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t Thy Praises Le Baker University's dedicated faculty and staff are active in their professional organizations and communities. Roger Boyd, director of natural areas and professor emeritus of biology, on Oct. 10 at Ottawa (Kan.) High School presented on the Baker Wetlands, the impact of the South Lawrence Trafficway and how the mitigation project will benefit the habitat and its visitors in the future. Marc Childress, professor and director of Ed.D. in instructional design and technology, spoke in November at the International Conference of Educational Technology: Innovative Learning Environments for Authentic Education at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. He also was in Daejeon, South Korea, to meet with the president and provost of Mokwon University for a Baker-Mokwon memorandum of understanding agreement. Later that day, he gave a lecture to the Mokwon School of Education. Alan Grant, professor of business and economics, had an article "Concealed Carry in the Show-Me State: Do Voters in Favor of Right-to-Carry Legislation End Up Packing Heat?" published in Social Science Quarterly. Donald Hatcher, professor of philosophy, had his paper "Should Religious Beliefs Be Exempt from the Duty to Think Critically?" published in the Spring 2014 Volume 29, No. 1 edition of INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum. A copy of the paper is available for anyone who might be interested. Lowell Jacobsen, Elizabeth Rhodes professor of international business, was the guest editor of the January issue of Managerial & Decision Economics. The special issue, "Coase and the Theory of the Firm," features contributions from six of the finest industrial organization economists in the world. Jacobsen also served on a screening committee for Fulbright Scholars undertaking graduate work in the United Kingdom.  Lisa Jackson, an adjunct violin and viola instructor, joined the Kansas City Symphony to perform in October the national anthem before the sixth game of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Ellen Lind, adjunct music instructor, performed Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 14 at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka. Mircea Martin, associate professor of mathematics, gave a 50-minute lecture during the Oct. 17-21 Workshop on Integral Transforms, Boundary Values, and Generalized Functions, organized by the Center of Excellence for Complex and Hypercomplex Analysis at Chapman University in California. His lecture was titled "Spin Operator Theory." During the summer, Martin attended scientific meetings, where he gave lectures related to his research projects. At the Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium, supported by the National Science Foundation, in Manhattan, Kan., Martin joined mathematicians from across the world. He gave a talk titled "Weitzenböck and Kodaira Identities in Economics professor releases book Alan Grant is putting the fun in economics. The Baker University business and economics professor recently had his book "Economic Analysis of Social Issues" published. Nearly 20,000 books have been printed, including several copies distributed to professors nationwide. The book also is available in e-text form. "The book is fun for students - or at least more fun than existing texts," Grant says. "That's in part because it's written very conversationally with a few graphs, minimal jargon and a few puns thrown in. Each chapter has a role-playing simulation students can participate in. Students really seem to like participating in these simulations, even when the simulated outcome is disastrous." The book has been on the market for only a couple of months. One major college plans to include the book in an economics course this fall, and other colleges have expressed an interest. Also, three schools are using page proofs in classes this spring. "With any luck, there will be enough interest to get me to a second edition," Grant notes. The professor's next project? He and a co-author will begin work this spring on "The Economics of Seinfeld," which connects economic principles with situations found in the classic comedy. Now that should be fun.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Baker Proud Spring 2015

Campus News
Alumni Faculty
Thirst for Knowledge
Mungano Momentum
Alumni Notes
Finding His Calling
Let Thy Praises Ring
Vietnam Documentary
Alumni Weekend
Prison Fellowship
Anatomy of a Student
100th Doctoral Graduate
Sports Highlights
Event Calendar

Baker Proud Spring 2015