Professional Notes

Professor of Anthropology David Anthony delivered the keynote address for the Fourth Annual Archaeology Graduate Research Conference at the Cotsen Institute at UCLA in February. The theme of the conference was migration and mobility in the ancient world. Anthony has written "about how prehistoric migrations seem to show the same patterns of behavior we see in modern migrations" and studies innovations in transportation like the wheel and horseback. Hartwick students have long been involved in his research, studying microscopic traces left by a bit on horse teeth.

Professor of Biology Mary E. Allen and John R. Stuligross '13 published a review in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (Vol.14 Issue 2) titled "A Cautionary Tale of Damage to the Public Health from Miscommunication and Willful Misunderstanding. A review of The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin."

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio was a presenter and discussant at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in November 2013. Antrosio presented a paper titled "Cultural Anthropology: Global Transformations, Human Nature, Public Debates" at the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Five-Fields Update. He was a discussant for a panel examining "Margaret Mead and Jared Diamond: Past Publics, Current Engagements."

Professor of English Robert Bensen has seen Oxford University Press has publish his 40-page bibliographic essay, "Native American and Aboriginal Canadian Childhood," in Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. The article evaluates more than 100 resources on education, health care, literature, law, and other areas pertaining to American Indian and Aboriginal Canadian childhood and family life. It is available on the subscription-based Oxford Bibliographies.

Associate Professor of Psychology KinHo Chan has had accepted for publication the following: Chan, K-H., Shipman, M. L., & Kister, E. (2014). Selective hippocampal lesions impair acquisition of appetitive trace conditioning with long intertrial and long trace intervals. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128(1), 92-102. In addition, Chan and Sabrina Jones ‘14 will deliver a talk titled "Effects of high fat diets on aggressive behaviors in rats" at the March Eastern Psychological Association conference. Their research was funded in part by a Freedman Prize.

Professor of Sociology Lori Collins-Hall's "Assessing Experiential Education at Hartwick College" is pending publication as a chapter in Navigating Assessment and Curricular Change in Higher Education. Editor, Marius Boboc. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, NL. In addition, Collins-Hall and Dr. Laura Palucki Blake presented "Engaging Students in Assessment of General Education Goals: From Guided Inquiry and Analysis to Improvement." AAC&U 2014 Conference "General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities" in Portland OR.

Meg DiSciorio ‘01 and Damon Runnals ‘01, theatre majors both, have been recognized for cutting edge work by American Theatre magazine in the February 2014 issue. Both moved to Minneapolis after graduation and founded the Swandive Theatre. Their production of a new play, "An Outopia for Pidgeons," received regional acclaim and is the subject of the article.

In February, Director of Campus Activities and Dewar Union Megan Fallon and Assistant Director of Campus Activities Alicia Bates attended the National Association for Campus Activities National Convention in Boston, MA. While we there, they delivered a presentation on OHFest with Bill Harcleroad from SUNY-Oneonta titled "2 gowns + 1 town= OHFest."

On March 3, Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley chaired a panel titled "Relatos Biograficos" at conference titled "El Significado de la Negritude/El Significado de ser Negro" at the University of Costa Rica.

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Stephen A. Kolenda has been selected as a Mellon Fellow and will accompany several other Asian Studies faculty in a study tour of India this June and July. Titled "India: Religion, Globalization, and the Environment in the 21st Century" and funded primarily by the Mellon Foundation, the 2014 India Seminar is part of the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program, Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. ASIANetwork is a consortium of 160 U.S. Liberal Arts colleges, including Hartwick. Fellows in the summer 2014 India Seminar will tour and study five south Indian sites, including the historic capital cities of Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Field study during the seminar will take Fellows to vital religious, historical, and environmental sites, many of which are also 21st century industrial, educational, and IT hubs, as well as important political centers. The seminar will focus on the contemporary interplay between these sometimes conflicting identities: the concern to balance development with environmental conservation, the challenges of pan-Asian globalization, and the difficulty of preserving ancient archaeological sites in a developing country.

Kolenda has just returned from a successful January term program taking business students to India along with co-Director Pinki Srivastava, Executive-in-Residence of Business Administration. Kolenda, has led similar J-term programs in China (2011 and 2012) and Thailand, as well as in Eastern Europe. He regularly teaches international business courses and his research interests include East Asian business practices and economic development in Southeast Asia.

Associate Dean and Director of US Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews was recently profiled in the Associated Press piece "NY Military Museum Plans Talk on Black Soldiers." Matthews delivered a presentation to the museum, located in Sharon Springs, NY, in late February. It focused on "United States Colored Troops, black soldiers and white officers, upon the uplifting of the African American population during and after the Civil War." The media coverage of the event featuring Matthews could be found from coast to coast.

Assistant Director of Career Services & Coordinator of Employer Relations Melissa Marietta recently received her certification to be a Global Career Development Facilitator. According to the National Career Development Association, the title "designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A Career Development Facilitator may serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, or workforce development staff person."

In February, Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn presented "Why They Fight," at the White Plains Library in Westchester County. Daniel Weinfield, co-director of programming, wrote that Quinn "drew the largest crowd we've seen since we started these talks two years ago and you had the audience's rapt attention throughout." The event was moved from the White Plains Historical Society's small meeting space to the library in order to accommodate overwhelming public response. Quinn's book on the subject, "Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers And Their ‘Hills' Community, Westchester County, NY," is scheduled for publication this fall.

Dan Riviello ‘08 has joined NickersonPR as a PR Manager. He comes to NickersonPR after serving as the Director of Communications and Media Relations at Cambridge Police Department for more than three and a half years. As a PR Manager, Riviello will oversee the planning, implementation and management of client and internal projects.

One faculty member, one alumnus, and four senior students from the Hartwick College Department of Economics will present at the Eastern Economic Association Meeting in Boston, MA in early March. Associate Professor of Economics Karl Seeley will present "Shifting Values: Efficiency and Debt Service in a No-Growth Economy"; Dan Parisian ‘10 will present "Do Unions Affect Hourly Pay? A Case Study of a Private Chemical Company"; Victor Angeline ‘14 will present "Does Juvenile Crime Impact Teacher Turnover?"; Dawn Rivers ‘14 will present "Behavioral Responses to Tax Incentives Among Small Business Taxpayers: An Analysis of the Sole Proprietor Capital Spending, 2000-2010"; Aaron Parisi ‘14 will present "Free Trade and Poverty: Can free trade help developing nations?"; and Christo Tarazi '14 will present "The Effect of Insurance Coverage on Healthcare Expenditure"

Professor of Biology Stanley K. Sessions has co-authored the following papers (asterisks indicate Hartwick students or alumni):

  • Murphy*, K., N. Logsdon, S.K. Sessions, and L. Hecker* (2013). Secreted factor(s) from young cells restores susceptibility to cell death in senescent myofibroblasts. Bios (in print).
  • Iizuka, K., S.K. Sessions, S. Yasugi, T. Nakazato, and Y. Takeuchi (2013). A comparative study of the form and evolutionary implications of the interdigital membrane of larval hynobiid salamanders. Herpetologia Petropolitana (N. Ananjeva and O. Tsinenko, eds.), 279-285.
  • Iizuka, K., Y. Matsuda, T. Yamada, T. Nakazato, and S. K. Sessions (2013) Chromosomal Localization of the 18S and 28S Ribosomal RNA Genes using FISH and AgNO3 banding in Hynobius quelpaertensis, H. tsuensis and Onychodactylus koreanus (Urodela: Hynobiidae). Current Herpetology 32:89-101.
  • Sessions, S.K. (2013). The Chromosomes of Terraranan Frogs: Insights into Vertebrate Cytogenetics. (Book Review) Copeia 1: 177-182.

Sessions delivered the following invited talks:

  • Of Frogs and Flukes: the Strange (on-going) Story of Deformed Amphibians. Ithaca College, September, 2013.
  • Of Frogs and Flukes: the Strange (on-going) Story of Deformed Amphibians. Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013.
  • Of Frogs and Flukes: the Strange (on-going) Story of Deformed Amphibians. University of Ljubljna, Slovenia, 2013.
  • Of Frogs and Flukes: the Strange (on-going) Story of Deformed Amphibians: an example of science in action at the undergraduate level. SUNY College at Oneonta, 2013.
  • The Cryptic Ones: Salamanders, Schuykill EcoArt Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2013 (with Brandon Ballengée).

Further, Sessions contributed the following talks and posters at conferences:

  • North East Regional Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, Woods Hole, MA, 2013: Extreme Heart Regeneration in Salamanders: Origin of the Stem Cells (with Louise Hecker* and Jessica Rodriguez*).
  • Regional meeting of the Tri-beta Biology Honors Society, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY 2013. Secreted factor(s) from young cells restores susceptibility to cell death in senescent myofibroblasts. (with Kayla Murphy*, K., N. Logsdon, and L. Hecker*).
  • Regional meeting of the Tri-beta Biology Honors Society, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY 2013. Offensive Tail Autotomy: Functional Morphology of Constriction-based Tail Autotomy in Plethodontid Salamanders (with M. Itgen*).

Professor of Psychology Lynn E. Strano was selected as a judge for the Teaching Resources competition sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The purpose of the Instructional Resource is to inspire the development of teaching resource materials which are posted on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website, available to interested teachers. This is the second year she has served as a judge.

Professor of English Tom Travisano's essay, "Elizabeth Bishop and Biography" is the lead item in the recently published "Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop," edited by Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis and published by Cambridge University Press. On March 5, Travisano gave an invited lecture at the University of Georgia titled "The Life of the Author: How Biography Can Inform Criticism."

Lecturer in English Emily Vogel has published a collaborative book of poetry with her husband, Joe Weil, which was released in August 2013. The book, "West of Home," was published by Blast Press and is available through online book retailers.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski has published "The Self that Recedes: A Phenomenology of Virtue" in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics, edited by Kevin Hermberg and Paul Gyllenhammer, (New York and London: Continuum Press, 2013) and "Heidegger, Arthur Fine, and the Natural Ontological Attitude," in Prolegomena, Volume 12:2, 2013. Wisnewski delivered a lecture titled "The Significance of Insignificance: Two Approaches to Learning to Die in an Egocentric World," at the Conference on Facing Death at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Further, he delivered "Racism, Torture, and Ticking Bombs," an invited lecture, at the Center for Ethics at California State University in Fresno.

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