This is a report of my recent attendance at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference which took place November 4-7 at the Riviera Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.
This was by far the biggest, the best and the most important music conference I have ever seen. This opinion was shared by many attendees, who also had visited numerous other music conferences before.
Not only the conference was well organized and loaded with outstanding music presentations (as many as 15-20 of them each day), not only it had a major exhibition by largest music publishing and piano manufacturing companies running simultaneously to live music events, it was also attended by the most respectful piano teachers in the country and abroad. The level of masterclasses taught, the concerts and presentations given was absolutely world-class. Best North American artists performed, taught, gave lectures and answered questions from audiences.
As far as SUU is concerned, the visit has not only served as a great example and inspiration, but also educationally important role in seeing a variety of outstanding musicians coming from very diverse backgrounds and school, and their sometimes very different approaches to creative process, curriculum, practicing, performance and career development of pianists. It served as a very good model of how to organize music events of such a large caliber, as well. Most importantly, I was there as a representative of the school and was able to network among the piano teachers, making SUU name more known in the region and beyond and educating about our activities here.
I have distributed numerous brochures about SUU music and more specifically piano programs, which contained important information about our requirements, achievements, general info about SUU and included contact numbers and e-mail addresses. I have distributed them among many important artists and music teachers I have known before coming to Las Vegas and who were in the attendance there, as well as among numerous new contacts I made among performing artists and music educators from all over USA and Canada during the conference.
Many were unaware of the general level of music students and courses offered at SUU, and the great new developments we have on campus, such as working on becoming an all-Steinway school (an important event for our teachers and music students who will get much better instruments to work on, as well as for boosting the school's image), offering new Bachelor in Music degree (professional degree in music being submitted for approval for the next academic year), reinstating classes in organ and harpsichord, and other new positive changes. I found out that some better know schools did not have similar things happening on their campuses, and sometimes struggled to make some program changes or to get money needed for instrument upgrades.
In summary, this was in many ways a very important, fruitful and positive trip, thanks for the big help in the travel assistance money I received from the Provost's Office, which made it all possible. I hope this will be a beginning of a process for building a much higher regional and national recognition and reputation for our piano program at SUU.
The 14th International Conference of Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (ICPA – 14) was held at McMaster University in Canada from July 23rd to July 28th, 2007. There were more than 200 scientists from more than 30 countries that attended the conference and presented their most updated research results in this field, spanning from metals, semiconductors and polymeric materials.
With the support of our Provost Grant Office, I attended the ICPA – 14 and presented our research results. In addition, I exchanged some ideas with other scientists in this field, which assisted me in writing a proposal to set up a positron lab for undergraduate research at SUU.
Presentation In the conference, we contribute the poster presentation, "Studying conductive polymer coating (BAM – PPV) using positron annihilation spectroscopy", which is affiliated with Southern Utah University.
Scientific merit The results presented at the conference was afterwards published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, Phys. Stat. Sol. (c), No. 10, 3789 – 3792 (2007), under the same title and affiliation.
Educational significance Two undergraduate students, Ryan J. Deluca and Paul M. Johnson, are the co-authors of the published paper. Besides the research, students were trained in how to write a scientific paper and prepare a professional presentation.
Benefit to SUU In the conference, I exchanged some ideas with other experts in the field and discussed the trend in this research area. With this information, I submitted a proposal to National Science Foundation, trying to acquire the external support to set up a positron annihilation spectroscopy lab at our university.
In summary, attending ICPA – 14 was a fruitful professional trip in terms of research, education and future planning. I am glad and grateful that Provost Office provided the financial support to enable me to participate in such an excellent opportunity.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the Faculty Development Grant that I received in order to lead two separate discussions at the 2008 National Association for Kinesiology & Physical Education in Higher Education Conference in Albuquerque, NM. I would like to report that I collaborated with Dr. Steven Frierman, a sport psychologist from Hofstra University, and we presented Searchingfor the Perfect Leader in Higher Education and Leadership in the Eyes of the Untenured World. The discussions were spirited, and included leading physical educators from various institutions of higher learning from across the nation. Conference attendees included professors and administrators from diverse institutions such as Florida State University, The University of Kansas, The University of New Mexico, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas Tech University, and West Virginia University. I felt this was an excellent opportunity to interact with leading professionals in the field, and it was a privilege to represent Southern Utah University.
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I attended the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, which was held December 10-12, 2007, in Mesa, Arizona. There I gave a research presentation titled "Numerical Analysis for the Nonlocal Allen-Cahn Equation."
I would learn from scholars having similar interests and present my research among knowledgeable peers. This experience was to benefit Math 3800 Partial Differential Equations & Fourier Analysis especially, but all upper division math courses would profit from my giving examples of how foundational mathematics is used in applied research.
How the Project Benefited the Faculty Member and Teaching/Learning:
I was able to attend lectures by top mathematicians in the field of Partial Differential Equations, which is my specialty. Attending these talks helped me to know what topics are of interest in current research. In particular I attended an interesting presentation about image processing. I will be able to pass along an enthusiasm for and knowledge of the interdisciplinary research aspect of the field of Partial Differential Equations to my students.
I presented "A Collaborative First-Year Experience: Student Success Personnel, Librarians, and General Education Faculty" at the 27th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience February 16-19, 2008. Over 100 people attended my presentation.
The Provost's Faculty Development Grant allowed me to attend this excellent conference. I learned a great deal from the conference in addition to the research required for my presentation.
Conference: American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, February 21-24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV.
I requested funding to support participation in the 2008 America Society of Business and Behavioral National Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21-24, 2008. I was the lead author on one paper, Personal Liability and Human Resource Decision Making. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Work on the paper required extensive review of current court decisions and other research. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in both my graduate and undergraduate Employment Law classes and my undergraduate Human Resource Management Class.
I attended the International Conference for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in Las Vegas, NV on March 4-6. The paper I presented, Online science/math collaborative problem-based learning for rural schools, was included in their proceedings. My presentation had about 16 people and several individuals asked questions at the conclusion. Since the presentation, I have been approached by China Education Review regarding possible publication.
I also attended other sessions. Among them was a presentation on an innovative way to deliver Algebra via online instruction in a collaborative platform. In this new online model, the University of Kentucky became the facilitator for both high school algebra teachers and high school students taking algebra. The online algebra class provided help for both high school students and their teachers who were sometimes struggling with online delivery and content knowledge. Too often small high schools have very low enrollment creating a problem for the schools regarding teacher load. Work was done by the students via online and hard copy. Students were given college credit by the University of Kentucky if they achieved an 80% or higher on their work. Teachers were also mentored by university personnel on math pedagogy and content. Some school sites have dropped out, but overall the enrollment continues to climb as they go into third year. This type of collaborative program may be useful here at SUU sometime in the near future. Thanks for affording me the opportunity to present and attend.
From March 18 – 22, I attended the 37th Annual Conference of the Western Decision Science Institute in San Diego, California. This is my first experience in participating in this conference and it proved to be very beneficial.
I co-authored, submitted, and presented a paper entitled An Empirical Assessment of a Structural Equation Model of Resident's Attitudes for Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case Study of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Environmental impacts of tourism are applicable to all HRHM courses and to the local community. This research directly relates to sustainable tourism development, and with our magnificent natural environment, it is something all students need a foundation in. This research is particularly significant when reviewing marketing strategies, budgeting, and revenue management. The course that this research presents the greatest benefit to is HRHM 4700: Tourism Management. The tourism management course is also being offered for the first time this summer in Salzburg, Austria. This research is directly applicable to the Salzburg destination. However, all HRHM courses and students will benefit from my contact with other educators, industry professionals, and students from around the world, as well as by attending various sessions on environmental and technology related topics.
Aside from presenting a paper, I had the opportunity to be a manuscript reviewer prior to the conference. I was also a session chair. At the conference, I was awarded the Alpha Iota Delta Best Application Paper Award and was inducted to the honorary chapter of Alpha Iota Delta Honorary in the Decision Sciences and Information Systems. As an award recipient, I have been invited to present our research at the International Decision Sciences Institute annual conference in Baltimore, MD in November.
As a separate note, the Decision Sciences Institute international conference will be adding a hospitality/tourism specific track next year, therefore making our presence at this foundational juncture very significant.
In addition to my research from Hawaii, I am working with Whitney Johnston on her thesis in the area of hospitality research centers. Many universities around the nation have established hospitality research centers. This study documents the experiences and insights of those universities that have existing hospitality research centers that serve a rural audience. The successes of these centers were highlighted for implementation at the proposed center at Southern Utah University. We are on track for Whitney to submit a paper to the WDSI conference scheduled in April, 2009. The Decision Sciences Institute is an organization that I hope to stay involved with, as it is very beneficial for our students.
Aside from the educational conference sessions, it was a great opportunity for me to interact with colleagues and students from around the world and gain an international perspective. Through my networking I learned about the development process for several Food and Beverage programs as well as grant opportunities for funding. This will be very instrumental to me as I continue to develop our Food and Beverage program at SUU.
Many thanks for your support and for encouraging faculty to apply for grants and attend conferences. Without a doubt, it provides tremendous benefits to our students and our programs.
2008 Joint Mathematics Meeting
I attended the 2008 Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America held in San Diego, California, from January 6th through the 9th. During this national meeting, there were almost two thousand different presentations on topics involving mathematics, mathematics history, and mathematics education. I was able to attend a wide variety of talks, including several paper sessions focused on research in undergraduate mathematics education. This was a great opportunity to see some new directions and results in this area, and this helped me in identifying a couple of new ideas for my own research.
At the conference, I gave a presentation entitled "Using Visual Cues in Teaching Exponent Rules" as part of a general contributed paper session. I presented the results of a classroom teaching experiment that I conducted in three sections of Math 1010 Intermediate Algebra at Southern Utah University. The experiment involved assessing the effectiveness of using visual and verbal cues to help students in identifying and correctly applying formal algebraic rules. Algebraic manipulations are a large portion of undergraduate developmental mathematics courses, and developing and assessing pedagogical tools to help the students in these classes is an important research area.
Attending and presenting at the Joint Meetings was a great experience made possible by the Faculty Development Grant. I left the conference with ideas for future research projects and also with some concrete ideas for improving the teaching and learning in my classes.
I requested funding to support participation in the 2008 Spring Allied Academies International Conference held in Tunica, Mississippi April 2-5, 2008. I was the second author on one paper Beware the Full Cost Allocation Mistake in Management Decision Making. I also served as a Session Chair for one Interdisciplinary Session at the conference. All submissions at the conference were peer reviewed and accepted papers published in the proceedings. The paper I presented related to courses I teach at the undergraduate level. Work on the paper required extensive review of current literature and management practices. The review and research activities and discussion at the meeting with others in attendance will enable me to upgrade my course presentations in my undergraduate Management classes, MGMT 3180 and MGMT 4950.
IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2008)
This is a brief report summarizing my attendance at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (Las Vegas, NV, April 1-4), the most prestigious conference in the area of signal processing and applications.
I presented a research work on the problem of signal-to-memory mapping and the reduction of the dynamic energy consumption in the memory subsystem for embedded multidimensional signal processing systems. This work was co-authored by my former Ph.D. student from University of Illinois at Chicago Hongwei Zhu (currently with ARM, Inc., in Sunnyvale, California) and another Ph.D. student of mine (also from UIC), Ilie I. Luican, who is still working with me to complete his Ph.D. program.
The conference was attended by most of the top people from academia working in the field of digital signal processing and applications (e.g., image and video processing, speech recognition, voice coding applications, medical imaging applications, tomography, etc.) , as well as many researchers and designers from the semiconductor and EDA companies.
Besides presenting our research work to such a prestigious conference (the acceptance rate is always under 50%), I had the opportunity to attend many technical sessions and keynote presentations, I could do some networking with colleagues from my research area, both from industry and academia.
The problems related to hierarchical memory subsystems were also discussed during one of the courses I shall teach in the Fall semester – CSIS 2810 (Computer Organization and Architecture).
I was awarded a grant in Fall of 2008 to attend the Allied Academies 2008 International Conference held April 2-5, 2008 in tunica, MS. I was to write and present a paper on either RurALCAP or another topic to be decided.
I wrote a paper and made a presentation entitled "Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness: A Marketing Research Perspective." I also chaired the session. The abstract was published in the refereed proceedings.
The material reviewed for the paper will be useful in all the courses I teach, and will help the work of the Faculty Senate's Student Evaluation Task Force, of which I am a member.
Along with my colleague, Dr. John Eye, I delivered a presentation entitled "Copyright versus Access" at the 2008 Utah Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association Joint Annual Conference. This talk was designed to provide a non-biased, open, and thoughtful overview of copyright law as it applies to libraries, in hopes of engendering some open discussion of this challenging topic—open discussion that might assist in finding practical, workable solutions for librarians when interacting with copyright. We discussed several pertinent questions including:
In addition, we encouraged the members of our audience to ask questions or offer comments throughout so as to help begin discussion within the presentation. While our session was very well attended and we received some excellent questions from our audience, we did struggle somewhat as we embedded several hyperlinks within a PowerPoint demonstration and, unfortunately, the wireless Internet access provided was not reliable. Therefore, our presentation lacked its full impact and was not at successful as I had hoped. Still, we were successful in engaging our audience in a dialog regarding the pros and cons of current copyright law.
Many thanks for the opportunity to attend and present at this excellent conference.
Mormon History Association Conference
May 21-25, 2008
This year's conference was held in California and the history of the Mormons in founding the State of California was a primary theme. I decided to drive to Sacramento and take a route that would allow me to see the wagon trail made by a returning group of Mormon Battalion men, and one woman, Melissa Burton Coray who was the subject of my paper at the conference. I drove to Carson Valley and went up Highway 88 to Carson Pass and then down along the Mormon-Carson Emigrant Trail all the way into what is known as Pleasant Valley, the gathering place for the company. I was able to take photos of important places on that trail and put them into my power point before my session on Saturday. I also visited Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma, where members of the Mormon Battalion and James Marshall, their employer discovered the gold that set off the 1849 Gold Rush.
About 60 people attended the session where I gave my paper and there were many good responses about the research I had done. I have been asked to submit it for publication.
In addition to my session, I attended one in which Dr. Mark Miller presented and several others where researchers used either materials or photographs from the Sherratt Library as they prepared their papers.
Contacts were made with several others who either asked for our assistance in their research projects or who are planning to come to Cedar City this summer to search for information that we might have. Attendance at the Mormon History Association Conference brings positive attention to our collections.
I appreciate the Provost's Development Grant funding and the assistance of the Sherratt Library in providing the funds to attend this conference in 2008.
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I attended the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), which was held June 19-21, 2008 at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. There I gave a research presentation titled "Numerical Analysis for the Nonlocal Allen-Cahn Equation."
The regional conference brings together mathematicians with varying specialty areas. Not only was I to present to and learn from scholars having similar interests, but I was also to attend seminars on topics that may have included alternate teaching methods, discrete mathematics, teaching proof writing, and statistics.
How the Project Benefited the Faculty Member and Teaching/Learning:
I was able to present my research to knowledgeable peers. I also attended talks on widely varied topics such as Sudoku, encouraging Native Americans to go into math-related fields, math modeling camps for girls, math and the Simpsons (I'm not kidding!), helicopter weight capacities, and more. My being exposed to this variety of topics will help me and my students get more excited about math.
Dr Shalini Kesar
The Second International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law
The Second International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law (LSPI) was held in December 5-7, 2007, Beijing, China. With the support of our Provost Grant Office, I presented my paper and also was invited to participate in the Panel discussion forum.
Presentation & Peer Reviewed International Journal Publication: I presented my paper 'New Phishes in the Pond: A Wake up Call for China in the Context of Management of Computer Crime. In addition to the paper being published in the conference proceedings, my paper was also published in the International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization.
Benefits to SUU: In addition to presenting my paper, I was also invited by the Program Committee and organizers of the 2007 International Conference on New Media Economy & Legal, Privacy and Security Issues in IT (LSPI) to participate in a discussion panel. It consisted of people from broad spectrum of academics, government officials, lawyers, judges and industry representatives interested in information technology law and policy. I was able to exchange ideas with other experts in my research area. I also had an opportunity to network with many academics in my area. As a result of my network, I have been recently invited to be a member of Editorial Board for a peer reviewed international journal.