Professional Notes: October 2012

Professor of English Robert Bensen is featured as "Living Poet" in the spring 2012 edition of The Hardy Review, the journal of the Thomas Hardy Association. Editor Rosemarie Morgan wrote of Bensen's featured poetry "The virtuoso technique of his poems is impressive and gratifying, but even more so are his handling of the classic themes of love and death--and the unending struggle of art and language to come to terms with those great human puzzles. I suspect Hardy would nod his approval."

Professor of Economics Carli Ficano has authored two new articles. The first, titled "Business Churn and the Retail Giant: Establishment Birth and Death from Wal-Mart's Entry" will appear in the December 2012 edition of Social Science Quarterly. She has also authored "Peer effects in college academic outcomes - Gender matters!" The piece will be published in the December 2012 edition of Economics of Education Review.

Professor Emerita of Art Roberta Griffith, who retired from Hartwick in 2008 after 42 years teaching art, is among 11 artists selected from a field of 341 throughout the state of Hawaii whose work will appear in "Artists of Hawai'I" at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The exhibit will be on display from September 19 to November 24, 2013. Griffith and the other artists now have more than 10 months to create a body of work forArtists of Hawai'i 2013. During that time, the curators will work with them to develop and select a group of works to show with the other selected artists. "This is such an exciting opportunity," Griffith said. "I'm psyched!"

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard continues to be a press resource on the topics of her scholarship. In September, Howard was cited in an article by Katrina Onstad in The Globe and Mail titled "Why do engagement rings still matter?" She was interviewed at length by Rob Bates, senior editor of jewelry industry periodical JCK Magazine for "Independent Jewelers Have Reportedly Been Dying for 100 Years" Howard also authored a piece for Bloomberg in October titled "Why Grooms Wear Wedding Bands but Not Engagement Rings". "In the 1930s, Fortune magazine called weddings a 'depression-proof' business; these days, the term is 'recession resistant,'" Howard wrote. "That isn't exactly true, but there's no denying that the U.S. wedding industry is big business today: Even in a sluggish economy, the average cost of a wedding in 2011 was $26,501, according to a Brides magazine survey."

Qi Liao '05, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Central Michigan University, has won an award in the annual IEEE VisWeek held on October 14-19th, 2012 in Seattle, WA. Liao and his collaborators received the award for their paper "Investigating Network Traffic through Compressed Graph Visualization" in recognition for their "Good Adaptation of Graph Analysis Techniques."

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sara Rinfret and Michelle Pautz, assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton, have been invited by the US Environmental Protection Agency to lead a workshop December 11-12 titled "Next Generation Environmental Compliance". The workshop will explore "ways regulations can be designed and implemented to achieve high compliance without relying on extensive government site inspection and enforcement actions." Rinfret and Pautz will discuss their latest research, theory, evaluation, policy and best practices. Rinfret is also the author, with Scott Furlong, of a chapter in the "Oxford Handbook of Environmental Policy". The book, edited by Sheldon Kamieniecki and Michael Kraft, was issued by Oxford University Press in September, 2012. Rinfret and Furlong's chapter is titled "Defining Environmental Rulemaking".

Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak was recently featured in the online newsletter of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/ German Academic Exchange Service. Similar to the Fulbright International Exchange Program in the US, DAAD is "a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm." Rocknak received a DAAD to study in Germany in 1998.