Professional Notes: March 2013

Logan Adsit '11, a third generation resident of Chenango County, spoke on behalf of Save The Southern Tier, a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in New York, at a major rally in Albany on Monday, February 4.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio has been busy. He published a chapter, "Peasants and Pirámides: Consumer Fantasies in the Colombian Andes", in the edited volume Consumer Culture in Latin America (Palgrave MacMillan 2012).  He was the co-author of "Rafael Correa's Multicolored Dream Shirt: Commerce, Creativity, and National Identity in Post-Neoliberal Ecuador" with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld and Paola Mantilla in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (November 2012). Also in November, he presented a paper titled "The Fame of Social Sharing: Lessons from an Anthropology of Value" at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, CA. The presentation was part of a panel called Sharing Anthropology: Theorizing Anthropological Research in the Age of Social Media. Antrosio's own blog, "Living Anthropologically," was featured in Science magazine's December 21 issue as part of the article "An Annus Horribilis for Anthropology?" by Ann Gibbons.

Alicia Bates, Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Dewar Union, presented the National Association for Campus Activities National Convention on February 17 in Nashville, TN. Her presentation was titled "Catching Fire - Leading with Intention: How to Create an Effective Leadership Training Program for Students", and focused on helping new professionals and graduate students learn how to create an effective leadership training program incorporating multiple NACA Core Competencies.

Ron Brzenk, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper at the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematics Association of American in San Diego on January 9. The title of the paper was "A Capstone Course - Assessed/Revised".

Associate Professor of Psychology KinHo Chan and senior Megan Clampitt '13 attended and presented research at the 2013 Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York City from March 1-4. The title of their presentation was "Effects of a high-fat high-dextrose diet on discrimination reversal and latent reversal in Sprague-Dawley rats."

Executive Director of Information Technology Davis Conley and Hartwick's approach to handling security on the wireless network in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world were given mention in a recent article on TechTarget. Hartwick began using wireless access points and security software Identity Manager (IDM) from Meru Networks in its academic/administrative buildings in August 2012.

Brittany Decker '09, CRNA, and Melissa Worthington '09, CRNA have both recently joined the staff of Bassett Healthcare as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Lecturer in Music Ana Laura Gonzalez appears on a recently released CD of the works of Argentinian composer Pablo Aguirre. The record is titled "Buenos Aires Hechicera" and features pianist Natalia Gonzalez Figueroa, among other instrumentalists.

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard was quoted at length in Lawrence Business Magazine's December coverage of independent department stores titled "The Gift in Downtown." Howard will also chair a panel titled "How Language Shapes Business Practice" at the Business History Conference in Columbus, OH in late March.

Professor of Religious Studies Sandy Huntington organized a panel for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, which was held in Chicago, IL last fall. His panel - on which he also presented a paper titled "The Triumph of Narcissism" -- was called "Buddhism and Psychology:  Methodological and Critical Analyses." 

Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher will speak at the Society for Photographic Education's sold out 2013 conference. Her presentation is titled "The Feedback Loop of Contemporary Feminisms: Teaching, Learning, and Making." Additional panel members include Ann Kaplan, Patricia Lois Nuss, Laurie Schorr, and Marcia Vaitsman. Kreisher has been an active member of SPE's Women's Caucus since its inception, and she has seen the women's caucus, as well as the multicultural and LGBT caucuses that developed later, expand the professional dialogue and broaden the membership of the organization. The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services, and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sara Rinfret is the co-author with Jeff Cook of Colorado State University of an article in the forthcoming edition of Review of Policy Research. The piece is titled "The EPA Regulates GHG Emissions: Is Anyone Paying Attention?". She will present a paper titled "Environmental Regulators: A View from the States" at the Western Political Science Conference in Hollywood, CA inMarch, and will chair a panel on "Agenda Setting and Environmental Policy" at the same conference.

A model of Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak's sculpture of Edgar Allen Poe was featured in the January 12 edition of The Boston Globe. In February, Rocknak's work was also featured in The Key Reporter, a Phi Beta Kappa publication. Rocknak's work will be included in the Fountain Air Fair in New York City from March 8-10. The show "has grown to represent over 60 international avant garde galleries and projects, showcasing progressive primary-market works in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles."

Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene will present "Research and Writing as a Part of a Studio Practice" at the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference in Houston, TX in March. She will be joined at the conference by six students, Kimberley DeMartino '12 (Art Intern), Elliot Henry '13, Maxwell Holden '15, Erica Cantwell '14, Hope Irion '13, and Ryan Townsend '13.

On January 28, 2013, Associate Professor of Economics Karl Seeley gave a lecture at Vyskoká škola mezinárodních a veřejných vztahů Praha (College of International and Public Relations) in Prague. The talk was titled, "Je Bůh s námi? Ekonomie u hranic Přírody" (Is God on our side? Economics at the borders of Nature), and it reframes economics as a component of the natural sciences. The approach is to view the economy as an ecosystem populated by humans and derive the social-science aspect of economics from ecological principles.

Professor of Biology Stanley K. Sessions and frequent collaborator Brandon Ballengée have mounted a new exhibit of their SciArt work at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1965, The Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. "The Cryptic Ones" will be on display through March 16. "The salamander 'portraits' in this exhibition were made as part of their Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York during 2000 through 2001. They have shown these works nationally and internationally including at exhibitions in Canada, China, England, Italy and elsewhere."

Professor of Geology Robert Titus and his wife, Johanna, have kept up their busy schedule. The couple was recently interviewed by bothHudson Valley Magazine and the Poughkeepsie Press. They have consulted with Greene County residents on planning geology tourism trails, and have offered presentations Saugerties, the Winter Festival in Manorkill State Park, and at the Hudson Valley Mineral Club in Poughkeepsie. Catskills Public Broadcasting (WJFF) broadcast their talk in Livingston Manor. Bob was the keynote speaker at Ulster Cornell Cooperative Extension's February meeting.

Larry Weill '77 has published his latest book, and first novel. "Adirondack Trail of Gold" was recently released by North Country Books. His other works are about life in the Adironack Mountains, based on his experiences there as a Wilderness Park Ranger from 1979 to 1981. They include "Excuse Me, Sir ... Your Socks Are on Fire" (2005), "Pardon Me, Sir ... There's a Moose in Your Tent" (2007), and "Forgive Me, Ma'am ... Bears Don't Wear Blue" (2009).