November 2013 Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, received Episcopal Academy's first Alumni Award for Achievement in the Arts. Professor Bennett was cited for demonstrating "outstanding achievement in the Arts" and commended for his poetry and his teaching: "Bruce Bennett has accomplished what most of us are only able to dream of - he has made a career out of doing what he loves to do." This Award was presented at The Episcopal Academy during its 2013 Alumni Awards Dinner on November 9th, 2013.

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series, coordinated by Professor Bennett, received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts that will help to cover writers' fees for the program for the next three years.

Sara A. Levy, Assistant Professor of Education, attended the Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in St. Louis, Missouri from November 20th through November 23rd. While there, she presented two papers at the College and University Faculty Assembly. Her first paper, "Social Class and the Social Studies," was part of a three-paper panel that used discourse analysis to examine the 2010 NCSS Curriculum Standards. Each of the papers used a different analytic lens; Professor Levy analyzed the standards through the lens of social class. Her second paper, "'Half-Half Decaf': One Multiethnic Youth's Encounter with Heritage Histories," examined how one multiethnic high school student negotiates, understands, and interprets the heritage histories with which he is connected. By including the voices of the student's parents, this in-depth examination illuminates the complex, dynamic processes that are involved in a multiethnic student's understanding of heritage histories. Both papers were well received and will be submitted for publication.

Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, was the featured guest on The Forecast on November 25, 2013. The program, which airs once each month on WRFI 88.1 in Ithaca, is dedicated to climate change. Prof. Morfei shared some of the ways in which the application of psychology can influence human behavior in the context of climate change.

Niamh O' Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies, attended the Rochester Academy of Science 40th Annual Fall Paper Session in November. Molly Baillargeon '14 presented a poster co-authored with Professor O' Leary titled "An Investigation of the Effect of Soil Disking on Gewurztraminer (Vitis vinifera cultivar) Grape Maturation in the Finger Lakes Region of New York" and Professor O' Leary presented a poster co-authored with Colin Evans '12 titled "Refining a Transesterification Process: Examining Various Protocols for Converting Waste Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel".

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