Thursday, October 8, 2015

Shepard Fellows: Nu Residentilal College Stars


    Beth Pardoe Lecturer, History
    Associate Director of the Fellowship Office
    Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe is a Northwestern faculty brat, who began her own relationship with NU as a debate Cherub in 1986. She graduated from NU with a major in History in 1992 then spent three years at Cambridge University in England as a Marshall Scholar where she earned an MLitt in 1994 for her thesis on Reformation Germany and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History in 1995. She returned to the US with her very English husband, Jack, and completed her doctorate early American history at Princeton University in 2000 shortly after her elder son Freddy's first birthday. Freddy gained experience in lecture halls and in corporate teleconferences from 2000-2002 while his mommy was an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University and his daddy telecommuted to Princeton. In June 2002 Robby arrived, and in early 2003, Beth signed her letter of resignation. Fate intervened to move the family to Evanston shortly thereafter, where Beth abused her father's library card to continue her scholarship and wrote for the History Channel's website until the Office of Fellowships saw fit to hire her in 2006. She also teaches History and American Studies.
    Her academic work scrutinizes responses to religious and ethnic conflict in early modern Europe and colonial North America. “Poor Children and Enlightened Citizens: Lutheran Education in America” received the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s Robert G. Crist Prize in 2003. Her most recent essay, “Constructing Community and the Diversity Dilemma: Ratification in Pennsylvania,” can be found in William A. Pencak, ed. Pennsylvania’s Revolution, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010. “Confessional Spaces and Religious Places: Lutherans’ Atlantic World, 1698-1748” will appear in a forthcoming volume edited by John Corrigan for Indiana University Press’ “Spatial Humanities” series. She opines about current events as a regular contributor to and member of the editorial collective for the Inside Higher Ed “Blog U” on women and international higher education, “University of Venus.” In her so-called spare time, she fights household entropy, gardens, bakes boozy bundts, enjoys breakfast in Bollywood, and writes scholarly papers about funky monks. Go ahead and ask!
    Henry Binford Associate Professor, History
    A Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Binford is an urban historian specializing in suburbanization in the 19th century and decline and redevelopment of cities in the 20th century. His publications include The First Suburbs: Residential Communities on the Boston Periphery, 1815-1860. Recently awarded a fellowship at the National Humanities Center, he is working on a study of the evolution of slums.
    Jesse Rosenberg Associate Professor, Musicology
    Jesse Rosenberg teaches music history and musicology with an emphasis on the 19th century. He has consistently drawn accolades from the School of Music's discriminating performance-based students, who regard Rosenberg's instruction as some of the best teaching they encounter at Northwestern. One student wrote, "Rosenberg makes class worth every minute of your time. Through multiple assigned readings and notoriously thick course packets and dynamic classroom discussion, he steeps his students in the subject matter, inspiring rigorous thinking and emboldening students to become more intellectual in their approach to music. Students also hold Rosenberg's use of the course management system in the highest regard — "presentations of electronic audio, video and textual resources vastly extend his students' own preparations and, by extension, classroom participation." Rosenberg has published numerous scholarly articles on19th-century Italian music and musical culture, including studies of Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, and the Florentine critic and aesthetician Abramo Basevi. His current research projects include an early unpublished opera by Ponchielli (the autograph manuscript of which is in the Music Library at Northwestern) and a study of Jewish characters in 19th-century operas by Rossini, Verdi, Halevy, Mascagni and Strauss.

    Eric Patrick Associate Professor in Radio, Television & Film
    Eric Patrick worked for several years as an animator on "Blues Clues" on the Nickelodeon network along with several other commercial animation jobs. His own independent experimental animation films have won numerous awards including a Guggenheim fellowship. Originally from a small town in Texas, Eric has lived all over the country in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Houston, Austin, New York City, Atlanta, Greensboro, NC, and now Evanston. Outside of academia, he plays guitar, bass and tenor saxophone, is a big fan of animals, and enjoys yoga and reading about Ayurvedic medicine. And the Cubs? Well, being from SE Texas, he's already had his heart broken too many times by professional sports teams.
    Erin Waxenbaum Lecturer, Anthropology
    Erin is a physical anthropologist with a subspecialty in forensics (feel free to tell her how much you love the show 'Bones', if you must). She teaches courses in human origins, issues in evolution, paleopathology, life history theory, forensics generally and forensic anthropology specifically. Recently, Erin has begun a project at the Field Museum with Northwestern graduate and undergraduate students analyzing Native American human remains as part of an ongoing repatriation project. Erin is originally from Long Island, NY and received her B.A. and M.A. at Brandeis University just outside of Boston. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2007 from the University of Florida. Feel free to make fun of any small remnant of an accent you can detect. Fun facts: Erin is a pathetic Wii Guitar Hero player who has not "given up", per se, but is merely taking a brief hiatus from the sport. For more nitty gritty background on her most recent activites and research, please visit her Anthropology homepage.
    Mark Sheldon Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
    Assistant Dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
    Assistant Dean at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and also in the Medical Ethics and Humanities Program, Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Brandeis University, where he was awarded a Sachar Fellowship to study at Oxford University. He has served as Adjunct Senior Scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, and Senior Policy Analyst at the American Medical Association. Formerly Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Indiana University (Northwest campus) and Indiana University School of Medicine, he currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and adjunct faculty and ethicist at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
    Sheldon has published and presented talks on a variety of issues including informed consent, confidentiality, the forced transfusion of children of Jehovah's Witnesses, children as organ donors, disclosure, and the use of Nazi research. He has contributed book chapters and published in a variety of journals including The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Hastings Center Report, The Philosophical Forum, The Journal of Value Inquiry, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has served as guest editor of two journals - Theoretical Ethics and Bioethics and The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. He has served a three-year term as a member of the Committee on Philosophy and Medicine of the American Philosophical Association, and is currently co-editor of the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. He also served as a member of the Task Force on Genetics for the Illinois Humanities Council. The focus of his research is the point at which the interests of children, the prerogatives of parents, and the obligations of the state often come into conflict in relation to medical decisions for children.

    Craig Langman Head of Kidney Diseases at the Feinberg School of Medicine
    Professor, Pediatrics
    Craig B. Langman, M.D., is the Isaac A. Abt Professor of Kidney Diseases at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Head of Kidney Diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital, and Medical Director of DaVita Childrens Dialysis Center in Chicago. Dr. Langman is an internationally recognized scholar for his research that has focused on the basic and clinical expression of inherited or acquired disorders of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D metabolism in infants, children and adolescents, and for his work on the rehabilitation of children with chronic kidney disease around the world. He has pioneered the use of non-invasive testing in children to assess bone cell function. Dr. Langman has published more than 150 articles, and he has served as President of the American Board of Pediatrics sub-board of Pediatric Nephrology, as well as serving in other committees, societies and foundations related to pediatric nephrology and kidneys. Dr. Langman has given seminars and provided lectures around the world on kidney diseases in children, and currently has active collaborations with laboratories in England, France, Spain, South Africa, and in the United States, in studies to understand the effects that chronic kidney disease has on the cardiovascular system and on the skeleton.
    Fred Northrup Senior Lecturer, Physical Chemistry
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemistry
    Professor Northrup conducts research in physical and analytical chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern. He teaches Introductory Instrumental Analysis, a core lab course for undergraduate chemistry majors. He has previously taught a seminar on chemistry and art, written about here.

    David H. Uttal Professor, Cognitive Psychology
    Professor, Education

    David Uttal is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Northwestern University. Along with teaching undergraduate psychology, he leads a research laboratory of undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs investigating a range of topics. Learn more about Professor Uttal's past and ongoing research here.
    David Uttal serves as the Principal Investigator of the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences, a part of the Institute of Education Sciences. He also participates in research taking place in the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center with support from the National Science Foundation.
    Wendi Gardner Associate Professor, Social Psychology
    Professor Gardner: my primary research interests concern the centrality of social inclusion to the self. In one line of work in the lab, we are particularly interested in the ways in which belonging needs are regulated through mental processes and behaviors likely to result in increased social inclusion (e.g., increased attention to others and enhanced sensitivity to emotional facial expressions and vocal tones) as well as by cognitive strategies designed to make the individual feel socially connected, regardless of their actual level of inclusion (e.g., inflating the closeness of one's interpersonal attachments, or looking at one's past group interactions through rose colored glasses). In another line, we examine the ways in which indiviudals define the self socially (e.g., through defining the self in terms of relationships and groups) as a function of culture, gender, social needs, and situational cues. Whether the self is defined in an individual or independent fashion or alternatively in a social or interdependent fashion, determines the types of strategies and standards used for self-regulation. Our lab studies flexibility across these different views of the self, and the functionality of each type of self-construal in different situations.
    Rifka Cook Senior Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese
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    Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Rifka completed her high school education in Caracas, and proceeded to pursue her first BA degree, Hebrew teaching, in Israel. Coming back to Venezuela, Rifka completed her BA in Spanish Language and Literature, then her M.Cs. in Linguistics. Last winter and spring quarters, 2010 she attended three courses concerning the Sephardic language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She taught at a religious school in Caracas and at the Universidad de Oriente in Nueva Esparta, Venezuela for more than two decades. In the States, Rifka taught at Northeastern Illinois University before coming to Northwestern, during the academic year 2001-2002, and she has since worked here as a Faculty Lecturer in Spanish.
    At the University, Rifka currently teaches first and second-year Spanish and has developed a few computer projects for Spanish 101 and 115. In addition, Rifka is a Faculty Affiliate of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in 2010-2011, a faculty fellow at Shepard Residence College and a member of the Language Proficiency Committee (for Spanish language). Her research interests include the Judeo-Español language, the influence of Hebrew on Spanish, teaching and learning styles, and the use of clickers and other technology tools in the foreign language classroom. Her work has been published in the United States and abroad.
    Alessandra Visconti Lecturer, Italian
    Alessandra Visconti was born in Beirut, Lebanon and spent her formative years in Rome. Her academic background includes studies in comparative literature, early vocal performance and second language acquisition. As a vocalist she has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan and has recorded medieval and renaissance music with the Deutsche Grammaphon Archiv label. She is a diction coach for Chicago Opera Theater and the Ryan Opera Center, and she has performed with the Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She continues to explore the many ties between language and music and is currently writing a workbook for beginning/intermediate learners of Italian.

    Tom Simpson Senior Lecturer, Italian
    Thomas Simpson, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Italian, Assistant Chair for Italian, Associate Director of the WCAS Drama Major. PhD U. of Chicago. Teaches language and literature/culture courses, has taught on comedy for the Kaplan Humanities Institute and Introduction to Drama in the English Department. Courses for Italian include student-created Futurist Performance and the Teleromanzo course, in which students create and film a parody of an Italian soap opera.
    In 2005 he brought Teatro delle Albe to Chicago for a residency and performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and in 2009 brought Marco Baliani to perform his monologue about the Moro assassination,Corpo di stato ("Body of State"). In 2010 Simpson was invited to present a lecture/demonstration on Commedia dell'Arte for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Recent publications: Murder and Media in the New Rome (Palgrave, 2010); editor and translator, with Nerenberg and Marini-Maio, Marco Baliani's 'Body of State' (FDUP, 2011); contributor to Dramatic Interactions(CSP 2011). Translations: Marco Martinelli, Rumore di acque ('Noise in the Waters"), forthcoming in California Italian Studies; Antonio Fava, The Comic Mask in the Commedia dell'Arte (NU Press, 2007); PP Pasolini, "Manifesto for a New Theatre" and "Affabulazione" (PAJ, Winter 2007); Ermanno Rea, Mystery in Naples (Guernica, 2003).
    In 2004 he organized a campus wide teach-in dedicated to the Abu Ghraib scandal.
    Uri Wilensky Professor, Learning Sciences
    Professor, Computer Science
    Director, Center for Connected Learning & Computer-Based Modeling
    Uri Wilensky is a mathematician, educator, learning technologist and computer scientist. While in Boston, he founded and directed the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, now relocated to Northwestern University. He in involved in designing, deploying and researching learning technologies—especially for mathematics and science education. Much of his work of late has focused on the design of computer-based modeling and simulation languages, including networked collaborative simulations. He is very interested in the changing content of curriculum in the context of ubiquitous computation. A particular interest is in complexity and systems thinking. He has received numerous grants from NSF, NIH and the Department of Education. In 1996 he received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation and in 1999, a Spencer/NAE fellowship. He is a founder and an executive editor of the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning.

    Larry Birnbaum Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Larry Birnbaum is co-director of the Intelligent Information Laboratory, and teaches courses in the Medill/McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media and Journalism. He received his doctorate in computer science from Yale University in 1986, and joined the Northwestern faculty in 1989. His research in artificial intelligence and computer science includes natural language processing, case-based reasoning, machine learning, human-computer interaction, educational software and computer vision.
    Professor Birnbaum has been featured in the New York Times for his work with computer-generated news articles. You can watch his ShepTalk on the subject here.
    Randy Freeman Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Randy Freeman joined Northwestern in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 1997. He has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, has served on Program and Operating Committees for the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the American Control Conference, and has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Read more at
    Mark Witte Senior Lecturer, Economics
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Director, Business Institutions Program
    Mark Witte did his undergraduate studies at Washington University in his hometown of St. Louis, and got his economics MA and Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Before graduate school he worked in the Washington office of NU alumnus former Congressman Richard Gephardt, before becoming faculty at Northwestern worked in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. At Northwestern Mark is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics and the Director of the Business Institutions Program. He primarily teaches Introduction to Macroeconomics, Public Finance, and Environmental & Natural Resource Economics.
    Professor Witte's research deals with applied questions in macroeconomics and public finance. His main interests are in consumption theory and topics in taxation. His teaching interests include macroeconomics, money and banking, public finance, and the economics of the environment and the extraction of natural resources. He has been voted onto the Associated Student Government honor roll numerous times in recognition of both his teaching and student advising. He has been honored with a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) Distinguished Teaching Award, and a WCAS Distinguished Leader in the Undergraduate Community Award.

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