October 2017 Faculty Accomplishments

Heather Acomb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, was invited to Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for a guest teaching and choreography residency, October 19-22, 2017.  She spent four days teaching dance and movement classes and setting her newest work, "Hello & Goodbye," which was originally created for Wells College graduating seniors last spring semester.  The 14 Cranbrook high school students will perform the work in December- once for their annual winter concert and once in Detroit as part of the Detroit Dance Collective's Collage Concert. 

On October 23, 2017, Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry and Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, welcomed the students from the Peachtown School to the chemistry labs in Stratton Hall. The students had just completed a unit on chemistry and wanted to visit real labs. Professor Burwell worked with the younger students and had them investigate chromatography by separating the colors found in markers. Professor Bailey worked with the older students to explore nanochemisty, culminating with each student synthesizing a sample of ferrofluid.

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, has two articles for publication forthcoming:

“William Wells Brown’s The Escape; or The Leap to Freedom.”  La Questione Romantica.

 “Women and Closet Drama.” Festschrift for Lilla Maria Crisafulli (University of Bologna, Italy). Ed. Stuart Curran and Sarena Baesi. Peter Lang.

Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, reported that on October 20th, Aaliyah Grandy was invited to present her research at the University of Rochester’s Undergraduate Research and Visitation Day.  Aaliyah has been working on her project at Wells College with Dr. Lindsay Burwell investigating how S-nitrosating agents regulate specific proteins in the antioxidant system. This event was for a very select group of undergraduate juniors and seniors across the country interested in biomedical and health science PhD programs. In addition, two other Wells students, James Duchesneau and Bellina Mushala, were also selected to present their research at this event. 

Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, chaired a session at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics, and Technology (NABET) Conference, October 26-27, 2017, State College, Pennsylvania. USA and presented a paper on “The Millennials: Insights to Brand Behavior for Brand Management Strategies” 

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, directed Neil Simon's Rumors at the end of October. The production won 4 awards from the Theatre Association of New York State:

  • Excellence in Ensemble Acting to the Cast 
  • Excellence in Acting to Devon Harris for his portrayal of Lenny Ganz 
  • Excellence in Direction to Siouxsie Easter 
  • Excellence in Technical Design and Execution to Patti Goebel, Katelyn Costello, Rosalina Maassen and Barbara Murphy 

M.E. Hogan, Visiting Lecturer in Math, co-authored the article, “Diffeomorphism invariant cosmological sector in loop quantum gravity”, published in Classical and Quantum Gravity (Volume 34, Number 22, 225009) <https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/aa89c6>, a top peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute of Physics (IOP Publishing) in the UK.

Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History, has published an article entitled “An Anthropologist Shows Girls a World of Difference: Louis-François Jauffret’s Géographie dramatique.”  It appears in a volume edited by Emer O’Sullivan and Andrea Immel, Imagining Sameness and Difference in Children’s Literature: From the Enlightenment to the Present Day (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), as part of their series “Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature.” From June 7th to 11th Koepp attended the 17th annual “Reacting to the Past" conference that took place in New York City at Barnard College.  She participated in two intensive role-playing workshops: "Crisis in the Enlightenment: Diderot’s Encyclopedia” and “Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France, 1791.” In addition, Koepp attended two related sessions that explored ways to utilize this pedagogy to enhance rhetorical skills in first-year writing seminars and ways to encourage one’s own faculty to experiment with this innovative approach to learning. On 17 September, Koepp presented a pubic lecture to the Frontenac Historical Society entitled “Reflections on a Forgotten Pandemic:  Influenza, 1918-1919.”

Niamh O’Leary, Professor of Environmental Science, recently attended the international annual meeting of the Agronomy Society of America in Tampa, Florida, where she presented a poster on research done in conjunction with Ashley Gingeleski ’16.The presentation was titled "The Impact of Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and Buckwheat (Cichorium intybus) Cover Crops on Weed Diversity and Abundance in a Vineyard in Cayuga County, NY".

Erinn G. Ryen, Assistant Professor of Business recently published her article, "Ecological Foraging Models as Inspiration for Optimized Recycling Systems in the Circular Economy, in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, in press online as of October 21, 2017 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.08.006).  

Dr. Ryen and Dr. Kevin Miles, Director of the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, along with three Wells students, attended the 2017 Families in Business Conference in October as part of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell. 

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