Faculty/Staff Newsletter Fall, 2010
ADDISON AULT (chemistry) had two papers published in the Journal of Chemical Education. The first, titled “Telling It Like It Is: Teaching Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry,” appeared in the September 2010 issue. The second paper, titled “Representing Rate Equations for Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions,” has appeared in the online version of the journal, and the print version will appear in the December issue. Ault also attended the 240th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which took place in Boston in August.
In June, TORI BARNES-BRUS (sociology and anthropology) traveled to Malta with colleagues from Luther, Ripon, and Coe Colleges as part of a FaCE grant to develop a course on Global Citizenship. Supported by Cornell’s faculty-student research program, Barnes-Brus also conducted research with George Ellerbach (’11) on Iowans’ perspectives on the American Dream. She continues to advise Ellerbach as he works on a manuscript to be presented at the Iowa Sociological Meetings in Spring 2011. In October, Barnes-Brus accompanied five Cornell students to Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College in Tokyo, Japan, where she gave a lecture titled, “Saviour of her Sex, Lydia E. Pinkham: The Pinkham Patent Medicine Company and the Nineteenth Century Culture of Reproduction” as part of Cornell’s exchange program with that institution.
In June, MARTY CONDON (biology) along with James Smith (Boise State University) and Richard Clopton (Peru State College) ran a workshop at Boise State University for twenty five scientists who work at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. The workshop was supported by a National Science Foundation grant, “Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: An Important Resource for Systematics Research,” awarded to the three workshop leaders.
In July, Condon presented a paper at the 2010 International Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Bali, Indonesia. Her paper, “Hyper-diversity Without Niche-partitioning,” coauthored by Sonja Scheffer, Matt Lewis, and Isaac Winkler, was selected for inclusion in a symposium titled “Phylogenetics in the Tropics: Building Trees to Understand Community Structure and Tropical Biodiversity.” Condon’s travel to the ATBC meeting was supported by a Campbell McConnell grant.
In August, Condon gave a plenary address, “Diversification and Specialization in the Neotropics: insights from Blepharoneura,” at the 7th International Congress of Dipterology in Costa Rica.
CHRIS CONRAD (economics and business) attended Harvard Business School’s The Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership seminar in June. In September, ABC-CLIO published an essay by Conrad concerning the bailout of 2008 on their Idea Exchange website for undergraduates.
TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) represented Cornell at the Iowa Science and Mathematics Teacher Educators Summit held in August at Grinnell College.
deLaubenfels gave a presentation titled “Meta-tweet: Using Twitter to Foster Metacognition in the First College Course” at the ACM/Teagle Collegium Conference October 1-3 at Macalester College in Saint Paul.
A photograph titled “Radiant Child” by SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) was juried and accepted by an internationally renowned fine art photographer Andrea Modica, at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, this summer. The theme for this group exhibition was black and white photography.
“Blue Birds,” a diptych photograph, was accepted in the juried show titled “Paducah Photo 2010” in Paducah, Kentucky, and “Ballerina Girl with Apple” was chosen by Keith Carter for acceptance in the “Photoplace Open 2010” call for photographs. Her black and white photograph was included in the printed book.
Dyas recently traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the Midwest Regional SPE (Society for Photographic Education) conference. She was selected to lecture on her body of photographic work titled “Heaven & Earth.” Dyas was also chosen to be a portfolio reviewer at the conference.
CAROL ZERBE ENNS (psychology) published “Locational feminisms and feminist social identity analysis” in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also published a book review of Feminist pedagogy: Looking back to move forward in the journal Sex Roles.
During June and July, Zerbe Enns taught a course at Sookmyung University International Summer School in Seoul, Korea, titled “Psychology of Women and Gender in Cultural Context.” While in Seoul, she also presented a research forum talk titled “Hakoniwa: Japanese nonverbal sandtray psychotherapy.”
Zerbe Enns organized and/or participated in three symposia: “Psychological practice guidelines and diverse groups of women and girls,” “Counseling psychologists climbing up the liberal arts ivory tower,” and “Ethical issues in counseling psychology from around the world,” for the American Psychological Association Convention held in San Diego in August.
While attending the APA convention, she received the Foremother Award, which was given “in appreciation for her longstanding contributions to the Section for the Advancement of Women [of the Society of Counseling Psychology] and the counseling psychology of women.”
In October, ERIN DAVIS and Zerbe Enns attended the Teaching Japan conference in Chicago. They presented a talk titled “Addressing the challenges of short-term study abroad,” which focused on the course they taught in Japan in March.
REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) has a short story, “The Substitute,” forthcoming from Leaf Garden Press.
KATE FASHIMPAUR (coordinator of academic support and advising) attended the PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Programs Network) regional roundtable in September to learn more about issues involving hearing-impaired students in higher education and the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) conference in October.
GLENN FREEMAN (English and creative writing) was awarded a 2010 Individual Artist Grant from the Iowa Arts Council to support work on a collection of essays and poems about landscapes. During the summer, he served as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Connotation Press Online has accepted three poems: “Call Me Pearl,” “Hendrix at the Fillmore,” and “Tonight’s the Night: For Neil Young,” from his series “Stumbling Home From Woodstock.”
ROBERT GIVENS (history) was in St. Petersburg, Russia, in March and April, where he gave five lectures on recent American political history at the Department of Politics of Baltic State Technical University. An article, “The brief, doomed rebellion of Gen. Stanley McChrystal,” appeared in The Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 1. In September he was a Discipline Committee Reviewer for Fulbright Scholar Awards in Russia/East Europe. In October Robert presented a talk, “McCarthy and the Media,” at a symposium at Coe College “A 20th Century Journey: The Influence of William L. Shirer.”
LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English and creative writing) presented a paper with visuals, “Seascapes, Treescapes, Wordscapes: Virginia Woolf and the Artists of St. Ives,” at the 20th annual Virginia Woolf Conference at Georgetown College in Kentucky in June, where she also introduced legendary animator Tissa David’s film from the 1970s, “The Great Frost,” which translates a section of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando for the screen.
Hankins’ most recent publication is “An Archive in the City: ʽTrue Pictures’ and Animated News Films of Suffragettes in the Holographs of Virginia Woolf’s ʽThe Movies’ in the Berg Collection.” Woolf and the City: Selected Papers of the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Clemson University Digital Press, 2010.
DOUG HANSON (art and art history) was quoted in a bibliography of Mick Casson, written by Emmanuel Cooper and Amanda Fielding. Casson was a British potter who died in 2003. Hanson studied with Casson in 1981 and uses a ceramics textbook written by him.
Hanson’s ceramics were featured in AKAR DESIGN-Iowa City’s February 2010 Exhibition, Yunomis (everyday Japanese drinking cups). During the summer he produced a couple hundred pieces of pottery, twenty of which were selected for AKAR. Hanson was the Featured Artist September 24 - October 14. Each piece exhibited at AKAR is displayed in detail at www.akardesign.com.
Hanson’s work for the NGO Potters for Peace (PFP) has increased with his work at the Art Educators of Iowa Conference in Sioux City in early October and his week-long trek through various potteries and Ceramic Water Filter making facilities in Nicaragua as a member of PFP’s executive board of directors.
MICHELLE HERDER (history) delivered a paper, “Periculoso and Bishops’ Supervision of Women’s Monasteries,” at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May.
JENNY KELCHEN (theatre and communication studies) attended the 50th anniversary USITT (theatre technology) conference in Kansas City this past March. This summer, she designed costumes for Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene and Mauritius for her seventh season of Iowa Summer Rep at the University of Iowa and most recently designed the costumes for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Blithe Spirit at the Old Creamery Theatre in the Amanas.
TODD KNOOP (economics and business) has served as editor and advisory board member of an online database, Understanding Controversies and Society: Academic Solutions Database published by ABC-CLIO that aims to allow academics and college students a means of engaging each other in discussing current issues while modeling for students effective means of discourse.
M. PHILIP LUCAS’ (history) article, “Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution,” was reprinted in Milestone Documents in African American History (Paul Finkelman, ed.).
On September 9, JAMES MARTIN (music) presented a lecture on Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the first lecture in a series given at the University of Iowa. With the support of International Programs at the University of Iowa and Humanities Iowa, the Opera Studies Forum created a series of six lectures coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater transmissions.
On October 1, Martin presented the paper, “Wagner’s Character Beckmesser from Meistersinger as Prototype of the Jewish Exile in Germany,” at an International Conference in Exile Studies sponsored by the North-American Society for Exile Studies at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
On October 25, he presented a lecture on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Brucemore estate in Cedar Rapids. Martin continues to serve on the Orchestra Iowa Artistic Advisory Committee.
JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) served as humanities evaluator for a Humanities Iowa grant, supporting the visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the University of Northern Iowa in May. He also taught two mini-courses on the Book of Job, one for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa’s Summer Ministry School and the other for Cornell’s Chautauqua Program.
With the support of the Mellon grant for Environmental Studies, MICHELLE MOUTON (English and creative writing) did research in the Bahamas in July, and developed a course called Literature of the Romantic Period: The Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies, to be taught in 2012.
In April, MARY OLSON (sociology and anthropology) presented a paper titled “Habitat and Harvest: Treaty Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest” at the annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association in Reno, Nevada.
The Rev. CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (chaplain of the college) attended the professional meeting of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) at Amherst College. ACMHE’s mission is to connect leading institutions and academics committed to the recovery and development of the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning, and knowing.
Quehl-Engel also completed continuing education courses through The American Institute of Health Care Professionals for teaching relaxation strategies, and meditation theory and practices level I and II.
Last spring, SHANNON REED (English and creative writing) received an ACM/University of Chicago faculty development grant that allowed her to continue her sabbatical research at the University of Chicago library and attend a Council on Advanced Studies workshop. She wrote her first article on that research for the “Clark Newsletter,” a publication of The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
In the fall, Reed presented an invited paper at the South Central Modern Language Association conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The paper continued work on Ireland and Restoration pastoral poetry that she began during an NEH Summer Seminar in 2009.
DEE ANN REXROAT (director of college communications) was chosen to co-chair the Annapolis Group Public Relations Committee. The Annapolis Group comprises approximately 130 leading national liberal arts colleges and seeks to advance the cause of liberal arts education on a national scale. Rexroat has served on the PR Committee since 2007.
Through outreach including the website collegenews.org, the Annapolis Group draws public attention to the educational goals and distinctive strengths of its member institutions and facilitates their participation in national conversations relating to higher education.
In April and May, KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) presented her recent work on injurious feminine speech and Renaissance Drama at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (“Shakespeare’s Margaret, Bitter Words, and the Voice of (Divine) Justice: Compulsory Listening”) and the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Chicago, IL (“Compulsory Listening: Queen Margaret’s Cursing, Alterity, and the Voice of (Divine) Justice”). She gave an invited lecture on the same topic at the University of Iowa Symposium in Honor of Huston Diehl.
Stavreva was selected as affiliated scholar for the Fall of 2011 of the ACM Program, Arts, Humanities, and Culture in Florence, Italy, and elected president of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society for 2010-11.
LEON TABAK (computer science) was a table leader at the reading of Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in Cincinnati in June. In June, he also taught a short course for AP teachers in Lapeer, Michigan. Tabak contributed to the program at the Mathematical Association of America’s Mathfest in Pittsburgh in August with a talk titled “Mathematics and Geography: Nearest Neighbors.” He judged students’ presentations at the same meeting. In October, Tabak served as the on-site coordinator for an AP workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and as a presenter at an AP workshop in Grayslake, Illinois.
In other work for the College Board, Tabak continued in his roles of curriculum advisor and senior reviewer. He helps teachers write syllabi that conform to the College Board’s standards and guides reviewers who check descriptions of proposed AP courses against those standards. Tabak is an Educational Counselor for MIT. In that volunteer role, he is interviewing four high school students from eastern Iowa who want to study at MIT.
During his sabbatical year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) was the Resident Faculty Director for the ACM/GLCA Oak Ridge Science Semester. As part of this program, he developed a new course on nanoscience. Teague was also a visiting scientist in the Nanomaterials Chemistry group at the lab, where he developed a new research interest in computational chemistry.
Teague recently published “Computational Investigation of Reactive to Nonreactive Capture of Carbon Dioxide by Oxygen-Containing Lewis Bases,” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Other authors on this study were Oak Ridge scientists Sheng Dai and De-en Jiang. Teague continues his affiliation with the lab, enabling him to use the computational resources at the lab from afar.
Other sabbatical activities included conferences and workshops, where he gave two presentations and organized a symposium (and, in one case, played in the conference rock band). In addition, he visited several liberal arts colleges to discuss chemistry curricula and pedagogy.
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GREG COTTON (Systems Librarian and Consulting Librarian for the Visual Arts and Acting Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) was recently elected to a three year term on the board of trustees of LYRASIS, a library cooperative of 6,000 institutions. LYRASIS, a library cooperative based in Atlanta, is where Cole Library purchases most of its electronic databases, with discounts negotiated by LYRASIS.
Cotton and Mary Wegner, State Librarian of Iowa, gave a joint presentation at the Iowa Library Association annual conference in October. The presentation dealt with the closing of the Bibliographical Center for Research in Denver and the new services offered by LYRASIS.
SHAWN DOYLE (Writing Consultant) attended the ACM conference “Understanding Student Learning,” October 1-3, at Macalester College in St. Paul.
LAURA FARMER (Writing Consultant) and JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) presented “Let’s Get Together: Taking Advantage of the Learning Center Model,” at the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference at Kirkwood Community College in April. Farmer attended the Iowa Writing Centers Consortium at Grandview College in September. Johanningmeier attended the U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Census Conference at the University of Iowa in August.
MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences and Kinesiology and College Archivist) participated in the DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle, May 16-21, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through a scholarship from the Council on Library and Information Resources. Iber attended the Leadership Institute in Denison, Iowa, August 10-13, funded by a scholarship from ILA (Iowa Library Association). As Iowa ACRL President, she attended the ALA (American Library Association) conference in Washington, D.C., June 24-29.
IAN MASON (Academic Technology Consultant) attended “iFolio: Electronic Portfolio Users Conference” at the University of Iowa in September.
KRISTIN REIMANN (former Interlibrary Loan Assistant) attended the Midwest InterLibrary Loan Conference, sponsored by DALINC, on April 9 at Loras College in Dubuque.
JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities, Education, and the Performing Arts) and LAUREL WHISLER (College Librarian & Consulting Librarian for Music, History and Economics), along with DEVAN BATY (French) and MARCELA OCHOA-SHIVAPOUR (Spanish), organized and led an ACM Workshop at Cornell College September 24-25 titled “Information Literacy in the Foreign Languages: A Collaborative Workshop Exploration.” There were 39 participants from 12 ACM schools.
On October 11, at University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science, Rouse participated as a member of an Organizational Management panel titled “The New Librarian: What They Didn’t Tell Me in Library School.”
LAUREL WHISLER, MARY IBER, CATHY BOGGS (Public Library Coordinator), GLENDA DAVIS-DRIGGS (Reference and Technical Services Librarian), and KRISTIN REIMANN (Library Assistant) attended the Iowa Library Conference in Coralville, October 13-15.
LAUREL WHISLER, GREG COTTON, MARY IBER, JEN ROUSE, JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER, LAURA FARMER and SHAWN DOYLE joined in an Information Literacy Extravaganza on June 2 at the University of Dubuque.