Professional Notes: April 2009

Psychology faculty and students present research at the 13th NEURON Conference at Hunter College of City University of NY on April 4, 2009. Professor Lisa Onorato and Steven Tanner '09 presented research titled "The Effects of Angular Shapes Versus Rounded Shapes on Speed Perception." Associate Professor KinHo Chan and Sara Jane Salloum '09 presented research titled "Hand-Rail for the Step up: First Year Seminars and the Transition to College." Chan and Ciara Covey '09 presented an ongoing experiment titled "The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Test Anxiety." Chan and Megan Shipman '11 presented research titled "The effects of selective hippocampal lesion on acquisition of long trace appetitive conditioning."

Instructor in English Brent DeLanoy has had his story "A Flock of Birds, Thick" accepted for publication by decomP. The publication is an online literary magazine updated monthly, publishing prose, poetry, art, and solicited book reviews. DeLanoy's story will be included in the May issue.

Professor of Art Emerita Roberta Griffith recently exhibited a pastel and Prismacolor pencil drawing, "Frond Color Poem," in the Kauai Society of Artists' Members Show held in the Kukui Grove Exhibition Hall, Lihue, Hawaii. The exhibition, featuring work by 64 Kauai artists in a variety of media, ran from February 28 to March 27.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Sandy Huntington authored a chapter in a recently published book. His piece, "A Madhyamaka Critique of Vijnanavada Views of Consciousness" can be found in Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings (Oxford University Press, 2009). The essay is a translation of an Indian Buddhist text--originally written in Sanskrit--covering the philosophy of consciousness.

Elizabeth Sauerbier '10 and Professor of Nursing Peggy Jenkins have written a review of Wong, Huang, DiGangi, Thompson & Smith's research published in AIDS Education & Prevention, which was published in the Fall/Winter 2008-09 issue of The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association. Sauerbier chose a cutting-edge research article from South Africa to review, which explored the gender differences in intimate partner violence and their correlation to depression, substance abuse, and dangerous sexual behaviors. She expanded her understanding of research methodology and widened her knowledge base related to the statistical analysis of the research by reading statistical books and meeting with Professor of Mathematics Gary Stevens. The article's authors found similar rates of intimate partner violence for men and women with differences in coping behaviors after the incidents. Men were more likely to turn to drug abuse while women had higher rates of depression and alcohol use. An urgent need to address the need of men as well as women related to intimate partner violence in public education and support programs is highlighted as well as opening of the research field to gender bias in this area of practice.

Associate Professor of History Sean Kelly gave a talk titled "The Vernon Brothers' Atlantic World: Newport Slave Trading in the Mid-Eighteenth Century" on March 17, 2009 at Brown University. The lecture was part of the American Antiquarian Society's Regional Seminar, sponsored by Brown University, the University of Connecticut, and Clark University.

Lisa Kettunen '06 has accepted a six-month appointment as Director of Awakening for the Hartwick College Class of 2013. Kettunen served as the past Interim Director of Awakening and Challenge Education and brings a high level of expertise to the position. She will coordinate Awakening staff recruitment, selection, and training, and is responsible for challenge course management, staff supervision, and program delivery. Awakening is an optional six-day college orientation program that occurs the week before the fall semester begins. This highly interactive program encourages participants to explore more about themselves, meet other new students, and learn about the Hartwick College experience. Approximately 60 incoming students participate in Awakening and stay at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus for the week. The program is facilitated by approximately 25 Hartwick faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

Babcock Professor of English Susan Navarette presented a talk titled "Sumptuous Seaming: Fashion, Class and Desire in Mid-20th Century Home Couture" at the 15th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, held at New York University from March 18 to 21, 2009.

In March, Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell presented a paper titled "Weaving Solidarity--from Oneonta to Oxchuc" in a session on Craft Production: Means and Relations that she chaired at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Professor of Biology Stanley Sessions published of an essay on Charles Darwin in the online journal Nature Proceedings: Sessions, S.K. and H.C. Macgregor (2009): "The Necessity of Darwin," co-authored with Dr. Herbert Macgregor of the University of Exeter, U.K. He also delivered an invited talk at Cornell University titled "Deformed Amphibians: Harbinger of Doom or Chicken Little in the Mineshaft?" The talk on Mach 30 was sponsored by the Cornell Herpetological Club.

Professor of Geology Robert Titus has joined the Register-Star newspaper chain as a geology columnist. The chain publishes six newspapers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region. Titus' new column will be published weekly, and is called "Windows Through Time." In it he will describe various aspects of our region's geological history. Titus has contributed columns to the newspapers for some time, but this is his first official spot as a weekly columnist.

Thomas Travisano, Professor of English, proposed and has co-organized a Colloquium on Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, and Frank Bidart as part of the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May 22-23. The Colloquium will feature nine separate events including a reading by the poet Bidart and a roundtable of the editors of the five major recent editions of Bishop and Lowell's work that have appeared since 2003. These include Bidart's edition of Lowell's Collected Poems and Travisano's acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Also featured at the Editor's Roundtable will be Lloyd Schwartz's Library of America volume Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, Letters. Schwartz visited Hartwick last spring to give a reading and to meet with several classes on literature and writing, and many students and faculty members will remember his engaging presence.

Kaitlin Woskoff '10, a mathematics major, has been accepted into an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program at Central Michigan University. She will undertake a collaborative research project with several faculty members. Woskoff will be working in the area of Graph Theory during the eight-week research experience. Her participation is supported by funding from the NSF.