Faculty/Staff Newsletter Fall, 2011
In April, SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) attended the 15th annual Symposium on Associative Learning sponsored by the University of Wales and held at Gregynog Hall, where she presented a paper titled “Incidental Learning and Change of Attitudes.” In June Astley traveled to Kansas City to evaluate essays that are a part of the Advanced Placement Psychology Exam administered by the Educational Testing Service. She also attended the 60th anniversary of her graduate program at Kansas State University and the annual meeting of the program’s Advisory Committee in September.
ADDISON AULT (chemistry) attended the 242nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which took place in Denver during the last week of August. He also reviewed Ken Dill and Sarina Bromberg’s book Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanoscience. The review appears in the November issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.
TORI BARNES-BRUS (sociology and anthropology) attended the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas where she facilitated a discussion titled capstone courses in sociology. In late spring she and colleague ERIN DAVIS (sociology and anthropology) accompanied several Cornell sociology students to the Iowa Sociological Association meetings in Des Moines and to the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) meetings where the students presented their own research. Barnes-Brus and Davis also co-organized the session “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Faculty – Student Collaborative Research” at the MSS meetings.
Barnes-Brus’ article “Narratives of Sexual Consent and Coercion: Forced Prostitution Trials in Progressive-Era New York City,” co-authored with Brian Donovan (University of Kansas), was published in the Summer 2011 issue of Law and Social Inquiry.
In September, SUSANNAH BIONDO-GEMMELL (art and art history) was a featured artist at the State of Iowa Clay Conference hosted by the Cedar Rapids Ceramics Center. Her role included providing a professional presentation on her artwork, giving a demonstration on mold-making and casting techniques to conference attendees, and producing an original art piece for the conference. This work, MOmento, was a time-based installation created in collaboration with Jen Rogers, faculty member and gallery director at Coe College. In September, Biondo-Gemmell showed smaller work at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois. Her work received the Ceramics Award by the exhibition curator.
STAT2: Building Models for a World of Data, Preliminary Edition, authored by ANN CANNON (mathematics and statistics) and statistics faculty members at Grinnell, Oberlin, Mt. Holyoke, St. Lawrence University, Kenyon, St. Olaf, and Cal-Poly San Louis Obispo, was published in August. This is a textbook designed for courses similar to our STA 201. The first edition is due out in December.
Cannon also attended her eleventh AP reading, helping to grade over 140,000 AP statistics exams. This was the eighth year that she was on the leadership team at the reading, helping to refine the grading rubrics used by over four hundred readers.
Cannon attended the 2011 Joint Statistics Meetings in August and was part of a topic-contributed panel titled “Beyond Intro Statistics: Additional Topics to Excite and Lead Students Further.”
In April, MARTY CONDON (biology) served on a review panel at the National Science Foundation, and co-sponsored (with Susan Swensen, Ithaca College) a presentation by Ithaca College student Adam Longwich at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) about his molecular research on neotropical cucumbers.
In June, Andy Roth ’12 and Condon presented a poster “Variation in Braconid Parasitism of Florivorous Neotropical Tephritids” at the annual Evolution meetings. The poster reported results of NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates research that Roth conducted in collaboration with Condon and scientists at Texas A&M (Bob Wharton) and at the USDA-Beltsville (Sonja Scheffer and Matt Lewis).
In July, at the annual meeting of botanical societies, Longwich presented a poster “Neotropical Cucumbers: Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Genus Gurania,” which he coauthored with Swensen and Condon. Condon also presented an invited talk about her research at Anton de Kom University (Suriname), and in September gave invited talks at the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska.
CHRIS CONRAD (economics and business) is continuing his volunteer work for the Society of Actuaries, both on the Advanced Finance and Enterprise Risk Management exam committee and the Project Oversight Committee for research into Market Consistent Embedded Value.
In October, TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) attended Web 2.0 Expo in New York City.
At the annual meeting of the Iowa Section of the Mathematics Association of America at Central College, deLaubenfels gave a presentation titled “Math Modeling Course Confidential.”
deLaubenfels traveled to Des Moines with Prof. LEON TABAK and six computer science students for Code Camp, a technical symposium for software and IT professionals. Cornell computer science major Luke Korth ʼ12 gave a talk titled “Push Notifications in Android.”
This summer SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) traveled and photographed in Bulgaria and in Florence, Italy.
Riverside Theatre invited Dyas to exhibit a body of work focused on motherhood in the lobby of the theatre in Iowa City this fall. Her photographs were to compliment the production of Feet First in the Water with a Baby in My Teeth, written and performed by Megan Gogerty. Dyas was recently interviewed for a blog called “Iowa City Warriors” about what it takes for an artist to keep going and why they do it. A link is on her “Picture This” blog site: http://sandydyas.blogspot.com/.
A large selection of Dyas’s black and white gelatin silver prints of local musicians is currently being shown in the upstairs gallery at the Englert Theatre. In October, she was on a four-person panel discussing the ins and outs of being an independent artist living in Iowa City. This event was part of the celebration of the Englert’s 99th Anniversary.
Her photograph of acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Andy White is the cover photograph for his recently published book, Stolen Moments. Dyas’s work was also featured online in Easy Ed’s Blog in No Depression Music’s online site, “Ameri-tography 2: This is Where I Am From” found at http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/ameritography-2-this-is-where. The blog contains many of her newest photographs from eastern and southern Iowa.
The following items written by CAROL ZERBE ENNS (psychology) have been published during the past several months: “Feminist Counseling as a Pathway to Recovery” (chapter for an edited book titled Surviving Sexual Violence), “On the Rich Tapestry of Japanese Feminisms” (commentary/response for Feminism and Psychology), “Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World” (book review for the Psychology of Women Quarterly), and “Feminist Approaches to Counseling” (chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology).
In June, Enns delivered a keynote talk at the FaCE workshop on internationalizing the psychology curriculum. Her talk was titled “Acquiring and Teaching Intercultural Competence in Psychology: A Developmental Journey.” In August at the American Psychological Association Convention, in Washington D.C., she was chair and discussant for a symposium titled “Promoting Asian Women’s Physical, Mental and Reproductive Health.” With ERIN DAVIS and Joan Ericson (Colorado College), she made two presentations related to teaching short-term international courses: “Short-Term Study Abroad in Japan: Fostering Interdisciplinary Pedagogy” (September, Beloit College) and “The Creation of Short-Term International Study Courses” (October, Colorado College).
Enns is completing the first of a three-year term as an elected member of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association, which involves attending fall and spring board meetings in Washington D.C. In October, she spent two weeks in Shanghai and surrounding areas as part of a project to explore short-term teaching opportunities in China.
In May REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) presented “Writing ‘En Masse’: Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War Experience and The Commonwealth” at the University of Nottingham’s symposium on “Knowledge Networks: Nineteenth Century American Periodicals, Print Cultures, and Communities.” Her short story “Bernice” was published in the Imaginary Family Project in July, and her short story, “Ballpark Figure,” was published in Joyland Magazine in September. She also participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and has contributed to the University of Iowa’s Civil War Diaries Transcription Project.
JENNIFER FAGENBAUM (kinesiology) became a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in July. In October, she attended the Physiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Gender Disparities Conference hosted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and The American Physiological Society.
LAURA FARMER (writing studio) gave a reading and lecture at Coe College as part of the college’s fall reading series. Her book review of Justin Torres’ We The Animals is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review.
GLENN FREEMAN’S (English and creative writing) book of poems Traveling Light was published in November 2011 by Wordtech Publications. He will give a book release reading and celebration on December 6 in The Commons. Recent poems were included in Connotation Press Online, Bluestem, and Hanging Loose. His essay “On Green Lawns and Roots” was published in The Wapsipinicon Almanac in November 2011. In June, he attended the Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington.
BENJAMIN GREENSTEIN (geology) traveled to Australia in July to work with long-time colleague John Pandolfi in the School of Biological Sciences, Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies at the University of Queensland. They are collaborating on research conducted on the island of Curaçao, as well as other projects. Greenstein presented a paper based on the Curaçao work at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in October. The paper was titled “Coral reef accretion and coral community succession patterns in Late Pleistocene coral reefs exposed on Curaçao.”
LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English and creative writing) has been elected President of the International Virginia Woolf Society; she will serve a three year term beginning in January 2012. She has been invited to give a critical/creative plenary talk on her work on Emily Carr and Virginia Woolf at the annual Virginia Woolf conference in Canada this June. Her paper from the conference in Glasgow last June, “As I spin along the roads I remodel my life’: Travel Films projected into the shape of Orlando” has been selected for inclusion in Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-first Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.
JILL HEINRICH (education) presented a paper at the International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of theory and practice in education held in Paris, France, in July. The paper, titled “Boys’ Talk: Mediating Masculinity in the High School Setting,” offered findings from a year-long qualitative and ethnographic inquiry that examined the influence that dominant constructions of masculinity exercised in the lives of adolescent males and in the school setting in particular. Specifically, it questioned the influence these hegemonic constructions had upon boys’ posture and performance in the classroom setting.
SANTHI HEJEEBU’S (economics and business) paper “Job Design in the Presence of Career Concerns: Theory and Evidence” (with Pablo Casas-Arce, Univeristat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) has been accepted for the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. A second paper “The Colonial Transition and the Direction of the East India Company” was presented at Warwick University (UK) in late July and will be published as a chapter in the forthcoming book Economic History of India: New Perspectives. She refereed an article for Explorations in Economic History and was also a consultant for a movie being produced by Nutopia Studios in London. The project is an eleven-part series titled “Mankind” that will be aired on the History Channel.
In June MICHELLE HERDER (history) presented a paper, “Serving in the Cloister: Work, Discipline, and Social Status in Late Medieval Nunneries,” at the 2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held in Amherst, Massachusetts.
JODY HOVLAND and RON CLARK, (theatre and communication studies) distinguished Artists-in-Residence at Cornell and founders of Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, produced the twelfth season of the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in June-July. Ron directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona and performed the role of Nat Miller in Ah, Wilderness!, while Jody was seen as Essie Miller in Ah, Wilderness! and Lucetta in Two Gents. The professional acting company also included JIM VAN VALEN (theatre and communication studies) as Sid Miller in Ah, Wilderness! and the Duke in Two Gents. The Festival Apprentice Company included two Cornell students, recent graduate Zoe Sigman ʼ11 and current student Alec Hynes ʼ12.
In April, KATHRYN KAUPER (education) attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in New Orleans during which she served as a chair and discussant for the Division B Curriculum Studies program. She was also an invited participant in the Curriculum Studies pre-conference research seminar with Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura from the University of Illinois, Chicago. As service to AERA, she reviewed thirty-two presentation proposals from various divisions for the 2012 conference in Vancouver.
This fall, Kauper presented a paper titled, “Four Portraits of Belief and Unbelief: The Experiences of Preservice Teachers with Religious Diversity in a Teacher Education Program,” at the 2011 Conference of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in Denver, Colorado. She was an invited lecturer this October for Grinnell College, where she presented research on the analysis and implementation of curriculum in a teacher education program. The title of her presentation was “A Curriculum Paved with Good Intentions: Diversity Education in the Commonplaces.” Kauper’s review of Andrew Kirkendall’s 2010 book, Paulo Freire and the Cold War Politics of Literacy, was published by the History of Education Quarterly in August.
TODD KNOOP (economics and business) is currently working on a book to be published by Routledge Publishing in the Spring of 2013. The book’s tentative title is Unarrested Development: Global Finance in Emerging Market Economies.
HEIDI LEVINE (dean of student affairs) contributed to the chapter “If Curbing Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses is an Impossible Dream, Why Bother with Interventions Aimed at Curbing Abuse?” in the book Contested Issues in Student Affairs.
M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published a review of “Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War” by Stanley Harrold in The Journal of Illinois History.
JAMES MARTIN’S (music) paper, “Wagner’s Beckmesser as Prototype for the Exile from Nazi Germany” will appear in the next issue of Wagner News. He reviewed Herbert Lindenberger’s recent book, Situating Opera: Period, Genre, Reception, for the interdisciplinary, literary, cross-cultural journal The Comparatist. He continues to serve on the Artistic Advisory Committee for Orchestra Iowa.
JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) contributed “A Hindu Monk’s Appreciation of Eastern Orthodoxy’s Jesus Prayer: The ‘Inner Senses’ of Hearing, Seeing and Feeling in Comparative Perspective,” to Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body: Mystical Sensuality, a collection of essays edited by June McDaniel and Thomas Cattoi, and published by Palgrave Macmillan. He also led a program on the biblical Josephs, titled “I Am Joseph, Your Brother,” for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Summer Ministry School and Retreat.
MICHELLE MOUTON (English and creative writing) is co-organizing, with KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing), a conference to be held on Cornell’s campus February 3-4 titled The Past, Present, and Future of the Book. With presenters from Carleton, Luther, Colorado College, the University of Iowa, and several other institutions, this interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars and artists to consider the future of the book in light of its past. The conference is supported by an ACM FaCE grant. Also serving on the steering committee are JENNIFER ROUSE, (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities, Education, and the Performing Arts) REBECCA ENTEL, (English and creative writing) and GLENN FREEMAN (English and creative writing).
The Rev. CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (chaplain of the college) was a panelist on Channel 9 KCRG’s October 10 broadcast of Ethical Perspectives on the News focusing on the subject of forgiveness. She was also selected as a speaker for the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 at Veterans Memorial Stadium sponsored by both the Inter-Religious Council and Police/Fire of Linn County.
BECKY RICHTSMEIER (biology) attended a two-day Genomics in Education workshop at Washington University in St. Louis in July. Sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, the workshop used plant DNA sequences and iPlant DNA Subway software to compare genomic sequences for gene function and evolution.
KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) contributed an article, “Dreaming the Present: The Tempest, Bulgaria, ca. 2005,” to the special issue of the Shakespeare Bulletin marking the 400th anniversary of the first production of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Another article on this play, “Island Noises: Sound Imprints of the Cultural Encounters in Shakespeare’s Tempest,” is forthcoming in the essay collection Cultural Encounters, for the Critical Insights series of EBSCO Publishing.
In May, she completed her term as President of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society, organizing the largest number of Shakespeare sessions at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the fall semester of 2011, she has been serving as affiliated scholar in the ACM Arts, Humanities, and Culture Program in Florence, Italy.
In May LEON TABAK (computer science) contributed to a panel discussion titled “Who is tracking you?” on KCRG-TV’s “Ethical Perspectives on the News.” In June, he was a table leader at the reading of the Advanced Placement examinations in Cincinnati, Ohio, and presented week-long courses to teachers of Advanced Placement courses in Lapeer, Michigan, and Charleston, West Virginia.
In October, he led a one-day workshop for AP teachers in Grayslake, Illinois. Working for the Educational Policy Improvement Center in the continuing roles of Senior Reviewer and Curriculum Advisor, Tabak helped teachers develop courses that conform to standards that the College Board has established for AP courses. In May and September, he took students to meetings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in Cedar Rapids.
In June CRAIG TEPPER (biology) was conference co-chair of the 14th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas in San Salvador, Bahamas. He presented a talk on his research titled “Cryptic Species or Intragenomic Variation: Implications for the Millepores (Fire Coral)” at the conference. His student, Sophie Gaynor ʼ12, also attended the conference and presented a poster titled “Can Symbionts Be Used to Understand Coral Evolution?” TEPPER, ROBERT BLACK(biology) BENJAMIN GREENSTEIN (geology) and Cornell graduates Logan Squiers ʼ07, Chuck Hay ʼ10, Danielle Gorbach ʼ07 and Dana Friend ʼ09 published a manuscript titled “Cryptic Speciation: A Mismatch between Genetics and Morphology in Millepora” in the proceedings of the 13th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas.
Tepper and Cornell undergraduate Ben Alleva ʼ13 were awarded a grant titled “Concerted Evolution: Fact or Fiction” from the Iowa College Foundation/R.J. McElroy student/Faculty Research Program.
DAVID YAMANISHI (politics) worked with Chris Stadler ʼ12 to generate data on Latin American, Middle Eastern, and North African countries’ responses to human rights abuses through judicial proceedings, amnesties, truth commissions, and other approaches.
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SHAWN DOYLE (Writing Consultant) and IAN MASON (Academic Technology Consultant) attended the conference titled THATCamp Liberal Arts Colleges, which focused on digital humanities work being done at liberal arts colleges. The conference ran from June 4-5 and was held at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Doyle had an essay published: “Why Iowa? Because… An Essay on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 75th Anniversary Reunion” in Rain Taxi Review of Books in the Fall 2011 Online Edition.
LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Director) and JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) attended the Iowa Writing Centers Consortium Retreat and series of Excel seminars in April.
MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian and College Archivist) supervised Practicum student Erika Binegar (UW-Madison) in the summer and fall sessions. Erika’s major summer project was an online archives exhibit of 100 original posters from the Cornell College Literary Societies’ debates, programs, sociables, etc., from 1890-1910.
In July she attended an Iowa Library Association Government Documents Roundtable Workshop (ILA/GODORT) on “Sustainable Living” held at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Iber also attended the annual meeting of the Council of Iowa Archivists (CIA) at Hoover Library in West Branch. In October Iber attended the Iowa Library Association’s annual conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
IAN MASON recently finished work creating a customized prototype/install of Moodle with computer literacy instruction modules for the Widernet Project (the University of Iowa), to be used in Africa.
JENNIFER ROUSE (Consulting Librarian), DEVAN BATY, (French) and REBECCA WINES (French) presented their poster, “Information Literacy in the Foreign Languages,” at the ACM FaCE Value Conference, held at Colorado College in October.
Cole Library hosted Innovation, Inspiration, and Imagination in our Libraries on July 26 for several Iowa colleges. Cornell participants included GREGORY COTTON (Technical Services Librarian and Consulting Librarian), MARY IBER, JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER, IAN MASON, KRISTIN REIMANN (Library Assistant), JENNIFER ROUSE, and PAUL WAELCHLI (College Librarian and Director of the Cole Library).