A Guide to Faculty/Staff Media Sources and Speakers

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Name Topic Areas
Abootalebi, Ali Middle East politics, history and language; sociopolitical and economic issues related to the Middle East; future of civil society and democracy in the Middle East; Israeli-Palestinian (Arab) peace process; Islam and democracy in developing countries; international political economy; international relations

Anderson, Julie A. molecular biology and molecular genetics including the Human Genome Project, cloning, stem cells, molecular treatments for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease

Barker, Debra K.S. American Indian Literature, the representation of American Indians or Native Americans in American Literature, decolonial theory, Lakota history and culture.

Benson, Erica J. general linguistics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, American social and regional dialects, language and gender, folk linguistics

Benson, Alan writing centers, collaborative writing, online tutoring, peer learning

Berry, Catherine cardiac health and nursing, Mended Hearts support group (related to heart disease and surgery), professional organization involvement, church women leadership

Bleske-Rechek, April friendship, human mating, human sex differences, women in math/science/engineering, intelligence, behavior genetics

Bogstad, Janice young adult literature; science fiction and fantasy literature in English, French and Chinese; women and genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, romance and mystery fiction); Chinese and Chinese American literature and history; 20th-century women writers' literature in Chinese, French, German and English; library collection development; global women's movements (20th century); J.R.R. Tolkien.

Boulter, James E. climate change science; climate change public perceptions (U.S. and China); climate change policy — U.S. and United Nations; sustainability; renewable energy; air pollution; environmental chemical analysis; atmospheric particulate matter; Keywords: climate change; global warming; air pollution; environmental science; chemical analysis; sustainability; renewable energy; greenhouse gas; aerosol; particulate matter.

Brake, Dani Numerical mathematics, numerical algebraic geometry, mathematical surfaces, mathematical curves, kinematics, robot design, 3D printing, simulation, high performance computing, parallel programming, C++, template metaprogramming, algorithm implementation, Bertini, homotopy continuation, polynomial systems. Keywords: homotopy continuation, mathematics, 3d printing, plastic, programming, polynomials, algebra.

Bredle, Don exercise physiology, exercise science, athletic performance, sports nutrition, body composition, weight control, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, training

Brisbin, Abra statistical genetics, association mapping, linkage analysis, ancestry mapping in individuals with ancestry from multiple populations

Brown, Joshua Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, Anabaptists, German-Americans, language and identities.

Burns, Charlene Christianity (theology, history), religious violence, religion and science, psychology of religion, religion and morality

Carney, Michael industrial chemical processes, catalysis, plastics, polymer chemistry, polymer synthesis, renewable polymers, polymer recycling.

Chmielewski, Terry L. male-female communication, interpersonal communication, conflict, image of organizations, media relations, crisis communication, issues analysis and management

Coen, Lisa early childhood education, curriculum, parent relationships

Cronje, Ruth Rhetoric of science, scientific argumentation, evidence-based practice, deliberation, democracy, health equity, social justice; Keywords: equity, deliberation, epistemology.

Crothers, Mickey topics related to clinical psychology, mental health and mental illness; positive psychology

DaCosta, Maria Pacific Asia economic issues, China's economic reform

Don, Gary W. music theory, music of Debussy and Prokofiev

Dugar, Kranti (Kran) International marketing, international business, business in India, Indian culture, culture, India, consumer behavior

Dunham, Douglas nanotechnology, materials science, materials characterization, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, surface science

Erger, Jeff health care, Internet communities, computer-mediated communication, small-group interaction, AIDS/HIV

Evans, Matthew Campus expert in the use of student response systems (clickers). Also teaches a distance running class to students and community members culminating in the running of a half or full marathon.

Faulkner, Doug fluvial geomorphology, surface-water hydrology, water resources

Fink, Steven Islam in the United States, Islamophobia, religion and politics, religion and sports

Forman, Pamela J. gender, sexuality, women's sports (Title IX and gender equity in intercollegiate athletics)

Freitag, Rodd state and local politics, interest groups, Congress, welfare policy, elections

Gardner, Justin Leadership development, organizational culture, mindfulness, teams, team-building.

Gillman, Tom mental toughness training, sport psychology and counseling of athletes, utilization of personnel in athletics

Glogowski, Elizabeth plastics, polymer science, polymer synthesis, colloids, emulsions, "smart" materials, materials science.

Golden, Kathryn children's and young adult literature, library programs and services for youth, library science

Hart-Brinson, Peter same-sex marriage (public opinion), generations and social change, social media, political communication, social movements, metaphor. Keywords: gay marriage, protest, news, politics, civic engagement, media, internet, technology, diversity, culture.

Havholm, Karen Research at UW-Eau Claire, undergraduate research, mentoring student research, research with community partners. Keywords: research, undergraduate research, community-based research.

Hertel, Harry legal issues relating to criminal law, landlord/tenant law, personal injury law, civil rights, constitutional issues

Hilton, Tom information assurance, information systems security, information systems risk analysis, information ethics, database design, data modeling.

Hinnant, Kate Fake news, information literacy, information design, library instruction. Keywords: document design, research.

Hlas, Christopher mathematics education, teaching through problem solving, technology to support mathematics instruction, student engagement (specifically related to flow theory), teaching game design, gamification of education. Keywords: math, mathematics, education.

Hochstein, Gloria J. science fiction in literature, television and film; women science fiction writers; detective fiction and murder mystery fiction by women; English grammar and usage

Hofacker, Cynthia Business communication, business presentations, business writing, working with different generations in the work place.

Huntington, Leslie Leadership development; mental conditioning and peak performance consulting; creating and sustaining positive culture in an organization and/or on a team; team building.

Hupy, Christina geospatial science and technology, geographic information systems and science, global positioning systems, remote sensing, biogeography, forest change in the Great Lakes region

Jamelske, Eric Child health and nutrition (specifically children's fruit and vegetable consumption), climate change public opinion (specifically international views on climate change including China and the United States), public policy, environmental economics, health economics. Keywords: fruits and vegetables, climate change, health, environment, policy.

Janot, Jeffrey M. physical activity and fitness for kids, adults and older adults; cardiovascular disease and exercise; diabetes and exercise; sports training and exercise nutrition for youth and young adults

Jewell, Matthew Superconducting materials, superconducting magnet technology, metallurgy. Keywords: Superconductors, failure analysis.

Ji, Jianjun Chinese elderly studies, China's population problems and policy, demographic transition, marital quality, sociological data analysis, social research methods. Keywords: activities of daily living, psychological wellbeing, supporting resources, life satisfaction, socioeconomic status.

Johnson, Lucy Digital literacies, design, social media, cultural rhetoric, digital rhetoric, visual rhetoric, multimodal composition, digital humanities, surveillance and privacy, digital technologies, emojis, epistemology, political economy, multimedia authoring, technical and professional writing, pedagogy.

Jol, Harry M. ground penetrating radar (geophysical method used to investigate near subsurface to understand how land forms were developed, to reconstruct history of an area and to identify buried items), coastal environments, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, archaeology (Israel, France and North America)

Kakegawa, Tomomi Japanese language and syntax

Kaldjian, Paul human geography in general (emphasis on place, space, scale and the intersections of people, culture and environment); regional geography of the Middle East (emphasis on Turkey, Anatolia, Istanbul); geography of the Baltic region (emphasis on Finland); geography of food (emphasis on local-regional food systems); rural geographies (emphasis on rural outmigration and rural-urban connections). Keywords: Middle East, Turkey, Anatolia, Istanbul, Armenians, Finland, Baltic, food, food systems, farmers markets, urban-rural, migration, human geography.

Kasper, Eric U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court, judiciary, courts, music and politics, popular culture and politics.

Kemp, Thomas Local economic issues (western Wisconsin), macroeconomics, non-market valuation, politics and economics. Keywords: economy, Eau Claire, western Wisconsin, economic modeling, political economy.

Kernan, Barbara early American women writers, fiction of Edith Wharton, American material culture studies, feminist pedagogy

Kim, Namji keyboard repertoire and teaching, keyboard performances

King, Thomas W. Human factors and ergonomics in device design and engineering; Speech and non-speech communication and assistive technologies in speaking, writing, typing, dialing, computer access; Speech and voice performance; Family and sibling considerations regarding disabilities; Wisconsin pioneer history, agricultural practices and homestead technologies; Morse code and modern Morse code in rehabilitation and education; Tap codes in POW and other applications; Traditional Okinawan Karate-do and lifetime activity and fitness; Writing and publishing regarding related topics; Folk composing and song writing. Keywords: human factors, device design and engineering, practical and applied enabling technologies for communication, work and recreation, Morse code, tap codes, Okinawan Karate-do, lifetime activity, fitness, writing, folk composing and song writing, human factors in device design, enabling and assistive technologies, practical communication sciences.

King, Fred Go (Wei qi, Baduk), Hilbert Transforms, highly correlated few-electron systems.

Kishel, Hans information literacy, active learning, game use in education, game design (war games), early to mid-20th-century military conflict

Klatt, Kevin autism, behavior analysis, developmental disabilities

Kocken, Greg UWEC history; campus history; Eau Claire history; local history; genealogy; archives; local architecture.

Kong, Kaishan Second language learning and teaching, study abroad, intercultural communication, teacher education Chinese language and culture.

Kovacevic, Damir Genocide, ethnic conflict, civil war, Bosnia/Eastern Europe, international conflict, political violence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, international relations

Krueger, Susan nutritional needs, disease prevention (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer), poverty and hunger, nutrition and children, wellness, sports nutrition

Leibham, Mary Beth Educational and developmental psychology. Research interests focus broadly on child and adolescent development, and more specifically on academic motivation, parent involvement/over-parenting, classroom anxiety, and teacher and peer attitudes toward students with disabilities. Teaches courses in child psychology, adolescent development, educational psychology and exceptional children. Able to provide suggestions for helping families and children continue to develop the social and emotional skills necessary for navigating the current challenges of social distancing and school closures due to COVID-19.

Leland, David cognitive neuroscience, electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), attention, substance abuse and dependence, neuropsychopharmacology, decision-making

Lodge, Robert Sulfide mining, mineral exploration, economic geology, rock and mineral identification, geology of northern Wisconsin, Precambrian geology. Keywords: sulfide, mining, rocks, geology.

Lowe, Scott religion in China, new religions in the United States, Asian religions in the United States, Buddhism

Majstorovic, Steven ethnicity: conflict, politics, identity (Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Balkans, United States, Africa, Asia); conflict resolution; Eastern and Western European politics; Russian politics

Mann, John W.W. American Indian history, history of the American West, public history, historic preservation

Markgraf, Jill library administration, library science, information literacy, library instruction, library research, reference, improv in the workplace, applied improv.

McEllistrem, Laurel Materials and chemical analysis and characterization of bulk and trace components; materials failure analysis, outreach to industrial clients needing access to university facilities and expertise.

Meiers, Sonja Family health and family nursing; the influence of the health experience on and with families; how family health influences individual health and the influence of individual health on family health; family as a social determinant of health; and community-based participatory research methods. Keywords: nursing; substance use disorder; chronic illness; international nursing; family nursing; and family health.

Miller, Robin Fake news, information literacy, digital literacy, research, government documents, and assessment of student learning. Keywords: library, libraries.

Mitchell, Nora plant evolution and hybridization, botany, population genetics, phylogenetics, biodiversity. Keywords: plants, hybridization, evolution, botany, population genetics, phylogenetics.

Muehlenkamp, Jennifer suicide, self-injury, therapy (dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing), clinical psychology

Nowlan, Robert critical theory; film and television studies, especially British; popular music as cultural studies; mystery, detective and crime fiction; modern to contemporary British and especially Scottish, cultural studies; Ian Curtis and Joy Division. Keywords: critical theory, crime drama, Scottish studies, popular music of protest and resistance, postpunk music and culture.

Ostrander, Phil trombone, wind conducting, jazz, music education

Pace, Joel William Wordsworth, romanticism, transcendentalism, Anglo-American literary relations, bibliography, history of the book

Paine, Thomas computer networking, computer security, computer network forensics, software engineering, information systems

Patchin, Justin W. criminal justice, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency prevention, school violence, evaluation research, criminology, cyberbullying, online aggression, MySpace, online social networking, adolescent Internet use

Peters, Gretchen musicology and music history, history of Western European music, non-Western music, music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Peterson, Geoffrey voting behavior, public opinion polling, elections, media and politics, political advertising, American Indian politics

Pierce, Crispin health risks, environmental protection, water quality, air quality, poisonings, drug safety

Pierson, Kim general physics, surface science, deposition and characterization of thin films, scanning electronic microscopy, sputtering of metallic alloys

Poirier, Sheryl professional etiquette; networking/working a room; preparing for an event/predinner etiquette; the place setting/dining styles/serving order/the meal; tipping/toasting/ending a meal/do's and don'ts

Quinn-Lee, Lisa grief, loss, hospice, end of life, children's grief, grief therapy, death and dying, palliative care, interprofessional/interdisciplinary research and education, the effects of personalized music on people with dementia and their caregivers, social work.

Reid, Rob children's and adolescent literature, storytelling, censorship

Running, Garry Leonard IV eolian geomorphology, soil geomorphology, geoarchaeology, environmental civic engagement. Keywords: soils and land use, geoarchaeology, civic engagement.

Rylander, Jonathan Writing centers, diversity, LGBTQ, access, retention, writing across the curriculum, community outreach.

Schiller, Lisa agricultural health and safety

Schneider, Katherine disability issues

See, Patti learning styles and needs of students with varied learning styles, first-year experience, Third Wave of feminism, organ donation (specifically, living kidney donation and bone marrow donation), Lake Hallie, process of writing creatively, blogging, creative nonfiction writing.

Sertling Miller, Jessica Second language acquisition, French pronunciation, linguistics, phonetics, Francophone dialects, France, teaching and learning languages, bilingualism, multilingualism, foreign cultures.

Shaddock, Jennifer cultural studies, Victorian literature (with emphasis on the relationship between popular texts and literary texts), theory and practice of cultural studies (in the literature classroom and in Victorian literature), British literature/women writers, construction of gender in the 19th century

Shinno, Reiko East Asian history, gender history, medical history

Showsh, Sasha infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance in bacteria, genetically modified foods, genetic engineering as applied to bacteria and their use

Sipress, Mort election campaigns in the USA today; voter suppression or protection against fraud in the USA. Keywords: elections, voting.

Sterling, Jenni Training/learning and human resource development; instructional design; blended learning; online training/learning and development; FranklinCovey "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," "The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team," "Leading Customer Loyalty" and "Resolving Generational Conflict"; time management; project management; emotional intelligence; Blugold Service Excellence; presenting and facilitating; SMART goals.

Stow, Robert Athletic training, sports medicine, manual therapy, functional movement assessment, injuries/assessment/rehabilitation to the musculoskeletal system. Keywords: musculoskeletal injury, biomechanics, rehabilitation protocols.

Strohschank, Johannes German immigration to Wisconsin

Syverson, Kent glacial geology of the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age National Scientific Reserve Unit, geology of western Wisconsin, eruption of Mount St. Helens, frac sand units in western Wisconsin, frac sand mining in western Wisconsin

Taylor, Wilson biology, botany, fossils, plants, evolution, evolution vs. creation "science"

Taylor, Dale Music therapy and the brain; music for recovery from traumatic brain injury; music and memory; curricular diversity; overcoming racial and cultural stereotypes. Keywords: neuroscience, implicit bias.

Theo, Christos Graphic communications design theory, research, development and strategic applications. Design thinking strategies relative to individual/group ideation. Graphic design/visual communications development as applied to student/community outreach collaboration initiatives.

Thomas, Paul J. planetary science, comet and asteroid collisions with planets of the solar system, role comets played in origins and evolution of life, oceans on the moon Europa and other worlds of the outer solar system. Keywords: Eau Claire Planet Walk, Ask a Scientist series at the Acoustic Cafe, Art AND Science program at UW-Eau Claire.

Tschida, David Communicating about environmental issues and advocacy, communication/media literacy, communication strategies or techniques, how audiences determine meaning(s) in the communication they encounter, public speaking.

Turner, Stephanie public understanding of DNA science in human medicine and animal conservation, ethical issues in public and private medical research, writing effective user documentation for informed consent and patient education

Turtinen, Lloyd Infectious diseases, viruses, emerging viruses, immunology, epidemiology, recombinant DNA technology, vaccines, Lyme disease

Unseth , Jason Classroom technology, distance education, videoconferencing, broadcast engineering, cable television, AV consulting

VanWormer, Arin nursing education, nursing research, advanced practice nursing, health care in an acute care setting, interdisciplinary collaboration, alternative medicine/complementary therapies, mindfulness-based stress reduction, palliative care/end of life care

von Karolyi, Catya giftedness, the interaction of giftedness and learning disorders, visual spatial abilities and dyslexia, children's issue awareness

Way, Kimera M. fundraising, building a comprehensive development program for organizations of all sizes and budgets, public-private partnerships, real estate development — especially student housing, strategic planning for nonprofit management. Keywords: fundraising, foundations, nonprofit management, public-private partnerships.

Welch, Karen college writing, developmental writing, technical writing, curriculum development

Wellnitz, Todd Streams, aquatic organisms, aquatic ecology, marine biology, insects and other invertebrates. Keywords: macroinvertebrates, non-point source pollution, mountain streams, sharks, Belize, Argentina.

Wiggins, Matthew sport and exercise psychology, exercise and cancer recovery

Wilson, Kate Health policy, health promotion, alcohol prevention and intervention, tobacco cessation, life balance, wellness, peer health education, stress management, sexual health. Keywords: smoking cessation, smoking, cigarette.

Worley, Jerry the human variable in teaching, rapport, intrinsic motivation, classroom management, Lao Tzu and "Tao Te Ching"

Zhang, Jidong Expertise focuses on internal control and auditing; and managerial accounting, including budget and financial planning and analysis. Also familiar with healthcare financial systems as a certified healthcare financial professional. Serving in nonprofit organizations as a financial board member and working on current unemployment issues, CARES Act (Coronavirus Economic Relief Plan) and financial arrangement with individuals, families and organizations.

Zwygart-Stauffacher, Mary issues and health concerns of the elderly, quality nursing home care