September 2007

Faculty Accomplishments

CHRISTOPHER BAILEY coordinated Wells College’s participation at the 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held this year from April 12-14, at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. The students attending and presenting this year were Krystle Bouchard (Environmental Studies, Dr. O’ Leary), Janel Doyle (Sociology, Dr. Olson), Kanako Shiogaki (Biological and Chemical Sciences, Dr. Wahl), and Chearnysa Tim (Political Science, Dr. Lummumba-Kasongo). This was the 19th NCUR Conference in which Professor Bailey and Wells College have participated. On July 8, 2007, Professor Bailey, an amateur genealogist, gave a talk entitled, "Hold on to your Bag of Sand" at The Howland Stone Store Museum in Sherwood, New York. The talk presented the story of John H. Haynes and family during the Alaskan Gold Rush (1897-1918) as told through letters and other documents. Professor Bailey attended the Materials Science and Nanotechnology for Chemists Workshop, held at Beloit College in Wisconsin, from July 22-27. This hands-on workshop allowed participants to try out a variety of laboratory experiments designed to introduce materials science and nanotechnology to the undergraduate curriculum.

During the summer of 2007, Professor Bailey and Wells College Laboratory Manager Ellen Sweet coordinated the move between Zabriskie Hall and Stratton Hall, the new science facility.


BRUCE BENNETT had poems published in Measure and Hummingbird. He gave readings of his poetry at at Café Muse, Chevy Chase, Maryland, on June 4. Professor Bennett delivered the keynote address at the Episcopal Academy Alumni Weekend on April 27. He gave a talk, "Do Epigrams Need to be Nasty?: On the Epigrams of Richard Moore," and participated in a panel on Richard Moore and also in a Critical Seminar on Rhyme at the West Chester Poetry Conference, West Chester, Pennsylvania, June 7-9.


In May, the Modern Language Association Press accepted CATHERINE BURROUGHS's proposal for a book, Approaches to Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Women Playwrights, which is now in process with co-editor Bonnie Nelson at Kansas State University. Over thirty-five scholars from Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, and the United States are contributing essays in October. Also in May, Professor Burroughs was invited to review a book manuscript for Ashgate's series, "Studies in Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Theatre, Music, Dance."


LAURA CAMPBELL performed in a woodwind ensemble as part of the International Double Reed Society Conference at Ithaca College in June. She also performed a solo flute work by composer Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy at the American Composers Alliance Conference in New York City at Symphony Space in June. Both events included musicians and composers from around the U.S.


Together with three colleagues working on the NSF-funded Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) project, CANDACE COLLMER presented a workshop at the thirteenth Congress of the  International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, held 21-27 July, 2007, in Sorrento, Italy.  The workshop was entitled "Get GOing with comparative genomics: How new terms for the Gene Ontology (GO) are facilitating the study of host-microbe interactions in diverse microbes and their hosts." Professor Collmer was one of the presenters at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute PAMGO/Oomycete Bioinformatics Training Workshop, August 8-10, 2007.  She gave a talk entitled " PAMGO (Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology) -- a Work-in-Progress to Create and Use Gene Ontology (GO) Terms to Describe Host-microbe Interactions in Diverse Microbes and their Hosts."  She also led a hands-on exercise on GO-annotation of a recently-characterized gene of the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, described in a recent Nature paper."


WILLIAM GANIS's feature article "On Edge:" regarding the work of the glass sculptor and furniture maker Danny Lane was published in the May 2007 issue of Glass Quarterly. He had his review "On Others’ Outlooks" regarding the "Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran" exhibition at the Johnson Museum of Art published in the Spring 2007 issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Another review, of Sharry Boyle's "Aspects & Excess" exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, was published in the Summer 2007 issue of Border Crossings. Professor Ganis's review of Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky's "Small Objects" exhibition at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, was published in the June 2007 issue of Sculpture magazine.


In November 2006, CYNTHIA GARRETT attended the Early Modern Women conference at the University of Maryland, participating in workshops on the early gender debate in England and France, children in the early modern world, and critiquing masculine violence. Professor Garrett’s review of Cavendish and Shakespeare, Interconnections, edited by Katherine Romack and James Fitzmaurice, was published in Renaissance Quarterly, Spring 2007. Her review of Patricia Springborg’s Mary Astell: Theorist of Freedom from Domination is scheduled for publication in Renaissance Quarterly, Winter 2008. The Renaissance Society of America recently invited Professor Garrett to chair a session at their April 2008 meeting in Chicago.


This July, SIOUXSIE GRADY completed her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts with concentrations in Directing and Devising Theatre. Her thesis, entitled "The Book of Two Ways," is an engagement with the theory, process and practice of a devised and scripted theatre artist. Also in July, Professor Grady directed a performance of "Gargoyles" at the Geneva Arts Festival in Geneva, New York. To her "delight," she also had to go on stage that evening to replace a sick actor. "Gargoyles" is a play written by David Dannenfelser and devised with members of her theatre company, The Icarus Theatre Ensemble.


SARAH JEFFERIS’s poem "I am No More or Less," was accepted for publication in "The Healing Muse," and will appear in the October issue. She was accepted to present two papers at a conference with the Association for the Research on Mothering. This will occur in October in Toronto; the first paper is on the role of infanticide in Toni Morrison's Beloved, and the second is on lesbian motherhood.


On August 26, MARIE MARTINE KAYA received the Certificate of Recognition 1st Prize Award "for an exceptional career as a graduate teaching assistant with extraordinary dedication to teaching and to the support of peers" from the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.


THOEDORE LOSSOWSKI had one of my sculptures, "Blue Circle" accepted in the juried show, "Made in New York", at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center during the months of July and August.


SARAH MALENA had a publication come out earlier this year: "Milk and Honey: Essays on Ancient Israel and the Bible" in Appreciation of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, edited by Sarah Malena and David Miano, published by Eisenbrauns, 2007 [Eisenbrauns focuses on biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies and is located in Winona Lake, Indiana].


In June, ANNE LUNDQUIST was selected to serve as one of the ten members of the Board of Advisors of Student Affairs Today, a national publication for Student Affairs professionals. She was also appointed a member of the Conference Planning Group for the NASPA Student Affairs Law & Policy Conference to be held in San Antonio in early December. On April 25, the week after the Virginia Tech tragedy, Dean Lundquist was the co-presenter for an audio conference titled, "Effective Crisis Management for Students With and Without Disabilities." Almost 500 representatives from 61 institutions of higher education attended the program. On August 1, she co-presented a follow-up program titled, "When Risk Management and Crisis Management Intersect: Lessons Learned from the Virginia Tech Tragedy and the Duke Lacrosse Scandal."


LESLIE MILLER-BERNAL's co-edited book, Going Coed: Women's Experiences in Formerly Men's Colleges and Universities, 1950-2000, was one of six recent books featured in an "Essay Review" on women's participation in higher education in the twentieth century in History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 47, August 2007.


MILENE MORFEI attended "The Finger Lakes Project," an annual workshop for educators on how to integrate considerations of sustainability into curriculum and courses across disciplines. Ithaca College, May 24, 2007. She also attended the Psychology-Ecology-Sustainability conference at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, June 8 – 10, 2007.


WILLIAM ROBERTS did 16 new abstract paintings over the summer. The paintings are a part of a series which are titled " Dichotomy of Darkness". He worked in Saratoga for six weeks producing drawings for "The Saratoga Special" which is a racing newspaper published daily during the Saratoga Race Meeting. Professor Roberts also photographed the major races during the six week meeting during July, August and September.


JACLYN SCHNURR, along with coauthors Richard Ostfeld and Charles Canhem, presented their poster "Life as a seed: The influences of nearest neighbors on seed removal" at the Ecological Society of America meetings in San Jose, California.


Two of CRAWFORD THOBURN’s original choral compositions have been issued over the summer. "The Starry Stranger," a setting of a text by Richard Crashaw for unaccompanied mixed voices, has been published by Mark Foster Music Press. "'Neath Starlit Skies," a setting of a text by Grace Stutzman for unaccompanied mixed voices has been published by Abingdon Press, a new publisher for him. Abingdon Press is the twelfth publisher to issue his work. "As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams," a recording of his arrangement for accompanied mixed voices was broadcast over the weekend of August 25-26 by National Public Radio stations across the country. It's a setting of a psalm text to an old American folk-hymn, and was featured on a syndicated weekly program of choral and organ music entitled "With Heart And Voice," which is produced in Rochester, New York, and aired by more than 100 radio stations in 35 states. The recorded performance, from a commercial CD, was sung by Madrigalia, a Rochester-based chamber choir conducted by Roger Wilhelm.