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September 11, 2017


In the News

Jason Crouthamel, professor of history, was interviewed for a story about the social impact of the First World War for a BBC 4 radio documentary, "The Cultural Front: Series 4 — An Intimate War."

Christian Glupker, clinical affiliate professor of economics, was interviewed by MLive for a story about the economic impact of festivals on smaller communities. 

Call for papers: MSA Conference

Organizers of the annual Michigan Sociological Association Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley, are currently seeking proposals for sessions and papers that align with the conference's broad theme of environmental justice. 

The conference will be October 27-28 at the Eberhard Center; there will be undergraduate student paper and poster sessions, as well as a paper competition. 

People interested in submitting a paper or an idea for a session should contact Michael Macaluso, affiliate professor of sociology, at The deadline for submissions is September 30. For more information about the conference, visit

College signs agreement with GRPS

The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is working with Grand Rapids Public Schools to support and advance STEM activities for GRPS students. 

President Thomas J. Haas; Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs; and Ronald Gorman, assistant superintendent for GRPS, signed a memorandum of understanding August 28 that includes hiring a graduate assistant to help teams participating in FIRST competitions and other STEM-related activities. 

Grand Valley hosts the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics District Competition for teams across West Michigan. 

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, said Grand Valley began providing support via graduate assistants in 2005, this agreement makes the partnership official. 



Darleen Hoffert, assistant professor of nursing, wrote an article, "Nursing Service a Benefit of No-Fault Insurance," published in the Grand Rapids Press 

Joy Washburn, associate professor of nursing, wrote an article on human trafficking, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Brent Nowak, executive director of the applied Medical Device Institute, gave a presentation, “Project-Based Immersion Undergraduate Programs that Lead to Technology Transfer," at the NCURA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Amy Russell, associate professor of biology, wrote an article, "Genetic Demography at the Leading Edge of the Distribution of a Rabies Virus Vector," published in Ecology and Evolution.

Charles Pazdernik, professor of Classics, wrote an article, “Reinventing Theodoric in Procopius’ Gothic War,” published in Procopius of Caesarea: Literary and Historical Approaches.

Jim Penn, associate professor of geography and sustainable planning, gave presentations “Sistemas Agroforestales y el Uso del Bosque en la Amazonia Peruana: Experiencias, Desafíos, y Realidades,” at the Bilwi and Siuna campuses of Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense.

Michael P. Lombardo, professor of biology, gave a presentation, "Factors Associated with Egg Hatching in Tree Swallows," with students at the American Ornithological Society conference at Michigan State University.