Professional Notes: September 2009

Professor of Biology Mary Allen and R. A. Gyure authored Using Microbial Ecology to Teach Experimental Design and Sampling Methods at The American Society for Microbiology's MicrobeLibrary.org.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio, together with lead author Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld of UNC-Chapel Hill, published a co-authored work titled Economic Clusters or Cultural Commons? The Limits of Competition-Driven Development in the Ecuadorian Andes in the Latin American Research Review. In this piece, the researchers analyze results of ethnographic fieldwork on textile production in two Ecuadorian towns. They question the accepted premise that neoliberal capitalism foments market competition, instead focusing on the promotion of competitive advantage, a subtle difference that underscores how firms collaborate and create shared resources. They conclude that this process creates a cultural commons that must be regenerated and defended to sustain economic development.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad was awarded the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to study root-microbe-mineral interfaces to improve sustainable forest management. The two-year fellowship will be completed at University of Copenhagen, Chemistry Department, NanoGeoScience Group.

Professor of English Robert Bensen's essay "Prosper's Book Undrowned: The Figure of the Book in Derek Walcott's Another Life (1973)" appeared in the July 2009 issue of the Icfai University (India) Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Poems from Bensen's "Two Dancers" collection enjoyed a 19-month exhibition in the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY. A number of the poems were displayed in a large gallery with Charles Bremer's photographs, taken in collaboration with the poetry. The NMD show was the fifth exhibition for the work.

Instructor in Theatre Gary Burlew designed lighting for Orpheus Theatre's productions of "A Chorus Line," "Crazy for You," and "Beauty and the Beast." This summer he will be designing lighting for "Round and Round the Garden," "Always Patsy Cline," and "Smokey Joe's Café" at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY.

Professor of English David Cody's essay on "Hawthorne as Burrower" appeared in the first issue of a new annual called Literature in the Early American Republic. His essay "Souls at a White Heat: Dickinson and the Azarian School" is forthcoming in The Emily Dickinson Journal, and an essay on Hawthorne will be appearing in an upcoming issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Last summer, he gave papers on Dickinson at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco and on Hawthorne at the Hawthorne Society conference at Bowdoin. He will be giving another paper ("Hawthorne and the Mammoth Rat") at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in Boston.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson presented a poster: "Introduction of green chemistry in the undergraduate organic laboratory using the Diels-Alder reaction," Schultz. V.L. and Erickson, M.S., at the 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC on August 17, 2009. Victor Schultz graduated in May, and the project was funded by the Freedman Prize. In addition, he co-authored "Student Solutions Manual to Accompany Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, and Farrell 'Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry'" and "Instructor's Manual to Accompany Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, and Farrell 'Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry'."

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Malissa Kano-White traveled to Whitley Co., KY this summer to present a multifaceted theatre program titled "Roots and Shoots." Drawing upon the rich heritage and natural beauty of Whitley County, "Roots and Shoots" is a series of interconnected theatre classes designed to cultivate individual creative expression through writing and performance for participants of all ages. Classes included Oral History, Creative Drama, and Creative Performance.

Susan Navarette, Babcock Professor of English, presented research at the 14th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society for Textual Studies, held at New York University in March 2009. Her talk, "Sumptuous Seaming: Fashion, Class, and Desire in Mid-20th-Century Home Couture," examined the social, cultural, and historical influences operating upon a small but historically significant class of American women.

Professor of English Margaret K. Schramm presented two conference papers in June: "Grace Paley's New Yorkers and Mrs. Dalloway's Londoners" at the 19th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, "Woolf and the City," June 4-7, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center; "Racism in Dorothy West's Mother-Daughter Relationships" at the 2009 Black New England Conference; "New England: Beyond Black & White," June 11-14, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In June she completed a co-authored "Review of the Gustavus Adolphus College English Department" in St. Peter, MN.

Assistant Professor of English Rob Seguin's "Cosmic Upset: Cultural Revolution and the Contradictions of Zora Neale Hurston" was published in the April 2009 issue of Modernism/Modernity.

Professor of Biology Stan Sessions' latest paper is out in the international journal Chromosome Research. It is a paper on Charles Darwin in honor of his 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book The Origin of Species.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Mark Shaw's "Unpacking the Pinteresque in The Dumb Waiter and Beyond" was published in Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, ed. Mary F. Brewer. (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2009). Shaw has an essay forthcoming on playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute in a collection on masculinities and different media (MacFarland Press, 2009). His chapter "Barack Obama and his Masculinities" will appear in a collection he is co-editing (Indiana University Press, 2010). Shaw also published reviews on LaBute and a series of actor-training DVDs. He presented at the Popular Culture regional conference in Niagara Falls on Improbable--a London-based theatre troupe--and he attended the Comparative Drama conference, where he met Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel Prize winner.

This summer, Assistant Professor of Physics Parker Troischt presented his work on black holes at two conferences. First, he gave a talk "Relativistic MHD Wave Scattering from a Black Hole" at the Eastern Gravity Meeting at Rochester, NY. This conference brings together experts in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity to discuss results and future directions of gravitational research, including gravitational wave detection. He also presented this work at the prestigious Windows on the Universe conference in Blois, France. This conference brings together a community of internationally recognized scholars in all areas of astronomy (cosmic rays, visual and radio astronomy, neutrinos, gravitation, cosmology, particle physics, pulsars, etc). The focus of the conference is to present recent progress in astronomy using a wide variety of techniques in experimental, observational, and theoretical research. Among the conference participants were six Nobel Prize winners in physics. This work was supported by a Hartwick College Faculty Research Grant.

Professor of Art Phil Young's photographs were included in the third issue of Stone Canoe, a journal of arts and ideas from across upstate New York. The issue coincides with an exhibit on display through February 28 at the Delavan Art Gallery in Syracuse.