Faculty/Staff Newsletter Spring, 2009
A new revised paperback edition of CRAIG ALLIN'S (politics) book, The Politics of Wilderness Preservation, has been published by the University of Alaska Press and is being distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Allin has also contracted with Salem Press to edit the forthcoming three-volume general reference set, Global Resources, which is an updated and expanded version of the 1999 award-winning reference set, Natural Resources, edited by Craig Allin and Mark S. Coyne (University of Kentucky).
In December, DEVAN BATY (French) participated in a 16th Century French Literature panel at the annual Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco. Her presentation was titled "Culpable Beauty and Gendered Vengeance in Boaistuau's Histoires Tragiques."
MARTY CONDON (biology) participated in the ACM/PKAL/FaCE Workshop on Science Education at Grinnell December 5-7.
ERIN CALHOUN DAVIS (sociology) had an article, "Situating ‘Fluidity': (Trans) Gender Identification and the Regulation of Gender Diversity," published in GLQ.
"The Marvelous Record of Life, " an art installation created by SANDRA DYAS (art) and TONY PLAUT (art) was exhibited in February at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. In early April, Dyas traveled to Portland, Oregon to give a lecture on her 2007 book Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians. Twenty-three black and white gelatin silver prints were exhibited at the North View Gallery at Portland Community College. In December of 2008, she was chosen as the photographer to represent Iowa in "The 50 States Project." Created and curated by the UK-based photographer Stuart Pilkington, the goal is to collect over 300 images from unique perspectives across the modern day United States. This year-long project began in January of 2009.
BECKI ELKINS (Institutional Research and Assessment) attended the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association March 27 - April 1, where she became Chair of the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. She also co-presented two conference sessions: "Principles of Good Practice: Academic and Student Affairs Partnership Programs" and "Selling Qualitative Assessments to Data Gurus." Elkins and co-author Melanie Guentzel (St. Cloud State University) received the Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Award from the Commission for Graduate and Professional School Educators for their book Supporting Graduate and Professional Students: The Role of Student Affairs.
REBECCA ENTEL (English) presented a paper titled "Elizabeth Keckley, Abraham Lincoln, and the Freedom to Compare" at the Midwest Modern Language Association's annual conference in November. In addition, her short story, "The Yak," was a finalist in Cutthroat Journal's Rick De Marinis Short Fiction Competition.
GLENN FREEMAN (English) read new poems on the poetry panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association in Minneapolis in November 2008. He has an interview with poet Michael Collier being reprinted in an anthology of writing from Milkweed editions. He has also had new poems accepted for publication in 32 Poems Magazine, The Birmingham Poetry Review, and Main Street Rag. His essay, "John Berryman: On the Self as Nation," is included in an edited collection, Compelling Confessions: The Politics of Personal Disclosure, which was recently accepted for publication by Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press.
MELINDA GREEN (psychology) published an invited manuscript titled, "Femininity and Eating Disorders," to Directions in Psychiatry Research. Green and her team of Cornell undergraduate research assistants also published a manuscript titled, "Eating Disorder Behaviors and Depression: A Minimal Relationship Beyond Social Comparison, Self-Esteem, and Body Dissatisfaction" in The Journal of Clinical Psychology. Green is currently writing an invited chapter titled, "Feminine Norms and Eating Disturbance" for publication in the International Handbook of Behavior, Diet, and Nutrition. She and her research students have two additional empirical articles under review. Team members presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of April.
During this school year, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) and ERIC ROSS (classical and modern languages) were invited to beta-test a new elementary Latin textbook for college students, Disce Latinam. Cornell is one of only eight institutions invited by Prentice-Hall and the textbook authors to participate.
In February, John hosted nine Latin methods students from the University of Iowa who observed him at different times over the course of one week teaching his Beginning Latin II class. In April, he followed up with a visit to the University of Iowa to speak with those same students and others about current issues in Latin pedagogy, such as oral Latin in the classroom, advocacy and outreach, and national Standards for Latin teacher preparation. This spring, John has also been invited to be an outside evaluator of Classics majors' capstone projects at Truman State University.
From October to April, John chaired the World Languages Advisory Committee, a group of interested Mount Vernon parents, teachers, and administrators developing a plan for deepening and expanding world language opportunities in the Mount Vernon Community Schools. In April, he presented the recommendations of the committee to the Mount Vernon Community School Board.
DOUG HANSON (art) was on sabbatical this spring and was able to produce a large number of pots, testing new clays and glazes. His work has been in several exhibitions beginning with a one-person exhibition at the Raymond Avenue Gallery in St. Paul in December. He was part of an online exhibit of teacups at AKAR Design in Iowa City in March. While attending the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Phoenix, his work was featured in a Memorial Exhibit for Potters for Peace. He has also been able to put new work in both the Eclectic Eye Gallery in Davenport and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
SANTHI HEJEEBU (economics & business) recently served as a referee for the journal Explorations in Economic History.
TODD KNOOP (economics & business) is serving as the Director of the ACM's study abroad program in Botswana until July of 2009. He is also working on the second edition of his book, Understanding Business Cycles: Recessions and Depressions, to be published later in the year.
JAMES MARTIN (music) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to be a seminar participant and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University this summer. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Orchestra Iowa, (the Cedar Rapids Symphony).
JOSEPH MOLLEUR (religion) presented his research on Swami Prabhavananda's appropriation of Eastern Orthodoxy's "Jesus Prayer" tradition in two venues this past November: as a conference paper at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago, and here at the College as a HAIG lecture. Swami Prabhavananda, a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order, led the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1923-1976.
This spring ALFRIETA MONAGAN (anthropology) attended the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe. She incorporated information from those meetings into her course Medical Anthropology that was taught in March. She also attended several sessions of the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Francisco last November.
MICHELLE MOUTON (English) presented her essay "A Colony of Little Pensioners: Margaret Oliphant's Hester on Aging and Agism" at the 18th and 19th British Women Writer's Conference, April 2.
In April, MARY OLSON (sociology/anthropology) attended the Annual National Conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies in San Diego. She presented a paper titled "Jurisdiction and the Struggle for Justice: Treaty Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest," which was based on research carried out in the states of Washington and Oregon.
In February TONY PLAUT (art) exhibited seven sculptures at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery in the Bachman Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa. The show also included the photographs of Cornell photography instructor, SANDRA DYAS (art). Their joint exhibition was titled, "The Marvelous Record of Life." Each of Plaut's seven pieces used mechanical components to produce sound of one sort or another; some used electric power and others used spring wound motors or compressed air.
Later that same month, Tony Plaut launched tonyplaut.com, a new web site devoted to his art activities.
SHANNON REED (English) presented "An Appetite for English Words: The Commonplace-Book and English Authority in the Eighteenth Century" at the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference in Philadelphia, November 20-23. The paper examines the developing nationalism that accounts for changes in reading practices and pedagogy in the 18th century. Shannon will continue to work on this project next year during her sabbatical. She has received a Huntington Fellowship and a Clark Fellowship to study at the Huntington and William Andrews Clark libraries in southern California. She has also been invited to join an NEH Summer Seminar on the topic: "Anglo-Irish Identities."
KIRILKA STAVREVA (English) published an article, "Dream Loops and Short-Circuited Nightmares: Post-Brechtian Tempests in Post-Communist Bulgaria" in the 3.2 (Spring/Summer 2008) issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation .
Supplementing performance criticism of Shakespearean adaptations with practice, in November 2008 she produced a Western rendition of Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It, directed by award-winning actress and director Lisa Wolpe. The production was the culmination of Stavreva's course Shakespeare after Shakespeare: Performance and Cultural Criticism. She continues to serve as Secretary of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society.
In January, CATHERINE STEWART (history) delivered the keynote speech for the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa's Big Read (funded by the NEH) of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Stewart's talk, titled "Feast, Flood, and Famine: Zora Neale Hurston's Search for African American Folk Culture," was delivered at public libraries throughout Iowa, including Des Moines, Davenport, Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Keokuk, and Cedar Rapids. Stewart also received a research grant from Dimensions, which funded a week of research at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture in Harlem. Part of this research was presented by Stewart in Boston in March at the Northeast Modern Language Association's Annual Conference in a paper titled "Crazy for this Democracy: Psychoanalytic Theory and African American Autopathography."
CYNTHIA STRONG (chemistry) was a co-author on a publication titled "Initiation and Elongation in Fibrillation of ALS-linked Superoxide Dismutase" with Joan Valentine's group at UCLA. The article appeared in the December 2, 2008 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was selected as the feature article for the issue. At the end of Term 7, she attended the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City with the eight students in her Advanced Analytical Chemistry class. Strong gave a presentation titled "Chemistry of Global Health Issues: An introductory course for non-majors" at the meeting.
LEON TABAK (computer science) led a workshop sponsored by the College Board for teachers of Advanced Placement in Computer Science on December 17 at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul. He accepted an invitation from the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) to serve as a Curriculum Advisor. In that role, he helps AP teachers conform to the College Board's standards. He met with other curriculum advisors and the staff of EPIC on January 31 in Eugene, Oregon. He also continues in his role of Senior Reviewer of AP syllabi for the College Board and EPIC. Leon accepted an invitation to serve as an Educational Councilor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He interviewed local students who had applied for admission to MIT. In January, Leon visited the Mount Vernon Public Schools and Security Coverage, a software firm in Cedar Rapids, to meet the people with whom his students were working in their internships. Leon attended the University of Iowa Computing Conference on February 27. On March 15, he appeared on "Ethical Perspectives on the News," a program broadcast by KCRG-TV Channel 9 in Cedar Rapids. He joined two other panelists in a discussion titled "Is There a Conservative Bias in Higher Education?" On March 17, Leon visited the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, to see the facilities of the new school and learn more about its path-breaking curriculum.
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MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences) was elected Vice-President/President-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) of the Iowa Library Association. The three years of responsibilities began January 2009. Mary attended the national ACRL conference in Seattle, March 12-15. Mary and DERIN SHERMAN (physics) co-authored an article "A Physics Professor and a Science Librarian Challenge Non-Majors to Evaluate Science" published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, No. 56. Winter 2009. The theme of the issue was innovations in education.
JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities) gave a poetry reading at the Midwestern Modern Language Association convention in Minneapolis in November. Jen and MIKKI SMITH were guest speakers for the School of Library and Information Science Reference course, discussing social networks and virtual reference.
MIKKI SMITH (Interim Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences) was admitted to the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she will enroll in fall 2009. She intends to pursue her research interests in library history and print culture for youth.