Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, co-presented a Lightning Talk session, “A Dynamic (Electrification) Partnership, for the virtual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Oct. 20–22, 2020. Along with Jordan Kearns, CEO of Medley Thermal, Brown pre-recorded the pair’s presentation in which they discussed the potential to substantially reduce both energy costs and carbon emissions as a result of integrating the proposed dynamic electrification demonstration project in the College’s central heating plant.
Gehan Dhameeth, associate professor of business, participated in the ACBSP 2020 Region 1 Fall Conference, held Oct. 29–30, 2020.
Siouxsie Easter, professor of theatre, directed an evening of theatre scenes Oct. 26–27, 2020, entitled (UN)Masked. The play featured seven first-year students and two sophomores to whom Professor Easter taught a half-dozen genres of theatre (from Greek to modern) in six weeks. The play also featured the talents of 11 alums who contributed to costumes, dramaturgy, and writing, directing and acting in a Zoom play that was part of the production.
Camilo Nascimento, lecturer in visual arts, has custom ink illustrations featured in the documentary film, Echoes of the Empire, in collaboration with the creative team at PhotoSynthesis Productions (pspny.com). This film shares intimate stories told by Mongolians, from nomads to city dwellers, providing a rare insight into their psyches and the challenges they face in their post-Soviet world. You can visit the film’s website at echoesoftheempire.com for more information. Echoes of the Empire premiered in October 2020 at Cinemapolis, a theatre in Ithaca, N.Y.
Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, has been named to the planning committee for the State of NY Sustainability conference, which this year will be a virtual three-day conference. She was also invited by the Sustainable Endowments Institute to have Wells serve as a pilot institution for their “GRITS Goals” tool to model and track energy and emissions reductions for capital projects. Brown is also part of the new CICU Energy Committee, a collaborative partnership between the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to devise ways to ensure that private schools in New York are fully aware of the resources and support to become more energy efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels.
Gehan Dhameeth, associate professor of business, was invited by Stockholm University (Sweden) and e-University (Malaysia) to be an examiner and an external Ph.D. and DBA dissertation supervisor. He was also invited to be an editorial member of the Sri Lanka Journal of Marketing [ISSN (Print) -1800-4989].
An article by Niamh O’Leary, professor of environmental science, entitled “Water Quality Data for Fall Creek, New York, USA: 1972–1995” has been accepted by the peer-reviewed journal Hydrological Processes. This article is co-authored with D.R. Bouldin.
Erinn Ryen, assistant professor of business, published a 2019 article with collaborators Sandra Rothenberg and Anne G. Sherman: “The Evolution of Research on Sustainable Business Models: Implications for Management Scholars,” Journal of Environmental Sustainability [Vol. 7 : Iss. 1 , Article 3].
Jackie Schnurr, professor of biology and environmental science — along with 40 coauthors from colleges and universities across North America — published a paper in Conservation Biology called “Correlates of Bird Collisions with Buildings across Three North American Countries.” The data that were included in the paper were collected by students in the fall 2012 Ecology and Evolution course (BIOL 119), and this is the second publication resulting from that work.
The photographic work of David Todd, lecturer in visual arts, is currently on view in the gallery exhibition “Photograms,” hosted by Don’t Take Pictures magazine and on view Aug. 19 through Nov. 24 at the following link. The online show highlights a range of artists working with analog camera-less processes in a time when much of our lives has become digital. Link: Earlier in the season, David was awarded the Juror’s Prize at State of the Art Gallery’s “31st Annual Photography Show” in Ithaca, N.Y. Exhibition judge Steven Skopik described his impression of David’s artwork as follows:
“I’m a sucker for contradiction, complexity and paradox — particularly when those qualities are sugared by well-controlled technique and elegant form. [David’s] large cyanotype transports us further into the realm of pure abstraction. My first temptation was to regard the planet-like blobs and blazing spheres as an allusion to the “something-from-nothing” mystery of the Big Bang. Attention to the piece’s title suggests something cheekier, however. The appellation “Camera Parts” provides the tip-off that here we’re not witnesses to galaxies in convulsion. What’s gone ‘kaboom’ is the apparatus of photography itself. This camera-less image suggests (and celebrates?) the end of photography, and its paradoxical re-creation under a post-chemical, and possibly even post-digital regime. Nasty fun.”