TONY deLAUBENFELS (computer science) and LEON TABAK (computer science) attended the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium at Wartburg College on October 22. deLaubenfels was a presenter and panelist for the session “What Mathematics is Appropriate for a Computer Science Major at a Small College?” Cornell will host the IUCSC meeting in October 2006.
WILLIAM DRAGON (psychology) has published a book with co-author Professor Steve Duck (University of Iowa) titled Understanding Research in Personal Relationships: A Text with Readings through Sage Publications in London. The book is intended for upper level undergraduate and beginning level graduate students in the fields of psychology, communications studies, sociology, anthropology and family studies with scholarly interest in the study of personal and close interpersonal relationships. The book guides students through key areas of interpersonal relationships, instructing them on how to critically read and evaluate research from historical, theoretical, and methodological contexts.
In June, CAROLYN ENNS (psychology) completed her three-year term as an external examiner at the University of Birmingham in England. During August, she contributed to an American Psychological Association (APA) symposium titled “Toward Integrating Multicultural/Critical and Feminist Pedagogies.” Enns is fulfilling a variety of service roles within the APA, including chairing the International Committee for Women (ICFW) in the international division, and serving as a member of a task force charged with integrating various guidelines that focus on psychological practice with specific groups (e.g., gender, multicultural issues, sexual orientation, aging). She is also a member of the Fellows Committee (counseling psychology), which selects individuals for national recognition (approximately 5% of APA members are Fellows).
BEN GREENSTEIN (geology)
attended the North-Central Regional Meeting of the Geological Society
of America in May and was co-author with Cornell Geology students on
two papers: Carbonate sediments of Western Australia: An introductory investigation (with Dustin Waite) and Response of Pleistocene epibiont communities to terrigenous sedimentation on the Western Australian coast (with
Meredith Clayton). He also attended the annual meeting of the Iowa
Academy of Science where the students presented their research to a
Greenstein traveled to Perth, Western Australia, with two Cornell geology students, Megan Andresen and Jessica Harms, in June and July to continue working on a project that investigates the effect of climate change on the disposition of reef coral communities along the Western Australian coast. Most of the work took place on the Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, where accommodation was obtained in shacks belonging to a cray-fisherman.
In October, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classics) served as an external consultant to the Classics Department at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, assisting them in the evaluation of their department. Also in October, he was appointed Vice-President, Plains Region, of the Committee for the Promotion of Latin, a committee of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.
DOUG HANSON (art) was involved in a number of events in connection with Potters for Peace, including organizing an exhibit of Nicaraguan pottery at the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, in March and participating in its annual board meeting in Bisbee, Arizona, in October. He received a commission to create a large exterior sculpture for Kirkwood’s new Neilson arts building and his work is now represented by the Eclectic Eye Gallery in Davenport. Hanson helped organize (and participated in) Cornell’s biannual sculpture exhibit arranged in President Garner’s garden.
Hanson participated in the Fifth Annual Artists Walk in Mount Vernon in October. As part of a commission, Hanson and Mount Vernon High School art teacher Laurie Zaiger are having their students work on a large terracotta mural to be permanently installed in the new high school.
In March, SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) presented a lecture titled “Company Raj: The East India Company, 1600-1857” at the University of Iowa, Department of History. In April, she served as a panel chair for the Iowa Economics Alumni Workshop, also in Iowa City. In May, Hejeebu lectured at Northwestern University, Department of Economics. Her talk was titled “The Economic Origins of British India.” In June, she presented a paper titled Specific Information and the English Chartered Companies 1650-1750 (with Ann M. Carlos, University of Colorado, Boulder) at Jyväskylä University ( Finland).
Hejeebu served as an associate book review editor for Eh.Net, Economic History Services and reviewed grant applications as a member of the Committee on Research for the Economic History Association. During the summer, she spent roughly four weeks doing archival work at the British Library in London. She refereed a paper for the Journal of Political Economy, one of the most prestigious journals in the economics profession. She also worked with a member of the Cornell College class of 2007, on a project titled “Market Power in Eighteenth Century Bengal.”
During the past year, an example of the work of JANET LAUROESCH (art) from a 2004 series of figurative drawings was published in the feminist journal, Calyx ( Vol. 21, no. 3, Winter 2004). She had digital photographs and small books included in the winter faculty show in Luce Gallery that reflected recent travels to Australia and Hawaii. Her course proposal for Cornell’s Dimensions program was funded for summer work on a new cross-disciplinary course to be offered (starting in 2006) combining scientific imagery with artistic strategies in an exploration of anatomy and the body.
Throughout the year, Lauroesch was able to travel to Washington, D.C. to view work at the Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and the Phillips Collection; to Minneapolis, where she viewed work at Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and at a number of smaller galleries in various Twin City neighborhoods; and to Boston, where she viewed work at ICA and MassMOCA.
M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published an article "Presidential Elections: The Civil War" in Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront (Macmillan Publishers).
GAYLE LUCK (education) was appointed to the Executive Board of Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) for a three-year term beginning 2005-06. She was a reader/reviewer of proposals for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) for the national meeting in January of 2006.
JAMES MARTIN (music) attended the Mannes School of Music International Piano Festival in New York City in August and served as an outside evaluator for Harris Faculty Fellowships for Grinnell College in September and October. He was a guest lecturer for the Opera Studies Group at the University of Iowa in October, where his lecture on Wagner was the second of a four-part series. Martin also gave a HAIG lecture at Cornell in October.
Martin’s article, “Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: Its Place in Artistic and Analytical History,” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Wagner News and another article will appear in the December 2005 issue of Clavier.
JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) published reviews of The First and the Last: The Claim of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions, by George Sumner, and Divinity and Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism,The Anglican Theological Review (vol. 87, no. 3). Other activities include preaching a sermon, “Living in Accord with the Light Within: The Example of Early American Quaker John Woolman,” at the Mount Vernon First Presbyterian Church (March, 2005); delivering a HAIG Lecture, “Biblical Goddesses and Goddess-like Figures: Snapshots from a Work-in-Progress” (April, 2005); and presenting at a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue on “Reflections after the Holocaust: The Abrahamic Traditions as Resources for Global Peace and Reconciliation,” held at Cornell last April. by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, in
In February ALFRIETA MONAGAN (sociology and anthropology) traveled to the Gerace Research Center on the island of San Salvador with Professors Ben Greenstein, Craig Tepper, Bob Black and 28 Cornell students to explore the possibility of teaching a class at the Center. As a result of this visit, part of the Applied Anthropology course will be taught in the Bahamas this year at the same time that Professors Greenstein, Tepper and Black are teaching geology and biology classes there.
In April Monagan attended the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe. In addition to attending sessions on “Heritage, Environment and Tourism,” she and a few other anthropologists traveled to the Picuris Pueblo, where they discussed the perceived need for tourism with the chief, a few elders and some young people.
Over the summer Monagan conducted research on cultural adaptations and networks of support developed by West Indian immigrants living in North America. In conjunction with her research she was able to observe carnival celebrations in Washington, Toronto, Boston and Cambridge. Also Monagan was asked to write a book review by the editors of the New West Indian Guide, “the world’s oldest Caribbeanist journal.” Her review of Reclaiming African Religions in Trinidad: The Socio-Political Legitimation of the Orisha and Spiritual Baptist Faiths by Frances Henry will appear in the journal’s next issue.
DICK PETERSON (sociology and anthropology) has been participating in a University of Iowa College of Public Health research project on hospital governance over the past three years. The report on the first phase of this national study, Governance in High-Performing Organizations: A Comparative Study of Governing Boards in Not-For-Profit Hospitals, has just been published by HRET (Health Research & Educational Trust). Phase two will begin early in 2006. Peterson is a co-principal investigator on the project.
Last May, Peterson attended the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis. He continues as a board member of the Mid-America Housing Partnership, the Southeast Linn Community Center, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Services, a Cedar Rapids neighborhood-based housing rehabilitation organization.
In the summer of 2005 TONY PLAUT (art) had an exhibition of sixteen of his oil paintings at the Redhead in Solon, Iowa. In September he exhibited twenty pieces from his “Bottle Series” at Devine Wines in Mount Vernon. His sculptural work was also included in an exhibition at CSPS in Cedar Rapids titled “Made in Iowa.” This show featured two of his recent mechanical sculptures, “Claw-Footed-Silver-Toe-Knee” and “Fresh Wind-O.” Plaut also donated one of his “Royal” pieces to the annual fund raising auction for CSPS. This ink on paper piece was produced by using a vintage manual Royal typewriter and was intended to serve as homage to Yoko Ono.
During September and October, NANCY PURINGTON (art/education) produced a one-person exhibition sponsored by Arts Iowa City at the Englert Civic Theater Gallery in Iowa City titled MOONLIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI: A Retrospective, 1974-2005. In September, a new major work commissioned for a private collection was installed. It is entitled “NEW WAVE”, oil on canvas w/palladium leaf, 4 1/2' high x 9' wide. This work is a triptych and can be viewed on her Department of Education web page.
From February through October, Purington participated in the Governor's Iowa Great Places project to develop art and education initiatives where the Mississippi River meets the Wapsipinicon in Princeton, Iowa. She also attended the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in Cedar Falls October 28 - 30, 2005.
CATHERINE QUEHL-ENGEL (College Chaplain) was the keynote speaker for the Women in Ministry Gathering at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in May 2005. She also served as a workshop and worship leader for United Methodist Youth Annual Conference which Cornell hosted in June. She represented Cornell at the ACM Chaplains Gathering at Beloit College in August.
In April, KATY STAVREVA (English) traveled to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, United Kingdom, and the Library of the Society of Friends in London to research, with the help of a Cornell faculty development grant, 17 th-century Quaker women’s counter-sermons. She then followed the paths of some of these itinerant ministers to Cambridge and Sandwich to study the architectural settings of their activities. She presented the results of her research at the joint annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America and the Society for Renaissance Studies of the United Kingdom ( Cambridge, UK) in a paper titled “A Womans Speaking in the Church”: Sounds, Meanings, and Functions of Early Quaker Women’s Counter-Sermons.
Another study of early Quaker ecstatic prophesy by Stavreva, “Prophetic Cries at Whitehall: The Gender Dynamics of Early Quaker Women’s Injurious Speech,” is forthcoming in the collection Women, Gender, Radical Religion, edited by Sylvia Brown and Julie Hirst ( Leiden: Brill). In August, along with Shannon Reed (English), Stavreva contributed a virtual presentation called “Text Vibrations: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts Classroom,” to the Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities ( Cambridge, UK).
CYNTHIA STRONG (chemistry) received funding through the FaCE program of the ACM to support conference travel and supplies for her research on the metal-binding properties of the enzyme superoxide dismutase. In July she attended the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Together with Katie Brown (’06), Strong received a grant from the McElroy Trust of the Iowa College Foundation to fund Katie’s research during the summer. Faculty development funds supported a second student, Christina Klug (’07), working on the project.
In March, LEON TABAK (computer science) led a workshop at Triton College in Chicago sponsored by The College Board for high school teachers of Advanced Placement in Computer Science courses. In April, he participated in a discussion at Grinnell College on how to write applications for grants. Later in the same month, Tabak presented a paper at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
In early June, again at Grinnell College, Tabak showed his computer graphics at a “Media, New” conference for artists and technologists sponsored by The Midwest Instructional Technology Center. In the middle of June, he spent ten days at Clemson University reading Advanced Placement examinations for the Educational Testing Service.
The Iowa College Foundation awarded Tabak a Technology Integration Project grant to support his development of lessons that teach students how to write about science and mathematics. As part of that project, he attended a meeting at Wartburg College in late June. In August, Tabak and consulting librarian MARY IBER shared a lesson on writing abstracts at the ACM’s Writing Across the Curriculum/Information Literacy conference on the campus of Carleton College.
Tabak organized and moderated a discussion for his professional society in early October. That discussion, titled “Preparing High School Students for Entry into the Technical Professions,” brought high school teachers and students, college teachers and students, engineers, and parents together at Cornell College. His professional society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, sponsored his travel to Tampa, Florida, in the middle of October where he represented the engineers of eastern Iowa at an international meeting of the society’s volunteers. Tabak is the chairman of the Cedar Rapids Section of the IEEE.
Cornell undergraduates Lisa Fettkether and BreAnna Ruter and CRAIG TEPPER (biology) presented their research at two meetings: the 117 th Iowa Academy of Science Conference and the R. J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium. The title of their presentation was “Isolation of genes responsible for phenotypic plasticity in the gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor.” Cornell undergraduate Danielle Bowen and Tepper received a grant from the R. J. McElroy Student Faculty Research Program for a project titled “Millepora: Speciation or Phenotypic Plasticity?”
Professor Emeritus RICHARD H. THOMAS (history) was recently recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation by the American Heritage Committee of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award was presented by the Ashley Chapter at a special ceremony in Cedar Rapids. The citation and medal were accompanied by a letter commending him for his long service to historic preservation in Iowa as well as the local community. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 8, 2005)
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COLE LIBRARY CORNER
ANNETTE BECK (Academic Media Consultant), along with faculty members JOHN GRUBER-MILLER and JAN BONEY, researched and helped to select the CAN-8 Language Lab as the best equipment choice for the Humanities Lab. The new system was installed in early June and extensive training for the faculty followed.
Beck, along with faculty members CHRISTINA McOMBER, LEON TABAK and MARIA SCHUTT, attended a “Media, New” Conference at Grinnell College in June. This conference focused on projects involving technology and art, music, dance, and theatre. Also in June, Beck attended the Instructional Technology Conference at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. This conference brought together instructional technologists from several schools to share ideas and foster collaboration.
The Iowa College Foundation sponsored a technology integration conference at Wartburg College in Waverly (June). Participants included ANNETTE BECKELLEN WHALE (physical education) and LEON TABAK and faculty members (computer science).
AILEEN CHANG-MATUS (Serials Assistant) attended the Iowa Library Association Annual Conference in Dubuque October 19 - 21. She was recipient of a scholarship for the conference sponsored by the Iowa Library Association and the Iowa Association for College and Research Libraries. She was also appointed to membership in the Iowa Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee.
GREG COTTON (Technical Services Librarian) was recently elected an at-large trustee of the Bibliographic Center for Research in Denver. BCR is a library network serving libraries in the Midwest and Mountain West; through it Cole Library receives OCLC services and support, as well as discounted subscriptions to databases.
Cotton recently completed a three year term as a delegate to OCLC’s Members Council and was appointed to fill out another three year term. Members Council is OCLC’s advisory body and is composed of 65 librarians representing 50,000 member libraries throughout the world.
JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian) had an article “Your Seniors Are Our First-Years” published in Educational Technology Media and Technology Yearbook 2005 Volume 30, pp. 162-170. She serves on the editorial board for Teacher Librarian and for School Library Media Research Online.
Donham served as chair of the American Library Association Accreditation Site Visit Team for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro February 13-15, 2005. She also has been elected vice-president/president elect of the Iowa Chapter, Association of College and Research Libraries and appointed to the ILA Nominating Committee for 2005-06.
Donham gave keynote presentations on information literacy at both the Iowa Community Colleges English Faculty Annual Meeting in Waterloo on April 11, 2005 and the Central College Summer Faculty Conference in Pella on May 25, 2005. She also made a presentation titled “What it means to be a library director” at the Iowa Library Association Annual Conference in Dubuque on October 20, 2005.
MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) had an article “Budgeting Lessons and Stories” published in The Serials Librarian (2005) v. 48(1/2):31-37.
With funding from an ACM information literacy grant, Cole Library sponsored three discipline-specific information literacy workshops in economics, theatre, and art during the summer. The day-long workshops involved good practices with information literacy and in each respective discipline.
In July, MANDY SWYGART-HOBAUGH (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) hosted librarians and economics faculty members from Macalester College. These visitors met with Cornell economics and business faculty members SANTHI HEJEEBU and TODD KNOOP as well as quantitative reasoning consultant JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER.
In August, ELIZABETH LAWLER SCHAU (Consulting Librarian for the Arts and Humanities) hosted a similar event involving a librarian and a faculty member from Lawrence University’s theatre department. They were joined by ANNETTE BECK and theatre faculty members MARK HUNTER and SCOTT OLINGER.
Also in August, GREG COTTON invited the curricular technologists from Grinnell College to meet with ANNETTE BECK, MIKE PLAGGE (Assistant Director of Technology Services), and art faculty member CHRISTINA McOMBER.
Librarians and Consultants from the Writing Studio, Instructional Technology Studio, and Quantitative Reasoning Studio received a Peer Information Literacy grant from the ACM to raise awareness of various aspects of information literacy among the student leaders on campus.
JEAN DONHAM , MARY IBER, and MANDY SWYGART-HOBAUGH attended the national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries in Minneapolis in April.
ELIZABETH LAWLER SCHAU and MARY IBER presented “Let’s Work Together: Using Library Assignments to Foster Academic Community” at the Iowa Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries conference on May 20, 2005 in Ames, Iowa.
In August, MARY IBER and MANDY SWYGART-HOBAUGH along with librarians from Colorado College presented at an ACM-sponsored Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) conference at Carleton College. Their presentation, “Integrating Information Literacy and Writing Assignments: A Project Involving Faculty, Librarians and Writing Professionals,” included a hands-on component in which attendees analyzed sample assignments.
MARY IBER and LEON TABAK (computer science) presented at an ACM sponsored workshop at Carleton College (August). Their topic, “Information Literacy from Inside and Outside,” explored the nature and function of abstracts, both from point-of-view of the creator and the searcher. GREG COTTON and CHRISTINA McOMBER (art) also presented at this workshop. Their presentation was titled “One Course, Three Professors,” and dealt with McOmber’s Art and Culture course, her changes to its structure, and the contributions that Cotton and JENNIFER ROUSE (Writing Studio Co-Director) have made in it.