Faculty Accomplishments: March 2019

Marian Brown, director of theCenter for Sustainability and the Environment, represented Wells College at a special meeting convened among representatives from member institutions and leadership of the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) and the senior leadership team of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The meeting, held at NYSERDA’s headquarters in Albany, allowed the two groups to discuss funding opportunities for campus-based research and development and energy-related technical assistance for CICU members, and ways in which CICU schools could support NYSERDA’s efforts to expand their education and outreach about these programs into local communities statewide.

Catherine Burroughs, professor emerita of English, appeared in a comic farce, "Mama Won’t Fly," given by the Edisto Players and was assistant director for the production.

Siouxsie Easter, professor of theatre and dance, directed Jason Robert Brown's musical, “The Last Five Years,on March 2 and 3. On March 23 she performed comedic improv with a group of Wells students at a successful performance at Treleaven Winery in King Ferry.

Professor of psychology Deborah Gagnon sponsored two Wells students who presented their work on March 2 at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in New York City.  Michelle Pradella ’19 presented her senior thesis research project, “Self-Care on Campus: A Climate Report.” Barbara Hebbard ’19 presented archival findings from work conducted with Professor Gagnon, “An Archaeology of Artifacts: Digging into the History of Psychology at Wells College.” Professor Gagnon also presented a symposium with Carol Weisse (Union College) on “Special Homes for the Dying: Student Opportunities for Direct Patient Care” at the Northeastern Association of Advisors in the Health Professions conference in Boston, Mass. on March 30. 

Alicia Rebecca Myers, visiting instructor in English, has two new poems in the final issue of FIELD literary journal. She was also awarded a scholarship to the Looking Glass Writers Conference at Brevard College and will be attending this May as a nonfiction fellow. She is at work on a long-form essay that explores the rise in plastic surgery among white women in Trump’s America, and will be reading an excerpt at Ithaca’s Spring Writes Literary Festival this May.

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