Spring 2006

ADDISON AULT (chemistry) attended the 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Atlanta, GA, in March. He represented the Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society as Councilor at this meeting.

ANN CANNON (mathematics) was a member of a three-person team asked by Morningside College to evaluate faculty for a prestigious campus award (faculty awardees were presented with $10,000 to do with what they wished and an additional $3,000 for development). Cannon worked with the team to narrow the field of potential winners down to five, then visited the campus to interview and observe in class the remaining nominees. She will continue on this committee for two more years. Cannon also attended the Iowa Summit on Math, Science and Technology Education in November.

In the past year, the Smithsonian Institution awarded MARTY CONDON (biology) an honorary title, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded her three supplementary grants: two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grants and an International Research (INT) grant. The REU grants helped support three Cornell College students, one of whom (Frank Serna) succeeded in a competition for an NSF Undergraduate Diversity travel grant, which paid for his travel and presentation at the annual meetings for the Society for the Study of Evolution. Another of the students, Sara Marsteller, won a highly competitive Smithsonian Institution summer internship. Condon, Marsteller, and Serna presented two posters at the annual evolution meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska. The INT award supports research on the coevolution of flies and plant chemistry with chemists from Peru (Dr. Eric Cosio, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Péru) and Colorado State University (Dr. Jorge Vivanco, Director of the Center for Rhizosphere Biology, and Dr. Frank Stermitz, Centennial Professor, Department of Chemistry).

Condon’s sabbatical research involving scanning electron microscopy was supported by a fourth NSF award: a Research Opportunity Award (ROA) to ISU to support Condon’s research on fly wing shape with Dr. Dean Adams of Iowa State University.

JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian) served as an external reviewer for the Program Review of the Department of Library Science at the University of Northern Iowa in March, 2006.

In March, SANDRA DYAS (art) attended the 43rd national conference of Society for Photographic Education held in Chicago. A New Pluralism: Photography’s Future focused on the photographic image and the influence of new technologies. The discussion of how academia can eliminate barriers between the various arts and humanity courses in our colleges was of primary concern, as was the on-going concern of how to integrate new technologies into our classrooms. Also this March, Dyas was invited to exhibit work at the Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola. A large photographic collage titled “Oh Say Can You See” was included in the group show Mass Media = Truth? The exhibit addressed the condition of mass media in America and the impact it has on our “reality.”

Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa invited Dyas to exhibit twenty photographs from her series, Music & Iowa: Photographs from My Files, at the Cortona Gallery in February. Currently she is exhibiting Photographs from the Czech Republic in Gallery Two on the 8th Floor of the John Colloton Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals. This series of black and white photographs were taken in the Czech Republic in 2002 and are part of the body of work made possible by a Cornell faculty development grant.

 GLENN FREEMAN (English) has recently published a chapbook of his poems, Fading Proofs, with Q Avenue Press. Four of his poems were accepted for publication in a forthcoming poetry anthology from the Iowa Source, and his poetry manuscript Keeping the Tigers Behind Us was this year's Elixir Press award winner. The book will be published by Elixir in the spring of 2007.

MELINDA GREEN (psychology) presented two papers, “Eating Disorder Prevention: Prevention Efficacy as a Function of Dissonance Level” and “Depression as a Function of Eating Disorder Symptomatology” at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in August, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Melinda had two additional proposals accepted for presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in New Orleans to be held in August, 2006. One presentation entitled, “Feminist Identity and Eating Disorders: One Identity or Many?” will be jointly presented with Cornell students Lydia Brock and Cori Riopel. The other presentation, describing teaching of psychology in the liberal arts context, will be co-presented with CAROL ENNS (psychology). Green also became an ad-hoc reviewer for two peer-reviewed journals including The Counseling Psychologist and The Journal of Clinical Psychology. She published a book review for Psychology of Women Quarterly and published an article titled “Relational-Interdependent Self-Construal as a Function of Eating Disorder Symptomatology” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Green currently has an article titled “Feminist Identity and Eating Disorders: One Identity or Many?” under review in Sex Roles. The article is co-written with Cornell students Lydia Brock and Cori Riopel.

BEN GREENSTEIN (geology) published a paper on his research in Western Australia. The paper appeared in the journal Coral Reefs and is titled "A fossil reef from the last interglacial, Western Australia." Greenstein also reviewed the 4th Edition of History of Life published by Blackwell Scientific Publishing. The review was published in the journal Palaios.

LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English) published “Redirecting Desires, Switching Sex and Redirecting Desire: The Surrealist Film, Entr'acte, and Woolf's Orlando" in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany of Summer 2005. In November, 2005, she presented "1926, Film Theory & the Fashion Police: Virginia Woolf, the Film Society, the Little Magazines and Vogue" in the panel, “Writing Modernism, Writing Fashion” at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Chicago. She gave a paper “Doomed Expeditions in Film & Fiction: Early Antarctic Films in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse” at the 15th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf at Lewis and Clark University. In March, 2006, Hankins researched at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and attended the conference of the Associated Writing Programs.

In March, SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) and John Murray of the University of Toledo organized a dozen economics panels for the 2006 Social Science History Association Conference to be held in Minneapolis during the first week of October. Also in March, she was invited to attend a mentoring workshop for junior economists in Chicago. The workshop was sponsored by the American Economics Association and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation. She recently refereed an article for the Journal of Economic History. In January and February, Hejeebu served on the Economic History Association’s committee on graduate research. She participated in the awarding of dissertation research fellowships, travel grants, and data exploration grants.

In January, MARK HUNTER (theatre and communications studies) directed a critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman for Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. The production, which was mounted as part of Riverside Theatre's celebration of its 25th anniversary as a professional arts institution, featured Cornell Artists-in-Residence RON CLARK and JODY HOVLAND as Willy and Linda Loman respectively

JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) published an article on Ernst Troeltsch in the Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development (Sage, 2006), and a review of Mystics: Presence and Aporia, edited by Michael Kessler and Christian Sheppard, in the Anglican Theological Review (vol. 88, no. 1). He also attended the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies in Philadelphia in November, 2005, as well as the Upper Midwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held in Minneapolis in March, 2006, where he presented a paper on “Supreme Divine Female Power in the Sri Lalita Sahasranama,” a Hindu goddess-worship text in the tradition of Tantric Shaktism. Molleur also served as a panelist for Cole Library’s discussion of Fareed Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom in November, 2005.

MARY OLSON (sociology and anthropology) traveled to the Pacific Northwest during March, 2006 to interview tribal, inter-tribal, state, and federal officials involved with the administration of treaty-guaranteed fishing rights. The interviews focused on tribal participation in salmon habitat recovery efforts.

This spring, KATY STAVREVA’s (English) book project, “Words Like Daggers”: Injurious Female Speech in Early Modern England was awarded Cornell's first Ryan-Sklenicka Faculty Award and a Newberry Library/British Academy Fellowship for study in Great Britain. She will use these grants to research the verbal violence of scolding and "shrewish" women as documented in court records from the period, which are held at the Greater London Record Office and the Guildhall Library in London. An article on “Layering Knowledge: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom,” which Stavreva co-authored with SHANNON REED (English), will appear in the September 2006 issue of the journal Pedagogy.

CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) recently presented at the 231 st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Atlanta. His talk was given in a symposium titled “Balancing the Equation: Finding a Personal/Professional Equilibrium.” His presentation, coauthored by his spouse MARY ANNE TEAGUE (chemistry), focused on the joys and challenges of a two-chemist couple in today’s workforce. In the talk, their perspective on important questions facing dual-career couples was discussed. Craig Teague attended other professional meetings including the 53 rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges, where he led a laboratory session. In addition, he attended a week-long workshop at Beloit College on Materials Science and Nanotechnology for Chemists. His participation in this workshop was funded by a previously received ACM Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Grant.

Teague was recently awarded a grant from the R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program for the project “Investigations in Metal Oxide Surface Bonding.” Cornell student Jennifer Bean was a coauthor on the grant, and the two of them will work together on the laboratory research for the project. He has served on the Department of Chemistry Advisory Board for his alma mater, Missouri State University, since spring 2005. In this capacity, he travels to board meetings to advise the department in planning for the future.