Faculty Accomplishments

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Nancy Gil, Director of the Book Arts Center, and Katie Baldwin, Victor Hammer Fellow, Wells’ seventh Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts, completed the printing and binding of the first 35 copies of ‘What Longing Is’ by poet Janis Esch ’10. This chapbook, designed, printed and bound by the Wells College Press, was available for the poet’s on-campus reading on Wednesday, April 17. An edition of 100 will be completed in the next few weeks.

Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, organized the 108th semiannual symposium of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society, which was hosted by Wells (for her first time) on April 19th and 20th. This meeting’s theme was “Recent Advances in Physics” and the 80 attenders heard talks on both the experimental breakthrough and the theoretical understanding of the Higgs boson (the keynote talk was by Professor Carl Hagen, he of the so-called ‘Englert-Brout-Guralnik-Hagen-Higgs-Kibble” symmetry-breaking mechanism for hadron mass generation), physics outreach and careers, the recent discovery of “super-earths” and “super-venuses”, and talks on breakthroughs in biophysics and exotic materials (including graphene and biolipid membranes).

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economic, paper “Heterodox Political Economy and the Degrowth Perspective,” appeared in Sustainability on January 21, 2013, pp. 276-297

Kent gave expert testimony on “Internal and biophysical Limits to Growth in the Second Half of the Age of Oil” to the Joint Political Advisory Committee of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on April 24-25, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Matthew McCabe, Lecturer in Business, published his paper entitled “An Introduction to the Economics of Collateral Sources” in the course book for Basics of Trial Practice – After the Verdict, published by the New York State Bar Association, Committee on Continuing Legal Education, April 2013. Mr. McCabe also served as faculty for the Continuing Legal Education program entitled “Basics of Trial Practice – After the Verdict” in Syracuse, New York on April 12, 2013. Mr. McCabe presented information concerning the economic aspects of collateral source evaluations and the economics of post- verdict evaluations under New York State Civil Practice Laws and Rules Articles 50A and 50B.

Vic Muñoz, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, participated in the seminar “Metodologia Descolonizadora En La Investigacion y El Proceso Educativo,” as part of the Seminario Permanente de Metodos de Investigacion hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. This annual seminar invites international scholars to present their research methodologies over the course of three days to faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Internationally respected researcher and educator, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples and Pro Vice Chancellor Maori at Waikato University, Aotearoa/New Zealand was the invited speaker for the seminar this year. April 16 – 18, 2013.

Daniel Renfrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, contributed a chapter on the social psychology of gender and race to the Handbook of Social Psychology, edited by John Delamater and Amanda Ward. The chapter is co-authored with Judy Howard, Divisional Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.

Jaclyn Schnurr, Associate Professor of Biology, gave an invited presentation at Ithaca College on April 11 titled “Short and long term consequences of seed predation in temperate forests.”

William Ganis

William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, had his feature article on Gerhard Richter, “Frames of Reference,” published in the Spring 2013 issue of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly. The article discussed glass works made by this preeminent German painter throughout his career.

This winter, Dr. Ganis was a Juror (along with Beverly Semmes and Amy Schwartz) for the UrbanGlass Windgate Artist Fellowship, a prize enabling emerging artists to work with the UrbanGlass staff and use this Brooklyn institution’s glassmaking facilities towards the execution of specific projects

“Spirit/Practice” a text-conversation among Denis Bradette, William Ganis, Jennifer Macklem and Tony Martins was published in Guerilla Journal, of Montréal, QC, in issue 34, Winter 2013.

As director of Wells College’s String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis installed, promoted and opened the fourth show of the 2012-13 season, “Out of Rubble” curated by Susanne Slavick This exhibition about war and its consequences is on view from March 20 to April 16.

Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented a research paper titled “Violent Rhetoric Against Hispanics in Contemporary American Media and Politics”at The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across Disciplines Symposium (March 7-10) at the University of Minnesota. He also moderated a presentation by Dr. Eduardo Cabrera at that symposium. From April 18-20, he will be attending the 66th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, Kentucky where he will chair and present in a session that he has organized titled: “Ghosts, Monsters, Sex and History in Hispanic Literature and Film.” Lastly, Revista Horizontes from Puerto Rico sent him a copy of the issue that contains his article “De Las Ficheras a Sexo, pudor y lágrimas: La recusación de la sexualidad en el cine mexicano contemporáneo.”

Laura J. McClusky, Associate Professor of Sociology, presented a paper titled, “No Where to Hide: Obstacles Women Face When Escaping Partner Abuse in Belize and Barriers to Seeking Political Asylum in the United States” at the 73rd annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver, Colorado on March 22.

Principia College invited Dr. McClusky to participate in a program review of the Sociology and Anthropology program. She and Dr. Theodore C. Wagenaar of Miami University conducted the review earlier in March.

Cynthia Garrett, Professor of English, Attended the Modern Language Association conference in Boston January 3-6, participating in a workshop on early modern women’s manuscripts.

Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance, participated in a dance photography project with Ithaca fine art photographer, Jari Poulin, during the months of January and February. Professor Goddard recruited and collaborated with dancers from Cornell University, Binghamton High School, and the Ithaca community. A portrait of Professor Goddard and colleague Janice Kovar is currently on exhibit in a juried photography show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, published the following papers. The Sustainability paper (Heterodox political economy and the degrowth perspective) was presented originally at the “Degrowth in the Americas Conference in Montreal, May 13-19, 2012. The second paper (Ecological economics, degrowth, and institutional change written with Lisi Krall, Professor of Economics SUNY Cortland) was first presented at the Second International Conference on Degrowth, Barcelona, Spain March 26-29, 2010. The third paper (Degrowth and the social structure of accumulation) was presented at the 64th Annual Convention of the New York State Economics Association, Rochester, NY October 2011.

Christina Wahl, Associated Professor of Biology, taught microscopy and honey bee anatomy at the workshop “Honeybee Health: A Bee Wellness Workshop” presented by The Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center and Wells College. Wells science students assisted Professor Wahl in preparing handouts on honey bee anatomy and microscopic technique for beekeepers. Students also helped prepare laboratory materials for participants. Over 50 people attended the all-day workshop held at the Cayuga Nature Center on February 16.

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, traveled with several Wells College students to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of a January course in Genealogy and Family History. During the week at the library the students spent their time researching and discovering their own family history.

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, served as Final Judge for Finishing Line Press’s 2012 Open Chapbook Contest. He selected a Winner and three Honorable Mentions from among the Finalists for this national chapbook contest.

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of Art History, has just published a review of the following book, *Further Letters of Joanna Baillie* edited by Thomas McLean (Madison and Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010) in *Studies in Romanticism*. Another review–of *Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theatre Arts* by Francesca Saggini (Trans. Laura Kopp) (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012)–is forthcoming in *Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research*.

Gerardo T. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, published a brief article on the Mexican wrestler “El Santo” and his influence on Mexican horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. The article was published in Horrorhound (January/February 2013 issue), a seminal American magazine dedicated to exploring horror elements in films, television and toys. He has also been invited to present a research paper titled “Violent Rhetoric Against Hispanics in Contemporary American Media and Politics” at The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across Disciplines Symposium (March 7-10) at the University of Minnesota.

Sarah Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, The paper The Influence of Psychological Variables on Health Related Quality of Life among HIV Infected Individuals with a History of Intravenous Drug Use, co-authored by Sarah Markowitz, was accepted to the journal Psychoactive Drugs.

Milene Morfei, Professor of Psychology, attended the annual meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, including the pre-conference on Sustainability Psychology, in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 16 – 20.