History & Immigration, Inspiration & Innovation

News about Gordon’s faculty just keeps coming, confirming their impact in their respective fields. Here’s another round up of some recent highlights:

David Goss

David Goss, assistant professor of history, was named Alumnus of the Year (’74) at Gordon’s homecoming on Oct. 5 for his leadership in public history and museum studies throughout Salem and across the North Shore. (Later this fall, he and his Civil War Band—the 2nd South Carolina String Band— will perform for a second time at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., as part of the 150th anniversary of the war.)

•Sharon Ketcham, associate professor of Christian ministries and a sought after speaker at youth ministries conferences, will be speaking and teaching at the San Diego National Youth Workers Convention Oct. 12, at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference in Dallas Oct. 19-22 (where she will begin her term as chair of the board) and at the Dallas National Youth Workers Convention Nov. 16.

•Peter Iltis, professor of kinesiology and horn, has invented a mute holding device for French horns called the Iltis Dampfer Mitt that several professional orchestras are now using, both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), and just last week, Iltis sold the first of six to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

•Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, chair and associate professor of political science, and her student Jessica Allen, a senior studying international affairs, published an essay Oct. 4, on where the presidential candidates stand on immigration reform as part of the Center for Public Justice new series, Election Guide 2012.

Provost Janel Curry was quoted in an article for the Association of American Colleges and Universities online publication on integration and education in Hong Kong.

Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum, formally announced Oct. 3  the formation of the new Center for Faith and Inquiry, which he will direct, and which the Salem News (among other media) included in their Saturday religion briefs.

Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian ministries and director of church relations, is directing the twelfth annual youth ministry workers and parenting symposia at Gordon, Nov. 1 & 3.

From the Wall Street Journal to Watershed Moments: Gordon Faculty Gain Far-Reaching Influence

Lately, it’s been difficult to keep up with the many exciting opportunities Gordon’s scholars have been given. So here’s a quick overview of what some professors have been doing even as the fall semester classes have begun:

Timothy Sherratt, professor of political science, was quoted Friday, Sept. 21, in the Wall Street Journal in an article (by Gordon alum, Eric Convey) about the Massachusetts Senate race, as well as in a front page story in the Salem News on attack ads in a local congressional race, also on Sept. 21. 

Provost Janel Curry‘s scholarship and work on sustaining the Plaster Creek Watershed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was covered on the Fox television affiliate there Saturday, September 22, and included an interview with her. 

David Lee, professor of physics and 3-2 engineering program coordinator, was featured in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal for his work as the Chief Technical Officer at Glassimetal, a firm “dedicated to the use of bulk metallic glass as an engineering material for use in manufacturing of aerospace, medical and consumer products.”

Bert Hodges, professor of psychology, was one of eight invited speakers at the International Conference on Interactivity, Language, and Cognition in Odense, Denmark, (Sept. 12-15) where he was also elected president of the International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language, and Cognition for 2012-2014.

Gregor Thuswaldner, associate professor of German and Linguistics and co-director of the Salzburg Institute of Gordon College, was recently elected to serve a three-year term as the Northeast representative of the Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL), the academic association that publishes the journal Christianity and Literature.

•A new article about mentoring in music education by Sandra Doneski, associate professor of music, will be published in the fall issue of the Oregon Music Education Journal.

Jonathan Senning, professor of mathematics and computer science, received a grant to support high-performance computing (HPC) education at Gordon, participate in the HPC Educator’s international conference for high performance computing, and assemble a small, portable parallel cluster called LittleFe he will use in a new computing class Spring 2013.

Janet Arndt, director of the graduate program in education, has been accepted to present on  “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners,” at the Association of Teacher Education’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2013. 

Peter Iltis, professor of kinesiology and horn, has been invited to lecture at the New England Conservatory of Music October 24 on his expertise, embouchure dystonias.

•Associate professor of political science Paul Brink’s recent column on gun rights was reprinted in Capital Commentary and the Salem News; Brink will deliver the Zylstra Politics and Culture lectures on the “Word of God in the City of Man” at Redeemer University College, in Hamilton, Canada, in November.

Dorothy Boorse, professor of biology, will participate in the Lausanne Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel in St. Ann, Jamaica, in November.