Faculty Accomplishments – Spring 2011

May 31, 2011 | 9:51 a.m.

By the Office of Communications and Marketing

Phyllis Alsdurf, English

  • Brought several eminent visitors to campus during January as guest lecturers in her Global Journalism course: Steven David, an award-winning Christian journalist from Bangalore, India, who works as a reporter for the Hindu-owned India Today, the country's largest English language newspaper; Fred de Sam Lazaro, Director of the Project for Under-Told Stories, a regular contributor to PBS’ Religion and News Weekly, and film director for the acclaimed documentary series, “Wide Angle;” Carol Prahl ’80, a media analyst with the Voice of America who holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics from The George Washington University and lived in Beijing during the Tienanmen Square crisis.

David W. Anderson, Education (Emeriti)

  • Continues to travel and teach on disability ministry in Ghana, Serbia, China, Haiti, and Ukraine.
  • Last summer, he spoke with families affected by disability at a family retreat sponsored by Joni and Friends International Disability Center in Cameroon.

Joel Frederickson, Psychology

  • Had his article titled “’I’m sorry, please don’t hurt me:’ Effectiveness of apologies on aggression control” published in The Journal of Social Psychology.

Daniel M. Gurtner, New Testament, Bethel Seminary St. Paul

  • Presented on “Eschatological Rewards for the Righteous” at the recent regional Society of Biblical Literature conference.
  • Is an invited delegate to the International Enoch Seminar in Milan, Italy this summer.
  • Was nominated for membership to the Society for New Testament Studies, an international organization of New Testament scholars that acquires members by nomination and peer review only.

Mike Holmes, Biblical and Theological Studies

  • Through the Green Scholars Initiative (www.greenscholarsinitiative.org), Holmes received a small fragment (ca. 1-3/4” w. x 2-3/4” h.) of a papyrus leaf that has been initially and tentatively dated to the second century A.D. Since receiving it, Holmes and students Catherine Creelman and Erica Sherrod have determined that the papyrus preserves portions of 1 Corinthians 8:10-9:3 + 9:27-10:6. If the initial dating holds up to further scrutiny, it would be one of the two oldest surviving copies of 1 Corinthians.

David Howard, Old Testament, Bethel Seminary St. Paul

  • Recently taught for a week at the Emanuel University of Oradea, in Oradea, Romania. This trip marked his 20th visit to the school since 1998. He then lectured at the Villa Aurora, in Florence, Italy. 

Chad Hoyt, Physics

  • Named vice president of the Minnesota section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Adam Johnson, Psychology

  • Published the paper “Triple dissociation of information processing in dorsal striatum, ventral striatum, and hippocampus on a learned spatial decision task” in Neuron in collaboration with several non-Bethel colleagues: M. van der Meer, A. Johnson, N.C. Schmitzer-Torbert, A.D. Redish.

Peggy Kendall, Communication Studies

  • Contributed to a roundtable discussion for an article in the January issue of Youthworker Journal entitled “Tuned In, Turned Off.” The panelists explored “how technology is affecting our students and what … youth workers can do to keep them from getting lost in an increasingly connected and complex digital world.”

Ben Lim, Marriage and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary San Diego

  • Spoke on “Coping with Loss and Grief” at the All Saints Memorial Chapel and preached at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Singapore.
  • Taught an intensive on marriage and family therapy at the Alpha Omega International College in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He then ministered at Evangelical Free Church Gospel Center for a week, before leaving for China where he and his wife will do their sabbatical at HuaQiao University at Quanzhou.

Naomi Ludeman Smith, Anthropology and Sociology

  • Presented “Sojourn Through Spiritual and Religious Tension: A Quantitative Study of Intercultural Competence and Worldview Development” at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR-USA) in Denver.
  • Presented “Developing Your Strengths through Team Collaboration,” for the Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and Amerispec divisions of Service Master’s in Memphis.
  • Presented “Recognizing Culture” for visiting business students from Lycée Notre Dame de la Paix, Lorient, France, at Bethel.
  • Presented “Catch Them Before They Go Native: Religious Differences in the Cross-Cultural Domestic and International Experience,” at The Moberg Lectureship on Christianity and Sociology in St. Paul, Minn.

Carolyn Gwinn, College of Adult & Professional Studies/Graduate School

  • Was awarded by the Minnesota Reading Association for excellence in literacy instruction and leadership.

Richard W. Peterson and Keith Stein, Physics

  • Will present “Dynamic Interferometric Measurements: Acoustical/Mechanical Resonators and Changing Magnetic Fields” to the American Association of Physics Teachers in summer 2011.

Don Postema, Philosophy

  • Presented “Is There Hope for Medical Futility?” to the staff of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Presented “Diagnosing Moral Distress: What It Is and What It Isn't” to the staff at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul, Minn., as one in a series of quarterly Ethics Brown Bag lunches he coordinates for which I am responsible at Gillette.

Dan Ritchie, English

  • Published a review essay of a recent edition of Tocqueville’s Letters from America on the website for Books & Culture. Using Tocqueville’s experience as exemplary, he reflected on the importance of knowing one’s own culture before studying abroad.

Steve Sandage, Marriage and Family Studies, Bethel Seminary St. Paul

  • Was invited to write the chapter on conversion and spiritual transformation for the forthcoming Handbook of Psychology and Religion published by the American Psychological Association.

Rebecca Seaberg, Math and Computer Science

  • Had the article “Fibonacci Numbers and Bricklaying: Counting Geometrically” published in the February 2011 issue of Mathematics Teacher.

John Silvis, New York Center for Art & Media Studies

  • Led a roundtable discussion on “Faculty Artists as Entrepreneurs” at the CAA annual meeting. He also served as a mentor for two sessions of portfolio review.

Jone Tiffany, Nursing

  • Successfully completed the defense of her dissertation in December. The title of her project was "Second Life: An Innovative Strategy for Teaching Inclusivity to Nursing Students." Dr. Tiffany’s degree is from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minn.

Jon Veenker, Music Department Chair

  • The Wheaton Academy Orchestra toured performed his orchestral arrangement of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us on a recent tour.
  • His large choral and band work, Te Deum, was performed by Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., after the school found the piece on iTunes U.

Carole Young, Psychology

  • Presented “Quitting a memory search despite a lingering feeling-of-knowing” at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in St. Louis, Missouri.