May 17, 2006

Five who demonstrate promise of exceptional careers are 2006 Glennan Fellows

The 2006 Glennan Fellows represent a variety of academic fields and disciplines, including dentistry, physics, psychology, organizational behavior and economics.

Sandy Kristin Piderit (organizational behavior); J. Martin Palomo (dentistry); Jie Shan (physics); Heath Demaree (psychology); and Mari Rege (economics) described their research during recent presentations to the campus community.

Glennan Fellowships are awarded annually each spring. The awards are funded by an endowment established by T. Keith Glennan, a former president of the university, and awardees must be tenure-track faculty members who show exceptional promise in both teaching and scholarship.

Below is a brief description of the projects:

  • Piderit (organizational behavior) explored the question, "How do students develop managerial skills as a result of participating in an interdisciplinary management course?" Her new courses—Managing Organizations and People—cover the basic concepts of self-assessment and managerial skill development, human resources policies and dilemmas, and the analysis of organizations as open systems. In addition, both use technology to reinforce student reflections and to deepen student engagement.
  • Palomo (dentistry) described a new technology available at Case that has resulted in major advances in how dentists and craniofacial practitioners look at X-rays. Through changes in the curriculum and by offering courses to the professional community, the university has been showing and training both clinicians and researchers on how to take advantage of the vast diagnostic improvements this new technology has to offer.
  • Shan (physics) described how she enhanced the laboratory experience in physics undergraduate education by integrating seminars into traditional laboratories and by involving undergraduates in research. Shan did this because of her conviction that direct laboratory experience is essential for understanding physics concepts, and is critical in developing technical skills and expertise needed to succeed in any experimental work.
  • Demaree (psychology) described the creation of a psychophysiology laboratory to show emotional stimuli to subjects while recording skin conductance responses from both hands. The laboratory has already been used for demonstration purposes for a SAGES first-year seminar where students saw first-hand how a single laboratory required input from people with expertise in psychology, biology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Rege (economics) created a course to give students hands-on experience with economic public policy analysis. Her students were asked to assess the costs and benefits of a public project of current interest, such as park revitalization, public lake front access, or land protection. The class had a theoretical component that trained students in cost-benefit analysis and different techniques of estimating non-marketed goods, and a practical component that connected students and their newly acquired skills to community organizations and city government.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 17, 2006 11:46 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Weatherhead School of Management

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