Faculty Accomplishments Summer 2018

During the week of August 13th  Deborah Gagnon, Professor of Psychology, Thomas Stiadle, Professor of Math, Leah Elliott, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, went to Carthage Area Hospital along with six Wells students to participate in the Rural Health Immersion Program.  The Wells College Health Science Committee designed this program in collaboration with the Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) and Carthage Area Hospital to provide students with hands-on healthcare experiences in a rural community. In addition to working with providers, students were asked to collect feedback from Carthage residents about services provided in the area.  At the end of the program, students gave a presentation open to the entire community to summarize the feedback they collected throughout the week.


Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, co-authored a paper; “The Millennials: Insights to Brand Behavior for Brand Management Strategies” in the Journal of Management and Strategy in June 2018. The co-authors are Babijtchouk Olga (Wells 2018), Dames D. David (Wells 2019), Sleezer Adam (Wells 2018) & Smith Elliott (Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology- Wells College). 

Professor Dhameeth, as a chair of the Business Track, presented a paper on “The Millennials: Insights to Brand Behavior for Brand Management Strategies” at the WEI International Academic Conference at the Harvard Faculty Club, Boston, USA, August 1, 2018. 


In June, Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre directed a new play, My Brave Face by Ian McGlynn, at the Rondo Theatre in Bath England. The show received much praise and a 5-star review.

In July, Professor Easter co-chaired a pre-conference for the Theatre as a Liberal Art focus group for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She also chaired a panel, "Revolutionizing Your Theatre Season," for the national ATHE conference in Boston.


Deborah Gagnon, Professor of Psychology, attended and participated in the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting held in San Francisco, CA (May 2018), including a pre-conference on the Teaching of Psychology.  Professor Gagnon received funding through the Endeavor Foundation to support this professional development work.


In June, Professor Gagnon presented “Development of Empathy and End of Life Care Competencies in a Comfort Care Home Model: The Wells College/Matthew House Experience,” as part of a Symposium (Gaining Competencies through Partnerships with End-of-Life Care Agencies: It's not Always about Finding the Cure) at the 2018 Meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in Washington, DC.  Symposium co-presenters included C. Weisse (Union College), V. Iaffa (CUNY), and D. Swarner (Dickinson College).  Professor Gagnon also received a grant through NAAHP to support the presentation of this work.  Professor Gagnon continued her service this academic year as Associate Editor of the journal Psychology and Cognitive Sciences.


In July, Michael Groth, Professor of History, delivered a presentation on Temperance & Prohibition before the Men's Club of the Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Aurora.


M.E. Hogan, Visiting Lecturer in Math, attended the 21st Eastern Gravity Meeting (EGM21) <http://relativity.liu.edu/egm21/>, held at Long Island University Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York from May 24-25, where they served as a judge for, and as the presenter of, The Blue Apple Award for the best student presentation, a prize sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Topical Group in Gravitation. In June, M.E. travelled to the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University (The University of Western Ontario) in London, Ontario, Canada for two back-to-back conferences: Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory: Foundational and Philosophical Implications (June 20-22, where they won the Stirling Engine Prize), as well as the 18th annual Philosophy of Logic, Math, and Physics (LMP) Graduate Conference (June 23-24).

Professor Hogan then traveled to the University of Split in Split, Croatia for the Seventh Split Summer School in the Philosophy of Physics (Φ ∧ Φ): The Chimera of Entropy <http://mapmf.pmfst.unist.hr/~sokolic/doku.php?id=2018:start2018> (July 16-21).


Richard Kegler,  Director of the Wells Book Arts Center, presented in late July as a speaker at the Educators Forum for TypeCon 2018 in Portland OR  and then again during the Makeready: A letterpress symposium for educators at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers WI in early August. Kegler contributed an article for the Book Club of California Quarterly Newsletter on The Proprietary typefaces of Jim Rimmer. In early September, Kegler was invited to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute to consult on the disposition and accessibility of their collection of printing artifacts including their important collections of typefaces and matrices.​


In June 2018, Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, was selected as a fellow in Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, Stellensbosch University,  Stellensbosch, South Africa. His spent June and August 2018 in Stellenbsoch conducting his research on: “Good Governance, Democracy, Corruption and Corruption Control Mechanisms in Africa.”

 July 23-24, 2018, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo was invited by The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and Archie Mafeje Research Institute, University of South Africa  (UNISA). He presented two seminars on:  “Ubuntu and Pan-Africanism: The Dialectics of Learning about Africa” and “Pan-African Curriculum in Higher Education: A Reflection,”University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.

In August 2018, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo’s article entitled: “The National Project as a Public Administration Concept: The Problematic of State Building in the Search for New Development Paradigms in Africa” published in Africa Development, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, 2011: 63 – 96 won an International prize as the best scientific publication by International Agency for Standards and Rating. He won the World Championship of 2018 in African Development (Public Administration) and Fellow (Life Time) at Directorate of Social Science, International Agency for Standards and Rating:  https://sites.google.com/site/worldchampionshipwinners/world-championship-2018-in-african-development-public-administration


Rebecca Myers, Visiting Instructor in English, had a personal essay about motherhood, walking, and Herman Melville featured in Entropyhttps://entropymag.org/walker/. The accompanying artwork was collaged by recent Wells graduate Savannah Sprague, who was a student in her ​​​​spring '17 Moby-Dick seminar.


Christina Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology, recently published her paper ‘The effects of parity and litter size on bone metabolic activity in pregnant and lactating sows’ in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpn.129588


Jackie Schnurr, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, along with her colleagues Dylan Parry at SUNY ESF, Andrea Davalos at SUNY Cortland, and Carrie Brown-Lima at Cornell University, have been awarded a $450,000 3-year grant from the NYS Department of Transportation to study the Field Evaluation of Hypena opulenta for Biological Control of Invasive Pale and Black Swallow-Worts in New York State.


John Sheehan, Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology, was invited by retired Colonel Edward J. Erickson from the Strategic Studies department at the Quantico, Virginia Marine base to contribute to a historical analysis of the British policy of counterinsurgency in the Boer War.  Dr. Sheehan's  chapter is entitled: The Boer War, Methods of Barbarism (1899-1902), which will appear in the book: A Global History of Relocation in Counter Insurgency Warfare, Edward J. Erickson, ed., by Bloomsbury Academic Publications, UK in early 2019.





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