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October 08, 2001

Nicole Aas-Rouxparis, professor of French, presented “Rituel et Rédemption: ‘Ainsi soit-il’ de Joseph Gay Ramaka” at the African Literatures Association annual meeting in San Diego, April 4-7.


Linda Isako Angst, assistant professor of anthropology, published “The Sacrifice of a Schoolgirl: The 1995 Rape Case, Discourses of Power, and Women’s Lives in Okinawa” in Critical Asian Studies, Volume 33.2 (June 2001). The article received honorable mention in the Critical Asian Studies Annual Prize competition. Angst also published “The Rape of a Schoolgirl, Discourses of Power, and Gendered National Identity in Okinawa,” a chapter in the forthcoming book Okinawa Dilemmas: The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Okinawa, edited by Mark Selden and Laura Hein (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).


In addition, Angst received a Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. She also received the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies Fellowship for short-term study in Japan, supported by the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission.


Nora Beck, associate professor of music, recently published Fiammetta, a collection of stories, poetry, and drawings inspired by her study of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. In March, she delivered “The Role of Music in Day VII, Story 1 of The Decameron,” at the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific at the University of San Diego. Beck’s “Teaching Music History from Outside the Closet,” which incorporates the writing of several Lewis & Clark students, appears in the inaugural issue of Gender, Education, Music, and Society, a peer-reviewed online journal found at


In addition, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has asked Beck, a faculty athletics representative, to organize and participate in panels that address homophobia in college athletics and ways in which the college community can ensure the welfare of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student-athletes.


Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Professor of History, introduced his new book, Lewis and Clark From the Rockies to the Pacific, in May. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company in Portland published this 40,000-word compilation of essays, which includes 14 black-and-white photographs, 76 color plates, and a stunning reproduction of William Clark’s map of the American West (1814). In addition, Beckham’s book Requiem for a People (Oregon State University Press, paperback) was the Oregonian’s book-of-the-month selection in July. The book has been in print continuously since 1971.


Michael Blumm, professor of law, published Sacrificing the Salmon: A Legal and Policy History of the Decline of Columbia Basin Salmon (BookWorld Publications, 2002).


Stuart Buettner, professor of art history, recently published The Confessions of Ines (Daniel and Daniel, 2002). His novel tells the story of Ines Maria de la Encarnacion Verdugo Villalba, considered one of the most controversial spiritual figures in 19th-century California.


Lisa Claypool, assistant professor of art history, organized a panel titled National Ornaments: East Asia and Exhibitionism at the Turn of the 20th Century at the 54th annual Association for Asian Studies Con-ference in Washington, D.C. At the conference, she presented her paper “Zhang Jian and China’s First Museum.” In May, claypool participated in a workshop on Touring, Migrating, and Fleeing: Movement of People and Objects in Qing and Republican China at Harvard University’s Fairbanks Center.


Rebecca Copenhaver, assistant professor of philosophy, recently presented two papers: “Reid and Kant’s Rejection of the Myth of the Given” at the Midsouth philosophy Conference in Memphis in February and “Thomas Reid’s Non-Naive Direct Realism” at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle in March. copenhaver also attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Consciousness and Intentionality at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


J.M. Fritzman, assistant professor of philosophy, presented “The Noonday Flight of Hegel’s Owl” at the February Midsouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis. In September, his paper “Reducing Spirit to Substance: Dove on Hegel’s Method” will run as the lead article in Idealistic Studies, Volume 32.2 (2002).


Bill Funk, professor of law, recently published his article “When Is a ‘Rule’ a Regulation? Marking the Line Between Nonlegislative Rules and Legislative Rules,” in Administrative Law Review, Volume 54 (2002). He contributed the article to the November Biannual Administrative Law Forum hosted by the University of Louisville. In December, Aspen Law & Businesspublished “Administrative Law: Examples and Explanations,” which Funk coauthored with Professor Richard Seamon of the University of South Carolina.


Eban Goodstein, associate professor of economics and department chair, presented “Global Warming: Can We Stop It?” at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota in February. In addition, he spoke on “Labor Supply and the Double Dividend” at an economics department seminar at the University of Minnesota.


Curtis Keedy, professor emeritus of chemistry, published a textbook review in the Journal of Chemical Education (January 2002). In the article, he reviewed Nuclear and Radiochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications, second revised edition, by Karl Heinrich Lieser.


William Kinsella, assistant professor of communication, presented “Ethnography of Communication in Scientific and Technological Settings” at a research colloquium at the University of Washington. In July, he was a featured scholar at the University of Washington’s Summer Institute on the Qualitative Case Study. Also in July, he presented his paper “Problematizing the distinction Between Expert and Lay Know-ledge” at the International Communication Association conference in Seoul, Korea.


Deborah Lycan, associate professor of biology, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for her project titled “Investigating the ankyrin protein Yar1 in the yeast stress response.” The three-year, $144,000 grant supports research about the genetic pathways by which cells cope with environmental stresses.


Jens Mache, assistant professor of computer science, presented the abstract “Evaluating the Performance of Peer-to-Peer Systems” at the 60th annual meeting of the Oregon Academy of Science at Pacific University in Forest Grove in February. He subsequently published the abstract, coauthored with Paul Thomas ’03. In June, Mache presented and published the paper “Cost-Effective High-Performance Disk Access on PC Clusters With Commodity IDE Disks” at the Sixth International conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications in Las Vegas, Nevada. His coauthors are Joshua Bower-Cooley ’01, Jason Guchereau ’03, Paul Thomas ’03, andMatthew Wilkinson ’04.


Nancy Nagel, associate professor of education, published “Empowering Young Students to Become Active Citizens” in Democracy in Education (March 2002).


Roger Nelsen, professor of mathematics, published Demostraciones sin Palabras: Ejercicios de Pensamiento Visual (Proyecto Sur de Ediciones, S.L., 2002). It is the Spanish translation of his first book, Proofs Without Words: Exercises in Visual Thinking. In April, he lectured on “Visualization and the Fubini Principle” at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Section of the mathematical Association of America at Georgetown College.


William Rottschaefer, professor of philosophy, published the abstract “The Descent of Cognition: Motivation as Parent of Cognition” in Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Science, Volume XXXVII (2002). In February, he presented the paper to the Oregon Academy of Science at Pacific University. In addition, he recently presented two other papers: “Ecological Rationality and Internalist Epistemic Justification: Where’s the Internalism?” at the Pacific division meeting of the American philosophical Association in Seattle in March, and “Discerning the Divine in the Genetic Information” at the Pacific Northwest meeting of the American Academy of Religion at the University of Oregon in May.


Stepan Simek, assistant professor of theatre, participated in “Theatre of the Oppressed: Demonstrating and Envisioning Social Justice” (presidential session), an interactive workshop and presentation at the 73rd annual Pacific Sociological Association meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in April.


Gregory Smith, associate professor of education, published “Place-Based Education: Learning to Be Where We Are” in the April issue of Phi Delta Kappan.


Phyllis Yes, professor of art and department chair, exhibited her artwork in Northwest Documenta: Biennial Series Highlights in Salem’s Bush Barn Museum in April and early May. Her one-woman show featuring 120 pieces from her Bread Project ran from May 25 through August 10 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. In addition, she participated in the Kows for Kids fund-raising project to benefit children and families served by New Avenues for Youth and Trillium Family Services in Oregon. 


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