December 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Tracy Brandenburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, and Sirietta Simoncini, Lecturer in Italian, assisted in facilitating a charrette at the Syracuse University COLAB. On November 19, thirty-six students from six SU schools and colleges came together for a two day charrette to explore creative solutions for environmental sustainability. COLAB is an interdisciplinary initiative based in SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts that brings people together to engage in creative problem solving.


Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English has just published the following:Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Ed. with Bonnie Nelson. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2010.


Candace Collmer, Professor of Biology, is one of the co-authors on a paper published in the December, 2010 issue of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. The paper is entitled "Unifying Themes in Microbial Associations with Animal and Plant Hosts Described Using the Gene Ontology." It summarizes the work of the Plant Associated-Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) consortium in developing the Gene Ontology for use in annotating genes involved in microbe-host interactions. The work of the 6-institution PAMGO consortium was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)/ U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) award # #EF-0523736.


Deb Cramer, Instructor of Mathematics, took the following WebAssign web seminar trainings:

  • GradeBook
    November 9, 2010 (Tuesday): 12 Noon ET (1hr)
    The course covered how to set up, import and export the WebAssign Gradebook. It also explored the various views within the Gradebook including student views, calculated totals view (gradebook), raw student scores view (scores).
    The course description states: Take advantage of WebAssign’s powerful GradeBook to help you track student progress. Learn how to manipulate the GradeBook settings to get the perfect analysis of your students’ performance. We’ll walk through the basic GradeBook wizard; define each setting; and teach you how to change the settings.
  • Creating Questions: The Very Basics
    November 9, 2010 (Tuesday): 3 PM ET (1hr) : Due to technical difficulties, I was the only student able to connect and it became a personalized course.
    The course covered how to make one's own questions in WebAssign including multiple-choice, multiple-select, fill-in-the-blank, numerical, randomization, etc.
    The course description states: For those instructors who want to create their own questions for homework assignments, but have no idea how to get started, this session is for you! In this session we'll go over the basic modes of multiple-choice, multiple-select, fill-in-the blank, and numerical questions types. No prior coding knowledge is necessary for this session.


Bryan Duff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, will teach a mini-course on human language (based on his undergraduate work in psycholinguistics, which continues to haunt him like Casper the Friendly Ghost) to early teens as part of the "talented and gifted" program offered to students served by the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.
Professor Duff also arranged a January-term internship program at The James Baldwin School, an Expeditionary Learning School in New York City that measures student achievement via projects and performances (rather than Regents exams), for students in the Wells College Education Program.


Siouxsie Easter, Assistant Professor of Theatre, received 3 adjudicator awards from the Theatre Association of New York State for her production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Meritorious Achievement in Direction to Siouxsie Easter Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Work to the Cast and Crew Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Philip Garrett for his portrayal of Ichabod Crane.
Siouxsie Easter has also recently been cast as Hermia in Theatre Incognita's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" happening in April.


Beatrice Farnsworth, Professor of History, had her article "Conversing With Stalin, Surviving The Terror: The Diaries of Aleksandra Kollontai and the Internal Life of Politics," published in the Winter, 2010 issue of the Slavic Review, the flagship journal of Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.


William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his session proposal, "Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College," selected for the 100th Annual College Art Association conference to be held in Los Angeles in February 2012. Dr. Ganis will co-chair and organize this panel along with Laura Crary of Presbyterian College.


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, was invited to present a public lecture within the Lecture series organized by The Suffolk University Department of Government, Boston, Massachusetts. His topic was "Globalization and China in Africa: A New Political Economy Perspective." It was held on Thursday, November 18, 2010.
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, as Co-editor of the African Journal of International Affairs (AJIA), attended the 2010 Annual Conference of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa Journal Editors that was held on October 30-31, 2010 in Dakar, Senegal. The theme of the conference was "Enhancing the Authority of CODESRIA Journals in Global Knowledge production."

On August 3, 2010, Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo was honored with a great reception by Le Centre d'Etudes Politiques and many scholars at University of Kinshasa in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  His discussion was on the status of political science and social science research based on his own academic and professional profile.


Sarah MarkowitzVisiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, attended the Annual Convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in San Francisco, November 18-21, where she presented a paper entitled "Self-efficacy, mood, and exertion level in college students; evidence for the dual-mode model" as part of a symposium on exercise and anxiety.


Niamh O’Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies, will present at the 6th Annual Finger Lakes Research Conference in December. Her presentation is on 'The Impact of Adjacent Land Use on Soil Nitrate Levels, Deer Population and Herbivory Rates at Two Forested Sites in Cayuga County NY.


Cindy Speaker, Associate Provost for Academic and Student Life, was invited to participate in the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's Self-Study Institute held November 9-10 in Philadelphia. Dr. Speaker served as co-facilitator with MSCHE's Vice President Mary Ellen Petrisko for sessions for baccalaureate institutions over the two-day institute and was part of the panel for the institute's closing plenary session.


Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, lectured on topics in gastrointestinal physiology to students at Cornell on December 3. She also reviewed STEM abstracts for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), to be held at Ithaca College in April this year. Over 150 faculty volunteers participated in evaluating over 3,500 abstracts from all around the United States.