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Eleven members of MSU faculty receive sabbaticals

June 12, 2008

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Eleven faculty members at Montana State University have been awarded sabbaticals for the 2008-09 academic year, according to MSU Provost David Dooley. Their projects, to be completed during the sabbaticals, range from nanoelectronic research to the writings of books and musical compositions.

The faculty members granted sabbaticals, their academic departments, term of the sabbaticals and proposed projects are:

Sandra Bailey, MSU Extension specialist in health and human development, will be on sabbatical fall semester to study the issue of attachment and parenting in adoptive families, especially as related to international adoptions of older children, who may have less secure attachment to the adoptive parent. Bailey's goal will be to develop information that will help adoptive parents, children and people working with adoptive families.

James Becker, , electrical and computer engineering, will be on sabbatical during the fall semester to research nanoelectronics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Becker will study carbon nanotubes - hollow cylinders roughly a nanometer in diameter that are made out of a two-dimensional carbon-based substance - and their suitability for high-frequency nanoelectronic devices, such as next- generation transistors.

Susan Cohen, , history and philosophy, will be on sabbatical the entire school year to prepare the publication of her final report from archaeological excavations at Tel Zahara, Israel. The excavations have uncovered significant remains dating to the Roman, Hellenistic, Persian and Middle Bronze Age areas in southern Levant.

Tomas Gedeon, , mathematics, will be on sabbatical the entire school year to establish new collaborations with Rutgers University, Princeton, McGill University and the University of Zurich. By combining the tools of engineering, statistics and mathematics, he wants to better understand the consequences of genetic information and address fundamental questions in cell biology.

David Large, , history and philosophy, will be on sabbatical during the fall semester. He plans to complete the research for a book-length study of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Large expects to begin writing in January and hopes to complete a polished manuscript by the end of 2010.

Alan Leech, , music, will be on sabbatical during the fall semester. During that time he will work on composition of new music, traveling to Brazil to participate in a music festival and work with Brazilian musicians on forms and rhythms. The work will enrich Leech's course in world music. He will also perform the works created during his sabbatical to the Bozeman and MSU community after he returns.

Jainyi Liu, , earth sciences, will be on sabbatical during the spring semester. He will go to Peking University to conduct research on the rapid development and transformation of China's economy, which has occurred mainly in the cities and especially in coastal cities. Liu will also teach a six-hour graduate seminar on "American Urban Development and Urban Planning."

Gwen Morgan, , English, will be on sabbatical spring semester. She plans to write a new college-level English grammar text intended for English majors, applicable to those with literature, teaching or linguistics emphases. The book will emphasize the underlying structure of the language. The book will be based on techniques Morgan developed while teaching "The Structure and Function of Language," which she has taught at MSU for 19 years.

Mark Pernarowski, , mathematics, will be on sabbatical during the fall semester. He plans to carry out two projects. One involves modeling the electromagnetic theory to help develop technology that will ultimately be used in medical devices. The second combines music, computer science and mathematics to help develop a device that will create music.

Franke Wilmer, , political science, will be on sabbatical during the fall semester. She plans to write a textbook, "International Human Rights: An Introduction" to be published by Lynne Rienner Publishers. The text will offer a clear exposition of the development of international human rights and the challenges they pose to the future of international society.

Doug Young, , agricultural economics and economics, will be on sabbatical for the spring semester at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India, investigating the impact of India's growth on regional income inequality. Young will use that information in teaching MSU students and in writing a paper for publication.


To read other stories about honors won by MSU faculty go to http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=5905. To see a slideshow about MSU's prize winning faculty go to: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/gallery/080508au/

Pat Chansley (406) 994-4373, chansley@montana.edu