Congratulations to Mitchell Thomas and the cast of "Much Ado About Nothing": the regional governing board for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival has selected one of the scenes from Westmont's fall production of Shakespeare's play for inclusion at the regional festival in Los Angeles. This was one of only ten scenes selected from college theatrical productions in California, Arizona, Hawai'i, Nevada, Utah and Guam. In April, Mitchell will be participating in the "Speaking of Stories" series, which offers live theatrical readings of acclaimed stories. He will be reading the story "Line from a Movie" by Ron Carlson.
Andrea Gurney has written a chapter on "Counseling and Psychology" for the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions (eds. N.P. Azari and A. Runehov), published in Germany (Springer).
Steve Contakes, Michael Everest
In January Steve Contakes (left) was one of the co-organizers of the first Southern California Christians in Science conference in Azusa. He also chaired a panel and delivered two presentations during the event. The first paper was written with Garrett Johnson, a recent alum. It was entitled "Lessons for Thinking and Talking about Science and Religion from the Chelintsev Affair, a Chemical Counterpart to Lysenkoism." His second paper was "Fritz Haber, Chemistry, Guns, Gas, & Butter: Questions, Methods, and Dialogue at the Interface between Chemical Technology & Christian Responsibility." His colleague Michael Everest (right) also spoke at the conference, offering his own thoughts on "Worship through the Lens of the Autocorrelation Function."
Recent publications by Paul Willis include an essay entitled “An Evening with Two Palestinian Poets” in the current issue of Books & Culture and poems in six anthologies: Acceptable Words: Prayers for Writers, An Even Dozen, Gratitude Prayers: Prayers, Poems & Prose for Everyday Thankfulness, From Glory to Glory, Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature, and One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form.
Greg Spencer has published two poems, "The Summer of My Gathering Mortality" and "On the news of Connie's near-passing," in the Spring 2013 volume of The Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature.
Amanda Sparkman gave a presentation at the Society for Integrative Biology’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco in January. Her topic was “Long-term elevation of indicators of physiological stress in captive garter snakes,”co-authored by Maria Palacios and Anne Bronikowski. In October, Sparkman co-organized the Channel Islands Symposium.
Charlie Farhadian's chapter, "Soundings from the Liturgical Ecumene: Liturgical Migration, Christian Mission, and Mutual Conversions," appeared in the book Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace, edited by Teresa Berger (Liturgical Press). The book features essays by speakers who attended the international conference on Liturgy in Migration sponsored by Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. In August Charlie will be a plenary speaker at the Christian Congregational Music's conference on "Local and Global Perspectives," to be held at Ripon College in Oxford, England.
Allan Nishimura has co-authored an essay with Hannah Ryan ('13) and Shanon Lau ('13) on "Formation of the Mixed Excimer of 1- and 2-Methalnapthalene on Alumina During Temperature Programmed Desorption" for the Journal of Undergraduate Research. They also presented on this topic at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Western Spectroscopy Association at Asilomar in January. Allan's collaboration with Mitchio Okumura’s group at Caltech, “Laser Cavity Ringdown Studies of Peroxy Radical Intermediates in the Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds," was presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Society in San Francisco.
“Fluorescence Quenching by Resonance Energy Transfer”, Allan's collaborative project with colleagues at Point Loma Nazarene University, will appear in the next issue of The Chemical Educator.
Edd Noell gave two presentations in January related to his forthcoming book on economic growth. At the American Economics Association in San Diego he offered a paper on "Making the Case for Economic Growth: 'Playing the Cards Up Front' in Light of Modern Moral Critiques." Later that month he gave a paper entitled "The Moral Case for Economic Growth" at a Values and Capitalism Conference sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute at Ave Maria University.
Greg Orfalea's essay "Sheathing the Sword," about raising his oldest son, which appeared in Papa Ph.D., an anthology of essays by fathers in academia (Rutgers UP), will be reprinted in a new anthology edited by Luke Reynolds for Vanderbilt University Press, Not in My Name: Men Rejecting Patriarchal Paradigms. In January he also gave a lecture and book signing for Angeleno Days at the University of California, Irvine.
Bob Hamel’s special effects design work for the “Globe to Globe” Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre in London, England has appeared in the book Globe to Globe: The Festival in Focus. Hamel created decapitated heads for the National Theatre of Bitola’s production of Henry VI, Part III.
Michael Graves, who is serving as a visiting professor in our Department of Communication, has been asked to serve a new term on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication and Religion. His paper with Darlene R. Graves, “Restore the Harmony: A Generational Reconsideration of Popular Culture and Evangelical Worship Practices,” will appear in Praeger’s 2013 collection, Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel.