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Yijun Tang (Chemistry) speaks during the University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Reeve Memorial Union.

Yijun Tang (Chemistry) speaks during the University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Reeve Memorial Union.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty members gathered to put the spotlight on and celebrate research during the 2014 “University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon” on Oct. 23.

UW Oshkosh Director of the Offices of Grants and Faculty Development Bob Roberts and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lane Earns led the program, acknowledging “the magnitude of scholarly research and creative activities” that can be easily lost in the day to day teaching and other work at the University.

“Our colleagues’ endeavors deserve a special celebration,” Roberts said.

Faculty speakers included Yijun Tang (Chemistry), Anna Filipova (Public Administration), Andrew Redington (Art) and Ryan Skiver (COB-Marketing and Supply Chain Management).

The program recognized faculty members who contributed to or authored published books in the last year and those who received Faculty Development Teaching and Research Awards, Sabbatical Awards and Extramural Research and Instructional grant awards of $25,000 or more during fiscal year 2013 to 2014.

The faculty members and scholarly and creative activities featured included:



Michael Ford (COEHS) and Michael Opitz, co-authors

Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy

ASCD, 2014

This book explores issues, insights and ideas related to instruction that engages students and enables them to truly enjoy learning in school settings. Distinguishing joyous effort from traditional views of motivation, the book builds a theoretical framework based on current research on affective dimensions of learning. It presents assessment tools to examine five critical factors in schools (learners, teachers, materials, assessments and the environment). It provides real-life teaching examples for (re)discovering and promoting joy in the school environment, school-wide activities, whole group instruction, small group instruction and individualized instructional approaches.




Eric Brunsell (COEHS) and Michelle Fleming, co-authors

Engaging Minds in Science and Math Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

ASCD, 2014

Daily decisions about how to incorporate creativity, choice, and autonomy—integral components of engagement—can build students’ self-efficacy, keep them motivated, and strengthen their identities as scientists and mathematicians. This book expands on a theoretical framework for joyful learning and provides suggested activities and guidelines for designing instruction that is engaging and motivating to all learners. Special attention is given to engagement of students from populations that are typically underrepresented in science and mathematics. This book is part of a series designed and edited by Michael Ford and Michael Opitz.


Eric Brunsell (COEHS), Deb Kneser and Kevin Niemi, co-authors

Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide

NSTA Press, 2014

The Next Generation Science Standards, released in spring 2013, provide a national vision and framework for science education in the United States. To better reflect understanding of how children learn science, these complex standards are structured differently than almost all previous standards documents. This book provides teacher leaders and administrators with 24 activities that can be used to help educators better understand the pedagogical shifts made by NGSS, plan implementation, and design effective instruction. Each activity was pilot tested in professional development settings with hundreds of educators. Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS is currently one of only two books published that focuses on implementation of standards adopted by 10 states and many individual school districts. As such, it is forming the basis for a nationwide school administrator professional development initiative.






Jakob Iversen (COB-Information Systems) and Michael Eierman (COB-Information Systems), co-authors

Learning Mobile App Development: A Hands-on Guide to Building Apps with iOS and Android

Addison-Wesley, 2014

Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important information systems for both personal and professional uses. This textbook covers mobile app development on both market-leading platforms: Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Perfect for both students and professionals, Learning Mobile App Development is the only text with complete parallel coverage of both iOS and Android. With this guide, students can master either platform, or both—and gain a deeper understanding of the issues associated with developing mobile apps.

The book is structured as a set of tutorials that leads students through developing an actual working app on both iOS and Android, mastering the entire mobile app development lifecycle, from planning through licensing and distribution. The tutorials lead students through creating the traditional initial “Hello World” app to a sophisticated app that uses many facets of the mobile devices’ capabilities including finding location, storing data, and using maps. Along the way, students also learn the app lifecycle unique to mobile devices.






Thomas Fischer (COEHS), Denise Clark (COEHS) and Mary Ann Marchel, co-authors

Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Pearson, 2014

Denise Clark and Tom Fischer (Special Education), along with Mary Ann Marchel, a former UW Oshkosh faculty member now at the University of Minnesota Duluth, are co-authors of Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities, published in 2014 by Pearson Education.

The textbook encompasses home, school and community environments and highlights supports available for children with disabilities from birth to age 21. The text details what types of assistive technology exist and how to select technology to meet specific student needs and match specific environmental circumstances.

Chapters address the broad range of technologies now available, including supports for mobility, positioning, access, academic areas, behavior problems, recreation and transitioning. Case examples, vignettes and activities provide practical, real-life examples that show how to use assistive technology to improve the independence and participation of students with special needs.




Alan Lareau (Foreign Languages and Literatures), editor

Victor Hollaender: Revue meines Lebens

Hentrich & Hentrich, 2014

The composer, conductor and theatrical entrepreneur Victor Hollaender (1866–1940) was one of Berlin’s most popular entertainment and operetta composers at the turn of the last century, and helped create the modern forms of cabaret and revue, above all with his scores of the satirical shows of the Metropol-Theater. He also wrote musicals for Broadway and Chicago and, in 1890, he was the first musical director of the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. He fled the Nazis in 1933 and died in obscurity in Hollywood; his works were suppressed and destroyed in Germany. Hollaender’s annotated memoirs are complemented by articles and poems by and about the composer, biographical annotations, a catalogue of works, and an audio CD.


The following UW Oshkosh awards were provided during fiscal year 2013–14 :

Faculty Development – Teaching Awards

Michael Baltutis (Religious Studies and Anthropology), Summer Study Abroad in South Asia

Mark Bowen (Geography and Urban Planning), Enhancing Instruction in a Large STEM

Catherine Bryan (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Latin American Civilization

Mary Kate Friess (College of Nursing), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Fredi Giesler (Social Work), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Yoshiro Hanai (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Instructional Materials on Manga and Anime

Joan Heller (Social Work), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Marguerite Helmers (English), Literature of the Great Irish Famine

Marianne Johnson (Economics), Experimental Learning in Environmental Economics


Faculty Development – Research Awards

Isabel Alvarez (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Evolution of Soccer Anglicisms

Ben Arbaugh (College of Business), Research Forums for Business Education Scholars Bruce Atwell (Music), Three Movement Composition for Horn Quartet

David Barnhill (English), Piercing the Blue Sky: The Snow Leopard

Michael Beitz (Art), Furniture-Sculpture

Jessica Calderwood (Art), Floral Fictions

Julia Chybowski (Music), Blackface Minstrelsy and the Black Swan

Stewart Cole (English), Fascist Animal

Jennifer Considine (Communication), Identity Tensions

Kevin Crawford (Chemistry), Semba Sample Purification

Andrzej Dziedzic (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Gaston Leroux’s Le fantome de l’opera

James Feldman (Environmental Studies), Nuclear America

Anna Filipova (Public Affairs), APNP’s View of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

Daniel Gier (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Detective Novel in Spanish and Cuban

Ryan Haley (College of Business), Journal Ranking Metrics

Eric Hiatt (Geology), Ancient Glacial-Chemical System, Brazil

Phan Hong (Psychology), Source Credibility, Invalidation, and Emotional Distress

Edwin Jager (Art), William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55

Marianne Johnson (Economics), Estimating the Welfare Costs of Zebra Mussel Infestations in Wisconsin

Eli Kalman (Music), Lera Auerbach’s Pianism

Nadejda Kaltcheva (Physics and Astronomy), Star Formation in the Seagull Nebula

Courtney Kurtz (Biology and Microbiology), Retinoic Acid in Hibernator’s Intestine

Birgit Leisen Pollack (College of Business), Customer Loyalty Behaviors

Sheri Lense (Chemistry), Multifunctional CO2 Reduction Catalysts

Evan Lipschutz (Art), Decimal and Zero

Gabriel Loiacono (History), A Shepherd, a Pauper and the Poor Law

Nadia Louar (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Bilingual Beckett/Beckett Bilingue

Edward Martin (Music), Composition for Keyboard Percussion Solo

Richard Masters (Art), Forsaken Passages: A Visual Narrative

John Mayrose (Music), Hashlife: Composition for Percussion Duo

Elsbeth McPhee (Biology and Microbiology), Effects of Fluorescent Powder

Anca Miron (Psychology), Empathy and Evidentiary Standards

Michelle Mouton (History), German Children’s Wartime Flight West

Gail Panske (Art), Teh: Printing the Void

James Paulson (Chemistry), Electron Microscopy of Chromosomes

Troy Perkins (Communication), Outpost

Joseph Peterson (Geology), 3D Modelling of a Dinosaur Bonebed

Thomas Rowland (History), Ulysses S. Grant: A Controversial Presidency

Michael Rutz (History), Religion in the Modern Age: Europe

Ryan Skiver (College of Business), Supply Chain View of Green Organization

Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology), Orangutans in Human-dominated Landscapes

Robert Stelzer (Biology and Microbiology), Spring Monitoring Program

Nenad Stojilovic (Physics and Astronomy), Nanofibers for Energy Conversion

Yijun Tang (Chemistry), Improving the Catalysts

Robert Wagoner (Philosophy), Evil and Responsibility in Plato’s Dialogues


Sabbatical Awards

Klara Bahcall (Music), Karl Goldmark, Forgotten Musical Genius

Jessica Calderwood (Art), Floral Fictions

Kevin Crawford (Chemistry), PPCPs and EDCs in the Winnebago System

Douglas Haynes (English), Every Day We Live is the Future

Larry Herzberg (Philosophy), Emotion, Perception, and Self-Knowledge

Paul Klemp (English), Early Modern Execution Rituals (1641–62)

Edward Martin (Music), Microtonal Composition for Marimba

Gail Panske (Art), Near and Far

Susan Ridgely (Religious Studies), Shaping Our Families and World in His Image

Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology), The Behavioral Ecology and Conservation of Orangutans in Human-dominated Landscapes


The following external grant awards – major research and instructional grants of $25,000 or more were awarded in 2013-14:

Catherine Arentsen (Head Start):

Federal Head Start Continuation Grant (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): $4,060,486

Wisconsin Head Start State Supplement (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $98,175

Fredi Giesler (Social Work), Title IV-E Child Welfare Training (Department of Health and Human Services and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay): $192,674

Nancy Harrison (Center for Academic Support and Diversity):

First Year Scholars/First Year Professionals (Great Lakes Higher Education): $216,445

Student Support Services Program (U.S. Department of Education): $365,466

Toivo Kallas (Biology and Microbiology), Cyanobacterial Strains and Culture Strategies for Isoprenoid (WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.): $28,667

Gregory Kleinheinz (Biology and Microbiology):

-Iron County Environmental Health (Iron County Public Health Department): $52,000

-Vilas County Public Health (Vilas County Public Health Department): $225,000

-Vilas County Clean Boats Clean Water Internship Program (Vilas County): $62,100

-Vilas County Transient Non-Community Well Testing (Vilas County/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources): $48,000

-Assessment of Beach Remediation Efforts at Select Lake Michigan Beaches (U.S. Department of Commerce): $91,944

John Koker (COLS), Implementation of the Collaborative Engineering Technology Program (UW System): $1,900,000

Colleen Merrill (Small Business Development Center):

Small Business Development Center (Federal Small Business Administration): $88,000

Small Business Development Center (UW Extension): $90,117

Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Private Donations): $120,000

Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation): $97,500

Jamie Page-Stadler (Career Services), Career Ready Internship Initiative (Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation): $150,000

Renee Rickert (CCDET):

TANF/W-2 Training, Pathlore Services for Childcare, and Child Support (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families): $544,497

-Increasing Safety by Preventing Violence-Civil Money Penalty (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $37,000

Guadalupe Salinas (Center for Academic Support and Diversity):

Opening Doors to College for Foster Youth Program Grant Proposal (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families): $40,000

-UWO PreCollege Program: MPS Team Gear Up (Milwaukee Board of School Directors): $30,000

Pat Scanlan (Literacy and Language):

-Advancing Disciplinary Literacy in Rural Schools (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $79,565

Jennifer Shuttlefield Christus (Chemistry), Solar Army-SHArk SEAL & HARPOON (National Science Foundation): $50,671

Rosemary Smith (Nursing), Increasing UW System Nursing Program Faculty (UW System): $3,200,000

Wendy Strauch-Nelson (Art), ArtsCore Center Planning (Margaret Cargill Foundation): $58,000

Kim Stuyvenberg (CCDET):

-University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vet Corps (Wisconsin Department of Human Services): $72,939

-Pathlore (Wisconsin Department of Health Services): $104,160

-Truancy Intervention Program (Winnebago County): $64,260

-Dementia Care Standards: Training Development and Delivery (Wisconsin Department of Human Services): $500,000

Leona Whitman (Nursing), Living Healthy Clinic (Winnebago County Department of Human Services): $126,900

Mary Seaman (Biology and Microbiology), UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars – Year 2 of 5 (U.S. Department of Education): $208,494


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