In November and December SUZETTE ASTLEY (psychology) served the second year of a three-year term as an outside evaluator for the Walker Award for faculty excellence at Morningside College.

ADDISON AULT (chemistry) attended the 243rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which took place in San Diego during the last week of March.

In January, TORI BARNES-BRUS (sociology and anthropology) conducted archival research on the Lydia E. Pinkham Patent Medicine Company at the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for an ongoing project that analyzes the Company’s advertising and advice literature within key social and historical contexts relating to the women’s movement.  In March, Barnes-Brus presented “It’s Not Like That Anymore…or Is It? Using Mad Men to Teach Feminism and Culture” at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in Minneapolis, MN.  This presentation is based on an activity conducted on campus with ERIN DAVIS (sociology and anthropology) during the Spring of 2011.

In March, SUSANNAH BIONDO-GEMMELL (art and art history) attended the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Seattle, WA.  She was on the panel, “Ceramics at the Edge of Form,” in which she presented a paper on the significance of the time-based art format within the larger field of ceramic art.  Additionally, she and co-collaborator/artist, Jennifer Rogers, started a blogspot for Momento, a recently created time-based, ceramic art installation.  Images of the artwork and an interview about the piece are located at

In December, MARTY CONDON (biology) gave a talk titled “Comida y Sexo: Un Perspectivo Evolutivo” at the Museo de Historia Natural “Noel Kempff Mercado,” in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  In January, Condon was awarded two new grants by the National Science Foundation.  An NSF Research Experiences for Teachers award ($15,000) rewards Darius Ballard ʼ07 for his excellence in teaching science at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.  The grant will allow Ballard to join an expedition to Peru with Condon’s research team.  An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates award ($7,500) will allow an undergraduate to participate in collaborative research on sunflower flies in the prairies of North America.  The collaborative research involves faculty and students from The University of Iowa (Andrew Forbes) and Ithaca College (Susan Swensen).  Swensen and Condon are also collaborating on an ongoing study of tropical sex-changing vines, and coauthored a talk “Molecular Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Neotropical Cucumber Genus Gurania,” presented by Adam Longwich (first author), an Ithaca College undergraduate, at a national meeting sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) at Weber State University in Ogden, UT, on March 29.

ANTON DAUGHTERS (ACM/Mellon Post-doctoral Teacher-Scholar Fellow in anthropology) will have an article appearing in the Spring 2013 issue of Journal of the Southwest. “Grave Crimes Worthy of Great Punishment: The Enslavement of Juan Suñi, 1659” examines Spanish enslavement of Indians in seventeenth century New Mexico.

Daughters organized a session at the American Anthropological Association’s 110th annual meeting, held in Montreal, Nov. 16-20. The session brought together six Chileanists researching economic changes within Chile.  Daughters presented a paper titled “Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé and the Legacy of Hard Apple Cider.”

ERIN DAVIS (sociology and anthropology) traveled to Japan in February and March.  While in Kyoto, she met with faculty members and staff at Kyoto Seika University to arrange for Cornell College students to collaborate with Japanese college students during an off-campus sociology course in Japan next year.  In April, Davis gave a talk to The University of Iowa’s Sociology Graduate Pro-Seminar Course on being a sociology professor at a small liberal arts college. Davis also participated in a panel discussion on “Defining Family Values” for the KCRG television show “Ethical Perspectives in the News,” which aired April 15.

SANDRA DYAS (art and art history) was invited to show a large selection of her “Lost Nation Photographs” at the Motley Cow in Iowa City.  The black and white traditionally printed photographs were exhibited for several months this winter.

David Bright, an attorney from Nyemaster Goode in Cedar Rapids, serves on the American Bar Association’s Art and Culture Heritage Law Committee.  Bright invited Dyas to submit a large number of her photographs for their latest newsletter. You can view the newsletter here:

In January, Dyas self-published a new book titled my eyes are not shut, a small collection of photographs and writings which may be viewed on her blog:

The Englert Theatre in Iowa City recently commissioned Dyas to photograph and document behind the scenes activities at the Englert.  She will be photographing extensively throughout their 99th year, leading up to the Englert’s 100th year celebration this fall.  In addition, she has been chosen to be one of the Mission Creek Music Festival’s photographers.

Anna Henson ʼ06 and Dyas collaborated on an art project in which Dyas photographed Cornell students, staff and professors on the Orange Carpet in March. The finished piece was projected during the President’s Inauguration on April 21.  Dyas is featured as the Iowa Artist in this Spring’s The Iowa Review.

BECKI ELKINS (institutional research and assessment) completed her term as past chair of the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation at the annual convention of ACPA – College Educators International in Louisville, KY, and offered four presentations: “Positionality and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research” (with G. Martin), “Trustworthiness and Ethics in Constructivist Qualitative Assessments,” “Stuck in the Middle? Mid-life and Mid-career” (with M. Guentzel, J. Drummond, R. Aaron), and “Moving from Transcripts to Understanding: Making Meaning of Qualitative Data” (with A. Knerr).  Elkins also was honored with the Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award which honors three senior professionals and five emerging professionals at a dinner with “good humor” and “thoughtful intellectual debate” of current issues in the profession.

REBECCA ENTEL (English and creative writing) presented two conference papers: “ʻDo Like Free People’: Literary Education for Freedmen and Women” at the Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association and “ʻThe Soldier Needs You’: Newspapers in the Civil War Hospital” at The Past, Present, and Future of the Book, for which she also served on the steering committee.  She twice traveled to Chicago as Cornell’s arts liaison to the ACM Chicago programs and to attend the Annual Convention of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She has had short stories published in Eunoia Review, Medulla Review, and Unsaid Magazine. Another story, “Train,” received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train magazine’s Fall Fiction contest.

MELINDA GREEN (psychology) and members of her undergraduate research team in the Cornell College Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Research Laboratory published an article titled, “The psychophysiological consequences of state self-objectification and predictors of clothing-related distress” in The Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.  Green and her students also had two papers on the psychophysiological consequences of objectification accepted for presentation at the Annual Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association (MPA) in Chicago, in May.  Green served as the Moderator during the session on objectification at the MPA conference.  In addition, Green and her student research team also had two papers accepted for presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Orlando, FL, in August.  One paper examines the psychophysiological effects of exposure to underweight, objectified stimuli.  The other paper examines neuroendocrine and autonomic dysfunction in women with bulimia nervosa compared to symptomatic women and asymptomatic controls.  Green was also recently elected as Secretary of the State of Iowa Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP.)  Finally, she received the 2012-13 Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences for her research on autonomic and neuroendocrine dysfunction in women with bulimia nervosa.

In October JOHN GRUBER-MILLER (classical and modern languages) organized, for the last time, the fall meeting of AMICI, the Classical Association of Iowa, in Iowa City.  After ten years as secretary-treasurer of AMICI, he passed the reins to his successor, Madeleine Henry of Iowa State.  At the end of October, Gruber-Miller was privileged to be selected as one of six ACM faculty invited to visit the ACM Florence program and learn about on-site teaching and learning in Italy.  While there, he gave a talk about the François Vase (c.570 BCE), a vase depicting 159 figures recounting eight mythological stories arranged in six concentric bands that circle the vase. In January, he presented a paper, “Multiple Literacies: A New Paradigm for Teaching Latin, Greek, and other World Languages,” as part of a panel “After Krashen: Second Language Acquisition Research and Classical Languages” at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Philadelphia. In March, Gruber-Miller was honored with an Ovatio (Ovation) from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South for distinguished service and leadership.  The Ovatio, delivered in Latin, cited Gruber-Miller’s accomplishments in promoting the study of Latin, building a thriving Classics program at Cornell, and editing the journal Teaching Classical Languages.

In March LESLIE KATHLEEN HANKINS (English and creative writing) arranged for students in MICHELLE MOUTON (English and creative writing) and Hankins’ English 240 course in the UK to have a special tea at the birthplace of Virginia Woolf, 22 Hyde Park Gate.  The students were filmed as part of a forthcoming DVD on Virginia Woolf and the Lighthouse.  A longer interview with Hankins will also be a feature of the DVD.  In the week after the course, Hankins completed research in St. Ives for her upcoming plenary talk at the Virginia Woolf conference in Canada.

M. PHILIP LUCAS (history) published a review of Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent by William Hogeland in The Historian.

JEFF MEEKER (head volleyball coach) will be producing his second volleyball instructional DVD, in association with Championship Productions, to be released in July.  The video will be titled “Spikeology: Sport Psychology Tips, Tools and Training for Volleyball.”

Meeker’s Eastern Iowa Xtreme Junior Olympic volleyball team won the 18U non-qualifying Iowa Region Championship in March.  In July, he will coach the Iowa Region Women’s Junior Nation Team at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Des Moines.

JUDITH SIEBERT (sociology and anthropology) attended the 72nd annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology held in Baltimore, MD, from March 27-31.  The conference, titled “Bays, Boundaries and Borders,” highlighted the relevance of applied social science to our globalized world where human problems transcend disciplinary boundaries and are not confined to regional borders.  Siebert chaired the session, “History and Cultural Identity,” presenting her own research in a paper titled, “Negotiating German-Chileans’ Ethnic Identity: Geography, History and Human Agency, 1850 to the Present.”

In November, ROSS SOWELL (computer science) together with TONY DELAUBENFELS (computer science and mathematics) and LEON TABAK (computer science) took nine computer science students to compete in the regional round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).  Cornell’s top team placed second at the UNI site and ninth overall out of over 100 teams in the region.

Later in November, Sowell and Tabak, together with two computer science students, attended the Mid-West Graphics Workshop at The University of Iowa.  In February, Sowell traveled to Raleigh, NC, to attend SIGCSE 2012, the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.  In March, Sowell attended the Central Plains regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges in Springfield, MO.

In November, KIRILKA STAVREVA (English and creative writing) was invited to present a paper and chair a Shakespeare panel at the international conference Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting, at her alma mater, Sofia University, Bulgaria. A revised version of her paper, “Un-Painting the Veneto Villa: Domestic Virtù and the Limits of Civic Subjectivity in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice,” is forthcoming in the proceedings of the conference.

JAMA STILWELL (music) received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society (AMS).  Announced each November at the annual meeting of the AMS, the Einstein Award recognizes a “musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.”  Stilwell’s article, titled “A New View of the Eighteenth-Century ‘Abduction’ Opera: Edification & Escape at the Parisian Théâtres de la Foire,” appeared in the journal Music and Letters in 2010.

In March, CYNTHIA STRONG (chemistry) and the seven students in her Advanced Inorganic Chemistry class attended the 243rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.

In February LEON TABAK (computer science) joined a panel for a discussion of changes in the earth’s climate on KCRG-TV’s “Ethical Perspectives on the News.” In work for the College Board in March, he taught a day long course for high school teachers of Advanced Placement courses at Northwestern University. In November, he served as the on-site coordinator for a day of similar courses taught in many subjects at Cedar Rapids’ Washington High School. Tabak addressed a meeting of the Cedar Rapids section of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in March. He spoke about the professional society’s programs for continuing education. Tabak took a student with him to that meeting and introduced his student to representatives of local industry. In an article titled “CSDA Exam Gets Major Refresh by Experts” that appeared in the February issue of Computer, the principal journal of the IEEE’s Computer Society, the professional society acknowledged the contributions of Tabak and thirty seven other volunteers to a recently developed program for continuing education.

PHILIP VENTICINQUE (classical and modern languages) has been awarded and accepted fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. These awards will support his upcoming leave and the completion of his book manuscript, tentatively titled Common Causes: Craftsmen, Merchants and Communities in Roman and Late Roman Egypt.

In February, Venticinque was invited to present a paper at a conference organized at the University of Chicago titled “The Urban Economy in the Roman World: Synthesizing Historical and Archaeological Approaches.” His paper, “Group Thinking: Associations and Economic Behavior in First Century Egypt,” focused on economic activities and strategies of non-elites in the town of Tebtunis.  In addition, Venticinque also presented a paper titled “Risky Business: Living with Uncertainty and Risk on the Apion Estate in Late Roman Egypt” at The University of Iowa as part of the Department of Classics’ Colloquium series in March.






SHAWN DOYLE (Writing Consultant) presented a workshop on “Games and Writing” at ThatCamp Games in College Park, MD, in January.

JESSICA JOHANNINGMEIER (Quantitative Reasoning Consultant) attended a series of webinars, Integrating Quantitative Data Analysis into Substantive Undergraduate Social Science Courses, through Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research in March.

DOYLE and JOHANNINGMEIER attended the annual conference of the Iowa Writing Centers Consortium in March.

In March LAURA FARMER (Writing Studio Director) participated in Grain of Salt, a reading of recent and forthcoming work by graduates of the Creative Writing Program of Syracuse University, held at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago.

MARY IBER (Consulting Librarian and College Archivist) supervised The University of Iowa Practicum student, Billie Cotterman, for the spring semester.  Her culminating project is an exhibit about Charles Reuben Keyes (Cornell professor of German from 1903-1941, archaeologist, ornithologist, founder of Effigy Mounds National Monument, etc.) hosted in the Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

IBER and DOYLE attended an ACM sponsored conference, “High Stakes Performance for Liberal Arts College Students: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety” at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, November 11-12.

JENNIFER ROUSE (Consulting Librarian) helped coordinate and participated in the ACM FaCE Book Arts Conference, “The Past, Present, and Future of the Book,” February 3-4 at Cornell College.

ANDREA DUSENBERRY (circulation supervisor) participated in an online class sponsored by Lyrasis titled “Managing Student Assistants in Academic Libraries” from February 28-March 1.

PAUL WAELCHLI (Director of the Russell D. Cole Library and College Librarian) attended a New Directors Seminar held by the Association of College and Research Libraries in Dallas in January.

BROOKE BERGANTZEL (Instructional Technology Librarian) and MATT ZHORNE (Audio Visual Specialist) attended the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College, March 14-15.  Bergantzel presented two workshop sessions at the conference, “An Introduction to jQuery Mobile: Creating Simple Mobile Webpages” and “Using Trillian to Handle Electronic Reference Inquiries.”