Faculty Accomplishments: Summer 2020

On Aug. 5, Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, was an invited panelist for a virtual webinar titled "State of the Industry: Sustainability," organized by the Office of Career Services at Ithaca College. The three panelists, all Ithaca College graduates from various disciplines, offered insights and advice to the viewing participants on how to best prepare for a sustainability career. Brown provided the perspective that regardless of one's academic background, one can learn to be a "sustainability intrapreneur" for their organization. 

Songs of Wake Forest: Tributes by Edwin G. Wilson, a book by Catherine Burroughs,professor emerita of English, is being published in October. (It was co-edited by Tamara MacLaughlin of Wake Forest University). Professor Burroughs has also been asked to review a book proposal, 50 Key Women in U.S. Theatre, for Routledge.

Based on a World Bank Project, Gehan Dhameeth,associate professor of business, was invited this June to consult for the Commerce and Finance Department at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, to develop a Student Assessment Guideline Book for the following degrees: bachelor of commerce (special) entrepreneurship; bachelor of commerce (special) - financial management; bachelor of commerce (special) - business technology; and bachelor of commerce (special) degree.

Siouxsie Easter, professor of theatre, participated in two podcast plays, playing a 10-year-old girl in one and a runaway bride in the other. The podcasts can be found at this link. She also presented her research about distraction as part of a panel at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s virtual conference in August. This summer, she completed her essay that will be published in the forthcoming Routledge Anthology of Women's Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism in 2021.

Kerr Mesner, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, served as chair for the summer session of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. This annual gathering draws together faculty, administrators, staff and students seeking to integrate contemplative practices in colleges and universities.

Niamh O’Leary, professor of environmental science, continued her sabbatical project on nearby Fall Creek and submitted an article, entitled “Water Quality Data for Fall Creek, New York, USA: 1972-1995” to the peer-reviewed journal Hydrological Processes in August. This article was co-authored with D.R. Bouldin.  

Jackie Schnurr, professor of biology and environmental science — along with 40 coauthors from colleges and universities across North America — published a paper in Conservation Biology called “Correlates of Bird Collisions with Buildings across Three North American Countries.” The data that were included in the paper were collected by students in the fall 2012 Ecology and Evolution course (BIOL 119), and this is the second publication resulting from that work.

The photographic work of David Todd, lecturer in visual arts, is currently on view in the gallery exhibition “Photograms,” hosted by Don’t Take Pictures magazine and on view Aug. 19 through Nov. 24 at the following link. The online show highlights a range of artists working with analog camera-less processes in a time when much of our lives has become digital. Link: Earlier in the season, David was awarded the Juror’s Prize at State of the Art Gallery’s “31st Annual Photography Show” in Ithaca, N.Y. Exhibition judge Steven Skopik described his impression of David’s artwork as follows:

“I’m a sucker for contradiction, complexity and paradox — particularly when those qualities are sugared by well-controlled technique and elegant form. [David’s] large cyanotype transports us further into the realm of pure abstraction. My first temptation was to regard the planet-like blobs and blazing spheres as an allusion to the “something-from-nothing” mystery of the Big Bang. Attention to the piece’s title suggests something cheekier, however. The appellation “Camera Parts” provides the tip-off that here we’re not witnesses to galaxies in convulsion. What’s gone ‘kaboom’ is the apparatus of photography itself. This camera-less image suggests (and celebrates?) the end of photography, and its paradoxical re-creation under a post-chemical, and possibly even post-digital regime. Nasty fun.”

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