Women faculty members showcased at MSUB event


MSU Billings News Services

Nisha Bellinger is one five MSUB faculty who will give presentations at the upcoming Showcasing Women’s Scholarship event.

Montana State University Billings scholars will talk about their current research in an accessible way during the second annual “Showcasing Women’s Scholarship” event.

The “TED Talk”-style presentations will be delivered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Liberal Arts Room 205.

Sponsored by the Women’s Faculty Caucus and supported by the Women’s and Gender Studies Center, the program will feature faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentations, along with a reception.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate and feature some of the important work that faculty are doing at MSUB and gives both the campus and the community an opportunity to discuss new ideas and projects,” said Jennifer Lynn, an assistant professor in the Department of History and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Center.

The event, she said, also “celebrates Women’s History Month and women’s contributions to the production of knowledge. Moreover, this event is particularly unique because short presentations give the audience an overview of the exciting research that women are doing at MSUB in an accessible way.”

The program includes five of the university’s women scholars:

♦ Nisha Bellinger, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, will speak on “The Consequences of the Centripetal Turn in the Asia-Pacific.”

♦ Melissa Boehm, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre, will discuss a recent project, “The Framing of Health and Poverty in Appalachia in the New York Times: A Textual Analysis.”

♦ Ana Diaz, assistant professor of philosophy, will explore, “The Problem of Mental Causation.”

♦ Lynn George, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, will talk about “Deciphering a secondary genetic code in neurons: the role of codon bias and Elongator in neurological disease.”

♦ Jennifer Lynn will discuss “Tractor Frauen and Working Mothers: Images of Women in the East German Press.”

“Convening this event is an important function of the Women’s Faculty Caucus,” Boehm said. “We want to bring the campus community and the Billings community together with these ongoing discussions.”

Attendees will also receive a program that summarizes the speaker’s topic and their biography, giving the campus community a chance to get to know faculty members. The event is free and open to all.

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