March 22, 2016
Communications and Marketing
The innovative faculty research at Saint Anselm College was recognized at the second annual Celebration of Research and Scholarship on March 16, presented by Geisel Library.
"Its important to come together to celebrate research," says College Librarian Charles Getchell. "Often the result of solitary effort, research deserves to be shared."
Three faculty presented their 2015 research projects into two widely differing areas: art during the Reformation period, and economic modeling about investment in workplace safety.
Katherine Bentz, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, discussed her work investigating gardens and villas built in Rome by cardinals of the Catholic Church during the Reformation. Her areas of focus included how such the expenditures were justified at the time, the rationale for public use of essentially private space, and the ongoing role of garden and villa design in influencing the subsequent architecture of the open spaces and building. Much of Bentz' work was conducted in Italy.
Jennifer Kelber (pictured here), Assistant Professor of Business, and Luke Miller, Assistant Professor of Business, explained a novel approach to evaluating investment in workplace safety with "Using Options in Pricing Theory to Value Safety and Ergonomics Projects."
Kelber and Miller seek to value risk and uncertainty of investment in safety and ergonomics, or workplace efficiency – not an area customarily regarded as having a high return on investment. In their calculations, they note opportunities for potential financial value in delaying investments; however, Miller says that the model is intended to account for both positive and adverse impacts on safety-related outcomes, such as costs of workplace injuries. Kelber and Miller say only more sophisticated companies are presently using this type of economic modeling.