“Campus Conversations” radio show highlights University’s faculty

Salve Regina has partnered with local radio station WADK 1540 AM to produce “Campus Conversations,” a weekly show that highlights the work and contributions of the University’s faculty. Hosted by Dr. Scott Zeman, provost/vice president for academic affairs, the show airs at 11:06 a.m. Wednesdays.

Archived recordings are available on iTunesU, with new conversations added weekly.

Faculty featured to date include:

Heather Axen, assistant professor, Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences: Axen talked about power and perseverance in the world of biology, specifically ants. She also shared her experience with cancer research and the immune systems of social creatures.

Nancy Gordon, associate professor and chairwoman, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts: Gordon discussed the evolution of the University’s graduate programs in counseling and leadership, and shared her thoughts on Salve Regina’s vision and strategic planning at mercy institutions.

Jayme Hennessy, associate professor, Department of Religious and Theological Studies: Hennessy shared how growing up on Block Island influenced her interest in the arts, religion and theology, and discussed why the Jubilee Year of Mercy was so relevant to Salve Regina and its neighboring communities.

Jon Marcoux, assistant professor, Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program: Marcoux discussed the history of slavery in Rhode Island and the recent “dig” at the Breakers. He also shared how students have worked with technology in the field of cultural and historic preservation.

Elaine Mangiante, assistant professor, Department of Education: Mangiante examined how the Next Generation Science Standards are being implemented in K-12 classrooms across the region. She also shared how Salve Regina students have incorporated engineering design and hydroponics at Newport’s Pell Elementary School.

Jennifer McArdle, assistant professor, Department of Administration of Justice: McArdle discussed some of the latest issues in cybersecurity and how Salve Regina is preparing students for careers in this area. She also talked about the role of cyber threats in recent elections, Wikileaks and the use of science fiction in her teaching.

Jen McClanaghan, assistant professor and writer in residence, Department of English and Communications: McClanaghan discussed her role in bringing writing projects to the community. She also explored the power of details to move people, and how the intersection between the ordinary and the extraordinary can be truly inspiring.

Tim Neary, associate professor, Department of History: Neary discussed his new book, “Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports and Catholic Youth in Chicago 1914-1954,” which challenges many of our widely accepted understandings about U.S. race relations in northern cities during the mid-20th century.

Susannah Strong, assistant professor, Department of Art and Art History: Strong, a recent winner of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Award, discussed the transition of moving from large-scale artistic works to the small-scale phenomenon of storytelling.

John Tawa, assistant professor, Department of Psychology: Tawa shared how Salve Regina is preparing to become a more diverse and racially aware campus community. He also discussed his research, conducted with Salve Regina students, on how people think and talk about race.

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