May – August 2014 Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, participated in the NSF sponsored VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource) faculty development workshop "Coordination Chemistry at the Frontiers of Bioinorganic Chemistry," July 13-18, 2014, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While at the workshop, Professor Bailey worked with colleagues from across the country, including current leaders in the field of Bioinorganic Chemistry, to learn about recent developments in the field and to develop pedagogical materials based on these new developments. Two of these have been published by VIPEr and are listed below. In both cases the co-authors are Peter Craig (McDaniel College), Carmen Gauthier (Florida Southern College), Christopher Bailey (Wells College), Elizabeth Bajema (Northwestern University), James Jeitler (Marietta College) & Shaun Schmidt (Washburn University).

Subsequent to returning from the conference, Professor Bailey had five additional items accepted for publication. Professor Bailey is the sole author on all of these except for "The Chemistry of Cooley's Anemia" which was co-written with Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir (St. Cloud University).


Gerardo Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, in May of 2014, received a PDF from Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera (Cleveland State University): it contained an electronic version of the relevant pages of Constructing Identities: The Interaction of National, Gender and Racial Borders (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2013) a book that Dr. Cummings was a 'blind peer reviewer' for.

Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings served as AP Reader in Spanish Literature from June 1-9, 2014. He was in charge yet again of the artistic and film events held at the reading, offering nights dedicated to poetry and theatre readings and to short films and their pedagogical value in the classroom. His invaluable contributions were referenced in a letter by Dr. Luis Ramos-García (University of Minnesota) that was sent to the Chief Reader of Spanish Literature and those in charge of overseeing the AP Reading.

In July he submitted a book review of Dr. Víctor Fuentes' last book Buñuel, del surrealismo al terrorismo (Sevilla, España: Editorial Renacimiento, 2013) to Hispania, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The book review is slated to be published in the September 2015 edition of the journal, which will be a special issue dedicated to Hispanic film.

In July he was notified that his paper, "García Márquez y su cine: del legado inadaptable al producido" was accepted for presentation at the prestigious XII Coloquio Literario de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Monterrey Gabriel García Márquez. If selected, his presentation will then be published in a collection dedicated to Gabriel García Márquez scheduled for publication in 2015 by Editorial Porrúa.

Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings also served as Blind Peer Reviewer for Rocky Mountain Review.

In August he submitted a pre-constituted panel titled "Discourse of Exploitation and Horror in XX-XXI Century Mexican Film" for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, to be held in Montreal in March of 2015. If accepted, he will not only have organized the panel, but he will also Chair it as well as read an essay titled: "May the Dead be with You: Examining the History of Mexploitation Horror Films."


Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theater, was the U.S. Professor of Theatre for the inaugural Theatre Summer School at Advanced Studies in England during the months of June and July. While there, Ms. Easter taught British Theatre History and Acting: British Style. With her students from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Bath, England, Ms. Easter produced an evening of contemporary theatre, Restoration theatre, and devised theatre work in a public performance venue in the heart of Bath.


Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance, produced "A Midsummer Night's Dance" at the Kiplinger Theatre, Cornell, as commissioned by the Cornell University Summer Session The July concert featured collaborations with dancers and choreographers from across central New York and with musicians Steven Stull, John White, Richard Montgomery, and Peter Chwaik. The performance included her ensemble choreography "Voyage II", her solo performance of "Sea Songs", and the comic piece, "Service with a Smile" in collaboration with Steven Stull. In August Professor Goddard co-directed and choreographed a production of Teleman's opera, Don Quixote at the Marriage of Comacho at the CRS Barn Studio in Ithaca, NY. Also at CRS she produced "Moving Landscapes, an evening of dance and music", which featured "Voyage III", collaborative improvisations with pianist John White, and a new text-and-movement solo, "Dog Stories". Ms. Goddard also performed an improvisational solo with pianist John White, by invitation, at the Ithaca College Summer Piano Institute.


Elizabeth Juárez-Cummings, Lecturer in Spanish, participated in the AP Spanish exam Reading in June, in which more than a hundred thousand language exams were graded. She published her article "Tendencias de uso de Ser y Estar en la Ciudad de México" in the IULC Working Papers. She was also accepted to present her paper "Variación estilística en una estructura sintáctica: Ser y Estar en la radio mexicana" at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, which will be held at Purdue University this November 13-16, 2014.


Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, presented a paper entitled "Beyond the Fiscal Cliff" at the conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 15, 2014.


Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, published a Book chapter entitled: "Why Katanga's Quest for Self-determination and Secession Failed," (Chapter 11) In Redie Bereketeab (Ed.) Self-Determination and Secession in Africa: The Post-Colonial State, Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2014.

On August 7, 2014 Professor Lumumba-Kasongo was invited by the White House Forum on "The Role of Diasporans in Investing in Africa," a platform of the Leaders Summit for African Diasporan leaders. It was held in the White House, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

On July 30th, 2014 Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo was invited by the White House to attend the Presidential Summit for Young African Leaders, The White House, District of Columbia,

On July-19-24, 2014 Professor Lumumba-Kasongo attended the 23rd World Congress of the International Political Science Association; Paper presented: "Rethinking Peace, Security and the Post-Conflict Reconceptualization in the Great Lakes Region of Africa: A Multipolar Perspective;" He also served as discussant on the Panel entitled: "Global Governance and Local Sovereignty;" He also served as chair of the panel: "Global Governance: For Whom? By Whom?, Montreal, Canada.

On 20-21 May, 2014 he attended the Inaugural Conference of A New Springer Open Journal–Bandung: Journal of the Global South on the theme: "Envisioning South-South Relations and Development: Past, Present and Futures;" I presented the paper on "Rethinking the Bandung Conference in an Era of Unipolar Liberal Globalization and Movements Toward a Multipolar Politics;" City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.


Niamh O' Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies, has submitted a journal article to the Journal of Plant Registrations. Co-authored with Margaret Smith, Laraine Ericson and Sherrie Norman, all of Cornell University, the article is titled Registration of NY195, NY212, NY215, and NY266 Anthracnose Stalk Rot Resistant Inbred Lines of Maize. Niamh was also invited to share her research work in Happenings, the newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Jaclyn Schnurr, Associate Professor of Biology, was certified a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America. Also, her summer research project was written up in the Finger Lakes happenings, published by the Finger Lakes Institute, describing her work on campus this summer with Katie Sweeney '15 and Niaome Hickman '16.


Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, participated in two programs conducted in Sri Lanka in the month of July 2014. Both programs were conducted at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first program was a guest speech on "Challenges in Sharing Marketing Knowledge" with special references to Cultural Perspectives. This speech was delivered in line with specific areas such as culture, numbers, theories, sustainability, value addition, and current trends and how these factors impinge to knowledge (marketing knowledge) sharing.

The second program was a workshop on "Strategic Planning for Sustainable Competitive Advantage". This program was provided withmain theoretical and practical aspects to business strategy from strategic vision to actions.This program familiarized all constituencies (corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, functional managers, and graduate and undergraduate students) with the paradox of globalization and localization perspectives. The central aimof theworkshopwasto develop awareness of the elements that shapes strategy, such as macro factors (political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological), and micro factors (corporate capabilities, vision, mission, culture, and business domain). Theworkshop therefore, provided a business perspective while emphasizing the importance of remaining connected at local and global levels while maintain competitive advantage.

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