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April 4, 2005
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EMU's Keal Fellowship Awards presented to sixteen women faculty members

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University wrapped up its celebration of Women's History Month by awarding s ixteen women faculty members the 2004-2005 Josephine Nevins Keal Fellowship Awards.

Coordinated by the Women's Commission, the fellowships are awarded once a year. They are available to all tenured and tenure-track women faculty members who have taught at least two terms at Eastern Michigan University. The fellowships are limited to $300-$700 and can be used for conducting original research, publishing research results, attending professional conferences or taking coursework needed for professional advancement.

Awards this year amounted to $5,270 and will be used by female faculty to present their work in different spheres -- from philosophical subtleties to Asian-American cancer screening practices. Twenty-two applications were reviewed.

"Although we had many applicants and less money than last year, we were pleased that we were able to assist 16 out of the 22 faculty women," said Joanne Hansen, chair of the Women's Commission.

The award is named for Josephine Nevins Keal, who graduated from EMU, then Michigan State Normal College, in 1901. When she died, she left $50,000 to EMU and Wayne State University.

Keal Fellowship winners and their projects are:

  • Ruth Ann Armitage, assistant professor, department of chemistry. She gave poster presentations at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy March 2, in Orlando, Fla.
  • Wendy Burke, assistant professor, department of teacher education. She presented a research report in a symposium "Critical Communities: Expanded Networks that Improve Teacher Quality and Student Learning" at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges on Teacher Education Feb. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.
  • Karen Carney, assistant professor, department of special education. She is conducting research to test a hypothesis that early identification and remediation of behavior problems (and related problems of reading, language or ADHD) in elementary children decreases their future placement in special education.
  • Verónica Grondona, assistant professor, department of English language and literature. Grondona is collecting linguistic and cultural data on Wichí, an endangered language of the Chaco region in Argentina.
  • Deborah Heyl-Clegg, professor, department of chemistry. She is working on the development of antimicrobial peptides as nonresistant antibiotics.
  • Ellen Hoffman, associate professor, department of teacher education. She is conducting a study on the impact of technology planning in K-12 schools and the implementation of computers in teaching and learning.
  • Glenda Kirkland, professor, department of music. Kirkland is presenting a voice recital at the third Biennial International Symposium and Festival on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora. The event, which attracts scholars, composers and singers from various countries including the United States, England, Africa and China, will take place Aug. 4-8 at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
  • Lidia Lee, associate professor, department of special education. She gave a presentation at the Annual American Academy of Audiology Conference in Washington, D.C.,March 30-April 2.
  • Harriet Lindsay, assistant professor, department of chemistry. She gave presentations at the American Chemical Society's national meeting March 13-17 in San Diego, Calif.
  • Jiang Lu, assistant professor, school of engineering technology, interior design. The award will support her efforts to publish research results in the "Journal of Interior Design Education."
  • Alice Jo Rainville, associate professor, school of health promotion and human performance. Rainville will present her research at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference July 17-20 in Baltimore, Md. The abstract will contain results of her sabbatical research project, "School Lunch Cost Comparison: On-site vs. Fast Food vs. Home Prepared."
  • Wendy Wang, associate professor, department of foreign languages and bilingual studies. She gave a presentation at the 39th Annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference March 30-April 2 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Lori Watson, assistant professor, department of history and philosophy. She presented a paper, "Political Liberalism and Oppression: A Defense of Strong Reciprocity," at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in March.
  • Diana Wong, assistant professor, department of management. She is presenting two papers as part of a symposium panel, "Mythology and Leadership: A Multicultural Exploration of Models and Styles" at the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference June 26-30 in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Tsu-Yin Wu, associate professor, school of nursing. She will publish her research results on Asian-American cancer screening practices and present a paper at the 30th Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society April 27-May 1 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Margrit Zinggeler, associate professor, department of foreign languages and bilingual studies. She presented her literary research of texts by Swiss writer Milena Moser at the annual conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) March 31-April 2 in Cambridge, Mass. The NEMLA conference is the only one in the U.S. with a standing yearly panel on Swiss German literature

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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