Dr. Crystal B. Lake, a distinguished professor of English language and literatures at Wright State University, will deliver the keynote address for Heidelberg University’s 21st annual “Minds at Work” Student Research Conference Thursday, Feb. 20.
Lake, who specializes in 18th and 19th century British literature and culture, will speak about The Scholar Adventurers in the 21st Century: New Research and Discoveries in the Humanities. Her TED-like talk takes a survey of exciting new work in the humanities. From discoveries in the cognitive science of reading Jane Austen to projects in the digital humanities that re-create history in new ways, she contends that researchers working in the humanities are doing more than meets the eye on the new frontiers of both art and science.
She joined the Wright State faculty in 2011 after three years as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In a broad spectrum, Lake’s research and teaching interests explore the relationships between literature and material cultures in England between 1660 and 1837. She received Wright State’s Presidential Early Career Achievement Award in 2013.
During the research conference each spring semester, students from a wide variety of academic disciplines present their research papers or other projects in a professional conference format. The conference has grown significantly over its lifetime and now includes about 100 presentations each year.
Undergraduate papers judged to be exceptional are eligible for the Ernest and Martha Hammel Research Award and cash prizes. Those awards are announced in April as part of Heidelberg’s Student Awards Celebration.
Heidelberg’s faculty and staff will take center stage on Feb. 6 as the university’s celebration of scholarly excellence and critical inquire kicks off.
A total of 15 HU faculty and staff will present their research at the 18th annual Faculty Research Symposium:
- Dr. Susan Carty -- Freshwater Dinoflagellate Blooms
- Dr. Karen Jones -- Adjudicated Youth: What Don't We Know?
- Dr. David Hogan -- Grocery History in America
- Dr. Carol Dusdieker -- Family Values: The Corruption of Innocence in Marc Blitzstein's ‘Juno’
- Dr. Maef Woods -- Corporate Forms for Combining Profit-Making and Social Motives
- Dr. Emily Isaacson -- Ben Jonson’s Puppets and the Artifice of Theater
- Dr. Michele Castleman -- A Metafictive Interrogation of Violence: Killing, Forgiveness and a Pushy Narrator in Adam Gidwitz’s ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm Trilogy’
- Dr. Mary Lou Kohne -- Brand Promotion to Win Hearts: Emotional Campaigns to Engage Buyers
- Sean Joyce -- Using Cloud-Based Revision Control Systems to Facilitate Student Collaboration in Programming Courses
- Dr. Daryl Close and Tom Newcomb -- Electronic Surveillance by the State: Political and Ethical Perspectives
- Dr. Julie O’Reilly -- When the Academy Meets the Academy: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Faculty
- Dr. Diane Monaco -- Corn, Ethanol and Exports: Resource Misallocation
- Dr. Cinzia Cross -- Intercultural Competence: Rules of Engagement
- Dr. Brian Saxton -- If You Don’t Care, Then Why Should I? The Influence of Instructor Commitment on Student Satisfaction and Commitment
- Dr. Marc O’Reilly -- Partisan and Unapologetic: Canadian Foreign Policy under Stephen Harper.