These stories represent highlights of research and creative scholarship at Andrews University. For a more comprehensive list of campus-wide research activities, please explore the portions of this Research website dedicated to events, faculty research, and student research.
Andrews University’s annual Research Week took place from Oct. 17–21. The program included three main events that together demonstrate the University’s dedication to seeking knowledge and engaging communities to create a better world.
U.S. representative Fred Upton presented the keynote address at the third annual Celebration of Community Engagement.
Andrews University has received a $5,000,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary establish the Andrews Center for Community Change.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Andrews University a grant to support Andrews University Adult Basic Education programs. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.
Andrews University is among a select group of institutions to receive the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Vocation across the Academy Grant. The grant is intended to help member colleges and universities strengthen the connection between liberal arts and career preparation.
The two-volume concise Commentary has been a ten-year project commissioned and funded by the General Conference and Andrews University, involving more than 60 biblical scholars from around the world.
The Andrews University Lifestyle Medicine Clinic & Training Center opened on Monday, April 25, with the aim to prevent and treat chronic diseases. The clinic was made possible through a grant awarded in October 2021 by the Ardmore Institute of Health.
Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske, professor of biology at Andrews University, has been awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society to study new detection techniques for Amazonian manatees in the Amazon Basin of Brazil as a 2022 National Geographic Explorer.
An Andrews University staff member and archaeologist recently spent two weeks as an expert field epigraphist, carefully documenting each hieroglyph from one of the most famous inscriptions in Egyptian archaeology.
Andrews University was awarded $38,800 to re-examine and reframe the University’s history within its social context..
Andrews University professors Anneris Coria-Navia and Scott Moncrieff illustrate how underfunded programs can leverage peer collaboration and support to initiate productive, formal systems of assistance for faculty.
Andrews University received a five-year grant of $997,444 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary strengthen the ability of pastors to serve effectively in urban settings.
Andrews University has recently instituted a senior research professor status for retired faculty. The position allows retired faculty members to remain professionally active with continued affiliation to the University while stepping down from full-time teaching.
Greg Constantine, artist-in-residence and research professor of art, emeritus, at Andrews University is showcasing his art experience since 1974 in a retrospective exhibition titled “My Art Journey.”
The volume makes the case for a more inclusive and decolonized approach to the archaeology and history of the region of the world we commonly known as the Holy Land. It represents the final output of a long-standing collaboration by an international and cross-disciplinary team sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Leaders of the project were Professor Terje Stordalen of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, Norway and Professor Oystein S. LaBianca of Andrews University in Michigan, USA.
The Shen Kuo Award for Interdisciplinary Achievements from the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) was recently awarded to Jay Johnson, Ph.D., professor of engineering. Scientists within the IAGA study the planets' magnetic and electrical properties. The IAGA focuses on both geomagnetism. the study of the magnetic field of earth, and aeronomy, the science of the upper atmosphere.
Roy Gane discusses the book Exploring the Composition of the Pentateuch (Eisenbrauns, 2020). The volume, edited by Andrews Ph.D. students, graduates, and a Religion faculty member, is the result of a conference hosted on the university campus. The book investigates new ideas from the analysis of the biblical text against its ancient Near-Eastern background and covers a wide spectrum of topics and diverging perspectives. The chapters are concerned with the history of scholarship and alternative approaches to the development of the Pentateuch, and the exegesis of particular texts relevant to the composition of the Torah. Editors are L.S. Baker Jr., Kenneth Bergland, Felipe A. Masotti, and A. Rahel Wells.
Jasmine K. Collard and Melissa Ponce-Rodas (2020) examine the differences between the racial groups when it comes to individual ACEs as well as the ACEs total score which may have implications for culturally informed prevention and early intervention.
Harvey Burnett Jr., Karl Bailey, and Rachelle Pichot (2020) published findings that have implications on the need for stress management responders to have professional Critical Incident Stress Management training.
Biology Student Nina Woodard Featured in Research Webinar
April 23, 2020. Nina Woodard (BS Biology, Class of 2020) presented her research on Florida manatees in an interactive webinar hosted by Andrews University Alumni Services. Nina also answered audience questions while sharing experiences around the United States and abroad that have been pivotal in her education. Nina's presentation is available on YouTube.
Andrews Seminary Student Receives Award for Best Graduate Student Paper at Regional Society of Biblical Literature Gathering
Jônatas Ferreira, PhD student in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary New Testament Department, received the Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2020 Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature, which was held at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Ferreira’s paper was titled, “Exegeting Phrase-Level Parataxis as a Grammatic Unit: Colossians 2:16 for a Test Case.” The Midwest region of the Society of Biblical Literature includes Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Iowa. Learn more here.
Oystein LaBianca Undertakes Research in Jerusalem at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
October 1, 2019. Oystein LaBianca, who is professor of anthropology and the associate director of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University recently spent four and a half months in Jerusalem conducting research as a fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. During this fellowship, LaBianca completed two books in collaboration with others: Levantine Entanglement: Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region and The Leventine Nexus: The View from Hisban. He also co-led a worshop, planned cultural events for visiting fellows. He also traveled to Florence, Italy, where he was one of the keynote speakers for the opening session of the International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan (pictured speaking). Learn more here: LaBianca Spends 4.5 Months in Jerusalem.
AU Graduate Vivian Laughlin Receives Fulbright Award
September 23, 2019. Vivian Laughlin, who recently earned her PhD from Andrews University in biblical and Near Eastern archaeology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. "For the next two years, she’ll study the cultural appropriation of the ancient Egyptian cults of Serapis and Isis and its impact on Judea and Palestine," reports ABC57, the American Broadcasting Company affiliate in South Bend, Indiana (link).
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Receives Grant from the Parkinson Voice Project
July 11, 2019. The Parkinson Voice Project has named the Andrews University School of Communication Sciences & Disorders as a recipient of its 2019 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd Grant Program. As a grant recipient, the AU clinic provides SPEAK OUT! and The LOUD Crowd services to the local Parkinson’s community in Michiana. SPEAK OUT! consists of individual speech therapy conducted by a speech-language pathologist. Learn more: AU Agenda and WSBT22.
Article by Andrews Professor Highlighted by the European Space Agency
March 4, 2019. The European Space Agency (ESA) has highlighted a paper co-authored by Professor Jay R. Johnson on the front page of its website. Dr. Johnson teaches both physics and engineering at Andrews. The abstract for the paper, titled "Electron Distributions in Kinetic Scale Field Line Resonances: A Comparison of Simulations and Observations" (Geophysical Research Letters, 11 June 2018), begins: "Observations in kinetic scale field line resonances, or eigenmodes of the geomagnetic field, reveal highly field‐aligned plateaued electron distributions. By combining observations from the Van Allen Probes and Cluster spacecraft with a hybrid kinetic gyrofluid simulation we show how these distributions arise from the nonlocal self‐consistent interaction of electrons with the wavefield."
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