April 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher T. Bailey, Professor Chemistry, Mary Perley Wakeman ’23 Professor and Jaclyn L. SchnurrAssociate Professor of Biology, on March 23, 2010, accompanied by Senior Vanessa Moore, participated in a "Showcasing the Sciences at Wells College" event, held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Professor Bailey gave a presentation entitled, "Programs for Success: Sciences Today at Wells;" Professor Schnurr presented "What's on my Stigma? An Active Learning Exercise;" and Vanessa Moore spoke on "Connecting Internships to Careers: Conducting Research at the National Cancer Institute." This event was sponsored by Florence Dowdell Fascanelli '54.


Bruce BennettProfessor of English, had his new poetry chapbook, The Holding Stone, published by Finishing Line Press in late March.

Professor Bennett was interviewed about his poetry by Tish Pearlman on her "Out of Bounds" Radio Show. The interview was aired on WEOS on March 18th and again on WSKG on March 21st. Professor Bennett's March radio interview with Tish Pearlman about his poetry is now posted under Recent Shows at "Out Of Bounds" Radio Show, http://www.outofboundsradioshow.com/.

Professor Bennett had a poem published in the 2009-2010 Autumn-Winter edition of Light magazine.


Tracy Brandenburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, was invited to present at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Boulder, Colorado. She participated on the panel "Indigenous and Indian Identities in Mexico over the Longue Durée." The title of her presentation was "Beyond the Black Palace: Telling Mexico's Dirty War through Indigenous Tradition."


Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English and Ruth and Albert Koch Professor of Humanities, completed in March the first round of editing of the autobiography of Eddie Foy III, the famous casting director who currently books the talent for the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. Titled "Bring Me a Star I Don't Know", the book describes Foy's casting career, including his discovery of Sally Field and his work in TV and film, ranging from Route 66  and Mash to The French Connection and the Academy Awards.

Professor Burroughs has been invited to lead a graduate seminar at Cornell University on Romantic Drama in April for the Department of English. She has also received an invitation to contribute the entry on "Closet Drama" for The Oxford Handbook to the Georgian Playhouse,1737-1832 (Ed. Julia Swindells and David Taylor, Oxford University Press).

Professor Burroughs’s 1997 book on British Romantic playwright, Joanna Baillie (Closet Stages), continues to be cited frequently as "influential" for being "first significant study of a single woman dramatist" in the period between 1780 and 1830  (Crisafulli and Elam, Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama 11 [2010]).


Siouxsie Grady, Assistant Professor of Theatre, recently collaborated with Jeannie Goddard, Professor of Dance and Robert D. and Henrietta T. Campbell ’12 Professor,Roberta (Bobbie) Kolpakas, Lecturer in Performing Arts and Joe DeForest, Technical Director on "Personal Mythology," a performance installation in the String Room Art Gallery in March. Professor Grady’s contributions included live performance, installation and photography.


Michael Groth, Professor of History, has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Hudson Valley Regional Review, a journal of regional studies published by the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.


Roberta (Bobbie) Kolpakas, Lecturer in Performing Arts recently presented in a poster session for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology annual conference regarding objective division of Skill and Knowledge in individual teaching and learning. The poster will be featured as part of the Education Commission on the USITT website next month. At that same conference, she presented her personal design process for the Wells College production of Pygmalion as part of the Design Expo. Artistically, Professor Kolpakas was a featured artist in the recent performance installation, Personal Mythology, in the String Room Gallery along with Siouxsie Grady, Assistant Professor of TheatreJoe Deforest, Technical Director and Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance and Robert D. and Henrietta T. Campbell ’12 Professor. 


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, attended the  2010 New York African Studies Annual Conference in which he presented the paper entitled: "China-Africa Relations: Neo-Imperialism or Neo-colonialism?."  The Conference was held on March 26-27, 2010 on the campus of Binghamton University.


Niamh O’ Leary, Associate Professor Environmental Studies, attended a Finger Lakes Regional Educators Collaboration Event on "Climate Change and its Impacts on the Environment" at the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva in March.


Laura PurdyProfessor of Philosophy, published an article entitled "Too Late to Matter? Preventing the Birth of Infants at Risk for Adult-Onset Disease or Disability," in Philosophical Reflections on Disability, ed. D. Christopher Ralston and Justin Ho (Springer, 2010).