September 2009

Faculty Accomplishments

Bryant Adams Professor Adams' paper /A Universal Framework for Analysis of Self-Replication Phenomena/, co-authored by Hod Lipson, was published in the open-access journal /Entropy/.


Tracy Brandenberg Professor Brandenburg will present her paper, "In Search of the Invisible World: Uncovering Mesoamerican Rhetoric in Contemporary Mexico" at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory on October 2, 2009 in New Orleans, LA.


Catherine Burroughs This past summer, Professor Burroughs served as executive producer for a film sponsored by the newly-formed organization, Aurora Shakespeare People. Othello in Five Languages (directed by Joe Siracusa and filmed and edited by Brian Morey) features students from one of Burroughs's annual courses at Cornell University-"Critical Reading and Writing: Three Plays." This video shows students rehearsing and performing the "willow scene" from Othello (4.3) in Arabic, Urdu, Japanese, Spanish, and English. The video was shot entirely in Aurora and will serve as a recruiting tool for both Wells and Cornell, as each institution seeks to hone its co-collaboration and market that collaboration to national and international constituencies. An article on the course and the project appears in the August 9 edition of Cornell's ChronicleOnline.

In addition, Catherine has been asked to serve as a teaching mentor in the Graduate Program in English at Cornell University for 2009-10.


Dandan Chen

Article & Book Review

Professor Dandan Chen published her article, "Philosophy vs. Science and Philosophy vs. Religion: The Identity of 'Chinese Philosophy' in Twentieth-Century China" (in Chinese), in Renwen zazhi (The Journal of Humanities) [one of the leading humanistic journal in China), No.4, 2009.

Professor Dandan Chen published her book review, "The Truth Appears in the World: Alain Badiou's Logics of Worlds" (in Chinese), in Wenhua Zongheng (Beijing Cultural Review), No. 3, 2009.

Professor Dandan Chen presented her article, "Forgettable and Unforgettable: Memory, Identity, and Transnationality in Post-World War II Love Stories," at the 2009 conference of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (Inter-Asia Cultural Typhoon 2009), entitled "Cultural Studies and Asia; Past, Present and Future," Tokyo, Japan, July 3-5, 2009.

Conference Papers & Panel Organization

Professor Dandan Chen, presented her article, "Modern Political Consciousness and the Political Education of the Intelligentsia: Case Studies of Liang Qichao and Zhang Junmai at the Biennial Conference of the Association of Chinese & Comparative Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, June 19-21, 2009. She was also the organizer of two panels entitled "Class, Politics, and Intellectuals' Self-Reflection and Self-remolding: Chinese Public Intellectuals as 'Critical Intellectuals'" and "Narrations on Nation, Mass Enlightenment, and Literary Writings in Age of Crisis: History and Discourses of Intelligentsia in 1930s and 1940s China" at this conference.

Professor Dandan Chen presented her article, "Philosophy vs. Science and Philosophy vs. Religion: The Identity of 'Chinese Philosophy' in Twentieth-Century China," at "Confucianism in the Modern Horizon: International Conference," organized by East China Normal University and Sungkyunkwan University, Shanghai, China, May 22-23, 2009.

Invited Talks

Professor Dandan Chen gave her talk, "Theatrical Chineseness: Eileen Chang and Yan Geling," at Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, June 17, 2009.

Professor Dandan Chen gave her talk, "Dialectics between City and Country: From Eileen Chang to Wang Anyi," at Shanghai University, May 27, 2009.

Professor Dandan Chen gave her talk, "Theory of Politics or Theory of Law: Zhang Junmai and Carl Schmitt," at East China Normal University, May 26, 2009.

Professor Dandan Chen gave her short talk as one of the five key speakers at the "Forum on the Ninetieth Anniversary of May Fourth Movement," at Harvard University, May 8, 2009.


Candace Collmer Professor Collmer presented an invited seminar entitled "Microbe-Plant Interactions through the Lens of Gene Ontology (GO) Annotation" on May 28, 2009, at the Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Madrid, Spain.


David Dannenfelser In August of 2009, Professor Dannenfelser's play, Gargoyles was selected as a semi-finalist in a national new play festival hosted by Centre Stage, a professional theatre in Greenville, South Carolina. Gargoyles was one of six plays chosen out of over a hundred submissions to the festival.

The play had originally been developed through a workshop process with the Icarus Theatre Ensemble and was presented as a staged reading in Ithaca directed by Siouxsie Grady.


Kate Dimitrova Professor Dimitrova delivered a paper entitled, "Weaving through the Via Crucis: Artistic "Spatial Imagination" and the Navigation of Space in the Passion Tapestries at Zaragoza Cathedral" in May 2009 at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Bryan Dorfman Lecturer in Music Brian Dorfman just completed design and installation of a new recording studio in NYC for David Letterman Drummer and noted session musician Anton Fig in preparation for Fig's new record production.

Bryan Duff Professor Duff's Proposal to present a workshop on how college classes can "adopt" K-12 classes, at the Coalition of Essential Schools annual meeting (November 2009), was accepted.

Selected as the 1990s alum of Oak Hall School whose professional career best exemplifies the "service" component of the high school's motto.


Brad Frazier Professor Frazier recently published "Where Id Was, There Stephen Colbert Will Be." In Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I am Philosophy (and So Can You!), ed. Aaron Schiller. Volume 41 of the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, ed. George A. Reisch. Chicago: Open Court, 2009.


William V. Ganis Professor Ganis guest-curated "Andy Warhol Photography: Through a Glass Starkly," at Montclair State University's George Segal Gallery. This exhibition features 153 Warhol silver-gelatin prints and Polaroids gifted to the gallery by The Andy Warhol Foundation through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program; the show includes related paintings and prints from The Andy Warhol Museum. Dr. Ganis contributed an essay, "Anxious Objects: Andy Warhol's Photography" to the catalog. The exhibition opens September 8 and will be on-view through December 12. For more information please see:

Closer to home, Dr. Ganis worked with the Johnson Museum's Andrea Inselmann to jury "Movement" a benefit art exhibition that supports both the Ithaca Suffer Jets roller derby team and the Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels program. This exhibition is on-view at the Petrune Gallery in Ithaca from September 4 through October 10.

As director of Wells College's String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis opened the 2009-10 season with "Sun in an Empty Room + Music of Chance" featuring two installations by Vancouver artists Rhonda Weppler + Trevor Mahovsky. For this exhibition that will be open from September 2 to October 14, Ganis wrote a supporting essay, "The Background of the World: Installations by Rhonda Weppler + Trevor Mahovsky." 

In addition to these curatorial roles, Dr. Ganis worked with Thomson Wadsworth Publishing to assess the contemporary art chapter (36) and collateral materials for Fred Kleiner's Gardner's Art Through the Ages 13th edition. Dr. Ganis critiqued the current edition and made suggestions for the content and organization for the upcoming 14th edition.

In support of the Aurora commercial community, Dr. Ganis worked pro-bono with Julia Reich Design to create and HTML program the website for the Aurora Arts and Merchants Association--Wells College and its commercial properties are members of this organization. Publication of the site is pending approvals by association members.


Jeanne Goddard Professor Goddard, Robert D and Henrietta T Campbell '12 Professor of Dance, taught six weeks of modern dance classes during the summer of 2009 at the CRS Barn Studio in Ithaca. She also choreographed a new duet for, and produced, "Moving Landscapes 2, A Concert of Dance and Music", with dance colleagues from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, baritone Steven Stull and pianist Richard Montgomery in July. In August, Goddard and Stull co-directed and co-produced at the barn a full-length outdoor performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance", with nationally known lead singers and a chorus drawn from the Ithaca community. At the end of the season Professor Goddard performed in a memorial dance concert in Provincetown, MA.


Siouxsie Grady Professor Grady went to Bath and Oxford, England in June as the faculty representative to the Board of ASE. While there, she worked on enrollment strategy and curriculum development.

In August, Siouxsie starred as Vita Sackville-West in a staged reading of Eileen Atkins' "Vita and Virginia" at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. "Vita and Virginia" explores the complex and loving relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.


Scott Heinekamp Professor Heinekamp attended the 2009 NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) in April 2009, hosted by University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and was in charge of the Wells "team", which comprised Wells students Talyse Hampton (sociology), Lisa Hoff (History), Henry McLauren (religion), Stephanie Redmond (physics), and Kelly Shepardson and Cathy Walker (chemistry). Our students presented their senior thesis work in poster or oral sessions, and were proud to have been invited. The conference was attended by approximately 6000 undergraduates from the USA and around the globe, and Wells's participation continues to be important part of our academic program.


Roberta Kolpakas served as Costume and Properties Designer for the Summer Youth Musical Theatre Workshop of Binghamton production of All Shook Up, which was presented at Binghamton University's Watters Theatre on August 15 and 16. The musical is entirely composed of songs by Elvis Presley and is a metaphoric commentary on the social movements that marked the end of the McCarthy Era. Process, research, renderings, and production pictures are available at

Ms. Kolpakas produced a performance event with the Ithaca-based artist collective Spilled, inc called Passion Play. The event took place coinciding with the Ithaca Festival in DeWitt Park and included Ithaca artists of all different disciplines reading from texts that inspired their work. Also with Spilled, inc Roberta published two short topical essays: On Courses and Cascadilla and Musings on Fireworks. Both are available at Roberta was elected president of Spilled, inc in July by the Collective.

In addition, Roberta attended the American Alliance for Theatre in Education and Association for Theatre in Higher Education joint conference Risking Innovations in August and participated in several open discussions on assessment in the arts.


Anne Lundquist Anne Lundquist conducted a full day pre-conference workshop (with Allan Shackelford) entitled "Effective Risk Management for Students with and without Disabilities: The Intersection of Risk, Threats and Crises on College and University Campuses" at the New York State Disability Services Council and the State University of New York June 2009 Conference. Lundquist also conducted a learning exchange entitled "Restorative Community Justice: Democratic Solutions to a Justice System in Crisis" at The Democracy Imperative and The Deliberative Democracy Consortium Conference at the University of New Hampshire in July 2009. Lundquist was also featured in the "Leaders and Innovators" column of Student Affairs Today (September 2009) for her insights on risk management on college campuses.


Vic Muñoz Professor Muñoz's review of Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience by Katrina Karkazis, Duke University Press, 2008 has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Psychology.

Muñoz presented the paper, "Gender Sovereignty: Toward Decolonizing Trans-Psychology" as part of the symposium, Intersections of Transgender and Racial Identities. This symposium was sponsored by Divisions 44, 17, and 45 and provided Continuing Education credits (1). American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Aug. 8, 2009. Toronto, Canada.

Muñoz has been invited to participate in The International Hui on Indigenous Research and Systemic Change, December 7 – 9, 2009. Honolulu, Hawaii.


Niamh O' Leary Professor O'Leary delivered a seminar to the Environmental Policy Program at the University of Tulsa entitled The Impact of Acid Rain on Streamwater pH in Point Peter Brook, NY. The seminar took place in February 2009.


Scott Perez Professor Perez was co-chair of a symposium titled "The Importance of Human Diversity in Wetland Science" at the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Conference held in June in Madison, Wisconsin. Scott and three other people gave presentations and sat on a panel for a ninety minute discussion. Scott also acted as mentor for a Native American undergraduate student at the conference as part of his role in the Human Diversity Committee of the SWS.


Daniel Renfrow Professor Renfrow's edited volume Teaching Portfolios within the Discipline was published by the American Sociological Association. It includes the chapter An Introduction to Teaching Portfolios: Five Questions to Consider, which Professor Renfrow co-authored with Michelle Inderbitzen of Oregon State University.


William Roberts Two mixed media paintings were selected in a juried competition, Made in New York, at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York, Summer 2009.

Two mixed media paintings were included in the St. Davids Invitational, Fayetteville, New York, June 2009.

Photographed the Triple Crown races at Churchill Downs, Pimlico Racecourse and Belmont Park for

Abstract Painting included in an exhibition , Cazenovia Counterpoint, Cazenovia, New York, July 2009.

Contracted to photograph racing at Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs for of Lexington, Kentucky from July 29th through September 6th. Approximately 500 images were posted for on-line review.


André Siamundele
1. Article published:

« Stratégie littéraire et voie culturelle du développement » in Communication et dyanmiques de globalisation culturelle. (Dir. Alain Kiyindou), L'Harmattan, 2009

2. Presentation:

« Using Literature for the Teaching of History and Social Studies & Literary Sources and Resources by Francophone African Writers », The Teaching of Africa, Yale University, July 2009

3. Academic trip:

Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Senegal and Gambia (June-July 2009)


Crawford Thoburn Professor Thoburn presented a lecture on May 31st at Allegheny College during Alumni Reunion Weekend, dealing with the life and career of his great-grandfather, Methodist Bishop James Mills Thoburn of the Allegheny class of 1857. The lecture was given in observance of the 100th anniversary of a celebration which took place at Allegheny in 1909 celebrating Bishop Thoburn's fifty years as a missionary to India and Southeast Asia.

A recording of one of Prof. Thoburn's choral arrangements of an American folk-hymn, "As Pants The Hart For Cooling Streams," performed by the Rochester N.Y. chamber choir Madrigalia, was broadcast on the PBS nationally syndicated radio program, With Heart And Voice, on Sunday, August 23rd. The arrangement is published by Carl Fischer Music, Inc. and is dedicated to the late Diether Markees, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Wells.


Thomas Vawter In his role as Associate Scientist for the small ecological consulting firm EcoLogic, LLC, Prof. Tom Vawter, was one of two principal authors of the Onondaga Lake Annual Monitoring Program's Report for 2008. The report notes significant improvement in the ecology of the formerly highly polluted lake near Syracuse, NY.