

The Application of molecular-physiological techniques for determining capture-recapture stress in angled fishes
Diego Bernal, Zoology

Changes in Salinity Levels of Utah's Great Salt Lake and Their Environmental and Social Consequences
Daniel Bedford, Geography

Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom and Trekking in the Seat of the Gods
Hal Crimmel, English

Cross-National Adolescent Project: A Study of Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Bolivia
Paul Schvaneveldt, Child and Family Studies

Limestone Sculpture Symposium, Bloomington, Indiana, June 2003
Kay Stevenson, Visual Arts

Faculty Vitality Projects

"Viewpoints" The Saratoga International Theatre Institute and Company Workshop
Tracy Callahan, Performing Arts
Ms. Callahan wishes to continue acting and directing training in New York City with the Saratoga International Theatre Institute Company under the direction the direction of Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki. Their six-week workshop trains participants in a new physical rehearsal and performance technique, the "Viewpoints Method." 

Hornaday Research
James Dolph, History
Dr. Dolph plans research at the New York Zoological Park, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution to complete a biography of William Temple Hornaday, the "Father of Wildlife Preservation." This work will build on his dissertation which focused on the first half of Hornaday’s life. 

Presentation at Global Conference on Business and Economics
David Durkee, Accounting
Dr. Durkee requests support to present his paper, "Accountants in GAAP Land," which has been accepted by the Global Conference on Business and Economics in London, England. This will be combined with a visit to the International Accounting Standards Board in London. Within the Goddard School, Dr. Durkee teaches International Accounting. 

"Connecting the Mind, Brain, and Education" Summer Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Claudia Eliason, Teacher Education
Drs. Eliason, Stewart and Cena want to attend a Summer Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 22-27. "Connecting the Mind, Brain, and Education" seeks to explore the most recent research in brain physiology and cognitive science to provide insight into human behavior and educational practice.

Searching for the "Real West" in the Theme Towns of the New West, Paper Presentation
Eric Ewert, Geography
Dr. Ewert requests support to attend the annual meeting of the Western Historical Association to be held in Fort Worth, Texas in October and present his paper, Searching for the "Real West" in the Theme Towns of the New West. This paper results from his continuing efforts to focus on dramatic demographic and economic changes taking place in the American West.

Crime and Punishment in Liechtenstein
Kay Gillespie, Criminal Justice
Dr. Gillespie proposes travel to Vaduz, the capital city of Liechtenstein, where he will study the criminal justice system, interview officials, attend court hearings, and tour prisons and juvenile facilities. Subsequently he will tour Switzerland and northern Italy to compare criminal justice systems. 

A Travel Cost Model of Off-Road Vehicle Driving in Moab, Utah
Therese Grijalva, Economics
Dr. Grijalva requests support to conduct survey research on the demand for off-road vehicle (ORV) use on public lands in Moab, Utah. The objective of the study is to estimate the nonmarket economic benefits of ORV use on public lands in the Moab area, and subsequent losses due to possible restrictions in access. This project will include an undergraduate student in the collection and analysis of survey data.

Faculty Development Seminar in Cuba
John Ibarguen, History
Dr. Ibarguen wishes to attend a 12-day seminar in Cuba arranged by the Council on International Exchange. He hopes to establish academic contacts with professors and administrators at the University of Havana. In addition he wants to observe firsthand the changes that have taken place in Cuba in the forty-four years since he was last in Cuba (six months before the fall of Batista). 

The Davis Dilemma: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Physics Laboratory
Adam Johnston, Physics
Dr. Johnston proposes a project in which an undergraduate physics education major will work closely with the Physics Department over the summer in developing new and revised activities for students of Physics for Scientists and Engineers I & II (PHSX 2210/2220) at the new Davis Campus. The current lab program consists of 24 laboratories over 2 semesters of coursework. New equipment and facilities will require the substantial revisions of these materials.

Artist Residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation
Suzanne Kanatsiz, Visual Arts
Ms. Kanatsiz has been awarded an artist residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico for summer 2003. For the residency she proposes moving away from the large, three-dimensional works she has been creating and to focus on a series of two-dimensional pieces. Additionally she intends to explore video, digital imaging, and sound.

Participation in the Ant Course at Southwestern Research Station
John Mull, Zoology
Dr. Mull proposes to attend a 10-day workshop on ant collection, identification, and natural history offered at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

Carriage of Staphylkococcus aureus Among College Students and Faculty
Karen Nakaoka, Microbiology
Dr. Nakaoka seeks support to examine the rates of carriage and factors involved in carriage of Staphyloccus aureus in college students and faculty. S. Aureus is a pathogenic microorganism commonly found in the throat and nostrils of healthy individuals. Studies have shown that presence of this microorganism may increase the risk of infection elsewhere in the body. The 10-week study will utilize undergraduates in the research process and seek to identify host factors that could influence the risk of persistent carriage of S. Aureus.

Travel to the Venice Biennale and Rome for Data Collection and Research
Angelika Pagel, Visual Arts
Dr. Pagel proposes to attend the Venice Biennale, considered to be one of the most outstanding international forums, to collect digital images and slides for her classes. Additionally she plans to visit Rome to see and record the restored Sistine Chapel Ceiling, select ancient monuments, and works in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.

Sixth International Conference on Nemertean Biology
Robert Okazaki, Zoology
Dr. Okazaki is hosting the Sixth International Conference on Nemertean Biology at Weber State University in June, 2004. Nemertean Biology deals with ribbon worms. The conference is expected to bring 40-50 nemertean biologists together with 20 other visitors to Ogden.

Collaborative Pedagogical Research on New Publications of Piano Teaching Materials and Presentation at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy
Yu-Jane Yang, Performing Arts
Dr. Yang requests support to collaborate with Dr. Barbara Fast of the University of Oklahoma on new piano teaching materials. Drs. Fast and Yang will then perform selected materials with verbal annotations at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago this August.

Collaborative Vitality Projects

An Examination of the Integration of the Harm Reduction Model in Undergraduate Social Work Education
Mark Bigler, Social Work
Corina Tadehara, Social Work
Drs. Bigler and Tadehara request support to examine the degree to which the harm reduction model has been integrated into undergraduate Social Work education. Harm reduction assumes that risky activities vary greatly in their degree of potential harm and seeks to reduce the immediate negative efforts of risky behavior rather than emphasizing global change in behavior. Their study will involve seniors majoring in Social Work selected from accredited institutions by a stratified random sampling technique.

Teaching Family Science Conference Presentations and Proposal to Host Conference at Weber State University
Joyce Buck, Child and Family Studies
Chloe Merrill, Child and Family Studies
Dr. Merrill and Ms. Buck seek funding to present "Competencies for Certified Family Life Educators" at the Teaching Family Science Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee in June 2003. While at the conference Ms. Buck will make an additional presentation on "Personal and Family Financial Management Issues." At the conference these two faculty will seek to bring a future conference to Weber State University. 

Civic Engagement Faculty Retreat
Shannon Butler, English
Bryan Dorsey, Geography
Lauren Fowler, Psychology
Colleen Garside, Communications
Alicia Giralt, Foreign Languages
Brenda Kowalevsky, Sociology
Kathryn MacKay, History
Linda Oda, Teacher Education
Marijukka Ollilainen, Sociology
Denise Woodbury, Business Administration
Drs. Fowler and Woodbury together with their colleagues propose a civic engagement retreat for 44 faculty this August. The purpose of this retreat is to involve a significant portion of the campus in a continuing dialogue of civic engagement. Working with guest facilitators they will develop plans to prepare classes using community-based research, negotiate interdisciplinary projects addressing community issues, and introduce service-based learning into their teaching.

WSU\ESL Community High School ESL Students Higher Education Initiative
Anna Jane Aroyo, Services for Multicultural Students
Tim Conrad, English\English as a Second Language
Giana Curtis, English\English as a Second Language
Colleen Huerta, English\English as a Second Language
Mark Peterson, English\English as a Second Language
Mary Quiroz-Whisler, English\English as a Second Language
Ada Rivera, English\English as a Second Language
Andrea Sandry, Early Access programs
Ms. Quiroz-Whisler and colleagues in partnership with Ogden High School request funding for a program to work with 12 minority high school seniors through the Early College Explore program. The plan is for selected students to attend two ESL classes at Weber State University during the morning and to return to their high school for afternoon classes.