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Staff & faculty notes

January 23, 2010

Staff & faculty notes for the week of Jan. 25, 2010:

Hesham El-Askary, Ph.D., assistant professor of Earth System Science and Remote Sensing Department of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering Schmid College of Science, was invited to speak at two events  hosted at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 12-14 and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Dr. El-Askary gave a lecture on “Remote Sensing and Related Atmospheric Applications” at the International Winter School.  He also gave a talk titled “Impact of Sea Level Rise on the Low Land Area South East of Alexandria, Egypt” as an invited speaker at the International Joint Seminar on Climate/Environment Change.

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Baron Kelly, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre,  was invited to be the guest performer  and speaker at the University of Central Missouri’s Martin Luther King Issues Forum: Civil Rights as a Social Contract  on Jan. 14.  Dr. Kelly read from  writings of Martin Luther King, Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  W.E.B. DuBois, William Shakespeare and August Wilson.  A reminder: Dr. Kelly is also playing one of the lead roles in August Wilson’s Fences at South Coast Repertory, now through Feb. 21 – get tickets here

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Gregg A. Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies, has been invited to participate in peer review of manuscripts submitted to the mass communication division of the National Communication Association for presentation at the association’s 2010 conference, scheduled for Nov. 11-17 in San Francisco.

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Mike Madrid, Ph.D.,
education director of the College of Educational Studies, recently published Dancing with the Devil and Other Stories My Mother Told Me in the 2009 edition of the Association of Mexican-American Educators Journal. The article is an analysis of the history and growth of a popular folktale genre that developed in 15th century Mexico and continues to flourish in the Southwest. The story types  — etiological, abandoned baby, the devil as gentleman, and the devil at a dance — are analyzed in terms of plot, characterization, setting, religious significance and didactic function.

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