Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2007

Awards and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Awards and Prizes

The Purchase Affilates awarded the following fall grants and awards for 2006. The awards totaled $10,296.

  1. Bryan Roberts, Advising Center: Refreshments for Sophomore and Junior Days, March 2007
  2. Prof. Murray Zimiles, Art+Design: Refreshments for exhibit of senior printmakers in Art+Design
  3. Anne Wetzel, Health Services: TV, DVD player and health related DVDs for Health Services waiting room
  4. Lorraine Miller, Theatre Arts & Film: Funds for a Purchase College Film Festival, transfer to DVDs of student films, and display case in Music Building to contain information about the Film Program
  5. Prof. Rebecca Albrecht Oling, Library: Expansion of the Shakespeare DVD collection
  6. Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities: Presentation of a nation-wide program of Pulitzer Prize plays
  7. Juli Griek, Residence Life: Renovation of basement lounge of Outback Residence Hall
  8. Carry Kyzivat, Library: Supplement to Popular Reading Collection
  9. Tara Blackwell, Career Development: Increase the resource library on topics concerning majors and careers
  10. Prof. Paul Siegel, Natural and Social Sciences: Four films on psychopathology
  11. Amjad Abdo, Residence Life: Upgrade of equipment in Big Haus TV lounge
  12. Prof. Liz Phillips, Art+Design: Architecturalized sound events with Purchase students
  13. Marie Sciangula, Library: Materials for Instructional Technology Center
  14. Prof. Charles McCarry, Design/Technology: Models of set designs for Purchase Repertory Theatre
  15. Prof. Peter Bell, Natural and Social Sciences: Speakers for public lecture series
  16. Prof. James Daly, Natural and Social Sciences: Establishment of campus cross-country and walking trails
  17. Paul Nicholson, EOP/Special Programs: Information publications on retention of students for Retention Committee
  18. Prof. Howard Enders, Theatre Arts & Film: Interviews by faculty with professional drama writers.

  • Prof. Joanne Tillotson, Biology, was selected as one of 20 inaugural BEN Scholars by the BEN Collaborative partnership, which oversees the BioSciEdNet portal, the NSF-funded biological sciences pathway of the National Science Digital Library. The fellowship will provide Dr. Tillotson with professional development and resources to assist in developing original educational resources for inclusion in the library as well as outreach activities on behalf of the Collaborative.

  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, has had her story, “Barfing in the First Grade,” nominated for inclusion in the new Norton Best Creative Nonfiction Anthology. The story was first published in 2006 in Poemmemoirstory.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Ahmed Afzal, Anthropology, was one of the keynote speakers at an international conference at Syracuse University earlier this year. The conference was entitled “South Asian Religious Transnationalism: Regional Dynamics, Global Passages” and was organized by the Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium. The paper presented was entitled “From South Asian to a Muslim Heritage Economy: Transformations in the Pakistani Ethnic Economy in Houston, Texas.”

  • Humanities Prof. Elizabeth Guffey’s paper, “The Visual Context: Technology, Literacy, and Typographic Design in the 19th Century,” was presented at the Society for the History of Technology’s annual conference in Las Vegas in October.

  • Prof. Steven Lubin, Music, gave a guest lecture in November at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, entitled “Mozart’s Tonal Designs.”

  • Prof. Gary Waller, Humanities, gave a presentation, “Our Lady of Walsingham and the Cadiz Madonna Vulnerata,” at the Attending to Early Modern Women Conference at the University of Maryland in November.

  • Prof. Peter Schwab, Natural and Social Sciences, is quoted in a story, “Celebrities and Africa,” that appeared on Foxnews.com in November.

  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, gave two presentations at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in San Jose, California. The first, entitled “Notes on the White Social Realm,” examines the relationship between neoliberalism and white privilege. The second, “The Traffic in Feminist Anthropology: Do We have to Call It Third Wave?,” was a discussion regarding the tensions in distinguishing between second-wave and third-wave feminism. Prof. Davis also participated in the critical lecture series at The Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University on December 12, 2006. The title of her talk was “Narrating the Mute: Racializing and Racism.”
         Prof. Davis will deliver the keynote address for the 18th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI on February 15, 2007. Dr. Joseph Taylor was the first dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University. He was a noted African-American scholar and community activist.

  • Prof. Louise Yelin, Humanities, presented a paper titled “Plural Selves: The Autobiographical Subject in the Writings of Caryl Phillips” at a conference held in Liege, Belgium, December 1-2, 2006, celebrating Phillips’s 25-year writing career.

  • Prof. Marty Lewinter, Mathematics/Computer Science, has been invited to speak at an American Mathematical Society regional conference at Stevens Institute in April 2007. The title of Prof. Lewinter’s talk is “Irregularizable Graphs.”

  • Prof. Aviva Taubenfeld, Literature, gave a talk entitled “To Be an American Woman at the Head of an American Home: Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth Stern and the Construction of Jewish-American Womanhood in the Ladies Home Journal” at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego on December 19. She also spoke on the “Melting Pot” in November as part of a panel on Evolution, Race and the Media at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, in New York City.

  • Prof. Joe Skrivanek, Natural and Social Sciences, served as judge with more than 220 other scientists at the Annual Biomedical Research for Minority Students in Anaheim, California, at the beginning of November. This is the largest professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students. More than 2,500 people attended the conference, including 1,633 students, 421 faculty and program directors and 418 exhibitors. The judge’s role is to provide constructive feedback to student presenters to enhance their professional development and their scientific research. Monetary rewards were presented to the top 120 undergraduates.

  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman, Humanities, presented “Everyday Noumena: The Fact and Significance of Ordinary Intelligible Objects” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meetings in Washington, D.C., on December 30, 2006.

  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, presented the paper “Do You Believe in Magic?: Collaboration and the Demystification of Research” at the SUNY Annual Conference on Writing. In Orlando this past October, at the Annual American Italian Historical Association Conference, Prof. McCormick presented the paper “It’s Never Safe in the Bermuda Triangle: Race, Class, and Gender in Kym Ragusa’s The Skin Between Us.” She also gave a reading of her story, “First Kiss with Only Shakespeare to Protect Me,” at the same conference.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, had an exhibition in November at the South Gallery, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

  • Prof. Steven Lubin, Music, performed two Mozart piano concertos with the French Chamber Orchestra. There were three concerts, one in Merrick, New York, and two in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prof. Lubin performed a trio concert with The Mozartean Players at the Strathmore Series in Bethesda, Maryland, and then a solo recital, all Beethoven, at Wave Hill in Riverdale in December. Also in December, he performed two solo recitals of Mozart and Haydn in Milwaukee.

  • Prof. Nancy Bowen, Art+Design, had work in the Winter Salon at the Lesley Heller Gallery in New York City during the month of December. The Winter Salon had work by more than 40 artists all priced under $5,000.

  • Music Prof. Hal Galper’s new trio album, “Agents of Change,” is available at www.halgalper.com.

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  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, published the story “Santa Anna and the Sewer Creatures” in the Willow Review 33 (2006): 73-82. “Front Window or The Case Of Bones and Bone China” was also recently published in Compass Rose 7 (2005-6): 114-123.

  • Prof. Gary Waller, Drama Studies and Literature, reviewed the Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of All’s Well that Ends Well in Shakespeare Bulletin, Fall 2006. His reviews of Robin Williams, Sweet Swan of Avon and Juan Gil’s Before Intimacy: Asocial Sexuality in Early Modern England appeared in the Sidney Circle Journal, 24 (2006): 81-88. Prof. Waller has been named to the new International Editorial Board of the Journal, which he had originally founded in 1980 as the “Sidney Newsletter.”

  • Prof. Elizabeth Guffey, Humanities, published Retro: The Culture of Revival (Reaktion, 2006) in the U.K. in October and in the U.S. in November. She co-authored “House Porn,” a catalog essay for The Object of Design, an exhibition that was recently at the Pelham Art Center.

  • Prof. Louise Yelin, Humanities, published an article, “Living Stateside: Caryl Phillips and the United States,” in a special issue on Caryl Phillips in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Volume 7, No. 1 (2007).

  • Research conducted by Dean Suzanne Kessler, Natural and Social Sciences, with several colleagues from medical schools in the United States and Canada, was published in the November 2006 issue of The Journal of Sex Research. The article’s title is “The Recalled Childhood Gender Questionnaire-Revised: A Psychometric Analysis in a Sample of Women with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.”

  • Prof. Lisa Jean Moore, Natural and Social Sciences, has a new book, Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man’s Most Precious Fluid, published by NYU Press.

  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Natural and Social Sciences, will have an article published in Blackwell’s Muslim Studies journal. The issue includes the proceedings of a Qawwali conference hosted by Stanford University. Prof. Abbas was invited to present a paper on the elements of political protest in Sufi music at the conference.

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Many of the above awards are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the President’s Office by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the Deans and Directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Anne Bradner, President of the Professional Council, or to email news items directly to Agnes Benis.