October 2015 Faculty Accomplishments

Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, delivered two presentations at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Minneapolis. Her case study presentation, "Wandering out of the [Food] Desert," explained the development of the Village of Aurora Farmers Market. She also prepared a poster titled "The Seed of a Great Idea," detailing the establishment of the Seed Exchange program in the Long Library.

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theater, recently directed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which played to enthusiastic audiences totaling over 500 people on Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th. The show involved the talents on stage and off of 36 students and Professor of Anthropology and Religion Ernie Olson. The production was awarded three awards by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS). The awards were: Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Patrick Munroe for his portrayal of Puck, Meritorious Achievement in Fight Choreography and Execution to Siouxsie Easter and the Cast, and Excellence in Costuming to Barbara Murphy.

On October 10, 2015, Gerardo Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, chaired and organized the session “Film-literature dialectics:  Blurring the lines between Fantasy and Reality” and presented the paper “Guillermo del Toro’s Borderless Fantasy/Horror Imaginario.” 

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, presented three papers at the joint conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics/United States Society for Ecological Economics/Biophysical Economics Association in Vancouver, BC from October 1-4, 2015, and chaired the session on biophysical Economics and Systems Science:

  • Lambert, Jessica, Charles Hall & Kent Klitgaard. Examining the relation between quality of life and biophysical vs. economic conditions.
  • Klitgaard, Kent, Charles Hall & Muin Uddin. Biophysical economics and the end of the age of economic growth.
  • Murphy, David & Kent Klitgaard. The future of ecological and biophysical economics.

Professor Klitgaard was also named to the editorial board of a new journal, Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality, published by Springer.

Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History, attended the 15th annual "Reacting to the Past" conference that took place in New York City at Barnard College from June 3 to 7, 2015. Koepp was among several hundred faculty members from the USA and abroad who came together again to experience an innovative pedagogy developed around games and role-playing. She participated in two intensive role-playing workshops: "Greenwich Village, 1913: Labor, Suffrage, and the New Woman" and "Patriots, Loyalists & Revolution in New York City, 1775-76." In addition, Koepp attended related sessions that explored issues of pedagogy, faculty development, and the future of higher education and the liberal arts.

In June Professor Koepp was interviewed by Sweden Public Radio for a program they were putting together on "the history and future of work"—one of her research areas.

On 23 October 2015 she participated in a seminar at Cornell University organized by the Central New York Early Modern History Group, where Junko Takeda presented an essay entitled "French Mercantilism and the Silk Roads to Persia during the Reign of Louis XIV." On 31 October 2015 Professor Koepp gave a public lecture at the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., entitled "Examining a Stereotype: Women and the Witch Craze, 1560-1680."

Harold Lamson, Lecturer in Math and Computer Science, recently completed a project as a SME (Subject Matter Expert) while creating a new class for ITT Technical Institute - NT2350 Advanced Server Operating Systems. A Preparation class for MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2.

Victor Hammer Fellow Jenna Rodriguez recently received a project assistant grant from the College Book Arts Association to complete an artist book called "Still." "Still" is a letterpress printed hand-bound book that honors and pays respect to road kill that has been found along Route 90 during Jenna's daily commute.

Jenna Rodriguez also has an exhibition at the Seward House Museum in Auburn for the month of November. The opening reception will take place during their first Friday event on November 6th from 5pm to 7pm. Feel free to stop by any other time during the month of November.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Dan Rosenberg's new chapbook of poems, "Thigh's Hollow," was just released. This collection, which is part of a larger series of poems all in a strict syllabic form, won the national Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize. Dan is reading from his new chapbook this semester in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Louisville, and elsewhere.

Scott Stull, Lecturer in Anthropology, has been invited as guest of honor at Indiana University East for their event "You Are What You Eat: Events in Food, Culture, and Diversity," to be held in April 2016. Dr. Stull will lead an experimental archaeology session on replicating medieval food, following medieval recipes and using replicated cooking vessels made by faculty and students at Indiana University East. He will also present to archaeology and art classes on experimental archaeology and its reliance on creative interpretation of archaeological material to understand past culture.

Winnie Tsang, Lecturer in Art History, presented her paper "Interpreting China at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the Universal Exposition in 1867" at the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 9 & 10.

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