This issue: Winter 2018

In Print

Bruin Notes

Joseph Clair (William Penn Honors Program) published a book, On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, in November. Part of Bloomsbury Publishing’s new Reading Augustine series, the book claims that Augustine’s Christian vision of higher education is worth recovering and works out a practical roadmap for reconnecting the intellectual enterprise of learning to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others on college campuses today.

Don Powers (biology) and two colleagues published an article, “Using whole-group metabolic rate and behavior to assess the energetics of courtship in red-sided garter snakes,” in the August 2017 (Volume 130) issue of the scientific journal Animal Behaviour.

Mark McMinn (PsyD) released a book, The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church (BrazosPress), in August. The book shows that the new science of virtue – the field of positive psychology – can serve as a bridge point between science and the church and can help renew meaningful conversation.

Randy Woodley (seminary) wrote a chapter, “The Poor and Poverty in North American Indigenous Traditions,” for the book Poverty and the Poor in the World’s Religious Tradition: Religious Responses to the Problem of Poverty (Praeger), published in June.

John Spencer (education) and colleague A.J. Juliani cowrote a book last summer, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (Impress). In it, the authors provide teachers, coaches and administrators with a roadmap that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower students to pursue their passions while in school. At the peak of its popularity, the book reached the top-200 list in sales on Amazon.

Tim Tsohantaridis (Christian studies) teamed with alumnus John S. Knox to write a book, God in the Details: A Biblical Survey of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (Kendall-Hunt Publishers), published in September. The book presents the story of the Bible in a systematic yet straightforward manner. Readers are introduced to a broad investigation of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, providing the highlights of each book in the Bible as well as historical and cultural details to mesh out the stories and provide depth of understanding.

Brian R. Snider (computer science) published the article “Estimation of Localized Ideal Oximetry Sensor Lag via Oxygen Desaturation–Disordered Breathing Event Cross-Correlation” in the April 2017 (Volume 40) issue of SLEEP, a journal focusing on research related to sleep and sleeping disorders.

Nicole M. Enzinger (education) is lead author of a chapter, titled “An Illustration of Scholarly Inquiry from the Cognitive Perspective: The Development of an Integer Activity for Prospective Elementary or Middle School Teachers,” in the book Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods (Information Age Publishing). The book is the product of collaborations among 40-plus mathematics educators..

Ben Hartley (Christian studies) published three chapters in two different books in 2017. Two chapters – “Mission: Agnes C. L. Donohugh, Early ‘Apostle for Ethnology’” and “Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue”– are included in On Knowing Humanity: Insights from Theology for Anthropology (Routledge). The latter was coauthored previously with four Eastern University colleagues. He also coauthored, with Kirsten Oh and Glen Alton Messer, “‘Get on the Cart!’: Wesleyan Discipleship in an Age of Endemic Incarceration,” for the book Thinking Theologically about Mass Incarceration: Biblical Foundations and Justice Imperatives (Paulist Press).

Rebecca Hernandez (academic affairs), Jenny Elsey (intercultural life) and Rebecca Valdovinos (English Language Institute) contributed to the book Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press), published in August. Hernandez served as a co-editor, and she and Valdovinos wrote chapters, while Elsey wrote a section of a chapter. The book addresses the need for institutions to have meaningful conversations about race and ethnicity and offers leaders a roadmap as they think through how their campuses can serve all students well.

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