Professional Notes

Professor of Anthropology David Anthony and his spouse, Dorcas Brown, who has taught at Hartwick as an adjunct, will publish the final report on their archaeological excavations near Samara, Russia from 1995-2002 in the Monumenta Archaeologica monograph series produced by the Cotsen Archaeological Institute at UCLA. The book, which Anthony and Brown have been editing and writing for four years, is provisionally titled The Samara Valley Project: A Bronze Age Landscape in the Russian Steppes. It contains specialist contributions from 25 authors in 18 chapters, four translated from Russian by Anthony. Nine Hartwick students participated in the excavations near Samara.

Further, Anthony attended a workshop on Archaeology and Ancient DNA at Harvard University in late March, organized by David Reich of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Harvard Medical School. The workshop was limited to about 25 invited participants representing the two fields. Dr. Reich, who is well known for his research on Neanderthal DNA, last year built a new state-of-the-art lab at Harvard for the recovery of ancient DNA, and the first trial set of human bones processed in the lab was a sample of 66 human skeletons from Dr. Anthony's excavations in Russia near Samara. Reich and Anthony will collaborate on the publication of those results in the future.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geology Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad has co-authored a paper titled "Cation uptake and allocation by red pine seedlings under cation-nutrient stress in a column growth experiment," which will appear in Plant and Soil. The paper is the result of collaborative National Science Foundation grant-funded research between scholars from Hartwick, Washington State University, Brigham Young University, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the USDA-ARS, Root Disease and Biological Control Research Unit at WSU.

Assistant Director of Campus Activities Alicia Bates attended the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid Atlantic Festival in East Stroudsburg, PA from March 21-22, where she volunteered as the Logistics Coordinator. On March 21 she presented "Assessment: Don't Let It Be Your Missing Link". She published an article by the same title in the April 2014 edition of the NACA Campus Activities Programming Magazine.

Professor of Nursing Dr. Penny Boyer and Carolyn Dudden ‘14 attended the Eastern Nursing Research Society annual conference in Philadelphia April 9-11. At this conference, Dudden obtained professional experience in presenting a poster based on their joint research project, Political Participation in Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brent DeLanoy was recently awarded an SLS Fellowship to study writing abroad with the Summer Literary Seminars. He intends to study in Kenya this December. At the end of May, DeLanoy will present a paper titled "Geocaching the Memoir: Mapping Technology and the Writing Process" at the Higher Education Teaching and Learning conference in Anchorage, AK.

Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder presented "Whither Republican Women in New England?" at the 201 New England Political Science Conference in Woodstock, VT in late April. With collaborator Steven Greene she presented "Exploring the Parent Gap in Europe" at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL in early April. In March, she presented "The Politics of Parenthood and Presidential Elections" at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Elder's review of the book "Mothers, Daughter, and Political Socialization: Two Generations at an American Women's College" by Krista Jenkins will soon appear in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.

Professor of Sociology Reid Golden served as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education evaluation team for Susquehanna University in March.

Professor Emerita of Art Roberta Griffith, one of eleven artists selected for the Artists of Hawai'i 2013 exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art, is the subject of a glowing review by curator James Jensen in CFile Online. Griffith is included in a new exhibition PRINT paper + sandbox at Galerie 103 in Kukui'ula, Kaua'i, Hawaii until May 3. Along with other artists such as Jean Cocteau, Tom Lieber, HC. Westermann and Sally French, the exhibition examines traditional and contemporary printmaking in an effort to challenge conventional limits and technique.

The research of Dr. Louise Hecker '00 was recently featured on the cover of Science Translational Medicine. She will soon publish "NADH Oxidase-4 Mediates Myofibroblast Activation and Fibrogenic Responses to Lung Injury" in Nature Medicine and "Reversal of Persistent Fibrosis in Aging by Targeting Nox4-Nrf2 Redox Imbalance" in Science Translational Medicine.

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard was quoted in February article in The Atlantic titled "The Rise of the Man-gagement Ring," which examined the phenomenon of male engagement rings. The piece was reposted widely across the Internet.

Taylor Jaquays ‘15, who is studying abroad this semester at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France, participated in the 11th annual international student conference on U.S.-European relations, "Peace and Conflict in an Age of Total Surveillance." There, he engaged with students from programs in France,
Belgium, Germany, Romania, Luxemburg and Italy. Participants discussed issues ranging from the role of whistleblowers to the average citizen's willingly surrendering privacy.

Associate Professor of Biology Mark Kuhlmann attended the Bahamas Natural History Conference, March 3-5 in Nassau, The Bahamas, and presented a poster titled "The San Salvador Volunteer Lionfish Survey Project" on an ongoing research project he is conducting at San Salvador, The Bahamas, in conjunction with the Gerace Research Centre.

Brittany McCabe '14, a biology major, gave an oral presentation of her senior research project at the 2nd Bahamas Natural History Conference held in Nassau, The Bahamas from March 3-7. The title of her talk was "Prey selection by Octopus vulgaris at San Salvador, The Bahamas: Do individuals specialize?" She did the field work for the project during J Term 2013 on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas at the Gerace Research Centre. Just before the conference, her research was also featured in Abaco Science, a blog about research in the Bahamas. McCabe also presented her senior research project at the TriBeta NE-1 District Convention at the College of Mount Saint Vincent on April 26. The title of her talk was "Prey selection by Octopus vulgaris at San Salvador, The Bahamas: Do individuals specialize?" It won third prize for oral presentations.

Frances Nesi ‘13 has been accepted to a six-month nursing program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Brunswick, NJ called "Periop 101." It is designed to train new graduates and non-operating room nurses how to work in the OR.

Keith O'Connor '15, a geology and environmental chemistry double major, was invited to give a presentation "Geochemical Analysis of a Glacially Formed Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park, NY" at the Eastern NY ACS 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 16, 2014 at Siena College. O'Connor's research was last summer was funded by the Environmental Science and Policy Pine Lake Research Scholarship, which provided the base for his two year research project under the supervision of Dr. Z. Balogh-Brunstad.

In February, 2014, Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell was invited to participate in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies Women's History month and President's Lecture Series on Diversity at the University of Toledo. She delivered a talk, "Fair Trade and Transnational Solidarity" and her colleague, Rosalinda Santiz Diaz, Director, K'inal Antzetik and former president of the Jolom Mayaetik cooperative, spoke on "Walking in Women's Land: Indigenous Women's Rights in Chiapas, Mexico."

In March, O'Donnell co­-chaired a session titled "Indigenous Rights: Global and Local at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference (SFAA), Albuquerque." Her paper was titled, "Weaving resistance­ Gender, Culture, and Collective Rights: Jolom Mayaetik Cooperative and K'inal Antzetik, NGO."

Anne Roberts '07 recently earned her Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and simultaneously announced publication of her first paper on heavy metal accumulation in plants in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

As Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak's Edgar Allen Poe statue destined for Boston begins to take shape, media has begun to take notice. Rocknak and her work were the subject of a Canada-wide report by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She was also the subject of a story on the Internet stalwart Huffington Post, as well as a bevy of other web sites. She and a photo of the statue model were featured in the Boston Globe. According to a report on WBUR, the statue is schedule to be unveiled in Poe's hometown of Boston on Saturday, October 4.

Geff Stopper '00 has achieved tenure at Sacred Heart University, where he is now Associate Professor of Biology. Stopper worked on salamander limb development and evolution for his senior thesis in Hartwick Professor of Biology Stan Sessions' Amphibian Research Laboratory, and continued that work as a doctoral student at Yale where he earned his Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology Sarah G. Whiteford presented a paper at the Spring 2014 International Organization of Social Science & Behavioral Research Conference, held April 10-11 in Atlantic City, NJ. Her paper was titled "You ‘Overheard' What?! A Quantitative Analysis of Comments Overheard on College Campuses."

Catherine Winters '14, an environmental chemistry major, presented her Environmental Protection Agency-funded research project, "Water quality assessment of the Ouleout Creek in upstate New York," at the 247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas, TX, March 16-20 2014. Winters has been working on this project for the last two years under the supervision of Dr. Balogh-Brunstad.

Lecturer in English Karyn Moyer Zapach ‘99 has won the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. In addition to Hartwick, Moyer Zapach also teaches at Broome County Community College (SUNY). The annual SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence recognizes the demonstrated expertise, dedication, and commitment of adjunct faculty members teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels in the SUNY system. The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence has been given to professors, librarians, and staff for a number of years; 2014 is the first year it has been awarded to adjuncts.

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