Faculty/Staff Newsletter Fall, 2009
The revised paperback edition of CRAIG ALLIN'S (politics) first book, The Politics of Wilderness Preservation, has been published by the University of Alaska Press. This edition includes a new introduction, a new chapter, and new photographs including four by the author.
Allin has also completed editorial work for a multivolume general reference set titled Global Resources to be published in late 2009 or early 2010 by Salem Press in Pasadena, California. He is the author of articles within this set on "Wilderness and Wilderness Preservation" and "The Wilderness Act of 1964."
Allin was interviewed by author/photographer Stephen Trimble and is quoted in his article "‛The System' Delivers: Hope Abounds for Wilderness Bills," which appears in the 2009-2010 Wilderness magazine. He was also quoted by Rob Inglis in "Not So Dead on Arrival: The Unlikely Success of the Clinton Roadless Rule," which was published in the High Country News. Allin recently completed a prepublication review of a 900-page constitutional law textbook for Oxford University Press.
In May ADDISON AULT (chemistry) was a tour speaker for the North West Circuit of the American Chemical Society. He presented a talk titled "Chance and Design in Organic Chemistry" to the Richland Local Section in Richland, WA, to the Inland West Local Section in Spokane, WA, and to the Portland Local Section in Portland, OR. He also presented a talk titled "Do pH in Your Head" to the Puget Sound Section in Bellevue, WA. In October he was a tour speaker for the Marquette Circuit of the American Chemical Society. He presented a talk titled "Chance and Design in Organic Chemistry" to the LaCrosse-Winona Local Section in Winona, MN, and to the Central Wisconsin Local Section in Eau Claire, WI.
In August Ault attended the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. In September his paper titled "Enzyme Catalysis and the Gibbs Energy" was published in the Journal of Chemical Education.
In April, TORI BARNES-BRUS (sociology) attended the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society where she presented a paper "Well Bred Mates, Well Born Children: Heredity, Maternal Influence, and Pregnancy in the Late Nineteenth Century" and with ERIN CALHOUN DAVIS (sociology) co-organized a roundtable session "Civic Engagement: Integrating the Classroom and the Social World." Barnes-Brus and Calhoun Davis are currently the co-presidents of the Iowa Sociological Association and also co-organized the Iowa Sociological Society Meeting at Cornell College this past spring.
This past summer ANNE BUSHA (psychology) received a grant from the Berry Center and worked with students, Kelly Siglin and Ariel Glasman, researching the role of community organizer's to impact policy regarding women's reproductive health issues. She also submitted a book review titled "Hester's new scarlet letter - women with HPV" for the Psychology of Women Quarterly.
DON CHAMBERLAIN (music) had a new work for orchestra premier in May by the Orchestra of Oak Park and River Forest in Chicago. The piece, Tristan Gets the Blues, was written during Chamberlain's May 2007 residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. The work draws heavily on the prelude to Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and the similarities between certain aspects of Wagner's harmonic language and blues harmony.
With support from the Pulk Fellowship, Cornell's Faculty-Student Research program, and the National Science Foundation, students working with MARTY CONDON (biology) conducted research on sunflower flies in local prairies that resulted in a manuscript that has been accepted for publication by the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. The title of the paper is "Incipient Speciation in Strauzia longipennis (Diptera: Tephritidae): Two Sympatric mtDNA Lineages in Eastern Iowa," and the authors (all Cornellians) are: Heather Axen ('06), Jessica Harrison ('05), John Gammons ('08), Ian McNish ('09), Laura Blythe ('10), and Condon. In addition to her work with students on the sunflower fly project, Condon reviewed manuscripts for three journals, Arthropod-Plant Interactions, Insect Conservation and Diversity, and Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, and served on a review panel at the National Science Foundation. Condon participated in a meeting "Women and the Academy: Defining Our Roles" co-sponsored by the ACM Committee on the Status of Women and the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science.
ERIN CALHOUN DAVIS (sociology) was recognized as the 2009-10 recipient of the Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences. This award provided travel expenses to Japan for the final development of an off-campus course she will team-teach with CAROLYN ZERBE ENNS (psychology) titled Culture, Gender, and Public Policy in Japan.
TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) gave a presentation "Public Key Encryption Collaborative Activity" at the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium annual meeting held at the University of Iowa in April.
deLaubenfels attended the ACM/Teagle Collegium workshop July 23 and 24 in Chicago. This was the third in a series of four meetings of the Collegium, where faculty from each ACM campus are engaged in projects designed to study approaches to enhance metacognition in their courses. His project is titled Meta-tweet:Using Twitter to Foster Metacognition in the First College Course.
deLaubenfels represented Cornell at the Iowa Science and Mathematics Teacher Educators Summit held in August at Grandview University.
deLaubenfels also traveled with LEON TABAK (computer science) and nine Cornell student programmers to the annual North Central United States sessions of the International Collegiate Programming Contest held in October at UNI. A Cornell team, the VRAMS, took first place out of eleven competing. A University of Wisconsin-Madison team took overall first place out of over 200 teams competing in the region. deLaubenfels has traveled with Cornell teams each year since 2003.
RHAWN DENNISTON (geology) was awarded a $27,000 grant from the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research to study the respective influences of El Nino and solar activity on the Australian monsoon rainfall over the past 20,000 years. He also gave invited presentations at the University of Iowa Department of Geoscience, and at the University of Northern Iowa Department of Geography.
WILLIAM DRAGON (psychology) presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting in October. The poster was titled "The relationship between gender, anxiety, and cortisol production in a stressful situation" and was co-authored by BARBARA CHRISTIE-POPE (biology).
SANDRA DYAS'S (art and art history) "Iowa Landscape" photograph of the white barn located on Highway 30 between Mount Vernon and Cedar Rapids is of the well-known painting of Grant Wood's American Gothic, recreated by a local Iowa artist Mark Benesh. The photograph was the third of seven assignments for the "50 States Project" (http://www.50statesproject.net/) which continues through December of 2009. Created and curated by the UK-based photographer Stuart Pilkington, the goal of the project is to collect over 300 images from unique perspectives across the modern day United States. This barn photograph was also chosen by the Budget Travel magazine for a piece written by writer Thisbe Nissen. Nissen's essay gives readers all the reasons why Mount Vernon is one of America's 10 Coolest Small Towns. Two of Dyas's photographs were chosen for print and the American Gothic barn photograph was also included in Budget Travel's website which features photos from the America's 10 Coolest Small Towns.
Dyas's photograph titled "Katie in Her Wedding Dress, Iowa City, Iowa" was chosen as Best of Show in "From Our Perspective," a nationally juried women's art exhibition held this fall at Oakland Community College in Farmington, MI. Two color photo collages were also included in a juried exhibition called "The Midwest Biennial" in Wausau, WI. In addition to the exhibitions, Dyas's focus has been to create new portraits of people she knows. Her most recent work can be found on her newly designed website and blog (www.sandydyas.com) which she created this past summer.
During March and April of 2009, CAROL ZERBE ENNS (psychology) worked as a visiting exchange researcher at Waseda University (Tokyo), and also spent two weeks conducting research at Kyoto Seika University in preparation for an off-campus course in Japan. While in Japan, she gave four talks: "Psychology of women and gender: Issues for the 21st century" (at Hitotsubashi University), "‛False memory' and trauma: Issues and current status" (at Ritsumeikan University), "Culturally sensitive feminist counseling" (at Ochanomizu University), and "Psychotherapy with women: Applications of APA guidelines to Japan" (at the International Mental Health Providers of Japan annual conference).
During July, Enns participated in the three-week East-West Center China Field Study seminar, conducted in Beijing (Peking University), Chengdu (Sichuan University), Guiyang (Guizhou University), and Shanghai (Fudan University). The seminar provided insights about 21st century identity issues in China and brought seminar participants into contact with faculty scholars from four regions of China. During late July and early August, Enns traveled in Japan with colleagues ERIN CALHOUN DAVIS and Joan Ericson of Colorado College in order to prepare for a 2010 off-campus course based in Japan.
Enns also organized and participated in an American Psychological Association symposium August, 2009 titled "Psychological Practice with Women: East Asian Perspectives." Presenters represented the countries of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. While attending the convention, Enns was named the Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology (awarded by the Committee on Women in Psychology) in recognition of "contributions, both nationally and internationally, to the psychology women and feminist scholarship, leadership, pedagogy, teaching, and practice."
Finally, the chapter Enns co-authored with Angela Byars-Winston titled "Multicultural Feminist Therapy" will be published November, 2009 in the Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology.
In June, REBECCA ENTEL (English) participated in a seminar on "Slave Narratives" at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Thirty English and history professors were selected from 150 applicants for this four day seminar, led by Historian David Blight and sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Entel is working on a new course as well as an article about slave narratives and literacy. She also participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in July.
MELINDA GREEN (psychology) presented at the 2009 National Eating Disorders Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Green also co-authored several manuscripts with her student research team. Published manuscripts include a study examining autonomic dysfunction in eating disorders which appeared in Appetite; a study examining eating disorders and depression which appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychology; and a study examining depression, eating disorders, and gender which appeared in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Green and her research team have two additional manuscripts currently under review. Green is also currently collaborating with three other Cornell faculty members on two grants, one to the National Institutes of Health and one to the National Science Foundation.
BEN GREENSTEIN (geology)spent 2 1/2 weeks in the Bahamas in June. He participated in the 13th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas held on San Salvador Island and co-authored a paper presented by CRAIG TEPPER (biology) titled "Speciation in the Millepore complex: What constitutes a species?" Greenstein was also named the 2009 Howard H. Steel MD Lecturer by the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and presented a talk titled "Coral reefs and seagrass beds: Biology and geology of the Bahamas" at the 40th annual meeting of the association, held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Greenstein spent the majority of his time in the Bahamas working with geology major Kelsey Feser on field research related to Feser's honors thesis.
In June and July, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) collaborated with senior classical studies major Emily Vinci on a project to develop an intermediate Greek textbook designed to introduce the ancient Greek culture through the words of the Roman traveler Pausanias. In October, Gruber-Miller presented "From Summary to Narrative: Integrating Reading, Writing, and Culture," at the Iowa World Languages Association annual meeting in Des Moines. He also attended a meeting of the APA-ACL Joint Task Force for Latin Teacher Preparation in Philadelphia where the members revised the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation in light of comments from the profession. Finally, in late October Cornell College and Gruber-Miller, as Secretary-Treasurer, hosted the annual fall meeting of AMICI, the Classical Association of Iowa.
JILL HEINRICH (education),KERRY BOSTWICK (education)and Jean Donham (former College Librarian) have recently co-authored an article that has been accepted for spring 2010 publication in the journal College Teaching. The article, "Mental Models: Generating Authentic Questions," asks how college teachers can disrupt largely positivist research paradigms that have precluded many students from engaging and experiencing ownership in the research process. Specifically, it illustrates how teachers might facilitate the transition from traditional research reporting to a disposition of inquiry that allows for ambiguity and discovery in the research process. This article stems from a three year research project involving the use of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry both during the student teaching internship and the Education Senior Seminar course.
SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics & business) submitted a paper "The Demand for Empire: Servants and Directors of the English East India Company" to the Indian Economic and Social History Review. The paper was the basis of talks she delivered at three venues: the World Economic History Congress in Utrecht in August, the HAIG lecture series in October, and the Institute for Historical Research, University of London, in October. She also completed a book review for the UK-based journal Business History.
MICHELLE HERDER (history) published an article, "Liturgy and the Spiritual Experience of Religious Women at Santa Maria de Vallbona, Catalonia" in Viator, vol. 40, no. 2.
HEIDI LEVINE (Dean of Students) is co-author of an article titled "Associations Between the Five-Factor Model of Personality and Health Behaviors Among College Students," published in the July/August 2009 volume of the Journal of American College Health.
M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published an article "John Quincy Adams" in Milestone Documents of American Leaders (Paul Finkelman, ed.). His review of Stealing Lincoln's Body by Thomas J. Craughwell appeared in The Historian, Vol. 71 (Spring 2009).
JAMES MARTIN (music) spent his summer at Stanford University as an NEH Fellow where he studied German Exile Culture in California (intellectuals who fled from the Third Reich). He spent the last two weeks of summer at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, where he attended lectures, visited archives, and attended seven of Wagner's Musikdramas.
JOSEPH MOLLEUR'S review of Raimon Panikkar's Christophany: The Fullness of Man was published in Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society (volume 36, number 1).
In July of 2009, The Rev. CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (chaplain of the college) completed three years serving as Director of The Episcopal Diocese of Iowa's Ministry School and Retreat at Grinnell College and was granted sainthood, complete with shrine by the Diocesan Commission on Magic and Miracles. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Diocese. In addition to an art exhibition at Cornell titled Namaste: Mystical Theology and The Divine Within, her photography was included in the national Ubuntu exhibit of the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (ECVA) as well as at the Iowa State Fair. In September she attended a spiritual writing event at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center.
STEVEN SACKS (religion) published his monograph on culture and interpretation in Judaism, Midrash and Multiplicity: Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Reinvention of Rabbinic Interpretive Culture, with Walter de Gruyter press.
JUDITH SIEBERT (sociology & anthropology) received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Iowa in May 2009. Her dissertation, titled Expressions of Identity in the German-Chilean Lake District, addresses the strategic use of language and expressions of identity. Siebert also conducted workshops regarding effective business communication and organization for Parker College during a January 2009 seminar in Las Vegas, a September 2009 Homecoming in Dallas, and for Palmer College Homecoming during August 2009 in Davenport. She also presented talks at the Beyond Rubies Conference during March 2009 held at Kirkwood College which included an emphasis upon cross-cultural communication and diversity.
KATY STAVREVA (English) presented a paper, "‛She Hath Made the Street to Ring': Gender and the Narratives of Scolding in the Church Courts of Early Modern England," at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She was elected vice-president of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society. In the summer of 2009, she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on "Dante's Divine Comedy and the Medieval World: Literature, History, Art," which convened in Prato, Italy, and other sites in Tuscany.
CATHERINE STEWART (history) presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association of Historians of Medicine in Cleveland in April. Her review of Micki McElya's "Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America" appeared in The Historian this fall.
LEON TABAK (computer science) read Advanced Placement examinations for the Educational Testing Service in Cincinnati during the second week of June. He taught a course for teachers of Advanced Placement courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus during the third week of July. In August, he served on a committee that evaluated applications for elevation to the rank of senior member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). During that same month, he visited Crystal Group, a local manufacturer of ruggedized computers, with the Cedar Rapids Section of the IEEE and his student John Klingner.
Throughout the summer and fall, Tabak continued in his role as senior reviewer for the College Board's Advanced Placement Course Audit. He verified that syllabi written by teachers of Advanced Placement courses conform to the College Board's standards. In September, Tabak participated in a meeting of alumni volunteers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In September and October, Tabak interviewed three young Iowans who have applied for admission to MIT.
EMILY WALSH (geology) spent five weeks on the Tibetan Plateau in western China this summer, exploring a new field area for her research on ultrahigh-pressure rocks in mountain belts. She joined a new collaborator, Carrie Menold, from Albion College in Michigan; the two participated in the 8th International Eclogite Conference in Xining, China, at the end of the field season. Currently, Walsh and Menold are working on a manuscript that will be presented at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco in December. They are also working on a National Science Foundation grant application to fund future work in China.
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LAUREL WHISLER, (College Librarian), participated in a panel discussion of the job forecast and desirable qualities of graduates in August 2009, at The University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science.