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Notes of Distinction: Dec. 2017


Tuesday Dec 19, 2017


Whether it’s a published article, book, prestigious award or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. We applaud the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, adjunct professor of minority studies (African American, African and African Diaspora Studies) and women’s and gender studies, served as an academic advisor for the entry on Aminata Sow Fall, a Senegalese novelist and short-story writer, in the Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) Series reference manual.

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Karl Besel, assistant dean and director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, recently published the article, “Historical preservation in Havana: Planning for the next generation of NGO leaders,” in the International Journal of Cuba Studies.

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The artwork of fine arts student Casey King, who also works in both IU Northwest art galleries, was included in Blanket Statements, a multi-city exhibition project with exhibitions and events in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The project has been described as centering on “the politics of fiber and ways in which they can be used as powerful statements, such as protest banners, flags, and blankets. … Blanket Statements brings together the work of eight artists with diverse approaches to fiber and textile making to illuminate the importance of this medium as a form of resistance."

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Katherine Gustafson, assistant professor of English, had two articles published in 2017:

“Assimilation and Indeterminancy: Moral Tales for Young People, Belinda, and Edgeworth’s Destabilizing Fictions of Maturity,” in the publication Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

“’I Never Saw Such Children:’ Disability, Industrialism, and Children’s Advocacy in William Godwin’s Fleetwood,” in the publication Essays in Romanticism.

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Iztok Hozo, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, published five articles in 2017:

“The predicament of patients with suspected Ebola,” in The Lancet Global Health; “Acceptable regret model in the end-of-life setting: Patients require high level of certainty before forgoing management recommendations,” in the European Journal of Cancer;

“Determining optimal threshold for statins prescribing: individualization of statins treatment for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease,” in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice;

“Monte Carlo decision curve analysis using aggregate data,” in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation;

“Towards theory integration: Threshold model as a link between signal detection theory, fast‐and‐frugal trees and evidence accumulation theory,” in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

In addition, the article “Elective labor at 39 week has lower maternal and neonatal mortality than labor in week 41: implications for the labor policies,” has been conditionally accepted for publication in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Anja Matwijkiw, professor of professional ethics and human rights, accepted an invitation to contribute a chapter on Environmental Ethics and Public International Law for a book edited by Stefania Negri of Salerno University, Italy.

Matwijkiw also served as a guest editor on a special International Criminal Law Review issue entitled “Paving the Biolaw Path in International Criminal Law.” Her research for this is an essay co-authored with Bronik Matwijkiw from Southeast Missouri University, entitled Biolaw Stakes, Activist Jurisprudence, and (Presumed) Limits for Protected Interests that the reviewers described as “an important and original contribution to the literature.” The special issue has been selected for a monograph edited by Matwijkiw and Professor Caroline Fournet from Groningen University, the Netherlands. This will include authors from different countries, and emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the emerging phenomenon called international criminal biolaw. In addition to these accomplishments, Matwijkiw secured the publication of six manuscripts in tier-one journals, including The Philosophical Forum.

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Daniele Rosso, assistant professor of mathematics, recently learned that her research article, “A graphical calculus for the Jack inner product on symmetric functions,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory.

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Kalim Shah, assistant professor of environmental policy, conducted a workshop on “Sectoral Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment,” as part of the United National Development Programme’s (UNDP) National Adaption Planning Program for Suriname in Paramaribo, Suriname in November.

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Monica Solinas-Saunders, assistant professor of criminal justice, had the following articles published:

“Fighting labor market discrimination with ban the box: Are there racial implications?” as well as an accompanying teaching and learning guide in Sociology Compass;

“Criminal thinking among men attending a batterer intervention program: The relevance of military background,” in the Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma;

Solinas-Saunders also presented “How a collaboration across campuses promises to make Indiana smarter and healthier,” at the Consortium of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Annual Conference in Denver, along with Chaeyoung Chang, and with contributions by Katherine Gustafson, Dorinda Sattler, Linda Galocy, Crystal Shannon, and the project’s principal investigators, Susan Zinner and Jonathyne Briggs. Colleagues from IU South Bend and IU Kokomo also contributed.

While at the CUMU Conference in Denver, Solinas-Saunders also attended a Carnegie Classification training/workshop sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Ernest Talarico, Jr., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, contributed a chapter on anatomy for the publication, An Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology: Investigation and Surgery, to be released in May 2018.

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Susan Zinner, professor of public and environmental affairs, had a book chapter entitled, “In the Land of Pain: Why Daudet and Hitchens are still relevant,” accepted for publication in the Routledge Studies in Religion series called Treating the Person: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on the Body in Medicine. It will appear in 2018.

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