Faculty/Staff Newsletter Fall 2008
In May and June, SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) sponsored Brette Deaton for a Cornell Fellows research experience in the laboratory of Professor Masako Jitsumori at Chiba University in Japan. In June, July and August Astley was a visiting professor at the University of Vermont, collaborating on research on contextual and time cues in learning with Professor Mark Bouton of UVM. In October, she served as a reviewer of group travel study proposals for the GLCA Fund for the Study of Japan.
During the past six months ADDISON AULT (chemistry) had four papers published in the Journal of Chemical Education: "The Meaning of Meso;" "Frank Westheimer's Early Demonstration of Enzymatic Specificity;" "Representing Fractional Distributions in Chemistry;" and "Percy Julian, Robert Robinson, and the Identity of Eserethole." The last of these articles interpreted the chemistry behind the Percy Julian-Robert Robinson disagreement that was featured in the NOVA production "Percy Julian - Forgotten Genius." In August Ault attended the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.
In October, ERIN CALHOUN DAVIS (sociology) and five Cornell students visited Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College in Japan as part of the Cornell Ambassadors Program. She also gave a public presentation, "Feminist Identities and Ideologies among Contemporary College Students: Is Feminism Just in the Water?" while at Aoyama Gakuin.
Sara Marsteller (Cornell '07) is first-author on a paper coauthored by MARTY CONDON and collaborators at Iowa State University (Dean C. Adams, Michael L. Collyer): "Six cryptic species on a single species of host plant: morphometric evidence for possible reproductive character displacement," Ecological Entomology, Published Online: Oct 7 2008. Marsteller, as well as many other students, contributed to results reported by Condon and collaborators (Susan Swensen, Ithaca College; Matt Lewis and Sonja Scheffer, USDA) in a paper entitled: "Hidden Neotropical Diversity: Greater than the Sum of its Parts" published in Science (16 May 2008).
In June, in Suriname, Condon presented a paper ("Diversity Hidden In Sex-Changing Vines," which she coauthored with collaborators Lewis, Scheffer, and Swensen) at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. In August, she presented a poster in Milwaukee ("Tom Sawyer Science: Partners Painting the Picture of Diversity," coauthored by Yvonne Andres, globalschoolnet.org, and Laura Pearce, University of Missouri-St. Louis) at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, and she gave an invited talk in Costa Rica ("Tom Sawyer Science: How Scientists Can Communicate with the Public") at an NSF-funded workshop sponsored by the Organization for Tropical Studies.
JENNIFER FAGENBAUM (kinesiology) gave a presentation titled "The Sexual Dimorphism in Cardiovascular Regulation is Dependent upon Intact Baroreceptor Function" at the 55th annual American College of Sports Medicine Conference in May. This presentation summarized her most recent findings from post-doctoral work completed at The University of Iowa, which centered around defining physiological mechanisms contributing to sex-specific differences in cardiovascular function between males and females.
ROBERT GIVENS (history) is spending the fall semester as a Fulbright scholar at the School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russia. On October 28 he was one of the discussants at a press conference organized by the Russian publisher of Barack Obama's Audacity of Hope. In November he presented a paper "Post War Anticommunism and Hollywood," at a conference devoted to "United States of America: Results of the XX century, entering the XXI century" at Tomsk State University in Siberia.
Professor MELINDA GREEN (psychology) submitted an invited manuscript titled, "Femininity and Eating Disorders" to Directions in Psychiatry Research. Green and her undergraduate research team published two manuscripts in 2008 including an article titled, "Femininity and Eating Disorders" in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and "Feminist Identity as a Predictor of Eating Disorder Diagnostic Status" in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. In addition, the team presented a paper titled, "Eating Disorders and Depression: Comorbidity Revisited" at the International Conference on Eating Disorders in April. The team currently has two submissions pending for presentation at this conference in May 2009. Finally, Green's research team currently has three additional manuscripts under review in peer-reviewed journals.
BEN GREENSTEIN (geology) traveled to Western Australia in May to conduct field work with Cornell student Kristyn Rodzinyak. They are investigating geological evidence for a rapid change in sea level that occurred approximately 125,000 years ago. In July Greenstein presented an invited paper about earlier work in Western Australia at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale. He also presented an invited paper at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Houston in early October where he reported preliminary results from the May trip with Rodzinyak.
In August, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical & modern languages) traveled to Ball State University to be a member of a six person team that translated the "voice" of the VRoma MOO (all of the system and interface messages, menu items, buttons, help screens, etc.) into classical Latin. The project was sponsored by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. In October, Gruber-Miller presented a session soliciting input from high school and college faculty regarding the APA/ACL National Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation at the joint meeting of AMICI, the Classical Association of Iowa, and the Illinois Classical Conference in the Quad Cities.
LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English) gave a featured presentation on the film, J'accuse, at the international Virginia Woolf conference in Denver in June, and has written two pieces on that anti-war film by Abel Gance; "Complicating Adaptation: Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway, and Abel Gance's 1918-1919 film, J'accuse" will appear shortly in the Selected Papers from the Eighteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, and the other, "Abel Gance's J'accuse and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: Re-reading a Modernist Novel by the Light of the Silver Screen," came out in September 2008 in the booklet along with the newly released DVD of the restored film: J'accuse: the Newly Restored 1919 Version from The Flicker Alley Collection. In August she completed her FaCE research travel in British Columbia for her forthcoming project on the modernist painter and writer, Emily Carr. She has designed a Dimensions course on the doctor/patient connection and served as an external reviewer for promotion review for the RTP committee at a peer institution.
In May, SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) presented a seminar to the archival staff of the Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library. A review of Shireen Moosvi's People,Taxation and Trade in Mughal India will soon appear in the Economic History Review (UK). As chair of the economics network of the Social Science History Association, Hejeebu, with colleagues Anne McCants (MIT) and Tim Leunig (London School of Economics), organized more than a dozen conference panels at the Association's annual conference which took place October 23-26 in Miami.
M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published two entries, "Marcellus Monroe Crocker" and "Stephen Watts Kearny," in David Hudson et al (eds.), The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa (University of Iowa Press). He also published an entry, "Lincoln and the Know-Nothing (American) Party," in Paul Finkelman et al (eds.), The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia (Congressional Quarterly Press).
JAMES MARTIN (music) gave the pre-performance lecture for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's June 2008 performance of Verdi's Aida. Martin continues to serve on the board of Orchestra Iowa (formerly called the Cedar Rapids Symphony).
MICHELLE MOUTON (English) presented her work, "Margaret Oliphant's Hester and the 1908 Pension Act" at the Victorians Institute Conference on November 4 at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
JENNY NUTTING KELCHEN (theatre & communications studies) designed the costumes for three plays by David Lindsay-Abaire for Iowa Summer Rep's 25th season. The productions of Wonder of the World, Rabbit Hole, and Fuddy Meers were performed at West High School in Iowa City, after the UI Theatre Building was flooded in June. Kelchen also attended this year's annual USITT costume symposium in Chapel Hill, NC, where she learned techniques in screen-printing, shibori and devoree dying, and rubberama during the four-day seminar on fabric modification.
On April 29-30, ANDREA J.D. PIONEK (chemistry), as the chemical hygiene officer for the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, attended a two-day lab safety short course in Lincoln, NE, presented by the Laboratory Safety Institute. On October 22, she attended the semiannual Iowa School for Environmental Responsibility (ISER) meeting at Drake University in Des Moines.
SHANNON REED (English) was invited to deliver a paper at the University of Namibia in October. She spoke on the nature of pre- and post-lapserian marriage in John Milton's Paradise Lost. She visited the University while leading an off-campus study course on southern African literature and culture in context.
In May, KATY STAVREVA (English) was invited to deliver the keynote address for the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University. Her lecture, "Patching the Peace with the ‘Billingsgate Seed': The Public Penance of Unquiet Women in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries," was the product of sabbatical research in the legal history of early modern church-court punishments for defamation by women and the re-visions of these punishments in Shakespeare's and Fletcher's plays. She was elected secretary of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society.
Stavreva also juried an article for the journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft (University of Pennsylvania) and a book manuscript for Palgrave McMillan Publishers. Her book review of Mary Ellen Lamb's and Karen Bamford's essay collection, Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts, is forthcoming in Renaissance Quarterly 61:3 (Fall 2008).
LEON TABAK (computer science) worked as a Question Leader for the Educational Testing Service during the reading of the Advanced Placement in Computer Science examinations. The reading took place during the first two weeks in June in Louisville, Kentucky. Tabak continues to consult for the College Board where he is a Senior Reviewer in its AP Audit program.
CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) attended the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, along with ADDISON AULT and Cornell student Kristyn Rodzinyak. Kristyn was chosen for the Physical Chemistry Symposium Workshops, and she also presented some of her research work done with RHAWN DENNISTON (geology). Teague gave a presentation titled "Trying POGIL on an unusual schedule" in the Division of Chemical Education, which focused on his use of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning techniques in some of his courses. He also served on a panel discussion during the POGIL symposium at that meeting.
JIM VAN VALEN (theatre & communications studies), a member of Actors' Equity Association, spent this summer in Vermont performing with the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble as Feste in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. He also served as Voice and Text Coach for The Riverside Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City and this fall appeared in Stones in His Pockets, directed by JODY HOVLAND (theatre & communication studies) at Riverside Theatre.
In August, ANDY WILDENBERG (computer science) presented a poster at the 2008 Course Curriculum Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) PI Conference, sponsored by the NSF. His poster was about the Java Auto Grader, a system he wrote which helps students evaluate the correctness of their programming assignments without waiting for their professor's grades.
DAVID YAMANISHI (politics) attended an ACM conference on civic engagement and human rights at Beloit College in April. In July, he traveled with five students to Washington, DC, to evaluate an Athgo International conference on public policy design and evaluation on behalf of the Berry Center, which funded the students' attendance.
During August CAROL ZERBE ENNS (psychology) received the Heritage Award which is given by the Society for the Psychology of Women (division of the American Psychological Association) "for distinguished, longstanding, and substantial contributions to feminist practice." Her work in the following areas was cited: the integration of feminist theories and practices, the development of ethical guidelines for the psychological treatment of girls and women, and the globalization of feminist practice.
While attending the August APA convention in Boston, Enns also participated in two symposia. Her remarks were titled "History and evolution of the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women," and "Feminist psychotherapy in a global context." Finally, she contributed to an invited address with two co-recipients (Joy Rice and Roberta Nutt) of the Woman of the Year Award (awarded in 2007).
During the fall of 2008, Enns concludes her three year term as a member of APA's Committee for International Relations in Psychology. She and MELINDA GREEN will also conclude their term as book review editors for the Psychology of Women Quarterly.
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GREG COTTON (Interim College Librarian and Systems Administrator) is on the State Library Task Force looking at an open source library system for Iowa.
KRISTIN REIMANN (Library Secretary and Interlibrary Loan Assistant) and ANDREA DUSENBERRY (Circulation Coordinator) attended the Support Staff Workshop in Boone in July.
JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities) was instrumental in planning and organizing the first Support Staff Workshop in Boone, sponsored by the Iowa Library Association for support staff around the state. Rouse attended the annual Iowa Library Association conference in Dubuque in October. She was appointed co-chair of the Mentoring committee for ILA/ACRL.
MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) presented "Searching the Web" at the Support Staff Workshop in Boone in July and attended the annual Iowa Library Association conference in Dubuque in October. Iber is serving as a mentor for a newer librarian in Iowa as part of a pilot program instituted through ILA/ACRL this year. She attended the American Library Association convention in Anaheim at the end of June. She focused mainly on the science and college related sessions.
LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Consultant) had a book review published in Dossierjournal.com, a new literary/art magazine published out of Brooklyn, NY.
SHAWN DOYLE (Writing Consultant for First-Year Students) presented "Training experts: Navigating jargon in writing center conferences" at the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) in Las Vegas in October.
JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning) and HOLLY MARTIN HUFFMAN (Academic Media) attended NITLE's "Web-Mapping" at Cornell in May. Johanningmeier arranged the "Basics of Manifold" workshop (funded by the Berry Center) held at Cornell College in June, which was also attended by MARY IBER, MIKKI SMITH (Interim Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences), and HOLLY MARTIN HUFFMAN.
HOLLY MARTIN HUFFMAN presented "Collaboration at Cornell College: the Center for Teaching and Learning" at "Beyond Business as Usual," the NITLE Instructional Technology Leaders' Conference at Washington and Lee in Lexington, VA, in April. Martin Huffman attended the Instructional Technologists at Liberal Arts Colleges at DePauw University in June.