Professional Notes: September 2011

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio has authored two new pieces: a book review of "Ugly Stories of the Peruvian Agrarian Reform" by Enrique Mayer. He praises the book, but argues the title "potentially places the work within a genre that would jeopardize its contribution." Antrosio also contributed an online article, "Anthropology and the Economists Without History" to the collaborative online project called anthropologies. This piece drew on his participation in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Teaching the History of Political Economy" (Duke University, June 2010).

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geology, was a co-organizer and co-leader of a session titled as "Where Minerals Meet Life: Organic Matter Turnover in the Critical Zone" at the Goldschmidt International Geochemistry Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, August 2011. She presented some of her current research findings about fungal weathering of silicate minerals from three watersheds of the Critical Zone Observatory in the Czech Republic.

Balogh-Brunstad also co-authored three other presentations: 1) with Kimberly Negrich '11 a Hartwick geology graduate, who presented her senior research findings at this conference about "Characterization of the microbe-biotite interface on field samples from a mine site, Derome, Sweden"; 2) about "The Scale Factor in the Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Weathering Debate" presented by a researcher from Hasselt University in Belgium; 3) about "Geochemical and ecological models of plant-driven chemical weathering: Insights into the sinks for atmospheric CO2" with researchers at Washington State University, Allegheny College, PA and the Forest Service in Corvallis, OR.

Balogh-Brunstad spent several weeks at Washington State University, Pullman, WA and the Pacific North West National Laboratory, Richland, WA working on the role of biofilm in weathering process with two Hartwick geology majors, Sheila Niedziela '13 and Kyle Greenberg '13 using state-of-the-art scanning and transmission electron microscopes and helium ion microscopy.

Assistant Director of Annual Giving Paul Bliss attended the CASE ASAP Conference in Nashville, TN in August with Leah Mooradian '13 andCourtney Martindale '13. Bliss and students attend the conference annually to represent 'Wick Student Alumni Association.

In August, Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson presented the paper "Developing Green Diels-Alder Reactions for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory" at the 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, Colorado. The paper was the culmination of three years of research performed by Erickson and three Hartwick students.

Professor of Economics Carlena Cochi Ficano will see her piece, "Business Churn and the Retail Giant: Establishment Birth and Death from Wal-Mart's Entry," published in Social Science Quarterly at a date to be determined.

Professor of German Wendell Frye presented a paper on "Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg Dichtung und Wahrheit" at the Medieval-Renaissance Conference on September 17 at the University of Virginia at Wise.

Professor Emeritus Charles Hartley of the Department of Physics won the Grand Prize at the 76th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY for his painting "Lotus & water Lilies".

Jeanne-Marie E. Havener, Ph.D., APRN, CNS/FNP, Chair and Professor of Nursing, has been named a Research Associate at Bassett Medical Center's Research Institute.

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard continues to be a major resource for reporters writing on the wedding industry - the subject of Howard's most recent warmly received book, "Brides, Inc.". She has appeared as an expert in the following publications: Sunday New York Times ("A Last Sweep of the Gown"), The Daily ("The Found of Bride Inc."), Minneapolis Star Tribune (on the British Royal Wedding), and The Daily Star (on the same subject).

As a Julia Thompson Elting Teaching/ Research Award recipient, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Malissa Kano-White directed Steel Magnolias in June.  Her research project, the Interplay Theatre Project, is committed to creating an intergenerational theatre ensemble dedicated to giving voice to people of all ages through educational, community outreach and entertainment.  The talented company featured a current student, three alumni and two faculty members in the cast while three current students - Emmy BrakyeKyrie McCormick and Mark DeRoziere - were awarded professional internships funded by the Hartwick College Faculty Research Grants Program.

In July, Kano-White presented an excerpt-reading of her new play, The Wishing Rose, at the America Alliance of Theatre and Education in Chicago.  While in Chicago she also attended the Young Playwrights Inc. Teacher Training Institute.  She will continue to utilize techniques learned in this workshop in her First Year Seminar- Write Out Loud course through a partnership with Center Street Elementary Young Playwrights' Project. She continues to work on her full length play, Come Home A Stranger, and seek production opportunities for original short works.

In June, Associate Professor of Biology Mark Kuhlmann attended the 14th Natural History Conference at the Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas. At the conference, he presented a paper, coauthored with Professor of Biology Doug Hamilton, titled "Observations of extremely shallow-water habitat use by ocean triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen, at San Salvador Island, The Bahamas" They have submitted this paper as a manuscript for possible publication in the forthcoming "Proceedings" volume from this conference. Their paper demonstrates findings of a new, shallow water habitat for Ocean Triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen).

Kuhlmann also submitted several photographs to the 3rd Annual Gerace Research Centre Photography Contest.  The photos were taken during recent January Terms during the off-campus course, "Island Biogeography," he co-lead with Hamilton.  Two photos were selected as finalists in the competition. 

Associate Professor and Chair of Music Diane Paige has been appointed Arkell Hall Foundation Chair in the Arts and will serve in the post for the next three years. Paige succeeds Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher in the endowed chair for the performing arts.

Paige and Associate Professor of Art History Douglas Zullo were invited to present a lecture on the Music and Art of World War II on Friday, July 29 as part of the 10th Anniversary programming of the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning in Manchester, VT. Their multi-media presentation explored a wide range of music and visual art created in response to the war, from the Weimar Republic, allied and Nazi propaganda, and music from the ghettos and concentration camps  through Rosie the Riveter, the Japanese internment camps, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.

Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn presented "Beyond Fort Wagner: Elmira Men Serving in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry," at the Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, NY, May 12, 2011. She was a Panel Commentator at the Conference on New York State History: "Blacks in New York City History," June 3, 2011, NYSHA, Cooperstown. This spring and summer, she participated in collaborative research & writing with student Rebecca Flynn '12 for the International Conference for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Paper submitted August 5, 2011: "Unequal Education: How the Brown v. Board of Education decision can be applied in rural West Virginia." Quinn also submitted a book proposal reviewer for Routledge Press, "Rethinking the American Environmental Movement," June 2011, and presented "Healing a Mastectomy Scar; Creating a Life Line," DAR, Oneonta area chapter. February 12, 2011.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sara Rinfret presented "Protecting the Environment: The EPA's New Approach." At the 2011 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. She has recently published (or had accepted: Rinfret, Sara R. and Michelle Pautz. 2012. "Making Sense of the Front-Lines: Environmental Regulators in Ohio and Wisconsin." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Rinfret, Sara R. 2011. "Cleaning up the Air: The EPA and Shuttle Diplomacy." Environmental Practice 13 (3): 1-8. Rinfret, Sara R. 2011. "Frames of Influence: U.S. Environmental Rulemaking Case Studies." Review of Policy Research 28 (3): 231-245.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak showed her sculpture in "Figurative Wood Sculpture: Process and Techniques," at Camden Yacht Club, Camden, ME, as well as at Windows on 5th 2011, Saks 5th Ave. NY, NY (two pieces, including a collaborative piece with Yoav Lieberman). Her model of the Venus of Lespugue for artist Robert Morris was to be enlarged and cast as a nine-foot-tall bronze for installation in Villa Celle, Pistoia, Italy and Berlin Germany. Rocknak also won first prize in the sculpture category for her piece, "The Queen," at 2.5 K; International 2010-11 ARC Salon.

In July, she gave a reply to Dan Kervick's "Hume's Perceptual Relationism," at the 38th Hume Society Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011. (On the 300th anniversary of Hume's birth, the conference featured on the BBC.)

Professor of Geology Robert Titus is very involved in covering the story of this summer's Catskills for the newspapers and magazines for which he writes his popular columns, including the Register Star Hudson Valley newspaper chain, The Woodstock Times and Kaatskill Life. He will have several newspaper articles out soon and a major article in Kaatskill Life in December. This summer, Titus evaluated a quarry owned by benefactors of the Woodstock Land Conservancy as a service to the group. He presented "The Catskill Delta before the Kingston Historical Society and lectured on Hudson Valley Ice Age history for Acra Agroforestry Society in July. In September, Titus led a geology hike down Cathedral Gorge for the Ashokan Preserve, and offered a lecture on the Catskills Flooding on the Hartwick campus.

Assistant Professor of Physics Parker Troischt presented "HI Deficiency Estimates in Galaxy Group WBL 368" at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) national meeting in Boston, MA. He gave a talk at NSF-funded ALFALFA Summer Workshop at Union College titled "HI Deficiency Calculations and Dynamical Mass Estimates in ALFALFA Based Galaxy Groups" and presented entitled "Determination of HI Deficiency in Galaxy Group WBL 368"at the international Galaxy Formation conference in Durham, UK in July. An academic paper with co-authors, (& lead author Martha Haynes from Cornell University) titled "The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey: The alpha.40 HI Source Catalog, its Characteristics and their Impact on the Derivation of the HI Mass Function"will appear in the Astronomical Journal in November 2011.

Troischt was a faculty mentor to three students this summer for research project titled "Analysis of Galaxy Group WBL 368: HI Deficiencies, Star Formation Rates and Dynamical Masses" which was awarded a $4,500 National Science Foundation ALFALFA research award. He gave a talk, "From Clusters to Cosmology: Using Mathematics to Solve Some of Astronomy's Biggest Problems," at the Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Department Seminar at SUNY Oneonta on September 1, 2011. Troischt will be observing using the world's largest radio telescope, the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC)'s 1000-footradio telescope at Arecibo - remotely from Hartwick College - at the end of September for two nights.

Brill a Press in Leiden has published a book entitled Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World, edited by Thomas Max Safley, which contains a chapter by Professor of History Peter Wallace. His contribution is titled "Multiconfessionalism in the Holy Roman Empire: The Case of Colmar, 1550-1750."

Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman was involved in two presentations at the 2011 American Psychological Association convention in Washington, DC. The first: Wellman, J. A., Lanza, S. A., Wetzel. L. A., Di Lernia, M. G., & Lyons, C. S. (2011, August) Incorporating defensive pessimism into the goal priority theory of optimism and goal pursuit. Poster presented at the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

The second, presented by Lauren Wetzel '12, was the result of her 2010 Freedman Prize-winning project:  Wetzel, L. A., Wellman, J. A., & Heyduk, R. (2011, August). Personality and music performance: The interactive and main effects of optimism and audience composition on music performance anxiety. Poster presented at the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Associate Professor and Chair of Accounting Penny Wightman presented an Effective Learning Strategy Session and discussed two papers at the American Accounting Association 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in August.