Faculty Accomplishments

September, 2011

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, participated in a CCWCS (Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars) Workshop on "Biomolecular NMR" at The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center of The University of Georgia, Athens, June 8-11, 2011. This workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, had poems published in the literary journals Ploughshares and 5 AM, and the online magazines Innisfree Poetry Journal and 14X14. He served as Distinguished Guest for French Repeating Forms on the website Eratosphere, commenting during the week of May 27th-June 2nd on poems submitted by Eratosphere members. Professor Bennett delivered a paper on the topic of Elizabeth Bishop’s use of “epiphany” at a Critical Seminar on Elizabeth Bishop at the annual West Chester Poetry Conference on Form and Narrative on June 9th.


Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has been invited to 
- become an editorial consultant for articles distributed world-wide to the branches of Fortune 500 company, Bausch and Lomb.
- contribute an article on “Drama” to the Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in the Romantic Period (1780-1830), edited by Devoney Looser;
- write the entry on “Closet Drama” for the Wiley Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, edited by Jack Lynch and Gary Day;
- be a featured presenter at the Conference on “New Directions in Gender: Literary and Cultural Studies, 1170-1840,” to be held at The William Clark Andrews Memorial Library in Los Angeles in October 2012. This conference is a tribute to Anne Mellor, professor Emerita at UCLA, and it aims to honor “her impact on the long eighteenth century and Romanticism” by featuring “topics that do not fit comfortably within established boundaries—whether between disciplines or literary periods.” By “attending to intersections of literature with the visual arts, science, and law,” the conference aims to “encourage further rethinking about the origins of modernity.” Catherine will be exploring the confluences in theorizing theatre and drama by Sarah Siddons, Joanna Baillie, and Frances Anne Kemble, and the ways in which the relationships among three of the most influential women in British theatre between 1755 (Siddons’ birth) and 1893 (Kemble’s death) provided some of the most significant and substantial intellectual and artistic underpinnings for the evolution of women’s contribution to theatre into the early twentieth century.


Siouxsie Easter , Associate Professor of Theatre, represented Wells at the Academic Board Meeting for the Advanced Studies in England Program in Bath, England this past June. Professor Easter also attended the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Chicago this past August.


Robert Ellis, Director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship was quoted in Family Wealth report on August 17, 2011, "The Challenges Banks Face In Wealth Management After Q2"


Brad Frazier, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published a review of Jesse Bering’s The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life (New York: W.W. Norton, 2011). Metapsychology Online 15, no. 22 (May 2011).


Deborah Gagnon, Associate Professor of Psychology, delivered the Keynote Session at the 'Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation' conference held on May 3, 2011. The conference, delivered synchronously to a national audience, was hosted by the South Central Library Resource Council (Ithaca, NY) and funded in part by a Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Dr. Gagnon provided the audience with a primer on brain plasticity before describing the most recent research looking at how the use of information technologies affects attentional processes; she then explored the effect this may have on how information is accessed and used, commenting on the implications to librarians, educators, and all of us as individuals.


William V. Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his essay, "John Ruppert: The Nature of Things" published in the catalog accompanying an exhibition of the same name, at the C. Grimaldis Gallery of Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Ganis had an article published in issue number 123 of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, a publication for which he is a contributing editor. "Declassification" is an article considering the experiential qualities of Michael Glancy's glass-and-metal vessels.
In May, Professor Ganis was part of a panel discussion regarding contemporary art in Central New York held the State of the Art Gallery and titled "Contemporary Art: What Makes the Cut?"
In June, Dr. Ganis delivered his paper: "The Embodied Aesthetic: Narrative as 'Becoming' through Seriality and Immersion in Video Games" at the University of Winnipeg as a part of the Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People International Symposium.
As director of Wells College's String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis curated, promoted and opened the first show of the 2011-12 season, "Jennifer Macklem: Peaceable Kingdom." This exhibition of installations and video work by this Ottawa artist is on view from August 31 to October 7.


Nancy Gil, Director of the Book Arts Center, reports that the seventh Book Arts Summer Institute held two one-week sessions, July 10-16 and July 17-23, with four classes each session taught by some of the nation's top book artists and book art practitioners. With 41 participants coming from as far away as California and Alaska, the Institute was a huge success, making a profit that will go toward next year's budget.


Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance taught four weeks of modern dance classes for the Ithaca community, at the CRS Barn Studio in Ithaca in July. She also "emceed" the first "Open Floor" dance invitational event for the Rochester Dance Collective in Rochester, NY, where she performed her solo, "Sorge nel petto", with baritone Steven Stull and participated in several group improvisations. In August Jeanne produced "Moving Landscapes IV", a choreographers' showcase that featured work by colleagues from Ithaca, Binghamton, and Geneva. At this performance Ms. Goddard premiered two new works, a quintet and a solo, and directed three group improvisations with live music by colleagues from Corning, NY and Ithaca College.


Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, served as a peer reviewer, at the request of the editor of Ageing and Society, for the submitted article, "Successful Ageing and Development: The Contribution of Generativity in Older Age."


Sirietta Simoncini, and Tracy Brandenburg, team teachers for Innovation, volunteered as mentors to artists in the pilot "Mentor to Market" program at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in July. The Santa Fe Folk Art Market has the vision of creating a new kind of global marketplace - one where dying art forms find appreciative buyers and threatened cultural traditions can begin to be preserved. Sirietta and Tracy had the privilege of working with artists from: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Kenya, Ecuador, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and Rwanda.


Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, had her paper, "The effects of light regimes and hormones on corneal growth /in vivo/ and in organ culture" accepted for publication by the Journal of Anatomy. The Journal of Anatomy publishes original papers, invited review articles and book reviews. Its main focus is on contributions to understanding development, evolution and function through a broad range of anatomical approaches.
The paper's authors are Christina Wahl, Ph.D., Wells College, Tong Li, Ph.D., Cornell University, Howard Howland, Ph.D.,Cornell University, and Yuko Takagi, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School. Yuko is a WELLS alumna, class of 2003, whose Wells thesis contributes to the material presented in this research paper. Yuko's project at Wells was presented at NCUR in 2003. Her paper was entitled "Hormonal effects on the scleral venous sinus in relation to optical development of chick eyes.”