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Research and Scholarship
Research and Scholarship
Jennifer L. Cughan, M.S, academic coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound, recently attended the ACT State Organization Leadership Orientation and State Representatives Meeting in Iowa City. As the elected PA State Representative to ACT, Cughan has the opportunity to explain TRiO Upward Bound to ACT spokespersons, be the voice for the needs of TRiO students and programs across the state and across the nation, and learn first-hand how ACT can assist students.
Michael Martin, Ph.D. assistant professor of English, served on the Proposal Review Committee for the Computers and Writing Conference at Frostburg State University; he also served as a peer reviewer for the conference. In addition, Martin presented a paper titled “Understanding Gendered-communication and its Effect on Memory Unit Patients” as part of a panel discussion at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference at Michigan Technological University.
Stephen W. Whitworth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was invited for a second year to deliver the keynote lecture at the Department of English at Tel Aviv University's annual symposium in January on literature and psychoanalysis. This year's symposium, "The Perversity of the Poetic." Whitworth delivered a lecture "'The Most is Not Too Much': Masochism and the Perverse Phantasm in Southwell's 'Complaynt of St. Peter (1591).'"
Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, recently had The Artemas Poems, a series of linked, narrative poems, published by Finishing Line Press. It is Wemple’s third poetry collection. He commissioned Erik Kile, then a senior Creative Writing and Art Studio major, to do the cover drawing.
Students research downtown parking
Led by student researchers, Stephen Staats, a senior criminal justice major, and Tony DiBiase, a junior geoscience major, a group of 30-plus student volunteers are conducting a creative parking study in the Town of Bloomsburg, utilizing mobile GIS devices not for mapping but to monitor downtown parking spaces and collect data to better understand parking tendencies. The hope is to improve Bloomsburg’s congestive parking situation. Success of this study could serve as a model for other municipalities across the country trying to improve their parking efficiency.
The project, funded by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc., is being done in collaboration with several local municipal agencies and university departments, as well as BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting. #CollaborativeLearning
Alumna has ASL research published
Heather Hamilton, a recent American Sign Language graduate, had her undergraduate Honors Independent Study research on “Gender Variation in American Sign Language” published this summer by the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC). According to Hamilton, she analyzed videos of five men and five women for variation between the genders, specifically looking at variation in the length of the stories, the use of hand listing, the use of pronouns, and lexical variations. The entire research project lasted three semesters.
She found that women, on average, had longer stories than the men. The women were more likely to use pronouns than the men were and used them with more frequency than the men did, Hamilton says. Finally, women tended to produce their signs in higher locations or in citation form while men produced their signs lower or in non-citation form. Hamilton said the goal was to find new variations as well as to support the gender variations found in the research completed by Lucas, Bayley, and Valli (2003). In conclusion, she says more research needs to be done in this area and on ASL in general.
Rural homelessness to get closer look
Heather Feldhaus, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, was recently awarded a $14,000 grant to study rural homelessness in collaboration with the Columbia County Housing Authority, Columbia-Montour Homelessness Task Force and researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College. The study will identify, gather and evaluate existing patterns of homelessness and housing insecurity. Researchers will report on the current situation and collaborate on a long-term plan to better measure and track homelessness in rural Pennsylvania.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, homelessness is often assumed to be an urban phenomenon because homeless people are more numerous, more geographically concentrated, and more visible in urban areas. However, people experience the same difficulties associated with homelessness and housing distress in America's small towns and rural areas as they do in urban areas. Problems defining, locating, and sampling have made enumerating the homeless population with certainty virtually impossible with estimates commonly relying on counts of persons using services that are inaccessible.