April 2014 Faculty Accomplishments

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has just published a collection of her father's and grandmother's letters. Titled *"Sweet Dreams": Letters Between Mother and Son During the Pre-Korean War Conflict (1947-1948)*, the book's letters tell two stories: Julian Burroughs's experience as an 18-year-old Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army between 1947 and 1948; and his mother's struggle to run a funeral home with her second husband in Rockingham, N.C.. Julian is preoccupied with concerns that permeate the missives of American men who have gone to war--the girl he left behind and the morale of his family--while his mother confronts her loneliness and isolation in a home that doubles as a place where bodies are embalmed and placed in caskets for their loved ones to view.

According to the book jacket, "these letters between son and mother paint a unique and detailed picture of the challenges faced by parents and children involved in the military and by Southern white women emerging from the Great Depression and World War II to the promise of a better quality of life."

Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, co-organized, chaired and presented a panel centered on Luis Buñuel at the Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, held at the University of Kentucky April 10-12, 2014. The panel was titled "Buñuel: Terrorismo, surrealismo, poder institucional y el proceso de la adaptación" and it included fellow Buñuel experts Carlos Jerez-Farrán (University of Notre Dame), Christopher Kozey (The Johns Hopkins University), Denis Rémi Pra (Southern Illinois University) and Buñuel's most important critic, Victor Fuentes (University of California, Santa Barbara).

On April 27, 2014 Dr. Cummings was invited to serve as a peer reviewer for the journal HISPANIA on the article "La sensibilidad queer latino@ en cine latino: La transformación, el melodrama y el performance como subversión del orden hegemónico."

Deborah Gagnon, Associate Professor of Psychology, gave an invited talk, This is Your Brain on Media: Technology Changes Everything, at the State University of New York College at Buffalo on April 14, 2014. The presentation was followed by a discussion forum among faculty and students. http://buffalostatecommunication.blogspot.com/2014/03/this-is-your-brain-on-media-technology_24.html

Dr. Marcel Kitissou, Lecturer in Political Science, was a Moderator of the panel on "Financing Development in South Africa" at the "Symposium on Financing Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa." The symposium was organized by the African Development Bank and Cornell Institute for African Development at Cornell University on April 25 and 26, 2014. Eleven Wells College students from POLS 262 and POLS 285 participated in the symposium.

Dr. Kitissou also presented a paper on "Western Diplomacy in the Sahel: A Crisis of Relevance?" The paper was part of a panel on "Terrorism and Political Crisis in the Sahara-Sahel," at the New York African Studies Association Annual Conference. The conference took place at SUNY-Cortland on April 4 and 5, 2014.

Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, was invited to Princeton University by the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability to give a workshop on the Psychology of Environmental Sustainability on April 11, 2014.

Niamh O' Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies, assisted with the organization of a Cayuga Watershed Community Conference held at Wells in April. The focus of the conference was a discussion of ongoing efforts to monitor the health of Cayuga Lake, particularly in its southern basin where water quality has been impaired by high levels of phosphorus.

Ernie Olson, Professor of Anthropology and Religion, presented three papers this academic year on issues of culture, land, and energy extraction. Professor Olson gave the paper "Current Changes: The Flow of Water, Oil, and Money along the Upper Missouri River" for the session "Technology, Energy, and Dispossession: The Greening of Capitalism and Sustainability" at the American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, held Nov. 18-24, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

In March, Professor Ernie Olson presented the paper "Oil, Water, and the Green Garden" for the session "Traditional and Alternative Health Care" at the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting held at Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-22.

In April, Ernie Olson presented the paper "Big Ag and the Little Garden: The Loss of the Garden and Gardening Culture in the Golden Triangle of Eastern Montana" for the session titled "Environment/Landscape/Food" at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, held at SUNY-Potsdam, Potsdam, N.Y., April 10-12, 2014.

Along with a number of Wells College faculty and students, Ernie Olson provided a photography exhibit for the performance installation "Unintended Consequences" .....The Best Laid Plans" held in Barler Hall, Wells College on April 23, 2014.

Judith Pratt, Lecturer in Performing Arts, directed two ten-minute plays for the Ithaca Fringe Festival: Rat Tat Tat and Roger and Juliet, both by David Guaspari. She has begun work on directing The Mikado for the Cornell Savoyards, for a June performance.

Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, research paper, entitled "Evidence for a role for anti‐Müllerian hormone in the suppression of follicle activation in mouse ovaries and bovine ovarian cortex grafted beneath the chick chorioallantoic membrane," which appeared with co-authors Isabel Gigli, Robert Cushman, and Joanne Fortune in the peer-reviewed journalMolecular reproduction and development71.4 (2005): 480-488, was cited in the following two publications:

  • Dewailly, Didier, et al. "The physiology and clinical utility of anti-Müllerian hormone in women."Human reproduction update(2014): dmt062.
  • Bertoldo, M. J., et al. "[Regulating pre-antral follicle development: A brake on depletion of the ovarian reserve.]."Gynecologie, obstetrique & fertilite(2013).

Dr. Wahl and her colleague Dr. Howard Howland, Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, completed a research paper entitled "Plasticity in the growth of the eye under different light conditions in chicks (Gallus domesticus)" and it has been submitted for peer review to the journal Vision Research.

Professor Wahl's community outreach work this month continued with several more offerings of the presentation she designed in January, 2014, entitled "Why did my bees die this winter? A Dead-out Clinic for Beekeepers". She lectured and taught laboratories in honeybee disease analysis at the Southern Tier Beekeeper's Club (April 1), the Finger Lakes Beekeeper's Club (April 19) and the Ontario Finger LakesBeekeepers Association (May 3).She has been invited to give a lecture on the subject "Spring Assessment of Honeybee Colonies" at the Chautauqua Beekeepers Association on May 31.

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