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Scholarly Snapshots — March 2020

A round of scholarly activities by faculty, staff and students in the School of the Arts and Communication.

Assistant Professor of Art Education Carolina Blatt-Gross, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Eric Laprade, and Associate Professor of Music Colleen Sears presented “Springs Eternal: Teaching Eco-Justice through Artistic Collaborations” at the Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Interactive Multimedia Warren Buckleitner was interviewed for the publication, Revisiting the Potential Uses of Media in Children’s Education. The publication will be shared a meeting hosted by Sesame Workshop and Google at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. 

Caitlyn Connelly ’20, an interactive multimedia major, was the recipient of this year’s Denise Spirito Thesis Grant. Her proposal was selected because of its strong commitment to interdisciplinary in combining elements of graphic design, video production, motion graphics, writing, storyboarding, and set design for her televised puppet show for children.

Shaniqua Dawes ’20, a graphic design major with a minor in creative writing, is also received this year’s Denise Spirito Thesis Grant for her capstone project entitled, “Global Young and Bold.” Based on Planned Parenthood Global’s initiatives, Dawes plans to create a digital campaign that will engage and inform viewers as they increase their understanding for this social campaign.

Chair of the Department of Music Wayne Heisler‘s essay “Are ‘Works’ Enough?” appeared in the most recent volume of the journal The Opera Quarterly, which was devoted to the proceedings of the symposium “Opera and Performance: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead,” hosted by the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Heisler also serves on the Editorial Board and is Reviews Editor for The Opera Quarterly. His forthcoming opera scholarship includes invited participation in the second “YOST: Y/Why Opera/Studies Today” symposium, hosted by Yale University on the theme of opera during the #MeToo era. 

Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Yifeng Hu delivered a one-hour webinar on the topic of “New Media Technology in Public Health” to the American Medical Student Association on February 11, 2020. 

Professor of South Asian and Islamic Art History Deborah Hutton serves as one of the lead authors of The History of Art: A Global View, the first major art history survey textbook written in the 21st century. The textbook will be available July 2021.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Public Health Yachao Li published an article, titled “Users’ Modifications to Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS): Interviews with ENDS Enthusiasts,” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (impact factor = 2.468). The paper explored how and why e-cigarette users modified their vaping devices. The results suggested that FDA regulatory actions that limit certain product characteristics may unintentionally increase the likelihood that users will make more extensive modifications to their products.

Assistant Director of Audience Services Susan O’Connor recently completed the PatronManager Admin Certification Program. The TCNJ Center for the Arts uses PatronManager to manage ticketing, fundraising, and email marketing. PatronManager is built on top of Salesforce, one the premier CRM providers in the world. The certification course is designed to empower intermediate users to access the full functionality of these powerful systems and to take on an administrator role at their organization.


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