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Douglas De Boer

Douglas De Boer

Douglas De Boer, professor of engineering, was recently awarded an outstanding member award at the award banquet of the Siouxland Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). De Boer was also the featured speaker at the event, where he discussed “The History of the Siouxland Section.” IEEE is the leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

De Boer has been both newsletter editor and section chair. His technical specialization is in communication systems, but he enjoys all topics in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Dordt College, De Boer was on an engineering team at Hewlett Packard that worked on memory chips and redundancy programming for a 32-bit chip-set for a Unix workstation, the HP 9000 Series 500 computer line.

Dr. Charles Adams

Dr. Charles Adams

Dr. Charles Adams, professor of engineering and dean of the natural sciences, gave two lectures at Geneva College on October 11 and 12 as part of the ARIHE (Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education) Lecture Series: “Beyond the Two Cultures: A Reformed Answer to C.P. Snow in Theory and Practice” and “Naturalism, Nanotechnology, and Our ‘Post-human’ Future: A Reformed Perspective.”

Adams gave two presentations at the ACSI Teachers Convention on November 1 inMitchell, South Dakota: “Teaching Science from a Christian Perspective: Parts 1 and 2.” On November 15 he presented his lecture, “Beyond the Two Cultures: A Reformed Answer to C.P. Snow in Theory and Practice” for a Dordt College Faculty Forum. 

Dr. Pam Adams

Dr. Pam Adams

Dr. Pam Adams, professor of education, gave two presentations at the ACSI Teachers Convention on November 1:  “Using Picture Books to Develop a Christian Worldview,” and “Spelling Matters: Using Word Walls for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction, and Teaching Vocabulary.”

Dr. Ben Kornelis, professor of music, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the ICDA-ICF Commissioning Project  (Iowa Choral Director’s Association and the Iowa Conductors Forum). The $1000 award commissions Kornelis to write a piece for children’s choir that will be premiered at next summer’s ICDA Summer Symposium.

Dr. Jonathon Warner, professor of economics, presented a paper at the Free Market Forum at Hillsdale College in September. The paper was titled “Free money, currency substitution and regional currencies.”

Dr. Paul Fessler

Dr. Paul Fessler

Dr. Paul Fessler, professor of history, participated in “The American Journey Lectures and Concert Series” in Quincy, Illinois. Funded by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Tracy Family Foundation, and the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Fessler spoke on: “Melting Pot or Exploding Kettle?  The Forgotten History of American Immigration” and served as a panelist on “American Immigration in Comparative Perspective.”

Dr. Calvin Jongsma, professor of mathematics, had an essay book review of a recent three-book Johns Hopkins series on Science and Religion published in the 2007 online issue of the Journal of the ACMS (Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences). “Religion and Science at the Turn of the Century” can be found at http://www.acmsonline.org/Jongsma-RSTC.pdf .

Jongsma was also recently appointed to the editorial board of the journal Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith (PSCF), an ASA (American Scientific Affiliation) publication.

Dr. Pat Kornelis and Professor Cella Bosma of Dordt’s education department led an in-service workshop on differentiated learning for K-8 teachers at Orange City Christian School.  Building on work the teachers had already done, Kornelis showed the grade 3 – 8 teachers how to differentiate using webquests. Bosma worked with the K-2 teachers on differentiating using learning centers. 

Dennis De Jong

Dennis De Jong

Professor Dennis De Jong, professor of computer science, gave two presentations at the November 1 ACSI Teachers Convention In Mitchell, South Dakota. His topics were: “Math Anxiety: Causes, Implications, Solutions and Discussion” and "Computers in Mathematics.”

Dr. Danny Hitchcock, professor of psychology, gave two invited guest lectures for the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University: “Causal issues in homosexual behavior: Explanation and Christian critique.”