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Dr. Christine Fletcher

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Christine Fletcher is associate professor of theology at Benedictine University and an Oblate of St Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL.  At Benedictine she has designed a new Theology program which includes a certificate in Theology in Life. She holds a Masters in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a PhD in Theology with subspecialties in Business ethics and literature from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.

She has worked in various fields including merchant banking and IT consulting as well as having edited a magazine on business ethics. Among her academic presentations was a paper at a conference at the Vatican sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. While living in England she occasionally appeared on BBC1's Heaven and Earth discussing ethical questions.

She has been married to her husband Peter for 39 years, and they have four grown children.

Books

  • The Artist and the Trinity: Dorothy L. Sayers Theology of Work. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2013

Peer-reviewed publications

  • ‘Restoring the sense of Divine vocation to work’ Crucible The Anglican Journal of Social Ethics, January 2011
  •  ‘An Anglican Middle Axioms reading of Caritas in Veritate,’  College Theology Society Annual Volume 2010
  • ‘Dorothy L. Sayers in the Public Square’ VII: An Anglo-American Literary Journal, Vol. 26. 2009
  • ‘Code of Practice or Virtuous Practitioner? Virtue Ethics and Reputational Risk’ International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.31-38.       http://ijm.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.28/prod.900

Conference presentations

Book reviews

  • Satz, Deborah. Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limit of Markets.  Journal of Markets and Morality, Volume 14, No.1, 2011.
  • Thurmer, John. A Detection of the Trinity. VII Volume 27, 2010.

Other publications

  • ‘Bibliography of Dorothy L. Sayers’ writings on Work’  The Wade Center  at Wheaton College. Available at http://wheaton.edu/wadecenter/Journal-VII/Contents/~/media/Files/Centers-and-Institutes/Wade-Center/Fletcher_Appendix_web.pdf
  • ‘The mystery of the lay vocation’ Priests & People February 2003
  • Gluttony, Blackfriars Publications, 2000
  • ‘How can the Communion of Saints help?’ Priests & People, November 1999
  • ‘Catholic Child/Public School’ Envoy, July/August 1999
  • ‘How can the parish help?’ Priests & People, March 1999
  • Do the right thing!’ Ethos Ethics in Business, April/May 1998
  • Hierarchies, motherhood and power’ Priests & People, August/September 1997
  • Parish mission or parish mission statement?’ Priests & People, June 1997
  • Embrace the Family of God Approved Resource Calendar Year V, Archdiocesan Spiritual Renewal,  (Editor), Archdiocese of Philadelphia, April 1995
  • Growing up at Risk in Connecticut,  a children's advocacy book for legislators, the media     and public interest groups. Co-editor and writer.  Hartford, 1983
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Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic

Rita George-Tvrtković is assistant professor of theology at Benedictine University, where she specializes in historical theology, medieval Christian-Muslim relations, and interreligious dialogue. Her new book, A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq, introduces Riccoldo da Montecroce, a 13th century Italian Dominican who lived in Baghdad and wrote extensively about Islam and Muslims. Before earning her PhD from the University of Notre Dame, she served as associate director of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. She and her husband Zoran live in Chicago with their two children, Luka and Anya.

Books

  • A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce’s Encounter with Islam. Medieval Voyaging Series (Turnhout: Brepols Publishing, 2013).
  • Nicholas of Cusa and Islam. Edited by Donald Duclow, Ian Levy, and Rita George-Tvrtkovic. (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2014).

Peer-reviewed articles

Chapters in books

  •  “Towards a Theology of Islam.” In The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology, 1050-1500, ed. Joseph Wawrykow and Thomas Prügl (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013).
  •  ‘Riccoldo da Montecroce on bismillah and salawat.’ In Ritus infidelium, ed. John Tolan and José Martínez Gázquez (Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, forthcoming 2013).
  • “Islam,” chapter (co-authored with Zeki Saritoprak) in World Religions - A Comparative Theological Approach, ed. Wilhelmus Valkenberg (Winona, Minn.: Anselm Academic, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Spiritual Friend, Spiritual Kin” in Interreligious Friendship, ed. James Fredericks and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier (forthcoming 2015).

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Dr. Christine Isom-Verhaaren

READ poster - Christine Isom-Verhaaren Christine Isom-Verhaaren received a BA in History and an MLS from Brigham Young University and an MA and Ph.D in 1997 in Ottoman history from the University of Chicago, where she was a student of Halil Inalcik. She has been teaching Middle East history at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois since 2001. Dr. Isom-Verhaaren is the author of numerous journal articles (links posted in right column) and is currently writing The Sultan's Fleet, under contract with IB Tauris. She is editing with Kent F. Schull of SUNY Binghamton, Living in the Ottoman Realm: Creating, Contesting, and Resisting Ottoman Identity from the 15-20th Century.

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Dr. Tim Marin

Dr. Tim Marin's READ PosterTim Marin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Physical Chemistry
Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics (2011-present)
BenU faculty since 2003
Ph.D. Northwestern University (2001)
M.S. Northwestern University (1997)
B.S. Benedictine University (1996)

Courses Taught: Classical Thermodynamics, Quantum and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics and Kinetics, Physical Chemistry Laboratory, General Chemistry, General Chemistry Laboratory, Computational Modeling of Physical and Chemical Principles

Awards and Recognition: Benedictine University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, 2009 College of Science Dean's Award for Research, 2008

Research Area: radiation chemistry, spectroscopy, photophysics, electron-transfer processes, chemical and physical properties of water

  • Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Trace Lanthanides Using One Pot Sequestration and Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Michael R. Savina, Timothy W. Marin, and Keith A. Lehuta.  submitted to Analytical Chemistry.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 4. Task-Specific Antioxidant Cations for Nuclear Separations and Photolithography.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 3. Cyclical Guanidinium Cations.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Huimin Luo, and Sheng Dai.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 2. Improved Radiation Resistance Through Charge Delocalization in 1-Benzylpyridinium.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Jasmine L. Hatcher, Andrew R. Cook, Tomasz Szreder, and James F. Wishart.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 1. Alkyl and Benzyl Derivatives of 5-Membered Ring Heterocycles.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Huimin Luo, and Sheng Dai.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Improving Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids by Means of Charge Delocalization. The Case of 1-Benzylpyridinium.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, and James F. Wishart.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Mechanistic Insight in the Protective Action of Bis(oxalato)borate and Difluoro(oxalate)borate Anions in Li-Ion Batteries.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel Abraham.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
  • Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 2. Radiolytically Induced Polymerization of Ethylene Carbonate.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 19270-19279.
  • Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 1. Spectroscopic Observations of Radical Intermediates Generated in One-Electron Reduction of Carbonates.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 19255-19269.
  • Photo- and Radiation- Chemistry of Halide Anions in Ionic Liquids.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Robert A. Crowell, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117, 5742-5756.
  • Ionic Liquids Based on Polynitrile Anions: Hydrophobicity, Low Proton Affinity, and High Radiolytic Resistance Combined.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 7084-7094.
  • A Vacuum Ultraviolet Filtering Monochromator for Synchrotron-Based Spectroscopy.  Ireneusz Janik and Timothy W. Marin. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 698, 2013, 11, 44-48.
  • Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Trace Lanthanides Using One Pot Sequestration and Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Michael R. Savina, Timothy W. Marin, and Keith A. Lehuta.  submitted to Analytical Chemistry.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 4. Task-Specific Antioxidant Cations for Nuclear Separations and Photolithography.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 3. Cyclical Guanidinium Cations.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Huimin Luo, and Sheng Dai.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 2. Improved Radiation Resistance Through Charge Delocalization in 1-Benzylpyridinium.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Jasmine L. Hatcher, Andrew R. Cook, Tomasz Szreder, and James F. Wishart.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids. 1. Alkyl and Benzyl Derivatives of 5-Membered Ring Heterocycles.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Huimin Luo, and Sheng Dai.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Improving Radiation Stability of Cations in Ionic Liquids by Means of Charge Delocalization. The Case of 1-Benzylpyridinium.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, and James F. Wishart.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
  • Mechanistic Insight in the Protective Action of Bis(oxalato)borate and Difluoro(oxalate)borate Anions in Li-Ion Batteries.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel Abraham.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
  • Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 2. Radiolytically Induced Polymerization of Ethylene Carbonate.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 19270-19279.
  • Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 1. Spectroscopic Observations of Radical Intermediates Generated in One-Electron Reduction of Carbonates.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 19255-19269.
  • Photo- and Radiation- Chemistry of Halide Anions in Ionic Liquids.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Robert A. Crowell, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117, 5742-5756.
  • Ionic Liquids Based on Polynitrile Anions: Hydrophobicity, Low Proton Affinity, and High Radiolytic Resistance Combined.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 7084-7094.
  • A Vacuum Ultraviolet Filtering Monochromator for Synchrotron-Based Spectroscopy.  Ireneusz Janik and Timothy W. Marin. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 698, 2013, 11, 44-48.
  • Toward Radiation-Resistant Ionic Liquids. Radiation Stability of Sulfonyl Imide Anions.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, Jasmine Hatcher, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116, 9043-9055.
  • Heteroatom-Transfer Coupled Photoreduction and Carbon Dioxide Fixation on Metal Oxides.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Nada M. Dimitrijevic, Timothy W. Marin, Haying He, and Peter Zapol.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116, 9461-9471.
  • Photoredox Reactions and the Catalytic Cycle for CO2 Fixation and Methanogenesis on Metal Oxides.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Haying He, and Peter Zapol.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116, 9450-9460.
  • Radiation-Induced Fragmentation of Diamide Extraction Agents in Ionic Liquid Diluents.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Jason R. Bell, Huimin Luo, Sheng Dai, Jasmine L. Hatcher, R. Dale Rimmer, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116, 2234-2243.
  • Electron Localization and Radiation Chemistry of Amides.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012, 116, 1746-1757.
  • Radiation and Radical Chemistry of NO3-, HNO3, and Dialkylphosphoric Acids in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 10927-10942.
  • Surface-Modified, Collapsible, Controlled-Pore Glass Materials for Sequestration and Immobilization of Trivalent Metal Ions.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Angela R. Tisch, Timothy W. Marin, John V. Muntean, Michael D. Kaminski, and A. Jeremy Kropf.  Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2011, 50, 4686-4696.
  • Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions and Protic Equilibria in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids Containing Crown Ethers.  Timothy W. Marin, Ilya A. Shkrob, and Mark L. Dietz.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 3912-3918.
  • On the Radiation Stability of Crown Ethers in Ionic Liquids.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 3903-3911.
  • Radiation-Induced Redox Reactions and Fragmentation of Constituent Ions in Ionic Liquids.  II. Imidazolium Cations.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, Jasmine Hatcher, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 3889-3902.
  • Radiation-Induced Redox Reactions and Fragmentation of Constituent Ions in Ionic Liquids.  I. Anions.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 3872-3888.
  • Mechanistic Aspects of Photooxidation of Polyhydroxylated Molecules on Metal Oxides.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, and Michael D. Sevilla.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115, 4642-4648.
  • Extraction and Reductive Stripping of Pertechnetate from Spent Nuclear Fuel Waste Streams.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Dominique C. Stepinski, George F. Vandegrift, III, John V. Muntean, and Mark L. Dietz.  Separation Science and Technology, 2011, 46, 357-368.
  • Photooxidation of Nucleic Acids on Metal Oxides: Physicochemical and Astrobiological Perspectives.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Amitava Adhikary, and Michael D. Sevilla.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115, 3393-3403.
  • Photocatalytic Decomposition of Carboxylated Organic Molecules and Biomarkers on Light-Exposed Martian Regolith and Its Relation to Methane Production on Mars.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Sergey D. Chemerisov, and Timothy W. Marin.  Astrobiology, 10, 2010, 425-436.
  • Carbonate Radical Formation in Radiolysis of Sodium Carbonate and Bicarbonate Solutions up to 250 °C and the Mechanism of Its Second-Order Decay.  Kyle S. Haygarth, Timothy W. Marin, Ireneusz Janik, Kotchaphan Kanjana, Christopher M. Stanisky, and David M. Bartels.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 114, 2010, 2142-2150.
  • Electron Solvation by Clustered H-Bond Complexes of Water with Tri-n-Butylphosphate.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.  Chemical Physics Letters, 465, 2008, 234-237.
  • Recombination of the Hydrated Electron at High Temperature and Pressure in Hydrogenated, Alkaline Water.  Timothy W. Marin, Kenji Takahashi, Charles D. Jonah, Sergey D. Chemerisov, and David M. Bartels.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 111, 2007, 11540-11551.
  • Reaction of O2 with the Hydrogen Atom in Water up to 350 °C.  Ireneusz Janik, David M. Bartels, Timothy W. Marin, and Charles D. Jonah.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 111, 2007, 79-88.
  • Temperature and density dependence of the light and heavy water ultraviolet absorption edge.  Timothy W. Marin, Kenji Takahashi, and David M. Bartels.  Journal of Chemical Physics, 125, 2006, 104314.
  • Pulse Radiolysis of Supercritical Water III. Spectrum and Thermodynamics of the Hydrated Electron.  David M. Bartels, Kenji Takahashi, Jason A. Cline, Timothy W. Marin, and Charles D. Jonah.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 109, 2005, 1299-1307.
  • Reaction of Hydrogen Atoms with Hydroxide Ions in High-Temperature and High-Pressure Water.  Timothy W. Marin, David M. Bartels, and Charles D. Jonah.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 109, 2005, 1843-1848.
  • Evaluation of Silica-Coated Tubing for the Measurement of Hydrogen Peroxide in Hot Water.  Timothy W. Marin and David M. Bartels. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 43, 2004, 1888-1889.
  • Reaction Rates of the Hydrated Electron with N2O in High-Temperature Water and Potential Surface of the N2O- Anion.  Kenji Takahashi, Shintaro Ohgami, Yasushi Koyama, Sadashi Sawamura, Timothy W. Marin, David M. Bartels, and Charles D. Jonah.  Chemical Physics Letters, 383, 2004, 445-450.
  • 37.  Reaction of OH· Radicals with H2 in Sub-Critical Water.  Timothy W. Marin, Charles D. Jonah, and David M. Bartels.  Chemical Physics Letters, 371, 2003, 144-149.
  • Pulse Radiolysis Studies of Supercritical Water II.  Reaction of Nitrobenzene with Hydrated Electrons and Hydroxyl Radicals.  Timothy W. Marin, Jason A. Cline, Charles D. Jonah, David M. Bartels, and Kenji Takahashi.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 106, 2002, 12270-12279.
  • Pulse Radiolysis of Supercritical Water. 1. Reactions Between Hydrophobic and Anionic Species.  Jason A. Cline, Kenji Takahashi, Timothy W. Marin, Charles D. Jonah, and David M. Bartels.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 106, 2002, 12260-12269.
  • Ultrafast Electron Transfer in the [Co(Cp)2|V(CO)6] Radical Pair.  Timothy W. Marin, Bradley J. Homoelle, and Kenneth G. Spears, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 106, 2002, 1152-1166.
  • Vibrational Coherence Due to Promoting Mode Activity in the Relaxation Dynamics of the Class III Mixed-Valence Molecule [Ru2TIEDCl4]+.  Timothy W. Marin, Bradley J. Homoelle, Kenneth G. Spears, Joseph T. Hupp, and Larry O. Spreer.  Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 106, 2002, 1131-1143.
  • Ph.D. thesis: Vibrational Effects in Electron Transfer and Radiationless Decay.  Timothy W. Marin, June, 2001.
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Dr. Joaquin Montero

Joaquin MonteroDr. Joaquin Montero
Associate Professor
Department of Languages and Literature

Works in progress

  • "The Legacy of Alexander the Great". Historical non-fiction. In English.
  • "111 Poems of a Lost Heart/111 poemas de un corazón perdido". Poetry. In Spanish and illustrated by Dr. Montero.
  • "The Makedonian". Historical Action Graphic Novel. In English, written and illustrated by Dr. Montero.
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Dr. James Pelech

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Associate Professor
Department of Education

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Periodical articles

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Jodie Shield, MED, RDN, LDN

Jodie ShieldBenedictine University Nutrition instructor Jodie Shield, MED, RDN, LDN is the co-author (with Nutrition instructor, Mary Catherine Mullen, MS, RDN, LDN) of the book, Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens.  

Ms. Shield is an active blogger and has been a noted consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for three decades. A former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she is Founder and President of Healthy Eating for Families Inc., a nutrition communications consulting company based in Chicago.

She has authored over 300 consumer and professional articles, written and developed consumer education materials and programs, is currently a contributing editor for Food and Nutrition Magazine, and is the family nutrition expert for Sears Fit Studio.

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Dr. Sarah Ware

Dr. Sarah Ware

Sarah Blossom Ware was born to hippie parents in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974. When she was three years old, she moved with her parents and two-year-old brother to the Ozark Foothills where she lived out her youth as an Arkansas hillbilly. Sarah has written a humorous yet true snapshot memoir entitled Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus documenting her childhood experiences.

Sarah received a doctorate degree in 2006 from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She currently resides with her husband and four daughters in the Chicago area where she teaches in the Department of Biological Science at Benedictine University. (From Amazon Author Central)

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Dr. Ovid Wong

Dr. Ovid Wong

Ovid K. Wong is currently an associate professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  He holds a joint appointment with the School of Education and the College of Science.  He received his B.SC. and Dip.Ed from the University of Alberta in Canada, his M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois.  His experience in public education spans more than 20 years, from the urban classroom in Chicago to the suburban office of the assistant school superintendent.

In 1989, Dr. Wong received the National Science Foundation's Outstanding Science Teacher in Illinois award and the Science Teaching Achievement Recognition (STAR) award from the National Science Teachers Association.  In the same year, he visited the former Soviet Union as the science delegation leader with the student ambassador program.  He was the first recipient of the outstanding alumni award from the University of Alberta in 1992 and the first recipient of the distinguished alumni award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois in 1995. 

In the summer of 2012, Dr. Wong was invited by the Department of Foreign Expert Affairs in China to train young faculty at Dalian Nationalities University.

He is the author of 28 books and had received the Midwest Book Author award from the Children's Reading Roundtable of Chicago.  His recent books are dedicated to coaching teachers and students to effectively prepare for the state-mandated examination in Illinois and New York.

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Dr. Richard Zabransky

"As far as my writing goes, I graduated from San Francisco State with an MA in literary arts in 1976, which I believe is the Pleistocene Age. I've published two dozen or so poems mainly in literary magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Mississippi Valley Review, Tamaqua, Whetstone, Ascent, Spoon River Review and others. Poems are like photographs to me, freezing experiences to examine the details. I enjoy reading poems for the surprises they often offer. Everyone has stories and insights to share whether through sports, physics, dance, painting or any of the personal forms of expression. Poems have allowed me to say what I otherwise wouldn't have said."

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Dr. Mardelle Fortier

Dr. Mardelle Fortier

Award winning author, Dr. Mardelle Fortier has won numerous poetry prizes, particularly through Poets and Patrons of Chicago. Dr. Fortier is the author of close to 100 published poems, 25 short stories, and 10 book reviews. Before her retirement, Dr. Fortier served an instructor in the Benedictine University Writing Program. She has also taught creative writing and composition at several Chicago area colleges.

Poetry

  • "A Last Christmas." Hazmat Review 11.1 (2009): 13.
  • "In My Rounded White Bed I Lie." Spirit That Moves Us 1 (1983): 76.
  • "Looking Into The Eyes Of Wolves." Natural Bridge 15 (2006): 56.
  • "Peaceniks In The Garden." Hazmat Review 8.2 (2006): 10.
  • "Skin." Hazmat Review 8.1 (2006): 95.
  • "Soft Woman/Hard Woman." Hazmat Review 10.1 (2008): 127.
  • "Telephone." Hazmat Review 8.2 (2006): 106.
  • "The Far End Of The Lake (1950'S)." Kalliope 28.2 (2006): 80.
  • "The Last." Hazmat Review 8.2 (2006): 102.
  • "The Young Girl Reads." Kalliope 28.2 (2006): 81.

Fiction

  • "Top Secret." "Eunuch Patrol." Black Petals. #55, #57, 2011.
  • "Blind Cat." Altered States. Main St. Rag Publications, 2011
  • "Legend." Black Petals, #53, '10.
  • "Shadow City." "There is No Crime In Helmouth." Black Petals, #50, #51.
  • "Judge Judas." CrimeStalkers CaseBook, #20. 2010.
  • "Last Circle of Hell." "First Contact." Black Petals, #48.
  • "Prize Poets." DuPage Valley Review. Benedictine University. SP '09.
  • "Sunday." Bibliophilos. Summer, 2007.
  • "I am Not a Lone Gunman." CrimeStalkers CaseBook, Sp. '10.
  • "Contamination." Black Petals." #43. '07.
  • "The Order." Black Petals." Jan., '07.
  • "Senior Moon." "The Last." Prairie Light Review, College of DuPage, Fall '06.
  • "A Most Dangerous Man." Black Petals. SU '06.
  • "Open Wound." Quantum Pulp. Benedictine Univ., Sp '06.
  • "Clueless." Woman's World, Vol. XXVII, No. 17, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 4/25/06.
  • "Moonlight in the Bedroom." Prairie Light Review, Dec. '04.
  • "Saved by Flowers." Bibliophilos, Vol VII, No. 1, Fall '02.
  • "Poet in the Coffeehouse." "Ride in Lightning." Quantum Pulp, Sp '02.
  • "What I Knew." My Little Magazine, Winter '01.
  • "Extra Credit." My Little Magazine, SP '00.
  • "The Salt." Bibliophilos, Vol. III, No. 3, Summer '00.
  • "The Bunk." Bibliophilos, Fall '00.
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