Professional Notes: May 2013

Professor of Biology Mary E. Allen and Professor of Economics Carli Ficano will lead a seminar titled "Collaborative Teaching Across Academic Divisions: A Course Model on the Biology and Economics of Fermentation" at Susquehanna University in May, 2013, as part of a workshop titled "Strange Brews: Mixing Disciplines to Create Academically Stimulating Experiences." The invitation to present was initiated through the NY-PA Consortium Advancing Faculty Excellence. Allen presented a poster of the same title at the PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Meeting on April 13, 2013 at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Allen is also co-author with Professor of Biology Ruth Gyure, Western Connecticut State University, of a publication titled "An Undergraduate Laboratory Activity Demonstrating Bacteriophage Specificity," which will appear in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, Vol. 14 Issue 1 in May, 2013.

On April 5, Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio gave an invited seminar talk for the Anthropology Department at Binghamton University titled "Blogging Violence, Jared Diamond, and the Ethnographic Record." He argued we should carefully examine Jared Diamond's use of ethnography in his recent bestseller, The World Until Yesterday, and re-visit anthropological ideas about human nature and interconnection. He also presented a lunch workshop on how to take anthropology online. Antrosio's blog was recently recognized by his peers. Writing for the Orlando Sentinel, guest columnists Ty Matejowsky and Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster wrote ... "Antrosio's Living Anthropologically blog and the 'This is Anthropology' initiative, a "jargon-free" website with the purpose of informing the public about anthropology, are well ahead of the curve in this way, providing anthropological perspectives on relevant social issues that are both accessible and engaging."

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, assistant professor of chemistry and geology, delivered an invited talk on "Microbes in the Weathering Environment" at the Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Bretton Woods, NH, March 2013. She presented a summary of several years of research about fungal and bacterial weathering of silicate minerals in collaboration with C. K. Keller at Washington State University and S. L. S. Stipp at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. This work was funded by a collaborative National Science Foundation grant and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to Balogh-Brunstad. 

Megan Campbell '13, a German major from Rutland, MA, has accepted a teaching assistantship in Austria for 2013-14.

Associate Professor of Psychology KinHo Chan and psychology students Sabrina Jones '14, Justin Cyr '14, Ryan Staudle '14, Samantha Van Patten '13, and Brittany Rhinehart '14 presented research at the 2013 NorthEast Undergraduate Research On Neuroscience (NEURON) Conference at Quinipiac University , CT on April 7. The title of their presentation was "Effects of Saturated and Poly-Unsaturated Fats on Aggressive Behaviors and Acquisition of Stimulus Discrimination."

Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson and his students presented the following posters on April 8, 2013 at the American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, LA: "Objective measures of similarity for analogue relationships" with Alexandra Draiss '13, and "Green Diels-Alder reactions as an introduction to green chemistry" with Mercy Alila '13.

Rebecca Fell '02 was recently interviewed for National Public Radio's coverage of an exhibit of rare glass-plate photographs at The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum in Big Cypress, FL.

Professor of Sociology Reid Golden was a member of a Middle States Commission on Higher Education decennial accreditation team evaluating the Antillian Adventist University in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Brian Hagenbuch, director of Hartwick's Pine Lake Institute, and Peter Fauth, associate professor of biology, were co-presenters (with Tom Hughes of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreations, and Historic Preservation and Julie Lundgren of the New York Natural Heritage Program) of "Teaching, Research, and Collaboration: A Public-Private Partnership Model at Robert V. Riddell State Park." The group presented the poster - which detailed efforts at long-term collaborative research at the park - at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield, MA from April 14 to 16.

Assistant Professor of English Julie Suarez Hayes was made a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., in December, in Greenwich, CT.

Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley was recently interviewed by Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, on the subject of runaway slaves in Mexico. Kelley also authored "Scrambling for Slaves: Captive Sales in Colonial South Carolina," which appeared in the March 2013 issue of the journal Slavery and Abolition, and examines a little-known method of selling African captives in 18th-century South Carolina.

This year, the winners of the "Up & Coming Attorney" award handed out by the Rochester, NY legal newspaper, The Daily Record, are all Hartwick alumni. Jen Lunsford '04, Greg Nearpass '00, and Megan (Molak) Dorritie '98 all took home the prestigious local award, which is given to young attorneys who show a strong commitment to their profession early in their careers.

Brittany McCabe '14, a biology major doing her senior thesis project under the supervision of Associate Professor of Biology Mark Kuhlmann, applied for and received a grant from Sigma Xi, a national scientific professional association, to support field research at the Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas, this past J Term. Her project is titled "Prey Selection by Octopus vulgarisat San Salvador, Bahamas: Do individuals specialize?"

Resident Artist in Voice Steven Nanni has returned from a prestigious singing engagement with the Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta (GA). The Society's mission is "to foster classical music education and interest in the musical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers through the presentation of concerts and other musical events and to nurture and develop the talents of young musicians." Nanni was one of only two artists invited to perform in the society's May 5 concert.

Professor of English Susan Navarette has been invited to give the keynote address at Honors Convocation for the Division of Humanities at York College of Pennsylvania on May 2, 2013.

At the 73rd Annual Conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA), Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell presented a paper titled, "Can You Do More then Take Photos? Solidarity and Efficacy in Cooperative Marketing with Jolom Mayaetik, Mayan Women's Weaving Cooperative, Chiapas, Mexico"  in the  SFAA-School for American Research (SAR) plenary called Artisan Production and the World Market: Collaborating in Theory, Methods, Practice. The session included artists and arts representatives from Mexico, Alaska, North Carolina, and the Navajo reservation. As part of the SAR work, O'Donnell also conducted a workshop on "Working with Cooperatives - Accompaniment and Best Practices." One of the workshop participants was Hartwick grad, Dr. Holly Dygart '95, who participated in O'Donnell's J Term course in Chiapas in 1999. O'Donnell and SAR colleagues also gave talks in conjunction with their exhibit, "Artisans in the World Market," at the Museum of the Americas (Museo de Las Americas) in Denver. Jolom Mayaetik, Rosalinda Santiz Diaz, gave a backstrap loom weaving demonstration.

In other Katherine O'Donnell news, her article, "The Right to Clean Water," was published in Hometown Oneonta on February 22, 2013. She was also invited to participate in the Siena Fair Trade Conference where she exhibited and sold textiles from the Mayan Women's weaving cooperative, Jolom Mayaetik, Chiapas, Mexico. Sociology and political science major Hannah Ruszala '15 and biology major Jenna Rodrigues '14 attended the conference as well. Both students are working with O'Donnell and other students, faculty, and staff members to introduce fair trade programming and products on campus in hopes of Hartwick becoming an officially-recognized Fair Trade College in the future. 

Claire (Musacchio) Pace '61 was recently featured by the Columbia University Department of Surgery in an article titled "The Power of Hospitality: Claire's Tea Room." The piece focuses on Pace's creation of "a haven of warmth and comfort in the unlikely environs of a hospital floor where shell-shocked parents anxiously pace the halls and wait for news from their children's heart surgeons." Pace, herself the mother of a son with a congenital heart defect, established a Wednesday tea that has become a beacon of hope for anxious parents.  Click here to read the full story.

Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn provided historical context and documents for the New York Power Authority's exhibit celebrating Black History Month, February 2013, in the NYPA Headquarters lobby in White Plains, NY. She also presented a paper titled "Researching Local Black History" at the annual conference of the Lowe Hudson Council for Social Studies in White Plains in December, 2012. Quinn also collaborated with Rebecka Flynn '12 on her article, "Unequal Education: How the Brown v. Board of Education Decision can be Applied to Rural West Virginia," which appeared in  The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 6, Issue 3. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sara Rinfret recently published "Often Forgotten Actors in Environmental Regulation" in the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Regulatory Blog. She will also soon be part of a panel titled "The Future of Environmental Regulations: The Perspectives of Teachers, Scholars, and Students," and she presented the paper at the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Rinfret will soon present a paper titled "Trust, Regulators, and the Regulated" at the 2013 Law and Society Conference in Boston, MA.

Famed novelist Stephen King has made a $5,000 donation to help build a statue to commemorate Edgar Allen Poe in his hometown of Boston, MA. Hartwick College Associate Professor of Philosophy Stephanie Rocknak has secured the honor of producing her life-size bronze sculpture of Poe, which will be installed in Edgar Allen Poe Square, a brick plaza at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets, opposite the entrance to Boston Common.

Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene presented "Research and Writing as a Part of a Studio Practice" at the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference March 20-23 in Houston, TX. She offered a lecture and workshop at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY on April 5. "The Politics of Porcelain" focused on her work surrounding the history of royal European dinnerware. Rozene's exhibitions include a mentor/mentee exhibit at the Roxubry Arts Group in Roxbury, NY with Margaret Gormley '10 from May 4-July 13. Her submission for an exhibition titled "The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics" was chosen by peer review to be one of 29 projects on display for NCECA in Milwaukee, MI in 2014 - a project supported by Hartwick College Faculty Research Grant and The Wandersee Scholar in Residence.

In the third year of a five-year National Science Foundation grant for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, two scholarship recipients will join Professor of Biology Stan Sessions at the Annual Northeast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology at Woods Hole. There, Sessions and Ryan Desmond '15 and Nick Segina '15 will present a poster on the current results of their research on heart regeneration in salamanders, "Extreme Heart Regeneration in Salamanders: The Origin of the Stem Cells" (co-authored with Louise Hecker '00 --- now at University of Alabama in Birmingham--- and Jessica Rodriquez '12).

Kayla Murphy '14. Sessions continues his collaborative research with Aaron Griffing '14 on a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation into the role of endocrine disruptors in amphibian population decline.

Associate Professor of Physics Parker Troischt has been busy. He recently led a week-long observing session at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Arecibo, Puerto Rico using the 1,000-foot radio telescope. Two Hartwick physics majors were also part of the March observing session, Nathan Nichols '14 and Kyle Murray '14. In addition, Troischt was part of an the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) astronomy team which used a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson, AZ (led by Rebecca Koopmann) in April.  Lastly, he presented "Progress Update on ALFALFA Galaxy Groups" at the American Physical Society national meeting in Denver, CO, also in April.

In October, 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Sarah Whiteford presented at the International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research conference in Las Vegas, NV.  Her paper was titled "Female Adolescent Substance Use: Influences of Male Friends, Romantic, and Sexual Partners." In April she presented at the spring session of the International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Her paper presentation at this conference was titled "An Integrated Model of Parental Control & Male Peer Influence on Female Adolescent Substance Use." She received the Best Paper in Session award for her work.  

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski published "In Defense of a Principled Absolutism against Torture: A Reply to Fritz Allhoff's Torture, Terrorism, and Ticking Bombs" in Philosophy Today (Vol. 57, No. 1, 2013).