May 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, organized Wells College's participation in, and attended, the 24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at The University of Montana, Missoula, April 15-17, 2010. This year Wells was represented by six students from a variety of disciplines 


Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, read his poetry at Keuka College, April 13th, 2010.

Ten poems by Professor Bennett, including eight from his book Something Like Karma were read as part of the program to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of his alma mater, the Episcopal Academy, on May 1, 2010. Professor Bennett read two poems in the program, including his sonnet "What Is A School?" written specifically for the occasion of the school’s Anniversary.

Professor Bennett’s villanelle, "Such Change," written on the occasion of the Episcopal Academy’s move to its new Devon Campus in 2009, was published as the preface to the book, Excellence That Endures: The First 225 Years of the Episcopal Academy.

Professor Bennett’s villanelle, "The Flight," appeared in the Spring 2010 Issue of Tar River Poetry.


Tracy Brandenburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, is attending the 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, May 11-13, 2010. Once a year the best SIFE teams from across the country meet to have their programs evaluated by a distinguished group of business leaders. Professor Brandenburg is attending as an observer to learn how to create our own championship team at Wells!

Additionally, Wells College has been approved to have a SIFE chapter and is officially enrolled.


Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has been invited to serve as an Ad Hoc member of John Robbins's dissertation committee in Cornell's Department of English.


Candace CollmerProfessor Biology, presented an invited seminar entitled "Unifying themes in Microbe-Plant Interactions seen through Gene Ontology (GO) annotation" at the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology of the University of Arizona, Tucson, on March 23, 2010.


Bryan Duff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, was selected as a Mentor Teacher in mathematics for the Breakthrough Collaborative site in Manchester, NH. Breakthrough brings talented high school and college students together for the summer to plan and teach rigorous academic courses for low-income, high-potential middle school students.

Professor Duff was the higher-education representative on a site-visit team that assessed an elementary school in Syracuse on its practices in inclusive education.

Professor Duff and Dan Speciale '10 had a paper accepted for presentation at the August 2010 conference of the Association for Teacher Educators. Their paper, "A Small Spark Can Start Great Fires," looks at the challenges of educating teachers at small liberal-arts colleges.


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, attended, as the Academic Advisor of the Wells College Model United Nations, the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City with the following students as the delegates:
Catherine Abrego `11, Jessica Bland `13, Tomas Bowling `12, Molly Deacon `13, Ana Diaz `12, Megan Gilbert `13, Samantha Nielsen `12, Richaela Primus `12, Azra Rahman `13, Breanna Rolland `10, Aya Shiraishi, Caitlin Stuckey `13, Kaylin Thonnesen `12, and Kealy Whiting `10 (President)

These brilliant delegates represented Australia. With their enthusiasm and hard working, four out of their resolutions were adopted by General Assembly. Molly Deacon was elected as the Chair of the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency. All delegates were visible and productive in their committees and commissions. There were more than 2,500 students from the world over in the conference. The Conference was held from March 29 to April 2, 2010 in New York City.  They represented the Wells community with pride, dignity, and vibrant intelligence.  Thus, they should be congratulated by the whole community for a job well done!


Anne Lundquist, Dean of Students, is the co-chair for NASPA (national association of student personnel administrators) national Institute for Small Colleges and Universities to be held at the University of Redlands in CA in June.  As co-chair for the institute, Anne worked with her colleagues to plan programs and workshops on a variety of topics applicable to senior student affairs administrators, including risk management, campus disciplinary models, the role of athletics at small colleges and student mental health.


Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology and Elly Ventura, Director of Campus Involvement were interviewed on WHCU News/Talk Radio's "All Things Equal" on April 13, 2010. They were invited to discuss Wells' sustainability efforts.


Laura Purdy, Professor of Philosophy, had two papers reprinted in Lewis Vaughn,Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases (Oxford University Press, 2010). They are: "Surrogate Mothering: Exploitation or Empowerment," and "Genetics and Reproductive Risks: Can Having Children Be Immoral?" (OP 1989 and 1978, respectively).


André Siamundele, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, presented a paper on teaching African films (Teaching with Visual and Expressive Culture) during the annual conference of the Africa Network at Denison University, Granville, Ohio on April 17, 2010.