|The formation of volcanic lava
flows, earth homes, Deadwood tourism industry training needs, and
the phenomenology of republicanism are a few of the topics Black
Hills State University faculty members will be studying as a
result of the recent grant awards.
The faculty research committee announced the grant awards for
ten BHSU faculty members. Faculty will use their awards, in
amounts ranging from $900 to $2,390, to conduct research in their
respective area of interest. Two faculty members were also awarded
release time to pursue research.
Faculty research award winners, research
title and amount of grant are listed below:
Salomon, College of Arts and Science assistant professor,
"The Glossa ordinaria for Examinations of Conscience,"
in the amount of $900. Salomon will use the grant to purchase the
"Biblia Latina cum glossa ordinaria" which will then be
available at the BHSU library. Salomon is currently completing a
manuscript for a book that will fill a gap in our understanding of
the late-sixteenth century English Catholicism. Without the use of
this book, Salomon would be unable to continue his research.
Smith, College of Arts and Science assistant professor,
"Re-introduction of the Antiguan Racer (Alsophis antiguae) to
Off-shore Islands in the Caribbean Nation of Antigua and
Barbuda," in the amount of $3,000. In an on-going effort to
re-introduce this snake, Smith plans to monitor the re-introduced
snake populations on Great Bird Island (Antigua.) Smith and two
BHSU graduate students will also monitor snakes that have been
fitted with radiotelemetry devices.
Lee, College of Business and Technology assistant professor,
"Assessing Training Needs in Deadwood Tourism Industry,"
in the amount of $1,173. The specific purpose of the study is to
analyze the training needs of gaming industry in Deadwood as
perceived by both managers and line employees. The continuing
success of any hospitality business is determined by the
customersí satisfaction with the service they receive. The
researcher will use systematic survey and interviews with local
tourism leaders and human resources managers.
Martinez, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor,
"A Phenomenology of Republicanism," in the amount of
$2,390. Martinez is seeking to develop a non-essentialist theory
of politics and republicanism and will examine the usefulness of a
phenomenological approach to theorizing about republican politics.
He is completing a paper which examines the relation between
freedom and Hannah Arendtís analysis of public space. He plans
to travel to the University of Californiaís Berry Philosophy
Library and the Doe Main Library to review primary texts by
Ochse, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor,
"An Examination of the Democratic Thought of Walt
Whitman," in the amount of $1,708. Ochse will study the
manuscripts and unpublished writings of Walt Whitman in the
Frenberg-Whitman collection at the Library of Congress to analyze
the authorís democratic thought. Ochse has studied and taught
Walt Whitman for nearly 15 years. This research will include a
better understanding of the democratic thought of Walt Whitman and
provide additional information on the evolution of his democratic
Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor,
"Does Positive Role Modeling increase Native American High
School Studentsí Choices of Science and Technology-Related
Jobs?" in the amount of $1,500. The issue of
under-representation of minorities in science and technology
related careers continues to impact efforts to promote equal
opportunities for individuals. Norbyís research endeavors to
identify factors that can encourage Native American children into
these careers. Previous research by Norby indicated young women
and African-Americans were more likely to choose a science or
technology related career if they had a role model. It is an
extension and reinforcement of that previous research to ask more
role modeling questions of young people on reservations in South
Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
Carter, College of Arts and Sciences professor and BHSU Indian
Studies director, "Santiam Kalapuya Grammar," in the
amount of $1,332. Carterís research is an on-going effort to
write a descriptive grammar and compile a dictionary of Santiam
Kalapuya, a language formerly spoken in the Willamette Valley of
Oregon. Completion of this project is dependent on access to
unpublished materials held in the archives of the University of
Washington. He will use grant money to research some 2000 pages of
raw notes, both hand-written and typed. Carter then plans to write
a book-length study of Santiam Kalapuya grammar, including
sections on phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax/semantics.
The workings of the grammar will be exemplified by two fully
analyzed texts, one a myth, and one with ethnographic content.
Lin, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor,
"Jacques Lacan and the East" in the amount of $1,000.
Jacques Lacan (1901-1986) is a French philosopher and
psychoanalyst, who made important contributions to humanities and
social sciences. His theories have been widely appropriated by
cultural critics, feminist critics, and clinical psychologists
within both divisions. Lin will examine the extent to which Easter
influence has become an informing factor in shaping Lacanís
theory of subjectivity.
Anderson, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor,
"The Formation of Tumuli on Basaltic Lava Flows," in the
amount of $1,600. The objective of this research is to modify
existing models of tumuli formation on lava flows. Tumuli are
areas on a lava flow that rise topographically above the rest of
the flow, resembling "blisters" that dot the flow
surface. The research should provide a better understanding of how
pressure is distributed within a lava flow and could enable
geologists to better predict hazards associated with lava flow
Robinson, College of Business and Technology assistant
professor, "Earth Homes," in the amount of $2,815.
Robinsonís research will involve the study of energy efficiency
of existing earth sheltered homes in the Black Hills region as
compared to typical construction of residential homes. A database
will be developed of earth homes in the region as to their
longitude, latitude and elevation and each homeís energy usage
history will be identified and recorded. The research is intended
to make more efficient use of the worldís limited energy
supplies and to disseminate information regarding earth homes to
building and consumers through a BHSU web page.
Gabel, College of Arts and Sciences professor, will use
release time in the fall 2000 for work on newly discovered fossils
from Argentina. The fossils should allow a better understanding of
the environment of Northern Argentina during the time the
organisms were alive and provide additional information on the
evolution of the charophytes.
King, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor, will
use release time in the spring 2001 semester for his research
"Postmodern Palimpsest: Recovering Ezra Poundís Diptych
Rome-London" He will revise his current 274-page
manuscript by updating and rewriting chapters 1-7 and making
substantial revisions of chapters 8 and 9. His work focuses on
Poundís two poems, "Homage to Sextus Propertius" and
"Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" ó two of the most highly
praised poems of the century and also perhaps the most