Issue 2

OCT 2015
Dr. Joel Christensen (Philosophy & Classics) will be part of the Phillips Exeter's Visiting Scholar in Classics this semester. Dr. Christensen will be giving a series of lunchtime talks as well as one public lecture on the Odyssey and modern psychology. Oxford, Princeton and Harvard are just a few of the other universities to participate.
 Dr. Matthias Hofferberth (Political Science & Geography) and 12 students from the department took part in a study abroad program to Frankfurt, Germany this past summer. 
Dr. Bernadette Andrea (English), at the NEH Institute this summer, presented a paper on "The Cultural Biography of a Seventeenth-Century Persianate Woman's Carmelite Relic." Recently named the Celia Jacobs Endowed Professor in British Literature, she also co-organized a workshop on "Women of the Northeast and Northwest Passage Ventures: Discourses and Counter-Discourses on the 'British Empire' in the Sixteenth Century," at the Attending to Early Modern Women conference.
Dr. Steve Kellman (English) delivered a paper, "An Italian in English: The Translingual Case of Francesca Marciano," at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism at Rutgers.

Dr. James Scott Balentine (Music) and Bruce Balentine, librettist and speech technology consultant with Enterprise Integration Group (EIG, Inc), presented a talk at the SpeechTek 2015 conference in New York City in August on their opera, My New Voice
Dr. Bridget Drinka (English) presented a plenary lecture, "Perfecting the Notion of Sprachbund," at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, in Naples, Italy. She also presented a paper in honor of distinguished Indo-Europeanist Romano Lazzeroni. At the conclusion of the conference, she was elected President of the International Society for Historical Linguistics. She will be organizing ICHL 23 to take place in San Antonio in 2017.
Melina Acosta (Psychology major) was accepted into the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Texas at Austin for this past summer and had the opportunity to work on research on the cognitive bases of depression with UTSA alumnus and professor Dr. Christopher Beevers (Psychology).
Miranda C. Richmond (Psychology) working under Dr. Thomas R. Coyle's (Psychology) supervision successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "g and non-g influences on GPA for Hispanics and Whites: A structural equation modeling (SEM) approach to Spearman's Law of Diminishing Returns (SLODR)." She has since secured a postdoctoral position at Vanderbilt University where she is working with Dr. Laurie Cutting on cognition and reading comprehension.
The UTSA College Of Liberal and Fine Arts and Department of Art & Art History is proud to present the "Latin American Art & Culture Colloquium: A Lecture Series." This lecture series is focused on the art, history, and culture of Latin America, past and present. Speakers come from varying humanistic disciplines including art and art history, history, anthropology, achaeology, architecture, and philosophy. 
Come celebrate the centenary of the birth of philosopher, semiotician, linguist, and cultural critic Roland BarthesThe next meeting for the Roland Barthes Reading Group will be on Oct. 6. All are welcome--students (graduate and undergraduate), members of UTSA faculty and staff (from all departments), members of the community.
The Department of Poilitical Science and Geography will host "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Background and Implications" lecture on October 15, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the BB 3.04.18. All are welcome.

 The 2nd Annual Alamo Model United Nations Conference at UTSA will be held November 6th-8th, 2015. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2015. 

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Dr. Arturo C. Sotomayor (Political Science and Geography) received the 2015 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil and Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press)This is the highest recognition given to a book in the field of international relations by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
Dr. Sandra B. Morissette (Psychology) co-authored a paper on "False Memory Susceptibility in OEF/OIF Veterans with and without PTSD" now in press for a 2015 issue of the journal Military Psychology. Dr. Morisette is also on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive & Behavioral Practice and serves on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Morissette's research is currently funded by two grants from the Veterans Integrated Service Network and one from the Veterans Administration. 
Dr. Sonja L. Lanehart (English), the Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities, edited the Oxford Handbook of African-American Language (Oxford University Press).  
Dr. Rebekah E. Smith (Psychology) co-authored a paper on "Hierarchical multinomial modeling approaches: An application to prospective memory and working memory" published in the journal Experimental Psychology (2015, 62, 143-152). Dr. Smith also co-presented a paper entitled "Using eye-track to investigate the benefits of contextual cues to prospective memory" at the April 2015 Experimental Psychology Conference in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba (Modern Languages and Literatures) published Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte  (Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr. Thomas Coyle (Psychology) published two papers "Sex differences in ability tilt: Support for investment theory" and "SAT non-g residuals predict course specific GPAs: Support for investment theory." Both are coauthored with Miranda Richmond (Doctoral Student) and Anissa Synder (Master's Student).


Please get in touch with Deborah Thomas at deborah.thomas@utsa.edu to share news, events, recent publications, or corrections for the next issue of Illuminations.