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 Eight SRU Faculty Receive International Travel Grants to Futher Research 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Eight Slippery Rock University faculty have been awarded President’s International Professional Development Grants that will allow them to present papers and undertake research at academic conferences around the world as part of their academic work. The grants will also allow two music department faculty, joined by the SRU Jazz Ensemble, to perform at prestigious jazz festivals in Switzerland, France and Holland this summer.

     The grants, recommended by SRU’s International Services Advisory Committee and approved by university President Robert Smith, are for $1,000 each.

     “I’m pleased to award the International Professional Development Grants to very deserving faculty,” said Dr. Smith. “Not only does this give our faculty the chance to travel and reap the benefits of gaining first-hand experience in their areas of expertise, it provides Slippery Rock University the opportunity to spotlight the high caliber research under way on our campus. Our faculty are truly involved in important research in addition to their teaching assignments, and this program provides our students another quality dimension in their academic course work.”

* Dr. David Glover, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, will travel with the 22-member SRU Jazz Ensemble in a July 6-15 tour taking them to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz A Vienne, in France, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. (Additional details will follow.)

* Dr. Katherine Cooklin, assistant professor of philosophy, will present at the 10th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas set for July 24-29 at the University of Malta. Her work is titled “Another Look at Dialectic of Enlightenment:  Myth, Magic, and The Culture Industry.”

* Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theater, will present a workshop on antique garments and reverse patterning as well as attend workshops at the Edinbugh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She will also undertake research on fiber, costume and theater throughout Scotland as part of her trip.

* Dr. Frederick White, an assistant professor of English, will present “Haida Language Research Digitization Project” at the 41st International Conference of Salish and Neighbouring Languages in Vancouver, British Columbia, in August.

* Dr. Marybeth Miller, assistant professor of physical education, will present her research titled “The Role of Service-Learning to Promote Early Childhood Physical Activity while Examining its Influence Upon the Vocational Call to Teach: A Physical Education Teacher Education Design” at the University of Jyvaskyla in Jyvaskyla, Finland, as part of the AIESEP (International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education) 2006 World Congress set for early July; and

* Dr. Jack Livingston, assistant professor of geography, geology and the environment, presented his research titled “Using GIS to Integrate the NOAA HYSPLIT Model with Surface-based Air Quality Data” at the 2006 European Geosciences Union general assembly in Vienna, Austria, and Dr. Mary Vetere, assistant professor of elementary education/early childhood, presented her research titled “Family Involvement and Urban Schools” at the European Teacher Education Network held in Leiden, Netherlands.




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