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Kenneth Burhanna, assistant dean for outreach and engagement at Kent State University Libraries, received the inaugural Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) award in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement and support of information literacy and instruction. Burhanna received the award on Sunday, June 29, at the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas.

The KSUtube link is a video recording of his award and acceptance speech: (4:14 minutes. Audio is very low. Please turn up the volume.)

Federico Subervi, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is a member of the national advisory council of the newly launched Child Trends Hispanic Institute, the first national research center focused on Hispanic children and youth. The Institute will provide timely and insightful research-based information and guidance to improve outcomes for Latino children and youth in the U.S.

Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, co-led a session at the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting titled, “Re-imagining Visitor Encounters with Objects.” For more on the session, visit

Marianne Martens, School of Library and Information Science, was the featured blogger on the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website, writing about Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance on websites for young readers:

The following Kent State faculty members and graduate students presented papers to the recently concluded annual meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society April 10-12, 2014, in Normal, Illinois:

  • Anthropology Grad Student Troy Linebaugh presented “Sowing New Seeds and Strengthening Old Roots: Scandinavian Neo-Paganism and Reinvented Tradition” to a session titled “Analysis of New Religious Practices and Religions.”
  • Anthropology Grad Student Matthew Buttacavoli presented “The Politics of Technology: Identity Creation in the Translation Community” to a session titled “New Research in Linguistic Anthropology.”
  • Anthropology Grad Student Gina Cirino presented “Art as a Political Act: How Art Symbolizes Australian Aboriginal Culture and Identity” to a session titled “Engaging with the Senses: About Privileging the Visual.”
  • David Perusek, associate professor of anthropology, Kent State University at Ashtabula, presented “Taking Stock: Frustrations and Learning Moments in the Work Life of a Teaching Anthropologist--Or, What I've Learned About Anthropology From People Who Know Nothing About Anthropology” to a session titled “The Anthropology of Libraries, Schools, and Museums.”
  • Rick Feinberg, professor of anthropology, presented “Auto-Experimentation in Taumako Navigation” to a session titled “Canoes and Navigation.”
  • Cathy Pyrek presented “When a Canoe is More Than Just a Canoe” to a session titled “Canoes and Navigation.”
  • Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome, assistant professor of anthropology, Kent State University at Geauga, presented “Extinction, Or?” to a session titled “Research and Investigations in Biological Anthropology.”


Marianne Martens, School of Library and Information Science, published a book review in the latest newsletter of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.

Robert Miltner, Department of English, Kent State University at Stark, authored And Your Bird Can Sing: Short Fiction, Edition 978-1-933964-96-6, Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press, 2014.

Additional comments: Miltner is the Kent Campus coordinator for the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing Consortium Program (NEOMFA) where he teaches poetry and fiction.

Ralph Lorenz, School of Music, authored "Health Benefits of Singing: A Perspective from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung," The Phenomenon of Singing, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2014: 154-166.

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