Faculty Accomplishments: November 2019

Marcie Belfi, assistant professor of education, took three students (Abigail Burnett '22, Hannah Hatton '21, and Abigail Schoenfelder '21) to Warwick, R.I. to attend the 2019 Assistive Technology Conference of New England, where they presented the results from their summer research project. During the summer, they built switches and adapted electronic toys for nonverbal children with severe physical disabilities. At the end of their presentation, they gave a live demonstration of how to create switches.

Marian Brown,Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, co-presented “Deep Energy Savings through Efficiency-as-a-Service” at the State of New York Sustainability Conference in Rochester in November. This presentation detailed the partnership among Wells College, Trane, Metrus Energy and the Real-Time Energy Management Program offered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that has resulted in improved occupant comfort in campus buildings as well as significant energy savings. Marian co-presented with representatives from each of the partner entities: Heather Maxwell, comprehensive solutions sales leader for CT/NY/VT for Trane;Thomas Yeh, advisor for NYSERDA’s Real Time Energy Managementprogram;and Anastasia Beckett, senior VP of business development for Metrus EnergyAt that same conference, Marian was honored by her peers with the Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award.

An article by Professor Emerita of History Catherine Burroughs, “Joanna Baillie’s Poetic Aesthetic: Passion and the ‘Plain Order of Things’”—originally published in Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period (Stephen C. Behrendt and Harriet Kramer Linkin, editors)—has been reprinted in Drama Criticism: Criticism of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Dramatic Works from All the World’s Literatures (vol. 60.; ed. Jennifer Stock; Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2019. 192-95). Catherine also has been invited to give a lecture, “Fanny Kemble’s Journal of a Residence on Georgia Plantation, 1837” for the Linger Longer Lecture Series in Lake Oconee, Ga. 

Gehan Dhameeth,associate professor of business, presented a research paper on “Predictive Modeling of the Brand Equity: Analysis Based on the Multiple Logistic Regression and Backward Stepwise Model Selection Methods “at the ICAMEIT 2019 conference in Barcelona, Spain (Nov. 3–4, 2019). Professor Dhameeth also was appointed to conduct workshops on “Marketing Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for all the private and public universities in Sri Lanka through an invitation extended from that country’s Ministry of Higher Education via its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Siouxsie Easter, professor of theatre and dance, served as a board member for the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) at its annual theatre festival in Rome, N.Y. The festival included 13 plays by 10-member companies along with meetings and an awards ceremony, where Wells was honored for the 2018–2019 plays The Last Five Years, Eurydice and As the Ivy Grows.

Professor Emerita of Modern Languages Pilar Greenwood’s article, “Una mi agüela por partes de mi padre: momentos familiares en El Quijote” [“My paternal Grandmother: Domestic moments in Cervantes’ Don Quijote”] has been published in the volume, En el País de Cervantes: Estudios de Recepción e Interpretación [In Cervantes’ Country: Reception and Interpretation Studies] (Madrid, Visor Libros, Biblioteca Filológica Hispana, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Professor Esther Bautista Naranjo and Dr. Jorge F. Jiménez, eds. Madrid, 2019, pp. 251-268. Responding to prestigious critics who claim not to have found references to Don Quijote’s early education (e.g., Miguel de Unamuno) or attributing foreign ancestry to the protagonist (Antonio Barbagallo), Professor Greenwood traces Don Quijote’s linguistic and rhetorical registers to his Manchegan family. Don Quijote’s grandmother was quoting and making allusions to chivalric characters and anecdotes when talking with him as a child, thus planting the seed of his love of literature and his fascination with idealized chivalric knights.

  • Professor Greenwood has also published Momentos/Mementos, a book of stories that includes “The Legend of the Rendija” (Punto Rojo Libros, Sevilla, 2019), a fictional interpretation of the prehistoric paintings discovered in a cave semi-hidden in the hills that surround Herencia, Professor Greenwood’s hometown in Spain. See more at at this link
  • Also with Punto Rojo, Sevilla, 2019, Professor Greenwood has published a book of theatrical works for children, Teatro Chico: Cuentos multiculturales adaptados al teatro infantil. These are adaptations of Mexican, Argentinian and Spanish folk and children´s tales. See more at the following link.

On Nov. 15, 2019 Kent Klitgaard, professor of economics and sustainability, spoke at the School of Economics at Peking University on the topic of “Theoretical Advances in Ecological Economics.” His talk was part of the Ecological Economics and Ecological Civilization International Forum in Beijing, China. The following day, Professor Klitgaard chaired two panels of parallel presentations. Then, on Nov. 17, he spoke on “Energy and Theories of Political Economy” at the China Petroleum University, also in Beijing.

Assistant Professor of Business Erinn Ryen and Kevin Miles, director of the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, were invited to speak at Hobart & William Smith Colleges’ first Innovation Fest on Nov. 16, 2019. The title of the presentation was “Empathy: First Step In Innovation and Creative Problem Solving​.” In addition to the faculty speaking at the conference, eleven Wells students registered and eight attended the conference; two Wells students even participated in the final Flash Pitch contest and did a great job! The Innovation Fest brought together students from several​ colleges in the region, including Hobart, SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth and the University of Rochester.

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