Novel Idea Salon – Quirks of Research

When and Where:

  • 6:00 pm, Thursday April 7th, 2016
  • Cascades Hall 248
  • free admission

How much is our personality, history, culture, and even desire embedded in the way we do research?

Inspired by the Deschutes Public Library Novel Idea selectionEuphoria by Lily King – faculty from COCC and OSU-Cascades will host a panel discussion exploring this question. Join us for an eye-opening, mind-tickling, multi-layered conversation.

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Moderator: Sara Q. Thompson, OSU-Cascades Librarian


  • Cat Finney, COCC, Library
  • Michael Giamellaro, OSU-Cascades, STEM  Education
  • Amy Harper, COCC, Anthropology
  • Elizabeth Parks, COCC, Communication
  • Ann Petersen, OSU-Cascades, Biology
  • Ellen Santasiero, OSU-Cascades, Literature & Writing
  • Amelia Taylor, OSU-Cascades, Mathematics & Statistics

Cat Finney is a librarian/professor at Barber Library, Central Oregon Community College. She received her MLIS from University of Washington. Cat has a professional interest in understanding market forces within the publishing industry.

Michael Giamellaro is an Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics Education in the OSU-Cascades Masters in Teaching Program. As an educational researcher his work explores schools and schooling along with all of the complexity that these public institutions have associated with them. To manage this work he uses both quantitative measures and qualitative approaches, including ethnographic methods that have evolved from the interactions described in Euphoria.

Amy Harper is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department at Central Oregon Community College. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Elizabeth Parks is an assistant professor of communication at COCC and a PhC at the University of Washington. She loves Eurogames, playing in the mountains, and all things autumn.

Dr. Ann Petersen is a first year faculty member at OSU-Cascades in the Biology Program. She received her Ph.D. at University of Colorado, Boulder, in Integrative Physiology, and has spent the last 5 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on an NIH funded project examining the effects of pollution on gene expression and pathological changes to morphology during development in the model organism, the threespine stickleback fish. Ann is interested in how environmental and genetic influences moderate susceptibility to disease in humans and wildlife.

Ellen Santasiero teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at OSU-Cascades. Her essays, articles, and author interviews have appeared in literary journals and magazines since 2001.

Amelia Taylor is area lead for mathematics and statistics at OSU-Cascades. Just as this panel represents many different fields, Taylor most enjoys research across areas of study that are mixed in non-traditional ways.

Sara Thompson is the OSU-Cascades Librarian. Her interests include professional uses of social media, educational technology, and the user interface design of ebooks.  


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