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Faculty Spend Summer in Research and Study

July 18, 2017

Laura Lemire
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History professor Beth Salerno in AlaskaAlthough the academic year ended in May, Saint Anselm faculty continue their work throughout the summer months, attending and presenting at conferences, writing and conducting research, and of course, teaching.

History professor Beth Salerno traveled to Alaska for a land and sea tour in search of first-hand experience for a class on environmental history. "The west is also the only part of the U.S. in which I have not lived, and I'm always trying to help our often very New England-centered students understand how the rest of the nation sees itself and its history," says Salerno.

She visited Denali National Park, where the mountain there is so large it creates its own weather, and Sitka, a place of historical significance for Alaska, Russia, and the Native Alaskan Tlingit Tribe. "Some of what I learned about 21st century Native Alaskan life will show up in my public history class this fall as we discuss how museums like the Smithsonian portray native people in the past and present," says Salerno.

Professor Deborah McCarter of the nursing department is conducting research through a New Hampshire INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant. In the third year of her three-year award, she is assessing postpartum patients to see if receiving electronic messages positively impacts their postpartum experiences.

With the assistance of rising seniors Hannah Pirozzoli and Keerstyn Allen and adjunct nursing faculty member Alicia Law, McCarter has recruited nearly 500 participants who are receiving varying levels of communication via phone calls and messages. Through stress and depression screens and a patient satisfaction survey, McCarter's research team is determining if additional messages are helping patients with post-partum related stress and depression. She hopes that the communication system she's testing will be put into place permanently when the study has been completed.

"My passion is trying to help mothers and babies," McCarter says. "Even women who are well-connected in other ways [with resources and support] are still underserved."

Summer Projects
Other faculty summer projects include:

Professor Ian Durham of the physics department is continuing work on his book on the nature of time. He will also be traveling to Japan for a conference, and in August, he will join several colleagues including Professor Nicole Gugliucci in St. Louis, Missouri, for the total solar eclipse.

Education professor Aubrey Scheopner Torres is exploring the education reform that is required by all New Hampshire K-12 schools. In order to examine how competency-based learning is implemented, she is studying three New Hampshire districts. Assisting Scheopner Torres is rising senior Kirstin Catyb who is learning how to use qualitative coding software as well as valuable research skills, such as conducting interviews, tracking data, and analyzing findings.

Nursing faculty member Laurie Bennett is teaching a new course, Transcultural Nursing, in the summer session of the RN to BSN Program.

English Professor Gary Bouchard is lecturing at an international Gerard Manley Hopkins Conference in Newbridge, Ireland at the end of July. He is also teaching the college's first online Robert Frost course featuring lectures from various Frost sites in New Hampshire.

Katherine Bentz, associate professor of fine arts, is conducting research in Washington, D.C., thanks to an award in Garden and Landscape Studies from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, an affiliate of Harvard University. The award supports research for her book project, Gardens as Green Medicine: Prelates and Health in Early Modern Rome.

Professor Jay Pitochelli of the biology department is in the field studying the song variation in the Mourning Warbler. Traveling Nova Scotia and the west coast of Newfoundland, he's asking questions about cultural evolution and birdsong, in order to discern how songs have changed over time. "This summer will be the first of 3 summers on this project," he says. "I plan to conduct similar field work across Canada and states surrounding the Great Lakes to eventually cover the entire breeding range."

Sarah Glenn, associate professor of philosophy, will continue her regular role at the college's ongoing archeological dig in Orvieto, Italy with the Classics department.

Matthew Gonzales, associate professor and chair of the Classics department, is working on content for his course, Survey of the Architecture of Rome. While visiting Hawaii this summer, he is also touring prehistoric Hawaiian habitations and battle sites that he has incorporated in his course, War and Culture in the Ancient World.

At the beginning of the summer, Spanish professor Elizabeth Fouts and nursing professor Ann Fournier presented on the college's new Spanish minor for nursing majors at the 25th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators: Clinicians and Educators: Collaborating to Meet Practice Changes. Fouts and Fournier worked together to design and develop the program specifically for Saint Anselm nursing students who wish to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and achieve cultural competency in Hispanic and Latino cultures.

In the News
Several faculty have recently been in the news for their subject matter expertise, including:


Photo: Beth Salerno in Alaska in front of a glacial waterfall

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