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Experts Guide

The Susquehanna University Source Guide is provided to help members of the news media and community groups find knowledgeable sources on a variety of topics. Not all areas of campus expertise are listed. For information on additional sources, or for assistance in contacting faculty or staff listed below, please contact University Communications at 570-372-4118 or by e-mail at commoffice@susqu.edu. After-hours media inquiries may be directed to 570-541-5044.

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Abortion Issues

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Accounting

Barbara McElroy, associate professor of accounting and department chair, 570-372-4242, mcelroyb@susqu.edu. Expertise in internal accounting management issues, efficient business operations, and "just in time" manufacturing and its effects on society. See also Health Care/Insurance and HMOs.

Acid Mine Drainage

Tammy Tobin, professor of biology, 570-372-4067, tobinjan@susqu.edu. Researches the microbial ecology of local acid mine drainage-impacted creeks, with a particular interest in the ways resident bacterial communities may be used for bioremediation. See also Biology and Mine Fires.

Adolescence

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. Clinical psychologist who researches high-risk behavior in adolescents and is experienced with adolescent mental health problems. See also Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, Family Therapy, HIV/AIDS and Parenting.

Adolescents and Literature

Anne Reeves, associate professor of education and department head, 570-372-4154, reeves@susqu.edu. Author of Adolescents Talk about Reading: Exploring Resistance to and Engagement with Text. See also Education.

Afghanistan

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Academic work includes analysis of U.S. military action in Afghanistan following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Has also researched guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan's civil war, 1978-1992, and related those findings to the "War on Terror" in Afghanistan and Iraq. See also Civil Wars, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Middle East, Russia and Terrorism.

Africa

Catherine Cymone Fourshey, associate professor of history, faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising, 570-372-4479, fourshey@susqu.edu. Director of international studies program. Academic research on history of agriculture, food, hospitality, migration, and the intersections of environment, economy and politics in East Africa, the Indian Ocean and the African Diaspora. See also International Studies.

Amish Customs

Susan Schürer, professor of German, 570-372-4430, schurer@susqu.edu. Research on customs and language of Pennsylvania Germans or Amish. See also Pennsylvania Germans.

Ancient Philosophy

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. Specific interest in Plato and Socrates. See also Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Animal Behavior

Matthew Persons, professor of biology and ecology major coordinator, 570-372-4526, persons@susqu.edu. A behavioral ecologist. Research centers on chemical communication and the evolution of animal signals. Persons and his students are currently studying sexual communication in spiders, predator-prey interactions and the use of spiders as biological controls in agricultural systems. He also studies the role of urine-marking in domestic dogs. See also Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Spiders.

Anthropology

John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology, 570-372-4759, bodinger@susqu.edu. Ph.D. in social anthropology. Teaches courses in cultural anthropology and visual anthropology. See also Casinos, Films, Museums and Native Americans.

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Appalachia

Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history, 570-372-4539, slavishak@susqu.edu. Current research focuses on the landscape of the Appalachian Mountains, especially as it has been experienced through photography, tourism and environmental preservation. See also Eugenics, Hiking, Labor, Industry and Pittsburgh.

Artificial Intelligence

Richard Orwig, associate professor of information systems, 570-372-4380, orwig@susqu.edu With degrees in both philosophy and mathematics, Orwig examines the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. See also E-Commerce.

Australia

David Richard, professor of biology and associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, 570-372-4206, richard@susqu.edu. Directs the university's Focus Australia study-tour program. See also Biology, Great Britain and Insects.

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Ballet

Diane Scott, adjunct faculty music, scottd@susqu.edu. Taught ballet as an undergraduate and served as a professional back-up dancer for Smokey Robinson while she was working at Walt Disney World. See also Walt Disney World.

Baltic Republics

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. Specific knowledge of economic and currency issues in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. See also China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Behavior Disorders

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. A former psychology associate with a large inner-city group practice in Ohio, he specialized in the assessment and treatment of attention, elimination, mood, learning and disruptive behavior disorders. Also provided psychoeducational assessment, educational planning, parent and staff education, and student consultation in Cleveland Public Schools. See also Adolescence, Delinquency, Family Therapy, HIV/AIDS and Parenting.

Bible

Karla Bohmbach, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4167, bohmbach@susqu.edu. The Old Testament of the Bible, women and the Bible, the Bible in archaeology. See also Feminist Scholarship, Religion and Women's Studies.

Thomas W. Martin, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4166, martinp@susqu.edu. Specializes in New Testament interpretation, especially the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. See also Religion.

Biochemistry/Biophysics

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. A former post-doctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University, has researched and written on various aspects of photosynthesis. Current research is related to photosynthetic topics, biochemistry, spectroscopy and chemistry. Teaches a variety of biochemistry classes related to classical and recent biochemical advancements in the news and literature. See also Corn, Iowa, Northern New York, Photosynthesis and Science Policy.

Biodiversity

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu.  Research focuses on aquatic ecology (ecology of creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes), surface water pollution (mainly from agriculture and acid mine drainage) and monitoring natural aquatic systems (e.g. Shamokin Creek, Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River). Teaches Biogeodiversity and Systematic Biology. See also Ecology, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Russia, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

Jonathan Niles, adjunct faculty, biology and English, 570-372-4707, niles@susqu.edu. Research focuses on the monitoring of systems (i.e. Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River). See also Fish/Fisheries and Rugby.

Biology

Matthew Persons, professor of biology and ecology major coordinator, 570-372-4526, persons@susqu.edu. A behavioral ecologist. Research centers on chemical predator-prey interactions in spiders and insects, and the evolution of animal signals. See also Animal Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Spiders.

Tammy Tobin, professor of biology, 570-372-4067, tobinjan@susqu.edu. Teaches genetics, immunology, microbiology and the science of cooking and is interested in the molecular microbial ecology of coal mine-impacted environments. See also Acid Mine Drainage and Mine Fires.

Margaret T. Peeler, professor of biology, 570-372-4207, mpeeler@susqu.edu. Currently researching the role of cell interactions in gene expression and cell fate in sea urchin embryonic development. Teaches courses in developmental and cell biology.

Thomas Peeler, associate professor of biology and department chair, 570-372-4381, peelert@susqu.edu. Teaches molecular biology and histology and biological research methods. See also Heart Disease.

Jan L. Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology and director of health care studies minor, 570-372-4031, reichardbrown@susqu.edu. Research interests include developmental biology and the study of birth defects. Teaches Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. See also Coaching Swimming/Coaching Young Athletes, Health Care, Medicine and Science Education.

David Richard, professor of biology and associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, 570-372-4206, richard@susqu.edu. Recipient of an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health to study hormones in the regulation of insect reproduction, work that could have implications for the understanding of human systems and disease processes. See also Australia, Great Britain and Insects.

Bond Mutual Funds

Sirapat Polwitoon, associate professor of finance, 570-372-4749, polwitoon@susqu.edu. Recent research focuses on evaluating the investment performance of bond mutual funds. Published papers in corporate governance and market microstructure. Published two papers in bond mutual funds in Top 10 finance journals; currently working on two more. Also reviewed papers for journals on bond mutual funds. See also Capital Markets, Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance, Economics and Life-Cycle Finance.

British Romantic Literature

Drew Hubbell, associate professor of English and department chair, hubbell@susqu.edu. Focuses on the works of Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, etc. Familiar with 19th century British novels by Austen, Dickens, Brontes, etc. He also focuses on other 19th century British literature, 19th century British social and cultural history, and the history of environmentalism.

Business/Business Management

Christine Cooper Grace, associate professor of management, 570-372-4523, gracec@susqu.edu. Business management and organizational behavior, human resource planning, staffing, training and development, performance management and compensation.

Paul A. Dion, associate professor of management, 570-372-4034, pdion@susqu.edu. Marketing, management issues, small business. See also Marketing.

Alicia Jackson, dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business and associate professor of accounting, 570-372-4455, 570- 372-4491 (fax), jacksona@susqu.edu. Sixteen years of professional financial management experience and 14 years of academic experience. See also Community Choral Singing, Financial Accounting and U.S. Federal Income Tax.

Leann Mischel, associate professor of management, 570-372-4513, mischel@susqu.edu. A former business executive whose research interests include entrepreneurship in developing countries, entrepreneurial characteristics in children, and how to enhance individuals’ entrepreneurial abilities. Teaches courses in entrepreneurship and negotiation. See also Entrepreneurship.

Business Ethics

Richard O. Davis, professor of accounting, 570-372-4460, rdavis@susqu.edu. A certified public accountant and lawyer, employed for two separate terms as the assistant branch chief of the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Assistant Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. Areas of expertise are tax compliance, tax policy and tax law. Runs a highly successful white-collar crime prevention program at SU. See also Estate Taxes, IRS, Taxes and White Collar Crime.

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Campus/Community Gardening

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Focus on plant ecology and succession. See also Common Reading, Ecology, Land Use, Plants and Soil.

Capital Markets

Sirapat Polwitoon, associate professor of finance, 570-372-4749, polwitoon@susqu.edu. Interest in U.S. and East Asian capital markets. See also Bond Mutual Funds, Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance, Economics and Life-Cycle Finance.

Casinos

John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology, 570-372-4759, bodinger@susqu.edu. Research explores the controversy over Native American-owned casinos, specifically the Foxwoods Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. See also Anthropology, Films, Museums, and Native Americans.

China

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. Specific knowledge of economic and security issues. See also Baltic Republics; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Civil Liberties/Civil Rights

Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science, department chair and prelaw advisor, 570-372-4181, demary@susqu.edu. Domestic civil liberties policies and issues. See also Judicial Systems and Women in Politics.

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Civil Wars

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Civil wars around the world and military intervention in them. Specifically, has researched guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan's civil war, 1978-1992, and related those findings to the "War on Terror" in Afghanistan and Iraq. Has written quantitative analyses of military interventions into civil wars, including UN peacekeeping operations, examining when they occur and under what circumstances they succeed, and researched and/or written about military operations in several countries, including Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Russia (Chechnya) and Iraq. See also Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Middle East, Russia and Terrorism.

Coaching Swimming/Coaching Young Athletes

Jan L. Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology and director of health care studies minor, 570-372-4031, reichardbrown@susqu.edu. Director of the health care studies minor. Has coached 5- to 9-year-olds just learning competitive swimming techniques for the past 11 years. See also Biology, Health Care, Medicine and Science Education.

Common Reading

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Focus on plant ecology and succession. See also Campus/Community Gardening, Ecology, Land Use, Plants and Soil.

Community Choral Singing

Alicia Jackson, Dean of the Sigmund Weis School and associate professor of accounting, 570-372-4455, 570- 372-4491 (fax), jacksona@susqu.edu. Member of three different community choruses. See also Business/Business Management, Financial Accounting and U.S. Federal Income Tax.

Corn

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. Lived and studied biochemistry in Iowa at Iowa State University. Research projects included maize (corn) field work on both bred and GMO maize. Personal and professional interests in farming on the upper plains. See also Biochemistry/Biophysics, Iowa, Northern New York, Photosynthesis and Science Policy.

Conservation

Catherine Hastings, associate professor of communications and film studies coordinator, 570-372-4359, hastings@susqu.edu. Preserving farmland through land trusts. See also Environmental Issues, Family-Owned Newspapers in Pennsylvania, First Lady Edith Roosevelt and Media.

Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance

Sirapat Polwitoon, associate professor of finance, 570-372-4749, polwitoon@susqu.edu. Corporate finance, corporate governance and related issues, including company earnings, U.S. economics and capital markets, eastern Asia economics and capital markets. Published papers in corporate governance and market microstructure. See also Bond Mutual Funds, Capital Markets, Economics and Life-Cycle Finance.

Cosmopolitanism

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Culture

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

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Delinquency

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. Clinical psychologist who researches adolescents engaged in high-risk behavior. See also Adolescence, Behavior Disorders, Family Therapy, HIV/AIDS and Parenting.

Developing Countries

Olugbenga Onafowora, professor of economics and department chair, 570-372-4187, onafowor@susqu.edu. Specializes in macroeconometrics, macroeconomic policy analysis and economic growth and development. His teaching and research interests also include labor economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, public finance, tourism and development economics. See also Economics.

Disability Issues

Jeffrey P. Whitman, associate professor of philosophy, 570-372-4168, whitman@susqu.edu. Specific interest in service connected disability, the Veterans Administration, and workplace and home life disability issues. Former U.S. Army major, taught "just war" theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, member of the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics and recognized media expert on military issues, including the draft and military recruiting. See also Draft/Military Recruitment; Military Ethics, U.S. Military; and Philosophy.

Disease

Karol Weaver, associate professor of history and women's studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4193, weaverk@susqu.edu. Work includes political history of disease. See also Medicine, Medical Practices and Women’s Studies.

Draft/Military Recruitment

Jeffrey P. Whitman, associate professor of philosophy, 570-372-4168, whitman@susqu.edu. Former U.S. Army major, taught "just war" theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, member of the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics and recognized media expert on military issues, including the draft and military recruiting. See also Disability Issues; Military Ethics, U.S. Military; and Philosophy.

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Ecology

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu.  Research focuses on aquatic ecology (ecology of creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes), surface water pollution (mainly from agriculture and acid mine drainage) and monitoring natural aquatic systems (e.g. Shamokin Creek, Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River). Teaches Aquatic Ecology and a summer course in Russia called Biogeodiversity: Ecology of the Upper Volga Basin, as well as a short course in Costa Rica called Biogeodiversity: Costa Rica. See also Biodiversity, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Russia, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Community ecologist who examines the interactions of different species and the importance of maintaining diversity within an ecological community. See also Campus/Community Gardening, Common Reading, Land Use, Plants and Soil.

Matthew Persons, professor of biology, 570-372-4526, persons@susqu.edu. A behavioral ecologist, his research focuses on the role of spiders as biological controls within agricultural systems.  See also Animal Behavior, Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Spiders.

E-Commerce

Richard Orwig, associate professor of information systems, 570-372-4380, orwig@susqu.edu. Teaches a programming course for non-programmers on e-commerce. See also Artificial Intelligence.

Economics

Katarina Keller, assistant professor of economics, 570-372-4542, keller@susqu.edu. Specializes in macroeconomics, international economics and international political economy. Her teaching and research interests also include economic growth, development economics and income distribution. See also Education, International Trade, Russia and Sweden.

Olugbenga Onafowora, professor of economics and department chair, 570-372-4187, onafowor@susqu.edu. Specializes in macroeconometrics, macroeconomic policy analysis, and economic growth and development. His teaching and research interests also include labor economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, public finance, tourism, and development economics. See also Developing Countries.

Sirapat Polwitoon, associate professor of finance, 570-372-4749, polwitoon@susqu.edu. Corporate finance, corporate governance and related issues, including company earnings, U.S. economics and capital markets, eastern Asia economics and capital markets. See also Bond Mutual Funds, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance and Life-Cycle Finance.

Economic Development (Developing Countries)

Mengsteab Tesfayohannes, associate professor of management, Sigmund Weis School of Business, 570-372-4463, Tesfayohannes@susqu.edu. More than 20 years of work experience as a professor, researcher and business and economic development consultant at reputable academic institutions, governmental and private organizations, and international agencies such as UN, UNDP, UNECA and UNIDO in countries including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Botswana, Germany, Austria, Eritrea and Ethiopia. See also Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Small Business Finance and Development.

Editing and Publishing

Karla Kelsey, associate professor of creative writing, 570-372-4525, kelseykarla@susqu.edu. Teaches editing and publishing courses to English and creative writing majors and oversees production of creative writing journals. See also Writing.

Education

Katarina Keller, assistant professor of economics, 570-372-4542, keller@susqu.edu. Academic research focused on the correlation between education and economic growth in different regions of the world. See also Economics, International Trade, Russia and Sweden.

Secondary

Anne Reeves, associate professor of education and department head, 570-372-4154, reeves@susqu.edu. Teacher-educator in secondary education. See also Adolescents and Literature.

Entrepreneurship

Leann Mischel, associate professor of management, 570-372-4513, mischel@susqu.edu. A former business executive who co-founded a company that manufactured plastics from a soy-oil base. She has also worked as part of the senior management team of several top financing companies in the country. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship and negotiation and is co-director of Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship, a summer program for high school students at the Sigmund Weis School of Business. She also consults with companies about strategic growth and entrepreneurial endeavors. See also Business/Business Management.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mengsteab Tesfayohannes, associate professor of management, Sigmund Weis School of Business, 570-372-4463, Tesfayohannes@susqu.edu. More than 20 years of work experience as a professor, researcher and business and economic development consultant at reputable academic institutions, governmental and private organizations, and international agencies such as UN, UNDP, UNECA and UNIDO in countries including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Botswana, Germany, Austria, Eritrea and Ethiopia. See also Economic Development (Developing Countries) and Small Business Finance and Development.

Environmental Issues

Catherine Hastings, associate professor of communications and film studies coordinator, 570-372-4359, hastings@susqu.edu. Local land-use issues, local environmental issues. See also Conservation, Family-Owned Newspapers in Pennsylvania, First Lady Edith Roosevelt and Media.

Environmental Science

Jennifer Elick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, 570-372-4124, elick@susqu.edu. Teaches the course, Future of the World Ocean. See also Geology.

Environmental Sustainability/Ethics

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Estate Taxes

Richard O. Davis, professor of accounting, 570-372-4460, rdavis@susqu.edu. Formerly IRS assistant branch chief in Washington, D.C., his areas of expertise are tax compliance, tax policy, tax law. Also tips for tax filing and tax savings. See also Business Ethics, IRS, Taxes, and White Collar Crime.

Eugenics

Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history, 570-372-4539, slavishak@susqu.edu. Has published in the field of eugenics history, particularly concerning eugenics in the United States before 1940 and the connections between eugenicists and family counseling. See also Appalachia; Hiking; Labor, Industry; and Pittsburgh.

Euro

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. Specific interest in the projected survival of the Euro and the European Union. See also Baltic Republics; China; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia and U.S. Economy.

European Union

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. Specific knowledge of “new” member states of the European Union, particularly Poland and also the Czech Republic. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Evangelical Christianity

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Evolution

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu.  Research focuses on aquatic ecology (ecology of creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes), surface water pollution (mainly from agriculture and acid mine drainage) and monitoring natural aquatic systems (e.g. Shamokin Creek, Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River). Teaches Systematic Biology and Evolution. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Russia, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

Matthew Persons, professor of biology and ecology major coordinator, 570-372-4526, persons@susqu.edu. A behavioral ecologist, research centers on the evolution of behavior, particularly adaptation and sexual selection. Research examines predator and prey chemical communication and courtship and mating behaviors in spiders. Persons and his students are currently studying sexual communication in spiders, predator-prey interactions, and the use of spiders as biological controls in agricultural systems. See also Animal Behavior, Biology, Ecology, and Spiders.

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Family-Owned Newspapers in Pennsylvania

Catherine Hastings, associate professor of communications, 570-372-4359, hastings@susqu.edu. Local land-use issues, local environmental issues. See also Conservation, Environmental Issues, First Lady Edith Roosevelt and Media.

Family Therapy

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. Clinical psychologist experienced in providing professional therapy to families, as well as individuals. See also Adolescence, Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, HIV/AIDS and Parenting.

Feminism

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. Specific interest in feminist philosophy. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Feminist Scholarship

Karla Bohmbach, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4163, bohmbach@susqu.edu. She researches feminist interpretations of the Hebrew Bible. See also Bible, Religion and Women's Studies.

First Lady Edith Roosevelt

Catherine Hastings, associate professor of communications and film studies coordinator, 570-372-4359, hastings@susqu.edu. Local land-use issues, local environmental issues. See also Conservation, Environmental Issues, Family-Owned Newspapers in Pennsylvania and Media.

Films

John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology, 570-372-4759, bodinger@susqu.edu. Analyzes films through ethnographic research methods (i.e., how films explain a culture). See also Anthropology, Casinos, Museums and Native Americans.

Fish/Fisheries

Jonathan Niles, adjunct faculty, biology and English, 570-372-4707, niles@susqu.edu. Research focuses on fish ecology (in particular life history and feeding ecology of coldwater species like brook trout). See also Biodiversity and Rugby.

Financial Accounting

Alicia Jackson, Dean of the Sigmund Weis School and associate professor of accounting, 570-372-4455, 570- 372-4491 (fax), jacksona@susqu.edu. Sixteen years of professional financial management experience and 14 years of academic experience. See also Business/Business Management, Community Choral Singing and U.S. Federal Income Tax.

Folk Cultures, Eastern Europe

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu. Specific interest in international dance. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, International Dance, Russia, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

Food/Genetically Modified Food

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Foreign Policy

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis on the military and international security issues. See also Afghanistan, Civil Wars, Iraq, Middle East, Russia and Terrorism.

Fundamentalist Christianity

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

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Geology

Jennifer Elick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, 570-372-4214, elick@susqu.edu. Research in paleontology and sedimentary rock; reconstructs ancient environments. See also Environmental Science.

Genetically Modified Foods

Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4186, rousu@susqu.edu. Researched economic factors surrounding debate over genetically modified foods. See also Poker.

Germany

David Imhoof, associate professor of history and department chair, 570-372-4191, imhoof@susqu.edu. Research focus on the relationship between culture and politics in the 1920s and 1930s as Germany moved from a Democratic Republic to the Third Reich. Travel experience includes first-hand knowledge of contemporary life in Germany. Scholarly work encompasses history of Europe since 1945 and comparisons between Nazism under Hitler and Neo-Nazi movements in the U.S. and abroad. See also Popular Culture.

Global Economy

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Global Famine

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Global Financial Crisis

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Globalization/Ethics

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Global Poverty

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Human Nature, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Graphic Design

Mark Fertig, associate professor of art and department chair, 570-372-4623, fertig@susqu.edu. A prolific and award-winning graphic designer whose professional activity includes corporate identity development, typography, commercial packaging and publication design.

Great Britain

David Richard, professor of biology and associate dean of  the School of Arts and Sciences, 570-372-4206, richard@susqu.edu. Native of London and educated at University of Dundee, University of Stirling and University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. See also Australia, Biology and Insects.

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Health Care

Jan L. Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology and director of health care studies minor, 570-372-4031, reichardbrown@susqu.edu. Director of the health care studies minor. Has a specific interest in the training of future health care professionals and humanism in medicine. Belongs to NAAHP and NEAHP, organizations for advisers of the pre-health professions. Well versed in application procedures for medical school, dental school and the other health professions. See also Biology, Coaching Swimming/Coaching Young Athletes, Medicine and Science Education.

Health Care/Insurance

Barbara McElroy, associate professor of accounting and department chair, 570-372-4242, mcelroyb@susqu.edu. Background in health care insurance issues. Was featured on WKOK 1070's "On the Mark" show, evaluating prospects for universal coverage in the United States and what it would mean. See also Accounting and HMOs.

Heart Disease

Thomas Peeler, associate professor of biology and department chair, 570-372-4381, peelert@susqu.edu. Current research focuses on molecular mechanisms of heart disease associated with high blood pressure. See also Biology.

Hiking

Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history, 570-372-4539, slavishak@susqu.edu. Academic focus on landscape and wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains. He is developing a course called Hiking through History, which uses class hikes to approach local history through analysis of terrain and environment. See also Appalachia; Eugenics; Labor, Industry; and Pittsburgh.

HIV/AIDS

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. Clinical psychologist who worked as an HIV prevention counselor at the Brady Street Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, Milwaukee, Wis., and was a N.I.M.H. postdoctoral scholar at the Medical College of Wisconsin, studying the psychological aspects of HIV prevention and living with HIV/AIDS. This experience lends itself to knowledge regarding other sexually transmitted diseases and general issues of sexuality. See also Adolescence, Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, Family Therapy and Parenting.

HMOs

Barbara McElroy, associate professor of accounting and department chair, 570-372-4242, mcelroyb@susqu.edu. Authored a paper pushing for accountability and balance, with accessibility, of HMOs. See also Accounting and Health Care/Insurance.

Human Nature

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. Research includes Plato's view of the body and what happens when humans deny their natural tendencies. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Leadership, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Hungary

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

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Image Processing/Computer Vision

Toshiro Kubota, associate professor of mathematical sciences, 570-372-4469, kubota@susqu.edu. See also Japanese Language and Culture.

Infancy

Gretchen Lovas, associate professor of psychology, 570-372-4029, lovas@susqu.edu. Developmental psychologist who looks at infant development in terms of the emotional interactions, language interactions and quality time spent with parents. See also Psychology.

Information Technology

Mark Huber, chief information officer and director of information technology, 570-372-4247, huber@susqu.edu. Practical applications of information technology in both corporate and institutional settings, as well as various IT issues such as illegal file sharing, student use of technology, hacking and adware/spyware.

Insects

David Richard, professor of biology and associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, 570-372-4206, richard@susqu.edu. Insect biologist versed in the seasonal patterns of insects, including mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus. See also Australia, Biology and Great Britain.

International Dance

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu. Has had international dance as an avocation since 1973. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, Russia, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

International Studies

Catherine Cymone Fourshey, associate professor of history, faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising, 570-372-4479, fourshey@susqu.edu. Director of international studies program. Academic research on history of agriculture, food, hospitality, migration, and the intersections of environment, economy and politics in East Africa, the Indian Ocean and the African Diaspora. See also Africa.

Scott Manning, director of cross cultural programs, 570-372-4256, manning@susqu.edu.

International Trade

Katarina Keller, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4542, keller@susqu.edu. Author of a research paper titled Non-Tariff Trade Barriers and Developing Countries: Did Non-Tariff Trade Barriers Come to Just Disappear? See also Economics, Education, Russia and Sweden.

Iowa

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. Lived and studied biochemistry in Iowa at Iowa State University. Research projects included maize (corn) field work on both bred and GMO maize. Personal and professional interests in farming on the upper plains. See also Biochemistry/Biophysics, CornNorthern New York, Photosynthesis and Science Policy.

Iraq

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Academic work includes analysis of U.S. military operations in Iraq, comparing those operations to those by the U.S. in Vietnam and Afghanistan. See also Afghanistan, Civil Wars, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Russia and Terrorism.

IRS

Richard O. Davis, professor of accounting, 570-372-4460, rdavis@susqu.edu. Employed for two separate terms as the assistant branch chief of the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Assistant Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. Areas of expertise are tax compliance, tax policy, tax law. Also tips for tax filing and tax savings. See also Business Ethics, Estate Taxes, Taxes and White Collar Crime.

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Japanese Language/Culture

Toshiro Kubota, associate professor of mathematical sciences, 570-372-4469, kubota@susqu.edu. See also Image Processing/Computer Vision.

Jazz

Joshua Davis, associate professor of music, 570-372-4286, davisj@susqu.edu, joshuadavis.org.    Composer (classical double bass solo, chamber ensembles including double bass, jazz ensembles), jazz performer, jazz clinician: improvisation, ensembles. See also Music.

Jewish Studies

Laurence Roth, professor of English and Jewish studies program director, 570-372-4202, roth@susqu.edu. American-Jewish life, literature, culture and politics, Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish issues. Teaches Jewish Literature and History and Cultures of Jewish Cuisine courses. See also Literature, Music and Popular Culture.

Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews/Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Liberalism, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Judicial Systems

Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science, department chair and pre law advisor, 570-372-4181, demary@susqu.edu. The operations of the American judicial system with a specialty in state courts. See also Civil Liberties/Civil Rights and Women in Politics.

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Labor, Industry

Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history, 570-372-4539, slavishak@susqu.edu. Academic focus on history of labor. His 2008 book, Bodies of Work, ties together urban history, industrial history and history of the body. Teaches a course called Work and Play in the USA. See also Appalachia, Eugenics, Hiking and Pittsburgh.

Land Use

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Community ecologist with an understanding of vegetation regrowth and reclamation of mined land. See also Campus/Community Gardening, Common Reading, Ecology, Plants and Soil.

Leadership

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. Research includes Plato's view on leadership. Has used this knowledge to discuss issues surrounding today's leaders. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Philosophy and Political Philosophy.

Liberalism

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and coordinator legal studies interdisciplinary minor, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Mennonites, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism, and Religion.

Life-Cycle Finance

Sirapat Polwitoon, associate professor of finance, 570-372-4749, polwitoon@susqu.edu. Interest in financial planning and wealth management. See also Bond Mutual Funds, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance and Economics.

Literature

Laurence Roth, professor of English and Jewish studies program director, 570-372-4202, roth@susqu.edu. Teaches Book Reviewing and Aesthetics and Interpretation (examining critical analysis of literature). Editor of Modern Language Studies, the professional scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Studies Association. Authored a book on Jewish detective novels. See also Jewish Studies, Music and Popular Culture.

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Marketing

Paul A. Dion, associate professor of management, 570-372-4034, dion@susqu.edu. Industrial marketing, sales and purchasing performance, marketing logistics, market research, statistics and related software. See also Business/Business Management.

Martial Arts

Jeffrey K. Mann, associate professor of religion and co-director of the Asian studies minor, 570-372-4165, jmann@susqu.edu. Certified instructor in Okinawan Goju-ryu karate with more than 20 years in the martial arts. Has studied in the United States, Okinawa, Tokyo and the Philippines, and competed internationally. Also the author of a number of articles and papers on the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts. See also Philippines and Religion.

Media

Catherine Hastings, associate professor of communications and film studies coordinator, 570-372-4359, hastings@susqu.edu. Local land-use issues, local environmental issues. See also Conservation, Environmental Issues, Family-Owned Newspapers in Pennsylvania and First Lady Edith Roosevelt.

Medicine

Jan L. Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology and director of health care studies minor, 570-372-4031, reichardbrown@susqu.edu. Director of the health care studies minor. Teaches a course entitled Human Health and Disease, which often covers timely topics including emerging illnesses. See also Biology, Coaching Swimming/Coaching Young Athletes, Health Care and Science Education.

Mediterranean

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Medicine, Medical Practices

Karol Weaver, associate professor of history and women's studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4193, weaverk@susqu.edu. Academic focus on history of medicine, including issues of race and gender in medicine. She researched 20th-century medical practices of immigrant women in the anthracite coal region of central Pennsylvania. See also Disease and Women’s Studies.

Mennonites

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism and Religion.

Middle East

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Academic work includes examination of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider Middle East, along with terrorist organizations throughout the region including Hamas and Hezbollah. See also Afghanistan, Civil Wars, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Russia and Terrorism.

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Military Ethics, U.S. Military

Jeffrey P. Whitman, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Classical Studies, 570-372-4168, whitman@susqu.edu. Military ethics, former U.S. Army major, taught "just war" theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, member of the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics. See also Disability Issues, Draft/Military Recruitment and Philosophy.

Mine Fires

Tammy Tobin, professor of biology, 570-372-4067, tobinjan@susqu.edu. Researches the Centralia, Pa., coal mine fires and their effects upon the environment, and how soil bacteria are adapting to those changes. See also Acid Mine Drainage and Biology.

Music

Joshua Davis, associate professor of music, 570-372-4286, davisj@susqu.edu, joshuadavis.org.    Composer (classical double bass solo, chamber ensembles including double bass, jazz ensembles), jazz performer, jazz clinician: improvisation, ensembles. See also Jazz.

Patrick Long, associate professor of music, 570-372-4289, longp@susqu.edu. A composer and percussionist specializing in electronic music.

Laurence Roth, professor of English and director of Jewish studies, 570-372-4202, roth@susqu.edu. Former guitarist/songwriter in rock bands touring the nightclub circuit in Los Angeles. Now plays in Faculty Lounge, the self-proclaimed "garage pop" band consisting of SU professors. See also Jewish Studies, Literature and Popular Culture.

Music Education/Instrumental

Gail Levinsky, associate professor of music, 570-372-4266, gblevinsky@susqu.edu. See also Saxophone/Performance and Pedagogy and Woodwind Pedagogy.

Museums

John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology, 570-372-4759, bodinger@susqu.edu. A contracted photographer, researcher and writer for development of the state-of-the-art Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. See also Anthropology, Casinos, Films and Native Americans.

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National Security (Economic and Military)

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; Slovakia; Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Native Americans

John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology, 570-372-4759, bodinger@susqu.edu. Research focuses on ethnic and cultural self-definition and Native American sovereignty. See also Anthropology, Casinos, Films and Museums.

Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator, 570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites and Religion.

Northern New York

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. Interests include cultural and political aspects of northern New York and Adirondacks. See also Biochemistry/Biophysics, Corn, Iowa, Photosynthesis and Science Policy.

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Orchestras

Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music, 570-372-4290, jswiley@susqu.edu. See also Violinists.

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Parenting

Michael D. Smith, associate professor of psychology and department chair, 570-372-4541, smithmichaeld@susqu.edu. Clinical psychologist experienced in providing professional therapy to individuals and families, and in so doing, fostering effective parenting skills. See also Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, Family Therapy, and HIV/AIDS.

Pennsylvania Germans

Susan Schürer, professor of modern languages, 570-372-4430, shurer@susqu.edu. Research on customs, language of Pennsylvania Germans. See also Amish Customs.

Philippines

Jeffrey K. Mann, associate professor of religion and co-director of Asian Studies, 570-372-4165, jmann@susqu.edu. The religion and government of the Philippines. He has led annual service-learning trips to the Philippines since 2004. See also Martial Arts and Religion.

Philosophy

Jeffrey P. Whitman, associate professor of philosophy, 570-372-4168, whitman@susqu.edu. A former U.S. Army major who taught "just war" theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Specializes in applied ethics and epistemology, and teaches courses in logic. See also Disability Issues, Draft/Military Recruitment and Military Ethics, U.S. Military.

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. Research and academic interest in Plato and feminist philosophy. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership and Political Philosophy.

Photosynthesis

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. A former postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University, has researched and written on various aspects of photosynthesis. Present research is related to photosynthetic topics, biochemistry, spectroscopy and chemistry. Teaches a variety of biochemistry classes related to classical and recent biochemical advancements in the news and literature. See also Biochemistry/Biophysics, Corn, Iowa, Northern New York and Science Policy.

Pittsburgh

Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history, 570-372-4539, slavishak@susqu.edu. Research focuses on the urban and industrial history of this western Pennsylvania steel city. See also Appalachia; Eugenics; Hiking; and Labor, Industry.

Plants

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Focus on plant ecology and succession. See also Campus/Community Gardening, Common Reading, Ecology, Land Use and Soil.

Poker

Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4186, rousu@susqu.edu. Semi-professional poker player who developed a course on Texas Hold ‘Em and game theory. Has also played (and cashed) in the World Series of Poker. See also Genetically Modified Foods.

Political Philosophy

Coleen Zoller, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, 570-372-4163, zoller@susqu.edu. See also Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental Sustainability/Ethics, Feminism, Global Famine, Globalization/Ethics, Global Poverty, Human Nature, Leadership and Philosophy.

Popular Culture

David Imhoof, associate professor of history, and department chair, 570-372-4191, imhoof@susqu.edu. European film and history with an emphasis on German cinema and NeoNazi music. See also Germany.

Laurence Roth, professor of English and Jewish studies program director, 570-372-4202, roth@susqu.edu. American and American-Jewish popular literature and culture. Teaches Comic Book and Graphic Novel, Detectives in Fiction & Film and American Popular Literature. See also Jewish Studies, Literature and Music.

Psychology

Developmental

Gretchen Lovas, associate professor of psychology, 570-372-4029, lovas@susqu.edu. Developmental psychologist who studies the gender and emotional interactions between infants and their parents. See also Infancy.

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Religion

Karla Bohmbach, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4163, bohmbach@susqu.edu. The Old Testament of the Bible, women and the Bible, the Bible in archaeology. See also Bible, Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies.

Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, department chair and legal studies minor coordinator,570-372-4754, jacobson@susqu.edu. See also Abortion Issues, Anthropology, Civil Liberties/Civil Rights, Culture, Evangelical Christianity, Food/Genetically Modified Food, Fundamentalist Christianity, Human Nature, Jewish Studies/Latin American Jews/Middle-Eastern Jews, Liberalism, Mennonites and  Neoliberalism/Neoconservativism.

Jeffrey K. Mann, associate professor of religion and co-director of Asian studies program, 570-372-4165, jmann@susqu.edu. Teaches World Religions; primarily a generalist in Christian history and theology with a focus on the Lutheran Church. See also Martial Arts and Philippines.

Thomas W. Martin, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4163, martinp@susqu.edu. Specializes in New Testament interpretation, pursues research in Christian ethics and teaches a class on Science and Religion. See also Bible.

Rugby

Jonathan Niles, adjunct faculty, biology and English, 570-372-4707, niles@susqu.edu. Head coach of the Susquehanna University men’s rugby club, 14 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience. Is a USA rugby certified coach and USA rugby certified referee. See also Biodiversity and Fish/Fisheries.

Russia

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu. Unique perspective on Russia. Has visited most years since the collapse of the Soviet Union (1992 to present). Teaches a summer course in Russia called Biogeodiversity: Ecology of the Upper Volga Basin. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Science Education and Science/History and Philosophy.

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Russian domestic and foreign policy, especially Russian military action in Chechnya and in the other former Soviet countries. See also Afghanistan, Civil Wars, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Middle East and Terrorism.

Katarina Keller, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4542, keller@susqu.edu. Visited Russia in the fall 2002 and has firsthand knowledge of the U.S. relief program to Russia involving chicken legs. See also Economics, Education, International Trade and Sweden.

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Saxophone/Performance and Pedagogy

Gail Levinsky, associate professor of music, 570-372-4266, gblevinsky@susqu.edu. See also Music Education/Instrumental and Woodwind Pedagogy.

Science Education

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu.  Saturday Science Project and summer CSIU workshops for science and math teachers. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Russia and Science/History and Philosophy.

Jan L. Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology and director health care studies minor, 570-372-4031, reichardbrown@susqu.edu. Director of the health care studies minor. Was director of the Susquehanna Science in Motion Program for three years before accepting current position. Strong advocate for inquiry-based science education. See also Biology, Coaching Swimming/Coaching Young Athletes, Health Care and Medicine.

Science/History and Philosophy

Jack Holt, professor of biology, 570-372-4205, holt@susqu.edu. Teaches Thought and the Natural Sciences, wrote a book of essays titled Paths of Science. Well versed in arguments used by various anti-science movements, including intelligent design and creation science. See also Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Folk Cultures/Eastern Europe, International Dance, Russia and Science Education.

Science Policy

Wade Johnson, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, 570-372-4224, johnsonw@susqu.edu. Has interests in science policy at the state and federal level. See also Biochemistry/Biophysics, Corn, Iowa, Northern New York and Photosynthesis.

Slovakia

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Strategic Considerations; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia; and U.S. Economy.

Small Business Finance and Development

Mengsteab Tesfayohannes, associate professor of management, Sigmund Weis School of Business, 570-372-4463, Tesfayohannes@susqu.edu. More than 20 years of work experience as a professor, researcher and business and economic development consultant at reputable academic institutions, governmental and private organizations, and international agencies such as UN, UNDP, UNECA and UNIDO in countries including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Botswana, Germany, Austria, Eritrea and Ethiopia. See also Economic Development (Developing Countries) and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Soil

Alissa Packer, associate professor of biology, 570-372-4217, packer@susqu.edu. Ecologist specializing in soil pathogens. See also Campus/Community Gardening, Common Reading, Ecology, Land Use and Plants.

South Africa

Glen Retief, associate professor of English and creative writing, 570-372-4035, retief@susqu.edu. See also Writing.

Spiders

Matthew Persons, professor of biology and ecology major coordinator, 570-372-4526, persons@susqu.edu. A behavioral ecologist, research centers on chemical communication and the evolution of animal signals. Persons and his students are currently studying sexual communication in spiders, predator-prey interactions, and the use of spiders as biological controls in agricultural systems. See also Animal Behavior, Biology, Ecology and Evolution.

Strategic Considerations

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia and U.S. Economy.

Sweden

Katarina Keller, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4542, keller@susqu.edu. A native of Sweden who was educated throughout Europe. See also Economics, Education, International Trade and Russia.

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Taxes

Richard O. Davis, professor of accounting, 570-372-4460, rdavis@susqu.edu. A certified public accountant and lawyer, specializes in taxation, particularly corporate tax issues. Also volunteers with the IRS's Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, supporting and training student volunteers to assist low-income and elderly individuals with tax preparation. See also Business Ethics, Estate Taxes, IRS and White Collar Crime.

Alicia Jackson, Dean of the Sigmund Weis School and associate professor of accounting, 570-372-4455, 570- 372-4491 (fax), jacksona@susqu.edu. Sixteen years of professional financial management experience and 14 years of academic experience. See also Business/Business Management, Community Choral Singing and Financial Accounting.

Terrorism

Andrea Lopez, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4179, lopez@susqu.edu. Teaches a course on terrorism, studies the subject and has been widely quoted on "The War on Terror" after 9-11. See also Afghanistan, Civil Wars, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Middle East and Russia.

Theatre

W. Douglas Powers, associate professor of theatre and Honors Program Director, 570-372-4522, powers@susqu.edu. Professional actor (member of Actors Equity Association) and director, scholar of theatre and drama. Research in American Indian ritual performance and theatre, representation of the Other in dramatic literature and performance, non-Western theatre, American musical theatre, Tennessee Williams and Cherokee playwright Lynn Riggs.

Andrew D. Rich, associate professor of theatre and department chair, 570-372-4056, rich@susqu.edu. Professional scenic designer. Academic interest in theatrical design and theatrical design history. Expertise in the American scenic design movement of the 20th century.

Erik Viker, associate professor of theatre and technical director of theatre department, 570-372-4548, viker@susqu.edu. Expertise in the areas of theatre management, technical direction, theatrical design and technology. Member of the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 636. Research interests include the role of technical theatre in liberal arts education.

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Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations and U.S. Economy.

U.S Economy

Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, 570-372-4182, rusek@susqu.edu. Specific knowledge of current state and perspectives. See also Baltic Republics; China; Euro; European Monetary Union, the Euro, Eurozone; European Union; Global Economy; Global Financial Crisis; Hungary; Mediterranean; Middle East; National Security (Economic and Military); Slovakia; Strategic Considerations and Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia.

U.S. Federal Income Tax

Alicia Jackson, Dean of the Sigmund Weis School and associate professor of accounting, 570-372-4455, 570- 372-4491 (fax), jacksona@susqu.edu. Member of three different community choruses. See also Business/Business Management, Community Choral Singing, and Financial Accounting.

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Violinists

Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music, 570-372-4290, jswiley@susqu.edu. See also Orchestras.

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Walt Disney World

Diane Scott, adjunct faculty music, scottd@susqu.edu. Worked 10 years in entertainment at Walt Disney World. See also Ballet.

Weather Patterns

Katherine Straub, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, 570-372-4318, straubk@susqu.edu. Background in atmospheric science. Research includes tropical storms, hurricanes, climate changes and the effects of El Niño on the United States.

White Collar Crime

Richard O. Davis, professor of accounting, 570-372-4460, rdavis@susqu.edu. Certified public accountant and lawyer who formerly worked as the assistant branch chief of the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Assistant Chief Counsel. Runs an educational program in which convicted white collar criminals are brought to campus and business students are taken to local federal penitentiaries in an effort to teach aspiring businesspeople the risks of entering into questionable activities. See also Business Ethics, Estate Taxes, IRS and Taxes.

Woodwind Pedagogy

Gail Levinsky, associate professor of music, 570-372-4266, gblevinsky@susqu.edu. See also Saxophone/Performance and Pedagogy and Music Education/Instrumental.

Women in Politics

Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science, 570-372-4181, demary@susqu.edu. The role of women in American politics. See also Civil Liberties/Civil Rights and Judicial Systems.

Women's Studies

Karla Bohmbach, associate professor of religion, 570-372-4167, bohmbach@susqu.edu. See also Bible, Feminist Scholarship and Religion.

Karol Weaver, associate professor of history, 570-372-4193, weaverk@susqu.edu. Coordinator of women’s studies. See also Disease and Medicine, Medical Practices.

Writing

Fiction and Nonfiction

Tom Bailey, associate professor of English, 570-372-4383, bailey@susqu.edu. Formerly a creative writing teacher in the famed Expository Writing Program at Harvard University and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. Author of The Grace That Keeps This World, his first novel published by Random House's Crown Publishing Group, Shaye Areheart Books. The novel is based on a short story in his critically acclaimed collection Crow Man. His second novel, Cotton Song, was published by Random House in 2006. Also the author of A Short Story Writer's Companion and editor of On Writing Short Stories. Recipient of numerous writing awards, including a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for fiction.

Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Gary Fincke, Degenstein Professor of English and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, 570-372-4164, gfincke@susqu.edu. Has published 21 books of poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, most recently a poetry collection titled The Fire Landscape and a short story collection titled Sorry I Worried You, which received the 2003 Flannery O'Connor Award, arguably the most prestigious prize for literary fiction in the United States. That collection has been selected as the fiction “Book of the Year” for 2009 by the Lutheran Book Project. His nonfiction book, Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass, is a personal recording of his son's rock and roll life with the signed bands "Lifer" and "Breaking Benjamin." His collection of poems Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2003 Ohio State University Press/ The Journal Book Award. His next book is a memoir, The Canals of Mars, scheduled for publication by Michigan State University Press in 2010.

Poetry

Karla Kelsey, associate professor of creative writing, 570-372-4525, kelseykarla@susqu.edu. Teaches introductory and advanced poetry writing, and is the winner of the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. See also Editing and Publishing.

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Glen Retief, associate professor of English and creative writing, 570-372-4035, retief@susqu.edu. A native of South Africa, obtained a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Teaches advanced courses in memoir and personal essay, introductory courses in creative nonfiction, occasional fiction workshops and literature courses. Publishes essays and fiction; his memoir, The Jack Bank, about growing up white and gay in apartheid South Africa, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. See also South Africa.

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