Department News

Spring 2012

Professor Gina Mireault is working with PBS on a NOVA special called "What Makes Us Human." NOVA is exploring Mireault's research on infant humor. In addition, she has received renewal of her Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) project grant.

In a letter to JSC President Murphy, VGN Director
Judith Van Houten noted that her organization is "very
pleased to be a partner with you in developing a culture
of research at Johnson State College. ... [A] critical goal
for VGN has been to develop a research culture at all of
our partner institutions. Johnson State College has been
a leader in this by making enormous commitments to
faculty and student research as part of your education

Fall 2011

Part-time faculty member DeAnne Blueter was named the 2011 Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs (VEOP)
Educator of the Year. She was nominated for the award
by students and staff of JSC's Upward Bound program. The award was presented at the annual VEOP conference at Vermont Technical College on Oct. 11. Karen Madden
(Academic Support Services) received the Jack Anderson Award, which recognizes professionals who have demonstrated years of dedicated service to TRiO and similar Educational Opportunity Programs and have served as mentors for other TRiO and EOP professionals. Tuipate Mubiay (2004 Psychology alumnus), coordinator of academic services for English Language-Learners at CCV, received VEOP's 2011 Achiever Award, which recognizes an educator who is making a difference for disadvantaged Vermonters who are accessing higher-education support services to improve their lives.

Summer 2011

Corbett Torrence (Behavioral Sciences) reports
that students from his Archaeological Field School enrolled in a newly created independent study, Archaeological Report Production, through which they contributed to a report for the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation. The students are looking forward to presenting their findings at the Vermont Archaeological Society's annual meeting and to local historical societies and other local groups.

In addition, under Torrence's supervision, anthropology students excavated a field at the River Berry Farm in Fairfax earlier in the summer and found evidence of inhabitants living there at least 2,000 years ago. Their findings received extensive local media coverage.

Gina Mireault (Behavioral Sciences) was in Norway presenting research at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Her presentation was well-attended and well-received, and — best of all — her research team's first manuscript was accepted for publication in Infant and Child Development.

Spring 2011

Professor Gina Mireault was quoted at length in an article by Patty Onderko on "The biology of bad behavior" that appeared in the February issue of Parenting magazine. Gina’s comments focused on why toddlers are prone to tantrums.





Professor Mireault and her students' infant-humor project received more national press, this time in a recent issue of American Baby magazine. The other researchers mentioned in the article are at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Indiana University (Bloomington).

Summer 2010

Part-time faculty member Corbett Torrence and his anthropology students hosted a kind of "open house" for the press and members of the community at their excavation site this summer by the Lamoille River. The class has been working with local farmers, community members and organizations, as well as the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, with the goal of contributing to the understanding and preservation of the Lamoille River’s cultural resources.

Spring 2010

In March Dr. Gina Mireault and two undergraduates, Allison Myrick and Brittany Perdue, presented a poster of their findings at the International Conference on Infant Studies in Baltimore. Their research was very well received, gaining positive response from infancy researchers from all over the world. They made excellent contacts and learned a tremendous amount — especially with regard to research methodology and technology currently being used to investigate such young babies. “It’s been validating to know we are making a real contribution to the field and are on the right track with our research design and hypotheses regarding the minds of young infants,” Professor Mireault noted.

Professor Mireault received another grant from the Vermont Genetics Network. The grant, for “social referencing to parent ‘clowns’: Infant humor perception and attachment,” will support continued, naturalistic observation of infant humor development already under way, but employ an experimental method. Dr. Mireault was newly recognized as a VSC Faculty Fellow for 2010-2011 at the April meeting of VSC trustees.

December 2009

Professor Gina Mireault and JSC students Allison Myrick and Brittany Perdue have submitted a poster to the International Conference for Infant Studies to be held in Baltimore in March 2010. The poster includes preliminary findings from their research on humor development in infants.

Summer 2009

Research on infant humor by Professor Gina Mireault and her students continues to receive attention. Vermont Public Television aired a story about the research over the summer. In addition, Gina presented preliminary results from the ongoing project at the annual conference of the Vermont Genetics network this summer. The title of the presentation was "A Naturalistic Observation of
Humor Perception and Creation in 3- to 6-Month Old Infants: Preliminary Descriptive Findings."

A summer JSC anthropology field course taught by Corbett Torrence brought WCAX, WPTZ, the Burlington Free Press, and the Transcript/News and Citizen to the excavation site at Boyden Farms. The story aired on WCAX and WPTZ, and the Free Press made it a front-page feature. through the course, JSC  archaeology students explored the Lamoille River's cultural history. In Phase I of the Lamoille Project, they focused on the section of river between the falls in Fairfax and Johnson. Initial site inspection of the Boyden Farm site in Cambridge indicated that the site is about 1,000 years old, and students identified more than 100 artifacts.