Professional Notes: September 2007

Associate Professor of Biology Mary Allen published a book review in the 2007 Summer issue of Focus on Microbiology Education. FOME is an online news magazine published by The American Society for Microbiology's MicrobeLibrary. Allen reviewed the book Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide, Second Edition.

Jason Antrosio, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, co-authored, with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld (University of Iowa), the paper "Economic Clusters or Cultural Commons? The Limits of Competition-Driven Development in Two Andean Textile Towns," which was presented at the conference "Poverty and Capital" held in Manchester, UK July 2-4, 2007.

Ron Brzenk, professor of mathematics, participated in a workshop entitled "The Genius of Euler" in Washington D.C. during June 2007. Brzenk presented a paper on "Euler's Memorable Example of False Induction." The workshop was sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Participation was partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

Assistant Professor of Psychology KinHo Chan co-authored, with Jessica Valluzzi '06, the article "Effects of Fluoxetine on Hippocampal-Dependent and Hippocampal-Independent Learning Tasks" to be published in the upcoming issue of Behavioural Pharmacology (18.5-6, September 2007). Read more about this publication here:

Laurel Elder, associate professor of political science, presented "Whither Republican Women: The Growing Partisan Gap among Women in Congress" on the panel Political Parties and Women's Representation: Help or Hindrance? And, with Steven Green, "The Rise of Politicized Moms and Dads: Media Framing of Parenthood during Presidential Elections, 1952-2004" on the panel "Framing and the Media" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Chicago August 30- September 2, 2007.

Lynn Elmore, associate professor of psychology, was granted an Instructional Resource Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology in 2006 to complete a research project related to psychology instruction. Elmore's resource, entitled The Development of Sexual Orientation: A Teaching Resource, was published in July 2007. The 75-page document introduces each of seven sexual orientation topics and reviews books, journal articles, documentary and feature films, and Web sites for each, including the origins of homosexuality, homophobia, reparative therapy, coming out, transgender issues, intersexuality, and gay male and lesbian families.

In June, Writer in Residence and Professor of English Carol Frost taught at New England College's 12-day summer residency for the Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry. She read from her new collection in Halifax on August 5 with her husband, Richard Frost. The reading was sponsored by the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. She also directed the Catskill Poetry Workshop at Hartwick College. The six-day event was held at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus and included poets Stephen Dunn, Tom Sleigh, Chase Twichell, Lynn Emanuel, Jay Hopler and Michael Waters-winners of National Endowment for the Arts Grants, the Pulitzer Prize, Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.

Assistant Professor of History Vicki Howard will give a talk at 7 p.m. on September 10 at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society on Main Street. She will talk about her new book project on small-town and small-city department stores. Her presentation is titled "'The Biggest Small-Town Store in America': Bresee's Department Store and the Transformation of Retailing, 1899-1950s" and will focus on the early history of Oneonta's famous department store, placing Bresee's in the context of the rise of consumer society and the changes brought about by chain stores and mass discounters. Howard will show historic slides of window displays, store interiors, and Main Street, as well as photos of well-loved Oneonta events. The talk and accompanying images draw extensively on Marc Bresee's personal collection and store archives. Marc Bresee will introduce the talk and facilitate the Q & A session. Howard gave a version of this talk on June 2 at this year's Business History Conference hosted by Case Western University in Cleveland. Howard has also received a 2007 grant from the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln to conduct research in their extensive department store archives.

Rob Hunt, instructor of music and director of the jazz ensemble, will present a one hour program on how the popular song is used as a creative template for musical manipulations and improvisation. This performance oriented program is included in the 2nd Annual Fall for the Arts Festival held on the Glimmerglass Opera campus from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. The Rob Hunt Trio will feature vocalist Sharon MacPherson and is just one of many artistic presentations. For more information visit

Kim Noling, professor of English, has contributed her essay "Unpropping the Princess: John Banks's Revision of Shakespeare's Elizabeth" to the collection Resurrecting Elizabeth I in Seventeenth-Century England, edited by Elizabeth Hageman and Katherine Conway and published earlier this year by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. The essay, which grew out of a seminar paper presented at the Shakespeare Association of America annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, during Noling's most recent sabbatical, adds to her cluster of articles relating to Shakespeare and Fletcher's King Henry VIII and to the theatrical representation of Tudor queens.

Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell published "Building Our Futures, Sustaining Communities: Civic Partnerships, Participatory Democracy, and Academic Practice-A Conversation with the Recipients of the 2006 Ernest Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach" in the Journal of Metropolitan Universities in July (Vol. 18, No 2).

Associate Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn has joined scholars from SUNY-New Paltz, Bard College, and Vassar, along with other historians, in an on-going, large-scale research project, the Mid-Hudson Anti-Slavery History Project. She attended the research gathering at the Nine Partners Friends Meeting House in Millbrook, NY, on August 4, and will be working on MHAHP's community event, the Harvest History Day, September 16, at the Akin Free Library in Pawling, New York. In addition, in June, she attended a seminar at West Point sponsored by the Institute of Historical Archaelogy. On September 13, she will facilitate the workshop: "Healing a Mastectomy Scar; Creating a Lifeline," as part of the "Life After Breast Cancer" series at the Breast Wellness Center at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.

Stan Sessions, professor of biology, published, with David Green, a chapter in Amphibian Biology: Volume 7, by H. Heatwhole (Surrey Beatty & Sons, 2007). In the chapter, entitled "Karyology and Cytogenetics," Sessions and Green present an exhaustive review of what is known about amphibian cytogenetics, especially the evolutionary and taxonomic significance of chromosome structure and number. Green is Director of the Redpath Museum at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Green and Sessions plan to continue their collaborative research in 2008 when Green plans to spend his sabbatical at Hartwick.

Professor of Geology Robert Titus is now writing monthly geology columns for the Woodstock Times. This summer he made appearances at the Mountaintop Arboretum and the Agroforestry Center in Acra, speaking about the Gilboa fossil forest; ran geology nature walks for the Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Columbia County Land Conservancy; and presented a "Geology of the Catskills" talk for the Delaware County Historical Society. His current Kaatskill Life article, entitled " A Bend in the River," takes a look at meandering streams.

Thomas Travisano, professor of English, had a busy time at the American Literature Association conference in Boston, May 25-29. He gave a paper on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and chaired a panel on the poetry of Robert Lowell. He also participated in the Organization Meeting of the Robert Lowell Society and was named Senior Advisor to the new Society. In his capacity as its president, he chaired a business meeting of the Elizabeth Bishop Society. He also chaired a panel on the poetry of Gertrude Stein. Travisano is the editor of Words in Air: The Complete Letters Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2008.

Professor of History Peter Wallace co-edited (with Christopher Ocker, Michael Printy, and Peter Starenko) a two-volume tribute to Thomas A. Brady, Jr., Peder Sather Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, entitled Politics and Reformations: Communities: "Polities, Nations, and Empires" (Volume 1) and "Histories and Reformations" (Volume 2). The volumes will be published in September 2007 by Brill, a leading international academic publisher, in its Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions Series. The 23 essays examine urban, rural, national, and imperial histories in Early Modern Europe and abroad, and politics in Reformation Switzerland, Burgundy, Germany, and the Netherlands. Wallace is author of an essay included in Volume 1 entitled "Nachbarn and Voisins: Changing Political Realities in the Upper Rhine Valley in the Wake of the Thirty Year's' War."

Penny Wightman, associate professor of accounting, served as a discussion leader for "Expectations Gap: Is Pre-Service Education Meeting the Needs of the Profession?" at the NYSSCPA's annual leadership conference in Saratoga, NY, July 8-10 and gave an Effective Learning Strategies Presentation entitled "Make-It Project" for Managerial Accounting at the American Accounting Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, August 5-8.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski published two articles recently. The first, "Murder, Cannibalism, and Indirect Suicide: A Philosophical Study of a Recent Case," was published in Philosophy in the Contemporary World (14.1, Spring 2007). The second, "Failures of Sight: An Argument for Moral Perception," was published in American Philosophical Quarterly (44.3, July 2007).