April 2012 Faculty Accomplishments

Bryant Adams, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, attended Ed Tech Day 2012, a conference on technology in education at Ithaca College on March 22.

Professor Adams also presented a talk titled "Plants vs Pathogens: Game On" for the March meeting of the Wells College Faculty Club.

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, traveled with Wells College students to the 26th National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held March 28-April 1, 2012, at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Students attending this year, their area of study, the title of their presentation, and their Wells faculty sponsor(s) were:

  • Kelsey E. Brunasso, Anthropology and Archaeology, "Reflecting on Theory, Archaeologists at Work" (McClusky and Olson)
  • Louis M. DiSalvo, Biology, "The Role of Cytokinin on Root Meristem Development in Arabidopsis" (Collmer)
  • Theresa Mendez, Sociology, "Tools of Construction: Pornography Spectatorship and "Doing" Masculinities" (Renfrow)

This is the 24th year that Wells College has participated in this conference.

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, organized and participated in a reading from the current issue of THE HEALING MUSE at the Auburn Public Theater on March 29th, 2012.

Professor Bennett participated in a reading from the new Everyman Anthology VILLANELLES that took place at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on March 31st, 2012. Professor Bennett's poem, "Spilled," appears in the anthology.

William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his review "Jinny Yu" published in the April 2012 issue of Sculpture magazine. The review discussed three-dimensional, yet painterly works from Yu's "Latest from New York" exhibition at the Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.

Another review, "Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport," an examination of glass installations by Joel Berman, Warren Carther, Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, Cesar Pelli, and Ione Thorkelsson in the new Pelli-Clarke-Pelli designed terminal in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was published in the Spring 2012 issue of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly.

As director of Wells College's String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis curated, promoted and opened the fourth show of the 2011-12 season, "Liminal States paintings and mixed-media works by Christopher McEvoy." The exhibition by this New York artist was on view from March 7 to April 5.

Carl Johengen, Director of the Wells College Concert Choir, will lead Ithaca's Cayuga Vocal Ensemble in two performances in April. This is Dr. Johengen's third season as Music Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, a select choral group of sixteen singers. They will perform "All Night, All Day", a varied program featuring choral music on themes of day, night, and the passage of time, at Ithaca's First Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 20 at 8pm, and in Corning at Christ Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 22 at 7pm.

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, is pleased to announce to the Wells community that the Wells Model United Nations has successfully participated in the annual National Model United Nations Conference in New York City between April 1 and 5, 2012. The Wells delegates confidently represented the Republic of Yemen. They were 16 delegates, larger than last's year number of 10 delegates. The President of this year MUN is Ana Diaz. And I am also proud that Molly Deacon is serving as an Assistant Director for the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City with delegates of more than 2000 students and their advisors coming from all over the world.

Laura McClusky, Associate Professor of Sociology, was invited by the Gender-Based Violence Interest Group of the Society for Applied Anthropology to serve as a discussant on a panel titled Shifting and Eliminating the Borders in the Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence. At the session her book on domestic violence in a Mayan community in Belize was praised as a seminal work on the topic. The meetings took place in Baltimore on March 28-31.

She also presented a paper at the 82nd annual meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York City which took place from February 23 – 26. The meetings were under the theme Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative. The title of her paper was, Revisiting Stories Once Told: Watching New Stories Unfold.

Sarah Markowitz's, Assistant Professor of Psychology, paper "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Depression and Adherence in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes: Pilot Data and Feasibility" was published in Primary Care Companion.

Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, presented a paper titled, "Sustainability and Sense of Place: Two Psychology Courses, Two Approaches" at the Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy Conference at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, March 18 - 21, 2012.

Tom Stiadle, Associate Professor of Mathematics, has been appointed to a five year term as Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, effective April 1, 2012.

Muin Uddin, Professor of Economics, was a participant at "A Symposium for College Professors: The Federal Reserve in the 21st Century" held at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York City, March 19-20, 2012.

Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, has been asked to develop both online and hands-on training in microscopy for the "Bee Wellness" program offered through the Empire State Honey Producers Association. These workshops are made possible through funding from the USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, Grant # 2011-494400-30631, and with matching funds from the Empire State Honey Producers Association. She will be participating in workshops around New York State throughout the summer.

Professor Wahl has begun a collaboration with scientists at NOAA to examine ocular specializations of deep-sea fishes in the Bering Sea.

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