Sept. 20, 1996

Visiting professor add to variety and expertise to faculty

The Sept. 6 issue of the Oread carried a story listing new tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Below is a description of visiting professors at KU. The article also includes new tenured and tenure-track faculty members that were not listed in the Sept. 8 issue.

In the previous issue, Lee Skinner, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was incorrectly referred to as a male. The correct version of her entry also appears in this article.

Elena Dushechkina, visiting professor of Slavic languages and literatures, comes from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, where she is a professor of Russian literature of the second half of the 19th century. She has published several anthologies of Russian Yuletide tales and studies of the development of the genre. She also has published on style in the everyday Russian tale and on Czar Alexy Mihkailovich as a writer. She has studied at Tartu University, Estonia, and earned her doctorate at St. Petersburg State University.

Hume A. Feldman, assistant professor of physics and astronomy has research interests in cosmology, astrophysics and astronomy. He has done research at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; University of California at Santa Barbara, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at Toronto; and University College, London. Feldman was an organizer of the first annual Great Lakes Cosmology Workshop, held in Ann Arbor, and of the Quantum Cosmology and the Inflation and Exotic Cosmic Structure Formation workshops held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Feldman earned his bachelor's degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz and master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Lance Hidy will be at KU for the spring term as Hallmark professor of design. He has taught at the Boise Gallery of Art in Boise, Idaho; the Boston University School of Art; and the Center for Creative Imaging, Camden, Maine. Hidy has produced six books, including handmade volumes and the first children's picture book to be illustrated and designed on the computer. He has contributed to many books and has published many magazine and journal articles. In addition, he has had more than 30 one-person exhibitions and has taken part in more than 30 group exhibitions. Hidy earned his bachelor's degree at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., where he was the first recipient of the Lohman Prize for excellence in graphic art.

Elaine Jones, visiting assistant professor of business, is a faculty member at Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. Her research interests are in agency theory, capital structure and statistical modeling. Among subjects she has taught are investments, financial management, security analysis and business statistics. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and her doctorate from KU.

Daniel Lefkowitz, visiting assistant professor of linguistics, specializes in linguistic anthropology . His doctoral dissertation concerned Arab-Jewish interaction in an Israeli city. He knows six languages besides English, including Hebrew, Arabic, Mayan and Oneida, an Iroquoisan language. In 1983-84, he prepared a bilingual social studies curriculum for use in the Oneida tribal school. Lefkowitz has written several journal articles on intonation, including one on intonation on sports radio talk shows. He earned his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin.

Catherine Loudon, assistant professor of entomology, taught at Ithaca College in New York and at Kansas State University before coming to KU. She has held fellowships at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; the University of California at Berkeley; and Kansas State. Her bachelor's degree is from Brown University, Providence, R.I., and her doctorate is from Duke University, Durham, N.C. Loudon also has studied marine biology, geology and theatre at the University of North Wales in Briton; invertebrate zoology and biomechanics at Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington; and tropical ecology in Costa Rica.

Rodica Livia Monnet will spend the spring 1997 term at KU as a visiting associate professor of American studies. She will be the first visiting professor in the humanities under a new program of the Hall Center for the Humanities. The visiting professor will be in residence at KU for one semester, teaching two interdisciplinary courses - an undergraduate proseminar and a graduate seminar related to the visitor's research. Monnet is scheduled to teach a graduate seminar titled Postmodernism and an undergraduate course titled Post/ Modern Ethnographic Discourse. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film; modern and contemporary writing in Japan, China, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa; and post-colonial, emergent and indigenous feminisms. Monnet has a bachelor's degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and a doctorate from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Babefemi Osofisan will be Langston Hughes visiting professor of African and African-American studies and of theatre in the spring 1997 semester. Osofisan is professor and head of the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has also taught at the universities of Benin and Ife in Nigeria and has been a visiting scholar or writer at such institutions as Emory University, Atlanta; Ohio State University, Columbus; and St. Alfred's College, Winchester, England. Among plays he has produced are An African Antigone, Emory University; Another Raft, University of Ibadan; Morountodun, University of Ife; and The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Universite de Dakar, Senegal. He has bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Ibadan.

Derek F. Roberts, Rose Morgan professor of anthropology, has bachelor's and master's degrees from Cambridge University, England, and a doctorate from Oxford University, England. He has done field work in a number of countries, including Sudan, Nigeria, Namibia and Brazil. In addition, he has been a visiting professor or lecturer at a number of institutions, including the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; the Royal Anthropological Institute, London; and the University of Brisbane, Australia. Roberts has served as editor of the Journal of Biosocial Science, secretary general of the International Association of Human Biologists, chair of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and president of the European Anthropological Association.

Adriaan Boudewijn Sirks, Rice visiting professor of law, comes to KU from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he is an associate professor of legal techniques in the faculty of laws. His research specialties are Roman law and colonial Indonesian law. Sirks has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York City, and has taught the history of Roman law at Utrecht State University, Netherlands. He has published two books, one titled Food for Rome, and is a co-author of a third in preparation. He has studied theology, philosophy and law at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Leyden, Netherlands, and earned his law degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Lee Skinner, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguesehas done research on the ways Latin American historical novelists deal with the violent transition of their culture from Spanish colonial influence to independence. Her dissertation on that topic is titled "Refiguring the Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Latin America." Skinner has a bachelor's degree from Brown University, Providence, R.I., and a doctorate from Emory University, Atlanta.

James M. Stiles, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, joined the faculty in January. His research interests include radar remote sensing, propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves in random media, polarimetrics, interferometric and super-resolution radar, and applications of estimation theory to target parameter retrieval. He has worked as a microwave design engineer at Texas Instruments, Dallas, and was a researcher at the University of Michigan Radiation Laboratory, Ann Arbor. Stiles earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, his master's degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Fusao Takusagawa, associate professor of biochemistry, came to KU in 1984 as director of the university's X-ray Crystallography Laboratory. His research interests include the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, the design and synthesis of anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs, and the development of computer software for crystallography. Takusagawa also has done research at Columbia University, New York City; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, N.Y.; and the Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles in professional journals. His bachelor's degree is from Yamanashi University, Japan, and his doctorate is from Osaka City University, Japan.


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