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Faculty Awards 2016-2017

CAS faculty members are also not strangers to the world of achievement. Many have received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards, university research and creative activity awards, various teaching excellence awards and other honors such as the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, Pulitzer nominations, entrance into EMU's Athletic Hall of Fame and grant funding for a variety of projects that touch local and international communities.

Ronald W. Collins Awards for Distinguished Faculty

The highest award that any faculty member can earn from Eastern Michigan University is a Distinguished Faculty or Full-Time Lecturer Award in one of the three primary areas:

  • teaching
  • scholarly/creative activity
  • service

Ramona Caponegro, Professor of English Literature, Teaching Award

Jesse Kauffman, Professor of History, Research I

Theresa Heck-Seibert, Professor of Theatre Arts, Creative Activity Award

Geoffrey Stanton, School of Music and Dance, Part-Time Lecturer Outstanding Teaching Award

Darlene Leifson, School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts, Part-Time Lecturer Outstanding Teaching  Award

Provost's Faculty Research Fellowships, 2016-2017

Brittany Albaugh (Chemistry). "Isolation of genetic material from breast cancer cells that contain high levels of the cancer gene called EEO."

Amanda Allen (English Language and Literature). "Junior Novel: Women's Networks, Cold-War Girls' Romances, and the History of Young Adult Literature."

Gregg Barak (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology). "A Global Inquiry of Corporate Power and State Routinized Crime."

Chong Man Chow and Karen Saules (Psychology). "Implication of Fat Talk for State Body Image among Female Friends: A Comparison of Depressed versus Non­depressed Dyads."

Christine Clark (Geography and Geology). "Where do undergraduate geology majors learn key discipline-specific skills?"

Jamie Cornelius (Biology). "What does it take to Survive and Reproduce in the North? Impacts of Cold Winters, Variable Food Availability and Reproductive Investment on Metabolic Rates of Birds."

Elisabeth Daumer (English Language and Literature). "Poem on Meeting-Place: Muriel Rukeyser's Ecological Imagination."

Jill Dieterle (History & Philosophy). "Food and Disability."

Ashley Falzetti (Women's and Gender Studies). "Algonquian Grammars of Revitalization: completing the book."

Jason Ferguson (Art and Design). "The Nature of Being: Ontological Investigations Through the Act of Making."

Katherine Greenwald (Biology). "Stress in the City: Does Urbanization Affect Cortisol Levels in Mudpuppy Salamanders?"

Carla Harryman (English Language and Literature). "Gardener of Stars, an Opera."

Mark Higbee (History and Philosophy). "Montgomery 1956: Civil Rights Insurgency, Jim Crow White Supremacy, and the Bus Boycott."

Christine Hume (English Language and Literature). "Creating a Genre: Critical Karaoke Series."

David Kass (Biology). "Dynamics of the Mammalian Genome: Impacts of Genetic and Epigenetic Networks."

Allen Kurt (Biology). "The Slow Death of My Friends: Determining the Effects of a Devastating Wildlife Disease.'”

Jiuqiang Liu (Mathematics). "Coincidence of the core, the bargaining set, and the set of competitive equilibria in the finite economy."

Joanna McNamara (Music and Dance). "Detroit Redux."

Maria Milletti (Chemistry). "Exploring the structure and function of Humanin, a neuroprotecti ve peptide."

Eric Paradis (Physics and Astronomy). "Extended Rubidium vapor cell studies."

Jayakuman Ramanathan (Mathematics). "Discrete Dynamical Systems."

Katherine Ryker (Geography and Geology). "Impacts of Physical Space, Attitudes and Beliefs on Internal Models of Science Learning Environments."

Amy Sacksteder (Art). "Generation(s): Increasing the Scale & Scope of Photo and Painting-based Collages."

Joel Schoenhals (Music and Dance). "The Bach and Brahms Project_.,

J. Michael Scoville (History and Philosophy). "Two Essays on Environmental Values and Justice."

 Zuzana Tomas (World Languages). "On Preventing Plagiarism: Examining the Effect of Professional Development Intervention Targeting Referencing."

Gregg Wilmes (Chemistry). "Identification of Hops Flavor Compounds by NMR Spectroscopy."

Guey-Meei Yang (Art). "American Visual Art Education in a Digital Age: A Book on Technology Integration in Art Education Written for China's Art Teachers."

Faculty Sabbatical Awards, 2016-2017

One Semester Awards

Amanda Allen, English Language and Literature. "Junior Novel: Women's Networks, Cold-War Girls' Romances, and the History of Young Adult Literature".

Jin Bo, Psychology. "Evaluating Motor Functions of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in China".

Howard Cass, Music and Dance. "Music Composition of a Large-Scale Jazz Quartet".

Abby Coykendall, English Language and Literature. "Unbecoming Aesthetics: Disability

Studies and Horace Walpole".

Jason Ferguson, Art and Design. "The Nature of Being: Ontological Investigations Through the Act of Making·'.

Timothy Friehe, Chemistry. "Synthesis and Optimization of a New Class of Mycobacterium

Tuberculosis Inhibitor".

Kristin Judd, Biology. "Impacts of Invasive Plants and Subsequent Restoration Activities on Wetland Denitrification Potential''.

Jesse Kauffman, History and Philosophy. "Blood Dirru11ed Tide: The Great War in Central

Europe, 1905-1923''.

Dean Lauterbach, Psychology. "Longitudinal Risk and Protective Factors Among Child

Maltreatment Survivors from Age 4 to l8.'.

Jiuqiang Liu, Mathematics. "Equivalence of Nash Equt!ibrium and Competitive Equilibrium in Coalition Production Economics.”

Guey-Meei Yang, Art and Design. "A Book Project: American Visual Art Education In a

Digital Age".

Two Semester Awards 

Ovidiu Calin, Mathematics. "Determinism and Stochasticity in Finance".

E.Cerroni-Long, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. "Japanese Culture in Words and Images".

John DeHoog, Art and Design. "Japanese Culture in Words and Images".

Judd Kristin, Biology. "Impacts of Invasive Plants and Subsequent Restoration Activities on Wetland Denitrification Potential''.

Roger Long, History and Philosophy. "Liaquat Ali Khan, Jinnah's 'Right Hand': A Political


Provost's Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards, 2017-2018


Eamonn Arble. (Psychology). "Personali ty as a Modifier of Age-Rela ted Decline i n Decision Making: Cognitive and Neural Correlates i n Healt hy Aging."

 Leslie Atzmon, (Art & Design). "Design and Science: Catalyzi ng Collaborat i"

 Logan Bearden, (English Language and Literature). "Transformative Writing Programs: Toward Models of Multi modal Curricular Trans"

 Stephanie Casey, (Mathematics). "Student Reasoning about Statistical Association with Dynamic Representation"

 Anne Casper, (Biology). "Formati on of Copy Number Variat ions (CNVs) in DNA ."

 Chong Man Chow, (Psychology). "Body Talk in Lesbian Couples: Implication s for Body Image and Eating Behavior"

 Matthew Cook, (Geography & Geology). "Historical Geographies of the African American Experience: Analyzing Museums' Changing Narratives."

 Joseph Csicsila, (English Languages and Literature). "Grieving Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain, Loss, and the Transformation of a Writer"

 Claudia Drossel, (Psychology). "Examining Behavioral Variability in Alzheimer's and Other Progressive Neurocognitive Disorders."

 Emily Orman, (Biology). "Plant Mutualisms: Integrating Theory and Data"

 Kristin Judd, (Biology). "How Does Wetland Restoration Affect the Balance of Ecosystem Services?"

 Andrii i Kashliev, (Computer Science). "A Software Tool for Automating the Design of Big Data Databa"

 Matthew Kirkpatick, (English Language and Literature). "The "

 You Li, (Communication, Media, & Theater Arts). "Discovering Native Adve11ising and Its Effects on Media "

 Harriet Lindsay, (Chemistry). "A New, Microwave-Assisted Reaction to Form Privileged Scaffolds for Pharmaceuticals."

 Dustin London, (Art & Design). "Landscape's Influence on Abstract Painting in a Digital Era."

Megan Moore, (Sociology , Anthropology, & Criminology). "A Forensic Anthropology Analysis of the Tomb of Casimir Pulaski, American Revolutionary War Hero: A Question of Gender"

Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, (History & Philosophy). "Journeys through Jim Crow: African Americans, Interstate Bus Segregation, and Black Protest Politics, 1915-1948."

Biswajit Panja, (Computer Science). "Security in SCADA System using Hybrid Cryptography Algorithms to avoid Cyber-attacks on Power "

 Keon Pettiway, (Communication , Media, & Theater Arts). "Filling Up the Jails of the North and South: Rhetorical Trajectory of Non-violent Direct Action in Martin Luther King 's Civil Rights Public Addresses, 1956- "

 Paul Price, (Biology). "Bacterial Transduction as a Means of Studying Legume-Microbe Interaction"

 Chris Reilly, (Art & Design). "Paramet ric Design Studies in Fine A11."

 Katherine Ryker, (Geography & Geology)."'Fear of the Unknown: Developing Positive Science Teaching Attitudes while Reducing Math Anxi"

 Joel Schoenhals, (Music & Dance). "Bach on the Arno: Johann Sebastian Bach's Complete Keyboard Partitas Recorded on the Arno 284 "

 Hannah Seidel, (Biology). "Understanding Cell Division in a Model Organi"

 Jonathan Skuza, (Physics & Astronomy). "Inception of Magneto-Optical and Plasmonic Research and Instrumentation at Eastern Michigan Universit"

 Pamela Stewart, (Art & Design). "Imagining Christ, Performing the Passion: Visual Culture and Confraternal Devotion in Renaissance "

 Xining Yang, (Geography & Geology). "Measuring Food Access for U.S. Cities and their Health Correlates using Geospatial Big "

 Mehmet Yaya, (Economics). "The Impact of Trust Acts on Crime and Victimizat ion Reporting ."

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