Welcome to the following new employees at the Mount:  Faculty members Roseanne Thomas, physical therapy. Staff members Sue Ballard, institutional advancement; Derek Peebles, Upward Bound; Robert Wissner, athletics and recreation.

Congratulations to Sharon Kesterson Bollen, professor of art, who was honored by the Ohio Art Education Association at its annual convention in November with its Circa Society 45-Year Award for her long-term professional dedication to art education in the state and to the association.

R.A. Davis, professor emeritus of biology and geology, was an invited presenter at Meteorite Night on Nov. 17, 2012, on the topic, “Meteorites and ‘meteor-wrongs’ and how to tell them apart.”

Karen Holtgrefe, associate professor of physical therapy, was reappointed by the Governor’s office to a second, three-year term on the Physical Therapy section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board. Karen is currently secretary of the section.

Eric Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, published a paper in the December 2012 issue of the journal “Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics.”

Angela Miller, assistant professor of education, wrote a paper, “Envisioning a curriculum of possibility with critical literacy,” which was accepted to the 2013 American Education Researchers’ Association annual meeting. This is a prestigious international conference for which more than 13,000 submissions are peer-reviewed annually. Angela will present the paper in San Francisco, Calif. in April, 2013.

Angela Miller, assistant professor of education, published an article in November 2013 issue of “Ohio Journal of Teacher Education” titled, “Critical curricular conversations: merging curriculum theory and critical literacy with pre-service teachers.” Angela co-wrote the article with Dr. Bender-Slack from Xavier University, with contributions from two pre-service teachers, Jeanette Imwalle and Stephen Stokes.

Beth Murray, professor of biology, recently published a book, “Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death,” which was just selected as one of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2013 by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA).

Alice Ann O’Neill, SC, adjunct instructor in music, was included in the November 2012 issue of Teaching Music magazine which is the publication for the National Association of Music Educators. The article is titled, “Workshop for strings: taking a holistic approach to the bow hold.”

Jill Russell, assistant professor of biology, received a three-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her collaborative work on bird metabolism during migration. Jill’s contribution to the project includes involvement of Mount biology students in physiological experiments of lipid metabolism, and middle school students in evaluating nutritional values in plants that birds eat to fatten up prior to migration. Because of the exceptional outreach of this project, it was voted as the one grant worthy of funding by the majority of reviewers.

Jill Russell, assistant professor of biology, was an invited speaker at the Wild Journeys program at the Brukner Nature Center in Troy, Ohio, and presented a visual account of the flora and fauna discovered while traveling the Dalton Highway in Alaska. Jill also gave several demonstrations on bird/owl banding and spoke at the Cincinnati Audubon Society on “Birding the Ice Road Trucker’s Highway on the North Slope of Alaska.” She also continues to do outreach with Seven Hills School students as part of their Bird Studies program.

Cindy Stewart, assistant professor of sociology and criminology, presented at the American Society of Criminology National Conference in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 16, 2012, on a panel titled, “Technology and criminal justice.” Cindy also presented a paper titled, “Integrating information literacy into a criminal justice curriculum.”

Cindy Stewart, assistant professor of sociology and criminology, facilitated and provided crisis intervention training to police officers, jail officers and jail nurses in North Vernon, Ind., Oct. 1-3, 2012.