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College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awarded Research Leaves 2018-19

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A research leave gives the faculty member a semester out of the classroom to focus full-time on advancing his or her research - time that pays dividends in publications and presentations and in new curricular and program innovations for students. Bonnie Gunzenhauser, PhD Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

"One of the hallmarks of Roosevelt's College of Arts and Sciences is its dedicated faculty of teacher-scholars. Each year the University supports a select group of faculty with a research leave," says Dean Bonnie Gunzenhauser. "This gives the faculty member a semester out of the classroom to focus full-time on advancing his or her research – time that pays dividends in publications and presentations and in new curricular and program innovations for students.”

Dean Gunzenhauser is delighted to announce faculty research leaves awarded to College of Arts and Sciences faculty for the 2018-19 academic year:

Priscilla Archibald, associate professor of Spanish, is writing a book – Symphonic America: Hemispheric Collaborations and the Politics of Transamerican Literary Exchange. Professor Archibald’s work examines the hemispheric cultural exchange and collaboration during the 1920s – early 1940s, which represent the era of United States-sponsored “Pan-Americanism.” Her book seeks to de-center the United States as the privileged actor in the western hemisphere and extends to broader networks of intellectual and cultural actors.

Stephanie Farmer, associate professor of sociology, is writing a manuscript - "Broke on Purpose: How Chicago Elites are Remaking Urban Inequality." Professor Farmer will examine the place-based intersections of capital, the state, and class dynamics in Chicago. Farmer argues that elites have restructured city and state revenues to achieve low tax rates for the wealthy, while forcing a dependence on regressive taxing structures, debt, user fees and punitive fines to fund government operations.

Lawrence Howe, professor of English, is researching “Mark Twain and America’s Ownership Society: Property and Its Discontents” as part of his continuing research on the life and works of Mark Twain. Professor Howe will show how Mark Twain persisted in questioning many of the assumptions of America’s promise of prosperity and his research will advance understanding of Twain’s insight into the rhetorical and narrative foundations of American economics.

Oluseye K. ("Kenny") Onajole, assistant professor of chemistry, is researching the treatment of Mycobacterium abscessus infections with potent anti-tuberculosis agents. Mycobacterium abscessus is a fast-growing species responsible for an increase in mortality, especially in cystic fibrosis patients. Infections causes by M. abscessus are difficult to treat because of its resistance to most antibiotics. Professor Onajole plans to submit a grant proposal to the National Institute of Health (NIH ) in order to support this project.

Graham Pickren, assistant professor of sustainability studies, is researching “From pipelines to turbines: energy infrastructure and landscape change in Chicago and the Great Lakes.” Professor Pickren’s research will lead to the publication of journal articles and a book chronicling the relatively unexamined role that fossil fuel infrastructure plays in the social, ecological, and economic development of Chicago and the Great Lakes area.

Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad, assistant professor of biochemistry, is researching “The influence of zooplankton grazing on vitamin cycling in the ocean.” Professor Poulson-Ellestad will continue her research on how grazing, which accounts for a very large loss in phytoplankton populations (phytoplankton is the base of the marine food web), may also influence the recycling of critical organic vitamins. Her research will prepare her to submit a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal and to submit manuscripts for publication.

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