February 23, 2017
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The Saint Anselm College community gathered in Geisel Library on February 22 at the third annual Celebration of Research and Scholarship. Professors Mary Kate Donais, Chih-Chien Huang, and Gary Bouchard presented their original and collaborative works published during the 2016 calendar year.
"Scholarship is not a solitary activity, although it is often done alone," said Dr. Mark W. Cronin, dean of the college, in his introductory remarks. "This hard work is meant to be shared with the larger community. We value and appreciate what our faculty does. Together, we gather to celebrate their works today."
Donais, Huang, and Bouchard — of the chemistry, sociology, and English departments respectively — presented scholarship in three diverse areas of research. While Donais conducted archaeometric research in Italy alongside students, Huang theorized about obesity in China, and Bouchard conducted a rhetorical analysis of Robert Southwell's, "Epistle unto His Father."
For over ten years, Donais has conducted archaeometry research during the college's sponsored archaeological dig. Since 2003, both she and Professor David George of the Classics department have provided students with the opportunity to conduct field research for six weeks each summer in Orvieto, considered to be Italy's archaeological field school.
"This research reflects the liberal arts education as it is an innovative collaboration between chemistry and Classics," said Donais. Her two studies have focused on the use of mobile spectroscopic instrumentation, Roman glass tesserae, and the relationship in research between chemical instruments and cultural heritage.
Professor Huang studied the effect of social factors on obesity within Chinese populations. In her creating her "Sociology of Health" course, Huang was inspired by the stories of her nursing students, who shared their experiences of frustration when faced with patients who knew the factors that contributed to their obesity, yet would not work to change them.
Huang explored whether raising the level of knowledge regarding healthy eating and physical activity at all socioeconomic status levels is actually vital to reducing obesity. Instead, she concluded that understanding social and gender meanings of ideal body size may be the key to curbing the trend toward obesity disparities in China.
Professor Bouchard closed the celebration by presenting his analysis of Robert Southwell's, "Epistle unto His Father." Southwell was both a prolific writer and a Jesuit missionary in the Catholic underground in sixteenth century post-Reformation England for six years before he was captured, tortured, and killed. As he was considered an "illegal" person in England at the time, Southwell could not correspond directly with his father. Thus, the "Epistle" was born.
Bouchard notes the bodies that "populate" the work and how they are remembered by and dismembered from both the author and his audience: the body politic of Elizabethan England, the body of the Southwell family, the body of the Catholic Church, and most significantly the body of Christ.
Bouchard argues, "The artful persuasiveness of the Epistle lies in the simultaneity of its rhetorical appeals to both a private and public audience, appeals which are strengthened by the author's awareness of the divided bodies he addresses, and his subsequent decision to deploy a provocative interplay between the actions of remembering and dismembering throughout his text."
All of the published works that the library was able to obtain were on display during the event. A full bibliography of 2016 research and scholarship can be seen on the library website.
Story by Jasmine Blais '17