May 2011

Faculty Accomplishments

Professor Bruce Bennett's letterpress chapbook of rhymed fables, THE BESTIAL FLOOR, was published by the Wells College Press in late April. The edition, printed under the direction of Victor Hammer Fellow Sarah Bryant with the assistance of Alex Schloop '12 and Abbey Williams '11, is in an edition of 75 copies in handmade boxes. Professor Bennett read a selection of his rhymed and prose fables, including the entire 15 page chapbook, in the Art Exhibit Room on April 20th to celebrate its publication.


Tracy Brandenburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, and Sirietta Simoncini, Lecturer in Italian, conducted a Design Thinking workshop at the College of Architecture at Cornell University. On April 22, graduate students from different Cornell colleges, including Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, came together for a workshop on the fundamentals of Design Thinking. This workshop was part of a series of skills development sessions led by the City and Regional Planning students of the College of Architecture.


Bryan Duff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, and one of his former students recently had a paper accepted for the 2011 convocation of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education). Called "Acoustic Education: The Whys and Whens of Unplugging," the paper argues for a measured approach to using new technology in classrooms.

Professor Duff served as a reviewer of proposals for the summer 2011 conference of the Association of Teacher Educators.


Siouxsie Easter, Assistant Professor of Theatre, appeared as Hermia in Theatre Incognita's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Ithaca, NY from April 23-May 1st.


Robert Ellis, Director of the Center for Business and Entreprenuership and Lecturer in Management, was quoted in a Fundfire article on independent broker dealers using SMA and UMA capabilities to attract reps from wirehouses.


Beatrice Farnsworth, Professor of History, has been asked by the graduate history department of the University of Toronto to be the outside examiner for a PhD dissertation on Soviet history. The oral exam will take place in early September.


Professor Emerita Pilar Fernández-Cañadas Greenwood chaired a session
entitled Continuity and Current Trends in Latin American Narrative, at the X
Conference of CILH (International Association of Hispanic Literatures) held
in March 2-5, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As part of that session, she also
read a paper entitled, "Literatura y Activismo: Clarice Lispector, Rosario Ferré y Julia Álvarez."

On Thursday, April 7, Professor Greenwood gave a public lecture at Colgate
University presenting an expanded English version of her paper on Literature
and Activism(s) as a master class and public lecture. She was invited by 
Professor Lourdes Rojas, Charles Dana Professor of Romance Languages and 
Literatures at Colgate . The event was co-sponsored by the Department of 
Romance Languages, Department of Women's Studies, and the Division of the


Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, has been re-elected to the executive committee of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society, and attended (with two Wells Students) the spring meeting of the Section in April, which was held at SUNY Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. This brand-new 800,000 square-foot facility, dedicated to state-of-the-art research and education in materials science, houses unique collaborations between industry and academia.
 For example, now IBM (the co-sponsor of the conference) does all of its semiconductor hardware research at CNSE.


Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, presented a paper entitled "Biophysical Economics and the Social Structure of Accumulation" at the 3rd Annual conference of the International Society for Biophysical Economics in Syracuse, New York on April 16, 2011.


Vic Muñoz, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, attended the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference and, as a member, participated in the Business Meeting of the Special Interest Group, Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific. May 7 - 11. New Orleans.

Dr. Muñoz served as a member of the dissertation committee for Avery Tompkins. On April 18, Dr. Tompkins successfully defended his work, "Intimate Allies: Identity, Community, and Everyday Activism Among Cisgender People with Trans-Identified Partners" earning the Ph.D. in Sociology, Syracuse University.

Dr. Muñoz participated in the American Psychological Association's Spring Consolidated Meetings as a member of the Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. Dr. Muñoz was appointed Chair of the Dissemination and Implementation Subcommittee of the CLGBTC. March 25 - 27, Washington, D.C.


Ernie Olson, Professor of Anthropology and Religion, served as a member of the organization team for the First Peoples' Festival: A Celebration of Indigenous Culture held Saturday, October 2, 2010, Dewitt Park, Ithaca, NY.

Professor Olson played the role of Fred Gates for the play "Trust" directed by Siouxsie Easter at the Morgan Opera House on October 2 and 3, 2010.

Professor Olson chaired the poster session "Performing Culture" for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association held November 19-23, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Olson presented the poster "Kava Bars and Kava Circles: Tourist Encounters and Local Experiences with Kava Culture in Hawai'i" at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association held November 19-23, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Olson - with colleagues Jeanne Goddard, Joe DeForest, and Siouxsie Easter -contributed photography, 2D and 3D art for the performance installation "Sub rosa" in the String Room Art Gallery on February 4, 2011.

Professor Olson gave the presentation "The Changing Shape of the Kava Circle" for the Wells College Faculty Club February, 2011 presentation.

Professor Olson gave a presentation on "Water Diversions and Divided Estates: Water, Land and Exploration for Oil in Eastern Montana" for the 10th Annual Activism Symposium held on March 11, 2011 at Wells College.

Professor Olson chaired the session "Anthropology Confronts the Realities of the 21st Century" at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Anthropological Association held March 25-26, 2011 at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire. Professor Olson also presented the paper "Slick Oil, Rough Roads: Local Culture and Hydrofracking on the Northern Plains" in this session.

Professor Olson served as faculty advisor and sponsor for four Wells College students - Caroline Ham, Brittany Bouchard, Nicole Safer, and Lauren Robin - at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Anthropological Association held March 25-26. Caroline Ham, Brittany Bouchard, and Lauren Robin presented posters of their senior thesis research projects and Nicole Safer presented a 20 minute paper presentation on her senior thesis project.

Professor Olson joined Jamila Walida Simon '01, Malindra Ratnayake, and Azra Rahman for the panel discussion "Building Cultural Competence" held in the Wells College Art Exhibit Room on April 22. The event was organized by Tina Post and was the second installment of Jamila Walida Simon's Leader-in-residence program. The event was co- sponsored by the Wells College Staff Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence and the Faculty Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence and Off-Campus Study.


Cathleen Patella, Director of Financial Aid, has been elected the 2012 President of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. In this role Mr. Patella will represent financial aid professionals from (13) northeastern states (Maine to the District of Columbia) to serve on the National Board of Financial Aid Administrators in Washington, DC. This is a great honor and will prove challenging as the proposals out of Congress for the 2012-2013 do not look favorably for financial aid programs. Ms. Patella will also lead a team of financial aid volunteers that provide training and mentoring to colleagues.