November 2017 Faculty Accomplishments

Heather Acomb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, taught a master class for the annual Movement and Dance ("MAD") Festival at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 18.  The festival featured dance artists and educators from across the east coast, and served to provide an opportunity for regional high school and college dance students of all ages to experience different styles of dance in an intensive weekend setting.

Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, was a member of the conference planning committee for the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) annual meeting, held November 7-9 in Cooperstown NY.  At the State of New York Sustainability annual conference at SUNY Cortland from November 15-16, Marian was accepted to present a concurrent session talk titled “Reclaiming our Foodshed” which explained our development of the Aurora Farmers Market, the Wells College Seed Exchange, and our interdisciplinary, team-taught Introduction to Gardening class.

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has been invited by Cornell University to be both a Courtesy Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts and a Visiting Professor of English, starting in 2018. At that time, she will also begin serving as a Board Member for the Edisto Historical Museum in South Carolina. She has in progress with her colleague in the Performing and Media Arts Department at Cornell an anthology/edited volume: Women’s Drama and Theatre Criticism, 150 to the Present. Ed. Catherine Burroughs and J. Ellen Gainor.

Professor Michael Groth, Professor of History, delivered a public lecture entitled "Abolitionism in Dutchess County" at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY on November 5th.  The presentation was followed by a book signing of Professor Groth's recent book, Slavery & Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley (SUNY Press, 2017).

On November 10 and 11, 2017, Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, and two physics majors from Wells, Eric Hartmann and Colton Robbins, attended the Fall meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society, held at Union College in Schenectady NY.  The meetings topic was the recent discovery of the existence of gravitational waves, and a highlight was the keynote talk, given by Rainer Weiss, who shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics for this work.

Daniel Renfrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, had his paper "'But That's Not Sexting': Accounts from Emerging Adults" appear in the Routledge Handbook on Deviance, edited by Stephen Brown and Ophir Sefiha.  The chapter is co-authored with Kailin Kucewicz '16, Katherine Mouradian '17, and Valerie Schweigert '16.

Professor Renfrow's paper, "'You Don't Change Something You Want to Stay the Same': Preserving and Reconstructing the Kentucky Mountain Horse," has been selected for inclusion in a forthcoming book on the concept of breed.  The piece is co-authored with Stephanie McSpirit of Eastern Kentucky University. 

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