Dominican faculty help build awareness and boost the reputation of the university. We’re pleased to highlight some of their recent accomplishments.

October 2020

Rosary College of Arts and Sciences

Irina Calin-Jageman, professor of biology, and Bob Calin-Jageman, professor of psychology, published an article entitled “Registered Report: Transcriptional Analysis of Savings Memory Suggests Forgetting Is Due to Retrieval Failure" in eNeuro, a journal of the Society for Neuroscience.

José Blanco., associate professor and fashion department chair, published a chapter with Andrew Reilly titled "Masculinities in Fashion and Dress" in Handbook of Masculinity Studies, (L. Gottzén, U.Mellström, & T. Shefer [Eds.], 2020, London: Routledge). He was invited to join the advisory board for the Dress and Body Association and the advisory board for the journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture (Intellect).

J. Brent Friesen, professor of chemistry, co-wrote of an article entitled "Selective Chlorophyll Removal Method to 'Degreen' Botanical Extracts" in the Journal of Natural Products 2020, vol. 83, pp. 1846–1858. He also co-wrote an article published in Natural Product Research entitled “Linear regression analysis of silychristin A, silybin A and silybin B contents in Silybum marianum.”

Bill Jenkins, associate professor of theatre arts, provided training in working with victims of trauma and the neurobiology of trauma this summer to Parents of Murdered Children, the National Organization of Victim Assistance, LYFT corporation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Clinton Nichols, assistant professor, sociology and criminology, published "On Lockdown and Locked Out of the Prison Classroom: The Prospects of Post-Secondary Education for Incarcerated Persons during Pandemic" in Interface: Journal for and about Social Movements 12(1).

Devvora Papatheodorou Schreier, adjunct instructor in theater arts and music, was featured in a Facebook Live event for Greek Teachers, an organization of Greek teachers in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Greece, discussing teaching at the high school and university level, and teaching the piano online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aliza Steurer, associate professor of mathematics, facilitated a virtual conversation series with the Chicagoland Inquiry-Based Learning Community. The conversations focused on assessment, active learning, equity, and building classroom culture, all within a virtual environment.

Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology, wrote the article, “Dreams and Spirituality,” that appears in the journal Spirituality 28 (Sept.- Oct. 2020). 


Brennan School of Business  

Ramiro J. Atristain, adjunct professor and Executive In Residence, conducted three seminars on financial management topics to students at the Universidad de Guanajuato as part of its executive education program. He conducted three seminars on “Finance for Start Ups and Business Planning” as part of the Junto Avanzamos Program organized by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce (Chicago). He also presented a seminar titled "ESG Investment Framework (Environmental Social & Governance)" for UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


College of Applied Sciences

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, professor, School of Social Work, published the article, “The role of school social workers and sex education: From policy advocacy to direct practice,” in Children & Schools (April 2020). With Jacob Lesniewski, adjunct instructor, School of Social Work, she published “De-colonizing study abroad: Social workers confronting racism, sexism and poverty in Guatemala” in Social Work Education. She also presented at several international and national conferences and universities, including “The School Social Work Response to Current and Long-term Inequities During COVID-19 and Beyond” at the School Social Work Association of America Virtual Conference, and “COVID-19 Health Crisis: Unpacking and Addressing Underlying Equity Issues” at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College in Beijing, China.


Borra College of Health Sciences

Michelle Allen, assistant professor in nursing, co-presented with Denise E. King, lecturer in nursing, "The icing on the debriefing cake: Sweet findings from an interprofessional diabetic ketoacidosis simulation" at the virtual 2020 Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INASCL) Conference in June. Allen also presented “Skills and Dosage Calculation:  Maybe Not in Other Dimensions?” at the Ohio National League for Nursing: April 2020 OLN Education Summit.

Julia Sonnichsen, clinical assistant professor in Physician Assistant Studies, presented “Executing a Virtual Standardized Patient Experience” to the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) Annual Conference in September.

Allyson A. West, lecturer in nutrition sciences, co-authored the chapter “Folate, the essential B-vitamin,” in the 11th edition of Present Knowledge in Nutrition: Basic Nutrition and Metabolism.


Other Accomplishments

Jeff Carlson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, facilitated the virtual 2020 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence, hosted by the AAC&U and the Interfaith Youth Core. Carlson also delivered two presentations, “Integrating Interfaith Work into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives” and “Embedding Interfaith Learning into General Education.”

October 2019

Rosary College of Arts and Science

José Blanco, associate professor, fashion department, published the textbook Guide to Producing a Fashion Show (2019, New York: Fairchild); edited a chapter, “Part I: History of Fashion and Product Development,” in The Fashion Business Reader (2019, London: Bloomsbury); and published a book chapter, “Dressing the Jíbaros: Puerto Rican Peasants’ Clothing through Time and Space,” in The Meanings of Dress (2019. New York: Fairchild). Blanco is the vice president of education and programs for the Costume Society of America.

Irina Calin-Jageman, professor of biology, and Robert Calin-Jageman, professor of psychology, received a $300,000, three-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the neural mechanisms of forgetting. Together with eight student co-authors, they also published a paper in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Quanta Magazine featured their research in a recent podcast.

Robert Calin-Jageman, professor of psychology, co-authored “The New Statistics for Better Science” in The American Statistician. He also wrote an invited commentary entitled “The New Statistics for Better Inference in Neuroscience” and new guidelines on the reporting of inferential statistics, both of which were published in eNeuro. He received a $50,000, two-year grant from the National Institute of Health to create an online course to help train scientists to plan experimental samples sizes. He also presented at the 2019 Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C., and at a conference on Open Statistics at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Jennifer C. Dunn, professor of communication, and her co-editor, Jimmie Manning, were awarded the Central States Communication Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus's Innovator Award for Best Edited Collection for 2019 for their book, Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse: Advancing Conversations Across Disciplines (Routledge).

Brent Friesen, professor of chemistry, co-authored an article in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled “Dynamics of the isoflavone metabolome of traditional preparations of Trifolium pratense L.” He also co-authored an article in the Journal of Chromatography A entitled “Preparation of flavone di-C-glycoside isomers from Jian-Gu injection (Premna fulva Craib.) using recycling counter-current chromatography.” Friesen also presented two talks: “Five Sinsinawa Dominican sisters: Pioneers and role models for the education of women chemists” and “Depletion and enrichment of select ingredients to generate normalized extract resources (DESIGNER) for turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) extracts” at the 2019 American Chemical Society Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Lisle, IL.

William George, emeritus professor of theology, published Mining Morality: Prospecting for Ethics in a Wounded World (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic). He also presented "Hiroshima as Hell -- and a New Pentecost?" at the 46th Annual Lonergan Workshop at Boston College.

Joyce Goldenstern, adjunct teacher, English and LAS Seminar, published a lyrical short story “Mau” in Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, August 2019, and another lyrical story, “Thread of Color,” in ELM, a small, nationally known literary magazine published through Eureka College (Summer 2019).

Jane Hseu, associate professor of English, published the essay, “Growing Up Shiseido: Chain Stores, Beauty Magazines, and Whitening Cream,” in riksha: Asian American Creative Arts in Action.

Bill Jenkins, associate professor of theatre arts, provided workshop training this summer at national conferences of the National Organization of Victim Assistance, the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests (SNAP), and Parents of Murdered Children, where he was awarded the prestigious John Gillis Victim Leadership Award.

John Jenks, professor of communication, presented “Reconfiguring power: Covert British propaganda in post-colonial Africa, 1957-1975” at the 27th annual conference of the International Association of Media and History held in Newcastle, England. He also published “’Crash Course': The International Press Institute and Journalism Training in Anglophone Africa, 1963–1975” in the peer-reviewed journal Media History. Jenks traveled to Uganda this summer to serve as a Fulbright Specialist at Makerere University. He worked as an external examiner for master's dissertations, served as a guest lecturer and mentored graduate students and junior faculty regarding media history.

Bill Kerr, professor of art, art history and design, and his wife, Weeks Ringle, were guests of honor this summer at the QuiltTime Festival, a major exhibition of quilts in Yokohama, Japan. They also designed two new fabric collections, “Warp+Weft” and “Dreamy,” which are distributed internationally by Benartex Fabrics of NYC. They also published Modern Quilts Illustrated Magazine vols. 13 & 14, and a publication entitled Warp+Weft. They also released the “Art of the Quilt 2020” calendar exclusively featuring their work.

T.J. Krafnick, assistant professor of psychology, presented “Sex and DYX1C1 genotype effects on pediatric cortical thickness and surface area” at the 25th Annual Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting in Rome, Italy.

Jeanette Mokry and Aliza Steurer, associate professors of mathematics, presented “An active approach to calculus II and how it can help address (and create?) challenges,” at the National Inquiry Based Learning and Teaching Conference held in Denver, CO.

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, associate professor of communication, was elected president of the Professional Wrestling Studies Association and was named editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal. She also presented an award-winning poster at the International Communication Association conference in Washington, D.C. Her book, Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (Routledge), was published in March.

Tonia Bernardi Triggiano, professor of Italian, published the description and transcription of Newberry Library’s Vault Case MS 122, a 15th century Tuscan decorated roll manuscript of female authorship and patronage, to the Italian Renaissance Paleography Project, a digital resource built by Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies. She also presented “The Metaphor of Rectification: Double Distortion and the Femmina Balba” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention held in Washington, D.C..

Nicolas Winter, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “Molecular dynamics study of the photo dissociation and vibrational relaxation of ICN in ethanol” at the 2019 American Chemical Society Great Lakes Regional Meeting held in Lisle, IL.

Marion Weedermann, professor of mathematics, co-authored the article “Global Analysis of a Simplified Model of Anaerobic Digestion and a New Result for the Chemostat," in the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal of Applied Mathematics.

Fr. Richard Woods, O.P., professor of theology, had his keynote address, “A Man for All Reasons: The Utopian Legacy of Saint Thomas More,” published in the proceedings of the anniversary symposium, Thomas More’s Utopia 500 Years and Counting (Notre Dame University Press). His article, “The Spirituality of the Celtic Church,” was published in Spirituality 25. He was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Benedict XVI Endowed Chair of Religious, Cultural, and Philosophical Studies, Notre Dame University, Louaize-Beirut, Lebanon.

Brennan School of Business

David Aron, professor of marketing, presented “The SACI Approach Revisited: Comparing Student-Authored Case Courses” at the Marketing Management Association Spring Educators' Conference in Chicago. He also presented “Let Me Eat Cake… and Other Survival Tips for Your First Study Abroad Experience” at the Marketing Management Association Fall Educators' Conference held in Santa Fe, NM.

Jeff Bell, clinical professor of operations, presented the "Myths and Benefits of Forecasting and Inventory Optimization for your Supply Chain" at OMTEC (Orthopaedic Manufacturing and Technology Exposition and Conference) in Rosemont, IL.

Anjali Chaudhry, professor of management, marketing, and international business, received a $4,000 leadership development research grant from the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, chaired a panel on “Team-based Learning for Diversity, Inclusivity, and Leadership: Theory, Practice, and Application” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, and presented a paper on “A Profile Approach to LMX - An Exploratory Study” at the annual meeting of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology in Turin, Italy.

Elizabeth Collier, professor of business ethics and Christopher Chair in Business Ethics, has been appointed chair of the North America Chapter of the United Nations' Principles of Responsible Management Education, an initiative that brings the UN and business schools around the world together to achieve sustainable development goals through responsible management education.

Airies Davis, Executive in Residence and adjunct professor, and Keegan Lannon, adjunct professor, English, presented at SPACE (Symposium for Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Educators) in Kennesaw, GA. Davis presented “Integrating Motivational Career Development Curriculum into College Classroom Instruction” and Lannon presented “Approaches to Teaching Composition.”

Molly Burke, professor of management, presented “Assessing Outcomes Of A Career Development Program For Undergraduate Business Students,” co-authored with Lisa Amoroso, professor of management, at the 2019 Academy of Business Education conference in Savannah, GA.

College of Applied Social Sciences

Karen Brown, professor, School of Information Studies, co-authored two journal articles: “A Study of Rural Librarian’s Self-Efficacy in Facilitating and Developing Adult Science Programs” in Library Quarterly (April 2019), and “From Science Program Conveners to Science Program Developers: An Online Professional Development Program for Rural Librarians” in the International Journal of Innovations in Online Education (2019).

Bill Crowley, professor, School of Information Studies, published “Alternative Facts, Fake News, Conflicting Perceptions & Their Relevance to Library and Information Professionals” in Open Information Science 2019. He also presented “Beyond the Basics: Elevating Your Approach to Budgeting and Scheduling” to the Managers of Children’s and Teen Services (MCATS) meeting at the Riverside Public Library.

Don Hamerly, associate professor, School of Information Studies, presented “Undergraduate Data Science Education in iSchools: Current Practices and Future Directions” at the iConference in Washington, D.C. He also presented “What are the Information Sciences? What are the iSchools?” at the iSchool Inclusion Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.

Cecilia L. Salvatore, professor, School of Information Studies, presented “From Documentation to Access and Exhibit: Common Issues Related to Local History Collections” at the 2019 International Conference on Local Chronicles held in Changsha, China. The presentation was at the invitation of the Office of Chinese Local Chronicles Guidance Group in Beijing. She also attended the International Federation of Library Associations Congress in Athens, Greece, where she coordinated and moderated a session titled, "Local History Collections, Genealogy, and Oral History as Critical Information Services in Libraries.” In addition, she was elected chair of the Local History and Genealogy Collections section of IFLA.

Melissa M. Thompson, clinical assistant professor, School of Social Work, presented “Teacher as Student: Empathy in an Online Pedagogical Course” and “Keeping Mission Focused: Relationship Considerations in Distance Education” at the Social Work Distance Education Conference in San Antonio, TX. She presented with Adrian Kok, associate professor, School of Social Work, and Suhad Tabahi, assistant professor, School of Social Work.  She was recently named as a partner with Social Work Virtual Pal, a global virtual community for the social work profession.

Hassan Zamir, assistant professor, School of Information Studies, presented “Undergraduate Data Science Education in iSchools: Current Practices and Future Directions” at the iConference 2019 in Washington, D.C. He has published a chapter, “Cybersecurity and Social Media” in Cybersecurity for Information Professionals (ABC-CLIO, May 2019).

Borra College of Health Sciences

Lauren D. Trillo, co-director of clinical education for the Physicians Assistant Studies program, presented the poster “Trigger Cases: Challenging Physician Assistant Students on Unconscious Bias” at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Medicine and Public Health’s 27th annual Medical Education Day.

Other Accomplishments

Matt Hlinak, assistant provost, was appointed president of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, chair of the Governing Board of the University Center of Lake County, and vice president of the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education.

Claire Noonan, vice president of mission and ministry, was named one of “50 at 50 Inspiring Alumni” by the Catholic Theological Union in honor of its 50th anniversary.  Noonan graduated with an Ecumenical Doctorate in Ministry in 2010.