APSU Mondays: Experimental windows, trip to Jamaica and new … – The Leaf-Chronicle

Here’s the latest news from Austin Peay State University.
A special mesh window treatment was installed on two sets of windows at Sundquist Science Complex as part of an experiment to reduce the number of birds that fly into the windows.
Dr. Stefan Woltmann, interim director of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology and Professor of Biology, led the effort after collecting data on bird deaths for more than 10 years. These windows are problematic for birds because birds often don’t perceive the glass as a solid object.
Since 2013 at least 165 birds of 44 species have died hitting various windows on Sundquist. The bird species that die tend to be migratory, passing through Clarksville on their way north or south. The new window treatments will be monitored over the next two years to determine their effectiveness, and if successful, could be expanded to other windows and other buildings on campus.
A group of students traveled to Jamaica for a service-learning study abroad trip in January. They visited Bustamante High School, where they observed the teachers and painted classrooms.
The students also experienced Jamaican culture, including cooking a Jamaican breakfast from scratch and participated in meaningful service projects, such as visiting a nursing home.
The trip gave the students new perspectives and formed lasting connections with the Jamaican people they met. Students remarked that the experience was transformative and challenged them to step out of their comfort zones.
Dr. Tony Morris, chair and professor of the Department of Art + Design, has been named the associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and begins the role June 1.  
Morris will work closely with the dean of the College of Arts and Letters to provide leadership and support for faculty, staff and students. He will also be responsible for overseeing academic programs, supporting research and creative activity and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. 
“Dr. Morris brings a great combination of leadership experience and creativity to the associate dean position in the college,” said Dr. William “Buzz” Hoon, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Those attributes will benefit our departments as they serve the needs of our students.  We are excited to have him take on this new role.” 
Morris is a professor of art history with an emphasis on queer representations in 20th-century art. He has served as the department chair for Art + Design since 2018 and taught courses in global contemporary art, a non-western art survey and the history of graphic design. He has served on the Faculty Senate’s executive committee and wrote his department’s reaccreditation report prior to becoming the chair. He completed his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. 
“As the university reimagines the position of associate dean, it is an exciting time to work with Dean Hoon to help shape this new model,” Morris said.  
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