February 2009

Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Bennett had poems published in Light, in the anthology The Poets Guide to The Birds, edited by Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, and in Tar River Poetry's 30th Anniversary Issue. Also, Professor Bennett is serving as judge for this year's Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Contest sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.


Bridget Burke’s paper on women strikebreakers in the printing trades has been accepted for presentation at the 2009 conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) in Toronto. The paper is entitled "Union Gals, Lady Strikers, and Female Rats: Women Teletypists and the Technology of Strikebreaking, 1950-1965.


Candace Collmer is a co-author on 4 papers that will be published on February 19 as part of a special issue of BMC Microbiology focused on the work of the Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) project. Professor Collmer has been an active collaborator in the PAMGO consortium, which has been working to expand the international Gene Ontology database to include vocabulary for describing genes involved in the interaction between microbes and their hosts. The titles of the four papers (part of a series of eight) are:

1) The Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) Consortium: Community development of new Gene Ontology terms describing biological processes involved in microbe-host interactions.

2) Common and contrasting themes in host cell-targeted effectors from bacterial, fungal, oomycete and nematode plant symbionts described using the Gene Ontology.

3) Gene Ontology annotation highlights shared and divergent pathogenic strategies of type III effector proteins deployed by the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato DC3000 and animal pathogenic Escherichia coli strains.

4) Programmed cell death in host-symbiont associations, viewed through the Gene Ontology.


Brad Frazier published a review of Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher by Neil Gross (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), in Metapsychology Online, January 27, 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 5). A link to the review is given just below:



William Ganis’ feature-length essay, "String Theories: Annegret Soltau's Transitional, Fetishistic Photocollages," was published in Vol 36, No. 4, 2009 of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.

His extended review titled "Visible Disillusionment," regarding the "Not Quite How I Remember It" thematic exhibition at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, was published in Vol 36, No. 3, 2008 of Afterimage.


Cynthia Garrett's short story "The Brooch" was published in the fall 2008 issue of The Healing Muse: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts. Professor Garrett reviewed Kimberly Ann Coles's Religion, Reform, and Women's Writing in Early Modern England for the spring 2009 issue of Renaissance Quarterly


Christine Iacobucci has had a paper accepted by the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association. Dr. Iacobucci's paper, "Deliberative Strategy 'On the Fly,'" is part of a panel entitled, "The Practice of Deliberation." ICA's annual conference is in May in Chicago.


Lanni Lantto has been chosen to organize a session for the research project Strategic Practices; Why Gender? At the University of Jyväskylä, Finland 9th-10th of October 2009.


Milene Morfei presented her paper, "Applied Psychology: Service Learning to Address Campus Sustainability," at the 2nd biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 9 - 11.


Vic I. Muñoz has been appointed by the American Psychological Association Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest to the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Concerns for a two-year term, 2009 – 2011.

Professor Muñoz published: Muñoz, V. & Garrison, E. "TransPedagogies: A Roundtable Dialogue," WSQ: Trans-, Vol. 36, No. 3 & 4. December 2008.

Professor Muñoz presented the papers:

"Reducing vulnerability through indigenizing research methodologies with gender and sexual minorities," presented at the Ninth Global Forum on Bioethics in Research hosted by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The thematic focus this year was Ethics of Research Involving Indigenous Peoples and Vulnerable Populations. 4 December 2008, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

With Lisa Kahaleole Hall and Jill S. Hill, "Reclaiming and recovering the intellectual landscape through Indigenizing curricula in the academy: Making space for Indigenous knowledge systems," a Round Table at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. The conference theme this year was Indigenous Education in the 21stCentury: Respecting Tradition, Shaping the Future. 9 December 2008, Melbourne, Australia.


Ernie Olson attended and participated in the "Kona Water Roundtable Informational Meeting #2: The Ecological Significance of Fresh Water Discharge in Coastal Areas." The meeting was held in the King Kamehameha Hotel, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on July 23, 2008. 

Professor Olson has been invited to participate in a panel discussion, question and answer session for Professional Development Programs, the Graduate School, Syracuse University on Feb. 9, 2009. 

He will present a paper "Kava Circles and Kava Flow" for the session "Ta-Va, Space-Time: Theories of Reality" held at the 2009 annual meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology of Oceania, held Feb. 12-15, 2009, Santa Cruz, California.


Russell Posegate performed a solo piano recital on February 1st. The repertoire included the entire suite Pictures at and Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Mozart's Sonata in C, K. 330, the Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu, and a movement from Beethoven's Pastorale Sonata.


Laura Purdy has published:

1. Genetics and Reproductive Risk: Can Having Children Be Immoral? Reprinted in: Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice, by Nancy Jecker, Albert Jonsen, and Robert Pearlman, 2nd edition (Jones and Bartlett, 2007). 
 2. "Surrogate Mothering: Exploitation or Empowerment?" reprinted in (Eds. Ruth Chadwick, Helga Kuhse, Willem A. Landman, Udo Schuklenk, and Peter Singer), The Bioethics Reader: Editors’ Choice (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007). 

3. "The Science of Ethics," Science and Ethics, ed. Paul Kurtz and David Koepsell (Amherst: Prometheus Press, 2007).

 4. "Culture of Life of Culture of Misery?" CSER Review, op-ed: vol. 1, no. 2 (summer 2007).

 5. "Could There Be a Right not to Be Born an Octuplet?" Taking Responsibility for Children, eds. Samantha Brennan and Robert Noggle (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2007).

 6. "Is Preconception Sex Selection Necessarily Sexist?" Reproductive BioMedicine Online; also Vol. 15 Supp. 2 2007 33-37.

 7. "Bioethics and the New Assisted Reproduction," In:  Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd; Chichester. 

 8. "Exporting the Culture of Life," International Public Health Policy & Ethics, ed. Michael Boylan (Dordrecht: Spring, 2008).

9. "What Religious Ethics Can and Cannot Tell us about Reproduction and Sexuality,"Ethics, Bioscience and Life, supp. Editors G Benagiano, E Dahl and RG Edwards,Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Vol. 17, Supp. 3 (November 2008), 9-16.


Four of William Roberts’ photos were published in the 2009 Steeplechase Times Yearbook, American Steeplechasing. ST Publishing, Elkton, Md.

Three photos were included in the 2009 Horsephotos calender. Lexington, Kentucky.

Professor Roberts participated as a judge in the category of photography at the Central New York Scholastic Art Competition at Onondaga Community College on January 9, 2009.

His "Black Birds of Valdez" oil-spill paintings were included in the National Teach-In on Global Warming on Thursday February 5th.


Crawford Thoburn’s published choral arrangements and compositions have been performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad in the past few months. 

Recent performances of his original compositions have included "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue" by the Choir of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida, "The Starry Stranger" by the Concordia University Choir in Portland, Oregon, "A God And Yet A Man" by the Choir of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, "A Lovely Rose Is All My Song" by Albany Pro Musica in Albany, New York,  "Bread of the World" by the Choir of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wisconsin, and "Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee" by the Choir of Most Holy Rosary R.C. Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

Recent performances of his choral arrangements have included the American Folk-hymn "As Pants The Hart For Cooling Streams" sung by the Choir at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, the English Folk-hymn "My Dancing Day" sung by the Choir of the Ladera United Church of Christ in Portola Valley, California, the 15th century French melody "Adoration of the Wise Men" sung by the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, Florida, John Attey's melody "Blessed Be That Maid Marie" sung by the Choir of the Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennesee, the Afro-American Spiritual "Go Down Moses" sung by the Choir of Grace Presbyterian Church in Bartlett, Tennesee, J.S.Bach's "Come Thou, O Saviour" sung by the Choir of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado, the American Folk-hymn "O For A Closer Walk With God" sung by the Choir of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina, and the old German carol "O Sing To The Babe" sung by  the Chorgemeinschaft Irschenberg in Irschenberg, Bavaria, Germany.


Muin Uddin was a participant at a Symposium entitled, "The Federal Reserve in the 21st Century" held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York City on January 7-8, 2009


Christina Wahl’s scientific research article "'Morphometrics of corneal growth in chicks raised in constant light", is in press, scheduled to appear in a future issue of the Journal of Anatomy. Authors are Christina Wahl, Tong Li, Tsering Choden (Wells '01), and Howard C. Howland. Tsering Choden was one of Professor Wahl’s first three research students at Wells when she arrived in the fall of 2000. Her capstone research was included in the work presented in this article.