Faculty/Staff Newsletter Spring, 2011

SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) served as an outside evaluator for Morningside College’s Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award in the Fall of 2010.  The Walker award recognizes three faculty members for their outstanding work during the prior academic year.

In January, ADDISON AULT (chemistry) presented a talk at The British International School, Puxi, Shanghai on stereochemistry in organic molecules. Also in January his paper titled “Representing Rate Equations for Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions” was published in the Journal of Chemical Education. In March, Ault attended the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, California.

In January, SUSANNAH BIONDO-GEMMELL (art and art history) had a two-person ceramic art exhibition titled Convergence with her husband Andrew Gemmell at Mount Mercy University’s Janalyn Hanson White Gallery.  The show included new sculptural ceramic art work made by the artist.  In conjunction with the exhibition, she gave a public presentation on her work and influences.  In March, Biondo-Gemmell will be showing a piece, “Drawing for Prometheus X,” at Eastern Washington University’s juried Two by Two Small Scale Ceramic Biennial.  She has also recently designed a new website for her works.

DONALD CHAMBERLAIN (music) traveled to Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to talk about the One Course At A Time academic calendar.  Algoma University is considering the adoption of the block plan, and also invited students and a faculty member from The University of Montana Western and the President of Quest University in British Columbia, who was a keynote speaker.

In January and February RON CLARK and JODY HOVLAND (theatre and communication studies) performed as Joe and Kate Keller in Riverside Theatre’s 30th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the professional theatre’s venue in Iowa City.  Artistic staff included MARK HUNTER (theatre and communication studies) as director, JENNY KELCHEN (theatre and communication studies) as costume designer, and student Emily White assisting.  Former faculty member Paul Sannerud was the scenic designer.

MARTY CONDON (biology) gave two invited talks in November, “Specialization and Diversity in the Tropics: Insights from True Fruit Flies and Their Parasitoids,” at Texas A&M, and “Biodiversidad escondida: una historia enredada de enredaderas, moscas, y avispas,” at Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. She and Ian McNish (Cornell ’09) were invited to participate in the Day of Insects public event at Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa, where they presented a talk, “Sunflower Flies: Hidden Species in Iowa’s Prairies,” in March.

CHRIS CONRAD (economics and business) has volunteered for the Society of Actuaries Project Oversight Group overseeing research into Market Consistent Embedded Value.  The work of the Oversight Group includes selecting a research team and providing guidance to the team as they complete the assignment.

ANTON DAUGHTERS (sociology and anthropology) presented a paper titled “Of Chicha, Majas, and Mingas: Hard Apple Cider and Local Solidarity in Rural Southern Chile,” at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, November 2010.

JOE DIEKER (Dean of the College) presented a workshop at the Council of Independent College’s Workshop for Department and Division Chairs held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in April 2011.  His presentation was titled, “Using Data at the Departmental/Divisional Level.”  He has been active in the past several years with the Council of Independent Colleges and has served as a presenter, workshop leader, and discussion leader at their workshops and conferences.

In March and April SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) exhibited her “Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians” series at Grand View College in the Cowles Communication Center Gallery, Des Moines.  She was invited to lecture about her various bodies of work.  “Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians” was also exhibited on the Orange Carpet this winter. “The Lost Nation Photographs” series was recently exhibited at The Divine Word College in the Main Art Gallery, Epworth, Iowa.

Dyas has been invited to be an artist in residence at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, this spring. She will be showing a selection of collage work, color, and black and white photographs. Dyas will be lecturing about her work and working with students in photography.

In June, Sandra, her daughter Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik, and Susan Becker will be exhibiting new work at The Great River Gallery in Bellevue, Iowa.

In March GLENN FREEMAN (English and creative writing) traveled to Africa to work on a story about the Batwa tribes of southwestern Uganda.  He was awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in April and will attend the Centrum Arts Program in Port Townsend, Washington, in June.  Freeman has had poems recently published in Dark Sky, Blood Lotus, pif, and the University of Iowa’s Daily Palette.

MELINDA GREEN (psychology) and Cornell graduate Chris Davids (’10) co-published a manuscript in a special issue of Sex Roles devoted to the study of body image.  This is a notable honor because body image experts from around the world will be represented in the three-part special issue. The project examines body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptoms as a function of gender and sexual orientation. 

Green and her undergraduate research team have two additional articles under review in top-tiered psychology journals.  Both articles examine psychophysiological reactions to weight-related stimuli. Green will present the projects at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2011.

In January, JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) participated in a panel on the recently released Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association.  His presentation, “Planting a Garden, Harvesting Latin Teachers,” stressed the importance of training pre-service Latin teachers throughout their college experience, helping them become more comfortable with all modalities of listening, speaking, writing, as well as reading Latin.

In February, Gruber-Miller was invited to deliver the Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture at Monmouth College.  In “Peeking into a Periegete’s Mind: Probing Pausanias’ ʽDescription of Greece,’” he explored the questions Pausanias found interesting, his methods for reaching answers, and the development of his credibility and authority as an expert on a wide variety of topics.  

In March, Gruber-Miller was invited to deliver a webcast from Cornell to Rhodes College in order to inaugurate the new state-of-the-art Center for Language Learning at Rhodes College.  His presentation, “Developing L2 Cultural Literacy through Reading and Writing,” discussed a new model for teaching language and culture through an emphasis on literacy and then reported on three ways that he has integrated culture, reading, and writing into his intermediate and advanced level Greek and Latin courses at Cornell.

STEVEN HEMELT (politics) had a journal article titled “Performance Effects of Failure to Make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Framework” accepted for publication in the Economics of Education Review.  In February, he was awarded a mini-grant from the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research to carry out a project titled “High School Exit Exams and Dropout in an Era of Increased Accountability.”  In March, he presented preliminary findings from this project at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) meetings in Seattle, Washington.

MICHELLE HERDER (history) attended the 2011 annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, serving as commenter for a session titled “Integrated Communities: Religious Women and the World Around Them.”

HEIDI LEVINE (Dean of Students) became president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) at the 2011 Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. ACPA is a comprehensive, international student affairs professional association.

JAMES MARTIN (music) reviewed Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2011 production of Wagner’s Lohengrin for The Wagner Society of America.

MARY OLSON (sociology and anthropology) was invited to present a paper in February at a conference titled, “The Future of Ethnic Studies: An Academic Summit,” at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  She spoke on “Sovereignty and Self Determination: Building a Native American Studies Course.”

JUDITH SIEBERT (sociology and anthropology) attended and presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology held in Seattle, Washington, from March 29-April 2.  At the conference, titled “Expanding the Influence of Applied Social Science,” she presented the direct application of anthropological perspectives of power and inequality to our changing U.S. health care environment, emphasizing the invaluable link between academic theory and “real life.”

KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) contributed an article, “The Triple Cord: Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy and Creativity,” to a special issue of the journal Pedagogy on “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy.”  The issue, which she edited, is scheduled for publication in the winter of 2012.  In February 2011, along with LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English and creative writing), she curated “The Art of the Book at Cornell: Yesteryear to Tomorrow,” the first book arts exhibit in Cornell’s history featuring work by the students from Stavreva’s class on Dante’s Divine Comedy.

LEON TABAK (computer science) became a Certified Software Development Professional during his sabbatical leave in the fall.  The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awards this credential to candidates who give evidence of significant professional experience and who score well on an examination.  He completed a course of study that included guided readings in the literature of software engineering and an online course to prepare for the examination. The Computer Society subsequently invited Tabak to contribute to the development of the next version of a related examination. He joined a dozen other representatives of industry and universities at the Computer Society’s offices in Los Alamitos, California, for this purpose during two days in March.  Tabak undertook this project to learn more about opportunities for continuing education that he can recommend to his students and alumni.

In January, PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classical and modern languages) chaired two panels, “The State and the Economy” and “Market and Transaction Costs,” at a conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank and organized jointly with the University of Chicago. The conference focused on growth and factors of growth in the ancient economy.  Venticinque will also have an article titled “A Receipt from the Holy Church of God at Hermopolis,” in the next issue of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists.

 

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GREG COTTON (Consulting Librarian for the Visual Arts, Interim Consulting Librarian for the Social Sciences, and Technical Services Librarian) and MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian for the Sciences and Kinesiology) each sponsored practicum students from a graduate school in library and information sciences during the spring 2011 semester.

MARY IBER attended the national Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Philadelphia in late March sponsored by a McConnell Grant. She is serving on the Awards Committee for Iowa ACRL for 2011.  Iber attended the Iowa ACRL Spring Conference in March at Central College in Pella.

JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) attended Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research’s Data Use webinar in November.

IAN MASON (Academic Technology Consultant) attended the "ACM ePortfolio Workshop: Electronic Pasta," at Coe College in November 2010. He participated in the Library Tech Conference March 16-17, 2011, at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mason was a technology panelist at the conference “Unpacking the Library,” sponsored by B-Sides of the School of Library and Information Science in Iowa City, March 2011.

JEN ROUSE (Consulting Librarian for the Humanities, Education, and Performing Arts) and MARY IBER served as consultants for the February 2011 workshop for Iowa Teacher Librarians. Part of the full-day workshop highlighted the nature of assignments at the college level, and the role that school librarians can take to create steps toward preparing their students for college expectations.  Rouse is currently serving on the Iowa ACRL committee that is working cooperatively with school librarians to improve successful transitions from high school to college.  In addition, she is chair of the ILA/ACRL Mentoring Committee for State of Iowa Librarians.