March 2012 Faculty Accomplishments

Katie Baldwin, Victor Hammer Fellow , was invited as a visiting artist in the printmaking program at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Ms. Baldwin will also be speaking about the traditional Japanese woodblock technique called mokuhanga on March 29th, at Muhlenberg College. Her lecture and demonstration accompanies the exhibition titled: Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.

Tracy Brandenburg and Sirietta Simoncini, Lecturers in Business, conducted a two-day workshop at the College of Engineering bat Cornell University, where graduate students in Systems Engineering from the "Creativity, Innovation & Leadership" class worked on the Social Innovation challenge: How might we restore vibrancy to Ithaca downtown? Students were guided through the whole ethnographic field work experience and facilitated in synthesizing their empathy findings (February 28 and March 6, 2012).

Brad Frazier, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion, on February 14, 2012 published a review of An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion by Richard Rorty (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010) in Metapsychology Online.

William V. Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History , had his review of the Fat Cakes and Myopic Void installations by Carl Ostendarp at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY, published in the "Critics' Picks" column of Artforum, in March 2012.

Another of Ganis' "Critics Picks" reviews, this time of the "Preternatural" exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Nature, St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, in Ottawa, Ontario, was published in February 2012.

Dr. Ganis co-organized and co-chaired a session and panel discussion with Laura Crary of Presbyterian College, "Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College " at the 2012 College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles California. The session was featured in the conference press release and website.

Richard Loosemore, Professor of Art recently had three papers accepted for publication:

  • Loosemore, R.P.W. & Goertzel, B. (2012). Why an Intelligence Explosion is Probable. In Eden, A., Søraker, J., Moor, J., and Steinhart E. (Eds). The Singularity Hypothesis: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment.
  • Loosemore, R.P.W. (2012). The Complex Cognitive Systems Manifesto. In: The Yearbook of Nanotechnology, Volume III: Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future, S. Hays, J. S. Robert, C. A. Miller, and I. Bennett (Eds). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Loosemore, R.P.W. (2012). Human and Machine Consciousness as a Boundary Effect in the Concept Analysis Mechanism. In: P. Wang & B. Goertzel (Eds), Theoretical Foundations of AGI. Atlantis Press.

Laura McClusky, Associate Professor of Sociology , presented a paper titled "Revisiting Stories Once Told: Watching New Stories Unfold" on February 25, 2012 at the 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. The theme of the conference was Storied Lives: Culture, Structure and Narrative.

Niamh O' Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies , attended an assessment workshop at the Rochester Institute of Technology in January. The workshop for science educators was entitled Evidence-based Classroom Practice and Assessment. It was sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope, an organization that advocates for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the sciences and related fields.

Lauren O'Neil, Assistant Professor of Chemistry will be serving as the faculty advisor for the Red Cross Club.

Associate Professor of Biology Christina Wahl's chapter "Morphometry applied to the study of morphological plasticity during vertebrate development" has been published in the open-access book "Morphometrics" by InTech life sciences library.

Professor Wahl served as editor for "Morphometrics", ISBN 978-953-51-0172-7.

On February 11, 2012, Professor Wahl gave a talk entitled "Honeybee Biology" to approximately 60 people at the Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY, as part of the Beekeeping Workshop run by the Fingerlakes Beekeeping Club. Professor Wahl's family began keeping bees in 1895. Professor Wahl continues this tradition on a much smaller scale today, maintaining a hobby apiary on the St. Lawrence River.

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