December 2017 & January 2018 Faculty Accomplishments

On Feb 3rd Chris Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Niamh O’Leary, Professor of Environmental Science, Leah Elliott, Lecturer in Biology, and Matthew Hogan, Lecturer in Math, all attended the 2018 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Meeting at SUNY Oneonta.  The meeting focused on discussing and developing strategies to help both major and non-major students succeed in the STEM fields. 

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, submitted her book, Closet Drama: Theory, History, Form, to Routledge for publication. She also completed an article, “Women and Closet Drama,” for the volume, Romantic Dialectics, Crossings: Culture, Gender, Theater: Essays in Honor of Lilla Maria Crisafulli. Ed. Stuart Curran and Serena Baesi. Peter Lang. In addition, she wrote an essay, “Thank you, Daddy, for Football” for Professor of Film, Mary Dalton, and her online project, Sharing Gratitude: Daily Reflections (, which was also published in the online version of Wake Forest Magazine:

Heather R. Buechler (H.R. Buechler), Victor Hammer Fellow, attended the College Book Art Association’s Conference, Collective Relevance: The Reciprocity of Art and Artifact, this January at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and presented her work on two panels: Aprés the Avant: Manifestos and Potentialities, and Draft 2: Towards a New Ideology of (Print) Production.

Jack Daniels, Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams, performed a 45- year longitudinal research study from 1968 to 2013, involving testing of Olympic-caliber distance runners, has been published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal, "Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise."  May be the longest study of the same subjects ever conducted, from age 24 to age 69.

Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, recently published her article entitled "L'Habitation tunisienne de Victor Valensi (1928): Visions d'un architecte de culture juive sur le pluralisme des modernités vernaculaires en Tunisie" in a special issue of the journal of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris), Perspective: actualité en histoire de l'art, devoted to visual cultures of the Maghreb (  Later in the month, she will be presenting her paper, " 'Crise du logement': Housing, Counterinsurgency, and the Program of Reconstruction as Colonial Expansionism in Postwar Tunisia," in the panel "French North Africa and the Architecture of Counterinsurgency" at the 106th Annual Conference of the College Art Association in Los Angeles.

Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, presented a conceptual paper at Fifth International MT Conference, December 27-28, 2017, Milan, Italy. The paper was on “Modeling Moderating Effects of Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) and Referral Value (CRV) on Customer Service of Frontline Employees for Customer and Organizational Satisfaction: A Comparative Analysis”. This paper was co-authored by Danielle M. King (Economics and Management Major -Wells College 2015), Gehan S. Dhameeth (Wells College) & Jung Seek Kim (Zeigler College of Business, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania​)

Dr. Dhameeth was also invited to join the Journal of Brand Management (ISSN: 1350-231X -JBM) editorial team as a reviewer.

Professor of History Michael Groth reviewed Jeroen Dewulf's book, The Pinkster King and the King of the Kongo: The Forgotten History of America’s Dutch-Owned Slaves (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017) for the Hudson River Valley Review.

M.E. Hogan, Lecturer in Math, recently had one of their articles highlighted by the UK’s Institute of Physics (IOP) on two of their websites:

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics and Sustainability, presented a paper entitled: “Teaching the Unthinkable: Climate Change, Resource Quality, and Debt,” at the Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability. The conference was held at the Cairns Institute of James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, from January 17-19, 2018.

Richard Kegler,  Director of the Wells Book Arts Center was featured on a panel for the College Book Art Association (CBAA) annual conference in Philadelphia in January entitled: Preservation Through Education: Strategies for Incorporating Historic Collections into Curriculum. Despite airline cancellations, Kegler's contribution was delivered via a computer simulated voice reading of his slide presentation on Wells Book Arts Center. Kegler was appointed to the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication (ICTVC) an international graphic arts organization based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Kegler's article for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue (#81) of the Canadian book arts journal Devil's Artisan was on the postwar German typeface named Folkwang. Kegler was interviewed for the December 2017 issue of Adobe Create magazine article: Bringing Wood Type into the 21st Century.

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, was invited by The Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations and the School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University to attend the Conference on “The Political Economy of China’s Maritime Skill Road;  He presented a paper on:  “China-Kenya Relations with a Focus on the Maritime Silk Road Initiative;” The conference was held on November 18-19, 2017 at School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Dr. Lumumba-Kasongo also published a book chapter entitled: “Salient Feature in Mazrui’s Thought on Education in Africa: Critical Reflection,” In D. Ndirangu Wachanga (ed), Growing Up in A Shrinking World: How Politics, Culture and the Nuclear Age Defined the Biography of Ali A. Mazrui, Trenton, London, Cape Town, Addis Ababa, Asmara, Ibadan, and New Delhi: Africa World Press, 2017.

Daniel Renfrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Stephanie McSpirit, Professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University, were awarded a grant through the Kentucky Oral History Commission.  

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