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Journal highlights scholarly work of grad students

March 12, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The importance of preserving privacy during transactions on the Web, mitigating sectarian protests in divided nations and a display of colorful portraits and whimsical artwork are part of a new journal of work compiled by Western Michigan University graduate students and faculty.

Released by WMU's Graduate Student Advisory Committee--GSAC--the 80-page Hilltop Review serves as an introduction to the publication process, enabling graduate students to get involved in the peer review process, the publication's editorial board or simply to submit their work. The journal, released late in the fall 2009, received an International Standard Serial Number, or ISSN, which identifies periodicals worldwide. This allowed for the work to be shared with other Michigan universities and the Library of Congress.

The multidisciplinary journal includes five graduate papers and artwork from two graduate students. In addition to a group of graduate students, faculty members from each department served as expert reviewers on a peer-review board.

"Our aim is to produce a quality product that represents the plethora of amazing research that comes from the WMU graduate student body," says Brandi Pritchett, GSAC chair.

Hilltop Review contents

  • "Treason and Betrayal in the Middle English Romances of Sir Gawain," Gregory L. Laing, English.
  • "Privacy-Preserving Transactions on the Web," Sahil Behl and Dr. Leszek Lilien, computer science.
  • "Are Institutions the Answer? Mitigating Sectarian Protest in Divided Nations," Matthew P. Arsenault, political science.
  • "Adaptive Control in Swarm Robotic Systems," Hanyi Dai, electrical and computer engineering.
  • "Greek Marriage, Latin in Giving: The Greek Community of Fourteenth-Century Palermo and the Deceptive Will of Bonannus de Geronimo," Jack Goodman, history.

Artwork was published by Brandon Bruce Dellario, social work, and Alessandra Santos Pye, counselor education and counseling psychology.

The Hilltop Review was previously published online in 2005 through 2007. The editor is Lotfi Ben Othmane, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science.

For more information, contact Brandi Pritchett at gsac@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8207.

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