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Cathlin B. Poronsky School of Nursing Poronsky, APN/CNP, is interested in media images of nurses and the field of nursing. She believes the media can help attract more people to the nursing profession and help address the growing nationwide shortage of nurses and nursing faculty. Among the topics she has taught about are avian flu preparedness, disease prevention in community, diet and lifestyle modifications for weight control, and keeping well. As a certified family nurse practitioner, Poronsky maintains a clinical practice in addition to a full-time teaching schedule. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2005. In July 2006, Poronsky traveled to Jinja, Uganda, East Africa as part of an outreach group from her parish, where they visited their sharing parish, toured schools, health clincs and hospitals. In February 2004, she developed and organized a panel presentation on the growing problem of providing medical care to the uninsured, the underinsured, and low-income residents of DuPage County. She served on the board of directors of the Gilead Outreach and Referral Center from 2000-2001, connecting uninsured and underinsured individuals and families throughout metropolitan Chicago with affordable health care benefits and services. She has provided leadership training to numerous groups. Her letter to the editor, titled "Nursing Contributions," was published in the July 2, 2006, issue of the Chicago Tribune. Her presentations include "Worship, Faith & Charity in Uganda."
Constance J. Hardy School of Nursing
Karen A. Czarnik CAS, Communication Sciences & Disorders Czarnik has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on fluency and fluency disorders/stuttering, developmental disorders of speech and research methods. She is an expert in fluency disorders and stuttering. Czarnik is an active member of the National Stuttering Association. She has been at Saint Xavier since 1987.
Jason Aleksander College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy Aleksander teaches various philosophy courses and specializes in the history of philosophy, particularly late Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern philosophy. He is competent in the philosophy of science, history of science, philosophy of history, philosophy of psychoanalysis, social and political philosophy (i.e. 20th century French philosophy, critical theory, feminist philosophy), Aristotle and Nietzsche. He has published work on paradoxes in Aristotle's logic and is researching Copernicus, Dante and Boethius. He began working at Saint Xavier in 2007. Other topics: jazz music, beer brewing
John A. Gutowski CAS, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice Gutowski teaches courses in folklore, mythology, cultural anthropology and the sociology of sports. His areas of expertise include the hero in America; the hero from a cross-cultural perspective; American folklore; customs and festivals; myths, legends and folktales; ethnicity and ethnic groups; Polish American society and culture; and the supernatural in traditional cultures. He has been at Saint Xavier since 1990.
Tatiana C. Tatum College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences Tatum's areas of expertise include cytogenetics (the study of the structure of chromosone material); environmental sciences, and the effects of environmental pollutants on aquatic systems and plants to determine the toxicity levels of these species. She has studied the transfer of herbicide resistant genes between two species of plants to determine the impact this could have on the agricultural community. She has also studied the differences in single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), or single base pair differences, in DNA that can cause differences in people's physical characteristics. She teaches courses in genetics and introductory biology. She has co-authored a range of publications based on her research in plant genetics and has presented her work at numerous regional forums. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2006.
Graham Peck Peck is the author of "Was Stephen A. Douglas Antislavery?," which was published in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association in 2005, and "Stephen A. Douglas and the Northern Democratic Origins of the Kansas-Nebraska Act," which was published in Illinois History Teacher in 2003. In 1998, he published a working paper, "Why Negotiation Failed: Cultural Change and the Collapse of Institutionalized Slavery Debate Prior to the Civil War," for the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management's Dispute Resolution Research Center. He was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Institute's Hay-Nicolay Scholars Prize in 2003, a J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center Fellowship in 1998, and the Illinois State Historical Society's King V. Hostick Fellowship in 1996. He has reviewed books for the Journal of Illinois History, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, the Journal of the Early Republic, and Civil War History. He has expertise on Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, the antebellum antislavery movement, and antebellum Illinois. In April 2006, Peck was appointed to the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which will oversee the planning process for the February 2009 commemoration of Lincoln's 200th birthday. He joined the faculty at Saint Xavier University in August 2002 after teaching at Rhodes College for one year.