SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) attended the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Comparative Cognition in Melbourne, FL, March 14 - 18 with Cornell student Holly Latterell. She also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. In January, Astley went to Washington D.C., with other local members of Democracy for America (DFA) for the swearing-in ceremony of DAVID LOEBSACK (politics), as Congressional Representative for the 2 nd District of Iowa. She is also Chair of Democracy for America, Linn County, and was on the planning committee for the March 24-25 DFA Iowa Training Academy.
DEVAN BATY (French) presented a paper titled “Female Currency in the Economy of Male Friendship In Vérité Habanc’s Nouvelles histoires tant tragiques que comiques” at the annual Renaissance Society of America conference held in March in Miami, Florida.
ANNE BUSHA (psychology) co-authored a poster titled “Teaching Professionalism: The Search for the Grail” presented at the 33rd Annual Predoctoral Education conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in January. At this same conference she co-authored a workshop, “Latino Cultural Competence: Understanding Diversity in Teaching and Providing Health care.” Additionally, she co-authored a poster, “Teaching Healthcare Providers about Domestic Violence,” presented at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in San Francisco in early March. Also in late March Busha co-authored and presented a workshop, “Talking to Teens: Teaching Residents and Medical Students How to Interview Adolescents in a Clinical Setting” at the Society for Adolescent Medicine conference in Denver.
DIANE CROWDER’S (French) article "From the Straight Mind to Queer Theory" will appear in a special issue of GLQ devoted to the work of Monique Wittig. This is a revised and updated version of the paper she presented at Harvard in December 2004 in a conference organized as a memorial to Wittig. In addition to selected papers from the conference, the issue will include a previously unpublished work of literary theory by Wittig, and the first publication in English of one of her short stories. GLQ is the premier journal of lesbian/gay/queer theory in the U.S.
MELINDA GREEN (psychology) currently serves as the Co-Book Review Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, a scientific journal published by Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for four peer-reviewed journals including The Counseling Psychologist, The Journal of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry Research, and Behavior Therapy. Green recently received Dimensions funding to present alongside Cornell College undergraduates Jada Hallengren (’08) and Christopher Davids (’10) at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco in August. The team will be presenting their project titled “Feminine Identities as Predictors of Eating Disorder Symptomatology.”
Green and Cornell College undergraduate students Cori Riopel, Anna Skaggs, and Jada Hallengren have submitted a manuscript titled “Feminist Identity and Feminine Identities as Predictors of Eating Disorder Symptomatology” to Psychology of Women Quarterly. Green is simultaneously completing two additional research projects examining biopsychosocial correlates of eating disorders. She has received Dimensions funding to mentor Cornell College student Christopher Davids in the summer of ’07 on a project examining heart rate variability (hrv) in eating disorder diagnoses and in response to media objectification. Green and Cornell student Jada Hallengren recently received a grant from the R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program to help fund the purchase of additional ECG equipment to expedite data collection on the hrv project. It is anticipated that aspects of the project will be submitted for publication in the fall of 2007.
Green continues to collaborate with Dr. Norman Scott from Iowa State University, on two ongoing studies examining psychological and sociocultural correlates of eating disorders. One manuscript, exploring the relationship between depressed symptomatology, submissive behavior, social comparison, self-esteem, and eating disorder symptoms, will be completed and submitted for publication in the summer of 2007.
BENJAMIN GREENSTEIN (geology) organized and chaired a session titled "Applied Reef Coral Paleoecology" at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Philadelphia held in October 2006. The session was comprised of 13 papers given by an international collection of geoscientists. Greenstein presented the final paper of the session, titled "Predictions of the response of reef coral communities to climate change: Evidence from the Pleistocene fossil record.”
In November Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology was published by Springer-Verlag in which Greenstein wrote Chapter Two titled "Taphonomy: Detecting critical events in fossil reef coral assemblages.”
In January, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classics) presented a paper, "Writing to Read and Writing to Culture: The Interactive Reading Journal and First Person Epitome," at the American Philological Association in San Diego. In April, he presented "Teaching Beginning Greek through Culture" at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) in Cincinnati. At the same meeting, he was elected as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of CAMWS. Finally, to address the critical need for more high school Latin teachers, Gruber-Miller is part of a planning team to design and implement an on-line Latin teaching methodology course. Sunoikisis: Exploring Collaborations in Classics, a part of the NITLE Consortium, is sponsoring this initiative of small, liberal arts colleges.
DOUG HANSON (art) exhibited his work at several venues recently including the Yunomi (tea bowl show) at the AKAR gallery in Iowa City February through March; a platter exhibition at the Lincoln Café in Mount Vernon March through April; and wall platters at the Wiederspan Gallery Opening in Cedar Rapids on April 13.
SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics and business) reviewed the research monograph Business of Empire, the East India Company and Imperial Britain for the on-line economic history community EH.net. For Palgrave Macmillan, she reviewed a forthcoming textbook, The Economic Conversation. This distinctive work combines heterodox approaches to economics with basic rhetorical analysis. With her colleague Anne McCants from the Department of History at MIT, Hejeebu organized fourteen economics panels for the 2007 Social Science History Association meetings to be held in Chicago this November. In March, Hejeebu attended a seminar titled “History of the Sleeping Car” held at the Newberry Library.
Recently JANET LAUROESCH (art) had six photographs selected for the Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial and an artist’s book selected for the Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition held at the Octagon Center in Ames. Earlier in the year, her work was displayed on The University of Iowa’s Daily Palette website. She taught a drawing workshop at University of Iowa’s Medical Education and Research Facility, and a monotype workshop at Mt. Vernon High School.
During February, Lauroesch traveled to the Bahamas, supported by funding from a Hewlett Faculty and Curriculum Development Grant and the generosity of the Gerace Research Center, in order to develop an off-campus landscape drawing course. In April, she traveled to Miami to complete her research, viewing artwork at the Lowe Art Museum and the Miami Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. She plans to travel to Berlin during the summer to view artwork related to her interests in Northern Baroque still life and international contemporary art.
JAMES MARTIN (music) presented his paper, “Rock Music and Racism from the beginning to MTV,” at Cornell’s Intercultural Conference in November. He also conducted a pre-concert lecture on “Brahms Symphony No. 4: Brahams the Intellectual” prior to the January 27th Cedar Rapids Symphony concert.
Martin was also an invited lecturer in March at St. John’s College – Santa Fe. His lecture was titled “Dishonorable Honor: Seeing Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde through Honor and Custom.”
LEON TABAK (computer science) took six students to the regional round of the ACM International Computer Programming Contest at the University of Northern Iowa in November. In that same month, he accompanied students Dimo Dimitrov and David Baur to the Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics where the students presented reports on their research at the Argonne National Laboratory.
In January Tabak visited William Penn University, at the invitation of the faculty, to review their computer science program. Also in January, he represented the Cedar Rapids Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he serves as chairman, at a regional meeting in Chicago. Tabak also served as judge at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair on March 17.
Tabak is in the second phase of work he began in the fall in which he is evaluating syllabi for the University of Oregon’s Center for Educational Policy Research. Through his reviews of syllabi, he is contributing to the College Board’s efforts to strengthen Advanced Placement courses.
Finally, Tabak joined thirteen students and Professors EMILY WALSH (geology) and STEVE DeLONG (geology) on an exploration of Death Valley National Park during the College’s spring break.
CRAIG TEAGUE (chemistry) and MARY ANNE TEAGUE (chemistry) were featured in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The article discussed the challenges and strategies of four different two-chemist families.
Craig and Mary Anne also recently attended the 233 rd National Meeting of the ACS in Chicago where the Cornell chapter of Student Affiliates of the ACS received an award from the national organization, and students Justin Valenstein and Teresa Beary presented on the successes of Cornell’s young SAACS chapter (which Craig advises). In addition, Valenstein and Jenny Bean presented two posters on research carried out in Craig’s laboratory. Craig presented “Using forensic science to teach non-majors about science and chemical principles,” coauthored by CHARLEY LIBERKO (chemistry) and Jason Kolowski, a Cornell alumnus and guest lecturer; Craig also presented “Investigation of the interaction between polyoxometalates and oxide surfaces,” coauthored by Cornell students Bean, Valenstein, and Tina Pontarelli.
In addition to the ACS meeting, Craig attended the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in West Lafayette, IN, and an ACM workshop on “Charting a Meaningful Scholarly Career” in Northfield, MN. Recently, Craig was the speaker for The University of Iowa’s Analytical Chemistry Seminar, where his presentation was titled “Polyoxometalates on Surfaces: Imaging, Spectroscopy, and Electrochemistry.”
BRENDA TOOLEY (Dean of the College) organized and hosted the 31st annual conference of the Society for Utopian Studies in Colorado Springs in October. She also was a guest panelist representing liberal arts colleges at the University of Northern Iowa symposium on leadership in higher education in April. The book she edited with Nicole Pohl, Oxford Brookes University, London, titled Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century was published in 2007.
ANDY WILDENBERG (computer science) attended the "Privacy in Statistical Databases" conference in Rome, Italy, where he presented the paper "Privacy-Preserving Data Set Union," which describes a new protocol that allows medical studies to combine patient data (discarding duplicate patients) without revealing the identities of the patients.
Wildenberg also attended the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium meeting at Cornell College where he gave the talk "Adapting an Open-Source Web-Based Assessment System for the Automated Grading of Program Fragments." It described work developed during summer collaborations between Wildenberg and Cornell students Jacqueline Baldwin and David Baur. The work was funded by a two-year grant from the NSF that is nearing completion.
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JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian), MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences), JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Performing Arts and Humanities), TONNIE HAAS (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences), ANNETTE BECK (Academic Media Consultant), MARIAH STEELE (Writing Consultant), and JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) attended the Iowa Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries Conference at Grinnell College on March 23. Donham, Beck, Steele and Johanningmeier presented “Beyond Sources: Instructional Interventions Across the Inquiry Process.” Iber presented “Work Worth Respecting: Enhancing Relationships.”
ANNETTE BECK (Academic Media Consultant) attended the Instructional Technology Leader’s Conference, March 26-28 at Depauw University, Greencastle, IN. The conference enables instructional technologists from small liberal arts colleges to share ideas regarding the future of instructional technology.
AILEEN CHANG-MATUS (Serials Assistant) was elected President of the Linn County Library Consortium in September 2006. She also serves on the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Iowa Library Association.
GREG COTTON (Technical Services Librarian and Consulting Librarian for Art History) attended OCLC’s Members Council in Quebec February 3-7 along with Cornell third-year student, Monica Wieskamp, who was doing an internship in the library Term 6. The theme of the meeting, attended by world-wide delegates, was cultural differences in the library cooperative. Cotton is also Vice-Chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group for OCLC.
Cotton attended Executive Committee meetings as a trustee for the Bibliographic Center for Research (BCR) in Denver on September 21-22, December 7-8, and February 15-16. 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.
JEAN DONHAM (College Librarian) led a one-day workshop on Information Literacy for Librarians at University of Kansas, January 9 in Lawrence, Kansas.
Donham reviewed three manuscripts for School Library Media Research Online: 1) An exploratory study of biology teachers’ online information seeking practices; 2) Social marketing strategies; and 3) Collections and Collaboration: Science in Michigan middle school media centers.
Donham is a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museums and Library Services –National Leadership Grants. She is also the 2007-08 President of the Iowa Library Association/ACRL division.
TONNIE HAAS (Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) and KRISTIN REIMANN (Library Secretary/ILL Assistant) attended the first annual Midwest Interlibrary Loan Conference at Loras College in Dubuque on April 13. The conference featured sessions on current issues, copyright, software, and work flow.
MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) is serving a two-year term on the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Planning Committee. She served on the ILA/ACRL Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee which reviewed current mentorship practices among librarians and made recommendations for a pilot program in Iowa.