March 2007

Faculty Accomplishments

BRUCE BENNETT has had poems published in the poetry magazines, Light andHummingbird, and online in INNISFREE POETRY JOURNAL.


The Plant Associated-Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) project, in which CANDACE COLLMER is involved as a Principal Investigator, last month had several hundred newly created and defined terms accepted into the international Gene Ontology (GO) project. These terms describe the various processes involved in a microbe's interactions with its host, either plant or animal, and with either beneficial or pathogenic outcomes. A press release put out by the National Science Foundation about the PAMGO project was picked up by a number of science news outlets around the world.


WILLIAM GANIS had his review of the "Michael Glancy: Periodic Equilibrium" exhibition at Barry Friedman Gallery, New York City, published in the Spring 2007 issue of Glass Quarterly. On March 9 Professor Ganis participated as a member of a four-person panel in a themed discussion, "New York Architecture as Global Practice." This panel was a part of the "New York City: Global Village" interdisciplinary conference at the Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology.


NANCY GILBERTSON presented a solo piano recital at Wells College on February 24, 2007. Music included on the program was Aaron Copland's Piano Fantasy, two Preludes from Op. 32 by Rachmaninoff, four of the later Chopin Waltzes, and Gavotte and Variations by Rameau.


SIOUXSIE GRADY was recently chosen as one of five professors to teach at the Advanced Studies in England program in Bath for the summer of 2009. She will be teaching a course entitled, "Contemporary British Playwrights."


JILL HILL was the invited lecturer for the Counseling Psychology Colloquium at Teachers College (Columbia University), New York City on November 29, 2006. Professor Hill's lecture was titled, "Decolonizing Personality Assessment and Honoring Indigenous Voices: A Critical Examination of the MMPI-2." Along with her colleagues from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS; Gannett Health Services) at Cornell University, Professor Hill also presented at the 24th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, on February 16, 2007. The symposium presentation was titled, "Get Out of the Counseling Center! Innovative Approaches to Reaching and Empowering College Students in Distress." Her research, "Cultural Validity of MMPI-2 Empirical Correlates: Is this the best we can do?" has also been accepted for presentation at the 115th Annual American Psychological Convention to be held in San Francisco, California, August 17-20, 2007. APA Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, is the sponsoring division.


A book co-authored by ANNE LUNDQUIST has just been published by LRP Publications. Titled The Student Affairs Handbook: Translating Legal Principles into Effective Policies, the book addresses current risk management and liability issues involving students in higher education and combines legal and practical advice regarding administrative and key policy issues in student affairs. The book focuses less on theory and more on the realities of student affairs administration. At the same time, the book emphasizes the need for a deliberative, strategic, collaborative and systemic organizational management approach for institutions of higher education.


MATTHEW McCABE accompanied six Wells students on a visit to a number of financial institutions and sites in New York City as part of his Investment Management and Strategies course. Professor McCabe was also a participant in the Eastern Economic Association Conference in New York City on February 24, 2007, as a discussant for a paper entitled "What's Going On With Punitive Damages In Light of Philip Morris USA v. Williams" and as a participant in a roundtable discussion on "The Usual Suspects: What You Do to Rebut Your Common Opponent."


VIC MUÑOZ has been approved for candidacy on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster. "The Roster is a list of all approved candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Senior Specialists." The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is supported by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).


THOMAS VAWTER, together with colleagues from EcoLogic, LLC, submitted to the Onondaga Lake Partnership, the final report entitled, "2020 Vision: Engaging the Public in the Future of Onondaga Lake". This report represents the culmination of Professor Vawter's sabbatical leave project begun (2005-2006) in the summer of 2005, extracting from people of the Onondaga Lake Watershed a vision for a rehabilitated and revitalized Onondaga Lake.


CHRISTINA WAHL gave a talk entitled "Faith in Science and Science Education" at the Wider Parish Lenten series on February 25.  It was held at the Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting House.  An article summarizing some aspects of the talk and discussion appeared in the February 26 issue of the Auburn Citizen. Professor Wahl prepared and photographed a scanning electron micrograph of the developing ferret hindbrain that was published in the monograph "Neural Crest Induction and Differentiation", edited by Jean-Pierre Saint-Jennet, Landes Bioscience and Springer Science + Business Media (2006).  The electron micrograph appeared in Chapter 1, page 8, "Neural Crest Cells and the Community of Plan for Craniofacial Development:  Historical Debates and Current Perspectives" by Drew M. Noden and Richard A. Schneider.