M. Thomas Inge
R-MC professors are going places.
Professor Michael Fenster (geology) attended a conference in Miami,
Florida May 2-6, 2011. The Seventh International Symposium on Coastal Engineering
and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments ’11) provided an international
forum for exchange of information among coastal engineers, geologists, marine scientists,
shallow-water oceanographers, and others interested in the physical processes of
coastal sediment transport and morphology change. Fenster gave a talk titled “A
Field Test of the Theoretical Evolution of a Mixed‐Energy Barrier Coast to a Regime
of Accelerated Sea‐Level Rise” and chaired a session on tidal inlets.
“The conference provided an excellent opportunity to present our new results on
the impact of sea-level rise and climate change on coasts to our community, to stimulate
new ideas, develop new collaborators, and to hear what other cutting edge research
is going on in the coastal science and engineering fields,” says Fenster. “People
from all over the world attended, including scientists and engineers from Japan
who gave us an update on the magnitude of the Japanese tsunami and ensuing destruction.”
Fenster earned his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Mississippi and his Ph.D.
at Boston University. In addition, he conducted post-doctoral research at the University
of Virginia. He currently serves as the director of the
environmental studies program.
M. Thomas Inge, the Blackwell Professor of the Humanities, read
a paper on Walt Disney and adaptation at a meeting of the Society for Animation
Studies held in Athens, Greece on March 19, 2011. His illustrated article, “Li’l
Abner, Snuffy, Pogo and Friends: The South in the American Comic Strip,” was published
in The Southern Quarterly, 48.2 (Winter 2011): 6-74. Inge earned his B.A.
at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.
Professor of Black Studies and History Alphine W. Jefferson recently
presented a paper entitled “More than a Haircut: An Oral History of the Black Barbershop
as an Informal School and ‘Sacred Space’ for African American Males” at the annual
convention of the National Council of Black Studies in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jefferson
also published a review essay on Native Americans in the 2010 winter issue of The
Oral History Review. He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago
and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.
Director of Disability Support Services Jack Trammell was a featured
speaker on April 12, 2011 at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The conference,
“Breaking the Taboo: Mental Health Difficulties at University,” was a gathering
of theorists, practitioners and faculty administrators who came together to discuss
accommodating students with mental health-related disabilities on college and university
campuses. Trammell’s paper, “Mental Health Disability Stigma and the American College
Experience,” surveyed historical elements of the American experience and connected
them to a global disability rights movement. Trammell earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D.
from Virginia Commonwealth University.