March 2014 Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, organized Wells' participation in and attended the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held this year at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 1-5. This is the 26th conference in which Wells has participated. Students representing Wells this year (and their faculty mentors) were:

  • Caroline Clabaugh, Psychology, Technology as a Catalyst for Language Processing Change (Daniel Renfrow).
  • Molly Baillargeon, Environmental Science, An Investigation of the Effect of Soil Disking on Gew├╝rztraminer (Vitis vinifera cultivar) Grape Maturation in the Finger Lakes Region of New York (Niamh O' Leary).
  • Jillian Fields, English, "Human Tongue Cannot Tell": Dialect, Lyricism, and Anti-slavery Arguments in William Wells Browns' The Escape, or A Leap For Freedom (1858) (Catherine Burroughs).
  • Judith Lavelle, English, "Where Do You Think Fortune Cookies Come From?" Aphorisms, Ethnic Stereotypes, and Feminine Wisdom in M. Butterfly (Catherine Burroughs).
  • Rebeccah K. McKalsen, English, "The Homely Nurse Doth All She Can": Gender and Personification in Ode: Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood (Catherine Burroughs).
  • Valerie Provenza, Psychology, Concealment and Disclosure: Exploring Secret Keeping Decisions (Daniel Renfrow).
  • Valerie Provenza, Psychology, The Use of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Therapy (Deborah Gagnon).

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, spoke on "The Limits to Growth: Models and Policy" on March 26 at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Laura J. McClusky, Associate Professor of Sociology, presented a paper at the annual meetings of a Society for Applied Anthropology on March 21st titled, "High School Graduation Parties as Public Performance: How Maya Express the Role Education Plays in Transforming Heritage and Identity in Southern Belize." At those same meetings McClusky was elected to serve as a co-coordinator of the Society for Applied Anthropology Topical Interest Group on Gender Based Violence. She will serve with Dr. Melissa Beske, a research associate at Tulane University.

Christina Wahl, Associate Professor of Biology, taught New York State Beekeepers how to diagnose the causes of winter honeybee kills in a series of workshops. Participating bee clubs included the Beekeepers of Shawangunk at Shawangunk, New York (March 1); the Cornell University Bee Club at Cornell University (March 2); the Catskill Mountain Beekeepers at Arca, New York (March 11); and the Stony Kill Beekeepers at Stony Kill, New York (March 30).

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