February 2007

Faculty Accomplishments

CHRISTOPHER BAILEY accompanied seven Wells students to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of his January course in Genealogy. The Family History Library holds one of the world's premiere collections of genealogical records. The students received instruction in genealogical methods from Professor Bailey and then made extensive use of the library's collections while developing their own family histories.


ARTHUR BELLINZONI, Professor Emeritus of Religion, spoke at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Auburn on February 11 on the subject "On Naming God."


BRUCE BENNETT’s new chapbook, Examined Life, a collection of 58 epigrams, was published by Scienter Press. His poem, "The Lady Speaks Again," from his 1992 book, Taking Off, was selected for inclusion on Columbia University Press’s Internet database, Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry.


In December, CATHERINE BURROUGHS' article was published in a special issue ofNineteenth-Century Contexts on "Romanticism and Theater." The article is called "'The Father Foster'd at His Daughter's Breast: Fanny Kemble and The Grecian Daughter" (28.4, 2006: 335-345).


CANDACE COLLMER attended the Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference in San Diego, California, from January 13-17, 2007.  She presented a talk as part of a workshop entitled "Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO): A community resource of Gene Ontology (GO) terms describing gene products involved in microbe-host interactions."


DEBORAH GAGNON attended the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology held January 3-6 in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, and presented "What Shall a Diverse Cognitive and Biological Psychology Look Like?" on January 5. Professor Gagnon represented the Wells Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Xi of New York) as Head Delegate at PBK's Forty-First Triennial Council Meeting, October 26-29, in Atlanta, Georgia. She participated in REACHING OUT: Best Practices in Teaching Diversity & International Perspectives Across the Psychology Curriculum, held October 13-14, in Atlanta, Georgia.

DEB GAGNON and MILENE MORFEI led a roundtable discussion entitled, "Diversifying the Psychology Curriculum: Lessons Learned" in a Participant Idea Exchange at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jan. 3–6.


WILLIAM GANIS had his article about Corning Museum's "Glass for Living" seminar published in the Winter 2006-07 issue of Glass Quarterly. He has also relaunched Iconophilia, an e-anthology of art criticism now in it's eighth year and available at:http://home.earthlink.net/~dadaloplop/home.html


At the end of the fall semester, CHRISTINE IAOBUCCI‘s SOC 385 (Gender Differences in Language and Aggression) students participated in a positive school social climate program for middle and high school students in the Lansing Central School District. Hayley Clark-Braverman, Ariel Lawson, Natalie Massulik, Caitrin O'Connell, Pat O'Rourke, Kari Ouderkirk, Isabelle Thonicke, and Sarah Waugh attended a high school mentor training session, a middle school workshop, and a task force meeting with teachers, parents, and administrators where their contributions were greatly appreciated.


TUKUMBI LUMUMBA-KASONGO was invited as part of Wells Lecture Series at the Seneca Falls Library to deliver a lecture on May 11, 2006. The topic of his lecture was "The Political Re-mapping of Africa." He attended the 20th International Political Science Association World Congress, which was held in Fukuoka, Japan, on July 7-14, 2006. The topic of his presentation was, "Japan’s Economic and Political Relations with Africa Since the 1970s and Their Implications for Popular Demands for Democracy in Africa: A Preliminary Reflection." Professor Lumumba-Kasongo also chaired a panel on "The Crisis and Capacity of Democracy in Africa" in the 20th IPSA World Congress. In July 2006, he organized a seminar at Hiroshima University in the Center for International Cooperation in Education (Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan) where he is a Visiting Research Fellow; the topic of his seminar was "Liberal Democracy and Its Critics in Africa." In November 2006, he was invited to deliver a lecture at Wellesley College; the topic was "Contemporary Japanese Politics." Professor Lumumba-Kasongo taught a graduate seminar at Suffolk University, Department of Government, on "Politics of Japan." During his sabbatical leave, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo finalized a research project on "Cheikh Anta Diop’s Political Thoughts as a Scientist, an Historian, and an Egyptologist." This research was accepted in January 2007 and it is forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. He also finalized a research project on "Africa’s Third-Term Syndrome: A Trend towards Authoritarianism or a Unique Form of Democracy?" This project was completed in November 2006, and it has been published in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2007, Volume VIII, and Number 1. Professor Lumumba-Kasongo collected the data in various centers and research institutions in Japan and the United States on his ongoing research project on "Japan’s Economic and Political Relations with Africa from the Bandung Conference in 1955 to the Present."


On January 17 and 18, Interim Dean LESLIE MILLER-BERNAL traveled to Randolph Macon Woman's College where she gave a talk titled, "Women’s Colleges and Formerly Women’s Colleges: Similarities and Differences" as well as spoke to various groups of faculty, staff, and students about the experiences at Wells and other formerly women's colleges as they made the transition to a coeducational college. 


MILENE MORFEI presented a poster entitled, "We're the Same, Only Different: Connecting Through Diversity in Adult Development and Aging" at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 3-6. Yasmine Jaber '07 was second author on the poster.


VIC MUÑOZ has been invited as a Visiting Scholar by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, Toronto, fall of 2007. Being a Visiting Scholar will enable Professor Muñoz "to participate generally in the scholarly and scientific life of the University community, and specifically affords the following privileges: library borrowing privileges; office space, Internet, fax, and telephone access; CFR sponsorship of a public lecture."


LAURA PURDY was an invited member on a panel entitled, "Watch Out, Roe!" with Toby Schonfeld, Carolyn McLeod, and Suzanne Holland, sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, November 17, 2006.


WILLIAM ROBERTS photographed the Houston Texans vs. the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Boston on December 17, 2006. His photo of Bernardini is included in the Blood-Horse Stallion Registry for 2007. The entry can be accessed using the following link: http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=6801271&origin=singlesearch. This photo of Bernardini also appeared in the 2007 marketing catalogue for Darley Ltd., Lexington, Kentucky. Professor Roberts’ photo of Henny Hughes, taken at Saratoga Racecourse, appeared in a full-page ad for Coolmore Racing( Coolmore Stud, established in 1975, is the world's largest breeding operation of thoroughbreds). Four of his photos appeared in the 2006 promotional brochure for the Genesee Valley Hunt Club Races (Geneseo, New York).


THOMAS VAWTER is co-chair of a joint committee of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network charged with developing a plan for long-term ecological monitoring of Cayuga Lake and its tributaries.


The paper,  "Influences on oak and pine establishment with time-since-fire in sandhills longleaf pine forests", coauthored by JACLYN SCHNURR and Beverly Collins, has been accepted for publication in Southeastern Naturalist. Additionally, Professor Schnurr has submitted a manuscript to Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecologytitled, "Evaluating the impact of TIEE activities on student understanding of ecological concepts and science as a process: lessons for the instructor" based on classroom activities conducted at Wells.


The Albany Pro Musica, a semi professional chorus directed by David Griggs-Janower gave performances of CRAWFORD THOBURN’s original composition, "A Lovely Rose Is All My Song, " at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on December 9, and at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany on December 10. This work is scored for unaccompanied mixed voices and is published by Carl Fischer Inc.