Fall 2007

CRAIG ALLIN (politics) compiled and captioned a new set of historic photographs, edited figures, and wrote a new introduction and epilogue for his book, The Politics of Wilderness Preservation. A new revised paperback edition of the book will be published next year by the University of Alaska Press.

In June, a grant from the Japan Studies Program of the ACM permitted SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) to visit animal cognition laboratories in Japan. Among the visited research sites was the Primate Research Institute, home of the well-known chimpanzee named Ai and her son Auyama. Astley and a British documentary crew were able to see Ai and Auyama performing in three studies of cognitive capabilities. Astley gave an invited talk titled “Priming of Object Recognition in Pigeons” at Keio and Chiba Universities while in Japan.

Distinguished Artists-in-Residence RON CLARK (theatre and communications studies) and JODY HOVLAND (theatre and communications studies) both appeared last summer in the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, an Equity festival that draws artists from all across the country to perform, design and direct. Clark played the title role in King Lear as well as appearing in Merry Wives of Windsor. Hovland performed both as Goneril and Mistress Quickly. This fall they also performed in the Cornell-Riverside Theatre co-production (the seventh since 1996) of The Long Christmas Ride Home.

MARTY CONDON (biology) attended the 41st Triennial Council of Phi Beta Kappa in Atlanta as the Official Chapter Delegate of the Delta of Iowa ( Cornell College) and participated in the ACM workshop on Biological Anthropology and Liberal Arts Colleges at Lawrence University. She sponsored participation by Cornell student John Gammons at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society in Indianapolis.

Condon’s review of “Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground” by Eric T. Freyfogle (Yale University Press) was published in the Quarterly Review of Biology, vol 82:720. She also reviewed "Seed dispersal by bats in the Neotropics" for The Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden.

Condon gave an invited talk, “Diversity,” at Ithaca College and continued her service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hawkeye Chapter of the ACLU. In addition, she participated in four workshops at the Institute for Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington, and visited the National Science Foundation twice to serve on a Committee of Visitors and a review panel.

CHARLES CONNELL (German) represented Cornell at the Iowa World Language Association’s Annual Conference in Des Moines October 5 and 6.

TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics) was the organizer and program chair for the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium annual meeting hosted at Cornell on March 31. He also presented “Laptops in the Classroom” as part of a panel session.

deLaubenfels attended the University of Michigan’s Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, July 23 to August 17 in Ann Arbor.

In June, after five years of preparation, SANDY DYAS’S (art) first book, Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians was published by The University of Iowa Press. The book includes photographs of Bo Ramsey, Greg Brown, Kevin Gordon, Pieta Brown, Dave Moore, and David Zollo. Since the publication, Dyas has lectured and exhibited photographs of the musicians throughout the state. Her work is being shown at the River Music Experience (Davenport) and at Luther College, with upcoming exhibits planned for the CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids, the Iowa State Memorial Union and the Dubuque Museum of Art.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, CAROL ZERBE ENNS (psychology) fulfilled an eleven-month appointment as the Resident Director of the Japan Study program. While residing in Tokyo, she gave presentations at the Japanese Feminist Counseling Association conference (“The Current State of Feminist Therapy in the United States”) and the International Mental Health Providers of Japan conference (“Enhancing International Communications among Mental Health Professionals Around the World”). Enns co-authored a chapter titled “Multicultural Feminist Therapy” (with Angela Byars-Winston), co-authored an article titled “International Mental Health Professionals in Japan: Challenges and Opportunities” (with Jim McRae), and wrote an invited reaction to a special journal issue on male gender role conflict (“Toward a Complexity Paradigm for Understanding Gender Role Conflict”).

The product of the seven-year American Psychological Association task force that Enns co-chaired has been accepted as APA policy, and will be published in the December 2007 issue of the American Psychologist (Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women). During the August 2007 APA convention, Enns and task force co-chairs Roberta Nutt and Joy Rice were given the “Woman of the Year” Award (annual award of the Section for the Advancement of Women) for their work on the guidelines. Enns continues to serve as a member of APA’s Committee for International Relations in Psychology, and chairs the International Committee for Women (International Division of APA).

MELINDA GREEN  (psychology) currently serves as the book review co-editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, a scientific journal published by Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for four peer-reviewed journals: The Counseling Psychologist, The Journal of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry Research, and Behavior Therapy.

Green recently received Dimensions funding to present alongside Cornell College undergraduates Jada Hallengren (’08) and Christopher Davids (’10) at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco. The team presented their project titled, “Feminine Identities as Predictors of Eating Disorder Symptomatology.” Green’s research team has submitted two additional projects, “Depression as a Function of Eating Disorder Symptomatology: Comorbidity Revisited” and “Eating Disorders and Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction” to the Academy for Eating Disorder’s International Conference to be held in Seattle in the spring of 2008.

Green has four manuscripts currently under review in professional journals. “Feminist Identity as a Predictor of Eating Disorder Diagnostic Status” and “Depression as a Function of Eating Disorder Symptomatology: Comorbidity Revisited” are both under review in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. “Femininity and Eating Disorders” and “Eating Disorder Symptomatology as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction in a Nonclinical Population” are both under review in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

BEN GREENSTEIN (geology) conducted fieldwork in Western Australia during June and July. Together with colleague Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll ( University of Western Australia), Greenstein examined fossil coral reef deposits along the coast between Cape Leeuwin and Onslow, a distance of 1700 kilometers. In October, Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A Vulnerability Assessment was published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Australian Greenhouse Office. Greenstein co-authored Chapter 22 which was titled “Using the past to understand the future: palaeoecology of coral reefs.”

In July, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classics) was invited to teach in the Summer Latin Institute at Colorado College. He taught a three-week graduate course for middle school and high school Latin teachers, Advanced Latin: Roman Historians, as well as a one week colloquium, Oral Latin. In August, he was invited to be a keynote speaker for a three-day Summer Latin Institute at Grand Valley State University in western Michigan for Latin teachers and undergraduates preparing to teach Latin. His address, “Hospitality as Pedagogy,” used the metaphor of hospitality as a way not only to understand Cicero’s Pro Archia but also to provide a pedagogical model that fosters learning and develops relationships in the Latin classroom.

In September, Gruber-Miller attended a meeting at DePauw University bringing together classicists from the ACM and the GLCA to discuss new pedagogies in classics, teaching Cicero’s letters, and fostering classics through the curriculum. Also in September, Gruber-Miller, along with seven other faculty and staff from Cornell - DEVAN BATY (French), ERIN DAVIS (sociology and anthropology), JIM FREEMAN (mathematics), RJ HOLMES (Career Engagement Program), KEN MORRIS (Intercultural Life), SHANNON REED (English), and STEVEN SACKS (religion) - attended a conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity at Colorado College, sponsored by the ACM FaCE Project.

SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) spent the summer completing the prospectus for a book-length manuscript. For part of the summer, she also worked on a demographic history project with Cornell student Kiwako Sakamoto.

In September, Hejeebu and Lesley Chiou ( Occidental College, Department of Economics) submitted a paper titled “Microeconomics and One Big Firm” to the Journal of Economics Education. The paper is available on-line at the Social Science Research Network working paper series. In October, Hejeebu refereed a paper for the Economic History Review ( UK).

In June, MARK HUNTER (theatre and communications studies) traveled to Creede, Colorado, where he directed a production of the musical comedy Urinetown for Creede Repertory Theatre. The production, which satirizes musical theatre traditions even while propounding a dystopian message about environmental sustainability, played to capacity audiences throughout the summer.

Hunter directed a production of The Long Christmas Ride Home by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. A co-production of the Cornell theatre program and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, the play, which uses puppets and Japanese theatre techniques to explore the place and function of beauty in the midst of human pain and loss, opened at Cornell in October and then transferred to Iowa City for a run as part of Riverside Theatre’s regular subscription season.

JENNY NUTTING KELCHEN (theatre and communications studies) designed costumes for two Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre productions this summer (Incorruptible and Red Herring). She also had a solo exhibit of her costumes renderings, production photos, and art on display in the Douglas & Linda Paul Gallery at the Englert Theatre in July.

Kelchen had a second solo exhibition at Riverside Theatre in October and November, during the run of The Long Christmas Ride Home.

BETH KUCERA (college communications) attended a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Design seminar in Baltimore in April, which explored design challenges and working relationships with clients.

Also in April, Kucera gave two presentations at the Cornellian Journalism Conference on Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe InDesign software.

JAMES MARTIN (music) had an article, “Opera Meets Video: The Tristan Project,” published in the summer/fall 2007 issue of Wagner News. He gave a HAIG lecture in October on the topic as well.

JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) contributed a series of five edited collections (of the essential teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, and Sri Sarada Devi) to the website of the Vedanta Society of Iowa (http://www.vedantaiowa.org/Related_links_books.htm). During the summer, he taught a three-day mini-course on “Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism” at the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Summer Ministry School and Retreat, held at Grinnell College.

CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (College Chaplain) had an article, “Incarnation: Thoughts on the Spirit of Dr. Meers,” published in The Wapsipinicon Almanac. She served as director of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Summer Ministry School and Retreat at Grinnell College this summer and attended the Faith-based Reconciliation seminar in Los Angeles taught by The International Center for Religion and Democracy and the Reconciliation Institute, which addressed the problems of communal identity that exceed the grasp of traditional diplomacy. Quehl-Engel also served as a consultant to The Iowa Conference United Methodist Board of Higher Education.

SHANNON REED (English) and REBECCA ENTEL (English)attended the St. Olaf College Literatures in English conference in June, where Reed presented a paper: “From the Eighteenth Century to Africa.” The conference explored the challenge, the alternatives and the opportunities offered by literatures in English.

Reed also presented a paper, titled “Grasping the Can[n]on in His Arms’: Touchstones, Tempests, and the Limits of Empathy,” at the Worlds, Texts, Critics conference in Durban, South Africa. The paper rejects Shakespeare's The Tempest as a normative text for colonial narratives and instead compares Aphra Behn's Oroonoko to Guy Endore's Babouk. Such a comparison exposes both the function and consequences of narrative praxis and tells us something about the limits of metropolitan empathy for the subaltern.

In March KATY STAVREVA (English) conducted research on the verbal violence of early modern women at the British and the Guildhall Libraries in London, and the Oxfordshire Record Office in Cowley, Great Britain. Her research was sponsored by a Cornell College Ryan-Sklenicka Faculty Award and a Newberry Library/British Academy Fellowship. In June, the American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table selected Stavreva’s article on “Layering Knowledge: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom,” co-authored with SHANNON REED (English) and published in the journal Pedagogy 6:3 (2006), as one of the top twenty library instruction articles for the year. Another article by Stavreva, “Prophetic Cries at Whitehall: The Gender Dynamics of Early Quaker Women’s Injurious Speech,” appeared in November in the collection Women, Gender, Radical Religion, edited by Sylvia Brown ( Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill).

LEON TABAK (computer science) read Advanced Placement examinations for the Educational Testing Service during two weeks in June at the College of New Jersey. Under the sponsorship of the College Board, he led workshops in October in California, Ohio, and Wisconsin for teachers of Advanced Placement courses. Tabak continues to contribute to the College Board's audit of Advanced Placement courses by writing guidelines and verifying that reviewers are applying those guidelines accurately and consistently.

In collaboration with Professors KARA BEAUCHAMP (physics) and ANDREW WILDENBERG (computer science), Tabak guided the research of two Cornell students, Robert Busby and Lucas Jorgensen, during the summer.

Tabak is the chairman of the Cedar Rapids Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and regularly takes students to the monthly meetings of that professional society. Most recently, he and first-year student Jennifer Chang toured the hydroelectric generation facility in Amana with local electrical engineers.

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JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian), CATHY BOGGS (Public Library Coordinator), AILEEN CHANG-MATUS (Serials Assistant), TONNIE FLANNERY (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) and MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) attended the Annual Conference of the Iowa Library Association in Coralville held October 10 -12.

JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian), MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences), JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Performing Arts and Humanities), TONNIE FLANNERY (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences), MARIAH STEELE (Writing Consultant), NICOLE JACKSON (Writing Consultant), and JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) participated in a Joint Workshop with the University of Dubuque and Loras College in Dubuque on June 12. Presentations and discussions included information literacy, the consulting model, application of gaming strategies, assessment and the library’s role in building campus community.

JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian), MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences), JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Performing Arts and Humanities), TONNIE FLANNERY (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) attended the 4th Annual DMACC Information Literacy Forum at the Ankeny campus on June 14. The theme was Higher Order Information Literacy Skills: Evaluation, Synthesis and Critical Thinking.

JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian) and MARIAH STEELE (Writing Consultant) attended the NITLE conference at Middlebury College in Vermont on Teaching and Learning Centers: Models and Practices, September 21 - 23 .

JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian and Consulting Librarian for Education and Kinesiology) authored “Graduating Students Who are Not Only Learned But Also Learners," Teacher Librarian volume 35, number 1 (October 2007). She led Central College’s First-Year Experience Faculty Workshop in May, which included her presentation "Information Literacy--what is it and why does it matter?"

Donham served as a member of the American Library Association External Accreditation Panel for University of Wisconsin-Madison ALA Accreditation, October 2007. She is Chair of the Iowa Library Association Nominating Committee, 2007-08. As a member of the editorial board of School Library Media Research (a publication of American Association of School Librarians) she reviewed six manuscripts for consideration for publication in September and October.

GREG COTTON (Technical Services Librarian and Consulting Librarian for Visual Arts) gave a presentation at the annual EndUser conference in Chicago at the end of April. Cotton’s presentation dealt with Z39.50 protocol access to OCLC’s WorldCat server via a local, non-OCLC client. EndUser is the annual user-group conference for Voyager, Cole Library’s online system, and draws over 1,000 librarians from all over the world.

In May, Cotton was elected president of the board of trustees of the Bibliographical Center for Research in Denver. BCR, a multi-state library network with over 8,000 member libraries, provides Cole Library with OCLC services and support as well as discounted subscriptions to databases. Prior to his election as board president, Cotton was re-elected to a two-year term as a BCR trustee; he also continues to serve as an alternate delegate to OCLC’s Members Council, representing libraries throughout BCR’s membership .

Cotton has also accepted an invitation to serve on the workshop planning committee for the 2009 national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) is chair of the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Proposal Committee.

NICOLE JACKSON (Writing Consultant) attended the Midwestern Writing Center Association conference October 25-27 in Kansas City. The conference enabled writing-center directors, consultants, and tutors the opportunity to discuss tutor training, writing-center theory and trends, and best practices.

JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) participated in two NITLE conferences: Introducing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL, August 8-10 and Managing and Supporting GIS at Furman University in Greenville, SC October 17-20.

MARIAH STEELE (Writing Consultant) attended Social Software in Education: Introduction to Collaborative Writing Tools at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, on Sept 4 and Multimedia Narrative at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME July 24-26. Both were sponsored by NITLE.