April Accomplishments 2013
Faculty Accomplishments April 2013
Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, attended and participated in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, April 10-14, 2013. Also attending were three Wells College students. Melissa Fortin presented two papers, “Deviation of and Conformity to the Campus Pet Policy” (Psychology, Professor Markowitz), and “Creating a Reservoir Management Plan for the Hinckley Reservoir Using Operations Research” (Mathematics, Professor Moore). This latter paper was co-authored with several other Wells students, including Pamela Badian-Pessot, Rebecca Doyle, and Louisa Suarez. Theresa Mendez also presented two papers, “The “Signifyin(g)” Indian in Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (English, Professor Burroughs), and “The Real Housewives of Big Brother: Surveillance and Stylistic Strategies in Reality TV” (Film and Media Studies, Professor Lohn). Robyn Moody presented a paper on “The Humanization of Death in The Book Thief” (English, Professor Burroughs). Wells College students have presented their work at every NCUR Conference since 1989. Next year’s conference will be at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Foy Story by Eddie Foy III and edited by Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has just been published in Los Angeles by the Eddie Foy III Foundation (2012.) This book contains a Foreword by Jerry Lewis, and the book jacket reads in part: “It is the ultimate showbiz autobiography spanning three generations from Vaudeville to Big-Time TV in Hollywood.” In addition to discovering Sally Fields and casting most of the well-known television series of the 1960s, 70’s, and 80’s (ranging from Mash, Cheers, Bewitched, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, Dennis the Menace, and The Flying Nun to Mork and Mindy, Hill Street Blues, Room 222, and Barney Miller), Eddie Foy III is now the author of an invaluable book for students of television and film history. Here he reveals anecdotes about his grandfather, the Vaudeville star, who founded Actors’ Equity with Lionel Barrymore, as well as provides pages of advice to actors about the audition and casting process in Hollywood. A pioneer in Made-for-Television movies, Eddie Foy cast A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989), which was “an award-winning movie that inspired and instigated the sweeping legal reform for battered housewives and domestic violence.”In addition, Catherine has had published the following: Rev. of Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theatre Arts. By Francesca Saggini. (Trans. Laura Kopp). Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. 27.1 (2012): 107-109.
Brad Frazier, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion, served as a referee for *International Journal for Philosophical Studies* for an article on the American philosopher, Richard Rorty."
William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his review of the "Kelly Richardson: Legion" exhibition of video installations at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, published in the "Critics' Picks" column of Artforum, in March 2013.
In March, Dr. Ganis also gave a talk, “Respawns: Video Games and Seriality,” at the State University of New York Oswego Lecture as a part of the the SUNY Oswego Visiting Artist Series.
Nancy Gil, Director of the Book Arts Center, and Katie Baldwin, Victor Hammer Fellow, Wells' seventh Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts, completed the printing and binding of the first 35 copies of 'What Longing Is' by poet Janis Esch '10. This chapbook, designed, printed and bound by the Wells College Press, was available for the poet's on-campus reading on Wednesday, April 17. An edition of 100 will be completed in the next few weeks.
Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, organized the 108th semiannual symposium of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society, which was hosted by Wells (for her first time) on April 19th and 20th. This meeting's theme was "Recent Advances in Physics" and the 80 attenders heard talks on both the experimental breakthrough and the theoretical understanding of the Higgs boson (the keynote talk was by Professor Carl Hagen, he of the so-called 'Englert-Brout-Guralnik-Hagen-Higgs-Kibble" symmetry-breaking mechanism for hadron mass generation), physics outreach and careers, the recent discovery of "super-earths" and "super-venuses", and talks on breakthroughs in biophysics and exotic materials (including graphene and biolipid membranes).
Kent gave expert testimony on "Internal and biophysical Limits to Growth in the Second Half of the Age of Oil" to the Joint Political Advisory Committee of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on April 24-25, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Matthew McCabe, Lecturer in Business, published his paper entitled “An Introduction to the Economics of Collateral Sources” in the course book for Basics of Trial Practice – After the Verdict, published by the New York State Bar Association, Committee on Continuing Legal Education, April 2013. Mr. McCabe also served as faculty for the Continuing Legal Education program entitled “Basics of Trial Practice – After the Verdict” in Syracuse, New York on April 12, 2013. Mr. McCabe presented information concerning the economic aspects of collateral source evaluations and the economics of post- verdict evaluations under New York State Civil Practice Laws and Rules Articles 50A and 50B.
Vic Muñoz, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, participated in the seminar “Metodologia Descolonizadora En La Investigacion y El Proceso Educativo,” as part of the Seminario Permanente de Metodos de Investigacion hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. This annual seminar invites international scholars to present their research methodologies over the course of three days to faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Internationally respected researcher and educator, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples and Pro Vice Chancellor Maori at Waikato University, Aotearoa/New Zealand was the invited speaker for the seminar this year. April 16 – 18, 2013.
Daniel Renfrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, contributed a chapter on the social psychology of gender and race to the Handbook of Social Psychology, edited by John Delamater and Amanda Ward. The chapter is co-authored with Judy Howard, Divisional Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.