Summer of 2016 Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry served as the external referee for the tenure and promotion evaluation of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kevin Braun at Beloit College.

Over the summer, Professor Bailey worked with two Wells College students, Zakarra Butts and Quin Doubet, on a Bioinorganic research project. This work was funded by Wells College.

Marian Brown, Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment was elected chair of the advisory board of directors for the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

Marian also presented an update on the college sustainability efforts to alumni during the Reunion weekend Open House in the Center.

Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English Literature submitted a proposal for her book, *Closet Drama: Theory, History, and Genre;* is currently under review at several presses.

In July, *Nineteenth-Century Contexts* invited Professor Burroughs to review an article for publication.

Brad Frazier, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion published a review of Susan Neiman's book, *Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy* (Princeton University Press, 2015) for *Metapsychology Online* (Volume 20, Issue 32), August 10th, 2016.

Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History was the recipient of the Oleg Grabar Travel Grant in August, awarded by the Historians of Islamic Art Association, with which she will travel to Washington, D.C. to speak at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa in October.

Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business Conducted a workshop for the Sales Team of Maliban Milk PVT Ltd company on “Team Leadership” on June 3rd, 2016 at Mount Lavania Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 Featured for a live telecast for the National Television (Rupavahini) for Sri Lanka, talking on “Importance of Dreaming for Success” on June 9th, 2016, at Rupavahini Corporation, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 Invited as the Chief Guest for “Business Plan Competition” Organized by the Management Faculty of University of Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 17th, 2016.

 Invited as a Panelist for a Panel Discussion on “Disruptive Innovation” Organized by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) – Sri Lanka Chapter, on June 29th, 2016 at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 Featured for a live telecast for the Derana Television talking on “Cultural Changes We Need in Education in Sri Lanka” on July 6th, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 Conducted a workshop for the Dealer Sales Representatives of Maliban Milk PVT Ltd company on “Effective Selling” on July 7th, 2016 at Hotel Sandalanka, Kottawa, Sri Lanka. 

 Took part in a United Nation Development Project (UNDP) as a Project Member to provide insights to Education Development Project in Sri Lanka under the theme of “Foresight and Innovation” on July 8th, 2016.

 Conducted a workshop for faculty at Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing on “Teaching Techniques and Classroom Management” on July 9th and 10th, 2016, at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 Conducted a workshop on July 14th, 2016 for faculty at Good Shephard Convent, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Classroom Management.

 Conducted a workshop for the Marketing Team at Derana TV on “Art of Negotiations” on July 20th, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 Conducted a guest lecture at Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), an Affiliated Graduate School for the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka on “Business Consulting” at PIM auditorium on July 21st, 2016.

 Conducted a workshop for the Dealer Sales Representatives of Laugfs Gas PVT Ltd company on “Paradigm Shifting for Effective Selling” on July 23rd and 24th, 2016 at Hotel Palm Village, Uswetakaiyawa, Sri Lanka.

 Featured for a live telecast in “Yatharupa Program” for the National Television (Rupavahini) for Sri Lanka, talking on “How Myths Could Barricade Seeing the Reality” on August 4th, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

 Conducted a workshop for the Company Sales Representatives of Kelani Cables PVT Ltd company on “Be Brave -Paradigm Shifting for Effective Selling” on August 7th, 2016 at Hotel Gateway, Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

 Conducted a workshop for the Company Sales and marketing Managers of Kelani Cables PVT Ltd company on “Empowering” on August 8th, 2016 at Hotel Gateway, Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

 Conducted a workshop for Bank of Ceylon (BOC) Branch Managers on “Leadership and Motivation” on August 13th, 2016 at Bank of Ceylon Auditorium, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theater was the U.S. Professor of Theatre for the Advanced Studies in England's Theatre Summer School where she taught acting, devised theatre, Restoration Comedy, and theatre history to students from the U.S. and England inJune and July. 

 In August, Professor Easter gave a paper entitled "Positive Devising" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education national conference in Chicago.

Professors Deborah Gagnon, Professor of Psychology and Kristy Blake-Hodek, Assistant Professor of Biology presented "Rural Health Immersion @ Wells College" at the Biannual Meeting of the National Association of Academic Advisors in the Health Professions on June 16, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.  The presentation was part of a special session titled "Rural Health Program and Immersion Models" which also featured colleagues from Southern Utah University and Snow College, Karen Ganss and Carrie Torgersen, who presented on the rural health model they developed for pre-health students in Utah.

Matthew Hogan, Visiting Lecturer in Math, along with collaborators at Florida Atlantic University, has recently published their article, “Diffeomorphism invariant cosmological symmetry in full quantum gravity”, which they were invited to write for a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D on loop quantum cosmology (LQC); the article is available at Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 25: 8, 1642012 (July 2016), DOI: <>. This is the first of three forthcoming articles detailing a significant breakthrough in relating LQC to the full theory of loop quantum gravity (LQG), which is a step towards the resolution of the problem of relating relativity to quantum mechanics — a project begun by Albert Einstein over a century ago.  Matthew E. Hogan has also been accepted to attend the 26th Midwest Relativity Meeting, taking place from October 13-15, 2016 at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, in Waterloo, Ontario <>, where this work will be presented. The Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos.

Shilpashri Karbhari, Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice published her Book Review: Yen Le Espiritu, Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es) in the International Sociology Reviews (ISR) in September 2016.

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics published an article “Hydrocarbons and the Illusion of Sustainability,” appearing in the July-August 2016 edition of Monthly Review.

Professor Klitgaard also delivered the closing plenary and a paper entitled “Biophysical and Social Determinants of Economic Stagnation and Degrowth (co-authored with Charles Hall, Muin Uddin, Michael Sciotti, and Marina Fargnoli) at the Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics/International Society for Biophysical Economics meetings in Washington DC. July 23-28.

Russell Posegate, Lecturer in Music performed a solo recital at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts on July 1. The recital featured the Op. 118 set of pieces for piano by Brahms, Debussy's Children's Corner, Mozart's Sonata in F major, K. 332, as well as a set of American pieces by Joplin, Gershwin, and Grusin.

Matthew C. McCabe, Lecturer in Business and Management had his paper entitled “The Loss of Inheritance Claim, Revisited,” published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Economics (22(2), April, 2016) as part of that issue’s symposium on wrongful death.  Mr. McCabe also served as an editor for several other papers published in the symposium.

Christina Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology presented her research, ‘Measurements of oxidative stress vary with tissue type and reproductive status in Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis)’ at Evolution 2016, a joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, in Austin TX, June 17-21.

On August 13th, Professor Schmidt led an interactive presentation on animal bones at the Sciencenter’s Saturday Showtime in Ithaca.

Jackie Schnurr, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science published an article, “Linkages among canopy tree neighbourhoods, small mammal herbivores and herbaceous communities in temperate forests,” was published in the Journal of Vegetation Science. Charles D. Canham, 2015 Wells College Scholar-in-Residence, was a coauthor.

Elliott G. Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and colleagues at Cornell University published their paper “Intervening at the Setting Level to Prevent Behavioral Incidents in Residential Child Care: Efficacy of the CARE Program Model” in the July issue of the journal Prevention Science ( A second paper, “Translating research into practice: An example of agency and university collaboration,” has been accepted for publication and will appear in an upcoming special issue of the journal Child Welfare.

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