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Jim Helmer
Helmer and Rosenfield Discuss Speech Anxiety at Conference

Can practicing speeches in Second Life reduce speech anxiety in real life? Jim Helmer, Oral Communication Center coordinator, and Carl Rosenfield, instructional technology specialist, addressed that question in a presentation at the National Association of Communication Centers annual conference at DePauw University on March 12. Helmer and Rosenfield reported on a pilot project conducted in Helmer’s ORCOM 100 class to explore the potential of using the 3-D virtual world of Second Life as a “space” for students to practice oral presentations. A key question was whether practicing in Second Life might help apprehensive students feel more comfortable when they faced their real-world audience.  More ...

Chile Earthquake Devastation
Domack to Present on Chile Earthquake
Eugene Domack, the J.W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies, will present “Impact of the Fifth Largest Earthquake in History on a Developed Latin American Country: the February 2010 Concepción ‘Teremoto’” on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. Domack recently returned from Chile where he did volunteer work in the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Maule, Chile, on Feb. 27. More ...
Brent Plate
Plate Lectures at Lehigh, Participates in NYU Workshop
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate gave a lecture titled "Blasphemous Art in a Secular Age" at Lehigh University in March. The lecture stems from his 2006 book Blasphemy: Art that Offends, and offers an argument about the shifting status of blasphemy and blasphemous art, into the modern age. The lecture was sponsored by several departments at Lehigh, including religion, philosophy, art, history and the Lehigh University Art Galleries. More ...
Phelan Publishes Poems in Journal
Professor of Communication Catherine Waite Phelan published four poems in the July 2009 issue of Et Cetera: A Review of General Semantics. Her poems, “The Tree’s Song,” “The Implicit Conversation,” “The Source of Words” and “A Child Struggling with Language,” explore the nexus of language and thought. Et Cetera is an interdisciplinary journal published quarterly by the Institute of General Semantics.
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John O'Neal
O'Neal Attends U.N. Celebration of Francophonie
As a member of the board of directors of the American Society of the French Academic Palms, Professor of French John C. O'Neal was invited to attend the United Nations' celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first event recognizing the importance of the Francophone world. Some 400 people were on hand to listen to speeches, live or recorded, by the secretary general of the United Nations and a number of other dignitaries. The event was held on March 26 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. More ...
Vincent Odamtten
Odamtten Chairs Panel at Tucson Conference
Professor of English Vincent Odamtten chaired a panel on "A Reevaluation of Ghanaian Literature and Globalization" at the 36th Annual African Literature Association conference hosted by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on March 10-14. He also presented a paper titled "Aidoo, 'The Eagle and the Chickens' and Questions of Being in the World." More ...
De Bao Xu
Xu Gives Invited Talk at SUNY Binghamton
De Bao Xu, professor of Chinese, gave an invited talk on technology and foreign language teaching at a workshop for language teachers organized by SUNY Binghamton on March 19. His topic was "CALL Study and Technology-based Foreign Language Teaching." In his talk, Xu reviewed the historical development of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) study, software, and the future of CALL study with the practice of technology-based foreign language teaching. More ...
Brad Wile at the American Chemical Society Meeting.
Wile Presents Poster at American Chemical Society Meeting
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bradley Wile attended the 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco on March 21-25 and presented a poster describing research conducted by Hamilton student Alexander Wood '12 (summer research) and alumna Kathryn Manning '09 (senior thesis). The poster, titled "Progress Toward the Synthesis of New Redox-active Phosphino(iminopyridine) Ligands," was well-received and prompted several useful and productive discussions. More ...
Thomas Wilson
Wilson Presents Paper at Taiwan Conference
Professor of History Thomas Wilson presented a paper, "Sacrifice and Confucian Conceptions of Gods and Spirits," at a conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Fifteen scholars from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the U.S. were invited to present papers at the International Conference on the Global Confucius: Sacrifice and the Confucius Temple, which was sponsored by the Taipei Municipal Government and the Taipei Confucius Temple Association. More ...
Nigel Westmaas
Westmaas Speaks at Film Launch in Toronto
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas participated in a four-person panel who responded to questions at the University of Toronto launch of a new documentary film on March 26. The film, “W.A.R: (Walter Anthony Rodney) Stories,” captures the life and work of the renowned Guyanese historian and scholar-activist. Walter Rodney, an influence on the Black Power movement, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean independence and the idea of self-emancipation, was assassinated in 1980. Westmaas was also one of several advisors and archival consultants on the film. More ...
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