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Faculty Award: On March 8th, Lucy Hess, professor emerita of communication sciences and disorders, will receive Plymouth Church's Amistad Peace and Justice Award for her years of volunteer service to the Fort Wayne community.


Faculty in the News: Hao Sun, professor of English and linguistics, was recently featured in a News Sentinel article, "IPFW Offers New, Fast-Paced ESL Course." The article examines the new Teaching English as a New Language (TENL) program, which offers the TENL certificate in seven months.

Conference Presentation: Five English & linguistics faculty and students will present at the 2015 East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWA) conference. Presenters include Jennifer Stewart (faculty advisor), Madison Prall (English graduate student), Matthew Behnke (English undergraduate student), Audrey Whetstone (English undergraduate student), and Jessica Marlin (English education undergraduate student).


Student Internship: Paul OMalley, geosciences undergraduate, received a competitive internship from NASA. In summer 2015, he will work with Dr. David Williams and Ken Smith as a NASA-funded Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program (PGGURP) intern at Ames Planetary Aeolian Laboratory.


Faculty Spotlight: Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy, was chosen as one of the 2015 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Forty Under 40 winners. Schwab also wrote an article for Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR), entitled “Two Key Distinctions for Understanding the Value of Vaccinations.”

Faculty Publication: Erik Ohlander, associate professor of religious studies, recently published the chapter “Early Sufi Rituals, Beliefs, and Hermeneutics,” in The Cambridge Companion to Sufism. The chapter explores how Sufism can be understood as a distinctive form of Muslim religiosity.

Conference Presentation: Philosophy major Aaron Thieme will be representing COAS's Department of Philosophy at the Illinois State Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in March 2015. Thieme will present a paper entitled “Being and Truth: Aristotle and Future Contingents.” The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for exceptional undergraduates to discuss their work in “a friendly and stimulating environment.”


Faculty Spotlight: James Lutz, professor of political science, was invited to teach a three-week intensive course on terrorism and conflict at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. His session will cover terrorism from a global perspective, including both dissident terrorism and government toleration of terrorist violence against its own citizens.


Faculty/Student Scholarship: The Huffington Post UK quoted a study by Michelle Drouin, associate professor of psychology, Elizabeth Tobin (B.A., psychology, ’14), and Kara Wygant (B.A., psychology, ’14) entitled “‘Love the Way you Lie’: Sexting deception in romantic relationships.”


Faculty Publication: Associate Professor of Sociology Mieko Yamada's book The Role of English Teaching in Modern Japan: Diversity and Multiculturalism through English Language Education in a Globalized Era was recently published in the Routledge Research in Language Education series. The book examines the complexities of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Japan.