Faculty/Staff Newsletter Spring, 2010
A four-volume 1280-page Encyclopedia of Global Resources, edited by CRAIG ALLIN (politics), was published April 28 by Salem Press. He is the author of articles within this set on "Wilderness and Wilderness Preservation" and "The Wilderness Act of 1964." This general reference replaces a three-volume Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, edited by Allin and Mark Coyne (University of Kentucky) and published in 1998.
Allin has also completed initial editorial work and generated about 450 new article topics for a multi-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues. This is the successor to Allin's three-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, first published in 2000 by Salem Press. The new edition will include about 300 new entries and should be available within a year.
ADDISON AULT (chemistry) attended the 239th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which took place in San Francisco in March.
BARBARA CHRISTIE-POPE (biology) coauthored a paper titled, "TNF-alpha and Microglial Hormetic Involvement in Neurological Health and Migraine," along with Richard Kraig, Heidi Mitchell, Phillip Kinkler, David White, Y-Ping Tand and George Langan in the departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at The University of Chicago. The paper will be published this spring in the journal, Dose-Response.
Since January 2010, MARTY CONDON (biology) has been awarded three NSF grants and published one paper. The grants are: RUI Collaborative Research: "Untangling tropical diversity: a phylogenetic analysis of tritrophic interactions" ($270,769); Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: "A Resource for Systematics Research" ($52,823) (Condon is Co-PI with James Smith & Richard Clopton); and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates ($7,000).
In "A revision of the femoralis group of Blepharoneura Lowe (Diptera: Tephritidae)" Zootaxa 2374: 1-139, Allen Norrbom and Condon formally named thirty two new species of flies. One new species was named Blepharoneura cornelli after Cornell College to honor the college's support for faculty-student research. Three species were named in honor of Cornell students who did significant work on the flies: Erica Osmundson Reimers ('98), B. osmundsonae; Matt Nolte ('07), B. mikenoltei (Matt asked that a species be named after his little brother, Mike); and Trinity Tisue McWilliams ('00), B. macwilliamsae.
CHRIS CONRAD (economics & business) has volunteered to work on the Advanced Finance and Enterprise Risk Management exam committee for the Society of Actuaries. His work includes drafting questions as well as grading the exams after administration.
TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics and statistics) attended the 2010 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium on March 11 and 12. Eight computer science students traveled with deLaubenfels to Milwaukee to attend the SIGCSE Symposium.
A photograph titled "Susan and the Red Tomato, near Andrew, Iowa" by SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) was accepted into the "Portraits" exhibition at the MPLS Photo Center this January by juror David Little. Debbie Fleming Caffery, well-known photographer from Louisiana, was the juror for the annual Onward '10 Portrait Show at Project Basho Gallery in Philadelphia. Two of Dyas's traditional gelatin silver prints were chosen for this exhibition.
Also in January, Dyas spent two days as the Artist in Residence at Simpson College's Art Department. Gallery director and Professor Justin Nostrala invited Dyas to exhibit two bodies of her work. "Heaven & Earth" (a photo installation) occupied one gallery, and "The Lost Nation Photographs" (gelatin silver prints) occupied the second gallery.
In March, Dyas attended the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conference in Philadelphia, where she had the opportunity to see the collection of work by Marcel Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two additional exhibitions of work, one by installation artist and photographer Oscar Munoz and a new sound installation by Bruce Nauman.
In March, BECKI ELKINS (Institutional Research and Assessment) attended the annual convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International. She co-presented four sessions: "Addressing Difficult Assessment Ethics," "Thinking Innovatively about Research Positions and Opportunities," "Great Focus Group! But, What about all the Notes?" and "Class Matters: Social Class Identity in Student Affairs." She continues to serve as chair of ACPA's Commission for Assessment and Evaluation.
In April, REBECCA ENTEL (English and Creative Writing) presented "'Success in Circuit': Finding the Slant in Undergraduate Fiction" at the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
GLENN FREEMAN'S (English and Creative Writing) second book of poems Traveling Light has been accepted by Wordtech Press and will be published in 2011. He has also had work recently published or forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Rattle, Karamu, Zone 3 and Splash of Red. His essay "Notes on the Aurora" was accepted for publication in The Wapsipinicon Almanac. He was also selected as Artist-in-Residence at the Rocky Mountain National Park for the summer of 2010. He will reside in the William Allen White cabin and present two public presentations during his stay.
MELINDA GREEN (psychology) co-authored two manuscripts with her research team of Cornell College undergraduate students. One manuscript is a comparative analysis of body dissatisfaction as a function of gender and sexual orientation. This manuscript, a research project co-authored by Chris Davids (Cornell '10), has received a "revise and resubmit" in a special issue of Sex Roles devoted to the study of body image. The leading researchers in body image from around the world will be represented in this special issue. Green and members of her current research team also completed and submitted a second multi-year research project, examining psychophysiological reactions to clothing try on as a function of gender. This project is also currently under review in Sex Roles.
Green has been invited to present her work in two international forums including Neurotalk 2010 in Singapore and the Oxford Roundtable on women's issues in July of 2010. Finally, Green co-authored two grants this year, one with JENNIFER FAGENBAUM (kinesiology) to the National Institutes of Health, to explore biopsychosocial predictors of eating disorders, and the other, co-authored with WILLIAM DRAGON (psychology) and JENNIFER FAGENBAUM (kinesiology), to the National Science Foundation to create an interdisciplinary neuroscience initiative between the two departments.
JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages), editor of Teaching Classical Languages, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Latin and Greek pedagogy, is pleased to announce that the first issue of the new journal appeared last November.
In March, the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation was published; John was a member of the ACL-APA Joint Task Force that wrote the Standards. In addition, his article, "Exploring Relationships: Amicitia and Familia in Cicero's de Amicitia," appeared in Classical World 103.1 (2009) 88-92. In March at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, he presented a paper, "Rape and Comedy in Terence's Eunuch," informed by his Latin 205 students' production of the play last May.
LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English and Creative Writing) presented a paper sharing archival explorations, "Newsreels of the Suffragettes and ‛Moving Picture Versions of Famous Novels': Holographs of Virginia Woolf's ‛The Movies' in the Berg Collection & Archival Films from the MoMA Film Studies Center and British Film Institute" for the June 2009 Virginia Woolf Conference at Fordham University in New York. Recent publications include "Virginia Woolf's ‛The Cinema' Essay: Sneak Previews of the Holograph Pre-Texts through Post-Publication Revisions" in the Woolf Studies Annual 2009, "Virginia Woolf and Film" in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, 2010, "Teaching Mrs. Dalloway and Film: from the Historical Avant-Garde Cinema to Current Film Adaptations" in the Modern Language Association Approaches to Teaching Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, 2010 and "Reel Publishing: Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Essays' Film Pamphlets." Selected Papers from the Eleventh Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Wales, Bangor, Clemson University Digital Press, 2010.
In March, SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) gave an invited lecture at Newham College, Cambridge University, UK. Her talk, titled "Mixed Blessings: Consequences of State Lending on the East India Company," was part of an international conference on the historical role of state policies in the development of private, capital markets. In February, Hejeebu reviewed an intermediate microeconomic theory textbook under consideration by Pearson Economics.
STEVE HEMELT (politics) was the 2009 winner of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Ph.D. Dissertation Award. Hemelt attended the APPAM conference in Washington, D.C., in early November to accept the award. At the conference he presented the major findings from his dissertation "Essays in Education Policy: Accountability, Achievement, and Access." An extended abstract of his research findings will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
MICHELLE HERDER (history) presented a paper, "Slaves in the Cloister," at the annual meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Association at Conception Abbey, Missouri, in February.
The second edition of TODD KNOOP'S (economics and business) book Recessions and Depressions: Understanding Business Cycles was published by ABC-CLIO in January of 2010.
HEIDI LEVINE (Dean of Students) has been elected Vice President (president-elect) of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). ACPA is one of two national student affairs professional associations.
On December 10 JAMES MARTIN (music) gave a HAIG presentation at Cornell: "Confronting One's Nazi Past: Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth 2009." He has been selected to present a paper for the North-American Society for Exile Studies, International Conference in Exile Studies. The general topic of the conference is "Exile and Performance." Martin's paper title is "Wagner's character Beckmesser from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as prototype of the Jewish exile in Germany."
JOSEPH MOLLEUR'S (religion) article, "A Hindu Monk's Appreciation of Eastern Orthodoxy's Jesus Prayer: The ‛Inner Senses' of Hearing, Seeing, and Feeling in Comparative Perspective," was published in Issue 9 of Religion East & West: Journal of the Institute for World Religions.
The Rev. CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (chaplain of the college) lectured at Knox College on "Spirituality, College Chaplaincy, and the Liberal Arts (Fear Not)," gave a talk at Riverside Theatre for the play "End Days" with Prof. Miriam Gilbert of The UI Department of English, held visual meditation art exhibits at both The Lincoln Cafe and Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, and served as curator and writer for the national Episcopal Church Visual Arts exhibition "Recognition & Return."
JUDITH SIEBERT (sociology & anthropology) attended the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology held in March in Merida, Mexico. In association with the meeting and geographic location, she also investigated sites significant to the contemporary and ancient Maya, and networked with scholars and intellectuals involved in Maya issues. The meeting's emphasis upon globalization and environmental issues and the associated research and connections significant to Maya issues.
LEON TABAK (computer science) joined a panel in a discussion of "government by the people" on KCRG television's "Ethical Perspectives in the News" on December 20. Computer, the principal journal of the IEEE Computer Society, quoted Tabak in its February 2010 issue. He attended meetings of his professional society with students in January and again in February. They learned about codes for correcting errors at the first meeting and about developing software for the newspaper industry at the second meeting.
Tabak presented a workshop in Chicago for the College Board on March 16. Also in March, he reviewed and approved the work of a candidate for a Master of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tabak helped the student identify, propose, and complete the major project that was required for his advanced degree.
In March, PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classical and modern languages) presented a paper titled "Risk Management: Economic Activities and Strategies on Late Roman Estates," at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South held in Oklahoma City. Venticinque also was invited to deliver a paper titled "The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Monastic Donations, Child Oblation, and the Christian Community in Coptic Egypt," at the Midwestern Consortium on Ancient Religions conference in April at the University of Michigan. An article titled "Family Affairs: Guild Regulations and Family Relationships in Roman Egypt," will also appear this Spring in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, vol. 50, no. 2.
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LAUREL WHISLER (College Librarian), DEVAN BATY (French), MARCELA OCHOA-SHIVAPOUR (Spanish), and JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian) received a Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) grant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. The grant money will be used to sponsor a workshop to be held in September 2010 on exploring ways to incorporate information literacy in the study of foreign languages.