Faculty/Academic Staff Newsletter Fall, 2012

JULIE BARNES (associate director of Dimensions) attended the National Association for Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP) 2012 National Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Information from the conference sessions will help Cornell prepare for the substantive changes to the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) which will be implemented in 2015.  Barnes was also elected as a member of the 2014 National Meeting Planning Committee and as chairperson of the National Committee Programming Committee.

In September, SUSANNAH BIONDO-GEMMELL (art and art history) exhibited artwork in Earth and Alchemy, a show surveying contemporary ceramic sculpture, at the Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.  In November, she exhibited new time-based ceramic sculpture at the Ceramics Colleagues Exhibition, alongside other regional ceramic artists, at Cornell’s Peter Paul Luce Gallery.  Upcoming exhibitions include Elements, in which she will be representing the “element of fire” through ceramic materials, at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.

KERRY BOSTWICK (education), JILL HEINRICH (education) and former Cornell College Librarian Jean Donham were awarded the Iowa Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) 2012 Research Award.  The IACRL grants one award every two years for original scholarship and was presented in May at the Association’s spring conference held at Luther College.  The award was given for their article “Mental Models of Research: Generating Authentic Questions” which was published in the Journal of College Teaching.

MARTY CONDON (biology) gave three talks in June in Brazil at the annual Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation meetings. While in Brazil, she advised two Brazilian graduate students, a botanist at UFPE and an entomologist at the UFGD-FCBA in the Laboratório de Insetos Frugívoros Pós Graduação em Entomologia e Conservação da Biodiversidade.

Condon and Kara Middleton ’12 were coauthors on a paper presented by Dr. Andrew Forbes (The University of Iowa) at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution in Ottawa, Canada.  In July and August, Condon, Darius Ballard ’07 and colleagues carried out research near Iquitos, Peru, with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Teachers program.

In May, TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) attended Iowa Code Camp, a technical symposium for software and IT professionals, at the Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids.  LEON TABAK (computer science) and several Cornell students also attended.

deLaubenfels traveled to San Francisco in June for the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration, which was one of many events held worldwide to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of computer scientist Alan Turing.

In August, deLaubenfels attended the Mathematics Association of America’s MathFest in Madison, WI.  He served as a judge of student research presentations on Mathematical Biology. 

ROSS SOWELL (computer science) and deLaubenfels attended the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium meeting held at Grinnell College on October 27.  deLaubenfels served as a Moderator for the Media Computation panel.

SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) exhibited a new body of photography and video, “my eyes are not shut,” at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University in Des Moines September 7 through October 12.  Dyas gave a gallery talk at the opening, and author Chris Offutt wrote an essay for the catalogue. The exhibit was funded by a Kickstarter project.  Lawrence University has invited Dyas to exhibit this work on its campus in 2014.

Founding Director Richard Katrovas recently invited Dyas to be the U.S. photographer for the Prague Summer Program.  Dyas will teach a four-week academic-credit photography workshop in July in Prague.

In August, CAROLYN ZERBE ENNS (psychology) and her co-editor Elizabeth Nutt Williams completed a three-year book project with the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology.  In addition to editing the volume, Zerbe Enns contributed to two of the twenty-six chapters.  She also co-authored, with first author Shigeru Iwakabe, a chapter titled “Counseling and Psychotherapy in Japan.”  The chapter was published in the Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context.  She co-authored two additional articles/book reviews with Ann Fischer (“On the Complexity of Multiple Feminist Identities,” for The Counseling Psychologist) and MELINDA GREEN (psychology) (book review of Women and Mental Disorders for the journal Sex Roles.)

Throughout 2012, Zerbe Enns is serving as Resident Director of the Japan Study Program at Waseda University in Tokyo.  Related to her interests in Asia, she served as chair and discussant (August 2012) for an American Psychological Association Symposium that featured Japanese psychologists who have been involved in post-earthquake mental health interventions in Japan’s Tohoku region, which was most directly affected by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  In October, she also gave an invited address in Seoul at the Korean Counseling Psychological Association.  The title of her talk was “Psychology, Social Justice, and Public Policy.”

Zerbe Enns continues to serve as a member of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association and is a member of task forces that are focusing on central components of introductory psychology courses as well as guidelines for the undergraduate psychology curriculum.

REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) had two short stories published: “The Yak” in the June issue of Connotation Press and “Fixed” in the November issue of The Examined Life Journal, a literary journal of The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  Her short story “You, Someplace Else” was named a finalist in Kore Press’s Chapbook Contest. In July she attended the Summer Literary Seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in October presented a paper on author Elizabeth Keckley and the Victorian culture of handwriting at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

BENJAMIN GREENSTEIN (geology and Associate Dean of the College) traveled to Western Australia to conduct fieldwork in June with Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll and Malcolm McCulloch (University of Western Australia), documenting field evidence for rapid and dramatic changes in global sea level that occurred approximately 125,000 years ago.  Greenstein returned to Australia in July to give a presentation at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, which was held in Cairns, Queensland.  His talk was the culmination of four years of work assembling a literature-derived database of reef coral occurrences throughout the Caribbean region and provided information for marine managers interested in designating marine protected areas.

One week after the conclusion of the reef meeting, Greenstein experienced an abrupt (and startling) change in professional activity by traveling to Chicago to attend the National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention.

Last April, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) was invited to give a presentation and workshop at the University of Maryland as part of a Colloquium on Integrating Gendered Perspectives and the Study of Ancient Roman Women into the Latin Classroom and Curriculum. His presentation, “Reflective Pedagogy/Feminist Pedagogy in Beginning Latin,” defined six categories for assessing the representation of women in elementary textbooks, offered case studies for helping students reflect on the intersection of language and gender such as women’s story-telling, and the possibility of women claiming authority in the Roman Forum.  Over the summer, he continued his research on these topics with Calla Holmes-Robbins ’12.

SANTHI HEJEEBU (business and economics) will be featured in a History Channel program titled “Mankind The Story of All of Us.” The 12-hour series, which began airing Nov. 13, is billed as “the first television series in a generation to tackle the history of the human race through the ages. Embracing groundbreaking storytelling methods, it features jaw-dropping imagery and dramatic reconstructions of the most critical events in human history.”  Hejeebu will appear in episodes six and eight and will address specific moments in economic history: Venetian banking during the Renaissance, the financial crisis in 17th century Holland, the 16th century discovery of silver in the New World, and architectural achievement in Mughal, India.

Additionally Hejeebu’s article, “Job Design in the Presence of Career Concerns” was recently published by the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy (JEMS). Coordinated with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, JEMS is a top journal in the field of strategic management.

MICHELLE HERDER (history) presented research titled “The Troubles of Vilanera: A Failed Monastic Foundation in the Fourteenth Century” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI, in May, and another version of the talk at The University of Iowa in October.

An article by JAMES MARTIN (music), “Confronting One’s Nazi Past: German Political History with Respect to Wagner and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg,” appeared in the September 2012 issue of Wagner News (The Wagner Society of America.)  He continues to serve on the artistic advisory committee for Orchestra Iowa.

In October, KAREN MERCER (Vice President for Business Affairs) attended the Schumptoberfest Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts Curriculum which was co-sponsored by the ACM and Grinnell College. She gave a presentation on the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) organization and the ways in which SIFE projects incorporate liberal arts curriculum with experiential social entrepreneurship. 

MARY OLSON (sociology and anthropology) presented a paper titled “Tribal and Federal Cooperation in the Co-Management of the Pacific Northwest Salmon Fishery,” in April at the 2012 annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association.

ROSS SOWELL (computer science) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Modeling Surfaces from Volume Data Using Nonparallel Contours,” on August 15th at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  In May, Sowell, together with LEON TABAK (computer science) took several students to a meeting of the Cedar Rapids section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), where they heard Chris Wyman, Associate Professor of Computer Science at The University of Iowa, give a talk on the “Challenges in Interactive Computer Graphics.”

KIRILKA STAVREVA’S (English and creative writing) article, “Island Noises: Sound Imprints of the Cultural Encounters in Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest,’” was published in the collection Cultural Encounters.  Edited by Nicholas Birns of New York City’s New School, the collection is part of Salem Press’ Critical Insights series, distilling “the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world’s most-studied literature.” Stavreva’s latest work on Shakespeare’s last play focuses on “Re-Mythologizing the Absolute Queen in Julie Taymor’s ‘Tempest’ (2010).” It was inspired by this year’s Senior Seminar in English, and will be presented at the European Shakespeare Research Association conference on “Shakespeare and Myth,” which will convene in June 2013 in Montpellier, France.

CYNTHIA STRONG (chemistry) and Caitlin Blum ’13 were awarded a grant titled “Production and Study of Mutant Forms of Human Copper-Zinc Superoxide Dismutase” from the Iowa College Foundation/R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program.  Chris Rishel ’13 also worked through the summer on the superoxide dismutase research project; in addition, he worked with Strong to develop procedures for analyzing specific compounds in local eggs, edamame, and seed corn.

LEON TABAK (computer science) led a workshop for teachers of Advanced Placement courses in Arlington Heights, IL, and contributed to a discussion on KCRG-TV’s Ethical Perspectives on the News in May.  He read Advanced Placement examinations in Cincinnati, OH, and taught a short course for teachers of Advanced Placement courses in Lapeer, MI, in June. In October, he led another day-long workshop for teachers of Advanced Placement courses in Westerville, OH.

In May, CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) attended the McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium at Wartburg College, where his research student Laura Kelton ’12 presented research titled “Investigations of Carbon Dioxide Capture Reactions Using Computational Methods.”  In June, Teague attended a Council of Independent Colleges Workshop for Department and Division Chairs in Portland, OR.  Later in the summer he attended the 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Pennsylvania State University, where he presented a talk titled “Rethinking the Physical Chemistry Sequence to Emphasize Connections Between Topics” in the symposium Holistic Rethinking of the Chemistry Curriculum.  The talk was well received, with several requests for slides and at least one professor changing her own physical chemistry syllabi immediately after hearing the talk.  He also played in the conference band, Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones.  Recently, Teague reviewed two papers for the Journal of Chemical Education.

CRAIG TEPPER (biology), ROBERT BLACK (late emeritus professor of biology), BENJAMIN GREENSTEIN (geology), and alumni Logan Squiers ’07, Charles Hay ’10, Danielle Gorbach ’07, and Dana Friend ’09 published a manuscript titled “Cryptic Species: A Mismatch between Genetics and Morphology in Millepora” in the September 2012 issue of Marine Science.

Sophie Gaynor ’12, and Charles Hay ’10, along with Tepper, had their article “Cryptic Species or Intragenomic Variation: Implications for the Millepores” accepted for publication. The article will appear in The 14th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas.      

Tepper and David Fischer ’14 were awarded a grant titled “Parentage Assignment in Queen Conch” from the Iowa College Foundation/R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program.

PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classical and modern languages) was invited to present a paper at a conference organized at the University of California Berkeley titled “Legal Regimes and Legal Change” in April.  His paper, “The View from Below – Guilds, Law, and the Economy,” focused on the interactions between guilds and the local and Roman imperial authorities and their use of law and legal rhetoric. 

Venticinque presented a paper titled “The Holy Church of Hermopolis in the Seventh Century: Papyrological Problems, Historical Questions,” as part of the American Society of Papyrology’s Summer Institute at the University of Chicago in July.  

In October, Venticinque continued his collaborations with the University of Copenhagen’s Ancient Associations Project, and presented a paper titled “The Economics of Association Funerals and Commemoration” as part of their second International Symposium “Associations in Context: Rethinking Associations and Religion in the Post-Classical Polis.”

EMILY WALSH (geology) and Oberlin College colleague Zeb Page were awarded a $40,000 grant from the Keck Consortium and the National Science Foundation to conduct research with students on Santa Catalina Island, CA, in July.  Walsh, Page, and six students, including Cornell student Mike Barthelmes ’13, spent two and one-half weeks on Catalina, studying the paleosubduction zone and collecting samples for further research. They spent another one and one-half weeks at Oberlin, prepping the samples and combining data.  As part of their Keck Fellowship, each student will continue their research at their home institutions for the rest of the academic year and will present their research at a symposium at Pomona College, CA, in the spring.

Walsh is also currently working on revisions to a manuscript, “Crustal exhumation of the Western Gneiss Region UHP terrane, Norway: 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology and fault-slip analysis,” which she submitted to the journal Tectonophysics in June.

  

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LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Director) is now a Book Review correspondent for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids.

MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences and Kinesiology and College Archivist) attended Archon Day in July, a workshop organized by Luther College Archivists to introduce the possibilities for Archivists to use this open source tool. Iber gave an invited on-line presentation, “The Work of a Science Librarian,” to an Advanced Reference class from San Jose State. She will Chair the Newsletter Committee of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and will serve on the ACRL Executive Board for 2013.