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Dr. Chuck Ross, Solar Energy Research

Dr. Chuck Ross, Professor of Physics, and Garrett Josemans (Longwood Physics alumnus) are working with partners at Florida Keys Community College, SALT Services Inc. in Marathon, Florida and Grand Turk Community College to develop a solar installation training program for disadvantaged students in Grand Turk.  The program will involve international student teams, including Longwood students, learning and working on projects together.  Dr. Ross and Mr. Josemans are also consulting on solar installations in indigenous villages in the Ecuadorean rainforest.


(L to R) Garrett Josemans, President Lee Ingham of Grand Turk Community College, Dr. Chuck Ross


Faulkner publishes.

“These Vanishing Hills,” a personal travel essay culled from my book manuscript West Over the Edge of the Sky appears this month in the Creative Nonfiction journal Fourth Genre.  An article examining writer Cormac McCarthy’s depiction of religion has appeared in Touchstone and in Critique.

Doug Dalton publishes text

Doug Dalton just published an Amazon Kindle textbook, Discovering Cultural Meaning: A Fieldwork Method for Anthropology Students, for his ANTH 410:Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology students. The advanced students in that class are currently using it while also  helping to edit the text.

Chris Bjornsen – Symposium Presentation

Chris Bjornsen is chairing and presenting a paper in a Symposium at the 2014 meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence in Cesme, Turkey, Sept 3-6. The symposium is titled: Individuation in cultural context: Views from Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, and the U.S.A. Participants will present the results of a cross-cultural study of individuation in emerging adulthood conducted over the past year.

Dr. William Abrams

Dr. William Abrams, Professor of Mathematics, presented Discovering Concepts in Calculus II at Mathfest in Portland, OR this August.

Barber and Whitman published

Dr. Amorette Barber and her undergraduate student, Emily Whitman, recently published an article in Molecular Immunology titled “NKG2D receptor activation of NF-κB enhances anti-tumor responses in murine effector CD8+ T cells”.

VanNess’s Dickey essay accepted

Gordon Van Ness’s essay “James Dickey, Vicente Aleixandre, and the Question of Poetic Creativity” has been accepted for publication by The South Carolina Review.

Cook-Cole College Professors partner with ICA Farmville

Assistant Professor of Spanish A. Renee Gutiérrez and Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies Connie Koski have teamed up with the ICA Farmville Immigration Detention Facility in a collaborative project that will provide Longwood students an exciting experiential service-learning opportunity in the local community during the 2014-2015 academic year. In an expansion of a projected begun last year by
Dr. Gutiérrez, students will have the ability to choose to volunteer in one of two roles: they will either assist native speakers of other languages learn English and/or participate in a Conversation Café as a language partner. This project is open to all Longwood University students, and offers class project credit to students in Dr. Gutiérrez’s Spanish classes and Dr. Koski’s Introduction to Policing and Introduction to Corrections courses. This collaborative experience seeks to increase student motivation and augment learning outcomes in both the diversity and foreign language General Education goals. The professors also hope the experience will promote the development of more tolerant student attitudes toward issues of race and ethnicity in general, and those surrounding controversial issue of immigration and immigration enforcement and detention specifically. Lastly, this collaboration will provide ongoing research opportunities for both students and the faculty involved.

ENGL 400 Featured in the Journal Reflections


The latest  volume of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning includes Heather Lettner-Rust’s article on the service-learning projects conducted in ENGL 400, in which Longwood students collaborated with members of Farmville’s Town Council.  The issue also features a cover image of civil rights protesters in Farmville and an interview with Dr. Edward H. Peeples, a Southern white Civil Rights Activist who conducted extensive research on the Prince Edward County school closings in the ’50s and ’60s.

The Information Writing Toolkit

RudaySean Ruday’s latest book, The Information Writing Toolkit: Using Mentor Texts in Grades 3-5 (appearing this winter at Routlegde Eye on Education), helps instructors use high-quality books and articles to make writing instruction more meaningful, authentic, and successful.  Complete details available here.