Faculty Accomplishments

September 2012

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, attended and participated in a workshop aimed at introducing renewable energy concepts into the chemistry curriculum, June 24-29, 2012, at Beloit College in Wisconsin. The workshop was sponsored by Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS), and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, conducted a Limerick Writing Workshop for Wells Reunion Alumnae on June 1, 2012. He read from poems of his that have appeared in Light for the Light Quarterly Panel at the West Chester Poetry Conference in a tribute to Light Founder and Editor John Mella on June 9, 2012. He also read his villanelles at the Villanelles Anthology Panel at West Chester Poetry Conference on June 9, 2012. His prose tribute to John Mella appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Light. Two poems by Professor Bennett are posted on the Poetry Northwest website for the magazine’s current Science Issue. Professor Bennett organized and participated in the FootHills Benefit Reading at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, N.Y., August 19, 2012.

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has recently been invited to be a keynote speaker at two conferences: the fourth Anglo-Italian Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies in Viterbo, Italy in September 2013; and the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures in the College of Arts in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2014.

William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his review “Silvered Neurons” published in the summer 2012 issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. The review critiqued the “Memory and the Photographic Image” exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, N.Y.

Professor Ganis's article, “Inn Keeping: A Charley Harper Treasure Resurfaces” regarding an historic Charley Harper painting of the Aurora Inn was published in the Spring 2012 issue of the Express Wells College magazine.

Dr. Ganis worked with Pearson publishers assessing Early (Native) American, Early Chinese, and Ancient Greek art chapters for Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Elizabeth Pilliod’s Global Visions textbook.

As director of Wells College's String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis organized, installed, promoted and opened the first show of the 2012-13 season, "Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography." The exhibition, curated by Andrea D. Fitzpatrick of the University of Ottawa, was on view from August 29 to October 3. More information may be found at: www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery/exhibitions/gender/ge1.htm

Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance, in July of 2012, taught four weeks of modern dance technique classes at the CRS Barn Studio in Ithaca, N.Y. She also co-produced and danced in two performance events at the barn: a family-length adaptation of Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel, which she choreographed, co-edited and co-directed; and Moving Landscapes V, an evening of original dance and improvisational music in collaboration with Steven Stull, baritone, John White, pianist and Ithaca College faculty member, and a group of local dancers and choreographers. In Moving Landscapes Professor Goddard showed two new works: an ensemble piece entitled “Recuerdos” and a solo, “The Beekeeper’s Wife," which completes her memorial trilogy begun in 2008. Goddard also continued her own dance studies with lifelong mentor June Finch in Provincetown, Mass.

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, attended the 22nd International Political Science Association World Congress held on July 8-12, 2012; His presentation was entitled: “Dynamics of the Political Economy of the BRICS Countries with a Special Reference on South Africa: An Alternative to Neo-Liberal Economic Model or New Packaging of the Heterodox Policies of the 1980s?” The Congress was held at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid at the Moncloa Campus, Madrid, Spain.

In August he was invited by the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, and the Peace Center of the University of Juba in South Sudan to participate in a workshop on “Peace and Secession: Comparison of South Sudan and Somaliland”; his presentation was on “Katanga Secession.” He also chaired the panel session on “Self Determination and South Sudan.” The workshop was held on August 13-15, 2012 in Juba, South Sudan.

Professor Lumumba-Kasongo was also invited by the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) workshop on “Embedding Culture in National Plans and Long-Term Visions.” His presentation was on “Cultures, Planning, and Endogenous Development in Africa.” The workshop was held on August 15-17, 2012, in Accra, Ghana.

Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, represented Chapter Xi of New York, the Wells College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, as a delegate to the 43rd Triennial Council held in West Palm Beach, Fla, Aug. 2 - 5.

Daniel Renfrow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, wrote a paper titled "Intersectionalities" that was invited for presentation in a special session at the American Sociological Association meeting held in Denver, Colo.  The session was sponsored by the Social Psychology Section of the ASA.  The paper is co-authored with Judy Howard of the University of Washington.

Professor Renfrow was recently elected chair of the board of directors for Ithaca City of Asylum, a project through the Center for Transformative Action at Cornell University.  ICOA provides sanctuary to writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, or whose languages are endangered.

Jaclyn Schnurr, Associate Professor of Biology, was on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 school year. During this time she published the article "The Influence of Nearest Seed Neighbors on Seed Removal in Deciduous Forests" in Northeastern Naturalist with co-authors Richard Ostfeld and Charles Canham. She also submitted the article "Influences on the Herbaceous Layer in Deciduous Forests: Small Mammals and Canopy Tree Neighborhoods" to Oecologia with co-author Charles Canham. Professor Schnurr was an invited speaker at the University of Texas at Arlington and gave a seminar titled Biotic and abiotic effects on tree seedling recruitment hosted by Laura Gough. Finally, Jackie presented her research on the herbaceous layer of deciduous forests at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Syracuse, N.Y.

 
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