Mark Appold, professor of philosophy and religion, appeared in the Nov. 19 archaeology series on the International History Channel in an interview with Israeli filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici. Filmed on site at biblical Bethsaida in the Golan, the interview focused on Bethsaida as the cradle of early Christianity. The exchange was triggered by Appold’s journal article about the significance of a first century cross, which was incised on a large shard of an ancient wine jar discovered at Bethsaida.

Elaine McDuff, associate professor of sociology, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Midwest Sociological Society as the representative for the state of Missouri. Founded in 1936, the Midwest Sociological Society is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. Nearly 1,200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. The MSS encompasses nine states: Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota; however, more than one-third of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world. McDuff will serve a term of three years, beginning at the Annual Meeting, March 24-27, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo.

Betty Louise McLane-Iles, professor of French,
and George Barlow, a local award-winning photographer, have been notified by Xlibris Press of Bloomington, Ind., that their first-ever commissioned respective illustrated portraits and photographs have been published for the cover of McLane-Iles’ husband Larry Iles’ first book, “The Progressive Left Centre Animal Lover Legacy: Expansive Historical Saga of Radicals George Greenwood and Vera Terrington.” There will be a book signing and talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the University Bookstore.

Sherri Addis Palmer, professor of psychology, 2009 alumnus K. Lee Raby and 2010 alumna Jaimie O’Gara have been notified that their submission, “Parent-Infant Relationships Within the Family System: Fluctuations in Interactions Across Dyadic and Triadic Social Contexts,” was accepted for presentation at the 2011 Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Raby is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and O’Gara is pursuing a MSW at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Peter Ramberg, associate professor of history of science, was visiting professor at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Zürich in Switzerland in September and October. He taught a four-week special course on the history of chemistry entitled “Atoms, Elements, Structure, and Mechanism. Lectures on the History of Chemistry.”
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