Faculty Research Forum Focuses on Algorithms, Religion and Gender, Web Writing and Organizational Culture

April 06, 2010

Dr. Kenneth Weber, associate professor of computer science and information systems, Susan E. Haddox, assistant professor of religious studies, Dr. Rodney F. Dick, assistant professor of English and Dr. Mary M. Eicholtz, assistant professor of communication were the featured presenters at the Mount Union Faculty Forum held November 6.

Weber applied Fast GCD Algorithms to internet security and wed addresses. He took the audience through a Fast GCD problem and talked about how they are useful in everyday life.

During the question and answer session, Weber was asked what type of people would be most interested in algorithms and he answered, 'People who like problem solving and thinking with big numbers, like me, will be fascinated by fast GCD algorithms.'

Haddox talked about the Masculinity of Hosea and her thoughts on gender. 'Gender is a way we describe social and political relationships,' said Haddox.

Haddox touched on the political aspects of Hosea and relayed it to the way in which society relates to gender and masculinity now and in the eighth century B.C. Two main topics she touched on were female imagery and male imagery. In Hosea, female imagery is emphasized more than male imagery, so in her talk focused on presenting a better understanding of the male imagery and its relationship to politics. 'I concentrate on the political nature of this book more than anything,' said Haddox.

Dick guided the audience through a research project that he and six of his students conducted. Their main purpose was to examine interface as technology and a use of web writing. In their research project they focused on four main sections: procedural, insertation, actio and explorative writing.

His main purpose was to get everyone interested in interface and have a basic understanding of what it can do and how it can help. When discussing this topic with the audience he made it clear that the students wouldn't have been able to do this project without the right staffing.

'It is important to know the difference between what you are teaching your students and how you are teaching your students,' said Dick.

Eicholtz took the audience into the world of communication and discussed how culture is very important. 'It is the product of the way we communicate,' said Eicholtz.

Eicholtz did her research study in Little Rock, AR at CES (Cooperative Extension Services). She got her data through an online survey and by conducting personal interviews. She received 301 responses to the online survey and did 29 interviews in six different counties. She broke her data into five groups: teamwork, morale, information flow, involvement and supervision. The highest two were teamwork and supervision. The main purpose of her research study was to let everyone know how important culture is on an organization.

The Faculty Forum, begun by Dr. Santosh Saha, professor of history, was moderated by Dr. Martin E. Horning, professor of economics, accounting and business administration. Opening and closing remarks were given by Dr. Richard W. Dutson, associate dean of the College and professor of political science.

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