Professional Notes: April 2011

Joseph Abramo, Assistant Professor of Music Education, published "Gender differences of popular music production in secondary schools" in the April edition of the Journal of Research in Music Education. He also gave an invited lecture on gender and music education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University on Princeton, NJ on March 4, and has published a review of "Constructing a personal orientation to music teaching" in the March issue of the journal Music Education Research.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geology Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad was invited and participated in the "Emerging Frontiers in Rhizosphere Science Workshop" on March 16-18, 2011 at the Arlie Center in Warrenton, VA. The workshop was organized by the Soil Science Society of America, the National Science Foundation, and two soil science faculty of the University of Kentucky. The main goals of the workshop were to indentify key questions that move rhizosphere (root zone) research forward and develop interdisciplinary research strategies and approaches for addressing these key questions in light of ecosystem function, sustainability, climate change, and food, energy and water security.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Katharine Blackwell presented a poster titled "How do children switch between tasks? Contributions from both working memory and interference control" at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in April 2011.

Assistant Professor of Education Elizabeth Bloom attended the NYS Foundations of Education Association meeting on March 25-26 at Nazareth College in Rochester with three students: Anne Louise Wagner '13, Eryn Niblick '13, and Kate Villios '14, who presented posters titled as a group as "Hartwick Students' Work and Learning with Emerging Communities." Bloom will attend the International Society of Educational Biography Meeting April 28-30 in San Antonio, TX, where she will present a paper titled "Down in the Scrub Club: Exploring the Boundaries of Ethnographic Fiction."

Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson and Cheryl Sturm '11 presented the poster "2-Furfuryl Alcohol as a Diene for Green Diels-Alder Reactions" at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting in Anaheim, CA on March 28, 2011.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Amy Forster Rothbart recently presented two papers at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Montreal, March 16-19. The first was titled "In Pursuit of a Democratic Environment: Environmental Movements and Post-Soviet Transition" (and was based in part on research conducted last summer thanks to a Faculty Research Grant and with research assistance from Hartwick student Nicole Daniels). The second, with co-author Simanti Lahiri, was called "Disaster, Dams, and Democracy: Environmental Movements and the Development of Democracy in India and the Soviet Union."

Ana Laura Gonzalez, Lecturer in Music, was a performer at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Washington, DC from February 19-20. She played in two concerts, one for flute quartet gems and the other on encores and premieres.

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard participated in panel titled "Institutions and Ideologies of Consumption" at a conference on Power and the History of Capitalism, held April 15-16, 2011 at the New School in New York City. She also presented paper titled "Nostalgia and the Ideology of the Market" at the conference Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice, held April 1, 2011 at SUNY Oneonta.

Director of Campus Safety Tom Kelly has been appointed to the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Court Team, chaired by Otsego County Court Judge Brian Burns. On March 25, Kelly participated in the SUNY Oneonta Leadership Institute's panel discussion for area business professionals.

Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley gave a paper titled "Men of Business: The Vernon Brothers and the Rhode Island Slave Trade, 1753-1806" at the Africa in the World conference, which was held on March 25-26 at the University of Texas at Austin. On March 14, he presented a paper titled "Scrambling for Slaves: Captive Sales in Colonial South Carolina" at the Americas Colloquium at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Professor of Economics Larry Malone presented his paper "Adam Smith's History: Artifacts and Analytic" at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society in Columbus, OH on April 15. His first book, The Essential Adam Smith, with W.W. Norton and Company (co-edited with Robert Heilbroner), recently passed 50,000 copies in total sales.

Gary Norman, Collections Manager of the Yager Museum of Art & Culture, has successfully completed a seven-month consultancy with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Norman worked with NASA officials and NASA's contractor, Delaware-North Companies, to establish policies and guidelines for a sustainable program of artifact preservation and management with an emphasis on adoption of industry-accepted museum practices. Resisting an offer to continue in Florida, Gary assisted in selection and training of staff for the new Collections Management Department.

Professor of Psychology Lisa Onorato presented a paper entitled "Influence of Pitch, Brightness, and Sharpness on Speed Perception" at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Cambridge, MA on March 10.

Lecturer in English Dan Pelletier's short story "Where You Are Going, Where You Have Been, Whether You Are In a Relationship and If It's Complicated or Not" appeared in Monkeybicycle in March, and another short story, "Simulation of Bacteria on the Floor After Mopping," recently appeared in qarrtsiluni. His haibun "Waiting for the Parade" was reprinted in the first volume of The Raleigh Review, and another haibun, "My Sister's Poems" was published by Ink Sweat & Tears last semester.

Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie A. Rozene recently completed a workshop and artist lecture at the University of Tampa, as well as participating in student critiques at the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts in Tampa.

Professor of Geology Robert Titus is busy as usual. He continues his weekly columns in the Register Star Hudson Valley newspaper chain, monthly columns in the Woodstock Times, and quarterly articles in Kaatskill Life magazine. In addition, his contributed mini-lectures continue to air on public radio stations around the nation as part of WAMC's "Academic Minute." Titus gave a March 16 presentation on the Japanese earthquake to the Kiwanis Club. In May, he will lead a hike for the Mountaintop Historical Society, while offering them a lecture on "Ice Age Waterfalls of the Catskills." Titus' services will be auctioned off on that day to benefit the organization. The top bidder will earn Titus leading a hike of their choice.

Professor of English Thomas Travisano has had two books recently accepted by academic presses. Both are forthcoming in spring 2012. The first of these books is The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume 3: Postmodernisms, 1950 to the Present, which he has co-edited for Rutgers University Press with Steven Gould Axelrod of University of California, Riverside and Camille Roman of Washington State University. The second book is Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century, a collection of 17 new essays that he has co-edited for the University of Virginia Press with Angus Cleghorn of Trent University and Bethany Hicok of Westminster College. Over spring break, Travisano went on a research trip to Key West, where he met with local historians, was the guest of honor at a reception held at the Hemingway Home and Museum, and led a seminar on Bishop at Key West Community College. His visit to the Hemingway Home and Museum was featured in the March 28 issue of the Key West Citizen.

Lecturer in English Emily Vogel has two books of poetry due to be released this spring, Still Life with Man with Finishing Line Press, and The Philosopher's Wife with Chester River Press.

Associate Professor of Art Joseph Von Stengel has submitted his sketchbook to The Sketchbook Project in the category "I am a scavenger." Von Stengel's and about 10,000 sketchbooks are currently being exhibited at museums across the nation as part of the project. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be cataloged and made available to the public.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman presented his poster "Self-esteem feedback protects mood from proximate sources of social ostracism" at the 2011 annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological association. Pema Sherpa '11 and Colleen Lyons '11 were co-authors on the poster.

Associate Professor of Accounting Priscilla Wightman led a roundtable discussion at the New York State Society of CPAs' Educators Conference March 26 entitled "Accounting as a First Year Seminar."

Associate Professor of Philosophy J. Jeremy Wisnewski presented "Philosophy as Experiential Education" at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, in March 2011, and "The Virtual Dead: Reflections on Technology, Death, and the Dead " at the Eastern APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World in December 2010. In addition, Wisnewski published a review of Mark Johnston's Surviving Death, Princeton, 2010, in Philosophy in Review 2011; a review of Michael Skerker's The Ethics of Interrogation, University of Chicago Press, 2010, in Ethics, 2011; and a review of Kelly Jolly (editor), Wittgenstein: Key Concepts, Acumen Press, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 2011.

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