SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) attended the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Comparative Cognition in Melbourne, Florida, in March. Also in March, Astley served as reviewer for the fourth edition of Kathleen Galotti’s Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory for Wadsworth Publishing. She did research on categorization and memory over the summer with Cornell students Holly Latterell and Sasha Burnett, and facilitated student Jada Hallengren’s involvement in the neuropsychological research of Steven Anderson at The University of Iowa. In June, Astley served as a reader for the College Board’s AP Psychology Exam.

In September, Astley and Richard M. Stater had a review of It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office by Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox accepted for publication in Psychology of Women Quarterly.


MARTY CONDON (biology) was a co-author on three posters presented by Cornell College students at the annual Evolution meetings held last summer in Stony Brook, New York. Heather Axen presented a poster titled: “Cryptic species in the sunflower fly Strauzia longipennis (Diptera: Tephritidae)” (coauthor: Jessica Harrison). Sara Marsteller presented a poster titled “Wing shape differences among Blepharoneura (Diptera: Tephritidae) of eastern Ecuador: a morphometric approach” (coauthors: Dean Adams and Mike Collyer of Iowa State University), and Kris Rhodes presented a poster titled “Living on a tropical mountain: altitude and wing size in Blepharoneura (Diptera: Tephritidae)” (coauthors: Dean Adams, Mike Collyer). Heather’s and Jessica’s research was funded by Pulk Fellowships made possible by a generous contribution from Becky Pulk, a Cornell alumna. Sara’s and Kris’s research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Dr. Dean Adams (ISU). Travel to the meetings was made possible by an NSF grant to Condon.

CHARLES CONNELL (German) attended a conference on modern German literature in March, 2006 at Washington University in St. Louis. He also participated in a ten-day CIEE seminar on new member countries of the European Union, located in Budapest and Prague, in June.


BECKI ELKINS NESHEIM (institutional research) co-edited, with Melanie Guetzel ( University of Iowa), a New Directions for Student Services monograph on graduate and professional students. The monograph, Supporting Graduate and Professional Students: The Role of Student Affairs, included two chapters co-authored by Elkins Nesheim – “If You Want to Know, Ask: Assessing the Needs and Experiences of Graduate Students” and “Throwing Pebbles at Stonehenge: Advocating for Graduate and Professional Students.”

Elkins Nesheim also co-authored “Outcomes for Educators of Student Affairs – Academic Affairs Partnership Programs,” a paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and “Identifying the Needs of Doctoral Students: A Two-Institution Approach,” a poster presented at the same conference.

BEN GREENSTEIN (geology) received travel support from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to collaborate on a vulnerability assessment of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change. Greenstein traveled to the University of Queensland in May to collaborate with long-time colleague John Pandolfi (Centre for Marine Studies, UQ) on a chapter providing a context of the response of coral reefs to climate change over geologic time scales. Greenstein’s research in Western Australia informed a portion of the chapter, which will be published by GBRMPA along with chapters considering the impact of climate change on the biology and ecology of important reef organisms.

 In April, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classics) presented “A Premium on Instruction,” a paper advising graduate students how best to apply and interview for jobs at small, liberal arts schools, as part of a panel, "Don’t Forget Your Towel: Preparing for Success in the Interview Process," at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Gainesville. In July, he taught a three-week summer course, Beginning Latin, at Colorado College.

In September, DEVAN BATY (French) and Gruber-Miller attended a NITLE conference, “Pedagogy and Digital Technologies: Language Labs in the 21st Century,” at Wabash College. In October, he was one of four organizers of a workshop, "The Best of Both Worlds: Designing a New Introductory Latin Text for Advanced Secondary School and College Students," at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Atlantic States in Baltimore. Finally, Oxford University Press published a collection of essays that Gruber-Miller edited, When Dead Tongues Speak: Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin. This collection introduces classicists to the research that linguists, psychologists, and language teachers have conducted over the past thirty years and passes along their most important insights. The essays cover a broad range of topics, including cognitive styles, peer teaching and collaboration, learning disabilities, feminist pedagogy, reading, speaking, and writing. Each contributor addresses a different problem in the learning process based on his or her own teaching experience, and each chapter combines a theoretical overview with practical examples of classroom activities. The book was developed for classroom use in Greek and Latin methodology classes in M.A. and M.A.T. programs. The volume includes two of Gruber-Miller's essays, “Communication, Context, and Community: Integrating the Standards in the Greek and Latin Classroom” and “Teaching Writing in Beginning Latin and Greek: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.


LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English) presented a paper, “Clive Bell’s Takes on the Cinema in the 1920s” at the 16 th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held in Birmingham, U.K. in June, as the culmination of a month of research at Cambridge and the British Film Institute in London. At the 8 th Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference in Tulsa in October, she introduced the conference screening of Dudley Murphy’s 1929 RKO film, “Black and Tan [Fantasy]” and gave a paper on the film, “Cinematic Avant-garde Meets Harlem Renaissance?...”


During Terms Six and Seven, DOUG HANSON (art) guided his second group of art students to Japan with the assistance of many Japanese alumni. His summer began with a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as a chaperone for his wife’s high school Spanish class, adding to his contribution as a member of Cornell’s Latin American Studies faculty. For the remainder of the summer Hanson worked in his ceramics studio making pieces for September’s Lincoln Highway Festival.


During the summer of 2006, SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) worked with Cornell College students Lisa Lefebure and Allison Scharmota investigating aspects of accounting and labor history. The paper with Ms. Lefebure, “Reconstruction and Analysis of Eighteenth Century Balance Sheets,” was presented in August at the All-Iowa Economic History Workshop ( Iowa City) and in September at the Cardiff Business School’s conference on Accounting, Business, and Financial History (UK).

For the Australian Journal of Economic History, Hejeebu recently refereed an article. Also in September, she wrote a commissioned essay on the teaching of economic history. The essay “Teaching the History of the Firm - Recommendations for Reading (and Re-Reading)” was published by the on-line network EH.Teach. In October, she gave a talk for the “Conversation on Teaching” series. In November, she served as a discussant for a panel entitled “Caste and Inequality in Colonial India” at the Social Science History Association Conference in Minneapolis. Also in November she attended a teaching workshop at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published reviews of The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs by David P. Currie, and Struggle for the Heartland: The Campaigns from Fort Henry to Corinth by Stephen D. Engle. Both reviews appear in The Historian (2006, Vol. 68).


JAMES MARTIN (music) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra for a three-year term beginning August of 2006. Also he attended the annual meeting/conference of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory in Los Angeles in November.


JULIA MOFFITT (kinesiology) attended the National Experimental Biology annual meeting in San Francisco in April where she presented the paper titled “Hindlimb unloading (Hu) results in anhedonia, reduced heart rate variability (HRV), and autonomic imbalance.” She also was awarded a tuition scholarship to attend the ADInstruments PowerLab teaching physiology workshop at the University of Chicago July 31-August 1.

Moffitt published a research manuscript titled “Reduced hedonic behavior and altered cardiovascular function induced by mild sodium depletion in rats,” co-authored by A.J. Grippo, T.G. Beltz and A.K. Johnson in Behavioral Neuroscience 10(5), 1133-1143, 2006. She is also an inventor, along with A.P. Kramer and I. Libbus, on published United States Patent Application #20060224202: System to Treat AV-conducted ventricular tachyarrhytmia


(Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.). MICHELLE MOUTON (English) directed the ACM London program during the spring semester, 2006. In July, 2006 she presented papers at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Conference at Durham University and the conference on Trollope and Gender at the University of Exeter. Her article on Anthony Trollope, “Should Phineas Finn be Salaried? Payment of M.P.s, Coverture, and the Merits of Public Service,” is forthcoming in the 2006 issue of the Victorians Institute Journal.


In March, 2006, KATY STAVREVA (English) chaired a panel on “Queens in Literature and Religion” at a University of Nebraska-Lincoln conference on Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England. Stavreva's review of Marion Gibson’s collection, Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750, is forthcoming in the journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 1:2 (2006). She is also a reader of article submissions to the journal. An article on “Layering Knowledge: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom,” which Stavreva co-authored with SHANNON REED (English), appeared in the journal Pedagogy 6:3 (2006).


In April, LEON TABAK (computer science) contributed to a pilot project directed by the University of Oregon’s Center for Educational Policy Research, where he evaluated syllabi. The project’s leaders have since invited him to contribute to the main project, which is examining instruction in computer science in high schools. He read Advanced Placement examinations for the Educational Testing Service during eleven days in June at Clemson University. At the end of June, Tabak taught a week-long course, held at the Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, for teachers of Advanced Placement courses.

Tabak presented a talk titled “Sputnik and Education for our Age” to the Science Interest Group in September. He reviewed an article on “Frequency Division Multiplexing” for the editor of The Handbook of Computer Networks and reviewed a book proposal for Thomson Learning. Tabak presented a one-day workshop for AP teachers at Marquette University in Milwaukee in October.


Cornell undergraduate Danielle Bowen and CRAIG TEPPER (biology) presented a research poster at the R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium. The title of their presentation was “Millepora: Speciation or Phenotypic Plasticity?” Cornell undergraduate Melody Roth and Tepper received a grant from the R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program for a project titled “Isolation of Genes Responsible for Phenotypic Plasticity in Amphibians.” Cornell students Haley Elledge, Melody Roth, Angela McCulley and Annie Shelton conducted student-faculty research in Tepper’s lab this past summer.