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Monday, November 25, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 11/25/2013
Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815.226.3374

Rockford, Ill., — Recent professional activities conducted by faculty include:

Burns, JohnChair of Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Assistant Professor of Spanish John Burns, Ph.D., has been named as Rockford University’s first Global Faculty Fellow within the office of Global Affairs. Dr. Burns is a strong advocate for the internationalization of campus and will be a raving fan for this cause from within the faculty. His central role within Global Affairs is to engage faculty and students in Rockford University’s many global initiatives. Ensuring that the international student population is engaged in the community and seeking ways to provide global opportunities to all Rockford University students, faculty and staff. Dr. Burns will play a critical role in developing strategic partnerships aimed at increasing the number of international opportunities the university supports, such as short term and long term study abroad.

Bork, MatthewAssistant Professor of Chemistry Matthew Bork, Ph.D., presented an open seminar at Rockford University on the use of Ruthidium compounds in Photochemistry.


Gleicher, JulesProfessor of Political Science Jules Gleicher, Ph.D., attended the annual meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association on Nov. 2, at Elgin Community College, where he chaired and was the discussant on a panel entitled "The Politics of Nuclear Fears, Nuclear Cooperation, and National Security." Dr. Gleicher also participated in the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 14-16, where he was a commentator on a panel entitled "American Institutional Design: Views from the Founding.” He also served on a roundtable discussion on Yoram Hazony’s book "The Philosophy of the Hebrew Scriptures.”
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Matthew Dalstrom, Ph.D., presented a paper, "Improving Prenatal Healthcare Usage in A Midwestern County,” at the meeting of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology in Portland, Ore., October 3-5.

Klein, ShawnAdjunct Professor of Philosophy Shawn Klein, Ph.D., and his blog,, were quoted in the October 14, 2013 edition of Sports Illustrated. In his regular back page column, Phil Taylor writes about the importance of playing by the rules and quoted Prof. Klein as follows: "While I may not think that many of these substances [PEDs] ought to be banned ... these players have, through the CBA, agreed to these rules," writes Rockford (Ill.) University philosophy professor Shawn Klein in his blog, The Sports Ethicist. "For them to violate these rules is a violation of their integrity and honesty. For this, we ought to condemn them." Prof. Klein is currently teaching Sports Ethics and will be offering PHIL 340 Philosophy of Sport in the spring semester. Dr Klein was also quoted in a Tri-Parish Times & Business News article, "Ethicists say Destrehan coaches deserve punishment” which addresses the punishment of high school football coaches who illegally accessed an opponent’s website to get their practice videos and playbook.

Lewis, CalebAssistant Professor of Economics, Business, and Accounting Caleb Lewis, Ph.D., presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Illinois Economics Association meeting at DePaul University on October 25 entitled "Endogenous Peer Effects: Behavioral Responses In The Classroom.”

Skwor, TroyAssistant Professor of Biology Troy Skwor, Ph.D., presented a paper at the 86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago, Ill., October 5-9. The paper was entitled "Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistant Aeromonas: A Comparison between the Rock River and the Rock River Water Reclamation District.” Students Jenilee Johnson, Lauren Hyser, and Sarah Stringer also presented on work completed in Dr. Skwor’s lab.


Staffor, LynnAssociate Professor of Education Lynn Stafford attended the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children annual conference in Lisle, Ill., on Nov. 7-9. Several undergraduate students also attended the conference.



Walker, KarenAssistant Professor of Education Karen Walker, Ed.D., has written an article that is published in the November 2013 issue of the International Reading Association Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. The article is entitled – "Scaffolded Silent Reading – Advocating a Policy for Adolescents’ Independent Reading.”

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