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Eleven MSU professors receive sabbaticals for 2005-2006

April 28, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Eleven faculty members at Montana State University-Bozeman have been awarded sabbaticals for the 2005-06 academic year, according to MSU Provost David Dooley. Their projects, to be completed during the sabbaticals, range from collecting samples of volcanic rock in Alaska's Pribilof Islands to studying with performers of baroque music in Europe. The 11 faculty members granted sabbaticals, their academic department, term of the sabbaticals and proposed projects are:

John Antle, agricultural economics and economics, will be on sabbatical during spring semester 2006 to conduct research that will improve economists' ability to understand agricultural production systems. He will collaborate with faculty at the University of California, Davis.

David Dickensheets, electrical and computer engineering, will be on sabbatical for fall semester, 2005. He will study with Hans Peter Herzig at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, for six months on a project to design, analyze and build photonic-crystal waveguides.

Todd Feeley, earth sciences, will be on sabbatical spring semester 2006 collecting volcanic rock samples from the Pribilof Islands in Alaska and perform geochemical analysis on the samples at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The project will help scientists understand the dynamics of magma systems and volcanoes.

Johan Jonsson, music, will be on sabbatical for spring semester 2006 studying J.S. Bach's "Sonatas & Partitas." Jonsson, a violinist, plans to perform one or two of the pieces for a public performance and will also produce a digital CD recording of all or part of the work. In addition, he will study with several performers and Baroque performance scholars in Europe, Portland and Seattle.

Linda Karrell, English, will be on sabbatical for the entire 2005-2006 academic year. Karrell plans to complete her second scholarly work, "Rewriting the Author," which focuses on examples of rewriting definitive texts from the perspective of a minor character. Her work will take her to New York to study materials from the Stratemeyer Syndicate, publishers of the "Nancy Drew" mysteries, and to the Syracuse University Library, which houses the papers of L. Frank Baum, author of the "Wizard of Oz."

Bridgett Kevane, modern languages, will be on sabbatical for the 2005-2006 academic year to work on her book, "The Sacred and Profane: Religious Discourse and Cultural Renewal." The book examines faith in contemporary Latino and Latina literature.

Isaac Klapper, math, will be on sabbatical for the 2005-2006 academic year. Klapper plans to travel to the University of North Carolina, Exeter University in the United Kingdom and the University of Malmo in Sweden to work with scientists and mathematicians studying the physics and modeling of biofilms and other related materials.

Wes Lynch, psychology, will be on sabbatical for the 2005-2006 academic year. Lynch will work with scientist Alayne Yates at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii to collect data on the eating and weight-management problems among native Hawaiian youth. Lynch hopes to use the data gathered during his study to compare to his models and data aimed at predicting eating disorders and obesity among Native American and non-Native adolescents with possible application in suggesting intervention strategies in Native communities.

Walter Metz, media and theatre arts, will be on sabbatical for the 2005-2006 academic year. The film scholar plans to write a book, "Canonical Intertexts: The Cinema and Western Civilization."

Michael Peed, art, will be on sabbatical spring semester 2006. The ceramicist plans to write and illustrate a book on the early beginnings of ceramics and techniques used around the world to find clay and produce ceramic objects without kilns, clay mixers or pottery wheels. Peed will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico and the adjoining states of Chiapas and Michocan to interact with artists and view pre-Columbian collections. He also hopes to initiate a cultural exchange between artists in Mexico, MSU and Bozeman.

Elaine Peterson, library, will be on sabbatical during spring semester 2006 to travel to Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, to study digital data collection from users of native and aboriginal peoples collections. Peterson hopes to translate her sabbatical findings to her work at MSU mounting a digital library of Native Americans images.

Contact: Pat Chansley (406) 994-4373