October 2008

Faculty Accomplishments

Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey and Professor of Biology Christina Wahl traveled to Beloit College in Wisconsin, October 7-9, 2008, in order to observe and participate in several introductory science courses. Beloit has developed a particularly hands-on, inquiry-based method for teaching their introductory science courses. Professors Bailey and Wahl were investigating whether this technique might be applicable and successful at Wells.


Arthur Bellinzoni, Professor of Religion Emeritus, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of People For the American Way for a fifth three-year term and to the Board of Directors of People For the American Way Foundation for his first three-year term.  He was also elected a new college trustee by the Board of Trustees. 

Professor Bellinzoni’s newest book The Old Testament: An Introduction to Biblical Scholarship is scheduled for publication by Prometheus Books in December.

Professor Bellinzoni was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the Auburn Musical Festival.


Catherine Burroughs book, Closet Stages: Joanna Baillie and the Theater Theory of British Romantic Women Writers (U of Pennsylvania P, 1997), was recently cited as  "remaining" "one of the most influential contributions" to the scholarship on closet drama. This statement appeared in an article by Massimiliano Demata in The Language of Performance in British Romanticism (ed. Lilla Maria Crisafulli and Cecilia Pietropoli, Peter Lang 2008). 


Candace Collmer was one of the workshop leaders/presenters at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) Training Workshop, held in Blacksburg, VA, July 14-16, 2008.

Professor Collmer’s poster, entitled "Using the universal language of Gene Ontology(GO) to annotate gene products involved in the interactions between microbes and their hosts," was selected for a "Flash and Dash" presentation at the annual (Centennial) meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, Minneapolis, MN, July 26-30, 2008.


Brad Frazier’s review of Philosophers without Gods for Metapsychology Online (see last month's accomplishments for more information) was mentioned and recommended as an "insightful review" on the website philosophynews.com


William Ganis assumed directorship of the College's String Room Gallery. He has since collaborated with artists on the installation of two exhibitions: Mary Ann Strandell's "The Floating Bridge: A 3D Print Installation" and Mark Iwinski's "Terrains of Absence." Professor Ganis wrote an introductory essay for the Strandell exhibition that will be published in an upcoming artist-published catalog. Professor Ganis designed and implemented a new website for the gallery.

Regarding the new Director role he was interviewed by the Ithaca Times arts writer Wylie Schwartz and the resulting article "The String Theory" was published in the paper's October 1, 2008 edition.


Siouxsie Grady is appearing as Elizabeth Barrett-Browning in the upcoming play, "How Do I Love Thee?" at the Morgan Opera House. Show dates are October 25th at 8:00pm and October 26th at 2:00 pm.


Michael Groth delivered a public presentation entitled "Before the Underground Railroad: Slavery in New York" at the Howland Stone Store Museum in Sherwood, New York in July.


Anne Lundquist was recently named a member of the Advisory Council of the MorePeaceCorps Campaign, an initiative of the National Peace Corps Association to increase the size and expand the global outreach of the Peace Corps. This past summer, Anne was a co-presenter at the Considering the Presidency Symposium held at Wells College. Her topic was titled, "The President as Chief Risk Manager."


Leslie Miller-Bernal gave a talk at the Howland Stone Store Museum, Sherwood, New York, on September 21, 2008,  on "Women's Rights Advocates Opposed to Women's Colleges: Arguments from the 19th Century." 


Milene Morfei was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. She was elected to a three-year term (2008 - 20011).


Daniel Renfrow’s chapter entitled "Bullying in Our Nation's Schools: Where Do We Go From Here?" was recently published in the Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2008 generated by the Society for the Study of Social Problems for dissemination to the poplar media, legislators and policymakers.


William Roberts photographed the Belmont Stakes in Belmont, New York on June 7, 2008. He worked as a photographer for Horsephotos.com for six weeks this past summer at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His photos were published in a number of industry publications. Professor Roberts’ photo of Macho Again was featured on the cover of the sports section of the Schnectady Gazette. Professor Roberts photographed the New York Breeders' Futurity at Fingerlakes Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y. for Horsephotos.com on 10.4.2008.

This past summer Professor Roberts designed and painted 14 panels, which were fabricated by Mack Studios in Auburn, New York. The new work, titled 'Dichotomies", will be on exhibition at Keuka College during October and November 2008.